Pattern Mass: The 11am mass was celebrated in the local graveyard on the Pattern day August 15 in very wet conditions. Never the less the congregation observed the occasion with reverence and respect. The principal celebrant of the mass was Fr. Tom Breen P.P. assisted by Fr. David Walsh & Fr. Jimmy O Donnell. He thanked them for assisting with such a large crowd attending reminding them of some of their friends who had departed since the last Pattern day. At the conclusion of mass the priests blessed all the graves in the cemeteries.
Drive to Survive: The volunteers who had travelled to collect monies for the cancer drive returned to Ballylanders on the pattern evening sodden from the wet conditions were welcomed by patrons including outgoing Mayor Margaret O Donnell. Even though the weather was disastrous they were all in excellent spirit, they took part in the fancy dress parade led by the Liam Lynch Anglesboro pipe band. At the conclusion of the parade various speakers including Dan Gallahue & John Curtin who were responsible for the Drive spoke of the wonderful reception they received on their travels throughout the country o the seven days previous. It would be remiss not to mention the fifty or so people who travelled with the group as they too played a major role during the week without whose assistance it would have been impossible. A special word of thanks to the four young pipers who travelled with the group. Finally Keith Hanley the voice of Ireland entertained the large crowd singing the “Galtee Mountain Boy” along with other renditions to suit the crowd gathered. Maurice Walsh too was very entertaining with his own song or two.
45 cards: 10 games Tom Sheehy & Deirdre Browne, Mike Henebry & John Dalton
9 games Mike Kearney & Denis Wallace
Table Prizes; Paddy Luddy & Moss Creed, Catherine Donovan & Kathleen Mc Grath, Diarmuid & Mike Walsh, Tom Sheehan & Partner, Tom Sheerin & Breda Moynihan.
Raffle; Deirdre Browne, Paddy Quinlan Eoin Howard, Tom O Callaghan,
Thanking you for your support
Pattern Draw winners
1st prize Luxury hotel break Ciaran Mc Dermott, 2nd prize 7” Yarvik tablet Raoul Westbrook, 3rd prize lunch for 2 Market Place Aidan Frewen.
Mayoral Chain: The mayoral chain of Ballylanders has been presented to Bobby Kelly in recognition of his huge contribution to Ballylanders through his community work. Over the years Bobby has had involvement in many clubs & organisations including Macra Na Feirme, Ballylanders Set Dancers, GAA club Inc. Bord Na Nog, Ladies football, School Board of Management & Church Repair committee. He has been involved in many pivotal decisions which have benefited the community including the purchase of the current GAA field & the on-going school development. He oversaw the revival of junior football and led an underage team to county honours. The community as a whole is indebted to Bobby & people like him who without personal gain give so generously to help improve & enrich our community. Best wishes to him in his new role of Mayor.
The community as a whole would like to sincerely thank Margaret O Donnell as the outgoing Mayor for the role she played in the last two years always with a smile.
Gun club: A big thank you to all who turned up for our annual pattern Dog show on Friday evening last. We would like to thank all our sponsors who contributed and without whose help the show would not be the success that it was. To our judge on the night Kieran O Mahony from Glen Vets who have an office and surgery in the old bakery on the bog road a big thank you also. Finally to our club members who were in attendance it was much appreciated. We had a total of 59 entries on the night and following is a list of category winners.
Large dogs; 1st Kevin Lane 2nd Lisa Mc Carthy 3rd Paul Aherne
Gun Dogs; 1st John Dooley 2nd Laura Mc Mahon 3rd Patrick Carroll
Retriever Dogs; 1st Killian Lane 2nd Mary O Brien 3rd Jane Casey
Small Dog; 1st Eleanor Walsh 2nd Karen O Callaghan 3rd Rosemary Chambers
Young Handler; 1st Patrick Shanahan 2nd David Holian 3rd Clodagh Lane
Best Dressed; 1st Tara Martin 2nd Kiara Byrne 3rd Geraldine Hartigan
Champion Eleanor Walsh
Reserve Champion Kevin Lane
Bally AFC lotto: results for Monday night last, numbers drawn were 1,7,8,14 for a jackpot of €10,800 which was not won with the lucky dip winners being Amy Coleman c\o Nellie, Breda Mansell c\o Post Office, Tom Lyons & John Lane c\o Ciaran, so next week’s jackpot will be €10,900 so go spend €2 at any of the local business premises and take a chance, thanking you for your continued support.