Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Garden Clubs guest speaker in October was Kay Hartigan. Kay, a local lady originally from Harristown started her night discussing some of the projects that she has undertaken in her horticultural career to date from King Arthur to Bloom. She spoke to the club about all aspect of planning and designs. Members brought pictures of "that area we all have in the garden that needs the makeover". We all benefited from the workshop and came away with lots of information and ideas. This month's guest speaker is Eoin Donnelly. Eoin expertise is our native hedgerows. His topic for the night is hedgerows and woodland management to include hedge conservation for wildlife and native/formal planting.

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Coffee Weekend at Harvest Thanksgiving time in the Church recently. We raised a magnificent 1100 euro towards new robes for the altar servers. To everyone who donated prizes and everyone who helped in any way, thanks again.
Mary Campbell.

The results of the Raffle were as follows.

1st . Hamper: Kay Kavanagh.
2nd. Cognac. Tony Campbell.
3rd. Gift Set. Julie Molloy.
4th. Wine/Chocolates Laura Katelyn Gallagher.
5th Wine/Glasses Tony Campbell.
6th. Drinks Hamper. Johnny Murphy. Coughlanstown.
7th. Gift Set. Audrey Fagan.
8th. Wine. T.Holloway.
9th. Glassware Set. Jane Counihan.
10th. Wine. Mick Horan.
11th Wine/goodies. Pat Browne.
12th. Wine. Dora O’Brien.
13th. Bacardi Martin Horan.
14th. Red Door Gift Set. Conor Murphy Coughlanstown.
It was ten years ago this month

The houses were reduced from 507 to 416. The first man of the year awards were launched. F Troop retired. Siobhan Murphy from Coughlanstown won a hamper in the Drama Society Raffle. The society were very active preparing for “Sharon’s Grave,” and “Sharks in the custard,” Rose did a great profile of the late great Pauline Daly. The David family who lived in the Factory House were profiled. Elizabeth deegan taught us all how to bake festive treats.

Tim’s Diary

Well the path on Barrack Street is finally completed, I say completed rather than finished as the finish is so poor outside ours and our neighbours Paul & Anne’s that it would be a misnomer. The remainder of the broken slabs to the walls of the house were left cracked and broken, small pieces of concreting left undone, the down pipes not returned to their original state, even the blocks left unswept following laying of infill sand, forcing us to complete things as best we could ourselves. One would think that it was a six day job rather than a six month one,

It is a joy to pass Gallery & Gifts, my wife NEVER does, and to see their window display. It is a cornucopia of delights. Glad to see the last of the big clocks though John.
The CDA will probably be disappointed at the size of the turn out for their recent AGM. Sometimes quality is better than quantity,
Poor oul’ Brian Cowen, what a poisoned chalice that was. Mary and Rose I know you are going to the Taoiseach’s Dinner in December, it could just be a one off.

Margaret, & Nicole Buinno with Bernie Bracken nee Hempenstall, recent visitors to Ballymore. The Irish/American/Italian connection came for a great three part Hempenstall clebration. Clontarf Castle, Avon Ri and finally the Ballymore Inn.
The little pice of Ballymore on the World Wide Web grows day by day, now with over 1600 photos, we turned 20,000 hits last month. Thanks Chris. Another few good links while I’m at it are and

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