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One of our “Eoin”

We send congratulations and best wishes to one of our own, Eoin Fitzgerald and his wife Ciara, on the success of their business and making it onto the big screen. Eoin and Ciara’s business in Galway is part of the latest AIB Business Start-up ads on television which features Ciara herself. They have developed a new softer type of hurley (what else would it be!!) called the Hurlóg which is a lighter more comfortable and easier to use hurley for children. They have been developing the product for a few years before launching it during the past year and it is now available nationwide (Slatterys and Cummins sports shops in Fermoy). Only last week Eoin won a “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award in Galway and the Hurlóg has been recommended and endorsed by none other than the great Wexford hurler George O’Connor (who could be called one of our “adopted” own as he is married to a Castlelyons woman!! ). With so much bad news out there it is great to hear a good and successful news story like this. We wish Eoin and Ciara continued success and best wishes with their new business – go to Kite.ie. for the full product range and watch those ad breaks !!.

Hurlóg - Available in a range of sizes.

“Cracker” of a Panto in Castlelyons!

Over 70 children took to the stage in “The Nutcracker” panto at the Community Centre Castlelyons 3 times this weekend and were an inspiration to us all. Their months of rehearsal and costume preparation were plain to be seen in the wonderful performances they brought to all those who came to see them. From the 5 year olds right up to the oldest members of this show, each and every one was fantastic and gave their all over the 3 days.

We congratulate them all and of course not forgetting all those behind the scenes who made this production possible – The Barrymore Players drama group, Yvonne Fenlon – producer, Joy Alabastar – director, Christina McDonagh – choreographer, Richard Curran – music, Paul Murphy – sound and set, James Murphy – lighting, Con Lawlor and Paddy Donovan – props.  A job well done everyone.

We look forward to see whats in store for us next year, but for now they all deserve a well earned rest!


The Nutcracker (Tyler Shanahan) with Twitcher (Niamh O'Donovan) and Bodger (Sarah Murphy)





“The Nutcracker” opens this weekend

Friday night is almost upon us and after months of rehearsals more then 70 children from the parish will be taking to the stage to entertain us with their version of “The Nutcracker”. This promises to be a fantastic and colourful spectacle that will entertain all the family. Run by the Barrymore Players, headed up by Yvonne Fenlon and produced and directed by Joy Alabastar, alot of hardwork and patience has gone ointo the preparation of this pantomime. As already mentions it kicks off on this Friday night (Dec 2nd) @ 8pm and runs again on Saturday night @8pm and the matinee begins @ 3pm on Sunday. So please give them all your support and see we hope to see you at the community centre, Castlelyons this weekend.


Castlelyons Pipe Band News

“The Pipe Band is one of the big success stories of Castlelyons Parish”, so said a local man returning home after having worked abroad for a long time. We in the band like to think that this is true. However a vital part of success is financial security. Since its beginning, about fifteen years ago, the weekly lotto has been our only means of fundraising. We do not have flag days, church gate collections or raffles. Our income has been in decline for quite a while now and at a recent meeting of the committee it was decided to increase the cost of the weekly lotto to €2 per week.


We would encourage more people to play our lotto, and we would welcome support from the other clubs in the parish to whom we have always given our services free of charge in the past. Of the three lotto draws in the parish ours is probably the easiest to win.


We would like to thank all our loyal supporters and ticket sellers, both within and outside the parish and look forward to your continued support in the future.


The new price comes into force from the first draw in December and this takes place on Wed the 7th of Dec in “The Peddlar’s Rock”.


Ballinterry Christmas Supper Club

Ballinterry House are supporters of our parish website and we are delighted to promote their Christmas Supper Club. So if you have yet to book your Christmas Party or perhaps ladies you would like a Womens Little Christmas with a difference this is the place for you. Check here for all the details. Ann and Michael would be delighted to hear from you.


Ballinterry House Christmas Supper Club

Cold Weather Initiative

The Gardai are looking for any individuals with perhaps a four-wheel drive vehicle or similar to let them know in case of another cold snap this winter. The idea being that if an elderly or isolated person/persons become unreachable because of weather conditions,the gardai would have a list of local people available to check on them.

Contact Brian Murray at Rathcormac Garda station on Wed. Nov. 30th between 7 and 8pm at 025 36102.


End of an Era

The termination of the 8.30am Mass in Castlelyons signals the end of an era for that particular congregation. It came as no surprise in light of the departure of Fr. Danny Murphy that the Mass was going to be discontinued with an increased workload for our Parish Priest Fr.Coleman. Despite Mass attendance fluctuations in some areas it must be said that the 8.30am congregation was steadfast in its attendance down through the years. Summer or winter, hail, rain or snow, old time or new time, the same 50 or 60 people shook hands with one another every Sunday morning,spoke about the weather, the lotto winners, the prospects for a win in the championship and so on.
Now they will have to adapt to a new routine with the regular Sunday morning ritual fading into obscurity. However with change comes opportunity and maybe this change in direction will lead to something positive for our parish in other ways.

Departure of Fr.Danny Murphy

Best wishes to Fr.Danny Murphy who takes up the fultime post as Curate in Rathcormac parish this weekend. Since 2008 he has been Priest in Residence in Castlelyons and holding the post of Director of Liturgy in the diocese. His assistance at weekend Masses in the parish has been invaluable and is greatly appreciated. Fr. Danny will continue to reside in Bridesbridge until June 2012 when he will be given an appointment to a new parish in the diocese. We thank Fr.Danny for his input and time in the short period he was with us and wish him all the best in his new posting.

St Nicholas AC AGM Tonight

Reminder for all parents and those interested in St Nicholas Athletic Club – the clubs AGM takes place tonight Monday at the Community Centre at 8 o clock. Your support is appreciated.




First Winners of Parish Superdraw !!



Last night (Sat Nov 26th) saw our first monthly draw taking place at the Community Centre bar. It was the culmination of 6 weeks of hard selling by our very dedicated bunch of ticket sellers. Despite the present economic climate the response from you the public was phenomenal and all contributions are very gratefully received. It was a resounding stamp of approval for all the development work that has taken place over the last number of years. Thank you.


The loan outstanding at the moment is €70,000 but we are hopeful that this will be down to €50,000 by the end of this draw next Oct. After much deliberating over cards and checking and rechecking that everyone was in and that all card sellers were happy the first ball was pulled out of the drum. The winner of the €1000 went to Paul and Catherine Murphy, Ballyroberts – well done to you both, very deserving winners. The full list of winners is as follows;

€1000Paul and Catherine Murphy, Ballyroberts


€500Eliz.Geany, Abbeylands


€100Billy and Pat Cashman,Glenarouske


€100Shane and Elaine Murphy,Fermoy


€100Ann Cody,The Pedlars Rock


€100John and Anne Ahern,Glenarouske


€100Grace and Michelle Ronayne,Bridesbridge


The December draw takes place on Sat December 17th.  Lines are €10/month.


€1000 winner Catherine Murphy, Ballyroberts accepting her cheque from Castlelyons Community Council chairman, Seamus Geary


€500 winner was Elizabeth Geaney, Abbeylands. Pictured is her brother Jim accepting the cheque on her behalf from Seamus Geary, Community Council Chairman.

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