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

JG Sport Claremorris sponsored ATAK gloves and socks for the St Colman's College team who faced off against St Jarlath's Tuam in the Connacht Senior Colleges A final last Saturday.

JG Sport Claremorris sponsored ATAK gloves and socks for the St Colman's College team who faced off against St Jarlath's Tuam in the Connacht Senior Colleges A final last Saturday.

What's going on in your community?

Mayo Stoma Support Group

Next meeting of Mayo Stoma Support Group takes place on Thursday, February 24 at 7pm in The Ellison Hotel Castlebar. Eileen Lim Joon – Colon Plast Nurse West will be in attendance. Please confirm your attendance to JJ at (087 ) 2300580 (numbers required for hotel ). New members welcome.

Garrymore GAA Club Membership

Club Membership for Garrymore GAA Club for 2022 is now open. A registration night will be held in the clubhouse on Thursday, February 24 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. All members are encouraged to attend. Membership can also be paid online on

COPD exercise classes

Exercise classes for COPD members continues on Thursdays at 2pm in Castlebar Tennis Club. Classes are free and continue until Easter. New members welcome.

Bereaved Parents offered several options of support

As restrictions are lifted and the country continues to open up, bereavement support organisation, Anam Cara, continues to offer support services online, as well as face-to-face meetings. When restrictions were introduced in March 2020, Anam Cara took the decision to reconfigure its support groups and deliver services online. This gave bereaved parents a space to talk, listen and engage with their peers. These meetings continued throughout the pandemic and Anam Cara is delighted to offer these online meetings moving forward. However, with many restrictions lifted, the face-to-face meetings have returned and will also run monthly. The national organisation will hold its meeting in Mayo on February 22 and would like to extend a warm welcome to any bereaved parent in the area to the meeting in The TF Royal, Castlebar at 7.15pm, free of charge - regardless of the age of the child or circumstances of death. Registration is not required, just arrive. Anam Cara would welcome any bereaved parent in the Mayo area and surrounds to attend. For further information on the event, Anam Cara can be contacted on (01 ) 4045378 or by email [email protected].

Retired Civil Servants AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Mayo Branch of the Retired Civil and Public Servants Association will take place in the Travellers Friend Hotel on Thursday February 24 beginning at 11am. New members welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Officers and members of the RCPSA Council will attend. The Retired Civil and Public Servants Association was founded in 1945. Membership is open to all retired Civil Servants and Public Servants, including those from An Post, Eircom, Irish Aviation Authority, Coillte and Teagasc. This includes widowed persons in receipt of a public service pension. There are Branches in Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Limerick, Mayo, Athlone, Donegal, Sligo and Wexford. There is also a Teagasc Branch.

Katrina wins in Ballyhaunis GAA 50/50 draw

The latest winner of the Ballyhaunis GAA 50/50 draw was Katrina Sweeny, The Racecourse, Ballyhaunis, who won €525. The winning envelope was sold in Gills. This weekend's draw will take place in Delaney's on Sunday, February 20.

Ballina Active Retirement Association

Ballina Active Retirement Association held its first meeting of 2022 in the Pastoral Centre on Thursday, February 10. A very warm welcome back was given to all those members who attended. After prayers, the group held a minute's silence in remembrance of members and family members that were lost during the pandemic. The minutes of the last meeting were read, accepted and signed to records, and correspondence was dealt with. Rosemary Armstrong has asked that any member who has a ticket for the show in Castlebar in 2020, which was cancelled, should return their ticket to her as soon as possible please. A quiz is to be arranged if possible for Wednesday, February 23. Anyone interest is asked to be there for 1.45pm, ready for a start at 2pm prompt.

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 their Book of Remembrance will be remembered at the Service. All are welcome.

Shrule & District Vintage Club

Shrule & District Vintage Club is 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 for details or call Bartley on (086 ) 8246671 or Martin on (085 ) 8595085.

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.

Ballyhaunis GAA Membership

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

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 to purchase at Tacú. 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 - 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.

Mayo Cancer Support

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

Cill Chomáin Five Year Development Plan (2022-2026 )

Comhar Dún Chaocháin Teo is in the process of preparing a five-year development plan (2022-2026 ) for the parish of Cill Chomáin. In keeping with the key objectives of the organisation the plan will seek to (a ) preserve and promote the Irish language and culture in every aspect of community life and (b ) develop in an integrated and sustainable way the natural and human resources of the area. As part of the consultation process questionnaires will be distributed in local shops, post offices and churches and we invite people to submit their suggestions and ideas. You can also submit your suggestions by e-mail to [email protected] This is an opportunity for you to have your say. A draft plan will then be prepared for public viewing, inviting final submissions before the plan is published. Is ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann muid.

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