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

Mary Dunne, Swim Ireland and Mags Downey Martin, Ballina Chamber, present a cheque to Ryan Cawley, Flow Community Project in support of Ballina Sensory Garden following on from the River Moy Swim held in August 2021. Photo: John O'Grady.

Mary Dunne, Swim Ireland and Mags Downey Martin, Ballina Chamber, present a cheque to Ryan Cawley, Flow Community Project in support of Ballina Sensory Garden following on from the River Moy Swim held in August 2021. Photo: John O'Grady.

What's going on in your community ?

Hospice ecumenical service

The ‘Let Love Shine a Light’ Ecumencial Service previously postponed due to covid restrictions, will now take place in St John's Rest & Care Centre Knock on Sunday, February 20 at 3.45pm. All those included in their Book of Remembrance will be remembered at the Service. All are welcome.

Ballyhaunis GAA 50/50

Sean Henry, Aishling Drive, Ballyhaunis, was the winner of the latest Ballyhaunis GAA 50/50 draw, he won €480, with the winning envelope sold in Fitzers. This weekend's draw will take place in Delaney's on Sunday evening.

Shrule & District Vintage Club

Shrule & District Vintage Club are holding an Autojumble and auction on Sunday, February 20 at Shrule Hall. Eircode H91 FX39. There will be something for everybody including antiques, vintage cars, tractors, commercials and farm machinery. Start time is 10am until 5pm. Auction items to be entered by 12 noon. Visit their website at www.shrulevintage.ie for details or call Bartley on (086 ) 8246671 or Martin (085 ) 8595085.

Garrymore GAA presentation night

Garrymore GAA are holding a Presentation Night on Friday, February 11 at 9pm in Tierney's, Foxhall. The John McWalter Player's Player of the Year Award will be presented as well as other medal presentations. Music and finger food on the night. All Welcome!

Swinford St Patrick's Festival

Swinford will celebrate St Patrick's day with a five-day festival from Wednesday, March 16 to Sunday, March 20. After an absence of two years, the committee, headed by Cathal Kelly (Chairperson ) and Francis Brennan (Co-ordinator ), extends an invitation to everyone to join the national feast celebration. Full details will be announced shortly, the committee is inviting groups, organisations and individuals to partake by entering a float in the 72nd Swinford parade. For more information contact Francis on (087 ) 9909863 or Cathal on (087 ) 6412785.

Balla Active Retirement

Balla Active Retirement Association resumes on Friday, February 18 at 3pm in the Community Centre, the Square, Balla. New members are very welcome.

SoloSIRENs in Westport

SoloSIRENs are excited to be bringing their double bill of Enthroned by Jenny Macdonald and Baggage by Nicole Rourke to the Town Hall Theatre in Westport on Friday, February 11 at 8pm. SoloSIRENs is a platform for female identifying theatre artists to collectively explore and share what it means to be a woman today.

Ballyhaunis GAA Membership

Ballyhaunis GAA Club will be holding open registration evenings in the clubhouse on Tuesday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 22 from 7.30pm to 9pm. There are membership options for adult - both player and non-player, family membership, and underage memberships.

Ballinrobe GAA Club launches its five-year plan

Past glories, current hopes, and future aspirations all blended together recently, as Ballinrobe GAA Club celebrated the launch of its Strategic Development Plan 2021-2025. Delayed in its finalisation due to Covid-19, the plan was finally unveiled at the first formal indoor gathering of club members in almost two years, at Ballinrobe Racecourse. The chairperson of the Steering Committee that oversaw the development of the plan, Denise Horan, remarked that the lifting of Covid restrictions provided the ideal backdrop to the launch of the plan. Developed over an 18-month period by five sub-committees led by chairpersons Colm Jennings, Declan O’Loughlin, Donal McCormack, Paul McElarney, Mike Finnerty and Elaine O’Donnell, the plan sets out ambitions across all areas of the club, from coaching and games development, to finance and fundraising, and facilities development. Ballinrobe GAA Club’s Strategic Development Plan 2021-2025 is available to download from the club website at https://ballinrobegaaclub.com/strategicplan/.

Balla Bingo

Balla Bingo is back indoors this Valentine’s weekend February 13 at 8pm. Balla Bingo has a massive prize fund of €11,000, with €1,000 on the jackpot game, as well as 50:50 and wheel of fortune draws. Balla Bingo are also keeping their Online or drive options. For the online game buy your book before noon on Sunday at www.balla.ie

Tacú FRC Ballinrobe

Bingo takes place on Tuesdays at 8:30pm in the Parish Centre and via Zoom. Ten games on the night and raffle. Books are available at Tacú to purchase. Monies can be collected at the same time. Give Monica a call on (087 ) 4111343 to get the Zoom link. The Cornmarkets are back on Saturdays, starting on February 19, from 10am to 3pm. The Friday morning drop-in is also back in operation in the centre.

Ballinrobe Community Futures

Ballinrobe Community Development Council is delighted to announce that Ballinrobe has been selected for Mayo County Council's Community Futures Program. This is a really positive development for Ballinrobe, allowing the town and parish to embark on a Community Action Plan for its future. The people of Ballinrobe will be given an opportunity to have their say, give their opinions and ideas, giving the community a chance to identify priorities and development for the area over the next five years. The process will consist of anonymous household surveys which will be distributed in early March, these can be done either online or by door drop. (More info to follow soon ). Stakeholder interviews and focus groups will be held with representatives from across the community, with the aim to include people from all clubs, organisations, different genders, age groups, abilities, ethnicities etc. A Community Profile will also be completed, a workshop with young people will be held, and a business survey will also be included in the process. A local Steering group made up of representatives from different organisations in town have been working with The Community Futures Program personnel who are supporting the steering group through the program. For more info email: [email protected] Monica (087 ) 4111343.

Annual Turlough 8k Fun Run & Walk

This year the Turlough 8km race is going virtual and to top it off, they will be celebrating the event's 10th Anniversary. In years past, the race took place in Turlough village but since covid, they have had to change the approach. This has opened an opportunity for the organisers to undertake the event in a virtual capacity. They had hoped to run a hybrid event this year but due to certain restrictions still in place, they felt it best for the safety of everyone to go virtual again. The event will take place over the weekend of February 19/20. Go it alone or grab your crew. Make sure to tag them in any photos/videos over the weekend and use the hashtag #moveformayo to be entered into the raffle draw for some lovely prizes. Monies raised will go to supporting Parke-Keelogues-Crimlin GAA club in funding different community projects and mental health initiatives across Mayo. People can choose their own time as to when they want to undertake the run/walk over these two days from wherever they are located in the world. Registration is through the online platform Eventbrite - https://bit.ly/33NrCmG. All participants registered will be entered into a raffle draw that will take place the week after the event where there will be a variety of prizes up for grabs.

Hospice ecumenical service

The Let Love Shine a Light Ecumenical Service previously postponed due to Covid restrictions, will now take place in St John's Rest & Care Centre, Knock, on Sunday, February 20 at 3.45pm. All those included in the Book of Remembrance will be remembered at the Service. Tea & Refreshments served after the Service. All are welcome.

Mayo Cancer Support

Mayo Cancer Support offers a range of emotional support to people with cancer and their families. Call (094 ) 9038407 for information.

Killeen Community Council

Operation Transformation walks continue on Sundays at 1pm - park and meet at Killeen. Appropriate footwear and high visibility clothing required. No dogs. Don't attend if you have any Covid Symptoms. Any queries to Eileen on (087 ) 6826025.

Ballina Active Retirement

Ballina Active Retirement Group will hold their re-scheduled AGM and election of officers on Thursday, February 17, and a short meeting of the executive committee to follow straight after the AGM. As a safety measure they ask that members attending still wear a mask during the meeting and observe ‘sensible’ distancing’ for a few weeks. Any item you would like brought up for discussion, please contact one of the committee: Noreen (096 ) 73776, Pauline (096 ) 78941 or Rosemary (096 ) 70017.

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