LATE RICHARD (RICHIE) CONDON:
The death occurred in London, England, on December 9th, 2009 of Richie Condon. His Obituary was not reported on the Nationalist, so we would like on his First Anniversary to remember him. Richie was a well-known gaelic footballer in his native Ballyporeen parish, he played minor, junior and Intermediate for his parish. Even when he went to England, he immediately found a London Club and played with them for the remainder of his playing years. His love of the game was so much that he would play with any club that would ask. He was a much loved character wherever he went.
Richie was a native of Ballywilliam, Ballyporeen. We would ask all who knew him to please remember him and say a prayer for him on this his first anniversary December 9th.
May he rest in peace in Heaven.
Our deepest sympathies to all his family, friends and relatives.
CHRISTMAS VOICES….CHRISTMAS STORIES:
A concert of music, song, story, drama and poetry featuring world renowned spiritual singer Noirin Ni Riain, acclaimed actress Cora Fenton and poet Eileen Sheehan. Weaving magically and effortlessly between poetry, song, music, story and drama, this concert promises to uplift, entertain and inspire everyone this Christmas Season.
Noirin Ni Riain's amazing singing voice enthrals audiences wherever she goes. Cora Fenton's humorous character portrayals will have people in stitches, while Eileen Sheehan's words create those lovely silences of heart and thought.
South Tipperary Rural Arts Group proudly presents this highly unique, innovative and atmospheric concert in Ballyporeen Hall on Friday 17th December at 8pm. Tickets €15 (to include festive reception) available locally from Hannah at 086 3667453 or Deirdre at 087 2375817.
The Choir are currently in rehearsals for the annual Carol Service which will be on December 19th at 7 o'clock in the Church of the Assumption. This is the highlight of our Christmas festivities each year and we are looking forward to it. The Choir have asked if all members could please turn up for practice each Thursday night.
Bingo will take place in St. Paul's Community Centre, Clogheen on December 17th. You never know your luck, so looking forward to seeing you.
BALLYPOREEN/SKEHEENARINKY JUVENILE GAA
Scoil Teampall Toinne, Ballyporeen played host to our Juvenile celebratory events last Saturday evening. Scoil Teampall Toinne was decked out in both Skeheenarinky hurling colours of blue and gold and Ballyporeen Football colours of black and red.
With our legendary guests, Noel McGrath, young hurler of the year 2009, All star winner 2010 and All-Ireland medal winner 2010, Conor Sweeney, County Football player and who is the proud holder of a Munster Under 21 Football medal. Conor who has come through the Juvenile Club just a short time ago. Conor proves just what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. Kieran Hogan, Secretary of South Bord Na nOg and Rev. Fr. Joe Flynn. With all our guests enjoying the hospitality they received from our Juvenile Club.
Billy Macken, our chairperson of the Club welcomed every body, Rev. Fr. Joe Flynn, our special guests, managers and coaches. Billy paid great credit to success with in our strong vibrant club. He thanked his secretary Helen Brennan for all the work she put in behind the scenes to organise this special evening for our juveniles.
Rev. Fr. Joe Flynn said that great work was being carried out within our Club. He said that any medal won by our juveniles was medal well earned on the playing field. And that these medals should be cherished. He also played credit to the excellent facilities with our two well maintained pitches.
Following this, our juveniles were rewarded for their efforts during the year, with three teams honoured for their outstanding achievements. First up were:
Under 10 Football:
Presentation to Manager Patrick English and Selector Tom Macken followed by medal presentation to Under 10 team from Conor Sweeney.
Under 10 hurling:
Presentation to Manager Paul Brennan and Selector Mike McGrath, followed by medal presentation from our special guest Noel McGrath.
Under 12 Football:
Presentation to Managers James Hackett and Denis English who then called on our Under 12 South Champions to get their medals from Conor Sweeney.
Man of Match:
Super Jason English was presented with Man of the Match Award for his outstanding performance in the South Final against Ardfinnan. I have no doubt we will be hearing a lot more from Jason in future years.
Presentation to our Under 15 and Under 16 Munster Final winners in Under 15 hurling: Fionan O'Sullivan and Under 16 Football: John Martin and Mikey Sweeney who are very talented young players and are future stars for Tipperary. With awards presented by Noel McGrath.
Presentation to players who were selected on the South Under 12 Development Squad: Tommy Breedy, James Hackett, Jason English, Adrian English, Caoimhe English, Molly O'Sullivan and Shona Lang, who all received their presentations from our special guest Noel McGrath.
Presentation to our grounds men Pat and Ger Macken who always keep the pitch in pristine condition for every training session and match throughout the year.
And last Eddie Maher received a special presentation from Rev. Fr. Joe Flynn in recognition of his lifelong involvement with our Juvenile Club. Eddie has retired from training our juveniles, but he will still enjoy attending their various games throughout 2011, which he enjoys more than any other games, watching our young juveniles progress.
All our guest speakers: Kieran Hogan, Noel McGrath and Conor Sweeney complimented our club for the achievements and progress our teams have made throughout the year. They said this was getting harder within smaller clubs. They said it would not be possible without the dedication of all the parents driving them to training and matches or helping out with funds.
It was a fantastic evening and a real celebration of the enormous achievements for our under age teams and players. Everyone on the evening had the opportunity to see at first hand, the vast amount of cups and trophies earned on the playing field.
Finally, our juvenile club would like to thank, Kieran Hogan, Conor Sweeney, Fr. Joe, Noel McGrath, Billy Macken, Helen Brennan, Bernie Sweeney, Committee, Managers, parents, all players, South Board, Hurling Club, Football Club, School Principal Nioclas O'Duinin, School caretaker Ned O'Brien, Paul O'Sullivan, Seamus Hennessey, Anthony Crotty, Ann Casey and Richard Mee, (If we have left out anyone, we apologise), for making this night a great success.
A great night was had by all.
45 DRIVE FUNDRAISER:
On this Friday night, 10th December, our juvenile fundraising €10 "45" Drive will take place in Jackson's Bar, Skeheenarinky.
As our AGM is fast approaching when a review of the year is the norm and hopefully some ideas will help the club going forward for 2011. All officials, mentors and one parent are asked to attend on Thursday December 16th at 8.30pm in Ballyporeen/Skeheenarinky Juvenile dressing rooms.
To Tom and Sinead O'Dwyer and Family on the sad loss of Tom's mother Mary, who died on November 12th. May she rest in peace.
Our sympathy also to the Maher Family, Burncourt on the death of Richard who passed away on November 7th. May he rest in peace.
Also to the Slattery Family, Skeheenarinky, on the death of their loving mother, Mary, who died on November 3rd. May she rest in peace.