TRAINING COURSE FOR SET DANCING TEACHERS AND THERAPISTS: Last August a number of people from the district attended the Feakle Health Conference weekend when Professor Daniele Volpe presented the results of his research into â€œThe Therapeutic effects of Irish Set Dancing in the treatment of Parkinsonâ€™s Diseaseâ€. This coming weekend, - November 8th and 9th â€“ another opportunity will be presented by leading experts in the field of set dancing and Parkinsonâ€™s disease when a special dancing teachers and therapists training course will be held in Feakle. This is a certified course, which will include theory, workshops and practical guidelines/standards of practice for teaching set dancing to people with Parkinsonâ€™s disease. It will be run by the Italian team in association with the Physiotherapy Department in the University of Limerick. If you require further details you may visit http://www.glor.ie/events/category/education-workshops. You are all invited to join with course facilitators and participants at a CÃ©ilÃ in Pepperâ€™s Marquee on Friday, November 8th at 9pm. Feakle Health Conference has been short-listed for an â€œOscarâ€ in the Irish Medical Times - Irish Healthcare Awards, which will take place on this Thursday in the Shelbourne in Dublin. The Conference is nominated for a prestigious award in healthcare for â€˜Best Patient Education Project (Non Pharmaceutical)â€™.
CHARITY FISHING EVENT: Despite inclement weather conditions the annual Charity Fishing Competition organised by Killaloe-Ballina and District Anglers on Sunday, October 1 was a hugely successful event. The presentation of prizes was held at Millsâ€™ Bar and the organisers wish to thank Anthony and Anne for the delicious and most welcome food and entertainment. The youngest participants were the competition winners with George Keely, assisted by Michael Kelly (Jnr) and his brother Diarmuid catching a fine 15 lb 8 oz pike. The â€˜heaviest bagâ€™ award (14 lb, 8 oz) went to the Quigley family, - Michael, Pauline and Evlyn while the Lancaster boys, - Shane, Keith and Sam â€“ caught the second heaviest pike (8 lb, 8 oz). All anglers were awarded prizes and the club wishes to acknowledge the huge support they continue to receive from the business community in Ballina and Killaloe without whose generosity this event could not take place. Thanks also to all who donated raffle prizes and purchased tickets. Killaloe-Ballina Senior Citizens are the main beneficiaries of this competition.
GOLD AWARD WINNER: Congratulations to SiobhÃ¡n and Mike Larkin, proprietors of Gala Foodstore, who were awarded the â€œGold Standard Awardâ€ for excellence in retail standards at the 2013 Gala Annual Conference, which was held recently at the Heritage Hotel, County Laois. SiobhÃ¡n and Mike have received many awards over the years and both themselves and their staff members offer a very high standard of service.
DAY OF PRAYER: A day of prayer for the Holy Souls that includes the Eucharistic Celebration will be held in Emmanuel House, Clonfert on this Sunday, November 10 commencing at 2 pm. A special bus will leave from the Car Park opposite Goosers at 12.15pm. If you wish to travel please contact Marie at 086 1535351 or Raphaelia at 086 0883365.
RECENT DEATH: Sr. Maura Hayes (Sr. M. Catherine) formerly of Gortmagee, Killaloe died peacefully last week in the Convent of Mercy, Gort. Eldest daughter of Thomas and Helena (nee Keane), Sr. Maura entered the Mercy Sisters in 1947 and taught in Ennistymon and Birr until her retirement. She is survived by her sister, Sr. Kathleen (Mercy Convent, Ennis): brothers, Sean and Austin.
TALENT COMPETITION: The selection heats in the annual Factor X talent competition will commence at 9.30pm on Friday, November 8th in the Anchor Inn and will continue for two consecutive Fridays. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Clare branch of the Alzheimer Association of Ireland and Lough Derg FC. Interested competitors should contact Ann Benson at 061-376108 or 087-2931092.
BALLINA GAA: â€˜Lady luckâ€™ still reigns supreme in Ballina GAA Club as our Intermediate hurlers had a great 3-19 to 0-15 victory over St. Brendanâ€™s, Ardfert (Kerry Senior Champions) on a calm, mild Sunday afternoon in Mc Donagh Park. We wish them the best of luck in the Munster Club Intermediate Final on Sunday when they will meet either Youghal (Cork) or Whitegate (Clare) at a venue to be decided.