The Tea Party is Back

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.

It’s that time again…

The props list for A Wake in the West, Act 3

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.


Easter Chicks for the Ladies Club

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.

Back to School….

… for adults.

We applied for funding from GRETB to help us run a furniture up-cycling/restoration course and the course has now been running for two weeks under the careful guidance of Tom Finan. We spent the first week on health and safety as we’ll be using chemicals and sharp implements while we revamp and restore, but this week we were able to get our hands (and clothes) dirty.

Here are some pictures from this Thursday’s class.

Winter Draws On…

Not really – we still have a few weeks of summer, followed by three months of autumn, but here at the Community Centre we’ve been busy preparing for the cold.

Thanks to the Roscommon Municipal District Scheme who provided funding, and John P Flanagan who did the installation, we were able to put in a new boiler and radiators over the summer. This means that both ends of the building can be heated – at the same time!

We look forward to trying them out once the autumn activities start –  we’ll be running furniture up-doing classes,  the drama group will be back, as will the Ladies Club and Active Age, and then there’s the tea party, and the Christmas events, not to mention Tidy Towns and Community Development Meetings.  It’s going to be busy – but we’ll be warm!

The Alan Fund

The O’Dowd family, in appreciation of the support shown to them over the past year, have planned a memorial event for Alan.

This will take the form of a soccer tournament in Kilmovee and a raffle to be held on Sunday 5th August in Creaton’s Lisacul.

The funds raised will be used to support Lisacul families in times of bereavement.

Update July 2019: You can read how the funds raised were spent on this page.

The prizes in the raffle are

  1. Manchester United tickets plus flights to Manchester
  2. Two nights B&B, plus evening meal, at the Ocean Sands Hotel in Enniscrone
  3. One hundred euro

Lines are available from the usual outlets, including the Resource Centre.

More information is available from Patricia (086-9194698), Peter (087-2601372), and Nigel (087-4182021).


It begins…

The last of the children have left the building for the school holidays and the last of the classroom furniture has been moved to the New Hall. These are the last pictures of the Memorial Hall before we start the eight-week refurbishment project.

We apologise for the inconvenience Summer 2018

Once again, the Community Centre will be undergoing construction work over the Summer (you may remember that we did the insulation at this time last year) so this post is to tell you what will be happening and what effect this may have on events scheduled over the next two months.

What’s happening?

The building work will take place in the Memorial Hall over July and August this year.

  • We will be taking down the stud wall at the back, to make one big room, and then putting in a removable partition to create two classrooms.
  • We will also be putting in full size windows to give more light and increase the ventilation in the hall.
  • We will also be replacing the existing suspended ceiling so that the ceilings will match across the space.
  • There will also be some upgrades to the toilet facilities and some increased fire safety work.

Will the rest of the building be open?

The Resource Centre will be open from 9:30 to 13:30 Monday to Friday and you will be able to access the New Hall at those times, or outside those times by arrangement.

We will be using the New Hall to serve tea and coffee (and cake and biscuits) after the Cemetery Mass on the 29th July. Most of the destruction part of the work will be done by then, but the Memorial Hall will still be a construction site, so access will be restricted.

General safety

If you are visiting the centre over the summer, please

  • use the side entrance to the Resource Centre,
  • watch your footing,
  • stay behind any safety tape,
  • follow instructions from centre staff about access, and
  • make sure children are accompanied at all times.

Satisfying curiosity

We’ll post photos of the work as it progresses and post it on our Facebook and Twitter pages so you can see how we’re getting on.


Cemetery Mass 2018

This year’s Cemetery Mass will be celebrated on 29th July at 10:00 am, with refreshments in the Community Centre afterwards.

We look forward to welcoming family and friends back to Lisacul for this heartwarming and moving event.

This picture image for this photo was taken by Patricia Madden as part of the Lisacul 365 project.


Hardhats Will Be Worn

We’re delighted to announce that Lisacul Childcare have been awarded over €50,000 from the 2018 Childcare Capital Programme which is overseen by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

The award will enable us to refurbish the existing classroom in the Community Centre by putting in new windows and a new ceiling, and build a new classroom, so that more children can take advantage of the brilliant start Brightsparks Montessori  gives them.

The work will be carried out over the summer holidays to ensure no schooldays will be lost and we hope no one will mind any of the inconvenience having the builders in will cause.

Huge congratulations, cheers, hugs and thumbs up to the staff and committee of Brightsparks who worked so hard to put the bid together and submitted in time.