Experience the Joys of Social Walking!

Walking has long been recognised as the healthiest and most efficient method of exercise that humans can indulge in.
During these dark days of belt-tightening and fiscal rectitude we can also add “excellent value for money”!
The Ballinasloe Active Retirement Walking and Exercise Club have been enjoying walking and physical exercises now for up to two years. Each Tuesday at 10.30 sharp they gather at venues in and around Ballinasloe and spend 30 – 40 minutes in enjoyable walking followed by light stretching and joint exercises.
Under the watchful eye of coordinator, Jimmy Lyons, and led by two trained instructors, the sessions have proved to be enjoyable and beneficial to all concerned. They conclude with a well earned tea/coffee, biscuits and chat. The sessions form a healthy as well as an important social occasion.
Padraig Pearse’s Club in Woodmount generously allow us the use of their complex and walking track free of charge for which we are very grateful.
We also visit many other walking sites throughout the year.
As our motto in the Association is “stay active,stay healthy” come along and join us at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. You will enjoy the experience!
For further information contact 090-9642531 or 9683614

Ballinasloe Active Retirement Holds its 7th AGM!

There was a very large attendance at the seventh A.G.M of the Ballinasloe Active Retirement Association which was held in the Gael Scoil on Wednesday January 21st 2009.
Chairperson's Address
The outgoing Chairman, Jimmy Crehan (photo on left) , in his address, stated the importance of health and social aspects, of making new friendships , helping each other and generally improving the quality of life.
Secretary's Report
The Secretary, Margaret McDonnell, reported on the year’s many activities. She further thanked Fr. McInerney, the Gael Scoil and particularly our Chairman for all his work for the association since it was formed in 2002.
2008- An Action Packed Year!
Chris O’Flynn, Secretary of the Social Committee gave a comprehensive account of an action-packed year which included day trips, holidays, horse-racing and Theatre outings. The highlight of the year was a glorious Mediterranean Cruise which left 54 members with many happy memories of their visits to far away places.
She said there were lots of exciting events in the pipeline for the year ahead.
Committee 2009
The following Officers were elected:
Chairman: Gabriel Rohan
Vice Chairman: John Boland
Secretary; Margaret McDonnell
Asst. Secretary: Kaye Killeen
Treasurer: Douglas Rafter
Asst. Treasurer: Ollie Hanniffy
P.R.O.: Chris O’Flynn
Committee members: Sean Carrig, Bridie Loughman, Mary Fallon, Una O’Reilly, Celia McCafferty, Nicholas Power.

The next meeting will be held in the Gael Scoil, Ard Mhuire,on Wed. 4th February @ 3p.m. New members welcome