Ballina Tennis Club

Last Saturday’s Fundraising Day at the Killaloe-Ballina Tennis club was an overwhelming success. Children’s competitions, adults ‘fun’ tennis and a BBQ at the Killaloe Court were followed by a hugely successful Auction at Flanagan’s Marquee in Ballina.

Last Saturday’s Fundraising Day at the Killaloe-Ballina Tennis club was an overwhelming success. Children’s competitions, adults ‘fun’ tennis and a BBQ at the Killaloe Court were followed by a hugely successful Auction at Flanagan’s Marquee in Ballina.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit St. John’s Ward, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and will help both the Dunne and Kikkers families address the specific needs of Sarah and Benjamin who are Junior members of the Tennis club.

Both Sarah and Benjamin have undergone treatment for Leukaemia in St. John’s Ward in Crumlin hospital.

On Sunday, November 17, 2012 four-year-old Sarah was diagnosed with Leukaemia and transferred by ambulance to Crumlin Hospital where it was confirmed that she had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer. Her treatment began on November 19, which was to be Day 1 of a 1,000 day journey. Saturday, July 20 was the 190th day of treatment and a ‘bubbly’ Sarah with her parents, Laura and Sean and siblings, Katie and Peter was, thankfully, present to enjoy her day.

Benjamin was diagnosed with AML Leukaemia at the beginning of August 2012. After four heavy chemotherapy sessions finishing in December last year,

Benjamin was given the all clear and was in remission from January. Unfortunately, his condition relapsed in April and he restarted chemotherapy and is preparing for a bone marrow transplant on this Thursday, July 25. His brother Sean will be the donor.

Following the bone marrow transplant, Benjamin will have two to three months isolation in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. After the isolation period, Benjamin will start on the road to recovery.

We wish Benjamin, Sarah and Sean a speedy recovery and look forward to having them back participating in all our club’s activities again in the near future. Please remember Benjamin and Sean in your prayers on this Thursday.

The organising committee of the local Tennis Club, Bernie lynch, Marese Coakley, Elaine Bigot, Laura Dunne, Wesley O’Brien and Paul O’Brien together with Laura and Sean Dunne/Caroline and Herman Kikkers wish to extend sincere thanks to all who supported/sponsored/donated auction items for Saturday’s events.


The Ballina Killaloe Business Association would like to extend a warm welcome to its 77th member, Soulkite. This is a new business to the area that offers stand up paddle lessons and tours of the lake.

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If you’re interested in joining the Association just get in contact with any of the committee (Marian from Amore Mio, James from Killaloe River Cruises, Sharon from O’Donovan Insurances, Jana from AnnaCarriga Estate, Phyll from Shannon Breeze B & B or Niamh from Ballina Accountancy Services).


The annual Cemetery Masses in the Ballina-Boher parish will be as follows: Ballina Church Cemetery this Wednesday, July 24 at 8pm; Templekelly Cemetery Wednesday, July 31 at 8pm; Kilmastulla Cemetery Wednesday, August 7 at 8pm.


‘Last Friday’, the acoustic session and songwriters night, which takes place on the last Friday of every month in Liam O’Riain’s Bar, Ballina will offer a special night of music to celebrate “The Gathering” on this Friday, July 26 at 10pm. All are welcome to join in a great night of music and entertainment.


The annual Cashel & Emly diocesan pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Sunday next, August 4. A bus will leave from Ballina at 9am and if you wish to travel please contact Margaret at (061) 376925.

Recent Death

On Wednesday, July 17 one of Ballina’s most popular gentlemen, Jack Quigley, died peacefully at his home. A native of Newtown, Killaloe, Jack was the eldest and last surviving member of the Quigley family.

Predeceased by his beloved wife Nellie in 1989, Jack had almost reached his 93rd birthday and enjoyed good health and a great quality of life right up to his death. Blessed with an amazingly clear and accurate memory, Jack was the man to approach to clarify any event/family history issues etc., over the past nine decades in Killaloe-Ballina.

Jack, like many young men and women from the district, spent his early adult years in the U.K. and returned to Ballina over sixty years ago where as driver/conductor/inspector with C.I.E., he got to know and endeared himself to thousands of people throughout the Mid West. He was a great husband, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, neighbour and friend who will be sorely missed.

The large crowds of sympathisers that attended Lynch’s Funeral Home and The Church of Our Lady and St. Lua, testified to the high esteem in which Jack and the Quigley family are held in the district.

Fr. Enda Brady was the chief concelebrant at Requiem Mass and he was assisted by Fr. James Grace, P.P. Killaloe; Fr. Bobby Fletcher, P.P. Ballinahinch and Fr. Pat Malone, P.P. Portroe. Jack was laid to rest in the adjoining Cemetery overlooking his native Killaloe. Liam Ryan delivered a moving graveside oration and The Shannon Folk paid a musical tribute to him.

Jack is survived by his daughter Mary, his son Michael, grandchildren Mark, Elaine, Evlyn, Emily, Lillian, Ruth and Stephen, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and many friends. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís!


The Variety Concert, hosted by Ború Community Singers and postponed on June 13, will now take place on Friday, September 27 in St. Anne’s Community College. Tickets purchased for the June event will most certainly be honoured on the new date. This is a fundraising concert in aid of the St. Anne’s Astra Turf (Clarisford Project) and further details will be given in the coming weeks.

20th Anniversary

To mark the 20th anniversary of “Summer Music on the Shannon”, a special ‘Gathering Day’ will be held in the AnnaCarriga Estate, Lough Derg, Killaloe on Saturday, August 3.

The celebration will commence at 2.30pm with “Lakeside Prom” and the programme includes the Finale from Beethoven’s Symphony, No 9. A Picnic Barbecue will follow from 5.30pm and the evening will end with “Midsummer Music by the Lake” at 8pm.

Tickets available at Killaloe Tourist Office (061) 376866; Sadie Scanlan (086) 1095010; Glór Box Office, (065) 6843103 or from (065) 7087566.

Camp for Champs

The annual Camp for Champs will take place in Ballina during the week, commencing July 29. A limited number of places exist on this camp and interested persons are advised to contact Shane at (087) 6104212 as soon as possible.


Last Sunday’s Trout Trolling competition was sponsored by The Lakeside Hotel and presentation of prizes was held in Mills’ Bar.

Ger McKeogh was competition winner with a fine trout that weighed 5lb 5oz.

The ‘heaviest bag’ award went to Paul Hanly and Michael Quinlivan (7lb 8oz); Michael Conroy was third and Jerry Horan, fourth. The club wishes to thank the Lakeside Hotel for sponsorship and Anthony and Anne Mills for the delicious food served at the presentation of prizes.

The next competition, sponsored by Syl Addley will be held on Sunday, August 18.

The club wishes to extend sincere sympathy to Michael Quigley and Mary Durack and the extended Quigley family on the recent death of Jack Quigley, The Fountain, Ballina.

Jack was a highly esteemed member of our club for many years and together with the late Joe Manly, was the holder of the title of record pike caught on the Lake in the early 1960’s. Their specimen pike weighed 33lb 8oz.


The fourth James McKeogh Memorial tournament was held in Ballina on Sunday last with competing teams from Ballina, Killaloe, Scarriff and Milford (Co. Cork).

Ideal weather conditions prevailed throughout the day and after many hard fought matches a proud Smith O’Brien captain, Liam Walsh accepted the Trophy from Jimmy McKeogh, father the late James McKeogh who was tragically killed in a car crash on January 30, 2010. Seamus Gleeson (Smith O’Brien) was recipient of “Player of the Tournament” award.

Water Safety

The Irish Safety has said that the past week has been one of the most tragic recorded since our current good weather began. The Irish Coast Guard, Killaloe Coast Guard, Gardaí and Waterways Ireland appeal to all engaged in water-based activities to acquaint themselves of Water Safety regulations. The fact that there are two generations of young people who have little or no experience of swimming in ‘open’ water is likely to be one of the factors behind the recent tragedies.

While lots of young people can easily swim several lengths in a swimming pool, the situation is totally different in cold water.

During the week the E.S.B. erected protective railing on Killaloe-Ballina Bridge to prevent young people jumping from the Bridge. Unfortunately, it has proved unsuccessful.

We hope and pray that the unfortunate drownings that have been experienced in other parts of the country will not occur in our district and appeal to our great young people to keep safe.