Ballina

Quay Arts Theatre Nights - From April 4 to 6 Quay Players Amateur Drama Group, directed by Pauline Hartigan, presented Quay Arts Theatre Nights to capacity and appreciative audiences. Congratulations to all involved in excellent performances.

Quay Arts Theatre Nights - From April 4 to 6 Quay Players Amateur Drama Group, directed by Pauline Hartigan, presented Quay Arts Theatre Nights to capacity and appreciative audiences. Congratulations to all involved in excellent performances.

Pan Celtic Winner - Congratulations to Lucia MacPartlin, daughter of Barbara and Paul, Ballina who was the winner of the Pan Celtic Trophy in the Fiddle competition at the International Pan Celtic Festival held in Carlow last week.

Festival Update - Preparations are in the final stages for the upcoming Kincora Traditional Weekend, which will take place in Killaloe-Ballina from April 19 to 21. Full details are available on www.kincoratradweekwnd.com

Tipperary Fleadh - Preparations are well underway for the 2013 Tipperary Fleadh. If anybody has any events taking place during Fleadh Week they can send email to tippfleadhballina2013@gmail.com and they will be included in the official events programme. The programme booklet is being finalised and if anybody has any interesting stories or photos and would like them included they can send them on this coming week. The Fleadh details are also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FleadhCheoilThiobraidArann and on the International Gathering website.

Handball - Ballina Juvenile handballer James Prentice, along with doubles partner Jerome Cahill from Lahorna, travelled to Crinkle, Offaly last Saturday to compete in the U/14 doubles All-Ireland Final against Galway. They won the title 15-7, 15-3.Martin McInerney travelled to Cashel for the Masters B singles All-Ireland final but was unlucky and was beaten in the tiebreaker. Martin will have another chance this Saturday when he partners John Lee in the Masters B doubles final against Mayo opposition. Also playing next Saturday are Ger Coonan & Fergal Collins who take on Kildare in Kilkenny. The club wish them all the very best of luck.

Camogie - Our newly formed Junior B team has two matches under their belts at this stage. The U/16 and U/14 championships have started in the past week, and the teams have games against Shannon Rovers and Annacarty in the coming week. On Saturday next in Ballina our U/12s are playing against Silvermines at 1.30pm and this will be followed by the Junior team’s final group game against Kilruane at 3pm. U/6, U/8 and U/10 training is also starting up on Saturday next at 10am. As always, all new members are welcome so we are looking forward to a good turnout on Saturday morning for these age groups. Just a reminder that registration is now due for all players who can register on line, or through any of the coaches or committee members.

Juvenile GAA - The U/12 Footballers opened their campaign losing both of their matches to Lorrha and Ballinahinch. This week, we have home comforts facing Moneygall (Red team) and Portroe (Blue team). Please come along on Friday at 6.30 to support the lads. The Club is very excited to announce the launch of the New Ballina Shop, which will open on this Saturday morning, April 13 in the GAA Complex. Further details are available on the Club’s Facebook page.

Fishing - Killaloe-Ballina & District Club’s ‘wet fly’ competition, Winners included Jimmy Hanly, Paul Rigby and Paul Hanly. The next competition on Sunday, April 14 will commence at 10am. St. Flannan’s Club’s trout trolling competition results, Danny Sullivan was competition winner (3lb 10.5oz): Heaviest bag award went to Charlie Lyons (3lb) and Jimmy Kelly caught the second heaviest trout (2lb 4.5oz). The next competition, the Tara Oil Cup (may fly) will be held on Sunday, April 21.

Scouts - Last Tuesday night a ceremony was to celebrate the youth members of the Killaloe Scout Group who were awarded with the Chief Scout and Gáisce Awards. The recipients of the Silver Gáisce Award & Chief Scout Award for Venture Scouts were Aaron Fitzgerald Bradley, William Denning, Alex Huddlestan, Peter English, Ciaran Lynch, Peter O’Leary, Ian Cosgrove and Jason Dineen. Barra O’Dubhghaill received the Bronze Gáisce award and the Chief Scout Award for Scouts. The family members of the awardees along with the Provincial Commissioner for the Western Province, Brian Webster, the Clare Scout County Commissioner, Eilís Molamphy, and various Scout Leaders from the Group enjoyed a social evening following the presentation ceremony. Congratulations to Kieran McCormack (Venture Scout Section Leader, Deputy Group Leader, Campsite Committee member, County Venture Scout Programme Rep, County Chief Scout Award Mentor and National Water Activity Centre Leader) who was presented with his thirty-year service award at the same event and also to Bob Murphy (Rover Crew Facilitator) who was presented with his fifteen-year service award. The Group is fortunate to have Scouters with such credentials as Kieran and Bob and is extremely indebted to them for their service.

Tennis - The forty-two juniors who played in the Junior Spring Doubles Competition on Saturday, April 6 enjoyed a day of glorious sunshine and play. Winners and runners-up are as follows: Midi, Winners, Ian Larkin & Paris van Drumpt; Runners-up, Cian O’Donoghue & Gráinne Mahony: U/10 Winners, Christopher Ryan & Eibhlis Coleman; Runners-up, Ronan Neill & Cian Commins: U/12 Winners, Matthew Power and Emma Flynn; Runners-up, Marcus Ryan & Roisin Houlihan: U/16 Winners, Julie Bigot & Anna Ryan; Runners-up, Emma Foley & Marcus Cox. Well done to all who played!