DAVE LLOYD – BEST CAFE IN LEINSTER
“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.
TOM JOINS THE ALL-STARS
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).