What Would You do if You Were at a Gathering in the Parish?
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August 5, 2016 at 12:49 pm #3769
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August 9, 2016 at 2:46 pm #3921
If I were at a Gathering in Ballydonoghue, I would get in contact with the class of Lisselton NS of 1967 and ask them to have a get together at The Thatch or Tomáisín’s or Cantillon’s.
August 12, 2016 at 10:09 pm #3929
August 15, 2016 at 11:26 pm #3931
Definitely take part in any game to do with Hillsters versus Lowsters!! C’mon the Hill
August 16, 2016 at 11:55 pm #3937
I would love to gather at a good old fashioned field day on a sunny Sunday in the summer!Tug of war,bonny baby,wheel of fortune,ring the gander(maybe not!!)and lots more
August 17, 2016 at 8:11 pm #3938
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August 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm #3942
A history walk around the parish with experts from each area adding some unknown trivia
August 19, 2016 at 11:58 pm #3943
August 20, 2016 at 1:28 pm #3945
I would also like a gathering of the class of ’67 Lisselton NS,
August 21, 2016 at 4:20 pm #3946
I would meet with all my Irish family for a catch-up at a local Lisselton bar and enjoy a pint or two and good conversation.
August 24, 2016 at 10:52 am #3950
I’d like to see an actual festival/gathering happen every year in Ballydonoghue. Nearly all other parishes have one so why not Ballydonoghue? Why not pick a weekend in late July/early August and organise a variety of events, for example,
Music Night, Quiz Night as requested already in this virtual gathering, Play Night to cover the 3 nights in the local pubs,
Parish walk letting people know of all the interesting aspects to the parish,
GAA underage blitz/family fun day and charity soccer/football match featuring current and past players.
These are just a few thoughts off the top of my head, if we used the great talent of Ballydonoghue at home and abroad, we could have the makings of a fabulous gathering.
Comments welcome – Ballydonoghue Abu!!!
August 25, 2016 at 1:40 pm #3954
Sinead O Brien/Foley
Im very proud to see my dad so ably represented by Jason and Micheal.The website is wonderful
My lunch break here at mayfield library cork city is fast bring eaten up browsing the site!!!!
What a great tradition ye have in bsllydonoghue eith the magazine.my sister Noreen alays mafe sure I had a copy atChristmaseach year put in the putnack hete in Cork.
BEST OF luck
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August 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm #3955
I’d attend a rambling house to listen to stories for an hour, and follow that with a ceili dance.
August 29, 2016 at 10:02 pm #3956
As per a previous comment, I would love to see the return of the parish Field Day… Good fun for all ages featuring arts & crafts to promote talent in the parish (and beyond!) as well as the old favourites like glamourous granny, bonny baby to name but a few… #nostalgic
August 30, 2016 at 10:21 am #3957
What a fantastic website! So well put together and informative! Well done to all involved! In the Summer months there could be ‘Dancing at the Crossroads’ at Lisselton incorporating music and songs from the area. In the Winter months it would be great to see the old traditions coming back such as a ‘Rambling House’ in various bars in the parish! It would show case the talent in the area and keep the songs, music, dance, poetry and recitations of times gone by alive and passed onto the next generation 🙂
August 30, 2016 at 9:37 pm #3958
dancing at the crossroads Lisselton Also rambling house
August 31, 2016 at 3:59 pm #3959
We post this today (31st of August) as, with our early morning arrival on the boat train into Paddington, it marks 50 years to the day that we joined the Irish diaspora. We left Moybella on Tuesday the 30th August with our aunt, Mollie Fitzmaurice. Within a week we were both in school in Ealing, London W5 and our Ballyconry classroom was already becoming a memory. Were we homesick? Not really! After all, we were 10 and 13, it was the 60s in London and we knew that London then (and it’s still the case today) was an exciting place to be! It was only later that we came to appreciate the values that Ballydonoghue and its people had taught us.
So what would we do at the gathering? A walk would certainly be desirable. From our old house in Moybella to the bridge at Foley’s, back to Ballyconry Cross, returning via Rice’s Road and on to Lisselton. We would certainly need a local guide. The houses have been modernised, extended or replaced and there are so many brand new houses! An evening at Tomáisín’s would be great, an opportunity to catch up with some of the people who attended Ballyconry school between ’57 & ’66. And, like every visit to Lisselton, there would be a lot of chat and cups of tea with neighbours and relations.
Two photos attached from 1965 and 1966
Kathy Reynolds (Fitzmaurice) & Bill Fitzmaurice – Moybella
August 31, 2016 at 11:46 pm #3962
A weekend festival of the various award-winning musicians, dancers, authors, performers, etc, maybe a GAA challenge match of two prominent teams culminating in an event similar to the highly successful Field Days of the past with a Vintage/Threshing theme. All funds raised to go to a Ballydonoghue Parish development.
September 1, 2016 at 12:44 am #3963
Thanks for that Kathy and Bill. Great story and fabulous photos. Best wishes from the Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine committee.
September 6, 2016 at 2:03 pm #3964
Would be great to have a football match at the field in Coolard between two halves of the parish (Lisselton-Cross be the dividing line, South and North of Lisselton Cross) and a juvenile match between Coolard and Lisselton schools.
On the same day, local musicians give of their talent in Coolard school or outside if weather permits, as well as already mentioned vintage tractors and cars etc on display.
All followed up of course by a get together that night over a drink or two, to sort out where the ref was wrong.( not only where he went wrong for today’s matches but also in the matches played 50-60 years ago).
September 12, 2016 at 11:11 am #3965
i would gather all the u-12 team that won the division 5 bord na og league in 1979 in Rices for a few kicks …. We might all be older – and heavier – but some great memories. Dan F
September 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm #3966
If I were at a Gathering in Ballydonoghue, I would enjoy doing a tour of all those archaeological, historical and legendary sites that the Parish has to offer. To visit and soak in the atmosphere of these unique places that inspired such poets and writers as, Pádraig Liath Ó Concubhair, Maurice Walsh, Robert Leslie Boland, an tAthair Micháel Ó Ciosáin and others.
Then later, perhaps meet up with friends, neighbours in a local hostelry and hear a rendition sung of Seán McCarthy’s inspirational and descriptive song “The Key Above The Door”.
That would certainly make my evening.
September 12, 2016 at 7:25 pm #3967
I would like to stand at the cross, look at the hill, and breath the fresh air. Take a nice walk to Ballyegan. Then stop at the pubs at night for some good Irish activities !!!!!!
September 12, 2016 at 8:24 pm #3968
September 13, 2016 at 7:09 pm #3970
The crossroads dancing at Lisselton Cross is a great idea.Local musiscians could entertain us also!The 5 K walk would be great fun too.Voting for memorable characters in the parish (there were and still are a lot around!)should be great craic!Looking forward to the show!
September 14, 2016 at 10:02 am #3971
Margaret Bloxham (nee Hegarty)
The list on your website covers all options (that I can think of!).
Well done & good luck!
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September 17, 2016 at 2:34 am #3972
If I was at a gathering,i would be there with my father Joe Spillane and mum Mary and my brother Richard,talking and having the craic with dads uncles and my great uncles Patty and Peter Spillane over a pint in cantilions about there time in Sheperds bush London and about the great Kerry team of the 80s.
When Dad and Mum visit us they normally bring a copy of magazine.
September 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm #3973
Maybe have a weekend of events for a gathering so that there is something for everyone – a walk, a field day and a big night out.
Best of luck to the Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine – I look forward to it every Christmas!
September 17, 2016 at 11:58 pm #3974
A weekend festival would be superb.
September 20, 2016 at 3:03 pm #3975
I would love to see a range of events being setup that would pit the various areas (Hill, Cross, Coolard, etc) of the parish against each other as a bit of friendly competition.
Include events to suit all ages, and the scores of each event go towards a final total to crown an eventual winner.
Everyone would be contributing to the overall team.
Example events –
Football games between the various age categories in a football blitz
Dance and/or Music Competition for all ages
Art competition for the school kids
Treasure Hunt around the parish for families
Online quiz or similar competition using Skype or so forth to bring in members of the parish that wouldn’t be able to make it home for the events.
Great question to tax the mind and bring forward these kind of suggestions.
Looking forward to the next edition of the magazine
September 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm #3981
Joe and Mary Spilllane
Hallo to the Ballydonoghue Parish Magazine. If we were at a gathering in Ballydonoghue we would like to sit down and chat with relations and neighbours over a drink and have a bit of craic!
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October 1, 2016 at 2:46 pm #3982
john e healy
My nephew Shane Foley told me about the site There’s two big families from Urlee and Gloria Keep up the good work
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October 1, 2016 at 4:15 pm #3983
I would like meet as many people as possible, who attended Lisselton School in the mid to late 50’s, through a social gathering with food, drinks, and name tags! This could include special events at different pubs in the area.
I would also be willing to participate in a Hillsters vs. Lowsters football match in the Coolard sportsfield.
October 12, 2016 at 8:55 pm #4126
This is a great website. I’d love to visit Lisselton and find relations of my grandfather Tim O’Neill. He came to the US in 1898. He was born 1877 to Thomas and Bridget (Walsh) O’Neill. I have visited the graves at Lisselton Cemetery and also visited St. Theresa’s Church in 2001.
December 14, 2016 at 9:22 pm #4563
J. J. Bunyan
I would like to attend a gathering of as many contributors (as possible) of articles to the parish magazine. They have made an enormous contribution to the valuable archive on events, people and places in the parish and in North Kerry via their individual enlightened articles. I am wondering if there is a venue that could accommodate the collective creativity of all concerned?
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