INSTALLATION OF CROSS AT ST. FLANNAN’S CATHEDRAL: On Thursday, March 21st St. Anne’s Community College students delivered a 12ft high cross, made and finished with a carved Celtic design by Transition Year 1 students, to the local Church of Ireland St. Flannan’s Cathedral in Killaloe. The procession was joined by First Year students and some members of staff and was carried out under Garda escort. The Cross was requested by Rev. Lucy Green as a focal point for prayers of personal attention by visitors to the Cathedral for the future. It was a short journey from College to Cathedral and coming into Holy Week was pertinent to the liturgical season. Throughout the project, Rev. Lucy Green liased with the College through the school Chaplain, Ms. Veronica Sheahan.
The Reception and Dedication of the Cross was simple and beautiful. Rev. Stan Evans travelled from Miltown Malbay to join with Rev. Lucy at the Cathedral entrance where the students presented the Cross. The school’s French choir, under the guidance of Ms. Corbett and Ms. Hartigan, added a note of delicacy to the proceedings. Rev. Lucy’s passion, vision and commitment to the pastoral engagement of visitors from far and wide was obvious and to be commended.
Much thanks is expressed to the Transition year 1 students especially Ciara Hayes, Rebecca Sartini, Aoife Hayes and Ellen Finnerty for their dedication in finishing the project. Also sincere thanks to Padraig Grogan, Eamonn Nihill for their support and Ms. Aideen Walsh, school principal, for her patience and practical support in accommodating the completion of this project.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES IN KILLALOE-BALLINA: You are advised to note the times of the Holy Week Services in the parishes of Killaloe and Ballina-Boher:
Holy Thursday: Holy Communion in St. Flannan’s Cathedral at 10.30am: Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper in Ballina, Boher and Bridgetown at 8pm and Killaloe at 7.30pm: Holy Hour in Ballina at 11pm.
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross in Garranboy Church at 12 noon: “The Three Hours” in St. Flannan’s Cathedral from 12 to 3pm: Solemn Liturgy of the Passion in Ballina, Boher, Bridgetown and Killaloe at 3pm: Stations of the Cross (suitable for children) in Ballina and Boher at 8pm: ‘Prayer around the Cross’ in Killaloe at 9pm.
Holy Saturday: ‘Prayer of the Church’ followed by blessing of food at 12 noon in Ballina: Easter Vigil in Killaloe, Bridgetown, Ballina, Boher and St. Flannan’s Cathedral at 9pm.
Easter Sunday: normal Mass / Service times in all Churches.
KINCORA TRADITIONAL WEEKEND: The first Kincora Traditional Weekend will take place in Killaloe-Ballina from April 19 to April 21. This Festival was launched during a recording of Céilí House at the Lakeside Hotel recently and this programme will be transmitted on RTE Radio 1 on Saturday next, April 6 at 9pm.
Booking for the Saturday workshops is quite brisk and interested persons should make reservations by calling 086 0529278 as soon as possible. The workshops, which run from 10am to 12noon), will be held at St. Anne’s Community College and include Fiddle (Siobhan Peoples): Accordion (Martin Connolly): Flute (Leon Agnew): Tin whistle (Fiodhna Gardiner) and Traditional Singing (Nora Butler). A minimum of two years experience on instrument is essential. Set Dancing workshop, facilitated by Thereze Benson will take place at The Anchor Inn from 12 noon to 3pm and for further information/booking you may call 087 2931094.
SENIOR CITIZENS MINI BREAK: The Senior citizens committee wishes to announce a two-night break in the Galway Bay Hotel from Sunday, May 19 to Tuesday, May 21. The fare, €165 includes travel, morning coffee (Gort), two nights B&B, dinners, tea/coffee throughout stay in Hotel. Single supplement @ €20 per night is also available. Booking deposit of €50 must be paid to any committee member by Saturday, April 6.
KILLALOE TOWN PLAN: On Wednesday, March 20 Keith Mitchell (Cunnane Strallon Reynolds, a company appointed by Clare County Council and Clare Local Development) presented a new Draft Town Plan at the Girls Primary School Hall. Killaloe Tidy towns Committee whose members are greatly encouraged by the very positive reaction of businesses and the general community to the wide-ranging proposals are spearheading this initiative.
In the coming weeks Tidy Towns personnel will contact all those who expressed an interest in working further with this Plan and who will have an opportunity of making further amendments and submissions to Keith Mitchell. They wish to thank all who attended the meeting or made submissions to the Draft Plan.
The latest copy of the Draft Strategic Improvement plan will shortly be available for viewing in Killaloe Library and in the Community Café on Main Street. If funding is secured to implement the main finding of the Plan, which is scheduled to be approved before the Summer, it is expected that efforts would be stepped up to have one of the submissions, - the provision of a Brian Ború sculpture on The Green – erected before the official major 2014 celebrations commemorating 1,000 years since the death of the High King at the Battle of Clontarf.
Quay Players Performances: Quay Players, our local amateur drama group, will present their fifth production at Quay Arts on April 4th, 5th and 6th. Produced by Pauline Hartigan, there is a double treat in store: Delia O’Leary stars in an excerpt from ‘The Bag Lady’ by Frank McGuinness while Fr Enda Brady, Chris Rowley, Derek Lyons, Carmel O’Riordan and Larissa Manley star in ‘What’s for Pudding’, a one act comedy by David Tristram. Tickets are on sale now at €10. Seating is limited so immediate booking is essential. Please call 061 622487 to avoid disappointment!
CHORAL FESTIVAL SUCCESS: Congratulations to the Killaloe Ballina Youth Choir, winners in the Youth Section of Limerick Choral Festival Competition on Saturday, March 2nd. Their performance was described by the adjudicators as “exciting’.
The Killaloe Ballina Gospel Choir also participated and came away with a well-deserved Merit. Under the direction of Carmel Doolan, the choirs are now preparing for the Third Great Big Pink Gig in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland and Killaloe Pink Ribbon, which will be held in The Lakeside on Thursday, May 2nd. Tickets will be on sale at Ponte Vecchio, from choir members and at the Lakeside Hotel.
SCOUTING NEWS: The Rover Scouts travelled to Knocklong on Saturday for a day of ‘unconventional’ activities. They tried their hand at Air Rifle shooting, took turns on a hunting simulator, tried some archery and after that returned to Limerick for an evening meal and some bowling.
The Beaver Scouts enjoyed a cold but fun day out last Sunday at the Ruan Campsite for an Easter Egg themed County event. They engaged in egg painting, had an egg-throwing contest and took part in egg and spoon races. The main focus of the day was a treasure hunt through the woods to collect coloured pegs, which were then traded in for Easter Eggs prior to having a warm snack and heading back home to Killaloe with their goody bags.
Thanks to the Beavers and the Beaver Scouters who took part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and won the Best Club Float – “Clarisford – the story so far.”
KILLALOE-BALLINA BRIDGE CLUB: The results for Killaloe Bridge Club competition on Monday, March 18 are as follows: - 1st - Nellie Molamphy & Nora Hewitt: 2nd - Mary O’Sullivan & Mary Collins: 3rd- Raj Kumbhat & Ailish Kumbhat: 4th - Matt Burke & Joe O’Halloran.
MERIT/BEST LEAVING CERTIFICATE AWARDS: Ellen Collins who sat her Leaving Certificate in 2012 at St. Anne’s Community College was recently presented with a Merit Award and Best Leaving Certificate Award by chairman of Clare Vocational Education Committee, Cllr. Tommy Brennan. Ellen is now enjoying her challenge in her chosen course of International Languages at UCD with particular emphasis on German and Portuguese and has already received a scholar’s award. We congratulate her and wish her continued success in the future.
FISHING COMPETITIONS: Bitterly cold conditions were encountered by Killaloe-Ballina anglers at last Sunday’s Trout competition, sponsored by Rita and Mike Kelly. Ger Mc Keogh and Liam Floyd were competition winners with a fine 6.5 lb trout; Paul Conroy and Diarmuid Fitzgerald were in second place (2 lb 8 oz) while Michael Fitzpatrick and Aileen Mc Keogh were third. Diarmuid Kelly was the winning juvenile angler.
Presentation of Prizes was held in Molly’s and the club wishes to thank Martin and staff for the delicious and most welcome food. Sincere thanks to Rita and Mike for their generous sponsorship.
The next competition, - Wet fly- will be held on Sunday, April 7 with fishing commencing at 10am. Presentation of prizes will take place at Molly’s at 7pm and Jimmy Hanly will sponsor this competition.
Trout competition: On Monday, March 18 St. Flannan’s Club held its first Trout competition for 2013. Patrick O’ Riordan was competition winner: Frank Free was in second place and Seanie Power and John Cassidy caught the second heaviest fish. Adrian Power was juvenile winner.
Six trout were weighed in at last Sunday’s Club competition where Jimmy Ryan and John Shanahan caught the heaviest trout; Ger Hickey was second and Patrick O’Riordan was third. Again, the juvenile winner was Adrian Power.