Ballynacally is a small peaceful & scenic village situated close to the Shannon estuary 16km west of Ennis. Our Development group run & maintain the hall, range of houses and playground & respond to identified needs within the community while promoting community spirit
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 at www.ballynacally.ie/Walks2_2017.html or click the blue button below
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.
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 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 John on 086 8340649