Ballyboughal Pitch & Putt Club are Fingal and East Meath Champions for the second year in a row. The competition held at Ring Common Pitch & Putt Club recently, was closely fought out throughout the Competition and up until the evening of the Final. East Meath opposition, Bellewstown, had a narrow half-point lead coming into the Final, in front of Ballyboughal Team A, with Skerries/Laytown following closely with only a point and half in the difference from the table toppers But it was Ballyboughal with three wins and a draw that rose up the table so unlike previous years in this competition, no play-off was needed.Ballyboughal and Ring Commons had entered two teams into the Competition, allowing for more players to take part and following Covid Guidelines for the Safe Return to Sport. It was Bllyboughal’s Team A that were victorious. Their Captain Jimmy Browne was delighted to accept the trophy from Fingal Mayor Councillor Seána Ó Rodaigh, who gave her support to the competition on the night.“It’s great to have teams from Fingal and East Meath taking part and for the Fingal Sports Office to provide support” said the Mayor “the social aspect of this competition is so important for all participants”. The competition, now in its sixth year, was created by Ballyboughal Stalwart Ronnie Delaney, with the support of the Fingal Sports Development Officer, Caitriona Geraghty. The Fingal & East Meath Pitch Putt Championship was established back in 2015 to promote the game of Pitch & Putt in Fingal.“It has become a permanent fixture in the Fingal Sports Calendar, and this is in no small effort to the great work done by Ronnie Delaney”, said Caitríona Geraghty, Fingal Sports Development Officer” stated “even a Global Pandemic wouldn’t stop him from holding this competition”.

Balbriggan & District Historical Society are delighted to celebrate this significant milestone however all celebrations are restricted of course at this time. Jim Walsh Librarian at the time and his colleague Don Griffin worked were joined on the first committee by Michael Banim, Antonia Cassin, Pauline Corcoran, Marion Crane, Bernie Healy, Eileen McKenna and last but not least May and Pat McKeon.Our society was inaugurated on Thursday 16th July 1981 with the name of Balbriggan Historical and Cultural Society – Cumann Stair agus Cultúir Bhaile Brigin and the main aims were to promote an interest in the local history of the area through lectures, publications and exhibitions and also to establish a Museum in the Balbriggan District. The first ever presentation was ‘The Gaelic Placenames of Fingal’ by Brendan Scally and was followed by Bob Browne- The building of the Dublin-Drogheda Railway –1838-1844. Next was Christy Geraghty with an illustrated lecture of Local Shipwrecks with particular reference to Sarah of Runcorn (1873) and Bell Hill (1875). In 1982 the Committee decided to hold an exhibition in the Grand Hotel and exceeded all expectations in terms of both participation and also attendance. We were delighted by the generosity of the populace who gladly donated many items of historical and familial interest. . May McKeon remembers with fondness some of the talks on the ‘Balbriggan flyer’ Harry Reynolds, Balbriggan’s daughter Sinead Bean De Valera nee Flanagan and several talks covering the 1916 events in Fingal.Of particular pride to May is also the event organised in 2017 to commemorate the hugely important Siege of Jadotville in the Congo in 1961 and the heroic efforts of Balbriggan native Pte Terence Joseph McMahon. One particular source of pride to Chairperson Brian Howley is the enormous effort that the Committee undertook to ensure the Centenary of the Sack of Balbriggan last year 2020 would have a fitting and appropriately respectful commemoration and there are still a small amount of the beautiful Commemorative Medals available. We are still very determined to find a Museum building to house our significant artefacts and historical items – who knows somewhere on Bremore Castle site may yet be an option? To anyone who has attended our talks and seminars, our historical walkabouts, our summer tours, our school’s programmes Brian says that we thank you most sincerely for all of your support and we look forward to the next 40 years with great positivity and enthusiasm.Balbriggan Historical Society can be contacted at Balbrigganhistsoc@gmail.com

Remember Us’ ran a 6 week outdoor Summer camp for their 4 – 17 year olds two days per week and a six week camp 1 night on zoom and Saturday outings for their adult members this year.Activities included Teddy bears picnic, Newbridge farm, walk, games and picnic in Malahide Castle, Beach day, Scavenger hunt, trip to St.Anns Park, T-shirt design, sensory games, teddy bear making, Zoom Bingo, Zoom fitness, and much more As you will see from the photos of our members smiling they really enjoyed it.A massive thanks to all our CE/TUS placements and our volunteers for all their help and support during the Summer and of course through out the last 18 months. It is very much appreciated.Our members are excited as we are resuming our club activities this week although be it on Zoom for the next two weeks. We will also have outdoor Saturday outings.Upcoming activities include Zoom Bingo, Zoom Magic show, Remember us mini Olympics, Zoom Dance, Zoom Arts n Crafts, trip to Malahide Castle fairy trail and Garden, Den time, kids on the go fitness session, trip to the cinema and much more.As we have had little or no fundraising over the past 18 months we would be really grateful for any donations no matter how big or small. Check out our Website for how to donate. www.rememberus.ie. (NB: Not accessible through here) We are also looking for new volunteers. If you have 2hrs to spare per week we would love to hear from you. Why not give us a call on 0860457003 or email us on hello@rememberus.ie.

Friday 15th October from 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM

Balbriggan Meals on Wheels is holding a special Pop up Shop for all things Halloween! So pop down to the rear of 14 Hampton Street, Balbriggan and pick up your Halloween decorations, costumes etc. Friday 15th October 10.00am to 1.00pm.All proceeds raised go towards Balbriggan Meals on Wheels. Balbriggan Meals on Wheels Mprovides meals to the most vulnerable people in our community; they are people who are referred to us by Public Health Nurses and Social Workers. We operate six days per week and currently provide in the region of 80-100 meals per day in the wider Balbriggan Community.

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Balbriggan Boys recently won the Leinster Junior A trophy for the first time in their history, beating Pembroke in the final by six wickets. Batting first Pembroke got 117, with Bruce Whaley top scoring with 35 before retiring.Hassan Shahid claimed four wickets, while Jesse Makris also bowled well, conceding just 16 off his four overs.Hassan was also to the fore with the bat, as he made 38 before retiring, with Jesse Makris enjoying the final, making 32.Skipper Fionn Bannister and Tom Harford brought home the win with Tom hitting the winning runs in the penultimate over.Jim Bennett and Martin Russell did the trophy presentations, praising “a great game played in good spirits’. Well done to all.

Calling all music enthusiasts aged between 16-24 – no previous experience required. A new youth-based music project established by Empower starting in September 2021 in Balbriggan. Would you like to get the opportunity to create and promote original music alongside skilled musicians and producers, take part in music workshops that focus on composition, digital production skills, instrumentation and integration through music. All you have to do is submit a short video either demonstrating your musical ability or simply outlining your interest in creating music to beatinternational@empower.ie and fill in your details on this link https://form.jotform.com/211023209645345

Broadway came to Balbriggan as the North Dublin town is hosting a number of international stage stars.Tenor Morgan Crowley and singer and actress Yassmin Alers are among the internationally acclaimed artists who joined the Irish Institute of Music and Song’s summer series of concerts. Award-winning Crowley took to the stage on (August 6) for an evening of classic songs and stories, with New York-born Alers performing a concert full of musical favourites also recently..“For the first time ever, Balbriggan will also welcome internationally renowned stars from the stages of Broadway and the West End, as well as our own Wexford Opera House and the National Concert Hall,” said IIMS CEO, Michael Dawson. Alers is awaiting the release of Spielberg’s West Side Story movie, where she performed on screen during the infamous dance between the two rival gangs.She has arrived at the IIMS as the fourth artist in residence, following Paul Oakley Stovall, Nikhil Saboo and Eurovision singer Lesley Roy. She will spend her time in residence providing educational workshops, mentorship to local and national organisations.The summer series at the IIMS venue in Church Street, Balbriggan, sees weekly events staged each Friday and Saturday, running until the end of September. Public health guidelines mean the audience at each performance will not exceed 44.Guests, You can book a package which includes an overnight stay in the Bedford accommodation (www.bedford.ie), dinner in the LaLa restaurant and two tickets each night for an intimate show. To book, visit www.irishinstituteofmusic.com or phone 087 950 5992. ( NB) none of the above websites are accessible through here

Our thanks for these great pictures from Theresa Gannon Junior Convenor for the club of the Fingal Boys Final hosted in Balbriggan very recently. Congratulations to Portmarnock GC. The overall winners on the day were Portmarnock with Beaverstown and very close second. Rory Callaghan won best gross on the day. The cadets are playing this evening in the Cadets End of Year scramble, accompanied by the Captains and vice Captains and others a great way to cap off a very successful season , A great days golf in BGC. Well done again to all concerned.

Our society was inaugurated on Thursday 16th July 1981 with the aim to promote an interest in the local history of the area through lectures, publications and exhibitions and also to establish a Museum in the Balbriggan District.The idea was born in the Balbriggan Library as a result of the keen interest and demand for local history information from the general public. Jim Walsh Librarian at the time became aware of the vast amount of material available in various areas like the National Library of Ireland, Gilbert Library and other Dublin City resources and sought to ensure that a lot of this could be made more accessible by public presentations, local exhibitions and ultimately publications specific to the historic area of Balbriggan and its general surrounding areas. Jim’s colleague Don Griffin worked closely with him and they were joined on the first committee by Michael Banim, Antonia Cassin, Pauline Corcoran, Marion Crane, Bernie Healy, Eileen McKenna and last but not least May and Pat McKeon.The first ever presentation was ‘The Gaelic Placenames of Fingal’ by Brendan Scally and was followed by Bob Browne- The building of the Dublin-Drogheda Railway –1838-1844.Next was Christy Geraghty with illustrated lecture of Local Shipwrecks with particular reference to Sarah of Runcorn (1873) and Bell Hill (1875).In 1982 the Committee decided to hold an exhibition in the Grand Hotel and exceeded all expectations in terms of both participation and also attendance. We were delighted by the generosity of the populace who gladly donated many items of historical and familial interestMay McKeon remembers with fondness some of the talks on the ‘Balbriggan flyer’ Harry Reynolds, Balbriggan’s daughter Sinead Bean De Valera nee Flanagan and several talks covering the 1916 events in Fingal.Of particular pride to May is also the event organised in 2017 to commemorate the hugely important Siege of Jadotville in the Congo in 1961 and the heroic efforts of Balbriggan native Pte Terence Joseph McMahon. One particular source of pride to Chairperson Brian Howley is the enormous effort that the Committee undertook to ensure the Centenary of the Sack of Balbriggan last year 2020 would have a fitting and appropriately respectful commemoration despite all of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and our Seminar was posted online on Youtube for all to see and experience and there are still a small amount of the beautiful Commemorative Medals available.To anyone who has attended our talks, seminars, historical walkabouts, summer tours or our schools programmes Brian says that we thank you most sincerely for all of your support and we look forward to the next 40 years with great positivity and enthusiasm. Learn more on our Website www.Balbrigganhistory.com

We set up Fingal Jazz Impro Group over two years ago and are currently looking for a rhythm section to compliment our line up. We are currently looking for Drums, Bass, Piano and Guitarist, and must be able to read a lead sheet (except the drummer). Rehearsals will re-commence in September on Thursday evenings in Balbriggan. For further information contact Antony on 0857836404 or by email at aoflaherty1234@gmail.comWe are also setting up an Opera Group, and it will be called Fingal Opera Group. We are currently looking for Male Singers. Singers must be Classical Trained or currently have singing lessons. Please note there is also a waiting list for Female Singers. Rehearsals will commence in September in Balbriggan on Monday or Wednesday evenings.For further information contact Antony on 0857836404 or by email at aoflaherty1234@gmail.com Finally, we are also currently organising the Balbriggan Diversity Festival which will take place every May Bank Holiday weekend. We already have venues booked, and most acts booked.