It was with great sadness that we at Balbriggan RFC have learned of the passing of our former member and Trustee, Gerald Gallen. Gerald had a life long love for rugby from his playing days at school in Belvedere College to his many years involvement in Delvin RFC where he was the Club International Ticket Secretary. Gerald was a regular at Old Belvedere AIL matches and for many years at Balbriggan games too. Gerald will be very sadly missed by his many friends in our wide rugby family. Our condolences to his wife Ann, son Gerald, daughters Ruth and Rachel, daughter-in-law Carol, grandchildren and many friends.

Balbriggan is a Senior Cricket club located in Balbriggan Town Park , Balbriggan. New playing members of all ages and abilities and pavilion members are always welcome.

Balbriggan Cricket Club is based in the heart of Balbriggan and has 5 Senior Men’s teams , 2 Senior Women’s Teams , 2 Social cricket teams and a big underage section of boys and girls teams for all ages. The Men’s and Women’s Adult Senior teams range from Premier league level down to the lowest league so if you are interested in joining you can be sure we will have a team that suits your playing level. We have excellent facilities with top class wickets and nets and you will find people practising most days of the week. The underage set up in Balbriggan is thriving , our ground and nets is a hive of activity every day from April to Sept in Balbriggan Town Park when underage coaching and Practice takes place. Kids from 5 years up can come along and experience cricket and will learn how to play the gace with our experienced coaches. Regarding our recent Easter Camp the rain was against us but that didn’t stop the Easter camp going ahead. The kids had great fun indoors as you can see from these photos. We also went to the local schools to teach kids the basics of the game during Jan, Feb and March. To enquire about membership or training call or text 0860644238 or via balbriggancricketclub.com/contact.

Glebe North Football Club was founded in 1945 and play in the Leinster Senior League at our home ground in Balbriggan, North County Dublin, Ireland. At the moment the club are looking for boys and grls aged 4 – 7 who want to learn the skills of football and enjoy all the club has to offer.

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Balbriggan Cricket Club is delighted to announce our Kids Easter Camp.It will be a Fun Games based camp suitable for both complete beginners and kids with some experience in cricket. The camp will be held at our ground in Balbriggan Town Park, located behind St. Peter’s and Pauls Church. Each day will be hosted by our club coaches including Ireland International Lara Maritz , Tess Maritz and our other experienced coaches. All weather facilities will be used if required -To confirm places for your child/children - 1. Book and Pay Viia balbriggancricketclub.com/…/easter-summer…/ 2. And register at balbriggancricketclub.com/youth-registration/ Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Remember us have set up a new adult group on Mondays and Thursday mornings for adults with special needs who are not in a day service or in a community based service and looking for something to do. We are open to new people joining the group. Activities delivered to date were Woodcraft, life skills, and computer sessions. Up coming sessions are Personal Developed and cookery. If anyone would like more information or to join the group or any of our groups please contact Nora /Anne on 0860457003 or email us at hello@rememberus.ie Check out our website for more information www.remember us.ie

Two of our local Balbriggan/North Co Dublin volunteers are husband and wife Andy and Jade. They have a beautiful daughter Sádhbh who is 2 years old. Jade is visually impaired since birth due to optic nerve damage and uses a white cane when out and about. She explains ‘I have limited vision, mainly shadows, and a little colour but not enough to read a full page of print’. Andy, is blind, uses a white cane now as his guide dog Nico retired last year. He is on a waiting list to be matched and trained with a new guide dog when a suitable partnership is found. Before the arrival of Sádhbh, Jade worried if she would know when her daughter was sick or feeling unwell. She didn’t need to worry as her maternal instincts kicked in and as Jade says, ‘I just know’. When Sádhbh was teething, Jade felt that her daughter also had an upset stomach. A visit to the Doctor confirmed Jade was correct, it was a stomach bug. Before Sádhbh was born her parents worried she might be visually impaired as well. Thankfully Sadhbh ‘can see a needle in a haystack’ according to Jade and knows how to show her mother or father something by placing their hand on it. Early on Sádhbh worked out that Andy couldn’t see her and would hide under the table or chair when he called her. The past two years have been very busy for the family, and they have recently moved house. We wish them happiness and success in all they do.

Preparations for Guide Dog Day on Friday 27th May are underway. Please help us raise funds for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Ask your family and friends to sponsor you and challenge yourself to walk, run, swim or dance 100k during the month of May. Or think up your own challenge, bake 100 cakes, read 100 books, write 100 letters, take 100 photographs. We’d love to hear your challenge, phone/text us on 085 766 3107 or email GuideDogsBalbriggan@gmail.com. Or please contact us on Facebook at facebook.com/Balbriggan.Branch.of.Guide.Dogs.

St Patrick’s brass and reed Band are looking for new members both experienced musicians & beginners. We need drummers, trumpeters, trombonists, flute & piccolo players amongst others. All instruments and tuition provided for €5 per week plus a yearly membership of €10. Open to all from age 9 to adult. Get in touch for more info

These Sessions (see our poster) are ideal for a child to try a new sport , are open to boys and girls and the kids are absolutely loving the fun filled sessions. Our next block of sessions will run for 4 weeks and will be €20 for the 4 weeks which are Feb 20th , Feb 27th , Mar 6th & Mar 13th WhatsApp 0860644238 to reserve a place.Places are limited and are filling up quick !!

The Leinster Women’s Committee are delighted to announce the rollout of the U20s Women’s Area programme. This games programme will not be in place of existing Leinster Branch club competitions, but will be an addition specifically for this applicable age group. Training will commence in early March with the first of matches scheduled for the end of March. The programme is open to players who have reached their 18th birthday by the commencement of the games programme, and those who are under the age of 20 on January 1st prior to the season in which the games programme is played. All training will be hosted by Balbriggan RFC with Jeff Neville and Michelle Claffey taking on the coaching duties. For any queries please email footstown@gmail.com

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Balbriggan Community Council are asking for the community to come together and support us.
Planning permission was recently granted by An Bord Pleanála, for a 95-unit, 6 storeys high ‘Build to Rent’ apartment complex, on the site of the old Tesco’s, High Street Market, and car park. Balbriggan Community Council (BCC) and local residents have expressed a significant number of concerns regarding the planning process and the planned development. BCC took the difficult decision to lodge a Judicial Review of the development. This is a landmark case for Balbriggan, being the first time that Balbriggan has fought a planning decision in the courts We are not alone in lodging Judicial Reviews of SHDs, up and down the country local residents’ associations, community councils and other voluntary organisations have lodged Judicial Reviews of SHDs in their areas. In the Dublin area alone, Ballyboden, Baldoyle, Balgriffen, and Donabate have lodged appeals in the courts. BCC would like to take the opportunity to thank the community for supporting us in taking this case on their behalf and to express its sincere gratitude for all the donations that have been given. BCC stated “we do however need more donations, the Judicial review is costly at €40,000, we’re at 30% of our target to date but the first payment of €20,000 is due and we are approximately €7,000 short. BCC is asking the community if they could assist by donating to the Judicial Review fund and if they could help spread the word about the campaign.”.
Please give what you can as this is to help your community and your families now and in the future. Balbriggan Community Council needs your help urgently ! Online donations can be made on the iDonate website,.idonate.ie/bcc or lodged into our bank account

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We can be reached at balbriggancoco@gmail.com if anyone has any further queries.