Community Development Group run by & for Locals…

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

Christmas Postcards Now Available

Christmas Postcards Now Available

Support Ballisodare Community Council Fundraiser by purchasing some Christmas Postcards!You asked, we listened! We had a lot of enquiries about purchasing our fundraising postcards online...

Our Dream becomes Reality…

Our Dream becomes Reality…

Margaret Savage, chairperson of Ballisodare Community Council, speaks to Ocean FM about what has been achieved with the new community hall, and the community effort that went into it.