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Bridge - Congratulations to winners of last week’s Killaloe-Ballina Bridge club Monday night competition: Sam and Bernie Molamphy (1st): Jim Gallagher/Matt Burke (2nd): Val Foley/Pauline Scanlan (3rd).

Bridge - Congratulations to winners of last week’s Killaloe-Ballina Bridge club Monday night competition: Sam and Bernie Molamphy (1st): Jim Gallagher/Matt Burke (2nd): Val Foley/Pauline Scanlan (3rd).

Positive Ageing Week - Positive Ageing Week was celebrated at the Lakes Nursing Home in Killaloe from September 28 to October 8. The residents and their families were treated to a huge range of diverse activities that included musical performances. Jackie Flynn, on behalf of the Management, staff and residents, wishes to express her sincere thanks to all who contributed to a wonderful celebration for the residents.

Children’s Festival - The 5th Annual Children’s Festival, ‘Féile Eile’ will be held at various venues throughout Killaloe and Ballina from this Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 21. Organised by Diane Daly and Boris Hunka (Music in the Glen), this popular festival will commence on Thursday at 9.30am in the Lakeside Hotel when schoolchildren from our local Primary Schools will participate in a Schools’ Song Summit. On the following Saturday (13th) children aged from 4 to 11 years can take part in a ‘free-of-charge day’ of Art, Music, Dance etc, which will run in St. Anne’s Community College from 9.30am to 3.30pm. While pre-booking is not required children must register before 10am. On Sunday afternoon (Oct. 14) the Lakeside Hotel is the venue for Lambert’s Custard Pie Puppet Show (3pm): Galway Community Circus (3.45pm): The 4th Pig children’s gig (4pm): The Jungle Book Movie (5pm). An afternoon pass to cover all these events will cost €5. On Saturday, October 20 “Drop – in Art” will take place at Quay Arts at a cost of €5 per hour. All materials will be supplied and the children may explore such areas as painting, drawing, model making, decoration and craft for up to two hours. Scary Stories up the Steeple at St. Flannan’s Cathedral on Sunday, October 21 will set the tone for Hallowe’en and will be followed by the final event in St. Anne’s Community College, the Great Gig Children’s Gig.

Exhibition - The Exhibition of artist, Amanda Dalton, Knockyclovaun, Killaloe will run at Quay Arts until this Friday.

Careers Fair - Thomond Park will host the “Limerick Local Heroes Jobsfair and Careers Advice” event on this Friday, October 12. This half-day event will provide jobseekers with the opportunity to meet with potential employers, and will enable companies to meet with suitable candidates. Training and Education providers will also be available to offer advice on courses/training for various career options. Free seminars/workshop, sponsored by ULearning Skillnet and focusing on such areas as CV building, career planning and social media, will also be provided. Further details are available from Nigel at 061 260404.

Scouting News - The Thursday Cubs travelled to Mullaghmore in the Burren last Sunday to celebrate National Trails Day with other Cubs Troops from different Scout Groups throughout the County as a County Cub Scout Hike. The crisp autumn weather was perfect for hiking. The Cubs hiked just under 6km on a Blue Hiking Route with a rating of “difficult”. It was well worth the effort put into reaching the summit as all the Cub Scouts from throughout the County sat and ate lunch together enjoying the panorama of the Burren laid out before them before beginning the descent. Throughout the day they met their new neighbours, the Cubs from Mountshannon, a Section of the recently opened Scout Group in that area. Congratulations to the new Cub Scouts who have just moved up from the Beaver Section for completing such an arduous hike.  All the Cubs received a merit badge for their efforts.

Last Sunday, the Venture Scouts who are working on the final component of their Chief Scout Award, an equivalent but more complex version of the Silver Gáisce award, met up with their counterparts from the Roscrea Scout Group for Phase 1 of their 5-phase “Shared Intercultural & Community Project”. This took place at the National Water Activity Centre at the Two Mile Gate in Killaloe. This project is to aid Eirene Griffin from the Roscrea area with the work she does for the physically disabled artists of Abidjan on the Ivory Coast. She will be running a craft fair in November for which the Venture Scouts are helping her to prepare.  Their efforts and those of Eirene will feature as part of an upcoming RTE “Nationwide” episode.  We wish the Venture Scouts well in this very beneficial humanitarian project and hope they all see it through to its completion.

Junior Tennis - Congratulations to the Killaloe-Ballina U/12 team of Shona O’Sullivan, Rosaleen Ryan, Emma Foley, Marcus Ryan, Eoghan and Conor Power that has qualified for the final of the Munster Cup. The U/14 players were narrowly beaten in a closely contested Plate Semi-final. This competition was eventually won by Larkspur, 5-4. Members are reminded that the club’s Adult/Child competition will take place at 7pm on Saturday, October 13. The Junior Singles competition is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28. Sign up sheets are available in the clubhouse.

Ballina Camogie - It was a busy time for the club last week. Pride of place must go to the U/12 team that won the annual Harry Brann tournament in Ogonnelloe last Saturday.

Ballina were first into action against the hosts in the first semi-final. After going 2 goals down they fought back to tie the game with two second half goals by Ellen Lane. The game went to extra time, and after the teams traded points, Eve McCarthy-Gilligan popped over the winning score in the last seconds of the game. In the final the girls faced a strong Oranmore outfit from Galway. Ballina was quick out of the blocks with Ellen Lane, Grace Keely and Maeve O’Leary all finding the net in the first half. The team fought off a late Oranmore rally, who scored 2-01 in the second half. Maura Brann presented captain on the day, Kellie Fogarty, with the trophy. The club would like to thank Ogonnelloe Camogie Club that did a terrific job organising the tournament, and we look forward to defending our title in 2013! The U/12 championship continued last week. Our B team had a great result in beating Moneygall on Tuesday last, but went down to a strong Kilruane outfit at the weekend. Special mention must go to Leah O’Brien in goal against Kilruane who pulled off a string of spectacular saves to keep Ballina in the game. Our A team face Kilruane this coming Saturday and hope to build on their recent victory over Silvermines in an effort to progress to the county semi final. Finally, the Camogie club would like to congratulate the boys U/16’s on their County final victory on Saturday last, and wish the Intermediates the very best of luck in this Sunday’s County final in Thurles.

Lough Derg FC - There were mixed fortunes for two Lough Derg FC (Ballina/Killaloe) teams that played in North Tipperary Schoolchildren’s Football League (NTSFL) games on Saturday October 6. In an U/13 premier away game near neighbours Birdhill defeated the Lakers by 4-3 in this end-to-end tie. Early Lough Derg rustiness showed in this their season opener as the opposition took an early two goal lead. Going two goals behind very quickly seemed to concentrate our lads’ minds. Despite trailing at the half time mark, the game in the second half was very evenly balanced with the back four of Leon Kerin-Galvin, James Hanley, George Kealy and Jason Parr, well marshalled by keeper Oisin Conachur, getting the measure of their opposition. Lough Derg’s quick passing and excellent through balls on the line of offside began to cause real difficulty for Birdhill as the game wore-on. Real pressure down the left wing resulted in two quick goals converted by Jack Pollard and Rowan Barrett to bring it back to a 2-3 deficit. Jack scored Lough Derg’s third goal. The game now ebbed and flowed with the midfield of Kieran Bourke (who captained the team for this game), Hugh Denning, Reuben Streunz, Cameron McCauley and Niall Webster growing into the game. Birdhill got a fortunate goal from a corner to go 4-2 ahead but this was quickly cancelled out by a second goal from Jack Pollard after a flowing move the length of the field saw the LDFC player continue his goal scoring run. Lough Derg’s George Kealy was very unlucky to see his shot (which happened to be the last shot of the game, two minutes into extra time) just whistle up and over the top of the crossbar by an inch or two. An all round really good team effort led by man-of-the match, Hugh Denning in midfield! Coaches Vinny Barrett and Trevor Bourke can be delighted with the effort put in by each of their players on the squad and will remind the lads, that on another day they might have got something from the game for all the effort they put in. The U/13’s as some other LDFC teams, do still have a few places still available in their squad(s). If interested and needing further information, parents are asked to contact the club in the first instance through the club website, ‘’contact us’’ section at www.loughdergfc.ie. 
Meanwhile the U/15’s travelled to play Nenagh AFC at Brickfields and won 6-3. Having gone into a commanding 5-1 lead in the first half, LDFC took the foot off the pedal slightly in the second half early on but ran out comfortable winners in the end with a brace of goals each from Luke Mills-Morris and Colin Harte and one each from Declan Kenehan and William Ramirez. The U/15’s team line-up was made up of the aforementioned goal scorers and Dan Connolly, Ethan Boyle, Kes Bedford, Ethan Doyle, Evan McNamara, David 0’Shea, Conan 0’Sullivan, Conor Federico and Conaill Coleman.
Fixtures for this weekend are posted on the club website.

Killaloe Ballina Anglers - Last Sunday’s pike competition was sponsored by Sean Collins and the Presentation of prizes was held at Mills’ Bar. The Club wishes to thank Sean for his continued sponsorship and Anthony and Anne for the delicious food served at the Presentation. Competition winners were Mike and Marion Conroy with a 13lb 4oz pike: Sean himself and his sons-in-law, David Goode and Tom Jacob had the ‘heaviest bag’ (18lb): Aileen McKeogh and Mick Fitzpatrick caught the second heaviest fish (9lb 8oz). Juvenile winner was Sam Lancaster (3lb 4oz). Paul and Catherine McCormack will sponsor the next competition on this Sunday. The weigh point is at Sally bay and prizes will be presented in Molly’s at 7pm.

Ballina GAA - Congratulations to our U/16 hurlers who won their County final with a 2-20 to 1-07 score line over Knockavilla Kickhams on Saturday in Borrisoleigh. The boys got off to a fantastic start in which they totally outplayed the opposition and went 7pts up within the first ten minutes. Kickhams then started to pick off a couple of points before they were rocked by a Conor Maguire goal worthy of any final. The Ballina defence proved too strong for Kickhams with Jamie Collins, Jason Slevin and Thomas McGrath leading from the back, Midfielders Thomas Conway and Conor Maguire picked up a lot of loose ball around the middle and Terry O’Halloran and Phelim O’Hagan ran at Kickhams all day. Ballina continued to dominate for the rest of the game and eventually ran out comfortable winners in the end. This sparked off great celebrations when Conor Maguire had the honour of accepting the trophy on behalf of the team and club.  Well done to the coaches Aoran Devane, Carmel Bradshaw, Michael Hurley and Fr. Enda Brady who originally hails from Knockavilla Kickhams. Congratulations also to the Intermediate team on their county semi-final win over Sean Treacys on Saturday afternoon on a score of 1-19 to 1-10. They now play Silvermines next Sunday in Thurles. This game is the curtain raiser to the County Senior final. See fixtures for the throw in time. Please come along and give your support to your team as this is the first time in the history of the club to be in a county intermediate hurling final. The U/8 boys rounded off their year winning the Brian Boru challenge with Killaloe. This was a much anticipated game for these boys and winning it was the highlight of their season. Finally to round off the weekend the U/12 Camogie team won out an intercounty blitz on Saturday, this shows the great work going on with the girls and the enthusiasm and effort being put into by the players and coaches - well done to all.