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St Johnston & Carrigans
Donegal

2013

CE Jobs: St Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project wishes to advertise the following jobs, based at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre: 2 Youth Workers. 1 Environmental Worker. CE criteria apply. For more details please contact St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre Tel. 074-9148551

Official Unveiling: The residents of Ard Baithin and St Johnston are cordially invited to the celebration and official unveiling of the new stone signage and seating areas in Ard Baithin, St Johnston by Deputy Mayor Michael McBride on Friday 15 November at 2.30 pm and afterwards for refreshments in St Johnston and Carrigans FRC. This project was an outcome to the DLDC-supported volunteering project which took place in St Johnston earlier this year. Three local young men Brian Coll, Gill Clarke and Damian Crossan identified the need for the repair and erection of a new stone sign at Ard Baithin and carried out the entire works voluntarily. Their work has greatly enhanced the landscape in Ard Baithin and the community wish to thank and celebrate the community spirit and generosity of these young men and would greatly appreciate your attendance at this event. To enable us to estimate numbers for catering can you please confirm your attendance before 2pm on Thursday 14 November at the Resource Centre Tel. 9148551.

ST JOHNSTON AND CARRIGANS NOTES`

Silver Circle: Silver Circle in aid of the Resource Centre. Week 3. First Prize, Sharon Gibson. Second Prize, Wednesday Craft Group. Third Prize, Brendan McNulty. Promoter Prize, Deborah Clawson.

Jiving: Jiving Classes by Marie in the Resource Centre. Wednesdays from 8.30 pm to 10pm. Cost €5 per person.

St Johnston & Carrigans FRC: Community Outing to Dublin City on Thursday 21st November with tour of the Dail and Senate and city centre shopping time included. Cost €10 per person. Early booking essential contact 0749148551.

Personal Development: Personal Development for Young Women. This workshop will run for two weeks on Tuesday 12 and 19 November from 9.30 to 12 pm in the Resource Centre. The aim is to build confidence, set goals to bring about positive change in your life.

Fitness: Ann's Boxercise/Boxerbutt/Boxerabs fitness class is held every Thurs 8pm @ St. Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre. Male/female classes, suitable for all fitness levels & age groups (16+). More info @ 00353 863238437. This is a great class for losing weight and is suitable for men and women (16+). More info at 086 3238437 or the Facebook page 'Fighting Fit @ Ann's Boxercise Class'

Christmas Flower Arranging: A flower arranging demonstration by Flower Craft and Design will take place in the Resource Centre on Monday 9th December at 7.30 pm. Cost is €7 per person. A light supper will be served.

Country Music: St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre presents a night of dancing with Country Music Entertainers with Malcolm Fisher and Paul McCahill and local entertainers. Saturday 23 November. A jiving and waltzing competition will take place. Spot Prizes and Raffle. Doors open 7.30 pm. Showtime at 8 pm. Admission is €7. Tickets available at the Centre or Macs Mini Mart or pay at the door.

Beginners Pilates: Beginners Pilates, Thursdays from 10 to 11 am in the Resource Centre. Cost is €6 per session or €20 for four weeks. To book a place please call or text 086 3231958. Or leave your name at reception in the Resource Centre.

Baby Yoga: Baby Yoga Classes will begin in the Centre on Friday 8 November at 10 am. The class will run for 5 weeks. Suitable for babies aged 3-10 months. Please contact the Resource Centre to book a place 91 48551.


History Links: The History Links Project will celebrate four very full years with an event in the Millenium Forum in Derry on Monday 18 November at 7 pm. Our own St Johnston and Carrigans (Monreagh) Group will perform Mrs Cecil Frances Alexander’s poem “Stumpy’s Brae” on the night. Tickets are free of charge and available from the Resource Centre. All are welcome.

Supper Dance: A Supper Dance in aid of Taughboyne and Craighadooish Parish Church will take place in McBride’s Lounge, Castlefinn, on Friday 15 November 2013. Supper served at 10.30 pm. Music by Leslie Matthews. Admission €10. Dancing from 10pm to 1 am.

Digital Photography: Interested in taking part in a weekly Digital Photography class in the Resource Centre starting Monday 20th January 2014? Learn how to understand and get the best from your camera, how to take better pictures and how to store and edit and display. If so, contact 074 91 48551 and leave your name and contact details.

Craft Fayre: Forever Crafts Annual Craft Fayre will take place in the Resource Centre on Saturday 30 November. Commencing 12 noon. Admission is free and everybody is welcome. There will be a wide range of stalls with many Christmas items. On sale on the day, will be a wide variety of Christmas bakes so forget about baking a Christmas cake or pudding and just come along to the Resource Centre and you will have plenty to choose from. There will be a variety of items suitable for your Christmas present list. Scarves, candles, jewellery, pictures, paperweights and lots more to choose from. Forever Crafts meet every Tuesday from 1 to 3 pm in the Old Playgroup, Church St, St Johnston. New members always welcome.

Resource Centre Silver Circle Winners:
Week 1: 1st Prize Teresa Curran 2nd Prize Matthew Crossan 3rd Prize Eddie Mc Causland
Week 2: 1st Prize Karen Mc Devitt 2nd Prize Ciara Mulhern 3rd Prize Oisin O’ Donnell. Thank you for your support
Stepping Stones Playgroup: First Prize Halloween Hamper, winning sheet, Eoin Kelly No 16, Line No 6, Winner was Emma Kelly. Second Prize a tin of sweets. Winning Sheet Mac's Mini Mart No 45, Line No 8. Winner C J Gibson. Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser. The proceeds were €806.50 Euro. €200 which is donated to Irish Autism Action and the rest will go to our Christmas Trips to the Millennium Forum to see Peter Pan and Santa's Express in Oakfield Park, Raphoe.

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Whist Drive: The next Whist Drive will be on Monday 28 October, starting at 8 pm in the Resource Centre. €5 per person which includes a light supper.

CE Jobs: St Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project wishes to advertise the following jobs based at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. 2 Youth Workers. 1 Childcare Worker. 2 Environmental Workers. 1 Caretaker. 1 CE Project Administrator. The following jobs are based at Monreagh Ulster Scots Heritage Centre. 1 Tour Guide/Programme Assistant. 1 Maintenance Worker. Closing date Friday 11 October 2013. CE criteria apply.

Youth: Monday – Homework Club, Third to Sixth Class, 3-4 pm. Fun Club, Third to Fourth Class, 4.15-5.15 pm. Wednesday – Homework Club, Third to Sixth Class, 3-4 pm. Thursday – Activity Club, Group 1 Junior and Senior Infants, 3-4pm. Group 2, First and Second Class, 4.15-5.15pm. Boys Club – 9 to 12 year olds. 5.30 to 6.45 pm. Friday – Senior Youth Club, First Year, 5.45 to 7.15 pm.

Women’s Group Programme: 4 October 2013 - Social Evening, all welcome. 7.30pm to 10.30pm €5 per person. 7 October 2013 - Eclipse Cinema, Lifford €7 per person (includes a small drink and popcorn). Meet at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. 11 October 2013 - Women’s Groups night/DWN, Raphoe, Lifford and St Johnston. From 7pm to 10pm. 4 November 2013 - Craft Evening (learn to crochet with Carol and Peggy!). 29th November 2013 - Encore Brasserie for 6.30pm followed by Maire, A Woman of Derry at 8.30pm (€40.00 meal and theatre). Limited places so in order to secure a place leave a deposit at the Family Resource Centre or contact Deborah on (074) 9148551. This hilarious, harrowing and ultimately heartbreaking story has touched a raw nerve with audiences and critics alike since its debut performance some years back. Maire is foul-mouthed and feisty, but also intensely human. Armed only with her half-bottle of Mundies wine, she gives a unique account of her fall from grace from fresh faced teenage bride living in Derry's Creggan Estate, to the pitiful condition we find her in today.

Dressmaking Class: Would you like to learn the skills to design and make clothes for your family or soft furnishings for your home. Sewing machine classes starting Resource Centre on Tuesday 8th October 7 to 9pm. To book your place or for further information contact the resource centre. Limited places available. All abilities welcome.

Boys Club: Boys Club starts back on Thursday 3rd October 2013 from 5.30pm to 6.45. Registration will take place that evening, open to all boys aged from 9 to 12years old. (National School Pupils)
Walk and Talk: Dates for Saturday walk. 12th October 2013 the destination is Slieve League (and there will be a boat-trip weather permitting). Departure from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 9am. We will be away from 9am to 6pm. On 9 November 2013 the group will head to Inch Island at 9am returning at 2pm. 14 December 2013 the destination is Ramelton leaving 9am and returning 2pm. If you would like to come along please call 91 48551.

Men on the Move: Men On The Move Programme 'The Best Move You'll Ever Make'. Want to start exercising but don't know where to begin? WE DO!! To find out more call Deborah at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre 91 48551.

Lunch Club: The Lunch Club meets every second Wednesday in the Resource Centre. The next Lunch Club date will be Wednesday 2 October from 11 am to 1 pm. New members are always welcome. The Lunch Club is open to all over 50s and young at heart. For more information please call the Resource Centre office at (074) 91 48551.

Exercise: Ann's Boxercise/Boxerabs class takes place in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre on Thursdays at 8pm. This is a great class for losing the summer weight and is suitable for men and women (16+). More info at 086 3238437 or the Facebook page 'Fighting Fit @ Ann's Boxercise Class'.

Computer Course: Basic Computers – St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Dates and time to be decided. Will be one evening a week for three weeks. If you would like to get a basic working knowledge of your computer and how to produce a short letter and do calculations on the computer and surf the internet safely this is the course for you. Cost is €10 payable on the first night. Please call 91 48551 or leave your name in the Centre if you are interested in participating.

Social Evening: The Walk and Talk Group are planning a social evening which will take place in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. The date is Friday 4 October. It will take place from 7.30 - 10.30pm. A light supper will be served at 7.30 followed by live music and dancing. The live music will be by Rosemary Gallagher. Cost €5 per person - all welcome.

History: The Centre would like to ask if people would consider bringing in old photographs of village life in St Johnston and Carrigans to be copied or scanned and if anybody would like to submit any old stories or poems from yesteryear so that we can keep a unique record of life in the area from years gone by.

Counselling: Do you experience feelings of anxiety, depression or loneliness due to bereavement, relationships or isolation? Would you simply like someone to talk to about any problem in your life that distresses you? St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offer a free, professional, confidential and safe counselling service for men and women. For more information call 087 0569124 in complete confidence to organise an appointment.

Notes: If you have any contribution to make for the St Johnston and Carrigans notes, please leave it in the box at reception in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, or in the box in the Post Office of St Johnston or Carrigans. If you would like to email notes the email address is stjohnstonandcarrigans@yahoo.co.uk.

Computer Room: The Computer Room in the Resource Centre has ten PC’s and if you would like to use the internet it costs €1 for an hour. The Centre now has broadband for the Computer Room and you can bring in your own laptop or tablet and use the Wi-Fi. Please telephone 91 48551 to book.

Bus Eireann: Operates a regular return bus to Letterkenny via Strabane on Thursdays which departs Carrigans 10.55 am and St Johnston at 11am.

Community Bus Service: There is a local community Bus Service which runs Monday to Friday at 8.40am from St.Johnston to Letterkenny which leaves Letterkenny at 3.50pm Monday to Thursday and 1pm Friday. This service must be booked as the places are limited please phone 074-9741644.
Thanks: Donegal Downs Syndrome Association would like to thank everyone that contributed to their recent Church Gate Collection. €116 was raised.
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ST JOHNSTON AND CARRIGANS NOTES

Men on the Move: Men On The Move Programme 'The Best Move You'll Ever Make'. Want to start exercising but don't know where to begin? WE DO!! To find out more come along to St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre on Wednesday 11 September from 7pm to 9pm.

Exercise: Ann's Boxercise/Boxerabs class takes place in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre on Thursdays at 8pm. This is a great class for losing the summer weight and is suitable for men & women (16+). More info at 086 3238437 or the Facebook page 'Fighting Fit @ Ann's Boxercise Class'.
Walk & Talk: Dates for Saturday walk. Departure from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 9am. On 21 September 2013 the destination is Dunlewey from 9am to 3pm. 12th October 2013 the destination is Slieve League (and there will be a boat-trip weather permitting). We will be away from 9am to 6pm. On 9 November 2013 the group will head to Inch Island at 9am returning at 2pm. 14 December 2013 the destination is Ramelton leaving 9am and returning 2pm. If you would like to come along please call 91 48551.


Walk & Talk Group: We meet at St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 7:15 pm every Tuesday and one Saturday every month. Each week we go to a different destination (transport is provided) for an enjoyable walking experience. Afterwards some group members go for tea and a chat in the old playgroup. If you wish to join us contact the Resource Centre on 074 91 48551 to book a place or for further information. The group is suitable all abilities and speed.

Computer Course: This is a non-accredited course which will be based on the essentials on what a small group need to learn. Numbers limited to 5. The first evening will deliver a comprehensive knowledge of wordprocessing with focus on technique rather than typing. The second evening will be Excel in the context of maintaining financial records. The third will be internet and email. A general plan of the content will be made but time will be allocated at the start of the class to see what needs to be added in or removed so that the class has a say in what the class will cover. Cost is €10 payable on the first night. Class limited to 2 and a half hours and there will be a short break in the middle. 7pm will be the starting time and it will either be a Monday night or a Thursday night depending on what suits participants. Please call 91 48551 or leave your name in the Centre if you are interested in participating. The course will start in late September on a date that suits participants.

Social Evening: The Walk & Talk group are planning a social evening which will take place in St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. The date of the social evening is postponed to Friday 4 October. It will take place from 7.30 - 10.30pm. A light supper will be served at 7.30 followed by live music and dancing. The live music will be by Rosemary Gallagher. Cost €5 per person - all welcome.

Disabled Drivers Association: A collection for Disabled Drivers Association recently took place at St Baithin’s Church, St Johnston. A total of €75 has been raised. Thank you to all who contributed.

Donegal Hospice: Donegal Hospice would like to thank those who helped with and donated to the recent annual church gate collection. €105 was raised from the collection at St Baithin’s Church, St Johnston.


Forging Friendships: The History Links Project has produced a new book called Forging Friendships that was launched by Joe Mahon in NWRC recently. Members and supporters of the Monreagh Group have contributed chapters. Forging Friendships may be purchased in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre for €12 or £10. Forging Friendships is the third book to be published by the highly successful History Links project.

Notes: If you have any contribution to make for the St Johnston and Carrigans notes, please leave it in the box at reception in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, or in the box in the Post Office of St Johnston or Carrigans. If you would like to email notes the email address is stjohnstonandcarrigans@yahoo.co.uk.

Computer Room: The Computer Room in the Resource Centre has ten PC’s and if you would like to use the internet it costs €1 for an hour. The Centre now has broadband for the Computer Room and you can bring in your own laptop or tablet and use the Wi-Fi. Please telephone 91 48551 to book.

Charity Clothes Bank: The St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre has a Clothes Bank at the rear of the building. We encourage local people to use the bank, which allows the centre to raise funds throughout the year. All donations of clothes, curtains, sheets, towels, blankets and shoes would be greatly appreciated. Support your local charity. For more information please contact the centre on 91 48551.

Bus Eireann: Operates a regular return bus to Letterkenny via Strabane on Thursdays which departs Carrigans 10.55 am and St Johnston at 11am.

Nature Walk: On the evening of August 14, 2013 a small group of 14 people went on a nature walk. The walk began at the Resource Centre and was led by Liz and Ralph Sheppard. Liz and Ralph are well-known for the vast knowledge of the natural world. Starting from the Resource Centre the group walked up the Hillhead brae then turned right down the lane to Miller’s old mill. On reaching the Kinnycally road the group turned left and headed back to St Johnston. On the way Ralph and Liz pointed out the various plants/flowers and ferns growing in the hedgerow which included the following: Marsh woodwort; rosebay willowherb; mugwort; angelica; cow parsley; meadowsweet; figwort; tufted vetch; knapweed; bush vetch; wood sorrel; liverwort; navel wort; bracken fern; rustyback fern; broadbuckler fern; heart’s tongue fern; polypody fern. We also came in contact with some butterflies, moths and a buzzard that came to take a closer look! We all learnt a little about the growing along our hedgerows that we so often see only as “weeds”. Hedgerows are wildlife sanctuaries for birds, insects and invertebrates. They are a rich heritage that needs to be protected and preserved. We returned to the Resource centre and ended with a short prayer. Thanks to Liz and Ralph for sharing their knowledge with us and thanks to all who participated on the walk. By Oliver McCrossan

Community Bus Service: There is a local community Bus Service which runs Monday to Friday at 8.40am from St.Johnston to Letterkenny which leaves Letterkenny at 3.50pm Monday to Thursday and 1pm Friday. This service must be booked as the places are limited please phone 074-9741644.

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Lunch Club: The next Lunch Club date will be Wednesday 4 September from 11 am to 1 pm. New members are always welcome. The Lunch Club is open to all over 50s and young at heart. For more information please call the Resource Centre office at (074) 91 48551.

Swimming: Swimming lessons for women starting Wednesday 14 September at 8pm. Suitable for beginners and improvers. For more information or to book your place contact the Resource Office at 0749148551

Ard Baithin Project: A big thank you to our local volunteers Gill Clarke, Damian Crossan, Brian Coll and Ciaran Coll for giving their time and skills so generously to erecting the new signs and providing seating areas in Ard Baithin. These works have greatly enhanced the entrance into the Ard Baithin estate and the efforts of these young men should inspire our young people of what can be achieved through voluntary effort. The lads were ably guided and assisted by Shane Curran, Paul Curran , Paul Mahaffey and William Devenney. The stone seating was generously donated by Thomas Gamble from Gamble Concrete. The project was supported through DLDC Volunteering in the Community Project who funded the material costs.


Walk & Talk Group: We meet at St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 7:15 pm every Tuesday and one Saturday every month. Each week we go to a different destination (transport is provided) for an enjoyable walking experience. Afterwards some group members go for tea and a chat in the old playgroup. If you wish to join us contact the Resource Centre on 074 91 48551 to book a place or for further information. The group is suitable all abilities and speed.

NWRC: A North West Regional College Course Guide for part-time courses entitled Love the Experience is available at the table at reception in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Please feel free to take one.

Forging Friendships: The History Links Project has produced a new book called Forging Friendships that was launched by Joe Mahon in NWRC recently. Members and supporters of the Monreagh Group have contributed chapters. Forging Friendships may be purchased in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre for €12 or £10. Forging Friendships is the third book to be published by the highly successful History Links project.

CE Job Vacancies: There are vacancies for three Youth Workers in Newtowncunningham Community Development Initiative, as part of the St. Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project. CE criteria apply - applicants must be over 25 yrs of age and at least one year on benefit. Application Forms and Job Descriptions available from NCDI and St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. All completed application forms to St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Closing date is Friday 23 August 2013.

Notes: If you have any contribution to make for the St Johnston and Carrigans notes, please leave it in the box at reception in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, or in the box in the Post Office of St Johnston or Carrigans. If you would like to email notes the email address is stjohnstonandcarrigans@yahoo.co.uk.

Computer Room: The Computer Room in the Resource Centre has ten PC’s and if you would like to use the internet it costs €1 for an hour. The Centre now has broadband for the Computer Room and you can bring in your own laptop or tablet and use the Wi-Fi. Please telephone 91 48551 to book.

History: The Centre would like to ask if people would consider bringing in old photographs of village life in St Johnston and Carrigans to be copied or scanned and if anybody would like to submit any old stories or poems from yesteryear so that we can keep a unique record of life in the area from years gone by.

Charity Clothes Bank: The St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre has a Clothes Bank at the rear of the building. We encourage local people to use the bank, which allows the centre to raise funds throughout the year. All donations of clothes, curtains, sheets, towels, blankets and shoes would be greatly appreciated. Support your local charity. For more information please contact the centre on 91 48551.

Bus Eireann: Operates a regular return bus to Letterkenny via Strabane on Thursdays which departs Carrigans 10.55 am and St Johnston at 11am.
For more information on this route please call Bus Eireann Stranorlar at 0749131008 or check the website on www.buseireann.ie.

Community Bus Service: There is a local community Bus Service which runs Monday to Friday at 8.40am from St.Johnston to Letterkenny which leaves Letterkenny at 3.50pm Monday to Thursday and 1pm Friday. This service must be booked as the places are limited please phone 074-9741644.

Cancer Care Bus: Lines are being sold at reception in the Centre in aid of the cancer care bus. The prize is a luxury hamper. It is €2 a line if you would like one for this very worthy cause.

Walk: The Tremone historical walk gathering, Carrowmenagh Evictions 1881. The walk will take place on Sunday 18th August 2013 at 2pm. It will consist of a tour of all the thirteen houses where people where evicted by an absentee landlord Hector Fredrick Mc Neill from Edinburgh Scotland. Visiting every house at present occupied or derelict and a short talk on all the families who lived there and where they emigrated to. A crow bar was left behind by the army and is still in possession of the family of Widow Mary Mc Gonigle and will be available to be seen on the day. It was called by the local residents “a Sherriff”. There will be refreshments served in Carrowmenagh Community Centre afterwards.

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Forging Friendships: The History Links Project has produced a new book called Forging Friendships that was launched by Joe Mahon in NWRC recently. Members and supporters of the Monreagh Group have contributed chapters. Forging Friendships may be purchased in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre for €12 or £10. Forging Friendships is the third book to be published by the highly successful History Links project.

CE Job Vacancies: There are vacancies for three Youth Workers in Newtowncunningham Community Development Initiative, as part of the St. Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project. CE criteria apply - applicants must be over 25 yrs of age and at least one year on benefit. Application Forms and Job Descriptions available from NCDI and St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. All completed application forms to St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Closing Date: Fri 26th July 2013.

Notes: If you have any contribution to make for the St Johnston and Carrigans notes, please leave it in the box at reception in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, or in the box in the Post Office of St Johnston or Carrigans. If you would like to email notes the email address is stjohnstonandcarrigans@yahoo.co.uk.

Computer Room: The Computer Room in the Resource Centre has ten PC’s and if you would like to use the internet it costs €1 for an hour. The Centre now has broadband for the Computer Room and you can bring in your own laptop or tablet and use the Wi-Fi. Please telephone 91 48551 to book.

Smoking Cessation: Would you like to give up the cigarettes? There is a Smoking Cessation Clinic in the St Johnston Health Centre on Mondays 9.30 am to 1 pm. Please phone 1850 200 687 for an appointment. It involves one to one sessions, relapse prevention and support all the way through your journey to stop smoking.

History: The Centre would like to ask if people would consider bringing in old photographs of village life in St Johnston and Carrigans to be copied or scanned and if anybody would like to submit any old stories or poems from yesteryear so that we can keep a unique record of life in the area from years gone by.

50/50 Bonus Ball: The 50/50 Bonus Ball Fundraiser for the Resource Centre runs weekly. There are 45 numbers on the sheet, sold at €1 each. If your number is picked as the Bonus Ball on Saturday’s National Lotto, you get half the money that came in that week. The other half goes to the centre. There was no winner again last week as the number had not been sold (37) so it will be a triple rollover. If you would like to buy a line, call to reception at the centre.

Saturday Walk: The next Saturday Walk for the Walk and Talk Group will take place this Saturday 20 July. The bus will depart at 9 am from the Resource Centre. It is expected to return about 4 pm. Please bring a packed lunch and it is €5 per person for the bus. Please contact the Centre to book a place on the bus at 91 48551 before Friday 19 July.


Charity Clothes Bank: The St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre has a Clothes Bank at the rear of the building. We encourage local people to use the bank, which allows the centre to raise funds throughout the year. All donations of clothes, curtains, sheets, towels, blankets and shoes would be greatly appreciated. Support your local charity. For more information please contact the centre on 91 48551.

Taobh Tire Library Service: supported by Donegal County Library in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offers an extensive range of books for children and grown ups. Books can be ordered online through the service for collection in the centre. To join up and select your book just call in at the centre and see what is on offer. Over the summer months the Centre is hosting a “Summer Reading Programme” for children of all ages simply choose a book and return it to the centre and we will enter their name and the book title onto “Our Bookcase”. At the end to the summer the children will all receive a certificate from the Donegal County Library.

Bus Eireann: Operates a regular return bus to Letterkenny via Strabane on Thursdays which departs Carrigans 10.55 am and St Johnston at 11am.
For more information on this route please call Bus Eireann Stranorlar at 0749131008 or check the website on www.buseireann.ie.

Community Bus Service: There is a local community Bus Service which runs Monday to Friday at 8.40am from St.Johnston to Letterkenny which leaves Letterkenny at 3.50pm Monday to Thursday and 1pm Friday. This service must be booked as the places are limited please phone 074-9741644.

Binnion Mass Rock: The Binnion Mass Rock Committee thanks sincerely all who helped in their annual 'walk, talk and prayer' to the Rock which raised €1155 for Sliabh Glás Community Group Home Letterkenny.‏ Here is some local tradition about Binnion written by Rev Philip Lynch. “During the famine there was a man passed up the road and farther up he was found dead and nobody knew who he was or where he was going. Hugh Lynch of Binnion used to oblige people by carting their dead to the graveyard in his donkey’s cart. When his people had the fever he was not allowed to come in but could leave the goods on the window – this was for fear he would get it but he did not. When talking about the famine the tears even in old age used to run down his face. He said it would have taken a tear from a stone. He was around twelve or so then. The biggest ‘basting’ he ever got was from his Mother who had diligently enquired of him where he had got ‘the bonny gooseberries’. He got them from somebody’s bush. He was made go back and leave them under the bush he had pulled them off. He bought Binnion in the early eighties of the nineteenth century for £160 from Philip Lynch.”
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The Gathering: St Baithin's Cemetery Mass will take place on July 7 at 4 pm. This year as part of the Gathering, the parish of St Baithin's invites all those attending and the congregations from our neighbouring Churches to join us for light refreshments in the St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre afterwards.

History Links: The History Links Project has produced a new book called Forging Friendships that was launched by Joe Mahon in NWRC recently. Members and supporters of the Monreagh Group have contributed chapters. Here is an excerpt from Mary Crossan’s contribution. It gives us a glimpse of St Johnston in the sixties. “There was a cinema where people went to see the pictures. It was held in the Hibernian Hall at St Johnston, Chapel Road where the Resource Centre is now located. The Hibernian Hall was very small building but able to hold seventy to eighty people. And underneath the stage was a storage area where the band equipment was kept. Plays – a play on Kevin Barry and the Lourdes Apparitions are two that are remembered - were held there. And travelling shows too as the pictures were called. The cinema was provided by a projector.”

Computer Room: The Computer Room in the Resource Centre has ten PC’s and if you would like to use the internet it costs €3 for an hour. €1.50 for a half hour. The Centre how has broadband for the Computer Room and you can bring in your own laptop or tablet and use the wi-fi. Please telephone 91 48551 to book.

Community Holiday: The annual community holiday will take place from Tuesday 17th September to Friday 20th September 2013. The destination in 2013 is the beautiful Cavan Lakelands staying in the Cavan Crystal Hotel in Cavan Town. To book your place or for more information contact the Resource Centre office on 074 9148551.

Smoking Cessation: Would you like to give up the cigarettes? There is a Smoking Cessation Clinic in the St Johnston Health Centre on Mondays 9.30 am to 1 pm. Please phone 1850 200 687 for an appointment. It involves one to one sessions, relapse prevention and support all the way through your journey to stop smoking.

History: The Centre would like to ask if people would consider bringing in old photographs of village life in St Johnston and Carrigans to be copied or scanned and if anybody would like to submit any old stories or poems from yesteryear so that we can keep a unique record of life in the area from years gone by.

50/50 Bonus Ball: The 50/50 Bonus Ball Fundraiser for the Resource Centre runs weekly. There are 45 numbers on the sheet, sold at €1 each. If your number is picked as the Bonus Ball on Saturday’s National Lotto, you get half the money that came in that week. The other half goes to the centre. There was no winner this last week as the number had not been sold (36) so it will be a rollover this week. If you would like to buy a line, call to reception at the centre.

Walk & Talk Group: We meet at St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 7:15 pm every Tuesday and one Saturday every month. Each week we go to a different destination (transport is provided) for an enjoyable walking experience. Afterwards some group members go for tea and a chat in the old playgroup. If you wish to join us contact the Resource Centre on 074 91 48551 to book a place or for further information. The group is suitable all abilities and speed.

Saturday Walk: The next Saturday Walk for the Walk and Talk Group will take place on Saturday 20 July. The bus will depart at 9 am from the Resource Centre. It is expected to return about 4 pm. Please bring a packed lunch and it is €5 per person for the bus. Please contact the Centre to book a place on the bus at 91 48551 before Friday 19 July.

Counselling: Do you experience feelings of anxiety, depression or loneliness due to bereavement, relationships or isolation? Would you simply like someone to talk to about any problem in your life that distresses you? St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offer a free, professional, confidential and safe counselling service for men and women. For more information call 087 0569124 in complete confidence to organise an appointment.
Kildrum Tigers: The Kildrum Tigers Lotto Jackpot is now €720. There was no jackpot winner this week. Conor Mitchell won €30. Congratulations Conor! The senior team have a home game against Drumkeen Utd on Wednesday 10 July at 7.30 pm. This is an important fixture against a team that had their first defeat of the season at the weekend. Please come along and give us your support.

Raymond Logue: Raymond Logue is looking for information about his great grandfather Daniel Diver who was born 1860 approximately at Trentaghmucklagh, St Johnston. A new page www.stjohnstonandcarrigans.com/diver.html has been made. Please have a look at the page and if you can help Raymond please call 91 48551 and leave a message.

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The Gathering: St Baithin's Cemetery Mass will take place on July 7 at 4 pm. This year as part of the Gathering, the parish of St Baithin's invites all those attending and the congregations from our neighbouring Churches to join us for light refreshments in the Resource Centre afterwards.

Smoking Cessation: Would you like to give up the cigarettes? There is a Smoking Cessation Clinic in the St Johnston Health Centre on Mondays 9.30 am to 1 pm. Please phone 1850 200 687 for an appointment. It involves one to one sessions, relapse prevention and support all the way through your journey to stop smoking.

Occupational First Aid: Starting Tuesday 25th/26th/27th June in the Resource Centre 9.30 - 4pm. This course is supported by Co Donegal VEC Community Education Programme. To register or for more information contact 0749148551.

History: The Centre would like to ask if people would consider bringing in old photographs of village life in St Johnston and Carrigans to be copied or scanned and if anybody would like to submit any old stories or poems from yesteryear so that we can keep a unique record of life in the area from years gone by.

50/50 Bonus Ball: The 50/50 Bonus Ball Fundraiser for the Resource Centre runs weekly. There are 45 numbers on the sheet, sold at €1 each. If your number is picked as the Bonus Ball on Saturday’s National Lotto, you get half the money that came in that week. The other half goes to the centre. Congratulations to Anna Martin who won with number 29 on Saturday 15 June. If you would like to buy a line, call to reception at the centre.

Walk and Talk Group Residential: The Walk and Talk Group is planning a two night residential to Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June 2013. If you are interested and would like further information contact Deborah at the Family Resource Centre on 074 9148551

Social Services Outing: St Johnston and Carrigans Social Services are organising their annual bus outing on Saturday 22nd June 2013. Coach will leave Carrigans at 12 noon and St Johnston at 12.15pm. If you would like to take part in this outing please contact Sarah on 087 7489181 or leave your name in the Resource Centre office. Cost €10 including transport and dinner.

Counselling: Do you experience feelings of anxiety, depression or loneliness due to bereavement, relationships or isolation? Would you simply like someone to talk to about any problem in your life that distresses you? St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offer a free, professional, confidential and safe counselling service for men and women. For more information call 087 0569124 in complete confidence to organise an appointment.
Kildrum Tigers: The Kildrum Tigers Lotto Jackpot is now €675. There was no winner this week. May Browne wins €30. Congratulations May!
Binnion Mass Rock: A 'walk and talk' will take place to Binnion Mass Rock, St Johnston on Sunday 30th June at 3pm from Maggies Tavern, Carrickmore. There will be a Free BBQ and music by Una afterwards. There will be a €10 registration fee in aid of Sliabh Glás Community Group Home, Letterkenny. All welcome‏.

M.E. Awareness and Fundraising: An M.E. Awareness and Fundraising event around the “All Things Beautiful” theme is coming up. It will be held on Saturday June 22 2013 at the home of Valerie and John Moody, Momeen, St Johnston. Starting time is 2 pm and it will finish at 5 pm. Dinny McGinley TD and others will be present for the opening. There will be a sale. As the title suggests, there will be many beautiful items that you may purchase. A large collection of collector plates (Royal Doulton, Coalport, Staffordshire, Royal Albert, Fenton, Limoges, etc). Water pitchers and basins, jugs, vases, wooden roses are some of the items that will be available. All profit and donations will go to M.E. Research. Prices will be in euro and sterling. There will be an M.E. information corner which will provide a chance to read the many personal stories of people who were just like you before their life was devastated by M.E. There will a Coffee Afternoon during the event as well. This will provide a chance to catch up with friends and neighbours and to make new friends to share the day together. Music will be provided by our own Leslie Matthews and friends. There is the possibility of a well-known country and western singer coming. This will be confirmed nearer the time.

Jubilee Ordination Mass: A Parish Mass to mark the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the Ordination to the Priesthood in July 1988 of Fr Niall Coll will be held in St Baithin’s Church, St Johnston on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 7.30 pm. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the Resource Centre. All are welcome.

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Occupational First Aid: Starting Tuesday 25th/26th/27th June in the Resource Centre 9.30 - 4pm. This course is supported by Co Donegal VEC Community Education Programme. To register or for more information contact 0749148551.

REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT OUTREACH: The Regional Employment Service can help long term unemployed to get back into full time employment, identify training opportunities, prepare CV and fill out application forms and much more. So if you wish to avail of our service: The Outreach Officer will be in attendance in The Resource Centre, St Johnston on Tuesday 4th June 2013 from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. No appointment necessary. Further enquiries to Helen or Mary 074 9128010. This Service is supported by DLDC and ICTU and is free and totally confidential.

History: The Centre would like to ask if people would consider bringing in old photographs of village life in St Johnston and Carrigans to be copied or scanned and if anybody would like to submit any old stories or poems from yesteryear so that we can keep a unique record of life in the area from years gone by.

Life Skills Coaching Programme: Are you stuck in a rut, and want to find a new direction for the future, and at the same time brush up on Life Skills. Starting 28th May– 9th July 2013 from 1 to 3pm and open to all 18 to 28 year olds. For further information contact St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre.

Walk and Talk Group Residential: The Walk and Talk group are planning a two night residential to Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June 2013. If you are interested and would like further information contact Deborah at the Family Resource Centre on 0749148551. Put on your walking shoes! We meet at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 7:15 pm every Tuesday and one Saturday every month. We go by minibus to different places for an enjoyable walking experience, tea afterwards in the old playgroup. If you wish to join us contact the Resource Centre on 074 91 48551 to book a place. The group suits all abilities and speed.

Women’s Group: The Women’s Group are planning a visit to Arena7 on Monday 10th June ‘2013. The cost will be €25 per person which will include a game of bowls followed by a two course meal and transport. (Main and Desert). To book a place contact the Family Resource Centre, a deposit of €10 will secure a place. A bus will leave the centre at 7pm sharp and all are welcome.

Early Childhood Education Services: There are brochures called Early Childhood Education Directory of Services in Border Villages in County Donegal. If you would like one, please pick one up at the table at reception in the Resource Centre.

Notes: If you have any contribution to make for the St Johnston and Carrigans notes, please leave it in the box at reception in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, or in the box in the Post Office of St Johnston or Carrigans. If you would like to email notes the email address is stjohnstonandcarrigans@yahoo.co.uk.

Lunch Club: The Lunch Club meets every second Wednesday in the Resource Centre. The next Lunch Club date will be Wednesday 5 June from 11 am to 1 pm. New members are always welcome. The Lunch Club is open to all over 50s and young at heart. For more information please call the Resource Centre office at (074) 91 48551.

50/50 Bonus Ball: The 50/50 Bonus Ball Fundraiser for the Resource Centre runs weekly. There are 45 numbers on the sheet, sold at €1 each. If your number is picked as the Bonus Ball on Saturday’s National Lotto, you get half the money that came in that week. The other half goes to the centre. Congratulations to May Brown who won with number 32 on Saturday 18 May. If you would like to buy a line, call to reception at the centre.

Appeal for unwanted gifts: The volunteers and staff in the Lunch Club at the Resource Centre would like to appeal to the community to hand in any unwanted gifts for them to use for bingo prizes at the Lunch Club every second Wednesday in the Main Hall.

Charity Clothes Bank: The St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre has a Clothes Bank at the rear of the building. We encourage local people to use the bank, which allows the centre to raise funds throughout the year. All donations of clothes, curtains, sheets, towels, blankets and shoes would be greatly appreciated. Support your local charity. For more information please contact the centre on 91 48511.

Parent and Toddler Group: This takes place in the Old Playgroup from 10.30 to 12 noon. Why not come along and enjoy our fun activities for you and your child? Activities include: Arts and Crafts, Story Time, Music Time, Messy Play, Group Games and much more. For more information contact St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Telephone - 074 91 48551.

Bumps and Beyond Breastfeeding Support Group meets every Thursday morning in the Old Playgroup, Church Lane (situated behind St Baithin’s National School, St. Johnston), from 10.30am – 12.30pm. New parents always welcome. For more info please contact Teresa PHN at 0759148275 or the Resource office 9148551.

Charity Cycle: A Charity Cycle in aid of the Neonatal Unit in Letterkenny General Hospital will take place on Sunday 9 June at 11.30 am from the Fisherman’s Inn. €10 is the entry fee. There will be a 15 mile route or a 30 mile route. Refreshments will be served after.

Killea Church Fundraiser: Killea Parish Church, Carrigans are holding a fundraising event in the grounds of Dunmore House, Carrigans. The gardens will be open from 2.30pm onwards on Sunday 9th June 2013. Tea/Coffee will be available at the house during the afternoon. All proceeds will go to Killea Parish Church. We would like to thank Sir and Lady McFarlane for their kind permission to hold this event.

Boxercise and FITCAMP: Ann's BOXERCISE Class every Thursday night at St.Johnston and Carrigans Resource Centre, 8pm. Early morning FITCAMP every Tuesday morning at Kelda Morgan's Farmland, St Johnston, 6.45am. Both classes suitable for all age groups and fitness levels, men and women. Fantastic classes for weight loss, toning, increasing fitness levels and stamina. For further information please call 086 3238437.

St Baithin’s Football Blitz: St Baithin’s National School Parent’s Association held their first fundraiser football blitz on Friday 17 May 2013. We had all our talented school children playing matches at the blitz. That was followed by our Dad’s Select against Highland Radio Select who won on the evening. The weather was great and refreshments were served after in the school. And a good night was had by all. The Association would like to thank everyone who supported the event and those who helped organise the evening in any way.

Walking Churches: Members of St Baithin’s Church, St Johnston and Ballylennon Presbyterian Church invite you to join them on their 6 k walk. The walk will start from St Baithin’s Chapel car park to Ballylennon Church on Saturday 8 June 2013. It will be leaving from 2 to 3 pm. Subscription will be €5 including refreshments en route and Hi Viz Jacket. The proceeds are to be shared equally. Transport will be provided for the return journey if desired. Everybody is welcome. There will be home baking for sale at the refreshment stop.

Social Services Outing: St Johnston and Carrigans Social Services are organising their annual bus outing on Saturday 22nd June 2013. Coach will leave Carrigans at 12 noon and St Johnston at 12.15pm. If you would like to take part in this outing please contact Sarah on 087 7489181 or leave your name in the Resource Centre office. Cost €10 including transport and dinner.

Jobs Vacancies at St Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project: The CE Project is currently seeking workers for the following positions. One After-Schools Worker and one Youth Worker based in St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Job descriptions and application forms are available from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St Johnston, Lifford, CE criteria apply. The Community Employment (CE) programme is designed to help people who are unemployed get back to work by offering part-time work within their local communities. Training is available while you are on the programme and this can lead to new opportunities for your future.

Craft Groups: The Forever Craft Group meets on a Tuesdays in the Old Playgroup building, Church Lane St. Johnston, from 1 pm - 3pm. The Wednesday Craft Group has finished for the summer and we will be back in September. Come along to learn something new or just do your own thing. There’s always a cup of tea and a bit of craic!

Finn Harps: Kildrum Tigers Mini-Lotto is now €625. There was no winner this week. Kelsey Coll wins €30. Congratulations Kelsey! The Seniors are home on Sunday (2 June) to Letterkenny Rovers. Kick off is at 2 pm.

History Tour: A history tour facilitated by History Links was held in St Johnston Wednesday 22 May at 6.30 pm. The tour was very well attended with History Links participants coming from other parishes. The tour started on the Main Street continuing on to the Boathole and then to the Old Graveyard. Unfortunately due to the turbulent weather, the remainder of the tour which includes historic Monreagh and Taughboyne will hopefully be organised for another time. A picture of the Boathole in 1949 was shown as was an image of the Main Street from 1909. And also a picture of the HMS Indefatigable which went down in 1916 during the Battle of Jutland with the loss of a young local soldier’s life.

Mobile Library: The Cross Border Mobile Library service comes to St Johnston every Friday. It will be in the car park of St Baithin’s Church from 2.30 to 3.30 pm, then at Ard Baithin estate from 3.30 to 4.30 pm. On Tuesday mornings, the library is at Carrigans Main Street from 11.00 to 12.30 pm. If you need further information then please contact John and Raymond 04871 354185.

Counselling: Do you experience feelings of anxiety, depression or loneliness due to bereavement, relationships or isolation? Would you simply like someone to talk to about any problem in your life that distresses you? St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offer a free, professional, confidential and safe counselling service for men and women. For more information call 087 0569124 in complete confidence to organise an appointment.

Bus Eireann: Operates a regular return bus to Letterkenny via Strabane on Thursdays which departs Carrigans 10.55 am and St Johnston at 11am.
For more information on this route please call Bus Eireann Stranorlar at 0749131008 or check the website on www.buseireann.ie.

Swap and drop your old Books: We have a table in the reception area of the St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre where you can take a book or leave off your old ones.

Taobh Tire Library Service: supported by Donegal County Library in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offers an extensive range of books for children and grown ups. Books can be ordered online through the service for collection in the centre. To join up and select your book just call in at the centre and see what is on offer.

Mobile Phones: Please donate your old, broken or unwanted Mobile Phones. Proceeds from this will go towards a young child with Autism in your local area. So bring your unwanted phone down to St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St. Johnston.

Jubilee Ordination Mass: A Parish Mass to mark the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the Ordination to the Priesthood in July 1988 of Fr Niall Coll will be held in St Baithin’s Church, St Johnston on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 7.30 pm. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the Resource Centre. All are welcome.
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Killea Church Fundraiser: Killea Parish Church, Carrigans are holding a fundraising event in the grounds of Dunmore House, Carrigans. The gardens will be open from 2.30pm onwards on Sunday 9th June 2013. Tea/Coffee will be available at the house during the afternoon. All proceeds will go to Killea Parish Church. We would like to thank Sir and Lady McFarlane for their kind permission to hold this event.

History: The Centre would like to ask if people would consider bringing in old photographs of village life in St Johnston and Carrigans to be copied or scanned and if anybody would like to submit any old stories or poems from yesteryear so that we can keep a unique record of life in the area from years gone by.

CE Project AGM: The St Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project AGM has been postponed to a later date. Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

Life Skills Coaching Programme: Are you stuck in a rut, and want to find a new direction for the future, and at the same time brush up on Life Skills. Starting 28th May– 9th July 2013 from 1 to 3pm and open to all 18 to 28 year olds. For further information contact St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre.

Walk and Talk Group Residential: The Walk and Talk group are planning a two night residential to Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June 2013. If you are interested and would like further information contact Deborah at the Family Resource Centre on 0749148551. Put on your walking shoes! We meet at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 7:15 pm every Tuesday and one Saturday every month. We go by minibus to different places for an enjoyable walking experience, tea afterwards in the old playgroup. If you wish to join us contact the Resource Centre on 074 91 48551 to book a place. The group suits all abilities and speed.

Women’s Group: The women’s group are planning a visit to Arena7 on Monday 10th June ‘2013. The cost will be €25 per person which will include a game of bowls followed by a two course meal and transport. (Main and Desert). To book a place contact the Family Resource Centre, a deposit of €10 will secure a place, A bus will leave the centre at 7pm sharp all welcome.

Early Childhood Education Services: There are brochures called Early Childhood Education Directory of Services in Border Villages in County Donegal. If you would like one, please pick one up at the table at reception in the Resource Centre.

Notes: If you have any contribution to make for the St Johnston and Carrigans notes, please leave it in the box at reception in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, or in the box in the Post Office of St Johnston or Carrigans. If you would like to email notes the email address is stjohnstonandcarrigans@yahoo.co.uk.

Lunch Club: The Lunch Club meets every second Wednesday in the Resource Centre. The next Lunch Club date will be Wednesday 5 June from 11 am to 1 pm. New members are always welcome. The Lunch Club is open to all over 50s and young at heart. For more information please call the Resource Centre office at (074) 91 48551.

50/50 Bonus Ball: The 50/50 Bonus Ball Fundraiser for the Resource Centre runs weekly. There are 45 numbers on the sheet, sold at €1 each. If your number is picked as the Bonus Ball on Saturday’s National Lotto, you get half the money that came in that week. The other half goes to the centre. Congratulations to May Brown who won with number 32 on Saturday 18 May. If you would like to buy a line, call to reception at the centre.

Appeal for unwanted gifts: The volunteers and staff in the Lunch Club at the Resource Centre would like to appeal to the community to hand in any unwanted gifts for them to use for bingo prizes at the Lunch Club every second Wednesday in the Main Hall.

Charity Clothes Bank: The St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre has a Clothes Bank at the rear of the building. We encourage local people to use the bank, which allows the centre to raise funds throughout the year. All donations of clothes, curtains, sheets, towels, blankets and shoes would be greatly appreciated. Support your local charity. For more information please contact the centre on 91 48511.

Parent and Toddler Group: This takes place in the Old Playgroup from 10.30 to 12 noon. Why not come along and enjoy our fun activities for you and your child? Activities include: Arts and Crafts, Story Time, Music Time, Messy Play, Group Games and much more. For more information contact St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Telephone - 074 91 48551.

Bumps and Beyond Breastfeeding Support Group meets every Thursday morning in the Old Playgroup, Church Lane (situated behind St Baithin’s National School, St. Johnston), from 10.30am – 12.30pm. New parents always welcome. For more info please contact Teresa PHN at 0759148275 or the Resource office 9148551.

Tea Party: Cream Tea’s and Coffee and Cake in Maggies Tavern, Carrickmore, St Johnston on Saturday 25 May from 11 am to 3 pm. Have your tea and home-made scone, coffee and cake and sample our home-made tray bakes. And why not take some home? This event is in aid of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Lifford Athletic Club.

Walking Churches: Members of St Baithin’s Church, St Johnston and Ballylennon Presbyterian Church invite you to join them on their 6 k walk. The walk will start from St Baithin’s Chapel car park to Ballylennon Church on Saturday 8 June 2013. It will be leaving from 2 to 3 pm. Subscription will be €5 including refreshments en route and Hi Viz Jacket. The proceeds are to be shared equally. Transport will be provided for the return journey if desired. Everybody is welcome. There will be home baking for sale at the refreshment stop.

Social Services Outing: St Johnston and Carrigans Social Services are organising their annual bus outing on Saturday 22nd June 2013. Coach will leave Carrigans at 12 noon and St Johnston at 12.15pm. If you would like to take part in this outing please contact Sarah on 087 7489181 or leave your name in the Resource Centre office. Cost €10 including transport and dinner.

Jobs Vacancies at St Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project: The CE Project is currently seeking workers for the following positions. One After-Schools Worker and one Youth Worker based in St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Job descriptions and application forms are available from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St Johnston, Lifford, CE criteria apply. The Community Employment (CE) programme is designed to help people who are unemployed get back to work by offering part-time work within their local communities. Training is available while you are on the programme and this can lead to new opportunities for your future.

Craft Groups: The Forever Craft Group meets on a Tuesdays in the Old Playgroup building, Church Lane St. Johnston, from 1 pm - 3pm. The Wednesday Craft Group has finished for the summer and we will be back in September. Come along to learn something new or just do your own thing. There’s always a cup of tea and a bit of craic!

Appeal for bedding plants for St Johnston Main Street: Would anyone like to donate some bedding plants for the St.Johnston Main Street? The CE Project would be grateful for any donations you could hand in at the Resource Centre, which will be planted out in the next month. Thank you.
Maths for Parents: The course will provide practical and user-friendly group support for parents to refresh and develop their skills and competence when helping their children with homework. Please contact 91 48551 if interested.

Irish Dancing Classes: (age 3 upwards): Every Tuesday 3.45– 4.45pm at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. For more info please contact the centre on 074 9148551.

Mobile Library: The Cross Border Mobile Library service comes to St Johnston every Friday. It will be in the car park of St Baithin’s Church from 2.30 to 3.30 pm, then at Ard Baithin estate from 3.30 to 4.30 pm. On Tuesday mornings, the library is at Carrigans Main Street from 11.00 to 12.30 pm. If you need further information then please contact John and Raymond 04871 354185.

Counselling: Do you experience feelings of anxiety, depression or loneliness due to bereavement, relationships or isolation? Would you simply like someone to talk to about any problem in your life that distresses you? St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offer a free, professional, confidential and safe counselling service for men and women. For more information call 087 0569124 in complete confidence to organise an appointment.

Message Michael MacLeod: The following message is on the guestbook, stjohnstonandcarrigans.com. “My name is Michael MacLeod and my Great Great Great Grandfather William McCauley lived in St Johnstone in 1901. He had two daughters Ellen and Maggie living at home with him in 1901.
Any info on the family would be greatly appreciated.” If you can help Michael please leave a message for him on the guestbook.

Bus Eireann: Operates a regular return bus to Letterkenny via Strabane on Thursdays which departs Carrigans 10.55 am and St Johnston at 11am.
For more information on this route please call Bus Eireann Stranorlar at 0749131008 or check the website on www.buseireann.ie.

Swap and drop your old Books: We have a table in the reception area of the St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre where you can take a book or leave off your old ones.

Taobh Tire Library Service: supported by Donegal County Library in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offers an extensive range of books for children and grown ups. Books can be ordered online through the service for collection in the centre. To join up and select your book just call in at the centre and see what is on offer.

Mobile Phones: Please donate your old, broken or unwanted Mobile Phones. Proceeds from this will go towards a young child with Autism in your local area. So bring your unwanted phone down to St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St. Johnston.

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Notes: If you have any contribution to make for the St Johnston and Carrigans notes, please leave it in the box at reception in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, or in the box in the Post Office of St Johnston or Carrigans. If you would like to email notes the email address is stjohnstonandcarrigans@yahoo.co.uk.

Walk and Talk Group: We meet at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 7:15 pm every Tuesday and one Saturday every month. Each week we go to a different destination (transport is provided) for an enjoyable walking experience. Afterwards some group members go for tea and a chat in the old playgroup. If you wish to join us contact the Resource Centre on 074 91 48551 to book a place or for further information. The group is suitable all abilities and speed. The next Saturday outing will be on Saturday 11th May to Ards Friary, 9am departure and 3pm return to St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Put on your walking shoes and come and join us.

Jewellery Demonstration: evening and supper will take place on Monday 13th May 2013. New members always welcome! Please contact Deborah at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre for further information on the Women’s Group and/or to book a place on any of the above events.

Lunch Club: The lunch club meet every second Wednesday in the Resource Centre next date Wed April 24th new members always welcome. To celebrate the Bealtaine Festival we are planning a lively get together on Wed 8th May with TandG entertainment with some interesting guests to guarantee fun and laughs. On May 22nd the group are going on a trip to Sligo, coach will leave the Centre at 10am, this event is open to all over 50s and young at heart. For more information please call the Resource Centre office at (074) 91 48551.

CE Project AGM: The St Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project AGM will be held on Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at 3.15 pm. Anyone who would like to attend will be very welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Guest Tea: A very successful Guest Tea was held in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre on Friday 19th April 2013 as a fundraiser for the Centre. The event raised €1,625 thanks to the hard work of the hosts and hostesses and the generosity of the many guests who attended on the night and others who made donations. Music was provided by “Artie” who had guests on their feet until late. The Resource Centre wishes to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make the evening such a success. Thank you to all who hosted at tables, provided food or contributed money. We wish to acknowledge the support of local businesses, Mac’s Mini Mart, St Johnston, Main Street who donated the tea and coffee, milk and sugar. And Sharon and Teresa Gibson who donated a beautiful prize for the raffle. Once again as always, the local community were more than generous in supporting the Family Resource Centre and we are very grateful for this.

50/50 Bonus Ball: The 50/50 Bonus Ball Fundraiser for the Resource Centre runs weekly. There are 45 numbers on the sheet, sold at €1 each. If your number is picked as the Bonus Ball on Saturday’s National Lotto, you get half the money that came in that week. The other half goes to the centre. The latest winner was Mary Kerr and the winning number was 35. Her number came up on Saturday 27 April 2013. If you would like to buy a line, call to reception at the centre.

Appeal for unwanted gifts: The volunteers and staff in the Lunch Club at the Resource Centre would like to appeal to the community to hand in any unwanted gifts for them to use for bingo prizes at the Lunch Club every second Wednesday in the Main Hall.

Fireside Quiz: Winners of the Fireside Quiz were First Prize – Toni Clarke. Second Prize – Stuart Ross. Third Prize – Patricia Mailey. Fourth Prize – Carol McCrossan.

Charity Clothes Bank: The St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre has a Clothes Bank at the rear of the building. We encourage local people to use the bank, which allows the centre to raise funds throughout the year. All donations of clothes, curtains, sheets, towels, blankets and shoes would be greatly appreciated. Support your local charity. For more information please contact the centre on 91 48511.

Social Services Outing: St Johnston and Carrigans Social Services are organising their annual bus outing on Saturday 22nd June 2013. Coach will leave Carrigans at 12 noon and St Johnston at 12.15pm. If you would like to take part in this outing please contact Sarah on 087 7489181 or leave your name in the Resource Centre office. Cost €10 including transport and dinner.

Parent and Toddler Group: This takes place in the Old Playgroup from 10.30 to 12 noon. Why not come along and enjoy our fun activities for you and your child? Activities include: Arts and Crafts, Story Time, Music Time, Messy Play, Group Games and much more. For more information contact St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Telephone - 074 91 48551.

Bumps and Beyond Breastfeeding Support Group meets every Thursday morning in the Old Playgroup, Church Lane (situated behind St Baithin’s National School, St. Johnston), from 10.30am – 12.30pm. New parents always welcome. For more info please contact Teresa PHN at 0759148275 or the Resource office 9148551.

Jobs Vacancies at St Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project: The CE Project is currently seeking workers for the following positions. One After-Schools Worker and one Youth Worker based in St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Job descriptions and application forms are available from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St Johnston, Lifford, CE criteria apply. The Community Employment (CE) programme is designed to help people who are unemployed get back to work by offering part-time work within their local communities. Training is available while you are on the programme and this can lead to new opportunities for your future.

Craft Groups: The Forever Craft Group meets on a Tuesdays in the Old Playgroup building, Church Lane St. Johnston, from 1 pm - 3pm. The Wednesday Craft Group takes place every Wednesday night 8-10 pm. Come along to learn something new or just do your own thing. There’s always a cup of tea and a bit of craic!

Website: Does anybody wish to contribute information on the Glentown Slate Quarry, St Johnston for www.stjohnstonandcarrigans.com? Here is an excerpt of what we have. “The earliest mention of slate quarrying in the St Johnston area comes from 21st October 1786. The quarry was made up at Ardagh and it was let out to slate manufacturers. There was controversy at the time because rather than one hole several holes were opened and moves were put in place to try and stop this. Complaints had been made about damage done to the area. At the time, slating was becoming more and more popular and the demand was there. Those who had a bit of money preferred to have their houses slated for convenience and safety. The risk of fire in thatched houses was well-known. Though the St Johnston and Carrigans area wasn’t too badly affected by the famine, the quarry up at Glentown St Johnston was used to raise funds towards famine relief. The quarry was closed shortly after the famine. The quarry was active again throughout most of the 1930’s and in 1940 it was closed down.”

Appeal for bedding plants for St Johnston Main Street: Would anyone like to donate some bedding plants for the St.Johnston Main Street? The CE Project would be grateful for any donations you could hand in at the Resource Centre, which will be planted out in the next month. Thank you.

Maths for Parents: The course will provide practical and user-friendly group support for parents to refresh and develop their skills and competence when helping their children with homework. Please contact 91 48551 if interested.

Irish Dancing Classes: (age 3 upwards): Every Tuesday 3.45– 4.45pm at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. For more info please contact the centre on 074 9148551.

Mobile Library: The Cross Border Mobile Library service comes to St Johnston every Friday. It will be in the car park of St Baithin’s Church from 2.30 to 3.30 pm, then at Ard Baithin estate from 3.30 to 4.30 pm. On Tuesday mornings, the library is at Carrigans Main Street from 11.00 to 12.30 pm. If you need further information then please contact John and Raymond 04871 354185.

Counselling: Do you experience feelings of anxiety, depression or loneliness due to bereavement, relationships or isolation? Would you simply like someone to talk to about any problem in your life that distresses you? St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offer a free, professional, confidential and safe counselling service for men and women. For more information call 087 0569124 in complete confidence to organise an appointment.

Bus Eireann: Operates a regular return bus to Letterkenny via Strabane on Thursdays which departs Carrigans 10.55 am and St Johnston at 11am.
For more information on this route please call Bus Eireann Stranorlar at 0749131008 or check the website on www.buseireann.ie.

Swap and drop your old Books: We have a table in the reception area of the St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre where you can take a book or leave off your old ones.

Taobh Tire Library Service: supported by Donegal County Library in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offers an extensive range of books for children and grown ups. Books can be ordered online through the service for collection in the centre. To join up and select your book just call in at the centre and see what is on offer.

Mobile Phones: Please donate your old, broken or unwanted Mobile Phones. Proceeds from this will go towards a young child with Autism in your local area. So bring your unwanted phone down to St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St. Johnston.

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Women’s Group: Jewellery demonstration evening & supper will take place on Monday 13th May 2013. New members always welcome! Please contact Deborah at St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre 074 91 48551 for further information.

Women’s Group: The next Women’s Group event is a trip to the theatre for a production of the acclaimed Frank Mc Guinness’s Factory Girls at the City Factory and a pre theatre meal in the Mandarin Palace on Friday 26th April 2013. Cost €25 per person. This includes the bus, meal and entrance fee, to book a place contact the Resource Centre on 9148551.

Jewellery demonstration evening & supper will take place on Monday 13th May 2013. New members always welcome! Please contact Deborah at St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre for further information on the Women’s Group and/or to book a place on any of the above events.

CE Project AGM: The St Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project AGM will be held on Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at 3.15 pm. Anyone who would like to attend will be very welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Social Services Outing: St Johnston & Carrigans Social Services are organising their annual bus outing on Saturday 22nd June 2013. Coach will leave Carrigans at 12 noon and St Johnston at 12.15pm. If you would like to take part in this outing please contact Sarah on 0877489181 or leave your name in the Resource Centre office. Cost €10 including transport and dinner.

Whist Drive: A Whist Drive is held on the last Monday of every month. The next Whist Drive will be on Monday 29 April 2013 at 8:00 pm in St Johnston and Carrigans FRC, €5 per person. A light supper will be served.

Guest Tea: St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre are holding a Guest Tea on Friday 19th April 2013 from 7.30pm to 11pm. Telephone the Resource Centre on 074 91 48551 for more details. The Guest Tea is to raise funds for the Resource Centre.

James Lynch: A talk by historian James Lynch on the historic origin of Stone Circles including Beltony Stone Circle, Raphoe is to be delivered at Maggies Tavern, Carrickmore, St Johnston on Wednesday the 1st May at 8pm. All are welcome.

Jobs Vacancies at St Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project: The CE Project is currently seeking workers for the following positions. One After-Schools Worker, one Youth Worker and two Admin/ Receptionists, all based in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. There is also a vacancy for one Childcare Worker, to be based in Newtowncunningham Community Playgroup, Job descriptions and application forms are available from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St Johnston, Lifford, CE criteria apply. The Community Employment (CE) programme is designed to help people who are unemployed get back to work by offering part-time work within their local communities. Training is available while you are on the programme and this can lead to new opportunities for your future.

Craft Groups: The Forever Craft Group meets on a Tuesdays in the Old Playgroup building, Church Lane St. Johnston, from 1 pm - 3pm. The Wednesday Craft Group takes place every Wednesday night 8-10 pm. Come along to learn something new or just do your own thing. There’s always a cup of tea and a bit of craic!
Kildrum Tigers: Kildrum Tigers Mini-Lotto Jackpot is now €450. There is no Jackpot Winner for this weeks draw. Darren Bovaird won €30. Congratulations Darren! The senior team play first home game of new season with Finn Harps hoping to improve on last weeks defeat in Drumkeen.

A Request from Avon Lake, Ohio: Mary Weimer Green is looking for any information on Sweeney, Bradley, Friel, McGettigan, and Daugherty family members from the St. Johnston area. Her great grandfather Edward James Sweeney was born in St. Johnston. His parents were Edward John Sweeney (1839-1931) and Susan Elizabeth Bradley (1837-1913). She has almost no info about siblings of Edward James. Please email her Emkaygee@aol.com if you can assist. She says, “Thanks in advance for your help!”

50/50 Bonus Ball: The 50/50 Bonus Ball Fundraiser for the Resource Centre runs weekly. There are 45 numbers on the sheet, sold at €1 each. If your number is picked as the Bonus Ball on Saturday’s National Lotto, you get half the money that came in that week. The other half goes to the centre. Congratulations to this week’s winner Deirdre Doheny. If you would like to buy a line, call to reception at the centre.

Lunch Club: The lunch club meet every second Wednesday in the Resource Centre next date Wed April 24th new members always welcome. To celebrate the Bealtaine Festival we are planning a lively get together on Wed 8th May with T&G entertainment with some interesting guests to guarantee fun and laughs. On May 22nd the group are going on a trip to Sligo, coach will leave the centre at 10am, this event is open to all over 50s and young at heart. For more information please call the Resource Centre office at 0749148551.

Appeal for unwanted gifts: The volunteers and staff in the Lunch Club at the Resource Centre would like to appeal to the community to hand in any unwanted gifts for them to use for bingo prizes at the Lunch Club every second Wednesday in the Main Hall.
Appeal for bedding plants for St.Johnston Main Street: Would anyone like to donate some bedding plants for the St.Johnston Main Street? The CE Project would be grateful for any donations you could hand in at the Resource Centre, which will be planted out in the next month. Thank you.
Maths for Parents: The course will provide practical and user-friendly group support for parents to refresh and develop their skills and competence when helping their children with homework. Please contact 91 48551 if interested.

Parent and Toddler Group: This takes place in the Old Playgroup from 10.30 to 12 noon. Why not come along and enjoy our fun activities for you and your child? Activities include: Arts and Crafts, Story Time, Music Time, Messy Play, Group Games and much more. For more information contact St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Telephone - 074 91 48551.

Bumps and Beyond Breastfeeding Support Group meets every Thursday morning in the Old Playgroup, Church Lane (situated behind St Baithin’s National School, St. Johnston), from 10.30am – 12.30pm. New parents always welcome. For more info please contact Teresa PHN at 0759148275 or the Resource office 9148551.
Irish Dancing Classes: (age 3 upwards): Every Tuesday 3.45– 4.45pm at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. For more info please contact the centre on 074 9148551.

Mobile Library: The Cross Border Mobile Library service comes to St Johnston every Friday. It will be in the car park of St Baithin’s Church from 2.30 to 3.30 pm, then at Ard Baithin estate from 3.30 to 4.30 pm. On Tuesday mornings, the library is at Carrigans Main Street from 11.00 to 12.30 pm. If you need further information then please contact John and Raymond 04871 354185.


Counselling: Do you experience feelings of anxiety, depression or loneliness due to bereavement, relationships or isolation? Would you simply like someone to talk to about any problem in your life that distresses you? St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offer a free, professional, confidential and safe counselling service for men and women. For more information call 087 0569124 in complete confidence to organise an appointment.

Bus Eireann: Operates a regular return bus to Letterkenny via Strabane on Thursdays which departs Carrigans 10.55 am and St Johnston at 11am.
For more information on this route please call Bus Eireann Stranorlar at 0749131008 or check the website on www.buseireann.ie.

Swap and drop your old Books: We have a table in the reception area of the St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre where you can take a book or leave off your old ones.

Taobh Tire Library Service: supported by Donegal County Library in St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre offers an extensive range of books for children and grown ups. Books can be ordered online through the service for collection in the centre. To join up and select your book just call in at the centre and see what is on offer.

Mobile Phones: Please donate your old, broken or unwanted Mobile Phones. Proceeds from this will go towards a young child with Autism in your local area. So bring your unwanted phone down to St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St. Johnston.

Charity Clothes Bank: The St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre has a Clothes Bank at the rear of the building. We encourage local people to use the bank, which allows the centre to raise funds throughout the year. All donations of clothes, curtains, sheets, towels, blankets and shoes would be greatly appreciated. Support your local charity. For more information please contact the centre on 91 48511.

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Down by the River: A new play is always special; and the Voice of Older People are delighted to announce that a new One Act Play will be premiered on the 8th of April 2013 in the St. Johnston Carrigans Resource Centre and then embark on a tour of East Donegal and Border areas throughout early April. The new play, called “Down By The River” is a project supported by the Reconciliation through the Riverine Project which is managed by Donegal County Council in collaboration with Strabane District Council and funded by the International Fund for Ireland, the project developed from work in reminiscence theatre undertaken by the Voice of Older People Donegal, and we offer an open invitation for all to come and view the production for Free.

Maura Logue, of Dark Daughter Productions has written this specially commissioned Play “Down By The River”. Maura has written a number of issue based Plays including “Age Rage” (with Ballyshannon Twilight Active Age Group) “When is a House not a Home” (St. Johnsons Second Chance Education project.) “At the Touch of a Button” for Comhairle.

Down By The River evolved and developed from a research phase “Shared Stories” where stories of persons living along the border area were gathered.. These past memory stories from “one to one” interviews and community groups interviews, were then woven to create a collective narrative play representing the thoughts and experiences of those who contributed, entitled “Down By The River”

“Down By The River” takes the audience on a gentle ramble down memory lane, along the banks of the river Foyle. The play is set in a fictional river bank location, in the Castlefinn area.  “Down By The River” features 4 cross border actors, Maura Logue as Annie Gallagher, Paula Mc Mullen as Violet Tucky, Ivan Macken as Towley Brooker and John Kane as Daire McCann. The music for the piece features the work of Strabane Songwriter Pete O Hanlon and North Donegal Songwriter Kevin Doherty.  In this 40 min “play” the audience eavesdrops on the conversations among and between the characters. Each character offers different perspectives, hopes and share memories and stories of lives lived along the border. We see how at times lives interconnect and we note the River Foyle is the constant, the core, the heart of all these interconnected tales.

As the 4 characters banter tell yarns and offer their reflections and reminiscences, share secrets of the past, talk of the influence of the River on the lives of those living along the border unfold.

Down By The River is an easy listening “one act” play peppered with humour, yarns, and everyday tales from ordinary people. The stories will prompt memories for the listener of life in past times, down by The River.

Egg Hunt: There will be an Egg Hunt with arts and crafts and games for pre-school children & Junior Infants on Wed 3rd April 2013 from 12 -1pm in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Pre-school children must be accompanied by an adult.

St Johnston & Carrigans FRC AGM will take place in the Resource Centre on Tuesday 9th April at 8pm. We would like to take this opportunity to invite any members of the community who would like to come along to join us for the evening to hear what has been happening in the centre for the past year and what the future holds for us in the next year. With your support the centre can provide the services that St.Johnston and Carrigans need in the coming years.

History Links: The History Links Project is currently looking for new participants for the St Johnston. The group meet at St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. We will resume meetings on Wednesday 17 April after the Easter break. The group welcomes anyone from the wider area with an interest in local history. Every contribution to our knowledge of the past however small is of great importance. Over the coming months there will be trips away and meetings with groups from other areas. Come along and give it a go and get to know more about your area. For more information call Stephen McNamee or Kathleen Bonner at the History Links Projects on 0749141958. The programme includes discussions about local history and personal memories. There is optional training available in the programme for those who wish to learn about social networking and email etc – things that can help in communicating our heritage to the wider community.

Jobs Vacancies at St Johnston and Carrigans Community Employment Project: The CE Project is currently seeking workers for the following positions. One After-Schools Worker, one Youth Worker and two Admin/ Receptionists, all based in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. There is also a vacancy for one Childcare Worker, to be based in Newtowncunningham Community Playgroup, Job descriptions and application forms are available from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St Johnston, Lifford, CE criteria apply. The Community Employment (CE) programme is designed to help people who are unemployed get back to work by offering part-time work within their local communities. Training is available while you are on the programme and this can lead to new opportunities for your future.

Craft Group: The Craft Group meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Tuesday group resumes after the Easter Break on April 9 at 1pm.
The Craft Group also takes place every Wednesday night 8-10 pm in the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Come along to learn something new or just do your own thing. There’s always a cup of tea and a bit of craic!

Women’s Group: Knitting Class will be held on Monday 8th April 2012. The Showcase Evening on Friday 12th April 2013. Mandarin Palace/The Factory Girls Play will be held on Wednesday 24th April 2013. Jewellery demonstration evening & supper - Monday 13th May 2013. New member’s always welcome contact Deborah at St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre for further information and/or to book a place on any of the above events.

Factory Girls: The next Women’s Group outing will be on Wednesday 24th April 2013 the bus will leave the centre at 5.45pm for a 6 o’clock sitting at the Mandarin Palace followed by the “Factory Girls” by Frank McGuinness at the City Factory. Cost €25 per person this includes the bus, meal & entrance fee, to book a place contact the Resource Centre on 9148551.

50/50 Bonus Ball: The 50/50 Bonus Ball Fundraiser for the Resource Centre runs weekly. There are only 45 numbers on the sheet. They are sold at €1 each. If your number is picked as the Bonus Ball on Saturday’s National Lotto, you get half the money that came in that week. The other half goes to the centre. If you would like to buy a line, call to reception at the centre.

Lunch Club: The next Lunch Club will be on Wednesday 10th April 2013. Are you fifty or over? Are you at a loose end? Would you like to meet and socialise with people of your own age group for lunch, a chat, a bit of craic, enjoy occasional outings, social events, meeting new people and an annual holiday. If you are interested, join us at the Lunch Club in St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre every second Wednesday from 11am-1.30pm. New members always welcome! Transport can be provided. For more information contact the centre staff at 074-9148551.

Guest Tea: St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre are holding a Guest Tea on Friday 19th April 2013 from 7.30pm to 11pm if you are interested in taking a table please contact the Resource Centre on 074 9148551 for more details.

Appeal for unwanted gifts: The volunteers and staff in the Lunch Club at the Resource Centre would like to appeal to the community to hand in any unwanted gifts for them to use for bingo prizes at the Lunch Club every second Wednesday in the Main Hall.

Appeal for bedding plants for St.Johnston Main Street: Would anyone like to donate some bedding plants for the St.Johnston Main Street? The CE Project would be grateful for any donations you could hand in at the Resource Centre, which will be planted out in the next month. Thank you.

Maths for Parents: The course will provide practical and user-friendly group support for parents to refresh and develop their skills and competence when helping their children with homework. Please contact 91 48551 if interested.

Parent and Toddler Group: This takes place in the Old Playgroup from 10.30 to 12 noon. Why not come along and enjoy our fun activities for you and your child? Activities include: Arts and Crafts, Story Time, Music Time, Messy Play, Group Games and much more. For more information contact St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Telephone - 074 91 48551

Bumps and Beyond Breastfeeding Support Group meets every Thursday morning in the Old Playgroup, Church Lane (situated behind St Baithin’s National School, St. Johnston), from 10.30am – 12.30pm. New parents always welcome. For more info please contact Teresa PHN at 0759148275 or the Resource office 9148551.

Walk & Talk Group: Put on your walking shoes! We meet at St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 7:15 pm every Tuesday and one Saturday every month. We go by minibus to different places for an enjoyable walking experience, tea afterwards in the old playgroup. If you wish to join us contact the Resource Centre on 074 91 48551 to book a place. The group suits all abilities and speed. The next Saturday outing for the Group is on 13 April to Dunlewey. The bus will leave the Resource Centre at 9 am sharp. We would love to see some new members.
Irish Dancing Classes: (age 3 upwards): Every Tuesday 3.45– 4.45pm at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. For more info please contact the centre on 074 9148551.

Mobile Library: The Cross Border Mobile Library service comes to St Johnston every Friday. It will be in the car park of St Baithin’s Church from 2.30 to 3.30 pm. Then at Ard Baithin estate from 3.30 to 4.30 pm. On Tuesday mornings, the library is at Carrigans Main Street from 11.00 to 12.30 pm. If you need further information then please contact John and Raymond 04871 354185.

Craft Fayre: The annual Easter Craft Fayre and Car Boot Sale in support of the Oncology Unit in Letterkenny General Hospital was a great success. A huge thanks to all who attended on the day and who supported in any way.

Kildrum Tigers: Kildrum Tigers Mini-Lotto Jackpot is now €375. Numbers drawn are 8, 9, 12, 16. There is no Jackpot Winner. Harry Browne wins €30. Congratulations Harry! The senior team kick-off for the new season takes place on Sunday 7 April with a Knockalla Caravans Cup tie away to Milford Utd.

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Pancake Tuesday: Community Pancake, Bake sale and coffee morning in St Johnston & Carrigans FRC on Tuesday 12th February 9.30 - 12 mid day. Come along with your friends and enjoy freshly baked pancakes, tasty bakes, tea and coffee.

New Donegal Border Villages website: Check out the new Killea, Carrigans and St Johnston website at www.killeadonegalbordervillages.com.

St. Baithin's N.S. 'News' St. Baithins N.S. has had a very busy first term with lots happening both in the school and out in the wider community. 5th and 6th class had a very enjoyable trip to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin to attend the Ford Cup final between Derry City and St. Pats. The school would like to thank Finn Harps for kindly supplying the match tickets free of charge to the children and also Gary Lawrence and Ciaran Coll who very kindly gave up their Sunday to help with the trip. The school was delighted to receive a visit from Sligo Rovers just before Christmas. They brought the Airtricity League Cup to the school, which they recently won. It's the third year in a row that Sligo Rovers has visited the school; they have also brought the Ford Cup to the school over the last two years following their success in the Ford Cup Final, which the children have also attended. Ms Currans 5th and 6th class were back in Dublin shortly after their trip to the Aviva, this time they were on a very special trip to Áras an Uachtaráin and Leinster House. They had an opportunity to tour both houses and watch the Dáil proceedings take place. The school soccer teams have had a busy start to their seasons. Both the senior boys and girls soccer squads reached the finals of the Finn Harps Primary School League held in November. In the 3rd and 4th Class Indoor Futsal Competition, held in Deele College recently, St. Baithin's boys and girls put on a fine display with the boys team winning their division and qualifying for the County Final, which will be held in February and the girls being unfortunate to lose out on goal difference. St. Johnston will be well represented in the Donegal Sports Star Awards on the 25th of January, with Tyler Toland from 6th class, being nominated in the Best Primary School Girl category, Ms Meehan being nominated in the Primary School Teachers category and past pupils Brett Mc Ginty and John Kelly are also nominated. Brett is nominated in the Boxing section while John Kelly is nominated in the Best Secondary School Boys section. We wish everyone well on the night.

A Carol Service for the families of the children was held in St. Baithin's Chapel just before the Christmas break. It was a really successful night. The staff and pupils are so grateful to Sean Kerrigan, who gave of his time so generously to accompany the school children on keyboard. The children and their parents were then invited to the Resource Centre for refreshments, which were kindly provided by the school Parents Committee. The children are working hard in school towards getting the Green Schools Flag. We appreciate the support given at home towards recycling. The school will soon be having a day of action where parents will be invited to attend. We would greatly appreciate the support of parents on the day.

Rare Bird: A rare bird usually found on the backs of herd animals in the savannahs of Africa has arrived in Co Donegal because of the mild weather. The rarely seen cattle egret was spotted at a pig farm near the village of St Johnston. The discovery has caused excitement among wildlife enthusiasts as the cattle egret is a migratory member of the heron family and is native to Africa and Asia. It is often found riding on the backs of animals such as wildebeest on the plains of the tropics and sub-tropics. Birdwatch Ireland development officer Niall Hatch said our milder-than-usual winter and climate change generally were possible factors in the bird's arrival.

History Links: The History Links Project meets in St Johnston and Carrigans FRC on Wednesdays at 7 30 pm. New members are very welcome. Participation in the History Links Project is free. The Project hopes to enjoy a Trip to Castlebar and Westport in March.
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Stepping Stones Playgroup: Contact number St Johnston 9148512. Enrolment Day, for Sept 2013. Monday 11th March. 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm. Please bring your child’s birth certificate, immunisation record and PPS number.

Essential Computing: Basic Computer skills training including keyboard skills, Microsoft Word, letter/report writing skills, internet and email skills. The course will be accredited at FETAC Level 2. To book a place, or for more information, please contact the Resource Centre Office on 074 91 48551.

Regional Employment Outreach Service: The Regional Employment Service can help long term unemployed to get back into full time employment, identify training opportunities, prepare CV and fill out application forms and much more. So if you wish to avail of our service the RES Outreach Worker will be in attendance in St Johnston & Carrigans FRC on Tuesday 5th March 11am - 1pm. No appointment necessary. Further enquiries to Helen or Mary 074 9128010.This Service is supported by DLDC and ICTU and is free and totally confidential.

Youth: Homework Club in the Resource Centre is held on Wednesdays. Third to Sixth Class 3 to 4 pm. The Fun Club is held for Third and Forth Class at 4.15 to 5.15 pm. The Activity Club is held on Thursdays. Group 1 is from 3.00 to 4.00 pm. Group 2 is from 4.15 to 5.15 pm. Junior Youth Club takes place on Fridays for Fifth and Sixth Class 3.30 to 5.00 pm. Senior Youth Club First to Third Year from 5.30 to 7.15 pm.

NWRC: There is a number of prospectuses for the North West Regional College available at the table near reception in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Please feel free to take one.

History Links: The History Links Project is currently looking for new participants for the St Johnston. The group meet at St.Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. The group welcomes anyone from the wider area with an interest in local history. Every contribution to our knowledge of the past however small is of great importance. Over the coming months there will be trips away and meetings with groups from other areas. Come along and give it a go and get to know more about your area. For more information call Stephen McNamee or Kathleen Bonner at the History Links Projects on 0749141958. The programme includes discussions about local history and personal memories. There is optional training available in the programme for those who wish to learn about social networking and email etc – things that can help in communicating our heritage to the wider community.

Request: A request for information of a historical nature has been received by email, “I wonder if you have any information on the location or history of the Wain's rock on or near Dooish above Glentown?” If you can help, please drop in any information into the Resource Centre or email stjohnstonandcarrigans@yahoo.co.uk. Thanks.

Walk & Talk Group: Put on your walking shoes! We meet at St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 7:15 pm every Tuesday and one Saturday every month. We go by minibus (or you can take your own car if you wish) to different places for an enjoyable walking experience. There is tea afterwards. If you wish to join us contact the Resource Centre on 074 91 48551 to book a place. The group suits all abilities and speed. We are planning a two night walking trip to Co Fermanagh from Friday 28th June to Sunday 30th June 2013, for further information contact Deborah. 91 48551.
Breastfeeding Support Group: Every Thursday morning in the Old Playgroup, Church Lane (situated behind St Baithin’s National School, St. Johnston), from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Phone 074 91 48551 St. Johnston, or 074 91 56328.

Border Villages Website: There is information about St Johnston and Carrigans on the Border Villages Website. www.donegalbordervillages.com.

Easter Raffle: Easter Raffle for a hamper full of chocolate treats in aid of St Johnston and Carrigans FRC. Draw takes place at Lunch Club Wednesday 27 March 2013.

Ann’s Boxercise: Takes place from 8 to 9 pm in Main Hall on Thursdays in the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Fully Qualified Instructor, Fantastic class for weight loss, toning, building fitness levels and stress release. Suitable for all age groups (16+) and fitness levels. Very popular workout, great fun and great results. For more information please contact Ann on 0863238437.

Irish Dancing Classes: (age 3 upwards): Every Tuesday 3.45– 4.45pm. at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, St. Johnston. For more info please contact the centre on 074 9148551.

Whist Drive: The Whist Drive is held on the last Monday of every month. The next Whist Drive will be on Monday 25 February 2013 at 8:00 pm in St Johnston and  Carrigans FRC, €5 per person. A light supper will be served.

Taobh Tire Library Service: The Taobh tire Library Service is run from the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre for everyone. Why not come in a browse through the books and take one home. If you are not a member of the library you can join today at the centre. Please ask for an application form.

Bus Eireann: Bus Eireann has a bus to Strabane on Thursdays. It leaves Carrigans approximately 10.55 am and St Johnston at 11 am for Strabane. It picks up along the road. You can get the bus in Strabane at 11.40 am to go to St Johnston, Carrigans or Letterkenny. The bus leaves Letterkenny about 3pm and returns to Strabane via St Johnston and Carrigans. It will be in Carrigans about 3 30 and St Johnston 3.35 pm.

Counselling: Do you experience feelings of anxiety, depression or loneliness due to bereavement, relationships or isolation? Would you simply like someone to talk to about any problem in your life that distresses you? St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offer a free and professional and confidential and safe counselling service for men and women. For more information call Niki Cross in complete confidence at 087 0569124.

Community Bus Services: This vehicle is wheelchair accessible. Seats must be booked in advance on 074 97 41644. Limited seats available.
St. Johnston – Derry €3 single, €6 return: Dep. Fisherman’s Inn, St. Johnston 8.20 am – Departure Carrigans PO 8.25am - Arrive Derry Tech 8.55am.
Departure Derry Tech 5.00pm – Arrive Carrigans 5.20pm - Arrive St. Johnston 5.25pm
St. Johnston – Letterkenny Mon – Fri €3 single, €6 return:
Departure St. Johnston 8.40am - Arrive Letterkenny 9.30am.
Departure. Letterkenny Mon – Thur 3.50pm, Fri 1pm.

Craft Group: Every Tuesday afternoon 12 – 3pm/ Wednesday night 8-10 pm in the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Come along to learn something new or just do your own thing. And there’s always a cup of tea and a bit of craic!

Pilates Classes: Everyone welcome! Wednesday nights 7.00pm. at St. Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre. Phone 074 91 48551 for details.

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Movie Night:  Join us for a Girl’s Night in at the movies.  Friday February 22 at 8.00 pm at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre.  Special feature film, “What to expect when you are expecting?”  Life doesn’t always deliver what is expected.  Complimentary Mocktail on arrival.  Tea and Coffee and sweet treats at intermission.  All proceeds in aid of Bump’s and Beyond Support Group and Action Breast Cancer.  Phone 91 48551.  Tickets  €5 available at the Resource Centre office.

Breastfeeding Support Group: Every Thursday morning in the Old Playgroup, Church Lane (situated behind St Baithin’s National School, St. Johnston), from 10.30am – 12.30pm.  Phone 074 91 48551 St. Johnston, or 074 91 56328.   

Adult Learner Week 25th- 29th Feb: As part of the adult learner week we are organising two workshops aimed at parents of pre school, primary and children with Special Needs.

The first workshops which will take place on Monday 25th Feb 10am -11.30 for parents of pre school and children with special needs is a Sensory Play workshop which will explore the importance of creative, messy play in child development, fine motor skills, coordination and literacy.

The second workshop for parents of primary school children Tuesday 26th Feb 10 am – 12 midday  will look at practical skills and tips when helping children with maths and irish homework. There is no cost to either of these workshops which are being supported through Donegal VEC Learning for Life programme. To book a place or for more information contact 0749148551.

Border Villages Website: There is information about St Johnston and Carrigans on the Border Villages Website.  www.donegalbordervillages.com.

Easter Raffle: Easter Raffle for a hamper full of chocolate treats in aid of St Johnston and Carrigans FRC.  Draw takes place at Lunch Club Wednesday 27 March 2013. 

Ann’s Boxercise: Takes place from 8 to 9 pm in Main Hall on Thursdays in the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Fully Qualified Instructor, Fantastic class for weight loss, toning, building fitness levels and stress release.  Suitable for all age groups (16+) and fitness levels.  Very popular workout, great fun and great results.  For more information please contact Ann on 0863238437.

Irish Dancing Classes: (age 3 upwards): Every Tuesday 3.45– 4.45pm. at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, St. Johnston.  For more info please contact the centre on 074 9148551.

Guestbook: We would encourage people to take a look at the guestbook on the website www.stjohnstonandcarrigans.com.  There are some contributors looking for information about their family background.  If you can help them it would be great if you could reply to their questions on the guestbook.

Whist Drive: The Whist Drive is held on the last Monday of every month.  The next Whist Drive will be on Monday 25 February 2013 at 8:00 pm in St Johnston and Carrigans FRC, €5 per person. A light supper will be served.

Walk & Talk Group: Put on your walking shoes!  We meet at St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 7:15 pm every Tuesday and one Saturday every month.  We go by minibus to different places for an enjoyable walking experience.  There is tea afterwards.  If you wish to join us contact the Resource Centre on 074 91 48551 to book a place.  The groups suits all abilities and speed.

Taobh Tire Library Service: The Taobh tire Library Service is run from the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre for everyone.  Why not come in a browse through the books and take one home.  If you are not a member of the library you can join today at the centre.  Please ask for an application form.

Bus Eireann:  Bus Eireann has a bus to Strabane on Thursdays.  It leaves Carrigans approximately 10.55 am and St Johnston at 11 am for Strabane.  It picks up along the road.  You can get the bus in Strabane at 11.40 am to go to St Johnston, Carrigans or Letterkenny.  The bus leaves Letterkenny about 3pm and returns to Strabane via St Johnston and Carrigans.  It will be in Carrigans about 3 30 and St Johnston 3.35 pm.

Counselling: Do you experience feelings of anxiety, depression or loneliness due to bereavement, relationships or isolation?  Would you simply like someone to talk to about any problem in your life that distresses you?  St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre offer a free and professional and confidential and safe counselling service for men and women.  For more information call Niki Cross in complete confidence at 087 0569124.

Community Bus Services: This vehicle is wheelchair accessible.  Seats must be booked in advance on 074 97 41644. Limited seats available. 

St. Johnston – Derry €3 single, €6 return: Dep. Fisherman’s Inn, St. Johnston 8.20 am – Departure Carrigans PO 8.25am - Arrive Derry Tech 8.55am.

Departure Derry Tech 5.00pm – Arrive Carrigans 5.20pm - Arrive St. Johnston 5.25pm

St. Johnston – Letterkenny Mon – Fri  €3 single, €6 return:

Departure St. Johnston 8.40am - Arrive  Letterkenny 9.30am.

Departure. Letterkenny Mon – Thur 3.50pm, Fri 1pm.

Craft Group: Every Tuesday afternoon 12 – 3pm/ Wednesday night 8-10 pm in the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre.  Come along to learn something new or just do your own thing.  And there’s always a cup of tea and a bit of craic!

Pilates Classes: Everyone welcome! Wednesday nights 7.00pm. at St. Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre. Phone 074 91 48551 for details.

Bowling: St. Johnston and Carrigans Bowling Club, Monday and Friday, 7.00 pm to 10.30 pm in the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, St. Johnston. New members welcome.