The winners have been announced of the first Children's Farm Safety Art Competition organised by Macra na Feirme. Over six hundred children took part in the art competition from all over the country. Anna Trappe (10), a fourth class student in St. Catherine’s N.S Aughrim, Ballinasloe won with her “Stay Safe on the Farm Stay out of Harm” poster. Anna was presented with her prize by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD in Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin. Minister Coveney is a passionate believer in the promotion of farm safety and commended the participants on their inspirational posters.
The judges from EmbraceFARM said they thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the entries and were very impressed with the level of knowledge on the issue and the fantastic art work that was produced.
The aim of the Farm Safety competition is to raise awareness of farm safety, a topic which is very important to Macra na Feirme, among young children. Caroline O'Dowd is a primary school teacher in a small rural school in county Longford, she explained "I teach children from Junior infants to second class and every year there are lots of little farmers among my students. These children are out on the farms with their parents, grandparents and other relations on a daily basis. They don't understand the dangers on the farm because they consider it their playground. I feel the bad habits are being formed at this young age so it is at this age they have to be taught the need for good safety practices.”
It's great to see that farm safety is being promoted throughout the schools and how it is being met with such enthusiasm!
The Creagh N.S. Parents' Association are hosting a Fundraising Clothing Collection where they will convert your unwanted clothes into Sports Activity Packs for the school and make a donation to the Laura Lynn Foundation!
The aim is to provide every classroom with their own Sports Activity Kit to further promote physical activity in the school day. They are looking for Clothes, Handbags, Belts, Soft Toys and Shoes. They don't accept End of Life Clothing, Bedding, Curtains.
The Drop off Point to donate these clothes are: Beside Barrett's Hardware, Society Street, Ballinasloe, Friday 26th Feb (2.00pm - 6.00pm), Saturday 27th Feb (10.00am - 2.00pm) and Monday 29th Feb (9.00am - 10.30am).
Please do not drop bags to the School, if you wish to drop off bags before the event, please contact a member of the committee.
If you are interested in Sponsoring an Activity Pack or making a Financial Donation to our Fundraising Appeal please contact a member of the Parents' Association.
Marian Canavan (087) 8234492
Caroline Treacy (087) 2056829
Marie Cunningham (087) 2298566
Doreen McGowan (086) 6482047
Caroline Naughton (087) 2919272
Ana Victoria Mulcahy (085) 7896238
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
This year of #Belonging16 commences immediately with the announcement of €100,000 in grants being made available for community parties. 400 grants of €250 are on offer to communities across Ireland to host community parties, encouraging locals to get to know their neighbours. Each community will receive a toolkit from The Community Foundation, along with their €250 grant to host a community party during 2016.
Tina Roche CEO, The Community Foundation for Ireland commented, “The Community Parties of €250 are open to any and all communities across Ireland and are a great opportunity to celebrate your area and bring back that age old tradition of really knowing and looking out for your neighbour”.
From March 1st the remaining €500,000 will be made available in grants to groups who work with families at risk of homelessness, refugees and transgender identities and experiences. Each grant scheme is aimed at promoting and increasing the sense of belonging for these groups and their communities.
Tina Roche, added, “We see 2016 as the year of belonging for The Community Foundation and for Ireland. As the centenary celebrations look back on our successes as a nation over the last 100 years, we want to look forward as to how we can ensure the most marginalised groups in our society feel a sense of belonging in their families, communities, work places and wider society.”
This new fund of €600,000 for #Belonging16 will be in addition to the usual funding allocated by The Community Foundation to causes all over the country which last year totalled almost €5 million. These funds are generously provided by philanthropic donors who utilise The Community Foundation for Ireland for their giving.
“2015 was a very successful year for belonging by ensuring the LGBT community were fully recognised and The Community Foundation and its donors were a huge supporter of this, however we cannot rest on our laurels when so many are still ostracised and unrecognised in Ireland, we must continue in our journey to ensure every person living in Ireland feels a sense of belonging” , Roche concluded.
The Community Foundation for Ireland’s year of belonging will culminate in a belonging event in October where they will showcase, through a belonging report and photo exhibition the good work that will be done to improve the sense of belonging for the population and look forward to what belonging looks like for the future in Ireland.
For more information on #Belonging16 and to apply for grants visit www.communityfoundation.ie or email: email@example.com and follow the conversation on twitter @CommunityFound #Belonging16
As part of our Fit Town Project we have joined with local food business to develop Ballinasloe as Healthy Food Town. The initiative is aimed at complementing the 'Healthy' element of the project in encouraging and supporting people to make healthy food choices.
Each business was asked to make one or more healthy offering available to customers or to highlight healthy choices they currently provide. We are asking you to support the businesses in their efforts by choosing to shop local and to encourage all your family and friends to do likewise. It is the best choice for you and your family, for our community and for our local economy.
If you would like your business to be part of this community initiative please click this link to download the application form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org"
Recently the TOPE Resource and TOPE RT held an Art Exhibition entitled “My Favourite Thing” in the Church Gallery at the New Ballinasloe Library. They produced a booklet of some of the work on display with the assistance of TOPE Print and each artist included a quote about a favourite thing of theirs. The exhibition ran for two weeks and the launch was held in conjunction with the TOPE RT Graduation and QQI Awards and certificates were also presented to individuals who had attended the Start Your Own Business Course organised by the Lets Get To Work project earlier in the year. It was a great success and even received funding for their booklet and exhibition from the Arts Abu programme run by Galway County Council
Seventeen individuals displayed work in the exhibition that they had worked on over eight weeks. The exhibition featured mixed media of painting, collage and pastel work on canvas supported by Joyce Little, Visual Art Tutor under cooperation from the Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board. The aim of the class is to support learners in developing an understanding and appreciation of the art, design and craft process through participation in a comprehensive programme.
Learners in the group are encouraged to shape and direct their own creative process by using their own ideas thus developing decision making and assertiveness skills and improving confidence while also working as part of a team. The class also provides opportunities to link with the wider community through exhibiting their work and participating in other events.
A whopping 60 per cent of houses in one Ballinasloe estate – successfully protected by a flood wall – still cannot get insurance cover against water damage.
Even though the householders had informed the insurance companies of the success of the flood defences, this information had no sway on their quotations.
Back in 2009, most of the 100-plus houses in the Derrymullen estate were hit by the rising waters – but since then a flood wall was constructed to protect them from any recurrence. Thanks to the flood defences none of the houses were flooded during the storms this time. Yet the insurance companies are unmoved and will not provide two thirds of the houses with flood cover.
Michael Tully is Chairman of Flood Alleviation Ballinasloe and he is less than pleased with the results of the survey they conducted in the Derrymullen estate. The survey was conducted during the height of the recent flood crisis.
The flood wall resulted in none of the houses in the Derrymullen estate being affected. It was erected back in 2011 and now locals want it extended in order to protect further houses from being flooded.
Minister Simon Harris, who has responsibility for the Office of Public Works, has visited Ballinasloe and has witnessed at first hand the effectiveness of the flood wall which was provided at a cost of €1.5 million.
Mr Tully said that despite this investment anecdotal evidence existed relating to a lack of flood cover on properties inside the flood wall. Flood Alleviation Ballinasloe conducted a short survey on these properties earlier this month.
The survey was administered by visiting relevant households over a three night period. The questionnaire tried to obtain actual data on the vital question of whether or not they had flood cover on their insurance policy and how they rated the service of their insurer.
“Of the 70 respondents to the survey, 100% indicated they had insurance on their property. However of these only 28 stated they had flood cover with the remaining 42 stating they had none.
“This equates to 60% of those polled not having flood cover inside an OPW designed flood defence wall. This is not acceptable in our view,” Mr. Tully added.
“This small scale survey had indicated the majority of people have not got flood cover on their properties.
“Therefore one has to conclude the insurers are not considering the presence of flood defences when making their decisions,” he said.
Talking Heads – the successful hairdressers ran by the talented Jacinta Keane, has moved from Dunlo Street to a newly refurbished premises on Main Street. Jacinta has been hairdressing for the past 26 years, and took over Talking Heads from her brother, Michael in May of last year. Having introduced a line of beauty services to her business, Jacinta quickly realised she would need a larger premises to accommodate the services she had to offer. Jacinta successfully achieved the move right in time for Christmas, with a talented team of staff behind her including; stylist and makeup artist Charlene Carr, stylist Maria Bermingham and junior stylist Clare Walker.
Jacinta works with some well recognised makeup brands such as, MAC and Inglot and also offers Shellac nails and semi-permanent eyelashes. “We are now a one stop salon for all your weddings, parties and special occasions, providing package deals and monthly offers”, added Jacinta. Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am - 6pm. For more information, follow Facebook page at Talking Heads Hair & Beauty.
St. Augustine’s N.S. Clontuskert is the first primary school in the Republic of Ireland to be selected by Microsoft as a 2015-2016 Microsoft Showcase School! It has been awarded for its excellence in transforming its learning environment to deliver more personalised education to students, using mobile and cloud technology to better prepare students for success in the workplace!
Great to see the hard work and innovative teaching being recognised!
Attention Kids, Teens, Parents/Guardians and Teachers! The Fit Town Team have partnered with Europe Direct Ballinasloe Library and Ballinasloe Credit Union for our 'Healthy Little Me' themed Writing and Art competitions which were launched in all primary and post primary schools last week. The challenge is to demonstrate through art (primary school kids) and writing (a 6 word story for post-primary school) what being healthy means to you.
We are encouraging a little creative thinking which focuses on many areas rather than a one dimensional view which we are all so familiar with! Big big thanks to both the Ballinasloe Library and Credit Union for sponsoring and supporting us with this initiative. Closing date for applications is end of February and presentation of prizes for both competitions is planned for Tuesday 8th March in our beautiful new library building.
For more details on Fit Town please see this section of our website.
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