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.

Spring Gardening Workshop

Get Your Garden Ready for Spring
Thursday 12th March at 7:30pm in St. Olaf’s National School

Balally Residents Association are inviting all our members to a Spring Gardening Workshop to help us get Balally looking beautiful this season!

We are delighted to be joined by Expert Speaker Veronica O’Toole from Scalp Nurseries. Veronica will lead the workshop which will cover:

– Key gardening  jobs for Spring, demonstration of trimming/cutting best practice
– Fertilizers – what to use or not to use
– How to build a Hanging Basket
– Good Planting choices for Spring a  wide sample of plants will be available to view and purchase
– How to support Pollinator Insects in your garden
– Q&A discussion

The workshop will be followed by a Cheese & Wine Reception – this will be a great opportunity to meet new neighbours, have a chat and a catch-up and share some gardening tips!

Please come and join us!

Tidy Districts Winner 2019

We are delighted to announce that Balally was the winner of Tidy Districts 2019 for Best Housing Estate / Apartment complex (501 dwellings and over)!

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who put in a lot of hard work in June and July to make the estate look great. There was lots of gardening, cleaning, tidying, painting and helping others that helped us win the award. It’s wonderful to see the community spirit to make Balally a great place to live.

While the competition is primarily an anti-litter and anti-graffiti competition, it has evolved over the years and now considers biodiversity, ecological projects and community engagement. At the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday night we got particular praise for the roundabout, our pollinator friendly planting, our links with St Olafs NS and our targeted communications.

Thank you and keep up the good work!

Clean-Up Week 10th-16th June

It’s time to get ready for our annual Clean-Up Week! This year we need your support to help Balally and Sandyford Road win Tidy Districts 2019.

We need as many people as possible to spend an hour or so in the evening to help with the clean-up. The more people who help them quicker it will be. Can you rope in a neighbour too? We will have blue bags, pickers and gloves at each location, but if you could bring a sweeping brush, spade and dustpan that would help. Join us from about 6:30 each evening this week

  • Monday – Balally Road & lane ways
  • Tuesday – Balally Grove, Avenue & bottom of Park
  • Wednesday – Balally Hill & litter pick up in the park
  • Thursday – Balally Drive (top & bottom) & roundabout
  • Friday – Roundabout painting, weeding and planting

Judging takes place in July so its all hands on deck for our biggest clean up yet! We encourage you to take some time to edge and cut your grass verge as a lot of marks are awarded for neat verges. If your neighbours need a hand you could help them out too.

New Oak Tree

We have planted a new oak tree on the hill, which is the memorial tree for residents of the estate. We’ll be watering it regularly over the next few weeks to help it bed in, and hope it will thrive and be be around for many years to come.

Roundabout Upgrade and Cleanup

You may also have noticed that the roundabout upgrade is now complete, and we hope you agree that it is a great improvement with a bit of style and design compared to before. A big thank you to everyone involved, with a special shout out to Rachel Crean and Anne Carey who made sure that it all happened successfully.

Thanks also to everyone who played their part in the estate clean-up in recent weeks. We think the area is looking great and now all we need is for the sun to keep shining. SuperValu once again provided us with some of the flowers. Here’s some photos of the work in action and the final photos.