Ballymore Eustace

The late Amelia Gobbett

The late Amelia Gobbett

The death occurred recently of the late Amelia Gobbett (née Healy) of Kilmalum, Blessington after a long illness. She is survived by her husband Billy, daughter Louise, son-in-law Ronan, grandchild Emma, sister Daphne and brother James, the extended family and friends. A lovely funeral service was held in St. Mary’s Church, Blessington with the Ballymore Eustace Handball Club forming a guard of honour as a mark of respect to Billy’s contribution to the club over the years. The late Amelia Gobbett, may she rest in peace, amen.

Waste Water Treatment Plant

South Kildare TD, Jack Wall welcomes the announcement of invite to tender for the new Ballymore Eustace Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP). Deputy Wall advises interested parties that news of the tenders were displayed on the Government e-tenders web site yesterday. The scheme provides for the design, manufacture and completed works of a new Wastewater Treatment Plant at Stonebrook Road within a 12 month period, plus maintenance, for a further year. “The plant will be sized to serve a population equivalent of 2,000” said Mr Wall.

“The scheme provides for the construction of an extension to the existing sewerage network, a new pumping station and storm tank at Ballymore Bridge, a foul rising main from the new pumping station to a wastewater treatment plant at Stonebrook Road and a final effluent outfall pipeline to the River Liffey”.

The scheme also provides for the construction of an access road to the new pumping station and for the demolition of an existing wastewater treatment plant at Ballymore Bridge. Ballymore Eustace Tidy Towns welcomes the announcement as the Bridge area and River Walk is a popular facility with the current plant somewhat of an eyesore.

Easter Masses

The following masses and services will be held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception this week: Wednesday, 4 April, 10am mass, confessions after mass; Holy Thursday, 5 April, 8pm mass (The Lord’s Supper), confessions thereafter with adoration at Altar of Repose until 10.30pm. Please note, there is no 10am mass on Thursday.

Good Friday: 3pm, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and Holy Communion; 8pm, the Stations of the Cross followed by confessions. Holy Saturday, confessions from 11am to 1pm, Easter Vigil at 9pm with 10am mass on Easter Sunday.

Pet Farm Bring & Buy

Next Sunday 8 April will see Longstone Pet Farm run their Bring and Buy Sale which are held on the second Sunday of every month from 10am to 1pm. Lay hens, birds and small animals may be bought and sold; no hooved animals, cats or dogs are allowed. The centre sells all pet, poultry and pigeon foods, accessories, fuels and garden furniture and potted plants.

Daffodil Day

The organisers of Daffodil Day coffee morning held in The Thatch wish to sincerely thank everyone for their support. “We also wish to thank the ladies who sold daffodil pins in Hollywood over the weekend and everyone who bought them. Together, we raised over €1,500 for the Irish Cancer Society; all funds raised will be used to support services in the local area” said organizers Janet Robinson and Aileen Murphy.

‘Cinta Cups It!

At Daffodil Day coffee morning in The Thatch, a giant cup cake with iced narcissi, daffodils and golden daffs was donated by Sheryl Horan whose confectionery skills are renowned. ‘Cinta O’Rourke was the lucky winner and delighted to have an unique cake for son Thomas’s birthday. Full list of raffle winners in the next edition of the Ballymore Bugle.

Children’s nature trails

If you’re looking to give children an innovative Easter experience over the holidays, then see what Nature Connection and Survival Skills has to offer. Ciara Hinksman is owner and mentor of Earth Force Education and lives in neighbouring Hollywood. As an environmental educator, she teaches children and adults to re-connect with nature, how to identify the tell tale signs of animals and fauna all around us and some basic survival skills.

So get the kiddies away from TV and the X Box over the holidays and get them outside.

A consultant educator with Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Ciara was filmed by RTÉ 2 recently, working with primary schools, teaching ways to save energy.

Check out Next events will be held on Weds 4, Sat 7, Tues 10, Weds 11 and Sat 14 April. Places must be pre-booked, ages 8 years and over, parents are encouraged to participate also – contact 086 31 99 515.

Ballymore Bugle

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

The next deadline for April edition is Wednesday, April 11. Reminders please that as this is a pre-raceweek edition, space will be tight so earliest submission will secure space.

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Library Notes

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. 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.

Ballymore Gigs

Mick Murphy’s is the venue, 9pm start for Ballymore Gigs’ April line-up. Tonight, Tuesday 3 April sees Susan Tomelty and Pat Farrell (IRL) perform in what is described as a “great Dublin-based Blues/R&B Act – with superb guitar from Pat Farrell”. Admission €12. On Monday April 16, Paddy Nash (NI), an emerging Derry singer/songwriter will perform. Admission €12. Monday April 23 sees Pat Coldrick, Irish virtuoso classical guitarist perform. Pat is accomplished in his playing, having studied classical guitar and plays a varied repertoire of original pieces, interpretations of well known songs and classical standards, admission €12.

Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart (USA) take centre stage on Monday, April 30. Both former ‘Dukes’ (Steve Earle & The Dukes), this husband and wife duo are as Americana as it gets, playing a blend of blues, folk, roots, country, rock in smooth vocal harmonies, admission tbc.

Juvenile Badminton Club

The Juvenile Club’s Annual club tournament will be held in Ryston, Newbridge on Sunday, May 13. Full details will follow in the next few weeks but groups should be selected in similar format to last year’s with the younger members playing in the morning and the older ones in the afternoon. All members must have their own racquet on the day, they can be purchased any week at the Bandhall for €10. Any queries, please contact a supervisor or Laura on 087 821 8566.

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

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.