Carrick-on-Shannon Community News

Tidy Towns News

Tidy Towns News

This week sees us begin our Summer Projects. Each week for as many hours are required we will commit ourselves to projects we see as necessary to enhance our town for residents and visitors. Project evening is Tuesday 7.00 til 8.30pm. We want everyone to become involved in helping to do this. We ask Shop owners, Managers and Employees to keep all areas around clean and neat. Daily sweep in front of all premises would be super. Do you know we are having a competition for Best Kept Residential Area in Carrick? Make sure your area enters this competition. Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9am we will be out to make sure Carrick looks good for everybody. To be on our Volunteers List for receiving a text just text your name and Tidy Towns to 086 3169754. Commit for whatever you can... please.


The Aughrim Kilmore Development Association has vacancies for three Childcare Assistants to work in their new Afterschool Service, based in the Community Centre, Dangan. Community Employment eligibility criteria applies. For further information see Please send CVs to Aughrim Kilmore Development Association, Community Centre Offices, Dangan, Kilmore, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon.

I.C.A. Proverb Exhibition

“Bantracht na Tuaithe Taispeantas Sean fhocal” (I.C.A. Proverb Exhibition) on display in Carrick Library until Saturday, 13th April.

“For Club And County”

Parents of the Dangan National School Bus are proud to present “For Club And County”, the hilarious new play by Seamus O’Rourke, on Saturday, 12th April at 8pm in Dangan Community Centre. Admission €10. Tickets on sale locally in Oasis Heath Shop, Carrick, P. Flynn’s, Dangan, The Arch Bar, Jamestown and Duignan’s Shop, Drumsna Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Manchester United Supporters Club

The Manchester United Supporters Club Boyle branch are holding their April meeting in the Patrick’s Well bar on Thursday the 11th at 9pm. All members are asked to attend.

St. Mary’s Cemetery committee AGM

St. Mary’s Cemetery committee Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, 16th April in The Bush Hotel at 8pm. All people with an interest in the upkeep of the cemetery are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Work in the cemetery is ongoing with tarmac and tree planting work completed. The avenue from the gate up to cemetery looks very well at the moment with the daffodils planted by the Hartley Residents

Association in full bloom. The next major project is the mapping of plots, which when completed will be erected on a sign in the cemetery.

The committee would appreciate a good turnout for this meeting and all suggestions and ideas for the upkeep of the cemetery can be discussed.


Ms Agnes Mooney, Resource Worker with Brainwave Ireland is holding an information session and meeting people/family members with epilepsy in the LAPWD Centre, Mohill on April 16th. To make an appointment or for further information please contact Agnes on 071 9168725.

Talk on women’s health and well-being

On Tuesday evening next, April 16th, at 8pm, Holistic Therapist, Therese Hackett will give a talk on women’s health and well-being at the Irish Wheelchair Premises, Castlecara Road. All women very welcome to attend this worthwhile talk. Local I.C.A. are hosting. Admission €5.

Family Fun Run/Walk

The 3rd Leitrim Scouts Carrick-on-Shannon will hold a Family Fun Run/Walk 4K/8K on Sunday 14th April. The event starts at the Irish Wheelchair Association premises, Castlecarra (The old Mulveys Toymaster premises). The walk starts at 1pm, with registration commencing from 11.30am. €5 per adult or €10 per family. All are welcome .... what a great way to have fun and keep fit! See you there!

Indoor hurling - last session

We have our last session this Friday at 7pm in the Sports Complex. We then move outside on Wednesday, April 17th at 7pm in St Mary’s pitch (beside Gaelscoil). This is for children from age 6 upwards. New members are welcome to join at any time, just come along. For updates follow Carrick Hurling on Facebook.

Meeting on mining industries

Meeting to discuss the impact of mega-extractive industries - mining, oil, gas - on land and communities in Latin America and comparison between campaigns in Ireland with those in Peru and Colombia. Thursday, 11th April, 8pm in the Bush Hotel. All welcome.

ICA/Daffodil Day

We are pleased to record that €5,345 was collected on Daffodil Day despite the dreadful weather and the present economic climate. Thank you to everyone who contributed and to all those who collected on the day. Apologies to anyone who should have been contacted and was not. Thanks to all the businesses who willingly allowed the collection at their premises - Glancy’s SuperValu, Kennedy’s, Aldi and Tesco. A special thank you to Aughrim National School who donated €83. As always, thanks to all ICA members who have organised Daffodil Day collections for over 20 years.

Carrick-on-Shannon & District Credit Union

Carrick-on-Shannon & District Credit Union Ltd Opening Hours: New Loan Rates from April 2nd 2013 (T&C apply). Mon & Fri 10 am to 5pm Open during lunch. Tues, Wed, Thurs 10 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 5 pm Closed during lunch.

Breffni Youth Cafe

Easter Camp: I would just like to thank all the young people who took part in our Easter Camp this year we had lots of fun. The young people enjoyed in lots of Sports, Team Games, Bowling, Day Trip, Arts and Crafts as well as a trip to Carrick Cineplex to see the Croods. We hope that you all had a lovely Easter and look forward to see ye all back at normal groups this week.

Groups at Breffni: Groups Times: Monday 4-5.30pm Junior Group. 6-7.30pm 2nd Year Drop In. Tuesday 4-5.30pm - Junior Group. 6-7.30om - 1st Year Drop In Group. Wednesday 4.5.30pm - Art /Mural Design Group. 6-7.30pm -Drop In Group. Friday 2-3.30pm - Drop In Group. 3.30-4.30- Computer Group.

Healthy Living Programme: Breffni Youth Cafe Carrick on Shannon and the Base Youth Cafe Drumshanbo took part in a fantastic Healthy Living Programme ran in connection with Leitrim Sports Partnership. The aim of the project was to examine building the capacity of young people to be a leading voice in defining solutions to their own health issues and to become active members in a variety of different sports. The first step of the programme was to access the young people’s knowledge around food, the food pyramid and food portions. This work was carried out with the Youth Workers in the respective Youth Cafes as well as with Michelle Fanning who carried out some fun, interactive workshops, which all the young people enjoyed immensely.

Healthy eating is about getting the correct amount of nutrients – protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals you need to maintain good health. The young people learned that the food pyramid is designed to make healthy eating easier each member of the group took a copy home to follow and to refer back too, following the Food Pyramid as a guide will help get the right balance of nutritious foods within your calorie range.

The second element of this healthy living programme was to introduce the young people to exercise and the important of being active. Through the hard work and dedication of all the tutors who work within Leitrim Sports Partnership, the young people availed of a variety of sports from zumba, athletics, football, soccer, drills, boxercise, team games, dancing and much more. The young people participated in this project enthusiastically with 30 young people engaging weekly. The young people were exposed to the natural highs which can be obtained from team games and exercise. Not only did the young people learn about healthy living and the importance of exercise, the young people also learned and developed many news skills which they will be able to utilise in their everyday living. The project concluded with a celebratory day out at the Mayflower for the two groups with some fun activities to wrap up the project.

The feedback from the young people was extremely positive; they are all excited at the prospects of getting involved in another project like this. We would like to say a special word of thanks to all the young people who took part in this project and made it so much fun. Also a huge thank you to Declan Boyle from Leitrim Sports Partnership who provide the energetic and motivated tutors each week, Michelle, James, Charlie, and Damon without who we would not have been able to complete this programme

Summer Camps: Make sure to keep an eye out for our up and coming Summer Camp, details which we will be announcing soon. For information on any of our youth group please don’t hesitate to contact us on 071 9622566 or simply call into the centre.

Breffni Family Resource Centre

Breffni Crescent, Carrick-on-Shannon. EMAIL: WEBSITE: TEL: 071-9622566/67 FAX: 071-9622106. ‘LIKE’ our Page on Facebook for all our latest NEWS! Follow us on Twitter @breffnifrc. Don’t forget to visit our website at for downloadable newsletters and our latest information!

Townspark Residents Association: Annual Social Event to be held in Paddy’s Bar, Main Street, Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday, 19th April at 10.00 p.m. Music by: The Looney Hoppers. Refreshments Served. Raffle/Spot Prizes Galore. No Cover Charge. All are welcome.

Giggles Laughter Therapy Workshop: Laughter therapy is a blend of stretching, yogic deep breathing and child-like playfulness. One minute of laughter therapy is the equivalent of 10 minutes on a rowing machine! Breffni Family Resource Centre is delighted to offer a Laughter Therapy Workshop for Adults. For further information or to book a place please contact Karen on 087-9083296 or email karenmcgonigle@yahoo,ie

Resilience for Life Programme: Resilience for Life is a 6 week structured programme delivered by a registered psychologist and aimed at developing an individual’s ability to positively respond to negative and challenging events in their life. Dates will be in April and May 2013. Please call Michelle on: 085-2856485 for further information or to book a place. Cost for 6 sessions is €120.

Breffni Mums & Babies Group: Breffni Mums & Babies Group are currently meeting every Monday from 10am to 1pm and every Thursday from 11am to 1pm. No need to book, just come along on the day for the opportunity to let your child play while you meet other Mums over a cup of coffee. We also have many fun activities held throughout the year.

Community Composting Site: If you would like to take part in our Community Composting Programme at Breffni Family Resource Centre, please give us a call on: 071-9622566. Information will be supplied and free compost can be collected when available.

Clothing and Textile Recycling: We now have a textile and clothing recycling bank situated at Breffni Family Resource Centre. A list of items that are recyclable is written on the bank.

Admin. Services: Hen Party Packages available. Please call us to discuss your ideas and designs: 071-9622566. Items include: Photo Collages, Hen Books, Laminated Placemats, Personalised Badges, Banners, Posters, Labels, etc.

As part of our Administrative Services at Breffni Family Resource Centre, we are pleased to announce that we now make badges for any events, organisations, birthdays, stag and hens, staff name badges, your favourite pet, new baby, memento’s, souvenir, etc. Please call into our Reception to see our sample display or just call us for further information: 071-9622566.

Weight Management: Weight Management classes are held on a Monday evening. If you are interested in learning a sensible and sustainable weight loss programme with achievable goals then please contact Gwen on 087-1432733. Classes are held on a Monday evening from 6pm.

Silver Circle Fundraising Event: Draw: 31st March. 1. Mary Keenan, Breffni Crescent. 2. Paddy Joe Walsh, Kingston Terrace. 3. Ann Farry, Breffni Heights. Thank you for your support.