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Athenry Parish Newsletter Sun 18th August 2013
Athenry Vocational School- Returning to Education/Open Days/Evenings
Athenry Vocational School are holding
Open Days/Evenings on Wednesday and Thursday, 4th & 5th September and also on Wednesday evening 4th September from 6.30 to 8.00p.m.
Courses on offer include Business,Computers and information Technology, Childcare, Healthcare, Applied Social Studies, and Business Advanced Administration Level 6. The courses are open to post leaving certificate students and mature adults returning to education to gain a qualification and return to the workforce. Tuition is free and courses are Fetac certified. Enquiries 091 844159.
Athenry Musical Society
Athenry Musical Society are holding their AGM and information evening about the society on Monday 19th August @ 8pm in the Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!'
Campa Amhránaíochta agus Damhsa - Song & Dance Camp 19-23 August 2013 @ Esker, Athenry, Co. Galway
Info: 087-1953884 / 087-9192381 / 086-8070335
•Children 4-8 yrs where one parent at least speaks Irish to them at home.
•Children 9-13 yrs where one parent at least speaks Irish to them at home.
Athenry Camogie Club
Athenry Camogie Club is holding its Annual Golf Classic, 3 – Ball Scramble format in Athenry Golf Club on: Thursday 29th, Friday 30th & Saturday 31st August, 2013. The cost per team of 3 is €75. Details: Nicola 086 2582551 and Johnny 087 2274772. Your support would be appreciated.
Athenry Heritage Centre
The Athenry Heritage Centre in partnership with Galway County Council and the Irish Walled Towns Network presents Athenry’s Walled Towns Day on Sunday 18th August, commencing at 1:30pm. The opening ceremony will be held in Athenry Castle and officially launched by the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Eileen Mannion.
Discover a programme of events in Athenry Park, which includes a Children’s Jousting Workshop with the Loughrea Crafts Club, traditional longbow demonstrations with Dave Hodson, craft displays by Montague Heritage Services and living history presentations with Dave Swift of Claiomh. The re-enactors of Eireann Edge will also provide demonstrations of weapons and medieval crafts, which include a working forge.
Join Dr. Jim McKeon for an Archeological ‘Dig It’ activity and make your own clay sword or Claddagh Broach with Jim Daly of Jumping Clay. The castle will host a puppet-making workshop with Carmel Balfe and hear the music of Nuada Medieval Duo in the Great Hall. At 4:00pm, there will be a special screening of the film ‘Our Town’ in the AV Theater of the castle. This documentary made by the 5th year pupils of Athenry Boys School with Frank Delaney will illustrate the rich history of the town and demonstrate how the old merges with the new.
The Athenry Heritage Centre presents the ‘Three Little Pigs at 3:00pm with the Little Gem Puppet Company and the centre will host the photographic exhibition Athenry ‘The Legacy’. This unique exhibition is from a one-day workshop facilitated by Shem Caulfield.
This year’s event has the added attraction of seeing the medieval town from a horse drawn carriage with Christy Williams. What better way to see the best-preserved medieval town in Ireland. This free family fun event will be held in the Park of Athenry, with other events held in Athenry Castle and the Athenry Heritage Centre from 1:30pm until 5:00pm.
Full details are available on www.athenryheritagecentre.com or contact 091 844661 for details.
Photographs and Memorabilia wanted for Athenry Heritage Week
Heritage Week aims to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation and to involve local communities in its care.
To commemorate National Heritage week, which is taking place from the 18th to the 25th of August. Athenry Castle (OPW) would like to hold a photographic and memorabilia exhibition. We wish to invite the general public and local community groups to send in photographs or memorabilia which will be displayed in the castle.
The theme is Athenry (Our Heritage times past to the present day.) Photographs old or new are most welcome. This is a great opportunity for all to share our rich historical past together with the many great community groups that work so hard to make Athenry a great place to live in today.
Photographs or memorabilia can be dropped into or sent to Athenry Castle (OPW). All will be returned.
Sarah Griffin School of Speech and Drama (formerly Stagecraftz):
Classes resume on Monday Sept 16th
Mondays 3:30 - 4:30 -1st/2nd/3rd classes
Mondays 4:30 - 5:30 - 3rd/4th/5th classes
Fridays 2:30 - 3:30 Junior and Senior Infants
Classes take place in The Canton Hall (Near Church and Garda Station). There will be a registration and information day on Monday September 9th from 4pm - 5pm. Please contact Sarah on 087 1529591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New primary care centre for Athenry
A new Primary Care Centre for Athenry has been opened.
GP services will be provided by the doctors from ‘The Surgery’, previously based at Caheroyn in Athenry. The Centre will also accommodate public health nurses, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology services, family support services, counselling service and community heart failure nurse.
It will also provide community welfare clinics, child and adolescent mental health clinics, a social work team and home help services, as well as a day hospital for the local Community Mental Health Team.
The new Primary Care Centre in Athenry is located in Raheen, and has been developed by Raheen Developments. There will be a number of private healthcare providers also on site including Athenry Physiotherapy, McSharry’s Pharmacy, Ruth Kilcoyne Dietitian, Specsavers and Audiology 9. Mocha Beans will provide onsite refreshments.
“This Primary Care Centre will allow the public to have easy access to an increased range of services from Athenry Primary Care Team based in the one location. The new facility will allow the provision of high quality health care in a clean, modern, safe environment,” said Marie Prendergast, Primary Care HSE West.
“The building is fully accessible for those who have a disability, those who have mobility difficulties and parents with buggies. The development of Primary Care Teams is a key element of our national plan for developing community-based health services.”
The contact number for HSE services is 091-737300 and the contact number for Drs Keane, McGloin, Meehan and O'Connor is 091-844489.
Athenry Parent, Toddlers & Baby Group
Parent, Toddlers & Baby Group will recommence on Monday the 2nd of September in the Canton Hall, Athenry (beside Shopping Basket) from 10.00a.m. to 11.30a.m.
Ultra-Flex School of Dance
Ultra-Flex School of Dance summer camp running from the 19th - 23rd of August in the District Health and Fitness. The camp runs from 10am-2pm for more information contact Aoife on (085) 7396602.
Funding to complete Athenry roundabout
Almost 200 thousand euro in funding has been secured to progress an unfinished roundabout at Lorro Gate in Athenry.
In 2007, a developer began building the structure.
However, part of the old town walls became exposed and a State archaeologist recommended building the roundabout above the remains of the walls.
195 thousand euro has now been allocated by Galway County Council which will finally see the completion of the structure in the Prospect area.
Loughrea Area Cllr Peter Feeney says it's a great boost for the area where the project has been at a standstill for some time. (Galway Bay fm)
Athenry considered for connection to the natural gas grid
Athenry is to be considered for connection to the natural gas grid after Bord Gais Networks and Gaslink carried out a study of towns not connected to the gas network.
The study included a review of how feasible it would be to connect Galway/Mayo towns to the natural gas network. The Commission for Energy Regulation also allowed Gaslink to extend the network to 11 of these towns, including Athenry.
Prior to the roll-out of each town, a detailed analysis of the loads within the town and the revenues associated with them was carried out. The gas network has been extended to seven of these towns and work is progressing on the development of the network to Tuam.
Work is also ongoing to secure economic loads in Athenry, Knock, and Ballyhaunis prior to commencement of construction.
The news has been welcomed by Labour Galway East, Senator Lorraine Higgins.
“For business and industry, natural gas can be used for a wide range of applications, with fuel cost savings of anywhere between 30 and 60 per cent,” she said. “With reduced carbon emissions, no storage requirement and a constant, and reliable of supply, the connection to Athenry would have enormous benefits for everyone.”
© Kieran Glynn 2013