Balldehob Community Council Newsletter

ISSUE: July 2011

On Monday June 20th a meeting took place with members of the Ballydehob Community Council, the principal of St. Brigid’s school Mrs. Mary O’ Callaghan, some parents and some of our local T.D.’s & councillors including Noel Harrington T.D. Michael Mc Carthy T.D. and councillor Danny Crowley. The meeting took place at St. Brigid’s school to show the public representatives first hand the mayhem that takes place every school morning and afternoon as children are dropped off and collected from school.
The former minister for housing Mr. Michael Finneran at the end of 2008 sanctioned the transfer of approximately ¾ of an acre of land opposite the school for a new health centre which has parking for in excess of forty cars. The parking facility could be used in the morning and afternoon to provide safe passage for the students attending St. Brigid’s school. The T.D.’s & councillors acknowledged the delay in signing over the land to the community council was unacceptable and gave assurances that they would deal with the matter immediately and confirmed their support for the immediate provision of the car park. Further updates regarding the above in next months newsletter.

In our last news letter I let you know of the Community Council’s intention to erect on the Main Street a number of decorative flower stands. They were erected by Donie Bohan and his team and everyone has been very happy with them and we thank Donie & John Joe Bohan for their work. Unfortunately within a week or so one of the baskets opposite Camier’s filling station was stolen and on Saturday 2nd July all the baskets from the Post Office up were vandalised and will need replacing. This kind of behaviour is disgusting to say the least and I would urge all the people living in the village to keep an eye out for such behaviour. The baskets need constant watering and feeding and I would like to thank the people of Ballydehob for taking care of the baskets so far. We will replace all the damaged baskets and the vandalism is being dealt with by the Gardaì.

On Saturday July 23rd a fund raising night will be held at Vincent Coughlan’s pub to provide funding for making access to Constable Lake which is a joint project between Ballydehob Community Council and the Irish Fisheries Board. The lake will be stocked on a weekly basis with permits for daily, weekly or annual fishing also being available from the Ballydehob Community Council Shop. Boats will also be available for hire on the lake again with payment to the Community Council Shop.

Martin Swanton, Chairperson, Ballydehob Community Council

Thought for the month
“Everyday is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.”

Country Music Night
Fundraising event for the Community Council on Saturday 23rd July in Vincent Coughlan’s Pub, Music by “Southern Country” kindly sponsored by Pat Thomas. Tickets €5 which include a chance to win 2 super spot prize. Tickets on sale from any Council member or Community Shop. Fancy Dress optional, dust off your Cowboy hats & boots. Special guest on the night DJ Dermot Moriarty from Radio Kerry. Raffle to be held on the night with lots of Spot Prizes.

Blood in the Alley Productions
This is the third year of the West Cork Fit-up Festival, which revives the tradition of professional theatre companies touring shows to small rural towns and villages. Blood in the Alley will bring these four productions to Heir Island, Sherkin Island, Bere Island, Kilcrohane, Goleen, Lisavaird and Ballydehob in August. The company will travel by land and sea in an energy-sapping but exhilarating month-long marathon around West Cork, bringing first-class theatre to parts others just can’t reach.
Schedule for plays in Ballydehob Community Hall
Thursday 4th August, back by popular demand, Catalpa by Donal O’ Kelly, Directed by Geoff Gould, @ 8pm
Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th August, Woman & Scarecrow written by Marina Carr,@ 8:30pm
Thursday 18th August Little Gem by Elaine Murphy @ 8pm
Sunday 28th August Silent by Pat Kinevane @ 8:30pm
For the full Schedule of all the Plays & information go to

Ballydehob Summer Festival
dates for your diary, starting on Thursday 11th—Monday 22nd August, Old Boats arriving on Saturday 13th, Street Sports on Saturday 20th August from 7pm, Family Fun Day on Sunday 21st in the Community Field & of course the Fantastic Fireworks Display on the 12 Arch Bridge from 9:50pm. Full programme in the coming weeks. Updates on

Ballydehob Cardiac First Responder Group
are hosting a Family Fun Day on Sunday 10th July in the Community Field, with lots to do for all the family, BBQ, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Live Local Bands & Children’s Activities, Teas & coffee being served in the Hall by ICA. All monies raised will go towards buying essential equipment & training of new members. Please come along for a fun day out & support your local volunteers in providing this vital & worthwhile service for Ballydehob. More information or if you can help out on the day contact Noeleen Murphy 028/37463 or 086/3254214.

Ballydehob Jazz Committee
are hosting their AGM on Wednesday 13th July @ 8:30pm in the Kitchen of the Community Hall. New members & volunteers are invited & very Welcome to attend. More information contact Chairperson Fiona Ashley 086/3767461 or email Website

Summer Féte
Church of Ireland are hosting their annual Summer Fete on Wednesday 3rd August from 2:30pm in the Ballydehob Community Hall. Usual stalls, teas & cakes, Fun Day for all the Family. Watch out for Posters for all the information. Come along for a fun afternoon.

Ballydehob Parent & Toddler
needs a new committee to run the morning sessions, anyone wishing to take over contact Noeleen Murphy 086/3254214.

Art Exhibition – Mount Gabriel 2010
There will be an exhibition of oil paintings entitled “Mount Gabriel 2010″ opening in Ballydehob on 28th July at the Haugaard Studio, (on the Quay) by artist Damaris Lysaght. The exhibition consists of fifty paintings in oil, all of Mount Gabriel, painted from her studio in Coolcaha, just a mile north of Ballydehob as the crow flies. It is in essence a year-long diary of the mountain, from season to season, early morning to nightfall in every weather. The exhibition will run until 7th August.

Two Rivers Kindergarten
is a small Steiner influenced pre-school located on the beautiful grounds of An Sanctoir in Ballydehob. The Kindergarten caters for chil-dren aged 3-5 years. Activities include baking, painting, felt-making and garden projects. The Kindergarten endeavours to create a home like atmosphere; the children are actively involved in the daily rhythms from preparing food to setting the table. There is a large outdoor play area with sandpit, swings, see-saw and little willow houses. The Kindergarten opens Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 1pm and is now enrolling for the free pre-school year for September 2011. For further information please call Noreen on 086 819 8171

Email Address & Office Hours
Please note change of email address for Community Council is and for Community Hall
enquiries to
Community Council office contact Noreen Dalton Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9am-2pm, 028/37640 or 085/1824276

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