Successful Tips From Ballinasloe Marriages!

Hot Tips from Ballinasloe Marriages

Couples from Ballinasloe sharing hot tips for successful marriages recently in the Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe with Maureen Cahalan secretary of Community Hearts in Ballinasloe.

(L to R Front row: Vincent & Louise Doherty, Oliver & Evelyn Donnellan,Darren & Siobhain Finnerty, Geraldine Burke & Marie Sinclair. Back Row: Cartiona Condon Marketing Manager, Garrett Mc.Guiness G.M. Shearwater Hotel, Maureen Cahalan Community Hearts who hosted the evening, Kerill Burke & Derek Sinclair.)

As we all know, every marriage is far from perfect. Even Hollywood marriages have their flaws once the cameras are turned off. While a ‘perfect marriage’ is nothing but a myth, the secrets of a

successful marriage were uncovered and shared recently in Ballinasloe’s Shearwater Hotel by couples who discussed the highs & lows on the journeys of their respective marriages. The evening proved to be

incredibly insightful with conversation flowing on the night over delicious food. The purpose of the occasion was to mark Ballinasloe’s Community Hearts Secretary, Maureen Cahalan’s four decades

of involvement with and contribution to the town of Ballinasloe and it’s community.

The couples openly shared their secrets, thoughts and feelings on happiness. The top ten most popular and practical opinions and attitudes were:

1. Being with someone special and creating a loving relationship and being able to

come through the ‘thick & thin’ of challenges.

2. Enjoying and spending quality time with each other is very important.

3. Living in harmony and having the feeling of peace.

4. Finding that someone special and understanding their needs and wants is worth the effort.

5. Being content with silence pays huge dividends.

6. Ignoring bad habits and not always having the last word can be very rewarding.

7. Avoid arguing for the sake of it.

8. Leaving rows in the dust bin before going to bed.

9. Being comfortable being yourself and with each other.

10. It’s all about making the most of marriage by rejoicing in family, each other, sharing happiness and being respectful – having fun times and laughing often.

When the question was posed on how these couples dealt with conflict within their marriages, their answers were varied but largely centered on practical advice. The top ten tips were:

1. Always compromise – Never go to bed and sleep on an argument. Try and see your partner’s point of view and anticipate their needs.

2. Agree with decisions being made. Agree to disagree.

3. Listen and always be willing to forgive and forget.

4. Tell the truth, no matter how difficult it is.

5. Learn to say sorry and always take time to cool down.

6. Get used to keeping quiet on the small stuff!

7. Most of the time put your partner first.

8. Always sleep in the same bed and don’t underestimate the importance of pillow talk.

9. Think first before you speak, instead of saying something that is hurtful.

10. Never try to ‘over-talk’ your partner.

While one couple shared that they never rowed throughout their married life it is thought that a healthy debate every so often spices up the connection which adds to the fun of married life.

Interestingly 50% of participants honeymooned in Ireland with Portugal, Paris and Italy coming in as hot favorites with the remaining half of the participants. In summary, the evening demonstrated that the three top secrets of successful marriages appear to be :

1. Make an effort in everything you do.

2. Always give your partner the benefit of the doubt.

3. Think harmony and happiness is sure to follow…!

For more information on Community Hearts contact Maureen Cahalan on Tel: 087 678 7667

5th National Race Walk Title for Veronica Burke in 2015

IMG_2171Congratulations to Veronica Burke who won Gold in the 5k race walk at the GloHealth Senior T&F National Championships which were held in Santry last weekend. Veronica won with a fantastic time of 25.19 minutes.
This is Veronica’s 5th National race walk title this year.  Prior to this she won National Gold medals in the 3k JuniIMG_2170or Indoor T&F Championships in January, the 3k Senior Indoor T&F Championships in February, the 3k Irish Schools T&F Championships in May, Junior Women’s 3K Race Walk on July 5th and now she has claimed the Senior T&F National Champions title, this is an outstanding achievement for an 18 year old to claim the senior national title against the top athletes in the country.  
It is absolutely fantastic to see Veronica accomplish so much this year and it is atestament to all the hard work & training Veronica has put in over the years.  She is an inspiration & a fantastic role model to all the young athletes in Ballinasloe & District Athletic Club.  Congratulations once again to this outstanding athlete who continues to do Ballinasloe & District Athletic Club proud.

Service users of the Creagh Training Centre visited Áras an Uachtaráin


(L-R: Robert Toher, Sinnitta Finnerty, Nikita Cosgrove, President Higgins, Shane Mc Dermott, Bernard Mc Dermott, Philip O’Connor and Paul Boyle)

Service users of the Creagh Training Centre visited Áras an Uachtaráin on Thursday 18th June as guests of the President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins at their summer garden party. This summer tradition is in keeping with the continued tradition of past Presidents who welcome guests to share their hospitalities at Áras an Uachtaráin.

The service users from Creagh Training Centre are based in Ballinasloe, Galway. The service provides specialised person centred individual training for 60 service users from both Galway and Roscommon counties. The training centre was established in 1990. Central to the ethos of the training centre is integration and equality for all service users. Thus meeting the President Michael D. Higgins was a very proud experience for both the service users and staff that attended this festivity.

Johanna Lahart, Literacy and Numeracy Instructor said “We are delighted to behere today at the Presidents garden party and you can see the delight on the service users to share such a wonderful and joyous occasion with President Higgins and his wife Sabina”.

The afternoon began with a self guided tour through some of the rooms in the Áras for all attendees. This was followed by a walk to the Formal Gardens, where at various points along the route, musical entertainment and food was provided. On arriving back to the main lawn of Áras an Uachtaráin, ‘the High Hopes Choir’ provided the entertainment and musical backdrop for the party.

Speaking after the festivities, President, Michael D. Higgins, addressed the groups assembled, about the importance of community and of active citizenship. He spoke about the importance of taking part and feeling part of an active society. His speech was both eloquent and emotive and for many the highlight of the day. After the speech he mingled with the crowd and was generous with his time and kindly posed for photographs with the service users.

John Meehan, Area Manager, Galway & Roscommon Mental Health Services, commented” Feedback from this event has being really positive from both service users and staff and the experience of meeting the President Michael D. Higgins was the highlight of the event. We are really happy for all involved”.

Summer Camps wrapping up for another year!

We’re very lucky here in Ballinasloe to have such a diverse range of sports and clubs to delve into over the summer months. While the weather hasn’t been great, this didn’t seem to stop the hundreds of people who turned out for the local camps.

Here is some of the action that took place locally over the last few weeks!

Rubgy Camp!

Rugby Camp


This year’s Tennis Camps have come to an end, after running for four weeks in July.

Run by professional coach Robert Johnson and his assistants Laura Howard and Niamh Conerney, the camps were ‘’very well attended’’ according to club spokesperson Garry Zancanaro.

Over 40 children aged 5-17 attended each week and the feedback from both parents and children has been extremely positive.


Meanwhile, the Soccer Camps were underway…

Coaches from the Ballinasloe Town AFC Summer Soccer Camp

Coaches from the Ballinasloe Town AFC Summer Soccer Camp 2015

Group Photo Summer Soccer Camp

The GAA Cúl Camps were also a huge success…

Football Cúl Camp July 2015 Ballinasloe

GAA Cul Camp

”Up Close and Personal” with Andy Irvine!

The Pillar House Folk Club celebrated its first anniversary last month with a superb and thoroughly enjoyable performance by Mary Coughlan and as the Summer season continues The Folk Club in this intimate 80-seater venue welcomes the inimitable Andy Irivine on Friday, 17th July at 9pm.

Andy Irvine

Singer Andy Irvine

Andy Irvine has enjoyed a long and successful career as a traditional Irish musician. A founding member of Planxty with fellow musicians Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O’ Flynn, they went on to achieve huge success and legendary status, reigniting traditional music as a popular genre. While Planxty took a break in 1967, Andy took the time to record another piece of work with Paul Brady. The two recorded a classic album together, simply entitled “Andy Irvine & Paul Brady”. Planxty regrouped from 1979 – 1983. When the group permanently disbanded, Andy began his solo career. He recorded his first album “Rainy Sundays…. windy dreams” shortly after. His second album was “Parallel Lines” a duo album with the great Scots troubadour, Dick Gaughan.

Taking a break from working solo, Andy formed a band with Donal Lunny and some European friends called Mozaik. They completed one European summer tour before Andy returned to his solo and collaborative work.  These collaborations led to the formation of Irelands first traditional “super group” Patrick Street. The group consisted of Kevin Burke (Bothy Band), Jackie Daly (De Dannan) and guitar maestro Arty McGlynn. The group toured from 1987–1990, releasing three albums in the process. They would regroup in 1993 to release a further five albums, although in between Andy recorded two solo albums. One of these albums consisted of entirely Balkan music, which Andy had learned on his earlier travels.  In 2002, Andy finally formed his “dream band”, Mozaik, with Donal Lunny, Dutch guitarist Rens van der Zalm, Hungarian bagpiper Nikola Parov and American fiddler Bruce Molsky. The group have completed tours of Australia, Europe and America and have released two highly acclaimed albums

Andy continues to tour the world with Mozaik as well as Patrick Street. He has also completed a brief series of reunion concerts with Planxty and Paul Brady in the last few years. His constant touring is testament to the fact that he is still as passionate about his music as when he began. As a musician and a living icon, Andy Irvine will remain in the Irish music scene for a long time to come.

Tickets are €20 and are available from The Pillar House, Tel: 090 96 43939 / 087 9046140.

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Galway Swimming Community Games Results!

Congratulations to all of the Ballinasloe swimmers who participated in the Galway Swimming Community Games which was held in Tuam on June 20th. 17 individual swimmers from Ballinasloe competed and came home with 14 individual medals; 4 gold, 4 silver, 6 bronze. The U13 Girls relay team took the gold, winning their race almost 25m ahead of the competition, while the U13 Boys relay team won the bronze!


The Results:

Boys U/8 Freestyle

Evan McKeon

Girls U/8 Freestyle
3rd Sarah Dolan
4th Matilda Kelly

Boys U/10 Freestyle
2nd Charlie Mooney

Girls U/10 Freestyle
2nd Emma McGreal

Boys U/10 Backstroke
3rd Leon McKeon

Girls U/10 Backstroke
3rd Sheenagh Hanrahan

Girls U/12 Freestyle
1st Tara McKeon
6th Ailbhe Hanrahan

Girls U/12 Backstroke
1st Ruth Dolan
3rd Caoimhe Kennedy

Boys U/12 Breaststroke
1st James Mooney
4th Conor Hogan

Boys U/14 Freestyle
1st Rowan Harley

Boys U/14 Breaststroke
3rd Niall Costello

Girls U/14 Breaststroke
2nd Katie Naughton

Boys U/14 Butterfly
2nd Fionnan D’Arcy

Boys U/13 Squad
3rd Ballinasloe – James Mooney, Fionnan Darcy, Conor Hogan, Oscar Arru, Daithi Ward

Girls U/13 Squad
1st Ballinasloe – Tara McKeon, Ruth Dolan, Ava McKeon, Caoimhe Kennedy, Ailbhe Hanrahan


Best of luck to the following 4 individual swimmers who along with the U13 Girls Relay Team will now go on to represent Galway County in the National Community Games which will be held in Athlone on August 15/16.

Tara McKeon U12 Freestyle
Ruth Dolan U12 Backstroke
James Mooney U2 Freestyle
Rowan Harley U14 Freestyle

U13 Relay Team
Tara McKeon, Ruth Dolan, Ava McKeon, Caoimhe Kennedy, Ailbhe Hanrahan.

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The very best of luck from everyone at Life Magazine!