CHURCH NEWS: The next stage of the “Do this in Memory of Me” programme will take place this coming weekend at the 7.30pm Vigil Mass in Killaloe and the 10.30am Sunday Mass in Bridgetown. All children preparing to receive First Holy Communion this year are requested to attend this Mass with their parents.
BALLINA-KILLALOE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: Over the next few months Ballina-Killaloe Business Association (BKBA) will organise three workshops, which are funded by Clare Local Development Company and North Tipperary LEADER Partnership. The first workshop, - “Creating a Winning Customer Value Proposition” - will take place on Tuesday, January 29 from 11am to 12 noon in the Lakeside Hotel. It will be presented by John Fahy, Professor of Marketing at University of Limerick who will outline how small and medium sized enterprises can build a competitive proposition, which will both guide what they do and improve business performance. Developing a clear and compelling customer value proposition is both the hallmark of successful companies worldwide and never more important than in today’s challenging marketplace.
Since places are limited to thirty persons, immediate booking is essential. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org BKBA members express sincere gratitude to Clare Local Development Company and North Tipperary LEADER Partnership.
BALLINA CAMOGIE: The annual general meeting of Ballina Camogie Club will take place on this Thursday, January 24 at 8pm in the clubhouse. The club intends forming an adult team this year, so all interested parents and players are welcome to attend the AGM. U12, U14 and U16 training will resume in the coming weeks and details will be given in this publication.
KILLALOE-BALLINA BRIDGE CLUB: Congratulations to the following winners at a recent competition night at Killaloe-Ballina Bridge Club: Joe O’ Halloran/Matt Burke (winners): Mary Collins/Mary O’Sullivan (2nd): Sam and Bernie Molamphy (3rd): Peg Hogan/Pat O’Malley (4th).
QUAY ARTS DRAMA GROUP: Quay Arts Adult Drama Group will hold a ‘first reading and auditions’ this Thursday at 7 pm for a production of the comedy “What’s for Pudding”, which will be staged from April 4 - 6th. The director is Pauline Hartigan who produced a most successful play, - “Shop for Charity” at Quay Arts last November.
CLARECARE INFORMATION: The Management and staff at Clarecare wish to remind those living in the community that meals are available for those who may not be in a position to cook for themselves. Please call 061-376346 for further details.
SAMARITANS INFORMATION/SELECTION MEETING: The Ennis and Clare branch of the Samaritans, currently recruiting volunteers will hold an Information/Selection meeting this coming week in Templegate Hotel, Ennis on January 24 at 8pm and on Saturday (26th) at 11am. For further details please call 065 6840808.
JUVENILE COUNTY HANDBALL SUCCESS: Ballina juvenile handballers were in action on Saturday at the 40x20A championship County finals held in Cashel. Isabel Farnan won the Girls U11 singles title, 22-15. Siobhan Prentice and Grainne O’Brien were beaten 22-11 in the Girls U11 doubles. Our U11 boys doubles Matthew Power and Adam Fogarty won, 22-16 (Adam Fogarty stood in for the injured James Power). Colin Ryan from Cashel beat James Prentice 15-8, 15-5 in U.14 singles while Ronan Bourke won 21-6, 21-12 in U.17 singles. Well done to all!
The annual general meeting of Ballina Handball Club was held at the Ball Alley on Monday, January 14 and was very well attended. The new committee for 2013 was elected and includes Tom Aherne (President): Paddy Collins (Chairperson): Declan Gleeson (Vice Chairperson): Darren Prentice (Secretary and PRO): Dave Parkes (Assistant Secretary): Geddy Mc Keogh and Mike Gleeson (Joint Treasurers): Ronnie Power (Schools; liaison officer): Ger Monaghan, Vinny Fahy and Karen Monaghan (Tournament sub-committee).
Registration for all adult and juvenile players for 2013 is now open. Players must register at the Ball Alley at any of the following times: Tuesday, January 22nd (6.30-8pm): Thursday 24th (6.30-8pm) or Sunday 27th (2-4pm). Fees remain the same as last year if you register at one of the above sessions. Adults €30, Students €15, Juveniles €10, Family €65.
U.11 BOYS PLAY IN THOMOND PARK: The under 11 boys from Ballina-Killaloe RFC had the experience of a lifetime when invited to play in Thomond Park against Killorglin RFC during half time at Sunday’s Munster v Racing Metro Heineken Cup challenge. The boys played extremely well and shared the winner’s podium with their heroes in the Munster squad.