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About Ballisodare Community Council

Ballisodare Community Council is a community development group run by and for locals.
Among the councils functions are overseeing the maintenance of community facilities such as Abbey Drive, submission of funding applications to local and national agencies to preserve and create community amenities and landmarks and engagement with local representatives on matters affecting the Ballisodare community.

We also liaise with other seperate groups within the community such as Ballisodare Tidy Towns, Ballisodare United, Ballisodare Mens Shed and others.

We are constantly on the lookout for volunteers so if you feel that you’d like to make a contribution to your community send us an email, contact us through our social media channels or speak with any member of the community council

Ballisodare Community Council is a community development group run by and for locals.
Among the councils functions are overseeing the maintenance of community facilities such as Abbey Drive, submission of funding applications to local and national agencies to preserve and create community amenities and landmarks and engagement with local representatives on matters affecting the Ballisodare community.

We also liaise with other seperate groups within the community such as Ballisodare Tidy Towns, Ballisodare United, Ballisodare Mens Shed and others.

We are constantly on the lookout for volunteers so if you feel that you’d like to make a contribution to your community send us an email, contact us through our social media channels or speak with any member of the community council

Facilities History

Facility

The Ballisodare Community, Sports and Amenity Area was fully completed and opened in September 2020.

The modern bright facility incorporates 156 square metres of hall space, a canteen area and ample storage and parking.

The two full size community pitches, a large community pitch and a full size GAA pitch are suitable for soccer, rugby and many other activities and are complimented by spacious, clean, male and female changing and hot shower areas.

History

2 decades in the making, the Ballisodare Community, Sports and Amenity Area was first proposed to the community council in 2001 by the late Tom Corcoran.

With the support of Sligo County Council, established a subcommittee of Ballisodare Community Council was established under Tom’s chairmanship to develop the site.

An initial 10 acre site was acquired from Sligo County Council on a 99 year lease and a further 12 acres of land were purchased from Coillte.

Plans were developed by the late Vincent Hannon and a successful sports capital grant application secured €250’000 in 2004 towards the creation of a community grass playing pitch and building complex.

A further 200k was secured in 2007 and works were carried out over a 2 year period between 2008 and 2010 by Felix McHugh builders and pitch contractors Clive Richardson.

A subcommittee chaired by Pat Barrett embarked on the final and most recent stage to refurbish the facilities. This was achieved with grant aid from Sligo Leader Partnership, fundraising locally and a community finance loan from Clann Credo.

At the same time one of Irelands best known junior soccer clubs, Ballisodare United Soccer Club secured funding in 2018 through Sligo Leader Partnership for the creation of their own state of the art astro pitch. This was installed and completed in 2019 by SIS Pitches adjacent to the community pitch.

Although many of the original members of the committee are still involved and new members have come on board several committee members have sadly passed away. Tom Corcoran, Alfie Gallagher, John Sherlock and Pat O’Meara would be hugely proud to see their work come to fruition and plans to honour their memory in some way will be discussed in the near future

Ballisodare Community, Sports and Amenity Area is available for all groups and the interim management committee look forward to welcoming you.

Committee Members

Margaret – Chairperson

Gaye – Assistant Chairperson

Niamh – Secretary

Mary – Assistant Treasurer

Sinead – PRO

Philip – PRO

Finbarr – Member

Andrew – Member

Eilís – Member

Latest News

Join Ballisodare Men’s Shed

Join Ballisodare Men’s Shed

Ballisodare Men’s shed will re-open on Thursday 30th of September, and look forward to welcoming members back once again and inviting new members, (Male and Female), to come along and join us and participate in the many activities we are involved in .

We will also hold an open day at Youngs Quarry on Sat 9th October from 1pm to 3pm , where everyone will be welcome to come along, have a chat , see what we do and have a try at bowling, Who knows you might even like it!

There is no age limit regarding membership so all are welcome.

Our shed is a community-based organisation where the primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly, and inclusive environment, where members are able to gather and /or work together on meaningful projects in the company of others, where the primary objective is to advance the health and well being of the participants.
We all have skills that we can share whilst learning new ones from our colleagues.
Activities include the making of wood products and wood-turning in our new custom-built workshop. Short Matt indoor bowls in the new community centre hall, very popular, and a growing activity nationwide.
There is a walking group that takes place every Tuesday morning, if you prefer a short walk (45-60mins), or a more strenuous trek (2 hrs+) all is catered for.

Tuition in art and woodturning are ongoing in conjunction with Sligo/ Leitrim/ Mayo E.T.B. and other courses can be arranged at the request of members. We also organize day trips to places of interest and events locally and nationally, and theatre and cinema trips open to members and spouses/ partners.

Hope to see you all soon
Regards
Andrew Finan – Chariman Ballisodare Mens Shed

Contacts
Andrew Finan – 087 9137012 Andrewfinan52@gmail.com
Jimmy Giblin – 086 1071692

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