By Ken Kelly
SMA priest, Fr. Anthony Kelly from Tristane, Aughrim and now ministering in Nairobi, Kenya, has thanked Ballinasloe LIFE for supporting his appeal for donations to “Kit out” newly ordained priests in Africa. Following an article in the last issue of LIFE, Fr. Anthony sent an email stating “There has been a very generous response from people around Ballygar, Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Clontuskert, Kiltormer, Killimor and Aughrim following your story.
Every year we have between 6 and 10 ordinations from our S.M.A. formation house here in Nairobi and as they leave us we try to fit them out with Mass Kits to help them get started in their new parishes. At present we have 40 students studying for missionary priesthood with S.M.A. from 14 different countries, They come from India, Poland, Slovakia, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Central Africa, Congo, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya. In addition to our seminary here in Nairobi we have seminaries also in Nigeria and Ivory Coast with similar numbers training to be missionaries for S.M.A. and the people of Africa. They will be replacing the many Irish S.M.A. Missionaries who are retiring or have already retired from the above countries. It is a great source of joy for our retired missionaries in our houses in Cork and Claregalway to see young students preparing for priesthood from the parishes where they laboured in their earlier years as S.M.A. missionaries in West Africa. Wishing you and all your readers God’s Blessings at this time. Fr. Anthony Kelly S.M.A.”. Email: email@example.com
By Kevin Kavanagh
Bringing their family chain to number five, the Gills of Westport have acquired the old Harney premises in Dunlo St. and have just recently opened the store after an extensive revamp. Frank and his wife Martina came into the Dry Cleaning business in 1980 when the opened their first premises in Westport. Since then they expanded their chain to include Ballina, Dunshaughlin, Castlebar and have grown from the traditional Mom Pop operation to employing 14 fulltime staff. With nearly four decades of business in the sector amassed they are keen to bring their range of services across laundry, dry cleaning, alterations, ironing and indeed specialist key cutting to the area. “We have seen some customer trends in the few years with the moves towards regular laundry and ironing drops from all types of households and customers – reflecting their busy lives” states Frank.
Martina and Frank, who are familiar with the town, were keen to build on the previous formidable business and have hired Bosco Riddell and Nuala Ward (whose maiden name coincidentally is Gill) to staff the premises. Bosco, who is looking forward to meeting old and new customers is quick to remind us that he has over 10 years of skilled key-cutting behind him. As to why they located to Ballinasloe Frank explains “we have been familiar with the town up and down through the years and felt that a unit here would complement our Western operations. When the Dunlo St. premises closed we saw a good opening for our integrated service” states Frank. They understand the different type of customers and understand their needs – from sports squads with jerseys, the bride getting a wedding outfit done, or indeed the Airbnb or B & B customer getting some of their weekly laundry and pressing out of the way. Business hours are 9 am to 6 pm Mon. to Saturday inclusive of lunchtime – if people need to pop out from work with laundry. Theirs is a fast and efficient service and they will be offering fast turnarounds and express on certain items in the new year. “We are looking forward to getting to know old customers and hopefully meeting some new ones also in the months ahead”, states Frank.
For more info on services and special offer check out their web site at www.gillsdrycleaners.ie or phone (090) 9642461
By Kevin Kavanagh
The recent acquisition of Brodericks Pharmacy, in Society St, Ballinasloe is an exciting development that will bring some of new services and brands to the town. Speaking on behalf of McGorisks Pharmacy, Philip McGorisk said “We look forward to continuing the excellent service Kevin and Anne have being providing over the years and wish them well in their retirement”. Michael McDermott, who is married to a local girl, is the new pharmacist taking the helm, and they have the same great team of girls, Katie McNally, Aisling Delaney , Melissa Fahy and Aisling Colohan who have all been working in the store for many years. Joining the team is Aileen O’Connell (nee White) a Ballinasloe native. Some new services that have been introduced include:
Flu vaccination - This is a walk in service, so no appointment is necessary. The Flu vaccination is a safe effective way of preventing the flu and is available up to April 2019. It is recommended for the over 60’s, people with long term illness and pregnant women. Don’t get the flu, drop into the store and get vaccinated. Mention this article and get €5 off the vaccine (€15), normal RRP €20.
Medication review - Do you feel like you are taking too many tablets? Their pharmacist can review your medication and make recommendations to the GP that may reduce the number you take. They can also do a price review and sometimes recommend a cheaper alternative.
Loyalty card - sign up for our loyalty card today and get 4 points for every €1 you spend. You will also get access to extra discounts
Delivery service - With access to the town proving difficult due to ongoing road works, they are offering a free delivery service. You can phone your order in advance or ask your GP to fax/ email your script and they will deliver.
www.mcgorisks.ie - Their new on line store is open. Here the customers can access a huge variety of amazing brands with lots of exclusive online offers and discounts with free delivery on orders over €40. Alternatively you can click and collect in any of their midland stores including Broderick’s Pharmacy.
Is your child ready for Secondary School? Irish and Maths for 6th class pupils. 5-week intensive course. Fully qualified teacher, with both Primary and Secondary school experience.
From Friday 18th January to Friday 15th February
Irish: 6:30 -7:30pm Friday
Maths: 7:30 -8:30pm Friday
Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre, Creagh Road, Ballinasloe
€40 per 5 week course, or both for €70.
Booking essential. Contact Liz: 087 9177323 to book your place. Register before 18th January to guarantee your place.
Jackie has contributed tirelessly to the community, voluntary and sporting clubs throughout our town and hinterland. She has given freely of her time and creative expertise to help many, to celebrate our good news, winning results or thanking our sponsors or funders. Now perhaps it is our turn to assist her in making the fullest journey on her road to recovery.
Garbally College have won the Connacht Junior and Senior Schools League Finals in Tuam beating Marist College Athlone in both games. In the Junior Final, Garbally won 27-10 having led 8-3 at Half Time. Their Seniors then followed up with victory in their final winning 34-10 having led 13-3 at Half Time.
As part of First Fortnight: European Mental Health Art & Culture Festival, Ballinasloe Library will host an Art Therapy Workshop facilitated by Red Door Studio, Galway on Jan 9th at 11am - 1pm. In conjunction with Galway 2020, this interactive workshop will explore the inclusion of mental health in communities. Participants will be guided to creatively express the importance of connection within different aspects of mental health. It is an opportunity to creatively interact with others in a fun and supportive space.
This workshop is facilitated by art therapists and is aimed at adults and it is FREE. Booking is essential through Eventbrite or a the library.
4 Week Beginners Jive Course in Gullane's Hotel
Classes start Thursday January 10th
8.00pm - 9.30pm
No partner or Experience Required
Visit www.TomJive.com for more information and Videos
€40 for 4 weeks Course
Please phone Tom to Book on O87-3995877
A new initiative to support emerging and existing entrepreneurs in Ballinasloe called
The Pulse Club - launches on 8th January 2019 in Ballinasloe Library
GALWAY, BALLINASLOE - The Pulse Club will be formally launched at The Pulse Centre (above the library in Ballinasloe) on the evening of January 8th 2019 from 6.00 pm.
Confirmed guest speakers on the night include, Gerry Kilcommins, Vice President & General Manager of Worldwide Vascular Operations, Medtronics, Michael Burke, Managing Director, Chanelle Group and Robert Rosenberg, Entrepreneur in Residence at Bioexcel, Portershed, Galway.
The Pulse Club is an initiative of the Ballinasloe Area Community Development and will be open to membership from January 2019. It has two key objectives:
Membership of The Pulse Club is a subsidised €50 for the first year and is open to all entrepreneurs in the Ballinasloe area - aspiring, new and existing. Visit The Pulse Club on facebook or via this website to find out more.
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