Ballydehob Community Council Newsletter

ISSUE : May 2011

Since the last newsletter there have been a number of holiday and festival weekends taken place. The traditional music festival and the jazz festival. Many, many congratulations to all involved in these festivals as they brought such an injection of people, fun, music, business and craic to Ballydehob.

Ballydehob Community Council have decided to open a community shop at Main Street, Ballydehob. The reason for this is because local authority funding and grant aid for local projects are very much constraint in the current economic times that we find ourselves in.

For example opposite the tennis courts where the pedal boats are tided up and where people stand to feed the ducks, the under side of this wall has collapsed and unfortunately there is no local authority funding available to repair this wall so it is left to the community council to undertake the repair work which is now in hand. The picnic tables in the playground and in the park have been vandalised and need replacing. It is the same story that the community council have to replace them.

All these things cost money and we hope to generate funds from the community shop for such necessary work. The way the shop works is that if someone has a good quality item and they will accept a low price for it, then we add a mark up for the shop and sell it. We will be very grateful for any good quality items donated free of charge as after all ALL MONIES MADE BY THE SHOP IS SPENT IN THE COMMUNITY AND FOR THE COMMUNITY.

We would very much appreciate your unwanted good quality items and we would appreciate your voluntary help in running the shop. The shop will be open from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive from 11.00a.m. to 4.00p.m.For further information feel free to contact Martin Swanton on 086-8073182, Donal Levis on 087-8208356 or Gerard Coughlan on 086-8508131. Please support this shop and your community and many thanks to all of those people who have already contributed their goods and time.

Martin Swanton, Chairperson BCC.

Thought for the Month: “Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it!”

Ballydehob Community Council Weekly Private Lotto Draw:
Last draw 14/05/11, no.’s were 7, 11 & 30. Jackpot €3,400, No Winner. €50, Anne O’Sullivan, €40 Bridie Roycroft, €30 Victor & Liz , €25 Nell Levis, €25 Robyn & Adam Whelton. Next draw on Saturday 21st May. Jackpot is €3,600 and the draw takes place in The Irish Whip.

Congratulations: to U13 Gabriel Rangers on winning the Carbery U13 B Football Championship on Sunday last against Clann Na nGael 5-11 to 2-3. Congratulations also to the Managers Kenrick O’Sullivan & Paul O’Brien for all their hard work & dedication. Team included: Keith O’Sullivan, Daniel Newman, Timmy McCarthy, Kiernan Roycroft, Bradley O’Regan, Ronan Hurley, Shane O’Brien, Jack Goggin, Thomas Newman, Danny McSweeney, Kalum Geary (Captain), Jobe Spencer, Ryan O’Neill, Oisín Barrett, Tristan O’Sullivan, James O’Reilly, Zac Clarke, Patrick Hodnett, Mark McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien & Noah McCarthy. Team photos can be purchased from Thomas Newman, Schull.

Ballydehob Community Association Ltd: held their AGM on Monday 18th April, Election as follows: Chairperson: Steve Donsbach Ass Chairperson: Tony Hoyle Secretary: Sonja Fagan Ass Secretary: Maura O’Brien Treasurer: Noeleen Murphy Ass Treasurer: Bridie Roycroft Booking Officer: Noreen Dalton PRO: Billy O’Regan Members: Billy & Essie Shannon, Christine O’Regan, Ina O’Neill, James Levis, Janet Robertson, Josephine Radliff, Kathleen Hickey, Kathleen O’Sullivan, Kathy O’Regan, Mary Cotter, Mary McSweeney, Stevie Lynch & Tom Hickey.

The Committee discussed all the achievements over the last year & all the works carried out. It was decided that the Committee publish a quarterly report of the business carried out by the Hall Committee as to inform the public of all the hard work, time & dedication needed to keep the Hall in perfect working order. The report will be publish in the coming weeks.

The Ballydehob/Schull Guild: hosted ‘Guild of the Year’ at the Ballydehob Community Hall on Sunday May 8th. Nine guilds gathered from the West Cork area for an evening of competition and entertainment. The Ballydehob/ Schull Guild worked tirelessly to host the event and many commented on the excellent facilities in the Hall. Events included group singing, dancing, poetry recitation, and there were displays of collage, floral art and water colour painting which were judged during the afternoon. We are delighted to report that the Ballydehob/Schull Guild was presented with the ‘Judy Murphy Award’ for Guild of the Year 2011.

Church Of Ireland: are hosting their Ascension Day sale on Thursday 2nd June from 1-4pm in the Ballydehob Community Hall, there will be a variety of Stalls, soup & sandwiches etc. Please support by coming along for afternoon.

Ballydehob Charity Shop: open Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 11am-4pm. Donations of shoes, clothes & books etc. can be dropped off during opening hours or during office hours, contact Noreen 082 37640. We would like to say Thank our volunteers, to all who donate and also all our customers.

Mad Pride: On Sunday 22nd May there will be a MAD PRIDE fun day taking place in the Community Park from 1-5pm. There will be lots of entertainment including music from The Calvinists and lots of other fun activities for all the family. Fingers crossed for good weather and a great day out. This event is the result of an invite to Mad Pride Ireland from the West Cork Mental Health Forum to host the fully free event in an effort to break down stigma in mental health. Ballydehob will be the first event on the Mad Pride Ireland calendar for 2011.

3 Down & 4 to Go: A big Congratulations to Steve Redmond on completing his latest challenge, Steve swam the 18km Strait of Gibraltar in a time of 5 hours & 1 minute on Sunday 6th May. The swim started from Tarifa in Spain and finished when Steve touched the Moroccan shore just west of Tangiers.

Steve found it a more difficult swim because of the tides which he has never experienced before, also having to swim to the hard boat added to the difficulties, but of course Steve was well prepared & ready for this swim. As from the map below Steve has completed No.’s 1, 2 & 3 so far, Catalina no. 4 is next for Steve in his bid to become the first person ever to complete the Ocean’s 7 challenge. At present Steve is looking for sponsorship, contact Steve 086 402 5000.

Best of Luck Steve!!


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