Welcome to the Ballinacree Community Association website.
Ballinacree Community Association was established in 1984 to obtain ownership of the lands and buildings known as Ballinacree Community Centre, to represent the community with local and statutory bodies and to promote rural and community development in the area. Ballinacree Community Association is committed to enhancing the community and providing a safe environment for all people and residents in the area.
In order to establish and maintain the legal status of the Association there is a formal constitution in place. The property is held in trust by five trustees.
The Management Committee of the Association is comprised of the Chairperson, Vice Chair, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, two joint Treasurers and committee members elected from members of the community at the AGM of the Association.
The Community Association purchased what was the old National School from Meath Vocational Education Committee in 1989. In the following years, with the help of grants from Meath partnership the Association has successfully undertaken the following projects;
- Old extension to the Community Centre building was demolished and replaced with a newer one
- Following an energy audit the walls of the Centre were insulated and the Centre was revamped.
- Car Park at School/Church was resurfaced.
- Heritage Room established in the Community Centre and furnished. IT facilities installed.
- The historical “Ballinacree Banner” was restored and housed in the Heritage Room.
- A plaque was erected at the centre to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
- The cemeteries of the Parish was recorded and mapped.
- In conjunction with the GAA club and the Ballinacree Historical Society the book “ Stories from around Ballinacree” was published
- Following continued representations from the Association, Meath County Council installed a footpath from St Fiach’s NS to the Community Centre.
- The current project- the installation of a Sensory Garden at the Centre is presently underway.
A whist drive has been held in the Centre almost every Thursday evening for the past 45 years. In the earlier days the proceeds went to fund the newly formed St Brigid’s Athletic Club. At a later stage this went to other local clubs and charities. In the past ten years the proceeds have gone towards servicing of the loan for the Centre improvements. Although this loan is nearing completion it is expected that a further loan will be required for the installation of the Sensory Garden.
The Centre is a major amenity for our local National School St Fiach’s in that several activities are undertaken there on a daily basis – additional the School Play as well as the Christmas Fair takes place there
The Centre also provides a focal point for meetings and activities of all the local clubs in the area.
We are very fortunate to have an excellent caretaker in Seamus Smith who is employed under the Rural Social Scheme. He is available to take bookings for the Centre and the Heritage Room.
There is also a TUS worker employed part time at the Centre.
Community Association Officers 2018
Chairperson; Tommy Tuite.
Vice Chairperson; Rita Briody
Secretary; Brigid Heery
Assistant Secretary; Mary Clarke
Treasurer; Bernard Smith
There is a defibrillator available in the Community Centre and there is wheel chair access.