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Pictured in Turlough Community Centre, members of the Turlough Card Club who presented a cheque for €825.00 to St Brid's Special School Castlebar. The money was raised by holding a fundraising card game. Front row: Eileen Piggott, Mary Harte (Friends of St Brid's), Cathy Craughwell (principal, St Brid's), Mary Docherty and Maureen Flynn. Back Row: Carmel McSharry, Breta Fitzmaurice (Friends of St Brid's), Pat McHale, Jim Docherty, Michael Mahon. Photo: Ken Wright Photography 2015.

Pictured in Turlough Community Centre, members of the Turlough Card Club who presented a cheque for €825.00 to St Brid's Special School Castlebar. The money was raised by holding a fundraising card game. Front row: Eileen Piggott, Mary Harte (Friends of St Brid's), Cathy Craughwell (principal, St Brid's), Mary Docherty and Maureen Flynn. Back Row: Carmel McSharry, Breta Fitzmaurice (Friends of St Brid's), Pat McHale, Jim Docherty, Michael Mahon. Photo: Ken Wright Photography 2015.

Castlebar markets

Castlebar summer market continues this Friday morning, September 18 from 9am until 2pm in Castlebar Tennis Club, Lanagh Road. Go along and see a large selection of local handmade crafts, local homegrown vegetables and home-cooked foods including brown bread, tarts, spelt bread, scones, cupcakes, eggs, and vegetarian spring rolls. For more information call (087 ) 1622177.

Morning and evening classes at Cúram, Claremorris

Morning and evening classes will soon commence at Cúram Family Centre.  Classes for this term include furniture up-cycling, tai chi, yoga, Pilates, art, Alexander technique, sewing, meditation/mindfulness, parenting, and relax and refuel mind and body. For more information contact the centre on (094 ) 9362096.


Connacht Pioneers will host a mini-vigil in Knock Shrine on Friday September 25 from 8.30pm until midnight. All welcome.

Westport CCÉ AGM

The AGM of Westport CCÉ will be held at Knockranny House Hotel on Wednesday October 7 at 8.30pm.

Children's book festival

Belmullet Library will be holding an event as part of the national Children's Book Festival on Tuesday October 13 at 12 noon in Aras Inis Gluaire. This show will be suitable for children up to age eight. National Schools and Pre Schools are welcome to attend, contact Kate Healy on (097 ) 82555 or email [email protected] to book your place.  

Castlebar CCE night of song

The Castlebar branch of CCE are holding a night of music, song and dance in The Welcome Inn Hotel, Castlebar, this evening Friday September 18 from 8pm till late. Admission is free.

Mayo BirdWatch event

The Mayo branch of BirdWatch Ireland will hold a free event tomorrow, Saturday September 19. The event is called Shorebirds For Beginners, and it will meet at Westport Quay at 12 noon. Mick Hogan will be giving an informal talk followed by a walk around the Quay to view the shorebirds that use the area. This event is free and open to all, you are advised to dress for weather conditions on the day and if you have binoculars bring them along. For more information call (087 ) 710-7277 or log on to

Cara Iorrais AGM

Cara Iorrais will be holding their AGM on Wednesday, September 23 at 7pm, in the Cara Iorrais House, Church Road, Belmullet.

Type 2 diabetes education course

Diabetes Ireland are running a free education course for people with Type 2 Diabetes commencing on September 29 in Ballina Family Resource Centre. Booking is essential as places are limited. For further information please contact Regina on (071 ) 914 6001.

Castlebar Family Centre

There are a number of upcoming courses taking place in the Family Centre in Castlebar.  On Saturday September 26 there will be a Transform your Life through Christian Meditation course. Enneagram part one will take place on Wednesday September 30, and mindfulness for stress reduction will take place on Tuesday October 6. For booking or further information call the Family Centre at (094 ) 9025900 and log on to

Louisburgh Foroige Club enrolment

Parents or guardians who require more information about the club, or wish to enrol a young person into Louisburgh Foróige, are asked to attend the enrolment/information night in Louisburgh Town Hall on Tuesday September 29, between 8pm and 9.30pm. Only parents and guardians are required to attend. Young people are welcome to come along but should not attend without a parent or guardian. No registration can be completed, and no forms can be collected on the night by young people themselves. If the date/times given above do not suit you, then feel free to contact them, via their website, to make alternative arrangements. Visit the website, for more detailed information on this year’s enrolment.

Cong Foróige

To enable Cong Foróige to continue, it is vital that there are an adequate number of leaders for the young people involved. If you are over 18 and have four to five hours to spare each month they would be delighted if you could volunteer. Leader training is provided as well as opportunities to train for other programmes within Foróige. Please contact Marian at (087 ) 6685926 if interested. 

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Bat Walk

On Monday, September 21 at 7.15pm a Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Bat Walk will take place in  Brackloon Wood. The CPHT is hosting a community bat walk with the help of ecologist Jackie Hunt. There will be a cover charge of €5 and the evening will include bat identification with detector devices. Last year's Bat Walk was a great success and everyone who attended learned a lot about these fascinating mammals. All ages are welcome, just wear something warm. Brackloon Wood is situated 5km outside Westport on the Leenane Road. Turn right just past Knappagh at sign post for Owenwee. The wood is situated 250 metres along the Owenwee Road. There is parking at Brackloon School, just past the  entrance to the wood. For further details contact Greg or Willy at Clogher Heritage Centre  on (094 ) 9030687.

Mayo Stroke Support Group

The Mayo Stroke Support Group in association with Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation, will hold its next meeting on Thursday, September 24 in the Castlebar Tennis Club from 11.30am to 1pm. This support group is for adults living with the experience of stroke and their families/carers and friends. It aims to facilitate social activities, provide information, raise awareness and offer support and practical advice on living with stroke. Admission is free of charge. For further information, please contact Ailish Houlihan, Croí Nurse on (094 ) 9049172.

Ballinrobe Musical auditions

The multi-award winning Ballinrobe Musical Society will be holding auditions this weekend for its upcoming production of The Addams Family, which will be performed in 2016. Auditions will take place on Saturday September 19 at the parish centre. For more information contact Elaine at (086 ) 0411425 or visit Ballinrobe Musical Society on Facebook.

Order of Malta cadets enrolment

Castlebar Order of Malta is holding a cadet enrolment evening for current and new cadets this evening Saturday September 19 at 5pm at the Order of Malta HQ on Pavilion Road. Cadets are aged from 10 to 16 years. Cadets are taught First Aid in a fun and friendly environment. For more info call Gerry on (087 ) 6377095.

Mayo Rape Crisis Centre AGM

Mayo Rape Crisis Centre is holding its annual AGM and launch of its annual report in Lough Lannagh, Castlebar, at 8pm on Monday September 21. All are welcome. Freephone 1800 234 900.

Run, Walk and Roll in Ballina

The 25th annual Run, Walk and Roll (formerly the Terry Fox run ) in aid of cancer research, will take place on Sunday, October 11 at 12. The event will start and finish at the Ballina Athletics Track and entry for the event is only €10 per person or €15 for families. Each competitor will receive a specially designed t-shirt and a one-off medal. Sponsorship cards are available from Michael Rice, The Shoe Hospital, Bridge Street, Ballina or by calling (087 ) 6611975.

Claremorris Macra

Claremorris Macra are holding their next meeting on Friday, September 18 at 9pm in Maxwells, Claremorris. New members are always welcome. Upcoming competitons and other items will be discussed. Membership is just €25 for first time members.

Taoist Tai Chi

Taoist Tai Chi reduces stress and calms the mind and helps with a wide range of health conditions. New beginners' class starts in the Social Services Centre, Castle Street carpark, Castlebar, on Tuesday September 22 with the classes running from 10am to 12pm. For more information call Tom on (087 ) 6709128 or email [email protected].

Anger management course

Knock Counselling Service is running its popular two-day anger management programme on 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.

Nephin Theatre Group tour Mayo

The Nephin Theatre Group will be touring Mayo in the coming weeks with its production of FR254, written by group director Martin Donohoe. They will be preforming the play in the Ballina Arts Centre on September 17 and 18, in Aras Inis Gluaire in Belmullet on October 2, and in the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar on October 7.

Enable Ireland No Limits

Enable Ireland’s national fundraising and awareness week runs until this Sunday, September 20. The campaign raises vital funds to support the charity's work with more than 5,000 children and adults with disabilities in Ireland. There are two main ways to donate. You can buy a €2 or €3 kite pin, trolley disc or bracelet from any on-street volunteer, selected retailers, Enable Ireland, Enable Ireland shop, or TK Maxx shop, or text ENABLE to 50300 to donate €4.

Safe Pass training course

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 and who is currently unemployed. Training will take place in Aras Inis Gluaire on Friday, October 2 from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Places are limited and early booking is advised. To register for the training please contact Niamh on (087 ) 6662340 or email [email protected]. This training is funded under The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme


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