Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tim’s Diary.

Perspective is a funny thing. The old maxim of the glass being half empty/half full has changed to quarter measure. I still prefer to think the glass is a quarter full rather than three-quarters empty. But I suppose a lot of people’s perspective have been skewed with the current financial difficulties.
There seems to be a witch hunt in parts of the media against the public servants. I suppose that I must bear part of the guilt for the current crisis as I kept my money in the Credit Union, not bailing out the banks. Keeping a 2002 car on the road, never investing in a second property, or second home as they are sometimes called. How anyone can have a second home I don’t know! I also try to shop in this country rather than the North which doesn’t help our currency dealing. I have taken any pay rise due to me, unlike all the people who handed back the increases prior to 2008. So I am guilty as charged. I hope to get a reduced sentence in the light of twenty five years service, the increased flexibility demanded under the terms of the last few pay agreements, the fact that I have worked consistently since I left school at sixteen, that I have paid for my one time in hospital, and the character references provided by people that volunteer in the community alongside me. When Brendan O’Connor et al get me charged and convicted promise that you will write to me.

Kildare County finally succumbed to the inevitable just a week into November. When you see the contract shenanigans ongoing with Derry City you would have been hard set to find any bungs in Newbridge. Money was always tight. A pity all the same for the young supporters.

Two young Ireland supporters myself and Kev, have had a great time in Croke Park for the last few years following the exploits of Staunton’s and Trap’s sides.
I, for one would have taken a runner-up’s spot at the start of the campaign. Unbeaten to boot! Stand up, for the Boys in Green. At our last hurrah in Croke Park, we saw them come a cropper to France. The atmosphere was, as they say electric. If we can get seats in the new Aviva, I hope the fun will continue.

Reality Television is very local in Ireland. I have come across a couple of the Apprentice candidates in their past lives. Why anyone would subject themselves to a b*%%*!@ing from Bill Cullen on a regular basis, I’m sure I don’t know. Also if you are watching the X Factor you will have seen the twins. John Grimes, their Da, has worked in the Paging & Radio industry for years and a more down to earth man is hard to meet. I’m sure the attendances that the Rathangan Drama Society audiences will see a big increase in the New Year. Maith an Fear Sean.
Every so often we peruse the World Wide Web so see what delights it contains about Ballymore Eustace and things associated. We hope that some of the following sites will entertain edify and even educate you on some of these long winter nights.

The daddy of them all is Ballymore Eustace online under the direction of webmaster Tom O’Keefe will keep you bang up to date with events in the village, things to do and some nice photos of matters local from Chris Dennison.

Our local GAA club is site building at

Another group angling for your visit is which contains a comprehensive history of the group from 1974.

The Bugle’s own two resources which contains articles since 2007 and which we use a photo depository again from 2007 but with photos that we may not have published in the pages of the magazine.

Two nice bite size documents for download local heritage trail
And the nature trail

Our national school, Scoil Mhuire has a web presence at
And the latest tidy towns adjudication report

The wonderful Barrettstown Gang Camp is at

And some of the commercial sites

some blogs photos of the 2009 festival Online blog of Michael Kavanagh, born in Athgarvan, known to many in Ballymore Eustace
and his even more famous sister-in-law Maire
Brian Byrne’s brilliant Kilcullen Blog is

Happy Surfing!!!
Profile of Patsy Murphy
(as compiled by Matt Purcell from
The Ballymore Echo, 1977)

“This month our Profile Team took a trip to Newbridge. Here we met Patsy Murphy, well known in mixed farming, football and even horseracing circles. Now retired, Patsy lives with his daughter Frances. Born in Glenree, Valleymount in 1892, Patsy went to school in Granabeg until he was 14 years of age. He remembers lads of 20 years attending school for the winter months and working all summer. In the early years, he worked in Glenree and Coughlanstown mainly with sheep. He drew stones with a horse and dray from the quarry in Ballyknockan to Blessington for the princely sum of 2/6d a day.

In 1920, he married Mai Mahon of Dublin. A sporting man, he often carried the
bag of the shooting Curate in Valleymount - our present Monsignor Browne.
They later moved to "Liffeydale" and reared a large family in difficult times. He recalls the dreadful thirties when ewes were 11/= each. In 1933, he bought 100 ewes for £50. That same year he sold 5 year-old fat heifers in the Dublin Market for £1 a cwt. weight. This was a record price and the talk of the country at that time.

He made many friends, one being Mrs Coonan who introduced him to horse racing. "Cariff Mount" bred from a mare she sold him for £11, won the Tickell Cup in Punchestown. Patsy laughed as he recalls that day going up to collect the Cup to find that his good friend Dinny Sullivan had it gone home. Part of his success he attributes to his good friend and neighbour, Captain Spencer Freeman, who allowed him all facilities for schooling horses.

Things that stand out in his memory of the old days in Ballymore was a great Bowling team. He remembers with nostalgia a famous Tug-O-War team, the
‘lightest’ man being 14 st. Names like Peter Kiely, the Kelly brothers, Dick Brien, Tom Headon, Mick Leahy and Charlie Brien and Joe Murphy of Bishophill, Tom Driver, Dick Hynes and many more. Art Doran who served his time in Coogan's Bar in Laragh was another great friend of his. He recalls helping Art clear up after Pitch & Toss outside the Bar.

Card playing was another favourite past time. He remembers many all night sessions in various houses and people travelled many miles for a good game of Twenty-Five. He bought his first motorcar in 1926 for £27. There were only two other cars in the Parish at the time. He recalled the flooding of the lake before the E.S.B. Power Station was built. One man who refused to leave his home had to be rescued by boat.

Patsy was Chairman of the G.A.A. Club in the good years and he remembers a famous match in Donard. The late Jack Burke of Tipperkevin asked Patsy to introduce him to the new Parish Priest - our present Monsignor Browne. When introduced, Jack said, "You are the first LIVE parish priest I have seen for 40 years in Ballymore!". Larry Stanley was, in Patsy's opinion, the greatest footballer of all times.

His most cherished memories are of Liffeydale and Tom Headon. He says
"Life is wonderful now, not like the old days". His only regret is that he was born 30 years too soon. Patsy and Mai has 57 grandchildren and 7 great-grand children.

(Ballymore Echo July 1977)
Patsy and Mai’s daughter Lil died on January 27, 1949, aged 23. Mai died on January 24, 1975, aged 79 and Patsy died on May 2, 1986, aged 93.

Apart from Lil, Patsy and Mai had 5 girls – Rita Lawlor (who has been in St Vincent’s Hospital, Athy for sometime now), Maureen Burke, Kitty Murray, the late Frances Higgins and Teresa Flood; four sons – the late Paddy, John, the late Michael and Martin, also deceased.

Sadly Monsignor Maurice Browne is now deceased, as is Mrs Coonan of Lugadowden.

While card drives were commonplace in days gone by I never took part in drives involving Twenty-Five. My late parents sometimes went to them. In my growing up years, whist drives were common and I often went to them where no doubt I encountered Patsy and Mai and indeed many others. My recollection is that Hollywood was always well represented on such occasions.

© Matt Purcell (November 9, 2009)

Matt’s Memories

Ballymore Echo
In the seventies, the Ballymore Echo ran a successful series called “Profiles”. This involved interviews with people in the area at that time. Jimmy McLoughlin of Bolabeg along with P.J. Rudden (former Engineer with the Filter Beds) did the interviews. The late John Murphy of Longhouse took over from P.J. Rudden when P.J. left the Filter Beds. This month, we have featured Patsy Murphy’s profile in The Bugle

Did Peadar Kearney, writer of the Soldier’s Song, live in the Ballymore Eustace area at one time and, if so, where? It has been suggested to me that he may have lived where the late Paddy Monaghan lived at Bishopland. I can be contacted by email at

Billy Hillis
While Billy Hillis had no luck this time in the local elections he was nevertheless quite upbeat as he had made a good recovery from his health difficulties. Continued good health to him.

Pat Smith’s Presentation
Pat Smith retired from South Dublin County Council recently. A Presentation to him was made on September 17 and was well attended. Pat is a good Kildare GAA supporter and was originally from Monasterevin.

Thanks to my late father who was a GP, I had been in Valleymount on a number of occasions in my youth. In his younger days, our late Parish Priest, Monsignor Maurice Browne, was a Curate in Valleymount. The Byrne sisters, Ellen and Margaret, hailed from Valleymount and both played with Dublin County Council’s soccer team - 11CC. Ellen married Shay Weafer, also of the Council, who sadly died young. While re-visiting old haunts with my brother James, I’m pretty sure I saw Margaret taking a stroll as we went through Valleymount. Shortly after my departure from the Law Department of the South Dublin County Council, Valleymount resident, Carol Barry, joined it. Since then I have had the pleasure of meeting Carol on a number of occasions.

Mary Therese
Before I had my stroke, I used regularly see Mary Therese McEvoy doing her shopping in Ballymore Eustace. Not having seen her of late, I was concern about her state of health but I gather she is still in good form.

Edward Delaney
Reading of the death of Edward Delaney in September 2009, aged 79, reminded me that he designed the World Handball Trophies in 1970 that were played at the then new Croke Park 60 by 30 alley. Pat Kirby playing for America won the singles title beating the reigning champion, Joey Maher, playing for Canada while Dick Lyng and Seamus Buggy of Wexford won the doubles title.

Tom O'Rourke met Enda Timoney at the recent handball All-Ireland finals and passed on Enda’s good wishes to me. For the benefit of those who may have forgotten, Enda has contributed many photos to Áine Ryan’s handball website referred to in my September article.

Having attended the Vigil Mass in Ballymore Eustace, Kevin Keenan snr kindly walked down over the Bridge with me while we chatted before his daughter, Theresa Nugent, gave Kevin a lift back to his car.

The death of Mary (Mona) Nugent (nee McLoughlin) of Briencan occurred on September 20 R.I.P. Her husband Patrick and her son Pat predeceased Mona. Pat died three months ago. Having sympathised with Mona’s family, I got talking to her sister Rose who came over from England for the funeral. Rose recalled my late father visiting her family in times past. Maureen Evans, Eileen Gordon and Pat O'Toole were all in the same seat as myself in the Church. Pat, one of my racing friends from the Two-Mile-House direction, gave me a great greeting. I met Madge Tyrrell (nee Nugent) and the late Joe Nugent's wife. This time Madge introduced me to her husband and daughter. Met the O'Rourkes - Rita, Tom and Jacinta, Helen Dreelan's sister and I saw Monsignor John Wilson for the first time as he officiated at the ceremony. Tutsy Holloway was there, along with her sister Phyllis, who came a long way to be present. Renowned horse trainer, Jim Bolger, who used to live on Barrack Street, was there.
The death of my good friend, Elizabeth (Liz) O’Connor-Deegan (at home) of Bushfield Lodge, Bishopsland after a long illness occurred on October 12, 2009 R.I.P. Her husband Eamonn, daughters Eimear and Orlagh, son Eamonn, sisters - Máire, Mairead, Sheila, Sr. Catherine and Christine, brothers - Pat, Seamus, Martin and Leo, grandson Ciarán, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives survive Liz. Her brothers - Eamonn, Charlie and Liam predeceased Liz.
Joining me in the Church were Jim and Kay Nolan of Elverstown. There was a colossal crowd at the reception of the remains as was the case at the Requiem Mass. I met her brother Pat and Eamonn’s brothers, Tommy and Vincent, Vincent’s wife, Julie (nee Lee), sisters Mary, Margaret and Trish Lehart. Earlier in the day, I visited Dr. Anne Early (Ophthalmic Physician) who previously had lived at Poulaphouca and intended going to Liz’s funeral. Afterwards, I met Caroline Deegan (nee Lee).
When Eamonn and Liz got married in 1978 in Valleymount, I had the honour of being there and afterwards, at their reception in Keadeen Hotel. Eamonn had his 50th Birthday Party in Valleymount, which was organised by Liz who also organised all the details of her funeral. At the Requiem Mass, all those present received a lovely leaflet, which included a photo of Liz. Liz was a great cook and gave classes in Cordon Bleu cooking at Bushfield Lodge.
The death of Edward Good (38) occurred skydiving in Canada on Monday, October 12 – Edward was the eldest son of Dr John Good who worked for a time in Ballymore Eustace.
© Matt Purcell (November 9, 2009)
Off the Cutting Edge by Pastor R. Dunlop
“Never shall I forget the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.
Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith for ever.
Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”
These words were penned by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, describing his first night at Auschwitz.
This painful outcry is a moving reaction to an unbearable sense of inhuman treatment in its most extreme and shameful expression.
Thankfully, there are positive things to be said about humanity and all is not total or permanent darkness. Wiesel, whose parents and sister died in the extermination camps, became a prolific writer and Professor in Humanities in Boston University. As a Jew, his belief in God was gradually restored, but not without a long inward struggle.
All who face the terror of inhuman cruelty find it difficult to hold on to faith in the goodness and providence of God. We have to keep on living with questions while looking for answers.
Thousands of thinkers through the centuries have grappled with these issues and have largely failed to come up with definitive answers.
This is reflected in a contemporary quotation from the writing of a struggling soul to his friend:
I have to look in cracks and crevices.
Don’t tell me how God’s mercy is as wide as the ocean, as deep as the sea.
I already believe it, but that infinite prospect
gets farther away the more we mouth it.
I thank you for lamenting His absences-
from marriages going mad,
from the deaths of your son and mine,
From the inescapable terrors of history: Treblinka, Viet Nam, September Eleven.
It’s hard to celebrate His invisible Presence in the sacrament while seeing His visible absence from the world.
This must be why mystics and poets record the slender incursions of splintered light, echoes, fragments, odd words and phrases like flashes through darkened hallways.
These stabs remind me that the proud and portly old church is really only that cut green slip grafted into a tiny nick that merciful God Himself slit into the stem of His chosen Judah.
The thin and tenuous thread we hang by, so astonishing, is the metaphor I need at the shoreline of all those immeasurable oceans of love. (From correspondence in 2002 between Rod Jellema and Lewis Smedes)

November has arrived and the days are getting darker and shorter.
We, in the Steiner School, celebrate this time with a wonderful festival.

One Friday night, when the sun has set and the stars and the moon come out to brighten the night sky, all the children and parents will come to school.
Together they will make their way into the building, stepping quietly, quietly...
Inside the room candles are lit and they will transform the room.
A puppet-show is starting where a young girl finds a bright lantern and walks through the world sharing her light with those in need.

After the story all children will get a lantern themselves and the girl from the story will light every single one.
When all the lights are lit we all will walk through the night, the stars shining above and us shining on the ground.
Singing special lantern songs we arrive in the school again where we will share some lovely sweet bread and enjoy the lights in the night.

Winter time is a magical time.

Village Green Garden Club The Garden Club is back and running since the summer. We had Jimi Blake in September talking about' Woody Plants,' and Anne Lindfield on' Winter Flowering Plants & Colour in the Garden' in October. This month Billy Moore from the Alpine Garden Society of Ireland will be giving a talk. As always new members are very welcome. Garden Club meetings are on the last Thursday of each month ( except January, June , July, and August ), in the Resource Centre at 7. 30. It's always a lovely opportunity to hear something new about plants and gardening, and enjoy tea, chat and home cooking afterwards. So make a date in your diary for Thursday November 26th in the Resource Centre.
Ballymore Ladies GFC
Last Man Standing
Congratulations to the 4 people who made it to the last weekend of the last man standing; Simon Murphy, Jordan Deegan, Niall Brosnan and Billy Tutty. Billy, Jordan and Simon all went for Man City which knocked them out leaving Niall Brosnan with Arsenal and eventually winning the €500 prize money. Thanks to all who got involved and we hope everyone will be back in the competition in the New Year!!
Under 15’s Girls
Ballymore vs Kilcullen
Ballymore u15 girls played at home against Kilcullen on October 10th. It was a very close game with the teams being evenly matched. Ballymore had a great first half and were ahead at half time with Karen Archibold, Shannon Brown, Fiona Field and Heather Sammon all contributing to the score. Kilcullen came back strongly in the second half. A point from Molly and goals from Amy Mahon, Lucy Field and Siobhan Murphy led to a high scoring game but unfortunately Kilcullen won by 2 points. Cody Behan had a good game making some great saves. Emily Mahon cleared a lot from the half backs and made some good passes into the forwards.
Kilcullen 6-5 Ballymore 5-6

Ballymore vs Round Towers
Ballymore u15 girls played at home against Round Towers on October 17th. With a number of players missing some of the girls were playing in new positions. Despite this the team played well together and proved tough opposition for Round Towers. Sofia O’Sullivan started the scoring for Ballymore with a well taken point followed soon after by a point by Hazel. A well timed pass by Siobhan led to the first of 2 goals by Hazel. Siobhan and Molly both scored goals in the first half and Heather scored a point. This gave Ballymore a good lead at half time. Round Towers made some changes at half time and came out strongly in the second half. Ballymore had some great runs of play in the second half. A free taken by Heather from the sideline was caught by Amy Mahon who put it straight over the bar. Congratulations and well done to Shannon Doyle for making her debut in goals as Cody was carrying an injury. The backs had a great game coordinating well making it very difficult for Round Towers to move forward.
Ballymore 6-5 Round Towers 2-7

Rathangan vs Ballymore
Ballymore u15 girls played away against Rathangan on October 26th. Despite illness a strong team travelled to Rathangan on a bank holiday Monday. Ballymore made a strong start with a quick goal and a point from Karen Archibold. A great run of play starting with a pass from Hazel to Karen and then to Fiona Field resulted in a goal. Towards the end of the first half Shannon Brown made a run from the half forward line and under pressure passed to Siobhan Murphy who made a quick pass to Karen who scored another goal. Ballymore were ahead at half time. Rathangan made some changes at half time and started strongly. They kept up a fast pace and despite some great defending by all the Ballymore backs and scores by Karen and Shannon Rathangan were victorious. The girls in the centre of the field had great games against good opposition with Joanna and Amy covering the every inch of the pitch many times!
Rathangan 6-10 Ballymore 3-6
Deirdre & Sharon
Ballymore Ladies GFC PROs
It was a lovely bright, dewy day, with autumn leaves all over the place. Very picturesque, but a nightmare when following a little white golf ball.... The top performers must have had some kind of radar to keep track of theirs... Tony Hannon and Liam Kelly both had a very impressive score of 42 points, with Tony winning it on the back nine.

Winner Tony Hannon
Runner up Liam Kelly
Best Gross Ciaran Curley
Third John Flynn
Catagory 1 Niall Carroll
Catagory 2 Simon Murphy
Catagory 3 Eoghan Barrett
Catagory 4 Andy Hickey
Back 9 Mick Dowling
Front 9 Dick Shaw

Golfer of the Year – Dick Shaw
Portarlington was the final outing for this competition. Contenders were Micheal McGrath, Gavin Daly, Michael Murphy, Dick Shaw. I had the great privilege of playing with Dick Shaw and Pat Curley. Both played very well, lots of pars and birdies, whilst never mentioning GOTY! It was a real pleasure to see how it should be done!

Match Play Winner – Johnny Murphy
The final was a great contest between Johnny and Gavin Daly. According to Johnny, lady luck was on his side throughout this competition, but we all know it takes more than a bit of luck to consistently win. Well done to all who took part, particularly runner up, Gavin, semi finalists Simon Murphy and Jay Curley.

Next outing Sat Nov 21st Mountrath -
Timesheet in Paddy’s

Tim Grace, Dick Shaw

A very sincere THANK YOU to our sponsors for their support and generosity this year:

BALLYMORE OIL, Dermot & Mag O’Reilly
BME Senior Citizens
“PADDY’S ” – Pat Murphy
Niall Carroll

Ballymore Eustace Garda Station

Eamonn Whelan & Tom O’Donoghue
Are the two FULL TIME Gardai based in the village.

They can be contacted by ringing

045 864163

The phone will be transferred to them if they are not in the station.
If neither of the Gardai are on duty the phone will transfer to the Garda Station in Naas

If you need to contact the Gardai in an emergency
Ring 999 or 112 and ask for Gardai Naas.
My cat likes to laze
On my lap.
Does so for hours
Sleeps over if allowed.
He purrs, I snore.
It's a really close
03/11/09 SFG

We, the family of the late Mary (Mona) Nugent of Briencan, Ballymore Eustace, would like to thank most sincerely all who svmpathised with us on the sad loss of our dear mother.

To all who sent mass cards, perpetual enrolments, letters of sympathy or floral tributes. Sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses of Naas Hospital for their kindness and attention to our mother. To the Matron and staff of St Vincent’s Hospital, Athv; Monsignor Wilson and the alter servers, Shay and Margaret Eustace for making the final Mass so special for Mammy.

To Hughes Funeral Directors who carried out the funeral arrangements in such a professional and caring manner. To Chris Douglas - her care and love over the past few years was so much appreciated by all of us. To Anne Jennings, her kindness to Mam and visits to the hospital will be remembered always. Heartfelt thanks to all our wonderful neighbours on the Naas Road, to Dr O’Brien and the nurses at the Health Centre, Bme, the Senior Citizen’s Committee and Naas Care of the Aged.

A sincere thanks to close relatives, neighbours and friends who helped and supported us during our difficult days and to those who travelled long distances to attend the Removal, Funeral Mass and Burial.

It would be impossible to thank everyone individually. Please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our genuine appreciation. The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass will be offered for your intentions – The Nugent Family.

Ballymore Bugle.

Some dates for your diary.
On Sunday the 29th of November (Advent Sunday) we are having a Service of Advent Carols by candle light in St. Kevin’s Church , Hollywood at 4.30pm.
On Sunday the 20th of December our morning service will be a selection of Christmas Readings and Carols at 10.00am.
On Christmas Eve there will be a Celebration of Holy Communion at 11.00pm.
You are very welcome to attend these or any of our services.

Rev. Leonard Ruddock.


Coffee Morning

Heartfelt thanks to all the people of Ballymore and surrounding areas who so generously supported the Annual Coffee Morning for St. Brigid’s Hospice held in The Thatch recently.
Thanks to Darren for the use of the Thatch. Thanks to everyone who baked cakes, scones, apple tarts, lemon cakes and carrot cakes. Thanks to everyone who supported the raffle, both on the morning and later on at the Bingo, by giving prizes, selling and buying tickets.
A total of 1335 euro was raised and donated to the Hospice. Be assured that the monies raised will be put to good use.

The friends of St. Brigid’s Hospice.

Children’s Mass

The children of Scoil Mhuire, particularly those preparing for First Holy Communion have already enjoyed two Children’s Masses. Thanks to Monsignor Wilson for his help and patience in celebrating these special masses. Thanks also to Larry for leading the singing with his harmonious guitar playing.
The Children’s Mass will be during Saturday evening mass for the 2009/2010 school year. The masses are scheduled for the following dates:
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Saturday, 6 March 2010
Saturday, 31 March 2010
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Saturday, 5 June 2010

These masses help the children of 2nd class to prepare for the sacrament of First Holy Communion with the encouragement of their whole community.
We welcome children of all ages to create a Choir for the Children’s Masses.

Marjorie Ronaldson.
We extend our sympathy to the family of the late Marjorie Ronaldson whose funeral took place on the 13th Oct 2009. She lived in the Ballymore area for over 50 years and in that time was well known for her kindness and generosity. She gave freely of her time, shopping for friends, visiting sick folk, raising her family, and most dear to her babysitting her grandchildren. Gardening was her hobby and passion.
Her tennis parties were famous not so much for the tennis, but for the magnificent teas she always produced, especially her chocolate and sponge cakes that had an inch of cream separating the layers. The tea trolley was always set when anyone paid her a visit!
Underneath her sunny disposition lay a tough streak as witnessed by two burglars who attempted to pay her a visit. Living on her own and recently recovering from a hip operation she gave them quick dispatch armed only with her walking stick.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. May she rest in Peace.
*County Awards for St Brigid's Park!* Congratulations to the residents of St Brigid's Park, Ballymore Eustace - the estate won first prize in the Small Estate Section of Kildare County Council's Pride of Place, 2009 See here Martine Rigney and Celine Lipsett at the awards night in Áras Cill Dara. Billy Lennon recieved a Highly Commended Award for his garden in the Best Garden Category. The competition was judged in June of this year and the judges were very complimentary about the estate. Well Done!


Sitting in the lonely cottage of my late Nan’s appeared surreal, performing the same task that I had just organized twelve weeks to the day, for my late uncle Pat. The purpose was to find a suitable photograph that would represent her, so that when family members, neighbours and friends paid their respects in the local church, they could also be reminded of how they liked to remember her.

As I searched through many albums I couldn’t help but find myself drifting away into the past memories as each photograph portrayed a picture to me, giving me a sense of what kind of joyful events that she had participated in throughout her life.

I noticed only some of the albums appeared in sequence, so I assumed Nan had most of the photos randomly situated to her taste. Weddings, dances, local field days and family portraits dating from the 1930s to recent years, presented themselves constantly to me.

I studied the body languages, and the never-ending, long-ago smiles from people I recognised and some I didn’t The photos almost became real to me, I could hear the old record player belting out favourite céili songs that she loved so much, and how she would waltz me around the kitchen floor. By the time I was seven, Nanny introduced me to Irish dancing, she bought me my first dancing costume which still hangs in her wardrobe.

Never a lonely woman, she had so many good friends visiting her regularly. Nobody was allowed to leave her home without a cup of tea with a choice of biscuits or cakes, her cupboard was always full of goodies, extra bags of sweets hidden in her bedroom for the unexpected visits of children.
Suddenly the most suitable photograph popped up at me.

Nanny in the garden with a beaming smile, sitting on her chair smoking a cigarette.
Her scarf and handbag were also items I couldn’t forget to bring along as a mark of
her commemoration, along with one of the many silver cups she won for waltzing.

It was time to go, I looked around at all the pictures on the wall, the overcrowded glass cabinet of dolls, ornaments on the mantle and the remainder of my sweet memories, now only in the company of the lonely tick of the clock.

I couldn’t say goodbye, because Nan has only moved on to a place where I will one day reunite with her.

Deborah Reynolds Hameed.

We accompany Mammy on her
final journey today.

Tom, Sheila, Martin and I must
Now live with our memories of her.

We think of Mam with love today,
But that is nothing new.
We thought about her yesterday
And days before that, too.
We think of her in silence,
We often speak her name.
Now all we have are memories,
And her picture in a frame.
Mam’ s memory is our keepsake,
With which we’ll never part.
God has her in his keeping-
We have Mammy in our hearts.

Elizabeth (Betty) Hassler nee Nugent
September 24th 2009

You’re Home Now

It’s fair to say today marks the end of an era. Mary Nugent – better known as Mona - was loved and respected by family members, neighbours, and friends. Today her family and the local community of Ballymore Eustace say our goodbyes to one of the original pillars in the village.

Hardened by the tough paths in her life that she mostly walked alone, after losing her husband Paddy at an early stage, she might have at times appeared tough. But the people who knew her well, noticed Mona always favoured the vulnerable who needed a helping hand - and therefore was respected in the community of a village she kept close to her heart.

Being a hard worker most of her life, she found time to enjoy herself too, as she loved to waltz to her favourite music - a dance she taught many others in her time. Some of us would say she was made strong hut then many would say she had no choice, as life was hard in her early days but yet she managed to accomplish a lot.

Winning achievements from dancing to running in the married women’s race in Quinn’s field where she was once awarded a prize from the famous Ronnie Delaney she also won trophies, medals and prizes from other events that she so proudly displayed in her home. Mona’s love for prizes led her to bingo halls and the local field days and if she didn’t win, God help the person who awarded the prize to someone else!

Mona’s love and respect for Ballymore remained in her heart till her dying day, her memories will stay with us forever but her respect in Ballymore will be eternal
Today is a sad day but we know she’s with her husband, Paddy; her sons, William and recently deceased, Pat.

Nanny, you’re home now.
And may you dance with the angels forever.
We all love you.

Your family
There was a small select gathering for the Annual Community Development Association AGM which was held on Thursday November 12th 2009 in the Resource Centre.
The committee of Margaret McDonald, Chairperson & Treasurer, Kay Nolan, Secretary and Eric Firth & Mary Evans.
Margaret welcomed everyone. She congratulated Ballymore Person of the Year, Tommy Dwyer. Whilst there was no Punchestown Festival this year, a fancy dress party, sponsored By Elizabeth’s Hair Salon and an art competition took place during Festival week. A Raffle in aid of Tidy towns was held and indeed great praise was due to the Tidy Towns Committee for an overall increase in marks during this year’s competition. A Tiglin building was erected on the old library site and it provides storage and a changing room for the CES team.

The minutes were read and adopted. Chris Dennison praised the dedication of the Meals on Wheels team especially around providing a service to the late Jack Kaine. Indeed one of the volunteers sustained damage to their car due to the bad state of the roads in the Kilmalum area. There was no progress report available on the development of the Sewage Treatment Plant.
The Financial report was given and showed a turnover of almost 99,000 euro an overall loss almost 4,000 euro was sustained.

Eric gave a report on the Tidy Towns Committee activity during the year. There were many highs
Increase in overall marks
Show of trees and flowers at the Boat at the bridge, on the Naas Road, at the square and at the entrance to Hillcrest.
The wonderful display provided by the hanging baskets
New tubs at the Garda Station, the Square and on Oliver Plunkett Road.
Native species trees from KCC were planted on the Mountcashel Road.
Two Trail walks have been developed. A heritage and a nature walk. They are available for download from the TSAA website. Links will be published in the next Bugle.
The co-operation with the Scoil Mhuire Green Flag group.
The many clean up sessions which kept the village almost litter free.
There were not as many lows but,
The poor state of the river walk following damaged sustained during the Waste Water survey. This has yet to be rectified.
The flood water damage to the front end of the walk. Cova properties have re-instated the bank on the Park side, and hopefully KCC will repair the Assumpta Terrace side.
The non movement on the KTK Funds. Funds promised have not been forthcoming despite a lot of effort being made.
The continued vandalism of trees and beds and the damage to the wall of the bridge. The delay on repairs is due to KCC restrictions on the type of contractor.
The hopes for 2010 are,
That KCC will erect the street signs that were purchased by the CDA.
That a bottle bank will be established somewhere in the village.
That the wider community will put forward ideas for the TT Five Year Plan.
Eric concluded with thanks to a number of people,
To all the traders for their contributions and support.
To the CDA and the Ballymore Bugle for donations and continued support.
To KCC environment section for continued help.
Special thanks to Jimmy Pearse for his commitment, especially in the provision of the store changing area for the CES team. His unstinting help and organization.
To Martin Deegan without whom a lot of the activities carried out by the Tidy Towns Committee would just not happen.
To the committee
To the CES team who brave the elements week in, week out to carry out the great work.

Percy Donnelly reported that the Community Alert Scheme is “ticking over.” Local residents are urged to keep watch for suspicious activity or illegal dumping in their own area. A very active local group in the Dowdenstown area has thwarted a number of potential crimes.

Tim spoke about the Bugle’s activity in the past year. Sales remain steady with a bit of a dip in advertising revenue. Two donations of 1000 euro made to the Tidy Towns and the Senior Citizens Committees. The Bugle continues to organize the Ballymore People of the Year Awards for which Nominations will be limited to six and three have been received so far. The nominations will close on December 31st and an announcement about a new sponsor will be made shortly. The Awards will take place on February 6th 2010. Tim paid tribute to co-editor, the driving force and talent behind the Bugle, Rose Barrett O’Donoghue. He thanked everyone who helped with the folding each month.

There was no response to the call for members of the CDA Committee but the Chairperson would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in helping in any way.

Chris Dennison gave an update on planning matters. The KCC Development Plan for 2011 – 2015 is now in pre-draft stage and a close watch should be kept on delisting motions on particular buildings. The new plans for the Cova site at the Park were circulated for viewing. The sale of the Woolen Mill site, known as the factory, was discussed and Chris reiterated that a watch should be kept on development to preserve the buildings, the trees and the views. \Eric said that he had contacted the OPW and the Heritage Authority to voice the TT’s concerns around the various issues.

Garda Tom O’Donoughue addressed the meeting. He introduced himself and stressed that both himself and Garda Eamonn Whelan were attached to Ballymore Garda Station on a full time basis. Generally they are on duty each day for a minimum of eight hours. The best way of contacting either of the Garda is by ringing 045 864163. The phone is connected to a mobile in the patrol car, or in rare cases the Garda Station in Naas. He outlined the need for increased vigilance coming up to Christmas and urged people to ring the station if they had concerns of any sort no matter how trivial these may seem.
Garda Eamonn Whelan said there were some concerns about the continuance of the Garda Station in its current location. He wanted to reassure the community that there were no plans to move or close the station in the foreseeable future.

The meeting closed with refreshments and a chance for people to meet and greet.


I was in with Janet Hawkins in the Blessington Bookstore last month, asking her for a good read that f did not involve romance or families etc etc…spot on as always she recommended “Dissolution” by CJ Sansom (Paperback: Pan: 9.80) It was perfect escapism, a great historical page turner, set at the time of the Tudors as Thomas Cromwell is attempting to dissolve the monasteries on behalf of his master, Henry VIII. The central character of the story is Matthew Shardlake, the hunchbacked lawyer, who initially seems like a somewhat unlikely hero, but his character grows and grows on you as the novel progresses.

Set in one of the monasteries that are set for dissolution, the story centres upon a murder of another commissioner of the king, and Shardlake is sent in to solve the mystery. Sansom is a masterful historical writer and his evocations of the Tudor age are almost visceral. He takes the reader into the sights, sounds and smells of the era and in a very evenhanded way he shows us the corruption of both church and state at the time. Stories of periods of great upheaval are always interesting to me and I have always loved this particular stage in history. What I liked about this book too is that King Henry is kept in the background- powerful and shaping, as ever, but not really a main player in his own right, which I am sure is tough when talking about this fascinating time.

I am not going to say anything else at all about the plot, as it is a super murder mystery- not that I am usually a fan of this genre, but I did enjoy this story. For anyone who does like this kind of story there is also more to pursue, as Sansom has written sequels…again I will probably not be reading them as I find that series can be formulaic (I know, I am notoriously hard top please when it comes to books…) but a set may be a good idea for Christmas for mystery lover?

The other novel I read was completely different and also not the kind of thing I might typically go for. My friend Lorna lent t me “Angels in my Hair” by Lorna Byrne (Paperback: Century: 12.50) It is dubbed as the true story of a modern day Irish mystic and the narrator has a very normal, homespun voice with no airs or graces. From a very young age Lorna sees and experiences angels as part of her daily life. Interestingly, she is able to depict how this both enhances her life, but also sets her apart as different and potentially often very lovely. Interspersed with the general story of growing up, falling in love and marrying are episodes of insight and knowledge imparted by her angel companions- it’s almost like two parallel universes existing side by side.

Many people may be sceptical about this story of everyday angels, particularly in the light of the current controversy surrounding the apparitions in Knock. I would probably be as sceptical as the next person about this- however there was something in the humility of Lorna’s voice as she tells her story that made me believe her account. I feel the angels are her reality and all they do is good- she is clearly a person of great faith and hope, and in these times we live in her story is inspirational in its own quiet way.

By the way booklovers….new treats are on the way as Janet is relocating across the road into the old Gift Annexe in Blessington, and together with a coffee shop books will be sold from “Food For Thought” from this month onwards. Check it out….!



Moya Brennan’s harp playing and singing in September were another perfect combination for the Russborough saloon, but I must admit the return of the RTÈ Vanbrugh quartet on November 6th was really memorable. I saw them last year too, but this time around got closer to the front and could see the musicians up close playing their instruments, which was great….the four musicians play so harmoniously together – you can feel they have become almost synbiotic over the years.

They played some lovely pieces by Haydn and later Borodin- the latter being my favourite. I am not a classical music buff, so rarely recognise melodies on hearing them, but the pieces they played were called “Les Vendredis” or the Fridays, from where musicians used to gather and play together. So, as it was taking place on a Friday evening it seemed highly appropriate! The energy and liveliness of the tunes the quartet played sounded, as my companion said “Like a conversation between old friends”.

As ever the magical setting of the saloon has a charm all of its own- it has become one of my favourite settings in which to hear live music, because the acoustic and atmosphere are so unique, especially on cosy winter evenings. The Christmas concerts are always wonderful too, so book up early for them! As a musical experience it is truly transporting!

Angie Ruane
Back To The Future
(A Fund Raiser for The Senior Citizens Committee)
Ask any Chinaman. Everybody knows, that when cooked, the dirty little pig that was out in the yard becomes superior to itself, in which state it becomes worthy of royal praise. Having sacrificed itself unbeknowingly, it is served on silver platters, its head complete with eyes, tongue and ears prominent, as the centre-piece on the banqueting table; and on varying silver platters as delicious Ham for the King, as succulent Pork for the Queen, as Bacon and Cabbage for the Princes, and as Spare Ribs and Bits of Rasher, fun dishes for the Courtiers and Ladies in Waiting.
It is a wonder too, that it took a writer by the name of Charles Lamb to identify the values of that forsaken creature in his essay, A Dissertation on a Roast Pig, but not even a whisper of one-up-manship from its namesake, the more famous, Francis Bacon.
So, it was in Ballymore one Saturday during late October, in the Brunelleschi designed Piazza della Signoria at Paddy Murphys became a hive of industry, which occurance is already a legendary tale, and a truthful one at that, unlike the alternative history provided by the late fork-tongued Geraldus Cambrensis (1152) who, as inferred by the late and loved Professor F.X.Martin, gilded the Papal Bull ‘Laudabiliter’, on the rights of King Henry 11 to conquer Ireland.
Now, legend has it that when Cuchulin burnt his thumb on the scales of a monster fish which he found in the dying coal of a fire, that on putting his thumb into his mouth to soothe it , he magically acquired the gift of a prophet, and evermore was known as Frank (Salmon) and that when….
Finn MacCumhal, Prince of Glenmalure, while out hunting in that well-known valley, aimed his deadly spear at a giant Irish Elk, and having launched his missile, realised too late that a gust of wind had caught its flight and the spear had pierced the flesh of Queen Maeve’s favourite Bull, An Bo Donn; which is why so vast an error made it a wise thing for him to be known henceforth as Brendan (Clarke) and ………
Strange are the wonders of life, and stranger still, though it may seem so through the mists of time from a distant land, that the shadow of Hiawatha should arise. Hiawatha, Lord of Tir na nOg, magic land between Ireland and horizon’s western wave; Lord of its rivers and lakes, Master of the Four Winds and of the forests, built his canoe by their graces: ‘Give me of your boughs O Cedar/Of your strong and pliant branches/My canoe to make more steady/Make more strong and firm beneath me’, (so conceiving the idea of the Ballymore Eustace Canoe Club) ….and perchance, hunger and cold came with Winter when Hiawatha spied a Buffalo, bigger and stronger than Queen Maeve’s bull ever was, with a coat so warm and so much suited to Minehaha’s wigwam, that he stretched his bow, shot his unerring arrow through the pristine air when, presto, a huge screeching pig loomed up in front of the Buffalo……..
Ken Barrett awoke from his dream, Hiawat…Mineha…his ruddy complexion a testament to his love of outdoor life, startled at the noises being rattled out by his friends Frank and Brendan, like fearless men of a bye-gone age, real men who to this very day still use cobwebs of the Aranea Miraculum to repair punctures on their ancient BSA and Norton motorcycles – “get up, where’s the Pig - nine hours on the spit for The Senior Citizens Fundraiser at Paddy Murphys…..ha ha me boyos.”
By 11.30 that morning, the 250lb pig-on-the-spit was spinning above the fiery pit (from Ken’s coal mine) below at one revolution per leg, its colour changing ever so gradually from pink to pale bronze. Never in living memory was pig so well cared-for nor kept so warm, but before long it proved necessary to call on the services of an internationally experienced cook, Gary Ablett from Australia, who dressed the pig in fragrant balm, which aroma wafted luxuriously through the evening air to the senses and tummies of those who had come like pilgrims to peep at the pigs progress through chinks in the woodwork, watching in awe at the workload of Ken, Frank and Brendan, captains of industry, gone black from work, with sweat rolling in beads down their lithe bodies during this process of purification in purgatorial profession of unfinished business, and the rewards that are to come in paradise - a ‘pint o’ plain’.
The Ham, the Pork and the Bacon were devoured as one creature by the hungry and adventurous, and those who opted excitedly for Spare Rib and Bits O’ Rasher got aperitifs of more to come, tongue-tasters to a merry night. But prize of the night went to brave Niall thing-a-me-bob, who for a wager opted for the pig’s ear as an entrée to the world of heroes and the valiant. However, however, well, however anyway, when he noted (assiduously) that the pig’s ear had not been shaved of its rough hairy roots he balked a little, but with the surety of his own powers of persuasion, went abroad ‘to have the thing deep-fat-fried’, that like the bear’s sausage it might change its nature. He returned disjointed, the ear still dangling between his thumb and forefinger as fresh as ever, and being urged to fulfil the deed, raised it to his lips with a sincere miserere nobis, and as he did, his stomach reacted with Vesuvian vengeance. Every Chinaman knows that you can’t make a purse out of a pig’s ear!
Well as that may be, the occasion was fabulously enjoyable, with all the expenditure taken up by the Canoe Club and the donations given to the Senior Citizens Committee. Whatever about Francis Bacon, Charles Lamb’s friends have their eyes on the real thing for Punchestown Week next Spring.

At the end, all that was left for late-comers were pigs trotters, a tasty little dish for those who had to leave their cars behind and walk home. When asked about the left-over waste carcass Gary replied, outback style; ‘Waste, what waste? The bones are the soup for tomorrow!’
Michael Ward.
on passing by- again

I am really beginning to think that certain Government workers, and the union leaders representing them, are living in some sort of parallel universe. In this other world the public finances are something that, although they give rise to some concern, are not things that need to be tackled with any sort of aggression. I am sick to the back teeth hearing the head of this or that union being interviewed and all they can say is that no matter what the solution it must not affect their members pay, conditions or terms of employment. Once this is understood then they are quite prepared to talk to the Government and to discuss the myriad options which they say are available to get us out of the current difficulties. They say that their members have already taken a seven per cent pay cut when in reality all the Government has done is to ensure that they are actually making some sort of contribution to the pension and lump sum which are so generously awarded to them. Workers in the private sector do not have the luxury of a guaranteed pension unless they contribute to it themselves so why should anyone else be featherbedded for their old age.
Another favourite solution is to keep borrowing to keep the country going. This would probably be a fairly safe bet if the sums needed were fairly small but we are currently borrowing in the order of 400 million euro a week. How long do they think we can keep this up because eventually the people lending the money are going to say enough is enough. If you cant, or wont, sort out your own financial affairs why should we risk our money by lending it to you.
When this home truth is pointed out they grudgingly accept that there may well be a bit of a small problem of that nature but that the option needs to be further explored before it is dismissed out of hand. Another option is to extend the period of time required to get our borrowing down to agreed EU limits. We have already saddled our children with a debt of massive proportions and the unions solution is to make sure that our grandchildren and their children suffer as well.
When all this stupidity is finally brushed away and they are asked how they would save the four billion euro needed to get us back to some semblance of normality you would think it was Hans Christian Anderson who had been asked the question. The usual first off is that they have already saved the country countless millions by agreeing to an embargo on staff recruitment but surely they can see that this is not a real saving but rather a cost that we will now not have to bear, which is a totally different thing. Next up we have the old chestnut, tax the rich. This coming from a union leader, some of whom earn up to one hundred and seventy thousand a year, is rich indeed. The leaders know full well that at the moment the top four per cent of workers pay forty five per cent of the tax. A large amount of the wealth that the four per cent have is extremely mobile and can be moved to another jurisdiction quite easily and quite rapidly. If this were to happen where would we make up the loss of tax revenue? How would we replace the thousands of jobs lost if these people decided to take their factories with them? In all the interviews I have heard with union leaders I have never heard a satisfactory answer to these simple questions. Is it because they haven’t worked out the answers or because to admit to the proper answers would undermine their argument?. Yes, exactly.
I am not advocating that the public or civil service should have to take all the pain but equally they cannot expect to be left untouched when every other section of society has been affected, or is to be affected. We cannot afford ever lengthening dole queues as this will drag us further into the mire. I accept that thousand of public servants are at or below the average industrial wage. It is also a fact that over nine thousand of them earn over one hundred and twenty thousand a year, which is almost an obscene amount in relation to that same industrial average. In effect we have nine thousand people costing over a billion euro a year. Surely a ten per cent cut on these people would not be too onerous considering their salary, job security and undoubtedly massive pensions.
I am sure there are other areas of the sector which could yield similar savings if the Government looked hard enough but they still seem to be in thrall to the unions.
A recent development underscores the “don’t hit me” attitude. Civil servants have said that substantial savings could be made if all the different types of allowance were examined and cut back. This would of course save money and the reason the civil service has brought it up is because most of them are in nine to five desk jobs and as such don’t qualify for allowances so its basically a case of I’m all right jack. So much for the vaunted solidarity between the brothers. The nurses, the guards and the fire services will lose money and the nine to fivers will escape unscathed. I am at a loss to understand how a Garda could be entitled to avail of up to fifty seven different allowances, especially the one to compensate for the loss of allowances while on holiday, but even I can see that implementing something like that would be totally unfair.
Unfortunately I cannot see a way out of the current situation until every one accepts that the economy is knackered, that we cannot afford a public service that costs over twenty three billion euro and that we have to do everything possible to keep people in work. The private sector has accepted this months ago, and private sector workers have made sacrifices to ensure the continuation where possible of their employment. Those that have been unfortunate are now trying to exist on benefits which could be only a third of their recent wage. In contrast the only people who have gone from the public sector have done so of their own accord to ensure that their pension entitlement will not be compromised by mooted measures in next months budget. Back to the I’m all right Jack.
Just before I go can I ask if anyone else is getting sick and tired of the way the Government Opposition is carrying on it business. In what all party leaders agree is the worst financial crisis in the history of the State we are constantly treated to opposition deputies automatically decrying anything the Government says. I am not a great supporter of the Government but I can see the need for action. Despite being constantly asked to forward suggestions to alleviate our position Mr Kenny and Mr Gilmore seem more interested in scoring points and gaining headlines. Enough is enough lads.

All for now. Mike Edmonds Nov 09.
Congratulations to Michelle Ellis, Hillcrest, Ballymore Eustace who was conferred with an Honours Degree in Commerce at the N.U.I.G. recently. She has returned to Galway to do a Masters Degree in Human Resources.

Leadership Required!

In the Oct issue of the Bugle I wrote about the earnings of the top brass in the civil service, which had been published in the daily papers and wondered what the top brass in the trade unions were earning. Lo and behold in the Irish Times Oct 24th was a list of some of the top earners; some of them, for reasons best known to themselves would not disclose their incomes. All were earning top dollar, and most important, secure in the knowledge that they won’t be out of a job in these times of recession like some of the workers they represent. Some were earning handy nixers by being attached to State boards. And we mustn’t forget sick leave; some in the HSE are on paid sick leave for more than six months. I don’t know the reasons for these payments perhaps they are genuine enough, but they’re costing the State more than €11million. Sick leave has almost doubled since the eighties and is twice that of the private sector. I read in the paper t’other day that Dr Drumm, head honcho in the HSE, has received a bonus of €70,000 and in the same paper the story of anxious parents whose child is dying for want of a heart operation and is on a waiting list for a bed. Another man is waiting five months for a knee operation. Go figure!!!
However it’s not all bad news, I read that Peter McLoone leader of the public sector union Impact has decided not to accept a substantial pay rise. More power to his elbow. Will others follow suit? But as I write there’s a threat of ‘a walk out strike’ to take place next week. ‘Taking action in a coordinated way’, and the need to ‘provide best practice’, whatever the hell that means, is how one trade union leader describes it: probably means go on strike if we don’t get our way. By the time you read this all will be settled we hope.
Another topic making news these days is the call by Enda Kenny for the abolition of the Seanad. Some time ago I wrote in the Bugle making the exact same call. If I remember correctly I described it as a home for aspiring and retiring politicians or words to that effect. So have I changed my mind? As it stands at the moment no, but properly run it has its uses. It is in urgent need of radical reform. The idea of a Senate or Upper House goes back a long time, back to Roman times, and its function basically is to keep an eye on the government and to peruse legislation sent to it by whatever parliament is in power. It can initiate and revise legislation or make recommendations, but that’s as far as it can go. In short, it has limited powers. It costs 25 million euro to run, and that’s a lot of dough for an outfit with little or no clout. The salary of a senator is €70,000 plus, with expenses averaging €45,000. A handy number if you can get it! The number of senators is 60, and 11 of those are nominated by the Taoiseach of the day, 43 are elected by incoming Dáil, outgoing Seanad, and various panels representing other interests. The two universities get to elect 3 apiece. So tell me, how can a Seanad so politically weighted act independently of government? Do turkeys vote for Christmas?
Apparently reform of the Seanad has been talked about for the last thirty years. Various schemes were proposed, talked about, but never acted on. I must admit it has been all over my head and therein lies the problem; nobody cared, nobody shouted Stop. But times have changed and times are tough, and people are beginning to ask awkward questions of our elected representatives, whether in government or Seanad. Do we get value for money spent? In 2008 our senators sat for 93 days. What did they achieve? Can anyone remember? The only way we can have a completely independent Seanad is to have it elected by the electorate only, with no government interference. If this miracle were to take place then I do believe that the Seanad has a place in Irish politics, but as it stands at the moment it is just another expense we could do without. Some of our European neighbours have abolished their upper house and seem to be managing just fine. In these lean times a radical overhaul is needed, starting at the top! Social partnership and benchmarking need a reality check. I said at the time of its introduction that it only worked when things were on the up and up. A palsy walsy arrangement that suited Bertie's idea of management won’t work in the situation we now find ourselves in.
Over to you Taoiseach, leadership is required. Jeffers.
Colette sent me off to the Italian Grand Prix in Monza as part of my fiftieth birthday present. We flew into Milan and stayed in a place called Breschia, where they make Beretta pistols. The Monza Grand Prix is staged in a big park, similar to the Phoenix Park. I have followed motor racing through the turbo years of John Watson, through the Professor Prost era, the Senna tragedy, the Schumacher year’s right up to the present day. It was brilliant to be able to witness a full Grand Prix. A truly memorable trip.
Elsewhere I am very happy that we have a bit of Coverage of Arthur’s day. The lovely pics are courtesy of Anna Ward. It was a day to forget about recession and the general mood of depression that pervades the land. Indeed the only mention of NAMA was when someone toasted “to Nama” I was in two places (not at the same time) the Ballymore Inn & Pat Murphy’s. Perhaps Cowan & co. (or whoever follows next) will consider making September 24th a public holiday.
Some of you may have noticed the rivalry between Vodafone and Eircom has hit new heights with the two ads running on TV at the moment. The Vodafone one was shot along Weaver’s Row, but they didn’t paint all the doors red.
“See the Stars” certainly has some set of gears. Just looking at Michael Kinane in the Arc, he didn’t really seem under any pressure as he knows what he had underneath him. Just pushed the button and way he went.
Roy Keane must be on really dodgy ground with Ipswich. All the summer talk about endurance courses and killing pigs etc. is a far cry from some of their recent performances. Closer to home it looks as if the Hoops could win the league in their first year at home in Tallaght. What an achievement that would be and a just reward for all their fans who stuck with them through thick and thin. Kildare County however remain in the doldrums, really struggling at every level. The one positive outcome from Kildare’s first team in the League is the amount of interested generated in underage and schoolboy levels.
Going onto the other code, Kerry had everyone fooled. They came good at just the right time of the year and exacted the ultimate revenge on Cork. Good to see Meath, Wicklow and our own lads doing so well in ’09. The Kildare performance was capped with an all star nomination for James Kavanagh. Vincent is so confident that, when I spoke to him in the Ballymore Inn recently, he had just had a bet of 200 euro at 10/1 on the son getting the award!
Congratulations to Richard Gleeson who wins a Kildare jersey, (for next year’s All- Ireland Final!), for correctly telling us that the Year of the Field Day was 1970! Big Will O’Donoghue says he has more teasers up coming in the next few months. I remember that field day well. Mick Davoren (I think) wrote a song based around “All Kinds of Everything” which Margaret Gordon sang as “Quare Times” paraded around. Correct me if I’m wrong guys!
Poor oul’ Bernard Dunne as on the wrong side of a bad beating from the little Thai fella in the O2. Bernard was accepted into the Fire Service Panel at the end of last year and could be called up for training if he doesn’t go up a weight and make a comeback. The fight aftermath also gave way to some awful jokes, possibly the worst was; what do Michael Jackson and Bernard Dunne have in common? They both wore gloves with no purpose. Come on now, Bernard deserves better.

As the Festive Season fast approaches don’t forget Touch Ireland. A charity shop is set up in O’Keefes Home & Garden on the Naas Road, so give them your support. Whilst on the subject of support, go along to the best one man show in the village. Gus Kavanagh’s Bingo. I always said you’d have to be paid to listen to Gus and that’s what you could be. Monster Jackpots and I’m sure getting near to Christmas there will probably be at turkey or two.
Communications from our local representatives:

Dear Editors,

I would be grateful if you would publish the following in the next edition of The Ballymore Bugle:

The Kildare County Council KTK Community Levy Project

“The saga goes on; I have requested that we discuss it at our next meeting on the 20th October,
I am sorry to hear that Rose has resigned from the Committee - best of luck with your studies, Rose!

If there are any community groups that want to make an application for KTK Funding, please feel free to contact me directly to discuss: email or phone 086 234 1009.

I was very pleased that the Lisbon Treaty was passed Friday week as I firmly believe it will be good for the Country.
Over the years, Ireland has received a lot of financial support from the EU and I hope that we will continue to do so in the future.”

Cllr Willie Callaghan, FF

South Kildare Community Transport Services

"Following on his motion to call on the Minister to protect the services offered by South Kildare Community Transport in light of recent announcements, Cllr Mark Wall has welcomed the decision of the Council to back the motion.

South Kildare Community Transport offers a comprehensive transport service for the people of Ballymore, Dunshane and surrounding townslands; the service has recently being altered and the company are more than willing to talk to local people in the Ballymore area who would like to discuss the service. They can be contacted on 045 871916.

The company ensures that the people of Ballymore can access the town of Naas and we must ensure that such an important service is protected for the sake of those who use the service and for those that may have to use the service in the future.

I welcome welcomed the decisive ‘Yes’ vote in the recent Lisbon referendum, the input of the Business Community was particularly welcome as we must encourage every possible potential employer into this country and into our county in particular. It is my opinion that this can be best achieved as part of a European Union and the reaction to the decisive ‘Yes’ vote throughout Europe was very encouraging"

Cllr Mark Wall, Labour

Wolfe Tone Cumann
Tributes were paid to the late Des Kennedy, former Chairperson at last month’s cumann meeting. The late Des was acting chairperson at the time of his death and one of the cumann’s hardest workers, having been local Director of Elections for several elections. He will be sadly missed by friends and local representatives. Pat Browne, vice chairperson, was elected to assume the role of Chairman until the next annual general meeting.
The cumann also discussed a fitting feature to be made as a memoriam to Des, plans to be discussed further at the next meeting.
Cumann members are reminded that the Annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration Day will take place in Bodenstown at 12pm on Sunday, October 18th – all welcome to attend.
Scoil Mhuire

Works being done at the moment are part of the Summer Works 2008 scheme. The school was initially turned down for this work for the Summer of 2008 due to budgetary concerns in the Department of Education and Science but were surprised to be included for a grant just prior to summer 2009.

We hold yearly consultation meetings between Principal and 6th class pupils and between the Board of Management and 6th class pupils regarding general school policy and facilities to get their opinions. At the consultation meeting in June 2007, 6th class pupils highlighted clearly for the Board the difficulties they experienced having to enter and exit on the pedestrian path as it is too narrow for the volume of pedestrian traffic at peak times. The board explored their proposals and decided to apply for a grant to put a wider footpath on the town side of the gate and to increase the staff car-parking from 12 spaces, as there is now a daily staff of 15 and 248 pupils.

Ideally we would prefer to carry out this work when the school is closed but that was not possible so it is hoped that the works will be finished by the end of Hallowe'en week.While it is an inconvenience to have works during term time, the board believes that anything which will increase pupil-safety is well worth the effort. In relation to the "Suaimhneas" garden, this is a project we hope to carry out in the inner courtyard. We applied in March '08 for a grant for this under the KTK scheme and will consider this work if we are successful in obtaining this grant.Mairead O'Flynn, Scoil Mhuire, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. 18055B
NB Scoil Mhuire was passed for €6,000 earlier this year by the KTK Kildare Co Council Levy Committee but no further meetings have been scheduled and there was no monies in the fund at the end of August 2009. KTK themselves estimate they owe €60,000 approximately. The Bandhall Committee, Scoil Mhuire and the CDA/TIDY Towns can not have their funding released under further monies are paid by KTK. (Tidy Towns project on the Old Library has not been discussed property nor yet approved as the committee has not met for at least 5 months.) I, Rose Barrett, have since stepped down from the committee due to education commitments and frustration......................
By Pastor Robert Dunlop
It is easy to fall into the temptation to hobble through life in fits and starts. Constancy is an attractive attribute, well worth pursuing.
It needs to be nurtured, even amongst the most optimistic people.
There are many situations which produce a burst of enthusiasm, followed by complacency.
In the realm of relationships we have all met “fair weather friends”, who disappear when the going gets tough.
To cultivate consistency is a major challenge. One of the reasons why it is not healthy to become too individualistic is to create momentum for growing
together. When we hold each other up we encourage consistency in running the race. This is something deeper than meddling in the affairs of others but it is also to be distinguished from aloofness and detachment.
“Although each of us is fashioned in careful incompletion, we were created to long for each other. Huge differences may separate us, yet they are exactly what draw us to each other. It is as though forged together we form one presence, for each of us has half of a language that the other seeks.” ( From Divine Beauty by John O’Donohue, (page 153).
Those who draw on Divine support will discover that the words of the prophet Isaiah are not only true, but relevant –
“They who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint”.
It is hard to think of a better recipe for staying the course.


Combined pressures of work and study have kept me from my reading this month…couldn’t manage to finish anything in time for the review. However I was lucky enough to be treated to two trips to the Dublin Theatre Festival by a friend who loves a good drama.

A reliable source (who attends just about everything in the festival) had previously tipped me off about Enda Walsh’s “New Electric Ballroom” (At the Peacock), so I suppose I had quite high expectations of this play. Set in the claustrophobic kitchen of an Irish fishing village , we are introduced to three sisters who seem to be living a kind of groundhog day. Events of the past, which originally took place in the eponymous ballroom, form the central plank of the drama. The sister’s seemingly unconnected dialogue takes place in a series of set pieces which have a strong sense of repetition and are quite powerful lyrically and dramatically.

The unfolding story of the three women is punctuated by the appearance of the local fisherman, who enters noisily and gradually merges with the romantic male figure from the elder sister’s past. Although the language was clever and the actors undoubtedly gifted, I felt strangely at odds with the plight of the characters and couldn’t really engage with them emotionally. Perhaps it was the force of the dialogue which put me off- in places it was reminiscent of Beckett and that could have turned me off. It was a powerful production, commensurate with what an audience can expect from Druid Theatre Company. I wasn’t really moved though – so I am afraid I wouldn’t recommend it ….

Conversely “Tales of Ballycumber”, by Sebastian Barry (The Abbey) was devastating it its simplicity and power. Barry examines the impact of loss on a community and how judgements are often formed about people based on their ability to connect with others. Nicholas Farquhar is an ageing protestant bachelor, living alone and basing his life on the premise that he has become a better farmer than his father ever was. His simple life is disrupted by tragedy and leads him to call into question his view of himself and the perception of others - that he has become (that awful word) a loner.

Stephen Rea is mesmerising as the troubled Farquhar and the rest of the cast revolve around his star. The set is fantastic and the whole play is one of the most touching expositions of loneliness I have ever seen. There was a palpable sense of emotion in the theatre when the play was ending.

I was doubly privileged at the performance I attended, as Sebastian Barry spoke about his writing before the performance. He has a singular humility for such a gifted writer. I have always loved his novels and now I am a confirmed fan of his drama also. Highly recommended.


Matt’s Memories


He was chatting to John Ryan when I first saw him. For the second time in quick succession, I met Mick Kelly of Bolabeg. He was attending the Vigil Mass in Ballymore Eustace on Saturday, August 8 and this time he was accompanied by his wife, Bridie. Bridie was formerly a Wilson of Hollywood. Chatting to them, we recalled Dinny Toomey working in Headon’s Butcher Shop, the Downshire House Hotel and most recently in Wilson’s Butcher Shop in Rathfarnham. It turned out that the Wilsons of Rathfarnham were related to Bridie. Mick had one brother and five sisters. Sadly, one of his sisters, Lillian, died when she was 48. Mick had two sisters who used to work in Clerys and occasionally, I used to meet one of them in Parnell Square in Dublin.

Brass and Reed Band

I gather from an Article by Rose Barrett O’Donoghue in the Leinster Leader on September 9, 2004 that the Brass and Reed Band came into existence in 1875. This article coincided with the building of the replacement Bandhall. The article contained five separate photos of the band highlighting different features in the band’s time. Over the years, Tom O’Rourke (Senior) was one of its stalwarts. Another was the late John Headon and, in mentioning those two, one also thinks of Mick Kelly (Briencan). The Band was not the only community involvement Tom had. He was also Chairman of the Handball Development Committee before he became the Supervisor of the Fas Group that built the 40 by 20 alley. In earlier times, Tom was also very much involved in the Ballymore Eustace Tidy Town’s effort.

St Mary’s Cemetery

When the Annual St Mary’s Cemetery Mass was held this year, I was in Tramore at the time. I gather it was a great success. An Alter was built in the left corner (as you look into the cemetery) of the older part of the cemetery so that the Mass accommodated both those in the older part of the cemetery and also the new part. Talking to Jimmy McLoughlin, I gather a New Cemetery Committee has been set up and a Fas Worker employed. Noel Deegan is our Fas Worker. He was formerly of Dowdenstown and now of Liffey Heights and returned home from England some six years ago. Noel has done great work at the cemetery re-establishing the footpaths and cutting the grass and doing other necessary jobs. (Mary Campbell told Rose the entire committee under Pat Griffin were working well together – well done to all of you).
Luke Kelly
Over the years I was a fan of Luke Kelly who died in 1984 aged 44. All this was brought back to me when RTE ran a tribute show to him. I saw about half of this show that reminded me of the glory days at The Embankment in Tallaght. At the time, the late Mick McCarthy (not the soccer man) who specialised in folk music managed the Embankment. Mick died in April 2004. Luke has done great versions of “Raglan Road” and Phil Coulter’s “Scorn Not His Simplicity”. One of Luke’s most famous songs was recorded at the Embankment. All the top folk singers and groups performed at the Embankment at one time or another.
Anne’s Wedding
On August 14, Anne Winder married Mark Doyle in the local Catholic Church and her reception was held in the Ardenode Hotel. Anne is a daughter of Jim “Bumps” Winder and Mary Winder (nee Browne). I gather Jim underwent a heart by-pass operation recently and is presently recuperating from it. Her famous handballing Uncles, Cecil and Pious, were both in attendance. I gather Tess Sammon was also there and her good wishes were duly passed on to me.
Another Wedding
I see from the September Bugle that Emma Marshall and Roy Clarke also got married. Emma is a daughter of Willie and Carmel while Roy is noted for his singing ability and his parents are Peter and Anne.
Fr Jimmy Kelly I see has left us. In the short six months he was with us, he endeared himself to the people of Ballymore Eustace.
Leinster Leader

The Leinster Leader of August 13 contained an Acknowledgment by the family of the late Pat Nugent. In the August 20 issue of the Leinster Leader a photo of Frank Sammon and Brendan Clarke appeared. It also contained a photo of Mac Sully and the Organising Committee of the Kilcullen Vintage Rally. The same issue of the Leinster Leader also referred to a re-union of the Langan Family. The Leinster Leader of September 3 deals with the Bishopsland Hoard that was found in 1942 during work on the Poulaphouca Hydro- Electric Scheme. The same issue of the Leader indicates that Martina Reilly has a new book called “The Wish List”. Some years ago, Martina worked with South Dublin County Council.


Vincent Kavanagh called to pass on a message to me recently. As our readers will know Vincent retired as our local Garda sometime ago. What I did not know was that Vincent had a heart by-pass operation last year and has made a good recovery from it.

Eddie (Junior)

I call him Eddie (Junior) because his late father was also called Eddie – the surname being Gordon. While I often saw Eddie (Junior) up the village, this time his two daughters accompanied him and we exchanged greetings.


He was out strolling and came over to talk to me. Surprise! Surprise! I did not know who he was. Anyway, it was Garrett Keenaghan, Celine’s husband and Barbara O’Neill’s son-in-law.


There I was getting ready to leave Ballymore Eustace when a 4 by 4 gave me a welcoming blow of its horn. It was Brian Fennan on his way up the village.


On July 18 the Anniversaries of John and Elizabeth McGlynn were celebrated. On the same date, the Anniversary of Seamus Mahon, the Month’s Mind of Louie Murphy and the 38th Wedding Anniversary of Michael (earlier referred to as Mick) and Joy Kelly were remembered. On August 8 the Anniversaries of Judy Kelly, Patrick Kerr (who reached 100 years of age), Brendan and Betty Headon and Michael and Margaret Cregg were celebrated. The following day, the Anniversaries of Michael Conway and Catherine Daly were remembered. On August 22, the Anniversary of Dr. Malachy Dignan was celebrated. The following day Karen Lewis, Emily Norton and Michael Grace Senior were remembered.


The death occurred of Jack Kaine of Kilmallum, Blessington on July 18, 2009. His wife Rhona predeceased Jack (John). His son James, daughter Elizabeth, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, son-in-law Alan, grandchildren Roger, Alison, Cheyenne and Glenn, nieces, nephews and extended family survive Jack. Jack is interred in the adjoining cemetery to St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Blessington. He was a brother of two of Ballymore Eustace’s leading ladies of former times the late Nellie Kaine and the late Dorrie Talbot. As readers will recall I sat beside the late Jack at the 2008 Senior Citizens Party.

The death occurred of Manzie Kelly of Barrack Street, Ballymore Eustace at St. Vincent's Hospital, Athy on August 13. Marie and Billy Murphy and their children - Frank, Henry and Mariea (and their families) - and relatives survive Manzie (Patrick) R.I.P. He was a brother of the late James and the late Alice. Alice worked in Joe Headon’s for a long time. Manzie is interred at St Mary’s Cemetery, Ballymore Eustace. He was a good football player and featured on the good Ballymore Eustace teams of the fifties. In 1956 he was on the Ballymore Eustace Team that reached the County Senior Final. In the final they were beaten by the Military College one of the finest teams ever to play in the Kildare Championships. Manzie played on the Brass and Reed Band. He was a great construction worker and left many legacies of this around the Ballymore Eustace and surrounding areas.

I was shocked to learn from the September Bugle of the sudden death of Frank Slattery. Frank died on August 16 and was the eldest brother of Barry. Barry did Trojan work for the community and handball when the 40 by 20 alley was being built. He was Treasurer of the Development Committee for the three years involved.
Joe Kennedy (Senior) hoped one of his sons might become President of America one day. Sadly his eldest son, Joe Kennedy (Junior), was killed in a plane crash in the Second World War. In 1960, his son Jack became the first Catholic to hold the position of President when he narrowly defeated Richard Nixon in the vote. Jack was a great Orator and “wowed” the Irish when he came to visit his ancestral home in Wexford in 1963. A few months later he was assassinated. In 1967 Jack’s brother Robert ran for President and he too was assassinated when doing well in his campaign. The youngest brother Ted ran for President in 1980 but was beaten and essentially this was the end of the Kennedys as a Presidential force in America. For the remainder of his life Ted Kennedy concentrated on his role as Senator. In that role he was a great help to Irish politicians especially in regard to matters relating to the North. Ted died on August 25 aged 77.
Only two weeks earlier, his sister Eunice Shriver died aged 88. Eunice was a founder member of the Special Olympics, which have been going from strength to strength.
Rob Mullally was previously from Assumpta Terrace but now lives in California after a spell in Jamaica. Recently Rob went to the races and had one good place bet. Additionally, he went to Pine Peak, Colorado as our photo shows and enjoyed the occasion even if it turned out to be 14,ooo ft., freezing cold, snow on the summit, and 40% less oxygen than at sea level. The scenery was spectacular and the rocks and waterfalls were amazing. Rob appears in the 1952 Corpus Christi Procession in Ballymore Eustace on the shoulders of his late father, Bertie, as the Procession approached Nellie Carroll’s house - then owned by Jimmy Gregory.
© Matt Purcell (September 21, 2009)
On bulb planting

First of all, note that all spring-bulbs need to be planted now, so they can settle in and root before the onset of winter. But, to let the danger of the Tulip Fine disease pass, plant tulips in November.

When choosing your bulbs, make sure they are firm and have no holes, splits or other damage in the skin. Loose bulbs tend to be of better quality and have plenty of air circulating around them which will keep them clean and fresh.. The other advantage of loose bulbs is that you can pick them yourself and the bigger the better.

When planting your bulbs, note they like good drainage. So if your soil is clay or another sticky
mix, put some grit or sand into the planting hole first. Plant bulbs at twice or trice their size, thus a daffodil measuring 2” will have to be planted at a depth of 6”. For a natural effect scatter the bulbs by hand and plant them where they fall (nothing worse than regimental lines of daffs and crocuses, avoid at all cost).

If you are planting in borders, try to place the bulbs where their dying foliage will be hidden by plants that emerge in late spring.
Planting bulbs in lawns can give a lovely natural effect. To do this dig a U-shape with your spade/lawn edger and lift the sod at the bottom of the U. Plant regarding the size/depth of the bulb and replace the sod.
Choose early flowering species like Snowdrops, Crocus or an early Narcissus because you can’t mow the lawn there until the foliage dies back!
When planting bulbs in pots use any pot as long as they have good drainage and a depth of at least 8”-10”. First, empty and clean the pot, place stones over the drainage hole(s) and put a layer of compost in. Then place the larger bulbs, their pointy bits up and cover them with some more compost. A next layer of smaller bulbs comes in on top of that and cover again. On this the smallest bulbs, cover with compost, and then a layer of (possibly nice) grit. Water in well and wait…

Suggestion: bottom layer: Tulips; middle layer: Hyacinths; top layer: dwarf Narcissi.
Last but not least ensure that there is a succession of color from January to mid June. Have a look at the table below. Enjoy your bulbs!
Catriona Taylor
Flowering Times

Jan Snowdrops
Feb Crocus, Early Daffss
May Chinodoxa, Iris, Mid Daffs
Apr Bluebells, Hyacinths, Late Daffs
May Tulips, Hyacinths
Jun Allium / Freesia / Lilium

Planting plants and bulbs brings out the optimist in us all so heres hoping for a dry autumn and wonrerful spring.

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All-Star Nomination

Congrats to our own James Kavanagh on his nomination for an All-Star after a very impressive year with Kildare. James was in formidable form with the county and is Ballymore’s first All-Star nominee. Well done again James.

Table Quiz

The club is holding a table quiz on Friday 23rd October at 9.30pm in Paddy Murphy’s. Tables are €20. There are plenty of spot prizes to be won along with a raffle so support for the club is welcome. Also James Kavanagh and some of the county stars will be attending if you want to see them in the flesh!!

Monthly Draw

The monthly draw takes place on the last Thursday of this month. Only 100 tickets are available. This month’s prizes will be 1st €150, 2nd and 3rd €50. Tickets are €10 each so don’t be shy!! Winners for September were 1st Tommie Archibald 2nd Mary Clarke 3rd Paul O’ Donoghue and 4th Paddy Nolan.

Flag Day

The Club will be holding a Flag Day on the weekend of the 7th-8th of November so be prepared!!


Don’t forget to check out the club website on:

Championship News

Intermediate Football Championship semi-final

Ballymore 2-07 Maynooth 3-10

Ballymore’s championship ambitions came to a disappointing end with a defeat to a strong and fancied Maynooth side. It was the winners who kicked on late with the game in the balance until the last few minutes. Ballymore opened the scoring with Tommie Archibald pointing after 16 seconds but parity was soon returned when Pierre Ennis converted a free. The first goal of the game soon followed with Mark McCarville’s clever pass found Archibald who made no mistake. Steven Dwyer then extended the lead to four but Maynooth rallied back with 1-01 in quick succession to leave the score 1-2 a piece. Pieere Ennis then pointed twice to put Maynooth two up but Keith Conway somehow found himself with only the keeper to beat and he slotted home as the lead switched once more. Ballymore then took over and in a five minute spell points from Mark McCarville James and Eoin Kavanagh had Ballymore 2-05 to 1-04 as the game went into first half injury time. A good run from Karl Ennis resulted in a goal right at the end of the half to leave one between the teams 2-05 to 2-04 at half time.
After the turnaround Ballymore extended their lead to two when Eoin Kavanagh fired over seconds in but it took Ballymore 23 minutes to register their next score. Hugh Purcell burst through the Ballymore defence before firing to the back of the net and from then until the end Maynooth never fell behind. Karl Ennis pointed twice and along with points from his brother Pierre and Bennett the winners had some breathing space with Ballymore only able to respond with a Tommie Archiblad effort. As the game petered out Pieere Ennis pointed twice to give Maynooth a six point win. Best for Ballymore on a disappointing day were James Kavanagh, Tommie Archibald and William O’ Donoghue.
Ballymore: Maurice Murray, Keith Fennell, Pat Browne, Jamie Balfe, Gerry Fennell, Colin Clarke, William O’ Donoghue, Tadhg Grace, James Kavanagh, Steven Dwyer, Peter Lawlor, Keith Conway, Tommie Archibald, Eoin Kavanagh, Mark McCarville. Subs: Shane Kavanagh, Kieran Doyle

Senior Reserve C Championship semi-final

Ballymore 0-6 St Kevins 2-6

Two goals in a golden ten minute spell for St. Kevins put paid to Ballymore’s challenge for the Championship title of 2009. The scoreline however disguises an excellent display by Ballymore who really pushed St. Kevins right up to the finish-line. Considering that St. Kevins already beat Ballymore by a scoreline of 0-17 to 0-1 in the league, they were correctly quoted as red hot favourites. Kevins started the brighter and with two frees went into an early lead. Ballymore were defending well against an onslaught and Paul Browne brought some hope with an excellently taken long range point from near the right sideline. St. Kevins responded and repeatedly attacked the Ballymore goal with little return however apart from a string of wides and a further point from a free. At this stage the standard of tackling by the Ballymore backs was extremely high with no St. Kevins player being allowed a free shot on goal. Séamus Browne then attacked from deep with a mazy solo-run and point before another long-range point from Paul Browne made it 0-3 each at half time.
Ballymore introduced Hugh Keogh at half time and he made an immediate impact. Ballymore were gaining the upper hand in midfield where Alan Rooney was a tower of strength. Paul Browne got two further points and Ballymore went into a two point lead with ten minutes of the second half gone.
Cracks however were starting to appear in the defence as Kevins had a goal bound shot deflected narrowly wide of the upright. This spurred them on and when their corner forward found himself one on one with Kevin McNally the Ballymore keeper, he chipped the ball nicely over the top for the first goal of the match.
St. Kevins were spurred on by this and a nicely weighted pass left 2 St. Kevins forwards facing one defender and they duly converted for the second goal.
Ballymore rallied, but time was running out and they concentrated in getting an all important goal. St. Kevins retreated, bringing all their players into their own half and Ballymore added a Jarlath Gilroy point before a daisy cutter heading for the corner was stopped by the goalie. At this stage, the chance was gone and the ref blew up the game to end another championship campaign for Ballymore.
It has been a stirring championship performance this year by the Ballymore second team. Ballymore team was:
Kevin McNally, Stephen Fisher, Alan Gilroy, Brian Moore, Darren Gorman, Ciarán Doyle, Ciarán Conway, Alan Rooney, Kevin Murphy, Dean Fisher, Paul Browne, Ódhrán Kennedy, Séamus Browne, Brian Fisher, Glen Browne. Subs: Christy Browne, Jarleth Gilroy, Hugh Keogh and T.J Gilroy

Player Profile

This month we have the honour of interviewing the man of the moment, a man who men look up to, women fantasies about and kids want to be: YE RIGHT!! Step up James Kavanagh:

Favourite Player: Like watching Daniel Goulding for Cork.
Player you would most like to have on BME team: Timmy Gorman!
Best Player ever played against: Mark O’ Shea (Kerry)
Career High: Winning the Hogan Cup.
Best advice ever given or received: Practice with both feet (Dad)
The biggest influence on you as a player: Geezer
The best Kildare player you played with: Dermot Earley
Favourite meal before a match: Beans and scrambled eggs
Worst dressed on the team: Nobody really stands out; Timmy’s jeans can be Gippo-esk!
Laziest trainer on the team: the man that prepared these questions Woddy (What a Lie)
Biggest poser on the team: Don’t even have to answer this! We all know and so do you; Timmy
Who would you most like to go on a date with: Linda Mullahy (She’s sitting right beside me!)
If you could be anyone for a day: Cristiano Ronaldo playing against Barcelona.
What you would like to see in your lifetime: Kildare winning the All Ireland.
If you couldn’t play football what would you do? I’d be travelling the world... with Linda (still sitting beside me!)
Favourite Drink: Guinness, if you mean alcoholic drink.
Favourite Film: Gladiators
Favourite song: Caledonia.
Who eats the most around the Kavanagh dinner table? Contrasting figures but its close between Dad and me.
Hopes for next year: The dream has to be the Sam Maguire.
Do you like signing autographs: Of Course!!