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Celebrating International Women’s Day in Ballinasloe this year we choose to hear stories from international women who had come to live in Ballinasloe.

Soroptimists and friends gathered in the Library Church Gallery to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020 on Friday 6th March.

In her opening address,the club’s President, Ms. Marie Connoly welcomed everybody. The club is 25 years old this year. To mark the occasion, we intend to plant oak trees in key areas to assist with reducing our carbon footprint.

The keynote speaker Ms Elizabeth Affoltier, from Blossom Harp, gave an entertaining presentation on her experiences of Irish rural life when she first arrived in Ireland from France. As a musician, the experience of negotiating contracts was challenging for a woman at that time. Great enjoyment was taken in stories of women going to ‘the snug’ in the pub and bevererages being brought out to women in the car when no snug was available.

The gathering of 40 shared their experinces of how the life of women has improved over the last few decades. Memories of decisions women had to take, when there was little support available, were discussed. Understanding the cruelty experienced  then and the healing that was made possible through perseverence was encouraging. Elizabeth also advised the gathering to take every opportunity to encourage younger women reach their full potential.  The quiet strenght of  mothers, aunts, sisters and daughters was shared and appreciated all over again.  The coming together of women to support other less fortunate women  in latter years has greatly enriched their lives.

How can we support young women now going into the future? Its important that the narrative moves from victimhood to championing what we value, which is  justice and peace.  While we are following government guidelines during the pandemic, we are noting the frontline workforce is predominately women. Many of our members are on the front line and others are cocooning. We will stay strong ,safe and positive

Soroptimist International  Ballinasloe & District are seeking new members. Please contact siballinasloe21@gmail.com. Every woman is welcome.

SI Ballinasloe was delighted to present a cheque to Longford Women's Link to support their great work helping women who are the victims of domestic violence. It was inspiring to see the practical support being given to women & their children.

SI Ballinasloe Meru fundraiser

Thank you to former president of SI Ballinasloe Ms Eileen D'Arcy & husband Pearse,for hosting a wonderful coffee morning and garden visit in aid of Meru Garden Project.

Over €670 was raised ,all of which goes directly to the project. Thank you to all who attended or sent donations.

SI Ballinasloe 21st. Birthday
SI Ballinasloe's 21st party which raised funds for EPIC (empowering persons in care).

SI Balllinasloe supporting Portiuncula Hospital

Soroptimists supporting Portiuncula  Hospital with Michael Harding.

SI Ballinasloe members

International President’s Appeal for Nepal.

SI Ballinasloe recently raised € 1700.- for the International President’s Appeal for Nepal.

Ballinasloe fund raising for Nepal

White Ribbon event held in Ballinasloe

SI Ballinasloe White Ribbon Event.

President Eileen Darcy with contributors to Domestic Violence Event hosted by Ballinasloe SI held in Shearwater Hotel on 2nd Dec. 2015.

Wonderful speakers and great local turnout.

SI Ballinasloe Public Speaking 2015/16

President Eileen Darcy and Public Speaking Convenor Kathleen Croffy with winners from local heat Aoife Hibbitt and Fatima Fouras, front row. Back row: other participants with teachers.

Winners from local Public Speaking heat Ballinasloe

Golf Ballinasloe

Following a very successful Golf Classic organised by the Soroptimists in Ballinasloe in September, President Eileen Darcy presented a cheque to Motor Neurone association and also a cheque to the Simon Community Ballinasloe from a raffle held.  Picture shows members of the club at the presentation.

Golf Ballinasloe

Bernadette Rothwell meeting Her Royal Highness Princess Anne at Federation Conference Glasgow Nov 2015.  

Maria Finnegan, SI Ballinasloe with Anne Garvie, President SI International at the North/South Conference in Belfast (May 2015).  


President Maria Finnegan presented a cheque for 1000 Euro to Patricia Kilgallen, Principal, Ard Scoil Mhuire, Ballinasloe for bursary for young student to attend third level education.


Maria Finnegan passed on the chain of office to Eileen Darcy, President SI
Ballinasloe and District for year of office 2015/2016


On 22nd. March 2015 SI Ballinasloe celebrated its 20th. Anniversary with lunch in Gullanes Hotel, Ballinasloe.

In attendance was Margaret Geraghty, National President, Guest Speaker Deirdre Somers, CEO Irish Stock Exchange, and Theresa O Doherty ,SI North Kildare who was our mentor in 1995 at our Charter.


Competitors taking part in the Public Speaking Competition Ballinasloe Competitors taking part in the Public Speaking Competition Ballinasloe
Competitors who took part in the Regional Competition Ballinasloe with President Margaret.

Ballinasloe fundraiser

Saturday 11 th October, 2014 was Country Fair Day here in ballinasloe. This is held annually on the second Saturday of the famous Ballinasloe Horse Fair. This year the Ballinasloe Club set up a stall in the main Square and sold second hand bags, scarves and jewellery.  All the proceeds will go to our local projects and charities.  We had collected the items from friends and relatives and all sold was pure profit. We were delighted to raise over 1300 euro for our efforts.  We had a wonderful day, thankfully the sun shone.

Members enjoying Christmas afternoon tea on 7 December 2014........friendship and fun afternoon.