Killaloe/Ballina Jan 11

LOCAL CHOIR HELPS BUILD HOUSE FOR PHILIPPINE FAMILY: Ballina resident, Priscilla Durack who resides in Shoreside with her husband, John and children Patrick and Lawrence, is deeply grateful to the local community and especially to the Ború Singers for the support she has received following the horrific typhoon in the Philippines in November. Priscilla’s youngest sister, thirty-one year old Miriam Lemoncito and her four young children, - Nathaniel (11), Kimberely (8), Clarence (3) and Kelly (9 months) – were still missing nine days after the typhoon struck their island of Tacloban, one of the areas worst hit by the typhoon.

LOCAL CHOIR HELPS BUILD HOUSE FOR PHILIPPINE FAMILY: Ballina resident, Priscilla Durack who resides in Shoreside with her husband, John and children Patrick and Lawrence, is deeply grateful to the local community and especially to the Ború Singers for the support she has received following the horrific typhoon in the Philippines in November. Priscilla’s youngest sister, thirty-one year old Miriam Lemoncito and her four young children, - Nathaniel (11), Kimberely (8), Clarence (3) and Kelly (9 months) – were still missing nine days after the typhoon struck their island of Tacloban, one of the areas worst hit by the typhoon.

Despite lack of information and looking in horror at grim pictures on TV of bodies covered with blankets on the roadside of her native country, Priscilla never gave up hope. With John and the children, she maintained a nine-day candle-lit vigil in her home where she prayed for a positive outcome. The candle burned out on Saturday, November 16th and the following day on their return from Sunday Mass, the Duracks received the miraculous phone call confirming that Miriam and her young children were found alive and well.

When it was possible to travel, Priscilla’s eldest sister, Lorna took a ferry and bus and travelled from her home island of Iliolio to Tacloban in search of Miriam, her family and husband, Christian, who was in another district working to provide for his family.

The scene that greeted herself and a relative when they reached Tacloban was extremely horrific – corpses lying on streets, covered with blankets and the pungent stench of death. All that remained of the Lemoncitos home was a TV standing in the rubble but fortunately, the family took refuge in the mountains where they survived for several days on water and herbs and were found by an over-joyous, Lorna who subsequently brought them back to Iliolio.

Priscilla is a member of the Ború Singers who decided to abandon plans for their annual Christmas dinner party night and donate the proceeds instead to help re-house the Lemoncito family. That house is currently under construction in Ilolio, near Miriam’s parents home and the early stages can be viewed on the window of Walsh’s Bar on The Green in Killaloe. Miriam’s husband Christian, who lost his business in the typhoon, has been forced to travel over 400km to the capital, Manilla, with Priscilla’s brother, to try and get some work to send money home to support his family. Knowing that all monies raised were sent directly to Iliolio, support quickly grew for the choir’s fundraising project. Walsh’s Bar organised a successful ‘coin drop off’ point, which is ongoing and many, many individuals, school children/staff in Burgess and Laurel Hill, made most generous contributions (all contributions will be personally acknowledged). To date that fund stands at a massive €4,059. Any money left over after the construction of the house will be donated to help repair a Steiner school catering for poor children in Iliolio that was severely damaged.

Priscilla’s friend, Dawn Dickey who is from Manilla and is a member of Ború Singers, is also actively involved in fundraising. She has organised events and donated the proceeds to Conscious Heart Creations group, which is directly supporting victims suffering as a result of the typhoon.

A keen advocate of the Steiner school ethos of education, she hopes that any additional money raised will help repair and upgrade the school in Iliolio. Dawn resides in Ballina with her husband Alan and children Tala Maeve and Sarah Roisin and they both teach in the Steiner School in Tuamgraney.

NORTH TIPPERARY CLUB OF THE YEAR: Congratulations to Ballina GAA Club, which is the recipient of the 2013 North Tipperary club of the Year Award. Intermediate hurler, Pat Cosgrave was awarded the “Intermediate Player of the Year”.

Last season was such a successful one for the club and in selecting the winning Club the North Tipperary Board members took into account the Club’s great achievements in winning a first Intermediate hurling title and a county title as well as Minor North Tipp and County hurling title. Other successes included reaching Minor A (football), Minor B (hurling) and Junior B (hurling) finals. The club’s presentation for the award also outlined the huge changes and integration efforts undertaken over the past number of years: pitch improvements and development: fundraising events: overlap of hurling, football and handball players.

Ballina GAA Club will host a special North Tipperary Board Award Night on Friday, January 17th in the Lakeside Hotel where members of the North Board will be joined by Club members, friends and supporters as well as members from other North Tipp clubs receiving awards. Further details will be given next week.

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR: Fortunately for the organisers/participants/supporters of the local New Year’s Eve festivities, heralding the advent of the 2014 special Brian Ború celebrations, Mother Nature declared a temporary “truce” to allow all the planned events to take place. The traditional ringing of the Cathedral Bells greeted the Torch Bearers prior to the spectacular Fireworks display. Well done to all involved! Details will be given in the coming weeks of the many events planned for 2014.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: The annual Cashel & Emly Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from June 16th to 21st. The inclusive cost is €780. Booking forms are available from Joe Walshe Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 (012410811).

FREE YOGA CLASSES NATIONWIDE: Yoga classes will be offered free of charge in over 60 locations across Ireland on Saturday, January 18th to celebrate National Iyengar Yoga Day. Classes are beginner level and suitable for all, regardless of age, strength or flexibility.

Those interested in attending a class should contact Susanne on 087 7521783 to enquire about classes taking place in their local area. A full list of participating teachers may be viewed on www.miyoga.org. Each free class will be one hour long and consist of some standing postures; some seated work and will be followed by a period of relaxation.

SUCCESS IN CHINA: Last September Birdhill was nominated to represent Ireland at the international LivCom Awards 2013 held at Xiamen, China. During a four-day event in mid November four members of Birdhill Tidy Village Committee, - Denis Floyd, Majella Foley-Friel, Geraldine Floyd and Patrick Bradley – competed against teams from all over the world in making their presentation and received an International Silver Award. Congratulations to all involved! Your village is a credit to you!

BALLINA CLUB’S AGM: Members of Ballina GAA Club are advised to note that the annual general meeting has been rescheduled and will now take place on Friday, January 24th.

LOCAL CHOIR HELPS BUILD HOUSE FOR PHILIPPINE FAMILY: Ballina resident, Priscilla Durack who resides in Shoreside with her husband, John and children Patrick and Lawrence, is deeply grateful to the local community and especially to the Ború Singers for the support she has received following the horrific typhoon in the Philippines in November. Priscilla’s youngest sister, thirty-one year old Miriam Lemoncito and her four young children, - Nathaniel (11), Kimberely (8), Clarence (3) and Kelly (9 months) – were still missing nine days after the typhoon struck their island of Tacloban, one of the areas worst hit by the typhoon. Despite lack of information and looking in horror at grim pictures on TV of bodies covered with blankets on the roadside of her native country, Priscilla never gave up hope. With John and the children, she maintained a nine-day candle-lit vigil in her home where she prayed for a positive outcome. The candle burned out on Saturday, November 16th and the following day on their return from Sunday Mass, the Duracks received the miraculous phone call confirming that Miriam and her young children were found alive and well.

Priscilla is a member of the Ború Singers who decided to abandon plans for their annual Christmas dinner party night and donate the proceeds instead to help re-house the Lemoncito family. That house is currently under construction in Ilolio, near Miriam’s parents home and the early stages can be viewed on the window of Walsh’s Bar on The Green in Killaloe. Miriam’s husband Christian, who lost his business in the typhoon, has been forced to travel over 400km to the capital, Manilla, with Priscilla’s brother, to try and get some work to send money home to support his family. Knowing that all monies raised were sent directly to Iliolio, support quickly grew for the choir’s fundraising project. Walsh’s Bar organised a successful ‘coin drop off’ point, which is ongoing and many, many local individuals: school children/staff in Burgess and Laurel Hill Coláiste: Concert in Wood Brothers, co-ordinated by Nicola Wood and featuring Gúnas, Munster Academy Children’s Choir, Clonlara Children’s choir, made most generous contributions (all contributions will be personally acknowledged). To date that fund stands at a massive €4,059. Any money left over after the construction of the house will be donated to help repair a Steiner school catering for poor children in Iliolio that was severely damaged.

HEALING RETREAT: Maranatha Prayer Ministry invites you for the Healing Retreat through the Ministry of Fr. Michael O’Shea, Limerick and lay speaker, John Delaney, Portlaoise, enriched with Rosary, Eucharistic adoration, Laying on of hands, Mass, Confession, music by the Maranatha Gospel Choir on Sunday next, 19th January, 2014 from 2.30pm to 7pm at St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, Limerick.