BALLYHEIGUE NOTES – Michael Burkett

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BALLYHEIGUE NOTES – 29-11-2016

“THE FIELD”: The staging of John B. Keane’s famous play “*The Field” *by
the Ballyheigue Community Players is causing a seasonal stir in the
cultural life of the parish. The handling of the production by their
artistic director, Fr. Tom Leane, brings forth lovely nuances of thought
and feeling embedded in the rural story. The way all the actors interpret
the story line shows the depth of talent which imbues the skilled cast,
while the casting of the same actors in the play is just perfect as they
embody the forces at work in the tragic tale. The final performance this
Friday 2nd Dec. at 8.00pm in the Centre is well worth seeing.

BOOK LAUNCH: The Heritage Group wishes to thank everyone for the
co-operation in making the recent launch of *Going Global for God* so
successful. Led by piper Danny Houlihan, a Guard of Honour, 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.

Mayor, Cllr. Michael O’Shea gave a Civic Welcome to the Nuncio, Most Rev.
Archbishop Charles Brown, which was followed by a concert featuring the
Ardfert Singers and local and regional talent. A Ceremony of Candle
Lighting symbolised the input of the missionaries into the continents of
the world, and Tom Kennedy played ‘Abide with Me’ in their memory.

Following an illustrated talk the Papal Nuncio praised both the study and
global outreach of the missionaries.

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.
The 520 page book, which contains a CD, is on sale in the local and
regional shops. An ideal Christmas gift for you and your friends!

COACH TO KNOCK SHRINE: On the Vigil (7th December) of the Feast of the
Immaculate Conception, O’Shea’s coach will collect passengers who wish to
travel to Knock at 3.45pm from outside Costcutter’s Shop. Further
information may be had from O’Shea’s at 066-7180123.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Draughts training for U-10s, U-12s and U-14s will go ahead
in Bouleenshere school on Tuesday at 5-6. Anybody interested in Art, Model
Making or Music please contact Fiona 085 785 8229. Once again we are
looking for anybody who might be interested in coaching a team event to
contact Fiona.

DEATH: The death took place of Kathleen Mulqueen, Caherulla. Removal was
on Wednesday evening from Hartnett’s Funeral Home to St. Mary’s Church,
Ballyheigue. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Thursday and burial afterwards
in the Holy Family Cemetery, Ballyheigue R.I.P. Sympathy to her relatives
and friends.

FLOWER DEMONSTRATION: A Christmas Flower Demonstration by Kathleen Reidy
will be held in ‘Buds Resource Centre’ Ballyduff on Thursday 8th December
at 8.00pm. All arrangements will be raffled. Admission €5. Refreshments
included in admission fee.

ENABLE IRELAND: Kerry Services would like to thank the volunteers and
parishioners who supported our Church Gate collection last weekend. The
total raised was €354.41. This money will be used to support our services
in Co. Kerry. Many thanks for all your help.

COURSING LOTTO: The following numbers were drawn on Monday 21st November
in the Ballyheigue & District Coursing Club Lotto: 10-13-18-25. Jackpot
was not won. The €50 winner was Tony Daughton, C/o Sean. The €25 winners
were: Claire Reidy, C/o John B., Frances Fitzgerald, C/o Macs and Mike
Sheehy, C/o Sean. Next week’s Jackpot €5,400.

CLANMAURICE CREDIT UNION LTD: 40th Anniversary Member’s celebration
Saturday 3rd December from 10am-1pm. Former Board members, supervisors,
staff and teller’s celebration Sunday 4th December from 4pm-6pm. Ailish
Segal Clanmaurice Credit Union Ltd.​

GAA LOTTO: The following numbers were drawn at last Sunday’s Lotto:
3-26-28-29. The Jackpot of €4,700 was not won. Next week’s Jackpot will
be €4,750. The two €50 winners were: Mona O’Sullivan, C/o Flor Casey, Church
Road and Liz O’Connor, Ballylongane. The €25 winner was Ella Casey,
Dirtane.

GAA AGM: The AGM of Ballyheigue GAA Club will be held in the Club Rooms
on Sunday evening 18th December at 6.00pm. Nomination and Motion forms are
available from Secretary – Mike Mulvihill. All nomination and motion forms
must be returned to the Secretary on or before 11th December 2016.

*EXPECT HELP – Poem*

I received a letter, recently, from a special lady. I have never met her,
or spoken to her. She writes regularly and sends gifts. This time she
sent me religious tracts to pass on; this I have done.

Her writing paper sported a Pre-Raphaelite picture. A gilded angelic
being; supporting a female with another female figure holding, or healing
her. The writing below it reads:-

‘Expect help, a Divine Power more magnificent than anything else

that exists on the planet is ready to support our every move’.

I could not help but dwell on this. Expect help. We pray, plead,
petition, but do we ever just expect help? So simple.

A Divine Power is ready to support our every move.

We make life so complicated, especially when things are not going too
well. We become overwhelmed by adverse human conditions; they are awesome
while they have a hold. But, like everything else, good and bad, they do,
eventually, pass away.

This help that we can expect comes from a Divine Power more magnificent
than anything else that exists on the planet. WOW!

When I feel vulnerable I am going to tell myself, “Expect Help”. The
positive thought will bring the help; the Divine is waiting, listening.

The religious cards my friend sent me have been passed on to others for
their enlightenment. I wonder if she realizes just how much the message on
her sheet of writing paper has touched me.

We never know how much we touch each others’ lives with a simple act of
kindness, or just a sheet of writing paper.

Valery Dearling (066)7133718