Community Diary - Ballinasloe

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East Galway Art Trail 2011

The East Galway Art Trail, now in its fourth year, will this year host artists Aishling Morin, Fiona Flaherty, Johnny Hession, Ann Hill, John Soden, and Peter Kelehan.

The Art Trail is a project organised by Ballinasloe artist Joyce Little and the staff of Galway County Library who live and work in Ballinasloe, Portumna, Killimor, Eyrecourt, and Woodford, and aims to bring both the artist and their work into the wider community by using the facilities available in rural libraries as focal points.

As part of the Art Trail, an exhibition by John Soden takes place in Ballinasloe Library on Wednesday April 6 at 7.30pm. John’s paintings bring to life everyday scenes through the exploration of colour. Be it street scene, horse fair, or market place, he layers oil paint in different stages to give depth and a rich vibrant colour. He is mainly self-taught and has had a passion for art since childhood.

Join the Ballinasloe 10k Fun Run/Walk!

Walk, crawl, run, or jog the Ballinasloe 10k Fun Run in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

The fun run takes place on Sunday April 17 at noon from the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe. The route takes in Harbour Road, Poolboy, Moher, Beechlawn, and finishes at Square D.

Register at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel or download a form at, or see the Ballinasloe 10k Fun Run Facebook page.

Registration is €15, and all proceeds go to the Irish Cancer Society.

Ballinasloe Twentybuildteam launches campaign

The Ballinasloe Twentybuildteam officially launched their 2011 Championship campaign yesterday, St Patrick’s Day, with a fundraising event in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

To mark the launch, the group undertook to build the iconic Ferguson Twenty Tractor against the clock in Gullane’s Hotel, following the St Patrick’s Day Parade. The Ballinasloe team were joined by the ‘Bog Mechanics’ from Cavan. All proceeds raised are being donated to the Irish Cancer Society.

Junior Masterchef Finalists 2011

The delicious aromas wafting from the Home Economics kitchens in Ardscoil Mhuire this week were most likely down to two talented first year students who have qualified for the final of the Junior Masterchef competition in Sligo this Friday.

Rachel Tierney and Ellen Butler have been perfecting their individual menus of homemade leek and potato soup, chicken wrapped in bacon, and poached pear drizzled with chocolate sauce; and sausage and sage potato patties, organic beef stroganoff, and raspberry fool. The girls will have just two hours to wow the four expert judges from St Angela’s College with their culinary skills.

Strong support for St Patrick’s Day parade

Ballinasloe turned green yesterday [Thursday] as local businesses and community and sporting organisations came together to take part in the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade.

This year’s parade theme was left open in order to make it as accessible as possible to all groups wishing to enter, adding to the carnival atmosphere in the town. Organisers were particularly delighted to see the return of last year’s overall winners In-Step Stage School.

An overall prize fund of €2,500 was up for grabs, with five separate prize categories: educational, cultural, voluntary, sporting, and commercial. There were also special prizes again this year for entries which included musical content.

The committee are grateful for the generous sponsorship of Ballinasloe Town Council which once again came on board with substantial funding for the event. They also expressed their appreciation for support from Ballinasloe Vintners, Ballinasloe Chamber of Commerce, the Credit Union, Supermacs, AIB and Gullane’s.


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