Memorial Mass 2013

On  Thursday 31st October.  ( Feast of All Saints)

The annual Mass for the deceased members of our Active Retirement Association will take place in

St. Michaels Church at 7p.m

During this month we pray for and remember all those members
whom we had the great privilege of knowing.

May they rest in peace

Maura Traynor.   Una O'Reilly   Jim McDonnell   Eamon Fallon

Tom & Frances Fahy   Peggy Ryan   Doreen Donaghue   Ethel O'Keefe

Ann Divilly   Eithne Kennedy   Margaret Lohan  Rosaleen Dolan

Sadie Coen   Rose Moore   Nora Rynor   Nuala Colleran

Mary Leonard   Marie Ward   Chrissie Doran   Rose Kenny

Myra Doherty

D.R. & B.L.    Ed.




Ara-Go-On Festival, October 2013

60 members of the Ballinasloe A.R.A attended the Ara-Go-Festival which was held this year in the Galway Bay Hotel .         Out of 80 A.R.A groups now in the Westtern Region, we were the largest group in attendance.       It proved to be a most enjoyable three days full of complimentary activities including trips to Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher or you could sail down the Corrib on the “Corrib Princess” One could avail of Cookery demonstration, Flower Arrangement, Irish Coffee/Wine tasting ,Aqua aerobics, Ballroom dancing, Sit/Fit classes, Bowls, Bingo, Table Quiz, Cards, Walking. So there was something for everyoe                                                                              The weather was also lovely so walking the prom became a popular exercise . There were long queues at the bus stop to take people into the city for the inevitable retail therapy 350 members attended a fantastic Gala dinner on the last night at which there were lots of lovely spot prizes .      We were entertained with songs and stories ,especially by the Portumna group who put on a hilarious sketch entitled “the Gathering” written and directed by two of their members.                                  The committee of the Western Region did a wonderful job in organising this successful event. It gives members the opportunity to meet, mix and exchange ideas with other groups in the region.



Champagne and Orange reception

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''Everybody look this way please''

 Decisions ??????


Gathering in the foyer


Ballinasloe  a.r.a.  '' YIPPEE ''


How about some of these exercise machines on the new walks in Ballinasloe??

Clare or Cork ??

  Come on make up your mind

mix of snaps


Julie and Nancy enjoying dinner