Friday 19 April 2019

Around the districts: Avalon Centre, Carraroe, Cranmore, Maugherow, MCR, Merville and Rosses Point

Avalon Centre - Christmas Experience: The countdown is continuing to our Festive Family Day of fun on December 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It promises to be an enjoyable day for children and adults alike. The festivities will include: Indoor and Outdoor Markets; Christmas Craft Workshop for children; Live Christmas Pet Farm; Santa's Grotto and Express Delivery Post Box to the North Pole; Drama and Singing Workshops for children, hot food and drinks and lots more.

This is a day not to be missed and is a chance to pick up those last minute bargains. The cost is €10 for children aged 2+. Free admission for adults and children under two. We have a number of spaces available for stall holders. For enquiries, or to book a stall for €25 contact Donna or Paul at the Avalon Centre at 071 9161836, or email for further details.

Social Day Centre

Our social day centre provides older adults with improved quality of life through opportunities for socialising and lifelong learning. It also provides them with a place to engage with their peers and promotes inclusion and integration of older people in the life of the community. The centre also aims to improve the mental health and well-being of older adults and to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation.

The social day centre runs four days per week, Tuesday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the centre for further details. The programme is funded by the HSE and by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Seniors Alert Scheme

The Avalon Centre are providers of the Seniors Alert Scheme. The Seniors Alert Scheme provides grant support for the supply of monitored personal alarms in the form of pendants or wrist watches that enable older people to continue to live securely in their homes. The grant covers the cost of the equipment and its installation. The first year of monitoring is free and will be €60 per year thereafter. Anyone, who is over the age of 65 and wishes to get a personal alarm or anyone seeking more information on the scheme can contact Donna at 071 9161836 or email

Parent/Toddler Group

Our Little Buddies Parent and toddler group meets on Monday and Friday mornings from 10.30 a.m. to midday. Parents, grandparents and carers are all welcome. There is always a warm welcome with tea, coffee and refreshments provided. €3 per family.


Our Bright Minds Preschool operates from 9.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. and the Afterschool from 1.30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, September-June. Bright Minds are providers of the ECCE and Community Childcare Subvention Schemes, offering free Preschool spaces and subsidised Afterschool spaces for eligible families. A limited number of spaces are still available in our preschool. For more information, please contact Paul or Donna at the Avalon Centre at 071 9161836.


The Avalon Centre Bowling Club meets every Wednesday from 11á€=AFa.m. to 1á€=AFp.m. at the centre. All are welcome-just call in on the day.


Bingo continues every Friday night from 9á€=AFp.m. to 11á€=AFp.m. Double books cost €15, single books €10, half books €5 and single sheets €1. There is also a raffle on the night.

Dance Classes

Our Hip Hop dance classes run on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for seven- to 12-year-olds. For more information, please contact the centre at 071 9161836.

Youth Clubs

Our Junior club meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The senior youth club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Physio-led Pilates

Physio-led pilates classes run on Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Contact the Avalon Centre at 071 9161836 for more details.

Self-Defence Classes

Krav Maga self-defence classes are running on Wednesdays, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Contact 087 0659709 for more details.


Cadra Thank You event

All volunteers, friends and supporters are invited to a thank event in Molly Fulton's next Friday, November 30, at 7 p.m. Tea or coffee etc will be available. We will have free Hi-Viz, Tidy Town Report, application forms for Text Alert, Seniors Alarm and CPR available. Please come along for an informal chat; look back at our activities over the year and let us hear your new ideas.

Lighting our Christmas Tree Mass on Saturday evening, December 8, has been changed to 7 p.m. to facilitate the blessing of the Christmas tree at the community centre followed by tea or coffee in the community centre, organised by Cadra This is an opportunity for the community of Carraroe to come together for an evening of prayer and socialisation in preparation for Christmas with our very talented choirs. All children, parents and residents are invited to be involved. Please keep the date free and join all the community for this special occasion.

Parish Choir

Rehearsal on Mondays at 8 p.m. in the church. If you can sing and would like to be part of a community choir, please come along. More male singers are required.

25 Card Game

Cadra in partnership with St John's GAA Club organise the regular game of progressive 25 which takes place in Carraroe Community Centre each Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Looking forward to seeing all our regular players. New inexperienced players are always welcome. Usual jackpot and prizes on the night. All proceeds go to local projects in the community.

€1,000 allocated

We acknowledge and appreciate the €1,000 allocated by Cllr Chris Mac Manus towards the speed warning lights in the area. We also appreciate the €1,000 allocation by Cllr Marie Casserly towards progressing the footpath on road to Community Sports Facility and eventually to Holywell.

Hi-Viz vests

Cadra continues to distribute free Hi-Viz vests. We appeal to people walking or working around our community to wear Hi-Viz to ensure visibility in these dark evenings. We have a supply of free HiViz available from any member of committee. Please keep a look out for all our elderly neighbours to ensure they are safe this winter.

Tidy Towns Grants

We acknowledge the financial support of Sligo County Council Special Project Grants, and Tidy Town Grant We thank Conor McCann Engineer, Lucy Brennan Parks Dept and Robert Lindsley and staff of Sligo County Council in our area for their assistance and co-operation.

Anti-Litter Campaign

All residents are requested to keep a look out for Illegal Dumping and use the telephone number 1850365121 to report. You can also use the following contact points to report: Sligo County Council Litter Warden: Telephone 071 9111465/071 9111457 or Mobile: 087 1778735 - Email

Church news

The sick and Housebound: Mass is on 107FM Just tune your radio before Mass. Please let the housebound know about this service in your area.

Parking at Church: Please use the designated car parks at our church which includes around the community centre. Plenty of parking is available in safe locations. Please avoid parking on the main roads. It obstructs passing traffic.

Fit - Camp Classes

This class will be held each Monday and Thursday evening in Carraroe Community Centre. Lose Weight and Tone Up in a fun and enjoyable environment. Men and Women of all fitness levels welcome. First class starts Monday, September 3, and only available through booking as places are limited. Call or Text Cian at 085 7868116 to find out more or book a place.

Sean nós dancing

Classes by all-Ireland Champion Dancer Ryan Sheridan continue on Friday evenings in Carraroe Community Centre. Beginner Classes from 6 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Intermediate Classes from 7 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registration on the night 30 minutes before start of each class. Suitable for all school going children from aged five to 13 years with a keen interest in learning traditional sean nós Dancing. All Enquiries to 087 6106493 or email for more information.

Lakeview Guild ICA

The guild meet on the first Tuesday of the month in Carraroe Community Centre at 8 p.m. New members always welcome-for further information contact Mary at 086 3755894.The next meeting is on Tuesday, December 4, at 8 p.m.

The art classes continue on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the community centre and there will be an exhibition of their paintings at our December meeting. The Christmas party for the Lakeview guild members will be held following the December meeting.

The guild members agreed to make a donation to charity instead of exchanging gifts, all members agreed and this will be collected at the next meeting.

St John's GAA Club

Lotto draw jackpot is now €12,700. Tickets can be purchased in the following outlets - Applegreen, Pearse Rd.Clifford Electrical, Carraroe; Crozon Inn; Gerry McMorrow's Shop, Cairns Road; Blue Lagoon, Riverside; Cannings House and garden, Cornageeha and Molly Fulton's Bar and Restaurant, Carraroe.


Dance class followed by live band each Wednesday night in Carraroe Community Centre Sligo. Dance class commences at 8.30 p.m. with live band from 9.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.

The Bands schedules are: Tomorrow night Wednesday, November 28, Stuart Moyles will provide the live music. December 5 Carmel McLaughlin, December 12 Olivia Douglas, December 19 Colm Burke, St Stephen's Night December 26 Jason Moyles will entertain the Wren Boys and Girls Learn to jive, waltz, Quick Step and more - For more information contact Frank at 087 9809432.

Personal Alarm Scheme

If you know anyone in any of 12 counties interested in having the system can be arranged by Cadra Anyone that already has the alarm is advised to wear the pendent at all times including in bed.

Application forms are available from any of the following Bridie McLean 086 3998925, Pat Benson 087 2222835, Dympna O'Loughlin 087 9303540, Mary Murphy 087 6888293, Mary Dunbar 087 6669533.

Line Dancing

Brand new Beginner Level Line Dancing Class in Carraroe Community Centre at 8 p.m. each Monday night. For more information please contact Gary at 085 7819808.

Future News/Events

To have events/news items included in Carraroe section contact 087 2222835 or email to not later than Thursday each week.


Christmas Tree Event

Our annual Christmas Tree Event will take place on Saturday, December 1, from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. The event will take place outside the Cranmore Regeneration Office where we will sing Christmas Carols and have the blessing and lighting of the Christmas Tree, with light refreshments in the Cranmore Co-op offices to follow with the addition of Santa Claus and DJ Séamie Mac playing a few Festive Tunes. Hope you all can make it.


'Shave Off'

A 'Shave Off' for Grovember in Memory of Séamus Carway takes place on Saturday, December 8, in Castledargan Hotel, Ballygawley. There are over 65 men from over Sligo/Leitrim and further afield getting hairy in Memory of Séamus for Sligo Cancer Support Centre. Please come along to the 'Shave Off' night and enjoy entertainment, food, music and lots of spot prizes on the night. Thanks to all the local people involved for their support. A night not to be missed.

Your news

Notes can be emailed to before 9 p.m. on Thursday.


Kids Lane

MCR Kids Lane Early Years Service (Playgroup) are still enrolling. Please call 071 9146512 for registration forms. Playgroup is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday.


MCR Kids Lane Afterschool service - a few spaces available - please call 071 91 46512 for details and registration form.

Baby clinic

The baby clinic takes place every Wednesday from 2 p.m.- by appointment only.

Hall hire

Our Centre is available for room and hall hire at very competitive rates, and we offer excellent facilities for sports, meetings, parties and social events, including our sports hall, changing rooms with showers etc.

Our hall is very popular for sports events, and also for children's parties as it can accommodate a bouncy castle.

Do pop in to have a look, or call the centre on 914 6512.


Community mass

The annual Mass for deceased and the sick of our community will take place this year on this Friday, November 30, at Merville Centre at 7.30 p.m. Followed by light refreshments. All in our community and beyond are welcome to attend.


The management committee, staff and the wider Merville community wish to express our sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Gerard (Gerry) Keavney, Larkhill Road and formerly of Cedar Drive, who has passed away recently. May he rest in peace.

Autumn activities

Merville Centre host various activities in the centre hall. Merville Active Age is on Tuesday nights from 7.30 p.m. with a busy schedule up to the Christmas Period planned. Five Fist Kung Fu is on Fridays at 6 p.m. Piloxing with Amanda is on Tuesdays from 7 p.m.

Further information is available from the centre office, or by turning up on the evenings of your chosen activity.

Astro facility

Merville Community Centre in conjunction with Merville United has recently opened a new all weather pitch adjacent to the centre, and limited slots are available for hire.

This pitch is ideal for 7-a-side soccer and various small sided games and activities especially for smaller groups not catered for on the larger facilities.

The facility is also available at weekends in conjunction with the main hall for birthday parties. Please contact the centre office at 071 9150029 for rates and further information.

Kids birthday partiesIDS BIRTHDAY PARTIES

The main hall is available for children's parties at weekends only at very competitive prices. Contact the centre office at 071 9150029 for details.

Extra spaces available

The Merville Centre have some extra weekday evening slots available in the main hall available for hire by local groups and activity classes.

Special introductory rates for new long term bookings. Full details available on request. Meeting rooms are also available for use at excellent rates. Contact the centre office at 071 9150029 for latest information.


Local voluntary and community groups are reminded that any notices for publication can be emailed to mervilleltd@eircom. Net or hard copy left into the Merville centre for inclusion in our local notes.

Rosses Point

Christmas Cracker

'Christmas Cracker' a fundraiser for Rosses Point Development Association will take place on Thursday, November 29, in the Radisson Blu Hotel. Doors open 6.30 p.m. Tickets €10 per person. Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies on arrival.

There will be a Christmas Market, Launch of Rosses Point Map and Website and Presentation to John Conlon.

Continuous Bus from 6 p.m. servicing Rosses Upper and Lower, Ballyweelin, Creggyconnell, Cregg, Kintogher, Rathcormac and Ballincar.

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