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2010 ST JOHNSTON AND CARRIGANS COMMUNITY NOTES ARCHIVES 

Winners of Christmas Draw: Here are the winners of the Christmas Draw 2009 which took place in support of the Resource Centre. First Prize, Luxury Christmas Hamper donated by Una Crumlish. Winner: Mark Doherty, Ard na Meala, St Johnston. Second Prize, Avon Beauty Products Hamper donated by Mary McAnaney. Winner: Evelyn McDaid, Glentown, St Johnston. The Proceeds of the Hamper amounted to €838.00. Thank you Una and Mary for your kind generosity in donating the amazing prizes!

Flooding Appeal: The Irish Red Cross appealed in November for donations to aid victims of the flooding crisis. In response to this, it was agreed to organise a collection before Masses in support of families and communities who were left without in the country as a result of the flooding. The collection took place at St Baithin’s Church, St Johnston on 18 and 19 December and the money raised was a whopping €360. This money has been sent to the Irish Red Cross and we would like to say thanks to everyone who contributed to and helped this very worthy cause.

Senator Brian O Domhnaill: Senator Brian O Domhnaill will be holding a clinic at the Resource Centre in St Johnston on Saturday 13 Feb at 4.30 pm.

Community Gardening Club: If you have an interest in developing your gardening skills, sharing your gardening tips or growing your own flowers, plants or vegetables, this is the group for you. We meet every Monday starting at 1.30 pm in the Resource Centre.

Save our Bus!: We wish to express our dismay at the discontinuation of the Mon – Sat 9am bus route from Derry to Ballybofey. This service was one of the busiest the area had and was used by local students who were travelling to the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School and Deele College Raphoe and by the general public as well. We intend to organise a Petition to be presented to Bus Eireann authorities to have the route reinstated. We feel strongly that the cancellation of the route is a blow to the social, educational and economic integration of the St Johnston and Carrigans area. There was no prior notice or consultation provided in relation to this decision. We intend to circulate a local petition to allow people to put their name to the campaign to have the service restored.

Stepping Stones: Parky Magician will be coming to the Playgroup on Wednesday 24th Feb at 10 am to entertain the children of the playgroup and those of the Parent and Toddler Group. We are holding a Pamper Yourself Evening on Thursday 11 March at 8 pm. This will take place in the Main Hall of the Resource Centre. Tickets for the events will go on sale shortly. They will be sold by children of the playgroup or bought at the playgroup. We would like to this this opportunity to thank the Work Experience workers who were with us from 4 Jan 10 from the Childcare course in the Resource Centre, Lifford. Karen McGlinchey, Lee Anne Mc Monagle, Cara Conway and Lisa McCarron. The staff boys and girls would like to wish them well for the future.

Creative Memories Workshops: Come along to Creative Memories Workshops to find out how to organise and preserve your photos and precious memories. You can create beautiful Scrapbook Albums – where you will be able to share and enjoy photos and stories…and have great fun! It starts Saturday, Feb 13 and runs every month in St Johnston and Carrigans FRC. 10 to 4 pm. Demonstration at 12 noon and 2 pm. For more information or to book your place please call Mary on 087 3292470. Places are limited.

Guitar Lessons: Due to the demand for guitar lessons for adults, we are holding a registration evening for adults Wednesday 24 February 2010 in St Johnston Community Café at 6.15 pm. Everybody welcome! All participants will take part in structured lessons over 8 weeks! Please come along and discover your inner guitarist!

The Parting: The Parting: A story of love and honour during the Plantations. This Play is written by Jonathan Burgess and directed by Kieran Quinn. It has been produced by Strabane’s Alley Theatre and Ballybofey’s Balor DCA and support by the International Fund for Ireland. The venue is St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Date: Tuesday February 16 at 8 pm. Admission is 3 Euro. Everybody is welcome.

Save Our Bus: The Centre is undertaking a petition to call upon Bus Eireann to reinstate the early morning bus from Derry via St Johnston and Carrigans to Ballybofey which has been discontinued since Monday 1 February 2010. Please give us your support in this very important issue.

Craft Fayre The Annual Craft Fayre in the Lecture Hall and the Car Boot Sale (St Johnston Presbyterian Church Car Park) will take place on Easter Saturday April 3, 2010. It starts at 11am and will finish about 4.30 pm. The proceeds go to the Oncology Unit, Letterkenny, General Hospital. Please phone Betty on (074) 91 48198 or Pearl (074) 91 48133 if you would like further information.

St Vincent de Paul Society St Baithin’s Conference, Saint Vincent de Paul Society, is having the annual collection in aid of Uganda on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March 2010 at collections to be held before Masses in St Baithin’s Church, St Johnston. The funds raised assist in the educational progress of Ugandans, helps them to be self-sufficient agriculturally and the distribution of food to the destitute and prisoners. Please give generously to this very worthy cause.

Lagan Valley Men’s Initiative The Lagan Valley Men’s Initiative invites men to an Afternoon Tea and Get-Together in the Drop-In Centre, Main Street, St Johnston. It will take place on Thursday March 18 at 2pm expecting to finish about 4pm. Noel Bradley will be in attendance to talk about plans for the group and to agree upcoming events and outings. There is no charge for this event which is supported by Lagan Valley Men’s Initiative.

50/50 Bonus Ball The 50/50 Bonus Ball that took place on Saturday March 6, had no winner! So it’s a Rollover. The “winning” number was 36. A huge thank you to everyone for buying numbers every week.

St Baithin’s School St Baithin’s N.S. Parents Association Silver Circle Winners were: Dermot Lawrence – First Prize 60 Euro. Emma Peoples – Second Prize 40 Euro. Sharon Gibson – Third Prize 20 Euro. The promoter’s prize of 15 Euro went to Stacey O’ Donnell.
Resource Centre Events Mondays: Gardening Club 1 pm to 3 pm. Art is 8pm – 10 pm.
Tuesdays: Craft Group, 1 – 3 pm. Creative Ageing is 1 pm to 3pm.
Wednesdays: Sports Programme 6 – 7.30 pm.
Thursdays: Activity Club, 3.30 – 4.30 pm. Youth Club 6.30 to 7.30 pm
Fridays: Bowling, 7.00 pm.
Community Drop-In Centre Main Street, St Johnston is open to the public from 10 am to 2pm Wednesday to Friday. Why not drop in for a cup of tea and a chat and bring a friend! Youth Club Thursdays 8 pm to 10 pm. Youth Club Fridays 6 to 10 pm.

Fitness at the Centre Looking for fun ways to exercise get back in shape? Jiving 7.30 pm to 9pm on Tuesdays. Hip Hop Dancing every Wednesday 5-7pm.
Computer Room Patrick Gormley the IT Tutor is available to work with the public Wednesdays 9.30 to 1.30 and Thursdays 7pm to 9 pm. This service is totally free! Some clients like to bring their own laptops so if you would like to join them and learn a bit about them then you will be very welcome. Please call 91 48551 to book or if you have any questions.

Mock Wedding Fisherman’s Inn, St Johnston, is having its Annual Fundraising Event which will be in aid of Donegal Hospice. It will take place on Easter Saturday 3rd April 2010. The event will be a Mock Wedding at 8.30 pm followed by a Buffet Reception. Tickets are on sale. €10 per person or €15 per couple. These tickets are available now. Music will be by Felix Healy. Please come along to support this worthy cause and to have a great nights craic!

Parent and Toddler Group This group provides a nice, relaxed setting for young children to meet socialise and play with their own age group and for mum/dad/grandparents or carer to have a cuppa and a chat. Times are 10.00 am – 12.00 noon on Wednesdays in the Old Playgroup, Church Lane, St Johnston.

St Bridget’s Crosses: Joseph Bovaird would like to say a huge thank you to those who recently gave donations as part of his St Bridget’s Crosses appeal. The amount raised was 2210 Euro and will be donated to the Oncology Unit in Letterkenny Hospital. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Jiving Classes: The Jiving Class has resumed on Tuesday nights starting from 2 March 2010 from 7.30 to 9 pm in the Resource Centre. Beginners and improvers are very welcome. Admission is 5 Euro. There will be great music and it is a fab way to have the craic and to keep fit.

Short Course Guide: Are you out of work and would you like further training? There is a Short Course Guide available at reception in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. The guide is free and why not take one for a friend as well? The courses are facilitated in the North West Regional College Derry and Strabane which makes them accessible to people from the St Johnston and Carrigans area and affordable to people on benefit and who are unemployed.

Community Café: The Community Café on the Main Street is open to the public from 10 to 2 pm from Monday to Friday. Please come along for a bit of craic and chat over a cup of tea or coffee!

50/50 Bonus Ball!: The 50/50 Bonus Ball had no winners on Saturday 20 February. The “winning” number was 4.

Drop-In Centre: Local woman Alma O’ Donnell kindly made the following contribution to the community notes regarding Drop in Centre for Cancer Patients and their Families. As we approach the first anniversary of the opening of the Good and New Cancer Shop in Grand Central, Letterkenny, it gives us enormous pleasure to give an outline of the progress we have made in the last year since opening in March 2009. Our aim is to help improve the quality of life for people and their families who have been affected by cancer. Cancer is a family illness which invariably for the people of Donegal involves travelling long arduous journeys to Galway University Hospital or Dublin for their radiation treatment. The phrase “We Travel or We Die” very much applies to them. To this end, we have established a direct bus service to Galway taking the patients for treatment on Monday morning and collecting them on Friday morning. Unfortunately this bus is no longer adequate and we are actively and urgently seeking a larger bus. If there are any of your readers willing to assist us in any way we will be very grateful. To date we have purchased and delivered a Dinatab machine which is a piece of equipment used for monitoring patients at Letterkenny, we have also donated £5000 to the Donegal Hospice. None of this would be possible without the generous support of you the readers and the wider public of Donegal. The Drop-In Centre is a place where patients, their relatives, and friends can come and avail of a cup of tea, pick up some literature provided by the Irish Cancer Society, and - if they wish - avail of our confidential counselling service. The Centre has been open since January 2010, and has been very well received by those who have been availing of it, and is free. None of this would be possible without the help of our dedicated team of volunteers pictured below, and of course you the people whose generosity we appreciate, contact us on 9113437 or 087 6574585, from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Carrickmore Cycling Club: The Carrickmore Cycling Club would like to thank everyone who took part in the sixth annual 30 miles Charity Cycle from Maggies Tavern, Carrickmore, St Johnston on July 31 2010. 77 cyclists participated in the event. The charity to benefit from the Cycle was the Donegal Diabetic Association. The total raised from the cycle was 3500 Euro. Well done to all who participated and who made contributions and especially to the organizers, Denis Kelly, Marie Kelly and Joe McKean. A presentation night will take place in Maggies Tavern, Carrickmore on Saturday October 9 2010 at 9.30 pm. There will be music on the night and everybody is welcome.

Thanks: County Donegal Parents and Friends of People with Intellectual Disability Ltd would like to thank those who contributed to the Chapel Gate collection for the charity in August. The amount raised was 114.40 euro. This money will be used to help improve the facilities of the residential and day clients of the various centres throughout the county.

Wainfest: The following Wainfest events will be held in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. There will be a Scottish Folk Tale family event for all ages from 6 years plus at 5 pm on Wednesday 13 October 2010. There will be a Wainfest Poetry Workshop aimed towards children from 6 to 12 years on Thursday 14 October at 10 am. On Monday 18 Oct, there will be a Diversity and Racism explorative workshop at 1.30 pm for children from 10 to 12. On Wednesday 20 October there will be a visit by author David Donohue. This will be aimed at children from 8 to 12 starting at 10.30 am.

Lines: There are lines for sale, 2 Euro each, in the Centre and elsewhere in the St Johnston and Carrigans area in aid of the Oncology Unit, Letterkenny Hospital. The prize is three adorable teddies wearing Aran Sweaters handcrafted by Mabel Porter. This Draw has been organised by Forever Crafts. The Draw will take place at the Craft Fayre, in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre on Sat, Nov 20, 2010.

Monday Art Class: The Monday evening Art Class takes place on Mondays, 8-10 pm in the Old Playgroup building, Church Lane, St Johnston. This class is for complete beginners and improvers. All paints, brushes and paper is provided. Why not come along and give it a go?

CE Scheme: St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, FÁS Community Employment Project has vacancies. The vacancies are for 1 Environmental Worker, 1 Caretaker, 1 IT Worker, 1 Community Café Worker and 1 CE Project Administrator. FÁS Community Employment Criteria apply. Vacancies subject to FÁS approval. For Job Description and Application Form please contact St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St Johnston, Co Donegal. Telephone 074 91 48551. Closing date, 12 noon Friday 15 October 2010.

Weekly Yoga Class: The weekly Yoga Class takes place in the Resource Centre on Tuesdays. It will run for eight weeks and we are almost half way through the programme. The class runs from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. Beginners are welcome. For more information, please call 91 48551. Yoga is relaxing and enjoyable and has many outstanding health benefits which include increased flexibility, improved lubrication of joints, and has a body toning and detoxifying effect. Why not come along to the class and experience all this for yourself? There are still places available. This programme is supported through Donegal VEC Community Education Programme. The cost per person for the course is 20 euro.

Gardening Club: The Gardening Club meets every Monday at 1.00 pm in the Resource Centre grounds to maintain the Community Garden and share gardening skills. Please come along and see what we are about and new members are very welcome.

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 offers 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.

One to One Computer Assistance: Would you like some informal and fun training/assistance in using Computers or like to learn something about the Internet? Then come along to: Resource Centre, Computer Room: Wednesdays: 9.30am–12 noon. Wednesdays 7 pm to 9 pm. Thursdays: 7pm-9 pm. Or come to the Community Café, Main Street. Wednesday, 12 noon to 1.30 pm. There are computers in the café equipped with a fast broadband connection so come along if you would like to learn about computers in general or to get help to use the internet. Please call Patrick Gormley 074 91 48551 for further info.

Friday Night Drop-in: The drop-in centre, Main St, St Johnston is open on Friday nights for fifth and sixth Class from 6pm to 7pm, first years from 7pm to 8pm and 8pm to 10pm for second years & over. The drop-in will have a tuck shop available, pool, internet access (50 cent per half hour), Wii, X-box and other games available. All welcome.

50/50 Bonus Ball: This fundraiser is available in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. The cost is 1 Euro per line number. 50% goes to the Winner and 50% goes toward the Community Drop-in Cafe in St. Johnston Main Street. The draw is made against the Lotto Bonus Ball every week. The latest winner was Mary Ryan of Stepping Stones Playgroup. Mary won on number 15 on Saturday October 2. Congratulations Mary!

Bodyrox School of Dance: Bodyrox School of Dance Hip Hop takes place in the Resource Centre on Wednesday evenings. It’s children aged from 4 to 10 at 5 pm to 6 pm. Then from 6pm to 7 pm, its children from 10 plus. 5 Euro per class.

Boxercise: Adult Boxercise Class has started at St Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre. It runs 8pm-9pm. Boxercise is a non-contact exercise class and it involves a training programme that boxers would use. The class will involve skipping, cardiovascular work, pad work, toning & stretches. In a one hour boxercise class you can burn from 400 - 800 calories, so it is excellent for weight loss, building fitness levels, toning and reducing stress levels. Boxercise is suitable for all fitness levels and age groups from 16+. It's a very addictive class as it's lots of fun! Just bring water and a mat or big towel. Info 086 3238437.

Bowling: Fridays 7.30 pm to 10 pm in the Resource Centre. Everybody welcome.

Parent and Toddler Group: This group provides a relaxed setting for young children to meet socialise and play with their own age group and for mums/dads/grandparents or carers to have a cuppa and a chat. All children from birth to toddlers are welcome. Times are 10 am – 12 noon on Wednesday mornings in the Old Playgroup, Church Lane, St Johnston. There will be activities for the children and it’s a great way to meet other parents and carers etc.

Fitz Kidz: Does your child watch too much television or play video games? Do you want them to get more exercise? New class has started and runs on Mondays in the Resource Centre. Children aged 5 years to 12 years from 5.30 to 6.45 pm. 4 Euro per class. A fun high energy workout. Loose clothing advised and a bottle of water. For more enquiries please telephone Wendy on 086 3285835 or come along on Monday.

Smoking Cessation: Would you like to give up the cigarettes? There is a Smoking Cessation Clinic in the St Johnston Health Centre on Mondays 9.45 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.

Rural Transport Bus: The Rural Transport bus departs from Carrigans at 10 am on Thursday mornings to Lifford/Strabane. The St Johnston pick up is at 10.10 am. The route goes through Carrickmore, Porthall, Coolatee, Rossgier. It departs Lifford 1 pm arriving back in St Johnston 1.20 pm and Carrigans 1.30 pm. Why not leave the car behind and enjoy a trip on this bus service? It’s a great way to get out and about and meet other travellers. You can call 074 97 41644 to book or you can hail the bus.

Jiving Group: Are you interested in keeping fit and having fun while practicing your Jiving Skills or Learning to Jive? If so, come and join us at the Resource Centre. The Jiving Group is on Wednesdays at 8.30 pm and finishes 10. It will be on at the same time every Wednesday. Admission €5. Contact: Marie 087 6152761, Nora 087 2614240.

Clothes Bank: There is a Clothes Bank at the Resource Centre to help raise funds for the Centre. Please donate: Clothes, Sheets, Towels, Blankets, Shoes, Curtains. Your donations will be much appreciated. The bank can be found at the back of the Centre and is a purple colour. Sorry we cannot accept items such as carpets, ornaments, mats, glass and paper.

MABS: Experiencing Financial difficulties? Problems paying off Debts? Need Advice on Money Management? Then Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) can help you. MABS provides a free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt. If you wish to call MABS, the telephone number is Letterkenny (074) 91 29909. You can ask them to meet you at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre if you wish. MABS will listen to you non-judgementally and will give you tips for helping your financial situation and can mediate between you and your creditors.

Books: There is a table of free books near the reception area in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Please feel free to take a book. We welcome donations of books so if you have any books lying around the house that you don’t want anymore, you are welcome to bring them to the centre.

Library Service: At St. Johnston and Carrigans FRC, we run a Taobh Tire Donegal County Library Book borrowing service. This ‘taster’ library service includes: Adult and Children’s books, ‘Talking’ Books, Music CDs, DVD's, Videos, and Magazines. In the computer suite we have a dedicated on-line computer service to the main library. You can also join the Taobh Tire Donegal County Library from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre if you wish.

Stamps: If you have any used stamps, please cut them out by cutting the envelope and leaving some of the envelope around them. Bring them down to Maureen McLaughlin at the St. Johnston Post Office. These stamps will be used to fund charitable projects. Thank you.

Battery Recycling: St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre is now accepting your small waste dry batteries! Please dispose of batteries properly!

Contact Information: The St. Johnston Notes/Community Newsletter can be contacted on 074 91 48551 at the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. You can drop articles into the Centre, or leave them at St. Johnston or Carrigans Post Office. Outside office hours you can email articles to: stjohnresource@eircom.net or stjohnstonandcarrigans@yahoo.co.uk and leave a voicemail on the number given above.

Weekly Yoga Class: The weekly Yoga Class has resumed in the Resource Centre on Tuesdays. It runs from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. Beginners are welcome. For more information, please call 91 48551. Yoga is relaxing and enjoyable and has many outstanding health benefits which include increased flexibility, improved lubrication of joints, and has a body toning and detoxifying effect. Why not come along to the class and experience all this for yourself? There are still places available. This programme is supported through Donegal VEC Community Education Programme. The cost per person for the course is 20 euro.
Resource Centre Survey: The Resource Centre is conducting a door to door survey to determine how well the Resource Centre caters for the needs of the community collectively and individually. The survey will be conducted by members of the community and Resource Centre staff who can assist you in completing the Survey form. If you are not in when someone calls, he or she will leave the form with you and come back to you to collect the form. Or if you wish you can drop the completed form into the Resource Centre. Thanks for your help with this survey. The Resource Centre is now at the end of the funding period and this survey will assist greatly in setting priorities for the next three years.

Table Quiz: There will be a Table Quiz in aid of Monreagh’s New School Building Fund. It will take place in An Grianán Hotel, Burt, on October 7 2010 at 9.00 pm. Supper included.

Gardening Club: The Gardening Club meets every Monday at 1.00 pm in the Resource Centre grounds to maintain the Community Garden and share gardening skills. Please come along and see what we are about and new members are very welcome.

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 offers 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.

One to One Computer Assistance: Would you like some informal and fun training/assistance in using Computers or like to learn something about the Internet? Then come along to: Resource Centre, Computer Room: Wednesdays: 9.30am–12 noon. Wednesdays 7 pm to 9 pm. Thursdays: 7pm-9 pm. Or come to the Community Café, Main Street. Wednesday, 12 noon to 1.30 pm. There are computers in the café equipped with a fast broadband connection so come along if you would like to learn about computers in general or to get help to use the internet. Please call Patrick Gormley 074 91 48551 for further info.

AGM Stepping Stones: Stepping Stones will hold its AGM at 8.00 pm in the Playgroup on Wednesday 29 September 2010. Everybody welcome.
Friday Night Drop-in: The drop-in centre, Main St, St Johnston will be open from Friday 1st October for 5th & 6th Class from 6pm to 7pm, 1st years from 7pm to 8pm and 8pm to 10pm for 2nd years & over. Registration for the period of September to December 2010 will be held on Friday 1 Oct and will cost €5.00 per person. The drop-in will have a tuck shop available, pool, internet access (50 cent per half hour), Wii, X-box and other games available. All welcome.

IT Skills: There is a number of IT Skills Application forms available in the Resource Centre. If you are a person with a disability and interested in gaining computer qualifications then this may be the course for you! It takes place in Letterkenny VEC.

CE Scheme: St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, FÁS Community Employment Project has vacancies. The vacancies are for 2 Youth Workers, 1 Childcare Worker, 1 Environmental Worker, 1 Caretaker, 1 IT Worker, 1 Community Café Worker and 1 CE Project Administrator. FÁS Community Employment Criteria apply. Vacancies subject to FÁS approval. For Job Description and Application Form please contact St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St Johnston, Co Donegal. Telephone 074 91 48551. Closing date for Youth and Childcare jobs, 24 September 2010. Closing date for other jobs, 12 noon Friday 15 October 2010.

50/50 Bonus Ball: This fundraiser is available in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. The cost is 1 Euro per line number. 50% goes to the Winner and 50% goes toward the Community Drop-in Cafe in St. Johnston Main Street. The draw is made against the Lotto Bonus Ball every week. The latest winner was Angela Doherty who won on Saturday 11 September. We would like to say congratulations and thank you to all the supporters.

Bodyrox School of Dance: Bodyrox School of Dance Hip Hop takes place in the Resource Centre on Wednesday evenings. It’s children from 4 to 10 at 5 pm to 6 pm. Then from 6pm to 7 pm, its children from 10 plus. 5 Euro per class.

Boxercise: Adult Boxercise Class has started at St Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre. It runs 8pm-9pm. Boxercise is a non-contact exercise class and it involves a training programme that boxers would use. The class will involve skipping, cardiovascular work, pad work, toning & stretches. In a one hour boxercise class you can burn from 400 - 800 calories, so it is excellent for weight loss, building fitness levels, toning and reducing stress levels. Boxercise is suitable for all fitness levels and age groups from 16+. It's a very addictive class as it's lots of fun! Just bring water and a mat or big towel. Info 086 3238437.


Bowling: Fridays 7.30 pm in the Resource Centre. Everybody welcome.

Monday Art Class: The Monday evening Art Class takes place on Mondays, 8-9 pm in the Old Playgroup building, Church Lane, St Johnston.

Parent and Toddler Group: This group provides a relaxed setting for young children to meet socialise and play with their own age group and for mums/dads/grandparents or carers to have a cuppa and a chat. All children from birth to toddlers are welcome. Times are 10 am – 12 noon on Wednesday mornings in the Old Playgroup, Church Lane, St Johnston. There will be activities for the children and it’s a great way to meet other parents and carers etc.


Fitz Kidz: Does your child watch too much television or play video games? Do you want them to get more exercise? New class has started and runs on Mondays in the Resource Centre. Children aged 5 years to 12 years from 5.30 to 6.45 pm. 4 Euro per class. A fun high energy workout. Loose clothing advised and a bottle of water. For more enquiries please telephone Wendy on 086 3285835 or come along on Monday.

Scrapbooking Workshop: Its time to enjoy your photos! Come along to Creative Memories Workshops! Have you got lots of old photographs lying around in boxes, drawers etc and would love to be able to put them into an album to keep? Find out how to organise and preserve your photos and precious memories. Create beautiful Scrapbook Albums - where you will be able to share and enjoy your photos and stories. It’s great fun! Please come along to the Resource Centre on Saturday 25th September from 11 am to 4 pm. Lots of crafting materials, tools and products will be available for use. Demonstrations, Safe Photo Storage, Page Layouts and lots more! Lunch provided! Please phone Mary on 087 3292470 for more details.

Smoking Cessation: Would you like to give up the cigarettes? There is a Smoking Cessation Clinic in the St Johnston Health Centre on Mondays 9.45 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.

Rural Transport Bus: The Rural Transport bus departs from Carrigans at 10 am on Thursday mornings to Lifford/Strabane. The St Johnston pick up is at 10.10 am. The route goes through Carrickmore, Porthall, Coolatee, Rossgier. It departs Lifford 1 pm arriving back in St Johnston 1.20 pm and Carrigans 1.30 pm. Why not leave the car behind and enjoy a trip on this bus service? It’s a great way to get out and about and meet other travellers. You can call 074 97 41644 to book or you can hail the bus.

Jiving Group: Are you interested in keeping fit and having fun while practicing your Jiving Skills or Learning to Jive? If so, come and join us at the Resource Centre. The Jiving Group is on Wednesdays at 8.30 pm and finishes 10. It will be on at the same time every Wednesday. Admission €5. Contact: Marie 087 6152761, Nora 087 2614240.

Clothes Bank: There is a Clothes Bank at the Resource Centre to help raise funds for the Centre. Please donate: Clothes, Sheets, Towels, Blankets, Shoes, Curtains. Your donations will be much appreciated. The bank can be found at the back of the Centre and is a purple colour. Sorry we cannot accept items such as carpets, ornaments, mats, glass and paper.

MABS: Experiencing Financial difficulties? Problems paying off Debts? Need Advice on Money Management? Then Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) can help you. MABS provides a free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt. If you wish to call MABS, the telephone number is Letterkenny (074) 9129909. You can ask them to meet you at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre if you wish. MABS will listen to you non-judgementally and will give you tips for helping your financial situation and can mediate between you and your creditors.

Books: There is a table of free books near the reception area in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Please feel free to take a book. We welcome donations of books so if you have any books lying around the house that you don’t want anymore, you are welcome to bring them to the centre.

Library Service: At St. Johnston and Carrigans FRC, we run a Taobh Tire Donegal County Library Book borrowing service. This ‘taster’ library service includes: Adult and Children’s books, ‘Talking’ Books, Music CDs, DVD's, Videos, and Magazines. In the computer suite we have a dedicated on-line computer service to the main library. You can also join the Taobh Tire Donegal County Library from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre if you wish.

Stamps: If you have any used stamps, please cut them out by cutting the envelope and leaving some of the envelope around them. Bring them down to Maureen McLaughlin at the St. Johnston Post Office. These stamps will be used to fund charitable projects. Thank you.

Battery Recycling: St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre is now accepting your old waste dry batteries! Please dispose of batteries properly!

Contact Information: The St. Johnston Notes/Community Newsletter can be contacted on 074 91 48551 at the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. You can drop articles into the Centre, or leave them at St. Johnston or Carrigans Post Office. Outside office hours you can email articles to: stjohnresource@eircom.net or stjohnstonandcarrigans@yahoo.co.uk and leave a voicemail on the number given above.

Personal Development: There will be a Personal Development Course for Transition year students. If you are interested then registration takes place on Tuesday 21 Sept from 6.30 - 7.30 pm in the Community Drop-In. The programme will start Tuesday 21 Sept from 7.30 to 8.30 pm. All First Years Welcome!

Guitar Lessons: Would you like to learn to play the guitar? If you can play the guitar, would you like to improve your skills? If you are interested in lessons then come along to the registration on Tuesday 21 Sept from 4.30—5.30 pm In the Community Drop-In. Lessons will take place on Tuesday 28 September from 4 to 6 pm.

Scotland Trip: The Resource Centre has planned a short Autumn holiday break to Scotland from 14th - 17th September 2010. This is our fourth annual outing and a good time is guaranteed with plenty of craic and good company. Due to some cancellations, some places for the break have become available. If you would like a place or further information please telephone 91 48551. This will be a very enjoyable trip and departs from the Resource Centre Tuesday 14th at 8.15 am by coach to stay at the Glynhill Hotel, Paisley Road, Renfrew. The fee is 275 Euro and includes bed and breakfast, evening meals, coach, ferry and trips out in Scotland. Single room supplement will be an additional fee.

End of Summer Get Together: End of Summer Get Together in the Youth Drop In Centre, Main St, St Johnston, 7.00 to 9.30 pm, Friday 17th Sept. There will be music, food and craic. This will be a supervised event for 2nd to 5th Year Students at Secondary School.

CE Scheme: St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, FÁS Community Employment Project has vacancies for 2 Youth Workers and 1 Childcare Worker. FÁS Community Employment Criteria apply. Vacancies subject to FÁS approval. For Job Description and Application Form please contact St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St Johnston, Co Donegal. Telephone 074 91 48551. Please return all completed application forms by 12 noon Friday, September 24, 2010.

50/50 Bonus Ball: This fundraiser is available in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. The cost is 1 Euro per line number. 50% goes to the Winner and 50% goes toward the Community Drop-in Cafe in St. Johnston Main Street. The draw is made against the Lotto Bonus Ball every week. The latest winner was Mary Kerr who won on Saturday 4 September. The winning number was 20. We would like to say congratulations and thank you to all the supporters.

Bodyrox School of Dance: Bodyrox School of Dance Hip Hop is back. Please come to the Resource Centre Wednesday evenings. It’s children from 4 to 10 at 5 pm to 6 pm. Then from 6pm to 7 pm, its children from 10 plus. 5 Euro per class.

Boxercise: Adult Boxercise Class at St Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre starting Thurs 16th Sept, 8pm-9pm. Boxercise is a non-contact exercise class and it involves a training programme that boxers would use. The class will involve skipping, cardiovascular work, pad work, toning & stretches. In a one hour boxercise class you can burn from 400 - 800 calories, so it is excellent for weight loss, building fitness levels, toning and reducing stress levels. Boxercise is suitable for all fitness levels and age groups from 16+. It's a very addictive class as it's lots of fun! Just bring water and a mat or big towel. Info 086 3238437.

FETAC Childcare Course: The course FETAC Level 6, Module 2, Childcare Management will start on Tuesday September 21. This module can be added to, to build up to a FETAC Major Award. Please call Mary Crossan 91 48551 for further information.


Bowling: Fridays 7.30 pm in the Resource Centre. Everybody welcome.

Monday Art Class: The Monday evening Art Class resumes on Mondays, 8-9 pm in the Old Playgroup building starting on 13 September.

Lost Phone: A phone was lost in the Resource Centre on Saturday 21 August. Please, come to the reception of the Centre and your phone will be returned to you.

Parent and Toddler Group: This group provides a relaxed setting for young children to meet socialise and play with their own age group and for mums/dads/grandparents or carers to have a cuppa and a chat. All children from birth to toddlers are welcome. Times are 10 am – 12 noon on Wednesday mornings in the Old Playgroup, Church Lane, St Johnston. There will be activities for the children and it’s a great way to meet other parents and carers etc.

Weekly Yoga Class: The weekly Yoga Class will resume in the Resource Centre on Tuesdays starting on the 21 September from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. Beginners are welcome. For more information, please call 91 48551.

Fitz Kidz: Does your child watch too much television or play video games? Do you want them to get more exercise? New class has started and runs on Mondays in the Resource Centre. Children aged 5 years to 12 years from 5.30 to 6.45 pm. 4 Euro per class. A fun high energy workout. Loose clothing advised and a bottle of water. For more enquiries please telephone Wendy on 086 3285835 or come along on Monday.

Scrapbooking Workshop: Its time to enjoy your photos! Come along to Creative Memories Workshops! Have you got lots of old photographs lying around in boxes, drawers etc and would love to be able to put them into an album to keep? Find out how to organise and preserve your photos and precious memories. Create beautiful Scrapbook Albums - where you will be able to share and enjoy your photos and stories. It’s great fun! Please come along to the Resource Centre on Saturday 25th September from 11 am to 4 pm. Lots of crafting materials, tools and products will be available for use. Demonstrations, Safe Photo Storage, Page Layouts and lots more! Lunch provided! Please phone Mary on 087 3292470 for more details.

ScrapBooking Class: There will be a 8 week Scrap-Booking Class starting on Monday 13 September from 7.30 to 9.30 pm in the Resource Centre. Please keep an eye out for posters for further information or call 91 48551.

Smoking Cessation: Would you like to give up the cigarettes? There is a Smoking Cessation Clinic in the St Johnston Health Centre on Mondays 9.45 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.

Rural Transport Bus: The Rural Transport bus departs from Carrigans at 10 am on Thursday mornings to Lifford/Strabane. The St Johnston pick up is at 10.10 am. The route goes through Carrickmore, Porthall, Coolatee, Rossgier. It departs Lifford 1 pm arriving back in St Johnston 1.20 pm and Carrigans 1.30 pm. Why not leave the car behind and enjoy a trip on this bus service? It’s a great way to get out and about and meet other travellers. You can call 074 97 41644 to book or you can hail the bus.

Jiving Group: Are you interested in keeping fit and having fun while practicing your Jiving Skills or Learning to Jive? If so, come and join us at the Resource Centre. The Jiving Group is on Wednesdays at 8.30 pm and finishes 10. It will be on at the same time every Wednesday. Admission €5. Contact: Marie 087 6152761, Nora 087 2614240.

Clothes Bank: There is a Clothes Bank at the Resource Centre to help raise funds for the Centre. Please donate: Clothes, Sheets, Towels, Blankets, Shoes, Curtains. Your donations will be much appreciated. The bank can be found at the back of the Centre and is a purple colour. Sorry we cannot accept items such as carpets, ornaments, mats, glass and paper.

MABS: Experiencing Financial difficulties? Problems paying off Debts? Need Advice on Money Management? Then Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) can help you. MABS provides a free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt. If you wish to call MABS, the telephone number is Letterkenny (074) 9129909. You can ask them to meet you at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre if you wish. MABS will listen to you non-judgementally and will give you tips for helping your financial situation and can mediate between you and your creditors.

Books: There is a table of free books near the reception area in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Please feel free to take a book. We welcome donations of books so if you have any books lying around the house that you don’t want anymore, you are welcome to bring them to the centre.

Library Service: At St. Johnston and Carrigans FRC, we run a Taobh Tire Donegal County Library Book borrowing service. This ‘taster’ library service includes: Adult and Children’s books, ‘Talking’ Books, Music CDs, DVD's, Videos, and Magazines. In the computer suite we have a dedicated on-line computer service to the main library. You can also join the Taobh Tire Donegal County Library from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre if you wish.

Stamps: If you have any used stamps, please cut them out by cutting the envelope and leaving some of the envelope around them. Bring them down to Maureen McLaughlin at the St. Johnston Post Office. These stamps will be used to fund charitable projects. Thank you.

Battery Recycling: St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre is now accepting your old waste dry batteries! Please dispose of batteries properly!

Contact Information: The St. Johnston Notes/Community Newsletter can be contacted on 074 91 48551 at the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. You can drop articles into the Centre, or leave them at St. Johnston or Carrigans Post Office. Outside office hours you can email articles to: stjohnresource@eircom.net or stjohnstonandcarrigans@yahoo.co.uk and leave a voicemail on the number given above.

Lagan Valley Men’s Initiative: Lagan Valley Men’s Initiative is going on a Day Trip to Killybegs and Glencolmcille on Thursday 2nd September 2010. Lunch included. Coach will leave Carrigans at 10am, St Johnston 10.10am, Raphoe 10.25, Newtoncunningham 10.40am, Manorcunningham 10.50. To book your seat please contact Mary Crossan at St Johnston & Carrigans FRC at 91 48551 before Monday 30th August at 5pm. If you know of any other men who would like to attend this event please ask them to contact the Centre. There is no charge for this trip which is supported by Lagan Valley Men’s initiative.

Collection: A collection was taken up at St Baithin’s Church St Johnston on 7th and 8th August for the charity Parents and Friends of People with Intellectual Disabilities. The amount raised was a marvelous 114.40 Euro. Thanks folks!

Lost Phone: A phone was lost in the Resource Centre on Saturday 21 August. Please, come to the reception of the Centre and your phone will be returned to you.

Regional Employment Service: The Regional Employment Service can help unemployed people get back in to full/part 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 Wednesday 1st September 2010 from 11.00am to 1.00pm. 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.

Scrap-Booking: There will be a 10 week Scrap-Booking Programme starting on Monday 6 September from 7.30 to 9.30 pm in the Resource Centre. Please keep an eye out for posters for further information. The Scrap-Booking was incorrectly stated in previous notes as starting on 13 September.

Creative Memories: Its time to enjoy your photos! Come along to Creative Memories Workshops! Have you got lots of old photographs lying around in boxes, drawers etc and would love to be able to put them into an album to keep? Find out how to organise and preserve your photos and precious memories. Create beautiful Scrapbook Albums - where you will be able to share and enjoy your photos and stories. It’s great fun! Please come along to the Resource Centre on Saturday 4 September from 11 am to 4 pm. Lots of crafting materials, tools and products will be available for use. Demonstrations, Safe Photo Storage, Page Layouts and lots more! Lunch provided! Please phone Mary on 087 3292470 for more details.

Boxercise: Adult Boxercise Class at St Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre starting Thurs 16th Sept, 8pm-9pm. Boxercise is a non-contact exercise class and it involves a training programme that boxers would use. The class will involve skipping, cardiovascular work, pad work, toning & stretches. In a one hour boxercise class you can burn from 400 - 800 calories, so it is excellent for weight loss, building fitness levels, toning and reducing stress levels. Boxercise is suitable for all fitness levels and age groups from 16+. It's a very addictive class as it's lots of fun! Just bring water and a mat or big towel. Info 086 3238437

St Baithin’s NS: St Baithin’s National School will reopen for all pupils at 9.20 am on Tuesday the 31st of August. Junior Infants will start at 10 am on the same day.

“Fitz Kidz”: Does your child watch too much television or play video games? Do you want them to get more exercise? New class starts Monday 6th September. Children aged 5 years to 12 years from 5.30 to 6.45 pm. 4 Euro per class. A fun high energy workout. Loose clothing advised and a bottle of water. For more enquiries please telephone Wendy on 086 3285835.

Scotland Trip: The Resource Centre has planned a short Autumn holiday break to Scotland from 14th - 17th September 2010. This is our fourth annual outing and a good time is guaranteed with plenty of craic and good company. Due to some cancellations, some places for the break have become available. If you would like a place or further information please telephone 91 48551.

Parent and Toddler Group: This group provides a nice, relaxed setting for young children to meet socialise and play with their own age group and for mums/dads/grandparents or carers to have a cuppa and a chat. Times are 9.30 am – 11.30 am on Wednesday mornings in the Old Playgroup, Church Lane, St Johnston. There will be activities for the children and it’s a great way to meet other parents and carers etc.
Yoga: The weekly Yoga Class will resume in the in the Resource Centre on Tuesdays starting on the 21 September from 7.30 pm to 9 pm. Beginners are welcome.

Winning New Opportunities: Winning New Opportunities is a 20 hour training programme that provides opportunities for participants to learn about themselves and gain confidence in themselves and their personal skills and work skills. The workshops help participants to analyse their situation for problems or potential difficulties and to work out their own solutions. Skills, social support and knowing how cope with setbacks are important resources for people to develop in order to improve and sustain their job seeking skills and the Winning New Opportunities programme is designed to maximise participant's skills in effective job and new opportunities seeking. Winning New Opportunities is for people who are unemployed, people who are employed but who feel they can improve themselves. Topics covered include: Discovering your job skills, Effective interviews, identifying strengths and skill, dealing with obstacles to employment, finding job openings, CVs, Planning for setbacks and Networks and networking.

To date, 15 WNO training Programmes have taken place in the counties of Donegal, Sligo, Galway, Limerick and Tipperary. After a survey, 92.3 % of respondents said they benefited “a great deal” from the programmes.

The programme is free and is delivered by trained facilitators supported by HSE Health Promotion and LYIT, Letterkenny.

The programme will begin in the Resource Centre Monday 6th September 2010 for five mornings. Times to be arranged. Please call 91 48551 for further information.

Childcare Management: The course FETAC Level 6, Module 2, Childcare Management will start on September 14. It is a stand alone module so you can gain the other modules elsewhere. Please call Mary Crossan 91 48551 for further information.

Jiving Group: Are you interested in keeping fit and having fun while practicing your Jiving Skills or Learning to Jive? If so, come and join us at the Resource Centre. The Jiving Group is on Wednesdays at 8.30 pm and finishes 10. It will be on at the same time every Wednesday. Admission €5. Contact: Marie 087 6152761, Nora 087 2614240.

Clothes Bank: There is a Clothes Bank at the Resource Centre to help raise funds for the Centre. Please donate: Clothes, Sheets, Towels, Blankets, Shoes, Curtains. Thanks your donations will be much appreciated. The bank can be found at the back of the Centre and is a purple colour. Sorry we cannot accept items such as carpets, ornaments, mats, glass and paper.

MABS: Experiencing Financial difficulties? Problems paying off Debts? Need Advice on Money Management? Then Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) can help you. MABS provides a free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt. If you wish to call MABS, the telephone number is Letterkenny (074) 9129909. You can ask them to meet you at St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre if you wish. MABS will listen to you non-judgementally and will give you tips for helping your financial situation and can mediate between you and your creditors.

Books: There is a table of free books near the reception area in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Please feel free to take a book. If you have any books lying around the house that you don’t want anymore, you are welcome to bring them to the centre.

Library Service: At St. Johnston and Carrigans FRC, we run a Taobh Tire Donegal County Library Book borrowing service. This ‘taster’ library service includes: Adult and Children’s books, ‘Talking’ Books, Music CDs, DVD's, Videos, and Magazines. In the computer suite we have a dedicated on-line computer service to the main library. You can also join the Taobh Tire Donegal County Library from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre if you wish. In addition we also provide our own second hand recycling book service. We welcome donations of books in reasonable condition (space permitting), which are then offered free to the public.

Rural Transport Service: The Rural Transport bus departs from Carrigans at 10 am on Thursday mornings to Lifford/Strabane. The St Johnston pick up is at 10.10 am. The route goes through Carrickmore, Porthall, Coolatee, Rossgier. It departs Lifford 1 pm arriving back in St Johnston 1.20 pm and Carrigans 1.30 pm. Why not leave the car behind and enjoy a trip on this bus service? It’s a great way to get out and about and meet other travellers. You can call 074 97 41644 to book or you can hail the bus.

Stamps: If you have any used stamps, please cut them out by cutting the envelope and leaving some of the envelope around them. Bring them down to Maureen McLaughlin at the St. Johnston Post Office. These stamps will be used to fund charitable projects. Thank you.

Battery Recycling: St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre is now accepting your old waste dry batteries! Please dispose of batteries properly!

Contact Information: The St. Johnston Notes/Community Newsletter can be contacted on 074 91 48551 at the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. You can drop articles into the Centre, or leave them at St. Johnston or Carrigans Post Office. Outside office hours you can email articles to: stjohnresource@eircom.net or stjohnstonandcarrigans@yahoo.co.uk and leave a voicemail on the number given above.


Summer Playscheme: The St Johnston and Carrigans Summer Playscheme 2010 Registration Days are as follows. Tuesday 29 June from 2 to 4 pm at the Resource Centre. Thursday 1 July 7 to 9 pm at the Community Café, Main St, St Johnston. Friday 2 July from 6 to 10 pm Community Café. Playscheme registration will cost 10 Euro per child, 20 Euro for a family of two and 25 Euro for a family of three or more. Outings have an additional fee. For more information please call the Centre. Programme will be available at registration.

Thank You!: A big thank you to all our family and friends and neighbours who supported Una Ross’s Tea Party at Dunmore Carrigans in aid of Rehab Cara Lifford. Money raised was 596 Euro.

Sponsored Fun Walk: There will be a Sponsored Fun Walk on Sunday 27 June 2010 in aid of Monreagh National School Carrigans at 3 pm. Please support this worthy cause.

N.C.D.I. Playgroup Leader VACANCY: The Playgroup Leader is a fulltime position – 25 hours a week. Essential Criteria is FETAC Level 6 or equivalent. Minimum is FETAC Level 5 with at least a minimum of 2 years experience working in a childcare setting. Child Protection and Valid First Aid Certificates are required as is excellent communication skills and good IT skills. Please forward a CV with a cover letter to NCDI Ltd, c/o Pauline Bonner, 47 Woodthorpe, Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal. The closing date is Thursday 1 July 2010. If you have any queries please contact Pauline on 074 91 08799 or 086 3040498.

Rural Transport Service: The Rural Transport Friday bus to Letterkenny has been discontinued due to underusage. The Thursday bus to Lifford/Strabane will continue as normal. The bus departs from Carrigans at 10 am on Thursday mornings to Lifford/Strabane. The St Johnston pick up is at 10.10 am. The route goes through Carrickmore, Porthall, Coolatee, Rossgier. It departs Lifford 1 pm arriving back in St Johnston 1.20 pm and Carrigans 1.30 pm. . Why not leave the car behind and enjoy a trip on this bus service? It’s a great way to get out and about and meet other travellers. You can call 074 97 41644 to book or you can hail the bus.

Country Market: There will be a Country Market held on Friday 9 July 2010 in the Resource Centre. The times are from 10.30am to 12 noon. Admission is 2 Euro which includes tea and a scone. If you are interested in taking a stall at it please contact the Resource Centre or call in. Types of stalls we would like to attract are fruit and vegetables, homemade jam, chutney, cakes, buns and breads, crafts, logs and turf. We would also like to ask all the community to support this event by coming along on the day.

Swimming: Swimming will run for five weeks starting Thursday 1 July 2010. The venue is Strabane Pool. The age is 8 to 12 years old. The cost for the five weeks is 25 Euro. The bus will leave the Resource Centre at 2 pm sharp and come back about 4.15 pm. If interested then please contact the Resource Centre 91 48551 or call in.

Stepping Stones Playgroup: The children, staff and committee would like to thank all who supported our toddle in aid of Barnardos, we have raised 510 euro for this worthwhile cause and without your help and support the toddle would not have been as successful as it has been.

The Playgroup will close on Wednesday June 30 at 12.30 pm for the Summer Holidays and will re-open on Wednesday 1 September for the new term.

Volunteer Fair: Some members of the local community attended the very interesting Volunteer Fair that was held recently in the Cathedral Hall Raphoe. A few information packs and registration forms for the Volunteer Centre are available on the table in the Reception Area of the Resource Centre. If interested, please take one. If you are unemployed or would just like to give some time to helping out as a Volunteer, Volunteer work might be the answer you are looking for.

Regional Employment Service: Are you looking for work, training or education opportunities? If the answer is yes then the Regional Employment Service has a range of services which will help you on the road towards employment. Having access to all state and community agencies, we can help you apply for education, training courses and jobs etc. Some of the services we offer are: helping you put together a professional CV, fill out application forms, prepare properly for your interview, provide access to emerging job opportunities, detail the advantages of taking up employment. If you are an employer looking for staff we can job match from our database to meet your requirements. This service is free and totally confidential. The RES Outreach will be in attendance in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre on Tuesday 6 July 2010 from 11am to 1pm. If you would like more information then please contact Helen or Mary 074 91 28010.

Community Café: There is a Wireless Broadband Internet Service available in the Community Café, Main St, St Johnston. Broadband makes the internet fast and fun! The Community Drop-in Café, Main St, St Johnston is a place where you can meet with others, have a cuppa, or a sandwich, read the paper, relax, watch TV or play pool. Opening Times: The Café is open to the general public from 10am to 2pm, Wednesday to Fridays. The Youth drop-in times 12+ are: Thursdays, 8pm - 10pm; Fridays, 6pm - 10pm; and Saturdays 4pm to 6pm. Your Community Café is important to us – so come along and see what is available. Everyone Welcome!

Stepping Stones: The Playgroup has closed on Wednesday June 30 at 12.30 pm for the Summer Holidays and will re-open on Wednesday 1 September for the new term.

50/50 Bonus Ball: This fundraiser is available in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. The cost is 1 Euro per line number. 50% goes to the Winner and 50% goes toward the Community Drop-in Cafe in St. Johnston Main Street. The draw is made against the Lotto Bonus Ball every week.

Volunteers: If you are at a loose end and would like to help prepare a photographic exhibition to celebrate the Resource Centre’s tenth anniversary please give us a call at 91 48551.

Poor Road Conditions: There is a display of photographs depicting the poor state of the local roads in the St Johnston and Carrigans area. This display can be viewed in the reception area of St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. If you have a story about how the bad road conditions is affecting your life please contact us at the centre and tell us your story. You can drop in a written report or talk to us 91 48551 or email us at stjohnresource@eircom.net. If you would like to drop in a photograph you have of the severe potholing and collapsed and dangerous roads or of the damage this has done please feel free to do so. We hope by drawing attention to these plights that the condition of our roads will be improved.

Scotland Trip: The Resource Centre has planned a short Autumn holiday break to Scotland from 14th - 18th September 2010. This is our fourth annual outing and a good time is guaranteed with plenty of craic and good company. The places for the break are all taken but if you would like to include your name on the reserve list in case there is a cancellation please call into the Centre or telephone 91 48551.

IFHF: The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) is pleased to announce the online availability of baptism, marriage and death records from the parish of St Johnston. Just go to the following site and login using your existing IFHF login details or set up an account. http://donegal.rootsireland.ie

Scrap-Booking: Have you got lots of old photographs lying around in boxes and would love to be able to put them into an album to keep? Why not come along then to Mary’s Scrap Booking Workshops on the first Saturday of every month in the Resource Centre from 11 – 4 pm. Please phone Mary on 074 91 40375 for more details. The next Scrap-Booking will be on Saturday 3 July. Please come along for participants find it very worthwhile and fun.

Gardening Club: The Gardening Club meet every Monday from 1 pm to 2.30 pm in the Resource Centre grounds to maintain the Community Garden and share gardening skills.

Jiving Group: Are you interested in keeping fit and having fun while practicing your Jiving Skills or Learning to Jive? If so, come and join us. Where? St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. When: Every Wednesday Night. Time: 8.30 to 10 pm. See you there! Admission €5. Contact: Marie 087 6152761, Nora 087 2614240 if you would like further information.

MABS: Experiencing Financial difficulties? Problems paying off Debts? Need Advice on Money Management? Then Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) can help you. MABS provides a free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt. If you wish to call MABS, the telephone number is Letterkenny (074) 9129909. St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre can arrange for a MABS Representative to come and meet you at the Centre. If interested please call 91 48551 for further information.

Library Service: At St. Johnston and Carrigans FRC, we run a Taobh Tire Donegal County Library Book borrowing service. This ‘taster’ library service includes: Adult and Children’s books, ‘Talking’ Books, Music CDs, DVD's, Videos, and Magazines. In the computer suite we have a dedicated on-line computer service to the main library. You can also join the Taobh Tire Donegal County Library from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre if you wish. In addition we also provide our own second hand recycling book service. We welcome donations of books in reasonable condition (space permitting), which are then offered free to the public.

Men’s Group: The Men’s Group meet every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm in the Resource Centre. Please come along the craic is good. If you would like more information please call 91 48551.

Computer Room: Patrick Gormley the IT Tutor is available to work with the public Wednesdays 9.30am to 1.30pm and Thursdays 7pm to 9 pm. This service is totally free! Some clients like to bring their own laptops so if you would like to join them and learn a bit about them then you will be very welcome. Please call 91 48551 to book or if you have any questions.

Stamps: If you have any used stamps, please cut them out by cutting the envelope and leaving some of the envelope around them. Bring them down to Maureen McLaughlin at the St. Johnston Post Office. These stamps will be used to fund charitable projects. Thank you.

Battery Recycling: St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre is now accepting your old waste dry batteries! Please dispose of batteries properly!

Contact Information: The St. Johnston Notes/Community Newsletter can be contacted on 074 91 48551 at the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. You can drop articles into the Centre, or leave them at St. Johnston or Carrigans Post Office. Outside office hours you can email articles to: stjohnresource@eircom.net or stjohnstonandcarrigans@yahoo.co.uk and leave a voicemail on the number given above.

Summer Playscheme: The St Johnston and Carrigans Summer Playscheme 2010 Registration Days are as follows.  Tuesday 29 June from 2 to 4 pm at the Resource Centre.  Thursday 1 July 7 to 9 pm at the Community Café, Main St, St Johnston.  Friday 2 July from 6 to 10 pm Community Café.  Playscheme registration will cost 10 Euro per child, 20 Euro for a family of two and 25 Euro for a family of three or more.  Outings have an additional fee.  For more information please call the Centre.  Programme will be available at registration.

Thank You!:  A big thank you to all our family and friends and neighbours who supported Una Ross’s Tea Party at Dunmore Carrigans in aid of Rehab Cara Lifford.  Money raised was 596 Euro.

Sponsored Fun Walk: There will be a Sponsored Fun Walk on Sunday 27 June 2010 in aid of Monreagh National School Carrigans at 3 pm.  Please support this worthy cause.

N.C.D.I. Playgroup Leader VACANCY:  The Playgroup Leader is a fulltime position – 25 hours a week.  Essential Criteria is FETAC Level 6 or equivalent.  Minimum is FETAC Level 5 with at least a minimum of 2 years experience working in a childcare setting.  Child Protection and Valid First Aid Certificates are required as is excellent communication skills and good IT skills.  Please forward a CV with a cover letter to NCDI Ltd, c/o Pauline Bonner, 47 Woodthorpe, Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal.   The closing date is Thursday 1 July 2010.  If you have any queries please contact Pauline on 074 91 08799 or 086 3040498.

Rural Transport Service: The Rural Transport Friday bus to Letterkenny has been discontinued due to underusage.  The Thursday bus to Lifford/Strabane will continue as normal.   The bus departs from Carrigans at 10 am on Thursday mornings to Lifford/Strabane.  The St Johnston pick up is at 10.10 am.  The route goes through Carrickmore, Porthall, Coolatee, Rossgier.   It departs Lifford 1 pm arriving back in St Johnston 1.20 pm and Carrigans 1.30 pm.  . Why not leave the car behind and enjoy a trip on this bus service?  It’s a great way to get out and about and meet other travellers.  You can call 074 97 41644 to book or you can hail the bus.

 

Country Market:  There will be a Country Market held on Friday 9 July 2010 in the Resource Centre.  The times are from 10.30am to 12 noon. Admission is 2 Euro which includes tea and a scone. If you are interested in taking a stall at it please contact the Resource Centre or call in.  Types of stalls we would like to attract are fruit and vegetables, homemade jam, chutney, cakes, buns and breads, crafts, logs and turf.  We would also like to ask all the community to support this event by coming along on the day.

Swimming: Swimming will run for five weeks starting Thursday 1 July 2010.  The venue is Strabane Pool.  The age is 8 to 12 years old.  The cost for the five weeks is 25 Euro.   The bus will leave the Resource Centre at 2 pm sharp and come back about 4.15 pm.  If interested then please contact the Resource Centre 91 48551 or call in.

Stepping Stones Playgroup:  The children, staff and committee would like to thank all who supported our toddle in aid of Barnardos, we have raised 510 euro for this worthwhile cause and without your help and support the toddle would not have been as successful as it has been.

 

The Playgroup will close on Wednesday June 30 at 12.30 pm for the Summer Holidays and will re-open on Wednesday 1 September for the new term.

 

Volunteer Fair: Some members of the local community attended the very interesting Volunteer Fair that was held recently in the Cathedral Hall Raphoe.  A few information packs and registration forms for the Volunteer Centre are available on the table in the Reception Area of the Resource Centre.  If interested, please take one.  If you are unemployed or would just like to give some time to helping out as a Volunteer, Volunteer work might be the answer you are looking for.

 

Regional Employment Service: Are you looking for work, training or education opportunities?  If the answer is yes then the Regional Employment Service has a range of services which will help you on the road towards employment.  Having access to all state and community agencies, we can help you apply for education, training courses and jobs etc.  Some of the services we offer are: helping you put together a professional CV, fill out application forms, prepare properly for your interview, provide access to emerging job opportunities, detail the advantages of taking up employment.  If you are an employer looking for staff we can job match from our database to meet your requirements.  This service is free and totally confidential.  The RES Outreach will be in attendance in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre on Tuesday 6 July 2010 from 11am to 1pm.  If you would like more information then please contact Helen or Mary 074 91 28010.

Community Café: There is a Wireless Broadband Internet Service available in the Community Café, Main St, St Johnston.  Broadband makes the internet fast and fun!  The Community Drop-in Café, Main St, St Johnston is a place where you can meet with others, have a cuppa, or a sandwich, read the paper, relax, watch TV or play pool.  Opening Times: The Café is open to the general public from 10am to 2pm, Wednesday to Fridays.  The Youth drop-in times 12+ are: Thursdays, 8pm - 10pm; Fridays, 6pm - 10pm; and Saturdays 4pm to 6pm.  Your Community Café is important to us – so come along and see what is available.  Everyone Welcome!  

Stepping Stones: The Playgroup has closed on Wednesday June 30 at 12.30 pm for the Summer Holidays and will re-open on Wednesday 1 September for the new term.

 

50/50 Bonus Ball: This fundraiser is available in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre.  The cost is 1 Euro per line number. 50% goes to the Winner and 50% goes toward the Community Drop-in Cafe in St. Johnston Main Street.  The draw is made against the Lotto Bonus Ball every week.

 

Volunteers: If you are at a loose end and would like to help prepare a photographic exhibition to celebrate the Resource Centre’s tenth anniversary please give us a call at 91 48551.

 

Poor Road Conditions: There is a display of photographs depicting the poor state of the local roads in the St Johnston and Carrigans area.  This display can be viewed in the reception area of St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre.   If you have a story about how the bad road conditions is affecting your life please contact us at the centre and tell us your story.  You can drop in a written report or talk to us 91 48551 or email us at stjohnresource@eircom.net.  If you would like to drop in a photograph you have of the severe potholing and collapsed and dangerous roads or of the damage this has done please feel free to do so.  We hope by drawing attention to these plights that the condition of our roads will be improved.

 

Scotland Trip: The Resource Centre has planned a short Autumn holiday break to Scotland from 14th - 18th September 2010.  This is our fourth annual outing and a good time is guaranteed with plenty of craic and good company.  The places for the break are all taken but if you would like to include your name on the reserve list in case there is a cancellation please call into the Centre or telephone 91 48551.

 

IFHF: The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) is pleased to announce the online availability of baptism, marriage and death records from the parish of St Johnston.  Just go to the following site and login using your existing IFHF login details or set up an account.  http://donegal.rootsireland.ie

Scrap-Booking:  Have you got lots of old photographs lying around in boxes and would love to be able to put them into an album to keep?  Why not come along then to Mary’s Scrap Booking Workshops on the first Saturday of every month in the Resource Centre from 11 – 4 pm.  Please phone Mary on 074 91 40375 for more details.  The next Scrap-Booking will be on Saturday 3 July.  Please come along for participants find it very worthwhile and fun.

Gardening Club:  The Gardening Club meet every Monday from 1 pm to 2.30 pm in the Resource Centre grounds to maintain the Community Garden and share gardening skills.

Jiving Group:  Are you interested in keeping fit and having fun while practicing your Jiving Skills or Learning to Jive?  If so, come and join us.  Where?  St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre.  When: Every Wednesday Night.  Time: 8.30 to 10 pm.  See you there!  Admission €5.  Contact:  Marie 087 6152761, Nora 087 2614240 if you would like further information. 

 

MABS: Experiencing Financial difficulties?  Problems paying off Debts?  Need Advice on Money Management?  Then Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) can help you.  MABS provides a free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt.  If you wish to call MABS, the telephone number is Letterkenny (074) 9129909.  St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre can arrange for a MABS Representative to come and meet you at the Centre.  If interested please call 91 48551 for further information. 

Library Service: At St. Johnston and Carrigans FRC, we run a Taobh Tire Donegal County Library Book borrowing service. This ‘taster’ library service includes: Adult and Children’s books, ‘Talking’ Books, Music CDs, DVD's, Videos, and Magazines. In the computer suite we have a dedicated on-line computer service to the main library. You can also join the Taobh Tire Donegal County Library from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre if you wish. In addition we also provide our own second hand recycling book service. We welcome donations of books in reasonable condition (space permitting), which are then offered free to the public.

Men’s Group: The Men’s Group meet every first Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm in the Resource Centre.  Please come along the craic is good.  If you would like more information please call 91 48551.

Computer Room: Patrick Gormley the IT Tutor is available to work with the public Wednesdays 9.30am to 1.30pm and Thursdays 7pm to 9 pm.   This service is totally free!  Some clients like to bring their own laptops so if you would like to join them and learn a bit about them then you will be very welcome.  Please call 91 48551 to book or if you have any questions.  

In Remembrance of Thomas Curran: There will be a Country Night and get together with Guest Artists in memory of Thomas Curran who died last year.  It will take place Tuesday 29 June in the Carrig Inn, Carrigans.  It will begin at 9.30 pm and admission is free.  Everybody is welcome.

Easter Draw: The Resource Centre would like to say thanks to all who bought tickets for the Easter Draw. 314 Euro was raised and the winner was Michael Crampsie. Congratulations Michael!

Social Services: St Johnston and Carrigans Social Services Bus Outing will take place on Saturday 26 June 2010. The bus will leave Carrigans at 12.00 noon and St Johnston 12.15. Please leave your name in Macs Shop Main Street, St Johnston or the Resource Centre before 19 June (please note the earlier time). Thanks to everyone who bought Fireside Sheets. The winners were Eddie McCausland, Frances Moore and Jean Tinney. Canon David Crookes is undertaking a 20 mile sponsored cycle in aid of St Johnston and Carrigans Social Services on Saturday 29 May leaving the Resource Centre at 2 pm. Sponsorship sheets are being distributed to local businesses in the area.

Youth Worker: St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre has a vacancy for a Youth Worker on its FÁS Community Employment Project. Applicants must be at least 1 year on benefit and be eligible according to CE Criteria. Application forms and job descriptions are available from St Johnston and Carrigans CE Project, Chapel Road, St Johnston. Please telephone 91 48551 for further information. Closing date Friday 21 May 2010.

Forever Crafts: The Forever Crafts Group of St Johnston and Carrigans wish to thank all those who helped to make the Craft Fayre and Car Boot Sale a success on Saturday April 3, 2010. The Oncology Department at the Letterkenny General Hospital will receive a cheque for 900 Euro raised on the day.

Scrap-Booking: Have you got lots of old photographs lying around in boxes and love to be able to put them into an album to keep? Why not come along then to Mary’s Scrap Booking Workshops on the first Saturday of every month in the Resource Centre from 11 – 4 pm. Please phone Mary on 074 91 40375 for more details.

Gardening Club: The Gardening Club meet every Monday from 1 pm to 2.30 pm in the Resource Centre grounds to maintain the Community Garden and share gardening skills.

Stepping Stones: On Wednesday 19 May, the Playgroup will be going on the Annual Playgroup outing to Bananas in Derry. The playgroup has got new swings and slides and fencing area around the swings. The fencing was done by the Environmental Workers of the Resource Centre. A big thank you to them! There are still a number of places available in the playgroup for the new term in September. If your child is two years and ten months potty-trained they can be in the playgroup. Please call in between 9.00 am to – 1.30 pm Monday to Friday or contact Mary or Anne on 074 91 48512.

18+ Club: The 18+ Club will be held on Tuesday afternoons at 2 and Wednesday nights 7.30 to 10 pm in the Community Café, Main St, St Johnston. This group is just getting started so please feel free to drop in and chat with Deborah.

Jiving Group: Are you interested in keeping fit and having fun while practicing your Jiving Skills or Learning to Jive? If so, come and join us. Where? St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. When: Every Wednesday Night. Time: 8.30 to 10 pm. See you there! Admission €5. Contact: Marie 087 6152761, Nora 087 2614240 if you would like further information.

Rural Transport Scheme: The bus departs from Carrigans at 10 am on Thursday mornings to Lifford/Strabane. The St Johnston pick up is at 10.10 am. The route goes through Carrickmore, Porthall, Coolatee, Rossgier. It departs Lifford 1 pm arriving back in St Johnston 1.20 pm and Carrigans 1.30 pm. On Fridays, the bus goes to Letterkenny. It departs Carrigans at 10 am and picks up at St Johnston at 10.10 am. The route is via Castletown, Trensallagh, Brockagh, Momeen, Drumatoland, Ardagh, Drumoghill and then arriving in Letterkenny. The bus starts the return journey from Letterkenny at 2.45 pm and arrives St Johnston at 3.30 pm. There is a possibility that the area may lose this Friday service. But if we get your support and if you avail of the service that can’t happen! There is a free booklet available in the reception area of St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre called Rural Transport Timetable. This booklet deals with the Rural Transport Scheme bus times. Page 15 gives the times for the bus from Ballybofey to the North West Regional College in Derry. This bus can be boarded in St Johnston at 8.30 am and Carrigans at 8.35 am. Page 15 outlines the route and times for the bus from Carrigans and St Johnston to Letterkenny. Why not leave the car behind and enjoy a trip on this bus service? It’s a great way to get out and about and meet other travellers. You can call 074 97 41644 to book or you can hail the bus.

Citizenship Group: This group will meet Tuesdays for the foreseeable future from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm starting Tuesday May 4 in the Community Café, Main St, St Johnston.

Trip to Scotland: The Resource Centre is currently taking names for a planned bus trip to Scotland in September of this year. The cost will be approximately 275 Euro with a 25 Euro single supplement. For more information please call into the Centre or telephone 91 48551.

50/50 Bonus Ball: This fundraiser is available in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. The cost is 1 Euro per line number. 50% goes to the Winner and 50% goes toward the Community Drop-in Cafe in St. Johnston Main Street. The draw is made against the Lotto Bonus Ball every week.

Community Drop-In Café: The Drop-in Café is a place where you can meet with others, have a cuppa, or a sandwich, read the paper, relax, watch TV or play pool. Opening Times: The Café is open to the general public from 10am to 2pm, Wednesday to Fridays. The Youth drop-in times are: Thursdays, 8pm - 10pm; Fridays, 6pm - 10pm; and Saturdays 2pm to 6pm. Your Community Café is important to us – so come along and see what is available. The Community Drop-in Café is located at Main Street, St. Johnston. Everyone Welcome!

Youth: The Youth Club for ages 8 to 12 is held in the Resource Centre, 6.30 to 7.30 pm on Thursdays.
The Youth Club for over 12s is held in the Drop-In Café also on Thursdays from 8 pm to 10 pm.
The Youth-Drop In takes place on Fridays 6 to 10 pm and on Saturdays 2 pm to 6 pm in the Drop-In Café (please note new times for Saturday).

Lunch Club: Lunch Club Appeal, If you have any unwanted gifts that could be used by the St. Johnston and Carrigan’s Lunch Club to raise funds, we would be grateful if you would drop them into the St. Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Thank you. There was a very successful Lunch Club on Wednesday 28 April and everybody enjoyed it as always. The next Lunch Club will be on Wednesday May 12. Please come along – it’s a great opportunity to meet people and have a bite to eat.

Naomh Colmkille GAA Club: Young people of St Johnston and Carrigans, you are invited to become members of Naomh Colmkille GAA Club. The Club is looking for new members for all age groups. Training takes place in Pairc Colmcille, Newtowncunningham (opposite Kernan’s). Under 8’s and under 10s: Saturday morning at 10.30 am to 12.00 noon. Under 12s Saturday 12 noon to 1.15 pm. And Wednesday nights at 7.00 to 8.15 pm. Under 14s Wednesday nights at 7.00pm to 8.15pm. Come along and join your local team.
MABS: Experiencing Financial difficulties? Problems paying off Debts? Need Advice on Money Management? Then Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) can help you. MABS provides a free, confidential and independent service for people in debt or in danger of getting into debt. If you wish to call MABS, the telephone number is Letterkenny (074) 9129909. St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre can arrange for a MABS Representative to come and meet you at the Centre. If interested please call 91 48551 for further information.
St Johnston and Carrigans Women’s Group: St Johnston and Carrigans Women’s Group will be having a Bowling Night and Meal on 27 May 2010 at 7.30 pm. Please telephone the Resource Centre on 91 48551 for further information.

Internet Awareness for Parents: This course will be a practical guide for Parents who want to ensure that Internet use is safe and fun for children at home. The main topics covered will include the following: Understanding the Internet, Safe Searching and Kids Search Engines, Social Networking (Facebook, Bebo and My Space), Using Favourites, History and the benefits of spending time with your children on the net! Homework and the Internet - A resource pack for parents! This course will be funded by Donegal VEC and will run in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre subject to sufficient interest please leave your name and telephone number with the centre on 074 9148551..

Childcare Course: St Johnston and Carrigans FRC is offering FETAC Level 6 in Childcare. This module is targeted at people working in the Childcare Sector in a leader/supervisory role. This module is mandatory under the new early school year scheme. To register interest please contact Mary Crossan at 91 48551.
Resource Centre Activities and Groups: Art in the Old Playgroup from 8pm – 10 pm. Tuesdays: Forever Crafts Craft Group, in the Main Hall in the centre 1 – 3 pm. Sports Programme 6 – 7.30 pm. Wednesday Craft Group 8 to 10 pm. Thursdays: Activity Club, 3.30 – 4.30 pm. On Fridays, Bowling in the Main Hall starts at 7.30 pm.
Hip-Hop: Hip-Hop Dancing takes place every Wednesday from 5.00pm to 6.00pm for 5–10 years and from 6.00pm to 7.00pm for 11years + in the St. Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre.

Pilates: A gentle but very effective exercise for all age groups held every Wed. from 7.00pm to 8.00pm in the St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Please bring a mat.

Library Service: At St. Johnston and Carrigans FRC, we run a Taobh Tire Donegal County Library Book borrowing service. This ‘taster’ library service includes: Adult and Children’s books, ‘Talking’ Books, Music CDs, DVD's, Videos, and Magazines. In the computer suite we have a dedicated on-line computer service to the main library. You can also join the Taobh Tire Donegal County Library from St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre if you wish. In addition we also provide our own second hand recycling book service. We welcome donations of books in reasonable condition (space permitting), which are then offered free to the public.

Tiger Cups create history, Kildrum Tigers U16s created their own piece of history when they won the Donegal Schoolboys Under 16s Champions League on April 7th when they overcame Iona in the final, winning 4-2 after extra time. The Kildrum lads, managed by Johnny McGinty and Chris McNulty, had already won the East Donegal U16 League and Cup double, meaning they have now won an unprecedented treble haul of honours. A Michael Duffy hat-trick was the difference between Kildrum and Iona in the final. Duffy scored twice in normal time, in a 2-2 draw, but Kildrum took the prize in extra-time. They hit the front again with a strike worthy of gracing any final. Daryl Browne got on the ball and from the corner of the penalty area curled a crisp effort into the bottom corner, before Duffy completed his hat-trick to seal a memorable win. Kildrum Tigers U16 squad, 2009/10: Daryl Browne, Gareth Colhoun, Aaron Conrory, Michael Duffy, Terence Feeney, David Friel, Willie Gillespie, Caolan Grant, Charlie Harkin, Stephen Keys, William Lynch (captain), Jonathan McFeely, Shane McGinty, Jordan McLaughlin, Colm Paul Robb. Managers: Johnny McGinty and Chris McNulty.

Lagan Valley Men’s Initiative, Lagan Valley Men’s Initiative invites men to a day out visiting Dunlewey, the Poison Glen, Glenveagh with lunch in An Chuirt Hotel on the banks of Lough Altan. This trip will take place on Wednesday May 5 2010. The coach will depart Carrigans 10 am and St Johnston FRC at 10.10 am. It will pick up at NCDI Newtowncunningham at 10.25 am and Raphoe FRC at 10.40 am and Manorcunningham RC at 11 am. For more information or to book a place, contact Mary Crossan at St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre at 91 48551. Please book before Friday 30 April 2010. If you know of any men who would like to go on the trip, please ask them to contact the Centre. There is no charge for this event which is supported by Lagan Valley Men’s Initiative.

Glenshane Pass: The St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff, volunteers, Michael McGee (bus driver), PSNI and Donegal Mountain Rescue for all their support in keeping the young people from St Johnston and Carrigans safe during their eight hour ordeal on the Glenshane Pass, on Tuesday 30 March. The Centre would also like to commend the young people for their courage and bravery during this experience. A big thank you to the parents for their patience during this very difficult time.