Thursday 23 May 2019

Around the districts: Avalon Centre, Carraroe, MCR and Merville

Past pupil of St.Mary’s College Ballisodare Gary Cadden with teachers Marie Casserly and Aisling Cox at the Civic Reception for the winners of the Lory Meagher Cup
Past pupil of St.Mary’s College Ballisodare Gary Cadden with teachers Marie Casserly and Aisling Cox at the Civic Reception for the winners of the Lory Meagher Cup

Avalon Centre - Wednesday Welcome Club: Calling all over-50s in the County Sligo area. The Wednesday Welcome Club is a brand new, exciting programme running in the Avalon Centre. The club is a space for people over 50 to meet up, enjoy a cuppa and have a chat in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. You can also take part in a range of workshops and activities-or just watch.

The first six-week programme has now started. It runs from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. and includes the following two workshops-Sing your heart out. and dance for the hell of it. Membership is very limited so sign up today. A contribution of £50 is required. To book your place or for further information please contact Paul Tolan at the Avalon Centre at 071 9161836 or email

Parent/Toddler Group

Our 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.

Bright Minds

Our Bright Minds Pre-school operates from 9.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. and the Bright Minds School Age Child Care 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 school age child care spaces for eligible families. A limited number of spaces are still available in our pre-school. We are now taking enrolments for September, 2019. For more information on pre-school please contact Magdalena and for school age child care please contact Janice at the Avalon Centre at 071 9161836.

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.


The Avalon Centre Bowling Club meets every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the centre. All are welcome-just call in on the day.


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

Youth Clubs

Our junior youth club (6-9 years) meets on Monday and Wednesday from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and our senior youth club (10 to 14 years) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Would you like to volunteer at the senior club? Volunteers would be required to supervise and take part in various activities such as sports, dance, snooker, table tennis and baking etc. with participants. Contact Clíodhna at the Avalon Centre at 071 9161836.


25 Card Game

Last Tuesday was the last game for this season and a large crowd of loyal supporters turned out for a great night of fun laughter and of course game of 25. The winners of €400 were Mary Collery/Ina Toolan on 12 Games and Runners-up on 10 Games for €200 were Jodie Cooney/Pascal McGoldrick.

All enjoyed the usual cakes Treats and tea or coffee and chat. The organisers want to say thanks to all who attended over the season the volunteers and ladies for the beautiful treats. The organisers look forward to see all back again on Tuesday, September 10, at 9 p.m. for more pleasant evenings of entertainment.

New Walking Group

A meeting of people interested in joining a new organised walking group will take place next Thursday, May 9, at 11.30 a.m. in Community Centre. Ms Diane Cox from Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership will attend to discuss the process and assist us in establishing walking group. We want to involve as many as possible in the decisions around frequency, routes etc so please come along and assist us with such decisions.

The walk being planned is suitable for all age groups and as we now have a new walkway its an opportunity to have a facilitated group established in Carraroe. - for more information contact 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 or email

Work Evenings

Our regular work evenings are each Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30. We would appreciate if anyone willing to give an hour would come to Community Centre at 7.30 p.m. Remember many hands make light work.

Election Posters

It is noted four candidates have ignored the community request not to have posters in the area. We thank the candidates that have observed the community request and appreciate their support for this environmental initiative.

Residents are requested to remind all canvassers of the following issues which Cadra has highlighted to have addressed: Sligo Town Bus Service extended to the community centre, Set Back on Holywell Road at Cuilbeg, Footpaths on Cuilbeg Road to Holywell and Ballygawley Road, Bottle Banks, Speeding on our Roads, Traffic at School, safety of sight lines at junction of Ballygawley/Holywell Road, Development of village concept with vintage signage and lighting. All these issues have been highlighted to all elected representatives by Cadra over the years.


Frank is looking forward to continuing the great atmosphere of learning and fun this year in Carraroe Community Centre. All learners and experienced dancers catered for at these sessions so come and enjoy. 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. Learn to jive, waltz, Quick Step and more.

The following is the schedule of bands - Tomorrow night Glen Flynn, May 15 Jason Moyles, May 22 Colm Burke, May 29 John Molloy - For more information contact Frank at 087 9809432.

New Project at Lakeview

Cadra is currently considering a new project adjacent to Lakeview School. We are interested in hearing the opinions of residents living in that particular area We will have a meeting on June 8 at 8 p.m. to discuss ideas. Anyone interested can email to express interest in coming to meeting - more details later.

Spring Clean Thanks

Cadra wishes to say special thanks to all who assisted with the annual Spring Clean. We wish to acknowledge the following for their special assistance; Gary Mullane from Mullane Plant Hire for sending his road sweeper free of charge to Cadra to sweep all roads around Carraroe and make the place look so well.

Thanks to James McGowan Sligo County Council for removing all the litter collected to the recycling depot.

We thank Owen and Paul McLean and Noel Merrick for travelling all roads to collect all 86 litter bags and tyres. We also thank the Carraroe Community Sports Field Committee for facilitating the community effort.

Dog Fouling

It was noted recently some people walking dogs on road from School to town area have dumped the fouling plastic bags into hedge and wall for others to remove. People are requested to please bring home and bin. There is an on the spot fine of €150 for such offences. Pooper-scoopers are available free from Sligo County Council.

St John's GAA Club

Lotto draw jackpot now €13,250. No jackpot winner. Numbers Drawn 15, 25, 29, 30. €25 Winners were Eileen Rooney Aughamore, Noel and Janet c/o Crozon Inn, Anne Quinn Molloway Place, Ronan Currid Marymount.

Next Draw takes place on Saturday, May 11, in the clubhouse Cuilbeg at 8.30 p.m. All welcome to come and witness the draw. The lotto is available to do online visit the website.

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.

Illegal dumping

All residents are requested to keep a look out for illegal dumping activity 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

Lakeview ICA

The annual ICA walk is on next Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m. The national AGM in Athlone on Sunday, May 26, 19. The yoga classes continue in Carraroe Community Centre on Wednesday mornings 10.30 a.m. to 11. 30 a.m.; this is part of our Go for Life programme.

Bodhran Classes

Classes will resume after Easter on Fridays at 6 p.m. in Carraroe Community Centre. - for more information contact 086 3013567.

Sean nós Dancing

Classes continue with all-Ireland Champion Ryan Sheridan in Carraroe Community Hall. Beginners 6 p.m. to 6.45 p.m. Intermediate 7 p.m. to 7.45 p.m.

Suitable for all with a keen interest in learning Traditional Irish sean nós Dancing. All Enquiries to 087 6106493 or email New Beginners. Welcome Booking essential.

Seniors Alarm

If you know anyone in any of 12 counties interested in having the system it can be arranged by Cadra This is free for first year and costs €60 per year after that. 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 or email

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.


Summer camp

MCR Kids Lane summer camps for children five to 12 years will take place from July 8 to July 12, July 15 to July 19, July 22 to July 26, July 29 to August 2. Cost €65 per child family discounts available. Fun Arts Crafts and Full day outing. Places are limited so early booking advisable contact Trish or Lizzy at 071 9146512 to book.

Kids lane

Playgroup enrolling now for September 2019. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. Free ECCE year and subvention available TUSLA registered/qualified staff, fun filled curriculum, Aistear and Siolta programmes. For details call 071 91465125.

Baby clinic

Clinic on Wednesdays between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (no appointment necessary). If you need to see a Public Health Nurse please phone 071 9155100 ext 5277 Monday-Friday between 9.30 and 10.30 to arrange an appointment.


Community emplyment

Fancy a rewarding career in childcare? Or an opportunity to develop your admin skills with on job placement and training? If you have been in receipt of DEASP payment for the last 12 months, you could be eligible to join our community employment (CE) programme, with the opportunity to train and work with our award winning Dreamchasers childcare service. Call 071 9150029 for further info.

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 seven 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 children's birthday parties in a safe and secure environment. Please contact the centre office at 071 9150029 for rates and further information.

Great dancing day

Come along on Saturday, May 11, in Merville Community Centre. 5 p.m. to 7. 30 p.m. - Workshops and Technique; 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. - Tea Dance. All workshop, tea dance, tea or coffee: prepay €50, pay on the day €65 all information and booking: Yvonne: 086 2240285 Sebastian: 087 0530740. Follow SEBA International Dance Academy on Facebook for further information.


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

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