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Starting Tuesday October 6 from 7pm to 9pm in the Ballina Resource Centre. For more information call (086 ) 0573078.

Time out for women

Clár IRD, in conjunction with South West Mayo Development Company, is holding a variety of classes in October for women. These classes will include practical skills such as home and car maintenance as well as yoga, reflexology and cookery. For more information contact Clár IRD on (094 ) 9371830 or [email protected].

Assertiveness and Communications

A course in Assertiveness and Communications will run in the Family Centre, Chapel St., Castlebar over six weeks starting Tuesday, October 6 at 10.30am for two hours each week. The presenter is Jannah Walshe who is a counsellor / psychotherapist. Also a one day dreams workshop on how to use the wisdom of your dreams throughout your life will take place in the Family Centre on Saturday October 10 starting at 10 am. The presenter is Kathleen Duffy who is a psychotherapist and author of the much acclaimed book Awaken to the Wisdom of your Dreams – Mirrors in the River. Further information and booking through the Family Centre on (094 ) 9025900 or [email protected]  

Crimlin Community Arts to resume winter term classes

After another successful year for the Batafada Samba Band and Crimlin Batafada Pipe Band, samba drumming, pipe band drumming, and bagpiping classes will  resuming in  Burren School (just three miles outside Castlebar ). Registration is on Saturday October 3 at 11am for all classes which are aimed at seven to 14 year olds.

Come and try sessions on the dragon boat

Starting tomorrow, Saturday October 3, and for the following three Saturdays, there will be a come and try session on the Dragon Boat for anyone (16+ ) who may be interested. Arrive at the slipway down from the holiday village at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar by 9am for briefing, confirm your interest by phoning (085 ) 1146556 (jeans are not suitable clothing for this event ).

Monster Table Quiz in aid of Western Care

A Monster Table Quiz will take place in An Sportslann, Castlebar on Wednesday, October 7, to raise funds to support Western Care Association local services in the Castlebar area. There will be valuable prizes on offer to each member of the winning team as well as prizes for the next two teams. There will also be a raffle for many valuable prizes sponsored by local businesses on the night. Entry fee is €40 per team. Further details are available from Western Care at (094 ) 9029144, e-mail [email protected] and from Lorraine Toner at (086 ) 7734245, e-mail [email protected].  

Men’s Community Initiative at Áras Inis Gluaire

Computers for farm families course begins on Tuesday October 6 at 8pm and will run for five weeks. This is now fully booked but if you wish to place your name on a waiting list you may do so. The programme is funded under the Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme and there are no costs to the participants. Men’s basic computer skills class begins on Wednesday October 14 at 6.30pm and will run for eight weeks. This course is designed for men who have little or no experience of using a computer who would like to start from the beginning and learn the basics. It will run over eight Wednesdays and each class will be an hour long. Total cost is €40.

Charity fashion show

Faustina Reidy and Rose Needham are holding a fundraising fashion show in Knockranny House Hotel in Westport on Wednesday November 4 to raise funds to complete the water pump project in Kamativi, Zimbabwe. They are still short of their target and would appreciate your support.

Ballycroy great fair day and sheep racing

This year’s fair day will kick off at 1pm and run until to 4.30pm on Sunday October 4. This is the second year of the fair and sheep racing event in Ballycroy. There will be stock sales and lots of activities on the day. However the fair day has a slight twist to it - sheep racing! There will be six races with the last one being the Ballycroy Grand National complete with Beechers Brook and trophies of course! So if you think you have the fastest sheep in Mayo bring her along. There will be lots of other family events on the day. All proceeds from the day go towards Ballycroy Community Centre.

Ballina Men's Shed

Ballina Men’s Shed next members' meeting will be held in Ballina FRC on Wednesday October 7 at 8.30pm, new members welcome.  Call (087 ) 4432512 for more information.

Remembrance Mass

Cara Iorrais will hold its annual Remembrance, Healing and Thanksgiving Mass on Monday October 5 at 8pm in The Church of the Sacred Heart, Belmullet.

Family Centre Castlebar

The Family Centre, Chapel Street, Castlebar, is hosting an evening with Rev Gary Hastings who is going to give a presentation on “The Important things in Life”. Gary is well known in the local area and highly regarded as a man of faith. The event will be held in the Sisters of Mercy residence at Árd Bhríde, Lawn Road, Castlebar, today October 2 at 7.30pm.

A separate one day course on expressive writing will take place in the Family Centre tomorrow, October 3 starting at 10.30am. The presenter Patricia McAdoo is a clinical psychologist and author of several books. She is passionate about how much of a difference expressive writing can make to the wellbeing of an individual. Further information is available through the family centre on (094 ) 9025900 or www.thefamilycentre.com

Knit and crochet group

If you fancy being part of a knitting and crochet group then the Community Centre in Balla is the place to be each Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm (commencing October 7 ). Join the group for lessons or share your skills, and enjoy a cuppa and a chat. Also,  programmes for children (10 -14yrs ) are being organised for Saturday mornings from 11am - 12 noon. If you are interested contact either (087 ) 6491975 or (087 ) 9739317. 

Kilmaine cancer support group

A support group for those living with cancer is being set up in the Kilmaine area, in a setting that is cosy and confidential and facilitated by a counsellor /psychotherapist. For details contact Padraig on (087 ) 9628 200.

One day Knock Shrine retreat

A one-day retreat for adults, called Quiet Days for Busy People, is taking place at Knock Shrine tomorrow, October 3. Led by the Knock Shrine retreat team, the day is an opportunity to take some time out for reflection, prayer and spiritual rejuvenation. Places are limited and booking is essential. Visit www.knockshrine.ie or contact the Faith Renewal team at Knock Shrine on (094 ) 9388100 for more information. Alternatively, email [email protected]

Westport CCÉ AGM

The AGM of Westport CCÉ will be held at Knockranny House Hotel on Wednesday October 7 at 8.30pm.

Cara Iorrais men's monthly meeting

Cara Iorrais men's monthly meetings will commence again on Wednesday October 7 at 8pm in the Cara Iorrais Cancer Support Centre, Church Road, Belmullet.

Meditation classes in Ballina

A meditation programme will commence in Ballina Family Resource Centre on Tuesday October 6 from 10.30am to 11.30am. Mayo Cancer Support Association is running this programme, numbers are limited so ring to book your place with Annie/Jean on (087 ) 2804164.

Boxers needed

Foxford Alzheimer's Daycare has recently been chosen as the charity of choice by Knockmore/Foxford Boxing Club (KFC ) which intends to run a white collar boxing fundraiser on Saturday October 24 in Hotel Ballina. Support is needed from  businesses/clubs/groups/organisations, etc, in the Foxford and surrounding areas to nominate a willing person (male or female ) to represent their business in the event. Every boxer will be fully trained and will undergo at least weekly training sessions to get boxing fit for the event. It is a great way of meeting new people and getting involved in a very worthy cause. Contact Frances on (086 ) 0630900 for more information.

Morning and evening classes at Cúram, Claremorris

Morning and evening classes will soon commence at Cúram Family Centre.  Classes for this term include furniture upcycling, tai chi, yoga, Pilates, art, Alexander technique, sewing, meditation/mindfulness, parenting, and relax and refuel mind and body. For more information contact the centre on (094 ) 9362096.

Introducing OP-TAM

Operation Trans-Agha-Mation (OP-TAM ) is a community based fitness initiative, being organised in conjunction with Aghamore GAA Club. Over eight weeks, starting on Tuesday October 20, the OP-TAM programme will deliver a fun and energetic fitness programme for the communities of Aghamore, Knock, Tooreen and Kilkelly. The course will run every Tuesday and Thursday evening, and on Sunday mornings there will be a full schedule of classes with circuits, Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and more, as well as a couch to 5k running/jogging programme. OP-TAM will finish on Saturday December 12 with a 5k fun run in Aghamore. The OP-TAM programme is open to over 18s. There will be a registration and briefing evening in Knock Community Centre on Saturday October 3 at 6pm, to include an overview and introduction with guest speakers. The cost for the eight week programme will be €60 per person, with the 5k race costing €10. Proceeds will go to Aghamore GAA club with a contribution to Mayo Roscommon Hospice. For more information contact James on (086 ) 8568143 or Joe on (086 ) 2938-216. 

Run, Walk, and Roll in Ballina

The 25th annual Run, Walk and Roll (formerly the Terry Fox run ) in aid of cancer research, will take place on Sunday October 11 at 12 noon. The event will start and finish at the Ballina Athletics Track and entry for the event is only €10 per person or €15 for families. Each competitor will receive a specially designed T-shirt and a one-off medal. Sponsorship cards are available from Michael Rice, The Shoe Hospital, Bridge Street, Ballina, or by calling (087 ) 6611975.

Anger management course

Knock Counselling Service is running its popular two-day anger management programme this weekend, Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4. The 'Temper Your Anger' programme teaches participants how to control their anger and stress levels by using cutting-edge techniques, combined with experiential learning. Participants will learn strategies to enable them to successfully deal with anger when it arises. To register for the programme contact Knock Counselling Centre on (094 ) 9375032.

Claremorris Fleadh marching band champions reunion

A reunion is being organised for the Convent of Mercy National School Claremorris pupils who won their first All-Ireland Marching Band Fleadh title in 1974. Plans are being put in place for the event which will take place in Claremorris on Saturday October 17. A committee has been working hard to bring together all the past pupils of fourth, fifth, and sixth class who were in the band in 1974. It is planned that all past pupils will meet in the school at 4pm, where they will be welcomed by the school principal and committee members. Later everyone will continue to the McWilliam Park Hotel for a meal at 6pm, and will be free to socialise and hopefully have the time and opportunity to catch up and reconnect with old classmates. While every effort is being made to contact everyone directly, the committee is hoping that relatives and friends who read this will help spread the word.  In order to have numbers for the hotel, this will be a ticket only event; tickets are priced at €35 and are now available locally from Heffernans Foodstore, Ballyhaunis Rd/Silverbridge Shopping Centre, or PJ Byrne's bar/grocery, Main Street, Claremorris. The organising committee will also mail tickets and full details can be got by phoning (087 ) 7443537 or (087 ) 6397101.

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