New Mural in St Olaf’s NS

Over the summer local artist and Committee member, Laura Steerman, created a wonderful mural in St Olaf’s NS. Laura designed the mural based on ideas from the school children, and volunteers from the neighbourhood and school helped to paint it. A special mention to Paddy Cahill who designed the original school crest which features prominently in the mural. The Residents Association was happy to support the purchase of some of the materials used in creating this fabulous art piece.

Summer BBQ

We were delighted to host our second annual Summer BBQ on 25th June in the grounds of St Olaf’s NS. This wonderful event is fully managed by your Committee to thank you, our members, for your continued support throughout the year.   

We were thrilled that so many members of all ages came along despite a very unfavourable weather forecast! Everyone really enjoyed the BBQ with burgers and sausages, complemented by some delicious chips from Romayos.  We would particularly like to thank local resident Kyle for volunteering to manage the BBQ station for us.

A huge thank you to the ladies at the tea and coffee station for providing much needed refreshments.  The kids were entertained with face painting, balloon modelling, a piñata, fun garden games and a bubble machine!

Our plan was to round off the BBQ with ice cream cones for everyone but no sooner had the ice cream van arrived than we found ourselves in the middle of a thunderstorm!  Luckily we were able to move to the school hall so everyone could enjoy their ice creams and continue the fun inside.  A huge thank you to those who helped us move inside and secure our gazebos! And a very special thank you goes to St Olaf’s NS for letting us use the grounds and for use of the hall to shelter from the storm! 

Thanks to Peter O’Brien who donated tickets to Longitude and to everyone who took part in our raffle. The lucky winners were 152 Balally Drive and 15 Balally Drive and we hope they enjoyed their day out. 

We are delighted that the BBQ was a great success again this year, it was wonderful to catch up with our neighbours of all ages and we encourage newer members to come along to our next social event.

Easter Egg Hunt

Great fun was had at our Easter Egg Hunt on 8th April in the grounds of St Olaf’s NS. The children wasted no time locating hundreds of Easter eggs hidden around the school grounds. We had a very special visit from the Easter Bunny who did a fantastic job in encouraging everyone to find the eggs. There were lots of fun Easter games and delicious chocolate eggs. A big thank you to all who helped organise the day, especially to Bernard Murphy and Balally’s very own Easter Bunny (a.k.a. Kathryn O’Connell!).  We hope even more families will come along next year for a special return visit from the Easter Bunny!

Christmas Prize Draw Winners

Thank you to everyone who paid their Membership subscription. We really appreciate your support! Our Christmas Prize Draw took place on Sunday for all paid up Members.

Congratulations to our winners:

1st Prize: €150 Supervalu Hamper – Fagan Family, Balally Drive

2nd Prize: €75 voucher for Sandyford House – McGlynn Family, Balally Close

3rd Prize: €75 voucher for The Brickyard Gastropub – Duffy Family, Sandyford Road

4th Prize: €50 voucher for Woodies – Brierton Family, Balally Close

5th Prize: €50 voucher for Robbies Greengrocer- Clarke Family, Balally Drive

6th Prize: €50 voucher for Flemings Butcher – Kilgannon Family, Balally Drive

Don’t forget that Santa will be making his annual visit to Balally on Christmas Eve, please come out to say Hello!

Annual Subs

If youre like me and dont carry cash or use cheques anymore it’s quick & easy to pay your Balally Residents Association membership subscription online and help us keep up the great work in our Estate and Sandyford Rd https://balally.com/paysubs/

Photo Found in Little Library

We are trying to reunite a user of the Little Library with a family photo. Did you recently leave this book in the Little Library? We have found a lovely family photo in it which we think the owner may miss. If you think it might be you please comment on this post and we’ll arrange to get it back to you. (Subject to verification of course).

AGM on 19th Oct

Enjoy a chat and cuppa with neighbours and the Residents Association Committee at the AGM in the Hall at St Olafs School from 8pm on Wednesday 19th October.. You’ll hear the Chairperson’s report all about the work your Committee have undertaken in the past year, the Honorary Treasurer will present the Annual Statement of Accounts, the new Committee will be elected and we will address any other business. See you then!