Monday 22 April 2019

Around the districts: Avalon Centre, Drumcliffe, Maugherow, MCR, Merville, Rosses Point and Skreen-Dromard

Avalon Centre - Wednesday Welcome Club: Calling all over-50s in the County Sligo area. The Wednesday Welcome Club is a brand new, exciting programme starting in the Avalon Centre in May. 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 starts on May 1 at 10 a.m. and runs 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

Easter Camp Fully Booked

Our Easter Camp is now fully booked. Registration for the camp is on Monday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 9.45 a.m.

Parent/Toddler Group

Our Parent and toddler group will be closed from Monday, April 15, to Monday, April 22, Bright Minds.

Our Bright Minds Pre-School will close for the Easter holidays from Monday, April 15, to Wednesday, April 24, and will re-open on Thursday, April 25, Our Bright Minds School Age Child Care will close from Monday, April 15, and will re-open on Monday, April 29, 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.

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 Paul or Cliodhna the centre 071 9161836 or email

Hunger Lunch

The annual St Anne's Hunger Lunch in aid of South Sudan will take place on Wednesday, April 17, from midday to 2 p.m. in the Avalon Centre. Please support.


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 and senior youth clubs will close for Easter from Monday, April 15, and will re-open on Monday, April 29, 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.


Carney Lissadell 10K

The annual Carney Lissadell 10k Road Race and Walk takes place on Easter Monday, April 22, Entry €15 online with or €18 on the day at Oxfield. Registration on the day starts at 9.30 a.m. followed by Kids Fun Run at 11 a.m., 10k Walk at 11.30 a.m. and 10k Run at midday.

History of Oxfield Centre

If you or anyone you know has any Oxfield Centre memorabilia e.g. photos, events, documentation, programmes etc. we would love to have it included as part of an ongoing History of Oxfield Centre project. If you would like to contribute to this project or receive further information please contact Damien Kerrigan or email

Carney Tidy Towns

The annual An Taisce Spring Clean will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 13 in Carney. Young and Old meeting at the park where bags, bibs and gloves will be given to all volunteers. Any time you can spare to help will be much appreciated. Light refreshments for all afterwards.

Tidy Towns

The Drumcliffe-Rathcormac An Taisce annual Spring Clean takes place this Saturday, April 13, at 10 a.m.

Good Friday 5K run

The Grange Good Friday 5K Run starts at 7 p.m. with registration starting at 6 p.m. in Grange Sports Complex. Entry is €12 for adults and €5 for children. In aid of friends of Sligo Hospital.

Active 60+ fitness class

SFX Sports and Fitness, Rathcormac are holding a moderate intensity class for the 60+ age group every Tuesday at 11 a.m. The class will focus on mobility, flexibility, strength as we age and moderate cardio. It is also an opportunity to exercise among those of a similar age/level in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Call 087 9784628 for more details.

SEAN NÓS sean nós dance classes continue every Tuesday evening in the Old School, Rathcormac. Beginners start at 7 p.m., with improvers and advanced dancers starting at 8 p.m. All very welcome. Call 086 1925988 for further details.

Your news/events

If you have any news items or event details for inclusion in the Drumcliffe Community news, please email


Lissadell Church

Due to popular demand Lissadell Church is delighted to welcome back Phil Coulter on Wednesday, May 15, at 8 p.m. All proceeds in aid of the church. Tickets available from Drumcliffe Teahouse, Liber Bookstore, Sligo, Grange Pharmacy, The Corner Shop Maugherow or by calling Heather at 087 1655880.

Community Games

There will be a cake sale in Maugherow Hall on April 19 after Good Friday Ceremonies at 5 p.m. All donations of baked cakes and buns will be greatly appreciated. Please come alomg and support with all proceeds going to Maugherow Community Games.

Property Marking

Property Marking Machine will be available in Maugherow area on Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., located at Maugherow Hall. Five items per person only. This is available to anyone who wishes to permanently mark their property (tools, trailers, machinery, bicycles, equipment etc) as robbery protection. There will be a one-way system in operation on the day, entry from the church side. Please bring your EIR code with you.

St Patrick's School

Congratulations to our First Holy class, Blaithin, Chloe, Caitlin, Laura, Ellen, Leah, Kayla, Jack, Robbie, Eleanor, Charlie, Mark and Heidi, who made their First Confession on Tuesday evening. They sang and read brilliantly. Well done to their teacher Mrs McGowan who prepared them for their First Confession. Thank you to Fr Tom and Monsignor Dolan, who celebrated the sacrament with the children and their families.

North Sligo AC

The Good Friday 5k in aid of friends of Sligo University Hospital - a family friendly event is taking place in Grange Sport Centre at 7 p.m. Adults, children, families, buggies registration: From 6 p.m. at North Sligo Sports Complex, entry: €12 Adults - €5 Children. Refreshments afterwards.

Your news

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


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. Purpose built outdoor play area. Healthy snacks provided daily. Please call 071 9146512 for registration forms. MCR Kids Lane Afterschool Service for details and registration form call 071 91465125.

Active Retirement

Congratulations to the Active Retirement Group who won the regional finals of the Go For Life Games and best of luck in the National finals in June. The Active Retirement Group meet every Tuesday in the centre at 11 a.m.

Baby clinic

Clinic resumed on Wednesday, March 27, between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (no appointment necessary).

Aikido classes

Class in MCR - Adults on Mondays and Thursdays 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Children on Thursdays 5-9 years 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m; 10 to 14 years 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Classes instructed by Eamon Coyne fourth Dan World Aikido HQ For more information telephone 087 6693711

Tang soo do

This takes place on Mondays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the centre. For further information contact Master Titus at 086 1271039.

Hall hire

Our Centre is available for room and hall hire at very competitive rates - pop in to have a look, or call the centre on 9146512.


Walking football

Merville Community Centre in Conjunction with Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership are continuing our Taster Walking Football Session Series at Our New Astro Facility on Next Saturday Morning, April 13, from 11.30 a.m. Aimed at, but not exclusively, over-50s, this is an introduction to a concept that is increasing popular as a social and Healthy activity. Come along and give it a try in a Fun Community Setting. Further info from the centre office.


The Management Committee, staff and the Wider Merville Community wish to express our sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Ray Kelly Oakfield Road, who has passed away recently. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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.

Centre 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 summer planned. Five Fist Kung Fu is on Fridays at 6.30 p.m. Piloxing with Amanda is on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. Further information on these and other activities is available from the centre office, or by turning up on the evenings of your chosen activity.

Fancy a Rewarding Career in Childcare? If you have been in Receipt of DEASP Payment for the Last 12 Months, You could be eligible to Join our Community Employment Programme, with the opportunity to Train and work with our Award Winning Dreamchasers Childcare Service. Call 071 9150029 for further info.

Extra spaces available

the 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 or hard copy left into the Merville Centre for inclusion in our Local Notes.

Rosses Point

Spring Clean Day

Rosses Point Tidy Towns, in association with the An Taisce National Spring Clean Event, invite residents to participate in the 'Clean Up' on Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m.

Please meet at Hotel car park. Gloves will be provided.


Drama Group

The Skreen-Dromard Drama Group are staging a three-act comedy 'Holy Orders' by Martin Donohue in the Skreen-Dromard Community Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 12, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7.30. Tickets can be got on the door. Proceeds of this play are for the upkeep of the community centre. Please Support.


Congratulations to the nine children from the local Ballinlig and High Park National Schools, who recently made their first Confession in preparation for their First Communion:

Luke Bradley Gemma Carrigan Layla Clarke Daniel Connolly Freddie Dennison Harry Gillespie Seán Kelly Ellen Mahon and Grainne Ward.

Track cleaning

The Athletic Track at the Skreen-Dromard Community Centre will be closed to the public from April 9 to April 11 for maintenance cleaning. Due to this operation the Soccer Pitch will also be closed. Any inconvenience caused for the three days is regretted.


The Kennedy Family Trust are holding a fundraising event 'Come Cook with Us' with chef Joe Shannon in the Diamond Coast Hotel Enniscrone on Thursday, May 9, Admission is €15. For further information ring Mary at 085 7444282 or Charlie at 087 2331813 or Rob at 086 9090698.

Darkness into Light

The Darkness into Light event in aid of Pieta House and Suicide Prevention for the Dromore West area will take place on May 11 Registration for this event is now open on - For further information and details or a wish to help out at same contact Tracy at the office Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Skreen ICA

Skreen ICA are now meeting every Wednesday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Old School House Skreen. Everyone welcome to come along on any Wednesday night.


Deepest sympathy is extended to the following families on recent bereavements.

to Mary Neary and the Neary family, Carnaboll, Dromard on the recent death of her brother-in-law Jim Quinlan, late of Listowel, County Kerry.

to Rory Egan and the Egan family, Carravard, Dromard on the recent death of his mother Eileen Egan, late of Ballymote.

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