Local Notes: The Anglers Rest, Glenamoy present to Cill Chomain GAA Club. – Community

Think of D-Day in Blacksod

On Thursday 6 June, D-Day and Ireland’s involvement will be commemorated both at home and on the front line. D-Day, 80 years later in Blacksod, begins at 5am with a sunrise commemoration ceremony, followed by exhibitions open to the public at 10am from Met Éireann, An Post, Military Archives, Irish Lights and an exhibition of film props from the rescue Private Ryan.

At 11 a.m., guest speaker Ron Howko will speak about the U.S. Army’s veteran forces on D-Day. Then at 12 noon there will be guest speaker Donal Buckley, retired Irish Army, and he will talk about Irish neutrality then and now.

From 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM there will be 1940s music with Bridget McMahon. There is an airplane overpass dedicated to the men LOP’S (lookouts).

Erris Family General Meeting and Community Support Center

Recently the Erris FCSC held their Annual General Meeting at the IWA Centre. The meeting was opened by chairman Rosaleen Lally, who welcomed all present and then presented her chairman’s report.

“As chairman, I am proud of the progress we have made over the past twelve months and the hard work of the management committee. Since recruiting a staff team and drawing up the 2024 annual plan, a lot has been done and we have completed many of the actions we had planned for this year.

We have organized events for International Women’s Day, Hello, How Are You, an Empowering Parent talk and more – all very positive events, well attended and receiving positive feedback. It was a good start to connect with the local community and share more about who we are and the work we will be doing locally.

We have also set up a pilot play therapy service, one morning a week, subsidized so that costs are not a barrier to families. And we continue to work with NWSTOP in offering a local advice service, 2 days a week.

We have baby massage starting in June, plans for community education classes, a wellness connection program and plans for a Sunset4Stop walk in August. We also continue to work to secure suitable premises for our center so that we can implement our work plan and develop more projects and support.

The original committee began the FRC for Erris campaign in 2019, recognizing a huge gap in services and support. We are confident that Erris FCSC can address many of these gaps over time, be a vehicle to enable positive change in the community and ensure that local people are at the heart of the work we do. We will do our part to create a strong and inclusive community here in Erris.” The audited accounts were then presented to the meeting by Treasurer Rosemarie Mangan. Thomas McHugh Accountants conducted the audit in accordance with Irish law and accounting standards. The accounts for 2023 have been finalized and T McHugh has been appointed as accountant for the coming year.

Subcommittee reports have been provided for the SC Real Estate, the SC Mental Health, the SC Finance and the SC HR. A significant amount of work has been done in all these key areas and members of each of these areas were commended for their hard work and time spent.

An Officer Board was elected for the new term: chairman Rosaleen Lally; Vice President Margaret Heffron; company secretary Dervilia Cullotty; treasurer Majella Lavelle; deputy treasurer Dervilia Cullotty; PRO Stephanie Gallagher.

The board accepted the resignation of Rosemarie Mangan as director and treasurer. She was thanked for her time, efforts and everything she gave to the campaign and the setup of the center. Rosemarie’s many talents, skills and good humor will be greatly missed.

The board also accepted the resignation of Rina Garrett from the company. The current committee expressed its disappointment at the loss of a valued member and thanked Rina for her dedication to the project from the beginning. The attention paid to her knowledge and experience will be greatly missed.

The current volunteer board of directors of Erris FCSC is Rosaleen Lally, Margaret Heffron, Dervilia Cullotty, Majella Lavelle, Teresa Gaughan, Paddy Joe Deane, Ferdia O’Mongain, Caitriona King, Stephanie Gallagher and Brendan Deane.

Coordinator Leanne Barrett thanked the outgoing members and directors for all their support and hard work. And also thanked new officers and new directors for their involvement and efforts in the project. The center is excited to be in this next phase and see continued interest and new energy coming in.

The gathering also wished Margaret Heffron all the best on her retirement from Saint Brendan’s College next month. Her contributions to the lives of students, families and the Erris school community are immeasurable.

Finally, incoming President Rosaleen Lally discussed the issue of her candidacy for the upcoming local elections. The center has sought professional governance advice and there is nothing in the FCSC governance document that prevents a candidate or local representative from being a director of the Board. She assured the meeting that the two roles were completely separate and that her involvement with the center is that of an independent volunteer and community member, having been part of this project since its inception in 2019. The board can, if they wish, vote to include a clause in the company’s articles of association that would prevent elected representatives from serving as directors. This would be a matter for the board should the current chairman be elected to Mayo County Council.

All attendees were thanked again for their presence and participation in the meeting. And especially to the incoming Home School Liaison Co-ordinator for Saint Brendan’s, Mary Gaughan, for her participation in the meeting.

St Brendan College

Third year students from St Brendan’s College, Belmullet, recently visited the Ardnacrusha Hydro Electric Power Station in Co Clare. The students were given a comprehensive tour of this pioneering power plant and learned about its technical and historical significance when it was built by Siemens in the emerging Irish state in the 1920s. This interdisciplinary education initiative was an informative and rewarding experience for both students and faculty.

Gaelcholaist Cholmain

Gaelcholaiste Cholmain are very pleased and very proud of their ‘Gaelbratach’ award which they have received for the second year in a row. Gaelbratach is a support program for all types of schools across Ireland and focuses on the promotion of the Irish language on a structured, planned and enjoyable basis in primary and post-primary schools. Gaelbratach is awarded, where appropriate, in recognition of the school’s efforts. High praise for the school’s Irish Language Committee, together with its teachers Mrs Níc Oireachtaigh and Mrs Uí Déagáin.

All Irish champions

Congratulations to the Mayo U23 pool squad for winning the All-Ireland Pool competition in Killarney recently. Erris players Padraic Coyle, Adam McAndrew and David Doocey plus manager Daniel Feehan, Westport and 15-year-old Dermot Kelly from Killawalla defeated Tyrone, with Dermot Kelly winning the final frame against Tyrone to top their group, dropping just 3 frames along the way .

This U23 team has lost the last two All Ireland finals in the last frame every year. The senior men’s team (A) had three Erris representatives: Colin Holmes, Ed Holmes and Padraic Coyle and only lost to eventual winners Louth in the semi-finals. There were 20 players in all classes, men and women, representing Erris.

Noel Reilly perpetual cup

This is the fourth time Belmullet Tidy Towns has organized this project and in that short time it has gone from strength to strength. This annual quiz is very important to them as it is held every year in memory of Noel Reilly who chaired the Belmullet Tidy Towns Committee for over thirty years. Congratulations to Corclough National School for taking out the top prize. Noel was a man known and loved throughout Iorras and it is therefore right and appropriate that this is an event with participation from across Iorras. The first year 10 teams participated in the competition, this year there were 24 teams. In memory of Noel, the top prize is a beautiful trophy – an image of Clan Lir – Buanchorn Noel Uí Riallaigh. Another notable aspect of this event is all the groups supporting them to make this project possible. They are truly grateful to all of you. Finally, the organizers sincerely thank the children Noel, now the third generation, still working together with Bale Slachtmhar, Eva, an excellent operator for Bale Slachtmhar and Elaine; not only as chairman and office manager, but also because of the ongoing support she gives us in all aspects of our work. Noel will never be forgotten – may his noble soul rest in peace.

Kilcommon Community Development Lotto

The draw took place on May 26 and the numbers drawn were; 14, 15, 22 and 24 without a winner for a jackpot of €5,800. The €100 house prize winner was Jason Healy, Derrynmeel and the €30 offline winners were Pat McAndrew, Glengad and Marty King, Glengad. The online winners of €30 were Martin McManamon, Glenturk and Catherine Flannery, Pullathomas. Next week’s jackpot is €5,900. This week’s draw takes place at Connolly’s Stonefield.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Connacht Pioneers are organizing a pilgrimage to Lourdes on July 18, from Knock for 5 nights full board at Hotel Agenda. Price €859. For more information contact Father Joe Delaney on 087 6660408.

Clothing collection

The Cill Chomáin GAA clothing collection will take place on Wednesday 5 June and all items of clothing must be left in the old clubhouse. Contact 086 4075057.

Kiltane GAA Club News

There was no winner of Kiltane GAA Club’s weekly lotto jackpot of €12,900 this week. The two €50 winners were Mary Monaghan, Dooyork and Kathleen O’Boyle, Shragraddy, while Carys Keane, Doohoma and EMC both won €25. The two online winners were Mark McGuire, Navan €50 and Martin McManamon, Bangor €25.

Bingo continues on Tuesday 4 June at 8pm at the Bangor complex with a jackpot of €900 in 53 calls or less.