Community Diary

Geraldine Carr

Castlebar grow it yourself meeting

Are you interested in sharing your food growing experiences? Go along to the next GIY meeting on Monday September 10 at 7.30pm in Le Cheile Family Resource Centre, Tucker Street, Castlebar.

Erris RFC

The club’s mini/junior rugby season will recommence tomorrow, September 8, at 3pm at the Carne-Corclough sports field, Corclough West, Belmullet, and each Saturday thereafter. Anyone who missed the registration can register at the weekly training sessions.

Mary O’Malley reading

As part of the Residencies Revisited Series, former writer in residence Mary O'Malley reads in Charlestown Arts Centre on Thursday September 13 at 8pm.

Originally from Connemara, Mary O’Malley now lives in the Moycullen Gaeltacht. She is the recipient of a number of awards and is a member of Aosdana. She is the author of six collections of poetry. She writes for radio, is an occasional broadcaster, and teaches poetry on the MA in writing course at NUI Galway.

The reading is funded by Poetry Ireland. Admission is €7, concessions €5. For further details contact Charlestown Arts Centre on 094 925 5812, 086 820 2883, or [email protected]

Céilí in Hollymount

A céilí will be held in Cois Abhann Centre, Hollymount on Saturday November 8.

Dancing 10pm to 1am. Proceeds from the night to Hollymount road race and Hollymount Ladies GAA Club.

Westport Civic Trust lecture

The Bog Bodies of Europe lecture will be given by Dr Ingelise Stuijts of The Discovery Programme. The lecture will be on Tuesday September 11 at 8pm at The Atlantic Coast Hotel.

Everyone is welcome to this lecture; the entrance fee for non-members is €5, payable on the night. More details may be had from Pip Murphy on 087 266 3423.

Indoor car boot sale

Foxford Leisure Centre will hold its next indoor car boot sale on Sunday September 16 from 10am to 3pm.

If you are interested in having a stall at this event, phone 094 925 7684 to book a table for only €10.


SafeTALK is a three hour training programme that prepares anyone over the age of 18 to identify people with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. People who complete the training will be better able to move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss, or avoid suicide.

Mayo North East in collaboration with the National Office for Suicide Prevention will deliver SafeTALK training in the Gateway Hotel, Swinford, on September 26 at 6pm. Training is free but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

To avail of this training contact Dolores McNicholas on 094 925 6745 or 087 770 4251 before September 10.

Claremorris exhibition

This year's Claremorris Open Exhibition will be launched by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring on tomorrow, September 8.

The launch will take place in the COE Gallery, Chapel Lane, at 8.30pm. There will be a preview of the exhibition from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Painting classes

Watercolour painting classes will be held in the Curam centre, Claremorris, starting on September 18 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm for eight weeks. Contact Angela on 089 413 4418 or Curam on 094 936 2096.

Castlebar pantomime auditions

Castlebar pantomime adult auditions will take place at 8pm on September 10, 12, 17 and 19 at the GAA Sports Complex, McHale Road, Castlebar.

Rehearsals begin from 8pm to 10pm Monday September 24 and will continue each Monday and Wednesday night (excluding Bank/Christmas holidays ) until the pantomime is presented at the TF Royal Theatre in January 2013.

For further details contact 087 967 9828 after 6pm or

Free Westport celebration

A free afternoon party, from 2pm to 6pm, will take place in the grounds of Westport House on September 9.

Westport Town Council is delighted to be co-hosting this free event with The Irish Times in order to celebrate the Best Place to Live in Ireland award.

There will be lots of activities and entertainment and all the attractions at Westport House will be open to the public with free admission for everyone.

Prior to the Westport House Party, an ecumenical celebration will be held at Holy Trinity Church at 1pm.

Schools asked to sign up for READaTHON

MS Ireland is calling schools in Mayo to sign up for the 25th MS READaTHON.

MS Ireland is contacting schools from the beginning of September with information brochures and entry forms. The 25th MS READaTHON reading period will take place for one month from October 12 to November 12.

Cúram Family Support

The community based family support project is based in Curam Family Centre, Claremorris, and is a free and confidential service that offers support to parents of children (0 to 17 ) in the Claremorris area.

Parents and children can access regular support around any issue that may be causing stress in the family home, school, parenting difficulties or for parents who may have concerns about their child’s behaviour.

Names are being taken for upcoming Common Sense Parenting courses for parents of two to five year olds and parents of six to 17 years, which will take place in Curam Family Centre in autumn and early 2013 on 093 62096.

For a chat to see if the centre can help your family contact Annette Conway on 087 911 9714.

Cancer support services

Ballina Family Resource Centre is currently providing a facility for Mayo Cancer Support Association Outreach Services to run a support service in Ballina. This is available every Tuesday morning in Ballina FRC. This facility can be used by cancer patients and members of their family who have been affected by cancer.

This is a free, professional, service in a specially designed suite within the centre, away from the hustle and bustle of the main facility. To make an appointment contact Ballina Family Resource Centre at 096 75573 or Rock Rose House Castlebar at 094 903 8407.

Credit union art competition

Paddy Barnes may have mastered the art of boxing but now the Olympic double bronze medallist is encouraging people across the country to pick up a paintbrush or pencil to enter the 2012 All-Ireland Credit Union Art Competition.

The competition which is one of the biggest for children and adults alike on the island of Ireland is now open for entries from budding artists around the country.

This year’s theme is Celebrate Community Colour. All entries must be submitted to your local credit union. For further information, contact your local credit union for closing dates.


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