Community Diary

Special Olympics table quiz

Special Olympics Kayak Club Castlebar, are hosting a table quiz in Bosh, Castlebar on Wednesday, March 5 to raise funds to bring the athletes to the national qualifiers for the 2015 LA World Games. Tables of four cost €40 and it will start at 9pm sharp.

Cancer support service in Ballina

Mayo Cancer Support Association has expanded its services in Ballina and is now open in the Ballina Family Resource Centre, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 4pm. On offer will be a confidential drop-in and listening service, counselling, and therapies. All services are free to people with cancer, their families, and friends. For more information call 096 75573.

Ballina parent and toddler group

The Ballina Family Resource Centre parent and toddler group meets every Thursday from 10.30am to 12 noon. If you are a parent, grandparent, or childminder and want somewhere safe to bring your child and interact with other children or to enjoy a chat with other parents why not drop in. A €2 voluntary contribution on the day is appreciated. For more information call 096 75573.

Scoil Naomh Bhríde 25 card drive tonight

Scoil Naomh Bhríde, Ballycroy, will hold its rescheduled annual 25 card drive (partners ) tonight Friday February 28 in the Ballycroy Community Centre. Doors open at 8.30pm. Tickets are €10 per person, tickets bought for the previous date are valid on the night. Refreshments will be served.

Claremorris AFC

Claremorris AFC is holding a registration evening for the forthcoming season this evening Friday, February 28, from 7pm to 9pm in the Dalton Inn Hotel, Claremorris.

Enneagram at the family centre

For those who have completed part one of the Enneagram series a four night part two course is starting in the Family Centre, Chapel St, Castlebar, on Thursday, March 6 at 8pm. The course aims to help you deepen your understanding of yourself and your relationships. The course is presented by Fr Benny McHale, for more information, call 094 9025900.

Christian mediation

The Family Centre, Chapel Street, Castlebar, will host a one day retreat in Christian mediation on Saturday March 8 starting at 10.30am. The course aims to increase the awareness of God in your heart and life and how to use mediation techniques. For more information call the Family Centre on 094 9025900 or log on to www.thefamilycentre.com

Return of vests

Carra Iorrais is asking anyone who still has a Carra Iorrais hi-viz vest from last year’s mini-marathon to please return them to Carra Iorrais as soon as possible.

Chiropodist service at Carra Iorrais

A chiropodist will be on hand in Carra Iorrais cancer support house, Church Road, Belmullet, on Tuesday March 18 from 11am. For more information or to make an appointment call 097 20590.

Clare Island Drama Group

Clare Island Drama group presents Done Deal on Friday March 14 in the Clare Island Community Centre at 8pm. Done Deal is a three-act comedy drama set at the height of the property boom in Ireland in 2006. Written by Achill man Marten Ó’Mongán and directed by Noel Clarke this show promises to be full of laughs.

Clare Island St Patrick’s Day parade

The St Patrick’s Day parade on Clare Island will be held on Monday March 17. For more information contact 098 26525 during office times.

Charlestown St Patrick’s Day parade

The Charlestown St Patrick’s Day parade will take place in Charlestown on Monday March 17 starting at 12.30pm from the Town Hall arts centre. Floats are asked to assemble at the Fire Station at 12 noon. The theme for this year’s parade is Active Community. Registration forms are available at the Enterprise Centre, phone 094 9255820 or from any committee member or by email to [email protected]

Charlestown Athletic registration

Registration for Charlestown Athletic FC boys and girls, u8 to u18 will take place on Saturday March 1 at the Pastoral Centre, Charlestown, at 11am. Numbers registering on this day will determine the boys’ and girls’ teams representing the club this season. Full details and registration forms are available on www.charlestownathleticfc.com

Fund-raising pamper day

Peter Mark and Ultafit Studio have organised a pamper day for women on Sunday March 9 at Ultrafit Studios, Unit 7/8 Moneen Industrial Estate, Castlebar. The pamper day will be offering blowdrys, brush ups, curls, make-up, alternative therapies, dream analysis, peppermint jewellery, finger food, and face painting.

The pamper day is being organised to raise funds for a girl who will need life long care for a brain disorder called lissencephy. For more information call Jarlath on 085 8063400.

No Name Club

The No Name Club is looking to recruit adult volunteers for prospective new clubs in Foxford, Achill, and Crossmolina. Volunteers must be over 18 and full training and Garda vetting will be provided, for more information contact Edith Geraghty on 086 0820266 or email [email protected].

Annual Achill whist drive for Croí

Croí Friends Achill will host its annual monster whist drive and super raffle taking place on Pancake Tuesday, March 4, at 8pm in the Achill Sound Hotel, Achill Island. Admission is only €5 and the tradition of serving complimentary tea and pancakes is as strong as ever! The night’s entertainment will conclude with a super raffle with lots of top prizes on offer. For further information contact local committee chairman John P McGinty on 098 45329.

Gortskehy NS open day

The Gortskehy NS will take place on Thursday March 6 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm (or later by appointment ). Uniform fittings for all classes will be available. Call 094 9364301 if this date is inconvenient. For further information on the school visit www.gortskehy.com

Anam Cara bereavement information evening

Anam Cara, the national organisation that provides support services to bereaved parents and families, is hosting a bereavement information evening in the Family Centre, Chapel Street, Castlebar, on Wednesday March 19 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. This event gives parents an opportunity to hear an experienced bereavement professional talk about the many challenges families have to face into after the death of their son or daughter. Please note this event is open to all bereaved parents, regardless of the age of their child or the circumstances of their death. It is also holding a bereavement information evening on Monday March 10 with guest speaker Dr Helen Greally and the topic for the evening is “Coping as a Bereaved Parent”. Helen Greally is a clinical psychologist and she works as director of psychology and support services at Cancer Care West.

All Anam Cara Services are provided free of charge to parents. Anam Cara Mayo holds its parent evenings on the third Wednesday of each month between September and June. To find out more visit www.anamcara.ie

Job seekers training course

Mayo North East with funding from the Local and Community Development Programme has organised the delivery of a number of training courses for job seekers in the Erris region for 2014. Included are horticulture, IT, digital marketing (social media ), tourism, waitressing skills, writing content for the web, and SAGE book-keeping/payroll. They may be able to deliver other types of courses subject to demand and funding – contact them with details of the type of training you would like to participate in. For further details on the courses organised contact Niamh on 087 6662340.

A parent’s guide to surviving exams

An information talk for Parents of all second level students in particular exam students will take place on Wednesday, March 5 from 8pm to 9.30pm in Cúram Family Centre, Claremorris. The talk will be an opportunity for all second level parents to gain practical advice on what Parents can do to support their child through the exam period and will cover the areas of managing stress, promoting positive well-being and nutritional advice. Dr John Canavan, Psychologist and Catherine Duignan, Registered Nutritionist are confirmed speakers for the night. There is no cover charge and booking is essential on 094 93 62096

Claremorris FRC is moving

Claremorris Family Resource Centre has announced that it is moving to a new premises on Mount Street, Claremorris, next week. To facilitate this move, the centre on James Street will be closed for a short time until it opens in the new premises in early March.

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