May 4

TRIATHLON SUCCESS: Congratulations to Pat Minogue, Killaloe who was winner in his Age Group at last weekend’s Joey Hannon Triathlon in Limerick; Bobby Reynolds, Ballina was in second place. Well done to both athletes and to Ború Tri club! Pat was also the first Ború Tri club athlete to finish the recent Ború Duathlon in a time of 1:07:04.

TRIATHLON SUCCESS: Congratulations to Pat Minogue, Killaloe who was winner in his Age Group at last weekend’s Joey Hannon Triathlon in Limerick; Bobby Reynolds, Ballina was in second place. Well done to both athletes and to Ború Tri club! Pat was also the first Ború Tri club athlete to finish the recent Ború Duathlon in a time of 1:07:04.

LAUNCH OF TIPPERARY FLEADH: A capacity attendance at the launch of the 2013 Tipperary Fleadh, which will be held in Ballina from May 12 to May 19, enjoyed a great night of music, conservation and food at Flanagan’s on Saturday last. Comhaltas representatives from all over the County joined the local committee/community and all were highly entertained by our young and adult musicians. There were words of praise/gratitude on the night for the hard-working local committee, the Ballina-Killaloe sponsors, local Gardaí, Comhaltas County board and the Board of Management of Ballina Primary School.

THANKS FROM FESTIVAL COMMITTEE: The Kincora Traditional Weekend committee members, - Michael Hackett, Deirdre Scanlan, Paul Smyth, Michael Scanlan, Ann Benson, Catríona Shortt, Fiodhna Gardiner Hyland, Padraig Hyland, Mairéad Ryan and Sadie Scanlan - wish to thank all who contributed to the success of the Festival. Special thanks to Clare FM, Tipp Mid West, RTE; Clare Champion, Nenagh Guardian, Limerick Leader; Fr. James Grace, Rev Stan Evans, sacristan/caretaker at St. Flannan’s Church and Cathedral, Michael Connolly and Killaloe church Choir, East Clare Comhaltas musicians, Diane Daly; Management and caretaker at St. Anne’s Community College; Family Resource Centre; Anchor Inn, Reddan’s, Walsh’s, Ponte Veccio, Lakeside Hotel, James Whelan, O’Donovan’s Bar and Restaurant, Flanagan’s, Molly’s, Liam O’Riain’s, Mills’ Bar and sponsors of raffle prizes.

Next year’s Kincora Traditional Festival will take place from April 4 to April 6. The committee wishes the best of luck to all involved in the organising of the upcoming Tipperary Fleadh.

KILLALOE COAST GUARD ACTIVITIES: On Sunday last, April 28 Killaloe Coast Guard Unit was tasked to assist Rescue 115, the Shannon Based Irish Coast Guard Helicopter and the Ambulance control Centre, by Valentia MRSC. The Female who had fallen and fractured her ankle near Ballycuggaran Wood was located and airlifted to Limerick Regional Hospital.

On April 20 members of Killaloe Coast Guard Unit joined with volunteers from Doolin and Kilkee at a “Search Skills” course, which was held in Ennis.

Also on April 20 the Unit was tasked to assist the Doolin and Kilkee Units for the final day of the search for a missing person at the Cliffs of Moher. Unfortunately the missing person, – a 29-year-old Cork lady - has not been located and the 14-day land, sea and air search was wound down.

On April 26 the Killaloe Coast Guard was tasked by local Gardaí to a report of male in the Killaloe area attempting self-harm. Killaloe Coast Guard carried out an extensive search of the area. The male was later found in the Limerick area.

ATHLETICS TRAINING: Interested in athletics training for your children or young teenagers? Then bring them along to St Anne’s Community College on Saturday morning from 10am – 11am. Whether your child wants to train for Community Games or just wants to run for fun, all are encouraged to participate. For more information you may contact Deidre Coleman on 087 683 8599 or Fiona O’Mahony on 087 9257714.

FAMILY SPORTS DAY: A family sports day will be held on Bank holiday Monday, May 6 at 2pm in the Smith O’Brien’s GAA pitch. Competitions will be held on the day for those interested in participating in the Community Games Athletics. There will also be plenty of other fun activities to enjoy including races for moms/dads and tug of war. Refreshments will be available.

SCOUTING ACTIVITIES: The Beaver Scouts travelled to Mountshannon last Sunday for a County Beaver Day. The Mountshannon Scout Group was the host for this lovely day out. The Beavers had fun with such activities as clay modelling, stilt walking, running through the maze, story telling, and other fun bases. At the end of the day, they were each given a ‘goody’ bag and headed home, happy.

The Rover Scouts went to Killarney for a day’s hiking. They started out at Kate Kearney’s Cottage and went along the Black Valley and up to the summit of the Purple Mountain. The ideal weather suited the hikers who had a good day out.

SMITH O’BRIEN CAMOGIE: Smith O Brien’s u8 camogie panel recently played the first games of the year, playing a keenly contested challenge game against a strong Bodyke team on Wednesday last, which ended up as a draw. On Saturday (27th), the girls participated in a blitz in Parteen. The younger girls (Grace Seymour, Lily Power, Penny Touhy & Aoife Coleman) played a great game on the Astro Turf against Parteen. Leah Mc Kenna, Rebecca Rogers, Karen O Mahony, Lauren Arthur, Isobel Mc Leish, Sarah Mc Namara, Roisin Murnane, Siobhan Mc Mahon and Áine Jones played Scarriff and two Parteen teams, winning all three games. Well done to all!

Smith O’Brien’s Camogie Club will run a Youth Disco on this Friday, May 3 in St Anne’s Community College. Parents are advised to note the following times: under 10’s, 7pm – 8.45pm: over 10’s, 9pm – 11pm. Tickets @ €7 are on sale through the Schools, The Forge or Smith O’Brien’s club. Refreshments will be available on the night.

TENNIS NEWS: Killaloe Ballina Tennis Club (KBTC) hosted the annual Clare Challenge Cup match with Ennis Tennis club on Sunday, April 21. On a cool blustery day thirty-two players of various rankings took to the courts and overcame some very difficult conditions to provide the supporters with some exciting matches. Ennis fielded a strong team as always but came up against a determined KBTC team who came out worthy winner. The four KBTC junior players in particular proved too strong for their opponents from Ennis. Ennis players were hoping to buck the trend, which has continued since the inaugural event back in 2008 in which the home team has always been victorious, but to their disappointment, 2013 has proved to be no different. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Edel Neary of KBTC and Bill Twomey, Ennis TC for organising such an enjoyable event.

“BUY YOUR SOD LAUNCH”: On Saturday last, Minister of State, Alan Kelly launched Ballina GAA club’s fundraising project, “Buy your Sod”. The club’s target is to sell 1000 sods at €50 each. Given the healthy membership of the club, this only equates to just over 2 sods per member. The land has been purchased and a grant of €56,000 towards development has been secured from Sports Capital Grants 2012. Now the club needs to raise €50,000 match funding to allow the pitch to be constructed in 2013. Sods can be

purchased online at or from the club shop or a committee member. A certificate of ownership is given with each purchase.

At Saturday’s launch, Sarah Devane (Chairperson) extended special thanks to Danny Ryan of Ballina Engineering who fabricated the large sign and Damian Clifford of ‘One Little Studio’ and a Juvenile club coach, who produced the image for the initiative. She also expressed gratitude to members who invested in the past, to those who contribute to the Friends of Ballina and to those ‘who will no doubt step up to the mark to take us to our future with a second, much needed pitch’.

TRIATHLON SUCCESS: Congratulations to Pat Minogue, Killaloe winner in his Age Group at last weekend’s Joey Hannon Triathlon in Limerick. Pat was also the first Ború Tri club member to finish the recent Ború Duathlon in a time of 1:07:04.

CONCERT REMINDER: You are reminded that the Choral concert hosted our local Ború Community Singers and featuring eight of the leading choirs in Clare, Tipperary and limerick, will take place in St. Flannan’s Cathedral on this Saturday, May 4 at 8pm, sharp. This is a non-ticket event and you may contribute to a Retiring Collection in aid of Boher Autism Unit (main beneficiaries) and the Cathedral Restoration fund.

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