FIRST AID CAMP.

Are you between 10-17 years? Are you available from 10th-14th July? This could be for you. Ballinora/Ballincollig Red Cross are running a First aid summer camp in Ballinora GAA Hall at a cost of €60.00. A great week of learning and fun assured. To register contact Geraldine on 0851474447 or email youth.south@irishredcross.com.

SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie & @SBNORA on Twitter

A raffle will be held in the school in the coming weeks in aid of the Karen Fenton Ovarian Cancer Fund. A number of hampers containing all manner of games/toys/treats for children but also including “goodies” for the adults will be given as prizes. Those wishing to support this very worthy cause  can purchase tickets from the school. Further information available from www.ifundraise.ie/karenfenton or on facebook (karenfentonovariancancerfund)

Our Parents’ Assoc. will hold a “Book Swap” fundraiser in the Scout Den on Monday with all proceeds used to purchase PE equipment.

Our Sports Day survived a dodgy weather forecast on Monday last and saw all classes derive great enjoyment from the activity stations dotted around the playing pitch. Infant classes must surely have slept well on Tuesday night, having spent another day enjoying their own particular outdoor activities.

Ranganna 3 agus 4 enjoyed a marvellous school tour at the West Cork Secret activity centre  in Kilbrittain on Wednesday last. Thug rang a sé agaidh ar Ros Cairbre. Ní fada uainn an samhradh agus turasanna cois farraige!

A team of chess players represented the school at the Primary Chess Blitz in Greenmount while ranganna a dó, trí agus a ceathair enjoyed a cricket session before accepting some wonderful new equipment from Cricket Ireland and the Cork Sports Partnership.

Many thanks to all who have dropped used/unwanted clothing etc. to the school in aid for our “Cash For Clobber” collection. Nár laga Dia sibh!

Slán go fóill

 

BALLINORA NS CLOTHES COLLECTION We would be delighted to accept any of the items below until the end of June. Perhaps you might also consider mentioning the collection to neighbours, family members and friends? All proceeds used to reduce our school debt. Items Accepted:

  • Clothing
  • Footwear (pairs only please, tied together in a bag · Household textiles
  • Tea-towels
  • Cushion covers
  • Curtains
  • Bedlinen, (except duvets or pillows)
  • Handbags!

Míle buíochas as ucht do thacaíocht.

Slán go fóill!

 

VINCENT DE PAUL 12TH GOLF CLASSIC 2017. AT DOUGLAS GOLF CLUB: Friday June 23rd                                                                                                                                Teams and sponsorship kindly requested. email annemk@svpcork.ie or 086  024 9518

Ballinora Vintage Day June 25

Pre 1997 cars, tractors and bikes. Starting at 10.30am. Car Run to Belgooly and Kinsale, Local Tractor runn.

The Tommy Drinan Memorial Award will be presented on the day.

FIRST AID CAMP.

Are you between 10-17 years? Are you available from 10th-14th July? This could be for you. Ballinora/Ballincollig Red Cross are running a First aid summer camp in Ballinora GAA Hall at a cost of €60.00. A great week of learning and fun assured. To register contact Geraldine on 0851474447 or email youth.south@irishredcross.com.

 

RALLY FOR LIFE:                                                                                                                      "Save lives. Save the 8th." All-Ireland RALLY FOR LIFE, Dublin, Saturday 1st July. Buses departing from Cork City and County. For more information, contact Gillian 086 823 3110

 

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

"Munster Summer Show volunteers required. Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of June. 9-2 or 1.30 to 6 each day. If you can help please contact Mike O'Regan 0872373310 or Laura Lane 0868821593."

SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie & @SBNORA on Twitter

School tours are very much on the agenda at this time, with all hoping that the recent inclement weather will change for a number of classes taking to the roads next week.

The bad weather forced the cancellation of the Sports Day that all were looking forward to this past week. However, we look forward to a rescheduled day in the coming week. Beimíd foighneach!

Our running teams quitted themselves extremely well at the Primary Sports and enjoyed a well-deserved party on their return to the school, while our Rang 5 cyclists ventured out on the road for the first time and enjoyed the freedom of the countryside!

Many thanks to all who have dropped used/unwanted clothing etc. to the school in aid for our “Cash For Clobber” collection. Nár laga Dia sibh!

Slán go fóill!

 

BALLINORA NS CLOTHES COLLECTION We would be delighted to accept any of the items below until the end of June. Perhaps you might also consider mentioning the collection to neighbours, family members and friends? All proceeds used to reduce our school debt. Items Accepted:

  • Clothing
  • Footwear (pairs only please, tied together in a bag · Household textiles
  • Tea-towels
  • Cushion covers
  • Curtains
  • Bedlinen, (except duvets or pillows)
  • Handbags!

Míle buíochas as ucht do thacaíocht.

Slán go fóill!

VINCENT DE PAUL 12TH GOLF CLASSIC 2017 AT DOUGLAS GOLF CLUB: Friday June 23rd                                                                                                                                Teams and sponsorship kindly requested. email annemk@svpcork.ie or 086  024 9518

BALLINORA U14 FÉILE FUNDRAISING EVENT

Friday 9th June 2017

Curraheen Greyhound Park. A “night at the dogs” is being organised to help with costs for the U14 Féile team playing in Cavan/Monaghan at the end of June. Tickets €10 for adults, children free & must be bought in advance from any U13/U14 parent. Your support for this event would be most appreciated.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

"Munster Summer Show volunteers required. Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of June. 9-2 or 1.30 to 6 each day. If you can help please contact Mike O'Regan 0872373310 or Laura Lane 0868821593."

PRO-LIFE TALK

Family & Life will host a pro-life talk and training event on Tues. 13 June at 7.30pm in The Maldron Hotel, John Redmond Street, Cork. After an overview of the recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly and the next steps, there will a workshop on how to win the pro-life argument. This will be led by 3 experienced pro-life activists. All pro-life supporters are invited. www.familyandlife.org

BALLINORA/WATERFALL GARDEN & LIFESTYLE CLUB

On Saturday, June 10th, the Ballinora /Waterfall  Garden and Lifestyle Club are having their big day out.  Bus from Connie O’ Shea's at 8.00a.m.

Members €60.

Non-members (very welcome) €65

We would appreciate if all monies were paid in advance please.

Contact Ann 0872172321 / Norma  0879292943

CANCER SERVICES COFFEE MORNING

Thank you to everypone who donated to the Cork Cancer Services Coffee Morning held last week in the Scout Den; €1713 was raised

COFFEE MORNING

A coffee morning to aid Ellie Brennan with her fundraising will be held on the 10th of June at the residence of Joe and Sheila Brennan, between 10am and 2pm.  All money raised will go towards her volunteering in India this summer with the charity SERVE. She will be working in an orphanage helping children, some of which have disabilities. All donations gratefully received. 

THANK YOU

The family of the late Tony O’Mahony would like to sincerely thank the wider Ballinora community for the wonderful work done by so many on the occasion of his recent passing.  It was a fitting tribute to a man who so deeply loved his native place.

SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie & @SBNORA on Twitter

Our past-pupil, Alan Bennett took time out from helping Cork City be the best team in the land, to raise our recently awarded Green Schools Flag. Speaking to the assembled classes, Alan commended all on our efforts to live our daily lives in a manner which doesn’t damage the planet and remarked that just like Cork City FC, our success on the national stage in winning the Irish Carpooling School Award was a result of the tremendous team ethic in the school. Go maire sé i bhfad.

Our incoming Junior Infants and their parents popped in on Friday last to check out their new surroundings, in advance of their September start date. Ms. Hourihan welcomed twenty-eight wonderful children while their parents enjoyed a cupán tae next door. Fáilte go Scoil Bhailenóra,  a dhaoine uaisle!

The recent (mostly!) fine weather allowed our cycle safety classes and our hurling/camogie skills sessions to go ahead uninterrupted, while our athletics squads put the finishing touches to their preparations for the Cork Primary School Sports.

Finally, while all expect Daidí na Nollag to leave gifts for us at Christmas time, the arrival of two magnificent floral displays at the front of the school surpised and delighted everyone. The locality is in blooming beautifully! Ár mbuíochas libh uilig

Le cúnamh Dé, déanfaidh dícheall gaisce!

Ballinora NS Clothes Collection We would be delighted to accept any of the items below until the end of June. Perhaps you might also consider mentioning the collection to neighbours, family members and friends? All proceeds used to reduce our school debt. Items Accepted: · Clothing · Footwear (pairs only please, tied together in a bag ) · Household textiles · Tea-towels · Cushion covers · Curtains · Bedlinen, (except duvets or pillows) · Handbags! Míle buíochas as ucht do thacaíocht.

Slán go fóill!

BALLINORA U14 FÉILE FUNDRAISING EVENT

Our Ballinora Boys U14 football team winners of the County Féile in April, will now represent Cork at the upcoming National Féile Peil na ÓG in Cavan /Monaghan at the end of June.

Friday 9th June 2017

Curraheen Greyhound Park

A “night at the dogs” is being organised to help with costs for the U14 Féile team playing in Cavan/Monaghan at the end of June. Tickets €10 for adults, children free & must be bought in advance from any U13/U14 parent. Your support for this event would be most appreciated.

 

BALLINORA CAMOGIE CLUB

Our Minor team has qualified for the Semi-Finals of the County League. They face off against Blarney this Sunday (28th) at Castle Road at 4pm. We'll also be launching our new Club Training Jersey shortly before the match. All support welcome.

 

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

"Munster Summer Show volunteers required. Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of June. 9-2 or 1.30 to 6 each day. If you can help please contact Mike O'Regan 0872373310 or Laura Lane 0868821593."

BALLINORA/WATERFALL GARDEN & LIFESTYLE CLUB

On Saturday, June 10th, the Ballinora /Waterfall  Garden and Lifestyle Club are having their big day out.  We plan to visit beautiful Glebe gardens in Baltimore, Rosewood gardens near Lough Hyne and Drishane gardens Castletownsend.  

Our last visit of the day will be to Deelish garden centre.  It's a lovely place to just browse and purchase if tempted, from their varied selection of plants and seeds, some rare.

Our final stop of the day will be to Mary Ann's restaurant in Castletownsend.

Bus from Connie O’ Shea's at 8.00a.m.

Members €60.

Non-members (very welcome) €65

We would appreciate if all monies were paid in advance please.

Contact Ann 0872172321 / Norma  0879292943

 

ANAM CARA

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is hosting a Remembrance Evening on Wednesday 7th June at the Clayton Hotel, Tivoli, Cork from 19:30 to 21:00. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not. To help us plan this event please let us know if you will be attending and you are welcome to bring a photograph of your child. We will need you to RSVP to info@anamcara.ie or 085 2888 888 before Friday 2nd June.

Letter from Zambia

Hard to believe almost two months have passed since I since the last letter. It is now getting into autumn here, days shortening and evenings cooler. Normally rains would have finished by end of March but we are still getting some rain and last Sunday there was a torrential downpour. Climate change is very visible in Southern Africa and has a major effect on people’s lives. It affects traditional sowing and harvesting patterns, incidences of animal disease all of which impact severely on people’s lives. Other effects as we have seen in Zambia are on energy availability as Zambia is highly dependent on hydropower and periods of drought reduce dam levels. Whatever the reason climate has noticeably changed since we first lived here – 30 years ago this month.

 

We had a very enjoyable week of various activities to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. For nearly 60 years there has been a very active and vibrant Irish Society here called “The Wild Geese Society” or WGS. The WGS are active in fostering a sense of togetherness for the small and diminishing Irish community here and also in promoting Irish culture. This year they got things moving on March 11 with a St Patrick’s Ball attended by over 300.  Not all were Irish but all came wearing something green and got into the Irish spirit. We had a great group of Irish musicians called Grá mo Chroí who kept the crowd dancing until very late. I met a few people the following day who were complaining of sore heads and sore feet. The WGS organised the musicians – something they do every year. On the Monday which happened to be a holiday here there was an Irish bowls day – no not a “score” but the more genteel lawn bowls. It was a great success, loads turned up just for food, drink and more music from our musicians. Mary managed to get herself on the winning team though they were rather diplomatic about her contribution. On Patrick’s Day itself we had a reception for the Irish community plus some others. It went off well. Again we had the musicians who played late into the evening. On this day we also have Irish food and drink sent to us by various Irish companies – and of course the Guinness corner is a big hit.

On Saturday 18th the WGS organised a “Paddy’s Day Out” centred on a GAA tournament. They managed to get eight 11-a –side teams – each team called after a county. The vast majority of players were not Irish and had got a crash course on the rules from a few of us earlier in the week. It was good fun – Cork were beaten in the semi-final. Usual story kicked it away!! The final was between Limerick and Mayo with Mayo hot favourites to win. But believe it or not the curse struck again 8000 kilometres away and Mayo lost yet another final! The day finished with the crowd of over 800 watching the Ireland/England rugby game, dancing and singing – the musicians were still here and how these lads kept going for over a week of late nights I don’t know. As I have experienced before St Patrick’s Day and indeed St Patrick’s week is always a much bigger event and more celebrated abroad than it is in Ireland.

It was back to reality after that here. Unfortunately in recent weeks there has been a lot of political tension in the country. This arises from an election last August where the results are disputed. The leader of the main opposition party and losing Presidential candidate was arrested last week and charged with treason. He is currently before the courts. Zambia has a reputation for being a very peaceful and united country but the past 6 months have brought up tensions, especially along tribal lines, that were not there previously or at least were not recognised. Hopefully calm and sanity will return in the coming weeks.

Finally next week we have a professional golf tournament here – the Zambian Sugar Open. It is a tournament on the African Sunshine Tour and while the prize money is modest it is often a starting point for players who later make the breakthrough. Players like Darren Clarke, Colin Montgomerie and Ian Woosnam all played in Zambia when they had just turned professional. We will be accommodating two young Irish players – Neil O’Briain and Richie O’Donovan. The chairman of the organising committee is Cork man Roy Penney who has been resident here for many years.

Until next month Slán is Beannacht is guím gach rath ar mhuintir Bhaile Nóra.

Séamus O Grady

BALLINORA CAMOGIE CLUB

Results:

Junior B: Ballinora 1-14, Glen Rovers 1-07

Minor C: Ballinora 6-09, Youghal 2-01

Junior B: Charleville 2-14, Ballinora 4-07

U16 A: Ballinora 6-18, Blarney 1-18

GLENSTAL ABBEY.

Glenstal is an oasis of prayer, peace and tranquility. We are planning an overnight stay in this special place, in the course of the next few weeks for a small group from the parish. If you wish to join us please give me, Michael Galvin, a ring before Friday 12th. Next .Tel no.087-2585645.

COFFEE MORNING

As part of the Surgeon Noonan Programme, two local medical students, Olan Kerrigan and Oisín O'Sullivan, are fundraising for much needed medical supplies for hospitals in Africa where they will volunteer during the summer. A coffee morning will be held in the Kerrigan's home at 15, Woodside on Sat 13th May 10.00-2.30. All funds raised will go directly to the host hospitals. Please join us — Catherine and Laura — for home baking and chat! All welcome.

RED CROSS NEWS

Ballinora/Ballincollig Red Cross will hold Church Gate Collections at both Masses on May 13th & 14th. All support greatly appreciated.

ANAM CARA.

Anam Cara, the national organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Tuesday 16th of May from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry, West Cork. This is a free event open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for event, please RSVP to info@anamcara.ie before Monday 15th May or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888

OFFICIAL OPENING OF EXTENSION TO BALLINORA NS

In recognition of the local community’s support of our school’s building programme, the Board of Management cordially invites parishioners to attend the Official Opening Ceremony on Friday, May 12th at 10a.m. The opening will be performed by Dr. John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross. Those intending to join us are asked to note that a ticket will be required on the day. These are available to all, free of charge, from the school office. Bí linn!

PARISH CLEAN UP DAY!! Can you help clean up your area? Tidy Towns needs your help Friday 14th April between 11am and 1pm. Refreshments after in the scout den..  Keep Ballinora Tidy!!! Any queries contact Marie Twomey. 087 8120620

RURAL VILLAGE ENHANCEMENT SCHEME  Ballinora Community Association’s submission to Cork County Council for funding under above scheme has been successful. Improvement works to Waterfall and Ballinora villages and Ballinora Cross and Jimmy’s Cross will be covered by the scheme. More information can be found on our website.

ANAM CARA Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 5th of April from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

DEVELOPING POSITIVE WELL-BEING IN YOUNG PEOPLE FREE talk as part of the Life Long Learning Festival organised by the Bishopstown / Glasheen Network Initiative on Thursday, 6th April 7-9 pm in Bishopstown Community School.  Tea / Coffee available on the night.                 For more information, please contact Kevin on 4544311

SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie & @SBNORA on Twitter)

After a few false starts in the preceeding weeks, our trials to select teams to represent the school at the forthcoming Primary Sports finally took place. Thirty six boys and girls are already looking forward to their day at CIT in early June. Ní fada uainn é.

Craobh Fichille na scoile is now at the semi-final stage and we have seen some marvellous chess played to date. Beimíd uilig le súl leis an Chluiche Cheannais roimh briseadh na Cásca.

Staying with sport, a boys’ team and a girls’ team contested the FAI 5- aside soccer blitz at Blarney this past week, with our boys unlucky to be eliminated on goal difference.

Sciath na Scol team enjoyed better luck with a win over Shanbally NS and look forward to two tough encounters to come.

Nutrition, exercise and the control of screen time were on the agenda at an excellent information seminar organised by our PA last week. Míle buíochas le Trish agus leis na h-oifigigh a d’eagraigh.

    Ar deireadh, sincere thanks to all who supported our clothing collection. All proceeds help to reduce our school debt. Those who wish to drop clothes/paired shoes/bed linen etc. before our final collection in June are most welcome to do so.

Tuilleadh le teacht sar i bhfad. Slán tamall.

BALLINORA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Work is due to begin next week on clearing and restoring Corbally Graveyard with help from SECAD.The graveyard dates from 1302 and contained a church until 1615. It is believed that burials took place here over many centuries - and also during the famine. Call in if you are passing to see the work underway

RECENT WEDDING: We congratulate Deirdre Murphy and Paul Doyle who married last Saturday in St James’ Church. The ceremony was celebrated by Fr David Kenneally S.S.C. We wish them long life and happiness together.

RECENT BAPTISMS: We welcome into our Christian family in 2017:

Eoin Andrew O’Carroll

Benjamin Kevin Caples

Aoife Noreen O’Riordan

Amy Aidie O’Rourke

Eve Helen O’Rourke

Tom Daniel Howard

Joe Dermot O’Mahony

Fionnuala Anna Flanagan

Benjamin James Cogan

PARISH CLEAN UP DAY!!                                  Can you help clean up your area? Tidy Towns needs your help Friday 14th April between 11am and 1pm. Refreshments after in the scout den..  Keep Ballinora Tidy!!! Any queries contact Marie Twomey. 087 8120620

RURAL VILLAGE ENHANCEMENT SCHEME                                                  Ballinora Community Association’s submission to Cork County Council for funding under above scheme has been successful. Improvement works to Waterfall and Ballinora villages and Ballinora Cross and Jimmy’s Cross will be covered by the scheme. More information can be found on our website.

ANAM CARA                                              Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 5th of April from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

DEVELOPING POSITIVE WELL-BEING IN YOUNG PEOPLE                                FREE talk as part of the Life Long Learning Festival organised by the Bishopstown / Glasheen Network Initiative on Thursday, 6th April 7-9 pm in Bishopstown Community School.  Tea / Coffee available on the night.                 For more information, please contact Kevin on 4544311

PARKINSON’S MASS:                                 The Annual Parkinson's Mass for People with Parkinson's, their families and friends will take place at St. Patricks Church, Rochestown Road, Cork on Wednesday 5th April 2017 at 7.00 pm.

SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie & @SBNORA on Twitter)

After a few false starts in the preceeding weeks, our trials to select teams to represent the school at the forthcoming Primary Sports finally took place. Thirty six boys and girls are already looking forward to their day at CIT in early June. Ní fada uainn é.

Craobh Fichille na scoile is now at the semi-final stage and we have seen some marvellous chess played to date. Beimíd uilig le súl leis an Chluiche Cheannais roimh briseadh na Cásca.

Staying with sport, a boys’ team and a girls’ team contested the FAI 5- aside soccer blitz at Blarney this past week, with our boys unlucky to be eliminated on goal difference.

Sciath na Scol team enjoyed better luck with a win over Shanbally NS and look forward to two tough encounters to come.

Nutrition, exercise and the control of screen time were on the agenda at an excellent information seminar organised by our PA last week. Míle buíochas le Trish agus leis na h-oifigigh a d’eagraigh.

    Ar deireadh, sincere thanks to all who supported our clothing collection. All proceeds help to reduce our school debt. Those who wish to drop clothes/paired shoes/bed linen etc. before our final collection in June are most welcome to do so.

Tuilleadh le teacht sar i bhfad. Slán tamall.

 

BALLINORA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION   Work started this week on clearing and restoring Corbally Graveyard with help from SECAD.The graveyard dates from 1302 and contained a church until 1615. It is believed that burials took place here over many centuries - and also during the famine. Call in if you are passing to see the work underway.

BALLINORA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Work is due to begin next week on clearing and restoring Corbally Graveyard with help from SECAD.The graveyard dates from 1302 and contained a church until 1615. It is believed that burials took place here over many centuries – and also during the famine. Call in if you are passing to see the work underway.

RURAL VILLAGE ENHANCEMENT SCHEME: Ballinora Community Association’s submission to Cork County Council for funding under above scheme has been successful. Improvement works to Waterfall and Ballinora villages and Ballinora Cross and Jimmy’s Cross will be covered by the scheme. More information can be found on our website.

BALLINORA CAMOGIE CLUB: Community Coffee Morning and Bring and Buy for sports gear on Saturday 1st April 10am – 1pm in the Scout Den. Donations of hurleys, helmets, gear and baking welcome on the day. A great social and fundraising event for the whole parish – we hope to see you there!

ANAM CARA: Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 5th of April from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.

Letter from the Irish Ambassador to Zambia – February 2017

I suppose for any Irish audience the weather is always a safe subject by way of introduction – a sort of feel your way in gradually!  As I write this on February 21st it is a grey humid morning not unlike a morning in Ireland in July during the summer. The rains have been good in Zambia this year after some years of below average rainfall. Rain is important here. Most of agriculture is rain fed and most of the rural population depend on agriculture, especially maize which is the stable food here. Rain is also important for power generation. When Mary and I arrived here in October 2015 there were regular power cuts as the water levels in Lake Kariba were dangerously low and the generation of hydro-electric power had to be curtailed. Zambia depends on hydro-electric power for most of its energy requirements and the power cuts for much of 2016 had a huge impact on the economy as well as on people’s day to day lives. So rain is important and welcome here and we know with certainty that in a few weeks the rains will end and we will have daily sunshine until October! 
For those of you who may know little about Zambia here is a small summary. Zambia was formerly a British colony known as Northern Rhodesia and got independence in 1964. It is a large country, 11 times the size of Ireland but with a relatively small population of 16 million. Copper is the main export earner and in fact the economy is overly reliant on copper and copper prices. Fluctuations in world copper prices have a dramatic effect on the economy and efforts to diversify the economy have largely failed. While the country has developed somewhat in the past 20 years it still remains low and over 55% of the population are classified as poor or very poor.
Ireland has a long association with Zambia and the first Irish missionaries came to Zambia around 1930. I will tell you a bit more about Irish missionaries in a later letter and especially the significant impact they had on the development of the country. After the war, quite a lot of Irish people came to work in the copper mines and some remained on here. Around the time of independence and in the immediate aftermath many Irish came as teachers and nurses. The newly independent Zambia had a shortage of professional skills and Ireland was one of the countries they turned to for skills. Again some of the Irish that came at that time settled here and their families remain. There were probably a couple of thousand Irish people (including missionaries) in Zambia in the late 1960’s and early 70s but the number now is down to around 250. Next month most of the Irish in Zambia, and those with tenuous claims to be Irish will come together in Lusaka to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. I will give a report in the next newsletter.That’s it for this month. We hope to see some of you here – Zambia is a great country to visit if you want to experience Africa. Happy St Patrick’s Day to all in Ballinora and good luck to all teams and organisations in their various endeavours in 2017. Beir bua is beannacht

Séamus O Grady, Irish Embassy, Lusaka

CHURCH GROUNDS PLANTING

Sincere thanks to the Tidy Towns committee and the volunteers, who have done such a wonderful job on the Church grounds on the school side. New plants and a 10 tonnes of shale have improved the appearance dramatically – donated by Finbar O Neil. Congratulations

BALLINORA PERSON OF THE YEAR

Sincere congratulations to Carmel Drinan, this year’s recipient of the award. Carmel is being honoured in her own right, but also through her, the many groups and organisations she is involved in, especially the Scouts, the Tidy Towns group, the Eucharistic Ministers, and the Lourdes Pilgrimage Group

“RAISE THE DOUGH” FOR CHILDLINE

Running between March 27th and April 7th.  Organise a “Bake Off” at home, at the office or within your social group.  For more information go to the website www.RaiseTheDough.ie or email Susie shalpin@nullispcc.ie and you will get some delicious FREE goodies to start you off.  All funds collected go to ISPCC Childline

BALLINORA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CE SCHEME VACANCY. The person will be helping to enhance Ballinora Village. Duties include grass cutting, hedge trimming, cleaning, painting, litter picking etc. Contact DSP employment services/Intreo office.

SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie and @SBNORA on Twitter:

All in the school extend deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the late Tony O’Mahony. Tony was a proud supporter of our school and was to be seen lending a hand at our hurling skills sessions over many years. We give thanks for his service to Ballinora, for his friendship and we look forward to seeing the fruits of his labour in upcoming sporting campaigns for many years to come. Leaba i measc na Naomh aige.

Our hurling and camogie teams would certainly have pleased Tony this week as they began their Sciath na Scol campaigns on a positive note with ár mbuachaillí accounting for Upper Glanmire while ár gcailíní fought hard to draw with Watergrasshill NS. Tús maith leath na h-oibre!

Feis Maitiú saw a most impressive action-verse group take first prize and the Curran Cup for Ballinora this week! The pupils, drawn from Ranganna 5 & 6 entertained all with their performance and were welcomed home to great acclaim at the school!

Back in November last, our first recycled clothing collection reduced our school debt by a whopping €700. We have arranged our next collection for the end of the month. Those wishing to dispose of unwanted clothing, shoes, and handbags can do so by dropping to the school until Monday March 27th. All support greatly appreciated. Bígí linn.

Tuilleadh le teacht sar i bhfad. Slán tamall!

Letter from the Irish Ambassador to Zambia – February 2017

I suppose for any Irish audience the weather is always a safe subject by way of introduction – a sort of feel your way in gradually!  As I write this on February 21st it is a grey humid morning not unlike a morning in Ireland in July during the summer. The rains have been good in Zambia this year after some years of below average rainfall. Rain is important here. Most of agriculture is rain fed and most of the rural population depend on agriculture, especially maize which is the stable food here. Rain is also important for power generation. When Mary and I arrived here in October 2015 there were regular power cuts as the water levels in Lake Kariba were dangerously low and the generation of hydro-electric power had to be curtailed. Zambia depends on hydro-electric power for most of its energy requirements and the power cuts for much of 2016 had a huge impact on the economy as well as on people’s day to day lives. So rain is important and welcome here and we know with certainty that in a few weeks the rains will end and we will have daily sunshine until October! 
For those of you who may know little about Zambia here is a small summary. Zambia was formerly a British colony known as Northern Rhodesia and got independence in 1964. It is a large country, 11 times the size of Ireland but with a relatively small population of 16 million. Copper is the main export earner and in fact the economy is overly reliant on copper and copper prices. Fluctuations in world copper prices have a dramatic effect on the economy and efforts to diversify the economy have largely failed. While the country has developed somewhat in the past 20 years it still remains low and over 55% of the population are classified as poor or very poor.
Ireland has a long association with Zambia and the first Irish missionaries came to Zambia around 1930. I will tell you a bit more about Irish missionaries in a later letter and especially the significant impact they had on the development of the country. After the war, quite a lot of Irish people came to work in the copper mines and some remained on here. Around the time of independence and in the immediate aftermath many Irish came as teachers and nurses. The newly independent Zambia had a shortage of professional skills and Ireland was one of the countries they turned to for skills. Again some of the Irish that came at that time settled here and their families remain. There were probably a couple of thousand Irish people (including missionaries) in Zambia in the late 1960’s and early 70s but the number now is down to around 250. Next month most of the Irish in Zambia, and those with tenuous claims to be Irish will come together in Lusaka to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. I will give a report in the next newsletter.That’s it for this month. We hope to see some of you here – Zambia is a great country to visit if you want to experience Africa. Happy St Patrick’s Day to all in Ballinora and good luck to all teams and organisations in their various endeavours in 2017. Beir bua is beannacht

Séamus O Grady, Irish Embassy, Lusaka

2016 BALLINORA PERSON OF THE YEAR

The conferring of the 2016 award for Ballinora Person of the Year will take place at the St. Patrick’s Day Mass. The award is given for outstanding service to the community over the years.

BALLINORA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CE SCHEME VACANCY. The person will be helping to enhance Ballinora Village. Duties include grass cutting, hedge trimming, cleaning, painting, litter picking etc. Contact DSP employment services/Intreo office.

BALLINORA/WATERFALL TIDY TOWNS Spring is on the way and the Tidy Towns committee has been making plans! We are hoping to clear and plant the church garden beside the school over the next few weeks. Weather permitting we will carry out the work over two weekends – March 4th and March 11th. We are also organising our annual table quiz in O’Shea’s pub on Thurs March 16th at 8.30pm. This is our main fundraiser for the year and we would appreciate your support and attendance on the night.

CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS TRAINING WITH WORK EXPERIENCE Start Date: 21st March

Duration: 2 mornings a week for 5 weeks

Where: SECAD Office, Midleton

This interactive course will help you gain employment!

What skills will you gain:

? Best practice in Customer Service

? Communication Skills

? How to deal with complaints & compliments

? Value of the customer

? Creating a positive customer environment

? Team Work, CV and Interview Skills

? Opportunity for Work Experience with local businesse.

Contact us on 021 4613432 or email info@nullsecad.ie

 

COR CHILL NA MARTRA-GIG NA GAELAINNE.

25th March 2017 Cork City Hall

Wonderfull gig including all the following artists: John Spillane, Ger Wolfe, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Oro, Cor Chill na Martra, Gael chor na nOg. Sean O Se. Tickets €12 available from Pro-Musica and eventbrite.ie

“JUBILATION” Songs of Gospel and Inspiration

Concert in Cork’s oldest Catholic Church, St Finbarr’s South Chapel, Dunbar Street, with Amanda Neri and James Kilbane.  Supporting Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Date: 9th April at 7:30pm, tickets €20 available at Pro Musica, The Flying Enterprise, O’Crualaoi Wilton, or the Church.

SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie and @SBNORA on Twitter:

Our Parents’ Assoc. welcomed Martina Ryan who delivered a most informative presentation to pupils and later, to parents, on mental health. Martina highlighted the importance of looking after our mental as well as our physical health and made helpful suggestions as to how we can all manage this aspect of our lives. Craobh fichille na scoile continues apace with round one all but complete. We look forward to seeing some great chess in the next round! Sciath na Scol hurling and camogie panels are currently being selected in advance of this year’s panel. Ní fada uainn na cluichí anois. Ar deireadh, we wish God’s blessing on our Rang 6 pupils who will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on Wednesday in the presence of Bishop Patrick O’ Donoghue. Rath Dé orthu uilig. Slán tamall

BALLINORA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CE SCHEME VACANCY. The person will be helping to enhance Ballinora Village. Duties include grass cutting, hedge trimming, cleaning, painting, litter picking etc. Contact DSP employment services/Intreo office.

DESIGNER MINDS: “Designer Minds will be running a Primary Science, Design and Technology after-school club in Ballincollig. 1 hour of hands-on STEAM activities each week, for girls and boys who love to design, build and experiment.  Starts week of 23rd January. Visit www.designerminds.ie or call 087 631 0411”

SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie and @SBNORA on Twitter: Scientific endeavours dominated the agenda this week with no less than three classes heading to outside destinations in the name of science! Rang a cúig set course for CIT where they pitted their wits and their work against a number of other schools at the Vex Robotics challenge. This initiative aims to encourage pupil involvement in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and has proved very popular in this its third year of exposure in our school. Fourth classes also ventured off-campus, with a trip to the Primary Science Fair in Limerick, where Ms. Mc Carthy’s class exhibited a most impressive project focussing on the impact of exercise on the heart. We congratulate all on their efforts. Nár laga Dia sibh!

Preparations are well underway for the Credit Union Quiz which draws teams from a number of local schools. Scoil Bhailenóra pupils always look forward to this fun event every year.  Go n-eirí leo.

Chess is now well established in our school and our Annual Craobh Fichille championship begins shortly. An added incentive will see our winning pupils represent the school at the Primary School Chess Leagues. Bígí ag faire! Tuilleadh le teacht sar i bhfad. Slán tamall!

MACRA NA FEIRME: Is hosting a series of CAP 2020 consultative meetings in association with the Irish Farmers Journal. ‘Don’t wait till it’s too late…. have your say on the shape of the next CAP’ The nearest regional meeting will be held: 23rd January Hibernian Hotel, Mallow All meetings start at: 7.30pm Search for ‘Macra Skillnet Bookings’ online for more information and to register your interest in attending. This is a free event open to all members of the public.

BISHOPSTOWN COMMUNITY SCHOOL – ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES: Occupational Irish Red Cross First Aid. 10 weeks starting Monday 30th January, 7.30 – 9.30pm. Fee is 240 Euro

BALLINORA CAMOGIE OPERATION TRANSFORMATION: 8 Week challenge. Contact 087 2030225

19.1.2017 news letter to be posted

yet another one

Updated news here.

COMING UP SOON: BALLINORA PERSON OF THE YEAR

The conferring of the award for Ballinora Person of the Year takes place each year at the St. Patrick’s Day Mass. The award is given for outstanding service to the community. Please begin to think of who you would nominate for the award this year. Nomination forms are available this weekend and should be returned to the box on the altar, to the sacristy, Fr Declan, or any member of the Parish Council.

BALLINORA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION CE SCHEME VACANCY. The person will be helping to enhance Ballinora Village. Duties include grass cutting, hedge trimming, cleaning, painting, litter picking etc. Contact DSP employment services/Intreo office.

SEAN NÓS DANCING: Classes are on every Wednesday night in o Shea’s Bar at 8 pm for beginners and 8.30 for all others. Everyone welcome!! Great exercise great music guaranteed!! Any queries contact Carmel Drinan on 087 2255848. All proceeds in aid of Special Children to Lourdes Fund.

SCÉALTA Ó SCOIL BHAILENÓRA  (www.ballinorans.ie and @SBNORA on Twitter:

Feis Maitiú was the destination for our school band on Thursday last and saw a wonderful performance from Ms. Buckley’s musicians. The visiting adjudicator’s expression of astonishment at the level of performance achieved by the páistí sent us all home happy! Mo cheol thú, Ms. Buckley!

Dance was the order of the day on Tuesday as all classes visited the halla to enjoy a dance workout with Ciara and Laura from the Mc Carthy School of Dance.

Ms. Mc Carthy’s Science Club were busy examining the make-up of structures last week, and particularly enjoyed making their own constructs with marshmallows and spaghetti!

Car-pooling/sharing continues to increase with a healthy 86 children involved in the practice on our most recent audit on Friday last. We urge all to consider this “win/win” practice for everyone, where possible.

Slán tamall!

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