Ballina

Judges Commend “Distinct Pride Of Place Attitude” - Ballina secured 293 points in the 2012 National Tidy Towns competition Category C (small town – 1,000 to 2,500), an increase of five points on the 2011 result and meriting a Bronze medal. In the adjudicators’ report that contained just four negative comments, one building with weeds hanging from the gutters: a few isolated places where grass was gathered up and dumped; lack of identification plates in some estates: graffiti on one door, the Ballina community, Tidy towns committee and volunteers received the highest of praise, “you have a distinct pride of place attitude in Ballina, a town you love so well”.

Judges Commend “Distinct Pride Of Place Attitude” - Ballina secured 293 points in the 2012 National Tidy Towns competition Category C (small town – 1,000 to 2,500), an increase of five points on the 2011 result and meriting a Bronze medal. In the adjudicators’ report that contained just four negative comments, one building with weeds hanging from the gutters: a few isolated places where grass was gathered up and dumped; lack of identification plates in some estates: graffiti on one door, the Ballina community, Tidy towns committee and volunteers received the highest of praise, “you have a distinct pride of place attitude in Ballina, a town you love so well”.

The entire community is deeply indebted to the Tidy Town committee and volunteers who have shown such dedication, commitment and expertise throughout the entire year and indeed for the past eight years. You have truly put Ballina on the “Tidy Town” map and are most deserving winners of a Bronze Medal. It was great to see many tributes paid to the young people at Ballina Primary School both for their presentation of their own lovely school and well maintained and colourful grounds with four Green Flags and for their valuable contribution to ‘waste minimisation’ in Ballina. They have educated us all in this area over the past decade and great credit is due to them, their principal, Margaret O’Sullivan and all their teachers. Now that Tidy Towns 2012 competition has come to a successful conclusion we should all make a special effort to support the work, throughout the entire year, of our Tidy Town personnel and assist them by continuing to maintain the areas directly surrounding our own homes/businesses. Well done again to a great group of “leaders”! Killaloe secured 266 points in Category C, up three points on last years result.

Anti Bullying Day - On Friday, September 14th the students at St. Anne’s Community College wore pink accessories with their uniform in order to take part in the “Pink’d Day” anti-bullying campaign. St. Anne’s Community College is the first school in Ireland to run this campaign, organised by four students, Aoife Watson, Eimhear Lynch, Roisin O’Connell and Kealy Power. The four organising ladies hope that by running this campaign they will inspire other schools to follow their example and participate in the anti-bullying campaign.

Hospice Coffee Day - On this Thursday, September 20th the twentieth annual Hospice ‘Coffee’ Day will be celebrated nationwide. Several “coffee mornings” will be held locally and include the Lakeside Hotel from 10am to 2pm: the Community Café at Killaloe-Ballina Family Resource Centre, also from 10am to 2pm: Joanne’s Boutique in Ballina from 9.30am to 12 noon: The Lakes Nursing Home from 6pm to 9pm. Proceeds from all events will benefit Milford Hospice/North Tipperary Hospice. Your support will be greatly appreciated for a most worthy cause.

Pink Fly Competition - The 14th annual International Pike-Fly competition will take place on this Saturday, September 22nd and participants are reminded that Thursday at 8pm is the closing date for entries. Anglers must check in at the Library-Tourist Office area from 11am. The competition will start at 12 noon from registration point and end at 5pm. Entry fee is €30 with own boat and€50 without boat (angler will be placed with a boat owner). The weigh-in will be held in Mills’ Bar at 7pm. Entry forms and a copy of competition rules are available from Noda or T.J. at T.J’s Angling Centre, Ballina.

Book Festival 2012 - The annual Book Festival, which commences on Monday, October 8th, carries a host of recreational and educational activities. While further details will be given in the coming weeks, library patrons are advised to note that access to computers may be limited on the following days: Monday, October 8th from 11am to 12 noon: Tuesday, October 9th from 10.30am to 11.30am: Tuesday, October 16th from 10.15am to 11.15 am and Thursday, October 25th from 1pm to 2pm.

Quay Art Activities - Down in Ballina Quay there are all sorts of interesting activities on offer for the coming term. Age is no barrier as every generation accommodated. For adults interested in Art there are a number of options - Tuesday mornings, Paint for Pleasure is a sociable painting group: On Friday evening Henry Morgan encourages a group of oil / acrylic painters to experiment and improve: for those who would like to learn the basics of acrylics or watercolours Jean Beard will be running Starter Workshops in October. Other adult classes now enrolling include: Sewing and up styling: Beginner’s Photography: Iyengar Yoga and Pilates. The Patchwork and Amateur Drama Groups are back after the summer and happy to welcome new members

Teenagers are invited to join a group led by artist Helen Seago on a Friday afternoon to try ‘air brush’ painting and other interesting art techniques. Saturday evenings will be the time for teenage dramatics with the opening of Quay Arts Stage School - “Quay People” under the direction of professional actor and director Paul Brennan and Boris Hunka of Music in the Glen. This is a great chance to develop performance skills and work towards a production guided by experienced professionals.

Younger children love the Tuesday Art Class and the 10 – 12’s who want to improve their drawing skills will get all the help they need from artist Kerry Acheson. Sasha Morrissey’s School of Irish Dancing goes from strength to strength on Wednesdays and all ages Hip Hop towards a dance show on Thursdays! In conjunction with Janet Harbison’s Harp School group lessons are now offered to children eight years and over. For further details or to book any of these activities call Jean or Rosaleen on (061) 622487 or visit www.quayarts.ie

Scout Group News - The Killaloe Scout Group held its A.G.M. and registration night for members last Tuesday night in the Lakeside Hotel. Each Section gave its annual report on its activities and a slide show of action shots from throughout the year was shown. A presentation of the Chief Scout’s Commendation was made to Anna McElhinney, Wednesday Beaver Scout Section Leader, for exceptional service to the Scouting movement. She was presented with her award by Brian Webster, Scouting Ireland’s Commissioner for the Western Province. Thanks to all the parents who attended. Most Sections will start back within the next week.

SRS Fundraising News - The fundraising Golf Classic takes place this Friday 21st and Saturday, 22nd of September. If you haven’t booked your team in already, please do so asap with Vinnie Barrett at 087-3748108