RAPHOE LOCAL NOTES
Week ending Friday 1st June 2012
10 YEAR CELEBRATIONS
The Family Resource Centre’s 10 year celebrations come to an end on Tuesday 26th June with a number of events taking place leading up to and on the day to mark the occasion:-
National Carers Week takes place from the 18th-24th June. The Family Resource Centre is inviting carers to join with us in releasing balloons in the Diamond, Raphoe on Friday 22nd June at 11.00am. Each carer in attendance will also receive a card thanking them for what they do. Those family carers who cannot be in attendance due to their caring role will be sent a thank you card in the post. If you would like to nominate a family carer to receive a card please contact 074 91 45796.
In 2011 there 274,000 family carers in Ireland, of these 10% were women and 6%were men. A full time family carer performs 110 hours caring per week –that’s 5,720 hours per year! In contrast the average worker performs 1,664paid hours per year.
11.00am-12.00pm –Teddy Bears Picnic on the green at Castle Grove (beside Springboard)
1.00pm-3.00pm –Donegal Citizen’s Information Service will be in the Family Resource Centre to answer your queries on back to school allowances, medical cards etc. No appointment necessary. This is a free and confidential service.
2.00pm-4.00pm –Tea Dance in the Family Resource Centre
6.30pm-9.00pm –Outdoor Car Boot Sale in the Diamond. This will be an excellent chance to clear out your attic or garage of unwanted items, such as homeware, bric-a-brac, toys, games, electrical equipment, second-hand books etc. Home baking, homemade jams and fresh produce are also welcome. It will also be a great opportunity for local community groups to raise funds for their organisation. There will be a limited number of tables which will cost €10.00 to hire. For further information and to book a table please contact 074 9145796. It is the policy of Raphoe Family Resource not to promote or support the sale of any items or goods which are unauthorised or which breach copyright or trading standards.
7.00pm –Live music in the Diamond with local artists, Fox ‘n’ Crew Dance Showcase, Balloon Sculpting, Face-Painting, Lucky Dip and Novelty Games!!
7.30pm -5K Road Race and Fun Walk in association with Lifford A.C. The 5k is part of Donegal Co. Athletics Board’s Grand Prix event. Registration will take place in the Family Resource Centre from 6.00pm onwards. Registration fee £8.00/€10.00.
Tony McDaid from the Family Resource Centre (running his first ever 5k), Jane Stowe and Ann Graham will be running to raise funds for the North West Simon Community’s Tenancy Sustainment Programme. If you would like to sponsor Tony please contact 074 91 45796. To sponsor Jane or Ann please contact 0863588642.
A number of people will be taking part in the Fun Walk, which begins as soon as the runners have set out, to raise funds for Raphoe “Meals on Wheels” so if you would like to sponsor any of these walkers please contact Rose Lynch on 0868338728 for more details.
The 5K and the Fun Walk will take a different course from last year. The starting line will be outside the Presbyterian Church Hall, Meetinghouse Street with the race proceeding down through the Diamond towards Lifford, taking in 2 laps of the “Racecourse” and finishing outside the Allied Irish Bank in the Diamond. We would ask motorists to please co-operate with stewards who will be on traffic management duties. Good Luck to all the runners and walkers!
STUDENT GRANT INFO SEMINAR Letterkenny Youth Information Centre, which is managed by the Donegal Youth Service, will hold a Student Grants Information seminar for parents and young people in Raphoe Family Resource Centre on Thursday June 21st. The seminars will have information and guidance on how to apply for third level grant assistance for young people and parents of those who recently completed their Leaving Certificate, or those who are entering the third level system as mature students. The Student Grant process has seen significant changes this year, with all new applications now having to be completed online. The grant is now administered nationally through Dublin VEC’s Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), meaning Youth Information Centres will now provide vital mentoring support at local level for those who need help in filling out the online application. The seminar gets underway at 7pm.
VISIT TO LEINSTER HOUSE
Following on from the recent visit to Stormont on 1st May members of the Speaking up Reaching out Project will travel to Dublin on 12th and 13th June to meet with Donegal Oireachtas members. The group will be raising issues that affect people with disabilities and will urge the public representatives to use their influence in effecting change at a National level.
One of the issues raised with MLAs at Stormont on 1st May was unpaid employment and on 25th May Lord Morrow MLA asked the First Minister and Deputy First Minister whether they will introduce Legislation to ensure that people with a disability, who are working on a placement for no salary, are not discriminated against by any employer when salaried posts become available, particularly those people who have been on placement for more than six months.
We trust that our TDs and Senators will also give due consideration to the issues raised by the group.
The Speaking up Reaching out Project is supported by the European Union Intereg IVA Programme managed by the Special EU Programme Body and delivered by co-operation and working together (CAWT) Community Awareness Programme.
Antenatal Classes will continue in Raphoe Family Resource Centre on
Tuesday 12th June -2.30pm -4.30pm
Wednesday 13th June -Physiotherapist -2.30pm -4.30pm
Tuesday 19th June -2.30pm -4.30pm
Enquiries: Rose Lynch, Public Health Nurse, Raphoe: 074 91 45108
PARENTS INFORMATION NIGHT
Saint Eunan’s National School Raphoe are holding a “Parents Information Night” on the 12th June at 8.30pm. All parents from playschool are welcome!! Refreshments will be served.
The Family Resource Centre has been contacted by a number of people regarding the running of morning time tea dances as a social outlet. Therefore, the Centre would like to hear if there is sufficient interest for such a pursuit. We would also like to hear from anyone willing to help out, provide suitable live music or donate/loan CDs or records. If there is enough interest it is likely that the tea dances will start in early June and on a Thursday morning from 11am-1pm. For further information and to register your interest please contact the Family Resource Centre on 074 9145796.
RAPHOE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMES
Tuesday: 3rd & 4th class 3.00-4.00pm
5th & 6th class 4.00-5.00pm
Wednesday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm
1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.15pm
Youth Café 1st -3rd Year 7.15-9.00pm
Thursday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm
1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.15pm
Youth Café Transition, 4th & 5th Year 7.00-9.00pm
Registration forms are available at the Family Resource Centre for all the above activities/programmes.
LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMS
Little Smiles with Big Dreams is a friendly baby and toddler group situated in Raphoe Family Resource Centre. We are open every Wednesday morning from
10.30 – 12 noon. Little Smiles with Big Dreams is a group that focus on fun for the kids and the opportunity for parents, grandparents and extended family to have discussions with other adults. It is a great way to introduce your child to a social environment while you can discuss parenting tips with others. There is no charge but your kiddies will enjoy playing with all our lovely toys, having messy play, singing and dancing and a light lunch is provided.
Raphoe Playscheme Committee would like to sincerely thank Sorcha, Sadie, Aisling, Rachael and Aine who gave their time to let us sample some of their pampering, from nail, Pilates facials, eyebrow threading, hair styles and blow dry’s and a big thank you to the Volt House. They also kindly donated spot prizes, the winners were;
Rachael’s hair voucher –Teresa Duffy
Wine, sponsored by Aisling –Christine Brolly
Aine’s hair voucher –Kate Quinn
HD eyebrow voucher –Roisin McConnell
Thornton’s chocolates –Majella Kilpatrick
Hairspray –Teresa Duffy
Hair Treatment –Roisin McConnell
Registration for Summer Playscheme is taking place on Friday 8th June from 7.00-9.00pm and Saturday 9th June from 11.00am- 1.00pm. €15 per family.
Mixed Boxercise Fitness Class in the Cathedral Hall, Raphoe. Thursday
6-7pm. Suitable for all fitness levels and age groups (16+). Female Instructor. Excellent all over body workout, which burns between 400-900 calories in one hr session? For more information contact 086 3238437.
RAPHOE KURLING CLUB
Raphoe Kurling Club A.G.M. was held in the Volt House Hall. Raphoe on Monday 7th May 2012 @7.00 pm. Mrs Tilly Hyndman was Chairperson.
Adoptions of the minutes for year 2011 were noted.
Elections of Office Bearers for Year 2013 are Chairperson: Mrs. Mgt.Parke.
Secretary: Mrs. I. Wilson, Treasurer: Mrs. A. Wilson.
The Clubs Activities during the past year were many and varied.
Kurling is the main Activity, networking with other groups locally and cross,
Craft Classes, Social Events, Short Holiday Breaks etc.
The year concludes with members going Ten Pin bowling followed by a meal.
The Club closes end of May 2012 and will reopen 1st Monday September 2013.
Springboard Family Support Project is holding a Coffee Morning on Wednesday 13th June from 11am -1pm @ Springboard premises, Castlegrove, Raphoe in aid of North West Simon Community. Everyone Welcome!
Your support will be much appreciated. Thank You!
The North West Simon Community is a not for profit organization working with those at risk of homelessness in counties Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.
RAPHOE BOXING CLUB
The Raphoe boxing club is now closed for the summer break and will re-open in mid August when all new and former members will be very welcome.
Work at the clubs new changing rooms, toilets and showers are now at an advanced stage and local building and scaffolding contractor Mike Kelly (Sheercloon Developments) hopes to have all the work completed at the end of June.
The boxers and officials at the Raphoe club would like to extend a sincere thanks to the community of Raphoe, to all the generous business people of the town for their continued financial support over the years and to the clubs Honorary Life President Frank McBrearty Snr for his most recent generous sponsorship. Special thanks go out to everyone for without your support the boxing club would fail to exist.
RAPHOE TIDY TOWNS NEWS
The Application for Raphoe in the National Tidy Towns Competition has now been sent off to the department for this year. Judging is usually during June, July & August. Thank you to everyone in the community for all your help to date. Our entire community of Raphoe is doing well receiving 293 points and a bronze medal award last year. If you wish to put out flower boxes, hanging baskets this year it will be a great help also. Thank you from the Committee, Supervisor & Staff RTT Ltd.
Results will be announced in September. Thanks.
DRUMKEEN 3RD ANNUAL CAR WASH
Our annual car wash takes place on Sunday 10th June at Drumkeen crossroads from 10.00am – 3.00pm. All proceeds going towards Restoration of Our Lady’s
Marian, Shrine which is situated at the crossroads. Any support would be greatly appreciated.
St Eunan’s Catholic Parish events to mark the Eucharistic Congress 2012
We are having a Corpus Christi Procession here in our Parish on Sunday 10th of June starting at the Chapel at 3pm going to the Diamond where there will be blessings at the junction with Irish Street, Friel’s Corner and the top of the Glen. Then there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the centre of the Diamond before returning to the Chapel for the concluding ceremony. People are encouraged to put out little covered tables along the way suitably prepared in honour of the Blessed Sacrament. Everyone is encouraged and invited to attend, as this marks the beginning of the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. During the week there will be adoration of the most Blessed Sacrament each day in the Church for set times. On Friday 15th June Holy Mass will be celebrated at 7.30pm with the anointing of the sick. May this bring many blessings to our Parish.
A new running group is starting in Raphoe every Monday, meeting at Royal and Prior school car park at 7 pm.
This group is suitable for beginners and intermediate runners. €3 per person per session. For more information contact Gerard mc Granaghan at 0862117980.
The gardens at Oakfield Park are now open for the summer. As always the trains will be running every weekend. The gardens are open from 12 – 6pm, Wednesdays to Sundays. Come along with the family & friends and bring a picnic. Maybe you’ll meet our new Black Swans on the lower lake! See the website, find us on facebook or call our enquiry number 9173068 for more info.
SELF MANAGEMENT COURSE
HSE are providing a self management course for people with long term conditions and Carers of people with long term conditions that promote self care. Self care means looking after yourself and your general health so that you can manage your life and not just your condition. The course is free of charge and is run over six weekly sessions, each lasting 2 ½ hours. Courses are being provided across the county. If you would like some more information on this course or would like to book a place on a course, you can contact the HSE Consumer Services Department on 9189016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All enquiries are welcome.
RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB:
Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.
Community News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at email@example.com or to Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank You.
Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to email@example.com every Thursday to meet the print deadline.