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Marriage
The marriage took place at St Mary’s Church, Ballinrobe, on Saturday, March 18, of Thomas Madden, son of Des and Rita Madden, Maynooth, Co Kildare, and Joanne Murphy, daughter of Seán and Margaret Murphy, Neale Road, Ballinrobe. The ceremony was performed by Msgr Thomas Shannon, PP, Ballinrobe. Elaine Lawlor, sister of the bride, was matron of honour, and the bridesmaids were Mairéad McCormack and Carole Murphy, sisters of the bride. Michael Madden, brother of the groom, was bestman and the groomsmen were John Gillespie and Noel Boyd. The flower girls were Hannah Lawlor and Rachel Liston-Madden and the reception was held in the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway.
Thomas and Joanne, who will reside in Maynooth, are wished every happiness.
GAA meeting
Ballinrobe GAA Club holds its February meeting in the Parish Centre on Wednesday night at 8 o’clock. Members are urged to attend.
Child health care
Ballinrobe has been chosen for a new child health care promotion, which will relate to children up to six years of age. The organisers will be anxious to ascertain what you think of existing services, your main concerns about your child’s health and his/her physical and emotional development. They will be interested in hearing what type of support you would like to get from the Health Service, in relation to such issues.
In order to involve you in this project, and get your help in planning it, you are invited to attend a meeting in the Cranmór Centre, Neale Road, Ballinrobe, on Wednesday, April 5, at 8pm. Contact Josie at 094 9042266 if you will be attending.
Moved to new premises
Lake District Enterprise Ltd, which encompasses the Tourist Office, has moved from its location in Cornmarket, Ballinrobe, to new premises, located between Flowers 4U and Silke Opticians, New Street.
Information clinic
The Citizens’ Information clinic will be in Ballinrobe Family Resource Centre, today, Wednesday, between 10am and 12.30pm.
Parade prize-winners
Prizes were won by the following floats in Ballinrobe’s colourful St Patrick’s Day Parade: First, The Foróige Club, with an excellent presentation of a scene from “Grease”. The club was actively supported by Tacú Family Resource Centre, the Mayo Arts Squad and Breda Murphy, Cong, who conducted six art workshops. Second, Ballinrobe Active Retirement Group, whose float underpinned the significance of the word “Active”. Third, Kitchens Supreme, with a lively portrayal of the “Breakfast Roll”, Pat Shortt’s hit.
St Joseph’s Primary, Ballinrobe, and Roxboro were the winners in the Primary Schools’ category, and they received €100 apiece and a trophy.
GAA Lotto
Nobody selected the correct numbers, 4, 13, 15 and 23, in last week’s €10,800 Lotto jackpot organised by Ballinrobe GAA Club. Margaret O’Reilly, Claremorris Road, and Ching, An Cladrach, were the €70 winners and the other prizes went to Monica O’Connor, Headford, €35, Pádraig Heneghan, c/o Fahy’s Mace, €35, Seamus Macken, Main Street, €15, Agnes O’Connor, Abbey Street, €15, Martin Murphy, Creagh Road, €15, and Marian Macken, Main Street, €15. Art O’Neill’s spot prize was won by Eamon McGreal, An Cladrach.
Bridge
The result of the competition held by Ballinrobe ’84 Bridge Club on Tuesday, March 13, was: 1. Teresa O’Carroll and Eileen Comer; 2. Seamus Langan and Margaret Twibill; 3. Carmel Costello and Breege Connolly; 4. Diana Mulvey and Mary Connaughton.
Ballinrobe Mart
Ballinrobe Mart recorded another successful day’s trading on Wednesday last. Cattle numbers were up on the previous week and a full clearance was effected.
Trade was brisk for all types of stock, and prices were particularly good for top quality cull cows and good quality store heifers. Live exporters displayed a keen interest in nice continental heifers around the same mark.
Prices: Bullocks, Lim, 695 kg, €1,140; Fr X, 860 kg, €1,220; Fr, 706 kg, €1,080; Char, 646 kg, €1,060; Bb, 628 kg, €1,060; Char, 570 kg, €1,035; Heifers, Sim, 430 kg, €770; AA, 348 kg, €655, BB, 530 kg, €915; Char, 452 kg, €780; Char, 320 kg, €625; Char, 352 kg, €680; AA, 494 kg, €845.
There will be a special sale of continental bullocks and heifers today, Wednesday; Wednesday, April 12, special sale of Aberdeen Angus bullocks and non-continental cattle; Wednesday, April 19, special sale of continental bullocks and heifers. Pre-booking every Friday from 10am at 094 9541140.
Sheep: numbers showed an increase on the previous week and trade continued to be firm for the well-fed and butcher type hoggets. In contrast, stores were a bit more difficult to clear.
Heavy hoggets made up to €92, a lot of 28 heavy hoggets fetched €92. A lot of 24 factory hoggets made €84.
In general, good hoggets are not plentiful and are selling well. Cull ewes fetched from €25 to €50.
Indoor soccer
The opening round of the indoor soccer league for primary schools boys, was played in the Lakeside Sport and Fitness Club last week, and the results were: Team B, Martin Conroy, James Quinn, Kevin Quinn, Jack O’Toole, Alexander Sproll and Arron Killeen, beat Team A, Seán Óg, Seán Conroy, Joseph Burke, Daniel Keane, Tony Kennedy and Barry Golden, by four goals to two. Team D: Shane O’Connor, Patrick Sweeney, Steven Burke, Patrick Burke, Owen Mullin and Matthew Mullin, defeated Team F: Edward Sweeney, Conor O’Hanlon, John Costello, Paul Keane, Conor Ferguson and David Murphy, by ten goals to One. Team C: Thomas Conroy, Jack Langan, Ciarán Cameron, Ronan O’Reilly, Gary Keane and Joseph O’Connor, beat Team E: Evan O’Brien, Darragh Leonard, John Connelly, Liam Warde, Daniel Sweeney and Kieran O’Malley, by ten goals to three.
Tuesday, April 4, third round, A v C, 4pm, B v F, 4.30, C v F, 5pm.
Welcome Inn League
Ballinrobe face Moy Davitts in the opening round of Division One of the Welcome Inn League, at Flanagan Park, on Sunday. A familiar figure will be missing from the home side this year, as former county star, Fergal Costello, has declared for Naas, the Kildare club.
Racquetball
The fourth annual one-day singles racquetball tournament, sponsored by Pat and Margaret Hayes, Hollymount Nursing Home, will be held in the Lakeside Sport and Fitness Club, on Sunday, April 9. The entry fee is €15 and there will be a winners’ section and a plate. Competitors are asked to enter four days before the draw.
A junior racquetball tournament, catering for boys and girls, from eight to 13 years, will be held on Good Friday, April 14.
Whist
The results of last week’s whist drive held in Silky’s Bar, Abbey Street, were: Ladies, 1. Carmel Callanan; 2. Mary Lyons, 3. Bernie O’Malley; Half-time, Annie J Grimes; Lowest Score, Margaret Doordan; Longest Sitting, Noreen Jennings; Gents, 1. Pat Malone; 2. Patricia Walsh; 3. Lily Jennings, Half-time, John Burke; Lowest Score, Sal Durcan; Longest Sitting, Margaret O’Malley. Raffle: 1. Noreen Jennings, 2. Patricia Walsh, 3. Eileen Mellett, 4. Pat Malone; 5. Kathleen Harnesse.
Golf Society
Robe Racqueteers Golf Society will have its first outing of 2006, an overnight stay, at Glasson Golf and Country Club, Athlone, on Saturday, April 22. It is being organised by Martin Hughes and Charlie Hunt.
Ballinrobe Rugby Club Golf Society will have its first outing at Westport on Saturday, April 5.
Colleges football
St Paul’s, Oughterard, defeated Our Lady’s Secondary School, Belmullet, by 4-11 to 1-5, in the quarter-final of the Connacht Colleges Second Year C football championship, at Ballinrobe, on Thursday.
Belmullet, assisted by the stiff breeze, led by 1-4 to 0-2 at one stage in the first half, but two late goals by Joseph Moran and Niall Walsh gave Oughterard the advantage at the break, 2-3 to 1-4. The leaders dominated matters after the action resumed and scored at will, while Belmullet could only counter with a pointed free from Declan McManamon.
Cathal Sweeney, Patrick Sweeney, Aaron Coady, Fergal Darcy, Niall Walsh, Damien Carter and Joseph Moran impressed for St Paul’s. Stephen Winters, David Barrett, Micheál Moran, the goalkeeper, who made some marvellous saves, William Doherty, Conor Mason and James Conroy were prominent for Belmullet. St Paul’s – C Sweeney, 2-3, J Moran, 1-1, N Walsh, 1-1, P Sweeney, 0-4, A Coady, 0-2. Belmullet: C Moran, 1-0, W Doherty, 0-2, S Winters, 0-1, D McManamon, 0-1, J Conroy, 0-1. Referee: Martin Murphy, Ballinrobe.
Tag Rugby
Ballinrobe Rugby Club is inviting men and women to engage in Summer Tag Rugby. The introduction day will take place at the racecourse on Sunday, April 9, at 2.30pm and participants must be over 18 years of age. The membership fee after the introduction day is €40 per person. Please contact one of the following if you are interested in coming along: Dee Burke, 087 8502843, Damien Burke, 0879651471, Phil Herewini, 087-0563406.
Squash
James Barrett is at the top of the squash ladder, following last week’s action in the Lakeside Sport and Fitness Club. Tom Treacy is second, Noel Corbett, third, Peter McCarthy, fourth, and Brian Joyce, fifth.
Soccer League
Six teams are participating in the indoor soccer league for primary school boys in the Lakeside Sport and Fitness Club. The second round will be played on Tuesday, March 28, with the following timetable.
Team A – Seán Óg, St Joseph’s, Ballinrobe, Seán Conroy, Tony Kennedy, The Neale, Barry Golden, Cloonliffen v team E – Evan O’Brien, Cloonliffen, Darragh Leonard, Cong, John Connelly, Clonbur, Liam Warde, St Joseph’s, Daniel Sweeney, do, Kieran O’Malley, The Neale, 4pm.
Team B – Martin Conroy, St Joseph’s, James Quinn, do, Kevin Quinn, do, Jack O’Toole, Cregduff, Alexander Sproll, do, Arron Killeen, The Neale, v Team D – Shane O’Connor, St Joseph’s, Patrick Sweeney, do, Steven Burke, Cregduff, Owen Mullin, Gortjordan, Matthew Mullin, do, 4.30pm.
Team C – Thomas Conroy, St Joseph’s, Jack Langan, do, Ciarán Cameron, do, Ronan O’Reilly, Cregduff, Gary Keane, The Neale, Joseph O’Connor, do v team F – Edward Sweeney, St Joseph’s, Conor O’Hanlon, do, John Costello, do, Paul Keane, The Neale, Conor Ferguson, do David Murphy, St Joseph’s, 5pm.
Tuesday, April 4, Team A v Team C, 4pm, Team B v Team F, 4.30, Team C v E, 5pm.
Players are requested to be present 15 minutes before start of games and non-marking runners must be worn.
Safety on the roads
Safety on the roads was the main focus at last week’s meeting of Ballinrobe Active Retirement Association.
The guest speakers were Noel Gibbons, Safety Officer, Mayo County Council, and Garda Pat Gallagher, Cong, and members found the talks very informative and helpful.
GAA Lotto
There was no winner of last week’s €10,600 Lotto jackpot promoted by Ballinrobe GAA Club. The elusive numbers were 3, 7, 17 and 30, and the €70 winners were Katherine Carrick, Ballinrobe, and John Joe Fahy, Cornmarket. The other prizes were won by Mary Burke, Cavan, €35, Sarah Lynch, Clonakilty, €35, Jim Malone, €15, Joe Burke, €15, John Farragher, €15 and Michael John Naughton.
Bridge
The results of the competition held by Ballinrobe ’84 Bridge Club and sponsored by Patsy Murphy, Cornmarket, and Martin Kavanagh, Convent Road, were: 1. Carmel Costello and Breege Connolly; 2. Siobhan Daly and Frances Burke; 3. Ita Langan and Maureen Feerick; 4. Eileen Comer and Teresa O’Carroll.
ARA Fun Day
Active Retirement Association representatives from many parts of the county attended a Fun Day in the Lakeside Sport and Fitness Club, Ballinrobe, on Wednesday. It was organised by the Mayo Sports Partnership, in association with the Health Services Executive, and the participants derived immense satisfaction from the proceedings.
Pony Camps
Ballyjennings Stables, Ballinrobe, will be running Pony Camps during the Easter break. The camps will cater for children from seven to 17 years, from the beginner to the advanced rider. Beginners will learn to horse ride in a fun environment, while the advanced riders will be able to enhance their riding abilities. They will all improve their knowledge of horses and included in the camp’s schedule will be pony riding, stable management, pony games, treasure hunts and quizzes. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
The Camp will run from Monday, April 10, to Friday, April 14, with a daily schedule from 10am to 2pm. The Day Camp will be held on Thursday, April 20. All equipment will be provided and the weather will not affect activities, as the Camp will be located in the new outdoor arena. Contact Sinéad or Fintan McGrath on 087 9404689 or 087 2951627.
Adult lessons are available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and children’s lessons from Monday to Saturday. Please ring for suitable time. Equestrian supplies for both horse and rider are now available from the tack shop on site.
Indoor soccer
A Skills and Coaching course for boys and girls from primary schools in the area, in indoor soccer, will commence in the Lakeside Sport and Fitness Club, Ballinrobe, on Saturday, March 25. It will last for eight weeks and places have already been filled.


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