Ballynacally is a small peaceful & scenic village situated close to the Shannon estuary 16km west of Ennis. Our Development & Tidy Towns groups endeavor to present the village at its best & respond to identified needs within the community while promoting community spirit
The Tidy Town National Conference 2017
Two members of Ballynacally Tidy Towns travelled to Wesport in County Mayo in March to be part of the 2017 National Tidy Towns conference to pick up some valuable information on competing in todays Tidy Towns. Popular TV personality and Architect Dermot Bannon opened the 2 day event and highlighted the importance of Tidy Towns to society and our communities. The event also hosted many interesting keynote speakers most of whom are adjudicators from biologists to.......... Read more on our Tidy Towns page click HERE.
Ballynacally Development are planning a series of walks this summer to 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.You can VIEW A SLIDESHOW of pictures by clicking on the orange button below.
Lots of activity recently at the community centre as The Development & Tidy Towns work together for the good of the community?
The Development committee organised a used clothing collection to raise much needed funds for the upkeep of the Hall. The amount raised was 190.35. A huge thank you to all those who supported it by dropping in their unwanted items of clothing etc to the hall over the last few weeks..
Tidy Towns committee purchased a new, much needed Lawnmower which will be used throughout the season by the FAS crew to keep the village green areas looking their best as they prepare for judging in the 2017 Tidy Towns competition. (PICS HERE)
It was also great to see so much activity in the village hall over the weekend during the Apostolic Society display, people coming & going to show their support, look at their webpage on Ballynacally.com to see the wonderful work they do behind the seens.
Also over the weekend the first phase of potting the little flower plugs in the tunnel began. A huge thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to help us out.
Phase two will begin soon if anyone would like to help us out doing this worthwhile task.. contact any of our members who would only be too happy to have you on board...
Tidy Towns Result for 2016
A delegation from Ballynacally’s Tidy Towns committee traveled to the Helix to hear the results of this year’s Competition. Ballynacally have enjoyed much success in recent years and they were delighted to win a bronze medal and continue to top the Category B group, albeit shared with Ballyvaughan. We can make improvements however and next year the committee will seek a larger community involvement from all age groups. We have a beautiful village and with more people taking ownership and doing just a little work we can make big improvements. View this year’s adjudication report at HERE. Well done to all involved from the dedicated committee to the DSP crew (fas) and the householders who present their houses so well. The theme for 2017 is community involvement and communication, and as we were within a single point of a Silver medal this year we hope to attain Silver in 2017. New members are always encouraged to join as the season begins again soon with planning for next year’s competition. Its not really about medals although they are nice and give us a focus, its really about presenting our village at its best so we can enjoy it
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 Marion for her work on securing the grant and John 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.
Clare in Bloom 2015
Ballynacally Tidy Towns attended the Clare in Bloom awards ceremony at the County Council offices in Ennis on Monday 12th October and received first place in their category and €700 in prize money. Well done to the committee, local householders, community employment staff and anyone who was involved in the planting, feeding and watering of the flowers this season. The award money will be used for next year’s competition. Planning for next year’s Tidy Towns competition begins shortly and the committee hopes that this year success might inspire others to join up and help with the drive for a Silver medal in 2016. You do not need to live within the village to help but simply have pride in making Ballynacally look at its best. Works in tidy towns include, planning, planting, painting, litter control, watering and weeding etc. If anyone has a few spare hours to help to keep Ballynacally Beautiful, please contact any member or email us.
Pictured above Chairperson Maureen Hayward receives 1st prize from James Breen with some members of the current Tidy Towns Committee
Bronze again for Ballynacally
After securing a Bronze medal in 2014, Ballynacally were awarded bronze again this year and with the high point score of 312 just missed out on a Silver Medal. We again topped our category and also came 4th in the County from 41 Entries beaten only by Ennis Kilrush and Mountshannon.
The prestigious awards were announced by Mr. Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, in the Helix at Dublin City University on Monday, 28 September 2015.
Ennis (321) and Kilrush (320) have both been awarded Gold Medals, finishing just 2 and 3 marks respectively off the overall competition winner, Letterkenny (323).
Mountshannon won Silver and there were Bronze Medals for Ballynacally, Kilkee, Tuamgraney and Quin. Clarecastle won an Endeavour Award, while Ennis, Kilrush and Mountshannon claimed the County Awards.
Cllr. James Breen, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Councilsaid: “The performance of Clare’s Tidy Towns participants is a tribute to communities across the County who carry out work throughout the year to enhance the appearance of their local areas. The strong spirit of volunteerism and community pride is evident for all to see and has helped to make Clare an attractive visitor destination and place to live.”
“I wish to particularly acknowledge Clare’s medal winners who have worked extremely hard in various public areas to create and maintain flowerbeds, keep streets tidy, cut grass and pick up litter. Regardless of whether or not they have received an award in the national Tidy Towns competition, each of Clare’s other Tidy Towns participants are already winners for the huge positive contribution they have made to their localities,” added the Cathaoirleach. (source; The Clare Herald)
Read the adjoudicators report here
And download the results book here
Ballynacally Tidy Towns Committee held an Open Night and Information Evening at the Community Centre recently. Chairperson Maureen Hayward discussed the plan for the coming year, invited suggestions from those present and discussed the Tidy Towns Adjudicators Report from 2014 highlighting the areas where improvements could be made. A talk was held on the bat population in our area and a demonstration of the different species was shown, a bat walk will take place in early July and also a historical walk with Dolores Griffin was announced. On local history, Mary Hester gave an intriguing talk on local place names and School principal Conor lynch announced the schools success in being awarded its second green flag & he pledged to help the Tidy Towns in any way he could. Local representatives Oliver Garry and PJ Kelly also spoke at the event. It was a very informative evening rounded off with tea and a fine assortment of cakes.
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 John on 086 8340649