BALLINASLOE TIDY TOWNS COMMITTEE/BALLINASLOE TOWN COUNCIL

Ballinasloe Tidy Towns Committee and Ballinasloe Town Council invites representatives from all Committees, Groups, Businesses, Schools, Residents Groups and Individuals in the Ballinasloe area to attend an information evening in the Civic Offices on Wednesday, 26th February 2014 at 7.00 p.m.

 

EVENT:              Tidy Towns Information Evening

DATE:                Wednesday, 26th February 2014

TIME:                 7.00 p.m.

VENUE:              Civic Offices, Ballinasloe

 

Two Members of the Westport Tidy Towns Committee will make a presentation regarding their achievements in recent years in the Tidy Towns Competition and to give possible recommendations on what can be done to improve Ballinasloe’s marks in National Tidy Towns Competition in 2014.

We would welcome your attendance on the evening and would ask that you advise others that may be interested in attending:

Event Details:

  • Tea/Coffee & Biscuits
  • Welcome & Introduction by Cllr. C. Grealy, Chairperson of Ballinasloe Tidy Towns Committee
  • Briefing & Presentation from Members of Westport Tidy Towns Committee
  • Questions & answers session

 

Ballinasloe Tidy Towns Committee/Ballinasloe Town Council

 

 Ballinasloe Tidy Towns Committee and Ballinasloe Town Council invites representatives from all Committees, Groups, Businesses, Schools, Residents Groups and Individuals in the Ballinasloe area to attend an information evening in the Civic Offices on Wednesday, 26th February 2014 at 7.00 p.m.

 

EVENT:                Tidy Towns Information Evening

DATE:                  Wednesday, 26th February 2014

TIME:                   7.00 p.m.

VENUE:                Civic Offices, Ballinasloe

 

Two Members of the Westport Tidy Towns Committee will make a presentation regarding their achievements in recent years in the Tidy Towns Competition and to give possible recommendations on what can be done to improve Ballinasloe’s marks in National Tidy Towns Competition in 2014.

We would welcome your attendance on the evening and would ask that you advise others that may be interested in attending:

Event Details:

  • Tea/Coffee & Biscuits
  • Welcome & Introduction by Cllr. C. Grealy, Chairperson of Ballinasloe Tidy Towns Committee
  • Briefing & Presentation from Members of Westport Tidy Towns Committee
  • Questions & answers session

 

Ballinasloe Life Volume 4 Launch

There was a great turnout at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel for the Launch of Volume 4 of Ballinasloe Life Magazine! It was a wonderful night of celebration with Guest Speaker Chris Wade, who spoke about how towns like Ballinasloe can ,make the most of their assets and resources and remain prosperous towns!

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The Links for the presentations are below:

BALLINASLOE LIFE Facebook Insights Presentation

Winning Ways -Chris Wade, AMT Towns Alive 2 Town

Recipes for Success -Chris Wade, AMT 1

launch v 4 presentation

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Town Band Revival

The Town Band, formed in 1878, is one of the oldest institutions in town, and has just reformed. “Every town should have a band. We decided it was time to get it back together,” said Noel Madden. The band stopped in 2002. “These things go through phases. Like anything, hurling or football, interest comes and goes,” said JJ Smith.

“One of the most important things we do is to teach kids. If a child, say, 8 or 9 years old comes to us, by the time they’re 16, they’ll be able to play any instrument, and read music,” said JJ Smith. JJ is part of a family that has had four generations involved in the Town Band. “Kids nearly always keep up the music, even after they stop playing with the town band. They could move away, but they’ll always have that skill.” The skills you learn with the Town Band will definitely stay with you for life. The Town Band has a store of over 50 instruments that people can borrow. As these can be quite expensive, having s large store of musical instruments is a huge bonus. “The instruments belong to the town, so anyone in the town can use them,” said Noel.   

Experience is not a requirement either. Anyone, no matter what age they are or how much experience they have, is welcome to join. The Town Band can teach you how to play, and can easily set up private lessons if you want them. “What we’d encourage is to practice your instrument for maybe 10, or 15 minutes a day at home,” said JJ. Everyone learns at their own speed and the band is more than willing to help people master whatever instruments they want.

At its peak, the band had 52 people marching in the parade on St. Patricks Day in 1984. “It’ll be about a year until we’re ready to do any performances. Our main priority is to get people in, get the classes up and running and start practicing,” said Noel. There are currently no plans in place for getting involved in competitions, or playing private functions. Practice is temporarily in Duanes Archway, but will be moving into the Town Hall Theatre once the new roof is finished. “We would aim to get a practice in once a week, and have it on a certain day every week,” said Noel. “People can come whenever they can, as we realise it might be difficult for people to attend all of them.”

People wishing to join The Town Band can call Nora Flaherty at 0872927563 or Joe Duane at 0879969812, or e-mail Joe at duanejoe@gmail.com.    

Ballinasloe Town A.F.C Win Major National Award

Ballinasloe town A.F.C. Soccer club were crowned “Local Sports Club of the year” at the prestigious national LAMA 2014 community and council awards last Saturday in the crown Plaza hotel in Dublin. 
 
Ballinasloe had qualified recently for the final seven and on the night beat off stiff opposition from Castlebar Tennis club and Connacht Regional centre, Geesala Boxing club, Killkenny aqua canoe club, Marlins swimming club-Ballyshannon, Lucan Sarsfields GAA club and ST. Josephs Gaelic football club.
 
Some 450 guests attended the awards which were hosted by RTE personality Miriam O Callaghan. CLuB chairperson Noel lyons and club development coordinator Johnny Walsh accepted the award on behalf of the club.
 
This national award was won by the club in recognition of the tremendous work undertaken in the provison of club facilities, the extensive youth policy wnning of the Connacht junior cup and qualifiying for the last eight of the FAI junior cup  an also for the future development plan which is the construction of additional dressing rooms.
 
Club development coordinator Johnny Walsh stated that this national award is a tremendous honour for the club and is a fitting reward for committee member past and present who have all contributed to making Ballinasloe town AFC the club it is today.