27 Jun 2022

Ballitore, Narraghmore, Crookstown news

charity cycle

charity cycle

Esther Tallon tells us “We held our local launch last Friday evening in the Osprey Hotel, attended by John Doyle, Padraig Fogarty and Emer Fogarty and some of our generous event sponsors. Both John and Padraig cycled in The Leinster Loop last year, and are hoping to take part again on Sunday August 19. We’re expecting Emer to make her début this year in the 50km Cill Dara Cruise.

The National Launch is planned for to-morrow Wednesday, June 20 at Government Buildings – we’re delighted to announce that it will be attended by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny and two legendary Tour de France winners – Stephen Roche and Pedro Delgado!

Further details and registration are available on – we’ll have a full report on the big launch next week!

All funds raised will be for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) and St Laurence’s Community Complex. For now we’re asking you to put the date in your calendar, as we need all the volunteers and cyclists we can get! Last year’s event was a great success – as a community volunteer day, as a fundraiser, and it was also a great day out for the participants. We’re looking forward to doing it all again, with your help.”

Play school open day

Catherine’s Leanbh Og Preschool Open Day is on Wednesday June 20 from 1pm to 5pm. To book your child for September or view the preschool facility and meet the staff, please call to the preschool Open Day at Battlemount, Ballytore, Athy. Contact: Catherine Ging at 059-8636653 or text 087-8206845.

Alice and her musical adventure

Shooting Stars Athy Stage School are proud to announce their upcoming show ‘Alice and her Musical Adventure’ which has been adapted by Isobel Brady from the story of Alice in Wonderland.

After falling down the rabbit hole, Alice sets off on a journey to find the White Rabbit, but on the way she meets some well known characters who she hopes can also help her find her way home.

With a stage full of children from the age of 3 to 16 years, ‘Alice and her Musical Adventure’ is full of well know musical and popular songs that can be enjoyed by all the family. Tickets are available in The Gem, Athy and cost €25 for a family ticket (2adults + 2children), €10 for an adult, €5 for a child and under 3’s are free.

It will be staged in Ard Scoil Na Trionoide on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 June at 7.30pm. Thank you to everyone for their support and for helping us get this show on stage. You can find our business page on facebook under Shooting Stars StageSchool Athy.

Laurence’s Golf Society

St. Laurence’s Golf Society’s next outing is on Saturday June 23 to Mount Wolseley Golf Club.

Meeting house

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

First Responders

For further information on the Ballitore, Crookstown First Responders 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.

Annual Field Day

St. Laurence’s Annual Field Day was held on Sunday June 10 with record attendance and on a beautiful sunny day. All stalls reported brisk business, and the children enjoyed a wide variety of face-painting, sports and the star of the day was the “Dog Show” which proved very successful. Thanks is expressed to all who supported on the day, donated prizes, bought tickets, ticket sellers, and to everyone who helped make the day such a success - thank you.

South Kildare Active Retired

The next meeting will be in Molly O’Looney’s, Narraghmore on Thursday June 28 (the last Thursday of the month) at 8pm. Report on Table Quiz and Auction in next week’s notes.

Golf Classic

The annual golf classic will take place in Rathsallagh on Friday the 27th July, contact Willie Keatley 086 8229840 for further details.

St. Laurences Badminton Club

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.

Whist drive

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

Larries GFC

St Laurences U/11’s played a challenge game against St Josephs Ballyadams on Saturday 9th June. A lovely evening for football and a great game of skilful football by both sides. Thank you to St Joseph’s for hosting the game and looking after our lads so well.

No rest for the Larries on Sunday either as the underage teams played against visiting teams as part of the Annual Field day. The sun shone on the Larries that day as well and lots of fun and games for old and young alike.

Speaking of Fun…St Laurence’s Summer Camp will take place from Monday 9 to Friday 13 July, from 10am to 2.30pm. Always a great week of fun and activity and since we have five years of success under our belt we aim that it will be even more successful this year. Book your places now! Prices are unbeatable at €45 for the first child and €40 for each subsequent child in a family. This includes a St Laurences kit – you can’t go wrong!

Registration forms are available from Anna Fleming on 087 2064677 or, any committee member or in the clubhouse. Full details are on our website Special thanks to our sponsors Vista Primary care and Crookstown N9 Service Station.

St Laurences U6/7 & 8’s have matches against Milltown and Moorefield. Best of luck to all the boys and girls!

Underage bag-packing is on Friday and Saturday 29 and 30 June in Dunne’s Stores Newbridge. Katherine Kavanagh would love to hear from anyone who can give some of their time on either day, many hands make light work as they say and your help is very much appreciated.

Don’t forget that a full range of training gear is available in Buy Design Crookstown.

St Laurence’s Underage are playing challenge games over the coming weeks in preparation for the second phase of the Go games in July. Full schedule to follow check out all updates on our website

Mill Celtic lotto

There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot of €8,700 and the numbers drawn were 4, 28, 30. The €20 winners were Laura O’Neill, Nikki (Kirwans) Tom Wheatley, Sheila Doyle, (Glanbia). Next Lotto Jackpot is €8,800 and the venue is O’Connor’s.


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.

Fixtures for Feile weekend

St Laurence’s are in Group C with Kerry, Tullamore and the host club Laois and Sarsfields.

22/06/12 St Laurences -v- Laois Sarsfields in Mountmellick at 2pm.

23/06/12 St Laurences -v- Tullamore in Tullamore at 11am.

23/06/12 St Laurences -v- Kerry in Tullamore at 12.30.

The winner of this group will progress to the semi-final in Mountmellick on June 23 at 6.30pm.

The membership rates for 2012 are as follows €50 per person, €25 per student/OAP, €80 per couple and €100 per family. New members welcome.

Underage training takes place in Oldgrange on a Wednesday night between 7pm-8pm and on Saturday Mornings between 11am-12pm

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 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.

Newtown Rovers underage

The underage training continues each and every Saturday at Booleigh Cross from 2.30 to 4 pm. Boy and girls between the ages of 6 and 16 living in the Booleigh, Nurney, Kildoon and Narraghmore area are invited to attend.

Also if your interested in getting involved as Manager / Coach contact Club Chairman Noel Poole on 0879534098 or Club Secretary Stacey Moss 0876420714 for more details.

Shrines of Northern Italy

This year the Ballitore Pilgrimage will be taking in the Shrines of Northern Italy leaving on September 25 to October 2. There are a few seats still available. 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.

Church services

Sunday June 17, 9am Narraghmore HC. 10.10am Kinneagh Family Service. 11.30am Timolin HC. Wednesday June 20, 7.30pm Bolton Abbey, Moone Inter Church Couples Services. Sunday June 24, 10am Castledermot HC. 11.30am Timolin Blessing of Pets Service. Friday June 29, 10.30am Timolin National School End of School Year Service.

Walking group

The Walking group meet monday to friday at 7pm in Ballitore Village. If you would like to get out for a walk and a chat for one hour please come along any night, bring flash light, and jacket. There is no charge and all are welcome.


This year there is a new course for the 10K starting at the Peers, left after they go over the Bridge at the Counts gate and along Belan Avenue, pass the Griese View BB and High Cross Inn along the R448 (old N9) to Timolin entry back to Timolin to finish in Moone.

There will be Water stations every 3K along the route. This will be manned by the Timolin Cub Scouts. The Timolin Cub Scouts have been doing this for the past two years, and the committee are very grateful to them for this great work.

Enquiries to Tony at 087 2645882 or Click on Kilomarathon


The Scouts meet in Ballyshannon hall on the following nights:- Beavers on Monday nights for ages 6 - 8 years. Cubs 8 to 11 year olds on Wednesday nights. Scouts 12 year olds plus on Friday nights. For further information contact Jennifer Keogh at 087 6817273.

Humpty Dumpty group

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.

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