Ballynacally is a small peaceful & scenic village situated close to the Shannon estuary 16km west of Ennis. Our Development group run & maintain the Community Centre, range of houses and playground & respond to identified needs within the community while promoting community spirit
BALLYNACALLY COMMUNITY PLANNING.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent community survey. There were 164 responses and these are being analysed. The responses will be used to develop a draft community plan and this will be presented for discussion at a public meeting in September. The overall results of the survey will be included in the plan. Thank you again for your input.
Old School facelift
Scaffolding is still up as the Development Association have secured funding to carry out some much needed works on the Community centre’s “Old School” to make it waterproof and safe for future use. The works are expected to take place over the next 18 months and will be done in 3 phases. Phase 1 will be to repair & replace the old roof & fit new windows, making it waterproof & weather proof. Phase 2 will be to lime mortar the external walls to make them waterproof & weatherproof. Phase 3 will be to carry out interior works, ie; plastering, fixtures & lighting etc. All works will be carried out in line with the original specifications, to meet the building regulations and in accordance with the heritage officer’s guidelines. Earlier this year the Development group installed a new fire alarm system throughout the building. This was necessary in order to comply with the mandatory fire regulations, without which the building would be off limits to the public. Some of this work would not have been possible without the help & support of the community during our organised fundraising walks. “The Hall is an integral part of our community and these works are vital to maintain the structure into the future, we will keep you posted as the works are being carried out.
Did you walk “The Midnight Mile”
Community spirit and motivation is very much alive in the beautiful west Clare village of Ballynacally. After a joint initiative by Ballynacally Tidy Towns, the local Development Association and Clondegad GAA Club the new Micheál O Hehir community walking track has been completed. It forms a 500 meter circuit around Clondegad GAA pitch – “Páirc Micheál O Hehir” originally named in honour of the well known broadcaster known as “the voice of the GAA” whose father hailed from Paradise in Ballynacally.
This track offers safe walking facilities for all ages avoiding the busy roads and providing lighting and nearby parking facilities and is also in close proximity to the National School. The project was undertaken after securing funding from Clare Co. Council which will cover the majority of the costs. Most of the remaining costs were raised on the opening night of the track on Friday 6th of April in a novelty event termed “The Midnight Mile” and it drew a large attendance. Even though the event was scheduled for midnight registration and PARKING was at the local community centre from 9 pm till midnight offering the opportunity to anyone who wished to walk at anytime during those hours. Local groups provided refreshments allowing the walkers to mingle a while and enjoy the community spirit. A large number of Musicians from the area and beyond provided entertainment on the night in the hall while Con ran an amplified playlist of music at the pitch. The Raffle on the night had some splendid prizes and raised €800+ parto fthe totAL €2850 RAISED IN TOTAL.
"It was hoped this event would gather walkers of all ages and it did and what nicer way to spend a while than walking with friends by moonlight in this splendid tranquil rural setting. This project was truly an example of teamwork - where coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success - in a village that scores highly in the Tidy Towns Competition and where the local Clondegad GAA team reached the County Final in 2017. Come join with us and walk “The Midnight Mile”. Go n-éirí an bothar leat!" (clare champion)
Yoga classes. 6 week beginner /intermediate @50 euro from April 25th to May 30th, every Wednesday. ( drop in welcome @12 euro) venue Ballynacally Hall. Inquiry Liz 086 1544700,
AGM 27th February 2018
The AGM of the Development Association took place on February 27th in the Community Centre. The meeting commenced with a minutes silence to remember the late John Curtin RIP who held the role as Chairperson since 2015. John was a very active community member and spear headed the re-opening of the Community Centre in that year. John was a great ambassador for the Hall and is a great loss to the community and to his fellow committee members and will be sorely missed.
The meeting was conducted by the vice chairperson, Liam Kirwan, the minutes from the previous AGM were read by the secretary Dorothea Madden and the financial report was given in detail by the treasurer Joe Kelly.
The new officers elected on the night were: Chairperson - Liam Kirwan. Vice Chairperson - John Sheehan. Secretary - Dorothea Madden. Treasurer - Patricia Meaney Assistant Treasurer - Joe Kelly. PRO - Ann Mc Mahon
The committee members are: Shane Murphy, Edel Donellan, Marian Kelly, Martin Ayers & Philip Hayward. A number of projects have been carried out in 2017, such as, upgrading the much needed fire alarm system in the hall.
The committee would like to encourage any groups to use the hall as it is a great amenity for social gatherings. In order to book the hall please email us on email@example.com or feel free to contact any member of the committee.
A number of topics for the coming year were discussed and the meeting concluded with a very positive vibe. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 20th March at 9pm. Anyone wishing to join would be more than welcome to come along.
Micheál O’Hehir Community Track
After a joint initiative by local community groups, 'the new Micheál O’Hehir community walking track' has been completed at the local GAA pitch. Ballynacally’s Tidy Towns, Development Association and Senior Football club Clondegad GAA have worked together on this project after securing a grant from Clare County Council which will cover the majority of the costs. It is hoped that remaining costs can be raised on the opening night of the track in an event set to take place on the 6th April between 9pm and midnight. The event termed “The Midnight Mile” hopes to draw a large number of people to the new track where Music and refreshments will be provided. Further information will be posted on each group’s website.
Ballynacally Development are planning a series of walks this summer to both fundraise and give people a pride of place in showing them the beauty of their area and its historic locations. The first walk took place on Sunday the 21st May and it guided walkers through the beautiful and unique Paradise Estate which overlooks the picturesque Shannon Estuary with its stunning views of the islands. Refreshments followed back in the community centre. Two finely decked out donkeys entertained the crowd also along the route. This walk raised €2400 in much needed capital to secure the hall into the future with rising maintenance and insurance costs. The committee are very thankful to those who turned up to register and to all who helped out on the day. On our new "WALKS" page you can VIEW A SLIDESHOW of pictures, view a quick video, listen to a podcast and also watch a quick video put together by Darren McMahon and Mike Kirwan. Click on the orange click me button to view.
The 2nd in a series of walks termed the Cake walk went ahead as scheduled on Sunday 30th July. For those brave enough to tackle the showery conditions it was a worthwhile journey where most discovered a new route from Lisduff to Clondegad taking in an old forgotten lane-way that nature had all but reclaimed. Marreta O'Hehir treated all to a lovely ballad explaining the history of the area and their was 2 stations along the way with refreshments. After Dolores Griffin gave a historical account of Clondegad Graveyard the group headed off back by road to The five arches for a cup of tea and some "Cake". Well done and thanks so much to all who helped out and to all who supported... all profits going towards the village hall, see you at the next walk. Pictures and video's click the blue button below
Walk 3 ... The "Ben hill lisheen loop"
The third in a series of walks in aid of Ballynacally Community Centre took place on Sunday September the 10th with registration at 10.30am for an 11am start. This 6.5Km walk began in Irelands newest village Drumquin and proceeded up Ben Hill to complete the Lisheen loop. The hall committee asked for €5 per person or a donation with all proceeds going towards the hall Maintenance. The hall committee are thankful of the support they have received on this and on previous walks..... Pictures and video's click the blue button below
Footpath repair works
The Development and Tidy Towns committees have received grant money awarded to both groups for works within the village, this money was received by the Tidy Towns group through PJ Kelly from Clare County Council. As a joint venture it was decided to use the bulk of this money to upgrade the footpaths around the hall and provide new handrails. This work was necessary for safety reasons due to dilapidation of the existing footpaths and the complete rusting through of the existing hand rails to the side of the main building adjacent to the old school. Money remaining will be used to fund various projects around the village by the Tidy Towns group who continue to work to enhance the greater village area. A special word of thanks to John Curtin RIP for organising and overseeing the works.
Clondegads Gary Brennan the Clare football captain was on hand to turn on the Christmas lights in the fair green in 2015. Pictures are available to view by clicking below
And in 2016 we were blessed with our first female celebrity sports star to make the big switch on, local Clare footballer Clare Hester who followed in the footsteps of Gary, Tony Kelly and Davy Fitz in recent years. The parents association had teamed up with the Grupai ceoil to provide tea and biscuits in the hall while the music session continued. Click below for pics of the event.
Now in its second year since the refurbishment and the Autumn / Winter season see a return of activity to the Hall. Events taking place and hall availability can be seen on the calender to the right. A range of activities are already booked including Boot camp fitness classes. Traditional Irish music lessons and Circuit training fitness classes. Click on the links for more detail or Bookings can now be taken by contacting Liam on