RTE METEOROLOGIST AT ST. ANNE’S: On Wednesday, April 24, RTE’s well-known meteorologist, Evelyn Cusack will visit St. Anne’s Community College where she will address the students on all aspects of ‘weather forecasting’. Later that day Evelyn will give a talk to members of the public at St. Anne’s at 7.30pm. You are all invited to attend and a nominal fee, that will go towards the 2013 Ború3Peaks, will apply. This talk will be of special interest to all and especially to farmers, water users (boaters, anglers, surfers, swimmers), gardeners and sports persons.
2012/2013 ‘BORÚ 3 PEAKS’: Following a most successful inaugural Ború3Peaks in October 2012 the organising committee is delighted to announce that the 2013 event will be led by RTE’s Evelyn Cusack and will take place on October 12 and 13. This year’s nominated Charities are the Mid Western Oncology Department and St. Anne’s Astra Turf development. Further details will be given in the coming months.
Last year €5,000 was raised and shared between the local SRS (Clarisford Park Project) and Daughters of Charity in Lisnagry.
THE GRAVES OF THE LEINSTERMEN: On a recent walk along the Lough Derg Way, I was pleasantly surprised to see that a great ‘clean up ‘ has been undertaken at the Graves of the Leinstermen. The Standing Stones, that appear to be in a semicircular formation, are now clearly visible and this most historic location is easily and safely accessible. What an added attraction for tourists and indeed the indigenous community who can now extend their historical journey from Brian Ború’s Fort to the slopes of Tountinna in what must surely be the most picturesque area in the entire country. Well done to the people who have made the “Graves of the Leinstermen” accessible to all. Hopefully their work will not be in vain and some security fencing will be erected to protect yet another historic location in Ballina-Killaloe.
BALLINA KILLALOE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION: The Ballina Killaloe Business Association (BKBA) is a very active organisation representing over seventy-five members in Killaloe-Ballina across a wide range of businesses (from tourism to business services; from restaurants to retail and everything in between). BKBA is most proactive in raising the profile of the area hence, the Joe Duffy radio show and the filming of the RTE local heroes program in recent months: trying to bring additional visitors to the area (working with government agencies on developing marketing material for the towns): as encouraging ‘spending’ in the towns - the love local campaign and the Local and Loyal vouchers. In addition it provides regular networking events and seminars as well as arranging training for its members. If you have a business in the area and would like to know more, please check out www.discoverkillaloe.ie<http://www.discoverkillaloe.ie><http://www.discoverkillaloe.ie/>. The Association would love more members as working together benefits all of us and encourage new and existing businesses to join with them in ensuring a safe future for Ballina-Killaloe.
The BKBA is holding a seminar entitled “Using Twitter and LinkedIn for your business” on Wednesday 24th April from 10.30 to 12.30 in the Lakeside Hotel. If you would like to attend this free seminar, please book your spot by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com><mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
BÓTHAR 61KM WALK: On Saturday, April 27 Pete Ireton, former Chief Executive and co-founder of Bóthar will celebrate his 61st birthday with a 61 km sponsored walk from Limerick (starting point, University of Limerick) to Killaloe and back. Proceeds from this walk will go to Bóthar’s Livestock projects in Rwanda. Walkers may join the walk at any stage along the route and walk at their own pace with the main body of walkers. For further information you may contact Pete on 061 338269.
LOVE KILLALOE/BALLINA EVENT: On this Saturday, April 20 (Killaloe-Ballina’s second ‘love weekend’) Killaloe Historical Walks personnel, the Exploration Dome and Scoops Ice Cream Parlour will come together to help you “love Knowledge”. This event offers a historical walk around Killaloe-Ballina: a ‘Universe’ experience in the Exploration Dome: ice cream/coffee at Scoops, all at a cost of €20 per family. Tickets are available at Scoops in Ballina Quay.
MUNSTER CAMOGIE WINNERS: Congratulations to the First Year Camogie team at St. Anne’s Community College and their coach on a great Munster win in the recent 2013 Munster Camogie blitz held in Fermoy. St. Anne’s is the first Clare school to win this competition and their coach, Ailish Minogue is justly proud of their performance. The team included Katie Tynan, Maeve Óg O’Leary, Ciara Collins Aoife Boland, Eva Mc Carthy Gilligan, Sophie Mc Grattan, Claire Maguire, Anna Ryan, Katie Moloney, Anna Spaight, Aideen O’Hagan, Anna Conway, Ellen Lane, Rosaleen Ryan, Moya Marsh Mc Mahon, Áine Ryan, Aisling Conlon, Bríd Mc Mahon, Hannah Mooney, Aoife Power and Sadbh Fennessy.
SCOUTING NEWS: The Scout Section travelled to Ballyvaughan in the Burren to compete in the annual County Mountain Pursuit Challenge, which was held in the Burren this year. Although the weather on Friday evening through to mid-day on Saturday was clement, this was soon to change for the worse with strong gale force winds picking up and pushing heavy rain ahead. Not to be put off, the Scouts completed their Challenge and continued to camp out and complete the weekend having done what they set out to do.
SRS (SCOUTING, RUGBY, SOCCER): Sunday last was the day for the “Round the Lake Cycle” and also the “Family Fun Cycle”, a fundraising event in aid of SRS. Well done to the brave souls who tackled and completed the 115km cycle. Not only did they have to endure squally, wintry showers, but also on the return leg of the race from Portumna southwards to Killaloe, they had to deal with gale force winds gusting up to 100km an hour. The stretch from Mountshannon to Ogonnelloe was especially punishing on the cyclists.
Meanwhile, at the Two Mile Gate, the Family Fun Cycle took off in the midst of a heavy shower with the cyclists joining in with cyclists from the big race. Families with members from five years to fifty years, pedalled in towards Killaloe. It was amazing to see practised cyclists in their specialized lycra cycling gear side by side with little ones on tiny little pink bikes wearing Barbie helmets and their high vis school jackets. The finish line was at Flanagan’s in Ballina where everyone was treated to much appreciated food. Many thanks to all who participated in the cycle: to the staff at Flanagan’s: to the Lakeside Leisure Centre for the use of their facilities and to Planet Tri.
ALL IRELAND HANDBALL WIN: Ballina handballers, Fergal Collins and Ger Coonan have brought another All-Ireland title to Ballina. They travelled to Kilkenny to take on Kildare in the Intermediate doubles Final and won the title in straight games 21-12, 21-6. Congratulations to the two players, who will now play in the Senior ranks next year.
In our other All-Ireland finals, Martin McInerney & John Lee travelled to Moycullen, Galway to take on Mayo in the Masters B doubles final, but were very unlucky to be beaten 21-18 in the tie-breaker. The two lads came remarkably close, and the club are very proud of them.
Our doubles tournament continues at the Ball Alley each week and spectators are very welcome. Games are played Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7pm.
The best of luck to our juveniles who are in action in the Junior Nationals Finals next weekend in venues around Clare.
KILLALOE-BALLINA ANGLERS: Last week’s competition for Killaloe-Ballina & District Anglers was sponsored by Neiley Barry. The club wishes to thank Neilie for his continued sponsorship and Anthony and Anne Mills for the welcome food that awaited them after braving gale force winds on the Lake throughout the afternoon. The competition winner was Brian Barry; Joe Hassett and Michael Conroy were second and third, respectively.
Sunday’s competition (April 21) is a ‘Wet Fly’ Inter club competition between Mountshannon and Killaloe-Ballina. The weigh in will be held in Mills’ Bar at 7pm and tickets are available at T.J’s Angling Shop.