We did very well
23/11/15 – The European Week for Waste Reduction
29/10/15 – Carlow Pride of Place
A picture paints 1000 words
15/10/15 – article in the Farmer’s Journal
We were invited to send up to 20 pictures with a cross section of the village identity. They were not published, except for two, so here they are so there is some justification for the work involved.
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Courgettes and pumpkin in the school/BIG poly tunnel.
Carlow Public Participation Network Issue 1 August 2015
Special Cafe! Business is buzzing at present in Ballon’s newest Cafe. The place is a hive of activity.
Ballon first get together of new junior gardening and Young Tidy Town group. As it was raining the group potted up some Basil in the village Polytunnel. The Basil was sown by a Grow your own class some weeks ago.
Delighted to be asked after working with three different Green School Committees. Five Green Flags now flying at front of schools. Congrats to school and special thanks to Mrs Mullins.
Maire with Bernie raising the Fifth Flag
Volunteers needed to keep the vegetable garden at the school over the summer months. Please contact Siopa Glas if you can help in anyway.
Save money. Use FAIRY INSTEAD OF DAWN DISH SOAP
Children from Mullawnmore planted a Fairy Tree Saturday 13th June. This tree marks the start of a fairy trail through the estate. The fairy doors can be found on several of the trees.
The doors were made from recycled timber and the children painted and decorated them. Tà na Sìoga sasta.
Maire and Eileen attended the 20th Birthday of the Heritage Council for their contribution to Heritage Matters.
As the day turned into night on Saturday 16th of May a group of adults and children gathered in the village at the end of Ballykealey Lane. Paul Cutler Head Gardener of Altamont and member of Birdwatch Ireland and Ballon Improvement Group lead the group up the lane and into the Walled area of Ballykealey Woods.
After a short introduction by Paul all tuned into the wonderful Dusk Chorus.
Distant Pheasants called and several Robins sang in competition with each other. It was magical to just stop and listen. Nature is wonderful. We just have to slow down and enjoy being at one with the music and sounds all around us.
The stars of the evening were a Blackbird singing its heart out on the roof of a house and a song Thrush singing right over our heads.
Our next venture up Ballykealey Lane may just be a Bat Walk as there plenty seen walking back up the lane.
But this night belonged to the Birds which we left aseep and headed for Siopa Glas where a Cuppa warmed everybody up.
Ballykealey Lane 365 Wild Flower Project
Over the last 12 months local photographer Michael Martin has captured the wild flowers seen in the lane. Identification was with thanks to www.irishwildflowers.ie, Paul Cutler of Altamont Gardens and Ciarán Byrne a local biodiversity graduate. Ballon Improvement Group funded the printing and framing of the board and it was mounted at the old entrance to Ballykealey House in the lane.
Shown are local lane dwellers Sophia, Lauren and Alex Nolan and Ciara Lalor.
Tom Rodgers from Rathoe is back in Ballon. Tom was on the first Fas
Scheme as an environemental worker for the Village. This time Tom
returns under the Tus Scheme and we are delighted to have him on the
Ballon Improvement Team.