Ballymore Eustace

Sports Stars at Boxing Tournament

Sports Stars at Boxing Tournament

Lots of sports stars will appear at a boxing tournament in Avon Rí Hotel, Blessington next weekend - amongst them Conan Keaney, Dublin county GAA hurling and football star, Louise Quinn, international soccer player from Blessington and Ballymore’s senior ladies rugby international, Jenny Murphy of Liffeydale. This is the second tournament of Ballymore/Hollywood Boxing Club, to be held on Saturday, March 31 at 8pm sharp.

Members are boxing against a selection of opponents from Leinster clubs in Laois, Offaly, Kildare and Dublin. Local boxers include Mark Darker (Light Heavy), Stewart Byrne (Light Middle), Eoin Lyons (Feather Weight) and Daniel Murphy at Middle Weight. Youth boxers include Niall O’Neill, David McAtamney, Tom Murphy, Declan Davis, Craig Byrne and many more. Shuttle bus from the Square, Ballymore and the Village Inn, Hollywood; tickets €7 available from any committee member or at the door.

The Late Colm Hackett

Much sadness for the Hackett family on the death of Colm Hackett, late of Broadleas, Ballymore Eustace. Survived by his wife Mairead, children Deirdre and Cian, Colm was diagnosed with Motor Neurone disease last year and bore his illness with calm dignity. A quiet man who had a great love of the great outdoors, a huge crowd turned out to support the family during his wake at home, before he made his final journey to St Kevin’s Church, Hollywood where he was laid to rest on Friday last. A gentleman always, the late Colm Hackett, may he rest in peace, amen.

Women’s rugby

Disappointment for Ireland’s senior ladies rugby team on St Patrick’s Day when their match in the RBS Championship ended with a 23 – 6 victory to England. However, the final score-line was not indicative of the play, with Ireland having contained their opponents in a superb first half performance ending in 6 – 6. On resumption of play, the Irish women again matched the world’s number two team but after an hour’s play, England scored a penalty, then a scrum and pulled away from the Irish hopefuls.

The English backs were impenetrable despite some impressive play from Niamh Kavanagh, niece of Gus Kavanagh of Wellfield.

Ballymore is proud of Liffeydale’s Jenny Murphy who is now on the team, our first rugby national player.

Bugle Now On Sale

The Ballymore Bugle is now on sale – with lots of features and photographic pages in this edition. Suzanne Byrne, an experienced graphic designer has put her stamp on this month’s publication with Margaret McDonald, Julie Anne and Jacinta Byrne taking on some of retired Editor Tim’s duties.

Bingo Winner

Congratulations to Teresa Halpin who won the small jackpot, value €1,200 at last week’s Bingo. The large jackpot is still up for grabs; bingo continues on Wednesday nights from 8.30pm in the Resource Centre, all welcome.

Bridge Safety Audit

Following queries from several constituents, Cllr. Ivan Keatley raised the following issue at a recent local area meeting of KCC. Cllr Keatley requested that the Council carry out a safety survey on the bridge in Ballymore Eustace to ensure its safe load capacity. The subsequent council response stated that issues in relation to the safety of bridges are addressed by the NRA and this specific issue has been referred to them for comment. Cllr. Keatley will keep you informed of any developments on this matter and can be contacted on 087-273 1335 or for any other issues.

Library Notes

Flower arranging demonstration with Christine Hughes will be held in Blessington Library on Friday, 30 March at 10.30am. Come along and get some great ideas for Easter floral displays; the event is free and open to all and there will be a free raffle of the displays made by Christine.

Study Skills - a free presentation by Sean Reinhardt (BA) incorporating the Tony Buzan method on Thursday, 22 March at 4pm and Saturday, 31st March at 10.30am to12 noon.

Social media presentation

Tomas Vircik will give a free presentation on Social Media in the library from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, 21 April. Tomas will advise on how best to utilise social media as a business and marketing tool. See or phone 085 100 4297.

HOPE(D) Fundraiser

HOPE (D) presents John Hogan and Murts Country at the Clonard Hotel, Athy on

Sunday, 8 April, doors open 9pm. It promises to be a great night’s entertainment. Please come along and support Hope(D), tickets are €10 and can be purchased in advance by calling Sean on 087 770 8921.

Alternatively, you can purchase on the night. HOPE (D), Helping Other People Endure Depression, provide support services to persons and families coping with depression and the aftermath of suicide. They need your support.

Juvenile Badminton Club

The Juvenile Club’s Annual club tournament will be held in Ryston, Newbridge on Sunday, May 13.

Adult Drawing Workshop

A drawing workshop for adults will be held in the Resource Centre on the second Saturday of every month from 11am to 13.30pm on the following dates: April 14, May 12and June 9. Price €20 per person, materials provided for an extra cost of €5 or you can supply your own which must include smooth cartridge paper A3 (or larger), rough sketching paper, charcoal stick, putty rubber and a selection of softer grade Pencils (2B-8B). Tea and coffee provided; must be pre-booked, contact Fiona on 087 633 3406 or view