19/10/18 40 YEARS OF WHIST IN RATHOE by Michael Dawson This week 40 years ago a group of people, under the guidance of Fr Tom Little CC, decided to run a whist drive in Rathoe Hall as a social night. It was so popular that they decided to repeat it the following week and the [...]
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A brief history of Rathoe Parish Hall and details of the restoration of the diamond design windows in that building by Seamus Hogan. School Plate Rathoe Hall is recognised as one of the great heritage buildings in Co. Carlow. It was built in 1837 as a national school for the area. This was shortly after [...]
If you have something to add to any of these pages, or start a new page please let me know. Ballintemple - Days of Yore Ballon Hill Ballykealey address by tenantry to Colonel R.B. Lecky Ballykealey House Ballykealey Walled Garden Ballykealey Ordnance Survey 1839 Fr. Whelan's Golden Jubilee Joe Doyle's Kavanagh's Lecky and Quaker Graveyards [...]
21/8/19 TWO MEDALS AT NATIONAL COMMUNITY GAMES FINALS Ballon/Rathoe has new sporting heroes following the performances of the U13 boys rounders team and sprinter Eimear Bolger at the national Aldi Community Games finals held at the University of Limerick on Saturday and Sunday 17/18 August. Team members were Dylan Cunningham(c), James Dowling, Stephen Doyle, Eoin [...]
A PLEASING RESPONSE TO MICHAEL'S ARTICLES FROM KIWI JOHN AND POSTED 2/1/18 Many thanks, Michael Dawson, for your selection of reminiscences marking your contribution to Ballon village. They brought back many memories of people I remember. It is unlikely that I will visit Ballon again with my loved brother, Maurice, now dead but there is [...]
30/11/17 DICK WINS ADULT VOLUNTEER AWARD Dick Fitzgerald, president of Ballon/Rathoe Community Games and vice-president of Carlow Community Games was awarded the Adult Volunteer Award for 2017 for Carlow. Dick has given over 30 year’s voluntary contribution at a local and national level to Community Games. It is the day to day work and [...]
Details from Michael Dawson with thanks: JACK SHANAHAN RIP The death took place at his home, Ballymogue, Rathoe, on Saturday 16 December of John (Jack) Shanahan. Aged 80, Jack farmed all his life as well as working as a steel erector in turn with Keenans of Bagenalstown and Mitchell Engineering, also Bagenalstown. GAA was [...]
Details from Michael Dawson with thanks: MRS NANCY LAWLER The death took place on Tuesday 27 December of Mrs Anne (Nancy) Lawler, Ballykealey Lodge, Ballon. Aged 81, she was formerly Nancy Egan from Rathoe. Nancy worked as a baker and confectioner in Carlow and Dublin before marrying her husband, James, in 1965. A quiet woman, [...]
Local Achievers (If you know of someone who has achieved some distinction in any capacity please let us know for inclusion here – preferably with a photo ) and their agreement of course. 27/10/15 Our local Nationalist scribe (coming close to 50 years of contributions) with friend Paul at the summit of Spain's highest mountain, [...]
Snippets of 'gossip' not lending themselves to a separate page or fitting into standard pages: 30/7/19 POSTMAN PAT RETIRES Pat Guilfoyle, Castlegrace, retired from his position as postman with An Post on Friday 26 July following 13 years service. Pat covered the areas of Connaberry, Sandbrook, Ballykealey, Ballinadrum and Ardristan and his cheerful smile will [...]