Community Diary : January 2024

Athlone Community Radio‘s Community Diary will highlight local events and Community resources taking place throughout Athlone.

. Local DJ and radio presenter Pete Casey will host an ‘In the Spotlight’ free concert in Athlone to showcase and celebrate emerging local musical talent. Artists taking part will include, Rob Irwin, Rachel Goode, Aisling Rafferty, Tradstone  plus many more. The concert takes place in the Dean Crowe Theatre next Sunday January 21st at 8pm, and is the brainchild of Athlone Community Radio and Colin Fahy of local video production company, Depict Media. Book your free ticket on:

. Athlone and Castlerea Credit Union are inviting primary schools in the Athlone and Castlerea areas to join the Credit Union Schools Quiz 2024. To participate, contact the Credit Union to register for the local knockout stage happening at TUS, Athlone Campus on January 28th. Registration is now open for entries and closes Friday 19th January.

. A new literary journal in Westmeath opens for submissions in February. Sparks Literary Journal seeks to publish poetry, flash fiction, and short stories that ‘spark’ the imagination! Further information available

. Monksland Active Age group would like to remind members that they will reopen on Thursday, January 11th at Monksland Community Centre at 10.30am for a new year of fun and laughter. All members are invited to come along and new members are most welcome.

. A GROW Mental Health Peer-Support Meeting takes place each Friday from 11am – 1pm, in Monksland Community Centre. Meetings are free and no referral is needed. For further information contact John at 086 4411358.

. Roscommon Drug & Alcohol services have set up a SMART Recovery meeting; it takes place at Vita House Outreach Centre in Monksland on Wednesdays at 1pm. Smart Recovery is a leading evidence based addiction recovery programme focusing on managing behaviors. The service is completely free and the addiction may be to anything. The focus will not be on the addiction but on your behaviors towards it.

. MABS the money advice and budgeting service is a free and confidential service for people who are experiencing money management and debt. MABS money advisers are on hand to provide advice and practical help regarding debt and working out solutions to money problems. Please phone 076-107 2400 in confidence.

. Kiltoom knitting Club continues on Mondays at 11am in The Parish Hall. All are welcome.

. St Kieran’s Community Centre Active Age Group meets each Wednesday morning from 10am to 12pm. New members are very welcome.

. Athlone Toastmasters is an educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 8.15pm in The Creggan Court Hotel, Athlone. Contact : 086-062 3519 for further information.

. St Vincent de Paul : to reach out to the local branch in confidence please call 085-1094354.

. Athlone Samaritans are available on free phone 116123, 24hrs per day if you are having a difficult time and wish to speak to someone in confidence.

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