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Knock Road, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo
Email: Principalballyhauniscs@eircom.net or
Ballyhaunis Community School is a co-educational and multi-denominational school that provides an appropriate education for all students regardless of race, creed or ability. The school offers Junior and Leaving Certificate programmes, Transition Year (TYP), Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP), Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA), Special Needs Support and Further Education (PLC) programmes.
The School's core mission is the provision of a quality learning environment for all members of the school community. It’s 580 student population, it’s professional, energetic and caring staff and it’s effective discipline system in conjunction with a caring pastoral care team and an approachable and accessible Management team all work together to promote a happy school climate which gives young people the opportunity to develop as well rounded members of society. This is achieved by providing a wide range of opportunities for learning, both inside and outside the classroom.
Ballyhaunis Community School has served the community for over 30 years with many of its past pupils having achieved both national and international success. The school has a record of consistently attaining maximum exam results for all students withis their various state examination programmes, regardless of ability. We recognise various types of intelligence & therefore place great emphasis on giving students the opportunity to become involved in activities & events which wil give them a sense of achievement & enhance their self-confidence.
The School caters for all levels of abilty. We pride ourselves on providing an appropriate education to all students, regardless or their academic standard.
We believe that education is about more than the academic aspect.
Junior Cycle Subjects:
Irish, English, Maths, History, Geography, RE, PE, Science, Business Studies, French, Art, Music, Technical Graphics, Woodwork, Metalwork, Home Economics, CSPE & SPHE.
Senior Cycle Subjects:
Irish, English, Maths, Religious Education, Career Guidance, I.T., plus four choices from combinations of the following subjects: Art, Ag Science, Biology, Business, Construction Studies, Engineering, French, Geography, History, Music, Social and Scientific, Physics or Physics/Chem., Chemistry, Tech Drawing
LCVP, LCA, PLC and TY students undertake work experience as part of their programmes.
Sports and Activities
The following sports are played in the school: Gaelic Football, Hurling, Soccer, Rugby, Basketball, Table Tennis, Music, Games Club, Young Pioneers, Folk Choir, Debating.
Other activities include:
Creative Writing, Poetry Competitions, Quizzes, School Musical, Drama, School Bank, Table Quizzes, Talent Competitions, Multi-Cultural Awareness activites, Arts Festival, Slogadh Competitions
Visiting speakers attend the school regularly in conjunction with our CSPE, LCVP, LCA, TY & Guidance programmes.
Theme weeks/days include: Development week, Seachtain Na Gaeilge, Sports Day/Week, Health Promotion & SPHE Days 2nd and 3rd years
Fundraising Activities which have been undertaken include: Sponsored Walks, Concerts, No Homework Day, Raffles, Cake Sales, Table Quizzes, Soccer Leagues, 'Skipathon' & Blind Date.
Annual fundraising is done in conjunction with local or national charities such as : Daffodil Day, Christmas Shoe Box Appeal, Games and Toys Appeal as well as the making and selling of St. Brigid's Crosses in aid of the Chernobyl Children's Fund.
The school has been involved & has had national success in competitions such as 'Our School's got Talent' and the school band competition.
The school endeavours to maintain discipline in a caring & collaborative manner. Each class group has a Tutor & Year Heads are assigned to each year group. In keeping with our efforts to engaged in a 'Positive Discipline' approach, we place great importance in rewarding students for good behaviour and achievements other than the academic. We do this by use of commendation sheets and by organising 'treats' such as a class DVD or a class trip. We recently introduced a Merit system to award students for good behaviour & work.
After School Study
After School Study is available to all students who find it difficult to study at home.
This is available for 100 students. It lasts for two hours from 4.15 - 6.15pm
Students pay a fee per term. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Pastoral Care Team
This team is coordinated by the Guidance Counsellor and the Chaplain. The team meets regularly with the Principal and Deputy Principal. We take a persoal interest in all our students - Pastoral Care and the SPHE programe play pivotal roles in the daily life of the school. This is to ensure that every junior students has one teacher, to whom the can go directly to if in difficulty. We have introduced a clas tutor programme over the past few years.
A students council, comprising of a number of students from each year serves to represent student views, organise cultural activities within the school and affords all, especially the students involved, the opportunity of developing leadership skills. Class groups are afforded the opportunity to meet regularly with their representative to the council.
The school has undergone a huge refurbishment recently. Here are some pictures of the new school and its facilities.
- Community representation on the Abbey Partnership and Abbey Trust
- Tidy Towns
- Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
- Defibrillator Project
- Historical Features & Walks
- Community Futures
For information contact
PRO Richie Crinnigan
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have recently sanctioned the use of Api-Bioxal as a medicine for bees. The product, which is based on Oxalic Acid must only be used as a supplementary treatment during the broodless period in winter as it has a detrimental effect on unsealed larvae. Beekeepers must continue to use either Bayvarol or Apiguard as a primary autumn treatment and follow up with Api-Bioxal where mite drop is excessive in winter.
The product may be administered using the trickling method or by vaporization with a suitable apparatus.
Supplies of the medicine may be obtained from Ben Harden Beekeeping equipment or Mac Eoin Honey Farms who are the only Irish appliance dealers licensed to sell the bee medicines.
The Cemetery committee is a voluntary organisation that was established to help maintain the grounds of Ballyhaunis cemetery. This is only achieved because of the generous contributions we receive in the annual collection, of which we are very grateful.
The contributions are used to plant summer colour, complete several grass cuts, painting and general maintenance.
A cemetery mass is held annually to remember all those who rest there and prayers are said to mark All Souls day in November. The dates are posted in the parish church newsletter.
If you are interested in genealogy and finding your ancestors, a recent addition to the grounds is a map of all graves with the corresponding names. This map is located at the back of the cemetery and can help you to easily locate your ancestors.
Regular meetings are held throughout the year and new members are always welcome. If you would like to join, watch out for upcoming meetings in the parish newsletter.
Christmas is a magical time of the year celebrated in unique ways and all across the country towns and cities celebrate & embrace this tradition by decorating and lighting the streets.
WHY USE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS?
Christmas lights are lights used for decoration around Christmas. The use of decorative, festive lighting during the Christmas holiday season is a long standing tradition in many Christian cultures. The use of special lights originally started with putting small candles on Christmas Trees in the home. Christmas Tree traditions go back to a Germany in the 1500s, and it’s believed the idea to put lights on the trees was started by Martin Luther, a famous priest who was inspired by the prettiness of stars twinkling between evergreens while walking home one night.
However, using candles on trees wasn’t ideal: The candles had to be placed and secured very carefully to avoid accidentally making the tree catch on fire! So in the late 1800s, shortly after Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, one of Edison’s employees came up with the idea of making small electrical lights for use on Christmas trees, which would be much safer than the candles!
Today, people still decorate their trees and homes with Christmas lights! For some people, it’s a symbol of the starry sky in the story of Christmas on the night Jesus was born; it’s also become atradition and something many people think is pretty!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ballyhaunis Business Community for their continued support for the Ballyhaunis Christmas Lights which brings a wonderful festive spirit to the town, and its success story is due to the great support from "Our Business Community". Each year in conjunction with the Ballyhaunis Chamber the Ballyhaunis Christmas Lights are organized and in order to fund the lights 5 Year Campaigns are ran and we acknowledge and thank them for their financial support to date.
On behalf of the Christmas Lights Committee thank you and May we wish you a Happy & Prosperous Festive Season
Contact: Paddy Phillips
Tel:(094) 963 0381
Anne Cunnane, CEO Ballyhaunis Chamber
Tel: 094 9630311
First Choice Credit Union was established in 1983 with a handful of members and endless possibilities. Since then it has grown to become one of the most successful credit unions in the country. We have built a strong, successful relationship with our members and the community over the last 28 years. Today when you pass the premises on Clare Street you may not think of it as anything more than a fine building, but it represents the triumph of a vision and the dedication of some extraordinary “ordinary people”.
Many years ago a wise woman stated “if the Credit Union was good enough to re-build America after the Great Depression, then it’s good enough for Ireland”. As we look to the future aware of the financial challenges facing many people we believe being a member of the Credit Union offers hope for a brighter future. We will be a vital part of the rebuilding of Ireland after this economic depression and we welcome the opportunity to help you with advice on budgeting, saving and responsible borrowing.
Call in anytime and talk to us.
See you at your place; see you at your Credit Union.
What is a Credit Union?
A credit union is a financial co-operative owned and run solely for the benefit of its members.
It provides savings and loan facilities at fair and reasonable rates for the benefit of its members.
Each member (once aged 16) has an equal say in the running of the credit union regardless of the amount of money he/she may have on deposit.
It is non-sectarian, non-political and non-discriminatory.
The credit union’s ideal is to serve all who need and can use it.
Who can join?
Anyone living or working in Ballyhaunis or within approximately a ten mile radius.
What’s the difference?
Each credit union is an independent, not for profit organisation that exists solely for the benefit of its members, not stock markets. Decisions are therefore made at local level.
As a member you are a shareholder with one vote. Member savings provide the money to lend to other members. Any surplus money generated is returned to members as a dividend or used to provide enhanced services to members.
- There are no hidden fees or transaction charges.
- Interest rates are fair and reasonable and are capped by law.
- Loan repayments can be designed to suit your circumstances.
- Repayments are calculated on the reducing balance so you pay less interest with each repayment.
- You can repay a loan earlier or make additional lump sum repayments without penalty.
- Loans are insured at no direct cost to borrowers.
REMEMBER you are not just a customer; you are a member of a successful financial co-operative.
How do I join?
- Call into your local credit union where we will be happy to fill out a membership form. There is a small joining fee of €1.27.
- A minimum savings balance of €5 is required to hold membership.
- Start saving. You can save as little as €1. Each euro you save is equal to one share.
- Save regularly and watch it grow.
- Now you are a member, shareholder, owner and saver!
Ballyhaunis Office, Clare street, Ballyhaunis Co. Mayo, F35 DA36.
Tel: (094) 902 2969
In 2009 they were awarded 1st Prize in the Sacred Music Section at The Cork International Choral Festival. In the same year they won 2nd prize in the National Open competition, which they also won in 2004.
In October 2010 Gracenotes launched their current CD, Ave Maris Stella
Chairman: Padraic Waldron
Secretary: David Herr
Treasurer: Padraic Keily
Ballyhaunis Men's Shed Group was formally launched last Tuesday 5/2/13 at the weekly meeting held in the Family Resource Centre at the Augustinian Abbey. The following officers were elected:-
Chairman; Jim Goulding
Secretary: Kevin Carney
Treasurer: Aiden Gaughan
Contact: 087 1911135
The concept behind Men's Shed is to provide a safe, friendly and open environment where men can meet and engage in positive, productive experiences that will, in turn, enhance their overall health and well-being. Men. by nature, are task orientated and enjoy engaging in activities together. Men's Sheds can form the basis for companionship and friendship and all are welcome to come along for a cuppa and a friendly chat with other men from the area. Men's Shed's are open to all men over 18 years of age and there is no upper limit.
Men's Shed group have been generously supported by the communities and businesses in other towns and the group is actively seeking support within Ballyhaunis.
The Ballyhaunis Group is now up and running and the association is appealing for donations of equipment and materials, as well as furniture and other items that would be of use to the group e.g. tools, equipment, pallets, machinery, paint, wood, household items, books etc.
All donations can be dropped off at the group's new premises which is located behind the Friary in Ballyhaunis and are open Mon-Fri from 10.00am to 2pm.
All are welcome and bring a friend.
MEMBERSHIP IS FREE. BE PART OF YOUR COMMUNITY.
The No Name Players were founded in 2009 and have since produced many musical and dramatic productions here in Ballyhaunis :
We are now around 30 strong in number with people taking part on and off the stage. We are always looking for new friends to get involved either in front of the spotlights - or behind them, wearing the costumes - or making them, treading the boards or putting them up in the first place!
If you would like to join our merry band and get involved on any level and would like some more information please contact myself, Ciaran Kiely on 087 2946825
Ballyhaunis Parent And Toddler Group
The Ballyhaunis parent and toddler group was first established in 1999. It is a group where parents/carers can meet other parents in similar circumstances, it can provide a great support network and can also be the basis for lifelong friendships. Ballyhaunis is a very friendly group where everyone is made to feel welcome and invloved.
There are also many advantages for children. Children get to interact with other children but have their parents close by. This can be a great help in building up a child's confidence and provide a stepping stone for children preparing to go to playgroup.
Ballyhaunis parent and toddler group welcomes all children from babies to pre-school and all parents/carers.
We meet every Wednesday during term time at 10am - 12 at the Parochial Hall, Main Street, Ballyhaunis.
Unfortunately we do have to charge € 4 per family as this covers the rent and tea/coffee, toast and biscuits.
Contact information: Carina Herton (mobile no.) 085-8457817
Info: St Patrick’s Church was completed in 1909. An intended church spire had to be abandoned at the time but, in 1999 with the dawn of a new century, a spire was added.
Church: St. Patrick's, Ballyhaunis
Priest: Fr. Stephen Farragher, PP, Parochial House, Ballyhaunis. Phone/Fax: 094-9630006. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Secretary: Mary Donnelly. Phone: 094-9630006
Sacristan: Francis Maye. Phone: 094-9630951
Weekday Masses: 10.00am (Mon-Fri. Except Thursday)
Weekend Masses: Sat: 7.30pm, Sun: 10.00am and 12 Noon
Confessions: Sat: 7.15pm (Or by appointment)
Parochial Centre: Caretaker & Bookings, Pat Devine: 087-7924439
Religious House: Sisters of Mercy: 094-9630108
Post Primary School: Ballyhaunis Community School. Mr David McDonagh. 094-9630235
Primary School: Scoil Iosa, Abbeyquarter, Ballyhaunis. 094-9630505
The new Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) was formally commissioned on Holy Thursday. The Council consists of a core group of 16 people and 5 sub-groups that will deal with specific matters of ministry in the parish, e.g. Outreach to the Elderly, Inclusion (ensuring that all the diverse elements of our parish feel included, e.g. people with special needs, members of our immigrant community and various ethnic groups), Communications, Youth, Eucharistic Adoration Renewal.
Finance Commitee: Eamon Murren
St. Vincent de Paul Society: John Griffin 094-9631105
Baptism Team: Kay Curley 094-9631827
Live-streaming: A Web-cam has been installed in the our church, which means it is now possible to view Sunday & Weekday Masses etc. on the Internet.
Either of the following links will allow you access the website.:
Link to St. Patrick's Church website: https://sites.google.com/site/stpatricksballyhaunis/
Link to MCN St. Patrick's Church page: http://www.mcnmedia.tv/livecamdisplay.asp?CamID=131
St. Patrick's Parochial Hall
St. Patrick's Parochial Hall was built in 1940; it is located across the street from St. Patrick's Church and is the local community centre for the town and parish of Ballyhaunis.
It can accommodate a wide variety of activities and events of an entertainment, social and educational nature.
The main hall and balcony can seat approx 250 people and is suitable for stage performances such as drama productions, musicals, concerts, recitals, bingo, table quizzes, choir practice, community celebrations and such. The main hall can also cater for exercise and fitness activities, dancing, public exhibitions and displays, sale of work, craft fairs and events of similar nature.
There are three meeting rooms of various sizes that can accommodate meetings, classes, talks, etc.
The Parochial Hall is extensively used by several voluntary organisations; Foroige Youth Club and the local Parent & Toddler Group have their weekly activities in the main hall, there are also weekly aerobics and fitness classes and choir practice.
The meeting rooms host a variety of activities such as art classes,Weightwatchers, voluntary group meetings such as Legion of Mary, Community Council, Tidy Towns, P.T.A.A., Parish Council, politicians' clinics, to name but a few.
The hall has just had a huge makeover and is looking better than ever.
The Parochial Hall is available for bookings by contacting the caretaker Pat Devine at 087-7924439.
Ballyhaunis RFC has been part of rugby in Connacht for over thirty years and currently fields an adult team in the Connacht Junior League. The underage structure continues to grow with age grade teams fielding at under 17, under 15, under 13 and minis. Ballyhaunis RFC is committed to developing its players, coaches and facilities with the help of its dedicated membership.
Ballyhaunis RFC is located on the edge of town on Doctors Road, the grounds are signposted and lie approximately 400m from upper main street.
Training – Wednesday and Friday at 8pm.
Ballyhaunis junior tean participate in Division 1C of the Connacht Junior League with the fixtures shown below. They also participate in the Connacht Junior Cup and Cawley Cup competitions, with the draws for those to made later in the season
Minis and U13 – Saturday at 10:30am
U15 – Wednesday at 6:30pm
U17 – Thursday at 7:30pm
U19 - Wednesday and Friday at 8pm
Ballyhaunis Rugby Club was founded in 1977 when a meeting was called by Dr. Alan Delaney in the Central Hotel with a view to starting a rugby club. From those present Hugh Curley, Dr. Alan Delaney, Dr. Declan Shields and John and Brian Gallagher left with the aim of developing a rugby club in the town. Hugh Curley made the initial contact to register the club with the Connacht branch of the IRFU (Irish Rugby Football Union) and went on to fill the role of branch delegate for over 25 years.
The club colours were chosen with the intention of amalgamating the colours of Mayo, Galway and Roscommon given the town location close to the borders of the two neighbouring counties, resulting in the distinctive purple and yellow worn by the club. The players were recruited from all walks of life and training began in earnest at Cherryfield, with Dr. Declan Shields RIP taking responsibility for the forwards. In time a full size pitch was developed on land owned by Tom Forkan in Coolnaha, which was to be the club’s home pitch for the over 20 years. At the same time efforts were made to find a suitable location for changing rooms with Mick Morris RIP of the Horseshoe Inn allowing the club to develop the necessary facilities to the rear of his premises.
In the late eighties forward looking club members began the search for a suitable site on which to set up a permanent home. A site was located close to the town and purchased after acquiring funds from the bank with five members putting themselves forward as trustees. To fulfill their financial commitments the club embarked on a major fundraising initiative and was able to meet the costs of the purchase. Further fundraising followed in the early nineties and the land was developed to include two pitches and a car park.
The grounds were further developed in the mid nineties with the construction of a club house.
Address: Tooraree, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo.
Tony Henry, Derryronayne, Swinford, Co. Mayo. (M) 087 6806934
Hon. Secretary: Robert Duffy, Raith, Aghamore, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo (M) 087 2923884
Hon. Treasurer: Mark Curley, Derrymore, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo (M) 086 8633821
“Ní neart go cur le chéile (”Our strength is in our unity)
Scoil Íosa, Ballyhaunis, is a co educational mainstream primary school catering for children from 4 yrs to 13 yrs. It was formed with the amalgamation of St Mary’s Boys National School and St Joseph’s Convent of Mercy National School. The school moved into a newly extended and renovated premises at Abbeyquarter Ballyhaunis on August 28th 2012. Scoil Íosa has an enrolment of 317 pupils , 18 teachers and one Special Needs Assistant. The school also has the services of two shared resource teachers, one with Tooreen NS and one with Granlahan NS.
Telephone: 094 9630310
Scoil Íosa Board of Management 2015- 2019
St Patrick’s Dramatic Society has been in existence for many years and have staged many great productions.
Chairman: Michael Kelly
Secretary: lydia Biesty
Treasurer: katherina sweeney
PRO: Deirdre Moran
There are no weekly meetings at the moment but you can check out there facebook page for information or to contact them:
The society of St Vincent de Paul was founded in Paris in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam.
We believe it has been in existence in Ballyhaunis for over 100 years.
The SVP Society was set up to relieve poverty in an age when Social Welfare was non existent.
In our present society people may find themselves in financial difficulty. Some of these are in receipt of social welfare and some are not. This causes hardship for themselves and their families through no fault of their own. SVP is adapting to these changing needs.
Unemployment, illness, management problems and unforeseen circumstances can lead to problems such as:
Arrears with mortgages, electricity, rent and other bills
Cost of school uniforms, books, third level education fees
Transport costs for hospital visits etc.
Shortage of food and fuel due to mounting bills
SVP Ballyhaunis may be able to assist. Concern for others is at the heart of a Christian community
You may contact us in confidence at 0862640969 and a volunteer will ring you back.
You can meet two of us by appointment.
You can also call to the Friary House during working hours and fill out an application form.
You can put your name and contact number in the box in the Parish Church porch.
Our email address is email@example.com
If on the other hand you are financially secure and would like to send us a donation, please send it to:
St. Vincent De Paul,
Vive la France
In Ballyhaunis we are lucky to have one of the longest established Town Twinning Associations in the country. Ballyhaunis has been twinned with the French town of Guilers in Brittany for almost thirty years and several successful exchange visits have taken place during this time.
The concept of Twinning originated after the Second World War based on the principle that conflict can be avoided and barriers broken down through the promotion of cultural exchange. The town of Guilers near Brest in the department of Finistere in Brittany was selected as an ideal twinning partner for Ballyhaunis because of its size, location and cultural similarities. Linguistically and musically there are strong links between Brittany and Ireland. The Breton music played on the traditional instruments of the Bombarde and Biniou have a resonance which evoke traditional Irish airs. The Breton language has many similarities with the Irish language. Evidence of our shared Celtic heritage is apparent with the prevalence of dolmens, menhirs and cromlechs throughout the region.
Irish people have a reputation for being welcoming or flaithiul, and those of us who have visited Guilers can vouch for the fact that the Breton people share that same celtic spirit of warmth and hospitality. In 1982 the official twinning charter was signed between Guilers and Ballyhaunis and the links between our two towns have strengthened and endured since that time.
Usually every two years a group travels to visit the host country. Every effort is made to match exchange partners with partners who share similar interests. Visitors have the opportunity to experience a different way of life, immerse themselves in another culture and develop their linguistic skills in the French language. Many local individuals and families have been involved in the Twinning Association over almost three decades. It has undoubtedly been a rewarding and enriching experience for them. If you would like to experience the French way of life, immerse yourself in Breton culture improve your language skills now is your chance! The Association is always looking for new members. Remember the world is a book and they who do not travel read only a page!
Ballyhaunis Visual Artists Group is a group of six women artists who regularly hold exhibitions of their Art work in Ballyhaunis. The group welcomes the support of the community and hope they will attend any exhibitions they hold.
The venue mainly used by them in Ballyhaunis is The Friary. They organise an 'Open Exhibition' usually held in the month of October. This is an adjudicated Open exhibition that any artist is welcome to enter. In the Spring they then have an exhibition of their own work.
For more information about the group please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Moira Stratford on +353 (0)87 988 4041
The Art Exhibition is taking place in the Friary, with the Official opening by John Cribbin on Sat 30th May @2pm. The exhibition will be open daily from 2-6pm on Sat 30th, Sun 31st, Mon 1st and Sat 6th & Sun 7th June. We will be raffling a piece of work by artist Ann Burke in aid of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. This years theme is 'Wonders of the Earth'.