Ballinasloe Camogie Season off to a good start!

News – Local student David Freeman wins Lotto Jackpot!

Congratulations to local student David Freeman who recently took home the Camogie lotto jackpot of €9,250. Not bad for a €2 lotto ticket bought on a Saturday night – well done David!

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David Freeman being presented with a cheque after winning the Ballinasloe Camogie lotto Jackpot

In Camogie News, the Ballinasloe Camogie Club is up and running again and recently hosted a Child Protection Course for trainers and committee members for the Camogie and GAA club in the girls school hall which was facilitated by Marie O’ Brien and Pat Monaghan.

According to club representative Aisling Brannelly, ‘It was a great night and we hope to hold another course in the not too distant future.’ 

The club is currently holding a ‘Hurl with Me’ programme where a county representative comes out to the club and trains the parents/ guardians of players aged 7-10 the skills of camogie. This way parents are confident to practice the skills at home with their daughters and help them develop as players on the pitch.

Fundraising is always a must in the club and this year thry have tried to include all age groups. They held a table quiz for students of National School age in Gullanes Hotel. Supermacs generously provided money off vouchers for every student that attended on the night and Kingfisher club sponsored prizes for the winning team.

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Some of the camogie participants who took part in a child protection course held in Ard Scoil Mhuire recently.

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Winners of the table quiz representing Creagh N.S.

Well done to the winning team from Creagh National School. The next fundraiser was for the adults – a Progressive 25 card game in Gullanes Hotel. Therese Dillon and Mary O’Neill did trojan work in getting a good attendance on the night. There were plenty of spot prizes and the club would like to thank all the businesses who kindly donated and were mentioned on the night. Well done to the winning pairs Seamus and Edel Kelly and Arthur Judge and Perter Finnerty.

On the pitch, the Ballinasloe Camogie Club are back on track with some new managers and trainers and some old faces involved with teams.

U8’s train every Wednesday in the girls’ school.

The U10 and U12 matches are underway and the U10’s secured their first victory on Tuesday 5th of May in Mountbellew and are now gearing towards a very successful season.

The U12’s represented the club at half time in the National League Final in Thurles where Galway beat Cork.

The U12’s who represented the club at half time in the National League final in Thurles.

The U14 girls reached the shield semi – final in the championship and were unlucky to lose out to Kinvara on the day. They are still contesting the league and the North Board League and are set to do well.

The U16’s are fielding this year after a disappointing year last year but with new trainer and manager involved this group of girls are full of drive and a will to do well. They are at the start of their competition and are showing great promise. Best of luck to those on the team who will be sitting their Junior Cert shortly.

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The club would like to say well done to Saoirse Ní Thuairisg on being part of the Galway U14 squad that won the U14A inter county blitz in Ennis. They came out tops against Tipp by 2 points in the final.

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The junior team recently got new jerseys sponsored by Joe Murray Agricultural Supplies and Downeys Bar. The Club would like to wish the 11 girls involved with the team the best of luck in their upcoming Leaving Cert exams.

The club would like to sympathise with Dermot Connolly and his family on the recent loss of Madeline Connolly.

Ar Dheas Dia go raibh a Anam. 

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Local youth to represent Ireland in Flanders ‘All Quiet’ Project!

In 1915, many young Ballinasloe men left from the local train station to fight on Flanders fields. Some left for economic reasons, others for adventure, while more believed that they were helping ‘little Belgium’ or that their contribution to Britain’s war effort would lead to home rule for Ireland. Now, one hundred years later, a smaller group of young men are preparing to travel to Flanders in July to share with youth from eleven other European countries in the ‘All Quiet’ project.

Gary Greene, Michael Ward and William Cawley have been researching the story of Ballinasloe’s role in the First World War in preparation for the trip that will take them to the trenches and war museum of Flanders, Messines, the Mein Gate for the Last Post ceremony, the British war cemetery at Tyne Cot and the German Langemark cemetery. The purpose of this ‘All Quiet’ project is to make young people curious about hoe democracy and peace grew in Europe over the last century and to look at the prospects for peace-development in the next decades. The approach is based on ‘historical consciousnesses or ‘living history’, where participants hold remembrance moments and initiate an intercultural dialogue about peace and democracy in Europe.

As well as participating in discussions and re-enactments the group will host a cultural evening to highlight the music, food and games of Ireland as well as teaching some basic Irish phrases to their guests. Michael Ward who won an All Ireland Club Hurling medal with Portumna will display the finer points of the game to participants from the other eleven nations.

Paul Riddell, youth justice worker with The Junction Project who will accompany the group says that the project will create an awareness of different cultures and the effects that the Great War had on European history. ‘There are,’ he says ‘huge commonalities and this trip will afford opportunities to see at first hand and learn about the effects of war through re enactments, storytelling and games.’

Paul is happy that The Junction Project in Ballinasloe affords experiences of foreign travel, making friendships and personal development to the young people involved. ‘They are,’ he said, ‘learning European history, the different approach of commemoration, how to set up a dialogue, to negotiate, to use arguments and they get to know the mechanisms of democracy’.

Latest Pony Club News & Success!

East Galway Pony Club ranked 7th Overall in IPC National Minimus Championships!

CONGRATULATIONS to Godfrey Gibbons and Caoimhe Ní Thuairisg who recently won the U12 Riding Competition in the Irish Pony Club National Minimus (Triathlon) Championship!

The event took place in Mallow, Co. Cork on the 23rd and 24th of May and saw 78 teams from all over the country competing in the three phase event comprising of Running, Swimming, and Cross County Horse Riding.

The Competition is for members Under 12 who compete in teams of four, over the two day event they faced a gruelling cross country course, a 1000m run and a timed swim.

The winning team in the riding section was made up of two members from East Galway Pony Club – Godfrey Gibbons and Caoimhe Ní Thuairisg – one member from neighbouring Tynagh Pony Club – Caoimhe Conroy and one member all the way from East Donegal Pony club – James Mc Cloughan. All four team members completed the cross country riding phase with full points on Saturday, a feat only accomplished by one other team on the day, with time being the deciding factor between the two. This was a remarkable achievement for these four kids coming from very small clubs and facing very tough competition from much larger established clubs.

The swimming and running phases followed on Sunday after which the East Galway/Tynagh/East Donegal team gathered enough points to place them 7th overall. Both girls are members of the Ballinasloe Swimming Club, and both of East Galway members are also members of the Ballinasloe Athletics Club.

”The future looks very bright for our young triathletes, the older team members James and Caoimhe C. will move up to Tetrathlon which also comprises a Shooting phase. The younger members Godfrey and Caoimhe have more Minimus years to look forward to.” – Club Spokesperson, Ruth Waldron.

IPC Minimus Champs 2015

IPC Minimus Champs 2015: James Mc Cloughlan (East Donegal PC), Godfrey Gibbons (East Galway PC), Caoimhe Ní Thuairisg (East Galway PC), Caoimhe Conroy (Tynagh PC).

Hunter Trial Champs!

Congratulations to Aoife Greene and Vanessa Finnan who represented the East Galway Pony Club on April 11th in the National Hunter Trial Championships at Annagharvey and came third in the Novice Intermediate Pairs competition! Well done also to the Club’s Junior Pair, Katie Naughton and Saoirse Ní Thuairisg on their first time out in the National Hunter Trial Championships, they did the club proud.

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Aoife Greene & Vanessa Finnan at National Hunter Trial Champs in Annagharvey, Tullamore, Co.Offaly.

According  to club Spokesperson Ruth Waldron;

”Many of our members have been very busy competing at hunter trials (cross country jumping) over the last couple of months all over the country.  The club has members competing at all levels from Pre-novice to Open, with numerous wins and placings achieved.”

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Ciara & Aoife Green Open Pairs winners at Gurteen Hunter Trials

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Caoimhe Ní Thuairisg Pre Novice Singles winner at Gurteen Hunter Trials

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Godfrey Gibbons Pre Novice Singles 2nd Place at Gurteen Hunter Trials}

Upcoming Events for the Club!

The annual show jumping league will run on Friday nights during July, Aug and Sept.

Members are heading off to Gurteen Agricultural College in Tipperary for a week long Summer Camp in August.

Weekly Rallies

The club’s weekly rallies (lessons) recommenced this year at the beginning of April, and are ongoing every Friday night from 7pm in the Showgrounds.

The club has a new Junior group this year who are having a great time and learning lots both inside and outside the Arena with lessons incorporating both riding and stable management.

New members are always welcome. Please contact Ruth 087 2875936 for further details!

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Pictures: New Junior Group in action at a weekly Rally!

Ballinasloe Cancer Support Centre – Doing Great work for the Community

The Ballinasloe Cancer Support Centre located on Main Street Ballinasloe (entrance beside John Dolan Auctioneers) offers a number of services in a private and confidential manner to anyone with a cancer diagnosis or their families.

Services offered:

  • Counselling
  • Acupuncture
  • Holistic Massage Therapies
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Bereavement Counselling

Opening Hours:

Monday: 4pm – 6.30pm

Wednesday: 10am – 1pm

Friday: 10am – 1pm

For more information, visit the Bcsc Facebook page or call:

090 9645574

086 8840441

Ballinasloe Cancer Support Centre