This Newsletter comes courtesy Maureen O’Connor 16th December 2011
It reads as follows:
SEASONS GREETINGS TO ALL
The Community Council are happy to advise that their application to Fingal Leader Partnership for participation in the TUS scheme has been successful. John – Zdzislaw Lewandowski has recently started work in the village. John, who like all participants has been Garda vetted, will be primarily working on Tidy Towns projects and the GAA Hall Maintenance programme but will be available to work on other community projects should the need arise. We look forward to seeing big improvements around the village!
Fingal County Council has advised us that following numerous meetings between their Building Control Department and the Receiver, work on Cnoc Dubh should be underway before Christmas. The work is to improve both the appearance and safety of the unfinished site. It is proposed to replace the existing fence with a more solid screened fence and extend the existing footpath down towards the pub and around the corner. Members of the Community Council will continue to talk with Building Control who will continue to apply pressure on the receiver until such time as these works have been completed.
We are delighted that the two Speed Reader Signs have been installed in the village. The feedback we have been receiving since the signs went in has been very positive. The sign situated on the North approach road has been malfunctioning because of the interference caused by the current temporary fence around Cnoc Dubh – however with the proposed upgrade to that site, both signs should become effective hopefully making the roads through the village much safer for everyone. Thanks again to Eirgrid.
Greater Dublin Drainage Scheme.
Following a public meeting in Ballyboughal to discuss the implications for our community, a Ballyboughal Action Committee has been set up. This Committee is chaired by Shane Grogan who would welcome help from anyone in the community with some spare time and an interest in this most serious issue. Please call Shane on 087 7553814
The Community Council look forward to welcoming all members of the Community to the School Hall following the Carol Service on December 14th for light refreshments. Thanks to our Local Mace, The Forge and JC’s for their help with this event.
Ballyboughal National School Christmas concert
will take place on Friday 16th December at 11am.
The local mummers will perform in the school hall on 26th December – time will be decided later.
Below is a list of activities that takes place in the school hall outside school time:
Monday: Keep fit with Terry Ryan
Tuesday afternoon: Speech and Drama
Tuesday evening: G.A.A. (juvenile training)
Wednesday: Keep fit with Terry Ryan
Thursday evening: G.A.A.
Friday: Whistle, flute, fiddle and guitar lessons at 6.30pm
Friday: Youth club
Saturday morning: G.A.A.
The Ballyboughal adult church choir hold rehearsals from September to April in the Church of the Assumption Ballyboughal every Wednesday 7.30pm. The choir sing at the vigil mass on Saturday evenings 7pm from Sept-April.
The choir covers a repertoire of traditional hymns blended with some more modern church music including Gospel songs.
This years Carol service will take place in the church on Wednesday 14th December at 7.30pm and includes in the programme traditional hymns blended with modern popular Xmas songs.
New singers’ musicians are always welcome and should contact Ronnie 085-1743748.
Fingal Folk Club;
The Fingal Folk Club has been established to promote the talents of songwriters, musicians, singers and story tellers across all age, gender and nationality in Fingal, North County Dublin.
The club hold performances every Friday night from September to April in St. Patrick’s Hall Ballyboughal.
‘The Morning Dew’ one of Fingals finest Ballad & Folk song duos host the sessions and extend an open invitation to musicians and singers to join them in the performances.
The club has just completed a very successful year and continues on Friday nights at 8pm until end of April 2012.
Club Sub €5 for adults children are free and must be accompanied. For more information contact;
Ronnie 085-1743748 or Ted 086-6992440
St Patrick’s Hall
Located in the heart of the village the parish hall is providing a venue for an abundance of activities for local groups in the village. There are many activities to be explored Montessori, Scouting, Cubs, Whist Card playing, Set dancing, Yoga, Mother & Toddler and Fingal folk club live music concerts.
A full schedule can be checked on the notice board in the hall.
For more information on activities and availability contact the hall administrator Caroline 086-2108918 or the Hall Sec Ronnie 085-1743748
Pitch & Putt Club
The Ballyboughal Pitch & Putt club is located at the rear of St Patrick’s Hall and has membership available for Adult and junior players for 2012 – the perfect Xmas gift of the outdoors.
Established in 1970 the club is steeped in history from its formation and last year celebrated its 40th Anniversary.
The club holds regular weekly adult competitions and on average one major competition per month from March to October. Catering for juniors the club traditionally organises summer leagues for the months of July August and September on Friday evenings 4.30pm.
Membership fees are Adult €30, Junior U16 €15, Student >16 €25 and family €60 which includes two adults and all children U16.
More information can be got from our website www.ballyboughalpitchandputt.com
Contact secretary 01-8433700 or 8433511
Community Games 2012.
Ballyboughal village entered three events in the Dublin Community Games in 2011, Basketball, Swimming and Athletics. For 2012 we hope to enter these events again and possibly also art and cycling. We hope to set up a committee in the New Year to help with administration, organising training and overseeing events at the Games. If your are interested in helping please
contact 087 2995840. These events are open to all children of the Ballyboughal area. Training usually starts in February/March, and the Dublin heats take place in June/July.
Ballyboughal Athletic Club.
A new athletics’ club was formed in Ballyboughal in September 2011. Training took place every Tuesday from 2.40pm-3.40pm at the GAA grounds for the autumn term.
There was a huge response from children in the area, with almost 70 members registered for our first term. There are 9 coaches, all willing volunteers from the Ballyboughal area. A big thank you to them for giving up their time and skills to the club. The club is open to all children aged 5 – 12years old. Our next term will begin at the end of January 2012, weather permitting. A notice will be placed on the Community Notice board at Mace and in the school.
If you are interested in joining or helping out please contact 087-2995840.
Ballyboughal GAA Children’s Christmas Party is being held on Sunday the 18th of December in the School Hall. All Children Welcome.
The White Collar Boxing Wright Hook DVD is now available to purchase. Please contact Lar Lynch on 086-3866502 to purchase a copy.
Juvenile teams for next year include: U8s mixed team, U12s and U15s Boys teams and U11s, U13s and U16s girls teams. New players welcome for all age groups.
The Ballyboughal 34th Beaver group has grown from 16 youth members to 24 youth members this year. We have already completed a two week cycle safety training course. We hope to have all the outings we went on last year; Pantomime, Easter Egg Hunt, Challenge day and the ever popular one night at County Camp in Bog of the Ring. We also hope to expand our camping itinerary to Jamoige/Larch Hill for the more adventurous/experienced beavers in June. The price has decreased to €100 this year, although it shouldn’t impact on the experience for the children.
Our age range is 6, 7 & 8 year olds. We only intake in September and we already have good list for next year, but it is still important to put your childs name down if they would like to join, it will help the Group make plans for the future. Please text your name, your childs name and date of birth to 087 9720542 if they are interested.
Due to unprecedented demand 34th Ballyboughal Cubs have started a second Cub Group. The Group meet on Tuesday evenings at 6pm in the Village Hall. Over the First Term the new group of 17 Cubs have concentrated on completing their Investiture into Scouting Ireland and on the completion of their “Air Activities” badge. Over the coming weeks the group have a trip to the cinema planned and Carol singing outside Ballyboughal Church on 17th December. Information on the new group, known as the “Forge” Group can be obtained by contacting the Leaders: Michael Ryan – 087 2258862, Fiona Browne – 089 4921360, Paula O’Brien – 087 9772209
The Grange’ pack is the new name for second cub pack in Ballyboughal. We meet every Tuesday night in St Patricks Hall from 7-8. We have 17 Cubs. We recently awarded our Cubs Level 2 Air Activities Badge and are currently working on the Pioneering Badge as part of the Scouting Ireland One Programme. We have four permanent leaders Liz Byrne, Deirdre McGinley, Brendan Twyford and Hilary Teefy and this year we have been lucky to have two transition students assisting us as part of the Gaisce Programme. They are Ciaran McGinley and Laura Teefy. We are hoping to take the Cubs to the cinema, do some carol singing and in the new year lots of camping is being planned. For Further information please contact Hilary Teefy at 0876127732.
The Tidy Towns committee are very interested to hear from anyone who might have the time or interest to help out with this group. All those interested should contact Florrie Butler at 085 7024172.
The Ballyboughal Hedgerow Society Will next meet on Sunday 29th January 2012 for a wonderful walk to Grace Dieu. Meet at O’ Connors Pub at 2pm.
Enquiries Ann 086 3638487
Our thanks to Fingal County Council for their help in producing this newsletter.
Ballyboughal Community Council wish all in our community a very happy and peaceful Christmas.