Thursday 18 July 2019

Around the districts: Avalon Centre, Coolaney-Rockfield, Merville, Northside Community Centre, Rosses Point

Avalon Centre: Bright Minds Pre-School will be hosting an open day on Saturday, February 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an opportunity for parents and children to view our facilities, ask questions and enrol for September.

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.

We are now taking enrolments for September, 2019. For more information on pre-school please contact Magdalena and for after-school 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.

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 the centre 071 9161836 or email


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.

Dance Classes

Hip Hop dance classes take place 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 youth club (6 to 11 year-olds) meets from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday and our senior youth club (11 to 14 year-olds) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays.

Physio-led Pilates

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


Community Games

Games Forms are now available. Your child will receive the form at the local school. If your child attends a school outside Coolaney, the application form can be picked up from O'Grady's shop.

Points to note when completing the 2019 form: Ensure your child enters ALL events they are eligible for (age wise) AND events can only be run if we get enough help etc. And participation). Any child who is four by July 31 can compete in under-six art, under-six 60m and can join the toddler race at our track and field event.

Ensure the application form is signed by both competitor and parent/guardian. Ensure completed form and fee is returned no later than Monday, January 28.

80s Disco in Coolaney

Café Fia present Back to the 80s Disco with DJ Cliff in the Happy Landing on Saturday, February 16, at 9 p.m. Tickets €10 and can be bought from Andrew Pyne, Caroline Pyne, Cheryll McCaull, Joe Fogerty, June Boyle and Caitriona McGoldrick. Limited number of tickets on the door on the night. Fancy Dress Optional.

Water Boil Notice

It has come to the attention of Irish Water and Sligo County Council that the water supply served by the Lough Talt Public Water Supply is contaminated with cryptosporidium. Following consultation with the HSE, Irish Water and Sligo County Council are issuing a Boil Water Notice with immediate effect to protect the health of consumers.

This notice applies to all consumers on the Lough Talt Public Water Supply and consumers on the Ogham water scheme which is served from the Lough Talt supply. All customers must boil their water before drinking. A map of the Lough Talt and Ogham schemes, detailing the areas affected, is available on and

GAA club news

Operation Transformation Group: In conjunction with the local Operation Transformation Group, Nace O'Dowd Park will be lit up on Thursday evenings for the next six weeks (until February 21) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to facilitate a safe environment for walking. Everyone taking part must register. All welcome, spread the word.

Defibrillator: The new Defibrillator is now installed at Nace O'Dowd Park. Several club players, members and coaches have already completed a CPR training course. Another course will take place in February. Contact Lorraine Feely immediately at 087 6779836 to book your place for this very important training.

Volunteers: We're looking for new club volunteers. If interested, we'd love to hear from you and gain an extra pair of hands to help in whatever way you can. Contact chairperson Ollie Lee 087 7981827 or secretary Eugene Henry 087 2447098. Interested in becoming a club coach? We'd love to welcome new coaches on board. Contact Club Coaching Officer Francis Brennan at 083 4386368.

Club lotto: Over the coming weeks, the club will be re-launching our lotto brand for 2019. We look forward to your continued support of this vital fundraiser for the day to day running of the club.

Club Membership 2019: Player Membership from under-six to Senior Level is mandatory to be covered to train/play under the GAA Injury Benefit fund. We ask all players, coaches, members and supporters to register at the earliest convenience. All technical issues with our Membership Forum have been rectified.

Coolaney United

Bonus Ball: The Coolaney United Saturday night Bonus Ball Draw continues. The cost per ball is €5 and the weekly jackpot prize is €100. Bonus balls can be purchased in PK MEATS and O'Gradys shop. Thank you to all players and best of luck for the year ahead.

Directory: The 2019 Coolaney United Local Services Directory are printed and will be delivered to every household in the Coolaney and Ballinacarrow area Free of Charge over the next two weeks. Copies of the Directory will be available to pick up in the local pubs, churches and shops in the Coolaney and Ballinacarrow area also. Thank you to all who have taken a listing or advertisement in the Directory. We hope it brings you to the attention of more customer's.

Coolaney National Mountain Bike Centre.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - We have been asked to reiterate that the Coolaney Trails are not to be ridden till they have had sufficient time to bed in.

Riding the trails now will damage the surface and delay to project. In addition, many people have been seen riding down the climbing trail at speed which is very dangerous and this weekend some people even cycled through an area that Clixbys trail builders were working on. Please stay away. It will be worth it.

Hatha Yoga

Adults Hatha Yoga classes started again in Coolaney Community Centre end of January on Wednesday the 23rd at 7 a.m. and Thursdays 24th at 7 p.m. Classes will run for at least eight weeks. Adults €10 drop in or six classes for €50.

Host Families Wanted

If you're interested in welcoming an International Student into your home, please contact Ann at 086 0715171 for more details.

Card Games

Card game takes place in Killoran Community Centre on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and in Ballinacarrow Community Centre on Thursdays at 9 p.m. All are very welcome.

Women's Group

Coolaney Women's Group Meetings continue in Coolaney Community Centre Thursdays at 10.30 a.m. The interactive classes include activities, occasional days out and professional people to give talks and classes. New members are very welcome. Open to all ages.

Junior Youth Group

Meetings are every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Coolaney Community Centre for Youths between the ages of 12-15.

Foróige Club

Foróige Club is for secondary school youths aged 12 to 18. The club takes place every Friday evening in the Coolaney Community Centre.

Community Notes

Keep your notes coming in. To include notes for next week's paper, please email or call or text 087 7667664. Notes can include announcements (weddings, births etc), Sports (news, results, fixtures, training), Fundraising, classes, Meetings and anything else to be shared with the community.


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.

Community Watch

The dark evenings and inclement weather have highlighted the need check in on your elderly neighbours and relatives in our community, throughout the winter months. Plenty of hot tea, good meals, and, most importantly the regular chat can do wonders during these shorter days.

Pendant alarms

Merville Community Centre facilitate on behalf of our community the provision to eligible persons of Social Monitored Pendant Alarms, under the Seniors Alert Scheme that is administered by Pobal Equipment Funding is available for eligible persons over 65 years for the installation of an monitored alarm on a landline in the persons home.

The Alarms are now available Persons age 65 or older and living alone, living with another person who meets the terms and conditions, living alone for significant periods of time during the day, or is a carer to someone else in their household. First year monitoring is now free for all new applicants. Subsequent annual monitoring charges are then payable by the user. Contact Merville Centre Office at 071 9150029 for further information.

Centre activities

Merville Centre host various activities in the centre hall. Merville Active Age is on Tuesday nights from 7.30 p.m. Five Fist kung fu is on Fridays at 6 p.m. Piloxing with Amanda is on Tuesdays from 7 p.m.


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.

Northside Community Centre

Homework club

Registration forms for September for the centre are now available. Call in or phone the centre at 071 9147097.


Places available for playschool for coming September. Contact Denise at 071 9147097.

Room rental

We in the Northside have rooms available for rental. Office space, activities etc. Contact the centre at 071 9147097.

Computer class

Digital Skills classes continue in the centre. For further info phone David at 071 9141138 (Sligo Leader)

Cookery classes

Cookery classes are held in the centre, for further info contact Cathy Powell 071 9159500.

Focus Ireland

Focus Ireland can help if you are looking for somewhere to live, having any queries about your private rented or local authority housing or are in need of any housing information, advice or assistance. Our outreach clinic is at Northside Community Centre on Tuesdays 9.30 a.m. to midday. Drop in or contact Róisín McLoughlin at 087 1718375.

Mediation Services

Mediation service are available. Contact the centre at 071 9147097. Benefits of mediation: It is confidential. It is a professional service of the highest standard. It is based on respect and understanding. It is a creative and compassionate way of settling disputes. The client is fully involved in the process. No decision is imposed. It is a proven, effective way to resolve conflict.

Pathways to mediation

We are running short introductory course on mediation to increase awareness among community leaders and community development workers of the relevance of conflict resolution and mediation to your organisations and communities. This course will run in February/March 2019. For further enquiries contact Olivia at 087 7542660.

Drug/alcohol misuse

Do you or anyone you know suffer from Drug or Alcohol and would like help. Here in the centre we offer Counselling, for further information contact Mark at 087 2208602.

Who is the Service for? If you are 18 years and engaging in alcohol or drug misuse, or feel you are at risk of developing substance misuse issues. Family Members/Concerned Significant others who are experiencing difficulties because of a loved one=92s alcohol or drug misuse. This service is free and confidential.

University of the 3rd age

Creative writing, dancing, storytelling etc. Contact Kathleen at 087 2068159.

Pieta House Outreach

Pieta house outreach is opened in the centre - Contact 074 9126594 or the 24hr helpline 1800 247247.

Replenishing programme

Acting on mental health for anyone to attend once a month. Contact Becky at 086 1798646 for further details.

The Wheel

The wheel is holding an information night on January 29 in the centre from two to 4.30 p.m. All welcome.

Rosses Point

Tidy Towns

The committee of Rosses Point Tidy Towns will meet Tuesday the 29th at 7.30 p.m. in Harry's Bar to review last year's report and plan work for 2019. They invite anyone that would volunteer to help to come along. All ideas welcome.

Simon Community

Can you make a Difference to North West Simon Community? Calling all groups, offices, clubs or individual - would you like to host a Tea Day in aid of North West Simon Community on Thursday, February 21, or any time that suits?

The VHI Women's Mini Marathon is on Sunday, June 2, in Dublin, would you like to walk/run and raise money for NW Simon Community - If interested in either of the above please contact Mary at 087 7708865 or email

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