Open Tuesday – Friday : 9.30am – 5pm
Saturday: 9.30 am – 3pm
Contact: Breda: 087 7820211: / Máire: 087 2424934
Is Féidir Linn!.
Proceeds to Enhance Ballon Village & Ballon National School.

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Dick Fitzgerald wins the Giant Hamper, seen here with:

Bridget McGrath, Caitriona Tobin, Marion Doyle and Helen Fitzgerald all volunteers a Siopa Glas



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Siopa orchestrated its best Torch Light Carol Service culminating in Hot Chocolate and carols in Siopa. Pictures from Maire.



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Volunteers on the day

Siopa held its Christmas event on the 25/11/18. It was well attended and a great show. One of the highlights was the Fashion Show where the majority of clothes were from the racks of the shop. On Tuesday next they will be offered at a reduced price.

A full narrative will follow but in the meantime let these pictures tell the Story.

Siopa Glas Celebration Christmas Fair.

‘Community with a special heart’.  That was the message that come across on Sunday 25th November.

While Ballon is the heart of Carlow, Siopa Glas has proved itself time and time again as the heart and hub of Ballon.

Pages about this Christmas Celebration could be written. Suffice to say  our volunteers, Eco Fashion Models and all who helped to make the event the huge success it was,  thank you all.  Our community spirit has been ignited.

Great leadership skills by many.  When Mrs Clause, the Elfs, the snowman were ready and dressed up for the day ahead they headed out the door to   Café de Mode, and Joe Doyles.   It was all great fun and frolics!

Ethna Quirke   Manager of’ Baby Room’ Business in Carlow and Columnist with the local Nationalist  facilitated excellent Christmas craft workshops with the children.  This kept them all occupied and happy just before Santa himself arrived.  Santa has come from Ballinabranna  had to go to Clonegal and more places during the afternoon so he did not delay too long.  Loads of places on his list.

By the time three o clock arrived all seats in the house were full and the fun Eco Fashion show got underway. 

 The fun Fashion show gave a platform to demonstrate, or serve as the culmination of the work of Siopa Glas.  The whole show was environment focused where outfits were  all about recycling or reimaging.  The current craze for Vintage offers great chances for dressing up for that special occasion or just for fun.

People from all walks and all ages became pop up models for the occasion.

Included were gardeners, assistant school principle, schoolchildren, TD from the Dail,

Local Councillor, active retired, Musician, PHD student, and more.

Refreshments were served all day and thanks to all who provided homemade cakes and more. 

Like to thank the local Nationalist for sending out a photographer, Our own local photographer for taking the many pictures and his never ending work with the Ballon Improvement Website  Pictures also on Facebook pages.


Ballon/Rathoe Active retirement Group have a sumptuous afternoon tea at Siopa with entertainment and a sing along. (and the Camera Man gets lucky)



Oisin Martin evaluates a plate with Eilis Feehan of Siopa Glas at the BOI review of Ballon.

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On the 23/8/18 Siopa Glas held a Fashion Parade at the conclusion of the tour of the village when the judges of The BOI Enterprising Towns completed their assessment of Ballon.


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Siopa Glas celebrated its 6th birthday with staff and school gardening club today.


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A free Water refill facility now in place outside Siopa Glas.

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Wheelchair Association Fundraiser 21/4/18

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Jack Doyle, Cycle Organiser with 39 Cork to Carlow runs to his credit. Aisling Quirke, Calum Joyce, Ethine Quirke,
Ruari Joyce, Evie Joyce and Ann (granny) Quirke.


Tea Day:
Sincere thanks to the George Family for the use of Siopa Glas for our Tea Day on Saturday. To Breda & Jackie for making up the
Hampers. To Breda, Marian & Bridget and all the staff of Siopa Glas for their help in so many ways a million thanks Many thanks to all our home bakers for all the delicious goodies. Míle buíochas to all our sponsors and customers for being so generous. Lastly to all those who sold tickets/lines or bought them. We are over whelmed with your support. €1800



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These are available from Siopa Glas

13/2/18 Shrove Tuesday

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