Garda Station Oct. 2011

Our evening in the Garda Barracks

An innocent by-stander would have been forgiven for thinking the members of the Active Retirement Association were in a spot of “bother” as they watched a very large number of their members “traipse “into the local Garda Station on Wed. last 19th October!
I’m glad to be able to report we were there by kind invitation to meet our local members of the Gardai and to welcome the newly appointed Superintendent, Cliona Richardson
After a warm welcome, Sgt. Tom Horkan gave a very interesting and thought-provoking talk on Home Security. We were then issued with a check list challenge. As a lot of our members live alone, this was a stark reminder of what needed to be done in our homes to make it safer in the event of Burglary, Fire, Unknown callers etc. etc.
Afterwards, the Gardai were more than happy to answer questions and allay any fears we may have. They even set up speed dialling on our mobile phones!
Michael Walsh, on behalf of our Chairman, Gabriel Rohan, thanked (in his usual witty fashion) the members of the gardai for making us aware of the dangers of the various crimes which exist in our every day life. He welcomed our new lady Superintendent to town.
After a lovely cup of tea/coffee/buns/biscuits, we went home happy in the knowledge that the strong arms of the law were indeed looking after our welfare. They assured us they were only a phone call away.
It was a very enjoyable and enlightening experience for all of us.

Chris O’Flynn

Garda John Scully, Superintendent Cliona Richardson, Sergent Tom Harkin with A.R.A members

Margaret and Mike in discussion

Sheerwater expo. Oct.2011

Members publicising the A.R.A. email address : and their web site : in the Carlton Sheerwater Hotel.

This event was organised by the Meadow Cross Cultural Association (MCCA) as part of Galway Social Inclusion Week and coincides with the launch of a new Community website dedicated to the people of Ballinasloe and created to enhance Community cohesion at

Activities 2011

Activities Timetable 2011

Social Inclusion Through Companionship

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 Gullane's 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

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

7.30 - 10pm John Shea Hall Creagh

8pm Bridge rooms Sarsfield Rd.
Monday-beginners Thursday.

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)