Christmas Carol Concert

Last night the choir gave a concert in Ballon Church. They were in good voice with clear four part harmony and great enthusiasm.

They were supported with guest artists The Nolan Sisters and Liam Naughton; and were helped by the candle bearers adding atmosphere and solemnity to the occassion.

Conductor: Ray Butler, Pianist: Maria Connolly, MC: John Gladney, Sound: Colm McElwee, Lights: Paul Cummins.

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Choir and guests for Finale Singsong

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The Nolan Sisters

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Liam Lawton

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Pianist: Maria Connolly

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MC: John Gladney

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Ray stepped down from the choir on Easter Sunday after more than 8 years of involvement with Ballon Choir as Musical Director, pianist, composer and mentor. Caroline Byrne, flautist/violinist, also stepped down to pursue her music career. The choir presented each with a beautiful engraved Newbridge Silver clock.

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Ballon Choir presentation

Fr Howard receives cheque from John Gladney
Along with Ballon Choir at practice night.


On Saturday 11th December last Cormiosa Choir with musical Director Marion Gaynor presented

“Like Winter Waiting” in St. Patrick’s Church Rathoe, supported by local Choirs, Ballon N.S, Rathoe

Church Choir and hosts Ballon Church choir.

Despite inclement weather and freezing fog conditions, there was a packed church and as the evening of music unfolded it was obvious that the full house thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was indeed an evening to remember, for which we must thank most especially Marion Gaynor  her musicians and her choir.

On behalf of Ballon Choir we would like to thank the following, all ticket sellers,Ballon Choir,Rathoe Choir Ann O,Connor, Tony Byrne, Kathleen Condron, John Behan, Mary Hogan, Bernie Mullins, Ballon N.S. Rathoe N.S.,Ger Procto and Matt Hayden.

We would also like to thank Pat Folan, Blannadh McDermott (Rathoe N.S.) Ann McMahon-Ruane, Rose Whelan and John Whelan (Ballon N.S.) Pat Birmingham (Rathoe Church Choir) Ray Butler MD (Ballon Church Choir) All of the above mentioned conducted or coached their respective choirs.

Thanks also to Noel Heffernan, Paul Cummins for all his work and most especially to Colm McAlwee for providing brilliant sound on the night, John Mullins and Mary Hogan (on door), Mick Osborne (usher), Ger Proctor (parking), Joan Carroll and Cora Sheppard for decorating the church and all those who helped prepare the church on Friday night. Tony Byrne (Saccaristan) for all his help and Co-operation in the weeks leading up the concert.Thanks to Seamus Dowling for help with printing.

Our Sponsers were. Hicksons super Value Tullow, Perrys  Cash and Carry, Tom Sheehan Fruit an Veg. And Michael McAssey Butchers.A huge thanks to all the above.

Total ticket sales were €3,550.00 after expenses Nett Profit of €2,150.00 which was presented to Rev.Fr. Howard by John Gladney on Tuesday night 14th December .



The church choir is re-establishing itself and some of the members are seen here as they performed for the awarding of the Benemerenti medals to-day.

This is the nucleus of what promises to be a great choir judging by the volume and three part harmony heard today.

Ray Butler wrote the harmonies and played the organ on the day accompanied by Caroline Byrne on the violin and flute.

Deirdre Nolan who normally plays the keyboard couldn’t make it, unfortunately, but – she’ll be back.

The choir would benefit from some more singers and instrumentalists and if you are interested please contact Ann Butler at 086 1999658


Late November 2005, at the request of Fr. Whelan, a group of willing young people came together to form and participate in Ballon’s new choir and folk group. We have approximately 20 people ranging from the age of 10 years and upwards both men and women.
With Gillian on the organ, Caroline on the violin and myself, Leslie-Anne on the guitar we provide a great range of music for the group and the instrumentalists throughout the Mass.
We are a tight knit group who work very well together combining all our talents and this, in turn, gives us the opportunity to be original and thankful for the gifts we’ve been given.


Since starting we have received great acclaim, from people visiting the parish, on our great singing and musical abilities. We always welcome newcomers and encourage the congregation to join in with the hymns they are familiar with. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fr. Whelan for accessing an amazing sound system that enables our voices and music to be heard on local radio 107.6 every Sunday morning It has been an immense help to us us and we are grateful.
Last, but not least I would like to thank Kathleen, our sacristan, for her co-operation and support.

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