Ballyhale: New Years Eve Tractor run

Tractor Run-A second memorial Tractor run for Martin Duggan and Sean Malone has been organized by their family and friends. The run is due to take place on 30 December and registration is at 11am in Ballyhale Hall with departure at 12. Last year’s was a huge run and it is hoped that this year’s will be as large. A Facebook page has been set up by Breena Duggan and Paul Holden to register your interest.

Tractor Run-A second memorial Tractor run for Martin Duggan and Sean Malone has been organized by their family and friends. The run is due to take place on 30 December and registration is at 11am in Ballyhale Hall with departure at 12. Last year’s was a huge run and it is hoped that this year’s will be as large. A Facebook page has been set up by Breena Duggan and Paul Holden to register your interest.

Darts-A third annual memorial Darts tournament in memory of TJ O’Farrell is due to be held on Thursday 27 December in Andy’s Bar, Ballyhale. Entries should be in by 3pm with a draw being made at 4pm. The competition costs €10 to enter and is open to players and non-players, male or female, local or stranger. All proceeds will be donated to the charity AWARE. After the games there will be music by John Joe and Richie and all are welcome.

Parents Association-The Ballyhale National parents Association held a Christmas Fair on December 8 last, to raise money for Scoil Phadraig, Ballyhale. All who attended had a great day which showcased lots of local crafts, small businesses and baked good. The children especially had a wonderful time, with a kiddie’s corner full of arts and crafts; face painting and the girls had their nails painted free of charge.

They would sincerely like to thank all their sponsors who contributed so generously towards the raffle. They were particularly delighted with the Shamrocks signed jersey, to Billy Carroll of Carroll’s Centra, Knocktopher, Jenny Fitzgerald from Jenny’s Cakes, Liam Reddy’s shop in Thomastown, Mulligan’s Pharmacy in Thomastown, Supervalu in Thomastown, Countrylife shop in Ballyhale and Treacy’s Hardware in Thomastown.

The day finished with a tree lighting ceremony organized by Ballyhale Development Association. Then tea, coffee, hot chocolate and refreshments were served in the Parish Hall. They were very glad to have David Hoyne, Ballyhale Shamrocks County final winning Captain to pull the winning ticket for the draw for the Shamrocks’ jersey and they would like to thank David for his time.

Finally they would like to thank all those who supported them on the day or who helped in any way and would wish everyone and all their families a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Southend-In their most recent game there was a great win for Southend United away to Callan, which puts them top of the table over Christmas with games in hand as there is no game in the next two weekends. After unrelenting pressure from Callan for the first 15 minutes Southend struck first through Alan Cuddihy, a tap in at far post after hard work by Joey Gahan on the left flank and the slightest of touches at near post by Keith Murphy who is claiming an assist! Southend finished the first half as the stronger team. Callan started the second half on top again and struck goal 10 minutes in to bring it back all square. After some good play on the right Mark Dunphy crossed in the ball and it deceived their goalkeeper and struck the crossbar to land at Joey Gahan’s feet for him to tap home what would be the winner. Callan pushed hard for the last 30 minutes and only for the heroics of big Eddie Walsh on the goal (with all due respect to Eric ‘The Guns’ Lonergan!) and the crossbar three times Callan would have pulled it back again. The game finished 2-1 to the relief of Southend United. The Team were E. Walsh, M. Dunphy, D. Hoyne, K. Nolan, C. Price, D. O’Brien, M. Keeffe, O. Walsh, P. Gahan, K. Murphy, and A. Cuddihy. K. Bergin for O. Walsh at half time. A great result! The young lads (Under 9’s and Under 11’s) also had two very tough games against Lions and Evergreen A over the weekend.

Shamrocks-The Captaincy of Kilkenny has been decided locally by the Ballyhale Shamrocks Club Committee. They have nominated Colin Fennelly for Captain for 2013. Colin would be the only Shamrocks player on the 2012 panel not to have yet captained Kilkenny. The last four Shamrocks Captains were Henry Shefflin, James ‘Cha Fitzpatrick, Michael Fennelly and TJ Reid. The most decorated player of all time Henry Shefflin will be vice-captain.

Jim Kearns has finished his term as Vice-Chairman of the Southern Board of the GAA. He had served the Board for many years in various capacities and was obliged under the relatively recently introduced ‘5 year rule’ to step down. Jim contested the Chairmanship, with strong backing from his Club but came out just 1 vote short against his old friend and former South Board Secretary Pat Dunphy (Carrigeen). It was remarked on the night that the closeness of the contest demonstrated the esteem in which both men were held. It was also publicly hoped that Jim Kearns would continue to be involved with the Board in some other capacity. Jim has always been and continues to be a very active member of the Kilkenny Supporters Club.

Congratulations-Congratulations to Birthday girls Emilie Darmody (Greywood), Joan Fowler (Ballyhale) and Christabel Walshe (Knockwilliam) and to everyone else who recently celebrated their Birthday!

Christmas-While Christmas is a Happy and Holy time, especially for families with young children, who will rightly be expecting a visit from Santa Claus we would like to take this opportunity to remember all those who will not be with us this Christmas, especially those who were lost in the last year. The thoughts and Prayers of all families in the Parish are no doubt with all bereaved families. We would like to wish all the families in the Parish a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!