Ballina

Exhibition - Friday last, May 24 was a memorable day for Ballina-Killaloe artist, Marian Conroy (nee Mc Carthy) who held her first solo exhibition at Quay Arts. Entitled “Memories”, this exhibition was officially opened by Junior Minister, Alan Kelly TD. “Memories” will run at Quay Arts until the end of the current week and is certainly worth a visit.

Exhibition - Friday last, May 24 was a memorable day for Ballina-Killaloe artist, Marian Conroy (nee Mc Carthy) who held her first solo exhibition at Quay Arts. Entitled “Memories”, this exhibition was officially opened by Junior Minister, Alan Kelly TD. “Memories” will run at Quay Arts until the end of the current week and is certainly worth a visit.

Concert - A “Variety Concert” in aid of St. Anne’s Astra Turf Project (Clarisford Development) will be held at the Lakeside Hotel on Thursday, June 13 at 8.30pm.

Fleadh - Congratulations to all the local musicians who took part in the 2013 Tipperary Fleadh, held for the first time in Ballina. Leading the way from Ballina-Boher on the ‘winners podium’ were Blaithin Kennedy and Jack Mac Partlin who each had a remarkable five first place wins as well as a number of 2nd and 3rd places each to their credit. Also going through to the Munster Fleadh are the following Katie Power, Lara Nic Gabhann, Derbhaile Kelly, Leanne Carey, Lauren Gough, Lauren Breen, Lucia Mac Partlin, Denise Kennedy, Mike Walsh and two groups of dancers from Ballina National School.

Scouts - The Killaloe Scout Group sent two teams to this year’s County Shield at the Clare County Campsite in Ruan. This event is a competition of camp-craft, teamwork and challenge with the winners going forward to represent the County at the national camp-craft competition. The theme for the weekend was “James Bond” and the Scouts really got into the swing of things with fabulous costumes featuring at the campfire on Saturday night. The challenges saw the teams competing against each other for additional marks to add to their campsite construction and cooking marks. The Killaloe Scouts didn’t feature amongst the winners (the Newmarket -on -Fergus team came first), but they certainly had a great camping weekend.

Two hundred Cub Scouts from all the Scout Groups in Clare flocked to the Scouting Ireland National Water Activity Centre at the Two-mile-gate last Sunday for the County Cub Scout Water Activity Day. What a day! From early in the morning to 5pm in the afternoon, the Cubs rushed from one activity to the next. Each activity seemed more exciting than the last. So much to choose from: sailing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, a boat trip, slippery slope, climbing wall, basketball, human table soccer, bungee run, sumo wrestling. One of the highlights had to be the Coast Guard who came along to spend the day with the Cubs. They spoke to them about water safety in keeping with the theme of the day, and put on a display on the lake at lunch time demonstrating the skills involved in rescuing a body from the water. All the Cubs are working towards earning their water activities badge and their emergency skills badge. The Coast Guard will be lucky enough to recruit some of these Cubs in years to come. The Cub Scouts would like to thank all the lads in the Killaloe Coast Guard for giving up their day to provide such a valuable lesson and for being such fabulous role models to the Cubs.

SRS News - The second annual SRS Golf Classic will take place in the East Clare Golf Course on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15. For further details please contact Brian Cummins at 087-0505791 or Paul Coughlan at 086-0493707.

Handball Court - Ballina handball club will hold the official opening of the new ‘One-Wall’ Court on Bank holiday Monday at 2pm and would like to extend an open invitation for people to attend this event. G.A.A. Handball President-elect Willie Roche will open the Court, and there will be exhibition games featuring some of the top adult and juvenile players nationwide. All members of the local community are surrounding clubs are very welcome to attend. Our adult tournament finals took place last Friday evening. The A final was won by Geddy McKeogh & Ronan Bourke after a 31-10 win over Mike Gleeson & Adrian Power. The B final was won by Martin Kennedy & Sean Wood who recorded a 31-26 win over Mark McNamara & Willie Gleeson. At the Williamstown One-wall tournament in County Galway, James Prentice put in some great performances to reach the U/14 Cup final, but narrowly missed out in the final and finished runner-up.

Camogie - Our U/12 girls were very unfortunate to loose by two points to Nenagh in the Semi-final of the County league last Wednesday. The girls put in a huge performance and should be very proud to have lost by a slim margin to a very strong Nenagh team. Team was Leah O’Brien, Hazel McMahon, Aoibheann Ward, Aoife Graham, Lucy McEvoy, Eimear O’Brien, Katie Dunne, Aisling O’Meara, Isabel Farnan, Hannah Finnerty, Roisin Coakley with Jessica McCarthy Gilligan as sub.

Huge thanks to our enterprising U/14 girls who made sure all of Ballina had the opportunity to support the ‘Bring A Cake Buy A Cake Sale’.

Thanks to all who baked goodies and who supported this very Féile fundraiser.