INTERNATIONAL BARBECUE AND FOOD FESTIVAL: On Saturday last, August 31, seventeen teams competed in the fourth international Barbecue Festival, which was organised by Cathal Quinn, proprietor of Flanagan’s on the Lake. Competition day was the culmination of a week-long Barbecue and Food Festival where gourmet garden parties were held in a number of Restaurants throughout Ballina, Killaloe, Ogonnelloe: local restaurants, bars, supermarkets and butchers were involved in the promotion of BBQ menus: ‘food’ event on board The Spirit of Killaloe: table quiz organised at Liam O’Riain’s in aid of Ballina-Killaloe RFC: “Pig on the Spit” Ballina GAA Fundraiser in O’Donovan’s: Junior and Senior ‘themed’ Art competition held at Quay Arts. Glorious weather added to the festivities on Saturday and Ballina-Killaloe RFC was the beneficiary from the main event and table Quiz.
The competition was overseen by Ken Switzer of the Barbecue Association (IBBQA) and his team, who also directed, tutored and monitored the 16-strong judging panel. Ken paid a special tribute to Cathal Quinn and his organising committee, to the judges, participants and the sponsors. The judges were most impressed by the high standards displayed in the Chicken, Beef and Fish categories and also in the newly introduced “desert” category. Yes, folks, you can very successfully barbecue quite a range of fruit while at the same time maintaining flavour, appearance and texture. So, do introduce a fruit kebab at your next barbecue!
The overall winners, for a second consecutive year, were Kavanagh’s Butchers, Ballina and a delighted Audrey Kavanagh was presented with the coveted International Fulacht Fia Cup, - a bog oak sculpture by the renowned Richard Gough – by Cathal Quinn. The overall Highly Commended Award went to Molly’s Muppets.
In ancient times the native Irish used water-filled pits for cooking, which were called fulachtaí fia. Rocks and stones were heated over a fire before being placed in the pit to heat the water. In some ways the scene would have resembled an Iron Age barbecue. It was quite relevant that the 2013 Festival organisers adopted the Fulacht Fia theme for the 2013 International Barbecue and Food Festival.
The 2013 ‘category’ winners are as follows:
Chicken: Aphelia Meats (1st): Coffee Corner (2nd): Bob’s BBQ (3rd).
Beef: Kavanagh’s Butchers (1st): The Wild Geese (2nd): Cracker Jack, UK team (3rd).
Fish: Aphelia Meats (1st): Kavanagh’s (2nd): Rub Me Tender (3rd).
Fruit: David and the Divas (1st): Motley Crew (2nd): Rub Me Tender (3rd).
Best Hygiene Award: Dorset Devourers (UK). Happiest “Home” Award: Cheftons.
Best-dressed team: Cracker Jack BBQ. Chilli Challenge Award: John Wood.
Fulacht Fia Art Award: Seniors – Maeve Ryan (winner): Marion Conroy, Claire Hartigan (Joint second); Juniors- Tom Kelly and Susie Kelly.
Following the most successful ‘competition day’ Ken Switzer gave a barbecue demonstration and display at the Lakeside Hotel on Sunday, which was followed by a most enjoyable Barbecue Garden Party.
KINCORA SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Kincora School of Music (KSM) will hold its Open Registration Evening at the Family Resource Centre, Main St., Killaloe on Monday, September 9th from 6pm to 7pm. KSM offers classes in tin whistle, flute, button accordion, fiddle and bodhrán. Students are taught in small groups and this year tutors are introducing an additional ensemble class with a view to forming their own Kincora Traditional Group for community performances. For further information you may contact Deirdre on 086-8987818.
INVITATION TO THE HELIX: For the second consecutive year Ballina Tidy Towns committee members have been invited to attend the National Tidy Towns Awards event in the Helix in Dublin on Monday, September 2nd where all the major awards for 2013 will be announced and presented. We wish them the best of luck and thank them for their great and continued work in our district. Ballina is looking so well thanks to the voluntary work of a small but exceptionally dedicated committee and volunteers. Octogenarian, Jim Watkins has been involved as Chairman of Ballina Tidy Towns for the past ten years and is frequently seen early in the morning removing litter from our streets, estates and parks. He is high in his praise for the local and loyal volunteers and will continue to work for the benefit of the community in his “adopted” town.
BORÚ TRI CHALLENGE: The 2013 Ború Tri Challenge was held on Saturday last and the competing athletes were blessed with favourable weather conditions. The first three ‘home’ in the Men’s Olympic race were Patrick Quinn (2:21:05): Colm Mc Cole (2:34:23) and Neil Murphy (2:35:59) and in the women’s Deirdre Lynn (2:57:46): Áine Donegan (2:57:57) and Niamh Kelly (3:12:28). In the Sprint event the first three men/women home were Stephen Rooney (1:23:49): Paul Connolly (1:224:07): Brian Campion (1:28:01): Marie Boyle (1:35:09): Kathryn Fahy (1:41:23): Linda Delaney (1:42:10).
Ború Tri club members and friends recorded brilliant results. Kincora Warriors consisting of Pat Minogue, Rosie Foley and Mike Curley won the Sprint Relay while the team that included Colin Byrne won the Olympic Relay. Many local teams entered, were placed highly and included Laura Collins, Katrina Bradley, Carmell de Mello, Maura Brennan, Tanya Ni Ceirin. Ború club chairman, Bobby Reynolds was placed in the top ten in the overall Sprint while Gary Madden was in the top twenty in the Olympic race. Many club members competed the tough course Ray, Colm, Frank and Paul in personal bests and Shane O Brien from Killaloe competed in his first ever triathlon and completed the Olympic distance.
Linda Bracken, Eoin Kerins and Joe Mc Glynn all marshalled the course along with many students, parents and teachers from St Anne’s Community College. A share of the proceeds will go towards St. Anne’s new Astro Turf, which is due to open this week.
Well done everyone!
NEXT BORÚ CLUB EVENT: Online registration is now open for the second Boru3peaks Challenge, an annual intergenerational community event, which will be held in the hills surrounding Killaloe/Ballina and Lough Derg on the weekend of October 12-13th. Met Éireann Meteorologist and outdoor enthusiast, Evelyn Cusack recently officially launched the event, which is organised by Ború Tri Club. This two-day event is a fundraiser for the Mid West Oncology Foundation and St. Anne’s Community College Astro Turf Development. The Peaks include Tountinna, Moylussa and Keeper Hill and are aimed at all levels of fitness for both runners and walkers. If you wish to register please contact the website at http://www.clareherald.com/2013/08/online-registration-opens-for.html
KILLALOE/BALLINA ANGLERS: Molly’s Bar, Ballina sponsored the Killaloe-Ballina & district anglers’ Trout Trolling competition on Sunday, August 25. The club wishes to thank Molly’s for continued generous sponsorship and for the delicious food provided at the Presentation of Prizes. Paul Mc Cormack was competition winner and Joe Hassett and Liam Floyd were in second and third places, respectively. Diarmuid Kelly was Juvenile winner.
Bob Bradwell and Brian Grogan will sponsor the next competition, Trout Trolling on Sunday, September 15th. Fishing will commence at 10am with Presentation of Prizes at Liam O’Riain’s at 7pm.
CHURCH NEWS: The monthly St. Pio Mass will be celebrated in Killaloe Church on this Thursday at 7.30pm. There will be no morning Mass on that day and the evening Mass will be preceded by Confessions from 7pm. The Year of Faith will be marked in Killaloe parish by the celebration of a special Mass at 3pm on Sunday, September 15th at the Mass Rock in Garraunboy. All are welcome to attend.