B-Fest 2013 in aid of TLC 4CF and CRY Ireland

Vale Star

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Condron's Bar, Ballingarry played host to B-Fest 2013 over the August bank holiday weekend which was a fundraising event held over four days in aid of TLC 4CF and CRY Ireland.

B-Fest kicked off on Friday August 2nd with a fancy dress, 80s disco and cocktail night. Tributes must be paid to all of the brave people who entered into the spirt of the event and went to great lengths in their costume choices. Madonna, Wonder Woman, Suggs from Madness and Baywatch lifeguards made an appearance. A special mention to Marie 'Madonna' Quaid and to Colin 'Suggs' Anderson who both made a huge effort.

On Saturday August 3rd the 'Nuns' gathered at the hall in Ballingarry at 4p.m. Thank you to Jim Moore who transported the 'Nuns' to Knockfierna where the walk/run began. The 5km fun run to the Mustard Seed Ballingarry was indeed just that. All participants started and ended the run in high spirts. A huge thank you to Dan Mullane and his staff at the Mustard Seed Ballingarry for hospitality and refresments. Paul Molloy came home first, closely followed by Shane O'Grady, with Adam Long (age 11) coming in third. A special mention to Grace Mullane, also 11 yers old who arrived at the Mustard Seed in fourth place. 

A sincere thank you to all who participated in the walk and entered into the spirit of the occasion. Also to the many stewards, medical officer Tom O'Shaughnessy and all who helped out on the day.

The afternoon finished with sandwiches in Condron's Bar and music by Banned followed by a Karaoke for the 'Nuns'! A great night was had by all.

On Sunday August 4th it was a hive of activity around Condron's Bar with the family fun day starting at 3.p.m. Thankfully the sun shone for the junior tractor race which kicked off a fun filled day for children and adults alike.

Activities including a go kart race, wife carrying, face painting and kiddies' disco by Giggles the clown and a barbeque. At 8p.m. the sensational 'Brisla' the first band of the night took the stage on the Big Rig at Condron's Bar. They were followed by the headline act Zoo2, Ireland's biggest and best U2 tribute band who undoubtedly provided the highlight of the weekend. Led by Ballingarry's very own Brian 'Bono' Kelly, Zoo 2 rocked Ballingarry late into the night and amazed the huge crowd with their energy and detail in both deliverying U2s greatest hits but also in their uncanny physical likeness to Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jnr.

B-Fest 2013 saw an extra day of activities on bank holiday Monday. The live pig racing attracted a huge crowd of spectators, adults and children alike. A huge thank you to all the pig owners, race sponsors and all who contributed towards the advertisements in the race programme, without you this exciting and different event would not have been possible.

Thank you to Jimmy Chawke who added to the entertainment with his side splitting commentary on each race.

On Monday night the monster raffle took place and the lucky winners of some fabulous prizes were drawn by TLC 4 CF's Liam O'Kelly.

Liam also thanked all those who had done so much to ensure the success of the weekend including the B-Fest committee members, the amazing sponsors, all those who sold lines for the raffle and most of all the people who donated money for the cause over the weekend.

Music by Risky Business drew the weekend to a close. It is estimated that over €12,000 has been raised so far for TLC 4CF and CRY Ireland.


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. .