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Ballyhaunis Community Council CLG


Friary House, Abbey St, Ballyhaunis, Mayo

Ballyhaunis Community Council CLG


Since the establishment in 2001, the Ballyhaunis Community Council serves the needs of the community in the following ways:

  • Involve all residents in promoting the social, educational, cultural and economic welfare of the community;
  • Develop and improve Ballyhaunis and its environs for the benefit of the community, campaign for new facilities and infrastructure;
  • Protect and preserve any natural view, park, historic monument, interesting landmark or ruin in Ballyhaunis or its vicinity;
  • Support the development or enrichment of community groups, clubs and societies;
  • Cooperate with other societies or institutions, establish and maintain links with international and national organisations having similar objectives;
  • Act as the representative body of the Ballyhaunis community at Mayo County Council and regional or national levels.

where your money goes

All monies raised goes towards activities and programmes organised by the volunteers for and on behalf of Ballyhaunis town. Most recently, the Community Council completed refurbishment works on the Parochial Hall, the town's first purpose-built community building. Originally the site of the local ball alley, the Parochial was built in 1940 with funds raised from the parishioners. 

Over the years, the Parochial Hall was the centre of parochial life in Ballyhaunis. It hosted dances, community cinema, plays, and musical performances. Bingo, billiards, and card games were regularly featured. It was also the site for Citizens' Information, St Vincent de Paul, GAA and the local credit union.

In 2018, the Community Council embarked on a campaign to renovate the Parochial Hall for its residents, its biggest refurbishment since 1940. A new roof was installed along with outside paint works in 2019. With support from LEADER and SEAI, the renovation works include modern heating, new flooring, widened stage, new kitchen, and new toilets to make the facility more comfortable and accessible to the community. Internal renovations began May 2021 and completed in October 2022. The Hall was also renamed the Community Hall, but still retained the Irish name, Árus Pobail Béal áth hAmhnais.

We have raised over half the €140,000 needed to ensure renovations are completed to the standard required. Your donations will go towards repaying the loans the Community Council secured to initiate the renovations. Monies also go towards the general upkeep of the hall to ensure the Community Council can offer an affordable and comfortable location for community groups.