Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Ballymore Eustace Golf Society

Results of the Rathcore Outing 26th May 2007

1st Overall: James McCarron 39 points
2nd Overall: Tim Duggan 38 points – Back 6
Best Gross: Niall Carroll 38 points (30 Gross – Back 9)
3rd Overall: Steven Byrne 38 points

Category 1 Winner: Brendan Daly 34 points
Category 2 Winner: Tommy Deegan (Post) 36 points – Back 9
Category 3 Winner: David McNaughton 34 points
Category 4 Winner: Joe Piggott 36 points

Front Nine: Roy Clarke 22 points
Back Nine: Richard Cowley 20 points

Visitor: David Fox

Two’s Club: Brendan Daly
Niall Carroll
Colm Curley
Gavin Daly
Roy Clarke

Next Outings:

1. Weekend Away June 22nd-24th Ballykisteen Golf Resort, Co. Tipperary
2. Naas 13th July (Friday afternoon)

Ice Cream Sunday
Ice Cream Sunday in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland, was a fantastic success due to the huge turnout,and the beautiful weather, possibly the last bit of sunshine we’ve seen this summer. The event raised about €1,000. One of the main organizers, Fiona Barrett praised the following for their generosity and support:
Pat & Grainne Murphy, who allowed us the use of their premises at no cost and donated to the fund; the following shop owners, who donated, wafers, syrup and sprinkles - Janet and Stephan Deegan of Mace; Sean and Margaret Fogarty of The Post Office & Quick Pick Stores; Eddie and Angela Daniels of Costcuters.
“We would also like to thank our servers, Esther Deegan, Jacinta Byrne, Evie Sammon, Anna Stroule, Clodagh Barrett, Lynn Barrett and a special thank you to Gail Kinsella, who came to buy an ice cream and ended up serving. Our face painters Liz Deegan and Rekha Patel as always did a great job, with Rekha taking time earlier in the day to dress us all in saris!
Members of the Bandhall Players funded the hire of their own costumes to entertain the children; special thanks to Gerry and Gay Stevens, Tommy Dwyer, Larry Burke Hayes - it wasn’t easy to wear the costumes in the heat!
And last but not by no means least, to everyone who came and supported us, to everyone who donated time and money, it was a huge success in aid of a worthy cause, many thanks to you all.” added Fiona.

The Village Green Garden Club is taking its annual holidays during July and August but the season ended with a bang with two spectacular events, the May monthly talk and the June outing of the Club.Mary Reynolds, the world famous landscape gardener and only Irish woman ever to win a gold medal at Chelsea has been a resident of Ballymore Eustace for quite some time. Club chairman Maire Drohan made it her mission to coax Mary to give a talk to the members, with great success.After agreeing to give the may talk Mary realized that it clashed with her being a judge at the Bloom Festival in the old papal Nunciature in the Phoenix Park. But by juggling the club times around Mary completed an arduous day of judging and then made the long journey back to BME to give the club a hilarious and wide ranging talk of her experiences as one of the most imaginative and flamboyant landscape gardeners in the country.Mary is huge in demand and has a very large workload so it was an incredible act of generosity to give her night to the club and she was rewarded with a full house and a very loud ovation at the end.She gave a hilarious account of her exploits which ranged from her meeting with the Monks at Glenstal - she certainly created history there by breast feeding her new baby in that solidly male bastion - for whom she created a garden. She also gave us a slideshow of the garden she designed for the Monart Spa, two very different projects but both with tranquility and peace in mind.It was a wonderful individual and funny talk which illustrated what a pioneering and independent spirit she is and how she has got to where she is today by sheer determination and grit. It was definitely a night to remember, not least because of the wonderful goodies produced by Mrs. Brophy and Ms Horsburgh for the coffee break.For our outing, Carole McCormack organized a wonderful day out at Mount Usher, followed by a visit to Kilmacurragh Demesne which is just off the Wexford road to the right of the Beehive Pub. If ever there was a hidden gem this is it, a wonderful garden full of specimens of trees from all over the world, some which are now extinct in their natural habitat and which are being bred by the Office of Public works, to be re-introduced in the wild. We had a marvelous guided tour here and would like to pay a huge tribute to the OPW for the work they have carried out here, for the welcome to visitors and for their work in ensuring that a national treasure such as this does not revert to the wild.Before Kilmaccuragh we had a marvelous tour of Mount Usher with the wonderful head gardener and his little jack Russell dog. Unfortunately we just missed the azaleas and camellias and rhodedendrons but the maples were ablaze with colour on what was a wonderful rain free Saturday. Lovely lunch followed in the restaurant which is now being catered by the Avoca people, and then a wonderful safe and quick journey home courtesy of our driver Peter, of Andy's Cabs of Naas. A day to remember, wonderful weather, two wonderful gardens and the company of great gardening friends
Tim’s Diary.
In association with the Naas Voice & Kildare Voice.
Every Tuesday “What goes on, goes in.”

Somewhere in the mists of time I seem to remember Percy Donnelly performing that Gilbert and Sullivan song “We run them in,” The Pirates of Penzance, if I recall correctly. We Percy, Ian Coonan and Jim Nolan are still trying to ri#un them in. With the Community Alert scheme, that is. If you have any concerns around this area please make contact with them, they would be only delighted. And, with catlike tread upon their prey will steal.

It is always unpleasant to highlight people’s foibles. A few weeks before the mass n St. Mary’s Cemetery one of the volunteers who look after the place made an upsetting discovery. Although the bins had been emptied the day before, household rubbish had been dumped in them on the morning. This incensed this person, who is diligent in all matters, so much that upon searching through the bags, a nasty job, but worthwhile, the culprits name and address, from six miles away, was located. There is a prosecution pending under the Litter Pollution Act of 1997. Vigilance is next to Godliness.

Matt Purcell sends his regards to all his friends and readers of the Bugle. When I visited him a few weeks ago he was making a reasonable good recovery. With all the rest of you, I look forward to the resumption of his column in the near future.

The weather has really been dire over the last number of weeks. I have great sympathy for the farmers as to try and get anything done outdoors at the moment is almost impossible. Fodder crops and vegetables are being destroyed. I, for one, never remember a wet spell of such magnitude or duration. We should all pray that the weather will take an upward turn soon.

“Show Blessed” Fr. Sean Breen’s recovering seven year old returned to winning ways at Bellewstown recently. An A1 ride by Pat Smullen saw him get up by half a length. Joanna Morgan’s horses are in tip top form and definitely should be followed under both codes in the Summer racing festivals. Sean has a couple of useful runners with Slaney Boy and Portant Fella too also.

Regular visitors to Ballymore, Blessington Vintage Car and Motorcycle Club were around last month. A novel treasure hunt was part of their entertainment whilst in the village. The question, “what does Sally recommend for 2007?” caused the most consternation. Among the participants was David Ronaldson at the wheel of his 1965 Morris Cooper One litre.

We also had a visit from Steve and Debbie Stone from Ontario, long time Bugle subscribers and neighbours of Finbar Gallagher. Finbar snds greetings to his many friends in Ballymore.

As you will see from the top, the Voice group of newspapers have spread their wings into Kildare. Under the stewardship of Eimear ni Bhraonain, they have a great interest in local matters and print a sklep of Ballymore notes every week. It’s out of a Tuesday, it’s one euro eight cents, have a look.

The wet weather has played havoc with a lot of things, including the church bell,
The flat roof at the sacristy is leaking badly. As Fr. Breen says’ “we are the church of silence at the moment!”

So just how wet is it, our scientific friends in the Dublin Corporation Liffey Works,
We know it as the Filter Beds, have given us their rainfall analysis.
Rainfall in mm.

So that’s how wet it is.

A little piece of Ballymore history changed hands this month with the sale of the premises known as “The Forge.” Owned by the Smyth family for generations it was an integral part of village life in the last century. Up until recently it retained all the elements of a working forge and is steeped in both equine and human history. It captured the imagination of the media at both local and national level which would not have harmed the vending process. John O’Reilly of Sherry Fitzgerald O’Reilly, fresh from an appearance on TV3’s “Ireland AM,” conducted the auction on Wednesday July 4th. Bidding was slow in the early stages of the proceedings, however once the reserve had been reached matters speeded up considerably. It was finally knocked down at 107 thousand euro to local businessman John Curry. John and his wife Muriel are back in the village since 2006 having been domiciled in Hawaii for the last number of years.

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