Issue 51 March 1st 2013
Beale Panto packs them In
Beale’s GAA club’s third annual pantomime “Jacques and
the Beanstalk” on Friday and Saturday night last was
without doubt, the best to date, and played to delighted
crowds who packed the Tintean Theatre on both nights.
Written and produced by Máiréad O’Neill, the show told the
traditional children’s favourite story of Jack & The Beanstalk
with a slight French twist and contained a lot of local humour
that poked fun at several Ballybunion people (most of whom
were in the audience), all in the name of fun of course with
nobody taking offence and it certainly was a hit with the
Performed by all the usual regulars from the Beale GAA club,
the show had some outstanding performances particularly
from Paudie Mulvihill in the lead role of Jacques, Fergus
Stack was hilarious as Jill as was Tony Moore in his now
familiar role as the old dame.
Of course the lead actors always get the plaudits as they
have the most dialogue, but I have to continued on page 3
Can you believe it ?
We’ve gone over two weeks without rain in
Ballybunion ! It has to be a record but it has to be
said that the beautiful weather of the past week or so
was certainly long-overdue.
Last weekend was a busy one about the place with
several events taking place but pride of place must go
to the Beale Pantomime which had the crowds
flocking to the Tintean Theatre on both Friday and
Its really great to see the theatre being used so much
of late and long may it continue as it is a great
facility to have in the town.
The month of March is upon us already and St
Patrick’s Day is only around the corner.
I always feel that once St Patrick’s Day has come,
that winter is officially over in Ballybunio n as
seasonal businesses open again and there is generally
a sort of “Feel Good “ factor about the town as people
get ready for the season which usually starts around
Hopefully, (and I say this every year), we will have a
decent season this year as the town could certainly do
with an upturn in fortunes after four or five really
I’ve heard that plans are afoot to introduce Free
Wi-Fi in the town centre in Tralee.
I wonder would this be possible , even for the summer
months in Ballybunio n and if so, how much would it
It is certainly a great idea in my opinion so maybe
somebody out there might investigate the possibility ?
Continued from page 1… say that everyone who took part did themselves proud.
Tom O’Neill as Simple Simon, gets my “Oscar” as best supporting actor just slightly ahead of
Molly Breen, who was also outstanding as the “Harp” complete with a convincing French accent
and rather fetching auburn wig.
Robert Stack and Phil Byrne were great as the Baron’s “Hard Men”, Donal Buckley played a
great “Nerd”, Jack Farrell & Nóirín Hitchen played the part of the two giants to perfection and
Bríd Griffin was excellent in her role as “Nellie” but haven't I heard that cackling laugh
somewhere before ?
Catherine Allen is in danger of becoming typecast as a Fairy (left)
but was again brilliant as “Fairy Lights” and what about Pat
Carolan as the “Goose” ? He had no lines but his portrayal of
laying the Golden Egg had the audience in stitches.
Martin Griffin, Tommy O’Neill, Tom Joy, Molly Breen and Liz
Clancy added the “Madcap”
ingredient (complete with water pistols) as the Beale
“Cheerleaders” and it must be said that the boys were quite tasty-
looking girls !!!!
Buttercup the cow played by Mollie Buckley and Aigneis Hitchen
was a rather popular character too especially among the younger
members of the audience and the children who sang and danced
on the stage were a really great addition to the show.
The video segment which poked fun at Ballybunion News was the highlight of the show for many
and Tom Allen playing the part of yours truly complete with a facemask of me and a Chelsea
shirt, certainly got the audience laughing.
Tom was originally cast in the role of “Baron Bun-
ker” but with the postponement of the show for two
weeks, he was unable to participate as he had a
holiday booked so the show’s producer/writer
Máiréad O’Neill stepped in to the breach brilliantly,
and she was ably assisted by her son Barry in the
role of Bob.
The whole production was really rather excellent
and the set, costumes, lighting and sound effects
were all outstanding and of course there was a
happy ending as Jacques married Jill (right) , so
hats off to everyone involved.
On Friday night there were a few occasions when lines were forgotten (which is usual for opening
night) but the cast managed to ad-lib and got away with it without any panic.
There were some funny moments too that were not in the script, like Robert Stack falling over as
he climbed the steps on the stage and “Cheerleader” Tom Joy losing his fake boobs in the very
first scene but that’s Panto for you and if it all went off according to plan it would not have been
half as funny. So that’s it for another year and for now the cast and crew can take a well-earned
rest after months of rehearsing and practice. Roll on 2014.
Youth Café Quiz
Mikey Joe’s is hosting a pub quiz on this Saturday night March 2nd in aid of the Cove Youth Café
on Church Road.
Quiz Master on the night will be Ger “Flash” Walsh and tables of four cost just €20 .
It promises to be a great night of fun with a raffle, spot prizes and live music afterwards with Ger
so come along and support the Cove Café.
Cardiac First Responder Course
Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Rescue are running a CFR course for the general public on Saturday
Mar 9th at the boathouse on the Ladies Beach.
It will be delivered by the members of the unit and all money raised will go to Ballybunion Sea &
Cliff Rescue Service.
A PHECC CFR certificate will be awarded to all who successfully complete the one day course
which covers CPR, Use of a Defibrillator , What to do when someone is choking, Recognizing a
stroke and Aspirin Administration for adults.
This is a very worthwhile and informative course with limited spaces so if anyone is interested in
taking part you can email : email@example.com for further details.
Youth Club Charity Concert
Saturday next March 9th is a date for your diaries as the Ballybunion Youth Club presents a
Variety Show at the Tinteán Theatre for the benefit of Kerry Parents & Friends, Ballybunion
Community Centre and the Youth Club itself.
It promises to be a great night’s entertainment with award-winning Irish dancers, a drama act,
singers, musicians and much more.
There will also be a raffle on the night and admission is just €5 payable at the door or you can
book your ticket in advance from 087-1415471.
Come along and watch the finest of talent that Ballybunion has to offer whilst supporting three
very worthy causes at the same time.
Spring Clean Campaign
Don’t forget that the National Spring Clean Campaign takes place from Tuesday April 2nd to
Saturday April 6th.
All organisations within the community are asked to please take part and support this event with
further details available at a later date.
Olé …..Spanish Night at the Marine
The Coast by Night Restaurant at the Marine Links Hotel continues its series of “Theme Nights”
tonight Friday March 1st with a Spanish Night.
Among the delights on this week’s menu are the Gazpacho Andaluz (Traditional Spanish
Tomato Soup served cold), Pintxos de morcilla y queso de Cabra (Grilled Sneem Black
Pudding Crostini topped with Goats Cheese & Red Onion Marmalade), Gambas Pil Pil (Sizzling
Prawns in a Garlic Chilli & Olive Oil) & Callamares a la Romana (Fried Squid with Garlic &
Parsley) for starters.
The main courses include Pintxos Moreno de Pollo y Marmalade de Grindila (Marinated
Chicken Skewers with a Tomato & Chilli Jam), Albondigas en Salsa de Tomato (Traditional
Spanish Meatballs with Tomato sauce), Lubina a la Plancha Con Remolacha (Pan fried Sea
Bass with betroot Purée & Flaked Almonds), Zorongolla (Mi xed Peppers & Roasted Vine
Tomato Tartlet with mixed leaves) and to accompany your main course are Samfina (Catalan
Ratatouille of Aubergines Courgettes & mixed peppers) and (Patatas Bravas) Cubed deep fried
potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce.
It all sounds fabulous for just €27.50 per head for four courses and it is sure to have the punters
flocking to the popular eatery.
Tidy Towns AGM
The Ballybunion Tidy Towns Committee were delighted
with the big turnout for their AGM on Tuesday night last
and would like to thank everybody who attended,
especially our local Councillor Robert Beasley, who has
a great interest in the town and is always a great
supporter of Tidy Towns.
The following officers were elected : Tom Neville
(Chairman), Kathleen Collins (Vice Chair),
Ellen Cox (Secretary& PRO), Fiona O'Callaghan
(Assistant Secretary& Projects coordinator), Marianne
Tom Neville is taking over as Chairman from John Hannan and I wish Tom and his new
committee the very best of luck.
I would also like to say a huge thank you to John Hannan on behalf of everybody who lives in,
and loves Ballybunion. John has been at the helm for a number of years and guided our town up
the national rankings during his tenure so congrats again John on a job well done.
The new street and road signage around the town has been attracting a lot of positive comment
and it only goes to enhance the beauty of our town further so well done to all concerned.
“Garth” back at the Tinteán and we’re giving away Tickets
The Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience plays the Tintean Theatre on Easter Saturday night ,
March 30th and we’re giving away a pair of tickets in
our latest competition
The magnificent show featuring Trevor Smith (right) is
an absolute must for Garth Brooks fans re-creating
one of his concerts complete with Lighting Effects,
Props, Backing singers and a superb seven-piece
band which features some of the country’s most
They don't just sound and look like Garth and his band,
you could in fact be fooled into thinking that they are
the real thing if you closed your eyes, that’s how good
they are, as every last detail is an exact replica of a
Garth Brooks Show, from the backdrop to the musical arrangements, to Trevor’s shirts, jeans and
The show which played Ballybunion last March to over four hundred delighted punters at the
theatre, has now been on the road for almost three years touring Ireland and the UK as the
demand for the music of Garth Brooks never seems to wane even though he has been retired
If you would like to win a pair of tickets to see the show, then simply email the answer to the
following question to mail@b allybunionnews.com.
Question : Garth Brooks is a native of what American State ?
Beale GAA Coiste na N’Óg
Training : Some of the Beale club’s under-age teams have started training in the past week or
so, while the under-16’s and under 14’s will be notified via text about training times.
The under-12’s commence training tonight Friday March 1st between 6.00pm and 7.30pm at the
Community Centre and the cost will be €2.
Under 8 and under 10 training will commence after Easter when the evenings are brighter.
Gum-shields : The GAA ha ve introduced a new rule regarding gum-shields for under-age
players up to and including minors. It is now compulsory for players to wear a gum-shield for both
training and matches so if any players do not bring a gum-shield they will not be permitted to take
part in training or be included in the team for a match.
We have a number of new faces on our coaching team and we wish them luck for the upcoming
Traditional Session every Thursday
Live Music this Saturday Night
Live Racing Daily on TV
Ballybunion News would like to send birthday wishes to the
following readers who are celebrating around this time:
Triona Moore John Sexton lll Elaine Bennett Ger Walsh
February 27th February 27th February 28th February 28th
Maggie Long Omar Fitzell Deirdre Waldron Debbie Horan
February 28th March 2nd March 3rd March 4th
Tom Allen Gary Dowling Duncan Purcell Nicola Buckley
March 4th March 4th March 4th March 4th
Ballyroe Heights Hotel Tralee, Friday March 1st
Beale Seniors lost out to Finuge in the first round game in Division 1B of the North Kerry
League in Ballybunion on Sunday last.
We trailed by 2-7 to 1-1 at the interval and failed to put our stamp on the game as Finuge went on
to win by 2-13 to 1-5.
Beale team: Seán Dee, Jeremy King, Colm Kissane, Matthew Moran, Philly Blake. Paul Collins,
Brian Wall, Seán Quinn, James McMahon, And y O’Connell, Barry O’Mahoney, Tom Hayes, Ian
Blake (0-4 (3f)), Brendan Brennan, Declan Bambury (1-0).
Substitutes: Tom Joy for Matthew Moran, Rory Mulvihill for Philly Blake (injured), Shane
Hanrahan (0-1) for Brendan Brennan, Paul Horgan for Paul Collins (injured), Griffin for Barry
Our first game in Division 4 of the County League is against Brosna on Saturday, March 23rd at
7.00pm in Brosna and round 2 is at home to Ballyduff on Sunday, April 7th at 2.00pm.
We are away to Fossa in the first round of the County Novice Championship date and venue to
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Numbers drawn on Sunday February 24th
There was no winner of the Jackpot and the
following won cash prizes :
€40 : Keith Hughes c/o The Feale Bar
€30 : Pat Tarrant
€20 : Linda Blake c/o Mikey Joe’s
5 Free Tickets : Davy Batt Lynch from Asdee c/o Holly’s Bar
Next week’s Jackpot is €3,000 and the draw will take place at :
Kilcooly’s Bar on Sunday March 3rd at 10.00pm
Know Your Rights :
I bought a clock in the sales, but it has turned out to be faulty. What should I do about this?
When you buy goods, you enter into a contract with the seller.
As a general rule, the seller can either repair or replace the item.
Alternatively, the y can refund the cost of the item. You may also have extra protection if you have
a guarantee or warranty from the manufacturer.
You should return the faulty item to the seller as soon as possible and explain the problem.
Some shops display “No Refunds/No Exchanges” notices, particularly during the sales, but this
does not take away your rights if the goods are faulty.
It is important to remember that if you caused the fault, the seller is under no obligation to offer
you any type of compensation.
The shop is entitled to request proof of purchase, but this doesn't necessarily have to be the shop
If you are not satisfied with the seller’s response, you may be able to take a claim to the Small
Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre @
35 The Square, Listowel. Ph:0761 07 7840
Information is also available online at www.citizensinformation.ie and from the Citizens
Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000.
PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE CENTRE’S OPENING HOURS
MON TO THURS : 10..00AM TO 2.00PM - FRIDAY 10.00AM TO 4.00PM
Mon – Fri
9.00am to 9.00pm
Sat & Sun
10.00am to 8.00pm
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St Josephs Fashion Show
St Josephs Secondary School will host its Annual Spring Fashion Show at the Tintean Theatre
on Friday March 15th commencing at 8.00pm.
Clothing featured on the night will be from John Sexton’s, Little secrets, Brides of Glin, Heatons
Sports, Little Rascals, Perfect Pairs, Dunnes Stores, Shindig, Ryles Menswear, Jack +Jones,
Dress to Impress, Ballybunion Golf Shop, Annaburys, Utopia, Parafin, Glamorous, Ryle Debs,
Aphrodite and Sarah Blake’s East 73rd,
Tickets cost just €10 and €5 for Students and OAP’s and there will be a raffle and a prize for the
Best-dressed lady on the night sponsored by Trish Lawlor’s U-Name It.
Greg and Úna are refreshed after their annual winter break and inform me that McMunns is open
again for business for the season on Friday next March 8th.
They look forward to welcoming back all the regulars and hopefully some new clients as well and
they are currently taking bookings for lunch and dinner on Mothers Day which is of course on
Sunday March 10th.
Be careful when joining our Mailing List
I’ve mentioned this before but I have to mention it again, about being careful to enter your
CORRECT email address if you want to receive Ballybunion news each week. We are getting
new subscribers every week and we are well over the 4,500 and heading for the magical 5,000
but last week alone I had over fifty emails returned because of wrong email addresses and its all
the common ones as usual.
Here are a few examples with fake names obviously : firstname.lastname@example.org,
john Murphy@gmail.net, email@example.com and the classic frankdowl-
Remember its gmail.com, eircom.net, yahoo.co.uk and so on and by the way, none of you out
there has an email address which ends with ballybunionnews.com, I can assure you !
Happy Birthday Ballybunion News
On Monday ne xt March 4th, Ballybunion News will celebrate its 2nd birthday, so this is the last
issue of volume two and we begin a whole cycle of issues next week.
Your fa vourite digital weekly newsletter/magazine first hit cyberspace on Friday March 4th 2011
with six hundred subscribers who had joined the mailing list in advance.
Today this issue will be sent out to just over 4,600 people all over the globe who have a
connection or interest in this little community of ours, so a huge thank you to all our readers and
advertisers who have made this possible.
Every Sunday Night
All Musicians Welcome
Every Monday Night
Kevin Broderick’s Bar Listowel
Wed : Traditional Session
Fri : Dermot Kelly
Sat : Shane & Bongo John
Sun : Blue Shampoo
Conor’s Foto Funnies
The Beale GAA Panto swept the boards at the Oscars on Sunday night last. Fergus Stack & Máiréad O’Neill are
pictured here accept just two of the “ Gongs” on behalf of the cast and the crew
Coming soon to a Theatre near You ! Tom O’Driscoll as the Bull M cCabe in “the Field”
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The late Sean Walsh pictured outside the old clubhouse at BBGC in 1980
A rare view of the Main Street with the old Central Ballroom on the right, where the Golf Hotel now stands
Accountants Beauty Therapy
Hannan & Culloty , Church Road Tel 068-27428 Beauty by the Beach, Main Street Tel 068-25000
Arbitration & Mediation Building & Carpentry Services
M arianne Beasley A ccredited M ediator & Chartered Arbitrator
E mail : mar email@example.com Bennett Brothers Tel 086-8542106
Arts & Entertainment
James Fogarty Tel 087-9154265
Tinteán Theatre, Church Road Tel 068-28003 N & C Courtney Tel 087-2471670
Babysitting Service Cab & Hackney Service
Reliable T eenage Girl A v ailable Tel 087-9816729 Billy Brosnan, East End Tel - 087-2577737
Bars Enright’s Car & Minibus Hire, Bally eigh
Tel - 087-2604113
Courtney ’s , Main Street Tel 068-28038
Mik ey Joe’s, Main Street Tel 068-27288 The Coast Café , Main Street Tel 068-25830
Cookery Camp/Kids Parties
The Bunk er , Main Street Tel 068-27934
The Exchange , Main Street Tel 068-27123 Check er’s Café, Bally eigh Tel 087-6415513
The Railway , Main Street Tel 068-27303
Check er’s Café, Bally eigh Tel 087-6415513 Bally bunion Credit Union, Main Street Tel 068-27685
Sixth Y ears from St.Joseph's Secondary School, who
attended a talk by Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé in Seanchaí,
Listowel on Monday 25th February. L to R : Aoife Ní
Fheirtéir, Róisín Ní Chuimín, Caitlín Ní Nualláin, Maidhc
Dainín Ó Sé, Laoise Ní Leathlabhair, Nora Ní Hualacháin Beale Goalkeeper Seán Dee with his All-Ireland Junior
& Sinéad Ní Bhraoin Football Medal which he received on Friday night
At the Presentation of the Cheque for the Proceeds of the Golf Hotel New Years Eve Fundraising Ball which
raised €7,400 Kerry Parents and Friends are : Joanne Kelly-Walsh, Martina Morgan-Carr, Marie Lenihan, Laura
Kelly, Kathleen Horan, Sarah Kelly & Anne Kelly.
Electricians Hair & Beauty
Patsy Connolly , Doon Road Tel 087-6601375 Leanne’s Hair Room & Sty le Boutique Tel 068-25050
Environmental & Planning Law Consultants
Magic Scissors, East End Tel 068-27568
Beasley & A ssociates
E Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Rose’s Hair Studio , Main Street Tel 068-28898
Filling Station & Convenience Store
Buck ley ’s Filling Station & Shop, East End
Kilcooly ’s Country House Hotel Tel 068-27112
Gifts & Accessories
Marine Link s Hotel , Sandhill Road Tel 068-27139
Culloty Craft, Main Street, Tel 068-27176
McMunn’s , Sandhill Road Tel 068-28845
Jewellery & Gifts
Beasley ’s 19th Lodge, Golf Link s Road Tel 068-27592
A nn Marie Halpin, East End Tel 068-27264
Cashen Course H ouse, G olf Links Road Tel 068 -27351
Courtney ’s Guesthouse, Main Street Tel 068-28038
Hav en on the Hill Tel 086-2283907
Teach de Broc , Sandhill Road Tel 068-27581
Pension Consultant/Deposit Broker
Your A d here ! Contact : 087-9861901
Eoin Liston Tel 087-1341500
Your A d here ! Contact : 087-9861901 Personalised Embroidered Gifts
Your A d here ! Contact : 087-9861901 Trish Lawlor : U-Name it Tel 087-2508870
Beale GAA Panto
Bally bunion Health & Leisure Centre Tel 068-28111
F. J. Imaging , East End Tel 087-6843488 Supermarket
Cahill’s Superv alu, Main Street Tel 068-27244
Francis Bennett, A hafona Tel 087-2460491
Tape & Vinyl to CD/MP3 Conversion
Hartney Photographics Main Street Tel 068-25819
John Kelleher, Photographer, Listowel A udio in a Flash Tel 087-9861901
Destination Bally bunion, Main Street Tel 068-28003
Coast by Night @The Marine Hotel Tel 068-27139
Kilcooly ’s Gastro Pub Tel 068-27112
Sheehan Upholstery Tel 086-8240457
Mc Munn’s , Sandhill Rd Tel 068-28845 Veterinary Surgeon
Joe O’Connor M.R.C.V.S M.V.B.
Strollers Bistro @ Teac De Broc Tel 068-27581 Island Veterinary clinic Tel 068-22040 / 087-2501072
Self-Catering Holiday Homes Wedding Band
Bally bunion Holiday Cottages, East End Celebration The Band (Seán) Tel 087-2604749
Bally bunion Seaside Holiday Cottages, Link Road
Sports & Recreation
Bally bunion Golf Club, Sandhill Road Tel 068-27146
Beale GAA Panto