SUCCESSFUL BORU 3 PEAKS: Some 200 people from all over the country, the UK and US converged on Shannonside on October 12th/13th where they took part in the second “boru3peaks” challenge. Weather conditions (after a ‘misty’ start) were quite favourable and of course the picturesque vista that greeted all participants on all the ascent/descent/summit, made this event a truly memorable and spectacular one.
Eighty-six brave souls started the weekend with a ‘climb’ to Clare’s highest point, Moylussa. The trail through Ballycuggaran Forest where the rise above the tree line gave stunning panoramic views of Lough Derg, Ogonnelloe, Killaloe-Ballina and surrounding countryside, was conquered by all. Limerick’s Michael Cunningham was the first male ‘home’ in a time of 46:33: Loretto Duggan was the first female in a time of 57:42: They were both followed in their respective gender categories by Eoin Woolley (49:48): Ceara Rice (57:49): Mike Sheehy (50:35): Niamh Yelverton (1:11:22).
On Saturday evening seventy-five runners/walkers undertook the night climb of Tountinna. The daytime scenery here is a real treat when you can expect to see the entire Lough Derg valley as well as a landscape extending from Galway to Kerry. On Saturday night thousands of lights in the various towns, villages, houses etc gave an added attraction/magic to this venue. The first three females/males to finish here were Dee Finn (34:22): Loretto Duggan (34:32): Ceara Rice (353:32): Michael Cunningham (27:13): Eoin Woolley (30:29): Paddy Mc Gowan (32:43).
Day 2 and the mighty Keeper Hill was the challenge! This peak, the highest of the ‘three’ is actually the highest mountain in the Shannon area and the 117th highest in Ireland. The summit is designated as a National Heritage Area, considered important for plants and animals whose habitat need protection. Sixty hardy walkers took on this challenge and once again the vista from the summit was so rewarding. The winners here were Michael Cunningham (1st), Colm Turner (2nd), Oliver McInerney (3rd) and for the ladies Shona Keane (1st), Dee Finn (2nd), Loretto Duggan (3rd).
On Sunday afternoon a delighted Michael Cunningham was crowned “King of the Peaks”, winning the title with an impressive time of 2 h ours and 22 minutes while Loretto Duggan retained her “Queen of the Peaks” title for another year on a time of 3 hours and 6 minutes.
The organisers wish to thank all who took part in the 2013 event, the supporters, volunteers, sponsors and marshals, the Anchor Inn, Féile Brian Ború committee and North Tipperary Civil Defence.
SECOND COUNTY TITLE: What a year for Ballina GAA! Well done to all the players, coaches, mentors, and managers who have worked so hard for several years and are now, in 2013, reaping the rewards of dedication, commitment and hard work. On Sunday last in Semple Stadium, Ballina minor hurlers won the second County title by a 3-12 to 3-10 victory over Sean Tracey’s.
The best of luck to the Junior B team who will play Templederry in the North Tipp final. Please check fixtures for venue and time.
“YOUNG AT HEART” GROUP: The Young at Heart group has resumed activities after the summer break. Almost thirty ladies and gentlemen meet every Monday from 10.30am to 12.30pm in Ballina GAA Complex and engage in a morning of light exercise, chat and of course the freshly made scones and the ‘cuppa’! New members are most welcome any Monday morning.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: The annual general meeting of East Clare Comhaltas will take place on this Friday, October 25th at 8.30pm in the Family Resource Centre in Killaloe. All are welcome to attend!
KILLALOE PILGRIMAGE: The Killaloe Pilgrimage to the canonisations of Popes John XX111 and John Paul 11 will take place from April 23rd to 30th. The pilgrimage will also include a visit to Montecassino and Assisi and will cost €1,100pps. If interested please phone 057 9355050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BRIC A BRAC: Due to the success of the most recent Bric a Brac/Table Top Sale, the Killaloe/Ballina Family Resource Centre will hold the next event on Friday, November 1st. Do bring along your unwanted items to raise spare cash. If you wish to reserve a table (at a cost of €10) or require further information please call on 061 374741.