IFA- Ballyhale Branch of the I.F.A. held their A.G.M. on Thursday 29 November. Guest speaker Joan Fitzpatrick, Chairman of Kilkenny County Executive, gave a detailed account of activities of the various committees within the organisation throughout the year and she thanked Ballyhale branch for their ongoing support. The incoming committee are: Chairman Jim Healy; Vice Chairman William Holohan; Secretary Eddie Doyle; Delegates to the County Executive Michael Drennan and Miriam O’Keeffe. The Branch proposed a vote of sympathy to the families of the late Sean Malone and Martin Duggan, R.I.P.
Scoil Aireagail - Scoil Aireagail presents ‘An evening of Music and Song’ in the Carmelite Friary, Knocktopher on Wednesday 12 December at 8pm. Proceeds on the night go towards the St. Vincent de Paul. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Admission on the door Adults €5 and children €2.
Parents Association - The Ballyhale Parents Association will be holding a Christmas Craft Fair in the Parochial Hall on Saturday, 8 December from 2 to 5pm. The fair is an opportunity for local producers to showcase their talents and goods and take orders for Christmas. Tables will include handmade jewellery, clips and brooches. Knitwear. Handmade cards and keepsakes, Christmas wreaths and table arrangements, Christmas tree decorations, dolls and advent calendars, all lovingly made by hand. Educational toys, a cake sale, book stall, sweet stall and lots more. Why not enjoy tea and some refreshments while your children play in the kiddie’s corner or have your nails done for your night out. There will be two raffles on the day with prizes ranging from a weekend away hotel break, a salon voucher, makeover, hampers and much more. Tickets will be on sale during the month of November, 2 euro for one and 5 euro for 3. For all the Shamrock fans out there the second raffle will be more of interest to you. We have a child Ballyhale Shamrocks jersey signed by all the 2012 County Final Winners up for grabs. These tickets can only be purchased on the day so don’t miss out. This could be the perfect Christmas present for a devoted little Shamrocks fan.
LIGHTS ACTION - The Ballyhale Development Association will be officially starting Christmas with the turning on of the Christmas lights on the night and we will be supporting this by providing tea and refreshments afterwards. We are appealing for your support through your donations of homemade cakes and buns, new or unused gift items, bottles and toys. All the proceeds of the Christmas Fair go directly towards the local national school and your support and generosity would be greatly appreciated. If you would be interested in taking a table, have anything to donate or want to buy some tickets, then you can contact Catherine O’Mahoney 0876791894, Irene Lennon 0879504634.
BDA - The Ballyhale Development Association turning on of Christmas Tree lights will be held on Saturday 8 Dec after 7.30 pm Mass. The Children’s choir will be present for carol singing. All are very welcome to attend.
Shamrocks - There was bitter disappointment for the Shamrocks senior hurling team as they lost out by a point against Oulart the Ballagh, who now progress to the Leinster Final. The Shamrocks made a bright start scoring freely. They missed just one goal chance early in the game. Oulart fought their way back in to the game and the Shamrocks gave themselves only a slender lead going into half-time. By then though talisman and leader Henry Shefflin had gone off injured, despite bravely trying to play on for several minutes with the injury (a suspected broken bone in his ankle). Shamrocks led right to the end of ordinary time but Oulart got the winner in injury time in Wexford Park. After the last day manager Tommy Shefflin had predicted that the goals would come for this team – and they certainly did. Two clear cut goals were disallowed by referee Barry Kelly which would have won it, one other goal chance came but was saved. A few difficult points chances were missed late in the game – when it was hard to engineer a score of any kind. All our players can hold their heads high though as they all worked incredibly hard to win this game. Many had attended the wedding the night before but had been very disciplined and had gone home early. Certainly no effects were shown by Michael Dermody, Bob or Mark Aylward, Eamonn Walsh or Cha, Michael or Colin Fennelly or indeed Captain David Hoyne or any of the players. For his overall work-rate Michael Fennelly was probably our best player but the proof that ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’ must rest with Cha! The County can console itself with the though that ‘our’ players will get a much needed rest over the winter, including the now injured Henry Shefflin. It is hard to see that being much consolation to a team who were genuinely up for a tilt at the All-Ireland title though. They will have to remain satisfied with yet another senior County title, cementing the club’s claim to be one of the best ever in the County – and there is always next year! Another successful Shamrocks team in 2012 were the Under 14’s. We would like to belatedly congratulate the players on winning Roinn B Under 14 championship. Their management team of Paul O’Donoghue, Brendan Mason and Sean Holden would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for their support throughout the year. Along the way the team beat Erin’s Own, Slieverue, Graigue-Ballycallan and then beat Barrow Rangers in the Final. Quite impressively they scored no less than 2 goals in every game. Overall they scored 10-51 in four Championship games and only conceded 4-33. It would appear that the future Henry Shefflin’s, Cha Fitzpatrick’s, Michael & Colin Fennelly’s, Eoin & TJ Reid’s are already here!
Southend - U-13 soccer: The boys were away to Thomastown Utd. in the league last Saturday and found themselves one down after 3 minutes when they conceded a penalty. The boys started to find their feet and were level by half time after Eoin Walsh treaded a great pass to Eoin Cody who lobbed the keeper from twenty yards. The boys were ahead within three minutes of the second half when John Shorthall calmly slotted home and minutes later John turned provider when he got to the end line and squared the ball to Adam Masood who blew the net out of it with a powerful finish. Eoin Cody added another goal shortly after and Eoin Walsh rounded off the scoring when he picked up the ball forty yards from goal and dribbled in to the box to fire home with a low shot. Great defending by Reece Anderson and Liam Barron kept Thomastown at bay and the score finished with a 5-1 victory and a great team performance. Southend united will be holding a table quiz this coming Saturday in Andy’s. Details on their Facebook page, from Michael O’Sullivan or any member of the Committee.
Congratulations - Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Aylward! Robbie Aylward (Castlebanny), son of Sean and Mary married Cindy Knox (Knockwilliam), daughter of Tom and Martina Knox last Friday in Ballyhale. The Mass was celebrated by our former Parish priest Fr. Peter Kehoe O.Carm. Their wedding Mass was followed by a reception in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny City. All the Knox girls were involved in the wedding and Robbie’s pals Michael Dermody and Liam Walsh were among the groomsmen. Robbie & Cindy’s relationship has survived and blossomed despite at times them being at different stages of career paths, in different cities and even at times different countries and we all know how much they were looking forward to their big day and to spending their lives together. Congratulations to them both!
Best WisheS - Best wishes to a very well know Knockmoylan man who is currently recovering following a very serious operation in recent weeks! We all wish him a full and speedy recovery.
Man Utd - A small select group of dedicated Manchester United fans, led by one Andy O’Keeffe made their Annual trip to Old Trafford recently to watch a home game there and to sample the tourist attractions in the city. They all arrived safely home too, after an enjoyable weekend – and a win!