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Ballinamuck ICA

Ballinamuck ICA was established in December 1959 and we are pleased to report that the guild is still active.

This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the guild members over the years adapting and changing to suit the needs of women in our community.

We are a diverse group who embrace the ethos of the ICA and the opportunities it offers while at the same time planning our agenda around the talents and interests of our members.

Our guild normally meets on the first Monday of every month in the 98 Hall in Ballinamuck. We always welcome new members as they bring a vibrancy and freshness to the guild. Our current President is Nuala McLoughlin. She can be contacted for further information at 0868377062.

You can see photos of our various activities on our Facebook page , Ballinamuck ICA.

Ballinamuck Foroige Juniors Youth Club

Our club was founded in 1998, it has grown every year since. At present we have approximately 50 children aged 10 to 12 years old. We meet every Friday night in the 98 Hall in Ballinamuck. Our activities include, sports, arts and crafts, bingo etc etc. We have a new astro turf surface in the court, which is used by our club and the general public. We also take our members on day trips and to the panto. Only for our dedicated leaders, this club would not be possible.

You can see details of our various activities on our Facebook page, Ballinamuck Foroige

For further information contact Breda Cassidy 0879933868

Ballinamuck Children’s Christmas Party

The local community run a children’s Christmas Party every year in the 98 Hall in Ballinamuck.

Santa arrives with presents, we have face painting, balloon making and a little disco with a DJ.

Also the parents can relax and have a cup of tea and biscuits.

It’s a very enjoyable day for everyone.

For further information contact Breda Cassidy 087 9933868.

Ballinamuck Enhancement

Our volunteer group was formed in May 2012 after the launch of our Enhancement Plan for our Village. Our objective is to further enhance our village for the whole community and for visitors alike.

We have been successful in a number of projects since then, a new playground beside the hall, worked with Longford County Council to get road improvement works carried out at Gaigue cross for safety reasons.   Worked with the Ballinamuck Fair Day committee to restore Johnny’s Cottage that was donated to both groups.  Have entered the Tidy Towns competition since 2013 gaining points each year.  Have carried out a number of improvement works around village, add new flower pots each year, along with benches, restored old an phone box, got a sign planted with Ballinamuck at Gaigue cross, works on going on here, these are just a few of the projects we have carried out and are very proud of.

We are always looking for new volunteers that may bring new ideas, may have an interest in gardening, DIY etc. Please contact us through facebook or email us if you would like to get involved.

Ballinamuck Olde Fair Day

Ballinamuck Olde Fair Day is an annual daylong event, ran by local people from Ballinamuck, who get great assistant from neighbouring parishes to run the day

In keeping with the old traditions of days gone by, the locals wanted to run an event to do just that, from cooking “Bacon n Cabbage” on an open fire to watching the old thrasher in action, the 1st Fair day was organised in a matter of weeks, and such was its success, that is soon became the annual event of the year, which locals looked forward to, the day was is so popular, and attracts people from all corners of the country, from overseas and from the USA

The day starts off with a vintage parade from Gaigue Cross to the Fair Day field located beside the 98 bar; led by Longford Pipe Band, Local vintage clubs take part in the parade with tractors, cars and motorbikes alike, in recent years we were joined by Leitrim/ Longford Harriers with the ladies and gentlemen on horseback, the day kicks off with live music on the field, and usually a guest artist makes an appearance, the day continues with loads to keep young and old entertained, from Face painting, Bungee chords, Donkey rides, Water Balloons, while the thrashing demonstration keeps the older generation happy,

We also have “Johnnys Cottage” lovingly restored by The Fair Day committee and Ballinamuck Enhancement, this is a big hit, in the cottage, Bread making, story telling, live trad music all take place in front of the big open fire

There is lots to eat, with a wide variety of foods to choose from, the local ICA display their baking skills with their freshly baked brown bread, scones, cakes and apple tarts, tea and coffee is also served, the old tradition of Boxty making is firm favourite every year, you can buy freshly fried pan a boxty and a big mug of tea and relax and take in all activities going on

Live demonstration run right throughout the day, we have Basket making, Wood Carving, Iive animals, Art and Crafts, along with some fun games such as Cow Bingo, Guess the weight of the heifer, Dig for €50, Hang around for Cash, Unscramble the car, Digger and Ducks and everyones favourite The Ducking Chair, which in recent years have had many local celebrities take to the chair

The Ballinamuck Olde Fair Day is a great day out for everyone, our usual date is in July, so why not keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates,

and come along for the fun, we’d be happy to see you!!!  Who knows you might even win a load of turf !!

Ballinamuck/Drumlish First Responders

Ballinamuck/Drumish First Responders was initially set up as a quick response team of trained members of the community to assist the national ambulance service for those within our parish who were suffering a cardiac arrest.

Set up in 2008 in Ballinamuck our group has trained over 100 residents of the parish in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in conjunction with the Irish Heart Foundation.

We have four trained instructors who train members of the community in CPR at no cost ,all those who complete the training receive a certificate which last two years and can avail of refresher training .
Our committee ensure that all our public Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’S) are serviced and ready for use at all times. There are ten AED’S ready for use in an emergency.

Our service is funded by Donations from members of the community, local groups and funding from Longford County Council.

If any member of the public wishes to avail of training or notices any problems with our defibrillators please contact Paddy Howe on 0879613312