Fáilte Ireland ramps up Brexit preparations with a €5 million investment to support tourism businesses

Fáilte Ireland will invest €5 million to support the tourism sector as it prepares for Brexit.
The announcement by Fáilte Ireland – the National Tourism Development Authority –  marks a significant ramping up of its activities to ensure Irish tourism is both ‘product-ready’ and ‘industry-ready’ ahead of the UK withdrawal from the EU.

The investment comes as new figures published by Fáilte Ireland today show the number one concern among tourism businesses is Brexit, particularly those in northern counties.

The Fáilte Ireland Tourism Industry Barometer is a survey of more than 500 tourism businesses nationwide providing insight into past performance and future prospects. The latest figures reveal that 7 out of 10 (69%) tourism businesses cite Brexit as their top concern – a figure which rises to 80% for accommodation providers in northern counties and 90% in the restaurant sector, both of which report a decline in their business from the UK last year.

More than 3.4 million British tourists, on average, holiday in Ireland every year and spend up to €1.6 billion. This contributes more than €233 million annually to the Exchequer.

Fáilte Ireland is warning that the fallout from a hard Brexit could cost more than €380 million to the sector.

The €5 million investment by Fáilte Ireland will help businesses assess the risk, respond to changes and diversify into other markets in a fresh drive under its ‘Get Brexit Ready’ programme. Its work will focus primarily on border counties and the South East region which have been most adversely affected by the devaluation of sterling and the drop in Northern Ireland and Great Britain visitors.

As well as providing support for over 1,000 businesses across the country, the Tourism Development Authority will also deliver a more targeted programme of training and mentoring for more than 100 businesses in border counties.

Fáilte Ireland’s Chief Executive, Paul Kelly, said:
”Fáilte Ireland is working intensively with businesses to help them prepare for Brexit. Brexit remains a key concern for every facet of the tourism sector as our latest barometer survey shows. This is particularly true for the restaurant sector nationwide, as well as accommodation providers in northern counties, who report that their visitor numbers from the UK are down over the past year. The prospect of a hard Brexit, or a potential no-deal scenario, leaves us with significant uncertainty relating to the wider implications it could have on tourism, particularly on the performance of our nearest and biggest overseas market. A less obvious consequence is that we are at risk of missing out on tourists from other core markets as the UK is our greatest competitor and the weakening value of sterling could make it more attractive to long-haul tourists, as well as those from Northern Europe. However, overall, the tourism sector is reporting a positive outlook for 2019. This sentiment would be very much underlined by what was a hugely successful year for tourism in 2018, with visitor numbers and revenue at all-time highs.”

Fáilte Ireland will spend €1.75 million specifically for commercial development to provide Irish tourism operators with opportunities to sell their products to growing markets such as the US. This work will focus on supporting northern counties particularly by bringing major international tour operators to Ireland on bespoke itineraries which they can then sell in core markets. Central to this programme of work will be the retention of the UK market by selling Ireland as a business tourism and golf destination – two types of tourism which typically yield a high number of UK tourists.  An additional €1.5 million will be spent on marketing and PR with campaigns targeting the Northern Irish market and the remainder of the Brexit allocation will be invested in business supports and resources.

Paul Kelly added:
“As we await the final outcome of Brexit, and with the situation changing on a daily basis, it is still difficult to quantify the range and scope of impacts that Brexit will have. Our key message to tourism businesses is ‘prepare and diversify’. Any tourism business which does not have Brexit contingencies as a central focus of its 2019 business plan needs to act fast. The most prudent action we can take as a sector is to be ready for the challenges it will bring. Fáilte Ireland has developed a series of initiatives to build capabilities within the industry which will allow them to continue to prosper in the face of this challenge. This includes investing €5 million in a comprehensive programme of supports and commercial development designed to help tourism businesses located particularly in border counties, to ‘Get Brexit Ready’ by diversifying to other markets and reducing their reliance on the British market.”

Other concerns highlighted in the industry barometer include the implications of the increase in the VAT rate to 13.5%.

Despite these concerns, today’s barometer results, which take into account the overall performance of 2018, strike a positive note overall. The proportion of tourism businesses expecting trade to be up in the year ahead (59%) outweighs those expecting a downturn. This is especially true for attractions, with about two thirds (68%) expecting more visitors this year.

All Things Ballybunion

Ballybunion Community Centre & Beale GAA Weekly Lotto Draw

The Community Centre/Beale GAA Lotto, Sunday 16th December, was held in “Mikey Joe’s Bar”.

The numbers drawn were: 4,10,26,27.
There was no winner of the €1,500 Jackpot.

The lucky dip winners are:

€40 – Pearse Beasley c/o Courtney’s Bar

€30 – Bernie Aherne, c/o Courtney’s Bar

€20 – Tara Ryan, c/o Railway Bar

5 Free tickets: Margaret O’Connell Main Street, Annual Ticket, c/o Brid

€20 each to:    John Larkin c/o Bunker Bar

John Long c/o Railway Bar

Martin Houlihan c/o Railway Bar

Mike Farrell, Annual Ticket, c/o Bunker Bar

  1. O’Sullivan Finuge c/o Railway Bar

Next week’s draw will be held in “The Olde Attic” 23rd December 2018 at 9.30pm, and the Jackpot is €1,550.

Ballybunion Community Centre & Beale GAA would like to thank everyone for their continued support in buying our weekly lotto tickets

 

Ballybunion Community Centre AGM

Ballybunion Community Centre will be held on Monday 7th January at 8pm in the upstairs hall. Everyone is welcome.

 

Wanted 1 & 2 cent coins

Lonely and Neglected One Cent and Two Cent coins, Guaranteed a good home. Go on, get rid of them, for good. No need to sort them out, just drop off your jars full of ‘oul coppers to Ballybunion Community Centre There is chest in the front lobby of the Centre where you can place your coins.

 

Ballybunion Tourist Office

In a warm appreciation of all of us at Ballybunion Tourist Office during the past yea, we would like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous new year.

 

Beale GAA Lips Zipped

Beale GAA presents Lips Zipped on this Saturday 22nd December. 12 acts will battle it out as they perform a range of show stopping hits in what promises to be a night full of entertainment and laughter. It all takes place in Ballybunion Community Centre and tickets are priced at €20 and can be purchased by club members or local bars and shops in town.

 

Ballybunion Cce

Ballybunion Cce would like to take this opportunity to wish the new co. Pro all the best in her new job and look forward to working with her in the year to come, also we would like to send best wishes to Claire Mulvhill who took up the position of recording sec. to the co. Board. All our classes will finish this coming week for Christmas and will be back again in January. Well done to the junior members who entertained the senior citizens at their Christmas party last week. We wish you all a very happy Christmas and peaceful new year. See you all again in 2019 please God.

 

Ballybunion Health and Leisure Centre opening hours:

Ballybunion Health and Leisure Centre’s Christmas 20% Sale takes place from Monday 17th December until Monday 24th December for any further information please call Reception on Tel: 0682811 or follow our Facebook page Ballybunion Health & Leisure Centre for regular updates.

 

Christmas Opening Hours

Sunday 23rd December          10am – 8pm
Monday 24th December          8am – 3pm
Tuesday 25th December         Closed
Wednesday 26th December    Closed
Thursday 27th December        10am – 6pm
Friday 28th December             10am – 6pm
Saturday 29th December        10am – 6pm
Sunday 30th December          10am – 6pm
Monday 31st December          10am – 2pm
Tuesday 1st January 2019      Closed
Wednesday 2nd January        10am – 6pm
Thursday 3rd January             Normal Hours Resume

 

Art and Craft Classes for Children Winter Schedule

The Studio Gallery Art and Craft Workshops for Children Every Saturday Time 11am to 1pm – 12pm to 2pm. Drop in classes available and pay as you go, at the Studio Gallery Cinema Lane, Ballybunion. Bookings are essential for creative Birthday Parties please phone Marie 086-0664435 or email mariebrennan88@gmail.com

 

Christmas Day Swim

The Annual Christmas Day Swim in aid of the Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Rescue takes place on Tuesday December 25th at 12.30pm from the Sea & Cliff Rescue Headquarters on the Ladies Beach. This hugely popular event now in its 33rd year attracts a great crowd on Christmas Day and Sponsorship cards are available from Mike Flahive 087-9502167 for those intending to take part. Please support this voluntary organization who do so much great work in our community.

Winter Solstice Gathering

You are invited to join this deeply nurturing evening on this Friday 21st December at “the room of light” (upstairs at the Ballybunion community center) from 7-10pm. Our night will be honoring our year so far. Our journey with it. Honoring the shortest day in the year by celebrating the dark. It is only in the dark we see the light. As we look forward to the return of light. To the promise of longer days and spring. What promises does it hold for you? We will be creating sacred circle, Meditating, Dancing into each of the 4 directions, Drumming, Ceremony around darkness and light. Lovely warm tea and a sweet treat.
Cost is €30 and places are limited and given on a first come first served basis. Booking is essential!
Please bring a blanket, mat and cushion. Please phone Rosarie 087-6147359

 

New Schedule for Mass Times from January

Ballybunion weekend masses will be Sat night Vigil at 7pm and 11.30am on Sun Mornings. This new schedule will begin in January 2019. Fr. Sean & Fr. Padraig celebrate masses in Ballybunion, Asdee, and Ballylongford & Tarbert. Asdee has 1 mass, Ballylongford & Tarbert have 2 each. This new schedule will allow each Priest celebrate 2 masses every Sunday morning. Fr Sean & FR. Padraig are aware the change will cause inconvenience those who attend 9.30am mass and they do apologize. However it is just not possible to keep the present schedule possible of having 8 masses in 4 churches each weekend. It is hoped to have the 2 masses back for June, July & August.

 

Christmas Mass Schedule

The following are the Christmas mass times for St John’s Church Ballybunion

Saturday December 22nd Mass at 7.00pm

Sunday December 23rd Mass at 9.30am & 11.30am

Christmas Eve Mass at 7.00pm & 9.00pm (7.00pm mass for children)

Christmas Day Mass at 9.30am and 11.30am.

 

Senior Citizens

The Annual Church gate collection for the senior citizens takes place this weekend Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Also on behalf of the senior citizens and The Meals on wheels committee we would like to wish all of you a very holy and peaceful Christmas and a happy and Healthy 2019. Thank you for your support in 2018.

 

Castlegreen Changes Color

The Castlegreen has been lit up red for Christmas as part of the recent lighting renovation works commissioned by the Community Forum. The lighting on the promenades of both beaches, the band stand on the Castle Green and the Castle itself have all been upgraded as part of the works which cost in the region of €10,000, for which the Forum received €4,00 in Leader Funding.

The original lights on the castle commissioned by Kerry County Council, were installed over forty years ago by Jim Enright and Tim Lynch, now of Lynch’s Oils, who was an electrical contractor at the time.

However, because of numerous acts of vandalism over the years, the Council eventually got fed up of having to replace the lights and the castle has been in darkness at night for over a decade. In a very kind gesture, Tim has offered to pay for the new LED lights and protective grills which were set on last weekend.

The Council have cleared the sand from the promenades on both the Men’s and Ladies beaches to allow people to stroll along them at night. Well done to the Community Forum for getting all this work done.

 

North Kerry Older Persons Maintenance Service

NEWKD are providing community services for the elderly, and are now taking requests for the spring. Prepare your home for the spring, power washing footpaths and driveways. Now is the time to tackle indoor improvements and repairs. They cover all of North Kerry and all workers are Garda vetted, for more information please contact 068-23429 or 087-3776724

 

Local Free Range Eggs

Local free-range eggs based in Triple Ballybunion, can be delivered in Ballybunion, Asdee, Ballylongford, Lisselton areas. €2 for 6 eggs, Call MARK ON 089-4333966 OR Tracy 087-1842821

 

The Old Kerry Journal

The Old Kerry Journal has been recently featured in the ‘Kerryman’, and has tales and interesting facts of the people of Kerry, from the 1600’s to middle1900’s. Stories told include the RMS Leinster disaster of 1918, and the siege of Tralee castle in 1649. A fabulous book and is on sale in the Ballybunion Tourist Office for €12.00.

 

Christmas Dance

A Christmas Dance night will be held on Friday 28th December at 10pm in the Hibernian Bar. Music by Ger Walsh. Admission is €5; there will be plenty of spot prizes on the night also.

 

Tea Dance

December’s Afternoon Tea Dance takes place on Sunday 30th December at the Hibernian with dancing to the music of Matt Dillon. Dancing is from 3.00pm to 5.30pm and admission as always is €5, which includes refreshments.

 

Ballybunion Badminton

Ballybunion Badminton is back! The club was huge back in the 80’s and 90’s and its back in 2018 with the new name Ballybunion Baseliners! So dust off your old racket and come and rejoin. Ballybunion Community Centre, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9-11pm, and Saturday mornings 11am-1pm. €5 per person. New members are always welcome.

 

 

Ballybunion Community Centre
*Sports Hall: €25 per hour before 7pm, €30 per hour after 7pm & weekends.
*Upstairs Hall/Dance Studio: €20 per hour.
*Meeting Room: €10 per hour.

* Room of Light €20 per hour
Discount available for block booking & advance payment.
Email: ballybcomcentre@gmail.com Call 068-27799 during office hours Mon-Thurs10am-2pm

 

Free IT Skills for Farmers

Covers using an account on Agfood.ie to: Review, save, print & e-mail herd details, Record farm-to-farm movements, Register calves. Also covers Basic Internet Skills (setting up & using e-mail; internet search and online security) Classes running Oct/Nov 2018 in Tarbert/ Listowel / Ballybunion / Ballyduff 10 hours in total. Own herd number not required as practice numbers will be supplied. Booking essential. Contact: Rosaleen (085) 7714355

 

Cashen Vale Boxing

Club training continues every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 7pm, and our Healthy Boxing Bodies fitness class is on every Tuesday evening at 6pm at the Irish Collage Sandhill road.

 

Irish Music sessions

Irish Music Sessions take place in Ballybunion on Tuesday night in the Feale Bar, Thursday night in the Courtney’s Bar, Friday night in Kilcooley’s, Sat Night in Kilcooley’s.

 

Ecotrek Ballybunion

Stroll Through History Ecotrek Ballybunion. Guided walking tours with Danny Houlihan every Sunday starting at Ballybunion Tourist Office at 3.30pm. Tours are of Cnoic na Óir, The Cliff Walk and Bromore Cliffs. These tours take in views of the Shannon estuary, loop head, Kerry head, Mount Brandon, Scattery Island, The Viking Raids along the Shannon Estuary and the great plains of North Kerry. Book by appointment only by contacting Danny on 087 3539613 or email: info@ecotrekballybunion.com

 

Ballybunion Taekwon-do

Ballybunion Taekwon-do, classes for children, teens and adults, in Ballybunion Community Centre every Wednesday and Friday. Excellent for fitness, confidence, self-defense and flexibility. First class is free. Contact Michael on 087 9245637.

 

Ballybunion by the Sea

The new website for Ballybunion is now available on the internet. It is a great website for all in Ballybunion; make sure you check it out at www.ballybunionbythesea.ie

 

Weight Watchers

Ballybunion Health & Leisure Centre Every Thursday 10am to 11am – & – 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Call Sandra on 0876718377 or email sandramaher@leader.weightwatchers.ie

Unislim Ballybunion

Thursday mornings from 8 to 9.30 am Ballybunion community Centre in the Cozy Room. New & returning members always welcome

 

Social Dancing

Social Dancing takes place every Tuesday night from 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Hibernian Bar. A great night of fun and dancing, please come along and show your support.

Parkrun Listowel

A free, weekly, timed 5k run takes place every Saturday at 9.30am.Visit www.parkrun.ie/register for registration details.

 

Ard Chúram Day Care Centre

North Kerry Listowel provides a day care service for older people in the North Kerry area. This is an opportunity to socialise in a friendly and stimulating environment. Transport is available. For any further information please Contact Nora Hunt, Nurse Co-Ordinator on 068 22986.

 

Ballybunion Notes

If you would like to include anything in The Ballybunion Notes, please forward to email address below or just drop it into the Tourist Office by 10am on Mondays or phone 068-25555 email: ballybuniontouristoffice@gmail.com

Irish Blood Transfusion Clinic

Did you know that approximately 1000 people in Ireland get blood transfusions every week? Transfusions can happen for a variety of reasons – cancer treatment, surgery, car accidents & childbirth complications to name a few. This is why we always need donors to come into our clinic. The Irish Blood Transfusion They will be in Listowel Arms Hotel on Monday 17th And Tuesday 18th Of December from 5pm -8pm. Please come along and bring a friend.

 

Ballybunion Community Centre 
*Sports Hall: €25 per hour before 7pm, €30 per hour after 7pm & weekends.
*Upstairs Hall/Dance Studio: €20 per hour.
*Meeting Room: €10 per hour.
* Room of Light €20 per hour
Discount available for block booking & advance payment.
Email: 
ballybcomcentre@gmail.com Call 068-27799 during office hours Mon-Thurs10am-2pm

 

Free IT Skills for Farmers
Covers using an account on Agfood.ie to: Review, save, print & e-mail herd details, Record farm-to-farm movementsRegister calves. Also covers Basic Internet Skills (setting up & using e-mail; internet search and online security) Classes running Oct/Nov 2018 in Tarbert/ Listowel / Ballybunion / Ballyduff 10 hours in total. Own herd number not required as practice numbers will be supplied.Booking essential. Contact: Rosaleen (085) 7714355

 

Ciorcal Comhrá at Ballybunion Library
As 2018 is Blian na Gaeilge, Ballybunion Library will be running a series of Free Comhrá Classes –December Tuesday 4th & 11th. All Sessions from 4pm to 5pm. CAINT, COMHRÁ, & CRAIC. All are Welcome! The aim of the classes is to get the conversation flowing, and the classes will cater to all levels from complete beginners upwards. Please contact Ballybunion Library for further details. 068 27615 ballybunion@kerrylibrary.ie www.kerrylibrary.ie

  

Christmas Party night at the Bunker bar
Party night at the Bunker bar will be on 14th December at 7pm. This includes a four course Meal in the upstairs Restaurant followed by music & dancing with Martin Williams. To Book contact Sinead 086/4042334
Art and Craft
The Studio Gallery Art and Craft Workshops for Children Every Saturday at 11am-1pm ages 4 years to 12 years and at 2.30pm-4.30pm class 4 years to 16 years. Drop in classes available and pay as you go, at the Studio Gallery Cinema Lane, Ballybunion. Bookings are essential for creative Birthday Parties please phone Marie 086-0664435 or email mariebrennan88@gmail.com

 

Dates for your Diary
Confirmation Date for next year’s Confirmation is 17th of May at 11am and First Holy Communion is 18th of May at 11am.

 

Irish Music sessions
Irish Music Sessions take place in Ballybunion on Tuesday night in the Feale Bar, Thursday night in the Courtney’s Bar, Friday night in Kilcooley’s, Sat Night in Kilcooley’s.

 

Ecotrek Ballybunion
Stroll Through History Ecotrek Ballybunion. Guided walking tours with Danny Houlihan every Sunday starting at Ballybunion Tourist Office at 3.30pm. Tours are of Cnoic na Óir, The Cliff Walk and Bromore Cliffs. These tours take in views of the Shannon estuary, loop head, Kerry head, Mount Brandon, Scattery Island, The Viking Raids along the Shannon Estuary and the great plains of North Kerry. Book by appointment only by contacting Danny on 087 3539613 or email:info@ecotrekballybunion.com

 

Ballybunion by the Sea
The new website for Ballybunion is now available on the internet. It is a great website for all in Ballybunion; make sure you check it out at www.ballybunionbythesea.ie

 

Weight Watchers
Ballybunion Health & Leisure Centre Every Thursday 10am to 11am – & – 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Call Sandra on 0876718377 or email sandramaher@leader.weightwatchers.ie
Unislim Ballybunion 
Thursday mornings from 8 to 9.30 am Ballybunion community Centre in the Cozy Room. New & returning members always welcome 

  

Ballybunion Health and Leisure Centre opening hours: 
Mon – Thurs – 7am – 10pm
Friday – 7am – 9pm
Saturday – 9am – 8pm
Sunday – 10am – 8pm
Bank Holidays 10am – 8pm 

 We have numerous exercise and fitness classes, which include the new Surf set, Hydro bikes, Aqua Aerobics, Spinning, and Circuits.  Swim Lessons for both Adults and Children take place each week and can be booked by contacting reception, for any further information please call Reception on Tel: 0682811 or follow our Facebook page Ballybunion Health & Leisure Centre for regular updates. 

 

 Social Dancing

Social Dancing takes place every Tuesday night from 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Hibernian Bar. A great night of fun and dancing, please come along and show your support.

 Ard Chúram Day Care Centre

North Kerry Listowel provides a day care service for older people in the North Kerry area. This is an opportunity to socialise in a friendly and stimulating environment. Transport is available. For any further information please Contact Nora Hunt, Nurse Co-Ordinator on 068 22986.

 

North Kerry Older Persons Maintenance Service

NEWKD are providing community services for the elderly, and are now taking requests for the winter. Prepare your home for the winter, power washing footpaths and driveways. Christmas is quickly approaching so now is the time to tackle indoor improvements and repairs. They cover all of North Kerry and all workers are Garda vetted, for more information please contact 068-23429 or 087-3776724

Ballybunion Badminton

Ballybunion Badminton is back! The club was huge back in the 80’s and 90’s and its back in 2018 with the new name Ballybunion Baseliners! So dust off your old racket and come and rejoin. Ballybunion Community Centre, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9-11pm, and Saturday mornings 11am-1pm. €5 per person. New members are always welcome.
Cashen Vale Boxing
Club training continues every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 7pm, and our Healthy Boxing Bodies fitness class is on every Tuesday evening at 6pm at the Irish Collage Sandhill road.
Ballybunion Taekwon-do
Ballybunion Taekwon-do, classes for children, teens and adults, in Ballybunion Community Centre every Wednesday and Friday. Excellent for fitness, confidence, self-defense and flexibility. First class is free. Contact Michael on 087 9245637.
Parkrun Listowel
A free, weekly, timed 5k run takes place every Saturday at 9.30am.Visit www.parkrun.ie/register for registration details.

Beale GAA Lips Zipped

Beale GAA presents Lips Zipped on Saturday 22nd December. 10 Acts will battle it out as they perform a range of show stopping hits in what promises to be a night full of entertainment and laughter. It all takes place in Ballybunion Community Centre and tickets are priced at €20 and can be purchased by club members or local bars and shops in town.

St Joseph’s Secondary School Craft Fair

St. Joseph’s Annual Christmas Craft Fair will take place this Friday 7th December from 9.30 to 12.30, please come along and support, lots of arts, crafts and Christmas treats. 

 

Ballybunion Senior Citizens
The Ballybunion Senior citizens Christmas Party takes place this year on Thursday13th December at the Cliff House Hotel. If you are entitled to a free ticket, please contact any committee member. Eileen Fogarty 086-2234965, Con McCarthy 087-4184241, Marie Houlihan 087-9542102, Mike Rowan 085-1132290. Tickets can be purchased at €25 each. Music by Stevie Donegan. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Meals on wheels will be delivered every Tuesday and Wednesday in the Ballybunion, Asdee and Ballydonoghue areas. Anyone wishing to avail of this service can contact Eileen on 086 2234965. Cost of dinners is €6 each and are delivered to your door.
Activities: There will be activities in the towers every Tuesday morning from 11 to 2pm with Mairead Hanlon so come along and join in. Excerise, Music & Arts.

 

Winter Solstice Gathering
You are invited to join this deeply nurturing evening on Friday 21st December at “the room of light” (upstairs at the Ballybunion community center) from 7-10pm. Our night will be honoring our year so far. Our journey with it. Honoring the shortest day in the year by celebrating the dark. It is only in the dark we see the light. As we look forward to the return of light. To the promise of longer days and spring. What promises does it hold for you? We will be creating sacred circle, Meditating, Dancing into each of the 4 directions, Drumming, Ceremony around darkness and light. Lovely warm tea and a sweet treat.
Cost is €30 and places are limited and given on a first come first served basis. Booking is essential! 
Please bring a blanket, mat and cushion. Please phone Rosarie 087-6147359

 

Christmas Coffee morning for Hannah
Antoinette O’Sullivan would like to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone who helped and donated to her coffee morning for Hannah ‘The Princess Warrior’. She would like to say a special ‘Thank You’ to Namir’s Restaurant for hosting the event, and for the kindness that they showed. She would also like to thank all those who donated treats, and all the shops and businesses for their donation of spot prizes for the raffle. 
Thank you to everyone who helped on the day and made the Coffee Morning such a huge success, especially Santa who made a special visit to all the children and gave them gifts. Finally, she would like to thank the 5th and 6th year students of St Joseph’s Secondary School, for choosing ‘Hannah, The Warrior’, as one of their charity, and for presenting her with a cheque for €250.00 for Hannah. Over €1400.00 has been raised from the coffee morning for Hannah’s care. When she comes out of hospital, this donation will go towards physio and rehabilitation. Thank you very much

Ballybunion Calendars

Gráinne Toomey has launched her 2019 Ballybunion calendars. These calendars have many beautiful photographs of Ballybunion and are just €15 + postage. Please phone Gráinne on 086-8944292 to place an order, or call into the Tourist Office as they are on sale there also.
Jason O’ Doherty has launched his calenders for sale this week, they are available in many outlets throughout Ballybunion aswell as the Tourist office. Jason’s calendar will cost €10 and money raised will go towards Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue.
Wild Ocean Studio Jerry Lane featuring some of his favorite images from Ballybunion. These calendars are €17.50 and can be purchased on the following link www.iamjerrylane.com and are also available from the Tourist Office.
Steve Kelly a Listowel-based photographer has also produced a beautiful calendar for the Christmas market. Steve has covered a number of local events throughout 2018 and this is his first calendar, which features images from Listowel, and various parts of the county with three spectacular pictures of Ballybunion included. These calendars also cost €15 and can be purchased directly from Steve (087-2013975).  

 Local Free Range Eggs

Local free-range eggs based in Triple Ballybunion, can be delivered in Ballybunion, Asdee, Ballylongford, Lisselton areas. €2 for 6 eggs, Call MARK ON 089-4333966 OR Tracy 087-1842821
Tea Dance
December’s Afternoon Tea Dance takes place on Sunday 30th December at the Hibernian with dancing to the music of Matt Dillon. Dancing is from 3.00pm to 5.30pm and admission as always is €5, which includes refreshments.

 

Christmas Dance
A Christmas Dance night will be held on Friday 28th December at 10pm in the Hibernian Bar. Music by Ger Walsh. Admission is €5; there will be plenty of spot prizes on the night also.
In my Father’s Time
Comes to Kilcooly’s on this Saturday 8th December at 9.30pm. You will hear great traditional tales of Ballybunion and surrounding areas recounted by local & Kerry seanachai’s. A great night of stories and songs to be had. Admission is free

 

Christmas Jive Night.
On Fri 14th December a 5 course dinner followed by an 80’s disco with the one and only Ger Walsh at Kilcooly’s Country House. Limited availability please phone 068 27112. Tickets are €35 each.

 

Tommy Tiernan

Tommy Tiernan is bringing his new show “Paddy Crazy Horse to the Tinteán Theatre this Saturday 8th December at 8.30pm. Tickets are available from Namir’s Restaurant and www.ticketsmaster.ieand are €30 each it promises to be a great night out.

 

Ballybunion Community Centre & Beale GAA Weekly Lotto Draw

The Community Centre / Beale GAA  Lotto, Sunday 2 December, was held in “Exchange Bar”.
The numbers drawn were: 2,8,12,14.
There was no winner of the €4,750 Jackpot.
The lucky dip winners are:
€40 – Mac Muiris, c/o Courtney’s Bar
€30 – Anthony Sheehan, c/o The Railway Bar
€20 – Blaitin O’Brien, c/o Courtneys Bar
5 Free tickets: Carlos, Main Street, Ballybunion c/o Wilde
Next weeks draw will be held in “Kilcoolys Bar” 9 December 2018 at 9.30pm, and the Jackpot is €4,800.
Ballybunion Community Centre & Beale GAA would like to thank everyone for their continued support in buying our weekly lotto tickets

 

Ballybunion Community Forum
Ballybunion Community Forum AGM will be held on Monday 17th December at 7.30pm in the upstairs hall of the Ballybunion Community Centre. All are welcome to attend.

 

Turning on of the Christmas Lights
The Christmas Lights will be turned on this Sunday Dec 9th at 6.30pm. Santa will arrive at approx. 6pm to meet and greet everyone. There will be music on the street provided by local singing group “Echoes” and entertainment from our wonderful Tidy towns committee and the TY students. Afterwards, there will be a little disco and refreshments in JD’s. A draw will take place to decide which lucky child helps Santa to turn the lights on. A box is on display at Cahill’s Supervalu if you wish to enter your child’s name into the draw to help Santa turn on the lights. Do not forget the town will be open for business with delicious, festive refreshments available at Supervalu, Coast, Namirs, Gourmandaises, Thorobread and Sundaes.

 

New Lighting On The Men’s Beach
Phase Two works to install new Lighting on the promenade on the Men’s beach were completed last weekend. This is the first time in almost twenty-five years that it was all illuminated. Phase One which saw the installation of new lighting around the Castle Green and repairing of broken lights on the Ladies beach was completed last year, so Ballybunion will be well and truly lit up for Christmas and for the future, thanks to the hard work of the Ballybunion Community Forum. The Forum would like to thank the Community Enhancement Programme, the Department of Rural and Community Development, the Rural Social Scheme and especially their supervisor Geraldine Kelly for their hard work and commitment.

 

Unislim Ballybunion 

Thursday mornings from 8 to 9.30 am Ballybunion community Centre in the Cozy Room. New & returning members always welcome

Weight Watchers

Ballybunion Health & Leisure Centre Every Thursday 10am to 11am – & – 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Call Sandra on 0876718377 or emailsandramaher@leader.weightwatchers.ie

Ballybunion Health and Leisure Centre opening hours: 

Mon – Thurs – 7am – 10pm

Friday – 7am – 9pm

Saturday – 9am – 8pm

Sunday – 10am – 8pm

Bank Holidays 10am – 8pm 

 

We have numerous exercise and fitness classes, which include the new Surf set, Hydro bikes, Aqua Aerobics, Spinning, and Circuits.  Swim Lessons for both Adults and Children take place each week and can be booked by contacting reception, for any further information please call Reception on Tel: 0682811 or follow our Facebook page Ballybunion Health & Leisure Centre for regular updates. 

 

 

Tommy Tiernan

Tommy Tiernan is bringing his new show “Paddy Crazy Horse to the Tinteán Theatre on Saturday 8th December at 8.30pm. Tickets are available from Namir’s Restaurant and www.ticketsmaster.ie and are €30 each it promises to be a great night out.

 

Ecotrek Ballybunion

Stroll Through History Ecotrek Ballybunion. Guided walking tours with Danny Houlihan every Sunday starting at Ballybunion Tourist Office at 3.30pm. Tours are of Cnoic na Óir, The Cliff Walk and Bromore Cliffs. These tours take in views of the Shannon estuary, loop head, Kerry head, Mount Brandon, Scattery Island, The Viking Raids along the Shannon Estuary and the great plains of North Kerry. Book by appointment only by contacting Danny on 087 3539613 or email: info@ecotrekballybunion.com

Ballybunion Taekwon-do

Ballybunion Taekwon-do, classes for children, teens and adults, in Ballybunion Community Centre every Wednesday and Friday. Excellent for fitness, confidence, self-defense and flexibility. First class is free. Contact Michael on 087 9245637.

 

Ballybunion by the Sea

The new website for Ballybunion is now available on the internet. It is a great website for all in Ballybunion; make sure you check it out atwww.ballybunionbythesea.ie