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Council counts cost of repeated vandalism at Ballina amenity

DAMAGE totalling €7,500 was caused to a public convenience just a stone’s throw from Killaloe Bridge, according to a recent estimate completed by a district engineer. Killaloe Gardaí have investigated criminal damage to the public toilets at the Pontoon in Ballina. Over the past year, Killaloe Gardaí have confirmed there have been repeated acts of vandalism on these toilets, which are located along a very popular walking route a short distance from the Ballina Outdoor Heating Swimming Pool. Between 10pm and 12 midnight on Monday night, October 31, windows were broken in the toilets and paving slabs were pulled off the ground outside the toilets. This last act of vandalism was condemned as “appalling” by Waterways Ireland Operations Controller, Éanna Rowe. In response to Clare Champion queries, Marcus O’Connor, Director of Roads, Transportation in Nenagh Municipal District, said the council was extremely disappointed with the ongoing acts of vandalism of these public toilets. He confirmed all the windows to the …

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GALLERY: Patrick McKeogh Memorial Tractor Run Ballina

The second Patrick McKeogh Memorial Tractor Run set out from Ballina GAA Car Park last Sunday, December 18. The tractors crossed the Bridge into Killaloe and headed for O’Briensbridge before looping back through Castleconnell and Birdhill finishing at Mc Keogh’s Hardware in Ballina. There was a bucket collections in Ballina and at various stages along the route and there is still time to sponsor the event through Aaron Hunt at 083-4834274 (after 4pm) or Martin McKeogh during the day at 087-2778572. A Charity Fundraiser page has been set up on the GoFundMe website and donations can also be made through the bank at BIC: IPBSIE2D; IBAL: IE52IPBS99066033034776. All proceeds will benefit the Irish Heart Foundation and Milford Hospice.

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Service station near Killaloe sold €30.9m EuroMillions ticket

A family-run service station located about three kilometres from Killaloe bridge has sold a EuroMillions ticket worth an astonishing €30,928,078. The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold on Sunday, February 6 at Larkin’s Gala Service Station, Garryurtneal, Ballina, Killaloe. The Mid-West player has officially become the 17th EuroMillions jackpot winner ever seen in Ireland following the draw on Friday night. Siobhan Larkin, who owns the business with her husband Michael on the Ballina to Birdhill road, spoke of the complete shock and joy she felt on receiving the news over the weekend. “When our visitors from the National Lottery arrived here on Sunday evening, I was totally overwhelmed and in quite a state of shock. “I couldn’t believe that it was our store that sold the winning ticket worth €30.9 million. We are coming up to 21 years in business here this March so what a way this is to mark the occasion. “The vast majority of our customers are …

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Community champion with ‘heart of gold’ is honoured

Mary O’Mara said she was stunned to be named winner of the older people’s volunteer of the year DECADES of volunteering for different community organisations ensured a Ballina woman “with a heart of gold” won the 2021 Clare Older People’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominated by the Killaloe Ballina Family Resource Centre, Mary O’Mara, (68) was completely taken aback when she announced as the overall winner at a function in the Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis on Thursday. “I knew I would get a certificate after I was shortlisted but when my name was called out as the overall winner I couldn’t believe it,” she said. Mary received an engraved glass trophy and a One4All voucher from Mike Hanrahan, Stockton’s Wing, Clare’s Age Friendly Ambassador. Staff in the centre were thrilled to learn the mother-of-four who has 11 grandchildren had won this award. Family support worker, Marie Moroney said Mary is a very worthy recipient of this honour. “We are …

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Clare gardai appeal for witnesses to assault and robbery

GARDAÍ are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked and robbed by a gang of men last weekend in Ballina. In the early hours of Sunday morning, November 7 between 12 midnight and 2am as a couple left a fast food restaurant on the main street of Ballina they were approached from behind by four or five males. The man received a punch to the back of the head and a black eye before falling to the ground. The men stole his Tommy Hilfiger jacket, a black Tommy Hilfiger wallet and a black Apple iPhone 7. “We are appealing to anyone who was in the area of Main Street, Ballina and witnessed this incident or anyone who may have dash cam footage to contact Killaloe Garda Station on 061 620540,” said a garda spokesperson.

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Stars align for Gleeson’s men

Killaloe have always had a healthy rivalry with Tipperary, with only the Shannon separating the town from nearest neighbours Ballina. Most famously depicted with memorable photos on the bridge ahead of the then novel All-Munster All-Ireland Final between Clare and Tipperary in 1997, there has always been no shortage of craic and banter from both sides on the divide. That relationship could change on Sunday if Tipperary native Tony Gleeson can work the oracle of delivering an Intermediate hurling crown for Smith O’Brien’s in what is only the club’s second ever decider. The Burgess clubman, who has been coaching at adult level since his teenage years is in his second coming for the Killaloe-Bridgetown based side, having coached them in 2018 and ’19 before taking a break to finish his masters degree last year. However, the fact that he was so eager to come back on board as manager is a statement in itself of the potential that he sees …

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Sirens signal support for warrior Joey in his battle against cancer

Gardai and coast guard drive-bys lift brave youngster who has endured torrid year after rare brain tumor diagnosis THE efforts of an O’Briensbridge woman and the co-operation of local emergency services have given a welcome boost to a nine year-old boy battling a rare form of brain cancer. Tracy Howard has organised a series of fundraising ventures and drive-bys to show the huge support in the twin communities of Killaloe and Ballina for Joey Moran, who lives in the neighbouring village of Portroe. A GoFundMe page “Joey Moran’s journey with a rare brain tumour” has thus far raised €20,845. The brave young lad, described as a “warrior” and an “absolute legend” by parents Emma and Alan, has had to endure a number of serious surgeries as well as the very draining subsequent chemotheraphy and radiation treatments. One year ago the world changed for the Moran family. On September 18, 2020, Emma recalled Joey came out to the kitchen and struggled …

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Killaloe mourns ‘iconic’ publican Marie Reddan

THE twin communities of Ballina and Killaloe were united in mourning following the recent death of an “iconic” publican. Marie Reddan (née McMahon), Main Street, Reddan’s Bar, Killaloe, and formerly of Castleconnell, County Limerick died peacefully at her residence in the loving care of her family. Tributes have been paid to the 93 year-old, who was one of Killaloe’s best known and respected people. Councillor Tony O’Brien described the former Ahane camogie player as an “iconic figure” in the life of Killaloe. The Killaloe councillor stated Reddan’s pub is synonymous with family celebrations. “It is a place we all gather to celebrate and indeed to mourn, it is a place where our families gather for a pint when our loved ones return home. A massive part of all those family and community gatherings was Mrs Reddan. She ran a house of a thousand welcomes, a house of laughter and fun, which is known the world over. “When meeting people who …

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