Ballinasloe Tennis Club has just received a Sports Capital Grant of €29,000 (out of €50,000 applied for) which, along with funds already held by the club from fundraising and membership over the last few years, will be used for essential ground works including drainage, access road and gates, fencing off the site from the running track, and building of two new courts beside the track in Brackernagh.
The Club have had a busy year, despite leaving their long-term home to allow the Rugby Club to develop their new all-weather pitch. With activities all throughout the summer, the club also participated in the Midland League men's competition and held a Halloween Camp over the recent mid-term break. Further fundraising may be required to complete this first phase, which the club plans to have completed by Spring 2020. Any contractor interested in quoting for the preliminary works should contact the club at the email address below.
This will be the first phase of an ambitious development proposed for the site in the Sports Hub in Brackernagh - a multi-purpose indoor Sports and Community Centre that, in addition to tennis, will cater for handball, basketball, netball, futsal, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, bowls, yoga, pilates and other sports and activities not already catered for in the town. The club sees the facility providing a safe and welcoming environment with a range of activities for everyone, including teenagers, special needs, minority and disadvantaged groups and local residents, who all currently have very limited places to go to.
A leading firm of sports architects, Cummins & Voortman Ltd. has been commissioned to prepare plans for the building and site. The club and architect Robert Cummin recently presented their vision for the development to local councillors, TDs and other interested parties.
They will shortly be meeting the council for further discussions. In the meantime, the club is continuing with fundraising and have just launched their new EuroMillionsPlus Syndicate – if you’d like to have four entries in both draws every week for a whole year and support the Tennis Club for only €30, please contact any of the committee members. The club would also be delighted to hear from anyone interested in playing tennis, or anyone who is interested or can help with the new development or fundraising in any way.
For more details of club activities please see their facebook page or email email@example.com or call: Sarah 087 680 0598 (Junior and Coaching queries), Garry 085 112 4197, Joe 087 252 1424, Louise 087 135 3751, Ellie 087 411 5599, Kevin 087 621 9905 or Declan 087 915 9771.
Vision for Growth - Ballinasloe 5th December 2019 with Guest Speakers - Sean Gallagher and Eleanor McEvoy of TV's Dragon's Den and Pat McDonagh
Following on from the successful 'Future Business Trends' event held in June, the Pulse Club are delighted to invite you to our FREE upcoming business networking event 'Ballinasloe 2020 - Vision for Growth'.
Attendees from the previous event called it a "buzzing event" that "excellently promoted Ballinasloe as a town on the rise".
The evening will also consist of an exhibition from local businesses followed by a panel discussion with special guest speakers Sean Gallagher and Eleanor McEvoy of TVs Dragons' Den and Pat McDonagh (Ballinasloe man and creator and owner of Supermac's)
?Event: Vision for Growth - Ballinasloe 2020
?Date: Thursday 5 December
?Venue: Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe
?Time: Doors open 5:30pm
To register for free tickets click here
Huge shout out to all the nearly 50 nominees and congrats to the actual winners of the various categories in the 3rd Bi annual People of the Year Awards sponsored by the Ballinasloe Credit Union on 12th November in the Shearwater Hotel & Spa
Arts, Cultural and Heritage Award - Ballinasloe Town Band
Sports and Recreation Volunteer Award - Micheal Ward (Ballinasloe Golf Club)
Sports and Recreation Team Award - Padraig Pearses Senior Football Team
Sports and Recreation Individual Award - Meabh Deely (Rugby)
Youth volunteer Award - Joseph Burke
Social, Community & Civic Pride Award - Helen Harney
Business Community Spirit Award - Cahalan Jewellers
2019 Hall of Fame Winner: Billy O'Carroll
Browse through our gallery below to see all the photos :-)
Starting on November 2nd every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 am in Poolboy Bog, these walks are done in silence and allow you to bathe in nature.
Deadline extended to Friday October 18th!
These Awards recognise and celebrate the voluntary work that individuals, groups, organisations & schools contribute to their community. There are 8 Award categories in total and they are open to individuals and groups working in the Ballinasloe area and hinterland.
These awards are one of the many projects being carried out by the Town Team under the umbrella of Ballinasloe Area Community Development Ltd (BACD). The town team is a voluntary group striving to carry out both short term and long term actions to ultimately improve & revitalize Ballinasloe and its hinterland.
The aim of these awards is to acknowledge the tremendous amount of voluntary work carried out in Ballinasloe which forms the backbone of our community. Many voluntary groups and individuals make invaluable contributions to our community. Our wish is that such people are formally recognised so that we can publicly acknowledge their efforts and achievements. It is also our wish to honour very special and talented individuals or groups who have achieved excellence and represented our community nationally or internationally.
Thank you to our Main Sponsor Ballinasloe Credit Union. The event is also being supported by the KPW Design, Shearwater Hotel and the Town Team.
The 2019 People of the Year Awards will acknowledge outstanding people and organisations who, through their commitment to participating in community and voluntary activities, have had a positive and significant impact on the quality of life in their communities in Ballinasloe.
There are so many people making a difference in our community this is an opportunity to formally recognise their achievements under the format of People of the Year Awards. We encourage you to please put their names forward for an award.What are the 8 Categories?Click into the box below to directly nominate Ballinasloe People of the Year
People of the Year Awards
1. Arts, Cultural and Heritage Award
This category recognises the voluntary contribution of individuals, schools and groups to the continuing development of the Arts, Culture & Heritage in Ballinasloe. It covers a wide range of activities and events that contribute to the enhancement of the quality of life in Ballinasloe. You can submit your nomination directly online by clicking HERE
2. Sports and Recreation Volunteer Award
This category recognises individuals or groups in Ballinasloe who give their time voluntarily to support and encourage participation in sport and other recreation activities. Sports and Recreation is important in creating a healthier lifestyle for the whole community. You can submit your nomination directly online by clicking HERE
3. Sports and Recreation Team Award
This category recognises specific sports teams who have excelled in their chosen sport and represented their town with distinction. Sports and Recreation is important in creating a healthier lifestyle for the whole community. You can submit your nomination directly online by clicking HERE
4. Sports and Recreation Individual Award
This category recognises specific sports individuals who have excelled in their chosen sport and represented their town with distinction. Sports and Recreation is important in creating a healthier lifestyle for the whole community. You can submit your nomination directly online by clicking HERE
5. Youth Volunteer Award
This category recognises the contribution that young people make to our society, through voluntary or fundraising work within the community. . It acknowledges how young people within our community are setting an example not only to their peers but society as a whole. . (Age Limit 25 or under). You can submit your nomination directly online by clicking HERE
6. Social, Community & Civic Special Recognition Award
This category recognises voluntary groups or individuals that have made a special contribution to life in Ballinasloe and hinterland through the works which they have undertaken. It may be in respect of ongoing work, or specific project that has made a significant impact on their community and its people or working with specific groups. This category is to recognise those that continue to work towards making Ballinasloe a better place to live. You can submit your nomination directly online by clicking HERE
7. Business Community Spirit Award
This category recognises local businesses that go above and beyond the call of duty to support and contribute to their community. This can be through supporting or contributing to community groups directly or by offering supports or services to help different organisations and community groups in the area. Download the nomination form here. OR you can submit your nomination directly online by clicking HERE
8. Hall of Fame Award ( Lifetime Achievement Accolade)
This category recognises individuals from Ballinasloe whom have achieved excellence within their lifetime and have been successful in the field of either sporting, professional, business, entrepreneurial or artistic endeavours. You can submit your nomination directly online by clicking HERE
Arts, Cultural and Heritage Award – Lawrencetown Community Development-Heritage & Tidy Towns Group
Business Community Spirit Award – Gullane’s Hotel
Social, Community & Civic Pride Award – Ballinasloe Social Services
Sports and Recreation Volunteer Award – John Donnelly (Cycling)
Sports and Recreation Individual Award – Heather Payne (Soccer)
Sports and Recreation Team Award – Ballinasloe Itosu-Kai Karatedo Ireland
Young Person’s Award – Julianna Green & Laura Frehill
Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement Award – Liam Kelly
How do I Nominate?
1.There is one nomination form for each category.
2. You can make a nomination by either downloading the nomination forms on this page and emailing or posting it back. You can ALSO nominate a person/group directly from this page.
3. Read the questions carefully. Section A is information regarding the group or person being nominated. Section B is information regarding the persons making the nomination.
4. You may submit extra information. The assessment will be based on the information provided on the form and any extra information given.
5. All nominees must be nominated for volunteering work undertaken only. Any paid roles will not be considered.
6. Closing date for receipt of nomination forms is
What happens then?
1.The Awards will be independently assessed by a 4 person assessment panel ( 2 local representatives and 2 external/neutral representatives )after the closing date and winners will be chosen.
2.All Shortlisted nominees will be invited to The People of the Year Awards Ceremony on the evening of the 14th of November 2019 in the Shearwater Hotel, with our MC Darren Frehill from RTE sport, where the winners will be announced and presented with their Awards.
What is the Prize?
All Shortlisted Nominees from each Category will be presented with a Scroll of Achievement and each category winner will be presented with a specially commissioned prestigious Award.
Are there any Conditions?
The following conditions apply:
For queries please contact:
Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre
Tel: 090 9646516
Deadline for receipt of nominations is 18th October 2019
Something for the diaries on Wednesday, October 23rd, 11 am - 1 pm: a coffee morning in aid of Galway Hospice.
Location: Brothers of Charity, Cleaghmore, Rainbow Centre
By Jeje Begraoui
Tonight at the Marina, from 7 pm - 8 pm: National Wave of Light to be held for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
Feileacain (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland) Ireland, has organised a national Wave of Light with over 70 buildings in 24 counties lending their support.
Hospitals, hotels and iconic buildings across the country will light up in pink and blue to mark Babyloss Awareness Day.
Families and individuals are also encouraged to join the Wave of Light by lighting their own candle for Infant and Pregnancy Loss. Click here for more information
Ballinasloe Horse Fair is held annually in Ballinasloe, the second largest town in County Galway, in the western part of Ireland. It is one of Europe’s oldest and largest Horse Fairs, dating back to the 18th century.
This annual event attracts up to 80,000 visitors from all over the world, with many returning to the town year after year.
This festival is one of the most important social and economic events in the life of the town. The town is also renowned for horse and pony riding, show jumping and other equestrian activities which take place throughout the year.
Schedule of Events
Friday 20th September - Queen of Fair Gullane’s Hotel @ 8pm
Sunday 29th September - Official Opening • Horse Fair • Street Stalls • Street Entertainment • Horse & Pony Lunging
Monday 30th September - Horse Fair • Street Entertainment • Street Stalls • Connemara Pony Classes on Fair Green
Tuesday 1st October - Heritage Night / Photo Exhibition • Gullane’s Hotel 8.30pm
Thursday 3rd October - Fair & Festival Music Night - see here for details
Friday 4th October - Fireworks Display 8.30pm • Entertainment 7pm to 8.30pm @ Marina • Jiving Competition St. Michaels Sq.@ 9pm • Tug of War - Society St. @ 9pm
Saturday 5th October - Country Fair Day • Horses on the fair green • Street Entertainment • Market Stalls
Sunday 6th October - Food & Craft Market • Kids Art Crafts & Bakery •Static Vintage Display • MotorBbike Stunt Show
Kids Tractor Racing • Dog Show • Street Entertainment
To find out more visit http://ballinasloeoctoberfair.com/
Congratulations to Ashley Walsh the Ballinasoe Town AFC candidate on being crowned the 2019 Queen of the Fair in Gullanes Hotel on 20th September and well done to all the women on the night for taking part!
New Arts and Crafts Workshops for children (ages 5-8 and 8-12) in Ballinasloe on Fridays and Moylough on Tuesdays from September 20th.
Encouraging creativity and self-expression through a range of different Arts and Crafts mediums such as:
Contact Sylwia for bookings in Moylough - 087 9645822 and Katie for bookings in Ballinasloe - 0862676677
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