MOST SUCCESSFUL ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN KILLALOE-BALLINA: This year’s St. Patrick’s Day was one of the most enjoyable in recent years. Fortunately, we escaped the predicted severe weather conditions and people turned out in large numbers to support all events.
Celebrations commenced with Mass, celebrated by Fr. James Grace in St. Flannan’s Church, where instrumentalists and dancers from East Clare Comhaltas, Aoife Daly (vocals), Diane Daly (Violin), Paul Smyth (Flute) joined with the Church Choir in enhancing the Liturgy on the special feast of our National Patron Saint.
Some thirty-eight entries in the Parade at 2pm made it the best-supported parade to date. Led by the local Fire Service, hundreds of participants filed past the Reviewing Stand where special guests, - Fr. James Grace: Fr. Enda Brady: Inspector John O’Sullivan: Timmy Dooley T.D: Michael Mc Namara T.D: Cllr Phyll Bugler: Cllr Joe Cooney: Cllr Michael Begley: Cllr Cathal Crowe: Sadie Scanlan (local correspondent) – had a ‘bird’s eye view’ of proceedings. The colourful entries included East Clare Farmers’ Hunt: Tipperary Fleadh Cheoil: Coast Guard: Search and Recovery Unit: A Secure (Electrical and Security Systems): Kincora Kids Community crèche: Killaloe sailing Club: Mike’s Mowers: M.B. Environmental Services: UL Activity Centre: A Dog’s Life, Birdhill: Mike O’Grady, Lawnmowers: Joe Furlong, Derg Business Alliance: Spin South West: Pink Ribbon Walk: Vintage Morris Minor, Paddy and Patsy O’Brien: Ballina-Killaloe RFC: Lough Derg FC: Scout Troop: Clarisford Project: Clonlara Scout Group: Sasha Morrisey School of Dancing: Smith O’Brien Senior and Minor Club: Smith O’Brien Camogie Club: An Droichead Community Games: Birdhill FC: Simply Delicious: Embroidery 4 You: Mc Keogh’s Hardware: Ballina Juvenile GAA: Shoe Be Do: Jimmy Whelan’s Foodstore: Car Pal: Lawn and Order: Powder Room: M&L Hair Studio: The Anchor Inn.
Musicians, - Paul Smyth, Michael Hackett and Denise Kennedy - performed on the Reviewing Stand before and after the Parade while the Killaloe-Ballina Community Orchestra were in action at Flanagan’s Marquee after the Parade.
Parade MC and Chairperson of the Parade committee, John Grimes, thanked all who supported the event either as participants or as spectators. He extended special thanks to the Gardaí, Killaloe Flowers, Mike Mc Grath, Clare and North Tipperary County Councils, The Gathering – Fáilte Ireland, Family Resource Centre and Mike Mc Kee.
Congratulations to all who put so much work into all the entries in this year’s parade and to the organising committee. Without your valued input, we would not have a Parade.
Congratulations to the following Parade winners: Best Overall Float -Mc Keoghs Hardware: Best Club Float - Killaloe Scout Troop: Best Business Float - Mike’s Mowers: Best Topical - Lawn ‘n Order: Best Comical - Ml’s: Merit Award - Kincora Kids: Best Dressed Window - Amore Mio.
INSTALLATION OF CROSS IN CATHEDRAL: On this Thursday, March 21 a twelve-foot high cross, decorated with Celtic design and made by the Transition Year students in St. Anne’s Community College will be installed in the historic St. Flannan’s Cathedral in Killaloe. The students will carry the Cross, under Garda escort, from the College to the door of the Cathedral as a practical exercise in Ecumenism and a reminder of the Cross of Christ as we prepare to enter into Holy Week. Rev. Lucy Greene will receive the cross into the Cathedral to the accompaniment of music provided by St. Anne’s French choir. All in all, it should prove to be a great occasion and you are all invited to attend. The procession will leave the school at approx. 2 pm and arrive at the Cathedral at 2.15 pm.
WEDDING BELLS: On Friday, March 15 Niamh Scanlan, a teacher in Killaloe Boy’s Primary School, exchanged wedding vows with Ger Begley in St. Flannan’s Church in Killaloe. Niamh is the only daughter of Siobhán and Rory, Chapel Street and was attended by her friends Ruth Kilkenny, Nuala Mc Keogh, Caroline Russell and Áine Twomey. Ger is son of Jo and Jimmy, Mulcaire Drive, Annacotty and his brother Paul was Bestman and David Begley, Rod Scanlan and Jason Begley were Groomsmen. Child attendants included Emma Begley, Jonathan Begley and Donagh Walsh-Forde. Nuptial Mass concelebrated by Fr. Bobby Fletcher, Fr. James Grace, Fr. Pat Malone and Fr Koenraad Van Gucht was truly enhanced by the splendid musical contribution of Moira, Sheila, Bernie and Kay Walsh: Shane Maher, Shane Egan, Jim Tuohy and ‘father of the bride’, Rory.
Following the Church Ceremony Niamh and Ger were joined by their families, relatives and friends at The Woodlands Hotel in Adare.
We wish Niamh and Ger a long, happy and healthy married life!
BORU DUATHLON: Ború Duathlon, the final race of the Clare Duathlon series, is being organised by Ború Tri Club in Killaloe on April 7th at 10am. The Clare series included an event in Doonbeg on March 10 and on this coming Sunday the Ennis Duathlon will start at 10.30am with registration from 8.30am.
The ‘Transition’ for the Killaloe event will be held in Kincora Marina and the race comprises 5km run, 18km cycle and 3km run. The run will take place in Brian Boru’s fort, the Boardwalk and the Canal Bank; the cycle will head out towards Ogonnelloe and back. Motorists are asked to drive carefully while the race is in progress (10 am -1pm).
For more information you may check out Ború Tri Club on Facebook or email email@example.com. Entries can be made at www.triathlonireland.com A number of relay entries will be taken on the day.
QUAY ARTS EVENTS: Quay Arts next Theatre Nights are scheduled for April 4th - 6th. Two plays, produced by Pauline Hartigan will be presented: “What’s For Pudding” by David Tristram starring Carmel Reardon, Fr.Enda Brady and Larissa Manly and an excerpt from “The Bag lady” by Frank McGuinness starring Delia O’Leary.
Easter Painting Day for children will take place on Wednesday next, March 27. Due to the popularity of this event, two sessions have been organised – 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.
The Easter Camp will run from Tuesday, April 2 to Thursday, April 4. If you wish to book a place please call 622487.
ST. FLANNAN’S FISHING CLUB: There was a good turn out for St. Flannan’s fishing competition on March 10 and despite blustery conditions anglers had some good catches. Congratulations to the following winners: Klaus Sinnhoffer (heaviest fish): Síle Corish (heaviest bag): Danny Sullivan (second heaviest fist).
KILLALOE-BALLINA ANGLERS: Killaloe-Ballina & District anglers will hold their first trout competition for 2013, - The Brass Monkey Trophy - on this Sunday, March 24. This competition is sponsored by Rita and Michael Kelly and fishing will commence at 10 am. The Presentation of Prizes will take place at Molly’s Bar at 7pm.
BALLINA HANDBALL CLUB: In the juvenile All-Ireland semi-finals, James Prentice who partnered Jerome Cahill of Lahorna in the U14 doubles represented Ballina. The Tipperary pair were up against Ulster champions Shea Donnelly and Sean Reilly of Armagh and they proved far too strong for the Ulster boys powering to a 15-3, 15-2 win to earn their place in the All-Ireland final where they will take on Galway on April 6th.
Sunday, March 24 will see two Ballina doubles pairings in All-Ireland semi-final action. Martin McInerney and John Lee will play Cavan while Ger Coonan and Fergal Collins will take on Tyrone in the Intermediate Doubles. Both games are in Ballinahinch at 2pm and all support will be greatly appreciated.
BALLINA NS HANDBALL PRESENTATION: On Friday last, March 15 the ‘handball’ achievements of three young people, Matthew Power, Adam Fogarty and Isobel Farnan - from Ballina Primary School were acknowledged. At a special School Assembly attended by Paddy Collins, Michael Gleeson and Ronnie Power from Ballina Handball Club, Matthew, Adam and Isobel who successfully represented their school in the Primary Schools Handball Championship, were presented with County and Munster Medals. Well done to the many boys and girls from Ballina who competed in the County championship and congratulations to Matthew, Adam and Isobel.