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Brian HuttonBrian Hutton is the toast of Ballon/Rathoe and County Carlow following his heroics in the swimming pool at Abbottstown on the May Bank Holiday weekend which earned him the gold medal in the U12 breaststroke at the national Community Games finals. After months of dedication and early morning practise in Carlow (he had to be driven in for 5am training before school) Brian swam a determined race and emerged victorious touching the wall in an excellent time of 42.11 seconds. His success is well deserved. Brian is son of Trevor and Fiona Hutton, Kylemore Hill, Rathoe.







Shane Duffy and Evan CorrBallon/Rathoe had a 13-strong contingent at the national Community Games finals and there was further success when Evan Corr and Shane Duffy helped Carlow to the fourth-place medals in the U14 middle distance running event.










Debating Champions

Opposing the motion – Entertainment Should Only Promote Positive Lifestyles

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Kathleen Ryan, Laura Doyle, Edelle Morrissey,  Roisin Connelly

Khiara Egan, Aoibhin Iroh (3rd Speaker), Roisin Morrissey (Captain), Niamh Lalor (2nd Speaker),


Ballon NS debating team are the Soth Leinster champions after a long and hard fought battle. The whole school was out in a guard of honour to greet them when they arrived at the school. Parents please note don’t get into an arguement as you won’t win. See school web site for fuller details.



cafe de mode award 3 (002) copy“It has been my lifelong dream to open my own coffee shop/cafe. When the opportunity arouse last June here in my home village, Ballon, I met with Kevin Doyle from Doyson Construction who owns the building and started the process of opening Cafe de mode.

The cafe opened on Dec 10th 2016 and within only 3 months in business I was nominated for an award from the Restaurant Association of Ireland. I was delighted to be nominated having only recently opened. To have been named Best Cafe in Leinster is an amazing achievement and I am absolutely delighted.

I could not have achieved this without the support of my family, the wonderful local community support and surrounding areas and Kevin whose help and assistance I am truly grateful for. Thanks to all my customers, regular and new for your support and positive feedback. I am delighted to serve the community with a much needed relaxing outlet here in Ballon. Co Carlow.

Dave Lloyd”










Tom Daly (002)Tom Daly (23) Castlegrace, joined a small but elite group of men and women from Ballon/Rathoe who have been selected as County Carlow All-Stars when he was selected as the winner of the rugby section at the 2017 awards on Friday 17 February. Tom made his senior debut for Leinster in the Pro 12 competition in Parma in November 2016. Not contented with that he scored his first senior try as the Irish side defeated their Italian counterparts, Zebra by 33 points to 10. To crown a great year, he scored 23 points, including two tries, as Leinster A defeated Welsh side, Scarletts 65-16 in December. He is the 17th recipient of the awards from the area since they began in 1968 and is the third winner in this category following in the footsteps of Roy Elms, Ardristan (1977) and Liam O’Byrne, Ballykealey (2001).