After Dark at the B-Fest in Ballingarry

Limerick Post

Saturday 10 August 2013

The August Bank holiday weekend saw the return of the much loved B-Fest at Condron's BAr in Ballingarry, Co. Limerick. A huge 'well done' to everyone involved with orgnaising the unique annual event which is not for profit and this year raised funds for two fantstic charities, TLC4CF and CRY.

TLC4CF is a regional branch of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland, founded by friends and families of people suffering with Cystic Fibrosis in Tipperary, Limerick and Clare. The group is dedicated to improving servies for people with Cystic Fibrosis living in the Mid West.

CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) was founded in Ireland in March 2002 by parents who had experienced the effects of sudden and unexplained death within their famlies. They strive to raise awareness of cardiac risk in the young and provide counselling and support to families affected. They also rely on funding to help support a National Screening Centre where families and individuals at risk can be evaluated.

This weekend long festival was a great success from start to finish, with so many highlights it's hard to pick out just one. On Friday night the residents of Ballingarry got tinto the spirit of things, donning their favourite '80s' looks with a Fancy Dress '80s Disco' kicking things off.

This was followed by more dressing up with the hilarious 'Nuns on the Run' event in conjunction with 'The Gathering' on Saturday which ended with plenty of Craic & Ceoil agus ol.

Other highlights included a BBQ and ice-cream van, face painting and activities for the kids, Pig Racing, live music, Go Kart racing, a Monster draw and wife-carrying of all things!

The After Dark team paid a visit on Sunday night for the main event as Ireland's official U2 tribute Band Zoo 2 took the 'Big Rig' outside Condron's much to the delight of the waiting crwod and this was followed by Trad rock show BRISLA.

This year's nominated charities TLC4CF and CRY will now benefit from the funds raised over a fantstic weekend of entertainment at B-Fest.


B Fest is Back

Weekly Observer

Wednesday 24 July 2013

Ballingarry will see the return of B-Fest this August Bank Holiday weekend with lots of entertianment for all the family. B-Fest is a non-profit event in aid of two meaningful charities TLC4CF and Cry Ireland. The event in itself came to fruition in 2012 proving a huge success to all concerned, so much so that we are hosting the 2013 schedule on the August Bank Holiday weekend in aid of two deserving causes.

TLC4CF was founded by friends and families of people of people suffering with Cystic Fibrosis in Tipperary, Limerick and Clare. They are a regional branch of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland, dedicated to improving services for people with cystic fibrosis living in the mid west. CRY- Cardiac Risk in the Young - So Young - So Fit - So Active - So Sudden. CRY in Ireland was founded in March 2002 by parents who had experienced the effects of sudden and unexplained death within their families. CRY is a self supporting registered charity, CRY receives no Government funding of any kind and is therefore dependent on help to; raise awareness of cardiac risk in the young through media campaigns and public information meetings, support a national screening centre where famlies and individuals at risk can be evaluated and provide counselling and support to families affected.

Calling all former students of the Convent of Mercy, Ballingarry! On Saturday we will be holding a fun run/walk with a difference. We are inviting people to run/walk from Knockfierna to the former convent in Ballingarry. The Mustard Seed Registration for the event will take place on Thursday July 25th in the hall, Ballingarry between 8pm and 10pm. €20 to register for the walk and for the nun's outfit sizes available are S, M and L. Sponsorship cards wil also be available for anyone who wishes to gather sponsorship for TLC4CF and CRY Ireland. If you come with your own outfit registration is €10. Participants will be transported from the hall in Ballingarry to Knockfierna on the day and the run/walk will begin from there. We will finish at the Mustard Seed where Dan Mullane and his staff will provide refresments for the participants.

We are lucky to have secured the support of the  U2 tribute bankd: Zoo 2 for a secnd year running. Last year they performed on the rooftop of Condron's Bar, this year they will perform on the Big Rig and are being supported by the trad rock band Brisla. They will take to the stage at 8pm Suunday and also see the return of the Junior Tractor Race and a new Go Kart Race for the younger populations. We are also holding a wife carrying competition.

There will be lots of fun activities for the family including face painting, an ice cream van and BBQ. The day will start at 3pm. Bank Holiday Monday August 5th will provide for something exceptionally different by different we mean extraordinary, Live Pig Racing. It's whereby Teddy Bears" are attached to the pig's backs and released from their respective traps. This is truly an experience not to be missed. Pigs can be purchased for €20, give your pig a name and a jockey and be in with a chance to win €70 for first place and €20 for second.

A BBQ will also be  held during this event. Entry to the bands, family entertainment and the pig racing on Bank Holdiay Monday will be by wristband only. 

Wristbands are on sale in local shops for €5. A monster draw with prizes galore on Monday evening, lines for the draw will be on sale over the weekend. An auction will take place directly after the monster draw for the Limerick Captain Don O'Grady's signed framed jersey. If you are intrested in bidding for this and wish to make a bid prior to the auction you can PM (private message) on BFEST @ Condron's Bar Facebook page with your offer or phone 086 8163358.

Your support will be very much appreciated for these two worthy charities.



Jersey auction to aid Cry

Kildare Nationalist

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Jersey auction to aid Cry

Betty Malone is relentless in her work for Cry, (Cardiac Risk in the Young), a charity that is close to her heart. In March 2010 Betty lost her 21 year old grandson Johnny to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. Johnny died at Betty’s home in Shindella, Rathangan.

Since then Betty has thrown herself into raising funds for CRY which carries out health screening to try and identify those who may be at risk.

Betty’s latest fundraiser is an auction of a framed, autographed, Kildare jersey which she hopes will raise substantial funds. The jersey, which is one of the last Tegral sponsored jerseys is autographed by Johnny Doyle and the rest of the team and was framed by the prisoners in the Industrial Skills Workshop at Wheatfield Prison.

“Johnny’s the first name on the jersey. It could be his last year,” said Betty pointing out that this may make the jersey even more valuable.

Betty points out that the jersey would particularly suit display in a clubhouse or business premises.

The jersey was donated by Rita Cannon of Early’s Fashion Shop and Noeleen Kelly got it framed.  Betty also wanted to say thanks to Alan, Kay and Phyllis Doyle who organised for the jersey to be signed.

Anyone interested in putting a bid on the jersey can ring Betty on 045 525094 and leave a message.  Bidding closes on 26 July. The phone number for Cry is 01 4525482 or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Bill will help save more lives, says IHF

Meath Chronicle

Saturday 29th June 2013

The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) has welcomed unanimous Seanad support for a new Private Members Bill that will help to save more lives from sudden cardiac death.

The Bill wil require premises with high public footfall to install and maintain automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for public use and provide training to persons on the premises. The new Public Health (Availability of Defibrillators) Bill 2013 is sponsored by Independent Senator Fergal Quinn.

According to the national charity fighting heart disease and stroke, about 5,000 people die from sudden cardiac death in Ireland annually and, of these deaths, seven out of 10 happen outside of hospital and often in the presence of a bystander.

CPR training is a major priority for the Irish Heart Foundation which oversees the largest certified resuscitation training programme in Ireland, training 60,000 people each year by some 2,000 instructors at 190 affiliated training sites.

Founded in 1995, the IHF resuscitation programme has helped to produce a survival rate of 6.5 per cent when resuscitation is attempted.  The latest available research from Ireland's National Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Register showed that 133 lives were saved out of 2,033 patients for whom data was available, over a four year period to the end of 2011.

Chris Macey, head of advocacy with the Irish Heart Foundation, said: "We believe that legislating to provide more automated external defibrillators (AEDs) is a vital pre-requisite to increasing the life-saving role of bystander CPR.  But this can only be maximised with proper regulation to ensure adequate ongoing training in CPR and how to use an AED is provided as well." International comparisons showed that higher survival rates can be achieved, particuarly when the equipment and training are in place to ensure early recognition, early CPR and early defibrillation.