LOCAL TEENAGERS EXCEL AT STUDENT ENTERPRISE AWARDS: St. Anne’s Community College was represented in Senior and Junior Categories of the final of the 2013 County Student Enterprise Awards, which was held in the West County Hotel on Thursday, March 7.
In the Junior Section the local teenagers were outright winners, deservedly winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd awards. The winning entry, “Happy Me.ie” was submitted by David Casey, Katie Moloney and Anna Spaight: Hannah Mooney with her ‘Irish Tourism App’ was in second place while “Trendy Night Cases” presented by Kelly Nolan, Emma Geraghty, Rosie Farrell and Aoife Daly merited third place. “Bake Outside the Box”, the Senior project of Aoife Hayes, Ciara Hayes, Ellen Finnerty and Rebekah Sartini merited first prize.
Well done and congratulations to all involved – the students themselves (winners and participants) and their teachers, Kathleen Egan, Mairéad Ryan and Nuala Kilkenny. All the students and indeed the entire school community extend ‘Get Well’ wishes to Kathleen, a most popular and dedicated teacher at the College for many years and also the Transition Year Co-ordinator who has encouraged and prepared students to take part in this competition for several years. All first-place winners will go on to represent St. Anne’s and Clare in the National final in Croke Park in April and we wish them all the best of luck.
ST. PATRICKS FESTIVAL: Ballina Killaloe St. Patrick’s Festival will take on this Saturday and Sunday, March 16th and 17th. The festival will build on our already hugely successful St Patrick’s Day Parade and will introduce at least two new key-events in the build-up to being a key event in the local, regional and national programme of events for 2014, the commemoration year of the Battle of Clontarf and its greatest hero, Brian Ború.
As well as the usual and often hilarious topical themes we see in our parade we also suggest that any clubs, organisations and business events and promotions incorporate and take reference, not only from our most famous saint, St. Patrick, but from The Gathering, Brian Ború, the Vikings and our rich cultural heritage.
Additional key events will include a Comhaltas Concert on Saturday in O’Donovan’s Function Room at 8pm in aid of the Tipperary Fleadh, which will be held in Ballina in May. Admission is €10 and family rates are available. There will also be a performance by our very own Killaloe Ballina Community Orchestra on Sunday afternoon under the able direction of Boris Hunka and Diane Daly, supported by Paul Smyth and the many aspiring musicians in our communities.
There will be a number of events (including Face-painting on Sunday from 2pm in aid of Community Café) and promotions going on all over the weekend. Ballina Killaloe Business Association will be give support with the Love Killaloe Ballina campaign so keep your eye out for St. Patrick’s weekend special offers!
The Community Café on Main Street Killaloe will host a “Make Your St. Patrick’s Day Badge” workshop on Saturday at 11am. The cost is €5, which includes materials. Following this event the Men’s Shed Group will run a Woodwork and Stone Carving workshop at 2pm. At 4pm, Paul & Lara Smyth (father and daughter) will present a Traditional Music recital and at 6pm the launch of Folklore & Oral History Community Education Programme will take place. Killaloe Ballina Family Resource Centre Training & Education Programme, Clare VEC Community Education and Cuimhneamh an Chláir present “Come here till I tell you…Killaloe”. Killaloe Ballina 2014 will be working with Cuimhneamh an Chláir over the coming months in developing a course to capture the local history of Killaloe Ballina.
St. Flannan’s Cathedral will run Cathedral tours, facilitated by Bryan Brislane on Saturday and Sunday at 4pm.
All weekend details are available on The Gathering Killaloe & Ballina Facebook 2013 or you may email firstname.lastname@example.org Contact numbers for the ‘Key’ events are Paddy Collins (Parade; 087-2615406): Boris Hunks (Community Orchestra; 087-2104583): Paul Smyth (Tipp Fleadh Concert; 086-2317080).
The development of the Ballina Killaloe St. Patrick’s Festival would not be possible without the valuable support of North Tipperary County Council and is sponsored by North Tipperary County Council under IPB Gathering.
PINK RIBBON 2013 LAUNCH: A “Human Link of Pink” was created at the Lakeside Hotel on Wednesday last in support of the fourth Pink Ribbon Walk, which will take place in Ballina-Killaloe on Sunday, June 9. This walk brings together women and men of all ages, all supporting Action Breast Cancer. Last year the event raised €73,000 and the huge amount of €700,000 has been raised nationally since 2009.This year the organisers are hoping that their message, - “Will you walk with Us?” will attract even more walkers to the annual event.
Registration is now open and you may register online at www.pinkribbonwalk.ie Registration forms are also available in most shops and cafés in Killaloe, the Family Resource Centre, the Credit Union and Library.
For further information you may contact chairperson Nicola Wood at 086 7969001.
KINCORA TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL UPDATE: The Kincora Traditional Music Weekend, which will take place from April 19 to April 21, introduces workshops on a variety of traditional Irish music instruments, song and dance. All workshops will be held on Saturday, April 20 and are delivered by experienced tutors. Places are limited so you are advised to book your place well in advance. The Workshops include Fiddle with tutor Siobhán Peoples from 10am to 12pm: Accordion with tutor Martin Connolly from 10am to 12pm: Traditional Singing- tutor Nora Butler, 10am to 12pm: Flute, tutor Leon Agnew, 10am to 12pm: whistle – tutor Fiodhna Gardiner, 10am to 12pm: Set Dancing with tutors Thereze and Ann Benson, 12 noon to 3pm.
The fee for instruments and traditional singing is €10. Unfortunately absolute beginners cannot be accommodated and the organisers/tutors require a minimum of two years experience for all instrument workshops.
For further information/booking please contact 086 0529278.
KILLALOE-BALLINA BRIDGE CLUB: The results of the recent weekly Club competition are as follows: Peg Hogan & Patricia O’Malley (winners): Pauline Scanlon & Joe O’Halloran (2nd): Jim Gallagher & Patsy Boner (3rd): Michele Russell & Marjorie Garry (4th).
PUBLIC MEETING: Keith Mitchell, Cunnane Stratton Reynolds, will present a new draft plan for Killaloe strategic Improvements on Wednesday, March 20 at 7.30pm in Killaloe Girls Primary School Hall. This plan takes into account the many submissions already made to the current plan, which has been on display at various venues throughout Killaloe for almost two months.
Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting and time will be given to accommodate responses to the new plan before the final recommendations are made.
KILLALOE TIDY TOWNS: Ballina Killaloe Business Association (BKBA) is currently preparing for its “Love Weekend” project, which will commence on March 23. This date also coincides with the final day of filming by RTE for the “Local Heroes” programme. To support BKBA, Killaloe Tidy Towns personnel will meet on the Green at 6.30pm on Thursday, March 21 to ensure that the town is looking its best. Everyone is invited to come along and help.
ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: On Wednesday last four students from St. Anne’s Community College were accompanied by parents and teachers at the special Achievement Award night in the University of Limerick where they were presented with special Achievement Awards from the Kemmy School of Business. Sarah Daly, Marco Frederico, Emmet Mc Donnell and Rebekah Sartini received the award in recognition of achieving Grade A in Junior Certificate Business in 2012. Congratulations to Sarah, Marco, Emmet and Rebekah and to their teacher, Mairéad Ryan!
BALLINA HANDBALLER IN ALL-IRELAND: Ballina handballer, Martin Mc Inerney has won his All Ireland Masters’ B Semi-final. Martin made the long journey to County Down where he took on local player, Tom Savage and showed no ill effects from the long drive as he powered his way to a 21-12, 21-9 win to earn his place in the All-Ireland final, which will take place in the coming weeks.
In the Intermediate Singles semi-final Ger Coonan was beaten 21-13, 21-16 by Shane O’Neill from Tyrone.
This coming weekend will see James Prentice and his ‘doubles’ partner, Jerome Cahill from Lahorna, play their U.14 doubles All-Ireland semi-final against Ulster opposition. We wish them the best of luck!
JUNIOR TENNIS: Well done to all who took part in the Killaloe Ballina Junior Tennis Singles and congratulations to the following winners: Mini Mixed – Sean Lyons (winner), Amy Mc Carthy (runner-up): Girls U.10 – Chloe Mc Carthy (winner), Caitlin Mc Evoy (runner-up): Boys U.10 – Tom Bell (winner), Aiden Foley (runner-up): Girls U.12 – Leah O’Brien (winner), Lucy Mc Evoy (runner-up): Boys U.12 – Christopher Ryan (winner), Mark Lyons (runner-up): Girls U.14 – Rosaleen Ryan (winner), Anna Ryan (runner-up): Boys U.18 – Conor Lonergan (winner), Dermot Foley (runner-up).
The sign-up sheet for the Junior Spring doubles competition (April 6 and April 7) is currently available at the Clubhouse.
You are reminded that the Junior South of Ireland will take place at the Limerick Lawn Tennis club from March 24 to March 30.