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