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.

Galway Races 2018

The Galway Races Outing 2018

The annual return visit to Ballybrit this Halloween weekend was another enjoyable outing. 25 of our members –smaller number than usual – boarded our bus on a very cold Bank holiday Monday. A few arrived with their newspapers and seemed to be very determined this time to beat the bookies by studying form. The rest of us were happy enough to take our chances and hope to make a fortune by merely sticking a pin in the right spot.!

After a welcome glass of mulled wine in the comfort of the Millennium Stand, we enjoyed a beautiful four-course meal. Then began the serious business of studying form of horses, trainers and jockeys in an effort to pick a winner. Even though the amount gambled wasn’t too big, it was exciting to watch our horse first past the post.

Everybody was happy as we boarded the bus for home. Even though nobody made a fortune or lost their shirt, it proved to be a very enjoyable way to spend a Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

Until the next time P.G.

Chris O’Flynn (P.R.O) 29/10/18

Ennistymon ARA GO ON Festival 2018

On Monday 24th September 35 B.A.R.A. Members boarded  Fahys Bus from the Square and set off on a three day trip to the Falls Hotel Ennistymon for our Annual A.R.A. Go On Festival. On our
 arrival at the hotel we were greeted by the Manager Patrick and Chairperson of the Western Region  Deirdre Hogan followed by Tea Coffee and Scones .As we were familiar with the hotel since last year we weren't long settling in,meeting friends from other A.R.A.s The hotel itself had many activities laid on for us over the three days such as Aqua-aerobics, Social Dancing Card Games etc.
Our day Trips were to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park ,and Shopping Trip to Ennis .Many choose to take advantage of the trips while others stayed at the hotel and take part in the activities ,others went to Lisdoonvarna by  car or bus . On our final evening we had a Gala Dinner Dance and Raffle .Entertainment was provided by the Dillion Family ,Local Musicians and Dancers  .The Hotel Staff were friendly ,kind and caring  .The Food was excellent .We would like to thank the Organising Committee of the Western Region and B.A.R.A. Social Committee for organising another wonderful Break Away . Regards Anne Duffy