Community News

Published on November 17, 2022

Community Café: The Hall Committee now have a small rota of people to run the Saturday morning café from 10am to 1pm. In order to keep it open on a full time basis some more help is needed. If there are any other volunteers out there in the community willing to help please contact Donal (0872315114) or Michael (0868202917)

O’Gonnelloe Christmas Craft Fair: will be held on Sunday 20th November from 11am—3pm in O’Gonnelloe Exchange Hall. Local crafts & treats. All proceeds go to the Hall fund.

Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal: a huge thank you to all who participated in this cause. Your support and generosity was overwhelming. A total of 372 boxes were collected locally. Watch out nationally for updates on boxes and their destinations.

Bodyke Ogonnelloe Tuamgraney Youth Club: provides an opportunity for youths aged 12 to 17 to socialise in a safe space where they can prioritise how they would like to spend some time [ while supervised by Youth club leaders]. For further information please contact 087 776 7449.

Ogonnelloe Hurling Club Annual Race Night: The Annual Race Night fundraiser for the Hurling Club will be held on December 10th in the Pipers, with horses under-orders at 10pm sharp. This is the usual main fundraiser for the Club for the year, so your support, as always, would be very much appreciated. The link the buy horses is now active and can be reached here : https://buytickets.at/ogonnelloehurling/801789

Clare Community Response Forum are aware of many Ukrainians beings hosted in private arrangements through the county. The Forum is assisting and coordinating agency supports to those in emergency accommodation but is also keen to reach out and ensure adequate supports are in place for Ukrainians AND their host families. If you are hosting Ukrainians, or if you are a Ukrainian being hosted, we would like to hear from you. There are supports in place to help you all and we want to assure all in the county are receiving appropriate supports. Please feel free to contact on communityresponseforum@clarecoco.ie or on our portal at https://www.clarecoco.ie/ukraine/. If we receive sufficient response we may set up information sessions in the near future.

Raheen Day Centre welcomes new referrals at any time.  If you or someone you know would like to avail of this service where you can meet people, avail of hairdressing, chiropody, music sessions, advocacy support and a hot meal – call Áine on 061-923215 for further information.

Community Information System: As part of the Community Development Plan the Communications Strand is in the process of establishing a community information network. This will involve compiling a database of the mobile phone numbers and email addresses of as many people as possible in the community. The database will be used to disseminate community information to community members primarily by text message and also by email. It will be a one-way, no-reply system carrying only community information and coming through one source. It will not be a chat-group or a forum. It will simply be a one-way channel for relevant community information moderated by the Communications Strand. The database will never be shared with any other person, organisation or group within or outside the community. Over the next few weeks members of the Communications Strand, people you know personally, will contact you in person to get your permission to add your phone number and/or your email address to the database. No one’s contact details will be added without that person’s express permission. We encourage you to participate. We believe this service will be of great benefit to the community and will keep people informed of a wide range of community activities, initiatives and opportunities. Eugene Hogan & Jim O’Brien Communications Strand

The O’Gonnelloe Community Development Plan: ogonnelloeparish.ie/…/OGonnelloe-Community-Development-Plan.pdf

O’Gonnelloe Community Development Plan

O’Gonnelloe Ukraine Support Group: A group drawn from community, sporting and social organisations in O’Gonnelloe has been established to ensure that we are in a state of readiness to support any Ukrainian refugees who arrive here for short or long-term stays over the coming weeks and months. Our first meeting was held in the O’Gonnelloe Community Hall recently and a priority actions from this were to ascertain if there are any vacant residential units in the parish that could be made available for Ukraine families and if there any properties/homes in the community that refugees are going to be located to. The purpose of this is so we can put a support programme behind the new arrivals. We would ask that anyone who needs support from our group, assistance in making a property available or, indeed, a support network in place for any refugees that arrive to please email us at ogonnelloeukraine@gmail.com or leave a note with your contact details into the parish office at O’Gonnelloe Community Hall.

Derg Community Games: Please be advised that there is no Committee in place for Derg Community Games. The contact for the County Development Officer is Liz Canny 086 1966420.

Mountshannon Community Employment Scheme: Following positions are available in Ogonnelloe: General  Maintenance Operative CES 2145164. To enquire about the above vacancies please email estennis@welfare.ie or Contact your INTREO case officer or check out www.jobsireland.ie for job description and more details.

SVP East Clare: Behind each headline people see in the paper or on the news are real life people who are losing so much. As always, your donations make a difference, meaning that our volunteers can continue to support those most in need in East Clare. Our bank details below can be used for online or in branch donations. You can also contact SVP East Clare, in confidence, on 086 392 1492 or via email at stcaimins.eastclare@svp.ie.   Account Name: East Clare SVP. Bank of Ireland. IBAN No: IE91 BOFI 9044 1363 2045 45. BIC No: BOFIIE2D.

Fr. Jackie Sharpe has penned his memoirs in a publication entitled “The Life and Retirement of an Irish/Gambian Missionary Priest 1937 – 2020”. If you would like to receive a pdf copy please email bodykeparishnewsletter@gmail.com and we will be happy to email it to you.

Scariff Bay Community Radio continues to broadcast 11am Mass live each Sunday as it has since the first lockdown. 88 3Fm or 92.7fm.  Have launched a beautiful 2022 Souvenir Calendar as a fundraiser, it includes gorgeous photographs from the villages in East Clare by the talented photographer Ruth Griffin.  It costs €5 and can be purchased at Ted’s Fruit and Veg Shop or Rodgers Off Licence in Scariff or from the SBCR volunteers.

Helplines: ALONE (for older  people) 0818 222 024: Women’s Aid Helpline 1800 341900: Clare Haven 065 6822435.