The Town Team recently held a gala evening for their second ever Ballinasloe People of the Year Awards in the Shearwater Hotel with almost 500 guests and community organisations in attendance.
54 nominations for people and organisations were honoured, with each nominee receiving a certificate recognising their achievements. RTE Sports Journalist & Broadcaster Darren Frehill hosted the event, which was sponsored by the Credit Union, the Shearwater Hotel and KPW.
The Town Band under the baton of Noel Madden welcomed attendees with a fantastic symphony performance before everybody could move to the Plaza Suite for the event.
Seamus Duffy, the Chair of Ballinasloe Area Community Development (B.A.C.D.) opened proceedings welcoming everybody and updating the gathering on the Town Team’s projects, of the past 2 years - specifically mentioning the Zombie Walk that brought a sellout crowd of over 2,100. He also reminded the audience that while the Enterprise Centre was almost sold out again – the town has no capacity for new industry and he was pleased to announce that funding had been recently secured from the Credit Union to apply for full planning permission for a new advance modern light industrial factory on the IDA Business park to be shovel ready for new industrialists. He also mentioned that the group were in the process of hosting a seminar on the possible future uses of the old St. Bridgids Hospital complex. “Our next priority is the Festive gathering and Town illuminations and I thank all those associated with the staging of the evening and the awards especially the sponsors, whilst saluting all the nominees for their work in sustaining our community”.
Adrian Ahearne the Chair of the Credit Union spoke about how their Board and organisation were very much agreed to be supportive and acknowledging all the efforts of the many group and clubs that make up the fabric of our town and community. “ The Credit Union used to sponsor the old Mayoral awards some years back as we have been anchored in the needs of our local and we know and appreciate the efforts of volunteers , in a way that no other financial co – operative does . I want to thank the organisers and congratulate the nominees and winners this evening “ stated Adrian.
M.C. Darren Frehill of Lawrencetown then took to the stage, congratulating all nominees. “I was blown away, reading some of the nominations. It feels almost unfair to single out winners,” Darren mentioned his younger years growing up in the locality and how the sports clubs were a key aspect of his formation and how pleased he was to see so many people in their sporting attire at the event.
Nominees for all categories were introduced and awarded certificates of achievements by Adrian Ahearne. An interlude for food followed, during which the local music group Pleáracá performed. The break concluded with soprano Ciara Lawless, a sixth year student in Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone, performing some well known classics.
The category winners, were then announced as follows:
Arts, Cultural and Heritage Award – Lawrencetown Community Development-Heritage & Tidy Towns Focus Group
Business Community Spirit Award – Gullane’s Hotel
Social, Community & Civic Pride Award – Ballinasloe Social Services
Sports and Recreation Volunteer Award – John Donnelly (Cycling)
Sports and Recreation Individual Award – Heather Payne (Soccer)
Sports and Recreation Team Award – Ballinasloe Itosu-Kai Karatedo Ireland
Young Person’s Award – Julianna Green & Laura Frehill
Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement Award – Liam Kelly
Liam Kelly received the Hall of Fame award from Tom Quinn, the winner of the award in the inaugural event two years ago.
Jacinta Divilly, Co – Ordinator of the Town Team closed the evening, thanking the crowd for their support and congratulating the nominees, especially Liam for his lifetime achievement award. “I of course want to thank our sponsors for the evening. Thank you again to the Ballinasloe Credit Union, for sponsoring the Awards once again. Thank you to the Shearwater, who ensured a fantastic evening here tonight, feeding over 480 people supper in less than 30 minutes. And thank you as well to KPW, our new sponsors for the award,” Jacinta commented.
Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, got a few moments on stage to congratulate the nominees and winners. He specifically praised the young nominees and their talents. He also mentioned the Town Team’s projects, praising their continued efforts to make Ballinasloe a better place to live and work. “ between the Surmodics Investment, the e fibre project and the advance planning for new industry – the work of the Town Team is being responded to and supported by a listening and encouraging Government who will help those communities that are trying to help themselves “, noted the Minister.
A raffle ran during the evening, with all proceeds going towards the continued enhancement of the Christmas Lights & Illumination Festivities. The Tops prizes was a €500 travel voucher from Kellers Travel, which was won by Nora Flaherty.
On Tuesday 21st Februrary 2017 at 7pm the Ireland U17's will be playing Hungary in a friendly international.
Free admission - come out and support the boys in green!
Fit Town has been the talk of the town for the last few weeks! 13th March 2016 marks the Finalé of Fit Towns in Ballinasloe with a fun-packed day to celebrate.
With Walking, Running, Cycling, Obstacle Races, Penalty shootouts, Face-painting, Dance, Crossbar Challenges - the challenge will be to not find something to do on the day!
So get down to GAA Clubhouse in Ballinasloe from 12:30pm to 4pm on Sunday 13th March.
For more information on Fit Town you can visit our section on this website or visit Fit Town's facebook page:
The track comprises of a 6-lane 400m oval, with an 8-lane 100m sprint lane. The track system is constructed in accordance with IAAF Guidelines and consists of a 10 to 12mm rubber crumb base mate of polyurethane bound rubber granules, and a 2-4mm fine crumb structural spray layer comprising EPDM granules in polyurethane liquor. These systems are used in athletics tracks all over the world to ensure consistency for competition facilities.
The opening hours to the public are as follows:
Monday: 10.00a.m. to 2.00p.m. & 2.30p.m. to 8.00p.m.
Tuesday : 10.00a.m. to 2.00p.m. & 2.30p.m. to 5.00p.m.
Wednesday: 10.00a.m. to 2.00p.m. & 2.30p.m. to 8.00p.m.
Thursday: 10.00a.m. to 2.00p.m. & 2.30p.m. to 5.00p.m.
Friday: 10.00a.m. to 2.00p.m. & 2.30p.m. to 8.00p.m.
Saturday: 10.00a.m. to 2.00p.m. & 2.30p.m. to 5.00p.m.
CLOSED ON PUBLIC AND BANK HOLIDAYS
Any sporting organisations that wish to use the track should contact Galway County Council, Ballinasloe Municipal District Office at 090-9642274.
Members of the public can attend the FIT4LIFE/Meet & Train programme.If you are interested in this or in joining Ballinasloe Athletics Club please contact Mick or Anne Burke of Ballinasloe Athletics Club on (087)6385575.
Click HERE to download the 2016 Roster
The National Even Age Cross Country Championships was held in very muddy grounds which made for tough conditions in Santry on Sunday Nov 22nd. Ballinasloe & District Club members performed strongly amongst extremely stiff competition on the day.
Ava McKeon who is U11 ran up an age to compete in the U12 girls 2000m. Ava put in a fantastic performance finishing in 27th position out of the 149 race participants. She was the 1st U11 girl to cross the finishing line on the day. Ava received a National Bronze Provincial medal as she was amongst the first six home from Connacht. The Connacht girls finished behind Munster & Leinster but ahead of Ulster & Dublin City. Ava was the 4th runner home from the Connacht team and the 2nd from the Galway team. This was a marvellous result for someone out of age at National level.
Next up were the U12 boys Ballinasloe & District Athletic Club team in the 2000m. Conor Harley & Shane Fitzpatrick both ran a great race finishing 39th & 50th respectively out of the 161 in the race. They were the 2nd & 3rd home from the Galway team and the 7th & 8th home from the Connacht team. They were followed over the finishing line by their teammates Adam McGreal, Joseph Tierney & Adam Coyne. Well done to the team who have all performed superbly throughout this Cross Country Season.
Brian Burke ran up an age to compete in the U18 boys 6000m. Brian put in another strong performance on the day. He was the 3rd home from the Connacht team & the 2nd from the Galway team.
Ballinasloe & District Athletic Club would like to congratulate all of these runners for doing their club proud once again 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.
Some of the athletes from Ballinasloe & District Athletic Club who competed in the Galway Cross Country Championship Day 1 & 2. Back Row L-R: Brian Burke, Niall Jennings, Jamie Coyne, Adan McGreal, Conor Harley, Mya Kelly, Roisin Grealy, Ava McKeon, Emily Martin, Mark Kilkenny, Rowan Harley Front Row L-R: Michael Coyne, Fionn Ryan, Ciara Power, Ruth Kilkenny, Sarah Dolan, Kayla McKeon, Aoibheann Fitzpatrick, Clodagh Killeen, Lucy Martin, Aiveen Curley
Galway Cross Country Championships Day 2 Uneven Ages took place in Craughwell on Sunday Oct 11. Athletes from Ballinasloe & District Athletic Club all performed fantastically on this beautiful sunny day.
The u9 girls all ran superbly in their 800m race with Ciara Power and Ruth Kilkenny both winning individual medals (1st 10 home in u9 win medals). Lucy Martin and Sarah Dolan also made their cross country debut. These four girls performed so well that they won the team bronze in this event.
Ava McKeon had a fantastic run in the u11 girls 1500m where she had a convincing win after leading from start to finish. Aoibheann Fitzpatrick (who was running up an age) also had a super run finishing in 10th place followed closely by Clodagh Killeen (running out of age), Emily Martin, Kayla McKeon (running out of age) & Aiveen Curley. These girl’s fabulous collective performance won them the team silver.
In the u11 boys 1500m, the boys from Ballinasloe unfortunately did not have a full team due to illness. Three boys ran up an age with Niall Jennings competing well, even though he was not feeling 100% on the day. He was followed closely by Michael Coyne and then Jamie Coyne who all had strong runs.
Our u13 boys all ran up an age to compete in the 2500m race. They all had a brilliant run with Shane Fitzpatrick finishing in 5th position, Conor Harley in 6th, followed by Adam McGreal and then Godfrey Gibbons. Even though they were all out of age their excellant performances won them the team silver finishing just 1 point behind the gold medal winning team.
Brian Burke as usual had a fabulous run in the u17 boys 5k finishing in 3rd place.
Well done to all those who competed on the day!
Ladies, your club needs you! Come along to Ballinasloe Rugby Club to have fun, make friends and play rugby. And if you were short of reasons to be part of the Ballinasloe Girls Rugby have a look at all the reasons below to play!
Big news from Ballinasloe Cycling Club. They have someone starting to help out who is going to help anyone shed the belly before Christmas. They will be doing new weekly cycles aiming at cardio. Saturdays or Sunday's, weight loss and exercises on and off the bike, bike skills stretching etc.
These cycles will not be fast or long but will work on working out with the cardio side of it and the aim is to have you slimmer, fitter and looking great and healthy for Christmas. If you are interested in these cycles, keep aneye out on their Facebook Page
Also Ballinasloe Cycling Club continues to do night cycling for the winter on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 pm from Barry's Cycles - please ensure you have good lights high viz and of course your helmet!
Result from Pearse Stadium Saturday Relegation final Ballinasloe 1-15 Clonbur 1-7.
When these two met in the league a month ago on a very wet day in Clonbur it was Clonbur who won by 3pts, a different game yesterday, luck hadn't been on our side in the championship this year, losing 2 important championship games by 1 pt when in both games town were leading those games.
Lining out yesterday without Eoin Fenton (injured) and with Liam Lynch returning from Canada, after 2 and a half years abroad, on a perfect evening for game. Tension was in the air as both teams fought t out to retain their intermediate status. Ballinasloe were leading at half time 7pts to 3pts , but Clonbur raised their game in the 2nd half with 3 unanswered points.
As the game went on it could have gone either way. Town were reduced to 14 men when Liam Lynch was sent off for a challenge ,like many games before when town were down to 14 men the would lose all hope but yesterday was different ,it seemed to drive on Ballinasloe. Clonbur got a goal at 1 stage to leave 2 pts in it ,but town were not going to lose and when Billo's shot hit the back of the net it was game over.
The team that lined out Saturday to defeat Clonbur and keep Ballinasloe Intermediate for 2016 Paul Hickey,Colin Cotton,keith kelly,Danny Byrnes,Shane kenny,James Shaughnessy,Noel Cotton,Luke Tierney,Conor Barrett,Gary Canavan,Eoin McCormack,Ian Flecther,Paul Whelehan,Liam Lynch, Brian Shaughnessy,subs Niall Hynes,Darragh Burke,Simon Keller,others Jason Twohig,Darragh McCormack,Nathan king,Aaron Leonard,Michael O'Neill,Ciaran Smith,Eoin Fenton. Well done to all the panel and the Management team consisting of Sean Riddle,Cathal Coleman,John Mitchell ,Cathal Croffy ,Colm Riddle and medic Geoff Casey ,thanks to all those who travelled to Galway Saturday and throughout the year, to challenges, league matches and championship games.
We still have 2 league games where we will play St Gabriels and Glenamaddy and could finish in top 3 in table to get promoted.
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