Sunday, April 19, 2009

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Get Well Wishes to Mona Nugent and JJ Cullen; to Kay Kelly of Donard, Kitty Shannon of Burgage, Maura Allen of Dunlavin, Bugle readers all. Welcome home to Rita O’Rourke who looks like she had a stint on “The Swan”…..

Happy Birthday to Paddy Fisher of Elverstown and to sister Jenny who celebrates a special birthday; to Shauna O Neill on celebrating her sweet 16th birthday….

Trading birthdays this month is our coiffure artist and hat maker extraordinaire, Elizabeth Deegan – that’s the hairdresser Liz I am referring to……..and to Ciaran Langan…..

Best of Luck to Denise Kelly and Janet Carthy who went off to South Africa with the Niall Mellon Iniative on 19th March and return on the 29th March. In a similar venture Derek Gorman joins another group of builders from within the construction industry who are heading out to Kenya this year to build an orphanage. Well done to all participants and we’d be happy to cover your experience on your return.

IN boxed advert: Annual Lourdes Outing with graphic as before
This year’s annual trip to Lourdes will take place from June 10th to 17th inclusive. €775.00 per person sharing - single supplement of €35. Insurance, airport taxes, day flights, Hotel Alba, transportation to and from airports plus all meals covered. Enquiries please to John Curry at 045 864180

In a small boxed advert:

To be held in April
Super prizes to be won including
4 pairs of tickets for National Hunt Raceweek,
Framed picture from Gallery & Gifts,
Drawing by Bill Delaney, painting by Mary Deegan
Gift Vouchers from local traders,
Jewellery, Cosmetics and much more

Please support!! Tickets €1.50
Book of 4 for €5


In a small boxed advert, please:
Elizabeth’s Hair Salon
Chapel Street

Hair by Appointment
During Raceweek
Book now

Don’t forget
Hats and Fascinators
By Elizabeth


IN Boxed Advert

Urgently required

Juvenile Badminton Club

Phone Laura


Photographic Exhibition

“Captured in Time”
Simon Pallister

From Monday 23rd March
To Saturday 28th inclusive

At Naas Library
All Welcome


One photo please - Punch 027

Aoise and Chris Dowling photographed with son Sean
at last year’s Walking Sunday sponsored by
Sherry Fitzgerald O’Reilly of Naas (in fact, daughter Holly is probably in the picture too, just not quite so visible…)

In Reverse print please:

The Late Kathy Mahon
We extend our condolences to the family of the late Kathy Mahon, St Bridget’s Park. Having enjoyed good health up to two years ago, Kathy resided at Larchfield Nursing Home at the tine of her death. She is pre-deceased by her husband Patrick and son Seamus and survived by her daughers Maria and Anne, sons Pat and Denis, brother Kevin, grandchildren, sons in law and extended family.

Prior to her health deteriorating, Kathy was a lively person who took an active interest in the happenings of the community and enjoyed socialising locally; she had many good friends and neighbours and will no doubt be sadly missed. May she rest in peace, amen.

The Late Tessie Wilson
Sympathy is extended to the Darker and Gleeson families on the death of Tessie Wilson, late of Dublin and Dunlavin. Aged 94, Tessie passed away in Naas Hospital having lived briefly in Willowbrook Nursing Home. Originally from Dunlavin, Tessie nee Gleeson is prepdeceased by her husband Mick who died in 1970, her brothers Jim and Steve and sister Elizabeth. She is survived by her sister Mary and niece Mary Darker with whom she was very close; nieces and nephews plus the extended family and also, her close friends in The Fallon family of Manor Kilbride with whom she formed a close relationship spanning several decades. Tessie was laid to rest in Mount Jerome Cemetary in Dublin alongside her late husband – may she rest in peace, amen.

The Late Bridie Madigan
We extend our sympathy to Pauline McCarville and her family on the death of her mother, Bridie Madigan, late of Kilrush, Co Clare. Aged 90, Bridie is predeceased by husband, Joseph 25 years ago and is survived by her six daughters and one son, grandchildren plus the extended members of the family. Its great to have a parent live so long but it makes it just as hard to let go when the time comes…. to Pauline and members of the McCarville and Madigan families, we offer our condolences. The late Bridie Madigan, may she rest in peace, amen.

The Late Joe Nugent
We extend our sympathy to the family of the late Joe Nugent, formerly of Broadleas and Liffey Heights. Joe died after a brief illness in Naas Hospital; he is survived by his wife Rita, sons Marcus and Cormac, sister Madge (Tyrell), grandchildren, cousins and extended family. May he rest in peace, amen.


As always, management at Punchestown know what the local racing punter appreciates – and their recent announcement of a dedicated race in memory of the late Fr Sean Breen will find favour with his many friends in Ballymore, Naas and Eadestown parishes and across the wider spectrum of the racing industry. Not only have the racecourse decided to honour Ireland’s “racing priest” but it is the opening race of the 2009 Irish National Hunt Festival that has been selected to mark the event. Lovely touch that and, despite Ballymore not having a festival, it is ironic that we should have such a strong local connection on opening and closing day with Sean Mulryan’s continued sponsored of Family Day on Saturday.

The Fr. Sean Breen Memorial Cross Country Steeplechase will get festivities underway as the opening race on Tuesday 28th April in what promises to be another five days of top class racing, high fashion and festival fun.

Dick O Sullivan, General Manager of Punchestown racecourse said “The significant absence of our great friend Fr. Sean Breen will be honored at this year’s Festival in the most fitting way possible. The Fr. Sean Breen Memorial Cross Country Steeplechase is a commemoration of a marvelous supporter who believed fully in the importance of the Irish National hunt festival and always encouraged us in our efforts. Fr. Breen was an ambassador of the game and we at Punchestown are delighted to honour him in this way. Furthermore I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kildare Hunt Club who generously offered to sponsor the race.”

Fr. Breen’s love of racing brought him to every corner of the globe with visits to Dubai and the U.S.A. where he flew the flag of the Irish racing industry but for us here in Ballymore and for his friends in Eadestown Parish and Naas, we will miss the tips from the alter, his caustic wit and the man who mixed as easily with Paddy The Punter as he did with media giants and tv celebrities.

Fr Sean, if you have any influence ‘up there’, send a bit of sunshine and heat – you can bet that you will be remembered and spoken about more so than if you were there in person. Punchestown Racecourse, we applaud you for the thoughtfulness and courtesy of remembering Fr Breen. I’d say the local gang just back from Cheltenham toasted you at every opportunity and despite “Raise your Heart” not featuring in the honours, you were there in spirit……………..

Whilst there was no joy for the late Fr Sean’s mount at Cheltenham, Eamon McElwee and the Banjo Syndicate had plenty to cheer about with “Golden Sunbird” romping home ahead of Henderson’s fancied “Kentucky Sky” and hot favourite “Kerada in the European Breeder’s Fund Doncaster Bloodstock Sales final. Despite only being the mare’s second outing, Tony McCoy was impressed enough to take the ride and see her home ahead of the field, winners all in this Class 1 listed race, Mare’s Standard Open National Hunt Flat Final. (That’s a mouthful!)
Eamon and the five other members of the Banjo Syndicate were treated “like royalty” at Sandown Park; the group have enjoyed previous success with “Accordian Etoile”, twice a winner in Cheltenham with a total of 8 wins and four places before retiring due to wind problems.

Eamon is unsure yet as to whether “Golden Sunbird” will race at Punchestown – watch this space…………

NB at the time of going to press, full details of The Fr Breen Memorial Steeplechase have not been released – full details in next month’s Bugle.

Punchestown Festival 2009 Schedule
The Irish National Hunt Festival 2009 is due to run from 28 April through to 2 May 2009. Each of the five days will see eight races, with a total of eleven Grade 1 races run over the course of the festival. Hightlights of the week will be:

· Kerrygold Champion Chase on Tuesday
Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup on Wednesdy
Champion Stayers’ Hurdle on Thursday
ACC Bank Champion Hurdle on Friday
Ballymore Family Day on Saturday
Punchestown Racecourse is the home of Irish National Hunt Racing in Ireland and hosts a total of 18 race meetings throughout the year. The 2008 Festival was the most successful festival to date attracting a record breaking 106,000 racegoers over the five days while offering €2.5 million in prize money. I can’t wait…………


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