TENNIS CLUB’S FUNDRAISING DAY IN KILLALOE-BALLINA: Last Saturday’s Fundraising Day at the Killaloe-Ballina Tennis club was an overwhelming success. Children’s competitions, adults ‘fun’ tennis and a BBQ at the Killaloe Court were followed by a hugely successful Auction at Flanagan’s Marquee in Ballina. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit St John’s Ward, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and will help both the Dunne and Kikkers families address the specific needs of Sarah and Benjamin who are Junior members of the Tennis club. Both Sarah and Benjamin have undergone treatment for Leukaemia in St. John’s Ward in Crumlin hospital.
On Sunday, November 17, 2012 four-year-old Sarah was diagnosed with Leukaemia and transferred by ambulance to Crumlin Hospital where it was confirmed that she had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer. Her treatment began on November 19, which was to be Day 1 of a 1,000-day journey. Saturday, July 20 was the 190th day of treatment and a ‘bubbly’ Sarah with her parents, Laura and Sean and siblings, Katie and Peter was, thankfully, present to enjoy her day.
Benjamin was diagnosed with AML Leukaemia at the beginning of August 2012. After four heavy chemotherapy sessions finishing in December last year, Benjamin was given the all clear and was in remission from January. Unfortunately, his condition relapsed in April and he restarted chemotherapy and is preparing for a bone marrow transplant on this Thursday, July 25. His brother Sean will be the donor. Following the bone marrow transplant, Benjamin will have two to three months’ isolation in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. After the isolation period, Benjamin will start on the road to recovery.
We wish Benjamin, Sarah and Sean a speedy recovery and look forward to having them back participating in all our club’s activities again in the near future. Please remember Benjamin and Sean in your prayers on this Thursday.
”LAST FRIDAY” GATHERING: ‘Last Friday’, the acoustic session and songwriters night, which takes place on the last Friday of every month in Liam O’Riain’s Bar, Ballina will offer a special night of music to celebrate “The Gathering” on this Friday, July 26 at 10pm.
RECENT DEATH: On Wednesday, July 17 one of Ballina’s most popular gentlemen, Jack Quigley, died peacefully at his home. A native of Newtown, Killaloe, Jack was the eldest and last surviving member of the Quigley family. Predeceased by his beloved wife Nellie in 1989, Jack had almost reached his 93rd birthday and enjoyed good health and a great quality of life right up to his death. Blessed with an amazingly clear and accurate memory, Jack was the man to approach to clarify any event/family history issues etc over the past nine decades in Killaloe-Ballina.
Jack, like many young men and women from the district, spent his early adult years in the UK and returned to Ballina over sixty years ago where as driver/conductor/inspector with CIE, he got to know and endeared himself to thousands of people throughout the Mid West. He was a great husband, uncle, grandfather, great- grandfather, neighbour and friend who will be sorely missed.
The large crowds of sympathisers that attended Lynch’s Funeral Home and The Church of Our Lady and St. Lua, testified to the high esteem in which Jack and the Quigley family are held in the district. Fr. Enda Brady was the chief concelebrant at Requiem mass and he was assisted by Fr. James Grace, PP Killaloe: Fr. Bobby Fletcher, PP Ballinahinch and Fr. Pat Malone, PP Portroe. Jack was laid to rest in the adjoining Cemetery overlooking his native Killaloe. Liam Ryan delivered a moving graveside oration and The Shannon Folk paid a musical tribute to him.
Jack is survived by his daughter, Mary: his son, Michael: grandchildren, Mark, Elaine, Evlyn, Emily, Lillian, Ruth and Stephen: great-grandchildren: nieces, nephews: extended family, relatives and many friends.
Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís!
RESHEDULED CONCERT: The Variety Concert, hosted by Ború Community Singers and postponed on June 13, will now take place on Friday, September 27 in St. Anne’s Community College. Tickets purchased for the June event will most certainly be honoured on the new date.
SUMMER MUSIC ON THE SHANNON: To mark the 20th anniversary of “Summer Music on the Shannon”, a special ‘Gathering Day’ will be held in the AnnaCarriga Estate, Lough Derg, Killaloe on Saturday, August 3. The celebration will commence at 2.30pm with “Lakeside Prom” and the programme includes the Finale from Beethoven’s Symphony, No 9. A Picnic Barbecue will follow from 5.30pm and the evening will end with “Midsummer Music by the Lake” at 8pm.
Tickets @ €15 / €10, concession are available at Killaloe Tourist Office (061 376866: Sadie Scanlan (086 1095010): Glór Box Office, 065 6843103 or from 065 7087566.
CAMP FOR CHAMPS: The annual Camp for Champs will take place in Ballina during the week, commencing July 29. A limited number of places exist on this camp and interested persons are advised to contact Shane at 087 6104212, as soon as possible. The cost of camp is €45 for the week or €10 per day.
KILLALOE-BALLINA ANGLERS: Last Sunday’s Trout Trolling competition was sponsored by The Lakeside Hotel and presentation of prizes was held in Mills’ Bar. Ger Mc Keogh was competition winner with a fine trout that weighed 5 lb 5 oz. The ‘heaviest bag’ award went to Paul Hanly and Michael Quinlivan (7 lb 8 oz): Michael Conroy was third and Jerry Horan, fourth. The club wishes to thank the Lakeside Hotel for sponsorship and Anthony and Anne Mills for the delicious food served at the presentation of prizes.
The next competition, sponsored by Syl Addley will be held on Sunday, August 18.
The club wishes to extend sincere sympathy to Michael Quigley and Mary Durack and the extended Quigley family on the recent death of Jack Quigley, The Fountain, Ballina. Jack was a highly esteemed member of our club for many years and together with the late Joe Manly, was the holder of the title of record pike caught on the Lake in the early 1960’s. Their specimen pike weighed 33 lb 8 oz.
JAMES MCKEOGH MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT: The fourth James Mc Keogh Memorial tournament was held in Ballina on Sunday last with competing teams from Ballina, Killaloe, Scarriff and Milford (Co. Cork). Ideal weather conditions prevailed throughout the day and after many hard fought matches a proud Smith O’Brien captain, Liam Walsh accepted the Trophy from Jimmy Mc Keogh, father the late James Mc Keogh who was tragically killed in a car crash on January 30, 2010. Seamus Gleeson (Smith O’Brien) was recipient of “Player of the Tournament” award.