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Mar 2

LIVELINE FUNNY FRIDAY TO KILLALOE : On this Friday, March 1 RTÉ Radio 1’s Joe Duffy and the Liveline Funny Friday crew will broadcast live from The Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre between 1.45pm and 3pm.

LIVELINE FUNNY FRIDAY TO KILLALOE : On this Friday, March 1 RTÉ Radio 1’s Joe Duffy and the Liveline Funny Friday crew will broadcast live from The Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre between 1.45pm and 3pm.

Liveline ‘s legendary ‘Funny Fridays’ have become a welcome antidote to the trials of modern living. Joe Duffy will be joined by some of Ireland’s finest musical comedians to put our politicians and public personalities under the spotlight and include Brendan ‘Doc’ Savage, Sil Fox, Yann O’Brien, Brush Shiels, Emerald Elvis, Declan O’Brien and June Rogers. Joe and his team will also be joined by the RTÉ Local Heroes crew, who will be filming for the upcoming series of the programme on RTÉ One Television. You are all welcome be part of Friday’s audience in the Lakeside Hotel and should be present by 12 noon.

CHURCH NEWS: Killaloe Area Lenten Masses will be celebrated each Wednesday at 7.30pm (no Wednesday morning Mass). All are welcome to attend and a special invitation is extended to the residents of Area B – Clarisford Avenue, Clarisford Estate, Clarisford House, Convent Hill, Cross Roads, John Street, Marian Place, Millstream, Palliser House, Radharc na nEaglaise and St. Flannan’s Road.

The monthly St Padre Pio Mass will take place in Killaloe Church on Thursday, February 28 at 7.30pm (no morning Mass). Confessions will be heard before Mass.

The next stage of the “Do this in Memory of Me” programme will take place this coming weekend at the 7.30pm Vigil Mass in Killaloe and the 10.30am Sunday Mass in Bridgetown. All children preparing to receive First Holy Communion this year are requested to attend with their parents.

World International Day of Prayer will be celebrated at the annual Prayer Service in Killaloe Convent on this Friday, March 1 at 11am. All are welcome to attend.

Lenten Reflections on the Scriptures continue in Killaloe Church and Killaloe Convent on Wednesdays and Thursdays, respectively from 8pm to 8.45pm.

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE ACTIVITIES: This Wednesday, February 27th will see “Adult Learners Week” celebrated at the Family Resource on Main Street Killaloe with a coffee morning in the Community cafe. There will be lots of information on adult education available on the day and some expert advice from representatives from Clare VEC along with a free Skype Workshop all starting at 10.30am.

Upcoming courses at the Centre include Folklore and Oral History course. A registration and information morning, where you can come along and meet the tutor and find out more about the course, will take place at The Community Cafe at 10.30am on Wednesday, March 6th. All are welcome to attend. For further information you may contact the centre on 061374741.

SCOUTING NEWS: Congratulations to the Thursday Cubs who were placed third at the County Cub Scout Foot-drill Competition, which was held in Ennis last Sunday. The team consisted of Carmel O’ Brien, Joe McGrath, Adam Roche, Sam Lloyd, Katie O’Brien, Phoebe Lenharth, and Ian Larkin. They faced stiff competition with 172 Cubs from all over the County in attendance for the event. The Killaloe Scout Group had three teams in the competition and just three points separated the winners and the other teams.

The Tuesday Cub team represented the County at the National Cub Scout Challenge held last Sunday in Maynooth. This very strong team finished 9th out of 35 teams from all over Ireland. The standard was extremely high at this level, and yet they managed to have a really fun day out while competing with these ranks.

The Rover Scouts travelled to the Kinnity Log Cabin in the Slieve Bloom Mountains last weekend. They spent their time hiking the forest trails while enjoying the glorious sunshine.

Congratulations yet again to Beaver Cian Molloy and Cub Katie Dalton who both submitted art work to represent the County at the Provincial Art competition. Both came away as winners and received more prizes for their entries. These entries will be used at the upcoming Scouting Ireland National Council in Sligo.

KILLALOE-BALLINA COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA: The Killaloe Ballina Community Orchestra was first formed for the 2008 St Patrick’s Parade and has been going strong ever since, performing at a range of local festivals and events as well as a feature on RTE 1 television. Its combination of ages, abilities and styles make it unique.

This year the orchestra will perform after the parade, at the Flanagan’s Marquee. Everyone is invited to come along to play or sing and have fun making music. Two rehearsals will be held - Sunday 3rd and 10th March from 12.15pm until 1.15pm in the Lakeside Hotel. If you would like to join in but cannot attend the rehearsals just send an email to to let us know you will be coming along on the day.

If you have any queries please call Diane Daly 086 8830085. For more information about the KBCO see

FIBROMYALGIA GROUP: A local Fibromyalgia Support Group meets at Killaloe-Ballina Community and Family Resource Centre every second Monday from 11am to 1pm. The next meeting is on Monday, March 11.

For more information please contact Eileen on 085 8881480. If you are living in the north of the county, there is also a group running in Kilrush for more details call 0876528769 or email

SMITH O’BRIEN COACHING COURSE: A “Foundation Coaching” Course will run over three sessions at the Smith O’Brien GAA club – Thursday, March 7 (6.30pm to 9.30pm): Saturday, March 9 (10am – 1pm) and Thursday, March 14 (6.30pm – 9.30pm). People who are interested in participating in this course can contact Fiona O’Mahony at or Alan McLeish at before March 7 or can come along to the clubhouse on the first night. This is a good opportunity to get an introduction to coaching and it opens up the potential to get involved with the local Hurling and Camogie clubs in Killaloe.

KILLALOE COMMUNITY GAMES: Killaloe’s participation in the 2013 Community Games commenced last weekend with involvement in U.13 Basketball at St. Flannan’s College in Ennis. The newly formed committee wishes to thank Alison Varley who coached the girls’ team. Upcoming events include badminton, camogie, athletics and gymnastics. Any queries should be directed to Deirdre at 087 6838599.

QUAY ARTS NOVEL PROJECT: Jean Beard and Rosaleen Rainford at Quay Arts have devised a novel ‘idea’ to bring Primary School tours to Ballina-Killaloe from surrounding counties. Organised in conjunction with Fishing for Kids, boys and girls from 3rd to 6th classes will learn how to fish on Lough Derg: explore Killaloe, the ancient capital of Ireland, with a guide: paint models to take home: take a photo challenge and have a picnic by the Lake. For further details you may call 061 622487.

BALLINA HANDBALL CLUB: Congratulations to Martin McInerney who won the Masters B Munster final, beating Pat Murphy of Limerick. Martin will also contest the doubles final this week when he pairs up with John Lee and we wish them the best of luck.

In the North Tipperary juvenile 40 x 20 B competition, Ballina players took seven of the titles. Congratulations to Amy McKeogh (girls U.10 Singles): Hazel McMahon (girls U.12 Singles): Cian Oakley & Cathal O’Donnell (Boys U.10 Doubles): Jack Lee (Boys U.12 Singles): Corey Ryan & Robbie Breen (Boys U.12 Doubles): Conor Bourke (Boys U.13 Singles): Adrian Power (Boys U.17 Singles).

In the juvenile Munster semi-finals Ronan Bourke was beaten in the boys U17 singles by Jacob Loughnane of Clare 21-10, 21-16. In the boys U14 doubles James Prentice & Jerome Cahill of Lahorna beat Cian Minogue & Gary Cooney of Clare 15-12, 15-10 and will now play Cork in the Munster final next weekend. The best of luck to the two boys!

The new one-wall court has now been finished and it is hoped to have an official opening of the court in the next few weeks.

BALLINA JUVENILE CLUB: Six under 14 footballers have been called for trials for the North Tipperary U.14 football team. We wish the best of luck to Eoghan Power, Peter McMahon, Gary O’Brien, David Slevin, Diarmuid Kelly and James Hanley.

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