Ballon Bull-tree Bowls held a little celebration in the National School on Tuesday 4 April to present the prizes to the winners of their in-house doubles competition. Fr Jim O’Connell was present to present the trophies to the winners, Pat O’Callaghan and Tom Jordan and to the runners-up Tom Nolan and Eileen Kealy. Since the Community Centre has become unavailable due to the housing of Ukrainian refugees there the bowls club have relocated to the school sports hall and they would like to extend their thanks to the school principal, Mrs Mary Carroll for allowing them to do so. Without the use of the school facility, the club would have had to disband. The club meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 3.30 to 5.30 pm and anyone who would like to join for a great social activity, a cup of tea and a bit of banter should contact Tom Kealy on 087 7936719.


Runners up Tom Nolan and Eileen Kealy


Winners Pat O’Callaghan and Tom Jordan

(Pictures from Michael Dawson)



The annual presentation of In House awards presented by John Murphy, Chairman of Tullow Municipal District.




Team: Tom Nolan, Eileen Kealy, Joan Jordan, Tom Kealy

winners of the Candy Perpetual Trophy


Other Club members on their Thursday “In House” Bowls
Tom Jordan, John Shirley, Tom Nolan, Eileen Kealy, Tom Kealy, Joan Jordan
Eileen Murphy, Freda Kirk, Mary Smyth, Pat Watchorn, Tom Jordan



Thanks to Father Jim for presenting the trophies.

Thanks to Cllr. John Murphy for contributing to the new mat and roller.


First: Mary Smyth and Tom Kealy


Second: Tom Nolan and Heather Shirley


Third: Paddy Owens and John Dowling


John Murphy, Tom Nolan, Fr. Jim, Pat Watchorn, Paddy Ownes, Tom Jordan, Bert De Costa,
Willie Webb, John Dowling, Tome Kealy, John Shirley

Freda Kirke, Mary Smyth, Joan Jordan, Heather Shirley, Eileen Kealy, Florrie O’Neill


Coffe morning/ Fundraiser today at Siopa Glas

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John Dowling, Maire George, Breda Wray, Jim George, Eileen Kealy, Bridie Webb, Tom Kealy,
Tom Nolan, Freda Kirk, Willie Webb, Garry Sadler

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Tom Kealy, Rose O’Byrne, Joan Jordan, John Murphy



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Abundant skill together with noble teamwork was the order of the day on Tuesday 3rd July when Ballon Active Retirement Bowls Club competed at the very highest level to triumph over several other Active Retirement clubs from around the country. The competition was the Gerry Coughlan Memorial Shield and it was held St. John’s Park in Waterford. Ballon’s team tussled with sixteen other teams to reach the final against St.Paul’s from Waterford.  Proudly Ballon emerged victorious with a score of 8:4. The team who ably disarmed their opponents were: Tom Kealy, Freda Kirk, John Dowling and Anne Malone.

Active Retirement Bowls meet in Ballon Community & Sports Centre every Tuesday and Thursday from 11am-1pm. New members very welcome.

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Freda Kirk, John Shirley, John Dowling, Bert D’Souza, Eileen Kealy, Heather Shirley,
Tom Kealey, Bridie Webb, Willy Webb, Paddy Owens, Tom Nolan


A fundraising coffee morning was held in Siopa Glas today.

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Tom Nolan, Tina Sheil, Tom Kealy, Norah Jordan


Today, as part of Schools Action Week, the bowls club introduced all the school to a half hour of bowls. The children were delighted and I guess they’ll tell their grandparents to give the game a go.


Ballon Bowls wish to thank All who helped or supported their coffee morning in Siopa Glas last Saturday, those who donated cakes, prizes etc and those who attended. Special thanks to Siopa Glas staff for all their help. It was a great success. Thanks


Today the Short Mat Bowls Club held a fundraiser in Siopa Glas.

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Freda Kirk, Tom Kealy, Bridie Webb, Pat Watchorn, Eileen Kealy, John Dowling, Joan Jordan, Tom Nolan, Paddy Owens




Tom Kealy, Eileen Kealy, Tom Nolan, Pat Abbey

Runners Up 2016 in the Cill Barra Sports Centre in Waterford competing against teams from the south.




The Ballon quartet, winners of the National Bowls championship in Bundoran recently- (l-r), Pat Abbey, Seamus Byrne, Tom Kealy and Tom Nolan.


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More good news for Ballon Bowlers. Cheetah Running Light have sponsored a new set of jerseys and Padraic George from Cheetah Electronics presented chairman Pat Abbey with the complete set at our last training session on Thursday 18th December.



Carlow Sports Partnership have part sponsored a new playing mat, foot mats, two sets of bowls, fenders and jacks with the club contributing 25%.

Training will recommence on Thursday 8th January and new members are welcome. Contact 087 7636719


Well done to Ballon Bowlers on winning The Golden Years Tournament in the Butler Community Centre, Waterford on Tuesday 11/11/14.

Sixteen teams from Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Carlow and Laois competed.

The Ballon team played with great skill on an unfamiliar surfaces and were duly rewarded.


Seamus Byrne, Pat Abbey, Tom Nolan, John Dowling


 with other players at this week’s practice



Short mat bowls is an all-year sport unaffected by weather conditions and the rink mats can be rolled up and stowed away.  The length of the indoor rink mat is 45ft and the width is 6ft. The object is for each player in a singles game or each team in a pairs, triples or fours to gain as many shots as possible by getting their bowls nearer to the jack than their opponents, and so outscore them.

Bowls that touch the block and those that come to rest in the dead area, or in the ditch, (other than those that touch the jack before going into the ditch) are declared “dead” and removed from the mat before the next bowl is delivered.  The primary skill requirement is in the fact that no two mats perform identically and all village halls have floors that are not perfectly flat therefore every competitive match is a measure of the ability of the visiting team to conquer an unfamiliar playing surface.

Just €2 a session which covers the tea and biscuits.

Come along, have fun, learn a new skill and extend your social life.


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