The New Year celebrations were overshadowed locally, as news trickled through of one of Main Street’s prominent businessmen’s sudden shock passing. Martin Grenham was one of twins (brother Peter) born to parents Teresa and Joseph on 31st March 1950, who ran a prominent Bar, Grocery and Undertakers from their Main Street premises. Martin spent many summers as a young child in his Aunt Margaret’s farm in Castlepollard (including a long stay after he broke his leg chasing Peter around the kitchen table).
He attended St.Grellan’s N.S. but was also known to hide behind Hill’s sweetshop for an odd day instead. After his secondary education in “The Tech”, he worked as manager in the Sheaf of Wheat, Coolock with his brother John. While he had dreamt of becoming a guard he changed his mind instead he returned to work in the family business. This proved to be a wise move as he soon met his beloved wife Mary in 1974. Two years later on the 15th of June 1976 they married in Athleague. A year later Martin Junior arrived, coincidentally the same day Elvis Presley departed! Two years later, Tracy completed their happy family.
He worked tirelessly in Grenham’s bar for years; always to be found with a cloth in his hand cleaning. His hobbies included watching cowboy and true crime movies, listening to country and western and traditional Irish music. His daily routine in later years included caring for his adored granddaughter Ava.
Many people have said they knew they were late for work when they saw Martin’s car outside the school in the mornings. He was an invaluable help and companion to his nephew-in-law Niall. His love and care for his wife Mary during her illness was his main priority, often sleeping in a chair beside her hospital bed. Her loss, broke Martin’s heart and he would often visit her grave daily, if not more often. He revered their memories together and she would have been so proud of how he cared for Ava and his new found housekeeping abilities!
He was a well-known man around town, known for his generosity and usually had a witty comeback for most conversations. He was deeply loved by all that knew him. The family of the late Martin Grenham Snr. especially his son Martin, daughter Tracy and granddaughter Ava brothers John, Peter and Gerry and four sisters Mary, Patricia, Anne, Connie and mother Teresa, all express their heartfelt thanks to everyone who has offered support, expressed condolences and for all their kind words. They are deeply indebted to the paramedics, fire brigade and to the wonderful staff in ICU in Galway University Hospital.
By Ken Kelly
A Taughmaconnell student, volunteering in Ghana, West Africa, has helped to kit out a soccer team with jerseys from Joe Kelly’s Bar in Ballinasloe. Publican Joe has been a life-long supporter and sponsor of the Skyvalley Rovers soccer club, who now sees his branded jerseys being worn in West Africa. Katie Phelan, daughter of Joe and Rose, from Camla, Taughmaconnell, is a third year student in the University of Limerick and is a playing member of Skyvalley Rovers. As part of her studies she decided to volunteer at the Padre Pio Rehabilitation Centre in Ghana’s Cape Coast and brought with her a set of jerseys that had been donated to her club by Joe Kelly’s Bar. These she gladly gave to a group of enthusiastic soccer players, who are now displaying them with pride in their inter-village matches.
A spokesman for the Taughmaconnell club paid tribute to Joe Kelly for his support and sponsorship since its foundation in 1971. “He has been a true supporter over the years and was a special guest at our 40th anniversary celebrations in 2011. Now his son, Joby, has come on board to continue the sponsorship. The whole family have been most generous and we all here wish Joe a speedy recovery from his recent illness” he stated. Meanwhile, Katie, who is a former pupil of Ardscoil Mhuire, said the Cape Coast boys are the envy of everyone as they tog out in Joe Kelly’s Bar jerseys!
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Kate Middleton wore a €450 khaki jacket from Ballinasloe brand "Dubarry" on her first public outing this year. And it's now sold out according to Independent.ie!
The Duchess of Cambridge visited a community garden in north London as it was announced she has co-designed the RHS Back to Nature Garden for the 2019 Chelsea Flower show.
"Country Kate" wore the €450 khaki jacket from Dubarry along with black Zara skinny jeans and walking boots.
But it wasn't the first time she wore it! Kate was previously seen wearing it on Christmas Eve as she completed some last-minute Christmas shopping in Norfolk.
We in Ballinasloe think Kate has got great taste!
Visit www.dubarry.ie to visit their range of versatile and "fit-for-Royalty" stylish outdoor wear.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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