Mayo's Community Diary

Community Diary

The Men’s Community Initiative at Áras Inis Gluaire

Coming up in September the centre has a busy schedule of activities planned for the autumn to winter season. Classes will include joint mobility and strength classes (an exercise group for the older man ), walking football (a less intense way to play football ), art in the afternoon (a painting and drawing class ), beginners' computer classes for men, and computers for farming families. Dates and times for all are to be confirmed but bookings are now being taken as places are limited and will fill up fast. So don’t delay, get in touch and reserve your place now. If you are over 55 and have an idea for an activity that could be introduced to the programme, please do let them know. All suggestions and ideas are welcomed! If you would like further information or to book a place on any of the above, please contact Lorraine, Community Officer at Áras Inis Gluaire, on (097 ) 81079.

Knock Museum celebrates Heritage Week 

To celebrate Heritage Week 2015, Knock Museum will host an illustrated talk entitled ‘Customs and Festivals of the Calendar Year’ by Clodagh Doyle, Curator, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. This event will take place in Knock Museum on Sunday, August 30 at 6pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. For further details, please contact Knock Museum on (094 ) 9375034 or email: [email protected].

Fashion show in aid of Roisin Tansey Trust

A fashion show in aid of the Roisin Tansey Trust Fund, will take place on Saturday,  September 12. The fashion show will be hosted in the Showroom of JJ Burke Car Sales Ballinrobe. There will be a champagne reception from 7pm, with the show starting at 8pm. Tickets costing €20 are available from local shops, JJ Burke Car Sales or contact Eileen on (086 ) 4635581.

Ballina Active Retirement

All members are advised that meetings will resume again on Thursday, September 3 in the  Pastoral Centre on the Cathedral Grounds, at 10.30am.

Lough Mask Swim new date

The Lough Mask swim had to be postponed due to poor weather forecast last weekend. The organisers wish to appologise for any inconvenience caused, they have rescheduled the swim for Sunday, September 13.

Big plans for 1970/75 St Colman's Class Reunion

Final plans are being put in place for a St Colman's College 1970/75 class reunion which will take place in Claremorris on Saturday September 19. A committee has been working on plans to bring together all those people who started out as first years in both A and B classes at the school in September 1970. Incidentally the reunion is being held on the corresponding weekend, because in 1970 schools reopened later than usual due to an industrial dispute. A committee member was anxious to point out that while many coming to this will have started in 1970 and finished in 1975, the reunion is equally open to those who were part of those classes for some of that period. The organising committee can be contacted as follows, Michael Clarke (086 ) 8162559, Gay McManus  email: [email protected], Alec Morley (086 ) 3194453, Michael McGrath (086 ) 8534729 or email [email protected]

Parke Drama Group upcoming auditions

Parke Drama group cordially invites those over 18 years to attend auditions for upcoming one-act plays to be performed in November and presented as part of the One-Act Drama regional circuit. Informal auditions will be held Monday, August 31 at 8pm in Parke Community Hall. Formed in 2008, Parke Drama Group has annually won audience appreciation for its many quality productions, as well as contributing to various charities from proceeds of plays performed.There is always a welcome for new members both on stage and behind the scenes.  For more information please visit

Common sense parenting

A common sense parenting course for parents, guardians, or grandparents who want to build on their existing parenting skills or want to learn new ways to deal with their children’s behaviour will run in the Curam Social Services Centre, Claremorris for seven weeks, starting on Wednesday, September 9 from 10am to 12pm. The course is delivered by trained and experienced public health nurses. For more information contact Breda Connolly on (094 ) 9371196 or Breda Rogers (094 ) 9367529. 

Anger management course

Knock Counseling Service is running its popular two-day anger management programme from Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4. The 'Temper Your Anger' programme teaches participants how to control their anger and stress levels by using cutting-edge techniques, combined with experiential learning. Participants will learn strategies to enable them to successfully deal with anger when it arises. To register for the programme contact Knock Counselling Centre on (094 ) 9375032. 

Caravaggio and his followers in the National Gallery Collection

This Westport Civic Trust illustrated lecture will be on Tuesday, September 8 at 8pm in the Westport Coast Hotel. It will be given by Jessica Fahy, who lectures in The National Gallery of Ireland and for the Adult Education Centre of UCD. All welcome, and more details from Pip Murphy on (087 ) 2663423.

Foxford Fit4life 5k

The newly launched Foxford Fit4life group will host its first 5k on Sunday August 30 at 12 noon. Registration from 11am onwards at the Foxford Leisure Centre. The entry fee is €5. For more information contact Ann Egan on (087 ) 4186895 or Karen Murphy on (087 ) 9897139.  Refreshments will be served afterwards. This event is open to walkers, joggers, and runners.

Share a coffee for hospice

Host a coffee morning/evening for your friends, family, work colleagues, etc, on National Coffee Morning for Hospice, Thursday September 17 and help your local hospice/palliative care team to continue to care for those that are ill in your community. Make the day more exciting and ask them to bring some goodies to enjoy on the day or have a raffle for the best baked item - anything goes. You will receive a  free coffee pack and promotional material.  Raise the spirit of your community and make this a morning of fun, chat and friendship while supporting the cause of Hospice. Your support and kind generosity would be most appreciated. If you would prefer to make a donation you can do so online by emailing [email protected] or by calling (094 ) 9388666.

Computer and business course for unemployed adults 

Swinford VTOS is currently seeking applicants for the computer and business course which is due to commence in September 2015. The course, which leads to QQI/FETAC awards at levels 4 and 5, provides unemployed adults with the opportunity of returning to education, updating their skills and improving their employment prospects. The course is free and adults who are over 21 and in receipt of social welfare for at least six months are eligible for the course. Participants aged 25 and under may be entitled to an additional €60 per week. Childcare support is also available. For further information, contact Emer at (094 ) 9251928 or email [email protected].

Can you help Ballinrobe Tidy Towns?

Ballinrobe Tidy Towns needs the use of a lock-up shed or garage in Ballinrobe town centre to store their equipment. A small unit would suffice as the amount of equipment is limited. The Tidy Towns Committee is a voluntary group working for the betterment of the town and relies on the goodwill and generosity of the townspeople, unfortunately there is no big pot of money to lease a premises.

Beginning experience programme

A structured support programme for those who have lost a partner through death, separation, or divorce is about to commence. This programme will enable you to work through your grief and pain with people who understand. An information night will take place on Monday, September 7 at 7.30pm. The course will start on Monday September 14 at 7.30pm in the Family Life Centre, Boyle. For more information contact the centre on (071 ) 9663000.

Family carers group

Caring For Carers Ireland plans to establish a carers group in Achill covering Mulranny, Currane, Ballycroy and Newport areas. The purpose of establishing a carers group is to provide a service to family carers. Training on homecare and computer skills can be provided together with organising talks on the various issues that family carers identify. If you are interested in being part of this group please contact, Pat Shannon, Caring for Carers, 2 Carmody Street, Business Park, Ennis, Co Clare. Or email, [email protected] or by calling (065 ) 6866515.

Bri brain injury support information

Are you looking for information on services in Mayo relevant to an injury sustained by a fall, accident, or stroke? Contact brain injury support and advocacy charity Bri at (087 ) 1685554.

Safe Pass

Mayo North East is holding a one day Safe Pass Training course for people interested in working in the construction sector. Any person who engages in construction activities is bound by law to hold a valid Safe Pass card. The course is free to anyone over 16 years who is currently unemployed. Training will take place in the Cultural Centre, Swinford, on Saturday August 29 from 8am to 5.15pm. Places are limited and early booking is advised. To register for the training contact Dolores McNicholas at (087 ) 7704251 or email [email protected]. This training is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.

A trip down memory lane

After the success of last year’s Heritage Week event, there will be a family fun day on the bog on Saturday August 29. This event is being held in conjunction with National Heritage Week and is one of the highlights of the year’s activities at Clogher Heritage Centre. There will be an opportunity to take part in a guided walk along the Clogher Bog Loop Walk. Events will take place from 11am to 2pm and will include traditional turf cutting demonstration using the traditional sléan. You can even have a go yourself. Turf will be taken away from the bog using the donkey and creels. Turf will be taken home to the thatched cottage at Clogher Heritage Centre using donkey and turf cart. Back at the Heritage Centre there will be a blacksmithing demonstration with a local blacksmith. In addition there will be a display of vintage farm machinery.  Refreshments will be available at the Heritage Centre and guests will have an opportunity to visit the thatched cottage and blacksmith’s forge. For many this will be a trip down memory lane and for so many others it will be an opportunity to experience what village life was like in times gone by. For details visit or call (094 ) 9030687.

Lough Derg pilgrimage

The annual one day pilgrimage from Knock to Lough Derg will take place on Saturday September 5. To book a seat contact Michael on (087 ) 2929372.

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.

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.


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