Ballinasloe & District Youth Club

Next Meeting

8 – 9.15 pm
Friday 1st December 2023,
Clonfert Family Centre,
H53 NX59

Newcomers welcome. See below.

Meeting Activities

Welcome newcomers

Scrabble challenge night

Prepations for Christmas Mass & party

Gospel reflection & prayer time

Young members’ planning of next meeting

October 2023 Outing

On Saturday 21st October we went to Galway to see the play ‘The Boy who lived with Dogs in the Blackbox Theatre, visited Galway Cathedral and dropped into the Galway Arts Centre to see an exhibition called ‘I see you like this.’ We are delighted to share the following photos from the day.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our day, especially the volunteers and artists of the Babaro Arts Festival.

Frequency of Meetings / Other Activities

Our club meets every second Friday evening, usally 8 – 9.15 pm, with extended break at Christmas and during July and August.

Upcoming Club Events

Friday 15th December
Pioneer Christmas Mass and party in Emerald Ballroom, Ballinasloe.
All family members of Club members welcome.

February 2024
(Evening, date to be confirmed)
Drug Awareness Workshop with Darren Butler, IEC Drugs Initiative.
Parents / Guardians welcome.

Young Pioneer Daily Prayer & Pledge

Lord, for your sake,
for the  recovery of problem drinkers
and victims of substance abuse,
to make amends to your Sacred Heart
for the intemperance in all our lives,
I promise not to take alcoholic drink
until I am at least 18 and
to keep off drugs for life.   Amen.

Club Membership

Reserved to Young Pioneers between the ages of eleven and fifteen years who reside in the Clonfert Diocese and / or Greater Ballinasloe area (30 kilometre radius).

The club can facilitate sixteen members. Currently (1st October, 2023) there are seven.

Young Pioneers are welcome on a come-and-see basis. Parents /guardians must have a brief in-person meeting / telephone conversation with a Club Leader / Member of Supervision Team and complete a temporary membership form in advance of their child participating in any activity/ meeting. Please contact Justin if no Team member is known to you.

Adult Leaders

Activities & Membership Co-ordinator
Justin Harkin
087 6171526

Safeguarding Officer
Sean Kelly
086 1647970

Parent Representatives
Auriene NaSumento
Angela Somers

Supervision Team Members
Ann Gately
Elizabeth Campbell
Josephine Carroll

Important Documents

The following documents are available via email or WhatsApp in Word and PDF format. They can also be acquired before or after any club meeting.

  • Application Form
  • Club Members’ Code of Behaviour
  • Adult Leaders’ and Supervisors’ Code of Behaviour
  • Safeguarding Statement

Young Pioneer Registration

Young Pioneers between the ages of ten and seventeen years who are living in a parish of the Clonfert diocese who are not already registered with the PTAA, subject to the consent of a parent / guardian, are welcome to register.

Registration allows for participation in Pioneer competitions and special events and inclusion in a texting service that shares details of such activities.

Completed forms should be forwarded to:

PTAA Clonfert Diocesan Council
c/o Justin Harkin
Clonfert Family Centre
H53 NX59
087 6171526


The PTAA Clonfert Diocesan Council seek to support and are charged with the oversight of the Ballinasloe & District PTAA Youth Club and of other Young Pioneer Activities on behalf of the PTAA.

The current members of the Council are Sean Kelly (Clontuskert),  Niall Duddy (Killimordaly-Clooncagh), Ann Gately (Laurencetown-Kiltormer), Francis Donohue (Duniry-Abbey) and Justin Harkin  (Ballinasloe-Creagh).

Other Enquiries

Please contact Justin Harkin on 087 6171526 /

Photo Gallery

Fr. Robert McCabe, PTAA Central Spiritual Director (left), Bishop Michael Duignan (Clonfert & Galway dioceses) and Mr. Francis Donohue (Abbey-Duniry & PTAA Clonfert Diocesan Council ) pictured with members of Ballinasloe Pioneer Centre during a social gathering in Gullane’s Hotel, Ballinasloe, to formally welcome the forty-two young people of parishes of the Clonfert diocese who enrolled in the Pioneer Assocation during a special Mass in St. Michael’s Church, Ballinasloe, on 16th June (Feast of the Sacred Heart) 2023. Adults seated (left to right): Ms Sheila Walsh (Ballinasloe PTAA Secretary), Justin Harkin (Youth Co-ordinator), Ms Agnes Duignan (Ballinasloe PTAA Chairperson), Ms Ann Downey and Elizabeth Campbell (Ballinasloe Centre members).

Expression of thanks

Our thanks to St. Grellan’s (Ballinasloe & District) Council of The Knights of St. Columbanus for a financial contribution towards the establishment of our club and to Ballinasloe-Creagh parish and the Clonfert diocese for access to parish and diocesan facilities at less than commercial rates.

Updated: 03/11/2023