Ballina

Launch of Tipperary Fleadh - A capacity attendance in Flanagan’s on Saturday last at the launch of the 2013 Tipperary Fleadh, which will be held in Ballina from May 12 to May 19. Comhaltas representatives from all over the County joined the local committee/community and all were highly entertained by our young and adult musicians.

Launch of Tipperary Fleadh - A capacity attendance in Flanagan’s on Saturday last at the launch of the 2013 Tipperary Fleadh, which will be held in Ballina from May 12 to May 19. Comhaltas representatives from all over the County joined the local committee/community and all were highly entertained by our young and adult musicians.

Thanks - The Kincora Traditional Weekend committee members wish to thank all who contributed to the success of the Festival. Special thanks to Clare FM, Tipp Mid West, RTE; Clare Champion, Nenagh Guardian, Limerick Leader; Fr. James Grace, Rev Stan Evans, sacristan/caretaker at St. Flannan’s Church and Cathedral, Michael Connolly and Killaloe church Choir, East Clare Comhaltas musicians, Diane Daly; Management and caretaker at St. Anne’s Community College; Family Resource Centre; Anchor Inn, Reddan’s, Walsh’s, Ponte Veccio, Lakeside Hotel, James Whelan, O’Donovan’s Bar and Restaurant, Flanagan’s, Molly’s, Liam O’Riain’s, Mills’ Bar and sponsors of raffle prizes.

TV - On Wednesday next, May 8 the Local Heroes programme, featuring Killaloe and Ballina will be transmitted by RTE at 8.30pm. “Local Heroes”, which is hosted by Joe Duffy, is all about meeting individuals who are doing or plan to do something visionary to create jobs in their local communities.

Household Charge - North Tipperary County Council wishes to thank all the owners of residential property in Ballina parish who have paid the 2012 Household Charge. If you have not yet paid and wish to avoid further late payment fees and interest, please register on www.householdcharge.ie

Coast Guard Activities - On Sunday last, April 28 Killaloe Coast Guard Unit was tasked to assist Rescue 115, the Shannon Based Irish Coast Guard Helicopter and the Ambulance control Centre, by Valentia MRSC. The Female who had fallen and fractured her ankle near Ballycuggaran Wood was located and airlifted to Limerick Regional Hospital. On April 20 members of Killaloe Coast Guard Unit joined with volunteers from Doolin and Kilkee at a “Search Skills” course, which was held in Ennis. Also on April 20 the Unit was tasked to assist the Doolin and Kilkee Units for the final day of the search for a missing person at the Cliffs of Moher. Unfortunately the missing person, a 29-year-old Cork lady has not been located and the 14-day land, sea and air search was wound down. On April 26 the Killaloe Coast Guard was tasked by local Gardaí to a report of a male in the Killaloe area attempting self-harm. Killaloe Coast Guard carried out an extensive search of the area. The male was later found in the Limerick area.

Athletics - Interested in athletics training for your children or young teenagers? Then bring them along to St Anne’s Community College on Saturday morning from 10am – 11am. Whether your child wants to train for Community Games or just wants to run for fun, all are encouraged to participate. Contact Deidre Coleman on (087) 683 8599 or Fiona O’Mahony on (087) 9257714.

Scouts - The Beaver Scouts travelled to Mountshannon last Sunday for a County Beaver Day. The Mountshannon Scout Group was the host for this lovely day out. The Beavers had fun with such activities as clay modelling, stilt walking, running through the maze, story telling, and other fun bases. At the end of the day, they were each given a ‘goody’ bag and headed home, happy. The Rover Scouts went to Killarney for a day’s hiking. They started out at Kate Kearney’s Cottage and went along the Black Valley and up to the summit of the Purple Mountain. The ideal weather suited the hikers who had a good day out.

Tennis - KBTC hosted the annual Clare Challenge Cup match with Ennis on Sunday, April 21. Thirty-two players took to the courts and overcame some very difficult conditions to provide the supporters with some exciting matches. Ennis fielded a strong team as always but came up against a determined KBTC team who came out worthy winners. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Edel Neary of KBTC and Bill Twomey, Ennis TC for organising such an enjoyable event.

Lough Derg FC - Lough Derg FC are playing the last few remaining games of the 2012/13 season. In the NT&DL results from last weekend saw both the U/18 and men’s Junior A team end their season. On Saturday, April 27 the U/18 youths lost their Cup Semi-final versus Nenagh AFC by 6-0 and on Sunday, April 28, in the NT&DL Tipperary Cup, Nenagh AFC ‘B’ and Lough Derg ’A’ were tied 0-0 after extra time. Nenagh won the resultant penalty shoot-out 3-2. An inspired display from an impressive Nenagh keeper kept the visiting Ballina-Killaloe Lakers at bay with a number of saves while poor finishing and a cross bar also contributed to the LDFC loss. In the NTSFL the Ballina-Killaloe club’s U/15’s won their Shield quarter final tie against Sallypark FC by a score of 7-2 on Friday, April 26. This U/15 LDFC team and their coaches can look forward to the semi-final with some confidence. Their next game, a Shield semi-final fixture, still has to have its details confirmed and given by the league. Lough Derg’s U/14 team will meet either Ballymackey or Ardcroney (match on May 3) in the NTSFL U/14 Cup final on Monday, May 6. Venue to be decided. Three club players, Jack Lynch (U/14’s), George Kealy (U/14’s) and Seamus Monaghan (U/16’s) enjoyed a four-day trip to Reading FC in the UK over Easter. One of the many highlights saw the North Tipperary U/14 Emerging Talent squad defeat their Reading U/14 Academy counterparts by a score of 3-0.

Our AGM will be held on Tuesday, May 14 at 8pm in the Lakeside Hotel. Motions and nominations should be sent to Carol Oakley, Club Secretary (087) 2902509 by Monday, May 6.

Launch - On Saturday last, Minister of State, Alan Kelly launched Ballina GAA club’s fundraising project, “Buy your Sod”. Sods can be purchased online at www.ballina.tipperary.gaa.ie/buyasod or from the club shop or a committee member. A certificate of ownership is given with each purchase. At Saturday’s launch, Sarah Devane (Chairperson) extended special thanks to Danny Ryan of Ballina Engineering who fabricated the large sign and Damian Clifford of ‘One Little Studio’ and a Juvenile club coach, who produced the image for the initiative.

Ballina Juvenile Club - Last Friday night two U/12 football teams competed in the quarter finals of the championship/Go games. The “Red” team was away to Moneygall and emerged winners and now qualifies for the semi-final against Borrisoleigh. The “Blue” team encountered a much stronger Portroe side and despite some exceptional individual performances conceded well-deserved victory to Portroe. Well done to all!

Reminder - You are reminded that the Choral concert hosting our local Ború Community Singers and featuring eight of the leading choirs in Clare, Tipperary and limerick, will take place in St. Flannan’s Cathedral on this Saturday, May 4 at 8pm, sharp. This is a non-ticket event and you may contribute to a Retiring Collection in aid of Boher Autism Unit (main beneficiaries) and the Cathedral Restoration fund.

Triathlon Success - Congratulations to Pat Minogue, Killaloe who was winner in his Age Group at last weekend’s Joey Hannon Triathlon in Limerick; Bobby Reynolds, Ballina was in second place. Well done to both athletes and to Ború Tri club! Pat was also the first Ború Tri club athlete to finish the recent Ború Duathlon in a time of 1:07:04.