Community Diary

A round-up of community events in Mayo

PINK RIBBON LAUNCH: Champion cyclist Seán Kelly performed the offficial launch of the Mayo Pink Ribbon Cycle 2015, in aid of cancer research. Also in photo, from left, was: John Brennan, Castlebar Cycling Club, Lourda McHugh, Marita Staunton and Yvonne Horkan, from Mayo Pink Ribbon, Vincent Jordan, Castlebar Cycling Club,  Robert Coyne, Mayo County Council and Mary Loftus, Mayo Pink Ribbon.

PINK RIBBON LAUNCH: Champion cyclist Seán Kelly performed the offficial launch of the Mayo Pink Ribbon Cycle 2015, in aid of cancer research. Also in photo, from left, was: John Brennan, Castlebar Cycling Club, Lourda McHugh, Marita Staunton and Yvonne Horkan, from Mayo Pink Ribbon, Vincent Jordan, Castlebar Cycling Club,  Robert Coyne, Mayo County Council and Mary Loftus, Mayo Pink Ribbon.

A fundraisng two day clothes and book sale in aid of children in Moldova will take place in St Anne’s Boxing Club, Westport tomorrow Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. Doors open at 10.30am both days, with new stock added each day.

Gardening classes in Belmullet

Belmullet Tidy Towns and Western Care will be running gardening classes for three weeks in April. The classes will run on April 1, 8 and 22. The classes will be held in Langan’s Garden Centre. Gardening classes will run from 7.30pm to 8.45pm.

Charlestown Tidy Towns

The annual litter pick will take place on Good Friday, April 3. Everyone is asked to assemble at the Enterprise Centre at 10am, gloves and high-viz vests will be provided and refreshments will be served afterwards in St Attracta’s nursing home. For more information email [email protected]

Enable Ireland race night

Enable Ireland Mayo Services are holding a race night, tomorrow night, Saturday, March 28 at 8.30pm in the Western Hotel. Fantastic prizes on offer on the night.

Beekeeping beginners course

The beginners course has been re-scheduled to take place in the Teagasc Centre, Newport Road, Westport over the weekend of April 11 and 12. For more information call Dermot on (087 ) 2464045.

East Mayo Anglers riverbank clean up

A riverbank clean up is being arranged for Sunday March 29. The assembly point will be the Ballintemple Upper car-park at 10am. It is hoped to that the clean up will take three hours and will see all the rubbish along the riverbank cleaned up. A barbecue will be held after the clean-up in the car park at 1pm.

Ballinrobe Town youngster to be flag bearer

Ballinrobe Town u8 player Sean Stafford will be a flag bearer at the Republic of Ireland v Poland 2016 European Championship Qualifier, at Lansdowne Road this Sunday, March 29.

Charlestown Athletic 50/50 draw

Last week's Charlestown Athletic FC 50/50 weekly draw was held in Murray’s Bar, Charlestown and the winner was Nina Murphy who won €600. Sean Kenny, Barrack Street, was the winner of the €20 house draw. This week’s draw will take place in McLoughlin’s Bar, Charlestown this evening, Friday, March 27.

Passion play in Ballintubber Abbey

For the past 26 years those who have witnessed this moving drama have been stirred by the story as it is portrayed by the people of Ballintubber. Many have come back year after year to experience it and have brought others with them. The play will take place at 9pm for three evenings in a row from Monday, March 30 to Wednesday, April 1. Attendees are reminded that the play takes place outdoors and it is advised that you bring suitable clothing.

Dementia and Alzheimer's coffee club

The Dementia and Alzheimer's coffee club is a safe, relaxed place where everyone affected by Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia or any other type of dementia can come along for free tea/coffee, scones and friendly chat. The club will take place in The Welcome Inn Castlebar, from 10.30am to 12.30pm on the last Tuesday of every month. The next club will take place on Tuesday, March 31. For more information call (086 ) 8366312 or email [email protected]

Diabetes education programme

Diabetes Ireland is running a free education programme for people with type two diabetes in the Quay Community Centre in Westport. It takes place over four sessions, the first one commencing on Wednesday April 8. Booking is essential as places are limited. For further information contact Regina on (071 ) 9146001.

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.

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.

Erris Community to Celebrate ‘Go Wild’ Win!

The Irish Times will officially present the Erris region with the title of ‘Best Place in Ireland to Go Wild!’ during a special community celebration on Saturday March 28. The event will take place in Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, from 12 noon to 4pm.

The celebration will include lots of family fun, children’s activities, food and music. The Irish Times will be in attendance, along with agents from Fáilte Ireland and other national organisations. Whether you are a resident, a blow-in, or a visitor – go along and celebrate this incredible award for the Erris region. For more information, email Rina at [email protected] or call (097 ) 82292 (ext 4 ).

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 www.foroige.ie/bbbs

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.

Kilmore Easter fun camp

An Easter fun camp will take place in the Kilmore clubhouse in Drum. The camp will run from Tuesday March 31 until Thursday April 2, from 10.30am to 2.30pm each day. The camp will have indoor and outdoor activities. Daily rates are also available. For more information call (086 ) 3637548 or (086 ) 0816362.

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.

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.

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