Ballydehob Community Council Newsletter

ISSUE : January 2011

On a very cold Sunday 19th December Santa arrived in Ballydehob at 4.p.m. He was greeted by a large group of families with their children. Santa had a gift for all the children and they had their photo’s taken with him. Before Santa headed back to the North Pole he, with the children officially switched on the big Christmas tree lights. There was some lovely traditional music by the children of Ballydehob and their teacher Mrs. Ann Redmond, Bertie Moran and friends to round off a lovely evening at 6.45 p.m. the official blessing of the crib took place with Fr. Spillane and Rev. Mc Cann followed by a carol singing service at St. Brigid’s Church. A lovely evening was has by all.

On the Tuesday afternoon before Christmas, Ballydehob was hit with a snow storm. It almost made the village impassable were it not for the great work of Kevin Barry and the Cork County Council workers helped by local volunteers including Jerry O’ Brien, Bobby Cleary, Martin Barry, Dan Collins and many more. They gritted the Main Street, The Schull Rd, Skibbereen Hill (with was treacherous), and they made sure the traffic was able to continue as huge tail backs had occurred especially on the Skibbereen Rd. Kevin Barry and his team again helped by volunteers continued in the following days to keep the roads and foot paths salted and gritted and safe for all. WELL DONE KEVIN AND ALL THE VOLUNTEERS.

There is huge speculation surrounding the identity of the €3 million National Lottery Jackpot winner. The ticket was bought at Camier’s Gala Filling station and we offer hearty congratulations to the lucky winners and we hope they enjoy their winnings. On that very happy note I on behalf on Ballydehob Area Community Council Ltd would like to wish everyone a very Happy peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Martin Swanton. Chairperson. BCC.

Thought for the Month: Weep not for previous chances slipped away.

Ballydehob Community Council Weekly Private Lotto Draw:
Last draw 22/01/11 No Winner, no.’s were 12, 17 & 20.
€50 Gerard, Jude, Tadg & Ellen O’ Donovan, €40 Bridie Roycroft, €30 Nell Levis, €25 Yvonne & Sean, €25 Cillian Griffin.
Next draw on Saturday 29th January. Jackpot is €1,400 and the draw takes place in The Irish Whip.

Ballydehob St. Patrick’s Day Parade: At present the Ballydehob Community Council are making preparations for a St. Patrick’s Day parade on Thursday 17th March commencing @ 12:15pm. Anyone wishing to participate groups or individuals contact Noeleen Murphy 028/37463 or 086/3254214. For anyone interested in getting involved there is a planned meeting for Monday 31st January @ 9pm in the kitchen of the Community Hall. All are welcome & invited to attend with any ideas or you just want to help out. Look forward to seeing u there.

Local Hero: Congratulations to Mark Cronin of Rathravane who has recently been selected to play for the Cork Senior Football team. Mark was introduced as a substitute for the first two games of the McGrath cup, after proving his ability on the field he was awarded a starting position on last Sunday’s game against Kerry, where again he showed his talent by scoring another four points for Cork. We wish Mark the very best of luck and we hope to see a lot more of him as the national league commences in the next few weeks.

Ballydehob Bungee Blast in aid of the HOPE foundation: Ballydehob Bungee Blast, a gravity defying experience. This is your chance to leap into oblivion, feel the wind running through your hair in a way never before experienced! This bungee jump event gives you the chance to feel the sheer excitement, exhilaration and buzz of free falling 220 foot s topping only meters above the ground, then rebounding back into the air for another exhilarating drop. If you have not already tried it, now is your chance. There is no way to explain the rush unless you give it a go!

The bungee jump will be happening on the 19th of March 2011 in the Ballydehob community field with the beautiful picturesque surroundings of the stunning 12 arch bridge and Ballydehob pier. Monies raised go towards the street children in Calcutta. They need your help and what a better way to do it than participating in our bungee jump. Children are dying and sleeping on streets suffering in a way unimaginable to a person living in a developed country. They need our help and soon. It’s cruel and unlawful what they are going through. Children as young as 6 carry cement bags on the shoulders daily, cement children. People are living on the street and building homes in dumps. This is something that should not be happening in the 21st century.

You now have the chance to do something about this tragic life style and what a better way to do it than doing a bungee jump! Ballydehob Bungee Blast is an event organized by Ryan Crowley, aged 16, to help raise vital funds for the street children of Calcutta, In conjunction with the Hope foundation. Ryan is a transition year student in Schull Community college and is travelling to Calcutta in April with his fellow student, Sorsha Thomas.

They hope to raise a substantial amount of money through there fundraising efforts that will help change the lives of the poor and under privileged people of Calcutta. This trip will be a life changing experience for these students and your support with their endeavors would be greatly appreciated If you are interested in doing a sponsored bungee jump feel free to contact Ryan by e-mail: Why not take a chance and jump for HOPE!

Ballydehob Charity Shop: re-opened on Thursday 27th January @ 11am with a New Year Sale, lots of bargains for all, sale will last for 2 weeks. Anyone wishing to donate to the Charity Shop can do so during opening hours or to office Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 10am—2pm.

Ballydehob Parent & Toddler: resuming sessions on Thursdays from 10am-12pm in Ballydehob Community Hall, ages 0-6 years, refreshments available. All are welcome. More information contact Noeleen Murphy 028/37463 or 086/3254214.

An Evening of Cooking Awaits You: Ballydehob ICA are hosting a cooking demonstration with Jennifer O’ Keeffe on Thursday 10th February @ 8pm in the Kitchen of Ballydehob Community Hall. Jennifer will be cooking a 3 course meal with tasting & a raffle of all 3 courses on the night. All are welcome & bring a friend, non-members €5. More information contact Maire Swanton 028/37137.

Scór Na bPáisti: We wish all pupils of Scoil Bhríde who are participating in the Scór on Friday 29th January all the best of Luck. Doors open @ 7pm, next Scór is on Friday 18th February.

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