“ROUND THE LAKE” FUNDRAISING CYCLE: The second annual 115 km “Round the Lake” cycle in aid of the Clarisford Sports Development and organised by the SRS (Scouts, Rugby, Soccer) fundraising committee, will take place on Sunday, April 14. Registration @ €25 is available online at http://www.MyClubFinances.com/membership.asp?LL_ID=677&CLB=1 or you may register on the day or at Planet-Tri (0860493707 / 0873748108. There will be a refreshment stop in Portumna.
This year a Family Fun Cycle is also available and registration if €10 per family. Families can cycle out to the Two-Mile-Gate and return with the cyclists as they return from the “Round the Lake” cycle.
If you require further details on this event you may visit www.facebook.com/srsfund
SHAVE OR DYE FUNDRAISER: On Friday, March 22 a brave young ten-year-old Peter Dunne, son of Laura and Sean, Cullinagh was the youngest local participant in the Irish Cancer Society 2013 ‘Shave or Dye’ fundraising project. His sister, Katie was also involved in the project and is now sporting lovely pink locks! Over five months ago Peter and Katie’s adorable four-year-old sister, Sarah was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and is currently four months into a three-year treatment programme. The Dunne’s family ‘Shave or Dye’ fundraising has already generated several thousand euro for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
Friday’s event, - cake sale and auction – was held at Wood Brothers and supported by huge crowds throughout the entire afternoon. Mary Mc Namara from M&L’s Hair Studio in Killaloe sponsored the shave and dye for both Peter and Katie and brave little Sarah also joined in.
Laura and Sean are justly proud of Peter and Katie for their very brave action and generosity in becoming involved in such a worthy cause. They are most grateful to John and Brenda: to all who supported the afternoon at Wood Brothers: to the Musicians and to all who donated cakes and items for the auction.
The entire Ballina-Killaloe community wish Sarah all the best during her long treatment programme.
CHRISTMAS DAY SWIM PRESENTATION: The Christmas Day Charity Swim Committee recently presented a cheque for €3,700 to the members of the SRS Fundraising Committee for the development of Clarisford Park. Members from all three clubs and their families were among the one hundred and twenty swimmers that braved the cold Shannon waters on Christmas Day for the annual fundraising swim that benefits many local causes. The SRS committee is extremely grateful to the organisers and especially to Christy and Paul Mc Grath and Brendan Ryan: to all who donated to or sponsored the event: the swimmers and spectators.
BORÚ COMMUNITY SINGERS: Ború Community Singers are currently preparing for their Choral Concert, which will take place in St. Flannan’s Cathedral on Saturday, May 4 at 8pm. This performance marks the second year in the 45-strong mixed choir’s three-year project and eight choirs from Clare, Tipperary and Limerick will take part in this year’s event. Next year’s programme will, hopefully feature Youth/Children’s Choirs in the afternoon followed by Adult Choirs later in the evening.
Choir Director, Sadie Scanlan wishes to acknowledge the generosity of Eoin Little (Lakeside Hotel) and Mike O’Donovan (O’Donovan’s Bar and Restaurant) who have provided rehearsal venues for the Choir for almost three years.
SCOUTING NEWS: Members of the Scout and Venturer Sections headed off to Kerry last week for their compulsory hike as a component of their Chief Scout/Gáisce Award undertaking. The Scouts hiked a total of 35km while the Ventures had to complete a total of 60km. Thankfully the weather last weekend, although cold, was nice and dry for the hikers. They were based in Tralee Scout Hall and travelled to Killarney for the hikes; Day 1 consisted of a 20km hike from Killarney to Muckross and following a trail around Muckross Lake they returned to the town again. Day 2 saw a 15km hike around the Purple Mountain from Kate Kearney’s Cottage, over the Gap of Dunloe and onto the Lady’s View. Day 3 started at Torc Waterfall, around Torc Mountain and out to the Lady’s View. There were a lot of weary legs coming home on the bus on Sunday but a great sense of accomplishment for all.
Congratulations to Rover Scout, Keith Webster who was presented with the NUI Galway Presidential Award for Volunteering last Wednesday in an Awards ceremony in the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway. The certificate is awarded to students on the basis of the learning and civic skills gained from time spent giving to others and building and strengthening the Galway community. Keith volunteers as a Beaver Scout Leader with the St. Patrick’s Scout Group in the disadvantaged Shantalla area of Galway. It is gratifying to see volunteers of any kind recognised for the contribution they make to society and the 5th/22nd Killaloe Scout Group is delighted to see Keith, as one of their youth members, acknowledged for the role he plays in the young Beaver Scouts lives.
SMITH O’BRIEN CAMOGIE CLUB: The annual Easter Raffle in aid of Smith O’Brien Camogie Club was held in Reddan’s Bar on Thursday, March 28. It was a very successful night, generously supported by families and patrons alike with traditional music provided by the young members of the club. The committee would like to extend their sincere thanks to the following sponsors for their support: Reddan’s Bar who hosted the event again this year and sponsored 1st prize: the Lakeside Hotel: Tuscany Bistro: Wood Brothers Restaurant: Veronica’s Hair Salon: Green Cross Pharmacy: Supervalu: The Forge and East Clare Oil.
KILLALOE BALLINA TENNIS CLUB: Bob Bradwell of Liam O’Riain’s Bar sponsored the club’s 2013 Winter League. This competition at Killaloe Ballina Tennis Club kicked off last October and continued throughout the winter months. After a total of 189 hard-fought matches the competition finally drew to an exciting conclusion last Friday evening in bitterly cold conditions. It was a highly successful tournament, with over 92 members taking part, making up 23 teams of four. Presentation of Prizes was held at Liam O’Riain’s. Sincere thanks to Bob and all his staff. A special word of thanks to competition organisers, Eleanor Walsh, Alan Williamson (for his regular witty updates throughout the winter) and Pat Aherne.
BALLINA HANDBALL CLUB: The Club’s 60 x 30 doubles tournament started this week and will continue each Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings until the end of April.
Qualifying rounds for the Junior Nationals took place at various venues around the country last Saturday. In Crinkle, Offaly, Kellie Fogarty had a long wait before going into action against local girl, Saoirse Hart and was unlucky to finish runner-up on this occasion. In the boys U15B held at O’Loughlin’s, Kilkenny, James Prentice defeated Liam McNeill of Laois 15-0, 15-0 and then defeated Eoghan Sheehan of Cork 15-4, 15-4. He will now play in the last 16 at the end of April.
Saturday April 6th is an important day for the club, with players in action in two 40 x 20 All-Ireland finals. In Cashel at 4pm, Martin McInerney will play Sean Ryan of Offaly in the Masters B final and in Crinkle at 11am, James Prentice will partner Jerome Cahill of Lahorna in the U14 doubles final against Sean Mulkerins and Peter O’Donoghue of Galway. We wish the very best of luck to our players and all support at these games would be appreciated.
BALLINA CAMOGIE: The following u12 camogie girls participated in a Go Games blitz in Newport on Saturday:
Sarah McKeogh, Roisin Houlihan, Leah O Brien, Eimear O Brien, Roisin Coakley, Hazel McMahon, Kate Clarke, Emily Clarke, Becky Sage, Michelle Sage, Katie Dunne, Siobhan Prentice, Noreen Kennedy, Aoibheann Ward, Isabel Farnan, Maeve Gilmartin, Lucy McEvoy, Caitlin McEvoy, Emma Duggan, Gráinne O Brien and Leah Hunt.
The squad played three matches against Newport, Kilruane and Burgess. This was the girl’s first outing and they played extremely well considering the freezing weather conditions that tested both players and their parents. The coaches would like to thank all the parents for their support and congratulate the girls on a good performance.