Tuesday 18 June 2019

Around the districts: Carraroe, MCR, Merville, Northside Community Centre

Pupils and staff of Bunninadden N.S are presented with €1000 prize from Sophie Osborne of Conradhna Gaeilge. The school was awarded the top prize for Co. Sligo in the Irish Song Competition with their song and video ‘Amhran Scoil Chroí Naofa’. It comprised singing, rapping as Gaeilge as well as Irish dancing and traditional music
Pupils and staff of Bunninadden N.S are presented with €1000 prize from Sophie Osborne of Conradhna Gaeilge. The school was awarded the top prize for Co. Sligo in the Irish Song Competition with their song and video ‘Amhran Scoil Chroí Naofa’. It comprised singing, rapping as Gaeilge as well as Irish dancing and traditional music

Carraroe: Christmas Greetings - Cadra wish all our residents, volunteers and friends a very happy Christmas. We thank everyone who assisted with our objective of taking care of our community during 2018. Please keep a look out for our neighbours and don't forget to call anyone living alone.

Christmas Tree/Carol Service

A large number of residents enjoyed a social evening in the community centre for the Lighting of the Christmas Tree at the community centre. Fr Jim blessed the tree and set in motion our local celebrations of the true meaning of Christmas. Ray Cotter and the local children's and adults choirs entertained all with beautiful Carols and all enjoyed the refreshment provided by our usual volunteers.

Poster Campaign

Cadra is now working to ensure posters are not erected in our area during all elections' and referenda. We have written to leader and General secretary of each political party requesting they commit to respecting our community by not erecting posters. Please spread the word and ensure all supporters are aware.

25 Card Game

We were delighted to see all our many friends and supporters enjoy the special Christmas party on Tuesday night. The €1,000 jackpot unfortunately was not won. The winners of the regular jackpot on 12games were Pascal McGoldrick/Jodie Cooney, Darragh Fallon/Anthony McGoldrick. Runners-up were Gerry Fee/Séamus Lavin. The monster draw gave over 30 prizes and all enjoyed the refreshments and chat after the game. The volunteer organisers wish all our players, supporters' families and friends a very Happy Peaceful Christmas. Looking forward to seeing all again for the first game of the New year on Tuesday, January 8, 19 at 9 p.m. New inexperienced players are always welcome. All proceeds go to local projects in the community so please support and bring a friend.

Dancing Classes

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: St Stephen's Night December 26 Jason Moyles will entertain the Wren Boys and girls, Wednesday, January 2, Trevor Moyles, January 9 Chris Dallat, January 16 19 Kieran McAree, January 23 John Molly, January 30 Colm Burke, February 13 Jason Moyles, February 20 Noel Brody, February 27 Jason Moyles. Learn to jive, waltz, Quick Step and more - For more information contact Frank at 087 9809432.

Church news

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.

Carraroe Parish Choir: 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.

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.

Slimming World

Charlotte will provide sessions in Carraroe Community Centre each Tuesday morning at 7.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. and each Saturday morning at 8.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. All current, new, re-joining and visiting members very welcome. - for more information contact Charlotte at 087 7987118.


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.

Illegal dumping

All residents are requested to keep a look out for type of 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 Guild ICA

We wish all our members and the community a very happy and Peaceful Christmas and special thank you to Cadra for all the support throughout 2018. 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.

St John's GAA Club

Lotto draw jackpot now €12,800. 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.

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 closure

The centre closes for Christmas from Friday, December 21, till Monday, January 7.

Kids Lane

MCR Kids Lane Early Years Service (EYS) has a few ECCE Year (free) available. Open 9.00 to 1.00 Monday to Friday. Please call 071 9146512 for Registration Forms. MCR Kids Lane Afterschool Service for details and registration form call 071 91 465125

Baby clinic

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

Aikido classes

Class in MCR - Adults on Mondays and Thursdays 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Children on Thursdays five years to nine years 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m/10 years 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, 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.


Christmas holidays

Merville Community Centre will close for the Christmas Break on Friday, December 21. All Activities and Dreamchasers Childcare Services re-open on Monday, January 7, at 9.15 a.m. A Peaceful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all our Patrons, friends and the Wider Merville Community. A Síochánta Nollag agus Bliain Nua Shona.

Neighbourhood watch

With December bringing the coming of the darkest evenings, please keep an eye out particularly for Elderly neighbours and those living alone. Be wary of opening the door after dark or allowing anyone you don't know into your house. Stay Safe this winter by watching out for all in Our Community.

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.

Northside Community Centre

Centre closure

The centre will close on Friday, December 21, and will re-open on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

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. Clinics are held on Tuesdays 9.30 a.m. to midday. Contact Róisín at 087 1718375.


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


Mediation service available. Contact the centre at 071 9147097.

University of the 3rd Age

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

Alcohol/drugs service

Sligo Community Alcohol and Drugs Service: Contact Mark Askey at 087-2208602 or Darren O Brien at 087 7878355.

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