Newsletter – December 2022

Ballymoney National School: Our Parent Teacher Association is hosting a ‘Bingo Night’ on Saturday 12th November at 8:30p.m. in the BEDA Hall, Ballineen. The event will include Bingo games, raffle, and complimentary refreshments. Your support would be gratefully appreciated at this fun event. Sponsorship of a Bingo game or a raffle prize would be fantastic. Please contact Ger Coughlan 0868259794 or Susan Eady on 086 3753885 for further details. The proceeds will be in aid of the school. People of all ages are very welcome to attend.

We also have a clothes collection on 9th November. They accept clothes and pairs of shoes but not pillows or duvets. Any donations can be left in our shelter in the playground.

Our school is busy at the moment as all our usual activities have resumed. The whole school is travelling to Dunmanway each week for swimming lessons. 5th & 6th class are preparing for their first debate of the year. The motion is ‘Fines should be implemented for households wasting food’ and we are proposing the motion. There are lots of creative initiatives underway in the school at the moment. In art, we are planning to create a giant sculpture of a spider to decorate Ballineen and Enniskeane for Halloween. In November, the pupils will perform a play called ‘You really need to find a wife!’ It is a comedy written by their drama teacher Nora Scannell and the pupils are enthusiastically learning their lines and practising. We are also looking forward to a visit from a dance company to the school called ‘Dance Invasion’.

With the lifting of all the Covid restrictions, we are delighted to welcome Reverend Ivan back to school for weekly assemblies and to meet as a school community to worship and reflect together.

Condolences: We are sad to report the passing of Albert Ross on September 27th whilst in the care of Haven Bay Nursing Home, Kinsale. We send our condolences to Hilda, children Amanda, Keith, Denise and Janet, the wider family, friends and neighbours. The funeral service was on Saturday October 1st at
St.Bartholomew’s Church, Kinneigh followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard. Safe in the hands of Jesus.

Mother’s Union: At the meeting on October 4th the speaker was Mick Kearns from Lisheens House. He opened by explaining how the charity started and how it has grown. Lisheens House is a community-centred Mental Health Service which is funded by donations, fundraising, the sale of second-hand furniture which has been donated. It receives no funding from the State but works closely with the HSE. He then explained what they do:

Counselling: They provide a free counselling service to people in mental health crisis.

Training: They provide QPR suicide prevention training. It is a 3-step programme that will enable people to spot the signs of someone at risk of suicide. QPR stands for Question, Persuade & Refer.

Support: They provide a range of support services to, not just the person in crisis, but also their family and support network. The services are for anybody from 12 upwards who find themselves in a mental health crisis in today’s fast-moving and increasingly stressful world. Their services are free; however, donations are welcome and are based in the heart of Skibbereen. They not only have counselling and therapy rooms, but a music and book library, an art gallery and a host of complimentary activities.
They also have a panel of counsellors throughout Cork City and county who see clients in their rooms on their behalf. Last year they started an initiative called “Phone a Friend” which is a free weekly phone service for anyone feeling lonely, isolated or vulnerable. This service as very popular, especially during the pandemic. The service is continuing and is very important due to the current economic situation.

Contact details – Head Office 028 51950
Helpline – 023 8888888
Furniture Donations – 086 4066348
Email – [email protected]

Date of next meeting: Wednesday November 2nd at 8.30pm in St. Paul’s Parish Centre. All welcome. There will be a representative from “Field of Dreams”; a charity that works with the Down Syndrome community giving a talk on what they do at the site. Built in 2017 to meet the ongoing learning needs of adults with Down
Syndrome across Cork City and County. The Field of Dreams was developed by Down Syndrome Ireland, Cork branch.

Their vision is to provide opportunities for adults with Downs for ongoing learning and growth. Allowing for greater independence and self-reliance as well as a move towards paid work.

The unit comprises of a 3-acre horticultural site in Curraheen, built to meet their specific needs and provides them with days that are busy, meaningful and fun for all.

Harvest Service

As you can see the weather was kind to us for our Harvest Festival Service which was held in the grounds of Ballymoney Church. The service was well attended and there were many people standing that are not on the photograph. The hymns were played on the Kinneigh Church system, and everybody was complementary about the service and the settings. After the service everybody moved to St, Paul’s Hall for refreshments. A big thank you to everybody that helped to make the service a success and for the refreshments. Also, to Cyril Draper for organising the transportation of the chairs to and from each location.

St. Paul’s Parish Centre – The repair to the external wall at the front of the building has been weatherproofed with a cement skim followed by a further coat of cement with a coloured silicone mixed into the cement. Also, the damaged part of the internal floor has been replaced. Replacement of Rectory Boiler – This has now been completed along with the zoning of the premises into different areas and will
allow for better control of the heating in the premises.

Gift – A token gift and card has been presented by Rev. Ivan on behalf of the union to Fr. Cotter (Newcestown), Fr. Hayes (Enniskeane) and Fr. Collins (Rossmore) on their transfer to other parishes within the Roman Catholic community.

Welcome – The Rev. Ivan and parishioners of Kinneigh Union of Parishes extend our warmest welcome to the team of Roman Catholic clergy who will be ministering in in the new area covering Innishannon & Knockavilla, Bandon, Kilbrittain, Murragh & Templemartin, Kilmurry and Enniskeane & Desertserges.

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