Ballintra/Laghey 23-07-09

Wedding Congratulations: Congratulations and best wishes to Amanda Love, Copany on her marriage to George Hayes of Tipperary on Saturday, 11th July. The wedding ceremony was held at Laghey Parish Church, followed by a reception in Harvey's Point, Lough Eske.

Naomh Brd Lotto: The Naomh Brd lotto draw was held in Jamsie's Bar, Balintra last Monday night. There was no main jackpot winner. €25 winners were Donna Corcoran, Micheal McGrory, Tommy McFadden and the McDaid Clan. Next week's lotto will be held in the Salmon Inn, Mullinasole.

Ballintra Races: This year's Ballintra Races will take place once again on the August Bank Holiday Monday (August 3rd) at 2.30pm at Murvagh. This year's race card promises to be one of the best yet with horses and trainers travelling from all over the country to Ballintra to compete for the €7,000 in prize money.

The Ballintra Races are now recognised as one of the best amateur flat race meetings in Ireland and is up there with the Dingle Races. The sandy soil down in Murvagh is a great advantage as it is effectively an all weather racing track. Organisers also have the great advantage of being able to open up a large field for car-parking which makes it possible to accommodate well over 5,000 people on the day of the races.

Balintra Races is a lot more than just a horse racing meeting as Committee Chairman Jackie Carron explained: "The event is really geared around a day outing for all the family with fun and games, bouncy castles, face painting and ice cream vans for the children".

Not only is the Ballintra Races the annual social gathering of the year for the area, it is also a major benefactor for charities and community organisations. Last year alone the committee raised €10,000 from the Ballintra Races. These monies were then distributed locally to a range of local organisations from the Ballintra Community Centre Playgroup to Copany Rovers FC and the Care of the Aged Senior Citizens Committee to the local St. Vincent De Paul charity.

Lets hope the sun shines once again on this year's event and that the punters take home more than the bookies!

Laghey Womens Group: The next meeting of the Laghey Women's Group will take place in the Pantry Restaurant on August 5th. Final preparations for the day outing to Oakfield House and Derry which take place at the end of August will be made. Anyone who would like to go on the outing can contact Margaret Graham or Mary Gallagher or come along to the meeting.

Speeding concerns: Hundreds of signatures have now been gathered by a local residents group to have speed ramps placed on the street at Rathneeney and in Laghey Village to keep traffic within the designated speed limit of 50km. Letters have been signed by Mairead Gallagher and Theresa Mc Cafferty and sent out to local councillors in an appeal for their support on the issue. Petitions are still available at Laghey Post Office and Kee's, Laghey for anyone who wishes to add their signature in support.

Graveyard Mass: The annual Graveyard Mass will take place on Sunday 2nd August at 11am. The outdoor service is always a special ceremony with many relatives home with their families on holidays at this time of year.

Naomh Brd notes: There were no matches last weekend on account of the Donegal team being in action in the All-Ireland qualifiers against Derry. Well done to David Walsh who scored a fine point upon entering the fray as a substitute in the second half. Senior and reserve team training continues to take place at 7.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Pairc Naomh Brd.

With the All-Ireland Gaelic and Hurling Inter County Championships in full swing, Naomh Brd club patrons are reminded that only those who have paid their club membership can order tickets for Championship matches.


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