Ballina

ALL-IRELAND SUCCESSES: St. Anne’s Community College is very proud to have brought home two All-Ireland Badminton titles, - U. 14 Girls and U.19 Girls. The U.14’s were very impressive throughout the day of the finals, winning their matches 4-2, 6-0, 6-0, to emerge comprehensive winners. The team members were Moya Ryan, Aisling O’Donnell, Ciara Hayes, Kealy Power and Rebekah Sartini. The U.19 Girls had a tough day in which they had some very close matches but came through 4-2 in all three games. This team included Aisling Ryan, Sally Ryan, Roisín Healy, Áine Ryan and Emer O’Shea. Both teams can be justly proud of themselves and their success augers well for the future of the game at the College. St. Anne’s U.16 boys came third in their competition, closely missing out on 2nd place. This team had been unfortunate to have had injuries and illness in the weeks leading up to the finals but Peter O’Leary, Niall Kierse, Dan Finnerty, Conor Gilmore, Stiofán Mc Mahon and Eamon Healy must surely feel they have an All-Ireland in them and should be inspired to go after it next year.

ALL-IRELAND SUCCESSES: St. Anne’s Community College is very proud to have brought home two All-Ireland Badminton titles, - U. 14 Girls and U.19 Girls. The U.14’s were very impressive throughout the day of the finals, winning their matches 4-2, 6-0, 6-0, to emerge comprehensive winners. The team members were Moya Ryan, Aisling O’Donnell, Ciara Hayes, Kealy Power and Rebekah Sartini. The U.19 Girls had a tough day in which they had some very close matches but came through 4-2 in all three games. This team included Aisling Ryan, Sally Ryan, Roisín Healy, Áine Ryan and Emer O’Shea. Both teams can be justly proud of themselves and their success augers well for the future of the game at the College. St. Anne’s U.16 boys came third in their competition, closely missing out on 2nd place. This team had been unfortunate to have had injuries and illness in the weeks leading up to the finals but Peter O’Leary, Niall Kierse, Dan Finnerty, Conor Gilmore, Stiofán Mc Mahon and Eamon Healy must surely feel they have an All-Ireland in them and should be inspired to go after it next year.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES: On Holy Thursday, the Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated in Killaloe Church at 7.30pm: Bridgetown, Ballina at 8pm. A quiet ‘Hour of Prayer’ will be held in Ballina Church from 11pm to midnight.

Good Friday’s: “Solemn Liturgy of the Passion” will take place in Killaloe/Bridgetown/Ballina/Boher churches at 3pm. Stations of the Cross will be held at 12 noon in Garranboy and Ballina Churches: at Boher and Bridgetown churches at 7.30pm. In Killaloe Church ‘Prayers Around the Cross’ will be held at 9pm.

On Saturday: Confessions will be heard in Killaloe and Bridgetown churches at 12 noon and ‘Prayer of the Church’ will be held in Ballina also at 12noon. The Easter Vigil will be celebrated in Ballina, Killaloe, Bridgetown at 9pm.

Easter Sunday Masses: will be celebrated at the usual Sunday times in all Churches.

COFFEE HOUR AT LIBRARY: As part of the national Bealtaine Festival, Killaloe library will host a free coffee morning ‘ with a difference’ on Tuesday, May 10th from 11am to 12 noon. The Killaloe Boys Primary School will provide entertainment. All are invited to attend.

RECENT DEATH

Kitty Conroy: late of Cullina, Ballina died peacefully at her daughter Carmel’s home on Saturday, April 3rd. Kitty was a most popular lady with a kind word and a smile for everyone. Her husband Michael and sons David and John predeceased her. She is survived by her daughters Mary (Fitzgerald) and Carmel (Bradshaw): sons, Seamus, Michael, Pat, Noel, Paul, Brendan and Kevin: grandchildren and great-grandchildren: extended family, relatives and many friends.

May her gentle soul rest in peace!

BALLINA-KILLALOE RUGBY CLUB: Congratulations to Shane O’Leary who has featured on the Munster Under 20 squad in their build-up to the inter-provincial series, which commences in September. Shane played in the centre at Naas on Saturday last when Munster pipped Ulster in a friendly by 26 points to 24.

We extend our good wishes for a speedy recovery to full fitness to Aaron Atkinson who recently suffered a serious ankle injury. We look forward to seeing Aaron back in action by the start of the new season.

FUNDRAISER REMINDER

A celebrity rugby match between a Killaloe/Ballina Selection and the Limerick Leprechauns in aid of the Killaloe Ballina Search and Recovery Service (KBSR) will take place at 4pm in the University of Limerick Bowl on Good Friday, April 22nd. Your support will be greatly appreciated.