Ballitore, Narraghmore, Crookstown



This year the Ballitore Pilgrimage will be taking in the Shrines of Northern Italy leaving on September 25 to 2nd October. The cost is €1,085 and includes return flights Dublin/Nice and Fenice/Dublin, 7 nights hotel dinner, bed and breakfast, tours and transfers in air-conditioned coach, Guide throughout, admission charges to places appropriate to itinerary, Canal-boat to Venice, Airport and local taxes, comprehensive holiday insurance. The Spiritual Director is Rev. Fr. Frank McEvoy PP. Single room supplement is €245. For further information and Itinerary contact Lily O’Mara 059 86 23201.

New mass timetable

As and from Saturday and Sunday May 5 and 6th, the change of the times of Masses in the Parish -

SS Mary & Laurence, Crookstown Mass on Saturday evening at 7pm.

St. Joseph’s Church, Ballymount - Sunday morning Mass at 8-30am.

St. Ita’s, Kilmead Sunday morning Mass 10.30am.

Church of the Blessed Trinity, Moone Sunday at 12 noon.


Pilates classes take place locally in Ballitore and Moone with Stott, a certified instructor. Classes are in The Meeting house from 9.30am and 9.15pm every Monday.

Pilate Classes in Croi Anu Creative Centre, Moone at 6.45pm and 8pm every Monday evening. New members welcome. €12 per session, concession with big group. Contact Amy Fitzgerald 086 0707114. Reduce injury, improve body shape, performance and feel good. Non impact form of toning and re balancing exercise.


Yoga Classes have commenced in the Meeting House from 10 to 11.30am. A four week course cost €40. Breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. Yoga helps in releasing tension,increasing flexibility, toning, strengthening and promotes relaxation. To book a place contact Adela 086 8717573

The Meeting House space is available for groups to hire for workshops/events/ activities. Contact Susan Waters 087 6387489.

The late Mary Cousins

The death occurred of Mary Cousins (nee Lawler) late of Ballitore on tuesday April 30. She died peacefully at her residence and her reception into the Church of SS Mary & Laurence, Crookstown took place on Wednesday evening and her Funeral Mass was on Thursday at followed by interment in adjoining cemetery. Mary was pre-deceased by her husband Aidan.

Sympathy is extended to her daughter Dora May, partner Larry, brothers Nicky, Michael and Eugene (Australia), sisters Philomena (Australia), Gertrude (U.S.A.), Doreen (New Zealand), Lilabeth and Eileen, brothers-in-law Dwight, Malo, Geoffrey and Tom, sisters-in-law Mary, Liz and Chiaki, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May she rest in Peace.

Parish lotto

The April Lotto Results of St. Laurences, Crookstown & St. Josephs, Ballymount. No Jackpot winner, numbers drawn were 8/31/39. The €20 winners were Con Nolan, c/o N. Harney, Jude Keogh, c/o N. Harney, Nuala Doyle,c/o M. Cullen, Chris Heffernan, c/o N. Harney, and Colm O’Toolec/o M. Cullen. May Lotto Jackpot is €1,000.

Active retirement

The AGM of the South Kildare Active Retirement group took place in Molly O’Looney’s in Narraghmore on thursday last, and we will have a full report in net week’s Notes.


Dance practice continues every Friday evening in St. Laurence’s GAA (Old Hall). Beginners are from 6pm-7pm, and all other grades from 7pm-8.30pm. Registration is €5 followed by a fee of €3 per class. New members are always welcome from the ages of 4 upwards.

Newtown Rovers

JP McGannon, PRO reminds us that “Newtown Rovers F.C will be holding training Sessions for all Children, Boys/Girls from the ages of 6 to 16 on Saturday 12th May from 2.30pm to 4pm at Booleigh Cross. Whether you’re a parent looking to get involved or a child looking to play, Come along and enjoy yourself. for further details contact Club Secretary Stacey Moss on 0876420714.


Dermot Breen, PRO reports “St. Laurence’s Camogie Club was saddened to hear of the death of our Club President Peg Deay. On behalf of the officers and members of the club we wish her family our sincere sympathy and condolences. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam.

Our seniors suffered their first defeat in the Kildare Camogie when the travelled to Johnstown Bridge last Monday to take on the reigning League and Co Champions but after a fine performance suffered a five point defeat. While this defeat and results elsewhere mean that we cannot now qualify for the League Cup Final with only the last round matches to be played we are almost certain to be contesting the final stages of the League Shield. Considering that we were missing some of our first team players the girls put up a strong performance especially in the second half that bodes well for the future. Well done again to the younger players who are experiencing their first year in the senior ranks who have acquitted themselves so well throughout the League. We can now look forward to the Championship with renewed confidence.

Underage news

Marion Griffith reports - GO GAMES - Southboard Go-Games continue for the underage teams from U12’s to U/6’s. Last Saturday 28th the U/6’s and U/8’s travelled to Moorefield.

Under 6’s played great games with Conor Collins playing a mighty game of football in goals and Dylan Dwyer and Paddy Ward also having great games. Best for the U/7’s were Daniel Houlihan, Dylan Warren and Tom Dooley.

TheU/8’s was a close game with great team work from Larrys , great play from Eoin Clarke, Tom Bohan and Rebekah Egan.

Tuesday 1st May our U/10’s Red team were away v Raheens. Best for Larries were PJ Cullen Bell and Brian Murphy and Colm McElhinney. The amber team were away to Athy, another great game with Shane Jackman, Jack Whelan and Adam McKenna all playing fantastic football for the Larries – keep it up lads!

Thursday last saw a complete turnaround in weather and a lovely sunny evening in Monasterevin when the U12/’s Red team display an excellent game of football with both sides giving it their best. Playing well on the night for Laurence’s were Adam Griifith, Aaron O’Toole and Niall Flood.

The U12A’s were away to Moorefield and best for them were Eric Evans and Euan Cullen. The amber team had a bye this week. Best of luck to all the underage teams in the games this week.

Membership is still open for 2012 and all young players in the area are welcome to join in the fun. Registration is available at each training session or from Marcella in reception Monday -Friday 5.30pm until 9.30pm.

Don’t forget a full range of training gear is available at buy design in Crookstown. Check out the club website for fixtures and other news

Field day

Another date for your diary is Sunday June 10th, our Annual Field Day, always a great family day out and a chance to meet other families in the area. If you have any novel or interesting ideas that you think would add to the fun of the day or if you can help out with any of the tried and tested sections of the Field Day we would love to hear from you! Contact Martina on 087 21897522.

Summer camp

At Laurence’s Summer Camp will run this year from July 9th to 13th inclusive . More details to follow very soon.

Gym membership

Gym Membership for 2012 is student/over 55’s/ unemployed €100, single €150 and €250. Direct debit options are available. There are circuit classes held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9.30am for advances and 10.15am for beginners. They are also held on Wednesday evenings at 7.10pm to 7.55pm. Classes are 45 minutes and are €4 per person and free to gym members. The gym opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-12am and 5.30-10.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday 5.30-10.30pm and Saturday and Sunday 6-9pm.


St Laurence’s GAA Centre hosts a badminton club. Practice Sessions are held at the following times - Adults - Tuesday 8-10pm, and Friday 8-10pm. The Junior Club is on Saturday from 10 - 12pm. New Members are always welcome, just turn up on any of the times noted above. We try cater for all players, either social or competitive as there are 4 courts available for playing. St Laurence’s are the current Leinster Champions at grade 5 level.

Membership Fees - In Season Full year payment: €180 or Pay to Play - €5 on the Night, Plus a yearly insurance fee of €25. These fees cover the use of the Hall, Shuttles, Equipment, Insurance and Membership of Badminton Ireland. There is a Registration Form to be filled out by all members.

St. Laurence’s GAA complex is available for all functions, communions, confirmations, family gatherings, 21st, all major milestones and other special events. Contact Marcella in the clubhouse on 0598636769.


Pottery classes for children at Crookstown Craft Village. A six week course costs €60 - two hour class with tea break and all materials included. At the end of the course each child gets back their own piece fired. Adult Classes will be commencing soon. For more information contact Eva 087 3210294 or call into the Pottery Shop in the Crookstown Craft Village.


Are you interested in taking sewing classes at Crookstown Craft Village. Two hour courses available mornings and evenings and cost €60. For further details contact 086 3062931.


The fund-raising Whist continues in Molly O’Looney’s, Narraghmore every wednesday evening commencing at 8.30pm. All card players welcome.

Humpty Dumpty

The Humpty Dumpty Group would like to welcome mums, dads, minders and grandparents to come along any Thursday with their babies or toddlers to the St. Laurence’s Old GAA Hall, Narraghmore between 10 am – 12 noon. It is a wonderful opportunity for children to play and adults to socialise with people from their community while enjoying a nice cup of tea. They meet all year round. For further information please contact 086 124078.

Mill Celtic

There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot of €8,200 and the numbers drawn were. The €20 winners were

Next Lotto Jackpot is €8,300 and the venue is The Harp in Ballytore.


U/14 Training takes place on tuesday and thursday evenings from 6 to 7.30pm - all welcome. Registration fee €5. For further information contact Jim 086 0656959.

First responders

For further information please contact Denise on 087-9442952, Helen on 086-2619147 or any committee member. In the event of a Cardiac (Heart)Emergency in the Ballitore or Crookstown area please call 999 First and then call 085-1393728 for assistance.


Training continues on Mondays from 6.30 - 7.30 for little athletics and 7-8pm for competing athletes on Monday and Wednesday.