Ballydehob Community Council Newsletter

ISSUE : April 2011

Ballydehob had its first St. Patrick’s day parade for many years, we were very lucky with the weather and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. I would like to say a very special thank you to our Grand Marshall Miss Nell Levis who did a great job and looked marvellous on the day, also thanks to Mrs. Joan O’Leary for looking after Nell on the day and every other day. I would like to thank all the participants in the parade who went to a lot of effort making up all the fantastic floats, displays and costumes. Thanks to the children of both schools, their parents and teachers. It was great to see the Army Reserve marching along with the Civil Defence and the Irish Coastal rescue Volunteers. Many thanks to you all.

I would like to thank Mr. Joe Stack from R.T.E. for coming to Ballydehob to film our parade for the 6.1 News. A special thank you to all the stewards for giving their time on the day and thanks to the Ballydehob Youth Centre and staff for providing their premises for the refreshments which were given out after the parade. Thanks to the members of the Ballydehob Community Council that put in a lot of work into organising the parade in particular Noeleen Murphy and Noreen Dalton and also to the non members who gave a lot of time and effort, and to the non members who made tea, sandwiches and cakes etc.

If I have left anyone out I apologise, but many thanks to everyone concerned. We celebrated our national holiday in style and did Ballydehob proud. A big well done to Ryan Crowley his classmates and all the bungee jumpers who took part in the charity bungee jump in Ballydehob on Saturday 19th of March. A huge effort was put in by all. The weather wasn’t very kind to them on the day but it didn’t spoil the fun and excitement that was had by all. Well Done Ryan.

Martin Swanton, Chairperson BCC.

Thought for the month: “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while but their hearts forever” Unknown.

Ballydehob Community Council Weekly Private Lotto Draw: 100% of lotto funds goes back into our local community. Last draw 02/04/11, no.’s were 11, 15 & 27, Jackpot €2,200, No Winner. €50 Ger, Jude, Tadhg & Ellen, €40 Lisa Canty, €30 Eoin Hickey, €25 Jimmy Fehily, €25 Francis Duggan. Next draw on Saturday 9th April. Jackpot is €2,400 and the draw takes place in Ina Daly’s Bar.

Our 2011 Grand Marshal Miss Nell Levis being helped into the car by Joan. What a day it was in Ballydehob, Thanks again to everyone involved in whatever possible, especially Martin Swanton, Paula Fry, Bernadette O’Shea & Jess May, Also a big Thank you to Gortnagrough Folk Museum for the display of vintage items & Noelle Verling for her Grandmother’s Cloak. DVD’s of the Parade are on sale for €10, Filmed by Moriyama Productions, if you would like to purchase a copy phone or text Noeleen Murphy 086 325 4214.

Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival: Ballydehob can look forward to a bumper weekend of traditional Irish music, song, dance and entertainment as part of the 2011 Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival which will take place in the village on the weekend of April 15th-17th.The festival which is now in its fifth year will open on April 15th with a céilí in Ballydehob Community Hall with music by the Johnny Reidy Céilí Band. From 9.30pm, the village public houses will also ring to the sound of traditional music as part of the festival session trail.

On Saturday morning April 16th, the festival workshops will take place in Scoil Bhríde National School. Tutoring the workshops this year are a selection of Irish finest musicians and teachers, all who have toured extensively worldwide. – Button Accordionist Paul Finn, Concert Flute with Conal Ó Gráda, Fiddle with Richard Tisdall, Concertina with Edel Fox, Sean-nós singing with Caitlín Ni Bheaglaoich. Each year the festival invites one local musician to tutor at the festival, and we are delighted that this year Richard Tisdall from Bantry will be tutoring the fiddle. Advance booking is essential.

At 2pm in Ballydehob Community Hall, Padraig O hOibicin from Connemara will tutor a sean-nós dancing workshop and this is open is everyone to come along and learn some sean-nós steps. The highlight of the festival the Gala All-Star Concert, takes place on Saturday evening in Ballydehob Community Hall starting at 7.30pm. This features performances from all the guest tutors at the workshop.

We are also delighted to welcome Jackie Daly, one of Ireland’s foremost accordion players who will give a special performance at the concert. Also giving a special performance at the concert will be Dawnswyr Ar Daith, a group of dancers and musicians from Wales, in full traditional costume, who will give displays of Welsh folk and clog dancing.

Tickets are priced at €15 for adults, €5 for students and children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free. Following the concert at 10pm, the festival session trail will once again take place in all the village pubs. The festival concludes on Sunday, April 17 with a farewell session in Rosie’s bar at 6pm featuring a host of local musicians including Ann Redmond, Ivan Camier, Noel Camier, Marie Cotter, Maeve McSweeney and many more.

For further information, visit our website, or contact Ann Redmond at 028-37676.

Ballydehob Community Council Shop: A new venture for the Community Council which will see us open a shop formerly where The Mines was located, over the next few weeks we are asking for good quality second-hand items to sell, also donations would be gratefully accepted. If you have a few hours to spare we are looking for volunteers to help in the running of the shop, contact Martin Swanton 086/8073182 or 028/37677 or Noreen Dalton 028/37640. More information available in the coming weeks, keep a look-out for posters & local medias.

Ballydehob Community Playgroup, Crèche and Afterschool: are now taking enrolment for September 2011.Come to our open day on Sat 9th April from 11 to 1pm to see our facilities and meet the staff. We offer a full day crèche, free preschool year and holiday camps at Easter and in July. All staff are qualified and we are registered by the HSE. We provide a fantastic service at affordable rates with further discounts avail on the community childcare subvention scheme give Amanda a call on 028 37771 to find out what your eligible for and how to apply.

Parents Plus Programme: This programme is a positive and practical programme for Parents of Children aged 1 to 7 years. Parents are really important in helping their Children develop and grow up well, yet Parenting can sometimes be a difficult job and everyone needs support and help. Dates have been finalized for Tuesday 3rd May for 8 weeks @ 7:30-9:30pm in the Holy Trinity Hall (Church of Ireland) Pier Rd. Schull for 8 weeks, cost €3—€5 per night, depending on what you can afford. Programme Facilitators are Noeleen Murphy 086/3254214 or Mary Sheehan 086/6383836, please ring to book your place.

Ballydehob Hall Committee: is holding their AGM Monday April 18th @ 8.30pm in Ballydehob Community Hall. The Hall is regularly used by many people from the Ballydehob area for classes, meetings & sports. We currently have a skeleton committee with a number of people retiring this year and urgently need new volunteers. This committee ensures that the Hall will continue to remain open. Do you use the Hall? Do your children use the Hall? We need your help! What is required? Attending a monthly meeting, overseeing/helping with occasional maintenance & an annual fundraising event.

Contact Noreen (028) 37640 or call into Bridie in the Post Office if you have questions or come along on the night! Why not volunteer to help out with this great facility?

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