The Parade will assemble at the Fairgreen car park, at 1.00p.m on Saturday 17th March and will begin at 1.30p.m. sharp. The Parade will travel down Society Street, Main street, Slí 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
There will be 2 business advisory clinics held in County Galway as part of Local Enterprise Week. These are free events but you must book in advance to secure your place. Both will be held on March 8 from 9am to 5pm. The Ballinasloe event will be held at the Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre and the Clifden event will take place in the Clifden Station House Hotel.
This clinic is open to all people who want to avail of it, and bookings can still be made here at https://galwayleo.clearbookings.com/?currentview=list
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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on OPW and Flood Relief Eugene Murphy has called on the government to ensure that all necessary resources are allocated to deal with the impending flooding, which is expected as the snow continues to thaw.
“All indications are that as the snow begins to melt, flood waters will rise rapidly. Given the volume of snow which fell in certain areas – particularly in Kildare, Wexford and Wicklow, the threat is severe, with flooding also expected in Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford and parts of Dublin. Local authorities have been doing their best to keep on top of the situations, but certain counties may need additional resources to cope with the anticipated flood waters”, explained Deputy Murphy.
“I want to extend my gratitude to members of the emergency service, the Civil Defence, the Defence Forces and local volunteers, who have worked tirelessly with the authorities over the past few days to assist communities in the worst affected areas. Community spirit is alive and well and these people are an example of everything that is good about this country.
“Now that the thaw is setting in, the threat of flooding is now very real and the government must address the massive underspend that has been allowed to accumulate over the past seven years, as well as setting up a national insurance scheme and accelerate the roll out of flood warning systems.
“The government has still not fully implemented specific pledges it made in January 2016, in the aftermath of Storms Desmond and Frank. We’re still waiting on pilot home protection projects to be rolled out, as well as a national flood forecasting and warning service to be established. The National Flood warning system is not due to be operational for another five years, but if recent weather events are an indication of things to come, then we need this system up and running as soon as is feasibly possible.
“This week will be another difficult one for our local authorities and emergency services and I am appealing to Minister Kevin Boxer Moran and Minister Eoghan Murphy to ensure all the necessary resources are made available to cope with the flooding that is expected over the coming days”.
Local Irish music stars John Feeley and Eleanor Stanley will make duo together along with special guests Ultan Conlan & Emma O'Reilly,. to fund raise for the 'BALLINASLOE SAYS NO' campaign which has been running for almost two months now.
The event which takes place on the 8th of March 2018 in the Shearwater Hotel will see all proceeds go towards the campaign which needs as much help and support as necessary to keep it running.
Tickets are available for purchase in the Shearwater Hotel and J&S Photos in town, or online at http://www.ballinasloetownhall.com/booking.shtml. For more information please check out the event page which can be found on the Ballinasloe Says NO Facebook page.
Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy said his party is prioritising the suckler sector and over 75,000 farm families nationwide with a Dáil motion today Wednesday under private members time.
“The almost one million suckler cow herd is pivotal to supporting the local economy in rural Ireland with every €1 of support provided to suckler farmers generating over €4 of economic activity in rural parishes and this is particularly important to counties such as Roscommon and Galway.
“While suckler farmers underpin our €2.5 billion beef exports, they generate average incomes below €13,000 each year and are fully dependent on CAP supports to maintain their livelihoods.
“The suckler sector is facing threats on many fronts with successive Fine Gael led Governments found wanting.
“The Government has refused at every avenue to look at all options to introduce a €200 payment per suckler cow. Fianna Fáil has championed this as a key policy and will continue to campaign for its delivery.
“Suckler farmers are being let down with the Government accepting at least 70,000 extra tonnes of South American Mercosur beef into the EU. The timing of this couldn’t be any worse for farmers with Brexit having the potential to place tariffs on half of all our beef exports.
“Meanwhile, the beef forum has failed farmers and has become a talking shop with commitments originally made being reneged on.
“In our motion, we also instruct the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to review the current underspend accruing across several Rural Development Programme (RDP) schemes and report back within two months to the Oireachtas on a roadmap towards targeting RDP underspend to suckler and other vulnerable sectors.
“The underspend in the Department of Agriculture soared to €186 million over the last two years, while several 2014-2020 RDP schemes are on course to underspend significantly, such as GLAS and TAMS.
“Given the existential threats of Brexit and any Mercosur deal on suckler farmers’ incomes, the Government must immediately seek EU recognition of these and request funding supports including CAP market disturbance funds.
“Fianna Fáil is asking for cross party support for this motion to send a strong message from Dáil Éireann to the Government that these farmers need to be supported,” concluded Deputy Murphy.
Last Christmas the Ballinasloe 12 Pubs charity event took place for the 6th year running, in which this year all proceeds would go to the Special Care Baby Unit in Portiuncla University Hospital. The event took place in numerous pubs all over town two days before Christmas day itself.
Many local businesses around town donated some fantastic raffle prizes for the night, with all proceeds going toward the charity kitty, along with the tickets prices bought by locals for the event itself. Overall the event raised an outstanding €2,100, which brings the total tally of the fundraising over the past six years to over €10,000 for local charities.
The 2017 Committee of John Mulvihill (An Táin Bar), Eoghan Clogher (Taughmaconnell), Céiteach Mac Stiofán (Ahascragh), and Niall Houlihan (Creagh) would like to thank the local businesses of Ballinasloe for donating such worthy raffle prizes on the night and to the people of Ballinasloe and surrounding areas who donated so generously on the night.
Hopkins calls for Review of Planning Laws as a result of the proposed Waste Facility for Ballinasloe
Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has stated her strong opposition to the proposed waste transfer station at Poolboy, Ballinasloe and called for a review of planning laws as a result of the proposed development.
Senator Hopkins stated “I have several concerns about the proposed development. In particular, the environmental impact of a waste transfer station on the health and wellbeing of the community as well as the ability of infrastructure to cope with heavy traffic volumes.”
Raising the matter in the Seanad on Tuesday 30th January, Senator Hopkins said “an Environmental Impact Assessment is essential (EIA) to ensure that projects which are likely to have a significant impact on the environment are assessed in advance. At present, waste facilities such as the one proposed for Ballinasloe, are not required to provide an EIA in their planning or waste permit applications, if they propose to process less than 25,000 tonnes of waste per year. I understand that this system is easily overcome, as operators can submit applications which are just below the 25,000 tonne threshold.”
“To me, it seems wrong that the environmental impact of a project of this scale is not fully assessed at present. All projects of this nature should be subjected to these assessments to ensure that all relevant factors including the impact on the local community and infrastructure are fully considered. This would result in greater scrutiny of projects to ensure they are located on the most suitable site.”
Senator Hopkins continued, “I have called on the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD and the Minister for Communications, Environment and Climate Action, Denis Naughten TD to amend this 25,000 tonne threshold both in planning and waste licensing applications. This would ensure that all projects of this nature would be subjected to Environmental Impact Assessments.”
Senator Hopkins concluded, “the local community have been very proactive in opposing this development and I fully support their efforts. I will continue to raise the need for a review of planning laws in this area directly with both Ministers in order to ensure all applications of this nature are fully scrutinised”.
Over 200 people in chronic pain on waiting list for nerve conduction clinic at Portiuncula Hospital- Murphy
Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has highlighted the fact that over 200 people are currently on a waiting list for a nerve conduction clinic in Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe.Deputy Murphy obtained the figures through a recent parliamentary question to the Minister for Health when he queried the number of patients waiting for neurophysiology appointments at Portiuncula Hospital.
“There are currently a total of 238 people on a waiting list for this nerve conduction clinic in Portiuncula Hospital and many of these people are in chronic debilitating pain for a considerable length of time. Over a quarter of 26% have been waiting for six to nine months while some 16% have been waiting between nine months and one year while 20 patients or 8% have been waiting between one year and 15 months which is simply not acceptable.
“I understand that this clinic is only operated on a monthly basis in Portiuncula Hospital by a visiting consultant clinical neurophysiologist and there is a significant waiting list to access this specialist service. The HSE has also indicated that they are carrying out a validation of this waiting list. It is simply not good enough to have over 200 people being left in pain and waiting for a neurophysiology appointment and it is once again unfortunately systematic of our failing health service. I am calling on the Minister to examine the possibility of providing this clinic on a fortnightly basis in a bid to clear this back log of patients,” concluded Deputy Murphy.
Two groups of students from Ardscoil Mhuire competing in this year’s Junk Koture Contest have been selected to go through to the regional finals this March. The Junk Kouture is an annual competition which takes place all across the nation, where secondary school students who decide to take part must come up with a clothing design made out of recycled material.
The first group representing Ardscoil Mhuire in this year’s regional final are Aoibhin Carty and Shauna Mulry, with their entry called ‘Broken Bounce’. This dress is made entirely out of an old trampoline. These extraordinary talented girls used every part of the trampoline including every nut and spring to show how to fully reuse an object that would have ended up in landfill.
Along with them are students Mei Chen Kennedy, Amy Coyne and Keri Manning, who have entered a bird like design, called ‘Tribal’. This beautiful creation is made from hurl carvings and sliothars, which were embroidered together. This design is done to celebrate Galway's victorious win in the All Ireland hurling final.
Both sets of groups have done fantastically well to be chosen out of 1800 other groups to be selected for the final, and everyone within the school wishes them the very best of luck.
Members of the Convent of Mercy Choir are urged to come forward to discover more information about a CD recorded by the late Martin Costello.
Martin, originally from Kiltormer but lived in New Jersey was an accomplished fiddler and host to his own radio show “The Irish Roadshow.” On his travels, he recorded many CDs many of which he brought back to America and have never been heard locally.
Martin took great pride in his music collection and often referred to it as the greatest library of Irish music and songs in the world. Martin’s daughter, Máiread expressed “He spoke of the many trips he took back to Ireland to record the many fabulous sessions. My family often listens to the CDs he made over the years and we love to hear his voice when he introduces the songs,” she added “He came a long way from recordings in pubs, from reel to reels to albums to cassettes and ultimately CDs both on the radio and then what would have seemed impossible when he started out." Martin sadly passed away in March 2014.
While researching material for a second recording featuring material from Martin Costello's vast archive, Enda Creavan received a number of CDs from Máiréad, one of which was a recording of the Convent of Mercy Choir. The material is undated and there is no further information other than the track listings. Enda is Hoping to track down the members of the choir to find out more about the recording. He expressed “This music has never been heard here before as it was brought to America after recording,” he added “I feel its very important to archive this music as it is an important part of our local history.”
The recording features the songs: Kevin Barry, Two little Orphans, An old woman of the Road,Come back to Eireann, By Kilkenny's Lakes and Fells, Galway Bay and Silent Night.
The two people who are accredited on the sleeve notes on the CD are Fionnuala Lyseth and Mary Grenham who recorded a sting for Martin's Radio Programme. Enda is urging anyone who may know these people to contact them as they will help further his research.
The recordings of the Convent of Mercy Choir are available below: Anyone with any information, please email Enda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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