Sunday, October 28, 2012

Website change

Thank you for visiting the website of the Ballydufff Active Retirement Group. The group is still very active, and now in its 12th year, but is no longer posting up reports on this site. The blog does however contain many accounts of past activities, culminating in the celebration of the group's tenth anniversary. The Southern Region website, ( is also discontinued, but the organisation is still functioning. (Information on the latter maybe available from the National site If you would like information on membership, meetings, activities etc, of the Ballyduff group, please e-mail:

(Bob has a personal blog about his art on

You may also find another blog/website of interest:
is an archive of the photographs of the local historian Noel O'Connor, and contains photographs of Ballyduff and of events taking place there, some of which are now quite old.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2001 - 2012

OUR FIRST DECADE! (2001 - 2011)
Welcome to the Website of Ballyduff Active Retirement Group (in North Kerry). The group celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2011, and scrolling down the pages below will reveal many of our activities during that time. (They are in reverse order - the most recent being at the top). For new activities, engaged in during 2012, click on items in the list on the right. These are in order of occurrence, the most recent event being last. (There's a bit of an overlap. You'll find more than one report on the same event in a few cases). 

In September 2011 the Ballyduff Active Retirement Group enjoyed a week in Wexford, staying at White's Hotel. The photographs below show some of the places that the group visited.
Homes 7000 years ago - the Irish National Heritage Park.

Set in beautiful woodlands.

The guide brought history to life for us.

The rain stayed away all week

Here we are in the lighthouse at Hook Head

This photo was taken in the Ros Tapestry display, and shows the incredibly fine work involved

Across the road from there we took a trip on the "Dunbrody" and were soon in America - but in very uncomfortable conditions!

Up on deck the air was a lot fresher!

...and even fresaher up here.

The whole group are listeniong to a talk about the JFK arboretum, prior to a guided tour of the park.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day Trip to Cahirciveen

In July, members of Ballyduff Active Retirement set off on their summer dayitrip, which this year took them to Cahirciveen, Caherdaniel, and Waterville. Here are some pictures of memorable events.
Members on the high street, Cahirciveen, before we went on a guided tour of the Daniel O'Connell memorial church.
Julie Sheehey and Bridie McCarthy

The Old Barracks, Cahirciveen, with May Scott and Celine Jones.

Looking at exhibits in the Old Barracks,

Tadgh O'Sullivan, a member of the group, provides after-dinner entertainment in the lounge bar of the "Ring of Kerry" hotel, at the end of a busy day.

Sitting down for a welcome cup of tea - Bernard Guerin, Celine Jones, Doreen O'Neill, May Scott and Bob Scott

On a guided tour of Derrynane House, Caherdaniel - home of Daniel O'Connell

Admiring a full-size portrait of "The Liberator"

May Scott, chaiperson, and Pam Browne, vice-chairperson, meet a gard in the Barracks, Cahirciveen.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Ballyduff goes cruising

The support from one small village in North Kerry for the national cruise was well above average. Twenty six people joined the bus at the square - that's half of one coach, or 3% of the total number taking part! Here we all are, towards the end of the trip, meeting on the stairs at the centre of the ship.

The second picture shows us on our way, boarding the bus at Adare, for the second leg of the journey to embark at Dublin Port.

One of the occasions when it was most easy to see the strength of the Kerry contingent was on the Irish Night. We "dressed" for dinner appropriately. The next pictures show some of the crowd from Ballyduff. Recognise anybody?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ballyduff ARG celebrates its 10th birthday

Founded in February 2001, with a membership of just eight people, the group recently got together in Lowe's Bar, Ballyduff, for an afternoon of celebration and fun, with a meal and lots of dancing.

The musician for the day, Stevie Donegan, is seen here playing "Happy Birthday To You".

Circle of Friends - some members of the group express their joy at being together

Growing from eight to nearly forty members, the whole group can no longer fit all around one table. Here's half of them

and here's the other half

It was a double celebration, because May and Bob Scott, the chairperson and treasurer of the group, celebrated their Ruby Wedding - Forty years Married, Retired, and still very Active!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tea Dance Madness in North Kerry

Members of Ballyduff Active Retirement Group are not immune to the latest craze taking over the lives of older people in North Kerry, and can be seen here attending a tea dance in Ballylongford.

Kitty McElligott welcomes guests from all over North Kerry

The chairperson of the Southern Regional Council of Active Retirement Ireland,
Mr Jim Behan, with Michal O'Sullivan from Listowel, and two other ARG members.

A Musician's Eye View - Stevie Donegan

Ballyduff was well represented. Phil Counihane, Betty Dowling, Hannah-May Browne and Margaret Browne.

Groupies all

Friday, November 5, 2010

Walking for their Hearts

Members of Ballyduff Active Retirement Group decided to celebrate World Heart Day by going for a walk, and they chose the picturesque route in Listowel, near Ballyduff, which leads from the Castle, along ther River Feale, to the Garden of Europe, in the town park, and back through the town.

Leading the way is a dog, Toby, belonging to one of the members, Marie Fitzgerald. Toby was happy to wear the T-Shirt.

Stopping for a breath under a tree by the river Feale, May Scott, chairperson of the group, rests her hand on the bucket that was offerred to all the passers by, to support the work of the Irish Heart Foundation. Between the members and the public the group raised €75.

The main purpose of the day, however, was not the fund-raising, but getting the message across - Look After Your Heart! Toby proved to be an excellent messenger.

Marie and Toby on the river walk.

All the group arrived back safely after the three-mile circular walk, and went in to the nearby Listowel Arms Hotel for a well-deserved cup of tea.