Article in BALLINASLOE LIFE magazine


Ballinasloe Active Retirement Association is featured in this issue number #03 August/Sept 2011.

Knitwear for Belarus from B.A.R.A. Knitters

Pat Dillon with some of the children on holiday from Belarus, also in the picture are Maureen Cregg fundraiser and Margaret McDonnell founder of the Knitting Group

Lough Key July 2011

Our BARA July trip on 6th .was to Lough Key Forest Park, situated 3 miles from Boyle on the Dublin / Sligo road. The weather was very kind to us -sunshine all day. The 800 acre park was formerly the home of the Stafford-King-Harman family. We had a boat trip on the Lough with a running commentary on the history of the area. The scenery was stunning, there were wildlife, canooists, Kiddies play areas, BBQ area, wooded walks, A ruined castle on the island in the middle of the Lough. Something for everyone. The cafe provided the tea & scones which were very nice, the shop had gifts & mementoes.

Our next stop was Carrick -on Shannon. A lovely town with a huge Marina with numerous boats docked. The Landmark Hotel provided us with a lovely meal & the bar did a good business!! 53 members travelled on this trip & I'm sure they all enjoyed it as much as I did. Many thanks to the social committee - once again..

Marg. Mac.