Mayo PPN Newsletter #6

Climate Fest Itinerary

Mayo PPN Newsletter


Mayo Culture Night 2019

Mayo Culture Night September 20th @6pm – Westport House

Culture Night is an annual national public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. This year, it will take place on Friday 20th September 2019. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, including the National Cultural Institutions, extend their opening hours to allow for increased access to the public. Special and unique events and workshops are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available free of charge.
Culture Night has grown from a relatively small scale cultural event staged only in Dublin in 2006 to the significant national cultural event it now is, with some 400,000 people visiting museums, galleries, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres across the island. The initiative has captured both the public imagination and the enthusiasm of artists and cultural organisations.
Encourages more people to visit cultural venues and experience culture in their locality

So why not come along to Westport House and embrace a wonderful evening full of culture.

Please visit to see what’s happening in mayo and other counties through out the county

Climate Fest

GMIT Castlebar 28th September 2019 10am – 4pm
A day of performances, workshops, speakers and food celebrating our beautiful planet and inspiring and enabling us to make changes in our lives that will help protect the planet.

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Climate Fest Itinerary

Community Group Services hit by rising Insurance Costs

By Will Goodbody
Business Editor RTE
Nearly half of community and voluntary groups around the country have had to reduce the number and range of activities they can run as a result of rising insurance costs, a new survey suggests.
A similar proportion say their group is at risk of having to shut down completely if the price of insurance continues to rise, the research by the Public Participation Networks (PPNs) has found.
PPNs are networks based in local authority areas that allow the authorities to connect with community groups.
Together they represent 15,000 member groups across Ireland who provide a range of services to communities here.
“The figures in this survey merely confirm what we are hearing from them every day of the week,” said Sarah Wetherald of Sligo PPN.
“The infrastructure of volunteering in Ireland is being threatened by spiralling insurance costs, unavailability of insurance cover and increasingly unreasonable exclusions and conditions.”
Carried out between mid-June and the start of September, the survey focused on public and employer liability insurance and was responded to by 770 PPN members.
It said 83% of its community group has seen insurance costs rise in last three years.
Four out of every five respondents said it was very hard to raise the funds to cover insurance costs.
Those who took part in the survey say the situation was affecting activities.
Just under half said they had to reduce the number and range of activities they can undertake, while 47% said their group was actually in danger of stopping altogether if insurance costs continue to rise.
“The numbers in this survey tally with our own research and reflect the seriousness of the insurance issue for Ireland’s community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises,” said Ivan Cooper, Director of Public Policy at the Wheel.
“The fabric of Irish society is under threat due to this crisis and we cannot afford any further delays to proposed reforms.”
The Alliance for Insurance Reform has again called on the Government to establish a Judicial Council, which it is hoped will be able to reform the level of damages paid for personal injuries.
It has also urged an “enhanced operational response by An Garda Síochána to insurance fraud”.

Mayo Dark Skies Festival

From 1 – 3 November 2019, the ‘Friends of Mayo Dark Skies’ in Newport, Mulranny and Ballycroy will host the fourth MAYO DARK SKY FESTIVAL – a three day feast of talks, workshops, walks and stargazing.
Also Check Out: The European Symposium for the protection of the night sky is happening straight after Mayo Dark sky festival 3-5th November. It’s the first time Ireland has been granted licence from the International Dark Sky Association, who have twinned this event with their own AGM in Tucson Arizona. Speakers from Hungary, Japan, Germany, Austria, France, Spain and the UK. All sharing knowledge and expertise on protecting the night sky from light pollution. This event is open to all interests and groups, especially those considering involvement in Dark sky projects or environmental issues.

Please visit : for more info.


Community Environment Action Fund

The Community Environment Action Fund assists sustainable development from the ground-up and facilitates, at local level, the achievement of the objectives of the Agenda 21 action plan on sustainable development.
The Fund encourages involvement of local communities in local action and decision-making and assists them in working towards the goal of sustainable development. The value of the scheme is enhanced by the voluntary effort that it facilitates.
The projects involve partnership arrangements between local authorities and various local groups including community groups, schools and environmental NGOs.
The 2019 Community Environment Action Fund (Local Agenda 21) is now open for applications. Application must be made to your local authority and not to the Department. Application forms are also available from your local authority and must be returned to them by 5pm on 27th September 2019 at the latest. For more info visit :

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 has sent out a call to all primary contacts of community groups registered with the PPN for nominations to Mayo County Council Strategic Policy Committees. (SPCs)

Mayo PPN are seeking representatives on the following committees:
• Corporate,Education ,Culture,Heritage & Library Services SPC – Community & Voluntary Rep
• Roads & Transportation SPC – Environment Rep
• Environment,Climate Action, Agriculture & Emergency
Services SPC – Environment Rep
• Tourism, Recreation, Food & Community Engagement SPC – Environment Rep
• Housing SPC – Social Inclusion Rep
• Corporate,Education ,Culture,Heritage & Library Services SPC – Social Inclusion Rep.

Please bring this to the attention of the primary contact person in your community group. This is an opportunity to nominate a person from your group to a decision making in Mayo County Council.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Mayo Public Participation Network welcomes new Secretariat Committee Representatives. (PPN)

Mayo Public Participation held its elections for the Secretariat Committee on Tuesday 10th Sept 2019 in Breaffy House Hotel.
The new members elected to the Secretariat Committee include: Edith Geraghty, Austin F.O’Malley, Caitriona Cunniffe, Thomas Calvey, Mary G Duffy, Kathy Rowland, Ben Ryan & Maureen Timlin. The new members will join with the existing members, Sharon Horkan, Alan Murphy and Kathleen Doocey and Daragh Owens. Representatives are members from the 3 PPN pillars, Social Inclusion, Community & Voluntary, Environment and the 4 Municipal Districts.
Convenor Daragh Owens thanked the retiring members of the PPN Secretariat committee for their dedicated work over the past few years, John Tonra, Teresa Carney, Caroline Goucher and Brendan Sammon.
Mary Costello, PPN Resource Worker welcomed the new members to the PPN Secretariat committee and wished the retiring members continued success in their endeavours. She gave an update on the new suite of training programmes to be rolled out to community groups in the next few weeks, which will be advertised in the local papers and on the PPN website at

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Mayo PPN Offers Free Training to Community Groups

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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.

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