The Active Age group are busy preparing for their Bealtaine competition. They got in a bit of a lather while learning how to make felt. Let soap it will all come out in the wash.
Roscommon County Community Games Development Officer is facilitating a meeting on Thursday March 28th at 8.00pm in Lisacul Community Centre to assist us organise Community Games in the Loughglynn/Lisacul/Gorthaganny Area.
Community Games offers FORTY different sporting and cultural activities to children from the age of 6 years to 16 years. The games are child-centred and the emphasis is on taking part and making friends.
The previous committee, who have given so many years of service to the Community Games in the area, have stepped down. It’s now time for a new generation of parents and guardians to take their place and ensure the games are kept alive in the Loughglynn, Lisacul and Gorthaganny and we hope you’ll join us at the meeting.
Lisacul Community Development held their AGM on 20th February and presented a report on activities for 2018.
The report uses the broad headings from the Memorandum and Articles of Association so that we can measure ourselves against our objectives.
If you think you can help us improve our performance in any of the areas listed below, come and talk to us at our next meeting on 20th March at 8:30pm
The Community Employment Programme
The Community Employment programme had its annual audit by the Department of Social Protection and was again approved to continue to operate. The programme is overseen by John Greene and employed sixteen people over the year.
Under the programme, employees undertook a range of training programmes, including modules leading to major awards in Administration and Horticulture.
The nature of the programme means there is a regular turn-over of employees and 2018 was no exception. We welcomed Elizabeth Care, Patricia Gilman, Tony Dollard, and Josh Craggs and said goodbye to Ron Bell, Michael Hannelly, Deirdre Heald, and Gerry Carty.
The Resource Centre and the Community Centre
The Resource Centre provides a focus for the community, enabling voluntary groups to maximise their effectiveness by providing facilities for events, administrative back up, and additional expertise where needed. The Administrator for Brightsparks uses a desk in the Resource Centre, while local groups – such as Active Age, the Ladies Club, Brightsparks Preschool Committee, Lisacul Players, and Tidy Towns – and individuals used the administrative facilities offered by the Resource Centre for photocopying, internet research for college projects, administration for Ros Go Run and Village Play ticket sales, and poster designs and publicity for local events.
The Community Centre has two halls which are available for use by the village. The Memorial hall provides the schoolroom for Brightsparks Preschool and Eithne Fahy’s School of Irish Dancing, as well as being used to stage the Village Play and as a venue for the Christmas Party. Over the summer, thanks to a grant obtained by Brightsparks, the Memorial Hall was renovated, with the installation of a ceiling and new fire doors, and the removal of a partition, adding extra several square metres of useful space.
The New Hall was pressed into service to provide the venue for refreshments after the Cemetery Mass during the renovations. It also provided a training space for a Manual Handling Course, an evening furniture restoration course (supported by GRETB), a rehearsal space for Lisacul Players, the location for the revived Toddler Group, a new meeting space for the Active Age group – with room for exercises and games, and for a range of committee meetings for local groups.
Thanks to grants from the Municipal District Fund and Roscommon Community Development Funds, we were able to add new radiators and storage to the New Hall enabling groups to store equipment in the Centre, instead of bringing it to each meeting.
Promoting art, culture and heritage
We continued our support of Éire Óg GAA club and to Handball enthusiasts through providing ground workers and caretakers at James Timothy Park and to the Handball Alley. We also provided facilities to the Lisacul Players, enabling them to stage their play over three nights in April. A long-term project to find and identify old farm machinery and place them in landscaped areas around the village continues.
The Resource Centre continues to reach out to our broader community. With the kind permission of Canon Devine, and the assistance of the Parish Administrator, the weekly parish newsletter is now posted to the website, enabling friends and family abroad to remain in touch with home. Our community Facebook page continues to thrive, with over three hundred subscribers.
To fulfil its remit to collate and disseminate useful information to the community, LCDC has accounts with Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, and has its own website – LisaculInfo.ie. These social media accounts, together with other village accounts such as Tidy Towns, Brightsparks Preschool, and Active Age, communicate with a huge number of subscribers, locally, nationally and internationally. The website, Flickr and Wikipedia account provide a range of static information about the village, its heritage and its activities, while the social media accounts provide a dynamic and interactive means of promoting a dialogue with local groups and individuals.
LCDC is charged with ensuring the company has the physical resources necessary to carry out its business.
The insulation installed last year has made a significant difference to heating costs, and the installation of a new boiler and additional radiators in the New Hall have made marked improvements to heating efficiency and reduced reliance on the large fan heaters, one of which was removed completely during the year. We continue to review and compare utility provider costs to ensure we are getting the best value for money.
The company does not have sufficient outdoor space to provide gardens and greenhouses for general use however, through its management of the CE scheme, and cooperation with other local schemes, it looks after many of the greenspaces throughout the village. These include verges, the gardens of the church, graveyards and burial spaces, the handball alley, and the sensory garden attached to Brightsparks Preschool. Participants on the Horticulture Course carried out practical work on a perennial bed at the Church, as well as revitalising an existing bed at the front of the Community Centre and creating a new bed in a corner of the Centre.
We had an exceptionally good year in applying for grants, with funding secured from Municipal and Community Development funding streams. We are grateful to our local councillors, Michael Creaton, Nigel Dineen, and Paschal Fitzmaurice, for their assistance in and support for our grant applications. We are also, as ever, grateful to our wonderful community who fund us through donations and by supporting fundraising events. The funds raised over the year have have been used to improve the heating and provide new storage in the New Hall, and for the day to day running of the Community Centre.
Facilities for Children
The Community Centre hosts Brightsparks Preschool with its five staff and twenty-eight classroom places. Thanks to the refurbishment work, Brightsparks has been able to extend its working hours. The centre also hosts the Toddler Group every Friday from 11 to 1pm. The expansion of hours in Brightsparks and the closing time of the Toddler Group fit in with the National School hours, thereby contributing to a reduction in car journeys.
Eithne Fahy’s School of Dance continues to hold classes in Memorial Hall every Friday during term time.
At Hallowe’en, the Preschool Committee organised a disco for children up to sixth class and the Parents’ Association hosted the annual Children’s Christmas Party. The Centre was also the venue for communion and graduation parties during the year.
After the major works carried out this year and with the suspension of municipal funding streams this year, we do not foresee any large scale works at the Centre. However, we have agreement in principle from the Alan O’Dowd fund to provide us with new chairs and tables and some enhancements of the small kitchen beside the new hall and we look forward to documenting these in our 2019 Review.
Lisacul Players have reserved the hall on the 26th and 27th of April for their next presentation, and Seán Keane has added the hall to his tour schedule and will be playing here on 29th March.
The Preschool Committee also plan to host an Easter Disco for children on 14th April.
Seán Keane will play Lisacul Memorial Hall on Friday 29th March this year. An accomplished musician and singer, Seán mixes blues, country, and traditional Irish folk in a unique and attractive way and has established a firm fan base both here and abroad. We are delighted that he has chosen Lisacul as part of his 2019 touring schedule.
Tickets, costing 25 euro, for the concert are available from the Resource Centre on 094 988 0495.
You can find out more about Seán, his background, his influences and his touring schedule from his website, where you can also buy his latest album, Gratitude, and browse through his back catalogue.
We had a fantastic night on Saturday. Thank you to everyone who came, everyone who helped behind the scenes to transform the school room into a dining room (and back again on Sunday), all the cooks, the servers, the washer-uppers… It was a real community effort.
There were also some exciting announcements and diary dates – there’ll be more information later, but you should keep the 13th and the 22nd of February free. In fact, you should mark them in the 2019 Lisacul Calendar, which is now on sale for the bargainaceous price of five euro and available in a Community Centre near you.
Setting up the room
You may be a bit tired of giving your opinion by now – after all, we’ve just had another referendum, and a Presidential Election – but there are other ways of having your say than by turning up at the polling station: you can also contribute to a Public Consultation. The outcome of three of these could directly affect us here in Lisacul so, if you have an opinion one way or the other, it’s time to let the government know how you feel.
The consultations are listed below – and clicking on them will take you to a page where you can comment or where you can find more information.
Public Consultation on the Digital Strategy: This “aims to give the public and interested stakeholders a chance to tell Government what priorities should be addressed in the Strategy”. It asks a series of questions to help the Department understand what people want.
Consultation on Seasonal Clock Changes: Do you want to change? Would you prefer it to be Summer Time all the time? Would you prefer it to be Winter Time all the time? This is a really simple consultation with about three questions to answer.
Community Services Programme: This is a call for submissions about how you think the CSP should work and where it should focus its spending and influence.
The Tea Party is back! Now that all our refurbishments are done we have a fabulous space to use so we hope this year’s party will be bigger and better than ever and supported by everyone in the village.
The Community Development Company will take care of all the food – a cold buffet – and will provide tea and coffee, but you are welcome to bring (ahem) stronger refreshments if you wish – just don’t forget to bring glasses too!
We’ve put an event up on Facebook, so you can let us know if you’re coming, or drop into the Resource Centre and reserve a space.
Reading of scripts for the next Lisacul Players Presentation has begun at the Community Centre.
Last week they read Love Thy Neighbour by Jimmy Keary. This week they will be tackling Separate Beds by Sam Cree (on Tuesday 16th October at 8pm), with Professor Tim by George Shiels to follow.
The show is tentatively booked for the week after Easter 2019, with performances on 24th, 26th, and 27th April and, as well as actors, the Players will be looking for people backstage to look after props, makeup, costume, staging, lighting, sound and camera so if you are interested in any of these, please come along to a reading.
The Ladies Club are getting a jump on next year’s activities by knitting Easter Chicks and would be delighted if anyone in the village with spare wool and some spare time would join the fun by knitting one (or more) chicks and dropping them off at the community centre*.
- Yellow wool of any shade
- Size 4mm needles (or size appropriate to the thickness of the wool)
- Black wool for the eyes
- Cotton wool or other scraps for stuffing
- A scrap of felt for the beak
- A ribbon for the chicken’s neck (optional)
- Cast on 24 stitches.
- Rows 1 and 2: Knit
- Rows 3 to 10: Increase by one stitch at the beginning of each row. You should have 34 stitches.
- Rows 11 and 12: Cast off nine stitches at the beginning of each row. You should have 16 stitches.
- Rows 13 – 20: Knit eight rows.
- Cut the wool and thread it onto a darning needles. Draw the wool through the sixteen stitches and sew up the chick leaving the bottom open.
- Stuff the head with cotton wool and gather the neck in by tying a bow around it.
- Use black wool to make eyes and stick or sew on a diamond shaped piece of felt for the beak.
- Put a chocolate egg in the bottom of the egg (not necessary if you are knitting them for the ladies club).
*Or you can knit them for yourself and surprise the children when Easter comes.