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Retirement Of Local Sergeant - On Monday last, September 10th, Sgt. Gerard Mulqueen retired after thirty years of loyal and dedicated service to the Garda Síochána. A native of Ballywilliam, Nenagh, Gerard is the youngest of the twelve children of the late Tom and Ellen Mulqueen who were both natives of Kilimer/Knockerra in West Clare. Gerard resides in Broadford with his wife Carmel (nee Duggan).

Retirement Of Local Sergeant - On Monday last, September 10th, Sgt. Gerard Mulqueen retired after thirty years of loyal and dedicated service to the Garda Síochána. A native of Ballywilliam, Nenagh, Gerard is the youngest of the twelve children of the late Tom and Ellen Mulqueen who were both natives of Kilimer/Knockerra in West Clare. Gerard resides in Broadford with his wife Carmel (nee Duggan).

During his thirteen years in Killaloe Gerard gave sterling service to the community in the greater Killaloe area. He was most supportive to the organisers of all events in Killaloe-Ballina and environs. Fundraising, especially for Cancer Research was dear to his heart and over five years he helped raise €150,000 for Milford, Raheen Community Hospital, Mid-West projects by assisting in the organisation of / participation in, such events as Garda Cycle of Clare, Broadford Parish Cycle and many more.

Over the past week I met with many people in the district and beyond who were high in their praise of Sgt. Gerard Mulqueen and the common theme of a caring, dedicated and supportive member of the Garda Síochána prevailed in all tributes made to the retired Killaloe Sergeant. Chief Superintendent John Kerins said that Gerard would be a tremendous loss to organisations and the community in the greater Killaloe area – “a dedicated, honest, caring person who has given great service to Garda Síochána and the community. I wish him the best of luck in retirement and both Carmel and himself, happiness in the future”. John Grimes and Paddy Collins (Féile Brian Ború and St. Patrick’s Day Parade committees) said that Gerard’s commitment to Féile and the Parade was “way above the call of duty”.Former Councillor, Tony O’Brien said that Gerard Mulqueen’s style and method of policing was very ‘community’ orientated and will be sorely missed in the future. Anthony Rodgers of Bond Auto, the main sponsor of the Cycle organised by Gerry in aid of Mid West Cancer in 2010 and again in 2011 praised Gerard’s unselfishness in giving of his free time to ensure the success of the events which raised €20,000 over the two years. As Gerard Mulqueen embarks on retirement the communities of Killaloe and Ballina thank him for his dedication and commitment and wish him good health and happiness in his retirement.

Hospice Coffee Events - On Thursday, September 20 the twentieth annual Hospice ‘Coffee’ Day will be celebrated nationwide. Several “coffee mornings” will be held locally and include the Lakeside Hotel from 10am to 2pm and the Killaloe-Ballina Family Resource Centre, also from 10am to 2pm. Proceeds from both events will benefit Milford Hospice. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Church Gate Collection - During this coming weekend, September 15th / 16th the annual Killaloe- Ballina Senior Citizens Church Gate collection will take place before all Masses in Killaloe, Bridgetown, Garraunboy, Ballina and Boher. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Bridge Club - The Killaloe/Ballina Bridge Club will resume the weekly Monday night playing on Monday next, September 17th at 8 pm sharp in Lakeside Hotel. New members welcome and should contact Jim at 087 6359050.

Book Club - The Wednesday Library Club has chosen Frank Mc Court’s “Teacher Man” for the next meeting on Wednesday, October 3. Copies of this book are available at the Library Desk.

“Knitwits” - The most popular children’s Lough Derg ‘KnitWits’ will resume on Saturday, September 22nd in Killaloe Library. This activity will continue from 11am to 12.30 pm every second Saturday so interested young people (boys and girls) should take note of the following dates up to Christmas: September 22nd: October 6th and 20th: November 3rd and 17th: December 1st and 15th.

Camogie - On Saturday, September 1st, Ballina hosted Newport, Cappamore and Kildangan in an U8 blitz. Each team played three games and a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all. Also on that same morning the U10’s competed in a blitz at The Ragg where they played Borrisoleigh, Toomevara and Gortnahoe, coming out on top in all three matches.

Anglers - On Sunday last the Killaloe-Ballina & District Anglers’ Trout Trolling competition was sponsored by Molly’s Bar and Restaurant. A father and son, - Michael and Diarmuid Kelly - teamed up to win the first prize. Paul Hanly was second and Christopher and Sarah O’Meara were third. The Juvenile Award went to Anthony Kennedy. The next competition on Sunday, September 16th is jointly sponsored by Brian Grogan and Bob Bradwell. The weigh in will take place at Liam O’Riain’s at 7pm.

Juvenile GAA - Congratulations to Ballina U16’s who are through to North semi-finals topping the group. Our U/14’s are away to Borris/Illeigh on Wednesday night in the Plate. Congratulation to Claire Maguire who was chosen as Player of the Week by Allianz Cumann na mBunscol.

The juvenile club’s showcase event is the John Joe Nevin tournament for U/10 boys, which is on this Sunday, September 16th. This year Ballina will again enter two teams in the competition. We expect very exciting competitions and a very high skill level for this age group. Ballina will be hoping to retain the trophy after winning it last year.

Ballina Wins Bronze! - As we go to press word has come through of Ballina’s Bronze Medal win at the 2012 National Tidy Towns competition. We congratulate the hard-working committee and volunteers; Ballina is certainly a credit to them and to residents/businesses that help to present a clean, colourful town.