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

At the Knockmore GAA dinner dance in The Great National Hotel were Aisling Higgins, Katie Munnelly, Laura Duffy and Caitlin McGowan. Photo: John O'Grady.

At the Knockmore GAA dinner dance in The Great National Hotel were Aisling Higgins, Katie Munnelly, Laura Duffy and Caitlin McGowan. Photo: John O'Grady.

What's going on in your community?

Dawn Chorus walk in Enniscoe

The Mayo Branch of Birdwatch Ireland will host a Dawn Chorus Walk on Sunday, May 8 in Enniscoe Woods (3km south of Crossmolina ) starting at 7.30am. The walk will be one of many taking place at branches around the country as part of BirdWatch Ireland’s National Dawn Chorus Day. If intending to take part, be sure to bring suitable footwear and warm clothing. The woods are noted for a good variety of birds including Jays, Warblers, Tits and Treecreepers among others. George Keegan PRO of the Mayo branch points out that the Enniscoe walk will be a dual accessible event. "Firstly, there will be a gentle easy walk to the lakeside, then all participants can decide to return to the Heritage Centre by the same route or continue on the loop walk through the woodland. This event is open to everyone, young and old, whether a skilled or novice birdwatcher. Refreshments will be available at the end of the walk." The following month (June ) the branch is planning two further events. On Sunday, June 12 a visit to Downpatrick Head to view birds nesting on the cliff. Then on Wednesday, June 15, a talk on Swifts will be held in a meeting room at the Castlebar Swimming Pool followed by an outdoor observation of the birds (weather permitting ). Further details of both events will be announced closer to the time.

Are you interested in hosting students this summer?

Would you be interested in hosting a Spanish Student this summer? If you have a child aged 13 - 17 years old then this could be for you. They will arrive on Wednesday, June 28 until Wednesday, July 26. How it works? Students are placed in host families with children of the same gender and a similar age and are carefully matched in terms of interests and hobbies. The focus is on participating in daily family life and activities so the student can enjoy the real Irish experience by staying with an Irish family. If interested please contact Rina on (087 ) 7414252 or email [email protected] for an application form and more information on payment etc.

Killeen Darkness into Light

If interested in doing this walk around the Killeen area on Saturday morning May 7 at 4.15am, please join. You must be registered on the Darkness into Light website and select the 'Do it your own way' option. Donations, if desired, may be made directly to the Darkness into Light website. Meeting at Killeen Community Centre. High visibility and suitable clothing and footwear required as well as a torch. Children to be accompanied by a responsible adult. No dogs. Cuppa afterwards. See you there. Queries to (087 ) 6826025.

Bike Week events expression of interests

Would you like to host an event this year for Bike Week? Please complete the form at and Mayo Sports Partnership will get back to you. Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of the benefits of cycling. This year, Bike Week will kick off on Saturday May 14 and end on Sunday May 22. This year's theme is "Communities Cycling Together". For more information contact: Deirdre Donnelly at [email protected].

Ballina GOAL Mile

Thanks to all who supported and helped with the organisation of the 2021 Ballina GOAL MILE last Christmas. The amount raised was an incredible €4,851.62. This amount ranked the Ballina GOAL Mile 14th out of 130 GOAL MILES held in 2021. Covid19 did not deter the people of Ballina and surrounding areas from supporting this very worthy cause - a testament to the generosity of the people of Ballina helping the poorest of the poor.

Achill Darkness into Light Walk

After an absence of two years, the Achill darkness into light committee is delighted that its in-person event can resume on Saturday, May 7 at 4.15am at Keel Community Hall. The last event was enormously supported by the Achill community and beyond and organisers are asking for your support once again this year. Please register for the walk online at A spokesperson said: "Of course events like these would not take place if it was not for an army of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer contact us on our Achill Darkness into Light social media pages or message Anne Gallagher on Facebook with your name and phone number. The committee would like to send out an open invitation to everyone to take part. Each year the walk provides an opportunity for people to connect with the community and to bring hope to people who have been impacted by suicide. Connect with them on our Facebook or Instagram page and keep up-to-date with venue information."

Flourish Social Prescribing Service

"As we step into springtime in our changing world it has never felt so necessary to reconnect within ourselves and re-evaluate what we need for our own health and well-being", according to The Flourish Social Prescribing Service, "which offers adults practical ways in a confidential one to one session with one of our social prescribing link workers to explore a range of ideas around new activities hobbies and interests. If you feel you would benefit from meeting new people and taking time out to discover how new interests, hobbies and social opportunities can enhance your health and wellbeing then the Flourish service is the place for you. We are hosting two information sessions in Castlebar and Claremorris where you can meet the Flourish team, get more information about our service, hear what is going on in the community and explore ways to get involved." Dates: Curam Family Centre Claremorris on Monday, May 9 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm and The Family Centre in Castlebar on Wednesday, May 11 from 11.30am to 12.30pm. To book a place please phone 094 9025900.

Balla CRD Notes

Balla Bingo has a prize fund of €11,000 every week at the Community Centre in Balla at 8pm. You can play at the centre or online at to buy your books. Dance classes for Adults and Children will be starting in Balla Community Centre on May 4, for booking contact Sandra Ganley on (086 ) 2108029. To celebrate Mayo Day on Saturday April 30 there will be tree planting at Balla Community garden at 1pm followed by a nature walk at 1.30pm. Everyone welcome. The centre is running Beginner Adult Weighted Hula Hoop Fitness classes every Monday night from May and Meditation classes every Tuesday 8pm to 9pm. Call the centre at 094-9365843 for more information.

Walk the Camino and raise vital funds for Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation

Walk the last 100km of the classic Camino from Saria to Santiago de Compostela (the minimum required to earn your Compostela ). This section of the walk takes you through the charming region of Galicia in Northern Spain to Santiago for a unique experience you’ll treasure forever. You will enjoy beautiful scenery, amazing food and great fun and no doubt make new friends along the way. Walking along such a historical trail, in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims who have done this walk for centuries, helps to contribute to making this trip an amazing inner and spiritual journey. The trip is in late September and is a seven day trip with five days of walking and costs €485 plus flights. For more information call: (094 ) 9388666 or email: [email protected].

FRC for Erris Meeting

A community information evening will take place in Ballycroy Community Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday, May 4. Public meetings have recently taken place in parishes across Erris. This is the final parish meeting - a great opportunity to share stories and ask questions. Find out how a Community and Family Resource Centre would benefit the entire Erris area. Your support is a vital part of the FRC for Erris campaign! For more information please email [email protected] or visit the Facebook Page @frcforerris.



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