Congratulations to Sheridan Stores - the overall winners of Ballinasloe's Best Christmas Window Display 2016 as voted on by the public.
There was a fantastic response from the town with 45 shops/businesses entering the competition and 3,180 people voting on their favourite window display.
The top three winners were:
1st: Sheridan Stores (462 votes)
2nd: Utah Department Store (265 votes)
3rd: Maud Millars (245 votes)
The winners were announced from the Gig Rig after Santa arrived via Fire brigade to turn on the lights of the now famous Europe Christmas Tree!
Congratuations to everyone and if you need reminding of the amazing displays you can find them all here
By Sean Power of PowerPix Produtions
AUTUMN OVER GARBALLY WOODS
I was back in my hometown of Ballinsloe last night to check out the excellent Zombie Walk in Garbally Woods. It was a great event! It's a 2K walk through a forest in the dead of night! The path is dimly lit with LED lights to keep you from getting lost and walkers are ambushed along the way by an array of terrifying characters from witches, zombies, demon butchers, a terrorist (yes a terrorist!) to chainsaw wielding maniacs.
There was also a frightening stalker who followed us down the road for about 10 minutes. Or maybe it was the legendary white lady who is the ghost rumored to haunt the halls of Garbally House. I went to school in Garbally and I remember one of the stories - a mysterious blood stain on the floor that always came back even after being scrubbed off!
The hour also went back last night - winter is coming! So this morning I woke up early for a change and I decided to head back to Garbally woods to take the drone out for a little flight. I was hoping to catch some of the spectacular autumnal colors. There were no signs of any zombies left in the woods so I guess they only come out at night!
Sean Power is the very talented owner of PowerPix Productions and hails from Creagh in Ballinasloe. Have a look at his website to see some more of his work!
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It's time to "Deck the Halls". Ballinasloe Town Team (a sub Group of BACD Ltd*) is offering you the chance to "support local" and vote for the best dressed shop window this Christmas.
All you have to do is take a stroll around Ballinasloe and have a good look at all the beautiful window displays. When you've done that, click here and vote for your favourite using the form at the end of the page.
The winner will be announced at our Christmas Festival on Sunday the 27th November @ 7.00 pm. Voting closes at 6.30 pm sharp on that day!
The Christmas Festival & Turning On of the Lights ceremony will kick off at 5:00 pm with live music and entertainment on the Gig Rig from our 4 Town National Schools, Little Red Riding Hood Panto Dance Troop and the Town Band. Santa Claus is due to arrive with the help of the local Fire Brigade @ 5:45 pm. MC for the evening will be Farmer Hood from Little Red Riding Hood who will be joined by the cast and crew from this years' panto. Mulled Wine will be served from the Christmas tree with Face-Painting and balloons for all the kids.
So wrap up warm and come along and to what will be a fun family day out!
*BACD Ltd: Ballinasloe Area Community Development Ltd is a voluntary group striving towards the better economic and social development of Ballinasloe & its hinterland.
The first prize for the winning shop is a weekend away for 2.
Massive Used Household Goods Sales Saturday 26th November in the Emerald Ballroom. Sell your unwanted goods and make some Cash for Christmas or Bag a Bargain, sell goods yourself or we’ll sell them for you. Goods for sale must be booked in by this Friday, call 087 667 9141 for full details.
Donated goods most welcome!
Date for your diary!! Santa will be coming to Cuckoo Hill on Saturday 3rd December between 5 and 8pm. Tickets are €5 (Family Discounts available).
Keep an eye on the Cuckoo Hill facebook page to be updated on all Cuckoo Hill events.
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Dunlo Street Ballinasloe
Please phone for more details: 087-7913520
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