Monreagh Church Elders

St Baithin’s National School, St Johnston, recently welcomed one of the county’s soccer heroes, Packie Bonner when the school hosted the launch of a new primary school initiative called “Eat Right, Play Right” which has been formulated by Finn Harps and Donegal Sports Partnership Nutritionist Therese Laverty. Packie was greeted by a guard of honour of Sixth Class pupils. He then proceeded to the school hall where he was entertained by all of the school children and dazzled by their knowledge of his sporting career. Fourth Class students then tested his goal-keeping skills with a penalty shoot-out. Musical accompaniment was provided by the very talented Sean Kerrigan.

Well done to the large number of local volunteers who took part in the community clean-up last Friday. The volume of litter collected from the village, Ard Baithin, Cois Abhainn and roadsides in the rural areas was immense and the positive effect of the clean up was clearly visible. Thanks to all involved. The level of illegal dumping of household rubbish and fly tipping from cars needs addressing. Hidden cameras have been installed in certain areas to deal with illegal dumping. Let’s hope that everyone will continue to value and respect the efforts of the responsible and generous volunteers by keeping our community clean and litter free.

St Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project is currently recruiting for a Seniors Programme Support Worker (to assist with Meals on Wheels, Lunch Club and cleaning). This is a part-time temporary contract, based in St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Job description and application form available from:St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource CentreTel 9148551. Closing Date will be Friday 8th May.

The next Garda information/advice clinic will take place in St Johnston and Carrigans FRC on Wednesday 6th May 6.30 – 7.30pm to facilitate signing passport applications or other documents and also advice and support from the Gardai.

May Afternoon Tea Dance will be held in the resource centre on Friday 15th May from 1- 4pm with light lunch, music and dancing.

Regional Employment Outreach Service will be in St Johnston and Carrigans FRC on Tuesday 5 May from 11am – 1pm.

The Taobh Tire borrowing library service in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre has recently been updated with a new, exciting and interesting collection of books for all ages. In addition you can order books, DVDs, magazines or music online for delivery to the Resource Centre from the Donegal County Library service. Anyone can become a member of the Taobh Tire free of charge at reception in the Resource Centre.

The Urban Arts Project which is open to young adults 16 plus and over provides a range of creative arts based activities such as photography, mural painting and music.The group meets at the Resource Centre every Tuesday from 5.30pm to 7pm.

The Women’s Group will have an up-cycle/re-cycle evening with Eilish O’Reilly next Thursday, 7th May 2015. If you have any old lamp shades, frying pans or clothing which you would like to upcycle bring them with you. Eilish will bring recycled items and new ideas to inspire everyone. Cost is €5 per person and includes a light supper.

The Wednesday Craft Group takes place every Wednesday night in the Resource Centre. New members are very welcome. Starting time is 8 pm and it finishes up about 10.

Taughboyne History Group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday each month. New members welcome. Next meeting will take place at 7.30 in the Resource Centre on Wednesday, 13 May.