Ahane/Castleconnell

MEMBERS OF AHANE CAMOGIE ON LIMERICK TEAM THAT QUALIFIED FOR ALL-IRELAND CAMOGIE FINAL: Congratulations to Ahane’s Niamh Mulcahy, Judith Mulcahy, Sile Moynihan and Sarah Crotty, members of the Limerick team that beat Meath in the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie semi-final in Banagher, on Saturday last. They will now play Galway in the final on Sunday, September 15, in Croke Park. Well done to all concerned.

MEMBERS OF AHANE CAMOGIE ON LIMERICK TEAM THAT QUALIFIED FOR ALL-IRELAND CAMOGIE FINAL: Congratulations to Ahane’s Niamh Mulcahy, Judith Mulcahy, Sile Moynihan and Sarah Crotty, members of the Limerick team that beat Meath in the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie semi-final in Banagher, on Saturday last. They will now play Galway in the final on Sunday, September 15, in Croke Park. Well done to all concerned.

ACM COMMUNITY CENTRE TRAINING PROGRAMMES: The following programmes are currently being considered for Winter/Spring training at the ACM Castleconnell Community Centre.

Attendance fees will be modest – approx. €30 to €50 per attendee depending on the program. If you personally, or a community organisation you are a member of, are interested in attending any of same, please email info@castleconnell.ie or telephone 061 372750 or 086 0397711 to reserve a place.

·Web Design: (Wordpress.com – Beginners and Advanced) Learn how to create an interactive website for your community group through this half-day course. On completion, participants will have set up their own FREE website or blog which they will be able to continue to use afterwards. On completion of the beginners course there will be an option to continue on to the advanced course.

Social Media for Community and Voluntary Groups: This course is designed for Community Groups who want to utilise social media to promote the work of their group. It will enable participants to understand how to set up and manage social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs, understand the future implication of cloud computing, identify how to use social media tools to drive web traffic to a website, integrate social media into the organisation’s marketing and communication strategy.

Group Development: This course is aimed at new and existing community groups who wish to improve their function and effectiveness through group dynamics, improving communication within the group and to define the roles of officers within groups. Ideal for newly formed groups or where there has been a change of officers within groups.

Personal Development and Life Skills: A ten week course designed to provide the participant with the skills to identify the areas in their lives to which they need to give attention, allowing realistic goals to be clarified and actioned as the course progresses. Throughout the course, the support of the facilitator can be utilised through a one-to-one life coaching session in which their goals can be identified and tested in a trusting environment. On completion of Level 1 of this programme, participants have the opportunity to progress to Levels 2 and 3 with further emphasis on developing personal goals and coping skills and positive mental health, self-evaluation and wellbeing.

Group Development through Gardening: A number of themed courses aimed at a range of groups including - Tidy Towns groups wishing to enhance public green spaces, residents of housing estates to enhance their estate, local communities to develop a community garden or allotment and for Community Men’s Sheds to develop the essential skills for growing food.

Leadership and Facilitation: This course is designed to facilitate the personal development and enhance the knowledge and skill of those leading and facilitating groups in their communities.

Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members: Tailored for community members who are directors on the boards of companies limited by guarantee and will outline the purpose of boards and related responsibilities, the role of the Chairperson, Secretary and PRO and how to how manage board meetings effectively.

Guide to Good Governance: a one-day programme will enable participants to describe the principals of good governance, to develop a group constitution or Memorandum and Articles of Association, and understand the key areas of risk in the company and how potential risks can be identified.

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for Community Groups: This course will assist groups in achieving their goals and optimizing effectiveness through working collaboratively and engaging with each other to set measurable outcomes, monitor these outcomes and analyse the impacts from both successes and challenges.

Sustainable Development for Community groups and Social Enterprises: Participants will explore key concepts such as sustainability and quality of life, carrying capacity and sustainable communities. They will gain awareness of the interconnectivity of development issues and systems (including environmental, societal and economic) and develop abilities in problem solving, critical thinking, analysis, facilitation and communication. Participants will draw up a vision of a sustainable community, set sustainability indicators, carry out a life cycle analysis and develop a workshop on an environmental issue of their choice, incorporating education for sustainable development methodologies.

·Youth Development: A range of training under this theme aims to facilitate young people in communities to take an active role in their communities through various workshops delivered through the medium of art, drama, personal development, photography, gardening, audio recording, decorative and performance arts, Communication Skills for Community Groups: On completion of this course communities will have the knowledge, skills and techniques to be more aware of how we communicate with others, build their self-confidence through effective communication, deal with conflict and adopt an assertive win/win stance in interpersonal communications, recognise and change unhelpful thoughts and emotions of improved communication.

CASTLECONNELL PROJECT LTD. JOB VACANCIES: The following job vacancies are available on the Castleconnell CE Scheme:

Caretaker for the ACM Community Centre

Childcare workers for the ACM Kidz Childcare Centre

This is a developmental opportunity and no experience is required - accredited Training will be provided to support your future career.

Please contact your local DSP/FAS Employment Services office at the ACM Community Centre, 14-15 Castle Street, Castleconnell for further details.

(Note that eligibility to participate on CE Scheme is generally linked to those who are 25 years of age or over and are in receipt of an Irish social welfare payment for 1 year or more. Garda Vetting will also apply).

GRAVEYARD MASS IN STRADBALLY CEMETERY: Mass for the repose of the souls of all buried in Stradbally Cemetery will be celebrated on Monday, next, at 7.30pm.

LOURDES AUTUMN PILGRIMAGE: “Owing to an increased demand for accommodation in Lourdes during this ‘Year of Faith’, a request has been made to the Diocese to reduce the number of days from five to four. Consequently the revised dates for the Autumn Pilgrimage are from Friday, Setember 27 to Tuesday, October 1, with a new reduced price of €590. This is still the cheapest pilgrimage out of Ireland. This year the Irish Church is celebrating the Centenary of the First Irish Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1913. Book on line at www.joewalshtours.ie and you will be entered for a draw for one free place.” Full details on the Diocesan website at www.killaloediocese.ie