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Yesterday, 16/11/18, in Ballon NS the Parents Association presented headmaster Mr Heffernan and deputy Head Mrs Mullins with a cheque for €23,000 the profits from our fundraising extravaganza “Who wants to be a thousandaire “ in April which saw us raise funds to complete a new play area at the back of the school to improve the outdoor facilities for the kids and reduce winter muck and dirt being brought into the school…the work has now been completed and payment has been made..

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Marion Dowling, Tracey Delaney, Noel Heffernan, Bernie Mullins, Linda McGragh


The parents committee of Ballon National School wish to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to their recent Who Wants to be a Thousandaire fundraising event. A fantastic night was had by all, with over 300 guests and €1700 won by the 8 contestants, who were fabulous!
The night was an amazing success, raising just over €23k for the outdoor area project. Thank you to all our major sponsors, our advertisers and of course to all the parents and local community for their outstanding support, we couldn’t have done it without you all! Thank you so much!
Ballon NS Parents Association


Ballon NS “Who wants to be a thousandaire fundraiser”

We had a pre-launch night in Kavanaghs Pub March 15th where company sponsors and parents of the school children attended. We had Tom Daly , Leinster Rugby Star attend as the special guest.

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On Thu, Nov 23, 2017 at 10:34 AM, Parents Association Ballon NS <parentsassoc.ballon@gmail.com> wrote:

My name is Emma Martin, and I’m the new secretary on the Parents Association for Ballon NS.

The new committee is as follows:

Chairperson: Tracey Delaney
Vice Chair: Orla McFarland
Secretary: Emma Martin
Vice Secretary: Andrea Moloney
Treasurer: Linda McGrath
Vice Treasurer: Valerie Carty
PRO: Marion Dowling
Vice PRO: Lillian Fernandez

Committee Members: Caroline O’Toole and Amanda O’Neill

Please find the  AGM Minutes Link 23 Oct 2017, from the outgoing secretary Elaine Gibson.

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Today the Parents Association held a fundraiser at Siopa Glas.

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Andrea Zerafa, Lynn Smyth, Carol Morohan, Nichola McGrath, Marian Dowling, Marieva Sinnott

Ethan Rooney, Liam Morahan, Kate Smyth, Robyn McGrath

A massive thanks to all who supported our coffee morning this morning, it was a great success, to all who stopped off for a cuppa, donated cakes and donated time, your support in our fundraising for the school is greatly appreciated.
An extra special thanks to Siopa Glas, Breda Ray and Maire George ….you are a fantastic support to us and a credit to the community.
We had a raffle and here are the prize winners :
Two cushions – Maire George
Box of chocolates – Ann Quirke
Clutch handbag – Breda Ray
Bottle of wine – Breda Ray
Bottle of wine – Tina (have phone number will contact)
Box of Milk Tray – Geraldine Kyle
Large Easter egg – Mary O’Sullivan
Seerys Large Coffee Cake – Triona Fanning
Set of Mugs – Heather Zerafa

Ballon NS Parents Assoc


The Ballon NS Parents Assoc recently represented the Principal Mr Noel Heffernan with a cheque for €3,000 which was used towards the purchase of 16 iPads and a docking trolley for use by the children….this money was raised through last years fund raising events organised by the Parents Assoc.

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Photo shows l to r
Mary Kinsella – last years PRO
Maria Connelly – last years Chairman
Olive O’Byrne – Treasurer
Marion Dowling – current PRO
Marieva Sinnott – current Chairperson
Mr Noel Heffernan
Missing from the photo was Elaine Gibson – Secretary


The AGM was held 5/10/16 at the school…
The minutes from this meeting are:
Maria Connelly,Chairperson opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking them for attending….
Maria went in the thank all the parents for their support during the year with special thanks going to:
Nuala Quirke, Paul Cummins, Noel Heffernan and all the class teachers.
Maria then handed over to Marion Dowling, Assistant Treasurer, who gave a run down of all activities organised during the year by the committee which included:
Halloween Disco
Christmas Draw
Easter Disco
Easter egg hunt for children
Bag pack in Supervalu, Tullow
Coffee morning in Siopa Glas
Confirmation party – funded by the committee but organised by 5th and 6th class parents
Communion party
School Graduation
School Fete -which included a raffle for a signed Sean O’brien jersey kindly donated and signed by the Ireland team
Olive Nolan O’Bryne, Treasurer, then talked about the financial statement opening balance and closing balance of the account ….and concluded that the year had been financially very successful with and ending balance of approx €3,000 more than we started.
Mary Gregan Kinsella, PRO then spoke about her use of Facebook as a means of communication to parents this year which had proved very successful …this concluded all business…
Resignations – Mary Gregan Kinsella and Maria Connelly then stepped down from their rolls on the committee and parents were invited to join the committee…
Elaine Gibson – stepped forward as Secretary…
Committee elected as follows:
Marieva Hamilton Sinnott – Chairperson
Olive Nolan O’Bryne – Treasurer
Marion Dowling -PRO
Elaine Gibson – Secretary

We also elected class representatives for each school year that would assist us when required:


A Huge Thank You from Ballon National School Parents Association
A total of €6,545 was raised for Ballon National School on Friday 20th June 2014 as a result of the school fete and charity basket-ball match between the staff of the school and the cast members of “Fair City”. The Parents Association of the school would like to thank all the local businesses who kindly donated prizes for our draw card. Thank you to Rachel Pilkington who arranged for her colleagues from “Fair City” to come and play a charity basketball match in the hall which was a thrilling encounter to watch. Finally, thank you to the Parents who helped on the stalls at the Fete and to everyone in the Ballon Community and beyond who came out in huge numbers to out in huge numbers to support both events.


Ballon NS Summer Fete took place on Fri 20th June. The weather was fabulous & we had 22 stalls this year including 3 bouncing castles, Bric a Brac, Bottle Stall, Giant Games such as Milking Cows & The Detonator, Duck racing, Penalty shoot out, plus many more.

The front yard was set up with tables & chairs to take advantage of the sunshine & all the food on offer, with a choice of BBQ, strawberries, ice cream, pancakes & tea/coffee. A DJ played lively summer music throughout which added to the fun atmosphere. To add to the excitement the Cast Members of Fair City came along to meet & greet all present and were welcomed by a large cheering crowd. They spent an hour chatting to everyone and having photos taken before taking part in a Charity Basketball Match in the Community Hall against the Staff of Ballon NS, to raise money for a new library in the school. This event was the brainchild of our own local Fair City Actor, Rachel Pilkington who together with Karen Curry, Chairperson of the Parents Association put together a unforgettable night of entertainment. The Hall was thronged with supporters and the cheers of all present could be heard around the village. Both sides put on a terrific display of their basketball skills with the final score 35 to the Teachers & 26 to Fair City. Both teams were presented with medals and then retired to Ballykealey Manor Hotel for food & drinks, where John Kelly played music into the early hours for all present to end off a truly wonderful event raising more than €1200!

First some Pictures from Bernie Mullins

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Now some pictures from Máire George

Some of the match by Christine



Ballon National School Parents Association supporting Operation Transformation held a 5 k run/walk on Saturday 22nd Feb. Almost 100 adults and 50 children supported the fund raiser for the school. It was great to see so many people being active and keeping healthy. The rain stayed away for the duration of the event. Refreshments were served in the school gym afterwards. The Parents Association would like to thank everyone who took part and we are looking forward to running the event again next year.







Alan Proctor collects the 1st prize from headmaster Noel Heffernan

Holly Barrett the 2nd prize on behalf of her granny Norrie

Laura Higginson the 3rd on behalf of her dad John in Australia





Following the First Holy Communion ceremony in Ballon on Saturday last all families were invited to the traditional celebration in Ballon Community Centre organised by the Ballon National School Parents Association. The First Communants were given the opportunity to socialise and take photographs with their friends while parents, grandparents, god parents and family members mingled over a cup of tea, sandwiches and beautiful confectionary.


The Committee of Ballon National School Parents Association would sincerely like to thanks all the parents who came and helped in so many different ways from preparing the hall, to making sandwiches, providing beautiful home baking, other goodies for the kids, to serving teas and the wash up. A special thanks to Michael McAssey for his generosity and help all day.

This was a wonderful occasion and showed our community spirit in a wonderful light.


Some photos of the Fundraiser night which was held in Joe Doyle’s function room on Saturday 14th April to raise money for Ballon National School to help with two new classrooms.


An after school cookery class has been held over the last four weeks producing some delighful dishes.

Here are some of the budding chefs with Head Chef  Ann Quirke using the great facilities in the refurbished Old School.