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Ballybunion man on Late Late Show Tonight

Barry Liston from Lartigue Road will appear on tonight's Late Late Show (RTE 1 9.30pm) to promote his Grasshopper Skateboards which are manufactured from 100% recyclable materials.

Story in full in Today's Ballybunion News

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Updated January 23rd

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Local Journalist in McNamee Award Win
Updated January 21st

Ballybunion Journailst Deirdre Walsh (pictured) was a member of the Radio Kerry Team who won a prestigous McNamee GAA Award on Saturday night last for a Terrace Talk Special on the Sam Maguire Cup back in September.


Deirdre presented the award-winning programme in the absence of regular presenter Weeshie Fogarty. 

Story in full in Friday's Ballybunion News

Pub Quiz Raises €445
Updated January 19th

Round Two of the Ballybunion Community Forum Tourism & Marketing Team's Pub Quiz took place at Mikey Joe's on Friday night and raised €445.

The quiz was well attended and the winners were the "I dont know" team consisting of Mike Purtill, Paul Enright, Joe McCormack & Colm "Chef" O'Halloran who scored a massive 67 points which considering that there were only 8 rounds of 8 questions was indeed a fair achievement.

The scorekeeper who shall remain nameless, is a Garda, and I wouldn't worry about being caught speeding by him, if his maths are that good !

Round three takes place at Courtney's on Friday January 30th.

Souvenir of Beale's Win on Sale 
Updated January 17th 

A beautiful photographic souvenir (above) of Beale's historic win in the North Kerry Senior Football Championship is now on sale by Award-Winning Photographer John Stack.


The framed photograph priced at just €45 depicts all of the players involved plus images of the presentation of the cup and the celebrations afterwards


Orders for this excellent production are being taken at the Bunker Bar and a percentage of each one sold will go to the Beale club to defray team expenses.

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Updated January 16th

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Death of Pat Lynch in Chicago
Updated January 13th

Ballybunion News is saddened to announce the death of Pat Lynch formerly of Lynch's Hardware Main Steeet, in Chicago.


Pat grew up in Ballybunion and played football for the St Patrick's club before emigrating to the USA in the 1950's where he settled in Chicago and became quite successful in the Insurance business.


A keen golfer, he owned a holiday home in Ballybunion and returned annually to present the Pat Lynch Prize at the golf club on Easter Sunday.


He was elected President of the club in 1995 and served on the overseas committee for many years also.


Poor health prevented him from visiting for the past decade or so and he passed away peacefully on Monday in his adopted home of Chicago, where he will be buried in the coming days.


Pat was predeceased by his brothers Jimmy (Ballybunion) and Jackie (Chicago) and by his sister Kathleen (Dublin). 

He is survived by his wife Betty, sisters Peggy (Tralee) & Mary (Chicago), his sister-in-law Breda (Ballybunion), his nieces and nephews and a huge circle of friends both here and in the USA.

May he Rest in Peace.

Beale 0-11  Listowel Emmets 0-10 
Match Report
Updated January 12th

The long wait is over as Beale are finally crowned North Kerry Senior Champions bridging a 25-year gap, following a gutsy performance against the holders Listowel Emmets in Ballylongford on Saturday last.


A sizeable crowd turned out on a bitterly cold day at O’Rahilly Park to witness the contest between the two sides for the right to lift the Eamonn O’Donoghue Cup.


Beale settled the better of the two sides but found it hard to break down the Listowel defence as the defending champions took a two-point lead after nine minutes.

A Ger O’Gorman free reduced the deficit after fourteen minutes but Listowel added another point just a minute later to lead by two again.


Beale goalkeeper Sean Dee made a magnificent point-blank save from Conor Cox to prevent Beale falling further behind, before O’Gorman was again on target with two more frees to level the match after twenty minutes.


Ian Mannix put Beale in front with a beautiful point on tweny six minutes but this was to be Beale’s last score of the first half as Listowel added three more points to lead by 0-06 to 0-04 at the interval.


It must be said that Beale had the more possession in the opening half but the dogged Listowel defence were giving nothing away.


Beale introduced John Griffin in place of Daniel Ellis for the second half and immediately reduced the deficit following the re-start with a lovely point from Captain James McMahon.


Ger O’Gorman sent over his fourth free kick of the games a few moments later to level the match as the Beale team began to move up a gear.


However scoring opportunites were difficult to come by for the Beale forwards as Listowel notched up three unanswered frees to lead by 0-09 to 0-06 half way through the second half.


Corner forward Ian Mannix knocked over a sweet point to reduce the deficit to two and another Ger O’Gorman free put the minimum between the sides with twelve minutes remaining before a fisted point from Barry O’Mahony levelled the match on twenty minutes.


Manager Patie O’Mahony introduced Shane Hanrahan for Andy O’Connell and Tom Joy for Ian Mannix and the effect was immediate as Hanrahan kicked over a point to edge Beale ahead with just six minutes left on the clock.


Beale were now tormenting the Listowel defence and wing back Shane Joy stretched the lead to two after some lovely build up play a minute later.


Beale could now sense victory but you can never right off Listowel and back they came with a point from Conor Cox to leave the minimum between the teams again, with three minutes left.


Goalkeeper Seán Dee once again came to Beale’s rescue with another fabulous save when it looked like Listowel were going to snatch it and following a melee in front of the stand involving players from both sides, referee Eddie Barrett blew for full time to send the Beale supporters delirious.


Corner back Neilus Mulvihill who was outstanding throughout, was awarded “Man of the Match” as James McMahon became the first Beale Captain since Don Toomey in 1989, to lift the famous trophy.


Beale team: Seán Dee, Philly Blake, Jeremy King, Colm Kissane, Shane Joy, Paul Collins, Neilus Mulvihill, Ger O’Gorman, Pádraig Murphy, Andy O’Connell, Declan Bambury, Dan Ellis, Ian Mannix, James McMahon, Barry O’Mahony. 


Substitutes: John Griffin for Dan Ellis, Shane Hanrahan for Andy O’Connell, Tom Joy for Ian Mannix.

Joe Downey, Killian Walshe-O’Boyle, Jake O’Connell, Maurice O’Connor, Tom Hayes, Cormac Walshe, Rory Mulvihill, Paul Horgan, Kenneth Mannix, Philip Hornyak, Brendan Brennan, Declan Beasley, Mark O’Donoghue, Ryan O’Connor, Darragh Buckley, Cillian Courtney. 


North Kerry Champions 
Updated January 10th

Beale the 2014 North Kerry Champions
Back Row L to R : Patie O'Mahony (Manager), Ger O'Gorman, Ian Mannix, Neilus Mulvihill, Paul Collins, Jeremy King, Sean Dee & Padraig Murphy
Front Row L to R : Shane Joy, Barry O'Mahony, Declan Bambury, Colm Kissane, Andy O'Connell, James McMahon (Capt), Philly Blake & Daniel Ellis

North Kerry Board Issues Plea to Beale supporters
Updated January 9th

The North Kerry Board is asking Beale supporters travelling to Saturday's North Kerry Championship final to please travel to Ballylongford via Asdee, rather than via Ballydonoghue to avoid the traffic coming from Listowel.

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Updated January 9th

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Rose Nagle Women's Christmas Dinner Raises €1,000 for local Charity 
Updated January 7th 

The Rose Nagle Women’s Christmas Dinner at the Marine Links Hotel on Tuesday night was an outstanding success and the Healy Family Fund in Asdee benefited by €1,000 as a result.

 

The dinner in memory of the late Rose Nagle, will become an annual event in Ballybunion and each year a different charity is set to benefit from it.

 

One hundred ladies sat down to a sumptuous dinner prepared by Chef Derek Nagle and his crew, which was then followed by a night of music and dancing with local singer Ger Walsh.

 

€5 was donated to the fund from each meal, while the Bennett & Nagle families donated another €500, to round the sum up to €1,000 for the fund.

 

Chairman of the organising committee of the Anne Healy Fund Mike Rice, told Ballybunion News on Wednesday, “We are extremely grateful to everyone involved and we’re absolutely delighted”

 

“We weren't expecting to get anything near what we got last night, we thought we might get a couple of hundred euro, but to get a thousand was amazing and it’s a great bonus” he added.

 

The ladies were in fine form on the night and certainly cut a wonderful dash on the dance floor as young and old got into the spirit of “Women’s Christmas”.

 

There was a real party atmosphere and there were Spot Prizes galore for all kinds of antics including Irish Dancing and Disco Dancing, while the accolade for “Best Dressed Lady” was shared between Anne-Marie Buckley and Kathleen Collins.

 

Everyone went home happy and all are looking forward to next year’s event which promises to be even bigger and better.

 

 

Football Final Fever grips the Town
Update January 5th

It was the main topic of discussion over the weekend as Ballybunion is in the grip of football fever over next Saturday's North Kerry Senior Championship final in Ballylongford sponsored by McMunns.


Green & Red flags are flying from buildings and from cars in a huge show of support for Beale who are contesting their third final in four years and we are all hoping that it will be third time lucky for manager Patie O'Mahony and his team of players.


Its been twenty five long years since we last lifted the trophy and in our way stand the current champions Listowel Emmets, who have won the title a staggering fourteen times, with seven of those wins coming since Beale last won it in 1989.


The two sides met in a final only once before when Listowel emerged victorious in 1997 but when they last met in the championship, Beale got through in the 2012 semi-final, before losing to Duagh in the re-played final.


The overall record of both sides in this championship reads : Listowel fourteen titles from twenty one final appearances while Beale have seven wins from eleven finals.


Beale's first title came in 1977 (just four years after the club was founded) when Ogie Moran was the successful captain.


They made it two in a row a year later under the captaincy of Thomas Hayes and Liam Browne became the third successive Beale captain to lift the cup in 1979.


Eoin "Bomber" Liston became the fourth Beale captain to lead a winning team in 1981 and he was followed by Tom Griffin a year later.


Ted Griffin became the sixth winning captain in 1984 and five years later in 1989, Don Toomey was the last man to lift the cup on behalf of the club.


Captains in our four losing finals were : Stevie Linnane in 1988, John Farrell in 1997, Paul Collins in 2011 and Seán Dee in 2012.


Here's hoping that on Saturday next, the name of James McMahon will be added to the list of winning captains.



Ann Healy Fund to benefit from Women's Christmas Dinner
Updated January 4th

The Ann Healy Fund is set to benefit from the Annual Rose Nagle Women's Christmas Dinner at the Marine Links Hotel on Tuesday night next when a contribution of €5 from each meal will be made to the fund.


The Dinner which will be an annual event, is named in memory of the late Rose Nagle, the former proprietor of the hotel and will benefit a different local charity each year.


Entertainment after dinner will feature local singer Ger "Flash" Walsh who will also host a 60's, 70's & 80's disco on the night.

Ladies on the Town 
Updated January 4th 

The Ladies of Ballybunion were out in force on Saturday night to celebrate "Women's Christmas" albeit a little early than its usual date of January 6th which of course falls on a Tuesday this year.

However, with most people returning to work this week, Saturday night was the best opportunity for many, to maintain the centuries old tradition.

Its Beale v Listowel in the Final 
Updated January 3rd  

Beale will play the holders Listowel Emmets in the McMunns-sponsored 2014 North Kerry Senior Championship final in Ballylongford, on Saturday next with a throw-in at 2.00pm.

 

Emmets finally overcame the challenge of St Senans by 1-14 to  2-05 in the replay of the second semi-final today in Ballybunion.


This will be Beale’s third final in four years, and having lost to Finuge in 2011 and Duagh in 2012, we are all certainly hoping that it will be third time lucky and that the boys in Red & Green will lift their first title since 1989.

 

Listowel with 14 titles are the joint second most successful team in North Kerry alongside Ballylongford and behind Moyvane who have 18. Beale won all of their 7 titles in a twelve-year period between 1977 and 1989 but it has been 25 years since the last one and another is long over due. Over to you lads !

 


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Updated January 3rd 

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New Year's Celebrations 
Updated December 29th 

Weeshie is a Fan of Ballybunion & the North Kerry Championship 
Updated December 29th 

Legendary Broadcaster & Writer Weeshie Fogarty was in town on Friday last to cover the North Kerry Championship semi-final between Listowel Emmets and St Senans for Radio Kerry.       
He penned the following piece for his website after the game.

Ballybunnion, St Stephens Day, cold dark, bleak, windy, streets deserted, but one of my favorite places.. I am here for the North Kerry semi-final. St Senans who never won the championship against the renowned Listowel Emmett’s the hot favorites. 

A visit to the beach at the end of the town before the game is a must. The huge Atlantic waves are pounding the beach; a few hardy walkers are well wrapped up against the raging elements. It’s the deepest darkest days of winter. A few horse men and women are galloping along the beautiful strand as the sea gulls swoop and dive around the remains of the old castle overlooking the sea. I am enthralled watching the sheer beauty of their gliding, hurling towards the towering cliff face and that a little flicker of their wings and they veer away from certain death. Nature at it amazing best.

The match lives up to everything we have been told about this famous championship. It hard, though, physical with sporadic out busts of violence. Referee Michael Hennessey of the legendary hurling family has his hands full but does a great job. Four red cards and two blacks are flashed as the game threatens to boil over but its mighty stuff. A Great goal by Jason Brown sees Senans ahead at the short whistle 1=3 to 0-2. Connor Cox of Listowel is a magnificent footballer, he lands 3 glorious points as the game ends in a welter of excitement, a draw. The Kennelly brothers are playing Tadgh home from Australia and Noel still in superb form. Ten Australians are in North Kerry for a wedding and are at the game to meet Tadgh; they tell me he is a legend in their country. 

Hot tea and swiss roll at half time from the ladies and I watch the game in the little score board hut squeezed in with two lovely young men from Beale who are in the final. It’s special. Its unique, its different it’s a throw back to my young days playing football in the fifties but I love it and will be back for more on January 3rd for the re-play. Experience it be there. Well done to both clubs it might not be the sanitized football what many believe in but its wonderful entertainment. 

Long live the North Kerry Championship.

Semi-final ends in a Draw 
Updated December 26th 

Beale's opponents in the final are not yet known as the second semi-final of the North Kerry Senior Football Championship between St Senans and the holders Listowel Emmets has ended in a draw 1-03 to 0-06 this afternoon.


Switched from its original venue of Moyvane, to Ballybunion, the game was played in atrocious weather conditions with high wind and constant rain throughout, making it next to impossible to play any kind of free flowing football.


St Senan's led by 1-03 to 0-02 at the break but in an ill-tempered second half which saw three Listowel players and one from St Senan's sent off, the men from Mountcoal failed to score, while the holders kicked four points for a share of the spoils.


The replay is fixed for the same venue on Saturday January 3rd while the final has now been pencilled in for Sunday January 11th at Ballylongford.

Christmas Day Swim 
Updated December 25th 

Christmas Mass Arrangements 
Updated December 24th 

The following are the correct arrangements for masses over Christmas at St John's Ballybunion and not as mistakenly published in today's Issue no 43.


Christmas Eve : 7.00pm & 9.00pm


Christmas Day : 9.30 am & 11.30am

Crash on Ballybunion to Lisselton Road
Updated December 22nd 

Gardaí and local Fire Brigade were called to a collision between two cars on the Ballybunion to Lisselton road this afternoon shortly after 3.00pm.

Thankfully,  it was not that not serious as nobody was badly hurt and neither car was badly damaged

Christmas Day Swim 
Updated December 22nd 

If last year's numbers are anything to go by, then up to three hundred brave souls are expected to participate in the Annual Christmas Day Swim which takes on the Ladies Beach on Thursday next commencing at 12.30pm sharp so, all participants are asked to be at the Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Rescue Headquarters at 12.00 noon at the latest.

Beale through to the final
Beale 2-12 Ballyduff 2-09
Updated December 21st

Beale reached their third North Kerry Senior Championship final in four years, after a hard-fought three point win, over Ballyduff played this afternoon in Frank Sheehy Park Listowel. 


Playing with a strong wind in the first half on a bitterly cold afternoon, Ballyduff took the lead in the fifth minute with a goal from Mikey Boyle before a point from Declan Bambury and two pointed frees from Ger O'Gorman levelled the match.


A goal in the 21st minute from Ger O'Gorman followed by a Shane Joy point in the 28th minute, saw Beale lead by 1-04 to  

1-0 before Ballyduff added three points without reply before the whistle, to reduce the deficit to 1-04 to 1-03 at half time.


Beale were slightly the better team in a first half it must be said and they stretched their lead to 1-06 to 1-03 with two quick points in the opening minutes of the second half before Ballyduff equalised with three unanswered points.


Ger O'Gorman put Beale in front again with two pointed frees before a Ballyduff goal in the 12th minute saw them take the lead by a point.


Our neighbours from across the Ferry Bridge then enjoyed a spell of ten minutes or so where they tacked on three more unanswered points to lead by 2-09 to 1-08 with 11 minutes remaining.


Another free from Ger O'Gorman in the 20th minute reduced the deficit to three points before Barry O'Mahony rattled the net to level the match with just four minutes left on the clock.


Beale then went on to add three more points from Jake O'Connell, Shane Hanrahan & Ger O'Gorman in the closing minutes to run out winners by 2-12 to 2-09 and qualify for the final on January 3rd where they await the winners of the other semi-final between the holders Listowel Emmets and St Senans.


Scorers for Beale : Ger O'Gorman (1-06), Barry O'Mahony (1-0), Declan Bambury, Jeremy King, Andy O'Connell, Jake O'Connell, Shane Joy & Shane Hanrahan (0-01) each.

Remembering Chris & Clancy 
Updated December 21st 

I posted this video on our facebook page a few weeks back and a number of people who are not on Facebook have asked to have it posted here. It's a clip from TV3 in March of 2000 featuring the late & great Chris Hellard (RIP) and his singing dog Clancy who is sadly no longer with us either. A great memory of old Ballybunion...

Ballybunion to host 2017 Jacques Léglise Trophy Updated December 20th 

Ballybunion Golf Club (above) is set to play host to the prestigious Jacques Léglise trophy in two years’ time which will see Great Britain & Ireland take on the Continent of Europe over the famous old course on September 1st & 2nd 2017.


The event for boys under the age of 18, was originally inaugurated in 1958, but was discontinued in 1966 because of the dominance of Great Britain & Ireland who had won it every year since the beginning.

It then then revived in 1977 when the European team won for the first time and ever since then, the honours have been pretty even between both sides.


For many years the match was always played in Great Britain & Ireland but nowadays every second match is played on the continent and among the famous names who have participated in this event are the likes of Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald.

The match has been played in Ireland on just two previous occasions, at Lahinch in 2003 and at Portmarnock in 2012.


Nine players make up each team and the format is four foursomes in the morning and eight singles in the afternoon over two days.

The Great Britain & Ireland team is selected by the R&A and the Continent of Europe side by the European Golf Association.

Debut song from Ballybunion Holiday-Maker
Updated December 19th

This is the video for the debut single from Limerick Band Randolf & the Crokers fronted by Shane Storan, whose family have been holidaying in Ballybunion every summer for the past thirty years or so.

Shane first began performing as a small boy with me (Ger Walsh) when I hosted Sunday afternoon Karaoke sessions in both the Fairway Bar & Stevies Bar (now the Attic & the Ocean).

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Christmas Greetings from Ballybunion 
Updated December 17th 

Local songster Noel Nash sends out Christmas Greetings on behalf of Ballybunion Tidy Towns with this beautiful song.

Christmas Rubbish Collection 
Updated December 16th 


Ballybunion Tidy Towns in conjunction with KWD Waste Disposal will be providing the community with a limited opportunity to do away with some of the rubbish due to Christmas packaging. 


On Sunday December 28th and Monday December 29th clean cardboard and waste paper can be binned free of charge at the Christmas tree located in the SuperValu car park. 


This service will be available each day from 1:00pm to 4:00pm or until the large bins are full. Attendants will be on hand to help to place items in their appropriate bins.

Plastic bags will not however be accepted and all cardboard must be flattened.


Once the attendants close the bins, they will be locked to await pick up on Tuesday so please do NOT leave excess rubbish outside the bins, even in bags. 


Anything that doesn't comply with the agreement between Tidy Towns and KWD for this complimentary service will end up costing Tidy Towns money. So please remember when the bins are full and locked, that's it, nothing else can be taken. 

Bag-Packing for Defibrillator Updated December 16th 

Ballybunion First Responders will be "Bag Packing" at Cahill's Supervalu on the 23rd & 24th to raise money for a Defibrillator.

Anybody who is willing to give them some help on either day should contact Isabella on 086-8348836 or you can support them by donating to the fund.

Death of Murt Scanlon Updated December 16th 

Ballybunion News is saddened to announce the death of Murt Scanlon of  Gortnaskeha, Ballybunion who sadly passed away this afternoon.
The funeral arrangements are as follows:

Reposing at his home on Wednesday, December 17th from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm with removal on Thursday morning to St. John's Church, for 11.00am requiem mass followed by burial afterwards in Killahenny Cemetery.
May he Rest in Peace.

Beale Bórd na n'Óg AGM Updated December 16th

The AGM of Beale Coiste na n'Óg will take place the same night as the club's MAin AGM which is Saturday January 10th at 7pm in the Community Centre and everyone is more than welcome to attend

Registration night for the club takes place on Friday January 30th also at the Community Centre and registration this year costs €45 which will include socks and crested shorts for each child.  Second and subsequent siblings cost €35 per child. 

The Awards night will also take place at end of January/early February.

New format for Ballybunion News Updated December 15th 


 

As a result of a change in service providers, Ballybunion News will no longer be sent out in PDF format.

 

However, before we receive any complaints about the new format, there is good news for those of you who don’t like Flipbook and find the print too small.

 

When you click the link I send, you will get the front page (See above).  

To the right of the little green gorilla’s head (on the top left of the page) is an arrow in a circle pointing downwards. Simply click the arrow and it will convert the flipbook to PDF and download it to your computer