KILKEEDY GRAVEYARD: The Annual Mass for our deceased relatives and friends will be celebrated in Kilkeedy Graveyard, Ballybrown on Friday, August 23 at 7.30pm. A collection for the upkeep of Kilkeedy Graveyard will be taken up at this mass. Please note that due to on-going renovating work on the Massey Vault, by Limerick County Council, there is no access through the main entrance gate and parking will be available on the road only. Patrons are advised to come early and park in the Ballybrown Church car park and walk back to Kilkeedy where possible. Your cooperation with the stewards would be appreciated and will ensure that access and parking will run smoothly. Thank You.
BALLYBROWN CLARINA COMMUNITY GAMES: The National finals took place in Athlone last weekend where huge numbers attended both to participate and spectate. Our area was represented in both team and individual events. In the youngest age category Peter Kiely progressed through the stages to win gold in the U8 80M on Sunday. This was a wonderful achievement on his first qualifying trip to the National event. Bobby Smith (U8 60M) and Emer Conroy (U10 Hurdles) progressed through the initial heats with strong performances against tough competition. These young athletes show great promise for the future. Karl Buckley (Javelin) and Eoin Corby (Ball throw) had top 10 finishes in their competitions also showing great potential in those disciplines.
Kila Curran and Caoimhe Browne ran the Marathon (7KM). This proved to be a tough assignment on a hilly course around the Athlone IT complex and it’s environs. Well done girls!
The U16 Mixed Skittles team progressed to Sundays final by beating Riverstown from Sligo in the semi-final. Sundays match against Wexford required all their skill as it was a tightly fought contest with little room for error. It was close to the end with victory and the gold medals coming to Ballybrown on a scoreline of 350 to 328. The team includes Adrian McGann, Cathal Locke,Eleanor O’Brien, Fiona Hannon, Kila Curran, Oisin Curtin and Oran Curran. They have had success at National level in previous underage competition and it is great to see them continuing with the sport. Their training under the guidance of Anthony McGann and Micheal O’ Brien proved to be a recipe for success.
The U13 Boys Rounders team competed on Saturday against Breaffy from Mayo for a place in Sunday’s final. However the Mayo boys proved too strong on the day. An early Sunday morning play-off match against Cavan started promisingly for the boys who ended up with the fourth place medals. They finished strongly with some fine play that will encourage them to continue with the sport in the coming years as it has been re-established in the area. The team included Frank Dooley, Karl Buckley, Harry Hannon, Ethan Keyes, Luke O’Connor,Orin Garvey,Eoin Mann, Shane Hannon, Mark Mullaly and Finatan and Darragh O’Sullivan. Thanks to Diane Curran and Dave Dooley for all the training sessions and matches organised prior to the event. Thanks to all the families who supported all the teams over the week-end and encouraged them throughout. There was a great show of colour on the playing fields and track with the green and white painted on the faces of competitors and young supporters also. Well done to all.
COMMUNITY NOTICE: It has come to the attention of the Ballybrown/Clarina Community Council that there has been antisocial activity in the Clarina Village. Flower displays and Road Signage have been damaged last weekend. This is very disappointing considering the great efforts the Tidy Towns have made in planting and maintaining the flower displays and improving the appearance of the approach roads to the village. Any suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the Gardai.