Community Diary : May 2024

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

. The RTE All Ireland Drama Festival 2024 is currently taking place at the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone, until Friday May 10th, and concluding with a grand awards ceremony on Saturday May 11th. Further information available

. The Athlone Parkrun will relocate from its current base at TUS Athlone to the Regional Sports Centre from Saturday, May 11th. A community event with 50-100 people attending weekly in Athlone, the new course will be on a flat tarmac circuit around the Regional Sports Centre and will suit families who choose to walk the Parkrun. The event commences at 9.30am each Saturday morning.

. This year marks the 40th year of the Oliver Goldsmith Festival. The launch of the festival takes place in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel on Friday 10th May. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Nothing he did not adorn’. The festival takes place during the June bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 30th May to Sunday 2nd June.

. Darkness into Light, the annual fundraising event organized by Pieta and supported by Electric Ireland, is taking place this coming Saturday May 11th, commencing at the Athlone Regional Sports Centre. The funds raised from this year’s Darkness into Light will help communities within Westmeath, with the funding going directly to Pieta’s services.

. A new monthly market takes place on the first Saturday of each month at Rob’s Ranch House in Irishtown, Athlone from 12.30pm to 5pm. Crafts, local art, food and other produce will be on sale on the day. All welcome. Phone 090-6450596.

. The Athlone Agri-Show recently held its Annual General Meeting in the Bounty Athlone and announced details for their 2024 Show. It will be held on the farm of Michael O’Donoghue, Garnafailagh, Athlone, the same venue as last year. The show will take place on Sunday June 16th this year and a great day out for all the family is promised.

. Monksland Active Age group takes place each Thursday morning at 10.30am at Monksland Community Centre. 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.

. The Athlone and Midlands Samaritans are at present looking for volunteers to assist in their work. No experience or specific qualifications are necessary. “We will train, mentor and support you all the way”, is the message the Samaritans are sending out to the public. Those interested in helping or looking for more information can contact Anne on 087-7176189. Alternatively email

. 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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