Ballingarry

Christmas Lights - Ballingarry Christmas Street Lighting and lighting the tree at The Cross took place on Saturday Night last, December 8th (after evening Mass). A huge crowd turned out to witness the occasion. Fr. Quirke PP blessed the lights, which were then turned on by Santa Claus, who met the children and accepted their letters. Red bows were placed on the Christmas tree in remembrance of those who could not with us this year. Bows are still available at a nominal fee of E2 per bow. Any contributions will be welcome to help defray expenses on the night. For more details please contact Imelda at (087) 2444819.

Christmas Lights - Ballingarry Christmas Street Lighting and lighting the tree at The Cross took place on Saturday Night last, December 8th (after evening Mass). A huge crowd turned out to witness the occasion. Fr. Quirke PP blessed the lights, which were then turned on by Santa Claus, who met the children and accepted their letters. Red bows were placed on the Christmas tree in remembrance of those who could not with us this year. Bows are still available at a nominal fee of E2 per bow. Any contributions will be welcome to help defray expenses on the night. For more details please contact Imelda at (087) 2444819.

Ballingarry Parish Journal 2012 - is now on sale in all local shops & surrounding areas or from any committee member, price €10. The Committee would like to thank everyone for their contribution to the Journal, photographs & items all very much appreciated.

Cuan Saor - There will be a Clothes Drive for Cuan Saor, the womens refuge centre for domestic violence on Saturday, December 15th from 11am-12 noon in the Community Centre. Any donations of adult clothes, kids clothes, toys, blankets etc., that are in good condition would be appreciated or any donations that you make would be appreciated, Please help those who are less fortunate this Christmas. Contact (087) 2444819 for further details.

Shoebox Appeal - Despite the recession your response to the Shoebox Appeal has been outstanding and saw an increase on last year’s number!  I am delighted to have forwarded 132 beautifully filled shoeboxes to the Thurles Centre.  These boxes are destined for the Black Sea Port City of Odessa in Ukraine.  Last year 47,388 shoeboxes were sent to the Odessa region.  Thank you for your involvement and for bringing a box full of happiness into the lives of 132 children this Christmas.

Ballingarry Juvenile G.A.A. - On Friday, 3rd December we held our Annual A.GM. The following people were elected as officers of the club: President: Dick Butler; Vice President: Fr. Derry Quirke. Chairman: Eddie Ryan. Vice Chairman: Tony Walsh. Secretary: Kathleen Walton. Assistant Secretary: Julie O’Halloran. Joint Treasurers: Eileen Fennelly and Liam Murray. PRO: Claire Ivors. Delegates to South Board: John Ryan, Liam Ryan & Eddie Ryan. School Liaison Officer: Margaret Walsh; Club Coaching Liaison Officer: Claire Ivors; Managers: U/6: Liam Cahill; U/8: To Be Confirmed; U/10: John Ryan and Aidan Linnane; U/12: Liam Ryan and Eddie Ryan; U/14: Blondie Ivors; U/16: Noel Walsh. We would like to thank everyone who took on a role and wish them every success for the year ahead, especially the managers as we know it will involve a lot of time and commitment on their part. Registration night will be organised in the new year to collect membership for all juvenile players. Well done to our U/12’s team who won the final of the Ned Quinn Hurling Tournament. They travelled to Carrigeen Co. Kilkenny for the last number of weekends to play under lights against various teams. They defeated Clonmel Óg in the final. Thanks to all who participated in this tournament and big thanks to the managers and the parents for making the effort to take the kids down that distance.

Annual Parish Raffle - The Annual Parish Raffle was held last Sat. night after Mass. Details next week.

Ballingarry Credit Union - is open every Friday night from 7.30 p.m. – 9 p.m. New Members welcome.

Community Alert - Watch out for your neighbours. Report anything suspicious, Garda (052) 9154100. Senior Citizens wear your Community Alert alarm at all times.

St. Josephs Graveyard - Queries, Freephone 1800 20 26 27.

Newsletter - Please email all items for the newsletter to: ballingarrynewsletter@gmail.com