LOCAL RUGBY STAR IN IRB JUNIOR WORLD TROPHY COMPETITION: A young Ballina man, who has named his own father as the “Coach who had the greatest influence on him”, has joined up with the Canadian U.20 Rugby Squad, which is playing in the IRB Junior World Trophy Competition. Shane O’Leary, Shannon View, Ballina and son of Delia and Declan, set out for ‘Camp’ in Minnesota on May 1. During the 10-day camp, he was involved in two games against USA U.20s and the Canadian side was victorious in both. He then travelled to the Canadian High Performance Centre in Victoria on Vancouver Island where his squad was once again the winners against a British Columbia U.23 team.
On May 23 the Canadian U.20s flew to Chile for the IRB Competition. Here they will meet teams from Tonga, Japan and Uruguay, as well as a crossover game with a team from a second group of 4, depending on where they are ranked. What a fantastic opportunity for this young popular rugby player from North Tipperary who started out his rugby training at the local Ballina-Killaloe RFC.
LOCAL ARTIST’S FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION: Friday last, May 24 was a memorable day for Ballina-Killaloe artist, Marian Conroy (nee Mc Carthy) who held her first solo exhibition at Quay Arts. Entitled “Memories” this exhibition was officially opened by Junior Minister, Alan Kelly TD.
Marian, daughter of the late Ned and Mary Mc Carthy grew up on the Hill Road in Killaloe. One of her earliest memories is of a sunny day, sitting in the meadow behind her home with a pencil and old ‘sums’ copy, sketching the hills that sloped gently up to the Sliabh Bearnagh Mountains. Her passion for drawing and painting continued through her childhood years but it was not until 1986 that Marian started to work with oils when she joined the local Riverside Artists Groups, founded and directed by Anne Barry, Birdhill. In subsequent years, Marian went to Gallery 75 in Limerick and was mentored under the watchful eye of Roger Mc Carthy and Tom Greaney. She is a member of the Limerick Art Society for the past fifteen years and exhibits her work here throughout the year. Her paintings have also bee displayed in the Hunt Museum: the Limerick City Gallery: Raggle Taggle Gallery: The Heritage Centre (Nenagh): Féile Brian Ború Art Trail: Quay Arts.
Marian has a great love of history; tales of the past were a continuous source of entertainment; her late mother Mary (nee Horan), - local poet and songwriter – told stories so vividly that much of Marian’s work today is still inspired by those tales of long ago. While the past has heavily influenced her work, the picturesque surroundings of her home feature strongly in her paintings.
Living in Ballina with her husband Michael, Marian works daily from her studio in Legane. She has three adult children, Tracey, Darren and Ciara and one grand daughter, Aoife who, together with Michael and her siblings (especially Alan), are justly proud of her achievements.
“Memories” will run at Quay Arts until the end of the current week and is certainly worth a visit.
VARIETY CONCERT: A “Variety Concert” in aid of St Anne’s Astra Turf Project (Clarisford Development) will be held at the Lakeside Hotel on Thursday, June 13 at 8.30pm. Hosted by Ború Community Singers, this event will showcase the wealth of Choral, Traditional, Classical and Folk Music in our district.
TIPPERARY FLEADH: Congratulations to all the local musicians who took part in the 2013 Tipperary Fleadh, held for the first time in Ballina. Leading the way from Ballina-Boher on the ‘winners podium’ were Blaithin Kennedy and Jack Mac Partlin who each had a remarkable five first place wins as well as a number of 2nd and 3rd places each to their credit. Also going through to the Munster Fleadh are the following Katie Power, Lara Nic Gabhann, Derbhaile Kelly, Leanne Carey, Lauren Gough, Lauren Breen, Lucia Mac Partlin, Denise Kennedy, Mike Walsh and two groups of dancers from Ballina National School.
SCOUT NEWS: The Killaloe Scout Group sent two teams to this year’s County Shield at the Clare County Campsite in Ruan. This event is a competition of camp-craft, teamwork and challenge with the winners going forward to represent the County at the national camp-craft competition. The theme for the weekend was “James Bond” and the Scouts really got into the swing of things with fabulous costumes featuring at the campfire on Saturday night. The challenges saw the teams competing against each other for additional marks to add to their campsite construction and cooking marks. The Killaloe Scouts didn’t feature amongst the winners (the Newmarket -on -Fergus team came first), but they certainly had a great camping weekend.
Two hundred Cub Scouts from all the Scout Groups in Clare flocked to the Scouting Ireland National Water Activity Centre at the Two-mile-gate last Sunday for the County Cub Scout Water Activity Day. What a day! From early in the morning to 5pm in the afternoon, the Cubs rushed from one activity to the next. Each activity seemed more exciting than the last. So much to choose from: sailing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, a boat trip, slippery slope, climbing wall, basketball, human table soccer, bungee run, sumo wrestling. One of the highlights had to be the Coast Guard who came along to spend the day with the Cubs. They spoke to them about water safety in keeping with the theme of the day, and put on a display on the lake at lunch time demonstrating the skills involved in rescuing a body from the water. All the Cubs are working towards earning their water activities badge and their emergency skills badge. The Coast Guard will be lucky enough to recruit some of these Cubs in years to come. The Cub Scouts would like to thank all the lads in the Killaloe Coast Guard for giving up their day to provide such a valuable lesson and for being such fabulous role models to the Cubs.
SRS NEWS: The second annual SRS Golf Classic will take place in the East Clare Golf Course on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15. Entry for a team of 4 Scramble event is €160. The first prize is an all expenses paid Golf Holiday for 4 to Puerto Banus, Marbella (this includes flights, half board hotel accommodation, car rental, & provision of 4 sets of Wilson clubs). This year there is a new “Ladies Prize” and many more great prizes. The prize giving with food and entertainment will take place on the Saturday night. Proceeds go towards the development of Clarisford Park. For further details please contact Brian Cummins at 087-0505791 or Paul Coughlan at 086-0493707.
AOIFE IN EUROPEAN YOUTH PARLIAMENT: Killaloe teenager and a fourth year student at St. Anne’s Community College, - Aoife Watson – will represent her school and Ireland in the European Youth Parliament (EYP) event in 2013-2014. The EYP is a youth organisation that runs in all 27-member states and provides a forum for young people to voice their opinions on given topics, which in the current cycle have included same-sex marriage: stem-cell research: European finances: inclusion of older-aged citizens in the community.
In October 2012, Aoife was joined by fellow students Eimhear Lynch and Roisin O’Connell at a Regional EYP event in Cork from where both herself and Eimear progressed to the National event in Dublin. Aoife was chosen to attend the European Youth Parliament.
Congratulations to Aoife, Eimhear and Roisin and we wish Aoife (daughter of Una and Brendan) every success in the Youth Parliament.
NATIONAL POSTER COMPETITION: Congratulations to St. Anne’s Community College Transition Year students, under the guidance of their teacher Judy Malone, recently were overall winners in a National Poster Competition. Their poster was part of their Young Social Innovators project on ‘numeracy and literacy’.
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE PROJECT: The Killaloe-Ballina Community and Family Resource Centre is currently undertaking a research project to establish the ‘family support needs’ in the community. From May 27 to June 5, personnel from the Centre will visit homes in Killaloe and Ballina and invite you to fill in a questionnaire. Your contribution/submissions will help to shape the Centre’s Family Support strategy over the next three years. If you do not receive a questionnaire and wish to take part in the project you may call at the Community Café between 9.30am and 3.30pm, Monday to Friday.
FUNDRAISING FOR CRUMLIN HOSPITAL: Transition Year Students at St. Anne’s Community College, monitored by Brendan O’Brien and inspired by the courage/positivity of one of their classmates diagnosed with Leukaemia during the year, have raised €1,000 for the St. John’s Ward (Cancer Ward) at Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Organised fundraising events included sports tournament: coffee morning: sale of wristbands in their Mini-company.
In conjunction with their Young Social Innovators project, the students also undertook research on all aspects of Cancer and Cancer Support.
When attending the annual Young Social innovators Showcase in City West on May 8th the students travelled to Crumlin to personally present their cheque to the Hospital. They were greatly inspired by the dedication/commitment of the staff in Crumlin and the courage of young children and teenagers in St. John’s Ward and in St. Michael’s Ward (Cystic Fibrosis).
SMITH O’BRIEN MINOR CLUB: Smith O’Brien under 8’s and under 14’s were in action during the week. The under 8’s attended their first Go Games blitz of the season in Bodyke where they competed well with teams from Bodyke, Corofin and Sixmilebridge.
Meanwhile the under 14’s continued their winning ways with a 4-7 to 1-7 win over Parteen. They will meet Whitegate in the final round of the championship next weekend.
OPENING OF NEW HANDBALL COURT: Ballina handball club will hold the official opening of the new ‘One-Wall’ Court on Bank holiday Monday at 2pm and would like to extend an open invitation for people to attend this event. GAA Handball President-elect Willie Roche will open the Court, and there will be exhibition games featuring some of the top adult and juvenile players nationwide. All members of the local community are surrounding clubs are very welcome to attend.
Our adult tournament finals took place last Friday evening. The A final was won by Geddy McKeogh & Ronan Bourke after a 31-10 win over Mike Gleeson & Adrian Power. The B final was won by Martin Kennedy & Sean Wood who recorded a 31-26 win over Mark McNamara & Willie Gleeson.
At the Williamstown One-wall tournament in County Galway, James Prentice put in some great performances to reach the U14 Cup final, but narrowly missed out in the final and finished runner-up.