Ballon Improvement Group 2017

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Chairperson : Máire George.

Secretary: Bernie Mullins

Treasurer: Eileen Murphy

Link to Reflections/1916 Garden

Link to Biodiversity Launch




Pictured in the School wild habitat are members of the Green school committee
Patches of wild flowers were sown and some young oak tree saplings.  The oaktrees were gown from acorns planted by some of the school children and their parents.

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We have planted over 1,500 new native hedging plants around the village this last few weeks. 

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Pictured here is the Ballon Green School Committee ready to plant the native trees supplied by Carlow County Council  with Maire George. 


Ballon Improvement Group   AGM     21st February 2017

In attendance was Councillor John Murphy, Chairperson of Carlow County Council

John  said “ the group should be very proud of the great work done during the year and also on the great attendance at the meeting”

A vote of sympathy for  Kathleen Percy  was extended  to the Percy family  and to Breda Wray  and the Coleman family on the untimely passing of Kathleen . Kathleen was much loved by staff and customers alike and  was  the heart of the Siopa Glas project . She worked  as a volunteer since the shop opened in June 2012.  May she rest in peace.   Her passing has left a huge void.

A vote of sympathy was also extended to  our secretary Bernie Mullins on the recent death of her mother Margaret  Halvey  May she rest in peace.

Secretary  Bernie Mullins gave an account of all the work and projects carried out in 2016.

2016 was a very busy year. 

 Dúlra Bhalana       Exploring Ballon’s Biodiversity   was launched ion 17th May  by Mr Michael Starlett Chairman of the Heritage Council of Ireland .  The project received funding from the Heritage Council.

Machamh   –  Reflection   The Ballon 1916 Commemoration  Garden was officially opened on the 15th March 2016.  

Thanks to all who were in anyway involved with the Siopa Glas Recycling project.

The Community Shop was the main fundraiser for  Village enhancement during the year.

We would like to thank our  Siopa Glas Volunteers and Tús workers.

Our Tidy Town marks increased by `12 points .  Ballon took four awards in the Carlow Pride of Place Competition.

The school GIY project was very successful.   A new outdoor classroom was installed in the Wild Habitat area at the back of the school.

Ballon Improvement Group funded the maintenance of the local Graveyard.

Thanks to Michael Martin  maintaining our very good village website

Thanks to Eileen Murphy  and Maire George for the work done on lengthy submissions during the year.

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The same officers were returned for 2017.

Chairperson      Máire George

Secretary          Bernie Mullins

Treasurer         Eileen Murphy






Tree week is all week  FROM 3rd March.

Why it is important to plant trees and hedgerows

If you would like to plant a native tree during tree week .  Just call into Siopa Glas and collect one.


Greener Home Hints

The link above will take you to the electronic copy of the recently published Greener Home Hints booklet.

1/2/17 – St. Brigets Day. First day of Spring

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Maire George of  Ballon’s  Community  and school organic garden.
Dee Sewell chairperson of Community Gardens Ireland.
Tim Madden of Forward Steps in Tullow.
Pictured receiving packets of heritage seeds.
All afiliated Community Gardens in the County were gives vegetable seeds and peatfree compost via Agenda 21 scheme through Carlow County Council.


Here are a few pics of Operation Transformation at the bank ajacant to the Lecky Graveyard on the  Dublin Rd.

BIG  are lucky that the students from a horticultural course presently in progress at BALLON are assistiing us with our landscaping in the Village.
Plants include Holly, Guilder Rose, Hazel,
Field Maple, Spindle.