Mayo PPN Newsletter #5


Ballina Street Festival

Ballina Street Festival to take place from 8th – 14th July 2019

The festival programme will incorporate indoor and outdoor live music events, comedy, arts, sports events, Heritage Day, walking tours, as well as a number of water-based and angling events in a nod to the jewel in Ballina’s crown – the magnificent River Moy, the Salmon Capital of Ireland. The highly competitive Moy Swim in particular revives a Ballina tradition dating back to 1953. 2FM DJ Keith Walsh will host The Beat on the Street on Saturday night, bringing a fresh twist on an event that was always a festival highlight in the early 90s and the festival highlight will be the fireworks spectacular on Saturday night, over the River Moy.

The festival will also offer a full and comprehensive programme of children’s events catering for all ages and interests, and the programme includes events catering for autistic children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
A full programme of events is available on

Western Rail Corridor Survey

Iarnród Éireann are inviting submissions from interested citizens and groups as part of the consultation on the extension of the Western Rail Corridor.

While many key business groups and organisations will be contributing, this is your personal opportunity to express your support for the restoration of the railway in a tangible and very valuable way.

We would ask that you kindly take the time to fill in the survey at

This survey takes on average 5 minutes to complete. Should you wish to provide a more detailed submission please email; [email protected].

The appraisal is concerned with the proposed extension of the Western Rail Corridor only. It is not an appraisal of any other alternative uses for the corridor.

EY-DKM will present the report including findings and recommendations to Iarnród Éireann and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport by the end of September 2019. The DTTAS will then undertake an independent peer review of the report and its findings and recommendations, and will finalise this process to aid policy decisions on this proposal.

Healthy Mayo Strategic Plan 2019-2022

The Healthy Mayo Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022 is currently being drafted. As part of the process we are conducting a thorough and extensive process of consultations and you can contribute by taking part in this online survey by clicking on the following link

Claremorris Folk Festival

The inaugural Claremorris Folk Festival will take place on the 20th & 21st July 2019.
Music is a universal language understood by all people but folk music in particular has defined cultures throughout history and continues to do so today. It is sewn into the very fabric of our society, inseparable from our cultural identity.

The Claremorris Folk Festival will be a 2 day celebration of the rich traditions that define this intimate genre as it continues to evolve across generations.

For more info please visit:

A public consultation to help shape Ireland’s new diaspora policy

Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D., will host a public town hall consultation meeting at The T.F. Royal Hotel & Theatre in Castlebar, Co. Mayo on July 8th to inform Ireland’s new diaspora policy.
The Government has committed to introducing a new diaspora policy in 2020. This policy will guide Ireland’s engagement with Irish people living overseas, with communities of Irish heritage, and with individuals around the world who feel an affinity with our culture and values.
To attend this event, please register by clicking the link: your content.


Calling All Arts Facilitators, Arts Educators & Community/Youth Workers

You are invited to nominate 16-19 year old youth who have an interest in film or animation to participate in the National Youth Film & Animation School, August 11-22, 2019. Screen Ireland is offering eighth bursaries to cover full board, tuition, travel and limited additional costs where necessary. Please click here to apply. For more information please call Garry or Sorcha on 05677 64677 or email [email protected] with your query.

Ecclesiastical’s £50,000 Award Now Open!

The £50,000 awards are open to eligible charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland with an income of less than £5m, which support the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage. For more info please visit :

The Arts Council Announces New Open Call

The Arts Council has announced an Open Call to the artists and arts organisations of Ireland to create collaborative ground breaking projects of ambition, impact and scale that encourage discourse, provocation or response to place and identity as part of contemporary Ireland. For more info please visit:

Youth Groups Across Ireland Urged to Get Creative and Apply for Coca-Cola Thank You Fund

A reminder that €100,000 in grants (of €5,000, €10,000 and €20,000) are once again available to community groups, non profit organisations and charities with creative ideas to empower and support young people in their local communities. For more info please visit:

The Good Governance Awards Opens for Applications

The Good Governance Awards recognises and encourages adherence to good governance by non profit organisations in Ireland. The awards were developed by Carmichael with the support of our partners and leading national bodies in the non profit sector. Fore more info please visit:

Recent Graduate Research and Development Award (with Mentoring)

Recent Graduate artists are defined as those of any age, who have graduated from an undergraduate degree programme in the arts in the past three years and are interested in developing or exploring, or are establishing a professional career in collaborative arts practice. This award specifically targets emerging artists / practitioners who have completed their undergraduate degree and who are not in postgraduate studies at the time of the award. The maximum award is €2,500 of which a maximum of €750 is specifically to cover the cost of engaging a mentor. The time frame should be no longer than 5 months.

The next closing date for applications to the AIC Scheme (including this new Recent Graduate Research and Development Award) is the 29th July 2019.

For further details, application forms and guidelines please see:

News from Mayo Public Participation Network (PPN)

Brand New Website

Mayo PPN have developed a brand new website with lots of information on community events, funding, supports available to groups & much more.

Please visit

Have you any events coming up and you wish to spread the word?

email us on [email protected]
Mayo PPN will promote your events on the PPN Social Media Channels

Important Notice for Community Groups

Mayo PPN would like to take this opportunity to thank all community, social inclusion and environmental groups that have registered with us for 2019. We look forward to working with you all in the future.

Existing groups registered with Mayo PPN: If you have not yet updated your groups details please do so within the email we previously sent you. The re-registration process is an essential step for Mayo PPN to remain GDPR compliant, update your groups details/changes and for you as a community group to remain members. If we do not receive the up-dated details the organisation/group will be removed from the PPN database and you will have to register again as a new group.

Again thank you for taking the time out to do this.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Ph: 094 90 64358
E: [email protected]

*please note new domain name and visit our brand new website

Mayo PPN Offers Free Training to Community Groups

Here are some examples of training the PPN previously provided:
Social Media Training for Community Groups
To assist community groups in setting up a Facebook page and developing the skills necessary to utilise social media to communicate with their audiences
General Data Protection Regulation:
This is an outline session that ensures the collection and processing of any personal data comply with the principles of the GDPR
The Charities Governance Code:
The Governance Code is issued by the Charities Regulator to encourage and facilitate the better administration and management of the charitable organisations. It is intended to provide support to charity trustees to meet their legal duties
Writing Funding Applications:
Hints and tips on how to make a better application and how to identify local supports that community groups can draw on

Tell us what training your Community Group requires and we will do the rest!
Subject to sufficient numbers for workshops.

Mayo Public Participation Network (PPN) Invited to attend Áras an Uachtaráin to represent Community Groups in Mayo

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina hosted a concert at Áras an Uachtaráin on the evening of Friday 21st of June.

This was to celebrate Irish Country Music and to acknowledge the work being undertaken by various organisations and community groups in fostering and developing strong rural communities throughout the villages and towns of Ireland and it was purposefully offered to some of the smaller members to commend their hard work in this regard.

Representing Mayo PPN, Mary Costello, Resource Worker, presenting President Michael D. Higgins with a gold pin and a PPN brochure

The PPN empowers you and the wider community to make an input and influence the future well-being of County Mayo
Mayo PPN provides community groups with training/networking & representation on decision-making committees in Mayo County Council.