Community Diary - What's going on in your community?

Teacher Anne Mulkeen and Maria Byrne, deputy principal, with student Cian Mangan, St Colman's College, Claremorris, who will was showcasing his project 'Tyrex' at the 58th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition this week. Photo: Fennell Photography 2022.

Teacher Anne Mulkeen and Maria Byrne, deputy principal, with student Cian Mangan, St Colman's College, Claremorris, who will was showcasing his project 'Tyrex' at the 58th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition this week. Photo: Fennell Photography 2022.

What's happening in your Community?

Organise your Operation Transformation Walk for Sunday

Mayo Sports Partnership is issuing a community call out - to community groups and clubs in the County of Mayo interested in hosting their own Operation Transformation walk. The walks should take place on Sunday, January 16 at 11am and should be up to 5km in length and last no longer than an hour. It can be a loop walk / out-and-back walk or maybe your local club has a track/walking facility that can host the walk? They must be suitable for all abilities. There is then the chance to continue the walk on a weekly basis, possibly on a weekday evening (where lit facilities allow ) for the duration of the OT programme – six to eight weeks. For more information and to be listed in the Mayo Sports Partnership promotional material for Operation Transformation 2022, contact Deirdre at [email protected]. Include in your details: (1 ) Name of Group; (2 ) Date of Walk, (3 ) Meeting Time, (4 ) Location, (5 ) Distance and (6 ) Contact name & details.

Philosophy classes in Castlebar

Philosophy classes start in the Parish Centre, Upper Chapel St, on Thursday, January 20, for six weeks. Cost is €75 (or €15 per night ). Classes will be from 7pm to 8.30pm, and will consist of a talk followed by discussion. Call Gwen on (087 ) 3450387 to book your place, or just turn up on the night.

Centenary of Miracles on Tap

Don’t miss your chance to read this amazing true story, which would never have been written except for one man’s courage and gentle yet persistent concern for the souls of Dublin’s street girls. This year 2021/2022 the world is celebrating the centenary of the Miracles contained in this book, written by Frank Duff - founder of the Legion of Mary, which started in September 7, 1921 with 15 people, and now has 10,000,000 members worldwide. Miracles on Tap is available from Duffy’s Bookshop in Westport. Price £9. For further information call: (087 ) 2747873.

Orla wins Ballyhaunis 50/50

Orla Phillips from Doctors Road, Ballyhaunis, was the latest winner of the Ballyhaunis GAA 50/50 draw. She won €380 from the draw, having bought the ticket though the club direct debit option. The next draw will take place on Sunday, January 16, in The Clock.

Christmas tree recycling

People can dispose of natural Christmas trees at Civic Amenity Sites or at additional drop-off sites provided by Mayo County Council - find your nearest site by logging on to

Ballina Stephenites Car Raffle

Ballina Stephenites are raffling off a Volkswagen Tiguan SUV in association with Connolly's Volkswagen Ballina. Tickets cost €25 each or five for €100. You can purchase a ticket online at

Mayo North Tourism membership

Mayo North Tourism has launched its 2022 membership drive, with businesses of all types from Ballina and the surrounding areas encouraged to contribute towards a marketing and promotion fund for North Mayo, as the local tourism industry looks towards recovery post Covid-19 in 2022. Membership, which goes towards marketing and promotion of the North Mayo and West Sligo area, is open to all types of businesses. To date, Mayo North Tourism has achieved significant media coverage for the region on national radio, print and TV, popular online sites and overseas publications. It holds regular industry networking events for the tourism and hospitality industry and has built up a strong digital presence including a comprehensive website outlining North Mayo’s tourism offering, and an average monthly reach of over 300,000 on social media. Rates begin at just €120 per year for smaller businesses, with monthly payment options available, and memberships taken out between now and December 31 remain valid until the end of 2022. Smaller businesses can see a full 2022 plan and pay directly at, while in order to ensure a fair and proportionate membership rate, hotels, restaurants/gastropubs and visitor attractions are invited to contact the Mayo North team directly at (096 ) 80090 or [email protected].

Breaffy GAA Lotto

There was no winner of the Breaffy GAA Lotto draw which took place on January 11, the winning numbers were 16,19,24 and 28. The winner of the €50 lucky dip prizes were Noreen O'Shea, Cork and Moria Lynch, Straide. The jackpot for the next draw will be €17,000.

Balla CRD

Balla CRD continues to run Balla Bingo every Sunday night at 8pm and the prize fund is €10,000. Balla CRD is running a Photography Competition and taking entries until February, so get those cameras out. Balla CRD added: "In any weather or season we have such beautiful scenery here in Balla, €25 One4All voucher for the winner. "

Ballina Active Retirement Association

Would members please note that all meetings and events have been cancelled until further notice. The association was scheduled to return this week, with the annual AGM on January 20, but due to the present circumstances, and taking into consideration the safety and wellbeing of members, it has been decided to cancel all gatherings for the foreseeable future. The present committee will carry on in office to keep things moving along, and will keep all members informed as and when any news is forthcoming.

Safeguarding Level 1 course

Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s Sport is a programme for coaches, volunteers, parents and committee members in sports clubs. The programme delivers a three-hour introductory workshop, which provides information on codes of conduct, bullying, recruitment, etc. as well as child protection guidelines. By following the principles, policy and practical guidelines contained in the Code, sports leaders are playing their part in providing a safe and enjoyable environment in which children can learn and thrive. This Safeguarding 1 course will take place online on January 18, 2022 from 7pm to 10pm. Please note the following: Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance Participants must be over 18 years of age. Certificates of attendance are issued on completion of the course. Participants arriving late will not be accepted onto the course. Please be advised that workshops are subject to cancellation/postponement if sufficient numbers of attendees are not reached. For booking or more information contact (094 ) 9064690 or email: [email protected].

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