KILLALOE BALLINA & DISTRICT ANGLERS PRESENTATION NIGHT: On Saturday last Killaloe Ballina & District Anglers held the annual Presentation Night in Molly’s Bar. All present recalled the last time this event was held in Molly’s, (two years ago) when severe weather conditions, - snow and ice - prevented many anglers from attending. No such conditions prevailed on the last day of November 2013 when we had blue skies and sunshine all day! Chairperson, Gerry Horan welcomed all anglers, their families and friends. He thanked all the sponsors of the many competitions throughout the year: the proprietors of the pubs that hosted weekly Presentation of Prizes: management and staff at Molly’s for the delicious food served on Saturday night. The following prizes were presented: Juvenile Angler Award, sponsored by Maurice O’Dwyer, went to Sam Lancaster: Jackie Conroy was “Lady Angler of the Year” and her prize was sponsored by Mary Collins, Celtic Cat: The Jim and Maureen Ryan Trophy for the biggest pike of the year went to Paul Conroy: Ger Mc Keogh won the Kentucky Cup for the biggest trout of the year and was also recipient of “Angler of the Year”, sponsored by Topline Hardware: the joint winners of the “Pat Murphy Trophy” for the heaviest bag of fish were Liam Floyd and Ger Mc Keogh. The ‘Team Event’ was sponsored by Tadhg Kearney and Rita Kelly presented the prizes to the winning team. Pauline and Michael Quigley won the ‘David Conroy Memorial Trophy’: Aileen Mc Keogh and Michael Fitzpatrick were awarded the Stephen D’Arcy Memorial Trophy. This year’s final Club event, - the Charity Competition – was most successful and the main beneficiaries were Killaloe-Ballina Senior Citizens. On Sunday, November 24th, Michael Fitzpatrick presented a cheque to the Senior Citizens committee members during the annual Christmas Party. A donation was also made to Sadie Conroy, organiser/founder of the local Young at Heart club.
ST. PIO MASS: The monthly St. Pio Mass will be celebrated in Killaloe Church on this Thursday, December 5th at 7.30pm. Confessions will take place before Mass and there will be no morning Mass on that day.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL COLLECTION: The annual St. Vincent de Paul collection will take place before all Masses in Ballina-Boher parish this coming weekend. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
CHRISTMAS PROGRESSIVE 45: Progressive 45 will take place in Boher Hall on Wednesday, December 11th at 8pm. On this special ‘Christmas’ session lucky players can share in a ‘prize pot’ of €400, which also includes a Christmas Hamper! All care players are welcome!
CITIZENS INFORMATION SERVICE: You are advised to note the Citizens Information Service extended opening hours at the Family Resource this coming week: Wednesday, 10am to 4pm: Thursday, 10am to 1pm. No appointment is necessary.
GRADUATION: Congratulations to Eoin Ryan, Cullina who graduated recently from LIT Tipperary with Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental and Natural Resource Management. Eoin, son of Mary and John, is a past pupil of Ballina Primary School and Newport College. His ‘graduation week’ also saw him commence employment in Technopath, Forthenry and we wish him the best of luck in the future.
CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES: Ború Singers will host a Variety Concert in aid of Ballina GAA Pitch Development on this Saturday, December 7th in Brian Ború on the Hill Function Room, commencing at 8pm. A great night of music, song, dance and poetry is guaranteed and admission is €10.
Christmas concert, featuring the Gúnas: Clonlara Girls’ Choir: Munster Music Academy Children’s Choir and Mike and Austin Durack, will take place in Wood Brothers’ Bistro on Sunday, December 8 at 4pm. An enjoyable event is guaranteed!
“GO CRAFTY AT CHRISTMAS”: Killaloe Library in conjunction with L.C.E.T.B. will hold two craft sessions for adults, which will be facilitated by Natalie El-Baba. The first – “Christmas Plates and Candle Holders” – will take place from 10am to 12 noon on Thursday, December 12 while a week later on December 19 (10-12) attendees will have an opportunity to make ‘Felt’ Christmas decorations. Both sessions are free of charge and great mornings of activity and fun are guaranteed!
SCOUTING UPDATE: The local Scouting Group will hold the annual Church Gate collection fundraiser before all Masses at Ballina and Ogonnelloe Churches next weekend December 14 and 15. Thursday Cub section members are heading for Srahan in Co. Laois this weekend for an overnight experience. No doubt lots of sleep expected!! All our County reps at cub, scout, and venture section will attend the Provincial Youth Forum in Galway on December 8th. Best of luck to all involved and we hope you enjoy the honour of representing your County with your fellow reps.