Ballina

LOCAL TEENAGER ON WINNERS PODIUM: Thirteen-year-old Emer Mooney, daughter of Loretta and Brian, Ogonnelloe, and a first year student at St. Anne’s Community College, Killaloe is displaying entrepreneurial skills at a very young age. She recently represented her school and County at the Student Enterprise Awards national finals in Croke Park with her project, “Natural Hampers” where she scooped third prize in the ‘Junior’ category.

LOCAL TEENAGER ON WINNERS PODIUM: Thirteen-year-old Emer Mooney, daughter of Loretta and Brian, Ogonnelloe, and a first year student at St. Anne’s Community College, Killaloe is displaying entrepreneurial skills at a very young age. She recently represented her school and County at the Student Enterprise Awards national finals in Croke Park with her project, “Natural Hampers” where she scooped third prize in the ‘Junior’ category.

Emer’s hampers contain an Irish product: a natural product: a little piece of luxury: a charity reward product: a product that could slightly altered to make it acceptable throughout the year. All products are Irish and Emer donates 20% of her profits to Trócaire. Congratulations to Emer and to her teacher, Mairéad Ryan.

LUCKY WINNERS: Congratulations to Derry and Peggy O’Leary, Main Street, Killaloe who were recent winners of the National Lottery Tele Bingo jackpot. Their winning card was purchased at Heaney’s on The Green, a “lucky “ store that has, in recent years, recorded one National Lottery winner, a Lotto Plus winner, Ballina-Boher lotto winner and many cash prizes.

NOT SO COOL!: On Holy Thursday Killaloe Coast Guard Unit embarked on a rather unusual mission when it was tasked to remove a fridge freezer from the moorings at Ballina. The fridge was being used as a boat! A concerned member of the public called Valentia Coast Guard MRSC. The fridge was removed from the area. During the current hot spell the Killaloe Coast Guard Unit request that adults/teenagers/children do not swim in areas not manned with a lifeguard or is not designated as a safe swimming area. The life buoys should not be used for play; they are positioned in our area for the purpose of saving lives.

SCOUTING NEWS : Last April 14th the Thursday Cubs spent a lovely sunset at Castlelough Woods searching for hidden Easter Eggs. Great fun was had in this beautiful setting and everyone went home with lots of chocolate. Sunday, April 17th saw 127 Beaver Scouts from all over County Clare arrive for the “Easter Egg for a Peg” event held at the Two Mile Gate in Killaloe. As the sun shone down on them, they moved from one fun filled activity to the next - searching for pegs, map reading, tug of war, damming the river, bivvy building, cake decorating and egg painting. At the end of the day each Beaver Scout went home with a chocolate bunny, a bag of mini Easter Eggs and memories of a fantastic day out. The Unit leaders wish to thank all involved in organising the event.

KILLALOE/BALLINA ANGLERS: The Killaloe-Ballina anglers, while enjoying glorious weather conditions on Sunday, April 17th, were most disappointed with the fish catches in their competition with neighbouring club, Mountshannon. The fish that remained at the bottom of the Shannon did not favour the bright and sunny day! The presentation of prizes was held in Mills’ Bar and Michael Quinlivan was the sole recipient of a prize. The club wishes to thank Anthony and Anne was the delicious food served. We are now approaching the May Fly season so we wish “tight lines” to all our anglers!

JUNIOR TENNIS: Congratulations to all our juniors who took part in the Junior South of Ireland Tennis Championships in Limerick Lawn recently. Jack Lynch and Cian O’ Brien won the U12 doubles in a thrilling 3 set final. Ben Kilkenny was a finalist in the U16 singles and was a winner in U18 doubles. Emma Foley won the U12 singles Plate. Moya Conway was a finalist in the U14 singles Plate and in the U14 doubles with her partner, Sinead O’ Leary. The adult and child (9yrs or over) competition will start on May 7th and sign up sheet is on the notice board.