Ballina

HUGE PRESENCE AT FUNDRAISING EVENT: On Sunday last, Munster Rugby players and supporters joined forces to organise a Charity Event, - BBQ at Flanagan’s-on-the-Lake - to raise funds for a colleague who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year and for research into the debilitating condition. Despite the unfavourable weather conditions, huge crowds descended on the lakeside location and thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon/evening of food, refreshments and music. The presence of the Munster Supporters Choir greatly added to the celebrations and of course Barry Murphy and friends were in great voice throughout the afternoon.

HUGE PRESENCE AT FUNDRAISING EVENT: On Sunday last, Munster Rugby players and supporters joined forces to organise a Charity Event, - BBQ at Flanagan’s-on-the-Lake - to raise funds for a colleague who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year and for research into the debilitating condition. Despite the unfavourable weather conditions, huge crowds descended on the lakeside location and thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon/evening of food, refreshments and music. The presence of the Munster Supporters Choir greatly added to the celebrations and of course Barry Murphy and friends were in great voice throughout the afternoon.

NATIONAL AWARD FOR LOCAL MARKET: Daniel and Helen Goormans who are “The Flying Cheese Brigade” stallholders at the Sunday Farmers’ Market in Killaloe, have been named the 2011 Best Market Stall national winners. This award is organised by the Irish Organisation for Market and Street Traders and acknowledges ‘excellence in stall appearance, attention to detail, great variety of products and overall quality of service.

Killaloe Farmers’ Market, established in 2004, operates from 11am to 3pm every Sunday.

WATER UPDATE: On Monday next, June 20th, the upgrade of the Newport Regional Water Supply Scheme will commence. This project will continue for approx. 18 months and will, hopefully, give greater security and continuity of supply to our district. Unfortunately, while the greatest efforts will be made to minimise impacts on householders, there will be an increased risk of disruption during construction works both to water supply and to road traffic. The website www.tipperarynorth.ie will be updated to keep members of the public informed.

LOCAL SCOUTING ACTIVITIES : The Thursday Cubs spent the June Bank Holiday weekend camping in the Lough Keel campsite, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Activities for the weekend included a visit to “Zip It” (an aerial runway centre) and the “Boda Borg” in Lough Key Forest Park. They also took an educational tour of Arigna Mines. They spent an afternoon hiking the Bricklieve Mountains to the Carrowkeel Megalithic Cemetery near Castlebaldwin, County Sligo. On return to camp they took part in a campfire with the other Scout Groups who were on their summer camp at Lough Keel also. One of the highlights of the camp was a visit to their campsite by the Chief Scout who inspected their tents and spent some time chatting to them. Many thanks to the Scouters who accompanied them.

Both Beaver Sections took part in an investiture ceremony last Monday. This saw them make their Beaver Scout promise and become full members of Scouting Ireland. A number of new Scouters were also invested. Afterwards, a ‘swimming up’ ceremony was held – this is when the older Beavers, who have completed their service with the Beaver Section, “Swim Up” to become members of the Cub Scout Section. Good fun was had by all!

FÉILE NA NÓG: Féile na nÓg a Youth Festival run by local young people for young people, will take place from Thursday, June 30th to Sunday July 3rd. It includes a Carnival themed fun day - Community Water fights: Bouncing Castles: Workshops on items such as the European Voluntary Service: Raft Racing: Silent Disco: Hip hop dancing: Youth Café: Graffiti Art, and on Sunday, a Free Music Gig with headliners Miracle Bell. Activities will take place on Cathedral Quay (behind the Cathedral), in the Pop Up Playhouse and at other locations around town. An eventful/enjoyable time is guaranteed during our annual Féile Brian Ború.

BALLINA JUVENILE GAA: The Ballina U10’s had a hugely successful internal County hurling & football blitz last week in the Ballina pitch. Tipperary, the home side were pitting their wits against dark horses Fermanagh, virtual unknowns Kildare and rank outsiders Waterford. The hurling was first in this 8-a-side competition, taking place on Tuesday. Many would have fancied Tipperary to take the spoils perhaps pushed all the way by Waterford and their enthusiastic supporters, but it was Fermanagh that won the day! Football followed on Thursday night, as did the fairer weather. Again there was fierce competition and, smarting from their Tuesday night elimination, Tipperary made no mistake to become football champions. It was a very entertaining event for the children. Also, thanks to the parents for getting into the spirit and supporting the night so well.

KILLALOE-BALLINA ANGLERS: After a most disappointing month of fishing in May, Killaloe-Ballina anglers’ first June competition saw some fine ‘catches’ on Sunday last in the John Conroy Memorial Pike competition, sponsored by Sadie Conroy. John Gleeson and Shane Lancaster were competition winners with a 20lb fish. The ‘Heaviest Bag’ winners were Sean Collins and David Goode (11 lb 1 oz) and Johnny Mowatt caught the second heaviest Pike (4lb). The club wishes to thank Sadie Conroy for her generous sponsorship and Anthony and Anne Mills for the delicious food served at the Presentation of Prizes. T.J and Noda O’Brien are the sponsors of Sunday’s Pike competition and the presentation of Prizes will take place at Mills. The weigh point is at Sally Bay.