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.


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