Around the districts: Ballyhea and Freemount



Church remarks

Confession is made by appointment.

The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of BVM

The rosary is recited before the daily mass and after the Sunday mass at 8:30 a.m.

Exhibition & Blessing after mass on Thursday

Blessed Sacrament – The Blessed Sacrament will be on display every Friday of Advent from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We will come together, as a community, to thank Almighty God for our deliverance from Covid-19.

Rota flower arrangement – Angela Ryan will be doing the flowers on Saturday December 11th and 18th.

Electronic payments – Easter offerings, dues and weekly offerings can now be made using a credit card or PayPal. For this installation, please go to the parish website: Go to the “Donate” button and follow the instructions.

New parish website – The parish has launched a website: The site is a resource center housing information and news about the parish, both current and historical. It facilitates access to the main Catholic news outlets, including the Vatican News Service. It houses a comprehensive library of catechetical resources and facilitates access to the most current philosophical and theological debates.

Church portal collections – No church portal collection at St Mary’s Church, Ballyhea is endorsed by the parish. Any group or organization intending to collect outside the doors of the church is requested to present copies of their permits in the sacristy, along with copies of letters of authorization from those collecting on their behalf. This must be done before the start of the collection.

Old Ballyhea Cemetery

Following discussions regarding the maintenance of the old Ballyhea cemetery, it has been agreed that the families who continue to use the cemetery will provide annual maintenance.

These families are asked to contact John Hawe on 087 6390087 who lists the families.

An annual membership fee of € 5.00 is considered sufficient to cover current expenses.

Parish Christmas Annual

The Parish Annual will be available again from December 8. This limited edition includes numbers 3 and 4 for the years 2020/2021. Copies can be ordered for € 5.00 from the sacristy or on 086 3016859.

GAA Club Notes

Lotto – The numbers drawn on December 4 were 10,27,35. There was no jackpot winner of € 6,000. Lucky Dip winners of € 30 each: Joe O’Brien c / o David Copps, Donal O’Flynn Charleville, c / o On-Line Lotto, Elaine Buicke Riverside c / o Costcutter Ballyhea.

The next draw will take place on Saturday December 11, 2021 for a Jackpot of € 6,100. Buy your tickets by 5pm on Saturday from Costcutters Ballyhea or one of the ticket vendors or you can purchase them online at Thank you for your continued support.

Due to the continuing Covid 19 situation and to ensure the transparency and integrity of the lottery draw, the Club has decided to hold the lottery draw on Saturday evening. The first 3 numbers of the main national lottery draw will be the jackpot numbers. If a number greater than 42 is drawn in the first 3, the draw will continue with the next number drawn under 42.

The Club appreciates the support of lottery players and supporters during these difficult times and is very grateful for your continued support. Protect yourself and good luck in the draw!

Online shop – The club’s online store is proving to be very popular. All of the latest club equipment can be purchased from the O’Neill website. Find out at

Instagram – The club can now be followed on Instagram. To see the latest club photos, visit ballyheagaaclub.

Camogie club news

Ballyhea camogie club has opened its new online store O’Neill’s. Replica jerseys for adults and kids, T-shirts and more can be purchased from the comfort of your home.

Community alert

Ballyhea Community Alert has successfully set up a text alert network to immediately alert our community when an incident occurs. Prompt information to and from Gardaí deters criminal activity.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our Text Alert Network, please call one of the following for information and registration details – Phil Ryan 087 2937465, Pat Daly 086 1220114, James Horgan 087 2572271, Willie Meaney 087 1936842 , Con Walsh 086 8570355. The price for this service is € 10 per year.


45 by car

The weekly 45 Drive at Freemount will resume as soon as we have more clarity on disinfection etc. So pull out your cards and play a practice game! Read the Freemount Notes for more information.

Around the fire

The next program of Autour du Feu will be broadcast on Radio Locale C103 on Monday evening, December 20 at 10:06 p.m. Next week, as usual, Jimmy will look back over the past 30 years of Around The Fireside to produce a weekly program from the archives while the current restrictions continue. Make sure to log in next Monday night.


Music and singing lessons (all instruments combined) began on Wednesday evening, October 6. For 10 nights. All registrations for this term are done online. PLEASE send your details ASAP. More details on 086-197005, text or email, or [email protected] Or facebook ‘Cois Alla’ Look for more details in The Freemount Notes.

Below we provide a number of important guidelines for parents and students in the future. We call on all parents and guardians to adhere to ALL guidelines and to avoid class cancellations in the future.

1 Each student must have returned the completed covid 19 declaration.

2 One-way system to be respected at the Heritage Center and the Community Center.

3 No parent or guardian is allowed to enter either building.

4 Masks to be worn when entering, leaving or moving inside the building.

5 Use the disinfectant and log in to class by giving your phone number.

6 If a child becomes ill or does not feel well during class, they will be isolated and should be picked up as soon as possible.

7 If a student is ill or ill in any way, they should NOT attend class.

8 Groups should NOT gather inside or outside buildings.

9 Please make sure your child is familiar with the hygiene label of covid 19.

Social dance

Social dancing is postponed due to the latest Covid restrictions. We hope to resume on Sunday January 23. More information will be available here. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Club Kangourou draw

Kangaroo Club is organizing a fundraiser for our Christmas basket. 1st prize a basket, also 2nd and 3rd prize. Funds for village lighting.

Lines can be purchased at Barry’s, Casey’s Shop and Haggart Bar, 5 euros per line. Thanks for supporting us. Merry Christmas to everyone !

We remember everyone who has passed this year. Our President and Founding Member of the Kangaroo Club, Mary Healy, RIP


The unexpected death of James (Jimmy) Murphy, took place at his Glounicomaniac residence, Freemount on October 27. Jim’s funeral was celebrated at St. Michael’s Church in Freemount on October 29. Funeral then at Kilbrin cemetery. We present the sympathy of the parish to his brother, his sisters, his parents, his neighbors and his friends.

Jim was a life member of the local GAA and rarely missed an evening at 45 Drive Weekly where he was the heart and soul of the game. May he rest in peace.

GAA Perspective: Jimmy has been of great service to Freemount GAA as a player for many years. He played in the left corner in the Avondhu Junior B Hurling Finals of 1958, 1963 and 1964 and the Avondhu Junior A Hurling Finals of 1960 and 1967.

Old photographs

Why not search your stock of old photographs and send them to us with a caption. We can send them out weekly or we can put them on our church site for posterity. The email address is [email protected] Start looking!

Saint-Michel church

There will be a mass on Friday evening at 8 p.m. Mass on Sunday morning at 10:30 am. All Masses will be broadcast live by clicking on; – or ‘Freemount Church live stream’. Mass will take place on Monday evening at 8 p.m. Mass will take place on Tuesday morning at 9:30 am.

Mass broadcast – Mass is broadcast every day of the week at 10:30 am on the RTE News Now channel on television. On Sunday, there is a mass on RTE 1 television at 11 a.m. every two weeks. On other Sundays, there is a service at this time but there is a mass these Sundays on RTE News Now Channel after 2 p.m.

If you visit the website on any day, you will have a choice of several Masses that you can attend on a computer, laptop or other device.

Community food service

Duhallow Community Food Services at the James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket, offers a home meal delivery service for the elderly or isolated, in quarantine or cocooning. Meals can be booked long or short term. Dinner and dessert cost € 7.50. Daily delivered to your door Monday through Friday. The menu changes daily and special diets are provided. Refrigerated meals are also available so you can reheat them at home if needed. For more details, contact Orlaith / Olive at 029-76375

Used postage stamps

If you have used stamps, you can return them to the Heritage Center any morning

Historical site

If you would like to follow the evolution of our historic website, please log on to You might see your own photo. We would also like to hear from you

Macra Freemount

FThe annual Macra reemount tractor race was held on Sunday, December 12. The day was a huge success with over 110 tractors in attendance and over € 7,000 was raised for a worthy charity, the Irish Community Air Ambulance. Freemount Macra would like to warmly thank everyone who supported this event – everyone who brought a tractor, donated the same day, the stewards who helped and everyone who sponsored the raffle prizes. Many thanks also to the Lismire community for using the lobby courtyard.

The BThe Dress-on-Day Tractor Award went to Tullylease’s Kevin Murphy. The raffle winners that day were: Nathan O’Sullivan, Niamh O’Sullivan, Ger McDonnell, Finbarr Taylor, Rachel McCarthy, Pawel Dlubala, Jack Jones, Michael Hayes and Eamon Moynihan. Thank you again everyone for traveling to Lismire and supporting this event – we sincerely appreciate it. Keep an eye out on social media and local newspapers for video clips and photos of the day!

Freemount Macra wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and New Year. Thank you for your continued support in 2021 as things have started to pick up after more than a year of virtual events!

GAA Loto

The numbers drawn were 5, 8, 20, 32. There was no Jackpot winner. The winners of Lucky Dip were: 1. Willie Collins, Castlemagner. 2. Bernadette Keane, Freemount. 3. Concealment of Betty & PJ OSullivan, Freemount. 4. Bro. Herlihy, PE Freemount. 5. Benji Sheehy, Freemount. The jackpot for this weekend is € 3,250.

Tickets for the GAA Christmas raffle are now on sale: € 10 each or Book of three € 20. The draw will take place on December 23

Your news

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