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Ballinlough Afternoon Tea Dance

An Afternoon Tea Dance will be held on Sunday 24th March 3.00pm - 6.00pm in the Community Centre. Admission €10. Put on your dancing shoes and dance the afternoon away!

Re: Proposed Development at Glenenaar Site Boreenmanna Road March 2019

Demolition of the existing public house and all ancillary structures on site and construction of 26 apartments consisting of 7 number studio apartments, 10 number one bedroom apartments and 9 number two bedroomm apartments and 9 number two bedroom apartments all in two blocks, part three storey and part four storey along with single storey bins storage, bicycle storage, electrical room, plant enclosures, communal garden and all associated site works. Following a recent meeting in the Ballinloguh Community Centre regarding the proposed development at the Glenenaar Site, Boreenmanna Road. The proposal is to remove the existing building and to build 4 floors on the Boreenmanna Rd side and 3 floors on the Waallace Avenus side on buildings coming level with the footpaths with no car parking allowed in the project.
The meeting decided that they would put in a number of objections: Detrimental impact upon residential amenities and existing houses in the area.
This proposed bloacks are over-development on a busy junction with no setback, encroach physically onto the surrounding buildings with 4 stories high on the Boreenmanna Road and 3 stories on the Wallace's Avenue side.
The historical report is deficient as it does not reference the impact on Haig Gardens, Knockrea Gardens and Wallace's Ave, which has long history s this an old part of the city.
No provision for car parking was also of concern, when you consider that the development could potentially bring another 40 cars into the area which has a lack of parking for exisitng residenta. All other developemtns in the area have provided parking in the area. Why is this not a planning requirement? We have no objection to houses in the site but it needs to be fit for purpose and no taller than existing properties. There is no visual impact study showing the various views and aspects of the development within the neighbourhood.
The meeting was attended by about 100 people last Tuesday night and the second meeting was held on Wednesday 6th March, with good attendance, to see what progress had been made on objections, which have to be in before the 11/03/2019 to the City Hall planning office.

Gents Retiremant Club

Wednesday afternoons in the Community centre 2.30 - 4.30pm. New members welcome.


Date for your diary; Ballinlough Community Association will hold their A.G.M on Tuesday 16th April at 8.00pm at the Community Centre

The Ballinlough Safety Forum

The Ballinlough Safety Forum was held on the 20th February 2018 from 8pm at Ballinlough Community Centre. Cllr Terry Shannon chaired the proceedings. THere were a number of Gardaí present; Bean Gardaí Marie O Neill and Lorraine O Donovan from the community policing office in Anglesea Street and Detective Sgt. Ian Coughlan and Sgt. Tony Davis of the crime prevention office. The meeting coinceded with a Day of Action operated by An Garda Síochana to increase people's awareness of crime prevention strategies. A number of issues were discussed in relation to a series of burglaries occuring recently on one evening, thefts from vehicles, cyclists'. One of the main issues at present is parking in the vicinity of Our Lady of Lourdes School. There are negotiations ongoing with City Council, the Residents Association, the Parents Association, the School and Gardaí to see what measures can be taken to ensure the saftey of this location. Advice was given by Sgt. Davis in relation to steps people can take to protect their homes. These include alarms, personal alarms, outdoor security lights, turning on indoor lights, using timer plugs, leaving on radios and most importantly; keeping an eye on your neighbour and knowing who your neighbours are. Sgt. DAvis also stressed the importance of using professional and legitimate tradesmen and to be wary of cold callers to your door. Gardaí informed residents of three persons apprehended from break-ins to vehicles in the community in relation to any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area. Always try to take the make, model colour and registration numbers of any vehicles that you have any doubt about and pass it on to the Gardaí to folloow up on as soon as possible. The text alert scheme must also be well operated and well used in the Ballinlough area. The next forum will be in May. It will be advertised in local shops at the Post Office and in the Community Centre. It will also be published in the Douglas Post and Church Newsletter.

Ballinlough Afternoon Tea Dance

Put on your dancing shoes!!!!! The Afternoon Tea Dance takes place again on Sunday 24th March between 3.00pm and 6.00pm in the Community Centre. THe admission price is €10.00 and everyone is welcome.

Gents Retirement Club

Each Wednesday between 2.30pm and 4.30pm, new members are always welcome.

Bingo in Ballinlough

Bingo was cancelled several months ago as committee members were not able to give their commitment at the time. Many people have been inquiring if it is re-opening. THere will be a public Meeting in the Community Center on Friday 1st March at 7:30pm to discuss same. So if you miss the Bingo onfriday nights come along to the Meeting. Ballinlough Communioty Association will give every assistance in re-opening the bingo. Light refreshments will be served.

Burglary's in Ballinlough/Blackrock/Douglas areas

Recently there have beena number of burlaries in the above areas. On one night nine houses were broken into between 7.00pm and 10.00pm. Keep your home secure at all times. When leaving the house make sure all doors and windows are locked. Leave some lights on. Always lock your cars in the driveway and never leave valuables visible, lock them in the boot.

Afternoon Tea Dance

Ballinlough Community Association will host an Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday 24th March From 3.00pm to 6.00pm in the Community Centre. Admissionn will be €10.00. All are welcome.

Gents Retirement Club

Wednesday 2.30pm to 4.00pm

Ladies Retirement Club

Monday 2.30 to 4.30pm

Ballinlough youth Club Event:

Fot the duration of Operation transformation we are hosting Ballinlough's first ever Walking group. Join us at the Community Centre every Monday and Wednesday at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Ballinlough Garda Forum

Residents in the Ballinlough area are invited to our Forum meeting that will be held on Wednesday 20th february in the Community Centre at 8.00pm. The Forum covers Ballinlough, Albert Road, Victoria Road, Rockboro and Douglas areas. The Forum meeting is a place where residents can have their say and are invited to raise any concerns in the community. These are discussed with An Garda Siochana. Our Local Councillors have been invited to attend. A follow up report outlining actions since the last Forum meeting will be presented at the meeting will be presented at the meeting by our Community Gardaí!

Our Lady of Lourdes Church - Dates to reember 2019
Confirmation Dates

Scoil Bhride Eglantine

Tuesday 19th March 10.30am

St. Anthonys BNS

Thursday 21st March 10.30am

Our Lady of Lourdes & Rockboro

Friday 5th April 10.30am

Communion dates

St.Anthonys BNS

Saturday 11th May 11.00am

Scoil Bhride Eglantine

Saturday 18th May 11.00am

Our Lady of Lourdes & Rockboro

Saturday 25th May 11.00am

Ballinlough Community Association

BCA had a very exciting year in 2018 as we celebrated 50 years. We launched the year with a visit to the Cith Hall to Lord Mayor Cllr, Tony Fitzgerald in April. In June we held our big celebration. The 6.00 Mass on Sat 9th June in Our Lady of Lourdes Church was celebrated by Canon Jim O' Donovan and Canon Michael Crowley and all committees were represented by participation in the Mass. Afterwards there was an open invitation to join us in the Community Centre for refreshments and cathcing up with friends.

Dail Visit

On 26th September we travelled to the Dail curtsey of Michael McGrath T.D. We enjoyed lunch in the Dail restaurant, took part in a tour and watched proceedings from the Gallery. We also recieved an invitation to the Dail bar from Michael Martin T.D. A very pleasant day was had by all.

Tea Dance

On 7th October we hosted our first Tea Dance inn the Community Centre. On 11th December we returned to the City Hall for a lovely reception by Lord Mayor Cllr. Mick Finn. We would like to thank our main sponsors JJ O' Driscoll Super Store and Sophie's Hair Rooms.

Ballinlough Men's Retirement Club

Ballinlough Men's Retirement Club meet every Wednesday afternoon, from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm in Ballinlough Community Centre. They enjoy a game of Short Mat Bowls (Bolwns supplied y the club) in an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie.
During the year they organize a number of competitions, the most recent being in honour of Liam Towler, former chairman of Ballinlough Community Association, who gave unsparingly of his time and efforts for the benefit of his community.
The winning team was Tommy daly, Simon Kennefick & Percy McCormack.
The runners-up were Ray Cremin, George Greene & Michael Dunne.
The clus is very appreciative of the loyalty and support of Cllr. Terry Shannon.
They remember with affection and gratitude Mossie Mcgrath, Denis Murphy & Patrick Connolly, Three very local members, who passed on to their eternal reward during the past year. Solas na bhFlaitheas orthu.
New members welcome. Contact Noeal 085 1615360, or drop in for a chat and a "cuppa".

Visit to Lord Mayor

On Tuesday 11th December members of Ballinlough Community Asociation has a lovely reception at City Hall hosted by Lord Mayor Cllr. Mick Finn. It was the conclusion of the 50 Year celebrations of the Community Association. Chairperson Terry Shannon related some of our activiteis to the Lord Mayor which included a Mass celebrated by Canon Jim O' Donovan in June followed by a reception open to all the Parish in the Community Centre. A visit to the Dail in September and an Afternoon tea Dance in the Community Centre in October were also featured in the celebration. The Lord Mayor Cllr. Mick Finn congratulated the Community Association on their "50 years" and praised all the work carried out by volunteers.

Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Mass times
Monday 24th December 10.00am.
Christmas Eve: Monday 24th December 6.00 pm & 9.00 pm
Christmas Day: Tuesday 25th December 9.00am,10.00 am and 11.00am
St. Stephen's Day: Wednesday 26th December 10.00am


Bingo on Friday nights' in the Community Centre has been cancelled for several months due to personal reasons of the ladies who organised the Bingo and to the passing of Maura Maher. May she rest in peace. The Bingo was always run by a separate committee. Some people have ben enquiring as to when and if Bingo is returning. The Officers of the Community Association met with the organisers of the Bingo recently. Reluctantly the ladies have decided not to continue as numbers are small, they have no extra hael and it is a big commitment. the Officers of the Community Association would like to thank the Committee that have been involved in the Bingo for so many years. In early Spring there will be a public meeting hel d for any persons who are willing to orgainse a committee and get the Bingo returned to Friday nights. Ballinglough Community Association will make every effort to bring back the Bingo.

Ballinlough Indoor Bowling

There is indoor bowling every Monday night at 8:00pm in the Community Centre. New Members are very welcome.

Christmas Concert

The Ballinlough Festival Committee wil be hosting their annual Christmas Concert on Sunday 2nd of Deecember at 7;30pm in the Ballinlough Community Centre. Tickets are €5 and are on sale in the Ballinlough Credit Union and O' Driscolls shop.

Church Gate Collection

Ballinlough Community Association wish to thank everyone who contributed to their recent Church Gate collection.

Garda Forum Meeting

Our next garda Forum meeting will be held on Tuesday 27th November at 8.00pm in the Communtiy Centre. Come along to meet our Community Gardaí. Also, some of or local Councillors will be in attendance!


There have been some break-ins locally in the last few weeks. If you do not have an alarm, take precautions when leaving your home. Always leave lights on hall/landing and in some rooms. Leave a radio on, loud. Close curtains. If someone has an intention of breaking-in to your home if he/she can't see into your rooms hears a radio/sound he/she will move on as they won't take the risk that the house could be occupied.

Christmas Concert

The Ballinlough Festival Committee will be hosting their annual Christmas Concert on Sunday 2nd of December at 7.30pm at Ballinlough Community Centre. Tickets are €5 and will be on sale in the Ballinlough Credit Union and O'Driscoll's shop.

Lord Mayors Concert

The Lord Mayor's Annual Christmas Concert will be held on Saturday 1st December at City Hall. Tickets are selling fast but are available at Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street.

Ballinlough indoor bowling

Every Monday night at 8:00pm in the community centre. New members welcome.

Garda Forum Meeting

Our Forum Meeting was held on Wednesday 10th October in the Community Centre. It was chaired by Terry Shannon Chairperson of Ballinlough Community Association. In attendence were Community Gardaí Lorraine O'Donovan and Marie O'Neill. Some of the topics discussed were: Speeding on the Boreenmanna Road; 197 Garda check points were indertaken here since the start of the year. Crossing by Rockboro School; vechicles not stopping on the red light pedestrians do not feel safe tocross the road. Speeding on the lower Ballinlough Road; Alleged on-going activity on Rockboro Road. Cllr. Terry Shannon put down a motion at Cork City Council to have the footbridge closed. If it remains opended it should be cleared it should be cleaned, painted and new lighting installed. The Gardaí stressed to take precautions if going out a night to leave radio on loud to leave lights turned on some rooms. The also suggested buying light timers for security. If you see anything suspicious in your area always contact the Gardaí at Anglesea St. Station (021)4522000 Blackrock (021)4536690 or Douglas (021)4857670.

Afternoon Tea Dance

As part of our 50 Year celebrations we recently we recetly held our first Tea Dance on a Saturday Afternoon. It was a great evening. Once Connie started playing he had everyone out dancing. It brought back memories of the 60's and the Showband days. Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock, Brendan Bowyer and many more; Connie played them all. We had some lovely Raffle Prizes. Our food was gorgeous. People are enquiring when is our next Tea dance. We hope to have another Afternoon Tea Dance in the Spring. Don't put away those dancing shoes yet!!!

Heritage Concert

Members of Ballinlough Community recently attended the Lord Mayor's Heritage concert in the City Hall. A fantastic night. well done to the organising committee.