Native Honoured in U.S. - On Saturday, May 11 Killaloe native, Séamus Connolly was awarded The Ellis Island Medal of Honour from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organisations (NECO) at a special Award Ceremony, held on Ellis Island.

Native Honoured in U.S. - On Saturday, May 11 Killaloe native, Séamus Connolly was awarded The Ellis Island Medal of Honour from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organisations (NECO) at a special Award Ceremony, held on Ellis Island.

This Award was made in recognition of his distinguished career as one of the World’s most respected master Irish musicians. The prestigious Medals are presented annually to American citizens for their outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation and the world. Fleadh Cheoil 2013 - Ballina’s ‘first’ County Fleadh was one of the most successful events ever held in the town. It was heartening to see so many young people performing on stage and special praise must be attributed to Mary McAuliffe whose large group of musicians/dancers/singers from Newport-Birdhill and environs were truly spectacular. This group recently won the All Ireland Pléaracha Competition. Details of local successes in the 2013 Tipperary Fleadh and acknowledgements will be given next week. Congratulations to the organising committee for a job very well done!

School Drama Competition - ‘Comórtas Drámaíochta’, a Schools’ Drama Competition for the Seosamh MacGabhann Cup, was held in Ballina Parish Hall at the beginning of Fleadh week. Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan students were the winners. Congratulations to all the young children and to their principal, Inez Ní hEanain.

Captain Kirwan Cup Winners - Last weekend, May 17-19, Killaloe Coast Guard was represented by Jason Kenny, Mike Jones and Joe Dolan at the Joint Search and Rescue Competitions (JSAR), held in Dingle. The Inter Division Team C, which consisted of four Coast Guard Volunteers from South Sector, East sector, Michael Jones (West Sector) and a Northern Ireland representative, were winners of the Captain Kirwan Cup, which is awarded to the best overall team. Mike Jones also won the best ‘Team Leader’ overall.

Congratulations to Michael and well done to Jason, Joe and all participants!

Playground - A New State of the art Children’s playground will be installed in Ballina Riverside Park during the Summer.

Fun Run - The annual St. Anne’s Community College 10k fundraising Fun Run/Walk on Wednesday last saw hundreds of teenagers, teachers, parents and past pupils take to the roads of Creevroe/Garraunboy during the only rain-free hour of the day. First home was Lowell Ryan for the second year-in-a row: Laura Collins and Cathal Reid were the first adults to finish while the first teachers home were Rosie Foley and John Caplis. The management and staff at St. Anne’s wish to thank all who participated in/supported the event: Niamh Briggs, Irish Women’s Rugby ‘star’ full back and kicker who led the ‘run’: and sponsors, Lakeside Leisure Centre, Fionn Uisce, Mc Keogh’s and Planet Tri.

Art Exhibition - An Exhibition entitled “Memories”, featuring the recent works (in oil) by local artist, Marian Conroy, Ballina will open at Quay Arts on this Friday, May 24 and will run for one week.

Playschool - Little Rascals Playschool (Ballina Parish Hall) has limited places available for September 2013. Children born between February 2, 2009 and June 30, 2010 are entitled to a free pre-school year under the ECCE scheme. Interested parents should phone 087 9427364.

Bridge - Congratulations to the following winners of Killaloe-Ballina Bridge Club’s weekly competition: Joe O’Halloran/Matt Burke (1st): Jim Gallagher/Bill Shearing (2nd): Sam and Bernie Molamphy (3rd): Peg Hogan/Pat O’Malley (4th).

Cúl Camp - Registration is now open for this year’s Cúl Camp, which will take place in Ballina from July 1st to 5th. This event is open to all Primary School children from 6 years up. You may register online by going to the Cúl Camp website and following the link to Ballina Camp. A €5 discount is available if you have a code from the special Kellogg’s cereal boxes (online booking only). Registration is also available at the Club Shop after training on Saturday mornings. Camp numbers are limited so early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

Camogie - July 5th-7th will be a very exciting weekend for Ballina Camogie Club with our U/14 girls participating in Féile 2013. A number of fundraising activities will take place in the coming weeks with the first of these on this Saturday, May 25. “Bring a Cake, Buy a Cake” sale will take place in the GAA complex from 10am to 11.30am. Cakes may be left in the Clubhouse from 9.30am. Your support will be greatly appreciated!.