Ballon/Rathoe AGM was held in the community centre Friday 14th November.
Officers: President, Fr Howard. Vice presidents: Cara O Byrne, Mairead Nolan, Heather Zerafa. Secretary: Helen Castle and Vice Secretary, Cherie O Byrne. PRO: Helen Castle. Chairman: Dick Fitzgerald, Vice Chairman, Jim Hogan. Treasurer: Maura Jordan. Child Officer: Heather Zerafa. Community games delegates: Dick Fitzgerald, Jim Hogan, Helen Castle, Willie Byrne.
Programme of upcoming events for 2015 will soon be available. There are 57 different events in which children from ages 5 to 16 can take part.



Ballon/Rathoe athletes won five medals at the Leinster AA championships held in Tullamore on Saturday 28 June. James Smithers did a double winning gold in the under-14 80metres and long jump events while Donal English-Hayden won the gold medal in the under-14 pole vault. Cousins Lisa O’Toole and Jason Kelly both won silver medals, Lisa in the 400 metres and Jason in the triple jump. Congratulation and continued success to all four athletes.

Donal and James

Donal and James


Lisa and Jason

Lisa and Jason

2/6/14 Summer Competition

Today was the 25th anniversary of Ballon/Rathoe hosting this competition. As usual it attracted large numbers of aspiring athletes together with their families, trainers and managers. There were 21 competing teams from Carlow, Wexford, Laois, Offaly, Kildare and Dublin. Racing, Relays, Shot Putt, High Jump, Long Jump, Mini Javelin were the main events. The stewardship was first class with a great emphasis on safety. The race tellers and medal presenters were fully occupied and the big tent ran with a clockwork efficiency. It’s so good to witness the support given to these youngsters enjoying the fresh air, exercise, team building and friendly competition.


In the big tent are Heather Zeraffa, Mrs English Haydn, John Mullins, Dick Fitzgerald and Willie Byrne

13/3/14 New Basketball Team



In summary, we only took up basketball 6 weeks ago! We played Graiguecullen in the quarter finals of the Community Games (CG) and won by 11 – 10, we played ‘Tinryland/Bennekerry’ in the semi finals and won on a scoreline of 11 – 6. Last weekend Sunday 9th March, venue – Old Leighlin, we played hot favourites St. Lazerians, in the Finals. We pushed them hard all the way and were out scored by 14 – 21.


Last night a presentation was made to Down Syndrome Carlow in the sum of €1000 at Ballon’s ‘state of the art‘ new Community Hall. This was money raised from the recent concert with Phil Coulter at Mount Wolseley, Tullow.


Pictured are Pat Jordan, John Mullins
Lucy Moran & Laz Costello DSC, Maura Jordan, Jane Flood, Dick Fitzgerald


On the 8th February the County Art competition was held in Ballon NS drawing 130 budding artists from the county.