MUSIC GALORE - The next event in Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre is on Saturday, 18 August when Maria Doyle-Kennedy, Liam O’Maonlaí and Ronan O’Snodaigh will perform together for the first time. Maria Doyle Kennedy (born Maria Josephine Doyle, 24 September 1964) was born in Clontarf, Dublin and graduated from Trinity College with a joint honours degree in political science and business. Her music career started in the mid 1980’s when she joined a band while still in college. In 2001 she founded her own music label, Mermaid Records and released her debut solo album Charm. In 1991 she started her acting career, playing the role of Natalie, one of the backing singers in a home-grown film, The Commitments where she performed amazing solo renditions of ‘I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You’ and ‘Bye Bye Baby’. Going from strength to strength Maria’s more best known current roles would have been as Queen Katherine of Aragon in the award winning TV series, The Tudors.
Rónán Ó’Snodaigh was born on 1 January, 1970. He is a musician, poet and lead vocalist in a band called Kila. He has released 4 albums to date. Rónán plays many instruments including the Conga, Bodhrán, Djembe, the bongos and the guitar.
The last of this trio is Liam Ó’Maonlaí who was born on 7 November, 1964 in Monkstown, Co. Dublin. He is best known as one of the founder members of the Hothouse Flowers which he formed in 1985 with a schoolmate.
In 2005 he released a solo album called ‘Rian’ which is a collection of tunes and songs in Gaelic.
This combination of talent is bound to make for an unforgettable evening in Ballykeeffe.
Tickets are €20 each and are on sale at the Kilkenny Book Centre and Rollercoaster Records.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK - Last call for anyone wishing to go on the trip to Knock for the Novena on 22 August, 2012. The main theme of the Novena is the Eucharist and Life. The Apostolic nuncio archbishop Charles Brown will be in Knock on that day and his Homily will be “The Future of the Church in Ireland”. Names to Elsie Dooley on 056 7769304 / 087 9885548 or Peggy Hoyne 056 7769290 / 086 1970468.
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - On Saturday, 25 August everyone is welcome to join local herbalist Jenny Dunne between 2pm and 4pm for a herb identification walk in the stunning woodlands of Ballykeeffe Nature Reserve.
Get a sense of the myriad of healing plants and their uses that grow in abundance in the Irish countryside. Admission is free.
P.A.L. CLUB OUTING - Anyone who is interested in travelling on the P.A.L. Club annual outing are to please contact Mary Egan on 056 7725332 so that the bus can be booked. Regardless of the weather Mary has assured a great day is in store.
FAMILY CARERS COURSE - For anyone caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland is holding a free 5 week course of training for family carers. The venue is the Ormond Hotel, Kilkenny for 5 evenings from 7pm to 9:30pm. For further details or to book a place (spaces are limited) contact Ruth on 056 7771230.
INDOOR MARKET - Callan Indoor Food & Craft Market takes place in Droicheád Family Resource Centre, The Friary, Mill Street, Callan every Friday from 9am to 2pm. Produce on offer includes fresh fruit & veg., cakes, breads, eggs, savoury dishes, fresh local meat, handcrafted cards, calendars, hair fascinators, turned & sculpted wood, sewing and knitting embroidered gifts, jewellery and handmade soap.
All are welcome to come along, have a browse or buy some locally produced products at very reasonable prices, relax in the Cafe with a nice cuppa. All support greatly appreciated.
WARMER HOMES - If you are a owner occupier in a house constructed before 2002 and are in receipt of either; fuel allowance OR job seekers allowance for over six months and with children under 7 years of age OR receiving Family Income Support then you may be entitled to funds to cover insulation costs to improve your home by making it more comfortable, healthier and more energy efficient. For further information contact Kilkenny Leader Partnership on 056 7752111
CHILDCARE FACILITY - Enrolment is on-going for the Autumn term in Droicheád Childcare, Callan. Free pre-school places are still available. Children between 3 years and 3 months and 4 years, 10 months, may be entitled to 5 free mornings or afternoons under the ECCE Scheme.
Anyone planning on returning to education in September 2012 may be entitled to substantially reduced childcare fees under the Childcare Education Training Scheme (CETS).
Those receiving a social welfare payment or in possession of a medical card may be entitled to childcare fees under the Subvention scheme.
For further information on the various schemes outlined above or to view the state of the art facility are asked to please contact Maggie on 056 7755519 Ext 2. Limited places are available.
LOCAL LOTTO - Numbers drawn on Monday, 30 July were 19-21-32. Congratulations to the Jackpot winner. Promoters’ prizes go to Rene Doyle, Jerry Ryan and Ann Neary.
Numbers drawn on Tuesday, 7 August were 9-26-31. There was no winner of the €500 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five winners of the €30 prizes. Promoters’ prizes were won by Mary Dunphy, Jerry Ryan and Martin McGrath.
MOUNT CARMEL DRAW - Congratulations to Edward Murphy, Knockeenbawn; Billy Neary, Dareen; Michael Neary, Ballylarkin; Mary Dillon, Great Oak; Philomena Butler, Ballycallan; Rene Doyle, Kilmanagh and Gerry Dunne Kilmanagh who were lucky winners in the draw. Mary Egan and Caroline Murphy wish to thank most sincerely all who made them welcome and subscribed towards the draw.
WEDDING BELLS - Married recently in St. Aidan’s Church, Kilmanagh were Avril Wellwood, Ballykeeffe and Pierre-Etienne Foucard, France.
The ceremony was celebrated by Rev. Elaine Hamilton, Jessica Healy and Ashleigh Baxter whilst the group was attended to by Alexis Foucard, Damien Foucard and Thomas Wick. Ross Wellwood was the usher.
The prayers were read by Jayne Ryan, Damien Foucard, Ruth Kennington and Francois Bressac. Organist was Elizabeth Larkin-Browne The ceremony was followed by a reception in Newpark Hotel. The couple are wished many happy years of wedded bliss.
RUBY ANNIVERSARY - Congratulations are wished by everyone to May and Michael Dermody, Kilmanagh on the occasion of forty years of wedded bliss recently.
RAFFLE RESULTS - The winners for the recent Ballykeeffe Raffle are:
First prize - Ormond Hotel Voucher - Anne Boland.
Second prize - Load of timber or monetary equivalent - Joanne Purcell, Freshford.
Third prize - Pennyfeather voucher - James Cahill.
Fourth prize - John Deere Jacket - Claire Roberts.
Fifth prize - Ballycallan Plant Centre voucher - Mary McGrath.
Sixth prize - Bottle of Spirits - Claire Roberts. Thanks to all the sponsors for their great support.
UNDER 8 CAMOGIE - The summer weather is disappointing and rain is unrelenting but spirits were lifted by St. Brigid’s under 8s on Saturday, 28 July in James Stephens, Larchfield where this great group of girls were on a winning streak.
The girls faced Dicksboro in their first match where they conceded an early goal but replied with two goals of their own in quick succession.
Moya, Lauren Ronan, Orla and Ellie started in mid field and did great work sending a great supply of ball into the forwards.
The forwards saw plenty of action as Louise, Lauren East and Robyn worked very well and helped score several goals.
The defence was solid throughout as Claire, Molly Dunne and Katie Maher worked hard and ensured that Molly Lawlor had only a couple of fantastic saves to make.
The girls really settled down in the second half and were totally tin control of the game when the final whistle blew.
After a short break the girls faced James Stephens and got off to a great start with a few early goals. The girls played in different positions in this match and showed just how versatile they are.
Molly Dunne, Robyn, Lauren E. and Claire were in midfield. Orla, Louise and Molly L. were in defence while Lauren R., Moya and Ellie did great work in the forwards. Katie Maher was great as usual in goal.
The girls were easy winners in the end of another great day for the team. Well done girls, the hard work has really paid off.
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