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Castlebar grandmother Catherine Wiley, who is the founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association, met Pope Francis at the Vatican last Sunday. Speaking after the meeting, Ms Wiley said, “I felt very blessed, honoured and emotional. I hope this will create awareness of the calling of grandparents and their vital role in society.”
The Catholic Grandparents’ Association is hosting a social gathering in the Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, on May 8. The event is open to the public and there is no admission fee.
Measures tackling underage drinking, be they legal or social, must be taken seriously and supported according to Labour city councillor Niall McNelis.
A new Co Galway group involving mothers providing support to other mothers has been set up by the HSE’s public health department.
The BRI group will meet on Monday March 25 in Le Cheile Family Resource Centre, Tucker Street, Castlebar, from 7.30pm to 9pm.
As part of their main fundraising initiative for 2013, Mayo Ladies GAA are teaming up with the Carers’ Association of Ireland. Last week both groups came together in Breaffy House Hotel to launch their Together For Carers St Patrick’s Day Campaign. A ribbon specially designed for St Patrick’s Day will be on sale all over Mayo in various retail outlets, workplaces and street corners up until March 17. Each ribbon costs €2 with proceeds being split equally between the Mayo Ladies and the Carers’ Association. Mayo Ladies chairperson Liam Costigan said: “The Mayo Ladies County Board are delighted to announce their partnership with the Carers Association of Ireland. Volunteerism is a value promoted and encouraged by both associations. Currently there are 28 ladies’ clubs in Mayo. We deeply appreciate the effort that volunteers put into training all club grades from under eight to senior in addition to huge commitment given by people to training our county teams.
All4Baby is a family owned and operated business. Parents and entrepreneurs Robin Bickford and Mary Lyng have two young children Aeveen and Aaron. Becoming new parents and all the associated experiences led them to opening their own nursery store in 2010, with the aim of simplifying the whole area of shopping for your baby.
New and expectant Galway parents concerned about the cost of all baby gear should check out the Bubbly Baby Market in The Salthill Hotel on Sunday February 17.
Mayo brain injury/stroke support group meetings are held every third Monday in the month.
Macra Na Feirme is in the process of setting up a club in north Mayo serving Ardagh and the surrounding areas.