Community Diary July 31

A round-up of local events and community notices

Castlebar Fresh Food Market

Castlebar's fresh food market will take place in Castlebar Tennis Club pavilion every Friday morning from 9am to 2pm. Today, Friday, July 31 there will be a free talk by Ute Klinger at 12pm on how to clense the body and to lose weight naturally. Come along and see the large display of local baking, vegetables arts and crafts. For more information call (087 ) 1622177.

Crimlin Batafada Band News

Crimlin Community Arts Samba and Pipe bands will play host this August to members of the New York Shields Pipe Band. In 2011 the Crimlin band travelled to the St Patrick’s Festival in Savannah, Georgia, where a strong bond of friendship was developed as a result of the warm welcome and support they received from the American band.To celebrate their visit, a social evening has been arranged for Monday August 3 in the Welcome Inn, Castlebar. All past and present members of the band, supporters and friends of the band, and the Crimlin community are invited to attend. Doors open at 8pm with refreshments and music provided, admission €10. Further information from (086 ) 8202883

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ballina, garden fete

The Friends of St Joseph’s Hospital, Ballina, have organised a garden fete in the hospital grounds on Sunday August 2 which will run from 2pm to 5pm. This a family event with children’s games, face painting, bouncy castle, pony rides, etc. Stalls will offer locally produced goods and hand crafted items including home baking.

Clogher Walks

Family group walks will take place on the Clogher bog loop each Tuesday from Clogher Heritage Centre commencing at 7pm. A guided nature walk will take place on Wednesdays from Clogher Heritage Centre commencing at 11am. For more information call (094 ) 9030867/

Boeh Stone walk

The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail is hosting a guided walk and talk to the Boheh Stone on Monday August 24 at 7.30pm, go and witness the amazing "Rolling Sun". Immerse yourself in Mayo’s pre-historic culture and view the Boheh Stone, a unique Neolithic feature. The townland of Boheh contains this remarkable example of prehistoric rock art. The Boheh Stone dates to the Neolithic era (4000-2500BC ). The stone can be found along a narrow side road, hidden away behind a derelict house and unkempt vegetation, it is a large natural outcrop of rock known as St Patrick’s Chair. Join local archaeologists to hear about this site and (weather permitting ) experience the amazing “Rolling Sun” phenomenon. This is a moderate walk of 2km and is open to everyone, meeting and registration at Brackloon Community Centre at 7.30pm. The Brackloon Community Centre is situated 7km outside Westport on the Westport/Leenane road (the N59 ). A cover charge of €5 will apply for this walk, for more information contact Greg or Willie at the Clogher office on (094 ) 9030687 or (094 ) 9360891 or email [email protected].

Storytelling in Achill

The Top Drawer and Pantry in Keel, Achill, will host a story telling event with Jane McDaniel who will regale everyone with stories of strong Irish men and women on Saturday August 8 from 6.30pm to 8.15pm. The stories range from ancient Celtic myths to rollicking stories of the 1950s, and will be in English. This event is suitable for all ages from six years up. Admission costs €3 or €5 for two. Jane is an internationally acclaimed and prize-winning Irish storyteller.

Crossmolina Hospice dance

Crossmolina Hospice Support Group is holding its 15th annual dance on Friday July 31 in Hineys Upper Deck in Crossmolina. Dancing will get under way at 10pm and admission is €10 with proceeds going to local hospice/palliative care services. For more information call (094 ) 9388666.

Ballinrobe bat walk and talk

On Thursday August 6, Ballinrobe Tidy Towns will be hosting a walk and talk where you can learn more about bats that live in the Ballinrobe area. Dr Kate McAney, of the Vincent Wildlife Trust, will tell you all you ever needed to know about bats and will then lead a walk along the Bowers where you will listen out for bats (using special equipment ) and watch for bats feeding along the River Robe. The walk will meet at the Tacú centre, waterproof footwear and a torch are recommended for this walk.

Camino walk for hospice

Mayo Roscommon Hospice is looking for participants for this year's Camino Trek 4 Hospice challenge. The trek will take place from Saturday October 3 to Saturday October 10. The minimum fundraising target for the trek is €2,500, assistance in fundraising can be obtained from the hospice office in Knock. The trek will be fully supported by a licensed travel agent who specialises in Camino de Santiago tours, this year's trek will be taking the Portuguese path on the Camino. There will be experienced guides on the trek. For more information call (094 ) 9388666 or log on to for more details.

Cash for clobber at Ballina FRC

If you are clearing out your home drop the clothes, shoes, bags, etc, into the Ballina Family Resource Centre, Abbey Street, Ardnaree, which is holding a Cash for Clobber as a fundraiser for the centre. All support is greatly appreciated. For more information call (096 ) 75573. If you need bags there are some in the centre, just drop in and collect them.

Drumming workshop

This September the Maple Youth Centre in Ballinrobe is running a drumming workshop for children aged seven to 12 years. The course will take place on Thursday evenings from 4pm to 5pm and it costs €5 per class. For more information contact (087 ) 7714967


There are many ways in which you can volunteer with your local CoderDojo, whether you are technical or not. The Maple Youth Centre in Ballinrobe is looking for technically skilled mentors to help out, for a couple of hours a week, helping share their knowledge with local young people. For more information contact (087 ) 7714967 or [email protected].

Community horticultural project

Growing Locally CLAR IRD's community horticulture project at Mayfield, Claremorris, is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. The project is located opposite the Clare Lake entrance, volunteers are encouraged to join each Friday at 11.30am for talks on food and gardening. For more information call (094 ) 9371830.


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