Once again B.A.R.A. goes to the dogs

At 6pm on Friday 12th March a bus load of excited ARA members left Ballinasloe for an evening at the Dogs in Galway. Some members were on their 3rd or even maybe their 4th trip so they knew exactly where to go when we arrived.
Met by a very friendly staff we were seated quickly and began to check the form of the dogs, not that it made much difference to many of us.
We were served a delicious meal. It was hard to concentrate on eating while placing our bets and watching the races but we managed. We had some wins but I don't think anyone made serious money.
The journey home on the new moterway was a first.
Noelle Rohan

St. Patricks Day 2010

It was a beautiful spring day on March 17th of this year as a group from the Ballinasloe Active Retirement Association took part in our local St. Patrick’s Day parade. Many from our walking group were in attendance together with other members.

We paraded in our national colours of green, white and orange and happily waved the Tricolour. To everyone’s delight we took first place in the Voluntary Category. We were so proud to be Irish! Given the blue sky and pleasant sunshine many spectators came out to watch and applaud all the participants in the parade.

Afterwards members who would have found the walk too difficult to participate in, joined the victorious members as we gathered in Gullanes Hotel for refreshments. And so another St. Patricks Day celebration came to a close.

B.A.R.A. 2010 Activities

Ballinasloe Active Retirement Association

Activities Timetable 2010

Monthly meetings for all members : 1st Wednesday of every month @ 3pm in Gullane’s Hotel, Main St.

Informal meetings (tea/coffee/chat) every other Wednesday @ 3pm in the Shearwater Hotel

Various courses, Creative and learning programmes and informative talks are arranged throughout the year.

As “Be Active, Be Healthy” remains out motto, members are encouraged to participate in the activity of their choice

Enquiries to :Kaye Killeen, Hon. Secretary. Phone: 090- 9642597 or Chris O’Flynn ( Social Secretary). Phone: 090-9642870

Aquarobics 2-3 pm Leisure centre/
Kingfisher club
Monday and Thursday

Bowls 7.30 - 10pm John Shea Hall Creagh

Bridge 8pm Bridge rooms Sarsfield Rd.
Monday-beginners Tuesday and Friday

Book Club 4pm Library
2nd Tuesday of every month

Singing group 10.30 - 12.30 Family Centre

Knitting /crafts group
(blankets for Belarus)
10.30 - 12.30 Gullanes Hotel

Pitch and Putt (Weather permitting) Creagh training centre, Creagh Rd.

Walking club 10.30 - 12.30 Pearse’s G.A.A Club,(winter ) and various places of interest (summer)