Killaloe/Ballina Aug 31

CÉAD MÍLE FÁILTE FOR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES IN MILWAUKEE: Following on from the successes of its first year, members of the Kincora Traditional Weekend committee flew the flag for Ballina and Killaloe at Milwaukee Irish Festival last weekend promoting the 2014 Brian Ború millennium celebrations at what is the world’s largest Irish cultural festival.

CÉAD MÍLE FÁILTE FOR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES IN MILWAUKEE: Following on from the successes of its first year, members of the Kincora Traditional Weekend committee flew the flag for Ballina and Killaloe at Milwaukee Irish Festival last weekend promoting the 2014 Brian Ború millennium celebrations at what is the world’s largest Irish cultural festival.

Travelling as part of a delegation led by Clare Tourism, Ballina musicians Paul Smyth, Deirdre Scanlan and Michael Hackett along with East Clare Comhaltas musicians Paula O’Regan and Alisha McMahon, collectively known as ‘Kincora’, provided the music for the Ború 2014 exhibition in the festival’s Cultural Village. The delegation also included representatives from Marquee Tourist attractions including the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre: The Old Ground Hotel Ennis and The Burren Smokehouse. Killaloe historian, Una Kierse gave talks on the history and significance of Brian Ború while the recently elected Mayor of Clare, Cllr Joe Arkins, dressed as the former High King of Ireland, gave a rousing rendition of Brian Ború’s ‘call to arms’.

In addition to providing the music for the Ború Exhibition, the Kincora music group also performed on various stages throughout the weekend culminating in a ‘finale’ performance on Sunday evening alongside musicians such as Carlos Nunez, The Willis Clan and The Makem and Spain Brothers. The Kincora group musicians were well received by audiences across the festival campus and have been invited to return to perform again at the 2014 Milwaukee Irish Fest.

In the meantime preparations are underway for the second Kincora Traditional Weekend, which will take place over the weekend of the 4th- 6th of April 2014 and fundraising efforts towards next year’s festival begin in earnest with bag-packing in Supervalu in Killaloe on September 27th to 29th. Traditional music will be provided at this fundraising event by students of the Kincora School of Music and all donations will be gratefully accepted.

CANNONBALL FUNDRAISER: Well over one thousand people converged on Ballina Quay on Sunday last to see over 150 of the world’s top mark cars arrive in the district for the final day of their three-day 1,000km road trip around Ireland. Participants of this fifth annual event choose the LauraLynn House as beneficiaries of their mammoth fundraising trip. It was not their first visit to the district as they had a ‘lunch stop’ in 2009 and this year’s event marked the beginning of our annual International Barbeque Festival.

Indeed, some of the drivers were so overwhelmed by our picturesque district and the welcome they received that they decided to remain in Ballina-Killaloe for the day much to the delight of the hundreds who continued to pour into the town throughout the afternoon to view the ‘supercars’ that remained.

Before the supercars ‘roared’ away from Ballina, Shane Lynch of Boyzone fame presented Cathal Quinn with “An Fulacht Fia” Cup, a magnificent Bog Oak creation by Dick Gough that will be presented to the winner of the BBQ competition on this Saturday.

BARBEQUE WEEK: The fourth BBQ Festival, a weeklong one this year will culminate with the International Barbecue Competition at Flanagan’s on the Lake on this Saturday (August 31st).

Twenty-five teams from the US, UK, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland will battle it out for the coveted prize of the International Fulacht Fia Cup. The competition will be overseen by the Irish Barbecue Association (IBBQA) who will be on hand throughout the week promoting and demonstrating safe and fun methods of barbecuing for all the family. A major feature on the day will be the re-creation of the Fulacht Fia, the ancient cooking pit of Na Fianna, the legendary soldiers of the High Kings of Ireland.

Throughout the current week all the local participating restaurants have the opportunity to showcase their culinary expertise with a trail of barbecue parties, including one on board the river cruise boat, “The Spirit of Killaloe” on Friday. Do look out for the remaining organised barbecue events and come along to the spectacular afternoon at Flanagan’s on the Lake on Saturday.

“STRICTLY COME DANCING”: Aspiring ‘dancers’ will have an opportunity to test their ballroom skills at the upcoming fundraising event, - Strictly Come Dancing - jointly organised by Ballina and Portroe GAA Clubs. Professional dance teachers will train the twenty selected contestants for ten weeks, starting in early January and the training sessions will culminate in a sensational night of dancing at The Lakeside Hotel in mid-March. Five couples from each club will qualify for the Grand Final, which should be a most entertaining event. Further details are available from any Club officer in Ballina/Portroe.

TABLE QUIZ: Ballina-Killaloe RFC in conjunction with the International BBQ Festival (August 25 to September 1) will hold a Table Quiz at Liam O’Riain’s on this Thursday, August 29th at 9pm. The entry fee is €20 per table of four and finger food will be provided for participants and supporters.

The Club wishes to congratulate Ballina hurlers on winning a historic first ever North Tipp Intermediate title by beating Shannon Rovers on Sunday last. We wish them continued success in the County Championship.