Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Anne Langan lost a long battle with her illness recently. An astounding member of her local community she was fitting awarded with Ballymore Person of the Year award in 2006. Former editor of the Ballymore Bugle, a Girl Guide leader, a solid Church Reader, Chronicler of the story of “Fossabeg Maid," the list is endless. To Kieran and her young family, Andrea, Patrick, Ciara and Mary-Kate our condolences.

Gertrude Murphy from Longhouse who is survived by her husband Louie, and family John, Louie, Noel, Kevin, Trudy, Harry, Joe, Brendan and Paul.

Jim Toomey who died in Blessington. Our condolences to his family and his brothers Gus, Dinny and Gerry.

Patrick (Joe) McPeake from Dowdenstown is missed by a large circle of friends and neighbours.


Congratulations to Annette and Colm Murphy on the birth of their son, Cathal Michael, a brother for Tadhg who is 4.

This is as we got it “ Congratulations to Orla Douglas from Ballymore and Micky King from Kilcullen who tied the knot, at long last on 2nd June.”


We have just finished up our first half-year with the Club and it seems to be going really well so far. We have over 60 members enrolled now, although a typical club night would see between 25 and 45 coming down to our room at he Handball Alley. The gang down at the Alley are great at putting up with us – special thanks to Bridie, Ruth and Phil who have had to tolerate loud music, table tennis balls pelting them and even having to evacuate the shop during our film night! ( Thanks to Peter McShane for his very professional projectionist skills that night…)

The handball has also come into its own lately as Tom O’Rourke has been down several Fridays on the trot to coach the lads and lasses in handball. This has gone down really well and it’s something we would like to continue doing on a monthly basis in September. We also had a beauty night recently where Vera from “Versara” in Blessington kindly arranged for Lesley and Rebecca to come down and give the girls a demonstration in facials and make-overs. I think they also plucked the eyebrows of all the girls attending that night – exhausting!

We are hoping to have an open night sometime in the autumn for parents and locals to come and see what we’re up to. We want to complete our decorations of the room by then (started so well with help from Noel Thompson and Martine Rigney…) We are planning a mural, which Stacey Guing has promised to advise us on, and will put up some more posters to go with the existing photo collage which the members made themselves- it’s very impressive.

The group are off on a tour to Leisure Plex on July 14th……… ( PLEASE NOTE ANY OF YE WHO HAVEN’T YET GOT PARENTAL CONSENT PORMS IN – PLEASE DROP THEM INTO THE SHOP AT THE ALLEY ASAP)……. to play bowls, quasar etc etc then in August we are planning an afternoon Barbie with music from DJ Jimmy…. Date to be confirmed- keep an eye on the Bugle and the notice board upstairs at the Alley…..

We will be enrolling early September – again date TBC, so keep your eyes peeled- we will probably be having the next disco around Halloween. September will be busy for our new leaders who will be doing their train
ing then. Thanks to them for taking an interest and to all the Leaders whose dedication and enthusiasm has made this year a great start to the Youth Club.


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