GELS Community Remembrance Walk

On Sunday November 2nd 2014 Galway East Life Support (GELS) will be hosting a community commemorative walk In memory of all those that we have lost.

We are going to honour the lives of all those we have lost over the years by having a memorial walk around Ballinasloe, where we can all meet up, go for a nice short walk, approx. 25 minutes, and talk in memory of our loved ones.  This is an open invitation event for the community and we will encourage everybody to join us…. Young and old, individuals, couples and families

The day will consist of registration taking place in Gullanes Hotel from 1pm onwards. At 2pm we will have a candle lighting ceremony and at 2:20pm the walk will commence. This will be a short walk around Ballinasloe and will take about 25 minutes to complete. The walk will finish at Gullanes Hotel where we will have our closing ceremony followed by light refreshments (Tea and Coffee).

There is a Registration fee of €5 with all proceeds going to, the charitable bereavement group, The Bethany Group. The Bethany Group deal with bereavement across the parish, offering comfort and support in a number of ways such as one to one meeting, group session and home visits.

So come along and bring your family, friends and neighbours to walk and talk, and In November, WE Remember those that we miss.

We would strongly advise people who wish to attend to be wary of the weather conditions and ensure that they dress accordingly

If you have any questions/queries please contact:

GELS: 085 123 7878 or

Email: eastgalwaylife@gmail.comIn November Poster

Senator & Minister Encourages Irish Festivals & Cultural Events to Seek EU Label.

Irish Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys and Senator Michael Mullins welcomes Irish Festivals and Events to apply for a New European Festival Label. “This is a unique pilot project to promote the wonderful arts and cultural events that we have in abundance, to a wider European audience through the support of the Commission and I hope we can get as many to apply, I warmly congratulate A.O.I.F.E. on being a National Hub for the project.”


At the launch in Dublin this week local Senator Michael Mullins stated how important it was that the Ballinasloe based Network is recognised as an important partner in delivering European projects for the Irish Cultural and Festivals Scene.  “AOIFE since it set up it/s secretariat in town in 2003 has done a huge amount of work in supporting the good work of countless of communities who produce festivals and events. It is great to see them getting some recognition from the highest level in Europe.”

The new EFFE Festival Label is a quality label offering international recognition for the work of festivals and providing better access to their information for their peers and public. The festival label and award are a form of branding that encourages more people to know about and take part in festivals.

A.O.I.F.E The Association of Irish Festivals and Events is promoting the application process to it’s huge sector membership and the events calendar North and South in a bid to get as many Irish Festivals and Events included as part of the €1.4 million promotional campaign – in Experts across Europe will assess applications to determine if festivals meet the three criteria – artistic commitment, involvement in their local communities and a European and global outlook. In addition to the label, an international jury will give awards to the most trend-setting festivals. The International Festival Jury will be composed of high-level and diverse jurors representing key stakeholders in the festival industry.

Jury members will be announced in December 2014. All festivals from the 28 EU Member States are eligible to apply for the label and invited to explain how they fulfil the aforementioned criteria. The label recipients and award winners benefit from increased visibility, new networking opportunities, further involvement of festivals in the artistic community, and recognition for their outstanding values. The Festival Guide, both in book and online formats, featuring festival details, articles, and facts and figures will be launched at the Festival Gala in autumn 2015.

EFFE believes it is an important advantage for Europe’s festivals to be recognised by their peers and the European Union for their outstanding artistic quality and community involvement. The platform invites artists, directors, managers and audiences worldwide to discover Europe’s very best, most creative festivals in a festival journey through Europe’s diversity.

“For members there is no fee but for a modest outlay – much less than any advertising space they would pay for around cities or in publications, Festivals and arts Events can be included in an interactive multi-platform guide to festivals across Europe, increasing their reach to global audiences and other festivals alike,” stated Colm Croffy Executive Director of AOIFE .

Festivals and events can apply direct online or they can contact – 00 353 909643779 for further details.

The activities foreseen in the work programme of the EFFE platform include, amongst others

• European Festival Label: granted to as many festivals as possible based on a number of criteria elaborated by the EFFE platform.


• European Festival Award: given to a selected number of festivals who match a number of criteria set by the EFFA platform.

• Biennial European Festival Award Gala: presents Award winners, Label recipients announced, launch of European Festival Guide.

• European Festival Guide: publication in online/offline formats to promote labelled/awarded festivals.

• Media Campaign: a comprehensive, international communication plan that covers all project phases.

• Outreach Programme: promotes and reflects on award winning practices and includes a research project deepening, monitoring and evaluating the process and impact of EFFE.

• Local Contact Points (LCPs) all over Europe and an International Festivals Jury of eminent arts/culture/business/political leaders will be established to steer the selection process of festivals. The extensive network of EFA will ensure its reach to the national level and multiply the results.

Sports Round Up

The Rugby team produced an epic performance when they got back in action after a weeks break in the league. They defeated table toppers and favourites, Corinthians, at Graigueawoneen by 10 points. Their down time stood them well and it was a rejuvenated side that took the field for this fourth round league tie. Their form in the opening three rounds had been patchy and their performances were inconsistent but on Sunday they looked the real deal when inflicting Corinthians first league defeat of the season on them.

(BALLINASLOE: A.Mannion, C.Gormley, C.Johnston, R.Cullinan, Cian Loughrey, K.O’Neill, Conor Loughrey, J.J.Carey, A.O’Hara, T.Dolan, H.Reynolds, M.Harrigan, A.Loughrey, K.Gavin, R.Wakefield. Replacements, G.Donnellan, E.Freyne, A.McGrath, R.Keller, D.Freeman. Referee: Dave Connolly, CBIRFU)

Meanwhile the Rugby U14s performed well to defeat Buccaneers 21points to no score in their first round league game in Athlone on Sunday. This squad has been showing good form this season with big wins in friendlies over Old Crescent and Tullamore. Scorers on Sunday: S.Horkan, L.Corbett, J.Carry (one try each), C.Treacy(2 cons), S.Jennings(1 con). However the U16s lost out to Galweigans by 24 points to 5 in their league fixture. However, the final scoreline did not reflect the team’s brave effort. Dylan McDonagh scored the team’s only try.

Ballinasloe U14 ladies football have qualified for the County Division 1B final after defeating St Gabriels on Friday last under lights by 6:5 to 0:5.  They will now meet St Brendans Ballygar in the final on a date yet to be fixed

In other news young camogie and ladies football stars from the Ahascragh/Caltra parish claimed silverware lately. Caltra Cuans u10s defeated teams from Claregalway, Kilkerrin/Clonberne, Tuam, Cortoon and Naomh Mhuire to win the County Shield Final in Annaghdown last Saturday.

Caltra Cuans U10 shield winners

Team was Back row l-r Orla Keane,Maryanne Jordan, Kate Mockler,Shannon Lawlor,Hannah Lawlor,Ciara Kilgannon,Anna Donoghue.

Front Row Ava Higgins,Annabelle Kelly,Sarah Glynn,Katie Delaney,Leah Kellly , Molly Mulryan and Emer Fleming.

Also in the picture is Neil Kelly there manager.

Meanwhile the Ahascragh Caltra Camogie Girls were victorious in the U13 B North Board Cup Final.
They defeated neighbours Skehanalast Saturday in Fohenagh Pitch.


Front row L-R – Eimear mc Grath, Sinead Keane, Nicole Moclair, Katie Flaherty, Laana Buchan, Emma Mocklair, Roisin Kelly, Emma Bartel, Kate Hogan, Amy Kelly, Emma Finnerty, Ashling Tyrell.

Back Row L-R – Noel Higgins, Ali Glynn, Ciara Murray, Ita Murray, Megan Higgins, Lauren Moclair, Sarah Mc Donald, Katie Fitzgerald, Fiona Fleming, Eimear Keane, Rachel O’Connor, Laoise Kirwin, Marie Mc Grath, Maria Madden, Kara Higgins, Emma Mc Keogh.

Ballinasloe Camogie

A “Human Foosball Tournament” was recently held in Maud Millar pub in aid of Cumann Camógaíochta Beal Atha Na Slua.A great night was had with a raffle, a BBQ and music featuring on the night. 6 teams entered the tournament with the Gardai winning the tournament out in the end.

Ballinasloe Camogie would like to thank everyone who helped make this night possible-Maud Millars, the teams that took part in the tournament, the local Businesses who sponsored prizes for the raffle- The King Fisher,Brian Brennan- Personal Trainer, Eilis Ryan- Solid Fitness, Valeries of Aughrim, The Bread Basket, Treatments By Harriet & Moycarn.


Ten of the up and coming the towns camogie stars had the honour of playing at the half time of the All Ireland Semi Final between Galway and Kilkenny in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.  The girls had a great day out and managed to secure a victory against a tough Kilkenny side from Carrigshock.

Back Row L to R:  Maeve Casey, Clíodhna Ní hAnnluain, Emma Kane, Roisin Coleman, Emma Brody
Front Row L to R: Eilish Kerr, Roisin Fahy, Amy Leonard, Rachel Cawley, Emily Riddle.

U10 North Board League Shield Winners

The Ballinasloe U10’s faced off against Skehana in the North Board League Shield Final on the 6th September in the Duggan Park.  The first half was tense and action packed. Emily Riddle (C) opened the scoreline with a goal from a free, Skehana followed up with a goal of their own also from a free.  Caoimhe Ní Thuairisg scored a goal from play to leave the Ballinasloe side leading by one goal at half time.  The second half saw Skehana fight back with a goal early on to bring the sides level, but Ballinasloe responded instantly with another goal by Caoimhe Ní Thuairisg to put Ballinasloe in front once again.  Ballinasloe went on to score two more goals to close the scoreline at 5-0 to 2-0.

Related picture attached: u10 shield winners

Back Row L TO R: Aimee Egan, Clíodhna Ní hAnnluain; Eilish Kerr, Caoimhe Ní Thuairisg, Emma Keane, Shauna Mitchell, Emma Mitchell.
Front Row L TO R: Maeve Casey, Ava McKeown, Maria Dolan, Emily Riddle (C), Roisin Coleman, Amy Leonard, Molly Neasans, Ellen Curran.

The Junior Team were in hard luck this year loosing out at Semi-Final stage in both league and championship. This junior panel was one of the strongest they had in a long time. They had a good run in the championship winning 6 out of their 7 round matches. Ballinasloe, Craughwell and Clarinbridge all ended up with the same amount of points at the end of the championship. Ballinasloe got drawn against Clarinbridge in the Semi Final whom they lost by 4 points. 1-14 to 1-10. We will regroup again in Janurary.

The team would like to take this opportunity to thank our backroom team made up of Noel Gavin, Adrain Feehily, Niall Kelly, Kevin Hardiman and Darren Kelly. Thanks for everything guys. Thanks to all the girls who put in such a huge effort since last Janurary; and finally Thanks to our Sponsor Mike O’ Brien of Maud Millars for everything this year.

Anyone interested in joining the Junior Team for next year or are interested in coming out of retirement please contact Aisling on 0857539176.

There will be open training sessions on Wednesday nights beginning Wed 15th October at 6.30 for 6 weeks for next years U10s and U12s (ages 8 to 11) for everyone that wants to get involved. The training will be held at Ard Scoil Mhuire’s large fully equipped sports facility.Plenty of fun and craic to be had with expert coaching. Ideal exercise to keep kids fit and healthy over the winter months. Hurls and helmets will be provided if they don’t have their own. Beginners welcome. For more information contact Ruairi on 0871314423.

Irish Livestock Winter Fair

The Irish Winter Fair will be holding a brand new national ‘Smithfield’ style show & sale in Ballinasloe Mart on the October Bank Holiday Weekend 26th & 27th October 2014. This unique event to the Irish Livestock scene will host 50 Commercial Cattle Classes, 37 Sheep Classes and 10 Dairy Classes.

There will also be a large amount of Trade Stands in attendance and plenty of family entertainment over both days. The town is in a fantastic location to hold such an event as it is relatively easily accessible from all parts of the country, it is the heart of beef and sheep country and the mart its self is an ideal facility for such an event as it has all the back up of a modern sales yard, it has export facilities, it has easy access to the motorway and abundant parking facilities.

This event will be very well advertised in papers in Ireland and the UK and on Local Radio slots during farming programs.
The Irish Livestock Winter Fair will be an annual event it is anticipated that 10,000 plus will be the attendance over the 2 days.

This kind of event has never been held in Ireland before as it incorporates Commercial Cattle, Dairy Cattle and sheep in a show and sale format and there is an unmet demand for this kind of event. The event will finish with a Dinner Dance in the Carlton Shearwater hotel on Sunday 26th of October with Robert Mizzell performing on the night.For inquiries regarding accommodation click here. For further information please contact