May 18

Sadie Scanlan 086-10

Reporter:

Sadie Scanlan 086-10

‘DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COMMUNITY’ FOR KILLALOE BALLINA: Management, staff at Waterman’s Lodge together with the Friends of Waterman’s Lodge are happy to announce that their Daycare and Respite Centre has been granted funding to develop a “Dementia Friendly Community” programme in Ballina/Killaloe. To begin this process a Public Meeting for interested local people and businesses will take place on May 23 at a venue to be decided, depending on numbers attending.

‘DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COMMUNITY’ FOR KILLALOE BALLINA: Management, staff at Waterman’s Lodge together with the Friends of Waterman’s Lodge are happy to announce that their Daycare and Respite Centre has been granted funding to develop a “Dementia Friendly Community” programme in Ballina/Killaloe. To begin this process a Public Meeting for interested local people and businesses will take place on May 23 at a venue to be decided, depending on numbers attending.

At this meeting, Avril Dooley from the Alzheimer Society of Ireland will give a talk on Dementia Friendly Communities, giving national and international examples of such projects in action. Waterman’s Lodge personnel also plan to form a steering group of local individuals and businesses. Persons wishing to attend the public meeting should email ballinakillaloedfc@gmail.com by Friday, May 17. Further information is available on Waterman’s Facebook pages.

For the past two years Waterman’s Lodge has provided excellent Daycare and Respite services to persons with dementia from Tipperary, Clare and Limerick. Management, staff, service users and their families deeply appreciate the warm welcome accorded to them throughout both towns: the many fundraising projects of local people / business community and the great work of their ‘volunteers’. They are confident that they now have all the “ingredients” to make Ballina/Killaloe a leading example of a successful Dementia Friendly Community.

TIPPERARY FLEADH IN BALLINA: The long awaited 2013 Tipperary Fleadh will take place this coming weekend when hundreds of musicians will converge on the town for a week of competitions, music, song and dance. Various events are running throughout this week and include Set Dancing in the Anchor Inn on Wednesday night and a Singing Session with ‘Fear and Tí’, Michael Scanlan in Reddan’s on Thursday at 10pm. The Official Opening and Concert will take place in Ballina Primary School Hall on Friday night at 8pm followed by Trad Sessions in Mills’ Bar and The Anchor Inn from 10pm. Competitions (Music, Song, Comhrá Gaeilge) will be held in Ballina Primary School from 10.30am while throughout the towns Street and Busking Competitions will, weather permitting, bring people onto our streets to participate in Ballina’s first ever Fleadh. Anyone wishing to partake in the Busking competition must register and registration will take place in Ballina Primary School on Saturday from 11am and there are cash prizes for the winners. The Busking competition is open to ALL and not just Comhaltas members. Following the 11.30am Aifreann Tradisiúnta in Ballina Church Competitions will run in the Primary School from 1.30pm. Do come out and support Fleadh Cheoil Thiobraid Árainn and start up your own Seisiún wherever you find yourself over the weekend!

PINK RIBBON WALK UPDATE: With just a few weeks left to the fourth annual Pink Ribbon 10km Walk/Run in aid of Action Breast Cancer, you are reminded that registration is now open online at www.pinkribbonwalk.ie You may also pick up a registration form in the Lakeside Hotel Leisure Centre, Supervalu, Wood Brothers Bistro, Candy and Moon and Planet Tri. Registration fee is €20 and we ask people to try and raise €100 in sponsorship. Registration closing date is June 5 and there is no registration on June 9. Special Registration dates/venues are Spec savers (Nenagh), Friday, May 17: Specsavers (Cruises Street and Crescent Shopping Centre) Saturday, May 18 and 25.

The “Wicked Stitches” are making pink bunting to help decorate the Bridge for June 9. Plain/patterned pink material will be appreciated and the collection points are Lakeside Leisure Centre, Supervalu, Joanne’s and Wood Brothers Bistro.

The Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk committee would like to extend sincere thanks to Technopath, Forthenry, Ballina who have supported the annual walk for the past four years by sponsoring the medals, race numbers and t-shirts.

BREAST HEALTH INFORMATION EVENING: A free information evening about all breast health issues, including self-examination, will be held at the Lakeside Hotel on this Thursday, May 16 at 8.15pm. All are welcome to attend this important evening facilitated by Karnie Roden GP and lecturer at UL.

PRESENTATION: At the recent non-ticket Choral Concert, hosted by Ború Community Singers in St. Flannan’s Cathedral the main beneficiary of the Retiring Collection was the Boher Autism Development Project. On Wednesday last Ború Community Singers presented a cheque to Una Kennedy, Principal of Boher Primary School. A donation was also made to the Cathedral Restoration/Maintenance Fund.

Sadie Scanlan, on behalf of the Ború Community Singers wishes to thank all who contributed so generously to the Retiring Collection.

SCOUT NEWS: The Rover Section had an early start on Saturday morning as they joined with thousands of others all across the nation to participate in the “Darkness into Light” sunrise hike fundraiser in aid of Pieta House. The Rover Scouts walked and ran in the Limerick event, which started and ended in Thomond Park.

SRS NEWS: The 2nd annual SRS (Soccer, Rugby, Scouts) Golf Classic will take place in the East Clare Golf Course on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15. Entry fee for a team of four, Scramble event will cost €160. The first prize is a fabulous all expenses paid Golf Holiday for 4 to Puerto Banus, Marbella (includes flights, half board hotel accommodation, car rental and provision of 4 sets of Wilson clubs). This year there is a new “Ladies Prize” and many more great prizes. The Prizegiving with food and entertainment will take place on the Saturday night. Proceeds go towards the development of Clarisford Park. For further details please contact Brian Cummins at 087-0505791 or Paul Coughlan at 086-0493707.

ALZHEIMER’S TEA DAY: National Alzheimer Tea Day was celebrated by events at Waterman’s Lodge Respite and Daycare Centre and at Lakes Nursing Home on Thursday last. Both venues were very well supported. At Waterman’s Lodge tea/coffee and cakes were provided from 10am to 2pm and a most enticing variety of cakes and breads was available at the popular Cake Sale.

Attendees at Lakes Nursing Home also enjoyed tea/coffee and delicious cakes from 6pm to 9pm. Special guests provided a great night’s entertainment and included John Saunders and Sasha Morrisey School of Dancing: Aoife Daly (traditional singer): Fionn O’Gorman (accordion) and the Shannon Folk.

CHARITY CYCLE: A Charity Cycle of Lough Derg in aid of Limerick Neo-natal Unit will take place on June 1. It will start at 9pm from Mc Keogh’s Car Park in Ballina and finish at approx. 5pm at JD’s. Further information is available on 087-6734413: 087-9865570: 061-376092.

FAMILY ARTHRITIS DAY: Limerick Juvenile Arthritis Family Day will take place on June 16 in the Sports Arena at University of limerick from 2pm to 5pm. Admission is free but booking is essential. The afternoon will see lots of entertainment for the children, - activity games, face painting, and fun in the Pool – while adults can avail of talks from experts in the field of Juvenile Arthritis.

For further information you may call Laura hickey on 01-6470208: email, lhickey@arthritisireland.ie