Leitrim PPN Newsletter 21st May 2018

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Inside this issue:
In this issue
Upcoming Events
Public Consultations

May 18th 2018
Vol 1, Issue 10

In this issue…

Lots of funding reminders and opportunities for projects including Open Call for Creative Ireland and free training for anyone who wants to learn more about getting online with Digitise Ireland. If you want to get creative and you’re not sure where to start, the arts office wants to help match you with an artist. 

For this and loads more funding, training and awards and project opportunities check out the items below.

Plenty of events too. Our own Good Energies Alliance Ireland are co-hosting a conference on communities and climate change. Lots still on for Bealtaine and motorbikes galore in Tullaghan.

Sligo IT have responded to a request for possible solutions to the problem of waste water treatment in one-off housing in Leitrim and other counties as sanctioned by Leitrim PPN Plenary in March this year. More news here as we get it.

PPN Representation
The next meeting of the NW Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force takes place in Carrick on Shannon on May 31st. Leitrim PPN has 2 representatives on the Task Force and if you have any questions about supports to the community in general or for individuals – treatment and prevention – please get in touch. If your query is sensitive you can be put in touch with the reps directly. 

The Joint Policing Committee held its public meeting in Manorhamilton on May 3rd last. The theme of the meeting was YOUTH SAFETY and members of Comhairle na nÓg and Rosie Dolan addressed the meeting on the launch of Use Your Brain Not Your Fists. For full report on the Public Joint Policing Committee Meeting CLICK HERE.

Does your community group suffer because of the cost of insurance? The Alliance for Insurance Reform would like to hear from you. For more see the article below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Does Insurance Affect Your Community?

The Alliance for Insurance Reform was launched in late January and has already established itself as a strong voice for policy holders. They met Minister Michael D’Arcy in March and presented to the Oireachtas Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation on 18th April. They are presenting to the Oireachtas Finance Committee this Thursday 24th May on behalf of community groups.

The Alliance hold that the cost of insurance is a crisis that is affecting, charities, sports clubs, voluntary groups and businesses right across the board and that policy holders – groups and individuals – are fed up and frustrated at the lack of a voice as insurance companies, lawyers and claimsters constantly get ahead of us in the queue for attention and support.

It is clear from their meetings that reform is on the long finger with policy makers and they need to put extreme pressure on them for meaningful change in the following areas:


In return, they are seeking your endorsement and engagement. In particular, the Alliance is looking for stories. Would you or your members be prepared to talk publicly about your insurance experiences?

For more on the Alliance for Insurance Reform and joining them CLICK HERE.


How can our communities

  • Reduce electricity and heating bills?
  • Move away from oil to biomass?
  • Set up solar farms?
  • Access grant-aiding?
  • Know more about the “Powerful Communities” campaign to empower communities to combat Climate Change?

These questions and more will be discussed at the

Powerful Communities Conference
When: Friday 15th June 2018, 10 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Institute of Technology, Sligo (I. T. Sligo)

All are welcome, lunch provided and entrance is FREE.
This conference is hosted by Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI)
in partnership with I.T. Sligo.
The conference is part-funded by EPA



We’re already more than halfway through the month of May but there is still plenty to do for Bealtaine over the next couple of weeks. 

The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton:
~ Tues 22 May at 10:30 am – Screening of Sully– true story starring Tom Hanks.

Ballinamore Library:
~ Wed. 23 May at 4:15 pm – Screening of The Blacksmith filmed in Co. Cavan 1992
~ Tues. 29 May at 8 pm – Fr. Liam Reilly presents lecture on “The Parish of Outeragh and the two Drumreillys: 1400-1800.”
~ Wed 30 May at 4:15 pm – Screening of Making Mud Turf filmed in Cloone, Co. Leitrim 1993.
~ Thurs 31 May at 5 pm – Planning for a Colourful Summer in Your Garden, an illustrated talk by Gail from the Four Seasons Garden Shop.

Carrick on Shannon Library:
~ Wed 23 May, 7-9 pm – Sing Together workshop with Sarah Garden

Mohill Library:
~ Wed 23 May, 11 am-1 pm – Fascinator Workshop. Must book: Ph: 071 96 31360

All Bealtaine events are free and all are welcome.

Tullaghan Community is hosting a motorbike run in aid of the Tullaghan Cross Field. Participants and spectators are welcome and there will be refreshments and a raffle afterwards.
Fun for all the family and
all are welcome.

Members of the public with an interest in religion and theology are invited to a special workshop at the Glens Centre Tues 22 May at 7.30pm. This interfaith event will have guest speakers who will talk about the various Christian faiths including Church of Ireland, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Baptist and others. The workshop is funded by Leitrim Peace IV programme and is aimed at promoting better understanding of the different faith traditions in the County.

National Dialogue on Climate Action: A Government of Ireland initiative

You are invited to the first in a national series of Regional Gatherings exploring how we, as a nation, can work together to take action on climate change.
Have your say on what you think are the major climate issues facing Ireland, share ideas on how we can work together to raise awareness, unlock opportunities, build resilience, and inspire action.

When: 11am – 4pm, Saturday 23rd June 2018

Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

This is a free ticketed event and the organisers are keen to involve a wide range of groups and individuals from across Roscommon, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Longford and Offaly.

Please register your interest here by Thursday 31st May 2018.

Find out more: www.dccae.gov.ie/climatedialogue
This is a Government of Ireland initiative through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, in engaging people in collaborative action.


Mapping of Leitrim’s Public Defibrillators

A big thank you to everyone who has sent us information about the location of public defibrillators in Leitrim. This is a potentially life-saving initiative and we still need more information. So far we have details of units in Kiltyclogher, Newtowngore, Rossinver, Carrigallen and Bornacoola. If you know of other locations please get in touch. For more details and the location form please                                                                               CLICK HERE.

Do you want to get Creative?


If your group is interested in working with an an artist for
the Creative Ireland Open Call but you don’t know  where to
start, email arts@leitrimcoco.ie before next Thursday with the following…
  1. The name of your group
  2. Two sentences about what you do
  3. Type of artist, artform or creative activity you would like to work with (can be undecided)
  4. Areas of interest, or the type of project you’d like to work on (doesn’t have to be detailed or well defined, you don’t even have to know what you want to do yet – you just need to be enthusiastic!)
  5. Email or phone number for an artist to contact you


The North West Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force invites applications for the 2018 Small Grants Scheme for once-off funding to Community and Not-for-profit Voluntary groups / agencies who are working to tackle drug and alcohol misuse in counties Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.

The maximum award per applicant to the Small Grants Scheme will be €1,500 and must directly relate to one of the pillars of the National Drugs Strategy and/or actions of the Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery ‘A health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025. You can view or download a copy of Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery for HERE

Priority will be given to groups/agencies who can demonstrate that they have an existing drug and alcohol brief.
Closing date for Applications is June 22nd. For more information and application form CLICK HERE.


Do you know someone who could use some help being online?

Digitise the Nation is coming to Ballinamore library from Mon 28 May to Fri 1 June, to teach people internet skills and getting online.

Everything we go to do these days seems to need the internet. If you or someone you know lacks confidence or worry that you might do something wrong, this is the class for you. Surfing, shopping, services and selfies – all found in the course of a week and it should be good fun!

Class times are from 11.30am to 1.30pm or 2.30pm to 4.30pm depending on what the group wants.

All classes are free as they have been sponsored by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

You can bring your own tablet or laptops but don’t hesitate to come along even if you don’t have one – the trainer will have spares.

For more CLICK HERE.




Rehab want to identify the main transport access issues for people with disabilities. They have published a national ‘Access to Transport’ survey, which looks at the wider issues such as access to  and cost of public transport and other transport issues. The survey closes on Friday 1st June. Have your Say! 


We do our best to publish the local and most relevant funding opportunities in the newsletter. There are others. Remember to keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter communications and the website: www.leitirimppn.ie

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