Killaloe/Ballina Nov 23

IT’S ‘THREE-IN-A-ROW’ FOR KILLALOE’S SEAMUS CONNOLLY: Seamus Connolly formerly of Cross Roads, Killaloe is the recipient of yet another prestigious award – The Arts Council Faculty Award – that will be presented to him at a special ceremony in the Arts Festival Art Tent on Stokes Green on Friday, April 25, 2014. In making this award, Sarah Mc Dermott, Director and Program Administrator, Boston College Arts Council said, “It is my great pleasure to inform you that you have been unanimously selected to receive the sixteenth annual Arts Council Award for outstanding contributions to the arts at Boston College (BC). Your reputation as an artist and performer precedes you and the Arts Council is thrilled to honour you for your decades of service and tireless work. The committee was impressed with your countless recordings, the unprecedented ten-times you have won the Irish National Fiddle Competition, and your recent acceptance of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honour and the National Heritage Fellowship. In addition to your artistic accomplishments you have been a valued member of the BC Music Department and as Director of the Irish Studies Music, Song and Dance Program as well as the Gaelic Roots Summer School and Festival, recognition at BC is timely if not overdue. Your traditional music contributions are incredibly valued not only at Boston College but on a national and international level.”

IT’S ‘THREE-IN-A-ROW’ FOR KILLALOE’S SEAMUS CONNOLLY: Seamus Connolly formerly of Cross Roads, Killaloe is the recipient of yet another prestigious award – The Arts Council Faculty Award – that will be presented to him at a special ceremony in the Arts Festival Art Tent on Stokes Green on Friday, April 25, 2014. In making this award, Sarah Mc Dermott, Director and Program Administrator, Boston College Arts Council said, “It is my great pleasure to inform you that you have been unanimously selected to receive the sixteenth annual Arts Council Award for outstanding contributions to the arts at Boston College (BC). Your reputation as an artist and performer precedes you and the Arts Council is thrilled to honour you for your decades of service and tireless work. The committee was impressed with your countless recordings, the unprecedented ten-times you have won the Irish National Fiddle Competition, and your recent acceptance of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honour and the National Heritage Fellowship. In addition to your artistic accomplishments you have been a valued member of the BC Music Department and as Director of the Irish Studies Music, Song and Dance Program as well as the Gaelic Roots Summer School and Festival, recognition at BC is timely if not overdue. Your traditional music contributions are incredibly valued not only at Boston College but on a national and international level.”

Congratulations to Séamus who is truly an excellent ambassador for Irish Music, Killaloe, Clare and Ireland!

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: The annual Clare Crafts Christmas Fair was held at the Lakeside Hotel on Sunday last and was a most enjoyable event. The wide range of crafts on sale show the wealth of talent in the County.

Since its formation twenty years ago, the Clare Association of Artists and Craft Workers has successfully encouraged individual craftspeople to work and develop together as a group with a common objective. During the past two decades the Association, now called Clare Crafts, has involved itself in organising exhibitions and craft fairs creating an awareness of the quality of art and craft created in the county and has been a source of inspiration and information to groups in other counties helping to develop their own associations.

PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS FOR MARIA: Maria O’Brien, daughter of Kay and Michael, Tineranna, Killaloe graduated recently from Trinity College with a first class honours degree in Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials. She was also awarded the Trinity Gold Medal and was joint winner of the Henderson Lloyd Prize in Advanced Materials.

Maria is a past pupil of St. Anne’s Community College. We congratulate her on her achievements and wish her success in the future.

SPECIAL MASS: On this Thursday, November 21st Mass will be celebrated in Killaloe Parish Church at 7.30pm for the deceased/retired/serving members of Killaloe Garda division. All are welcome to attend!

CHRISTMAS DAY SWIM: The 27th annual Christmas Swim will be held at 12.30pm on December 25th at the Two-Mile-Gate. Down through the years many local charities have benefited from this event and this year’s beneficiaries - Waterman’s Lodge Daycare and Respite Centre – are most grateful to be chosen by the organisers. If you do not ‘take the plunge’ you can also help by supporting the swimmers on the day and by filling a sponsorship card. For further information please contact Christy Mc Grath at 061 376245.

CLARECARE UPDATE: Clarecare (Hill Road, Killaloe) offers a Daycare Service to the people of Killaloe, Ballina and environs every Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 2pm. Lunch is served at 1pm and the cost per day is €5. Wednesday activities include light exercise session, bingo and cards while Computers and Bingo are offered on Fridays. If you require further information please call 061 376346.

RECENT DEATH: Tess Corbett (nee Mc Keogh), Aughinish, Ogonnelloe died peacefully at the Lakes Nursing home on November 1st. Pre-deceased by her husband, George and brothers, Tom, Michael and James, Tess was the last surviving member of the Mc Keogh family, Ryninch, Ballina. Following Requiem Mass, concelebrated by Fr. Donagh O’Meara: Fr. James Grace and Fr. Pat Hogan, Tess was laid to rest in the New Cemetery. She is survived by her daughters, Mairéad and Teresa (Skehan): son, Michael: grandchildren: extended family, relatives and friends.

INFORMATION COFFEE MORNING: You are invited to attend an Information Coffee morning from 10am to 12 noon on this Friday in Killaloe-Ballina Community and Family Resource Centre. Over the past ten years this Centre has provided a range of information, supports, services and opportunities for groups, families and individuals in Killaloe and Ballina encompassing Training and Education Courses: Interest/ Skill Based Courses: Community Initiatives: Youth Activities: Volunteer Opportunities: Mental Health, Family and Unemployment Supports. It also offers meeting space, room rental, printing and photocopying facilities.

The Centre is now embarking on a new three-year plan and will welcome any suggestions you may have that will improve on existing services and provide new services. Do drop in on Friday or email Kees@kbfrc.ie

SMITH O’BRIEN: Smith O’Brien minor hurling club will be taking orders for club gear - shorts, supporters jersey and socks in the Clubhouse on Tuesday November 26th at 8 p.m. Please note all gear ordered must be paid for in advance on Tuesday.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Open Studios Christmas Market will be held at Quay Arts on Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st from 10.30am to 4.30pm. All are invited to attend.