Town Hall Cinema is coming back!
The Town Hall Cinema will return on November 3 with Finding Dory being screened at 2.30pm and The Cnojuring 2 showing at 7.30pm. Tickets for these can be bought online at www.ballinasloetownhall.com or on the door.
The cinema will then show The Secret Life of Pets on November 26.
A Get Export Ready Enterprise Ireland seminar for ambitious companies will take place at the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe on Wednesday 9th November. Guest speakers will include Michael Earls, Founder and Managing Director of EASYFIX, Ballinasloe who will talk about his company’s journey to trading internationally and the various challenges that come with trying to win customers overseas.
Barry Egan, Regional Director - West Region, Enterprise Ireland said “At Enterprise Ireland, we work with companies to drive their innovation and competitiveness which allows them to develop their businesses on an international level. Through our new Global Ambition initiative we aim to encourage, educate and enable exporters to develop export plans and scale internationally. This seminar is part of an ongoing series of workshops organised by Enterprise Ireland to support Irish companies as they expand into new international markets”.
The event also offers an opportunity to learn about the range of initiatives that Enterprise Ireland and Galway LEO have that support businesses wishing to explore exporting as a new business stream.
Michael Earls, EASYFIX, added: “There is business to be won in overseas markets. It may take time to get a foothold in some countries, but be patient, believe in your product, and persevere. Ensure your business model has the capacity to meet the export challenges, use the extensive export resources provided by Enterprise Ireland and be willing to always innovate and adapt your product range to meet the needs of overseas markets”.
EASYFIX design, develop and manufacture a wide portfolio of award winning and innovative products exclusively for beef, dairy, veal, equine, gym, crèche, decking and safety markets. Since starting this family owned business in 1996, EASYFIX has developed sales in over 30 countries in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia.
PJ Burke European Sales Manager, EASYFIX will also present on the challenges of breaking into a new country and the subsequent issues with maintaining and growing existing accounts. There is no charge for attending this event. Register on line at www.enterprise-ireland.com/exportaware
Venue: Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe
Time & Date: 9am – 12 noon, Wednesday 9th November 2016
Job Opportunity at KPW Print!
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Cllr Michael Finnerty raised the issue of the development of social housing at Garbally Drive at this month’s Municipal District meeting at the Civic Offices.
Recently, an application was made for the development under the Part 8 Planning. It would consist of the building of between 10 and 12 new social houses.The application is due to be brought up at Galway County Council’s October meeting on Monday, October 24, as the final decision lies on the entire Council and not the Municipal District.
A report will be issued to all members of the Council. “We’ve to wait for the report and see what happens because there are quite a few points that we want to highlight at that meeting”, said Cllr Finnerty.
Cllr Dermott Connolly showed his support for the residents of Garbally Drive. “I think that it’s important that the issues raised by the residents would be, and I’m sure it will, be taken on board by Galway County Council”, he added.
The application was pushed back until the October meeting so that the concerns highlighted by the residents could be addressed prior to the report being put to the Council. Issues that were raised at a recent public meeting in Gullane’s Hotel included traffic concerns and the risk of flooding in the area.
There was some good news discussed at this month’s Municipal District meeting as funding has been obtained from Galway County Council for the repairs needed at the athletics track at the Dunlo Recreational Park. The track has been out of action for a number of months now.
“It was very welcome news that we received from Director of Services, Catherine McConnell, that funding has been secured”, said Cllr Dermott Connolly.
He continued that if they work together in a positive way then they will achieve positive results.
Contractors are due to provide their programme of works in the coming days with a start date due to be announced shortly.
There are a number of layers that have to be constructed as part of the project. The only issue that may arise during these repairs is that the final top layer may be delayed. As winter is only around the corner, whether or not the top layer will be able to be put down is weather dependent. If it cannot be done, a temporary layer will be in place until the weather improves in the spring time.
BALLINASLOE CHESS CLUB COMING TO AN TAIN!!!
Ballinasloe Chess Club will bring back the Adult Night in An Táin from Monday, October 24th.
A chance to mix and enjoy playing the game in a social environment, the club will meet at 8pm. Whether you are an experienced player looking for challenging games, a social player wanting to enjoy a drink and have fun, or someone looking to learn the game and enjoy the environment, we look forward to seeing you that night.
So join us in An Táin on Monday, October 24th for a good night of craic and chess :)
By Colm Croffy, Ballinasloe Life Magazine
Second Time Round Closure For Signature Dunlo St. Hotel
Eight years almost to when Hayden’s Hotel closed its doors for the last time; it is Groundhog Day for Dunlo St and the town with the loss of 35 jobs and darkness descending on what was once the leading flagship of the street.
Staff at the hotel were clearly upset at the closure of the landmark hostelry, when informed out of the blue last, night which has been synonymous with the town, and has served both locals and visitors for generations.
One of the best known establishments in the West of Ireland, the 60 bedroom hotel became a very popular wedding venue after the O’Carroll family took it over in 1945, and was always a favourite pit- stop for people travelling to Galway and Connemara.
The Creaven Brothers purchased the hotel and its holdings from the Receivers appointed to the Lynch Construction Group in 2008 with ambitious development plans. In 2013 the Hotel featured in RTE’s At Your Service Programme with Francis and John Brennan.
It is understood that the realities of trading in the teeth of recession with mounting overhead costs like Energy, Insurance , Rates and the difficulties of parking forced the Hotel into closure. A good fair week was not enough to save them. Whilst it is understood that staff were only offered state redundancy terms it is not known now what is to happen the premises .There are now 12 closed and dilapidated businesses on a once bustling Dunlo St.
Speaking to LIFE Chairman Seamus Duffy acknowledged the role the Creaven Family had in supporting the community life “It’s a tough decision for the Creaven’s and indeed the staff but we must remember that they provided nearly 40 jobs in our town in the teeth of the worst recession the country has ever seen for 8 years. They were also very strong supporters of many sporting, charitable, community and voluntary organisations of the town and it’s wider hinterland”.
People were in real shock today around town as they recalled the heyday of the premises in the 60s and 70s when there was an almost three year waiting list to have a wedding in the Hotel and Brendan Shine and his band were the Resident Wedding band of the 60s!
As Ballinasloe gets ready to take part in Social Inclusion Week for County Galway we are delighted to see so much happening in the town around Accessibility!
The launch will take place on Monday 17th October at 6:30pm in the Library.
Events are planned throughout the week in Galway. Click here to see the full programme
Halloween Party - Kids Fancy Dress and Disco 4 Katie - all in aid of My Canine Companion Autism Service Dogs!
Kilconnell Hall - Friday 28th October from 7 to 9 pm.
Start your own business course!
Start your own business course beginning next Monday October 10th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm in the Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre.
Suitable for anyone considering starting up a business or anyone who is currently in the early stages of their own project. The course will take you through everything you need to know to get started and will prepare you for all challenges you might face in your first year in business.
Places still available, please email Lyn for more information!
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