Community Diary

Everyone’s invited: President of Castlebar Chamber Sylvester Jennings recently made a presentation of jerseys and jackets emblazoned with the logo ‘Castlebar - Everyone’s Invited’, sponsored by Castlebar Chamber, to the GAA team at GMIT Mayo campus. 
Photographed, from left, are: James McArdle, vice president, GMIT Mayo Student's Union; Sylvester Jennings, Castlebar Chamber; Michael Feeney, GMIT Gaelic Men's team manager; Frances Toner, Castlebar Chamber; Con Murphy, incoming president, GMIT Mayo Student's Union, and Mark Duffy, outgoing president, GMIT Mayo Student's Union.

Everyone’s invited: President of Castlebar Chamber Sylvester Jennings recently made a presentation of jerseys and jackets emblazoned with the logo ‘Castlebar - Everyone’s Invited’, sponsored by Castlebar Chamber, to the GAA team at GMIT Mayo campus.  Photographed, from left, are: James McArdle, vice president, GMIT Mayo Student's Union; Sylvester Jennings, Castlebar Chamber; Michael Feeney, GMIT Gaelic Men's team manager; Frances Toner, Castlebar Chamber; Con Murphy, incoming president, GMIT Mayo Student's Union, and Mark Duffy, outgoing president, GMIT Mayo Student's Union.

WIAO summer barbecue

The Western Intercountry Adoption Organisation (WIAO ) is inviting adoptive families, their wider family and their friends to its summer barbecue on Sunday May 18 in Cloonacanueen Castle, Tuam Road, Galway.

It promises to be a great day with an entertainer, games, bouncy castles, kids’ disco, and a delicious barbecue for all. If you would like to attend email [email protected].

WIAO has a membership of some 200 adoptive families, with children who are either internationally or domestically adopted. The children range in age from two years to late teens. The group’s aim is to provide a support network for families who share the experience of adoption. They want to enable children to develop to their full potential with a strong sense of identity and self-esteem. In order to achieve these aims WIAO understands the importance and beneficial nature of organising educational and social events. WIAO welcomes new members.

Bargain Hunt Extravaganza

The Bargain Hunt Extravaganza at Cúram, Claremorris, takes place tomorrow. The organisers thank all who donated terrific items for the sale already, but they still need more items. Anyone who has items they no longer require can donate them to Cúram. These items will help tremendously no matter how small. Don't forget to search the attic. The bargain hunt takes place at the centre tomorrow, May 10.

Auction time at the Newman institute

It is auction time at The Newman Institute, so let it help you declutter by donating your unwanted treasures. You can deliver them any day from 9am to 5pm, or if you prefer they can be collected from your door, call 096 72066. Please do not donate clothes or shoes. The auction is on May 11 at the Newman Institute, Ballina.

Volunteers needed for Castlebar Tourist Office

Can you volunteer four hours of your time once or twice a week?

Castlebar Chamber is looking for volunteers for the summer months to help run the tourist office and promote the town.

If you are customer service savvy, have computer skills, and have a knowledge of Castlebar and the surrounding areas and would like to share your skills, this volunteering opportunity may appeal to you.

Please apply in writing to Castlebar Chamber, Linenhall Street, Castlebar.

Castlebar Trialogue meeting

Trialogue is an open forum for discussion on mental health issues. Users of the mental health services, carers, health care professionals, their friends and all members of the community are welcome.

A Trialogue group is a neutral space where communities can gather to develop their understanding of mental health issues, the challenges of maintaining mental health and to transform thinking on developing better services and healthy communities.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, May 13, in Room 105, GMIT Castlebar and is about relaxation. The June meeting is on Tuesday, June 10, and the topic is developing a positive identity. For further information or to see blogs of previous meetings, visit www.trialogue.co

Áras Inis Gluaire – the men’s community initiative

A swim and gym introduction and registration night will be held on Thursday May 15, at 8pm in Ealu Leisure Centre at the Broadhaven Bay Hotel. This six-week programme is open to all men over 35 and they will meet each week for two hours under the guidance of Michelle Healy. The course is suitable for all levels of fitness from beginners up.

A day trip to the Arigna Mines in Roscommon is planned for June. This will include return bus journey, admission with a guided tour of the underground mines, and lunch. Open to the men over 55s age group.

Anyone interested in taking part in men’s basic cookery classes can contact Lorraine to add their name to the list. Classes will run subject to sufficient demand. Enquiries and bookings for any of the above to Lorraine Wilson, community officer at Áras Inis Gluaire, on (097 ) 81079 or [email protected].

Glass fusion course in Westport

An introductory glass fusion course will teach you how to fuse separate bits of glass together in a kiln, into a whole panel. The course will run from 10am to 5pm on Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25. Participants will first learn the essential skill of cutting glass, and throughout the course there will be practice cutting straight lines and curves. Contact Linda Mulloy 087 7981123 for more information, booking is essential. The course costs €190 and includes all materials.

Successful year for Castlebar ICA

Another busy and successful year has just ended for Castlebar ICA guild, with members taking part in a wide range of activities. Activities ranged from outings, quizzes, bowling, and an assertiveness course funded by ETB, to talks on women’s health and financial issues, flower arranging, baking competitions, craftwork, and charity work.

An eight week fitness course was grant aided by the Sports Council of Ireland, while the formal monthly meetings were very well attended. Castlebar has been a very active guild in the county town for the past 60 years and is always open to new members. There are further details on the Castlebar ICA website, or at 086 6002597.

ISPCC volunteer recruitment

ISPCC Mayo is currently recruiting for the role of advocacy volunteer. Advocacy is speaking out on behalf of someone and the ISPCC speaks on behalf of children in Ireland. If you are passionate about advancing children’s rights or want to draw your community’s attention to important issues, then the role of advocacy volunteer could be for you. Go along to the group interview and information evening on Wednesday May 21 at 6.30pm in ISPCC Castlebar. To reserve a space email Fiona at [email protected] or call ISPCC Mayo on 094 90 25254.

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