Sunday, April 22, 2007

Big Birthdays
Happy Birthday to Mary Healy Dooley who celebrated a ‘mature’ birthday recently. Now you have to start acting like a middle-aged Mammy, Mary……….two chances!
Fr.Sean Breen has got to three score and ten in the last few weeks. Well done. Keep the winners coming. Go n-eiri an bothar leat.

WELL DONE to Orlaith Deegan who was recently conferred with a Master Degree in Business and Entrepreneurship; congratulations also to her brother Eamonn who was conferred with his degree in Computer Engineering. Good month for the Deegans of Bishopsland with Daddy Eamonn being nominated for Person of the Year Award.

Congratulations to Kevin Daly, Donode and Jane Hehir, Dublin on their recent engagement – we wish them all the best for their big day in June.
To Jimmy & Margaret Pearse currently celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary.

Mother & Toddler Group – as last month
Tossing Pancakes for Tallaght!
Once again the young people of Ballymore Eustace came up trumps for the National pancake party in aid of the National children’s hospital in Tallaght. In total €250.50 was raised and a net figure of €225.50 is on its way to National children’s hospital after expenses of €25 were deducted. The expenses figure was as low as it could possibly be, with people donating their own dressings etc. Scoil Mhuire primary school, Ballymore Eustace community playschool and the Early years baby and toddler group all participated. The children of junior infants, senior infants and first class in Scoil Mhuire raised €142.20, the children at the playschool raised €52.80 and the children attending the baby and toddler group raised €45.50. Many thanks to the staff of Scoil Mhuire and the playschool for their cooperation and enthusiasm and of course, to the children who consumed.

IN Reverse please

What a dreadful 6 weeks we’ve had here in Ballymore Eustace with so many well known characters and families hit with bereavements.

The late Mick Fennan, a larger than life character, wit faster than the speed of light – only last year, he was in Mick Murphy’s during race week, slagging all in sundry…
You just couldn’t fail to like Mick, you could be having a serious debate with him on a local topic and he’d come back with an outrageous retort, you’d collapse into laughter…

Bobby Coonan, who achieved national recognition in his chosen career having won 8 National Hunt Championships; he was honoured locally with a Hall of Fame Award in the 70s. A very easy-going likeable man, his long illness must have been hard for his family to witness – please note, The April edition of The Bugle will carry a full tribute to Bobby in association with National Hunt Week at Punchestown.

Phil Conlon, nee Daniels – aged only 54, a non smoker and drinker, who’d have thought his handsome woman, would be plucked from life so prematurely; a granddaughter of Molly and Billy whom we featured in last month’s edition, Phil’s daughter Fiona is married to Mick Sammon and lives locally (her sister Geraldine lives in Liffey Heights).

Joan Browne – God, I was shocked at the quick demise of Joan; she is only a few years older than I and she was such a great mother, always worrying about the children getting the homework done and ‘getting on’; originally from Sligo, Joan had many good friends and relations who will miss her dearly.

Mary Burke of Weavers Row; aged 83, Mary was predeceased by Liam in 1982 yet she continued to life independently at her home with the assistance of kind neighbours and friends.

To our printers Frances and Noel Clare, we extend our condolences on the death of Mrs Jean Kelly, Frances’s mother

At the time of going to press, we have learned of the sad death of Jimmy Farrelly, Barretstown; one of our oldest citizens, we extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Nancy and son, Robert.

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