BALLINA PRIMARY SCHOOL CELEBRATES HURLERS SUCCESSES: Ballina Primary School was a ‘sea of blue and white’ on Tuesday afternoon as proud past-pupils brought four pieces of silverware, - North Tipp and County Minor Cups: North Tipp and County Intermediate Cups – back to their Alma Mater. Present students formed a Guard of Honour and were joined in the school hall by their teachers: officers and members of Ballina GAA Senior, Juvenile and Camogie Clubs and Len Gaynor, Schools’ Development Officer since 2007. What an hour of entertainment followed as students engaged in tributes to the hurlers, coaches, mentors and of course to Len Gaynor who has retired after six years of dedication to the children of Ballina and indeed the Club/County players of the future. The strains of the specially composed song (by sixth class and their teacher, Múinteoir Mairéad) - The Boys of Ballina – could be heard on the streets of Ballina as over four hundred children raised their voices in praise of their local hurling heroes.
Príomh Oide Mairéad, in her welcome address, congratulated the hurlers and spoke of her pride at seeing past pupils bringing such honour to their school, club, parish and county. She gratefully acknowledged the strong bond of support between Ballina GAA and the school and was delighted to see so many club members present – John Joe Maher, John Joe Mc Keogh and Patsy Nevin (Presidents): Sarah Devane (Chariperson): John Gleeson (Secretary): Mike Sheehy (former chairperson Ballina GAA/North Board): Anne Sheehy (Ballina GAA Club, former teacher and School sports’ co-ordinator): Eileen Breen (Secretary of Juvenile club): Brendan Mc Keogh (Manager of Intermediate team): Aaron Devane (Manager of Minor team): Ronnie Power (former School’s Liaison officer): Teresa Nevin (secretary of Camogie Club); Minor and intermediate players. She paid special tribute to Len Gaynor who, she said, knew all the students by name and was held in high regard by them all. The Príomh Oide’s sentiments were reiterated by Anne Sheehy, Sarah Devane and Brendan Mc Keogh. Many presentations on behalf of teachers and students were made to Len Gaynor that included framed copies of the specially composed Boys of Ballina, a poem, Len’s Way and “A Book of Memories” celebrating his years in Ballina School.
Len spoke fondly of his years involvement with the boys and girls of Ballina and of his great delight at seeing the hurlers reaching such well-deserved “heights” in 2013. He congratulated all involved – players, coaches, managers on their commitment and dedication and wished the Intermediate hurlers success in the Munster championships.
DERG BUSINESS ALLIANCE OPEN NIGHT: You are invited to the Derg Business Alliance “Open Night” in the Lakeside Hotel, on Tuesday, November 5th at 7.30pm. The purpose of this night is to demonstrate how local businesses have worked in tandem to assist each other to grow and prosper despite the prevalent economic difficulties. You will learn how our group operates and hear success stories from existing members outlining how the group has benefited their business in a variety of ways. Guest speakers will include Rugby legend and entrepreneur Keith Wood and marketing guru, Emma D’Arcy.
Derg Business Alliance was formed in October 2011 with the aim to support local businesses by passing business referrals within its network. The group meets every week to share knowledge and contacts as well as participating in continuous professional development through structured training events. The member businesses through their association with Derg Business Association contribute back to the local community through sponsorships and planned community events. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 086-1752104
Remembrance Mass: A special Remembrance Mass will take place in Boher Church on Friday 8th November at 7.30pm. Boher Choir would like to take this opportunity to invite you to this special mass as part of our November ceremonies for the Holy Souls. This Mass will give us a chance to pray for and celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have passed away many years ago or those who have died in more recent times. We will especially remember those who have no one to pray for them.
Nametags will be available in the Church from Sunday, October 27th and will then be placed on our Remembrance Tree as part of the special ceremony. All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served in Boher Hall after Mass.