May 18

Ballroom Dancing: Ballroom dancing continues in the hall in Ballyhahill every Monday night at 9.00 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Ballroom Dancing: Ballroom dancing continues in the hall in Ballyhahill every Monday night at 9.00 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Going Strong: the Ballyhahill/Loughill Going Strong Group are going to celebrate The Bealtaine Festival Tuesday next 21st. May in the Library in Glin where Peg Prendeville will read poems from her book The Purple Pencil. There will be traditional music and song also. Members are reminded that we are meeting for tea at Conway’s Hotel in at 6.15 that evening

First Holy Communion - Ballyhahill: First Holy Communion took place in Ballyhahill last Saturday week. We would like to congratulate Cara Leahy, Philip Kearney and Patrick Massey

First Holy Communion - Loughill: First Holy Communion will take place in Loughill this Saturday 18th May at 11.00 a.m.

Community Alert: Due to the recent increase of robberies in the area a meeting will take place to discuss the situation. This meeting will take place on Wednesday 15th. May at 7.30 p.m. in the Resource Centre in Loughill. We would welcome your attendance.

The White River Fest fills the weekend with fun: The May Bank Holiday weekend saw some great fun and games in Ballyhahill and Loughill with the events of the WHITE RIVER FEST. There was so much to do that it was hard to keep up with it all at times and the organisers are now getting a well earned rest.

Teresa Cregan-Stack said “It has been busy but we were lucky with the weather. Edel Buttery said these events are all about the community and she wishes to thank all the volunteers and the locals who gave of their time for making the event such a great success. The events ranged from the darts Friday night which was won by local duo James Chawke and Martin Dalton at Barr na Sraide to the festival marquee in the GAA field. It all started out Friday night with over 100 teenagers bopping away to the disco by DJ Conor Mac. Saturday at the GAA grounds there was a big attendance at the vintage rally and at the wildlife display. Here we had a great display of eagles, owls, turtles, a lizard and a huge python snake. Just imagine getting the opportunity to see those wildlife creatures in Ballyhahill.

In Loughill Saturday and Sunday people were treated to an art expo in the resource centre with a huge variety of local talent on display.

Saturday night saw some trad music followed by a group of talented musicians called the Humbucker Freshmen who played vintage rock tunes.

The big day was definitely Sunday where a great sports day was held for children of all ages. The bigger children got to throw horseshoes and sheaf tossing while eating delicious hot dogs and burgers cooked by Sharon Mac. The WHITE RIVER FEST football finale was interesting to say the least. Who would have thought that so many celebrities would have taken part. Then in the middle of it all who would have believed Kate Middleton would have her baby on the pitch with caring husband Prince William in attendance. She was well looked after by nurses McSweeney and Finucane. The celeb list was too long to mention but suffice it to say the end result was Mick Wallace’s team won a hard fought match on penalties.

The Sunday night event saw the popular Limerick group ESCAPADE supported by DJ Conor Mac rock the night away to a huge crowd bringing a great close to a marvellous week end.

Gary Thompson and Tom Stack were grateful to all those who added something special to this event. We had more help this year - too many to mention but a special thanks goes to Siobhan Kearney for organising an unreal football match. We also want to thank all our sponsors because without them events like this could not go ahead.

Bally Rovers: There was no winner of the €19,400 jackpot at the draw which took place at The Knockdown Arms Tuesday night 7th. May. The numbers drawn were as follows: 7, 15, 17, 22.

Lucky Dip Winners: €75 Colette Griffin, Loughill; €30 Ned Ahern, Athea; €30 Craig Shaly, Moyvane; €30 John Lane, Clounties, Shanagolden and 10 Free Tickets: Mike Scanlon.

Promoter’s Prize: Maureen Kennelly.

The new jackpot is €19,500 and the draw will be held this Wednesday night 15th. May at Barr na Sraide in Ballyhahill.

Gerald Griffin’s Lotto: There was no winner of the €5,300 jackpot at the draw which took place at The Angler’s Rest in Loughill Sunday night last 12th. May.

The numbers drawn: 7, 9, 25, 30:

Lucky Dip Winners: €80 Eamon Kelly, Ballyhahill; ; €35 Joby Wallace, Glin; €35 Brigid Griffin, Loughill and €20 Kathleen Kenrick, Clounleharde, Ballyhahill.

Promoter’s Prize: Barr na Sraide, Ballyhahill:

The jackpot next week will be €5,400 and the draw will be held at The Knockdown Arms Sunday night next 19th. May.

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