It was with great sadness we said good-bye to Betty Ring, who passed away
recently. Betty was our first treasurer in the Active Retirement Association and
with her past business experience, she did a wonderful job.
Small of stature but with a big heart, she remained a faithful member of the
group right up to the time of her death at the ripe old age of 98.
Having travelled quite a bit in her young life, she was first to sign on for all the
trips both at home and abroad. She was a great historian, had a wonderful
memory and was an interesting conversationist .
A great golfer and tennis player in her youth, she remained active and
continued to swim and play table tennis
Betty remained the last surviving member of her family. She lived alone but
was loved by everyone.
May she rest in peace.

Chris O’Flynn (P.R.O) 9 th October 2023  


Ballinasloe Active Retirement busy Summer 2023

With the inactive days of the Pandemic now just an unpleasant memory, the
members of Ballinasloe Active Retirement group have now resumed their
many Summer outings and activities
The season started off with a most enjoyable 5 day trip to Arklow and
surrounding countryside
In June, a large group had a memorable evening in Bunratty Castle
Recently, a full coach travelled by coach and ferry to Bath/Bristol. They had a
guided tour of Berkeley Castle followed by a scenic drive to the historic village
of Castle Combe in the Cotswolds. They then travelled to Wells ,the smallest
city in England, followed by a day of leisure in Bath where they explored the
stunning Bath Abbey.
Last but not least, the group headed off to Dublin where they had a wonderful
day in the Dail. They availed of all photo opportunities with our VIP’s
The members are now looking forward to the next day trip to Carrick-on-
Shannon which is next on the menu.
In the meantime all our other activities continue during the Summer months.
Our walking club and our” keep fit” regime continue every Tues. morning on
the Track in Brackernagh at 10.30
Meetings in Gullanes Hotel every Wed. @ 3.oc.
New members are always welcome.
Contact our Secretary, Deirdre Hogan Phone 086 3824556 or visit our website
at ballinasloeactiveretirement@gmail.com

Chris O’Flynn (P.R.O.) July 2023 

Summer Party in Gullane's Hotel on 7 th June 2023


     Thanks for photos  CHRIS  FLYNN

BARA Spring Break to Arklow 2023

 BARA Spring Break to Arklow 2023 

On Monday 17th April 51 of BARA members boarded Mc Ginleys Coach for our 5 day Spring Break to Arklow.We were welcomed  on board by our bus driver who introduced  himself as Michael
We set off on our journey, our first stop was Newbridge where we had a coffee break and some time for shopping in Newbridge Silverware.After two hours we continued our journey to where we were based at the beautiful  Arklow Bay Hotel.On arrival we were welcomed by the Manager & staff who gave us the keys to our rooms .Dinner was @6 30 pm.
 Day 2 We travelled to Powerscourt House and GardensThe day was bright and sunny. After lunch we continued on to the seaside town of Bray where we walked the fabulous  promenade it's famous for,before we returned to the hotel @ 5pm.Dinner was @ 6 30 pm followed by music and dance
Day 3 We set offat 10 30 am to the beautiful Glendalough,renowned for an early medieval monastic settlement  founded in the6th century by St Kevin.We had a short audio visual display to explain the site ,we were then taken on a guided tour ,Mount Usher Gardens located in Ashford was our next stop where we had lunch & did some shopping. We returned to hotel @5 pm 
Day 4 We travelled to Avoca,on route we  stopped @ The Meeting of the Waters made famous by the Thomas Moore song .Some of our members entertained us with the song.In Avoca we got a guided tour of the famous hand weavers mill.After lunch there we returned to Arklow  Town where we spent the afternoonshopping in thr Bridgewater Shopping Centre .
Day 5 Our final day had arrived our Spring Break was over for another year,but we couldn't complain we had an enjoyable break and the good weather was a bonus.We boarded the bus for the last jeg of our journey with a lunch break in Kinnedgad.We arrived back in Ballinasloe tired and weary but very  happy 😊 


Bowls Club Winners

Members of the Ballinasloe Active Retirement Bowls Club were the proud
winners of the All Ireland Active Retirement competition held recently in the
Gleneagle Hotel,Killarney. They were presented with the much sought-after
Billy Pope Cup.
Billy Pope was a great instigator for exercise for the elderly and donated the
Cup for Active Retirement members about 20 years ago. He passed away about
2 years ago.
New members are always welcome to this thriving club. They meet every
Monday mornings 10.30 -12 in the Emerald Ballroom and Thursday evenings 9-
New members have 3 free sessions. Afterwards (if it is to your liking) ,it will cost
3 euro. per session. Annual sub.is 10 euros
Contact Ita Rigney (Treasurer) at 087 6929565 or come along to any of the
Chris O’Flynn (P.R.O)
5 th April 2023

Saint Patrick's Day 2023

  Approx. 30 members of the Ballinasloe Active Retirement Assoc. once again
took their place amongst the marchers in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We had
no particular theme but everyone looked splendid all togged in our national
colours. The weather was very kind to us this year as the rain came down in
other parts of the country
This year, the parade was bigger and better than ever. Every organization,
sports clubs and schools in the town were represented. It was nice to see the
different nationalities, dressed in their national dress, taking part in the fun.
The local band and the new Slua Drummers were a great addition to the
atmosphere and enjoyed by one and all.
The fine day helped to bring out the largest number of spectators ever to
watch the parade. We heard to lot of “hello Granny ‘s” as we passed by and
then realized it could be any of all the grannies in our group they were
cheering on.
We were delighted to be amongst the prizewinners once again. Weary but
happy we adjourned to Gullane’s for a very welcome bowl of hot soup
followed by tea/coffee. Our thanks to Tomas Gullane and staff for always
looking after us so well and providing us with a home from home.

Chris O’Flynn ,March ‘23