On Thursday last the local members of the Pink Ribbon Walk committee handed over €63,784.77 to Eileen Kearney of the Irish Cancer Society at the Lakeside Hotel, the proceeds of a most successful “Walk/Run” on Sunday, June 9th. On that memorable, sunny day, over 600 people joined together at the fourth Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk to raise much-needed funds for Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society.

Since 2009 the Pink Ribbon Walks in Ireland have witnessed almost 7,000 people walk 96 miles and raise over €778,000 for Action Breast Cancer, with another walk taking place in Kells, Co. Meath (the 2013 walk took place on Sunday last). The Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk has raised over €278,000 of that massive sum since it’s inaugural event in 2010.

The Killaloe-Ballina committee wish to thank everyone who took part in the 2013 event either as a walker, a volunteer, a sponsor or supporter: the management and staff at The Lakeside Hotel: the very generous sponsors Technopath, Specsavers Limerick, Specsavers Nenagh, Spin SW, Derg Business Alliance, ARRA Communications, kbo broadband, Queally’s Supervalu, Fionnuisce, Scoops, AES, Atlantic Cabins and Containers, Molly’s, McKeogh’s Foodmarket, Meskell Motorcycles and the Greene Room. “A special thank you must also go to all the local businesses and residents who have supported us year on year and who helped turn the route and the towns of Killaloe and Ballina pink for the day,” said Nicola. For more information on the Pink Ribbon Walks in Ireland please visit our website and follow us at If anyone has any questions or concerns about breast cancer please contact the National Cancer Freephone Helpline on 1800 200 700 or visit


On Tuesday, September 3 a further meeting was held at Waterman’s Respite and Daycare Centre regarding the application for funding from the Alzheimer Society for the Ballina/Killaloe Dementia Friendly Community project (BKDFC). This project has bee successful and Ballina/Killaloe will now become one of only five centres in Ireland approved and funded for this type of project.

The Friends of Waterman’s Lodge and management have secured €20,000 funding over a three- year period and are most positive that they can realise their hopes for the project. Having secured approval for the project will also enable them to perhaps, seek additional funding, for parts of the project from other agencies.

At Tuesday evening’s meeting, they set some key targets for the coming month, which will start by publicising the project through local radio, newspapers and social media.

They then aim to start on the education/awareness phase of the project, involving distribution of literature, talks, school projects, etc.

Further meetings will take place on Tuesday, October 1st and Tuesday, November 5th at 6.30pm in Waterman’s. Your support will be greatly appreciated, as the group is always open to new members.

The Friends of Waterman’s Lodge is a group of volunteers that formed in early 2012 with the aim of raising awareness of dementia in our area and fundraising for Waterman’s Lodge. The group is chaired by Dr. Henry O’Connell, Consultant Psychiatrist and native of Ballina. Dr. O’Connell is leading the steering group for this project and, over the next three years, the group aims to increase awareness and education on dementia in Ballina/Killaloe, engage with voluntary groups, schools, etc. and also improve local physical infrastructure (e.g. improving signage, walkways, public seating, etc.) The ultimate aim is to make Ballina/Killaloe a safe and welcoming place for people with dementia, the service users of Waterman’s Lodge, other local people and any visitors or tourists with dementia, their families and carers.


After an extremely busy summer season, it’s time for the businesses in the area to have some fun! The Ballina Killaloe Business Association have planned a great evening out in the University of Limerick Activity Centre on Friday, September 27th, from 5.45pm to 8pm. This is a great opportunity for business owners and their staff members to try out sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and climbing in a fun, relaxing environment. You may make reservations by contacting Una on 087 9490343 or email at <><> or, alternatively, you may contact any member of the committee. Tickets are €29 and need to be purchased in advance. This promises to be a great event, relaxing, challenging and entertaining event.


To commemorate the Year of Faith in Killaloe Parish a Mass will be celebrated at the Mass Rock in Garraunboy (Francis Dillon’s field) on this Sunday, September 15th at 3pm. This ‘celebration’ will remind us of the adversity and challenges faced by our ancestors in the practice of their faith during Penal times. It is also a Gathering event where we welcome home former parishioners who are now living elsewhere. Everyone is welcome to attend. You are encouraged to walk to the Mass Rock following in the footsteps of our forefathers.

Limited car parking will be available in Dillon’s yard and in Scanlan’s field (opposite mass Rock). Refreshments will follow! You are advised to note that there will be no 9.30am Mass in Garraunboy on that morning.


Summer holidays are almost at an end for the local Ború Singers, directed by Sadie Scanlan who will resume rehearsals on Wednesday, September 18th at 8pm in the Ballina GAA Function Room. A very busy season lies ahead that will start with a Variety Concert, hosted by the Choir, at St. Anne’s Community College at 8pm on Friday, September 27th. This concert was unavoidably postponed last June due to the death of an esteemed choir member, Evelyn King. Tickets purchased for that event will be accepted on September 27th. All proceeds will go towards St. Anne’s Astro Turf project.

If you wish to be part of this mixed choir (men are especially welcome!) please contact Sadie at 086 1095010 or any existing member of the Choir. While the September rehearsals are for existing members only in preparation for concert, the new season’s programme will commence on Wednesday, October 2nd.


Congratulations to Ballina Minor hurlers on their great win over Shannon Rover Gaels in North Tipp semi-final. They are now through to North Final against Burgess on this Sunday, September 15 in Nenagh at 6pm (please check fixtures). We wish them the best of luck!

The annual U10 John Joe Nevin hurling Tournament will take place in Ballina on this Sunday, commencing at 10.30am. This is a great day out for the young boys in the club and the highlight of their sporting year. Participating teams include Silvermines, Newport, Clonlara, Portroe and two from Ballina. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

A date for your diary! Ballina GAA Dinner Dance will be held at the Lakeside Hotel on November 9th. Further details in the coming weeks.


The International Pike-Fly Competition will take place on Saturday, September 21st with assembly point/registration outside The Library. This competition was set up in 1998 to promote pike angling on Lough Derg, to support an already successful International Pike angling challenge and to allow for an alternative type of fishing for visiting and local anglers. Entry fee is €30 (with own boat) and €50 (without boat). Weigh in will be held in O’Donovan’s Bar at 7pm. The closing date for entries is Thursday, September 19th at 8pm. Please contact T.J. or Noda at T.J’s Angling Centre in Ballina (061 376009) for further details.


Ballina handball players Fergal Collins and David Hickey travelled to Williamstown, Co Galway last weekend to play the Intermediate doubles 60x30 All Ireland final against Stephen Cooney and Ian McLoughlin of Mayo. This match was part of the All Ireland finals programme and was streamed live on the Internet so many Ballina residents were able to watch the whole match live online. The two Tipperary boys got off to a great start and raced into an early lead 11-0 before Mayo managed to register a score. They went on to take the first game 21-7. The second game was a much tighter affair, with Mayo leading early on, and the game being tied at 15-15, 18-18 and Mayo serving for the game at 20-20. However, the two Ballina boys held their nerve and took the game 21-20 to win the Intermediate doubles All-Ireland title. This is a great achievement for Fergal and David who will now play in the Senior ranks next year. Hopefully Fergal will be able to add the Intermediate singles title in the coming weeks, where he will once again come up against Stephen Cooney of Mayo.

Well done to Fergal and David!


The annual weekend “away” for anglers in the Killaloe-Ballina & District club was held recently and was an enjoyable one. This year’s venue was Lough Cara in Ballinrobe and winners were all “father and son” combinations! Neilie Barry was winner: his son, Brian was in second place: Mike Kelly was third and Diarmuid Kelly was the Juvenile winner.


Last weekend the National Water Activity Centre in Killaloe welcomed a deputation of Japanese Rover Scouts who are on an internship with Scouting Ireland prior to Japan hosting the World Jamboree in 2015.They spent some time sailing and mixing with the Killaloe Rover and Venture Scouts. On Sunday the Japanese watched the All Ireland hurling match while the Scouts tried to explain the finer points of the game to them and urging them to support Clare. This plan went pear shaped when one of the visitors spotted some of the Cork supporters in the stands waving red and white flags, (Japanese colours) whereupon they switched allegiances! One of the highlights of their stay was the barbeque last Sunday evening where along with the traditional barbeque fare, the visitors cooked a traditional Japanese meal for their hosts. This went down very well and the recipes and cooking techniques were exchanged afterwards. All in all a lovely experience for all parties concerned!


The Lough Derg Anglers Association invitational pike competition, organised by St. Flannan’s Fishing Club, will take place on Sunday, September 22nd. Entry fee is €50 per boat. Fishing will run from 10am to 6pm and the starting point is the Tourist Office area. For entries, please contact G. Carmody (0879306962) or Bill Hickey (086 2577408).

Winners in the Quigley-Dante trout competition on august 18th were Frank Free (1st): Pat O’Riordan (2nd): Ger Hickey (3rd).

Winners in the Alex Jones Trophy (August 25th) included Mick Gough (1st): Pat O’Riordan (2nd). The club extends thanks to all sponsors.