FIFTY YEARS IN RETAIL BUSINESS IN KILLALOE: Congratulations to Jimmy Whelan who on Thursday last celebrated fifty years in business in Killaloe. On January 30th, 1964 Jimmy together with his late wife, Eileen opened their first shop on Church Street (premises recently occupied by The Sweet Shop). Five years later, in December 1969, the Whelans purchased the old Kincora Hall and set up Killaloe’s first “supermarket”, which to the present day and under the daily management of Jimmy, continues to be a thriving business. ‘All kinds of everything’ best describes what is available in this shop and the people of Killaloe / Ballina appreciate the friendly and efficient service accorded to them on all occasions. Jimmy Whelan was born in Dunkerrin and when he was two years old his parents Annie and John set up home in Ogonnelloe where he lived until his marriage to Eileen in 1963. Sadly, Eileen died suddenly almost sixteen years ago. The Whelan children, - Anne Marie, Evelyn, Margaret, Jean, Teresa, Emer, James and Brian – all assisted in the running of the store during school holidays and some years ago Evelyn returned to her native Killaloe to join her father in the business. In his early adult years Jimmy formed ‘The Jimmy Whelan Dance Band’ and would have played with his fellow musicians for many a dance in the old Kincora Hall in the 50’s and 60’s. Little did he know back then that this same venue would be the location of his successful business.We congratulate Jimmy on half a century as shopkeeper in Killaloe and wish him many more years of good health and happiness in his shop on Church Street, where the clock that he purchased in the late Jimmy Kennedy’s Electrical Store on Main Street (now The Community Café) over fifty years ago is still in perfect working order!
AWARDS FOR LAKESIDE HOTEL: At the annual IASI (Irish Accommodation Services Institute) Awards held last weekend, the Lakeside Hotel won a Gold Medal Award, for the second consecutive year. The ‘icing on the cake’ for management and staff was that the hotel was also runner-up for the Supreme Services Award. Congratulations to all involved!
CHURCH NEWS: A short ritual for all boys and girls in the Killaloe parish receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2014 will be held during the Vigil Mass on this Saturday, February 8. All must attend this important stage of their preparation for the Sacrament. The monthly St. Pio Mass will be celebrated on this Thursday in Killaloe Church and will replace the morning Mass.
MUNSTER BADMINTON FINALS: St Anne’s Community College teams had a very good day at the Munster badminton finals on Thursday last. With the under 14 Division 1 girls team having already qualified for the All Ireland finals in March, the girls were joined by the boys under 16 team who came through a stiff day’s competition against all the other Munster counties. This team led by Eddie Bourke with David Kelly, David O’Shea and Stephen Howard who all played really well. The under 19 Girls team were runners up in their competition as were the under 14 Girls Division 2 team - both teams were unfortunate to miss out on the gold medals. The under 16 girls and under 19 boys teams both did well against some very strong opposition to finish in third place. Well done to all involved who were very proud to represent their school and county!
ADULT TIN WHISTLE TUITION: The Kincora School of Music, which operates from the Family Resource Centre, will offer Tin Whistle classes for adults from February, subject to interest. If you are interested please contact Paul on 086 2317080 to register or for further information.
BORÚ3PEAKS: You are advised to note that the 2014 Ború3Peaks event has been rescheduled and will now take place on September 27 and 28.
ZUMBA CLASSES: Zumba dancing classes run every Monday at 7.30pm in Boher Hall. If you wish to join you may call Alba on 087 2811618.
COMMUNITY GAMES HANDWRITING/ART: There were a great number of entries in the handwriting competition, which was run by the Killaloe Primary schools. The following children won the Killaloe ‘Local’ competition and will represent Killaloe in the County competition
U10 girls - Rebecca Rodgers: U10 boys - Dylan Tuohy:
Well done to Hannah Power and Leah McKenna, both pupils of Killaloe Girls school who won the U10 handwriting for Ballina Community Games and Derg Community Games, respectively.
The art competition was also very popular and following children won the Local competition and will represent Killaloe in the county competition.
U8 Boys - Conor McClusker and Michael Adino: U10 Girls - Emily Byrne and Karen O’Mahony: U10 Boys -Conor Cusack and Diarmuid Coleman: U12 Boys- Oisin Monaghan and Keith O’Donnell: U12 Girls- Eimear Watson and Emma O’Mahony: U14 Boys- Eoin Geraghty and Julias Dadacay: U14 Girls- Kate O’Mahony.
BEEKEEPERS COURSE: The newly formed North Tipperary Beekeepers Association will hold a ‘beginners’ course in mid February. If you are interested please contact Jim at 087 9718494.
HANDBALL AWARD: Congratulations to Fergal Collins, Ballina Handball Club who received Annervill Award recently in recognition of winning 40 X 20 and 60 X 30 Intermediate Doubles titles and also reaching the 60 x 30 Singles final. Fergal was recipient of this Award (formerly the Cidona Award) in 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2011.
SMITH O’BRIEN: The AGM of Smith O’Brien Minor Hurling club will take place on Monday, February 10th at 8.00 pm in the Clubhouse. It is vital for the success of the club going forward that parents of players and senior members of Smith O’Brien’s be actively involved with the underage club even in some small way. Therefore we would be grateful if as many people as possible would make an effort to attend the AGM on Monday evening.