Killaloe/Ballina Jan 18

BANK OF IRELAND “MUNSTER FOR A DAY” LOCAL WINNERS: Winners of Bank of Ireland “Sponsor Munster for a Day”, Ryan Stoves, get the once in a lifetime opportunity to have their company logo printed on the Munster rugby jersey for the highly anticipated Heineken Cup clash between Munster and Edinburgh on this Sunday, January 19th in Thomond Park. The family-run business based in Carrigatogher, Nenagh and in Limerick’s Parkway Shopping Centre, competed with three hundred other Munster-based businesses to achieve this prestigious opportunity.

BANK OF IRELAND “MUNSTER FOR A DAY” LOCAL WINNERS: Winners of Bank of Ireland “Sponsor Munster for a Day”, Ryan Stoves, get the once in a lifetime opportunity to have their company logo printed on the Munster rugby jersey for the highly anticipated Heineken Cup clash between Munster and Edinburgh on this Sunday, January 19th in Thomond Park. The family-run business based in Carrigatogher, Nenagh and in Limerick’s Parkway Shopping Centre, competed with three hundred other Munster-based businesses to achieve this prestigious opportunity.

In November Ryan Stoves placed an entry into the Bank of Ireland run competition only to be selected among the five finalists. The local team then battled a media driven contest where the winner was chosen by the finalist who received most votes with www.independent.ie Ryan Stoves demonstrated their mission of “priding themselves on their after-sales service and also providing an expert installation service” to show determination, dedication and coherence to win this two-week 
contest.

Ryan Stoves was awarded the impressive prize that includes the company logo on the Munster rugby jersey: Pitch-side advertising: Match programme advert: PR coverage – pre and post-game: Photographs with the team: Corporate hospitality for ten people. Ryan Stoves promoted through the Bank of Ireland social media channels and Ryan Stoves profiled through www.independent.ie

The winning business has utilised this opportunity through every aspect possible and has been featured in “The Sunday Independent” as the “Best place to buy a stove for value for your money”.

Don’t forget to join Ryan Stoves in their once in a lifetime opportunity on the 19th of January for Munster vs. Edinburgh in Thomond Park, kick-off at 12.45 where there will be great offers from Ryan Stoves and a FREE scratch card for your chance to WIN a stove.

Congratulate to Terri and Larry Ryan, (who reside at Derrycastle, Ballina) their family and staff members!

BALLINA-KILLALOE BUSINESSASSOCIATION: The annual general meeting of Ballina-Killaloe Business Association (BKBA) will be held at the lakeside Hotel on Tuesday, January 28th at 7.30pm. All members and prospective members are invited to attend.

LAUNCH OF 2014 LOCAL CELEBRATIONS: It was the start of things to come on New Year’s Eve in Ballina Killaloe, as community groups and sporting clubs, residents and visitors on both sides of the water came together for an action-packed celebration to launch the 2014 millennial celebrations of Brian Ború. Flaming torches, war dances, fireworks, flags and a historical walk marked the opening of a year of events.

On New Year’s Eve torchbearers, TJ O’Brien, Tony O’Brien and John Grimes, led the procession up Main Street to the site of Kincora, Brian Ború’s palace, on The Green in Killaloe, where the official beginning of the 2014 celebrations was marked.

Mayor of Clare, Cllr. Joe Arkins spoke of an exciting year ahead with events in Clare and around the country, commemorating the millennium of Brian Ború and the Battle of Clontarf. One of the evening’s highlights was the street performance of the ‘Kincora Call’ a war dance and chant, written by Sarah Devane; choreographed by Marie Murphy and performed by students of St. Anne’s Community College.

On New Year’s Day, Patron of the Festivities, Keith Wood raised the official Brian Ború Trail flag on the grounds of St. Flannan’s Church. Those who wished to start the year with their best foot forward joined Una Kierse for a historical walk around the key locations linked to the life of the ancient hero who will be very much remembered in the year to come.

For more information about upcoming events and activities commemorating Brian Ború, please visit www.killaloeballina.ie

FLEADH COMES TO KILLALOE: East Clare Comhaltas is delighted to announce that Fleadh Cheoil an Chláir will be held in Killaloe on June 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd. This is an excellent opportunity for local children to participate in the Fleadh Cheoil Competitions of Music, Singing, Dancing and Comhrá Gaeilge.

A meeting will be held on Thursday, January 23rd at the Girls’ School Hall at 8pm. We extend an open invitation to all to come to this meeting. We need volunteers to help with the running of the event in June. If you are available to help please drop your name in to Brona at the Family Resource Centre or contact Tracy Hayes, Chairperson or Mary Donoghue PRO on 087-056-0240

DAYCARE CENTRE: A Daycare Service for the over 65’s is held each Wednesday from 11am to 2pm in the Clarecare Centre, Hill road, Killaloe. Attendees can avail of a number of social activities an lunch for a mere €5. All are welcome to attend. If you require further details you may contact john Conroy or Joan Hennebry at 376346.

APPRECIATION: Staff and students at St. Anne’s Community College wish to express sincere thanks to all who attended/supported the recent fundraising Carol Service in aid of St. Vincent de Paul Society. A total of €1,166.50 was raised and delivered to the local branch on December 21st.

VOLUNTEERS FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS: The Special Olympics Irish Games will be held in Limerick and surrounding areas from Thursday, June 12th to Sunday (15th). To ensure the success of these games up to 3,000 volunteers are required and the organising committee would appreciate support. If you wish to volunteer please visit the Special Olympics website for application details.

ADULT SWIMMING LESSONS: A four-week course of Adult (beginners) Swimming lessons will commence at the Lakeside Hotel Leisure Centre on Monday next, January 20th. The lessons, which are open to members and non-members, will run each Monday and Wednesday at 8pm. For further details/reservations please call 376522.

PILGRIMAGE TO ROME: The Killaloe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome for the canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul 1 and led by Bishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA and with Fr. Albert Mc Donnell as Spiritual Director, will take place from April 23rd to 30th. Pilgrims will be accommodated within walking distance of the Vatican and the cost is €1,100 pps. Pilgrims will visit all the popular sites in Rome and will also travel to Monte Casino and Assisi. For further details please call 057-9355050 or email a.mcdonnell@killaloediocese.ie

KNITTING CLUB: Lough Derg Knitwits meet every second Saturday from 11am to 12 noon in Killaloe Library. The sessions are suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years and new knitters are most welcome to come along on the following dates: January 25th: February 8th and 22nd: March 8th and 22and: April 5th. For further details lease contact any member of the library staff or phone 376062.

ART CLASSES: Places are still available at the Wednesday sessions of the Killoran Art Group where art teacher, Josie Croft develops skills at all levels, providing expert tuition at an ideal venue. Interested persons may contact Josie on 065-6843297 or Margaret Tuohy on 067-23013.

BALLINA GAA: You are all welcome to attend the North Tipperary Board ‘Club of the Year’ function in the Lakeside Hotel this Friday (January 17th) at 8pm.

The annual general meeting of the Senior Club will be held on Friday, January 24th and the Juvenile AGM will take place the following week on Thursday, January 30th. Both meetings will be held in the Clubhouse.