Ballymore Eustace

Kaja Wins Art Competition

Kaja Wins Art Competition

Congratulations to Scoil Mhuire student, Kaja Natanek who was deemed the overall winner of the Punchestown Art Competition. Kaja was presented with a glass-engraved trophy, her winning submission in a Newbridge silver frame, a hamper of art supplies and a generous voucher for art and craft materials from Simon Coveney at the racecourse on family day.

“As the nearest neighbours to the racecourse, Scoil Mhuire has a close affinity always with the annual event and we were all hoping and praying the weather would change for Family Day after all the hard work the Punchestown committee had put into the preparations for the day” said Principal Mairead O’Flynn. “We were absolutely thrilled that, not alone did the sun shine, but one of our own pupils beat the competition from over 3,000 entries to scoop the ultimate award! Kaja shows great promise as an artist and the stunning detail of entry is breath-taking. We are very proud of her great achievement”.

Juvenile Badminton Tournament

Ballymore Eustace Junior Badminton Club will host their annual club tournament at Ryston, Newbridge on Sunday next, 13 May from 11am to 4pm. Junior awards will take place at 1pm, senior awards at 3.30pm approximately. Sixty nine members (split into 6 groups) from 5 to 17 years old will compete against each other in fun games and matches over three courts.

Parents and all members of the public are invited to come at any time on the day with free tea, coffee and snacks served and lots of laughs guaranteed. Members recently received their new club hoodies and will be only too delighted to display both the hoodies and their skills so please, do support. Enquiries please to Laura at 087 821 8566.

Ballymore’s Fab Four!

Well done to the Eire óg hurlers who won the U14 Féile Final against Leixlip on Sunday, 29 April 2-07 to 1-02 which included four Ballymore lads: Robbie, Aaron, Caolan and Mark. The team is now through to the All-Ireland Féile in July.

CDV at The Elms

Friday last saw Chateau de Vie open a new café in The Elms Furniture and Antique Centre. Members of the McCarthy family were on hand to welcome guests and diners to the new facility which is located upstairs, overlooking the green pastures of Punchestown. Some proceeds from the weekend fair were in aid of TIGLIN Rehabilitation Centre, a charity supported by the McCarthys. The Ladies Rehab Centre officially will be officially opened on May 17 by Uactharán na hEireann, Michael D Higgins.

Longstone Pet Farm

Longstone Pet Farm are hosting a bring and buy sale on Sunday, May 13 from 10am – 1pm. Now a selling point of lay hens, no dogs, cats or hooved animals may be sold on the day.

Let’s go racing!

Punchestown will host two further days racing on Tuesday, 8 and Wednesday, 9 May next to host cancelled races from National Hunt Festival due to weather conditions. Tuesday’s card boasts 8 races with the first race at 4.50pm and includes the AON Handicap Steeplechase (Grade A) €75,000, Coleman Tunnelling Ireland, UK & Africa Handicap Steeplechase €25,000F and the Pat Taaffe Handicap Steeplechase (Grade B) €45,000 (Rated 0-150).

Wednesday’s card has 7 races, first race at 5.10pm and includes Breakfast with Hector On 2FM Handicap Steeplechase (Rated 0-145) €25,000 and The Racing Post Champion Hunters S’Chase of €22,000. So local racing fans, go racing!

Sheep Shearing and Jedward?

Yes, Readers, Jedward will appear at the All Ireland & International Sheep Shearing weekend to be held at Punchestown Racecourse over the June bank holiday weekend. The pop twins will appear on Sunday, June 2 from 11am, not for a performance but simply to meet some of their rural fans! The weekend promises a feast of family entertainment amidst a busy schedule of serious farming business, i.e. sheep shearing and wool handling competition at international level. There will also be sheep dog trials, trade and craft stands, pet’s corner, dog show plus Leinster Tug of War championships.

For the kiddies, there’s bouncy castles, funfair, Hamster Zorbing, RSA Simulater and for the more adventurous, a Bungee Trampoline. Live musical performers include The Willoughbys and Crystal Swing. That’s all happening on June 2 and 3 – check out

FAO Farmers and Agri Sector

The International Sheep Shearing festival is now in its 60th year and is one of Ireland’s premier agricultural, country and family festivals. This year’s event is hosted by Hollywood GAA and Hollywood national school’s Parent’s Association. The committee is still accepting exhibitors at excellent rates, check out the website or contact any of the followings: Lucy Mooney 087 684 6439 or Tom Coyne on 087 250 5651.

Indoor exhibitors will be housed in the Punchestown Event Centre or Punchestown Pavilion with several option available. Shell Scheme - €220 per unit (dimensions - 3m x 3m x 2.5m high) or Space Only at €100 per unit (dimensions - 3m x 3m). Outdoor stalls are on a tarmac area, without supplied cover: Space Only 5m x 5m - €150 per unit or Space Only, 10m x 5m at €200 per unit.

Players needed urgently

Ballymore Eustace Brass & Reed Band currently recruiting new members - some experience preferable, contact us for further details Flute players needed urgently.

Rose Runs for Barrettstown

Kildare Rose, Megan O’Neill will be running the Kildare half-marathon on May, 13 in aid of Barretstown Camp. If anyone would like to support Megan, log onto the link - you can donate through this page and the money goes directly to Barretstown. Alternatively, contact Megan on 085 1482 802.

Gaelic for Mammies

“Gaelic for Mothers” training in Ballymore Eustace is at 8pm every Monday night. Great craic nothing too serious! Six weeks of training and then a blitz with other teams from around Kildare, all welcome The Library gets theatrical!

As part of the Bealtaine Festival (celebrating creativity in older age), Blessington Library is play hosting ‘Carnation Theatre’ on Wednesday, 30 May at 2.15pm, a sing-along, hilarious murder mystery entitled “Death on the Tiles”.  The audience will be transported to exotic Egypt under the shadows of the Pyramids. Visual and sensual delights will tickle the imagination; attendees will feel the warm Sahara breeze on their skin, smell the aroma of spices from far-away lands and interact with a host of farcical characters who find themselves in this location. Someone is a murderer and someone will be murdered. Find out whodunit, whytheydunit and howtheydunit. Let Audience decide!

Ballymore Bugle

The April edition is now on sale with full coverage of local news, regular columnists and sports. Lots of photographic coverage of recent sporting events . Copy deadline for May edition is Wednesday, May 16. Email copy to or; earliest submission secures inclusion.

Cardiac Screening

BME GFC is trying to organise a heart screening programme for members aged 14yrs - 35yrs for Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. The cost is €45 per person. Anyone interested should contact Michelle Waters on 087 797 3454 to book a place. A minimum of 35 people is required for screening to take place.

Two Bingo Jackpots

Bingo is held at The Resource Centre every Wednesday at 8pm with two jackpots, currently valued at €4,200 and €850 respectively. All proceeds in aid of the Resource Centre.

Ballymore Acoustic Gigs

BME Acoustic Gigs present Peter Mulvey (USA) on Monday, May 14 at Mick’s. A Ballymore regular over the past 15 years, Mulvey is well known for stunning guitar work, rich vocals and clever songwriting. On Monday, May 28, the very popular John Spillane (IRL) will perform; Spillane is described as “a poetic lyricist, with great fingerstyle guitar and an unique vocalist - the complete package”, gigs €12 admission. Gigs start 9pm sharp, doors open 8:15pm. See Ballymore Acoustic Gigs on FB or email:

Car Boot Sale

Car boot sale will be held on May 13th at St Kevin’s Community Hall, Blessington, from 8am - 4pm. Cars €12, vans €17, proceeds in aid of Blessington & District Day Care Centre.

Parenting Courses

Parenting courses will be held at Punchestown AMI School at Baltreac near Punchestown. ‘How To Communicate Effectively With Children Birth to Teenage Years’ will be held on Thursday, May17 at 8pm and ‘How To Help Your Child To Read And Write’, cost €20, will be held on Thursday, May 24 at 8pm. Pre-book now, call Gaye Mullen at 045-874 175 or See further details on