Ballina Notes

Senior Citizens Party Time! - The Killaloe-Ballina Senior Citizens annual Christmas Party will be held at the Lakeside Hotel on Sunday, November 18. Mass will be celebrated at the Hotel at 3pm and will be followed by Christmas Dinner, dancing and entertainment until 8pm. All the senior citizens/active retired in our district are invited to join in the ‘early’ Christmas celebrations!

Senior Citizens Party Time! - The Killaloe-Ballina Senior Citizens annual Christmas Party will be held at the Lakeside Hotel on Sunday, November 18. Mass will be celebrated at the Hotel at 3pm and will be followed by Christmas Dinner, dancing and entertainment until 8pm. All the senior citizens/active retired in our district are invited to join in the ‘early’ Christmas celebrations!

Public Meeting - On Monday next, November 5 a public “Signage Strategy” meeting will be held at the Lakeside Hotel from 8pm to 9.30pm. The results of an audit into a proposed new signage programme for the Lough Derg area will be announced at this meeting. Further information is available from Deirdre Black at 01 2933200.

Poker Classic - A Poker Classic in aid of Boher Primary School and Autism Unit will be held in Larkin’s, Garrykennedy on Friday next, November 9 commencing at 9pm. A first prize of €1,000 is guaranteed and tickets cost €20. Your support will be greatly appreciated. Any queries should be directed to 0876658600.

From Vermont To Ballina - Peter Patten, Fair Haven, Vermont, USA was among the 200+ hill runners/walkers that took part in the inaugural Boru3Peaks in Killaloe-Ballina recently. Peter, whose ancestors, - Minogues from Ballina-Portroe – emigrated from the parish in the 1850’s and settled in the State of Vermont where they set up Slate Quarries similar to those they operated while working in the Killaloe Slate Quarries. These emigrants enjoyed a relatively good quality of life and even engaged in farming to supplement their incomes from the Slate Companies - a lifestyle quite close to what they had left behind in Ballina, but one that offered more excitement and promise for the future.

Peter is a regular visitor to Ireland and North Tipperary since 1972 and on each visit is amazed at the level of development especially in Ballina. A large percentage of the present generation in his hometown of Fair Haven includes the descendants of North Tipperary emigrants, - Ryan, Minogue, O’Brien, Carroll, Durack, Malone, Hickey, Hayes, Seymour, Molamphy, Ducie, Clifford, Shouldice, Sheridan, Mc Namara- who worked in Killaloe Slate Quarry and took their skills with them to Vermont over one hundred and sixty years ago.