Social committee and new Chairman Michael Walsh


B,A,R,A, A.G.M. FEB. 2023

 Report on the A.G.M 1 st February 2023

There was a large attendance at the A.G.M of the Ballinasloe Active Retirement which was

held in Gullane’s Hotel on 1 st February 2023.

Outgoing Chairperson, Margaret Brennan welcomed everyone especially new members

As Covid ’19 had taken its toll on our group, it was nice to see so many new members in


We had a most enjoyable function in Gullane’s in March to celebrate our 20 th anniversary.

Anne Duffy, secretary of the Social Committee, reported a very busy and successful 2022.

The trips to Liverpool, Clonakilty and the “Ara-Go-Festival” in Westport proved to be most

enjoyable . The summer Day Trips continue to be very popular. The year ended with the

“Young at Heart” Christmas Dinner in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel. Music by the

“Young”man himself Brendan Shine.

There were good reports from all our various clubs. However, Noelle Rohan said we would

like to see more members return to the walking club/Exercises on the walking track on

Tuesday mornings 10.30 – 12 oc. The knitting /craft group would welcome more members

to join them in Gullane’s Hotel on Monday mornings 10.30 -12 oc.

The hard-working Social Committee have a very exciting list of trips and activities already

planned for 2023. So book early !!!

The following Committee members were then elected –

Chairman : Michael Walsh.

Secretary: Deirdre Hogan

Treasurer: Michael Colohan

P.R.O - Chris O’Flynn

Social Committee members – Martin Colleran (Chairman) Bridie Whelan (Treasurer) Anne

Duffy (Secretary) Maura Rafter, Maureen McIlvenny,

Afterwords, David Dully introduced himself as our newly appointed Community Garda. He

spoke briefly about security and scams. We were pleased to hear he will be our speaker at

the March 1 st monthly meeting in Gullane’s 3 oc. Also, we look forward to welcoming Fire

Officer ,Jamie Ward who will be our speaker at the monthly meeting on April 5 th

The meeting concluded with the usual friendly “cuppa” and chat.

New members are welcome to come along to Gullane’s Hotel any Wednesdays at 3 oc. or

contact Secretary Deirdre Hogan at 086 3824556 or any Committee member. Visit our

website at

Chris O’Flynn (P.R.O) February, 2023

B.A.R.A A.G.M. 2023


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