FROM STONE AGE TO NEW AGE: Local entrepreneur, Barry Spearman is about to launch his new project, the provision of Memorial Headstones that are an economic alternative to the traditional stone headstones. His Fibreglass Headstones are environmentally friendly and their manufacture does not involve blasting/quarrying. They are durable and permanent: light but strong and can be installed/self installed almost immediately: are low maintenance (can be cleaned with warm soapy water) and mildew/algae will not penetrate and discolour. The material used, - Fibreglass Composite â€“ is the material of choice for most boats including the Ocean Volvo craft because of its ability to withstand immersion in water and exposure to weather conditions.
In 2012 Business Mobile provider, Blueface, launched its first competition for Business start-ups, â€œBlueface Elevator 2012â€. Barry entered this competition with his business project and following the initial preliminary round where he was invited to pitch his business ideas to a panel of judges, he was chosen to represent Limerick in the final, which was held in Dublin last July. Barry with his Fibreglass Headstone project was placed second in this nationwide competition.
If you require further details you may contact Barry on 0879782890 or visit the website www.Fibreglassheadstones.com. We wish Barry every success in his new venture!
QUAY ARTS THEATRE NIGHTS: From Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 6 Quay Players Amateur Drama Group, directed by Pauline Hartigan, presented Quay Arts Theatre Nights to capacity and appreciative audiences in Quay Arts, Ballina. The nightly program included an excerpt from â€œBagladyâ€ by Frank Mc Guinness: performance by a most talented young musician/singer, Siun Moriarty: the staging of a one-act comedy, â€œWhatâ€™s for Puddingâ€ by David Tristram.
The Baglady monologue play has the ability to implicate an entire society while focusing on a lone soul, torn asunder by an act of familial violence. In her moving and most professional portrayal of the â€˜bagladyâ€™, Delia Oâ€™Leary succeeded in communicating to her audiences the plight of a gently woman whose life has been destroyed by shocking violence.
â€œWhatâ€™s for Puddingâ€, an uproarious family comedy with Jack (Derek Lyons) and Mary (Larissa Manley) preparing for yet another boring night at home when their married friends Ted (Enda Brady) and Maureen (Carmel Oâ€™Riordan) pay a visit. The foursome proceed to get on the wrong side of a bottle of Jameson while their antics are closely observed by a bemused Denis (Chris Rowley) who only turns up to order brown flared pants from Maryâ€™s catalogue but gets much more than he bargained for!
Congratulations to all involved in excellent performances and especially to Quay Arts directors, Jean and Rosaleen who not only continue to support the Quay Players and Drama in the district but also for the past three years, have supported and promoted â€˜emerging talentâ€™ such as teenager, Siun Moriarty in their many productions.
PAN CELTIC LOCAL WINNER: Congratulations to Lucia Mac Partlin, daughter of Barbara and Paul, Ballina who was the winner of the Pan Celtic Trophy in the Fiddle competition at the International Pan Celtic Festival held in Carlow last week. This annual Festival is a celebration of the Celtic cultures of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Isle of Man and Cornwall in music, song, dance, languages, costumes, sport and story.
FESTIVAL UPDATE: Preparations are in the final stages for the upcoming Kincora Traditional Weekend, which will take place in Killaloe-Ballina from April 19 to April 21. Full details are available on www.kincoratradweekwnd.com. Phone contact numbers are as follows: workshops, 086 0529278: set dancing, 087 2931094: Rolling Wave Session, 086 8140559. Tickets @ â‚¬7.50 (adult) for Gala Concert on Saturday night are available from any member of the committee â€“ Michael Hackett, Deirdre Scanlan, Michael Scanlan, Ann Benson, MairÃ©ad Ryan, CatrÃona Shortt, PÃ¡draig Hyland, Fiodhna Gardiner Hyland, Paul Smyth and Sadie Scanlan. Childrenâ€™s tickets available at the door on the night.
TIPPERARY FLEADH: Preparations are well underway for the 2013 Tipperary Fleadh, which will take place in Ballina from May Upcoming local events include Friday Session from 7pm to 9pm in Ballina GAA Hall on Friday, April 12: â€œReeling in the Yearsâ€ at 8pm in Oâ€™Donovanâ€™s (admission â‚¬5): Fleadh Launch at 8.30pm in Millsâ€™ Bar on April 27.
ALL IRELAND HANDBALL SUCCESS: Ballina juvenile handballer James Prentice, along with doubles partner Jerome Cahill from Lahorna, travelled to Crinkle, Offaly last Saturday to compete in the U14 doubles All-Ireland Final against Galway. The two Tipperary lads proved too strong for their Galway opponents and won the title 15-7, 15-3. This is a great achievement by the two young players and both the Ballina and Lahorna clubs are very proud of them.
Martin McInerney travelled to Cashel to take on Sean Ryan from Offaly in the Masters B singles All-Ireland final but was unlucky on this occasion and was beaten in the tiebreaker. Martin will have another chance at an All-Ireland title this Saturday when he partners John Lee in the Masters B doubles final against Mayo opposition.
Also playing next Saturday are Ger Coonan & Fergal Collins who take on Kildare in the Intermediate doubles All-Ireland final in Kilkenny. The club wish them all the very best of luck.
SMITH Oâ€™BRIEN CAMOGIE CLUB: Smith Oâ€™Brienâ€™s Camogie Club will host a â€˜Cake Sale and Coffee Morningâ€™ in the Clubhouse on this Sunday, April 14th, after 11.30 mass. The Committee would like to encourage as many people as possible to come along and enjoy the delicious home baking and help us raise some much needed funds.
BALLINA CAMOGIE CLUB: The Ballina Camogie season is back in full flow. Our newly formed Junior B team has two matches under their belts at this stage, and while results have not gone their way so far, they have performed admirably in both games.
Along with this, the U.16 and U.14 championships have started in the past week, and the teams have games against Shannon Rovers and Annacarty in the coming week. The best of luck to all the young ladies!
On Saturday next in Ballina our U.12s are playing against Silvermines at 1.30pm and this will be followed by the Junior teamâ€™s final group game against Kilruane at 3pm.
U6, U8 and U10 training is also starting up on Saturday next at 10am. As always, all new members are welcome so we are looking forward to a good turnout on Saturday morning for these age groups.
Just a reminder that registration is now due for all players who can register on line, or through any of the coaches or committee members.
BALLINA JUVENILE GAA: Ballina Juvenile Club is very excited to announce the launch of the New Ballina Shop, which will open on this Saturday morning, April 13 in the GAA Complex. Hurleys, helmets, special BÃ©al an Ãtha grips, shorts, jerseys and hoodies will all be available for sale at a fraction of the normal retail price in well known sport shops. All profits from sales will go directly into our club. Refreshments will also be available on Saturday. Further details are available on the Clubâ€™s Facebook page.
SCOUT NEWS: Last Tuesday night a ceremony was held in the Lakeside Hotel to celebrate the youth members of the Killaloe Scout Group who were awarded with the Chief Scout and GÃ¡isce Awards. The recipients of the Silver GÃ¡isce Award & Chief Scout Award for Venture Scouts were Aaron Fitzgerald Bradley, William Denning, Alex Huddlestan, Peter English, Ciaran Lynch, Peter Oâ€™Leary, Ian Cosgrove and Jason Dineen. Barra Oâ€™ Dubhghaill received the Bronze GÃ¡isce award and the Chief Scout Award for Scouts. The family members of the awardees along with the Provincial Commissioner for the Western Province, Brian Webster, the Clare Scout County Commissioner, EilÃs Molamphy, and various Scout Leaders from the Group enjoyed a social evening following the presentation ceremony.
Congratulations to Kieran McCormack (Venture Scout Section Leader, Deputy Group Leader, Campsite Committee member, County Venture Scout Programme Rep, County Chief Scout Award Mentor and National Water Activity Centre Leader) who was presented with his thirty-year service award at the same event and also to Bob Murphy (Rover Crew Facilitator) who was presented with his fifteen-year service award. The Killaloe Scout Group is fortunate to have Scouters with such credentials as Kieran and Bob and is extremely indebted to them for their service.
JUNIOR TENNIS: The forty-two juniors from Killaloe-Ballina Tennis Club who played in the Junior Spring Doubles Competition on Saturday, April 6 enjoyed a day of glorious sunshine and play. The winners and runners-up are as follows: Midi - Winners, Ian Larkin & Paris van Drumpt; Runners-up, Cian Oâ€™Donoghue & GrÃ¡inne Mahony: U10 â€“ Winners, Christopher Ryan & Eibhlis Coleman; Runners-up, Ronan Neill & Cian Commins: U12 â€“ Winners, Matthew Power and Emma Flynn; Runners-up, Marcus Ryan & Roisin Houlihan: U16 â€“ Winners, Julie Bigot & Anna Ryan; Runners-up, Emma Foley & Marcus Cox. Well done to all who played!