INAUGURAL KINCORA TRADITIONAL WEEKEND: The inaugural Kincora Traditional Weekend held in Killaloe-Ballina last weekend was an outstanding success. From the opening “Shannon Verses” concert and launch in St. Flannan’s Cathedral on Friday night capacity audiences attended every event. Weather conditions were most favourable and walkers along the Canal Bank on Saturday afternoon were delighted to hear the traditional music coming from “The Spirit of Killaloe” (The Rolling Wave Seisiún) as it made its way towards Brian Ború’s Fort and Lough Derg.
While showcasing the wealth of traditional music to-day in Killaloe-Ballina and environs the organisers of the Festival acknowledged the invaluable contribution to music, song and dance of two great musicians of ‘yesteryear’ - the late Anthony Collins (Ballina) and the late Gerry Gough (Killaloe). Special Presentations were made to the Collins and Gough families during Saturday night’s Gala Concert.
The Kincora Traditional Weekend will not only be an annual April event in Killaloe-Ballina but also a prominent fixture on the National Calendar of Traditional Music Festivals for 2014 and subsequent years.
Further details (acknowledgements etc) will be given next week.
FLEADH LAUNCH: The 2013 Tipperary County Fleadh will be launched in Mills’ Bar on this Saturday, April 17 at 8.30pm. The Official Opening will take place on Friday, May 17 in Ballina Primary School Hall. For further information you may contact Bairbre Farrell on 087 6670770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BENEMERENTI AWARD FOR SACRISTAN: Josie Geraghty, who has dedicated the last twenty-five years to the care of St. Flannan’s Church in Killaloe, was presented with the Benemerenti Medal during 11.30am Mass in Killaloe on Sunday last. As sacristan, Josie maintains the church throughout the entire year and is most helpful to parishioners and visitors, alike. We thank her for her commitment and wish her good health and happiness in the years ahead.
CATHEDRAL CHORAL CONCERT: On Saturday May 4 the local Ború Community Singers, directed by Sadie Scanlan, will host a Choral Concert in St. Flannan’s Cathedral, commencing at 8pm. This performance will also feature some of the leading choirs/music directors in Tipperary, Clare and Limerick – Seoda (Máire Keary Scanlan): Nenagh Octaves (Niamh Ryan): Lough Derg Singers (Froukje Powell): Gúnas (Trish Taylor): Cantette (Máire Keary Scanlan): The Village Singers & Cór Cois Gréine (Tembre de Carteret): Munster Academy Children’s Choir (Sarah King Delaney).
This is a non-ticket event and the organisers would appreciate a contribution to the Retiring Collection. Proceeds from this event will go to Boher Autism Project (main beneficiaries) and the Cathedral Restoration fund with a small donation used to cover Concert Expenses (heating, lighting, printing).
Your support will be greatly appreciated for what promises to be a great night of music from all over the world as over two hundred singers perform popular classical, modern, folk and Irish songs.
SPRING CLEAN TIME: Ballina/Killaloe National Spring Clean will take place on this Saturday, April 27. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Library at 11pm and should bring gloves/pickers (if they have them). This event will build on the success of last year’s event and will help make our towns most inviting places. Please contact 0873188934 for further details
KILLALOE COAST GUARD ACTIVITIES: The pupils of Killaloe Boys’ Primary School paid a visit to the local Killaloe Coast Guard Unit recently and were shown the resources available to the community in the event of an emergency. They were also given a Water Safety presentation, which covered Swimming in both Sea and River: Boating and Fishing.
On Tuesday, April 16 Killaloe Coast Guard Unit was tasked by Valentia Coast Guard (Marine Rescue Sub Centre) after a call from a member of the public reported a speedboat adrift near Killaloe. A quick response from the Unit took control of the vessel, which was brought to safe mooring.
NATIONAL BALLET WINNERS: Local students from the Turning Pointe School of Ballet (Principal, Sophie Bailey) competed in the Irish National Dance Awards competition, which was recently held in Longford. Aoife Daly (Killaloe and Molly Kilkenny (Tuamgraney) were placed joint second in their age category. Well done to both Aoife and Molly who are students at the Sophie Bailey School in Killaloe.
USED MOBILE PHONE APPEAL: Clare Special Needs Parents Support Group is appealing for your unwanted mobile phones, which they may exchange for i-pads. One i-pad will be given for every 185 mobile phones. Please call 085 1101947 if you can help.
BRIDGE COMPETITIONS: The winners over the past two weeks at the weekly Bridge competitions in the Killaloe-Ballina Bridge club are as follows: 1st - Jim Gallagher/Patsy Bonner: 2nd -Pauline Scanlan/Val Foley; Ailish and Raj Kumbhat: 3rd - Nora Hewitt/Nellie Molamphy; Breda Healy/Mary Shanahan: 4th - Pauline and Donie Houlihan; Peg Hogan/Pat O’Malley.
ART/POETRY COMPETITION WINNERS: The National Texaco Children’s Art Competition, now in its 59th year, has seen many winning/merit entries from Ballina and Killaloe. This year a young boy in Junior Infants at Ballina Primary School, - Matthew Ryan – received a Special Merit Award in the Category F Section for children six years and younger.
“HANDWRITING” COUNTY WINNER: The 2013 INTO/EBS Handwriting competition attracted well over 100,000 entries from Primary Schools nationwide. Entries were judged on style, flair, neatness and layout of the handwriting. A Ballina ‘Senior Infant’, Sadie Fennell, 50 The Brook, was the County winner in the Senior Infant category. Congratulations, Sadie!
KILLALOE-BALLINA ANGLERS: Last Sunday’s “Inter Club” (Mountshannon and Killaloe-Ballina) was sponsored by Pat Nolan and Open Season Fishing Tackle (Nenagh). The weigh-in was held in Mills’ Bar and the club extends sincere gratitude to Anthony and Anne for the most welcome food.
Congratulations to the following winners: Neilie Barry (Heaviest Trout, 2 lb): Paul Hanly (Heaviest Bag): Pádraig O’Neill (second heaviest trout): Shane Lancaster (4th).
The Mayfly Season is about to start and hopefully, weather conditions will improve. Ray Molloy will sponsor the Club’s first competition on this Sunday. The weigh-in for all Mayfly competitions will be held at Mills’.
During the month of May teams will be picked for the Club’s “Team Event”. May 1st is the closing date for the payment of club membership and only anglers who have paid by that date will be eligible for inclusion in the Team Event.
SCOUTING ACTIVITIES: Congratulations to Brian Webster of the Killaloe Scout Group who was re-elected as Commissioner for the Western Province at last weekend’s Scouting Ireland National Council 2013, which was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Rosses Point. Brian, as the incumbent Commissioner, was also the host of National Council this year. The Killaloe Scout Group sent 2 adult delegates, 5 Rover delegates, and 2 Venturer delegates along with other County delegates. The Western Province was able to showcase scouting to the rest of the delegates from around the country. The highlight of the event was most probably the Gala dinner on the Saturday night where the delegates were able to let their hair down and renew old friendships or in the case of the youth members, forge new ones.
The Cub Scouts travelled to Ruan County Campsite last Sunday to compete in the County Track & Trail Competition. Track & Trail is a junior version of orienteering. Other activities on the day included pitch and toss: fire lighting: backwoods cooking: map & compass work: games and pioneering. Whilst the Killaloe teams didn’t feature amongst the prize-winners, all enjoyed a great day out.
BALLINA KILLALOE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: The next free seminar in the Ballina-Killaloe business Association’s series of events will be held on Tuesday, May 7 in the Lakeside Hotel from 11am to 12.30pm. The seminar (the last in the current series) will focus on the important topic of ‘how to improve your sales’, which is of vital for businesses in the current climate. David Tighe of Planet Consultants will give you a great insight into such topics as ‘what makes people buy’, words that sell, colours and the web, effective sales communication etc. You may book you place on this seminar by emailing <mailto:email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.