The second annual Kincora Traditional Weekend was an overwhelming success with capacity attendances at all Concerts, Recitals, Music Sessions, and Workshops. This event is the first of a series of Festivals over the next three months that include Brian Ború on the Hill Music Festival:

May 3rd Choral Celebration in St. Flannan’s Cathedral: Tipperary County Fleadh: Clare County Fleadh: 2014 Brian Ború Millennium celebrations: Féile Brian Ború. Throughout the weekend traditional musicians from all over Ireland, the UK, Scotland, Holland, Japan, the US ( including a 12-strong “Gathering” of the Scanlan clan”) converged on Killaloe-Ballina and received a truly warm reception from the community.

The highlight of the weekend must surely have been the Sunday Parade when up to sixty pipers from The Thomas Mc Donagh Pipe Band in Templemore and The Tulla Pipe Band paraded, in glorious sunshine, from the Church on The Green to Flanagan’s Green and received a warm welcome from hundreds of spectators along the route.

The generosity of many, many members of our Killaloe-Ballina communities will be acknowledged in next week’s publications. Well done to the organising committee for such a successful and entertaining festival – Michael Hackett, Michael Scanlan, Paul Smyth, Padraig Hyland, Deirdre Scanlan, Anne Benson, Mairéad Ryan, Catríona Shortt, Fiodhna Gardiner-Hyland and Sadie Scanlan.


The Brian Ború Millennium weekend will run from April 11th to April 13th. Programmes outlining events are available in all shops in Ballina and Killaloe. Parking restrictions will apply to The Green and Between the Waters on Sunday to facilitate events. Further information is available on


Following a most successful St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Killaloe/Ballina, and the largest parade in recent years, the organising committee would like to thank the following who helped make the day such a success - Killaloe Gardaí, Fire Brigade and local Coastguard Unit: clubs/organisations/businesses/individuals who prepared floats: dignitaries on Review Stand – Cllrs Michael Begley, Phyll Bugler, Fiona Bonfield: Fr. James Grace, Fr. Edmond O’Rahelly, Reverend Gary Paulsen, Sean and Una Kierse, Tony O’Brien and Sadie Scanlan: Killaloe Flowers: Mike Mc Grath Haulage: Kincora School of Music: Stewards and volunteers who assisted with preparations and parade: Sarah Devane, Maree Murphy and Transition Year Students at St. Anne’s Community College: Sponsors – AIB, Birdhill Soccer club, Brian Ború on the Hill, Car Pal, Collins Pharmacy Ballina, Collins Pharmacy and Celtic Cat Killaloe, Derg Credit Union, Derg House B&B, East Clare Hunt, Fine Rags, Grogan’s Pharmacy and Opticians, Harry Brann Auctioneers, Kieran Scullane home Improvements, Killaloe/Ballina Community and Family resource centre, Killaloe PO, Killaloe/Ballina anglers, Kincora Kids, Larkin’s Gala, Mc Keogh’s Hardware, Molly’s Bar & Restaurant, Reddan’s Bar, The Anchor Inn, Walsh’s Bar, Whelan’s Foodstore, Mother Goose, North Tipperary County Council, Ryan’s Stoves, Scoops Ice-Cream Parlour, Simply Delicious, Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre, Tuscany Bistro.


The Killaloe-Ballina Senior Citizens annual break will take place from Sunday, May 18th to Tuesday, May 20th in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. The fare, - €175 per person – includes morning coffee, Bed & Breakfast, two evening meals, transport and a day trip to the Burren. A supplement of €15 per night applies for single room.

If you wish to travel you should give your name and a €50 deposit to any member of the committee by Sunday, April 20th. The balance will be due on or before Friday, May 9th.


Ballina Killaloe RFC will hold a Family Fun Day at Clarisford Park at 2pm on this Saturday, April 12th to mark the end of the season. More details can be found on the dedicated Family Fun Day web page at


The next meeting of the local Book Club will take place at the Library on Thursday, April 17th at 11am. The chosen reading material is “To kill a Mocking Bird” by Harper Lee. Copies of this book are available at the Library Desk.


Last Sunday’s Wet Fly/Trolling competition at Killaloe-Ballina & District Anglers was sponsored by Neilie Barry and the Club. The Presentation of Prizes was held in Mills’ Bar and the club wishes to thank Neilie for his continued sponsorship and Anthony and Anne for their usual excellent food. ‘Wet fly’ winners were Paul Conroy (heaviest trout): Joe Hassett (heaviest bag): Jerry Horan (second heaviest fish): Diarmuid Kelly (juvenile winner). Winners of the Trolling competition were Aileen Mc Keogh and Mick Fitzpatrick. The next competition is an ‘interclub’ event with Mountshannon on Sunday and is a Wet Fly competition. Fishing will run from 9am to 6pm and Presentation of prizes will be held in Scarriff at 8pm.

As we approach the month of May members are reminded that all membership subs must be paid before May 1st otherwise you are not eligible to take part in the Team event.


Well done to the “Strictly Come Dancing” team that provided such entertainment for us all in the Lakeside hotel on Saturday last. The most enjoyable night for many years in Ballina! Further details will be given next week.


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