Ballina

Local Swimmer In 2012 Paralympics - Jonathan McGrath’s Paralympic Games came to an end on Friday last after swimming a season’s best of 4:53.25 in the 400m Freestyle S8 Heats, which was not enough to book him a spot in the final. However, Jonathan looked impressive in his heat and finished in fourth place. Well done, Jonathan!

Local Swimmer In 2012 Paralympics - Jonathan McGrath’s Paralympic Games came to an end on Friday last after swimming a season’s best of 4:53.25 in the 400m Freestyle S8 Heats, which was not enough to book him a spot in the final. However, Jonathan looked impressive in his heat and finished in fourth place. Well done, Jonathan!

On Friday last, students and teachers at Jonathan’s Alma Mater, St. Anne’s Community College, Killaloe all watched events in London at 9.30am. While the outcome was tinged with some disappointment all his friends at the College and in Killaloe-Ballina are proud of the achievements and performance of this young nineteen-year-old. Jonathan only started competitive swimming four years ago and has enjoyed a ‘rapid’ rise since he joined Irish Paralympic Swim Squad in 2008. Within a year he was carded as an elite athlete, eligible to receive funding from the Irish sports Council. No doubt we will see him in action in the coming years.

First Day At Primary School - On Friday last nineteen Boys and sixteen girls spent their first full day at Primary Schools in Killaloe. On Monday it was the turn of the young Ballina boys and girls where fifty-six Junior Infants commenced their academic year at Ballina Primary School. We wish them all a happy, successful and safe time in ‘Big School’ and hope the occasion was not too traumatic for the parents!

Registration Night - Registration at Kincora School of Music will take place in the Killaloe-Ballina Community and Family Resource Centre from 6.30pm to 7pm on Monday, September 10th. Tuition will be offered in Button Accordion, Tin Whistle, Flute, Fiddle, Bodhrán and Traditional Singing.

Junior Tennis - Well done to all those who took part in the Killaloe-Ballina Junior Tennis Club Championships, Congratulations to the winners in the various age-groupings. Mini winner, Aidan Foley; runner-up, Kate Ryan. Midi winner, Patrick Ryan; runner-up, Eibhlis Coleman. U/10 Singles, Christopher Ryan; runner-up, Mark Lyons. U/12 Singles Matthew Power, runner-up, Shona O’Sullivan. U/12 Doubles Shona O’Sullivan and Maeve Gilmartin; runners-up, Leah O’Brien and Eoghan Power. U/14 Singles Cian O’Brien; runner-up, Conan O’Sullivan. U/14 Doubles Conan O’Sullivan and Jack Lynch; runners-up, Cian O’Brien and Ciaran McKeogh. U/16 Singles Daniel Joslin; runner-up, Bill Floyd. U/18 Singles Conor Lonergan; runner-up, Conor Lynch. U/18 Doubles Conor Lonergan and Ronan Gilmartin; runners-up, Thomas Conway and Conor Ryan. All players, 9 years and younger are reminded that there is a Mini-Midi Fun Day on this Saturday, September 8th. Sign-up sheet is available in Clubhouse. There is also an Adult-Child evening scheduled for Saturday, September 15th. Please fill in you name on sign-up sheet. All juniors should note that the Autumn Junior Ladder groups are now displayed on the Notice Board, so get playing!

Concert - On this Saturday, September 8th a fundraising concert at 8 p.m. in St. Flannan’s Cathedral, in aid of the Clarisford Development Project, will feature three local choirs, the Gúnas, Killaloe-Ballina Gospel Choir and Ború Community Singers; Munster tenor, Derek Moloney and Ireland/Munster Rugby hooker, Damien Varley. Tickets are available from local shops or from any of the SRS (Soccer, Rugby, Scouts) Committee.

Golf - The SRS Golf Classic has been rescheduled to Friday and Saturday, September 21st and 22nd. There are still places available for teams and should you wish to sponsor any of the tees or greens you may contact any of the committee or any member of the Soccer, Rugby or Scout clubs for further details.

James Wins Gold - James Prentice was a member of the successful Tipperary under 12/13, 60x30 team of six that won the All-Ireland semi-Final and All-Ireland Final in Mullingar on Sunday. Tipperary beat Kilkenny in the Semi-Final by 90-36 and then went on to beat a fancied Tyrone Team in the final by 85-37. Well done to his team mates Sean Hayes, Jerome Cahill, John McGrath, Sean McAdams (Lahorna), Colin Ryan & Ross Bonner (Cashel). We are reaching the final playoff stages of our Club Team Tournament and the Semi-Final Places will be finalised this week. Final entries for the World Championships must be completed this week and to date we have 13 Players from the Club entered.

Juvenile GAA - Ballina GAA Juvenile Club would like to wish Stephen O’Brien and Mickey Breen the very best of luck this Sunday when they line out for Tipperary in the Minor all-Ireland hurling final against Dublin. Both of these lads have become great role models for the younger kids in the club and are a great example to all. Hopefully they can do the business and bring the cup home! There is a “Guess the Score “ competition for this big match so you may contact any committee member to take part.

The Intermediate hurlers are due to play the North Tipperary Intermediate championship semi-final on September 16th against Ballinahinch. We wish them the best of luck in this important match for the club.

One of the highlights of our year is undoubtedly the John Joe Nevin tournament for the U/10 boys. This is the 30th Anniversary of the foundation of the club of which John Joe was such a big influence. We are sure he would be delighted with the amount of kids playing hurling and football every Saturday morning. This year’s tournament takes place on September 16th next and our own U/10’s are busy preparing to try to retain the trophy. Parents are asked to help out where they can whether it is in the provision of some food or in helping out on the day. Any kids that may have been away for the summer are all very welcome to join up with their friends at training again for the last couple of months of the season.