Galway Races 2017

It was Oct.Bank holiday once again so it was time for a return visit to the Galway Races.
32 members of the Ballinasloe A.R.A boarded the bus in the square for Galway with the hope of making a few "bob" on the horses.
We enjoyed a lovely 4 course meal and mulled wine in the comfort of the Mellinium Stand
While some ladies "in the know" regarding jockeys and trainers did very well,  - not much success however for those who placed their bet on the horse because they just "fancied the name".
It was a fun day out and nobody lost or gained a fortune.
Until the next time !!

Chris O'Flynn (P.R.O ) 31st.Oct'17


The Ara-Go-On Festival Sept. 2017

The Ara-Go-On Festival organised by the Western Region of the Active Retirement Assoc. was another successful event. This year, the three day event was held in the beautifully located Falls Hotel in Ennistymon, Co Clare. It was attended by 275 members from the western region, and once again, the largest group was from the Ballinasloe A.R.A.
Initially, it was a bit difficult finding our way around this huge hotel but over the three days we enjoyed beautiful large rooms, fantastic food, great entertainment including Fun Whist, Social Dancing (even in the morning) Aquarobics, Day trips to Loop Head and Lisdoonvarna, Spa treatments and various demonstrations. As the Hotel was located on the bank of the River Inagh, we enjoyed a few much needed riverside walks.
The very friendly staff served us a gorgeous Gala Dinner on the final evening followed by Entertainment and Dance.
It was a wonderful few days enjoyed by one and all. It provided a good opportunity to meet other members from the different A.R.A’s and renew old friendships.

Chris O’Flynn (P.R.O.) Sept. 2017