Next Sunday May 20th is Parish Pilgrimage Day. The Pilgrimage begins in Ballina Church at 2 p.m. and will make its way up Grange via Leegane assembling at the foot of the mountain at 4 p.m. and arriving at the summit at 5 p.m. approx. A special liturgy will take place on the mou
Next Sunday May 20th is Parish Pilgrimage Day. The Pilgrimage begins in Ballina Church at 2 p.m. and will make its way up Grange via Leegane assembling at the foot of the mountain at 4 p.m. and arriving at the summit at 5 p.m. approx. A special liturgy will take place on the mountain top at 5 p.m. Please bring a picnic with you this year. Last year it was a lovely sunny afternoon and everyone agreed the walk should take place again this year. Do come out to join the family, friends and neighbours for all or even part of the walk. It promises to be a very special experience again. All are welcome.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DAY
The sun shone brightly on twenty six young people who arrived at Ballina Church on Sunday May 13th for the happiest day of their young lives - their First Holy Communion Day. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Ted O’Rahelly with singing by the school choir trained and accompanied by Mrs. Barbara Flanagan. The following children received - Esteban Altamirano, Sean Brennan, Thomas Conroy, John Floyd, Rioginach Hardy, Danie Herd, Eimear Kelly, John McCarthy, Vanessa O’Brien, Fintan O’Grady, Aishling O’Riordan, Roisin Quinn, Shane Ward, Lindsay Bloice, Kevin Byrnes, Sophie Dalton, Niamh Foley, Regina Hayes, Lauren Joslin, Leah Meehan, Annelie Murray, Joshua O’Connor, Gerry O’Reilly, Brendan Pooley, Declan Ryan, Brendan Wood.
Joining with the First Holy Communicants to celebrate their special day will be their classmates - Oscar Maurice, Killaloe; Marizaan Prinscoo, The Brook, and Rebecca Stark, Cullenagh. Mrs. Anne Sheehy was the teacher and prepared the children.
First Holy Communion takes place in Boher on Sunday May 27th at 10.30 a.m.
Last Friday May 11th, Ballina/Boher Youth Clubs travelled to the annual variety show which was held in Oola. The club had five acts taking part in the modern dance, spotlight and solo singing categories. One of the modern dance group came first in it’s category performing “Destiny’s Child”. The winning members were Niamh Sheehy, Jane Ryan and Aine O’Connell. The standard was very high on the night and the leaders would like to thank all the members for taking part and for all their hard work, in preparing for the show.
SEARCH & RESCUE UNIT
Killaloe/Ballina Search & Rescue Unit will be holding a Table Quiz on Thurs. 24th May in the Waterman’s Lodge Hotel. Teams of four are asked to be there for 9 p.m. Quiz to start at 9.30 p.m. with some great prizes to be won. The funds raised from this event will be used to purchase equipment essential to the operation of the unit. The unit will be a great resource to the area, so all are welcome and we would ask everyone to support the quiz whick promises to be a great night.
Saturday May 12, seven girls from the Convent Primary School and eleven boys from the boys national school received their first Holy Communion at eleven o’clock mass con-celebrated by Fr. Brian Geoghegan and Fr. Pat Malone. It was a beautiful and moving ceremony. The church folk choir directed by Kay McGrath sang magnificently, Diane Daly of the Irish Chamber Orchestra played exquisite violin solo and the boys school band played splendidly, conducted by Mrs. Margaret Egan. In his homily Fr. Geoghegan spoke movingly to the children about the most wonderful day of their young lives, bringing the adult minds back to their own first communion day. He praised the children who were so perfectly trained for the occasion the girls by their teacher Mrs. Anne O’Shea and the boys by Mrs. Moire Sheehy and the parents and thanked all present at the mass. The gifts were presented by Lisa Byrnes, Heather Conroy, Saoirse Lawlor, Emmett Lyons, Kevin Sheedy and Daniel Fitzgerald. Matthew Egan sang a hymn and Lynda McLeish, Alison O’Riordan and Edel Collins did also. The two groups brought the mass to a close singing from the altar steps and got a warm round of applause from the congregation. Glorious sunshine crowned a wonderful day. The girls were Lisa Byrnes, Edel Collins, Heather Conroy, Aisling Egan, Saoirse Lawlor, Lynda McLeish and Alison O’Riordan. The boys were Jason Monaghan, Kevin Sheedy, Shane O’Shea, Daniel Fitzgerald, Emmett Lyons, Matthew Egan, Gary McCarthy, Greg McNamara, Luke Hession, Mark McNamara and Denis Flynn.
“Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue”, most certainly describes the scene at “Our Lady of the Wayside Church”, Birdhill on a glorious Saturday afternoon in May when a stunning bride, Aideen Murphy, exchanged marriage vows with Owen Kirby. “Something old” - Aideen and her father Donie arrived at the church in a carriage and pair and later Aideen and Owen went to their reception in a vintage car, “something new” Owen with his brothers Eamonn and Gerald arrived by Helicopter; “Something borrowed: - the three beautiful children attending, Katelyn and Shannon Murphy and Jessica Ryan, nieces of the bride who almost stole the show; “something blue” - Aideen’s elegant mother Agatha.
Aideen, daughter of Agatha and Donie, Parteen House, Birdhill was attended by her sisters Lucy and Sarah, Owen is son of Kathleen and Ger, Park Roe, Ballyneety, Co. Limerick. Nuptial Mass was celebrated by Fr. Bobby Fletcher, soloist Mairin Clifford and the Clohessey family on harp, flute and violin truly enhanced the ceremony, this making it a memorable one for all present.
The reception for the hundred guests was held at the Castle Oak’s Hotel, Castleconnell and the happy couple are currently enjoying a trip to Ko Samui Island, Thailand. During the afternoon’s festivities a certain gentleman had the bright idea of taking bets on the length of the bestman’s speech - the winner Anne Barry, Birdhill, very graciously donated her winnings of £280 to Milford Hospice. Aideen and Owen are wished every happiness together.
Juveniles: In the Munster Inter County team competition U/12 and U/13 the Tipperary team had a good win over a strong Cork team in Liscarroll. The Tipperary team was Fergal Collins and Brian Kelly, Declan Kennedy and Declan Gleeson (Ballina) and David Keogh, Darragh Walsh and Donal Keogh (S/mines). In the Munster semi-final they had a convincing win over Waterford in Dolla.
Donal and David Keogh had a tough encounter against Willie J. Kiely and David Drohan (12-15)(15-0). James O’Mahony and Jamie Ryan (15-0) (15-0). In the last Doubles Fergal Collins and Brian Kelly beat James Phelin and James Collinder (15-3) (15-4). They now meet the winners of Clare and Kerry in the Munster final.
The 40x20 All Ireland Juvenile Semi finals take place this weekend in O’Callaghan’s Mills of Tulla and we wish the Juveniles from the club the best of luck in these semi finals.
In the Junior Singles another clubman John McQuaid takes on Paul Grahan (Antrim) in the Junior Singles All Ireland Final. This game takes place in St. Paul’s Belfast, on Sunday 27th May and we wish John the best of luck.
UNDER 21 HURLERS IN FINAL
The Smith O’Brien under 21 hurlers qualified to contest the final of this competition that started out with sixteen clubs competing. At Tulla on Sunday 13th May they overcame Newmarket-on-Fergus after a tightly fought game on a score of 1-9 to 1-6. The winners having played with the very strong breeze in the opening half led by 0-6 to 0-1 at the break and with only two of their total coming from play, the second period was approached with a certain amount of trepidation. However, the gods smiled down on the Shannonsiders as a downpour at half-time suppressed the up to now influencing wind and the second-half was played out in wet but calm conditions. Newmarket made positional switches and drew level with ten minutes of the game remaining when luckless full back Seamus Gleeson saw his deflected shot fall to an in rushing foward to put up the first goal of the game. Smith O’Brien showing great focus and discipline hit back immediately with a well taken point to reinstate themselves in the lead and with John Vaughan operating tirelessly at centre forward he was duly rewarded with a green flag for Smith O’Brien. This score seemed to take the heart out of the opposition and the sending off of one of their forwards certainly did not help their effort. Michael Culhane Samus Gleeson and Conor Hayes were a formidable full back line ably assisted further out by Michael O’Sullivan and Pat Conway, James Flannery’s marksmanship was everything a side needs to boost confidence and his two points from sideline balls were top class. Brian McKeogh Patrick Rosney and the already mentioned John Vaughan were others to impress on the day. Tommy Minogue refereed competently on a freshly mowed pitch that was devoid of markings.
Smith O’Brien lined out as follows: J. Ward, M. Culhane, S. Gleeson, C. Hayes, M. O’Sullivan, P. Conway, S. Tuohy, B. McKeogh (0-2), A. Conway, P. Howard, J. Vaughan (1-0), P. Rosney (0-2), J. Flannery (0-5, 2 frees, 2 line balls), M. Lynch, B. McMahon, Subs A. Toomey and E. Grimes.
Smith O’Brien will now play the final against Killaneana a side with many similarities to themselves, least of all backboned by the minor side that contested the 2000 minor Div. 2. final.
CORK JUNE 3rd
Members wishing to procure tickets for the Tipperary v. Clare Munster Senior Hurling championship semi-final please place your order with the honorary Secretary. Telephone 376209 at your earliest but not later than Friday 25th May.
Miss Alice Doyle who died recently was a native of Killaloe. In her early seventies she was the last member of the Doyle family of the Green. Crowds of neighbours and friends accompanied her removal to St. Flannan’s Church from Lynch’s funeral home and attended her requiem mass concelebrated by Fr. Geoghegan and Fr. Pat Malone. She was buried in the Old Cemetery with her parents and brother Joe.
UNDER 14 HURLING
The Under 14 hurlers made the long grip to take on Killnamona in the championsh series on their own pitch on Friday 11th May and returned empty handed. This opposition defeated Smith O’Brien in the Under 12 final two years ago in Tulla and have maintained their supremacy. Trailing by 1-2 to 0-2 at half time and with the benefit of the pitch topography for the second period it was hoped the lead could be erased. The strength and balance of the home side told heavily and with lady luck deserting the losers in front of goal the final score was Killnamona 3-11 Smith O’Brien 0-6. No blame for the defeat rests with a half back line that fought valiantly with Gavin Power and Rhuari Cahill always prominent. The side lined out as follows: M. Reddan, J. Lowry, D. O’Halloran, D. McCarthy, G. Power, R. Cahill, D. Sheedy, N. Toomey, P. Vaughan, A. Sullivan, P. Flynn, Der. McCarthy, B. Kennedy.
On Sunday morning 13th May the under 14 hurlers of Burgess were welcome visitors (clad in Gerry Moriarty’s favourite colours of Green and Gold) to Killaloe for a challenge match. After an interesting workout Smith O’Brien emerged winners on a score of 2-9 to 2-3. Thanks to the Tipperary club for their visit and we wish them well in their campaign yet to get underway. Mile Buiochas agus go n-eirí an tath libh.
Congratulations to Killaloe Boys NS on getting their championship underway with a victory over Cratloe NS last week.
Pat Vaughan Bridgetown NS and Michael Reddan Killaloe Boys NS both valuable members of Smith O’Brien have got to the final trial stage for the County Clare Primary schools team. Bulaid Bas diobh go leir.
On Friday May 11th the Official Opening of Ballina’s latest business - S.T.T. Risk Management Ltd., took place. The family, friends and employees of Ted O’Connor, Operations Director, gathered at Main St., Ballina and the blessing was given by Fr. Ted O’Rahelly and Fr. Tom Lanigan-Ryan. All the guests enjoyed a delicious meal and a great night of music and son and dance at Waterman’s Lodge Hotel. Music was by Murty and Friends. During the evening tickets were sold and twelve lucky winners will view the district from a helicopter. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Search & Rescue Unit. Ted who resides at Shannon View, Ballina, with his wife Cora is wished many years of success in Ballina.
The local community games for Athletics for both Ballina and Killaloe Parishes will be held in St. Anne’s Community College on Sunday starting at 2 p.m. These games will be run as separate races for qualification for both the Tipperary and Clare Community games finals to be held in June. All athletes have to be under age for these events on 31st July. Contact Ballina Games Pat Gleeson (Drombane), Killaloe Games Rory Scanlan (Chapel St.). Any parent wishing to help out on the day will be most welcome.