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Barth O'Connor the General Manager of Kilcooly's Country House Hotel is the New Lord Mayor of Ballybunion and his first job in office will be to lead the St Patrick's Day Parade on Tuesday next.
The announcement was made at a function in Kilcoolys on Saturday night last as Barth beat off competition from Margaret Hayes and David Walsh to earn the coveted Chain of Office.
The contest raised more than €10,000 for local Charities and Organisations.
All four sets of contestants failed to register a score on the opening night of the 2015 Millionaire Quiz at the Railway Bar on Monday night as the Quiz Master came out on tops with a clean sweep, eliminating all contestants.
Full story in Friday's Issue.
Princesses Elsa & Anna of Arendelle (Pictured above on the Cliff Walk by Ballybunion Beach Prints) were in Ballybunion today to launch the "Frozen Fest" which takes place in JD's on Sunday March 8th in aid of the Ballybunion Events Committee
Full story in Friday's Issue.
Missing Ballybunion man Karl White has thankfully been found alive and unharmed near Listowel this evening. He had been missing from home since Sunday evening and was last seen in the Bridge Road area of Listowel around 9.00pm on Sunday night
It is understood that he has been taken to Kerry General Hospital in Tralee for examination.
Gardai were joined in their search today by members of the Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Rescue service.
"Storm" the seal pup rescued on Ballybunion beach a few weeks ago is doing well at the Seal Sanctuary in Wexford and could be released back into the wild in as little as six weeks once his respiratory infection clears up according to Ballybunion Angler Mike Enright who cared for the animal before his removal to Wexford.
Full story in next Friday's Issue
Ballybunion is set to have a Camper Van site with 30 bays for the 2015 Summer season if planning permission is granted by Kerry County Council.
Rhionn Bhui Developments headed by local Businessman Gerard Higginbotham currently own and operate the Rhionn Bhui Caravan site on Sandhill Road and are seeking planning permission for this new development.
Full story in next Friday's Issue
Cinderella the pantomime produced by Máiréad O'Neill and performed by the Transition Year students of St Josephs Secondary School played to a capacity crowd at the Tinteán Theatre on Saturday night last.
Full story in next Friday's Issue
The team from the Exchange Bar took first place in Round Three of the Pub Quiz at Courtney's on Friday night scoring 56 points out of a possible 64 as another €400 was raised on the night.
Story in full in Next Fridays Issue
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
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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
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 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.
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 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.
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).
Local songster Noel Nash sends out Christmas Greetings on behalf of Ballybunion Tidy Towns with this beautiful song.
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.
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.
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