BALLYHEIGUE NOTES – Michael Burkett
BALLYHEIGUE NOTES – Michael Burkett
VISIT: The Apostolic Nuncio, Most Rev. Archbishop Charles Brown visited
Ballyheigue last Saturday 19th November 2016. The programme of Events was
At 11.00am he celebrated Mass in St. Mary’s Church.
At 12noon he opened and blessed Gairdín Mhuire at the Holy Well.
At 2.00pm Ballyheigue celebrated its rich heritage when he launched the
narrative of the outreach of the Parish of Ballyheigue to the world…’Going
Global for God’.
Congratulations to Micheál ÓhAllmhuráin for his work of art.
BOOK LAUNCH: The Heritage Group wishes to thank everyone for the
co-operation that made the launch of *Going Global for God* so successful
last Saturday. Led by piper Danny Houhilan, a Guard of Honour, consisting
of groups of women and men of the parish and the local Youth Club proceeded
up the street to the Community Centre, where the Apostolic Nuncio, the
Bishop and the Mayor of Kerry were received by a welcoming party.
After the playing of the national anthem, Mayor, Cllr. Michael O’Shea gave
a Civic Welcome to the Nuncio Most Rev. Archbishop Charles Brown. A concert
was then staged in memory of the missionaries and in honour of the Nuncio.
It featured the Ardfert Singers who performed harmonic renditions of
classical hymns and songs. Local and regional talent also entertained the
audience. After the Ceremony of Candle Lighting, which symbolised the input
of the missionaries into the continents of the world, Tom Kennedy played
‘Abide with Me’ as a bugle call of reverence for the dead.
Preceding the Launch Micheál Ó hAllmhuráin gave an illustrated talk on how
the book came to be. Then Bishop Ray Browne and Fr. Tom Leane welcomed the
publication. In his address the Papal Nuncio gave high praise to the
missionaries, who worked so diligently for the Church, and to the way their
stories were unfolded in the beautiful book.
Presentations of gifts, crafted by David Monson and Phil Casey, were made
on behalf of the community to the Nuncio, the Bishop and Mayor of Kerry, in
appreciation of their support for the serious study of the work of our
caring ancestors both at home and abroad.
The 520 page book, which contains a CD, now goes on sale in the local and
regional shops for just 25 euros. It will make a lovely Christmas gift for
anyone with an interest in local history and in gaining a deeper knowledge
of the nature of the Irish Diaspora
THE FIELD: Don’t miss the Ballyheigue Community Players spectacular
production of “The Field” by John B Keane in the Community Centre Hall on
the following four November dates: Friday 25th, Saturday 26th ; Wednesday
30th ; and again on Friday 2nd December. Doors Open at 7.30pm and
Production starts at 8.00 sharp. Tickets €10 each. Ticket Office open in
Ballyheigue Community Centre (066)7133837 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
from 9.30am – 5.00pm and in local businesses in Ballyheigue. Refreshments
on the night. All proceeds towards the sound system for Ballyheigue
Community Centre’s Hall.
RACES: Following the recent AGM of Ballyheigue Strand Race Committee the
following Officers were elected:
President – Jimmy Brown. Vice Presidents – Sean O’Halloran , P.V.O’Connell
Brendan O’Carroll. Chairman – Michael Leane. Vice Chairman – John
Secretary – Sean Keane. Assistant Secretary – Liam O’Mahony.
Treasurers – Ann Leane Kissane and Timothy Kenny.
Receiver of Entries – Brendan Dunne. P.R.O. – Tom Lawlor
Clerks of the Course – John P.Corridan and Mike O’ Halloran.
Starters – Christy O’Mahony and Sylvie Carroll. Judges – Brendan O’Carroll
Thomas Roche. Safety Officer – John Brassil.
RACES: A meeting of Ballyheigue Strand Race Committee will be held on
25th November @ 8 pm in The KL Lounge. All members are asked to attend.
COMMUNITY GAMES 2017: As we prepare to get started for our upcoming year in
Ballyheigue Community Games we are looking for some support. If anybody
would be interested in coaching Quiz team, Music or entering Singing please
contact Fiona on 085 746 9698. We hope to enter a Tag Rugby team in next
year’s events, if anybody is interested keep your eyes on these notes. Just
a reminder that we will again be holding our Annual Table Quiz at Christmas
in Flahive’s Bar on Thursday 29th December. Your support is very greatly
appreciated always and we hope you all can mark the date in your
calendars. Again we had a very successful year and in order for all these
events to continue we need financial support also.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: Ballyheigue St. Vincent de Paul is there to provide
advice and support. To contact us ’phone: 086-0885034.
ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: Evening of Reflection and Prayer for Ballyheigue
(men’s group) Thursday 24th November. 7.30pm – 10.30pm
AN HOUR OF PRAYER Using Scripture (Lectio Divina: Sr. Elizabeth Gilmartin,
Tuesday 22nd Nov. 7.00 – 8.00pm.
CHRISTIAN MORALITY: The Faith Lived by Fr. Sean Sheehy, Wednesday 23rd
November, 7.00pm -8.30pm.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT DAY: “Be Gentle As You walk with Grief”: Tess Daughton
& Maire G. Stewart, Saturday, 26th Nov. 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Tel:066-7134276 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CRAFT FAIR: Ballyduff Craft Fair will take place in Ballyduff Community
Centre on Sunday 27th November from 11am to 5pm. For more information,
contact Betty on (087)6403152 or Marie on (087)2424508.
COURSING LOTTO: The following numbers were drawn on Monday 14th November
in the Ballyheigue & District Coursing Club Lotto; 5-7-21-25. Jackpot was
not won. The €50 winner was Liz O’Keeffe, C/o John B. The €25 winners
were: Kitty Brennan, Maurice J. Harmon, C/o Macs and Christina Nealon.
Next week’s Jackpot €5,350.
GAA LOTTO: The following numbers were drawn at last Sunday’s GAA Lotto
4-6-18-21. The Jackpot of €4,650 was not won. Next week’s Jackpot will be
€4,700. The two €50 winners were: Valerie Barrett, Mountway and Aisling
Cronin, Caherulla. The €25 winner was Carina Kenny, Tiduff.
‘HALL OF FAME’: Congratulations to our own James O’Connor who was presented
with the ‘Hall of Fame’ by the North Kerry Hurling Board at their very
successful Awards Night in Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Friday night last.
James had to emigrate to England in the ’50s where he set-up the Bros
Pearse Hurling Club. He became Chairman and they took part in the
Yorkshire Championship. He then moved to London in the early ’60s and got
involved with the Kingdom Club; again serving as Chairman of the hurling
section. The team was made up of Kerry players and won the London Junior
(1970) and Intermediate Championships (1971). On returning to Kerry and
Tralee in the ’70s, he got involved with Austin Stack’s and later with the
Ballyheigue club. Over the past 20 years James has been involved with the
North Kerry Board, serving as PRO Oifigeach Cúltúrha and Treasurer. He had
great interest in Irish music and culture and has made huge contribution to
Scór and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, having served as Chairman of C.C.E.
Ciarrai. Treasurer of C.C.E. in Munster and Munster Delegate on the
National Council of C.C.E. James served as Ballyheigue Delegate to the Co.
Board and is the present President of the Ballyheigue GAA Club. A well
deserved Hall of Fame, James.
UNDER-15 ‘MAN OF THE MATCH’: Well done to Nathan Guerin who was presented
with his Trophy for his ‘Man of the Match’ display in the Tom Healy Shield
Final at the North Kerry Hurling Board awards night in Ballyroe Height
Hotel on Friday night last. Nathan was deservedly ‘Man of the Match’ with
his accuracy from frees and play. He capped his display with a wonderfully
taken goal to bring his scoring tally in the final to 1-4. A well deserved
Award for Nathan.