KILLALOE COAST GUARD, OVERALL WINNERS: On Thursday last representatives of Killaloe Coast Guard Unit were present at the Lakeside for the final Killaloe-Ballina Community Achievement Awards Presentation where their Unit was declared the overall winner.

KILLALOE COAST GUARD, OVERALL WINNERS: On Thursday last representatives of Killaloe Coast Guard Unit were present at the Lakeside for the final Killaloe-Ballina Community Achievement Awards Presentation where their Unit was declared the overall winner.

The current members of Killaloe coast Guard Unit are Michael Quigley (Area Officer); Denis Dillon (Deputy Area Officer); Christy Carey (Cox /Maintenance, Officer, Trainer); Geoffrey Carey (Coxswain); Jason Carey (Coxswain); William Carey; Shane Corbett; Carmell DeMello; Denis Dillon (Deputy Area Officer); Sean Dillon (Crew Rib, Trainer); Joe Doolan (Coxswain); James Fahey; Garry Hogg; John Hogg (Educational Officer); Dave Johnson; Michael Jones (Coxswain/Training Officer); Myles Kingston; Tanya Lewis; Damian Madden; Les Mc Donagh (Crew Rib/Search Manager); Ted O’Connor; Christopher O’Gorman (Crew Rib); Christopher O’Neill (Trainer/First Aid); Richard Pepper (Trainer/First Aid); Damian Quigley (Coxswain/Maintenance/Equipment Officer); Michael Quigley (Area Officer); Damian Reeves (Health and Safety Officer); James Whelan (Coxswain).

“SHAVE OR DYE” FUNDRAISER: On this Saturday, February 26th three local third level students, Erin Bourke, Niall Quinn and Peter Floyd, will take part in the Today FM national fundraising project – Shave or Dye- in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. The three lads have decided to shave their heads at JD’s, Ballina at 9.30pm and will greatly appreciate your support.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT: In preparation for the Tipperary County Fleadh, which will be held in Newport in May, a fundraising Concert and Céilí will be held in Birdhill Community Hall on this Friday, February 25th commencing at 8pm. All are welcome to attend.

RECENT DEATH: Jimmy Ryan, Castleknock, Dublin and formerly of Boher House, Ballina died suddenly on Thursday, February 11th. Following Requiem Mass in the Church of Our Lady and St. Lua, Ballina, Jimmy was laid to rest in his native Ballina. Jimmy is survived by his siblings Tim, Martin, Bridie, Mary and Rita; extended family, relatives and friends.

Máire De Stafford, Silvermines who died recently was a former teacher at Killaloe Boys Primary School. She is survived by her husband Eamonn; daughter, Gráinne: siblings Jane, Anne, Bridget, Catherine and Pat.

RETIRED TEACHERS HONOURED: At a special reception held by Clare Vocational Education Committee in the Old Ground hotel, Ennis former St. Anne’s Community College Principal, John Fitzgibbon and Deputy Principal, Michael Mc Namara were among the retired Clare teachers presented with mementos in recognition/appreciation of their many years of dedicated service to the young people of Killaloe-Ballina and environs.

“SKYPE WORKSHOP”: On Friday, February 25th, Clare V.E.C. Adult Education Services will run a “Skype” workshop from 10.15am to 11.30am at Killaloe Library. This workshop is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. With quite a number of Killaloe-Ballina people now working abroad, this event should help families keep in touch with their children/relatives.

SCOUTING ACTIVITIES : The Venture Scouts travelled to Westport, Co. Mayo for the inaugural Provincial Venture Scout Hike. Venturers from different Scout Groups throughout the Province joined them as they climbed through the fog to reach the summit of Mweelrea Mountain. Afterwards they relaxed with a swim in Westport’s Castlecourt Hotel before heading back to the Scout den for dinner and an evening table quiz. This event was deemed to be a great success by both youth and adult members alike.

Both Cub Scout Sections travelled to Sixmilebridge for the annual County Cub Scout Foot Drill Competition. Drill standards were exceptionally high this year and the judging panel, consisting of Army and Garda Síochána dress and drill experts, found it hard to fault the discipline, teamwork and footwork of the teams. Well done to both of the Killaloe teams who featured high in the overall scoring.

BALLINA GAA: Ballina GAA club wishes to thank all who contributed so generously to last weekend’s Church Gate Collection in Ballina and Boher.

BADMINTON SUCCESS: On February 3rd last, St. Anne’s Community College had five teams representing Clare in the Munster Schools Badminton Finals, which were held in UL, - U.14/U.16 boys and U.14/U.16/U.19 girls.

The under 14 boys, a young team that included Declan Power, Michael O’Shea, David Kelly, Eddie Bourke and Daniel Joslin (sub), played extremely well in this their first major tournament but did not reach the winners’ podium. They played against Cork, Tipperary, Waterford and Kerry and had some excellent matches.

The U.16 girls also played very well against very strong opposition. The team was Emer O’Shea, Niamh Kierse, Ellen Finnerty, Kate Ryan and subs Kelly Gilmore and Ashling Sheedy.

The under 14 girls, another very young team led by Moya Ryan one of the best underage players in Ireland, won all their matches, 6-0 and thereby qualified for the All-Ireland finals in April. Well done to Moya Ryan, Aisling O’Donnell, Ciara Hayes, Kealy Power and Rebekah Sartini (sub).

The U.16 boys, - Peter O’Leary, Eamon Healy, Stiofán Mc Mahon, Niall Kierse, Dan Finnerty and Conor Gilmore - had some tough matches but came through impressively to win the Munster title and qualify for the All Ireland.

The U.19 girls were also most impressive in their victories against Cork, Kerry and Tipperary. This is a relatively new and young team at the U.19 level and they acquitted themselves very well. Team members were Aisling Ryan, Roisin Healy, Sally Ryan and Áine Ryan.