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Chairperson: Máire George.

Secretary: Bernie Mullins

Treasurer: Eileen Murphy

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Great night on the last night of November in the Dolmen Hotel.

Ballon came 2nd in the 750  population section and 400 Euro.
Also got a young person’s award via Leah Barron.
All in all, very happy. Congrats to Ballon.


Christmas Lights switched on

KHA Choir is the largest Group ever. 

Rose Whelan, Bernie Mullins, Breda Wray and Maire George organised. Huge thanks to all. 

Hot chocolate went down a treat, and the rain stayed away.


BIG earns Council regognition




Tidy Towns; Congratulations to Ballon Improvement Group on gaining
an extra 10 marks and being placed third in County Carlow and also
awarded a commendation certificate. Well done to all involved


On Thursday evening, the launch took place of the Fairy/Pollinator garden on Ballon Hill. In spite of the unaccommodating weather, there was a good turnout, with many of the children dressed up for the event. A special welcome was given to those Ukrainians temporarily located in the Hall. and on completion, there were goodies for drinks and snacks in the tent with live music. Counsellor John Murphy gave the official opening speech with a cautionary warning not to upset the fairies. This event will be included with BIGs entry in the Tidy Towns pollinator entry.

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Today the 6th class made a trip to the Barrack Stream in Michael Martin’s garden to learn about the importance of good quality water in our rivers and streams. The mentors were Michael and Anne from the Local Authority Waters Programme. Everyone was amazed and excited by the amount of life discovered and identified lying just below the bed of the stream. And, as a bonus, one boy caught a pinkeen.

Then it was to Breda’s for lunch in her lovely garden.

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Pollinators around Ballon going to be happy with the number of Pollinator plants both veg and flowers swapped today.

Loads for the village and school.

Huge thanks to all who participated.

A unique social event in the sun.



The children planted French Beans, cauliflower and onions. 

Hope to sow the carrots next week. Its a labour of love and very satisfying working with 

Mrs Bernie Mullins and the children. 


Welcomed Jennifer Murnane O Connor TD and also local Councillor John McDonald to our Litter pick-up event on Saturday 23th April. 

Thanks to all our volunteers who do this on a regular. basis. 

Our wish is to keep Ballon clean and green the whole year around. 

Please collect a litter picker and some bags and do your bit. 

Walking and picking litter is fun.



Brigid Dowling and Hayley Tobin planted a Native Tree in honour of St. BRIGID. at Ballon’ St. Brigids Replica Well which was created in 2015 on Ballon Hill…….. roll on next year and Ballon can have their first St. Brigids Day Parade.


2022 Yearly Planner – Biodiversity by school children


Delighted to have Councillor Fintan Phelan, Chairman of Carlow County, Council join us.

Huge thanks to all who came along.

Thanks to those people who Pick Litter on a weekly basis. More volunteers are needed.  Litter pickers and bags are available at Siopa Glas.  

Keeping Ballon clean and litter-free. Pictures with thanks to Maire.