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Ballintotis Christmas Newsletter 2018

Ballintotis Area Community Council Ltd.

(BACC Newsletter: Volume 7: No. 5)

The members of Ballintotis Area Community Council wish all residents & friends a very happy & peaceful Christmas with good health and prosperity for 2019.

Dear Resident,

I hope you enjoy reading the 2018 BACC Christmas Newsletter.

I would encourage you all to become involved in the new clubs, community events and activities that take place here. My thanks to everybody who volunteered their time and effort to BACC & its sub-committees during the past year. Without your valuable contributions, very little could be achieved. Christmas blessings & peace to you and yours.

Kevin Cronin

BACC Chairperson

New Community Council Member Election

The present Community Council is nearing the completion of it's three year term and a new Council will be in place by early 2019.

In recent years we have listed all adults in the community council areas and asked each household to identify a person on the list that they would like to represent them on the community council.

From this year onwards due to restrictions imposed by GDPR ( Data Protection Guidelines ) we are recommending the election of council members in the following way;

If you would like to represent your area we are asking to make your intentions known to one of the people listed below;

Kevin Cronin - Chairman

087 121 7034


Tom O Brien - Secretary

086 803 0354


Tim Troy - PRO

087 646 9669


We need your support, so please consider putting your name forward!

Closing date for accepting nominations is December 31st 2018


The Annual General Meeting of BACC Ltd will be held on Wednesday 23rd January at 8:30pm in the Community Centre. We would encourage every household in our community to have a representative in attendance, as this is an important forum for views and opinions to be aired and incorporated into community council plans and activities.

Ballintotis '4' Mile Road Race in April

The 9th Ballintotis 4 mile was another great success for the local East Cork village, attracting over 900 runners. All came to the small village to enjoy a great evening of entertainment and racing. A high class field of athletes took to the start line. James McCarthy, who had won all eight races to date, was looking to take another to add to an already incredible achievement.

The race was extremely close with Sergiu Ciobanu, Michael Harty, James McCarthy and Paul Moloney all in close proximity until Ciobanu and Harty started to pull away. Michael Harty of East Cork AC stormed up the home straight to take top spot and a course record in the process.

The Ladies race was won by the in-form Fiona Santry, also of East Cork AC. Many other battles were played out on the course for age category prizes. Well done to all involved in Ballintotis and surrounding area who made this a great event. The hospitality in this part of Cork is well and truly top class.

The 2019 Ballintotis '4' Mile Race will be held on Wednesday April 17th and would you believe it will be the 10th year of the race!

Table Quiz

Twenty Five teams ensured that our recent Ballintotis Table Quiz was one of the most successful in the 20 year history of the event. As always there were plenty of prizes to be won, with the top prizes being carried off by James Aherne and his colleagues who set a very high standard at the top of the leaderboard. Congrats to all winners and a big word of thanks is extended to all who supported the event on the night and who donated prizes for the event. Proceeds from this year's Quiz will go towards the enhancement of facilities at Loughaderra Lake.

Community Alert / Ballintotis Watch Timely Reminder

Just a reminder that if you have a smart phone or access to one you can join the local Ballintotis "Watch" Group.

This is basically a "Whats App" group that gives us a bit more security especially during the winter months. Anybody who has a smart phone can access the group by joining up. All members can receive instant communication on security matters in our area. It's up to the members to keep a watchful eye should they notice something or somebody unusual in the area. By means of an instant message everybody is in the know.

To join the group, please register locally with Ger Broderick. Contact Ger on 087-7716888 with your name and number - remember you must have access to "Whats App" on a smart phone to join the group.

Ballintotis Fit 4 Life Club News

Congratulations to all who recently completed the Dublin City Marathon in October and the Waterford Half Marathon on Saturday 1st December.

Louise Casey, P.R.O of Ballintotis Fit4Life Club has issued us with the following update re upcoming events.

The club's Annual Charity Run around the 1.3 mile circuit of the Lake, will take place on December 27th at 10:30am. This year we have chosen our charity as Pieta House - https://www.pieta.ie/

We are meeting on Thursday December 13th in The Hunted Hog to pick the names for the teams. All welcome.

This is always a well supported event and a great excuse to run some of that turkey off. We need to have names by December 10th so if interested let me know here.

Entries can be sent to:


Open to non club members.

In relation to Club Nights, for the last several weeks now many of you have been meeting in Midleton and running along with Nick O'Donoghue. We're getting great feedback from people and this will be continuing into the future.

Finally, Membership will be due from January 1, 2019 and the cost will be €30 per person.

Lap of the Lake Walk

Just to confirm that this year Ballintotis Area Community Council will again host the Lap of the Lake Walk on Decmeber 27th, beginning at 2.30pm. All welcome to come along and join friends and neighbours for a Christmas stroll and chat. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the Community Centre together with a raffle offering seasonal prizes.

New Street Lights

We were delighted to witness the installation of new street lights outside the Church. This project has been ongoing for some time and we would like to thank all those involved in recent times for getting the project completed.

Ballintotis National School News

Ballintotis National School had 14 Junior Infants join us at the beginning of this school year and enrolment is very strong for September 2019 also.

We've had a very enjoyable and productive first term.

Huge congratulations to the boys and girls of Ballintotis National School who emerged victorious in the recent Allianz Ireland Sciath na Scol Football final.

Practise is going well also for 1st to 6th Class Pupils, who will perform their Christmas Play, in St. Colman’s Church, Ballintotis on Wednesday 12th December at 7.00 pm. The Junior and Senior Infants will be performing their pageant in their classroom.

We are looking forward to exciting times ahead, with the replacement of the 5 prefabs on the horizon. Fundraising will begin in the near future for same!!

Contact Details:

Postal Address: Ballintotas National School, Ballintotas, Castlemartyr,

Co. Cork, P25 Y272

Telephone: 021 4667513

Email: ballintotasns@gmail.com


Hope Quiz Fundraiser Quiz

Whilst on the subject of Table Quizzes, there is another one on the horizon at The Two Mile Inn as local girl Elena Kelleher and her colleague from Transition Year Ciara Irwin, are hosting a fund raising venture on Friday week December 7th. All proceeds go towards the Foundation as Elena and Ciara are planning to travel to Calcutta next March. So please come along and support the event, Starting time is 8pm - all welcome!

Under 16 Camogie Champions Celebrate

Newly crowned County Under 16 Camogie Champions - Castlemartyr were very popular visitors to Ballintotas National School in late November, where members of the team and past pupils were delighted to display the County Cup. It was a double day of delight for some of the Ballintotas pupils as they were announced as winners of a special poster competition which took place in conjunction with the big match.

Kiltha Og Minor A Hurlers

Congratulations to the Kiltha Og minor A hurlers who created club history this year by winning the East and then the County Championship. They then progressed on to win the East league and the County league and went unbeaten in all matches throughout the year. This was without doubt the most successful year ever for a Kiltha Og Minor hurling team winning four trophies. A number of local players involved with this group included, Darragh Cashman, Jack Bowles, Jack Knowles, Andrew Kelly, Daire Coughlan, Zack McAuliffe, James Butler and Ben Napier.

Community Centre Bookings

A brief reminder to clubs, groups and organisations that the Ballintotis Community Centre, Main Hall and Meeting Room are available to book for a wide variety of events.

Please call Ivor 086 818 5180 or John 086-877 8182 or Jean 086 331 9101 for more information.

Ballintotis Walking Club

More information on the above is available by contacting Louise Knowles on 086-1229328.

New members are especially welcome to come along and join the group.

Ballintotis Over 50’s Tuesday Club

The Year 2018 proved to be a very successful year for our Over 50’s group, with great numbers attending the afternoon fortnightly meetings throughout the year in the Ballintotis Community Centre and full busses travelling to outings.

The Tuesday Club meetings provided a variety of entertainment with comedy, music and sing along. Information sessions, advice on nutrition and diet, Genealogy, Lecture on Nellie Cashman, the famous Midleton Woman, information on Crime prevention and advice on home and personal security.

Activities such as sitting down exercises with a fitness instructor. Yoga Gardening with pots/baskets, Christmas floral demonstration, card making, ceramic crafts, Bingo and learning to play Whist. We hosted the Muinter na Tire information meeting on Nursing Home support Scheme, this was a full house with groups from all over East Cork attending.

Bus trips - amongst other places to Drama Shows at the Everyman Theatre, Tallow Community Centre. A visit to Mountmellery, Dungarvan for shopping and Griffin’s Garden Centre. We had a Mass for our 26 deceased member of the Tuesday Club celebrated by Fr Colie O’Donovan at the Community Centre and it was great to see so many family members of the deceased attend and enjoy the refreshments afterwards.

New Members from the area are always made welcome and encouraged to attend and join in

the fun so if you are not already attending maybe a new year resolution - you don’t know

what you are missing until you make the effort to attend, ring Joan 087 2102906, or Josie 087

6433948 for information. The Tuesday Club is run under the financial aid of the Community Alert.

Congratulations to Anna

Congratulations to Anna Stack from Churchtown North on the launch of her colouring book, 'Anna's Dream Word', Anna is a student at St. Vincent's Secondary School, Cork.

It costs €5. Money raised will go towards developing a new sensory garden at St Vincent’s. Copies of her colouring book can be found at Blackpool Shopping Centre, Centra in Carrigtwohill, Scartleigh National School Midleton, The Care Farm Castlemartyr.

Facebook Page - Community Council

Check out the Ballintotis Area Community Council facebook page for up to the minute news and information regarding all things Ballintotis.

This page is very active and has seen a lot of traffic, likes and shares in recent weeks.


Check out www.Ballintotis.com for the latest news on a weekly basis from our locality!

Christmas 2018 Remaining Community Events

Mon Dec 24th Christmas Eve Mass

Ballintotis Church – 8pm

Midleton Church – 6:10pm & 9pm

Tues Dec 25th Christmas Day Mass

Ballintotis Church – 10am

Midleton Church – 9am, 10:30am & 12 noon

From December 26th to January 1st inclusive

Daily mass @ 10am in Holy Rosary Church each week day

Thurs Dec 27th

Relay Run - 10:30am Entry on the day! All proceeds to charity!

Thurs Dec 27th

‘Lap of the Lake’ walk - 2:30pm followed by light refreshments at Community Centre for all the family.

Walk begins from the Church Car Park

Tim Troy PRO Ballintotis Area Community Council

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Community Council.

Picture accreditation: Pictures thanks to East Cork Camera Group members Jim O'Neill and Fergus Kenneally


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Tel: 086 331 9101

Email: info@ballintotis.com


Ballintotis Community Council, Ballintotis, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, Ireland