Raised by a Village
Watch the preview right ahead ahead of the broadcast on RTE Sunday 29th.
Looking for Volunteers......
May 19th 2021
Have you an hour to spare because of Lockdown and bad weather we are behind with our Spring Clean and painting. If you are able to help in anyway we would be delighted to hear from you..
Betty 087 092 9930
Eileen 087 230 8895
Ballintubber Easter Recycling Project
May 10, 2021
Thanks to all those who helped and supported the Ballintubber Easter Project. A big thank you to LCDC section or Roscommon Co Co who funded the project it was a great sucess and lifted the spirits of those in the community, with many people taking part and recyclying and upcyclying to make the village look lovely at Easter time.
Ballintubber Development Association
April 13, 2021
It's great to see work starting back on the lights up the Roscommon road today. Works had been suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Ballintubber Development Association secured Clar funding for this project which will see all 5 kilometers of footpaths around the village fully lit.
Also many thanks again to everyone who supported our Easter Draw funds from this draw will go towards securing match funds from agencies like the Leader and the Dept of Rural and Community Development.
Easter Bonnet Competition Winners
April 8, 2021
Active Age Easter Bonnet competition.. There was an amazing display of over 80 hats such creativity and talent. Well done to everyone to took part to make it a huge success. Thanks to Betty and Eileen for sponsoring some of the prizes and to Active age members who also contributed prizes for this event.
Prize Children's Prize Adults
1st €20 Muirean Feeney 1st €30 Liam O'Connor
2nd €10 Ciaran Greaney 2nd Large Egg Breda Coleman
3rd Box of Donal Towey 3rd Box of Chocs Jean Reilly
Ballintubber Development Association Competition Winners
April 8, 2021
Many thanks to our sponsors and to all of those who bought tickets for our draw. Here is a list of the winners.
Prize Winner Ticket number
1st Snapper Ride ON Lawmover Brian Dobbey Online Ending 352
2nd 2 Lambs Gabriel Kelly Online Ending 265
3rd His & Hers Hamper Sean Mahon Ticket 636
4rd Drinks Hamper Sheila Murray Ticket 829
5th €1000 Cash Gabriel Dolan Online Ending 065
6th Food Hamper Paul Hoban Online Ending 005
7th D'arcys Candle Hamper Seamus Cunniffee Online Ending 064
Free Seed Packs
April 6, 2021
Great initiative being ran by Roscommon County Council.
Get Free Seeds & Do Good Deeds!!
Roscommon Co. Library are currently taking registrations and will dispatch FREE seed packs by post.
Easter Recycling Project
March 28, 2021
Ballintubber Tidy Towns are now eager to have the best ever Easter recycling project in the Holland park and are asking all parents and children to take part. Along with this active age are hosting the Easter bonnet competition.
Easter Bonnet Competition
March 28, 2021
Just a reminder to those who are entering the Active Age Easter Bonnet Competition.
Please leave your Bonnet to Noeleen or Margaret from this Friday onwards but no later than Sunday 28th so that we can display them for the judge.
Please place your name inside the Bonnet so we can number them accordingly.
Looking forward to a beautiful display.
Noeleen 086 863 1276
Margaret 087 650 0923
The Heritage Council
March 7, 2021
We are delighted to have secured funds from Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2021 for our heritage data collection and storage project. This will allow us to purchase specialised equipment to collate archive and centrally store all the information and data collected by the Castles in Communities project over the past 6 years ,this data is currently on drives/USB and laptops in the USA. This information is in the form of Photos, Mapping Data, Artefact’s Catalogues, PDF's , Library/Bibliographies , there are also audio and visual recordings. This is a significant part of of Local Heritage, Irish history and National Heritage. Thanks to Nollaig Roscommon County Council, for her support. Clonalis House, The Heritage Council, Roscommon Heritage News & Info, Ireland's Hidden Heartlands,
OPW - Office of Public Works
New stree lights for Ballintubber
January 14, 2021
Delighted to have secured €37k CLÁR funding for the installation of street lighting in Ballintubber. When completed it will give a fully lit 5km walk on footpaths. Thanks to Roscommon County Council for their continued support.
Ballintubber Tidy Towns Biodiversity Competition
June 12, 2020
You all know how BIODIVERSITY is to us here in Ballintubber for the month of May we ran a photography competition open to all age groups.
The competition was judged by Tina Claffey award winning nature Photographer and author of "Tapestry of Light" Irelands wetlands and Boglands..
The Presentation for all winners of this competition is on Sunday 16th August on the Castle Green
Ballintubber Tidy Towns Spring Clean
Ballintubber Tidy Towns Spring Clean volunteers adheering to social distancing. Thanks to all those who volunteered and gave up their time for this event.
Shine a light Ballintubber
May 01, 2020
Following the Nationwide success of Shine a Light Ireland. Ballintubber residents response was to shine a light in solidarity and show support and say thank you to all Front line workers and to also remember those who sadly passed away from Covid 19.
Every saturday at 9pm residents shone their lights from outside their homes and sent in photographs to Ballintubber Tidy Towns.
The final shine a light was held at St Brigids Well , A Prayer Service was held .
A moving video has been compiled from all the photos please view on Ballintubber Tidy Towns Facebook Page
Ballintubber Looped Walk Reopened
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of landowners, committee members and our RRO in
Roscommon Leader Partnership our Looped Walk can reopen Pleased adhere to HSE Guidelines , Social Distancing and Hand Washing advice.
This is a Family Friendly 4Km walk, the terrain is rough in spots so please wear adequate footwear.
Apologies but Dogs or pets of any description are not permitted on walks as there are livestock in the fields.
We really hope you enjoy the walk and appreciate any feedback.
SuperValu Tidy Town Awards 2019
September 22, 2019
Ballintubber are feeling proud once again at the Helix in Dublin. We were awarded the Bronze Medal and also joint 3rd in the county.
Thank you to all the hardworking Tidy Towns team and to the local community for all your continued support in helping us in keeping Ballintubber a village to be proud of.
Raised By A Village RTE
September 26, 2019
"Raised by a Village" is a four part series from RTE which airs this Sunday 29th September at 6.30pm. The story features 8 city families who are in need of serious help with parenting and are taking drastic steps to get it. In a last ditch attempt to rein in their kids, they move them to the countryside, allowing them to be "Raised by the Village".
The first episode is filmed in the Village of Ballintubber featuring the Garvey and Carley families who kindly hosted two of the teenagers....
Going Plastic Free
September 22, 2019
Local Students from St Brides School Ballintubber going plastic free using plates and cutlery made from Bamboo
Ballintubber Rambling Loop
August 07, 2019
Delighted to say Ballintubber Rambling Loop, has officially passed its inspection.... scoring a whopping 95 percent. One of the highest scores the County has ever received.
We are now an Accredited Trail and listed on the National Trails register.
Another welcome addition to our beautiful village.
Anthomy Waldronm Elected
May 26, 2019
Great News for Ballintubber .....
"Superb", "Sensational", "Unprecedented", "Unexpected", "Shock" - some of the terms used to describe my election to Roscommon County Council.
Well, what a weekend and what a few months that was. Your support at the doors and on the streets shone through on the day. I can assure you that I'm definitely not shocked by my performance but I am most certainly humbled. Everyone showed me and my team unbelievable warmth throughout the campaign and this came through on the day, THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!
Thanks also to everyone for all your kind words over the weekend. I hope to meet you all over the coming days and thank you personally for your support, none of this would be possible without you!
Great News for Ballintubber
April 13, 2019
Minister for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Kevin "Boxer" Moran, announced at the launch of my Campaign that he is handing back Ballintubber Garda station to the community of Ballintubber.
Ballintubber Old Graveyard Book by Mary Timoney
December 23, 2018
Ballintober Old Graveyard and The Grave Memorials of Co. Roscommon by Mary B Timoney.
The Book is richly illustrated has 528 pages and 1,331 images and would make a perfect gift. This is available in Kennys Pub, Garveys Bar or request via our facebook page Ballintubber Tidy Towns cost is €40
Our Culture, Our Heritage, Our Old Irish Ways
December 23, 2018
This DVD will be the perfect gift for someone special , a one hour and twenty minute film of Ballintubber Heritage featuring turf cutting, hay making, making St. Bridget crosses, traditional music and dance, visit Colm Dalys Old World Shop, An American wake and much more filmed during summer of 2017. Available in Kennys shop, Garveys Bar or Ballintubber Tidy Towns on our Facebook Page cost €10
Ballintubber Looped Walk
November 19, 2018
NEW BALLINTUBBER RAMBLING WALK UPDATE; This walk will be approx 4km in length and family friendly. The walk will begin at the castle, across into local fields and down to Willsgrove Hall and the Thatched cottage. This used to be the Old Mass Path used by residents in times passed to come to the village. A beautiful scenic walk that we hope everyone will enjoy. Work has commenced so we will keep you updated.
Three more Aqwards for Ballintubber
November 19, 2018
Another great evening for Ballintubber Tidy Towns receiving three awards at Castle Leslie Monaghan.
All Ireland Prideo of Place Runner up 2018
November 17, 2018
Ballintubber are so proud and delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Runner Up in the All Ireland Pride of Place Awards 2018.
Thank you to Roscommon County Council for nominating Ballintubber to Represent Co Roscommon in these awards we were honoured to do so.
Thank you to everyone in the community who participated and worked so hard in helping Ballintubber achieve this award. Special thanks also to Gail and Yvonne who worked so tirelessly putting this all together.
House for Rent
October 14, 2018
House for Rent Ballintubber Village
Please call 086 213 0723 for more details..
Ballintubber Tidy Towns
September 24, 2018
We are proud to announce that we won the National Award for Diversity, the Bronze award for endeavour and came 3rd in the county in the Supervalue Tidy Town Awards.
We could not have done this without all the help from our volunteers, who work very hard to help keep our village looking clean and tidy.
Suck Valley Way Walkers from the USA
September 09, 2018
Ballintubber gave a warm welcome to Suck Valley Way walkers all the way from the USA. The Suck Valley Way website is almost up and running, they are looking for people who may be able to offer B&B to walkers in Ballintubber and surrounding areas.
Please contact Graham on 087 682 4217 if you have a spare room and can offer an overnight stay on a B&B basis.
Castles in the communities 4th Field Season
July 20, 2018
The Castles in Communities Project is happy to be back again this year, our 4th field season, and once again be receiving such a warm welcome from everyone in Ballintober. We are also really enjoying the lovely weather, which is helping us gets lots done this year! Now in our third week (only one and a half more to go!), we are continuing excavations in the Castle with a focus on the eastern towers, we are exploring the remains of a deserted settlement in Garvey's field (we hope to find out if it dates to medieval times by the end of this field season), and we are continuing our survey of surrounding areas to better understand the ancient landscape. In addition we have commenced a detailed survey of the Graveyard, with intentions to create a 3-D map. Upon completion (expected in 2019), our plan is to gift our survey to the community. We enthusiastically welcome everyone to join us at any of our remaining evening lectures in the schoolhouse (Mondays, Tuesday & Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.), and would especially like to see many at the lecture on Thursday, 26th of July at 7:00 p.m. in the Old Schoolhouse, when we plan on presenting our work from this 2018 season. Again, we express our sincere appreciation to everyone who has helped to make this project an ongoing success!
Active Age Pony Drive Fundraiser
July 07, 2018
Active Age Ballintubber Pony Drive fundraiser was a great success and raised a total of 734 euro.
We would like to thank Bonnie Garvey and Tom garvey who were the hosts today and provided the food.
Mary A Burke and PJ who kindly organised the event and also the Hot 2 Trot pony club who gave generously of their time.
We also would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous donations and spot prizes all greatly appreciated.
Michael Holland , Eileen Kenny, Frank Cafferty, Tony Dollard (Music) , Active Age Members who gave spot prizes ,,,,
Whispys, Tom Flynns, Kearneys Chemist, Tullys Chemist, Mace, Michael Gunning, Supervalue, All Clear Pharmacy, Scahills-
Gleesons Townhouse, Hynes Pharmacy, Boots Chemist,Euro Giant, Molloys chemist..
Our American Friends in the Kids fun tent, who did a great job of face painting, hair braiding and balloon making.
Thank you to everyone who came along today and gave support we really appreciate it...
Suck Valley Way Visitors from Overseas
May 12, 2018
A warm Ballintubber welcome was given to two German tourists who were doing the Suck Valley Walk.
Starting in Castlecoote arriving in Ballintubber and then continuing to Castlerea. Whilst here they visited the historical sights staying overnight in local accommodation.
Pride Of Place
May 09, 2018
Exciting news Ballintubber has been selected to represent Roscommon in the Pride of Place Competition which commences next month. The competition focus is about people coming together to shape, change and improve daily lives in their communities. Its a great honour to represent our county and we will be looking to you all for a helping hand.
Castles in the Communities Short Film Launch
May 09, 2018
Castles in the Communities short film launch on Friday April 20th, the night was a great success and a great crowd attended. A few pictures on the night are featured in the Roscommon People Newspaper. These short films are available to view now on the Heritage section.
RWN Intercultural Project at The Old Schoolhouse Ballintubber
April 22, 2018
The RWN county wide intercultural project keeps spreading its wings, today we had a wonderful afternoon in the Old School House Ballintubber. After 5 weeks of Irish dancing workshops in the EROC centre Ballaghaderreen, Irish dancing teacher, Ethna Fahy of Fahy school of dancing invited the Syrian children to her class in Ballintubber who danced beautifully. The warm welcome by the community of Ballintubber was as warm as the beautiful sunny day. Thanks to Ballintubber Tidy towns who donated 2 huge sacks of toys to the children and to Ursula Cunnane for donating books and to Debbie Livermore, Marion Mitchell & Fiona Thompson for your help in organising the hall. Such an inclusive community. The intercultural project continues to grow and integrate communities on its way. This Project is led by Roscommon Women's Network and funded by Department of Integration & Roscommon County Council.
Launch of Ballintubber Castles in Communities Short Films
April 11, 2018
Last Summer, a group of 75 American college students and academic staff arrived in Ballintubber to stay and work on a month-long Archaeological Field School on Ballintubber Castle. This was the third year that the Castles in Communities project has taken place in Ballintubber and to document the activities and events taking place around it, the Community &Enterprise Department of Roscommon County Council commissioned a series of short films about this unique project.
During the month of July, film producers Mimar Media spent time with the students, staff and locals and captured how a small community has reached out overseas to open their village and their way of life to visitors for a whole month.
The short films capture a flavour of why this project works, what is so unique about the students being embedded in the community and what the locals and students think of the whole experience. It’s about all the factors that come together to make this project happen. Documenting the build-up in the run-up to the project, the various events planned, the work of the students and staff on the project, the reactions of the locals and the parting thoughts of the students, the films reveal the friendly welcoming nature of the community of Ballintubber and the enthusiasm of the students staying locally.
Under the banner of Real Roscommon, the films are: “A Castle in our Community”, “Having a Ball in Tubber”, “Not your Bog Standard day” and “Heritage Tour”, the films will launched by the Community of Ballintubber in the Old School House on Friday, April 20th at 8.30pm and all are welcome!
Following the official launch of the films, they will be available to view on the www.ballintubbervillage.com website and on various social media outlets such as Roscommon.ie and Roscommon County Council Facebook Pages.
Ballintubber featured in the Foothills Student News!
February 17, 2018
The Script, a student-run media group and news source for Foothills College in the US recently featured a story about Ballintubber. Here's an extract of what they said....
The Ireland program will take place from July 1 – August 2 in Ballintober, a small village in County Roscommon, a two hour train ride from Galway or Dublin. Students will spend time excavating castles, surveying the land, and doing lab analysis. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to learn advanced archaeological techniques such as ground-penetrating radar survey and magnetometry to investigate a buried village. Participants will also have the opportunity to take at least 12 units of Anthropology classes while there, which will be taught in person by professors and faculty with over 100 years of combined experience in teaching archaeology. The program will cost $3,150, not including airfare.