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SafeTALK Suicide Alertness Training

St. Joseph’s National School Hall, Kinvara on the 15th September 2016 at 6.30pm.

SafeTALK is a 3 hour training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.  These specific skills are called suicide alertness.  Following a safeTALK workshop you will be more willing and able to perform an important helping role for persons with thoughts of suicide.

This training is suitable for anyone over 18 years of age, who has not been affected by a recent loss, who wants to help prevent suicide in their community. Our appeal is to people from all walks of life, sports clubs, the business community, carers, those working with young people to take part and build a better network of support. Places are limited. Pre-booking is essential.  To book your place and for more information contact:   Helen Kelly 087-9301470 Training is free and conducted by HSE staff

Kinvara Community Newsletter March 2016

March 2016

The Community Council meet once a month and discuss matters of interest to the local community. At the meeting in February a suggestion was made that a ‘Tree of Hope’ would be researched for our area. The ‘Tree of Hope’ idea is that a tree is planted perhaps with a bench beside it to provide a place of comfort for people affected by suicide and depression. You can find out more about this project on the Tree of Hope Facebook page. We are asking everyone to send us suggestions of where a Tree might be planted in the Kinvara area. The next meeting will be held in the Community Centre on Wednesday the 16th March at 8.30pm. All members of the local community are welcome to attend.

The Tidy Towns group have been trying to find ways of dealing with the number of waste and recycling bags that are left out on the side of the road or the paths on the incorrect days. Barna Waste collect bags in Kinvara and the surrounding areas on alternate Wednesdays. Unfortunately people are leaving bags out on any day of the week from Sunday onwards. Putting your bags out more than 12 hours prior to collection leads to littering. Also please do not leave your bag outside someone else’s house.
Please do not leave out your bags any other day except Wednesday alternate weeks only.

Seamount College Kinvara, are delighted to have Celebrity Chef Neven Maguire and an Artisan Food Fair on Wednesday 9th March, in the Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort. Doors open from 6.30pm. (Demonstration at 8pm sharp). Tickets are available from the School office, contact 091 637362 or from the Parents Council.

‘Juno and the Paycock’ by Sean O’Casey will be staged in Ballinderreen Community Centre on Saturday March 12th at 8.00pm. One of the great plays of the twentieth century, Juno and the Paycock, offers a devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War. Set in a tenement in 1922, the play tells the story of the Boyle family as they struggle against poverty and unemployment. Captain Boyle, also known as “the paycock” is a worthless idler who spends most of his time drinking and playing cards with his friend Joxer. His long-suffering wife, Juno struggles against all the odds to keep her family together. This performance is brought to you by Clann Machua from Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo. Doors open at 7.00pm with curtain up at 8.00pm. Tickets at €10 will be available on the door or from Amelia C Boutique and the Credit Union in Kinvara. This is in aid of Kinvara Twinning Association.

We, on behalf of the family and friends of Kinvara Company invite you to a Ceremony to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising 1916 in Kinvara on Tuesday, 29th March, 2016. Guests are invited to attend all events.

Schedule of Events

  • 12:00pm – Mass at St Coleman’s Church
  • 12:30pm – Memory Trail Commencing at Delmain Lodge
  • 1:30pm- Unveiling of Commemoration Stone
  • 2:00pm – Reception and Exhibition in Kinvara Community Centre

Contact: Eilish Kavanagh 087 2778146 Email:

Gymnastics for kids in Kinvara Community Centre  every Wednesday at 4.15pm (4-6 years old) and 5pm ( 7+years old)
Cost €45/€40. New term starts 6th of April (6 weeks)
Details and bookings Kasia 0876877563

We have a concert Saturday, March 12th, 8.30pm (Doors 8pm) at The Gig Room, Kinvara Community Centre, with CRAN, a traditional music group with lovely male vocals! Ronan Browne on pipes, Desi Wilkinson on flute and whistle, Sean Corcoran on bouzouki and guitar. Coming up next month, April 9th, we have Andy Irvine.

Early Bird – AfterSchool 8am-6pm  
Phone: 091 638927  Email:

In recognition of the centenary of the 1916 Rising, Kinvara Area Visual Arts (KAVA) is hosting an exhibition of work on this theme by Kinvara based artist Christopher Banahan. The show entitled ‘Saints or Sinners?’ opens on Thursday 24th March, the anniversary of the outbreak of the rebellion, continuing until Easter Monday, 28th March. It will be officially opened by the Galway Arts officer, James Harrold. Central to the exhibition are Banahan’s portraits of the seven signatories of the Proclamation. They are sketched in charcoal over a background of news articles of the era that record the events of the Rising as it unfolds, and the public reaction to it. At the outbreak of the rebellion the 1916 leaders were described in some news media as ‘outlaws’, ‘usurpers’ and ‘idealistic quacks’; within a short time, and at the price of martyrdom, they achieved the status of heroes, patriots, ‘saints’. Christopher Banahan, studied M.A. in Fine Art at London’s Goldsmiths College in 1982-4 and won a Rome Scholarship in Painting at the British School of Rome 1990. His work can be found in the collection of the Arts Council, The AIB Bank, The OPW and The European Central Bank.

The Exhibition launch is at 8pm Thursday 24th March. KAVA Exhibition Space, the Court House, Kinvara, County Galway . All Welcome.
Continuing Friday 25th to Tuesday 29th March 2016, 12 noon to 6pm each day
Enquiries Tel: 087 2981237

Kinvara Farmers’ Market is back. Friday 18th March. 10am to 2pm. Local growers and producers supplying directly to you.

Gort Resource Centre

Gort Resource Centre’s vision is for Children, Parents and the broader community of Gort, Kinvara and surrounding areas to be included, supported and treated equally. Our referrals include services such as Family Support Services, Citizens Information and Cope, Galway. We also provide a befriending service that aims to reduce the social isolation that many older people can experience in our community. Visits are on a one to one basis and carried out once a week, often developing into rewarding relationships. The service is non-judgemental and confidential, respecting individuality, life-style and wishes; and efforts are made to match people who share common interests where possible. We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to undertake this often rewarding venture over an initial minimum of 6 months. All volunteers must be willing to undergo our Garda vetting procedure as per current legislation. If you are interested please contact the Gort Resource Centre on 091 630902 or email Alternatively, please call in personally, we are opposite the Church in Gort Square. If we can be of any other assistance on any other matter we are here to help. Our hours are 10-1pm and 2-4pm.

Tracht 2015 Released

Enda Mongan delighted to announce the latest Tracht magazine 2015 is available to download free of charge.

“2008 seems like such a long time ago. A lot of events have occurred locally since then. The last edition of Tracht had a cover which pictured the protests on Seamount College’s imminent closure and we are all now happily living the dream that was subsequently realised in the reversal of that closure decision. Tracht 2015 is a fresh compilation of reviews and updates from local clubs, groups and societies which are the lifeblood of any community coupled with updates on issues that are still present since the last edition. It also contains a fresh mix of short stories and poetry to reflect on the literary skills that abound in Kinvara. The contribution from the local schools in particular shows the talent that exists and bodes well for the future. To those who provided us articles from afar, we thank you. These give a viewpoint from outside local boundaries and happily reflect well on those of us that dwell in Kinvara. The photos of the various events held in the last year portray the vibrancy that exists in our community. The team would like to thank all those who took the time to submit articles and photos for this edition. It is hoped that the digitalisation of this magazine will make it a lot easier to generate more frequent updates going forward. We are lucky to have a team of people locally who are able to bring their expertise in proof reading, graphic design, editing and many other areas all of which show in the end product. The team would also like to thank Kinvara Community Council for their assistance in the promotion of the magazine throughout the community. It isn’t now that these productions are important. It is in twenty years’ time when we look back that the joy of what was going on around us now can again be experienced.”
Ar aghaidh le chèile Enda Mongan (on behalf of the Editorial team)

  • Enda Mongan
  • Dolores Madden
  • Richard Broad
  • Cormac Liddy
  • Irene Doyle
  • Stan Mac Eoin
  • Garret Byrne
  • Roland Keane

Front Cover Photo by: Ger Ryan Photography, Kinvara, Co. Galway. email:

Click here to get link to download Tracht 2015.