A ‘Fantastic Friday’ and ‘Super Saturday’ was experienced in Ballinasloe last weekend as Margaret Barrett, Manager Bank of Ireland and her team led out Ballinasloe Enterprise Town weekend.
The Emerald Ballroom was packed to capacity for the two days. Minister Denis Naughten, TD officially opened the event on Friday evening and special guest Gavin Duffy added huge energy to the room encouraging all of us to support our local businesses, entrepreneurs and each other.
Later that evening we had presentations of BizWorld certificates to students from Creagh National School, Gaelscoil Ui Cheithearnaigh and Scoil on Croi Naofa. This was followed by a super panel discussion with Seamus Quigley, Quigleys Garage Ahascargh, Jack Parsons O’Kale Krisps, Breda Fox Galway County Enterprise Board, Michael Earls Easyfix and Lorraine Lynch Sugru Therapy, chaired by Gavin who also found time to visit and take selfies with the 140 exhibitors present !
A stunning fashion show wrapped things up for the Friday evening – participating were Dubarry, Kidzkorner, UTAH, Kathleens Boutique and Michael Wards Menswear and Yourwardrobe.ie
Saturday morning saw some 150+ children take part in a mega-blitz with hurling, football, camogie and rugby teams enjoying the sport and sunshine. Plenty of activity indoors too with local musicians and dance troops taking to the stage.
On Saturday we also had the pleasure of hearing a top class Sports panel discussion which was chaired by Darren Frehill of RTE with some sporting greats including John Mullane, Therese Maher, Michael ‘Hopper’ McGrath, Niall Carty, Brett Wilkinson, Darren Kelly and Johnny O’Connor.
Special visits by The National Hurling League Cup, Sam Maguire Cup and Pro 12 Trophy created some great excitement.
Overall, it was an amazing weekend that won’t be forgotten by the community of Ballinasloe for a long time to come.
Galway Rural Development Company
This one 3 hour workshop aimed at local community groups and early stage social enterprises will cover:
· The rationale for setting up a social enterprise
· Understanding the importance of researching the marketplace and validating the enterprise opportunity
· Understanding the challenges that social enterprises must overcome to be successful
Date: 14th June 7pm -10pm
Venue: Ballinasloe – Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre, Creagh
To register please complete the attached registration form and return to Patricia Kelly by the 30th May 2017.
Via Post: Patricia Kelly, Galway Rural Development Company CLG
Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway
Via e-mail to: email@example.com
Tel No: 091-844335
THE PILLAR HOUSE
The Folk Music and Comedy schedule for May is full with artists who are all making their debut performances in The Pillar House and indeed, Ballinasloe.
Another first for Ballinasloe will be on Friday 19th May when The Henry Girls, sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin, from Malin, County Donegal make their debut appearance. Their music falls within the realm of folk, americana, rock, bluegrass and blues with a touch of Irishness tossed in for good measure. Their new album “Far Beyond The Stars” which was released on 10th March shows off to the fullest their amazing harmonies for which they are well noted.
We all need a belly aching laugh these days and with Karl Spain, one of Ireland’s premiere comedian’s appearing on Friday 26th May you’re guaranteed to get it! Karl has been in stand-up comedy for over fifteen years having had two very successful TV series, he has performed at all the comedy festivals at home and in Edinburgh as well as performing in the U.S., the Middle East and Australia. He also writes for countless other comedians and is the resident writer on The Republic of Telly.
All performances in The Pillar House will take place in front of an audience of just 80 patrons who get to experience these super artists in an “Up Close & Personal” venue.
Tickets are available on-line at www.thepillarhouse.ie or by calling 090 96 43939.
Ticket & Dinner Packages available, call for details.
The Pillar House also has live music in the front bar every Saturday night and a lively weekly
Trad Session on Sunday evenings at 6pm.
Food is served from 9am with breakfast, lunch and and Á la Carte dinner menu with daily specials available up to 9pm daily.
Tel: 090 96 43939
Gibbons’ Pillar House Bar & Restaurant
Mayoral Charity Ball 2017 – Galway County
An Cathaoirleach of the County of Galway, Cllr. Michael Connolly, is hosting this year’s
County Mayoral Charity Ball on Sunday June 4th 2017 in the Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Oranmore. The Sunday evening of the June Bank Holiday Weekend, will provide an opportunity for Guests, to enjoy a great evening while giving their support to three very worthy beneficiaries, Galway East Life Support; Ballinasloe Cancer Care Centre and the Irish Kidney Association.
Councillor Michael Connolly in launching the Mayoral Charity Ball noted ‘I have met with volunteers and staff of the Galway East Life Support, the Irish Kidney Association and Ballinasloe Cancer Care to learn about their commitment to supporting local people and have listened to those who have directly benefitted. It is with great honour therefore that, I am hosting the 2017 Mayoral Charity Ball to help support their services”. Councillor Connolly commented that, ‘It is often, when the people we know are at their most vulnerable that you realise the importance of and the lasting impact such services can have’.
The Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Connolly confirmed that ‘Funding raised by the hosting of the Mayoral Charity Ball, will directly benefit individuals and families in need of these vital services in East Galway and across the County”. He added that, 'We have a great night's entertainment planned and our Guests can look forward to a great evening of food, dancing and music as well as supporting three very worthy beneficiaries.'
Guests and Sponsors of the County Mayoral Charity Ball will be contributing to:
GELS – Galway East Life Support
Galway East Life Support or GELS was formed in 2013 in response to the large number of suicides in the East Galway area. Arthur Carr and Gerry Roche were founding members. Based in Ballinasloe, the registered charity provides sign posting to the various support agencies available to those in a mental health crisis. The team of volunteers at GELS organise information events in the surrounding towns and villages, working to increase awareness of the signs of depression and self-harm and stressing the importance of local intervention. Further information can be found at gelifesupport.com or on the Galway East Life Support Facebook Pages.
Ballinasloe Cancer Support Centre
Founded in 2009 by John Kilcommins, the Ballinasloe Cancer Support Centre is a voluntary centre which provides physiological and emotional support for people with a cancer diagnosis and their families. Services are completely confidential, free of charge and open to everyone. The Centre is assisted by an able team of volunteers providing a drop-in service for anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis, educational support, emotional support, access to therapies and counselling. Further information can be found on the Ballinasloe Cancer Support Centre Facebook Pages or by
calling 090 9645574.
Irish Kidney Association
The Irish Kidney Association (IKA) is a voluntary organisation founded nearly 40 years ago, with the aim of improving the quality of life of renal patients and to promote organ donation for transplantation, through the distribution of the multi-organ donor card.
The IKA supports both dialysis and kidney transplant patients through patient aid, counselling, holidays, their Support Centre beside Beaumont Hospital, information and education. There are 25 branches, run by volunteers, throughout the country, with head office at Donor House in Dublin 12. Further information on the IKA can be found at www.ika.ie.
The Charity Mayoral Ball will take place on Sunday June 4th in the Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Oranmore Co.Galway. The evening will begin with a Drinks Reception at 7.30pm followed by Dinner at 8.15pm and entertainment provided by Shane Moore. Tickets are €50 per person.
There is a wide range of accommodation available in the area.
Tickets may be purchased (or further information obtained) by contacting the Mayoral Office at
Galway County Council – Tel: 091-509321.
Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring the event may contact Anne-Marie on 087 9002824.
If you are unable to make it on the night you may wish to make a donation towards the worthy charities.
Local Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has recent confirmed that he has been working closely with telecommunications company enet to ensure its investment of over €5m in broadband infrastructure to supply high-speed connectivity benefits rural Ireland and today Ballinalsoe is set to significantly benefit. Naughten can confirm that Ballinalsoe and nine other towns will be connected as part of the next phase of enet’s fibre direct initiative which will bring high speed fibre speeds to doors and premises.
Connacht has a New Boxing Champion as Local Rising Star Zach Moloney from Derrymullen Fights in the All-Ireland Series .
Zach fights for the All Ireland, 70 Kg Series in the National Stadium, Dublin
tomorrow - Representing The Emerald ABC, Zach recently won the youth
1, 70KG Connacht Boxing Championship in Castlerea. Zach, by majority
decision defeated opponent Tom Savage, the former Galway Champion in
Zach, feeling confident ahead of the tournament stated “I am going to
give it my all and do my best to bring an All-Ireland trophy back to
Ballinasloe. I am a small bit nervous but once I get in to that ring, I will
be a different person and I will do my best to get the job done.”
Zach has been boxing with Emerald Boxing Club for four years. Zach
stated “I’ve always had a desire to have the ability to hit and not get hit.
My father also boxed when he was younger so this compelled me to join.”
On his boxing style, Zach added “I box in an orthodox stance. I have
always been able to throw very powerful punches from a young age. My
style requires a high work rate with plenty of punches and movement. I
am able to get inside my opponents reach and do damage. This is
important as most of my opponents are usually taller.”
Zach trains throughout the week splitting his regime between the boxing
club and at home, Zach noted “I am training very hard at the moment,
using all of my time outside of school. It involves a lot of running, core
exercises and conditioning.” Zach added “In terms of weight-cutting, I am
quite comfortable at my weight. I make 70 kilograms easily without a
strict diet. I try to steer clear of junk foods”
Zach’s biggest influences have been his father, Patrick and Pat Mongan,
from Ahascragh “These guys inspire me to work hard every day to
achieve my goals. My Dad has spent countless hours driving all around
the country for new sparring partners. Pat has taught me from the
beginning that nothing can stop you from achieving your goals." Zach
added “On a global scale, Mike Tyson, as I have tried to mimic his style
from the moment I seen him in the ring.”
Patrick commented “Every time he steps into the ring I am proud of him.
To face against an opponent that has the same plan as you and to come
out on top takes guts and a lot of belief in yourself.”
Following recent success, Zach stated “I hope to make a career out of
boxing. I plan to make the Irish team as soon as possible. Following that,
I hope to represent Ireland in the Olympics. My end goal is to
turn professional and to follow in the footsteps of Mike Tyson”
Zach concluded “I would like to thank all my trainers for putting the
countless hours of work into me. Without them, I would not have seen my
recent success. I would also like to thank my family for their support and their confidence in me.”
Plans well underway in Ballinasloe for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Parade will assemble at the Fairgreen car park, at 1.30p.m on Friday 17th March and will begin at 2p.m. sharp. The Parade will travel down Society Street, Main street, Sli na Habhainn, Dunlo Street and finishing in St Michaels Square.
There will be lots of on street entertainment for spectators to enjoy on the day, including performances from local musicians and dancers, and a welcome return of the Ballinasloe Town Band.
Participants may choose from five categories including education, culture, sporting, voluntary and commercial. There will be valuable cash prizes to be won in each category with an overall award of the Tony Colohan Perpetual Commemoration Trophy.
The organisers are appealing to the local business community to assist with sponsoring the cost of the parade.
The Parade Team are encouraging the local schools, sports clubs voluntary organisations and businesses to take part in the parade.
P.R.O Carmel Greally stated "This year's Parade gives us all the opportunity to showcase all of the positive aspects that our town and surrounding areas have to offer. So come along to the Ballinasloe Parade and help to make it a special day of celebration and a fun day for all of the family."
For inquiries please contact:
Carmel: 087 620 7477
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