You are cordially invited…

Please come along. We want to do some serious showing off and we need an audience.

We’ve had a great year and we want YOU to come and help us plan the coming year. And if you’re abroad and reading this, send us your ideas!

Committee Meeting January

A cold and frosty start to the year – but news from the Committee is good.

We had our January meeting on the fourteenth and the minutes are below.

Remember, anyone in Lisacul is welcome to come to a meeting. We’d be delighted to see you.


Minutes of the meeting held on 17th January 2018

In attendance

Peter McDonagh (Chair), Tom Coppinger (Treasurer), Laura Beirne, Breege Corrigan, Elizabeth Care,  Margaret Tynan.

Apologies: Vanessa Anderson, Patricia Madden, John Greene, Michelle Mahon


  1. Minutes of the Previous Meeting and Matters Arising
  2. Recording of Any Other Business
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. CE Scheme Report
  5. Communications Report
  6. Fundraising Report
  7. Any Other Business Discussion
  8. Date of Next Meeting

Minutes of the Previous Meeting and Matters Arising

The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted and signed by Peter McDonagh.

Proposed by: Breege Corrigan. Seconded by: Margaret Tynan

The class on Christmas decorations had been cancelled due to the unfortunate illness of the tutor.

Recording of Any Other Business

  • A class on winter hanging baskets
  • GIY/Energia Grant (to be discussed under Fundraising)

Treasurer’s Report

Tom Coppinger gave the Treasurer’s Report.

Income:                        €3,636

Outgoings:        €5,059

Current balance:           €4,311.13

Income for the month included a grant from GRETB for training, a donation from Ros Go Run, and the lodging of money raised from the Auction and the Tea Party.

It was noted that the takings from the auction were down on the previous year which, in turn, had been down on the year before. Many lots had been unsold and the organisation had been fortunate that a cost free means of disposal had been secured. It was suggested that consideration be given to the future viability of the auction given the downward trend in benefit and the possibility of incurring disposal charges in the future. This will be set down for further discussion following the AGM.

CE Report

John Green had given his apologies to the meeting. In his absence, Tom Coppinger provided a brief report. Jean Timothy had visited for an audit on Training and Development which had gone well.  The CE scheme is scheduled for renewal in March and, based on the positive audits, it is felt that this will go ahead.

Communications Report

Elizabeth Care presented the Communications Report. The website, Facebook and Twitter accounts continue to work well as an additional means of communication with villagers and the wider community.  There have been several contacts from the diaspora and from people looking for their Lisacul roots.


A bid for funding for raised beds, tools, compost and seeds has been submitted to GIY/Energia.  If successful, the beds will be a useful addition to the village.

The 2018 round of municipal fund grants will begin shortly. LCDC were exceptionally fortunate in applications in 2017, and this may tell against us this year.  However, we will certainly apply. The principal identified needs this year are the replacement of the boiler and built in storage in the new hall.

It was suggested that SEAI/Warmer Homes may also be providing funding this year. This will be explored in the light of the need for a new boiler.

The Montessori school will be resubmitting a bid for refurbishment for their classroom once the Tusla portal is opened.

Any Other Business

Following discussion, it was agreed that Ita McGreal be approached to provide a one-off class on winter baskets or on door wreaths with a St Patrick’s Day theme.

There was some discussion on the date of the AGM. Following discussion with participants, it was agreed that this should remain as previously planned.

There was no other business.

The AGM will take place on 28th February 2018

Men’s Shed Ballaghaderreen

The Men’s Shed movement is coming to Ballaghaderreen and will be welcoming members from the surrounding areas to their new premises – a shed, of course – at the back of Solan’s Pub.

The new venture will kick off with an open afternoon on Saturday 16th December from 12 to 3pm when tea and sandwiches (and coffee and cake if we know the organisers) will be available to anyone who drops by.

The group will be bag packing to raise funds at Supervalu on 30th December so they can begin to furnish the shed properly – and they’re looking for a range so they can heat the shed and, in future, cook on it. They’ll also be looking to get some machinery and tools so they can work on projects further down the line.

You can read more about the Men’s Shed movement on their national website – or you can find out more by coming to the open afternoon on Saturday.

See you there!


Committee Meeting Minutes – November 2017

A lot of what happens in Lisacul is driven or supported by the activities of the Community Development Company’s committee – from the Quiz in February to Auction in December – so we thought it would be a good idea to let everyone know how the committee works. In future, we’ll be publishing the minutes of the committee on this website so you can see how decisions are made and what’s coming up in future. 

If you’d like to join the committee, or just come along and see how things work in real time, please join us at any of the meetings.

Lisacul Community Development Company

Minutes of the meeting held on 15th November 2017

In attendance

Peter McDonagh (Chair), Michelle Mahon (Secretary), Tom Coppinger (Treasurer), Laura Beirne, Breege Corrigan, Elizabeth Care, Matthew Care, Mike Carty, Margaret Tynan.

Apologies: Vanessa Anderson, Patricia Madden, Caroline Higgins, John Greene


  1. Minutes of the Previous Meeting and Matters Arising
  2. Recording of Any Other Business
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. CE Scheme Report
  5. Communications Report
  6. Fundraising Report
  7. Any Other Business Discussion
  8. Date of Next Meeting

Minutes of the Previous Meeting and Matters Arising

Peter McDonagh noted the tea party went well.

He noted that the proposed newsletter would be put on hold; the focus would be on the Christmas newsletter instead.

Michelle explained that the HSE inspector would only need to come back if we held cookery classes or similar. However, it was agreed Michelle would contact her, advise the works were complete, and ask if she would like to visit.

The first print of the calendar has almost sold out with a second edition to be printed in time for the auction.

From next year, a form will be used for booking the hall. People using the hall for profit will have to have their own insurance. The drama tutor has been advised that she must have insurance to cover pupils during classes. The additional €55 on our insurance will cover not-for-profit events such as parties. It was noted that parties would take place in the New Hall, rather than in the Main Hall, unless the Montessori was closed for holidays.

The AGM will take place in February 2018 and, in future, minutes will be posted on the website to as part of good governance.

The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chair.

Proposed by Breege Corrigan, seconded by Laura Beirne.

Recording of Any Other Business

  • Christmas Decoration Class
  • Drama Group

Treasurer’s Report

Tom Coppinger gave the Treasurer’s Report. Funding for the Development Company is ticking along nicely after some tight times early in summer. The current account balance €5,725.72 with approximately €2,000 due to be paid out.  Outgoings for the month were €2,828.80.  Additional funds have come in from Roscommon County Council via the Tidy Towns Group, thanks to their success in the competition.

It was agreed that monies raised at the tea party would not be lodged to the bank but would instead be held to provide a float for the auction and to reprint the calendar. 

CE Report

John Green had given his apologies to the meeting. In his absence, Tom Coppinger provided a brief report. Nina Oram has joined the scheme as maternity cover for Lara Duffy who is on maternity leave. Four members of the scheme would be taking a horticulture course at level 4, and one member is undertaking a course in pastry-making and baking. Jean Timothy visited for a financial and monitoring check and had agreed the extension of two contracts of current scheme members.

Communications Report

Elizabeth Care presented the Communications Report. The website is currently down while the hosting and domain name registration is re-completed. This process will take approximately one week. To avoid further downtime, the primary account holder has been moved to the Resource Centre.

Twitter and Facebook continue to work well as a means of communicating events and news.


Auction: Although it had been agreed not to have a craft fair, we have been approached to provide tables for children who might wish to sell items. We have agreed to accommodate this in the bric a brac area. The halls will be open for viewing at 2pm, with bric a brac open for sale at 2:30 and the main auction starting at 3pm. Mike Carty will be available to assist at the auction. John Greene will organise collections of larger items. Margaret Tynan and Michelle Mahon will resource and staff a tuck shop. An email issue, following a computer upgrade, meant that advertising for the auction was not received by the Herald or the parish office. These have been re-sent. Unfortunately, Mary P Carty will not be available over the weekend but other members of the committee will fill in for her.

CCTV: The building has an increasing amount of equipment – through the Montessori school and the office. The Committee will look into costing and fundraising for CCTV to cover the building. Mike Carty advised that there are small, one time grants available for this type of work.

Other fundraising targets: It was noted that lockable presses for use by the various community groups using the hall would be required in future and it was agreed that future fundraising efforts would be directed at this project. Mike Carty noted that there are funds available to the Tidy Towns group from the Credit Union. It was agreed that this would be put towards replacing the trees on the road near the school.

Any Other Business

Christmas decorations: It had not been possible to reach the suggested tutor. As an alternative, it was suggested that an instructor be found to attend for a one night only course, possibly in conjunction with the Ladies Club. The Development Committee would be happy to provide some funding towards this.

Drama Group has selected a play – Anyone Can Rob A Bank – and will start rehearsals on Thursday 16th November.

There was no other business.

The date of the next meeting is Wednesday 17th January at 8:45pm.

The AGM will take place on 28th February 2018

Cúpla Focal, Cúpla Focal Eile

Has it been a while since you said anything seriously “as gaeilge”? Does the thought of Peig Sayers give you PTSD? Do you lock yourself into the kitchen/shed and pretend to be busy when your children come to you saying things like “Irish homework” and “how do I say this?” and “is this right?” and “help me Mammy/Daddy”?

Well, help is at hand.  Carmel Brennan is running an Irish Conversation morning every Thursday in Ballaghaderreen. Carmel is teaching the cúpla focal to anyone who wants to learn Irish, re-learn Irish, or just keep up with the children’s homework.

You can contact Carmel on 087 6110795 for more information.

G’wan. Bain triail as! Beigh cúpan tae agus cáca milis ann.

The Auction is Coming!

We’re getting in some great items for the auction on Sunday 3rd December. There will be toys, games, electric and electronic items, books, and some lovely pieces of furniture.

A lovely two seater sofa. Ideal for a student bedroom or a small sitting room.


We’re open for browsing – and a-cup-of-tea-anna-bun – from 2pm. You can start buying small things in the New Hall from 2:30 before settling in for the main action in the Memorial Hall at 3pm.

A dresser – extra storage space, or a revamp project, or both.

And, of course, we’ll have copies of this year’s calendar, showcasing some of Lisacul’s amazing plant life, for you to buy for yourself, friends and relatives.

Tidy Towns 2017 and beyond

Didn’t we do well!

This year the Tidy Towns team reached the magic 300 points in the competition and are all fired up and ready to go for next year. They’re meeting on Monday 6th November at 7pm in the Community Centre to discuss plans for next year.  The full report is available on the Tidy Towns website.

If you’d like to contribute, volunteer, or even just eavesdrop on our cunning plans, do come along!

And, if you’re in the Community Centre anyway, why not stay on and sit in with Lisacul Players as they discuss their forthcoming play – they’re meeting in the kitchen at 8:30.


It’s Tea Party Time

It’s that time of year again. Get out the picnic baskets, find the tupperware, round up friends and family.

Here at the Community Centre, we’ve spruced up the hall and REALLY gone to town on the kitchen, and we still had enough left in the kitty for some new crockery and cutlery.

It all kicks off at 8pm on Friday 3rd November but, if you’d like to drop stuff off ahead of time, the centre will be open on Friday from 10am to 1pm and in the evening from 7pm.

We look forward to seeing you then.

If you can read this post…

… you can be a member of Lisacul Players.

The group is desperately seeking new cast members for next year’s presentation. They will be holding a reading on Monday 23rd October at 8:30 and anyone interested can come along and sit in.There may even be cake.

They will also be looking for back stage crew – make up, catering, stage design and management – and front of house staff – ticket sales and ushers.

If you’re interested, please come along. They promise not to bite.

Could you be in this picture?


Our Fallen Heroes

In a moving and emotional ceremony, the memorial to Garda Henry Byrne and Detective Garda John Morley was unveiled at Shannon’s Cross today and the communities of Lisacul and Loughglynn turned out to honour them.