BALLYHEIGUE NOTTES – Michael Burkett

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BALLYHEIGUE NOTES – 12th September 2016

“THRASHER” THANKS: The members of the Festival committee wish to thank
everyone who contributed to making the Pattern Events organised by them a
top class success. Those who attended the Diaspora –Homecoming – Day
experienced the great wit of Fr. Paddy Godley and Sonny Egan, while Seán
Quinlan and Bríd Supple spoke on historical and environmental themes. After
Seán had detailed the use of the soup pot on display from his museum, piper
Danny Houlihan played a haunting lament in memory of those who died during
the Famine in our area. The history of threshing was beautifully captured
in images by Noel Casey while Joe O’Sullivan’s photographic exhibition gave
an insight into the range of the material stored in his parish archive. The
presentations were punctuated by songs of exile and home. Everyone enjoyed
tasting all the different food items specially prepared for the Festival,
after Alice Lawlor and Mary Griffin had shown how marmalade was made and
butter was rolled in an ‘old’ traditional kitchen.

The Grand Sessions on the eve of the Pattern created a traditional mood
which moved all present to share thoughts of times past as well as praising
the potency of the community as it prepared to celebrate the meaning of the
Pattern in the path of life. The merry music and the soulful singing by
both local and regional artistes set standards which drew authentic words
of admiration from everyone with a genuine interest in the value of our
traditions.

Many thanks to everyone and especially to Timmy Kenny, Alan O’Sullivan and
Kerry Co. Council for their very generous sponsorship which helped fund the
Festival.

BOOK HUB FOR ADULTS: Ballyheigue Community Centre is appealing for
donations of good quality pre-loved books to help get our new social “Book
Hub” for adults’ initiative off the ground in October. Do you or someone
you know have books yearning to be loved again! If so, we will be only too
pleased to accept them and help someone access the joy a good book can give
its reader where you can meet and greet over a cup of tea/coffee, sit and
read or simply change your book to take home and read.

New “Book Hub” for adults is as follows: Membership of only €10 per annum
allows reader to exchange books weekly or when required. Book Hub for
adults is open in the Community Centre Hall from 10am – 12 Noon on Mondays
(official opening to be confirmed). Donations of books always accepted
every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am – 12 Noon to the office.
Daily Newspapers available to read here, also Tea & Coffee Available.

PATTERN DAY MASS: We were blessed again this year with a wonderful
celebration of the Pattern Day Mass. Our thanks to the large crowds who
came to pray; and to all who organized and assisted in such a professional
manner. The Diaspora-Homecoming- Day and the pre Pattern Thrasher events
built community and celebrated our cultural heritage. May Our Lady be our
strength as we face into Autumn.

PRESENTATION TO FR LEANE: The people of the Parish of Ballyheigue will
make a Presentation to Fr. Tom Leane in the White Sands Hotel on Wednesday
21st September at 8.30pm. After the Presentation finger food will be
provided, complements of the White Sands Hotel. Our local talented
musicians and singers young and older will provide plenty of
entertainment. Everybody is most warmly welcome to this event as we
take the opportunity to thank him for his immense and tireless service
to our Parish and wish him health and happiness as he continues his
Ministry in Dromtariffe.

AGM for PARISH CONTACTS: A gathering of our loyal parish contact people
(and new members) who organise retreat days and evenings and throughout the
year at Ardfert Retreat Centre. Come and Join us on Wednesday 21st
September 2016 from 6.00pm to 9.30pm. Mass celebrated by Bishop Ray Browne
followed by buffet. New contacts welcome. Phone 066-7134276.

SUICIDE PREVENTION IS EVERYONE’S BUSINESS: The HSE, in partnership with
other organisations is developing a Suicide Prevention action Plan for
County Kerry, working with the National Office for Suicide Prevention. We
want as many people as possible to have their say about what should be
included in the plan. Have ‘Your Say’ at our Kerry Suicide Prevention
Engagement Evening. Please see notice board for details of Areas, date and
times and venues at church door.

GAA LOTTO: The following numbers were drawn at last Sunday’s GAA Lotto:
8-13-21-27. The Jackpot of €4,150 was not won. Next week’s Jackpot will
be €4,200. The two €50 winners were: Noel Drury, Marian Park and Chris
Powers, Tides, Ballyheigue. The €25 winner was Isabelle Casey, Bouleenshere.

UNDER 15: The Ballyheigue U-15 hurlers defeated Abbeydorney in the North
Kerry Championship on Wednesday evening. Score Ballyheigue 3-14 and
Abbeydorney 2-11. Team: Jamie Lee, Jack Stack, Ciarain Casey, Seamie
O’Fuaráin, Jordan Goggin, Darran Stack, Tomas Gaynor, Ricky Hussey, Rory
Duggan, Nathan Guerin, Colin Walsh, Brian Styles, Graham Slattery, Conor
O’Sullivan, Jimmy O’Halloran, David O’Mahony, Eric Walsh, Aidan Reidy,
Daniel O’Loughlin, David O’Sullivan, Luke McCrohan.

FIXTURE: North Kerry Under-15 Championship Semi-final Ballyheigue v St.
Brendan’s at Ardfert this Thursday evening at 6.30pm.

GAA TEA-Party: The Ballyheigue GAA Club is holding a fundraising Tea party
at the White Sands Hotel on Sunday 25th September from 3.00pm to 5.00pm.
Admission €5, Music, Dancing and Refreshments. Come along and enjoy a
lovely evening. Everyone welcome.

COURSING LOTTO: The following numbers were drawn on Monday 5th September in
the Ballyheigue & District Coursing Club Lotto: 7-9-13-28. Jackpot was not
won. The €50 winner was Mike Quille. The €25 winners were: Donal
Mulvihill, Dave Harris and J. J. Lee. Next week’s Jackpot €4,850.