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St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre Christmas Newsletter Dec 2009

Merry Christmas to All Our Readers!
Thanks for all your help with the bazaar

Proceeds from the bazaar held in November 28th 2009 came to an amazing €3900. Thanks to everyone who helped make it such a major success Tony Tourish, Patrick Colhoun, Justin Mc Glinchey, everyone who donated prizes or donations, collectors, ticket sellers, bakers, everyone who helped on the night and especially to all of you who came along to the bazaar and supported us in such a generous way.

Go raibh mile maith agat.

Christmas Holidays

The Resource Centre will close for Christmas at lunchtime on Tuesday, December 22 2009 and re-open Wednesday, Jan 6 2010.

St Johnston & Carrigans

Family Resource Centre

Christmas Play


Starring budding young local actors

Saturday, 19th December

Door open 7.30 pm, Starts 8 pm

Ticket Price €4, Family of 4 €12

(Tickets available at Resource Centre)

Supported through Donegal VEC Community Education Fund

Resource Centre Courses in the New Year

Courses coming up in the New Year:

§ maths for parents

§ beginners Irish

§ preparing for driving theory test

§ consumer awareness getting to know your rights

§ euro watchers money management on a budget

No Cuts Hurray!

No cuts in Family Resource Centre funding in 2009 - we are relieved to hear this announcement even though it was the only good news in the 2009 budget. Thanks to everyone who supported the centres campaign against the proposed cuts in the Mc Carthy report. Common sense has prevailed and we look forward to 2010 when our doors will be well and truly open for business.

Fisherman’s Inn, St Johnston win the Maggie Lynch Dart Cup

Pictured receiving the Dart Cup and Cheque is Captain Joey Coyle from Alice Lynch, Maggie’s Tavern.

Senator Brian O Domhnaill

Senator Brian O Domhnaill will be holding a clinic in the Resource Centre on Saturday 19th December at 2.30 pm.

Maths Made Easy

Maths can be easy! Do not despair!!

Grinds available – please phone 086 836 6245

Pilates is on every Wednesday night from 7 to 8 pm in the Resource Centre. It’s a fun way to keep fit so come along!

Monreagh National School

'Sponsor a bulb'

Many thanks to all the local businesses who kindly sponsored a bulb in aid of the school (all sponsors names are displayed at the house in Kilverry, Newtoncunningham). The lights are now on it is well worth a visit.

Christmas Play

Our Christmas play will take place on Friday 18th December @ 12 o'clock in the school. Everyone welcome.

Fireside Quiz

We would like to thank everyone for supporting our Fireside Quiz. The draw took place on the 8th December and the winners are:

1st Ciara Mulhern

2nd Nicola McFadden

3rd Yvonne Smyth

Pensioners and vulnerable children protected despite Budget cuts – Hanafin

“In this Budget, the Government has avoided any cuts in the State pension and has fully protected more than 420,000 children in welfare dependent and low income families from cuts in Child Benefit. While prices are now back to February 2007 levels, the lowest rate of payment next year for those between aged 25 and 66 will be €10 higher than in 2007” said Mary Hanafin T.D., Minister for Social and Family Affairs today (9th December 2009).

Pensioners protected from cutbacks

Weekly rates of payments to pensioners (those 66 and over) are not being reduced in the coming year, neither are other supports such as the Household Benefits package which includes the free TV licence, electricity/gas allowance and telephone allowance. The Living Alone and Over 80 allowances are also retained at existing levels. Next year nearly €4.53 billion will be available to support over 400,000 pensioners.

Child Benefit

Child benefit rates are being reduced by €16 per child per month, giving new monthly rates of €150 for each of the 1st and 2nd children and €187 for 3rd and subsequent children. Minister Hanafin said “families with children who are dependent on social welfare will be fully compensated for the reduction in Child Benefit with a €3.80 weekly increase in the Qualified Child Increase – rising from €26 to €29.80 per week for each child. Low income families who are working and in receipt of Family Income Supplement (FIS) will also be compensated, through an increase of €6 per child per week in the income thresholds. This will increase FIS payments by an average €4 per child per week. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance paid at the rate of €200 or €305 per child has also been retained unchanged.”

Minister Hanafin concluded by saying “This Government is proud to have been able to deliver such significant increases in welfare payments when the resources were available. However, in the current economic environment, we simply cannot afford to keep spending at the same level as we did when our tax revenue was much higher. If the Government doesn't take steps now to reduce overall public expenditure and restore stability to the public finances, we risk making the economic situation far worse for everyone - including welfare recipients - in the long term.

“In making savings in welfare supports, we have been avoided any cuts in the State pension and have fully protected more than 420,000 children in welfare dependent and low income families from cuts in Child Benefit. While prices are now back to February 2007 levels, we have also ensured that the lowest rate of payment next year for those between aged 25 and 66 will be €10 higher than in 2007” said Minister Hanafin.


Lagan Valley Men’s Initiative

invite you

To Christmas Lunch with a bit of craic

In The Grianan Hotel Burt

On Thursday 17th December 12-3pm

Coach leaving Carrigans 11am

St Johnston & Carrigans FRC 11.05/Raphoe FRC 11.20 am

/Manorcunningham Resource Centre 11.40am/Newtoncunningham NCDI 11.50

Arriving Burt 12 midday Lunch served at 12.30pm.

For more information or to book a place please contact Mary Crossan @ St Johnston &Carrigans FRC at 0749148551

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.

Christmas Message for the Lunch Club

The Staff & Management of St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre wish you a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. We thank you for your support through your attendance at Lunch Club and other events. We hope that you enjoyed the various events and have fond memories of the past year and we look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday January 20th 2010 when the craic will resume.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Tricia, the centre staff and our volunteers Myra, Angela, Jean, Violet, Rhona, Anne-Marie and Jeanette for the generous gift of their time and the care that they have taken in the planning and preparation for the lunch club. Without their help it would be impossible to keep things going. There are many people from the community have contributed to the running of the lunch club through fabulous donations of hampers, baking and gifts in particular Una Crumlish, N&M Fuels, Maymore, Pearl Millar, Grainne Fitzpatrick, Florence Rankin and Sarah Hunter, their help and support is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to Leslie Matthews for the entertainment today and to Eamonn O’Connor for his music in the past. Happy Christmas to you all.

Donations for Bazaar
The Centre wishes to thank the following people and businesses for their kind donations to the Centre for the recent fundraising Bazaar.

Tinney’s Coal & Oil

N M Fules

An Grainan Hotel

The Meat Joint

Donegal Meat Processors

Tolands Village Shop

Maureen McLaughlin

Mary McAnaney

Mabel Porter

Reynolds of Raphoe

Fisherman’s Inn

Pat Doherty

Janet’s Unisex Hairdressing

Beech Hill House Hotel

The Waterfront Diner

Go – St Johnston Service Station

We also would like to say thanks to everybody in the community who kindly made donations of funds and gifts to provide prizes for the night.

Health Centre

St Johnston and Carrigans Health Centre

Emergency Clinic, Christmas Eve 9 – 12 noon

Closed Monday 28 Dec

Open Tuesday 29, 9 – 12 noon

Thursday 31, 9 – 12 noon

Hours are normal from 29th December to New Years Eve