St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019

Wet and windy” was the weather forecast for St Patrick’s Day 2019. However, 32 brave members of the Ballinasloe Active Retirement Group left their comfort zone and braved the elements to take part in our local Parade.

Our theme this year was “Life is for Living”. To prove this ,we donned our green hats and national colours and carried our bright banners to highlight all our various activities. Our colourful turnout was met with great applause .Our aim was to prove that age was no barrier to living life to the full.

We are proud to say that, once again, much to our delight, we got 1st prize in our category.

We adjourned afterwards to Gullane’s Hotel for a well earned bowl of soup and tea/coffee.

Thanks to one and all who took part.

Chris O’Flynn (P.R.O)


Tom Quinn – Celebrating 100 Years

Tom Quinn – Celebrating 100 Years

Members of the Ballinasloe Active Retirement group held a very enjoyable Birthday Party recently in Gullane’s Hotel to celebrate the 100th birthday of Tom Quinn, the popular and oldest member of the group.

The young-at-heart centenarian still drives himself to the Wednesday afternoon sessions in Gullane’s Hotel. He plays a much valued role in the organisation . This talented musician continues to entertain the members with a few tunes from yesteryear on his much loved violin.

His cheerful positive attitude and active lifestyle continues to be an inspiration to us all. We all join in wishing Tom continued good Health and Happiness in the years ahead.

Chris O’Flynn (P.R.O)

March 2019

The Call of Home

The call of home.
To-day, we say farewell and good luck to one of our most popular members, Noel Mason .He has been a regular and committed member of our Active Retirement Association for the past 8 years. He soon leaves to return to family in his home town of Limerick. A keen walker and keep-fit enthusiast, we will miss his good humour and hearty laugh especially in the walking club. We wish him every happiness in his new home.
Chris O’Flynn (P.R.O)

Computer Class 2019



Some members of ARA who are attending a computer course to up-date their skills.

This course was made available through Dept.of Communications, Environment and Climate Change

and was held in Gullane's Hotel.

p.r.o.  Chris  O'Flynn




Our Christmas trip to Cork Dec.’18

Instead of going to Dublin for the Annual Christmas shopping/shows trip, a large group of our members headed South to Cork this year for a change.

We travelled in style in Cronin’s luxurious coach to this beautiful county, stopping off for lunch in Bunratty.

We booked into the very comfortable Oriel Hotel in Ballincollig –a lovely village just 15 mins from Cork city. Some of our more hardy walkers availed of the popular recreational Park at the rear of the Hotel while others went off to explore and do their own thing in Cork city

After three days and with all the shopping done, we were ready for home . After our enjoyable break we were now energised , and ready to put up the Christmas tree and decorations which awaited us at home.



Chris O’Flynn (P.R.O) Dec. 2018



The Christmas season celebrations started off with a most enjoyable Dinner/Dance on Sunday, Nov.25th.’18

A very large group of party-goers from our Association joined the Western Region members in the Loughrea Hotel

Dressed in our finery and in high spirits, we boarded our coach in the Square. Without the worry of having to drive home, we were able to enjoy our glass of Christmas cheer in comfort.

We were served a lovely four course meal and danced the evening away to music which took us back in time. The aching limbs and tired boned were forgotten for a while as we took to the floor in our attempts to re-visit the old time waltz, quick-step and even the jive. ! Poor patient Anne is still trying to teach us line dancing, we are slow learners but we are doing our best.!!

We arrived home safely having enjoyed another very enjoyable evening,

Thank you to our wonderful social committee

Chris O’Flynn (P.R.O.) Nov.’18








Congrats to our knitters.  Beautiful work.