10 year celebrations: The Family Resource Centre’s 10 year celebrations come to an end on Tuesday 26th June with a number of events taking place leading up to and on the day to mark the occasion:-

10 year celebrations: The Family Resource Centre’s 10 year celebrations come to an end on Tuesday 26th June with a number of events taking place leading up to and on the day to mark the occasion:-

Balloon Release: National Carers Week takes place from the 18th-24th June. The Family Resource Centre is inviting carers to join with us in releasing balloons in the Diamond, Raphoe on Friday 22nd June at 11.00am. Each carer in attendance will also receive a card thanking them for what they do. Those family carers who cannot be in attendance due to their caring role will be sent a thank you card in the post. If you would like to nominate a family carer to receive a card please contact 074 91 45796.

Teddy Bears Picnic: 26th June, 11.00am-12.00pm –Teddy Bears Picnic on the green at Castle Grove (beside Springboard) 1.00pm-3.00pm – Donegal Citizen’s Information Service will be in the Family Resource Centre to answer your queries on back to school allowances, medical cards etc. No appointment necessary. This is a free and confidential service. 2.00pm-4.00pm –Tea Dance in the Family Resource Centre; 6.30pm-9.00pm –Outdoor Car Boot Sale in the Diamond. This will be an excellent chance to clear out your attic or garage of unwanted items, such as homeware, bric-a-brac, toys, games, electrical equipment, second-hand books etc. Home baking, homemade jams and fresh produce are also welcome. It will also be a great opportunity for local community groups to raise funds for their organisation. There will be a limited number of tables which will cost €10.00 to hire. For further information and to book a table please contact 074 9145796. 7.00pm –Live music in the Diamond with local artists, Fox ‘n’ Crew Dance Showcase, Balloon Sculpting, Face-Painting, Lucky Dip and Novelty Games!! 7.30pm -5K Road Race and Fun Walk in association with Lifford A.C. The 5k is part of Donegal Co. Athletics Board’s Grand Prix event. Registration will take place in the Family Resource Centre from 6.00pm onwards. Registration fee £8.00/€10.00. Tony McDaid from the Family Resource Centre (running his first ever 5k), Jane Stowe and Ann Graham will be running to raise funds for the North West Simon Community’s Tenancy Sustainment Programme. If you would like to sponsor Tony please contact 074 91 45796. To sponsor Jane or Ann please contact 0863588642. A number of people will be taking part in the Fun Walk, which begins as soon as the runners have set out, to raise funds for Raphoe “Meals on Wheels” so if you would like to sponsor any of these walkers please contact Rose Lynch on 0868338728 for more details. The 5K and the Fun Walk will take a different course from last year. The starting line will be outside the Presbyterian Church Hall, Meetinghouse Street with the race proceeding down through the Diamond towards Lifford, taking in 2 laps of the “Racecourse” and finishing outside the Allied Irish Bank in the Diamond. We would ask motorists to please co-operate with stewards who will be on traffic management duties. Good Luck to all the runners and walkers!

Visit to Leinster House: Following on from the recent visit to Stormont on 1st May members of the Speaking up Reaching out Project will travel to Dublin on 12th and 13th June to meet with Donegal Oireachtas members. The group will be raising issues that affect people with disabilities and will urge the public representatives to use their influence in effecting change at a National level.

Antenatal classes: Antenatal Classes will continue in Raphoe Family Resource Centre on Tuesday 12th June -2.30pm -4.30pm Wednesday 13th June-Physiotherapist -2.30pm-4.30pm; Tuesday 19th June -2.30pm -4.30pm

Enquiries: Rose Lynch, Public Health Nurse, Raphoe: 074 91 45108;

Parents Infpormation night: Saint Eunan’s National School Raphoe are holding a “Parents Information Night” on the 12th June at 8.30pm. All parents from playschool are welcome!! Refreshments will be served.

Tea Dances: The Family Resource Centre has been contacted by a number of people regarding the running of morning time tea dances as a social outlet. Therefore, the Centre would like to hear if there is sufficient interest for such a pursuit. We would also like to hear from anyone willing to help out, provide suitable live music or donate/loan CDs or records. If there is enough interest it is likely that the tea dances will start in early June and on a Thursday morning from 11am-1pm. For further information and to register your interest please contact the Family Resource Centre on 074 9145796.

Thanks: Raphoe Playscheme Committee would like to sincerely thank Sorcha, Sadie, Aisling, Rachael and Aine who gave their time to let us sample some of their pampering, from nail, Pilates facials, eyebrow threading, hair styles and blow dry’s and a big thank you to the Volt House. Registration for Summer Playscheme is taking place on Friday 8th June from 7.00-9.00pm and Saturday 9th June from 11.00am- 1.00pm. €15 per family.

Raphoe Kurling Club: Raphoe Kurling Club A.G.M. was held in the Volt House Hall. Raphoe on Monday 7th May 2012 @7.00 pm. Mrs Tilly Hyndman was Chairperson. Adoptions of the minutes for year 2011 were noted. Elections of Office Bearers for Year 2013 are Chairperson: Mrs. Mgt.Parke. Secretary: Mrs. I. Wilson, Treasurer: Mrs. A. Wilson. The Clubs Activities during the past year were many and varied. Kurling is the main Activity, networking with other groups locally and cross, Craft Classes, Social Events, Short Holiday Breaks etc. The year concludes with members going Ten Pin bowling followed by a meal. The Club closes end of May 2012 and will reopen 1st Monday September 2013.

Coffee morning: Springboard Family Support Project is holding a Coffee Morning on Wednesday 13th June from 11am -1pm @ Springboard premises, Castlegrove, Raphoe in aid of North West Simon Community. Everyone Welcome! Your support will be much appreciated. The North West Simon Community is a not for profit organization working with those at risk of homelessness in counties Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo.

Boxing Club: The Raphoe boxing club is now closed for the summer break and will re-open in mid August when all new and former members will be very welcome. Work at the clubs new changing rooms, toilets and showers are now at an advanced stage and local building and scaffolding contractor Mike Kelly (Sheercloon Developments) hopes to have all the work completed at the end of June. The boxers and officials at the Raphoe club would like to extend a sincere thanks to the community of Raphoe, to all the generous business people of the town for their continued financial support over the years and to the clubs Honorary Life President Frank McBrearty Snr for his most recent generous sponsorship. Special thanks go out to everyone for without your support the boxing club would fail to exist.

Raphoe Tidy Towns: The Application for Raphoe in the National Tidy Towns Competition has now been sent off to the department for this year. Judging is usually during June, July & August. Thank you to everyone in the community for all your help to date. Our entire community of Raphoe is doing well receiving 293 points and a bronze medal award last year. If you wish to put out flower boxes, hanging baskets this year it will be a great help also. Thank you from the Committee, Supervisor & Staff RTT Ltd. Results will be announced in September.

Drumkeen 3rd annual car wash: Our annual car wash takes place on Sunday 10th June at Drumkeen crossroads from 10.00am - 3.00pm. All proceeds going towards Restoration of Our Lady’s Marian, Shrine which is situated at the crossroads. Any support would be greatly appreciated.

Congress: St Eunan’s Catholic Parish events to mark the Eucharistic Congress 2012 include a Corpus Christi Procession here in our Parish on Sunday 10th of June starting at the Chapel at 3pm going to the Diamond where there will be blessings at the junction with Irish Street, Friel’s Corner and the top of the Glen. Then there will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the centre of the Diamond before returning to the Chapel for the concluding ceremony. People are encouraged to put out little covered tables along the way suitably prepared in honour of the Blessed Sacrament. During the week there will be adoration of the most Blessed Sacrament each day in the Church for set times. On Friday 15th June Holy Mass will be celebrated at 7.30pm with the anointing of the sick. May this bring many blessings to our Parish.

Running group: A new running group is starting in Raphoe every Monday, meeting at Royal and Prior school car park at 7 pm. This group is suitable for beginners and intermediate runners. €3 per person per session. For more information contact Gerard mc Granaghan at 0862117980.

Seniors: Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome.

Notes: Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to raphoefrc@eircom.net every Thursday to meet the print deadline.

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