TRIBUTE TO TOM COONEY:
Thursday, January 31 marked a very special day in the long life of local gentleman, Tom Cooney as people from Killaloe/Ballina-Boher/Ogonnelloe and parishes in Limerick, Tipperary and Clare attended a special St. Pio Mass in St. Flannan’s Church, celebrated by Fr. James Grace. During this Eucharistic Celebration, Tom who was accompanied by his son, Brother Albert (James) and daughters Anne and Ber donated the precious relic, Padre Pio’s healing mitten - to the people of Killaloe and environs. Fr. Alessio, a close friend of St. Pio gave this mitten to Tom in 1968 and for some forty-five years Tom has brought spiritual consolation and healing to thousands of people throughout the district and beyond. Indeed Tom, who first went to San Giovani in 1965 with a Limerick pilgrimage, led groups to the Capuchin Monastery for twenty-six years.
The relic will shortly be permanently placed in a Reliquary in the special Shrine in Killaloe church, which contains a bronze bust of St. Pio, sculpted by a leading Italian Bronze Sculptor, Egidio Ambrosetti in 20009.
KILLALOE STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE:
Details will shortly be given of the date/time/venue for the Public meeting to discuss the draft Killaloe Strategic Plan. During this coming week you will have your final opportunity to view this ‘Plan’ at three venues in the town, – Costcutters (Heaney’s): Family Resource Centre: SuperValu – and make submissions. Thanks to all who have already responded – the positive response is quite heartening and helpful.
SEAN KELLY IN KILLALOE:
On this Sunday legendary cyclist, Sean Kelly will be the special guest at the 100kn Leisure Cycle sponsored by Planet Tri and supporting the local Clarisford Park project. The registration fee is €25 and you may register online at www.planet-tri.ie Registration will also be possible all day Saturday at the Planet Tri shop on Convent Hill and from 8.30am on Sunday at St. Anne’s Community College. Other events include 10km Family Fun Cycle, which is free to all: 10km Fun Run – registration €20: Honda 50 Run – registration €20. All events will commence from Planet Tri at 11am on Sunday.
For further details please contact Cathal at 061 622062 or Pat on 087 7571278.
Last week’s winners at the Killaloe-Ballina Bridge club’s weekly competition night were Mary Brennan/Breeda Reid (1sts): Ailish & Raj Kumbhat (2nd): Sam & Bernie Molamphy (3rd): Betty Young/Bill Shearing (4th).
Congratulations to Mary Collins and Mary O’Sullivan on coming second in the Open Pairs in the Ennis Congress last Friday night and to Jim Gallagher and Michael Mooney who were second in the Clare Intermediate Pairs.
FREE GUIDED WALKS:
Clare Sports Partnership and CLDC’s Rural Recreation Officers are organising free, guided walks on a selection of ‘family friendly’ trails around the County. Some walks have already taken place in the Ennis and West Clare areas. During the month of April our district has been chosen for two events – a 6km forest trail in Ballycuggaran Forest Park on April 13 and a 7km Erina Bridge Loop in O’Briensbridge on April 27. Both walks will commence at 12 noon.
BALLINA-KILLALOE BUSINESS ASOCIATION:
Twenty-eight local businesses were represented at the first Ballina-Killaloe Business Association’s (BKBA) seminar, - “The Customer Value Proposition” – which was held in the Lakeside Hotel on January 29. John Fahy, Professor of Marketing at University of Limerick gave a most informative talk on the Customer Value Proposition and the value of marketing for all businesses. The BKBA committee is delighted with the positive feedback that it received from all who attended and wish to thank Clare local Development Company and North Tipperary LEADER partnership for supporting its seminars. It plans to run eight seminars throughout the year that will address the concerns of members and offer guidance.
The next seminar in February on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is fully booked but there is still availability on the March seminar, which will be held at 11am on Tuesday, March 26 in the Lakeside Hotel. If interested please contact Una Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
ACTIVITIES AT BALLINA PRIMARY SCHOOL:
Well done to all the young boys and girls who represented their school at the recent Cumann na mBunscol 40x20 Handball championships, held recently in Ballinahinch. Congratulations to Isabel Farnan, Matthew Power and Adam Fogarty who won county medals in U.11 Girls’ Singles and U.11 Boys’ Doubles.
On Friday, February 1 forty sixth class boys and girls had a special Retreat Day, facilitated by Eilís Moloney, in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Thirty-four young people also made their Pioneer Pledge during the Retreat.
All classes at Ballina school entertained parents, grandparents and teachers at their annual ‘Dance’ morning on Monday, January 28. Well done to all dancers and to their teacher, Marie Hogan.
Having competed most successfully at the Clare Schools’ championships in Cratloe and Scarriff, six teams from St. Anne’s Community College headed to UL on January 31 to represent Clare in the Munster Schools’ finals. All teams performed very well and were involved in some excellent competitions. The under 16 and under 19 Boys teams both played all the other counties in Munster with each player playing a total of ten matches. The U.19 team won the Munster title and thus qualified for the All-Ireland finals in March. Under 16 boys were unfortunate to lose out to a very strong cork team and finished the day with Silver medals. Well done to Peter O’Leary, Peter English, Cian Bradley Fitzgerald and Stiofan Marsh Mc Mahon (U.19) and Declan Power, Eddie Burke, Michael O’Shea, David Kelly with subs David O’Shea and Daniel Joslin (U.16).
The u.14 boys, all of whom were playing at this level of Badminton for the first time performed very strongly and with great spirit to finish in third place. This team included Cian O’Brien, James Prentice, Ronan Gilmartin, David Casey with sub Niall Moloney.
The U.14 Girls’ team was chosen from a group of fifteen first year students who have trained consistently over the last couple of months, giving up their lunch times to play. Many of these girls have the potential to become excellent players in the future. The team that took part in the Munster final and finished in third place was Sadbh Fennessy, Aoife Power, Rosaleen and Anna Ryan with subs Katie Moloney and Moya Marsh Mc Mahon.
Under 16 girls, - Ciara Hayes, Sarah O’Donnell, Áine O’Grady, Sinéad O’Leary and subs, Moya Conway, Mary Power and Julie Bigot - were most competitive in their matches and were again beaten into second place by an extremely strong Cork team.
Finally, to the U.19 girls, all of whom have at least two more years left in this grade who played without any of last year’s team that reached the All-Ireland finals, were runners up to a particularly strong Cork team. The team included Kate Ryan, Ellen Finnerty, Aisling O’Donnell and Kealy Power.
It is significant also that Moya Ryan, St. Anne’s young under 15 Irish International was not eligible to play for the school in these competitions. Moya continues to give of her time so willingly to help coach the teams. She recently won the prestigious Ulster Open and travels at least two mornings a week to Ennis for 6am coaching sessions. This weekend Moya, playing in Belfast, became U.15 Irish Champion in Singles and also won the mixed title. Truly great achievements for this young but hugely dedicated and talented player!
Smith O’Brien minor hurling club proposes to hold a foundation level coaching course in the near future. Any mentors for the club’s underage players who have not previously completed this course, which was last run two years ago, are requested to participate on this occasion. The foundation level course is also a requirement for those seeking employment in the Kelloggs Cúl Camps, which run over the summer months. For further information please contact Margaret McNamara at (087) 9807384
MUNSTER HANDBALL SUCCESS: In the Cumann na mBunscoil Munster finals in Kerry last weekend, Ballina Primary Schools’ under 11 boys doubles pairing of Adam Fogarty & Matthew Power beat Limerick in the Munster final to add the Munster title to the county title they won recently. Our girls U11 singles representative, Isabel Farnan was beaten in the semi-final by the eventual winner from Clare. Well done to all concerned, and best of luck to the boys, when they represent Munster Primary schools at the National finals day in Cavan later this month. In the adult grades, Declan Gleeson is through to the Munster semi-final after a quarter final win over Clare’s Gerry Cooney 21-18, 21-18. In the Diamond Master A singles, Paddy Collins was narrowly beaten in the tie-breaker of his Munster semi-final by Cork’s Paddy Buckley. Martin McInerney is through to the Munster final of the Master B singles after a 21-15, 21-13 semi final win over Cork’s Kevin Buckley. John McQuaid is also through to the Munster final of the Silver Master A singles. Singles and doubles Munster fixtures are now in full swing and full details can be found on our club facebook page or the Tipperary handball website.