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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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