Thursday 14 November 2019

Around the districts: Carraroe, Coolaney-Rockfield, MCR, Merville

Sligo barbershop group Tone Cold Sober with director Ailbhe Hayes competing at the IABS (Irish Association of Barbershop Singers) National Convention in the Gleneagle Hotel recently. The group won Silver at the competition
Sligo barbershop group Tone Cold Sober with director Ailbhe Hayes competing at the IABS (Irish Association of Barbershop Singers) National Convention in the Gleneagle Hotel recently. The group won Silver at the competition

Carraroe: Thank You night - Carraroe and District Regeneration Association held a very nice thank you event in Molly Fulton's on Wednesday evening.

Bridie McLean chairperson expressed delight to see all our friends attending to give the opportunity to acknowledge and thank all who have assisted over the year.

She highlighted the large number of people who weekly undertake litter picking on roads around the area and also the dedicated team who turn out each Tuesday and Thursday to plant flowers, weed and sweep to keep our community looking so well.

Bridie also thanked the business and large team who assist each year with our annual Spring clean which usually kicks off our season. Special tribute was paid to our local volunteer Séamus Duffy, who did so much work during the year.

DympnaO' Loughlin and Mary Dunbar joint treasurers made a presentation to Séamus as a small token of our appreciation for all his work. The committee would welcome any ideas for future developments around the area.

We want to also record our appreciation to the manager and team in Molly Fulton's who provided complimentary finger food and refreshments to all.

Learn to dance

Learn to jive, waltz, Quick Step and more. Light refreshments served - The schedule of bands are: Tomorrow night October 30 is Halloween Party night with costume optional and music provided by Trevor Moyles, November 6 Jason Moyles, November 13 Andy Ferry, November 20 John Molloy, November 27 Billy Corcoran. - For more information contact Frank at 087 9809432.

If They Poop You Scoop

People walking their dogs in Carraroe are requested to remove fouling please bring home and bin. Recently it was observed an individual left the dog fouling on paths where children walk into school. Pooper - scoopers are available free from Sligo County Council.

School Parking

Parents are reminded there is an agreed traffic management protocol in place and all parents are requested to observe the agreed protocol. Parents are requested not to obstruct residents entrances or to park on double yellow lines as such obstructs other parents exiting the carpark and also delays in exiting as the two lanes cannot be used. Parking on main road at roundabout where double lines exist places children at risk apart from it being illegal. Parents should desist from parking in cul-de-sac adjacent to lighthouse as children have to cross a very busy road and it places children at risk.

Progressive 25

Our regular Progressive 25 game is in Carraroe Community Centre each Tuesday at 9 p.m. Usual prizes and jackpot available. Our Christmas party Night is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, and our usual jackpot, prizes and treats will be provided Please spread the word to all card players. inexperienced players welcome. Great night of chat and fun to be enjoyed by all.

Christmas Lights

An application to Sligo County Council for Christmas lights for Carraroe has been submitted. Hopefully we will be successful and will be able to light up our community.

St John's GAA Club lotto

Lotto draw jackpot now €13,900. Tickets can be purchased in the following outlets - Applegreen, Pearse Road 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. €2 per ticket or three for €5. The lotto is also available to do online visit St John's GAA Club website.

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.

Parking at Church/Community Centre

Please use the designated car parks which includes around the community centre. Plenty of parking is available in safe locations. Please avoid parking on the main road. It obstructs passing traffic and view of people leaving the community centre and church.

Seniors Alarm

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

Town Bus Service

Cadra is continuing to campaign to have this service restored to Carraroe Retail Park and extended down to the Carraroe Community Centre. We are advised the National Transport Authority is now reviewing the Sligo Town Service and in light of the Government Climate Change policy it should be approved to encourage people use public transport. We are advocating there should be a service to Carraroe which would allow people from Ballygawley, Ballintogher, Ballisadare park in Carraroe and take bus to town. We are aware all that is required to allow this proposal is a 10-minute extension to the existing service. All residents are requested to write to their elected local and national representatives requesting they support the campaign.


Cadra continues to distribute free Hi-Viz. 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 Hi-Viz available from any member of committee.

Walking Group

The following is a list on our planned walks over next few weeks: Strandhill, Luke's Bridge, Community Field Walk Cuilbeg, Retail Park, Sligo, Racecourse. We are also planning our Christmas Lunch all welcome. Text interest please for number purposes. There is a What's App Text system in place to update people interested on details each week Call 087 2222835 to join.

Footpath Application

Carraroe and District Regeneration has submitted an expression of interest to the current Towns and Villages scheme to have money allocated for the continued development of footpaths around our area. Please remind your political contacts of the need to assist us complete this work in interest of our residents and children using these very busy roads.

Future News/Events

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


Coolaney ICA

Monthly Meetings have resumed. Next meeting is scheduled for November 7 at 8 p.m. in the Coolaney Community Centre. New members to the area are always welcome. Ceramic classes are scheduled for four weeks from October 28. Open to non-members. For further information contact 086 8642420.

Parenting Programme

Shaping Ourselves and Our Children starting November 8 in the FRC (Tubbercurry Family and Childcare Resource Centre). This course is for parents/grandparents/carers or those working with young children. We will explore: Hopes and fears we have for our children and their future, How home shapes our children for the world outside, Self-esteem and confidence, Communication skills - what parents say and what children hear, Learning through play, Respect for diversity and our changing communities.

This programme will run from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Free lunch provided. Generous child care allowance for participants. To register for either course please contact Kate at 086 8276055 or email or pm us.

The mother baby group meets in the Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre every Wednesday from 10.30 a.m. The group is informal, and mums come for a chat and a cuppa. On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.

Killoran Rambling House

This takes place on Friday, November 8, in Killoran Community Centre. All welcome.

Foróige Club

The Foróige Club takes place on Friday evenings in Coolaney Community Centre between 7.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. It is open to all youths aged 13 to 18 years. For more information contact Mark at 086 0740841 or Brendan 087 3964541.

Card Games

Killoran 25 card game has resumed in Killoran Community Centre on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

Ballinacarrow Card Games recommenced in Ballinacarrow Community Centre on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

Community Notes

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


Kids Lane

Places are now available. 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

The Active Retirement group meets on Tuesday mornings from 11 a.m. to 1p.m.

Baby Clinic

Clinic is 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.

Hall Hire

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


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.Contact Merville Centre Office at 071 9150029 for further information.

Kids birthday parties

The Main Hall and Astro Pitch 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 or hard copy left into the Merville Centre for inclusion in our Local Notes.

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