Community Diary

TOP WRITER: Fifth class pupil Orlaith Hughes, Burriscara National School, won a national award for her writing talent with a short scene script called The Maiden of the Mist at the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards in Dublin.

TOP WRITER: Fifth class pupil Orlaith Hughes, Burriscara National School, won a national award for her writing talent with a short scene script called The Maiden of the Mist at the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards in Dublin.

Will you become a Big Brother or Big Sister

The Big Brother Big Sister Programme is looking for highly motivated volunteers, in all areas of Mayo, to share their interests, hobbies, and experience with young people aged 10 to 18 years.

By giving one hour a week, Big Brother Big Sister volunteers become positive role models to young people, and assist in building confidence and developing life skills. In addition to being hugely enjoyable, it is an extremely rewarding programme for volunteers who want to give something back to their communities. Volunteers are required to participate in a screening process and receive training prior to matching.

For further information, contact the BBBS office on (094 ) 9060417 or (086 ) 3835859 or log on to

Knockmore family fun run

The second annual Knockmore 10k/5k family fun/run/walk will take place on Sunday, March 29 starting at 12.30pm from the Knockmore GAA Club grounds. Registration will take place from 11am and the cost of entry is €10 per adult, €20 per family, or €3 per junior. Runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome. For more information call Michael (087 ) 9810671 or Frank (087 ) 6486710.

Expressive Writing – A course for our time

Expressing yourself in writing can have profound positive effects on mental and physical wellbeing and it is enjoyable, free, and available any time. Patricia McAdoo is author of the well known book Writing for Well-being and she is presenting a one day seminar to help people use this wonderful resource to improve their quality of life. It is taking place tomorrow, March 14, at 10.30am in the Family Centre, Chapel Street, Castlebar. For more information call (094 ) 9025900.

Mother's Day Pamper Party in aid of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation

This great event which will raise vital funds for the Hospice Foundation will take place tomorrow, Saturday March 14, from 12 noon to 6pm in the Skin Deep Institute, Lakeside Retail Park, Ballindine Road, Claremorris. Treatments available on the day include Dermalogica facial, manicure, nail art, paraffin wax, face mapping, make-up, and massage. The event costs €30 and the entry fee includes unlimited treatments, entry to a draw, a free gift, and refreshments will be served. For more information call (094 ) 9372906.

Knock to Lourdes pilgrimage

The Order of Malta annual pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Friday May 1 to Wednesday May 6. The pilgrimage will depart from Ireland West Airport Knock. For more information call John Egan on (087 ) 2515422 or Michael Rattigan on (087 ) 2929372.

Italian pilgrimage

A seven day cultural and historical pilgrimage to Italy will depart on Monday August 31 with Fr Karl Burns the spiritual director. The pilgrimage will take in visits to Pietreclina, Loreto, Lanciano, and Cascia. For more information call Norah on (087 ) 2533272.

Widows group meeting

A meeting of the widows group will take place in the Cultural Centre, Swinford, on Monday March 30 at 8pm. All members are requested to attend in order to plan activities for the coming year. New members are always welcome. For further information phone Angela at (085 )1534062.

Family fun run in Balla

Balla Secondary School will host a family fun run on Sunday March 22 starting at 12 noon. Prizes on the day will include one for the fittest family.

Beekeeping beginners course

A beginners course will take place in the Teagasc Centre, Newport Road, Westport, over the weekend of March 21 and March 22. For information call Dermot on (087 ) 2464045.

Ballina 5k this Sunday

This Sunday, March 15, a 5k run will take place starting in Ballina Soccer Club, Belleek, Ballina, starting at 12 noon. Registration will take place from 10.30am. Entry for the run costs €10 for adults and €2 for u18. This run will form part of Ballina’s St Patrick’s Weekend festival. For more information contact Ann Egan on (087 ) 4186895.

Arthritis and fibromyalgia walking and adapted Pilates classes in Castlebar

If you have arthritis or fibromyalgia and are living in the Castlebar area why not get a little fitter this spring by joining either the adapted Pilates classes or walking group. Exercise is the best way to help manage pain, increase flexibility, and maintain mobility. It is also a great way to develop better fitness and have some fun. The walking group meets at 6.15pm in Castlebar Tennis Club and the adapted Pilates group meets on Fridays at 6pm in Castlebar Tennis Club. For more information call Taragh on (087 ) 6471919.

Accord Castlebar

The Accord Centre in Castlebar offers a safe, professional, and confidential counselling process, facilitating couples and individuals to explore, reflect upon, and resolve difficulties in their marriage and relationships. Contact (094 ) 9022214 for further information.

East Mayo Ramblers

The East Mayo Ramblers Walking Club will launch its Well to Well Challenge Walk tomorrow, March 14, at 10am in Aghamore. This walk will follow the new 30km extension to the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail from the holy well in Carrownedin, Aghamore, to the well and round tower in Balla through the pilgrimage village of Knock. The walk is a warm up for the Well To Well 30km challenge walk on March 27 and 28. The proceeds of the walk will go two local branches of St Vincent de Paul in Ballyhaunis and in Knock. The newly way-marked walk is part of the Mayo Trails network. It is an easy to moderate walk with varying terrain with many historical and geological sites along the way. The walk will be through bog roads, country lanes, and boithríns. For further information call Michael (087 ) 9947842 or like it on Facebook at

Parents’ course in Colaiste Pobail Acla

A six week parenting course, Common Sense Parenting, will begin in Colaiste Pobail Acla, Achill, in early April consisting of a two hour session from 10am to 12 noon, on one school day a week. This course facilitated by the HSE is regarded as being of great benefit to all parents, offering practical advice for parents with teenagers. Contact the school on (098 ) 45139 for more details. All parents are welcome.


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