TALENTED DANCER: On Friday, May 31 thirteen-year-old Tara Brady, Ballina was winner of the European National Dancing Championships (Intermediate category), which were held in Torrevieja, Spain. Tara was also placed second and fourth in Solo Dancing at the recent Mini-Munster Championships held Limerick’s South Court Hotel. This talented young lady began her dancing classes at the age of five years when she attended the Joanne Dunphy School of Dancing. At the age of nine Tara moved to the John Sanders School of Dancing, based in Limerick and Tipperary. Through dedication, hard work and commitment she has recorded numerous successes in all grades and is now dancing at Open Championship level. Training for the Open Munster Championships, “where the standard of dancing is absolutely amazing” according to Tara, will shortly commence.
PINK RIBBON DAY: Over six hundred and fifty walkers/runners took part in the fourth annual Pink Ribbon Walk in Killaloe-Ballina on Sunday last. Ideal weather conditions and a town “in the pink” contributed to a most enjoyable experience for participants and supporters, alike. First man/lady to cross the Finish Line were Ballina’s Bobby Reynolds and Laura Collins. Congrats to Bobby and Laura and well done to all runners/walkers.
VARIETY CONCERT: On this Thursday, June 13 the Ború Community Singers will host a Variety Concert in aid of St. Anne’s Astro Turf Development (Clarisford Project) in the Lakeside Hotel at 8.30pm. Tickets @ €10 may be purchased at the door on the night. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
SWIMMING POOL: The local Riverside Swimming Pool is now open to the public on weekdays from 3pm to 7pm and at weekends from 2pm to 6pm.
QUAY ARTS SUMMER CAMP: The annual Quay Arts Summer Camp will run from July 15 to July 19 (10am to 3pm). This “Art and More” camp will include Cookery, Clay work and lots of different Art projects. For further details/reservations please call 622478.
CRAFTS SUMMER CAMP: A ‘Craft’ Summer Camp for boys and girls aged 6 to 13 years will fun at Quay Arts from July 1 to July 5 (10am to 1.30pm). Available crafts include beading, knitting and sewing. If interested please contact Anne at 087 6143622.
OPENING OF HANDBALL COURT: A large crowd gathered in the early summer sunshine for the opening of the new outdoor one-wall court at Ballina handball club on Monday, June 3. Those present were treated to some top class exhibition matches ahead of the official opening, featuring some of Tipperary’s top players. First on court were the juveniles, with Colin Ryan and Eoin Meagher beating Jerome Cahill and Sinead Meagher. This was followed by Ger Coonan v Declan Gleeson and Fergal Collins v David Hickey in ten-minute, semi-final games. The final saw Ger Coonan beating Fergal Collins to take the first mini-tournament win on the new court.
The Official Opening Ceremony was performed by GAA Handball President-elect, Willie Roche and was followed by the serving of the first ball on the new court by club player, Martin McInerney. The court was then opened up for all to enjoy and it was a great sight to see young juveniles taking on adult players in games. The club would like to thank all who helped out with the preparations for the day and look forward to our first club blitzes over the next few weeks.
SRS NEWS: There are still a few tee times available for teams for the 2nd Annual SRS Golf Classic, which will take place in the East Clare Golf Course on this Friday and Saturday (June 14 and 15). The team of 4 Scramble event costs only €160 to enter. The first prize is a fabulous 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.
KILLALOE-BALLINA ANGLERS: The John Conroy Memorial Pike competition, sponsored by Sadie Conroy, was held on Sunday last. The large turnout from the Killaloe-Ballina & District Club on a glorious ‘Pink Ribbon/Tipp v Limerick’ saw some great specimens being weighed-in. Paul Conroy and his daughter Alma caught the heaviest fish – 17 lb 8 oz. The ‘heaviest bag’ award went to Ger Mc Keogh and Liam Floyd (32 lb 8 oz) while Shane Lancaster caught the second heaviest pike, 17 lb 4 oz. Juvenile award went to Sam Lancaster.
The club wishes to thank Sadie Conroy for her continued sponsorship and Anne and Anthony Mills for the delicious food served at the Presentation of Prizes.
This Sunday’s pike competition, - The Stephen Darcy Memorial – will be sponsored by Gerry Horan and family. Fishing will run from 10am to 6pm with Presentation of Prizes at Molly’s at 7pm.The weigh-point is at Sally Bay.
On this Saturday, June 15 the Club’s Mayfly Presentation of Prizes will be held at Mills at 9pm. All are welcome to attend!
SMITH O’BRIEN MINOR CLUB: Our under 12’s had mixed results during the week with victory in a challenge game against Ballinahinch on Wednesday evening but they were not as fortunate when they entertained Whitegate at the weekend in the Bennett league. Despite a strong second half performance they lost out by a three- point margin on a scoreline of 4-2 to 2-5. Meanwhile, the under14’s will now play their Shield semi final game against Meelick this coming weekend.