Ballinora Person of the Year 2020

The 2020 Ballinora Person of the Year has been awarded to Tim and Marie Twomey.

This dynamic couple has been involved in many aspects of Ballinora life for several years, including the GAA, Community Association and most notably the TidyTowns Association.

They’re warm, welcoming and full of enthusiasm for anything that will improve our parish and provide people with a greater sense of community.

They’re very worthy winners and we wish them well for the coming year.  A proper presentation and celebration will be organised to mark their award as soon as possible.

Talk by Fr. Philip Mulryne OP

Fr. Philip Mulryne is a young Dominican Priest based in Popes’ Quay, in charge of the formation of their young students. He’s a former professional soccer player, who played as a midfielder with Manchester United and with Norwich City.

At the height of his career, he experienced a call to follow God more closely.

Fr Philip will share his fascinating personal story in St James Church, after our parish Mass, on Tuesday night, March 10th, at 8 pm.

We hope it’ll be of interest to all parishioners, and especially to the families of teenagers and young adults.

Ballinora person of the year

Each year, as a parish, for the last ten years, the award of Ballinora Person of the Year has been conferred by the parish council on one of our parishioners, after the Mass on St Patrick’s Day.

The award is not limited to church-related activities. To celebrate Eucharist for the parish is to include and encourage all of our parish activities, sports, youth activities, community development and all that makes Ballinora such a warm, close, welcoming and supportive community.

Some past recipients of the award include:

  • Peggy Kelleher (sacristy, pilgrimages etc)
  • Ursula Mulvihill (Music ministry)
  • Donie Healy (G.A.A. And youth)
  • Patsy and Imelda O’Connor (community development, Red Cross etc)
  • Éamonn Lane (fundraising, community etc)

It is time to begin thinking about who to nominate for this year’s award.

Nomination forms available soon.

A search for relatives: can you help?

My great-grandmother Julia “Molly” O’Regan (nee O’Mahony ) was born in Ballinora 150 years ago on February 12th 1870.

She married Jeremiah O’Regan from Bandon and moved to live in the city where she worked as a vegetable dealer.

Her husband was a tailor. They had six children.  I believe there are still relatives in Ballinora and I would love to make contact to fill in my family tree.

If you can help please contact Arthur at 0872244807