Friday 23 March 2018

Arts funding

An information evening for groups interested in applying for funding under the 'Building Peace through the Arts – Re-imagining Communities' programme takes place at Stephenstown Pond, Knockbridge on Tuesday, April 30, at 7.30 p.m.

The Programme support arts projects that promote a shared future and build positive relations within and between communities.

Grants of up to £50,000 will be available and priority areas for the programme include projects that are cross-community; inter-community; intercultural; cross-border; targeting youth groups and / or targeting ethnic minority groups.

Booking is not required for the information evening and the programme team will explain the support available and the application process. To find out more about the programme, contact the Arts Council's Re-Imaging Communities team on +44 (0) 28 9038 5228 from NI or 048 9038 5228 from ROI or visit:

Macra group

Fane Bridge Macra na Feirme was formed last October is going from strength to strength.

Macra na Feirme is a club for young people aged between of 17 and 35 who are interested in sports, travel, music, drama, debating, and those who just want to have some fun! Fane Bridge Macra guarantees to open the door to new friends from all over the country, experience new activities and most of all guarantees great craic.

Fane Bridge Macra won the Louth Macra county round of the Volleyball Competition in Tullyallen recently – the first title for the newly formed club. They now go on to represent the county at the National Dairy Council Volleyball Final on Sunday, April 28, in Kilkenny. Fane Bridge Macra will also represent Louth in the Ballad Section at the National Semi-Final of the Macra National Talent Competition taking place on Sunday, May 5, in Meath.

They held a Farmskills training day recently for the upcoming National Macra Farmskills competition which well attended by the Louth clubs. The county round of this competition takes place on April 28.

Farmskills competition involves teams of three taking part in tractor driving and fencing skills to a time limit. Marks are awarded for speed, accuracy and safety.

Louth Macra na Feirme was awarded the Best New Entry for their float in the Dundalk's St Patrick's Day parade. Their entry was a joint effort by the six Macra clubs in the county and a great day was had by all.


Alone again, separated or widowed? Beginning Experience helps people work through their grief to be healed and free again.

A Beginning Experience coping programme is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 2, from 8 to 10 p.m. with weekly sessions until Thursday, May 30. For inquiries and registration contact Armagh Diocesan Pastoral Centre, The Magnet, The Demesne, Dundalk.

Trad gig

A trad gig in aid of the Turas Counselling Services takes place in the Spirit Store this coming Friday night, April 26,

Turas, is a not for profit, community based services that offers a range of therapeutic supports that are free of charge, specialising in the area of drug and alcohol dependency.

The gig will be headlined by the brilliant young trad act Goitse, and long with Dundalk folk/pop band The Mighty Tempest are brim full of melodic and uplifting folk/pop songs.

There will be more acts added and some special guests on the night.

Art lecture

Calling all art lovers! Dr. Angela Griffiths, Trinity College will be giving a lecture on 'The figure of Irish art from the late 18th to early 20th century' in the County Museum this coming Thursday, April 25, at 1 p.m.

Local art lecturer Anne Callanan is giving a series of four lectures on Mannerist art in 16th century Italy beginning in the County Museum on May 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, as well as a six week course in classical drawing in the County Library from May 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Beginners welcome.

Flower demo

SUMMER flower demonstration by Veronica McMahon, taking place in Ardee day care centre, Thursday, May 2 at 8 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

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