Dromahair St. Patrick’s Day Parade
A Raffle. The St Patrick’s Day Festival Committee in Dromahair are organising a raffle for a Hamper which will take place over this coming weekend. Tickets are just 2 euros. This is to help with the costs of putting on the event, the floats etc. Tickets will be available all over the place I’m sure so, if you’d like to support the very first St Patrick’s Day event in Dromahair, then look out for them!
The Parade is at 3 o’clock. If people are thinking of travelling to the Sligo or Manorhamilton Parades there’ll be lots of time to do one of those AND get back in time for Dromahair, so the organisers tell me!
Development Association news
The training programme that members of the Association are undertaking is moving into the project phase. Right now the group are working on finalising their project plan which will include a Community audit and possibly the development of a dedicated website.
The project is very ambitious so fair play to the participants who are tackling something they’ve never done before. As far as the Gathering/Reunion is concerned, work is ongoing and please remember your part in all of this.....photos and making contact with friends and relatives to invite them along. Hall improvement funding application.
The Development Association have submitted an application to Leitrim Development Company, (LDC) to improve the insulation, lighting and heating in the Community Centre.
This all comes about as the result of an Energy Audit undertaken in December ‘12 by LDC on behalf of the Association. If the application is successful work will take place over the summer months, apparently before and after the Reunion weekend.
International Women’s Day update
A great night was had last Friday by all those who attended the International Women’s Day event held at the Blue Devon.
There must have been around 50 women attending, many brought along food to share and all enjoyed the film (The Help) and the craic afterwards. This event gets bigger each year....I remember that just a few years ago there were 6 of us sitting around a table in Stanfords.
So this is one event that’s grown in spite of the recession!
....and another event that’s growing in spite of the recession is Happy Gardeners?
The question mark after the name just shows that it doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a happy gardener or not, you’ve probably got a garden and you probably like the chat, to drink tea and to eat cake!
So if the hat fits, come along to the next meeting on Saturday 23rd March taking place at Dana’s house. Contact Dana for directions on 086 3124353 or for more information about Happy Gardeners? contact either Paula, 086 1996039 or Janice, 087 2147453.
Irish Restaurant Awards
I understand that these awards are taking place fairly soon and that the Riverbank Restaurant and it’s chef, John Kelly, could be in with a chance of getting an award should they get enough support. To give your support you could use the following link: http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/food-drink/irish-restaurant-awards-2013-29081520.html There are 3 categories: Best Chef, Best Restaurant and Best Customer Service.
Tennis coach plea
The Killargue Tennis & Basketball Committee are waiting to hear back from the regular tennis coach regarding this year’s coaching programme.
The Committee is not all together certain as to whether the coach will be available so if anyone knows of a qualified coach please contact Kathy Travers Kelly, (Chair), on 086 6065052, Patty Reynolds on 086 8198230 or Janice Raine-Conick on 087 2147453 and one of them will follow up your lead.
Community Centre events
CROCHET/CRAFT GROUP: Continues to meet every Thursday evening starting at 8pm. SHORT MAT BOWLING: Every Tuesday 8-10pm. Go along and enjoy this increasingly popular sport. Good exercise AND fun without ending up hot and bothered, as you do after most sports!
The Gospel Choir from Virginia will perform in St. Mary’s Church Killenummery on Palm Sunday March 24th commencing at 7pm sharp.
This performance marks the beginning of Holy Week, and will be a lovely start to the Ceremonies during the Holiest week of the year.
There will be a donation of one’s choice at the entrance to the performance, and all the proceeds will go directly to the Hospice in Sligo.
Exploration authorisation licences on hold
In a press release on 7th March, Minister Fergus O’Dowd confirmed that two companies, Tamboran and Enegi Oil, have applied for licences and that his Department would be evaluating those applications. However, “further consideration of the application will then be put on hold until after the finding of the new EPA research have been published”, he said.
He also said that he does not propose ”to consider applications for exploration authorisation in respect of other onshore areas until the EPA research has concluded”.
Closure for comments on the ToR for the EPA Research was on 8th March so the next step in the process will be the publication of the finalised terms of reference.
More on this when information becomes available. In the meantime it looks like the government will at least wait for the results of it’s own research before bashing on ahead with the issue of exploration licences.
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