Mayo PPN Newsletter #10


Mayo PPN Newsletter

Mayo PPN wants to hear from you!!!

Are you part of a Community Group providing useful services and supports as part of the national response to Covid-19?


If so, Mayo Public Participation wants to hear from you.


Tell us your story by sending us a short video clip or a summary of your activities and be in with a chance of winning one of the three €200 prizes for your community Group.


For application form please visit :



Mayo PPN meets the groups which are empowering communities during COVID 19. Meet Mayo PPN resource worker Mary Costello who will let you know all the good work of the PPN and members of the community who have been instrumental during the pandemic in County Mayo and certainly kept up the well known Mayo spirit.

Mayo PPN wish to take this opportunity to thank you for participating in the ‘Community Response to Covid 19 Pandemic video.

The following groups participated in the recording:

Foroige, Castlebar
Claremorris Red Cross
Ballina Costume Company
Suifinn Way, Ballycastle
Order of Malta, Louisburgh
Covid Helpline, Mayo House, Moneen

Calling all event organisers 

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Would you like your community event to be included in a calendar of events for ‘Home To Mayo’ next May.

Mayo County Council are inviting expressions of interest from groups County wide. Simply get in touch with Mags Connell, mconn[email protected] before close of business on Monday, August 17th.

EirGrid Contacts Homeowners across Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon on Major New Electricity Project.

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EirGrid is contacting thousands of stakeholders across the project study area, as part of our pre consultation assessment in relation to the North Connacht 110kV project.
We want to hear from people living within the study area of the proposed North Connacht 110kV project, which will run from Moy substation near Ballina, Co. Mayo to Tonroe substation near Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.
The project is a new 110 kV circuit that will reinforce the electricity network in the North West and facilitate the movement of wind energy from the region.
The circuit will be either an underground cable or overhead line.
The EirGrid project team is currently evaluating possible routes for the circuit within a defined study area that runs from Foxford in the west to Tubercurry in the east; and Ballina in the north to Ballaghaderreen in the south.


Creative Ireland Launches Series 2 of My Creative Life

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Sometimes, when we think of creativity, we picture an artist’s studio, or perhaps a row of paintings hanging in a gallery. But creativity is everywhere, and this is especially true amongst the young people of Ireland. Whether jotting poetic ideas into a notepad at the kitchen table, or playing music in the garden, these young people are nurturing skills and interests that will influence the rest of their lives.

In a celebration of the artistic and creative talents of the country’s children and young people, a new podcast series is being launched on 28th  July 2020.  It is Series 2 of My Creative Life, which is made by Grey Heron Media for Creative Ireland and RTÉ Jr Radio. The podcast is made in celebration of Cruinniu na nÓg.

In the first episode in the new series, we meet 15 year old Colman Frank. He loves drawing, and he always keeps his art folder close by . He needs to be organised because he shares a room with both his mother and his brother, and there isn’t a lot of space for art materials. As asylum seekers, they live in an accommodation centre in Macroom, Co. Cork, having moved to Ireland just one year ago. They look forward to the day when they will have their own house again, but for now, Colman is learning to live with people from many different countries, all of whom are seeking protection from the Irish Government.

With his preferred materials of pencil and paper at hand, Colman documents his thoughts, dreams, and experiences in his imaginative sketches. He feels it is important that every picture holds a hidden message. Sometimes, he draws scenes from his memory. Other days, he creates a magical world, where dragons fly and islands float past under moonlight.

Colman’s episode is just one of six in this new sound-rich podcast series. In the other episodes, we meet Daniel from Monaghan- a flamboyant Youth Theatre member with a new-found love of directing, Aoibheann a young woman from Mayo whose passion is coding, Carlow born Kate who enjoys the creativity of traditional Irish music from , Meath native Louise who loves devising theatre work, and Joshua, from Kilkenny who shares  his gentle insights into the powerful art of poetry.

Each Episode will be broadcast on RTE Jr each Tuesday evening at 7pm for the following weeks starting with Colman (the young visual artist in direct provision in Millstreet) Tuesday 28thJuly 2020.

Large Number Of Local Community Groups To Benefit From Oweninny Community Benefit Fund Allocations

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Mayo County Council and Oweninny Power Designated Activity Company Ltd. are pleased to announce the allocation of approx. €200,000 to local community groups from North Mayo. The funding comes as a result of a benefit fund to the local communities from the Oweninny Windfarm. The allocations follow extensive engagement and collaboration with the local communities through many local structures such as the Mayo Public Participation Network, Oweninny Community Benefit Fund Evaluation Committee and board.  Funding is being awarded to a variety of projects ranging from Social Inclusion and Community Development to Local Health and Recreation Amenities.

The Fund attracted a lot of attention, with a large number of  applications received for this scheme, demand for the funding was well over subscribed. Those who were not successful on this occasion are reminded that the Fund will be open for applications again in 2021.

Mayo County Council C.E (Interim) Peter Duggan outlined, “We wish all of the communities well in their endeavours to have a positive impact on the development of their local area. We also acknowledge and value highly the dedication, commitment, time and energy given to the development of the Community Benefit Fund by local community members, local councillors , the staff of Mayo County Council and Oweninny Power Designated Activity Company Ltd.  It is through this willingness to work together that we have achieved the first step: This Fund will continue to provide funding to local community groups for the lifetime of the farm”

Mayo Economic Recovery Plan is launched

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The agencies involved in enterprise support and economic development in Mayo have come together to agree the Mayo Economic Recovery Plan, which contains a series of actions to support the local economic recovery effort. The Plan contains 4 key themes which focus on coping with the current economic situation through to planning for 2021 and beyond.

Speaking at the launch of the Plan, Cllr Richard Finn, the Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council stated that “It is essential that we work together to support our business community in these challenging times. Mayo County Council and all of the enterprise support agencies in Mayo are working extremely hard to deliver the various supports available to businesses at this time. Initiatives like the Restart Grant and the Government’s Economic Stimulus package of supports critically important, but it is essential that these are complemented by actions that address local issues and help local businesses to prepare for the future”.

The Mayo Economic Recovery Plan contains 12 actions covering areas such as practical support for businesses’ online activities, the development of campaigns to support the work of the Mayo Tourism Recovery Task Force, a family business resilience programme, a programme to support the local food & drink sectors and an initiative to engage with the Mayo diaspora to help them to buy & support Mayo produce. There are also actions on remote working and working with businesses to help them to access industry specific training.

Confirming the importance of collaboration Peter Duggan, Chief Executive (Interim) of Mayo County Council stated that “There is an excellent level of inter-agency co-operation in Mayo and is reflected in the range of actions contained in the Plan. The combined economic impact of Covid-19 and Brexit will place huge pressures on all local businesses. Now, more than ever, we all need to work together to support local industry and businesses and I warmly welcome the production of this Plan which is an important step forward at a time of great uncertainty”.

The agencies involved in the Economic Recovery Plan include Mayo County Council , through the Local Enterprise Office,  IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, WestBIC, the Western Development Commission, Údarás na Gaeltachta, local development sector companies including South West Mayo Development Company, Fáilte Ireland, Mayo Chambers of Commerce and the Regional Skills Forum

Image Caption – At the launch of the Mayo Economic Recovery Plan were Cllr Richard Finn, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Peter Duggan, Chief Executive (Interim) MCC, Elaine Moyles, Head of Enterprise, MCC, Seamus McCormack, WestBIC, Sean O Coisdealbha, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Stephen Carolan, Western Development Commission, Joan Fahey, WestBIC, Sue O’Toole, South West mayo Development Company, Fionnán Nestor, Fáilte Ireland and John Magee, Director of Services, MCC.

Photo: Alison Laredo

Autism Surfing Programme

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Brief Description of Event: Surfing for Children with Autism with Surf Mayo at Carrownisky Strand Louisburg as part of the Mayo Sports Partnership Sports Inclusion Programme contact Ray @ [email protected] or 0876973093



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Date: 19th – 27th of September


Time: All Week


Cost (if any): Numerous events


Booking Details: [email protected]


Contact Person: Deirdre Donnelly Community Sports Development Officer Mayo Sports Partnership




Brief Description of Event:

A weeklong event of fun filled cycling treats!

Temporary Library Opening Hours 

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 Eleven #Mayo library branches are open for browsing and borrowing – in Castlebar, Ballina, Westport, Claremorris, Swinford, Louisburgh, Kiltimagh, Ballyhaunis, Crossmolina, Belmullet and Foxford.
* Ballinrobe Library is closed due to building works.
* All libraries will continue to offer a ‘Call & Collect’ service and home delivery with the help of Local Link Mayo.
* There are no computers or printing available at this time.
* We’re asking you to please keep your visit to 20 minutes or so, as we have to limit the number of people in our buildings.
* During busy times, you may have to queue.
* There are no toilet facilities available at this time.
* We ask you not to visit our libraries if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.
* Please observe social distancing in the library. Under 12s should be accompanied.
* Opening hours have changed slightly – see attached poster for details.

It’s been lovely welcoming so many of you back, and we look forward to seeing more of you in the days and weeks to come. #TakeACloserLook



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The Annual Greenway Cycle in aid of Mayo Cancer Support, St. Patrick’s Avenue (in memory of Regina Duffy) takes place this Sunday, August 2nd.

Registration is just €20 and takes place at Westport Leisure Centre.

Cycle starts at 10 am with refreshments served at Nevin’s Newfield Inn, Tiernaur.

Social distancing guidelines in place with all proceeds towards


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GMIT Mayo is running an Online Certificate in eHealth: study digital healthcare at GMIT Mayo and enhance your knowledge of eHealth strategy, data & safe system implementation.

This will be a great course and you can find out more or apply here:


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Mayo County Council wants to shine a light on the rich and varied heritage of Mayo. Choose your favourite place, feature, or tradition and tell them why it is special to you. You can send in a photograph, a drawing, a story, a poem, or anything that conveys what it means to you.

Our heritage is all around us; it is part of who we are. It is our landscapes, rivers, lakes and bogs, our wildflower meadows and hedgerows, our fairy forts, holy wells and monuments, our historic towns and villages. It includes our customs, traditions, folklore, songs, and games.
Prizes will be awarded in 3 categories: Under 10; Age 10 to 17; and 18+. Entries will be showcased during Heritage Week, and a selection will be chosen for inclusion in a publication entitled ‘My Mayo’.

Send your entries along with the completed entry form to [email protected] by Wednesday 5th August 2020.

Download form here:


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Mayo Local Community Development Committee, working with Mayo County Council on behalf of the Department of Rural and Community Development, invites applications for the Community Enhancement Programme 2020.

The programme is targeted towards enhancing community facilities for individuals and communities that are impacted by disadvantage as identified in the Local Economic Community Plan. Funding is for capital projects only and projects should demonstrate added value.

The programme will offer grants under the following two categories;

Category 1

Small scale capital projects up to a maximum of €1,000

Category 2

A limited number of medium scale capital projects will be considered for funding between €3,000 and €5,000, targeted at priority groups identified under the LECP.

Application forms and guidelines are available on or by calling the Community Engagement Section of Mayo County Council on 094 9064660.  Applicants are encouraged to read the application guidelines prior to completing the application form.

Completed applications should be returned by email to [email protected] or by post to Mayo LCDC, Mayo County Council, Mayo House Moneen, Moneen Rd., Castlebar, Co. Mayo. F23 N504.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 3 pm Friday 14th August 2020.

All details here:


Volunteer Ireland Training 

Volunteer Irelands webinar series continues across the Summer months.

This is an ideal time to upskill yourself.  Don’t forget we’ve also got a range of videos, factsheets and templates to help you manage your programme during COVID-19.


Webinar series continues through to the end of August and you can book your place on any of these free webinars right now. Here are the upcoming sessions:



August / September


  • Fundamentals of training online, 4 August


  • Fundamentals of volunteering trends, 11 August


  • Fundamentals of Garda Vetting, 2 September

Mayo PPN

094 90 64358