TOUR DE MUNSTER 2013: Over one hundred and twenty amateur cyclists arrived at the Lakeside Hotel on Thursday evening, August 8 at the end of Day 1 of the 13th annual Tour de Munster. The four-day event saw them complete a 600km journey through the six counties of Munster and, for the fourth year-in-a-row, Down Syndrome Ireland (Munster branches) will benefit from the proceeds of the fundraising cycle. To date the cyclists have raised in excess of €1m for a most worthwhile charity and the organisers wish to thank all who supported them in the district. On Friday morning legendary cyclist, Sean Kelly led the cyclists from the Lakeside Hotel on the Clare leg of the event.
HERITAGE WEEK EVENTS: To celebrate Heritage Week 2013 a number of events will take place in the district from August 17 to August 25. On Saturday, August 17th a ‘heritage walk of Ballina-Killaloe’ will take place from 10am to 12 noon starting from Riverside Park in Ballina. From 2pm to 4pm “Biodiversity” with Éanna Ní Lamhna will run in Ballina Parish Hall. The day will end with a Traditional Irish Music Night at Mills’ Bar from 9pm to 11pm.
On Sunday, August 18 a ‘heritage walk’ will take place along the banks of the Shannon in O’Briensbridge from 11am to 12.30pm. The loop-walk will include a visit to the ESB Hydro Dam. For further information please call Mick Murtagh at 086- 8566556.
Monday, August 19 will see “Celtic Traditions” concert in St. Cronan’s Church in Tuamgraney from 8pm to 9.30pm and also in Tuamgraney a Famine Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday (August 22) at 7pm. Further details of the Tuamgraney events are available at www.eastclareheritage.com
CHURCH NEWS: This Thursday, August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. Mass times in Killaloe are 11.30am and 7.30pm and in Bridgetown at 10.30am.
The Diocese of Killaloe will hold a Faith Congress on the theme of “Faith Today” from Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15. The weekend will open with a Liturgical Celebration in Ennis Cathedral at 7.15pm on the Friday. Twenty-seven workshops will run from 9am to 5pm in St. Flannan’s College and Bishop Kieran O’Reilly will be the chief celebrant at Thanksgiving Mass in the Cathedral on Sunday.
The Ennis/Clare branch of the Samaritans will hold its annual Church Gate collection before all Masses in the Killaloe parish this coming weekend, August 17/18. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
SENIOR CITIZENS’ ACTIVITIES: A number of Killaloe-Ballina Senior Citizens travelled to Lahinch for their annual holiday on Sunday last. They will hopefully, enjoy good weather for the week.
The annual Holycross pilgrimage will take place on Wednesday nest, August 21. A bus will leave from The Forge on Convent Hill at 12 noon and the cost of travel and evening meal is €20. Anyone wishing to travel should reserve a place with any committee member by this coming weekend (August 17/18).
RECENT DEATHS: John O’Sullivan, Inchamore died peacefully at Nenagh General Hospital on Monday, August 5th. Pre-deceased by his wife Peg (nee Ryan), John was one of the oldest residents in the parish of Ballina-Boher. Born in 1918, he lived through the Civil War: two World Wars: the ‘Great Flu’ epidemic (1918 and 1919): the introduction of martial law to Killaloe and Ballina (1918). He was a most popular man and a great musician, - a talent he passed on to his family - and was active and enjoyed a great quality of life up to a year before his death. Following funeral obsequies in the Church of Our Lady and St. Lua, John was laid to rest in Ballina Cemetery. He is survived by his daughter, Mary (Collins): sons, Sean and Padraig: grandchildren, Clíona, Karen, Megan, Eoin, Ruairí and Fionn: great-grandchild, Emily: son-in-law, Paddy: daughters-in-law, Lisa and Gráinne: extended family, relatives and friends.
Roger Porritt, Ferns hollow, Ballina died peacefully on Tuesday, August 6th. Predeceased by his wife, Joan (nee Odlum), Roger was the proprietor of the popular Gooser’s Restaurant for a number of years. A private family Cremation on Saturday morning followed his Funeral Service in St. Flannan’s Cathedral on Friday. Roger is survived by his daughters Joanna, Eve, Juliet and Elizabeth: his eight grandchildren: extended family, relatives and friends.