Ballydehob Community Council Newsletter

ISSUE : September 2010

In early August Ballydehob Area Community Council Ltd. received a number of complaints regarding the lack of grass cutting on the approach to Ballydehob from the Skibbereen & Schull roads and also the playground, community park etc. The Ballydehob Area Community Council Ltd. contacted Cork County Council to learn that the ride on lawnmower used by Cork County Council for the Ballydehob area was not taxed or insured. It was unfortunate that this problem arose at the beginning of the busiest month of the holiday period. Fortunately the problem was rectified within a relatively short period of time and the grass cutting resumed.

At last months Meeting of Ballydehob Area Community Council Ltd it was agreed that a clean up of the village would take place on the evening of Tuesday 17th August, members of the Community Council and their families along with members of the community gathered at the community hall and proceeded to pick up litter and various objects including a bike which was dumped into the river at Bantry Cross, It was suggested that this would take place on a regular basis for the 2011 season (with more help needed). It was also suggested that the Community Council would write to the business community in Ballydehob urging them to keep the area in front of their premises clean of cigarette buts, papers etc and also the private house holders in the village would be asked to do the same.

I would like to thank all those who gave their time to the clean up on Aug 17th. Well done!!! The next clean-up day is Tuesday 21st September @ 6:30-8pm meeting outside the Community Hall. We would encourage people to get involved to help keep Ballydehob clean & tidy, look forward to seeing you all on the 21st.

Martin Swanton, Chairperson BCC.

Thought for the month: “Joy is a heart full and a mind purified by gratitude.”

Ballydehob Community Council Weekly Private Lotto Draw: 100% of lotto funds goes back into our local community. Last draw 04/09/10 — €50 G. O’ Donovan, €20 Rita Minihane, Richard Willis, Minnie McDonald & J. O’ Donovan. Saturday 11th September Jackpot is €3,400 and the draw takes place in Vincent Coughlan’s. From next week we will be increasing prizes as follows €50, €40, €30, €25 & €25. We wish to thank everyone for their continued support and to all the ticket sellers for their hard work every week.

Gabriel Rangers: A very big congratulations to Gabriels who won the West Cork final last Sunday on what was one of the wettest day in a long time, final score Gabriels 1-09 to Clann Na nGael 0-8. Also Congratulations to Mark Cronin who won Man of the Match. Gabriels team & management would like to Thank everyone who turned out to support them and hopes for as much support for their next match on Sunday 26th September @ 2pm in Bandon when they will be playing the Cork City Champions. (Come On Gabriels!!!!!)

North Channel Swim: A very big Congratulations goes to Stephen Redmond who started his swim on 31st August, completed his 48k swim in 17 hours 17 mins. Stephen would like to Thank everyone for all the support over the year, especially Ann, Siadbh & Stevie, also Linda Morgan, Peter Duggan & Denis Griffin for the help & encouragement with his build-up swims & his support team for the swim. Sponsorship cards still available in shops & pubs around Ballydehob or you can donate online @ Stephen Redmond’s The Big Blue/North Channel Swim.
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Stephen O’ Mahony: The Ballydehob Community Council would like to congratulate Stephen on his achievements so far with playing with the Cork Minor football team and look forward to Sunday 19th when all eyes will be on Croke Park for the Minors & Seniors Football finals. Best of Luck to Stephen.

Ballydehob Car Boot Sale: is on Sunday 17th October from 10am—3pm in the Community Hall. More information ring Billy O’ Regan 087 681 2347.

Keys Found: during the clean-up of the village a set of keys were found. More information contact Noeleen Murphy 028 37463 or 086 325 4214.

Ballydehob Community Playgroup: is a hive of activity as a new Crèche facility has just open on 1st September offering full daycare for babies from 6 months upwards, open from 8am—6:30pm. As always Playgroup is open from 9am—1pm for 2 years 6 months to school age. Afterschool runs from 2—6pm for all School age Children in the surrounding areas. More Info contact 028 37771, 087 1523962,

Ballydehob Food Group: The annual Ballydehob Food Day will be held in Community Hall on Sunday Oct 3rd from 10.30am – 5.30pm. It promises to be a day packed with interesting speakers, cooking demonstrations, stalls, competitions and fun for all the family. Watch out for posters for more details or visit the website Call Noreen on 028 37814 if you would like to be involved in this great event.

Ina Hegarty: from Letterlickey receiving her Lotto winnings of €6,400 from Chairman Martin Swanton, (L to R) Mary Holland, Hannah McCarthy, Kathleen O’ Sullivan, Ina Hegarty, Owen O’ Sullivan, Martin Swanton, Liam Twomey and Kitty O’ Mahony.

Ballydehob Summer Festival: The Festival Committee would like to say Thank You to all their sponsors, helpers and stewards who helped to make the festival another great success. Looking forward to another successful festival again next year. Volunteers always welcome to help out Committee.

Youth Centre: For those of you that don’t know Ballydehob has a new youth centre. The centre is located in the former Methodist Church Hall. The organisers have obtained a five year lease on the premises and are fundraising to provide equipment for the youth of the area. Bingo takes place on Friday nights with various attractions for the young people of the area.

All activities in the new youth centre are supervised by the organisers and parents with participants having to sign in and sign out. Ballydehob Area Community Council Ltd. is delighted to support this worthy project and presented a cheque in the amount of €1,000 to the youth centre recently. We wish the organisers of the youth centre well and applaud them for their efforts to date.

Excess silt: In last months newsletter we highlighted the problem regarding the build up of silt between the 12 arch bridge and the 3 arch bridge which resulted in restrictions as to where the pedal boats could operate this season. We contacted Cork County Council, senior Executive Engineer, Mr. Billy Horgan who is looking at possible solutions to this problem. We also contacted Senator Denis O’ Donovan and Councillor Dermot Sheehan as to the availability of public funding for the removal and disposal of the excess silt. We expect to hear back from both politicians in the near future. Further update in next newsletters.

Because of various incidents in the area the community council had made contact with the local Gardaì with regard to re establishing the community alert in the area. We are also delighted to welcome back Garda Billy Byrne after his illness, and we in Ballydehob Area Community Council Ltd. wish him and his family well. An update regarding the community alert will be published in future newsletters. BCC.

Ballydehob Jazz Festival: AGM on Wednesday 29th September in the kitchen of Community Hall @ 9pm. All invited & welcome to attend.

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