PARISH GETS TWO COUNTY COUNCILLORS
For the first time in nearly forty years Ballon/Rathoe will have two sitting councillors following last week’s local elections. Sitting councillor John Murphy, Boggan (Fine Gael) will be joined by newcomer John Mc Donald, Graiguealug (Fianna Fail) in the county chamber when the council reconvenes in June. John Murphy polled 697 first preference votes but had to wait until the seventh count before being elected getting 145 transfers from the elimination of the area’s third candidate, Billy Nolan, Ballon who was running as an independent. John McDonald secured 430 first preference votes and he too benefited to the tune of 122 transfers from Billy Nolan and was elected on the ninth count receiving 51 votes from John Murphy’s surplus. Billy Nolan polled 399 first preference votes but did not benefit to any great extinct from transfers and was eliminated in the seventh count.
John McDonald becomes only the 10th candidate to be elected to Carlow County Council from this parish and the last time we had two sitting councillors was in the late 1960s/early1970s when Brendan Brophy, Kellistown and Donie Nolan, Ballykealey held seats for Fine Gael and Fianna Fail respectively. Prior to that you have to go back to the 1930s when Jim Hughes (Fine Gael) and Ned Doyle (Labour) held two seats.
(by Michael Dawson)
GILLIAN PROOVES HER WORTH
Congratulations to Gillian Nolan who played on Sunday 31st March in the Interprovicinial Competition for Leinster, where Leinster were crowned Interprovincial Champions for 2019. Gillian played an integral part in this achievement with special mention in the Daily Express newspaper of her batting skills on the day being described as ‘finding space all over the field with a masterclass display of batting”. Well done Gillian you did both your Province and Club very proud.
KATE WINS HISTORY PRIZE
Kate Somers from sixth class, Ballon NS, who won first prize in the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society Primary Schools History Competition. This was a great achievement as there were over 100 entries from schools all over the county. Kate’s project was on St. Columbanus and it was very well researched and presented. Kate is the latest in a long line of Ballon NS pupils to win this particular competition
WOMANS U16 CHALLENGE CUP
Left to Right: Kate McDonald, Niamh Brophy, Niamh Lalor and Ruth Brennan all from Ballon Rathoe, runners up with Hanover Harps FC in the All Ireland FAI Women’s U16 Challenge Cup against Peamount United FC. The match was held in Tullamore on Sunday 31st March 2019
EVA’S RUGBY SUCCESS
The fact that DCU Ladies defeated University of Limerick (UL) by 27 points to 22 in the final of the All-Ireland colleges rugby on Wednesday 20 March would probably go unnoticed in these quarters except that a young Ballon girl was central to the victory. Eva Kealy, Closh, Ballon who is a second year B Ed student at DCU wore the number 2 jersey on the day and played her part, not only in the decider, but en route to the final for the Dublin College.
YOUTH PRIZE AWARD
Shauna Downy from Ballon and her Friend Rhiona Nolan are both in transition year and have an interest in politics – deciding to enter the European Parliament’s Charlamagne Youth Prize – open to those aged 16 to 30 to support EU integration they are some women !
The jury agreed that the County Carlow secondary school @stleoscarlow would be an excellent and worthy winner, promoting and fostering the development of a shared sense of European identity. 🇮🇪🇪🇺
They are invited to Aachen, Germany for the Youth Prize Award Ceremony on May 28.
— EPinIreland (@EPinIreland) 22 March 2019
THIRD GOLD MEDAL FOR JAMES
The Carlow Community Games handwriting finals were held in Ballon Community Centre on Sunday 10 March James Kinsella came up trumps again, winning his third county title and gold medal, this time in the U12 age group. James, from Closh, will now represent Carlow at the national finals on May in the University of Limerick.