CÉILI HOUSE AT THE LAKESIDE HOTEL: On Friday last, RTE 1 Céilí House presenter, Kieran Hanrahan and recording personnel visited the Lakeside Hotel to record the hour-long Saturday night programme, which will be transmitted on Saturday, April 6 at 9pm. A great night of traditional instrumental and vocal music was enjoyed by the large, appreciative audience and by the participating musicians themselves. The local musicians, - “Kincora Weekenders”- included Deirdre Scanlan, Lucia Mc Partlin, Eileen O’Brien, Martin Connolly, Leon Agnew, Paul Smith, Michael Hackett, Denise Kennedy, Bobby Gardiner, Niamh Lonergan, Caitríona Shortt, Michael Scanlan, Padraig Hyland, Fiodhna Gardiner Hyland and Aoife Daly. A treat is in store for listeners on April 6.
ST. PATRICK’S FESTIVAL: Ballina-Killaloe St. Patrick’s Festival will take on March 16th and 17th. The festival will build on our already hugely successful St Patrick’s Day parade and will introduce two new key events (and much more) in the build up to being a key event in the local, regional and national programme of events for 2014, the commemoration year of the Battle of Clontarf and it’s greatest hero, Brian Ború. As well as the usual and often hilarious topical themes we see in our parade, we also suggest that this year any clubs, organisations and business events and promotions, include relevant Patron Saint/Gathering/Brian Ború/Viking/cultural heritage ‘themes’ in planning floats etc. Additional key events will include a Comhaltas Concert on the evening of March 16th March in aid of the Tipperary Fleadh, which will run in Ballina this year, and will feature some spectacular musicians from home and nationwide. Hosting the County Fleadh is a huge achievement for the town and will see hundreds of musicians and their families travelling to Ballina-Killaloe in May. Details of venue will be given next week.
There will also be a performance by our very own Killaloe Ballina Community Orchestra under the able direction of Boris Hunka and Diane Daly, supported by Paul Smyth and the many aspiring musicians in our communities. It will be a busy weekend with lots of smaller events and promotions so spread the word and invite your friends and family to Killaloe Ballina for the St. Patrick’s weekend!
For further details check out The Gathering Killaloe & Ballina 2013 on Facebook, or email email@example.com . Contacts for the three key events are Paddy Collins, St. Patrick Day Parade 087-2615406: Boris Hunka KBCO 087-2104583 and Paul Smyth Tipp Fleadh Concert 086-2317080. North Tipperary County Council under IPB Gathering Ireland Fund 2013 sponsors the Ballina Killaloe St. Patrick’s Festival.
PARADE UPDATE: St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching and it looks like the 2013 Killaloe-Ballina St. Patrick’s Day parade will be bigger and better than ever! This years’ parade will leave Ballina Riverside Park at 2pm and will finish on The Green in Killaloe. All businesses, clubs and individuals taking part in the parade are asked to meet at Ballina Riverside Park at 1.15pm on the day.
Prizes will be presented for the best floats in the following categories - Best Overall: Best Topical: Best Comical: Best Business/Club and a Special Merit Award will also be presented on the day! A prize will also be awarded to the shop/business/home with the best-dressed window along the parade route so, get decorating and add colour and fun to the streets to celebrate our National Patron on March 17.
To register an entry please contact Paddy Collins 087/2615406 or John Grimes 086/2587819.
KINCORA TRAD WEEKEND: “Kincora Trad Weekend” will take place in Killaloe-Ballina from April 19 to April 21 and will feature two Concerts on the Friday and Saturday nights, a wide range of workshops and music sessions in both towns. The official opening will take place during “Shannon Verses”, a Concert of unaccompanied traditional singing showcasing the journey of Irish song tradition across three generations, which will be held in St. Flannan’s Cathedral on April 19.
Weekend events include “Kincora Session Trail” – music/singing sessions at various venues in both towns; Workshops (flute, whistle, fiddle, accordion, song set dancing) on Saturday from 10am to 3pm: “Rolling Wave Session” on board the Spirit of Killaloe at 3.30pm on Saturday: Gala Concert on Saturday night. The final Festival session will take place at 4pm in Flanagan’s.
Details of Workshops will be given next week.
SECRET CHORD LAUNCH: Austin and Mike Durack wish to thank all who made the launch of their album, - The Secret Chord - such a success. John and Brenda of Wood Brothers provided a beautiful setting for the launch and performance and Keith Wood launched the album with his customary panache. Many thanks also to Ruth Durack for her stylish album cover and sleeve notes design.
RUGBY BALL: Next Friday night sees the highlight of the Rugby social season when the annual Ballina-Killaloe RFC Black Tie Ball will be held at the Lakeside Hotel. A busy and efficient social committee has organised what promises to be a night to remember.
SCÓR NA BPÁISTÍ: The 2013 Scór na bPáistí was held in the Smith O’Brien GAA Clubhouse on Sunday March 3. Well done to all contestants and congratulations to the following winners
who will participate at the County Final at Quin on Monday, March 18 at 2pm:
Solo Singing - Angela Seymour, Liam Daly and Adam Geraghty.
Instrumental music- Eimear Watson and Angela Seymour; Katie and Laura Donoghue.
Recitation - Karen O’Mahony and Laura Donoghue.
Ballad Group - Kate O’Mahony and Laoise Flanagan; Angela Seymour, Katie and Laura Donoghue.
Quiz Teams - John Power, Tony Seymour and Adam Geraghty; Angela Seymour, Rachel and Jennifer Daly.
Set Dancing - Eimear Watson, Angela Seymour, Courtney Hyland, Anna McNamara, Maria and Áine Scanlan, Jennifer Daly and Eilís Coleman.
Sean Nós Dancing - Eimear Watson.
Thanks to Ann Hayes who was our adjudication on the day. Thanks to the Smith O’Brien Junior Club for continued support with medals and refreshments on the day and also to the Camogie club for their support.
SCOUTING DETAILS: Congratulations to Venture Scouts, Alex Huddlestan, Ian Cosgrove, Barra Ó Dubhghaill, Ciaran Lynch and Jason Dineen who travelled to Dublin last Saturday to be presented with their Chief Scout Awards and their Gaisce medals. This was a very proud day for the Killaloe Scout Group. These Venture Scouts were the first in the County and Province to receive this award under the new Scouting Ireland One Programme. Well done to all involved!
The Thursday Cubs spent last weekend in Violet Hill in Broadford. Saturday was spent hiking the 10.5km circuit up and over Violet Hill, into the village of Broadford and returning again to Violet hill. To loosen up the limbs after that hike, on Sunday they hiked from Violet Hill to Doon Lake and back. All Cubs were tired and delighted with their achievement on their return to Killaloe.
TENNIS NEWS: Liam O’Riain Winter League Report: The Killaloe-Ballina Tennis Club’s winter league is reaching its final stages with just one round of matches now remaining in all three groups. The first four teams in each group will enter the knockout stages, which will be held from Thursday March 14th, with the Finals Night being held on Friday, March 22nd from 7pm, followed by Presentation of Prizes at Liam O’Riain’s Pub in Ballina. Liam O’Riain’s very kindly sponsored this competition, which has been running since last October and had a total of ninety-two players participating on a regular basis.
The club’s annual general meeting will take place at the Lakeside Hotel at 8.30pm on Tuesday, March 19th. The agenda will include reports from the Chairperson, Treasurer and Captain, a review of Membership etc. We look forward to seeing all members at this annual meeting.
MUNSTER SUCCESS FOR BALLINA HANDBALL: Ballina handballers have continued their good start to the year with the winning of more Munster titles last weekend. Ger Coonan has won the Intermediate Singles title, and also paired up with clubman Fergal Collins to win the Intermediate Doubles final. In the juvenile Munster finals, James Prentice paired up with Jerome Cahill from Lahorna to win the U14 doubles title, beating Cork 15-8, 15-9. These players will now contest All-Ireland semi-finals over the next few weeks and we wish them the very best of luck.
On Saturday last, Adam Fogarty and Matthew Power represented Munster Primary schools at the Cumann na mBunscoil national finals day in Cavan. The two boys played the U11 doubles pairings from Connacht, Leinster and Ulster and also had the chance to watch Men’s Open 40 x 20 senior quarter finals featuring the No.1 and 2 seeds. Well done to the two boys who represented Ballina Primary School and Ballina Handball Cl ub with great pride.
KILLALOE COMMUNITY GAMES: Three teams travelled to Lees Road in Ennis on Saturday morning to compete in the U10 relays. All teams ran very well against some very strong opposition. Killaloe boys A team narrowly missed out on the final coming 5th in their heat.
Anyone interested in taking part in other Community Games events please contact Deirdre Coleman 0876838599 or Fiona O’Mahony 0879257714.