st patricks day Saint Patricks Day Homecoming Festival Ballinafad 2012

Will be taking place on the Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March 2012.

Location 54 1' 40.1304" N, 8 20' 6.0648" W

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Lough Arrow 8 Mile Ballinafad Sligo 30th July 2011

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Organised by Aughanagh Parish Council Ltd. in aid of :
National Breast Cancer Research Institute and Aughanagh Parish Development Fund

54 1' 40.1304" N, 8 20' 6.0648" W


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St Patricks Day Ballinafad Sligo 2011


St Patricks Day Photos 2010




Aughanagh Parish Playground Development

Playground design

We have received design drawings from a number of companies for the playground in Ballinafad as regards design, layout & equipment

Thanks for all the feedback



Pride of Place, Ballinafad, Sligo, Ireland

Pride of Place Ballinafad team

Pride of Place is an all-island competition which is directed towards recognising improvements by local communities to create civic pride in their area. The competition focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their area.
The competition is hosted by Co-operation Ireland under its Local Authority Programme in conjunction with the all-island Local Authority Steering Forum comprising officials from authorities in both parts of Ireland.
In 2009, just about one hundred entrants representing communities from cities, towns and villages from throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland were nominated by their local authorities to take part in the competition.
In Pride of Place, community groups have the unique opportunity to showcase specific pride initiatives which will have long lasting and positive impacts on their society.
Ballinafad Village is representing Co. Sligo in the population under 200 category in the National Pride of Place Competition.
Judging Day for the people of Ballinafad is on Tuesday 27th July 2010, the judges are expected to arrive at 2.15pm and stay for two and half hours.

Pride of place - Working hard in the Ballinafad park in preparation


On the day the people of Ballinafad will be out showcasing what it is they love about where they live. There will be various displays on view to include all the active groups in the village, examples are below and there will be more on the day:

  • ACE
  • Active Age
  • Aughanagh Celtic Soccer Club
  • Aughanagh Parish Council
  • Aughanagh Parish St. Patricks Parade and Family Day
  • Ballinafad Development Group
  • Business of Ballinafad
  • Church of Ireland
  • Community Pitch
  • Eastern Harps GAA
  • History Society
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Playground Committee
  • Tidy Towns
  • Under Age Sports including Cross Country, Tennis, County Champions
  • Corrigeenroe NS, Community Games
  • Youth Club

    The judging will be wrapped up with some traditional music, dancing and refreshments in Ballinafad Community Centre
    The last number of weeks have seen great excitement building in the village in the lead up to the Judging Day, there have been numerous clean up evenings, families/people adopting areas to maintain, a general over all pride in the village in how it physically looks. There is and always has been a commitment to the general wellbeing of people living and visiting the area with groups and committees being established and continued to ensure that the spirit of Ballinafad lives strong and lives long.
    Without the people volunteering their time to do the tidy ups, to attend the meeting, to fundraise and all the other time that is taken up with various activities, none of this work would happen, so thank you to each and every one. We would also like to thank Sligo County Council for their support and their belief in the community and pride in Ballinafad.

    Everyone is welcome to come to Ballinafad on the 27th July for the afternoon, it is a community day that should be both informative and enjoyable.

Pride of Place - Ballinafad Community Working hard to plant flowers in Catholic Church Grounds





Please email your photos of the day to catriona@osd.ie if you would like to see them on the website


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You can also see the images click here Picasa web
Thanks to all the organisers & helpers for a brilliant day !!!

This web site is for the community but we need your text and images to build it please email catriona@osd.ie

Ballinafad is situated about 20 miles southeast of Sligo Town. A picturesque village at the foot of the Curlew Mountains it lies on the shore of Lough Arrow. There is a small castle of the Curlieus which can be found in the village. One of the few limestone lakes in Connaught, measuring 3,123 acres, Lough Arrow contains four main islands named Anaghgonda, Inismore, Inisbeg and Much Island.


Ballinafad Castle

Ballinafad Castle, SligoBallinafad Castle is located on the edge of the village of Ballinafad, just off the main Dublin to Sligo road. It was built at the time of the plantations in the later 16th century, but resembles a 13th century castle rather than the type of castles that were usually built at the time of the plantations.