Goatenbridge

BALLYBACON/GRANGE GAA CLUB

BALLYBACON/GRANGE GAA CLUB

Tuesday Nights: Tuesday nights have come alive on the hurling field with all juveniles back training. It is great to see so many boys and girls enjoying themselves! If you have any interested kids please bring them along. Senior Hurling: Our first championship game takes place this week-end against Carrick Davins. Please refer to the sports section for the fixture details. Preparation has been going ok with training sessions and challenges taking place.

Sympathy: The club wishes to sympathise with Ann Maher and her family on the death of Buddy Maher who died recently. Buddy was a long serving player for the club and a proud Ballybacon/Grange man. We also wish to sympathise with Pat Kirwin his family on the death of his mother who also died recently. May they both rest in peace. A minutes silence for both was observed at a recent challenge game. Monthly Meeting: Our monthly meeting takes place on this Thursday night at 9pm in the club meeting room. All committee members are asked to attend.

THE LATE BUDDY MAHER

A cloud of shock and sadness descended on Goatenbridge and indeed the surrounding areas last week as news broke of the sudden passing of Buddy (John) Maher, Knockballiniry. Buddy passed away suddenly at his home on Friday, March 25.

Loving husband to Ann, proud and loving father to Sharon, Rhona and Jason, son in law, Dave and a loving grandfather to Tom, Chloe and Kian, brother to Ann, Buddy loved and was very proud of his family which was evident throughout his life, they came first an foremost.

He was an avid fan of most sports but above all was a proud Ballybacon/Grange Club man having played for the club for many years. Indeed during his playing days he won a South Senior Medal in 1968 and also in that year a South Under 21 medal with the club. He was also in receipt of a South Intermediate medal in 76 and again in 1980. Buddy was always proud to have played his part in the club over a number of years in many age groups. The esteem in which he was held in the Club was evident by the large numbers, past and present players, that turned out to honour him in a Guard of Honour on Tuesday as he made his final journey to Ballybacon Church, with the green and gold club flag draping his coffin.

He was a keen and loyal follower of the Tipperary hurling team and was beaming with joy in September of last year when Tipp beat Kilkenny to win the All Ireland final in Croke Park. “Slievenamon” was sung at the funeral mass in recognition of his love of the game and his county.

Other sporting interests included soccer, and supporting Liverpool soccer club in particular. Manys the friendly banter went on between Buddy and rival club supporters when games were been played, especially when Man United were involved in the game! He also followed rugby, the Munster and Ireland teams and while in England, Buddy must have had a smile on his face when Ireland defeated England in the Six Nations. He particularly loved to fish in the Tar and Suir rivers, and was recently honoured by Ardfinnan Angling Club. He loved the game of pool, playing in the Glenview Lounge and was a shrewd player. He sadly played his last game there on the Wednesday prior to his passing. He also played snooker with friends in the Greenview Bar, Ardfinnan in the past and of coarse if a sing-song ever started up, Buddy wouldn’t be found wanting, a favourite song of his recited at the funeral mass, Johnny Cash’s, “Give my Love to Rose”

In recent years, Buddy could be met walking his dogs over to Goatenbridge and up the Lane. He loved the outdoors, and there wasn’t a thing out of place in the garden at the house. Of course horse racing was also a major interest to him, attending the Cheltenham Festival just two weeks ago and plans were afoot to travel to Aintree for that festival. Buddy worked for many years in AIBP in Cahir, making many friends and colleagues there. The large numbers that attended his wake at the house on Sunday and Monday and requiem Mass in Ballybacon Church on Tuesday are evidence of the many friends that Buddy had and who he touched throughout his life. Even in recent years, when suffering from ill health for a time, Buddy’s strength and determination and the love of his family brought him through that heavy burden.

Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr Bobby Power on Tuesday, March 29, at 11.30am in Ballybacon. Buddy was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. To his wife Ann, son Jason, daughters Rhona and Sharon, son in law Dave, grandchildren Tom, Chloe and Kian, sister Ann and his extended family and friends we extend our sincere sympathies at this time of great sorrow. He will be sadly missed. May the sod of his beloved Ballybacon rest gently on him, may Buddy rest in the peace of Heaven.

GLENVIEW LOUNGE 25 DRIVE

Results of Tuesday, March 29: Winners on 11 games: Theresa Prendergast and Leish Shine. Second on 10 games: Davy White and Willie O’Neill, Joe Loughnane and Seamus O’Dwyer. Lucky Table: John Egan and Joan Tobin. Raffle: John D Condon, Gerry O’Sullivan, John Egan and Gerry O’Sullivan.

BALLYBACON CHURCH NEWS

Sunday 10 April: Reader of the Word - Please refer to notice board! Minister of the Eucharist: Please refer to notice board!

DIARY NOTE

The Ardfinnan, Ballybacon and Grange Hospice Committee will hold their 7th annual fundraising tractor run on Sunday, May 8.

NOTES

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