Other Services

Active Retirement Group

Ballyduff Active Retirement Group was founded in 2001, over 20 years ago, and since the opening of Bud’s Ballyduff Family Resource Centre, we have enjoyed the superb facilities available. Part of a nationwide organisation, Active Retirement Ireland, the group aims to enable older people to remain active in the community, to retain their self –esteem and confidence, and to continue to be aware of current issues and facilities available to them. This is achieved through a programme of physical, social, and educational activities, as well as talks, and demonstrations.

With about thirty, all very active, members, the group enables older people to meet together, pass on news, have fun, and learn about new developments. Likewise, exercise routines, day-trips, art, music, the use of information technology, and social media, together with visiting speakers, all play a part in their varied and interesting programme. Members have benefitted from training in the computer suite made available to the A.R.G.

Meetings begin with discussion and planning. This is followed by a break for refreshments. The afternoon concludes with a Health and well-being subject, or an introduction to a topic of interest, or a game, including, of course, the occasional Bingo. The large well-lit meeting room, which is well equipped for audio-visual presentations, the comfortable seating, and the friendly café-service, all contribute immeasurably to the happiness and enjoyment of those involved, as does the full support that the group receives from the management and staff of the Family Resource Centre.


Hobbies and Activities

Throughout the year at Bud’s Family Resource Centre there is always a large number of activities, classes and programmes that provide a fun, sovial and learning experience. We regularly update our Social media pages with the latest event/group/class/programme that is beginning in the centre. Information for these can also be found in our Reception area or over the phone. Below are just some of the activities we have held.

  • Cooking for Parents and Children
  • Dancing and Drama
  • Irish Dancing
  • Sewing (Adult and Kids Classes)
  • Gardening (Adults and kids classes)
  • Messy Play
  • Internet Safety
  • Meditation and Relaxation
  • Pilates
  • Baby Massage
  • Yoga
  • Fitness Classes
  • Womens Group
  • Mens Group
  • Walking Groups
  • Flower arranging
  • Rambling House
  • Fundraisers
  • Pop Up Shops
  • Fundraisers
  • Parenting Programmes


School Uniforms

Bud’s are now taking in school uniforms and will be donated to children or you can also do a swap shop. So please if you have any unwanted uniform clothes please drop them into Reception at Bud’s. We ask that all donations be clean and not in need of repair.

Causeway Comprehensive School

The School Uniform is as follows:

School Shirt (White)

School Crested Jumper only

Official School Trousers Boys Charcoal Grey

Official School Skirt for Girls

Black Socks/ Black Tights only (no pattern tights)

Flat All Black Shoes or All Black runner type shoe only

Official School PE Polo T- Shirt – navy

Official School Jacket (optional but recommended)

Official School Trousers for Girls – Grey

Please note that the wearing of girl’s trousers are to be an alternative only, the school skirt remains the main item of uniform for female students. If students are attending or representing the school at any official event the School Skirt must be worn.

Ballyduff National School

Girls – Navy pinafore /skirt/ slacks with blue shirt. Navy v-neck jumper / navy cardigan, navy tights, red tie.

Boys – Navy trousers, blue shirt, navy v-neck jumper and red tie.

P.E. Uniform – Half-zip crested top available from Dan Fitzgerald’s and navy tracksuit bottoms.

Summer Uniform – Boys and girls may wear navy shorts, blue short-sleeved shirt, red tie, navy ankle socks, school jumper/cardigan if necessary.

Crests available from school €4 each

Slievawaddra N.S

Royal blue jumper with white stripe or blue cardigan

White shirt/blouse

Grey and blue tie

Navy pants/pinafore/skirt

Ballincrossig N.S.


White Shirt, Navy V neck school jumper/cardigan Red Tie

Navy Trousers /Pinafore /Skirt

Black/Navy shoes Black/ Navy Runners or flat Black / Navy Boots

Art Shirt/ Bib for Art Classes

Youth Activities

We offer a range of clubs and activities for our younger members of the community.

  • Youth Club(1st year to 6th year) This is run by Volunteers from KDYS.
  • Drop Zone (5th and 6th Class)
  • Koole Kids (3rd and 4th class)

We also have several activiteis and clubs running at various times of the year like Irish Dancing, Sewing Classes and Messy Play

The Clubs are open to young people in the area to meet and socialise in a safe and fun environment. It is a space provided for children to hang out with their friends and make new friendships. They take part in games, Movie nights, Art, Outings, etc Over the past number of years the club has done many projects, gone on lots of trips, numerous interclub events and a lot of club programmes.

Contact the Centre for more information about upcoming fixtures

Bud's Library

We have a large selection of Books available to take free of charge. While we display many of these inside our Main Door, our Library in the Den room has a huge selection to choose from. We also take donations too.