Volume. 4 Issue 6: February-March ’15 of ‘Ballinasloe Life’ Magazine is now available!


The sixth issue of Volume 4 of the ‘BALLINASLOE LIFE’ magazine is now available. It is published to promote Ballinasloe and its environs, highlighting what is happening in the locality and the amenities it has to offer. This is a FREE 48 page glossy magazine that is distributed to every household and business in Ballinasloe town and to various locations within a 10 mile radius of the town. The current edition is the February-March 2015 publication and each edition will be bi-monthly thereafter.

Follow the link below to view the newest edition of Life Magazine!


More Jobs in the Area


Indeed.com is a great up-to-date website that allows you to apply for jobs instantly. All you have to do is upload your CV.

Here are some current vacancies in the area:

Car Valeter

Cleaner P/T

Service Receptionist


Assistant Director of Nursing

Accounts Assistant

Care Assistant (CE Scheme)

Deli Staff (Full Time)

Connacht Minor & Secondary School Swimming Championships.

The Connacht Minor School Swimming Championship was held on Saturday January 3rd. 14 very talented young swimmers from Ballinasloe Swimming Club represented 7 National Schools including; Creagh NS, Scoil UI Cheithearnaigh, Kiltormer NS, Menlough NS, Attyrory NS, Duniry NS &  Portumna NS.

This years competitors and results:

Kayla McKeon (Creagh NS) competed in the U9 Girls 50m Freestyle & Backstroke and did very well in her first major gala. She received PB’s in both & she knocked nearly 6 1/2 seconds off her Backstroke. She was just 1.34 seconds off the National Minor Schools’ qualifying time in the Backstroke but she will be U9 again next year and I’m sure all going well she will qualify in both.

Gearóid Markham (Kiltormer NS) competed in the U9 Boys Freestyle & Breaststroke. This was his very first gala and he did very well on the day. Well done Gearóid.

Ava McKeon (Creagh NS) put in a fantastic performance in the U10 Girls 50m Freestyle & Butterfly. She won the Gold in the Freestyle with an impressive time of 36.01 in a very close and exciting heat. She also had the fastest time in the Butterfly with the spectacular time of 40.29. However, despite being over 7 seconds ahead of the next swimmer, she was disqualified over something minor, (she moved her arms but not her feet while on the starting blocks before the starting buzzer). This disqualification will prevent her from competing in the Butterfly in the Nationals but we are appealing this decision as we feel it is unnecessarily harsh.

Tani McCormack (Menlough NS) performed well in the U10 Girls Freestyle & Breaststroke despite recovering from a chest infection. She received a PB in the Breaststroke knocking nearly 2 seconds off her previous time. Good job Tani.

Tara McKeon and Ruth Dolan (Creagh NS) both swam exceptionally well in the U11 Girls 50m Freestyle; Tara came 2nd & won a Silver medal with a great time of 34.43 while Ruth came 3rd & got the Bronze with a great time of 34.59. Ruth also received a Bronze medal in the U11 Girls Backstroke after another splendid performance with a fast time of 41.42. Tara put in another impressive performance in the U11 Girls 50m Butterfly coming in 4th position with a brilliant time of 40.82 (despite dealing with a chest infection in the days preceding the gala).

Caoimhe Kennedy (representing Scoil Uí Cheithearnaigh) put in two marvellous swims in the U11 Girls Freestyle & Breaststroke. She knocked over 5 seconds off her previous PB in the Freestyle and was just 1.78 seconds off the National Minor Schools qualifying record. She also got a PB in her Breaststroke where she improved her time by nearly 4 1/2 seconds. Well done Caoimhe.

Adam McGreal and James Mooney (Creagh NS) both had a marvelous performance in the U11 Boys Freestyle. Adam came 3rd with a splendid time of 34.52 winning the Bronze while James came in 4th position with a great time of 34.80. James had a brilliant swim the U11 Boys 50m Breaststroke; he came in 2nd position & got a Silver medal with a fantastic time of 45.32. Adam once again swam well in the U11 Boys Backstroke where he made the qualifying time for the Nationals.

Conor Harley (Attyory NS) keeps leaping from strength to strength. He had 2 strong swims in the U11 Boys Individual Medley (4 strokes) & the Breaststroke. He was just over 3 1/2 seconds off the National Minor Schools qualifying time in the IM & he also got a PB in his Breaststroke.Alisha Larkin (Duniry NS) put in a fine performance in both the U12 Girls Freestyle & Breaststroke despite just returning to swimming recently after being out for months after surgery on her toe. She narrowly missed the qualifying time for the National Schools in both strokes by just 2 seconds.

Caoimhe Conroy (Portumna NS) had two fantastic swims at her very first gala. She swam in the U12 Girls Freestyle & Breaststroke & got PB’s in both, she knocked 5 seconds off her Freestyle & nearly 9 seconds off her Breaststroke time. Well done Caoimhe.

Erin Kilkenny (Kiltormer NS) also swam exceptionally well in her first gala. She competed in the U12 Girls Freestyle & Backstroke. She also got PB’s in both knocking an incredible 12 1/2 seconds off her Freestyle & 6 1/2 seconds off her Backstroke. Good job Erin.

Alison Markham (Kiltormer NS) also swam in her first gala. She got PB’s in both the U12 Girls Freestyle & Backstroke. She knocked an astonishing 14 seconds off her Freestyle time & 3 1/2 seconds off her Backstroke. Fantastic Job Alison.

U12 Girls Medley & Freestyle Relays

Tara McKeon, Ruth Dolan, Ava McKeon & Ailbhe Hanrahanall put in an outstanding collective performance in the U12 Girls Medley (four strokes) & Freestyle Relays. They came in 4th position in both. The Freestyle relay was particularly exciting with the girls missing out on a Bronze medal by just 2 seconds. These four girls won Gold in the U10 relay at this event last year, they are all U12 again next year and will be in a strong position to fight for the Gold once again.

U12 Boys Medlay & Freestyle Relays

Adam McGreal, James Mooney, Conor Hogan & Luke Galvin all put in a fine performance in the U12 Boys Medley & Freestyle Relays. The boys came 5th in the Medley Relay & 6th in the Freestyle Relay. They will also be under 12 again next year and will be in a stronger position to fight for a Connacht medal like they received in the U10 Relay event last year.

Best of luck to the following who now go on to represent Creagh school at the National Minor School Championshio which will be held in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on February 8th.

Ava McKeon U10 Freestyle (and hopefully Butterfly)
Ruth Dolan U11 Freestyle & Backstroke
Tara McKeon U11 Freestyle & Butterfly
Adam McGreal U11 Freestyle & Backstroke
James Mooney U11 Freestyle & Breaststroke

Well done to everyone from Ballinasloe Swimming Club who competed especially those who are relatively new to swimming, you should all be very proud of yourselves.

Some of the swimmers from Ballinasloe Swimming Club who participated in the Connacht Minor School Swimming Championship.
Back Row L-R: Head Coack Kayo Tara McKeon, James Mooney, Luke Galvin, Conor Harley, Conor Hogan, Coach Cahal King.
Front Row: Ailbhe Hanrahan, Kayla McKeon, Ruth Dolan, Ava McKeon, Tani McCormack.
The Connacht Secondary Schools Swimming Championship took place in Longford on Sunday January 4th.Rowan Harley who is relatively new to the club represented Garbally College in the U13 100m Freestyle. He put in a very good performance and knocked a fantastic12 seconds off his previous best time to get a new PB. Good job Rowan.

Our other entry was Ethan Moran who represented St Raphael’s, Loughrea. Ethan has really committed himself to swimming this year and never misses a training session. Ethan had 2 fantastic swims in the U15 100m Freestyle & Backstroke. His hard work is definitely paying off as he knocked an incredible 9 seconds of his Freestyle with a time of 1.05.10 which qualifies him for the Irish Division 2 championships later in the season. He knocked a whopping 10 seconds off his Backstroke with a very respectable time of 1.19.94. Well done Ethan!

swim 4This second photograph shows two swimmers from Ballinasloe Swimming Club who swam in the Connacht Secondary Schools Swimming Championship which took place in Longford on Sunday January 4th.

L-R. Head Coach Kayo Jagielski, Ethan Moran, Rowan Harley, Coach Cahal King

More success in National Cross Country Performances.

The National Even Age Cross Country Championships were held in Dundalk on Nov 23rd. Conor Harley & Shane Fitzpatrick both ran up an age to compete in the U12 boys 2000m.  Both boys put in a splendid performance & were in the top 10 home from Connacht.  Connacht came in 2nd place behind Munster and ahead of Leinster, Ulster & Dublin City. This means that both Conor & Shane got a National Provincial Silver medal. This is a tremendous success at National Level but for the boys to receive this out of age is even more spectacular. Well done to both of you.
James Burke ran in the U14 boys where he had a strong run, he was the 3rd runner home from Galway County. Well done James.

Brian Burke ran in the U16 boys at this event & he had a superb run coming in 37th place & he was the 4th runner home from Connacht, unfortunately they didn’t feature in the medals. Well done Brain.

These 4 athletes Ballinasloe & District Club proud, we look forward to seeing your continued success in the future.

National Novice and Juvenile Uneven Age Cross Country Championships.
The National Novice and Juvenile Uneven Age Cross Country Championships was held in a bitter cold day on very wet & muddy grounds in Santry on Sunday Dec 7th. Ballinasloe & District Club members put in outstanding performances. They were representing both their County & Province.

Ava McKeon who was U10 ran up an age to compete in the U11 girls 1500m. Ava put in another magnificent performance after previously winning the Connacht Championships. She had a fantastic start pushing ahead of most of the 159 runners in the race and managed to maintain around 8th/9th position for most of it. She crossed the finish line in 14th position just outside of the first 12 who received individual medals. She received a National Bronze Provincial medal as she was among the first six home from Connacht. The Connacht girls finished behind Munster & Leinster but ahead of Ulster & Dublin City. Ava was the 3rd runner home from Connacht and the 1st from Galway. This was a marvellous result for anyone at National level as the standard is incredibly strong but to do so out of age is truly remarkable. All going well she’ll be back in the same race next year both bigger & stronger.

Next up representing Ballinasloe & District Athletic Club in the U11 boys 1500m were Shane Fitzpatrick & Conor Harley. Both boys as usual ran a fantastic race. They both got off to a great start to get out ahead of the majority of the 174 runners in the race. They both kept up a strong pace throughout the race with Conor crossing the finish line in 24th position and Shane in 35th. They were both in the top 3 home from Galway and in the top 7 from Connacht. Well done to both of them this is a fantastic result at National level.

Brian Burke ran up an age to compete in the U17 boys 5000m. Brian as usual put in another incredibly strong performance staying in with the leading pack throughout most of the race. He was the 3rd home from the Connacht team.

Ballinasloe & District Athletic Club would like to congratulate all 4 of them for doing their club proud on the National stage. A special thank you to their coaches Anne Burke, Enda Jennings, Anne Fitzpatrick and Paula Harley for all their time and dedication.

Winners’ Pictures for The Singing Pubs Awards – October Fair, 2014.

Here are some pictures taken of the Singing Pubs Awards, held in The Dunlo Tavern Ballinasloe during the October Fair, 2014.


This picture shows Greg Blackwell, the competition organiser presenting the award for Best Female Artist to Michelle Flynn for the Birchgrove Pub.

Sing 2

The Award for Best Male Artist went to Robin Newton for An Táin.

Sing 3

Stephen Boyle accepted the award for Best Entertainers on behalf of the Gagan Pagans for the Pillar House.

Sing 4

This year’s Best Overall Pub Award was awarded to Damien Clarke of The Dunlo Tavern on Dunlo Street.

Sing 5

A group photograph that captures the winners and some of those involved in the event.


Left to Right:
 Kevin Murray, Ballinasloe Fair and Festival, Johnny Johnston, (Singer), Ray Collins, Judge for Singing Pubs Competition, Brendan Gilligan, (Musician), Steven Boyle (Award winner) for Best Entertainers, Damian Clarke, Award Winner for Best Overall Pub, Melissa Flynn, Best Female Artist, Alan Colohan, (Musician), Robin Newton, Best Male Artist, Frances Leahy, Ballinasloe Musical Society, Greg Blackwell, Ballinasloe Musical Society, Kevin Cunniffe, (Seanós Dancer).

Ballinasloe wins big at Galway County Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Galway Indoor Track & Field Championship was held in AIT on Sunday January 18th.  Ballinasloe & District Athletic Club athletes performed splendidly on the day bringing home a fantastic haul of 20 medals.
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U10 Girls

Kayla McKeon had a marvellous sprint in the 60m coming in 1st place to bring home the Gold with a time of 10.12. She put in another great run in the 400m coming in 4th place & missing out on the Bronze medal by just .18 seconds. Aoibheann Fitzpatrick had an impressive run in the 60m coming in 4th place & missing out on the Bronze medal by just .02 seconds. She had a brilliant run in the 400m coming in 2nd place. Clodagh Kileen, Sinead Daly & Leah Clarke all had great runs both in the 60m & 400m with the girls finishing in 7th, 9th & 11th position respectively in the 400. Ashlinn Arru put in a good performance in the 60m.

U10 Boys
Niall Jennings & Fionn Ryan both put in strong performances in the 60m & 400m.

U11 Girls
Ava McKeon had 2 magnificent runs winning Gold in the 60m with a fantastic time of 9.46 & also got Gold in the 600m where she was over 8 seconds ahead of the silver medal winner. Mya Kelly & Roisin Grealy both ran very well in the 60m.

U11 Boys
Eoin Connell & Mark Kilkenny both had a good run in the 60m . Mark Kilkenny had a great run in the 600m coming in 8th place.

U12 Girls
Emma & Shauna Mitchell both ran very well in the 60m & 600m with Emma coming in 8th place in the 60m & 9th in the 600.

U12 Boys 60m
Shane Fitzpatrick won Gold in the 60m with an outstanding time of 8.98 seconds. Charlie Naughton had a brilliant run coming in 3rd place to bring home the Bronze. Conor Harley had a super sprint coming in 6th place. Joseph Tierney, Adam McGreal & Cahal Daly all had great sprints.

U12 Boys 600m
Conor Harley & Shane Fitzpatrick both put in a fantastic performance in the 600 but unfortunately there was a mix up on the day with their heat & both boys ended up running 800m instead of the correct 600m. With the mix up the boys ended up in 4th & 5th position but they will both go forward to the Connacht Championships to fight for their usual place on the podium. Adam McGreal who is new to athletics put in an impressive performance in the 600m with a great time coming in 7th position.

U14 Boys
Tom Fitzpatrick had a splendid run in the 800m coming in 5th position.

U15 Boys
Rowan Harley had 2 good runs finishing in 9th place in the 60m & 7th in the 1500m.


U10 Girls
Kayla McKeon,ClodaghKileen, Leah Clarke, Sinead Daly &AshlinnArru got the Gold. These talented young runners have a promising future.U11 Girls
Roisin Grealy, Aoibheann Fitzpatrick, Mya Kelly & Ava McKeon all ran well coming in 4th position.U11 Boys
Mark Kilkenny, Eoin Connell, Niall Jennings & Fionn Ryann all had a good run coming in 5th positionU12 Girls
Shauna & Emma Mitchaell, Mya Kelly, Ava McKeon & Roisin Grealy did themselves proud coming in 2nd place.

U12 Boys
Conor Harley, Adam McGreal, Shane Fitzpatrick & Charlie Naughton had a magnificent run coming in 1st place & brining home the Gold.

Joseph Tierney, Cahal Daly, Mark Kilkenny & Eoin Connell all ran well coming in 7th place.

Ballinalsoe & District Athletic Club would like to congratulate all these young runners on their great performances. They all did themselves & their club proud. Best of luck to those in the U12 & over who will now go on to perform in the Indoor Connacht Championship which will be held in AIT over 2 days on Feb 28th & March 1st.

Back Row L-R – Eoin Connell, Conor Harley, Shane Fitzpatrick, Rowan Harley, Adam McGreal, Niall Jennings, Adam Coyne, Conor O’Connor, Ryan O’Connor, Ronan O’ Grady, Conor O’Grady, Fionn Ryan, Darragh Colleran, Aoibheann Fitzpatrick

Middle Row – Niamh Kelly, Rita Ward, Ciara Ward, Cahal Daly, Charlie Naughton, Tom Fitzpatrick, James Burke, Michael O’Grady, Hugh Kileen

Front Row – Leah Clarke, Mya Kelly, Ava McKeon, Caoimhe Ni Thuairisg, Emma McGreal, Roisin Grealy, Ashlinn Arru, Ciara Lohan, Clodagh Kileen, Kayla McKeon, Sinead Daly, Michael Coyne

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