Senior Citizens Christmas Party

Community representatives should note that this party is for senior citizens in areas related to all groups. It replaces the grant that WAC used to give to groups to assist in their respective Intergenerational Christmas Programmes. Transport will be laid on and is free. For  in the smooth running of the evening could groups collect names/numbers of senior citizens in their area who are looking to attend. This will  facilitate transport requirements and timetabling.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party in Pearse Ogs.Jointly organised by Pearse Ogs and West Armagh Consortium

Dancing For P.I.P.S

PIPS poster


Charity Registration Number: NIC102127, Accepted as a charity for tax purposes by Inland Revenue, reference XT35784.  Registered as a Company Ltd by Guarantee in NI, registration Number:  NI609642.

FREE 6-week Stress Control Programme

Registration open from September 2018 call SRC on 03001231223 

What is Stress Control?

• Stress Control was devised by Dr. Jim White in Glasgow and is now used widely around the world.
• The class runs once a week for 6 weeks and teaches skills and techniques for managing stress.
• Topics covered include: an overview of what stress is, controlling your body, controlling your thoughts, controlling your actions, getting a good night’s sleep and planning for the future.
• Stress Control is a class not ‘group therapy’ – you do not have to talk about personal difficulties in front of others.
• You are encouraged to attend all 6 sessions to get the most benefit.
• Stress Control classes are free.
 Come along by yourself or feel free to bring a friend or family member with you, or just turn up on the night.

Southern Regional College


Armagh Campus

(Classroom AKR133)

Killylea Rd

Windmill Hill Armagh

BT60 4BR

Wednesday Evenings


7th November -12th December 2018



Rebels, Radicals, Royalists and Loyalists Programme

Anyone interested in the series of workshops detailed below should follow the contact links. The workshops will provide an opportunity to discuss a wide range of historical events and is complemented with a number of study visits. Places are limited so you should book asap. Such courses are of great benefit to anyone interested in history or involved in any type of conflict resolution programme.


Rebels, Radicals, Royalists and Loyalists Programme

 Venue:  REACT, 2 Mallview Terrace, Armagh. BT61 9AN

This course consists of 6 workshops (7 – 9.30pm) and 2 study visits. Participants will examine the following events and their impact on the Island of Ireland. Monday 22nd October - Catholic Emancipation and Home Rule Monday 29th October - Crises and Volunteers (Redmond and Carson) Monday 5th November - Blood Sacrifice: Easter Rising and WW1 - The Somme Monday 12th November - War of Independence and Partition Monday 19th November - Irish Civil War and Civil Strife in Northern Ireland Monday 26th November- "The Troubles" and Course Evaluation

 Saturday 1st December – Study Visit 1 - This is a 1 day visit to Stormont, St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast and The Somme Heritage Museum.

 Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November – Study Visit 2 - Dublin - This is an overnight residential which includes visits to Glasnevin Cemetery, Arbour Hill Cemetery, the Memorial Gardens at Island Bridge, the National Museum at Collins Barracks and the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square.

There is a fee of £30 for the course payable on the first night.

Please note spaces are limited on this programme and a waiting list will operate should the programme become oversubscribed.   There are three eligibility criteria that all participants must meet: 1.  They must be actively involved in their community so that they can share the learning.   2.  They must be able to attend all workshops and the study visits (except for illness which is unforeseeable).

  1. They must be willing to share twin accommodation on residential.   The course is organised by Charmain Jones, Community Relations Officer for Rural Community Network and Sarah Haughey, Community Relations Officer, REACT Armagh, funded by the Community Relations Council and delivered by Martin Snoddon from Northern Spring.   Anyone interested in participating in the course should contact Sarah 02837 526869 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.giving their expression of interest and confirming that they meet the eligibility criteria. 


Physical Acivity Programme

We all know that a persons health and well being has a number of factors; diet, positive mental attitude and physical fitness are but some of the ingredients that go into attaining a healthy lifestyle. The consortium will be delivering a physical exercise programme starting on Monday October 29th and running up until Christmas week. The classes that will take place at a local gym (Performance Centre on the Nursery Road) will be tailored to an individuals physical abilities and will consist of three one-hour gym classes held on Mon-Wed and Fri evening.  All the details are contained in the leaflet printed below. The charge of £25 is, as the leaflets points out fully refundable based on attendance of the course. Previous fitness classes have enjoyed a varying level of support which has resulted in people having been turned away at the start of the course only for it to emerge that places signed up for were not filled. The easiest way for anyone interested in signing up for this free series of gym sessions, is to use the usual contact details for the consortium. Alternatively, you can sign up via your local community representative.

Fitness classes at local gym 

Local Charities Benefit From Festival Run

Presentation Event
Deputy Lord Mayor of ACBC, Cllr, Paul Duffy pictured with those attending the presentation evening.


Two local charities were presented with an equal share of the money raised at the sponsored run/walk held on August 10th as part of the West Armagh Community Festival. The event raised £4,220.Lisanally Special Needs School and Armagh Breast Cancer Support Group each received £2,110 at the night organised by the Lord Mayors Office at which the Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr, Paul Duffy made the presentations and congratulated the festival committee on delivering such a successful event.

There was a special presentation to Jack Rolston who attends Lisanally School. Together with his family ,Jack raised well is excess of £600 and in recognition of this fantastic achievement the festival committee presented Jack with a Harry Potter rucksack and wand. Needless to say there was a plethora of spells cast for the rest of the evening by the young wizard himself.

The event was attended by community volunteers, local politicians and representatives of the two charities.The committees sponsored run organiser Mr. John Fields thanked everyone for all their efforts in the organising and participation in the run. He also thanked  the local council who allowed the run to take place in the Palace Grounds. He added that it was particularly heartening to see the money raised being put to such good use.


Following an attempted online scam received by the WAC this morning we would urge people to be vigilant as in a previous instance the scammers targeted people in the locale. It is not clear whether or not the scammers operate on a geographical grid, going through area codes but previously there was a number of individuals targeted within a local area. The scam is similar to the previous one except they are purporting to come from Microsoft this time and not BT. However the result will be the same. You will informed that scammers are:

*Slowing down your computer/laptop.

*If not already on,turn on your machine.

*You cannot see what is going on in the background because they are hiding their activity.

*To see what they are doing, press the windows key and R and it opens up a box bottom left hand corner.

*Then you'll be instructed to insert a lettered code. This allows them to install a programme onto your computer and once that's activated, you have lost control of your computer. You screen will go blank at least at your end but allowing them to access  your files. From there on in it will be a matter of them stalling you with false information and bogus commands with the sole aim of gaining access to your banking details.

If you received such a call do not comply with it. Simply hang up. Genuine service providers do not contact their customers in this manner. Even if you are suspicious do not try to confirm with a number or email address that the caller may give. Go to the service providers verified online site and follow their respective contact procedures and details.   

Friday 5th October Is Deadline For Part Time Post With Consortium

Friday 5th October is the deadline for applications for the part-time administrators post. Anyone interested in this position should take note that applications must be in before 4.00pm on Friday for inclusion in the recruitment process. Full details of the position are contained within this article and links on this website. If anyone has any difficulty accessing these they can contact West Armagh Consortium through our email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07759949314.  

Comhthionól Ard Mhacha Thiar

Job Title:                              Part/Time Office & Marketing Administrator

Hours of Work:                    20 hours per week

Duration:                              Fixed Term until 31 March 2019

Area:                                    Armagh City Area

Comhthionól Ard Mhacha Thiar are looking for a Part/Time Office & Marketing Administrator to provide a wide range of administrative and support services to the WAC. Reporting to the Community Development Support Manager, you will be responsible for the smooth running and functioning of the Comhthionól Ard Mhacha Thiar Office. You will have good business and general administration experience. Excellent organisational and communication skills are a must to be successful in this role and shall:

  • Assisting in running of small busy community office
  • Dealing with all aspects of office administration and basic accounts
  • Manage general communications to the Senior Management
  • To script and update all arts, entertainment press releases and website content from information received from artistes, organisations and managements and organise distribution of the same.
  • To work in conjunction with the WAC to promote the social economy projects within the organisation
  • To liaise with all relevant external organisations, agencies etc. to maximise promotional opportunities for the social economy activities.


You could be involved in all of these activities or you might specialise in a particular one.

The job will be part/time, with hours to be worked as and when required Monday to Friday.


Successful applicants must have:

Essential Skill/Criteria

  • Educated to a minimum of 3 GCSE standard grade C or above including Maths and English or equivalent  
  • Delivery in a busy office environment - Ability to carry out all of the duties required, in a way which enables the smooth running of an office
  • Performance Management – Strong organisational and time management skills with the efficient and prompt completion of tasks assigned
  • Partnership working – The ability to work on own initiative or as part of a team
  • Effective communication – communicating effectively with a range of audiences verbally and in writing
  • Financial Management and Control – maintain appropriate administrative procedures and systems in compliance with organisational financial controls providing reports as and when required.
  • Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Powerpoint and Excel


  • 1-2 years in an administrative position with accounts and marketing experience to include points stated in bullet points above


Desirable Skill/Criteria

  • Proven experience of working within voluntary community sector.
  • Experience in an office management role is desirable
  • Experience in a Marketing Management roll is desirable
  • Knowledge of the background to and development of West Armagh Consortium’s projects.
  • Proven experience of working on marketing projects



For an application pack please visit http://westarmaghconsortium.org/ . Applicants should send a completed application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by:

CLOSING DATE: 4pm on 5th Oct 2018. Applications received after this date shall not be considered.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Please note the selected candidate will be required to submit to the Comhthionól Ard Mhacha Thiar any special requirements and a recent Access NI check.

To apply follow link JOB VACANCIES AT WAC

Presentation Reception At Palace For Local Charities

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Armagh City Banbridge Craigavon Council, Cllr Paul Duffy, has invited members of the West Armagh Community Festival Committee to a reception in the Lord Mayor's Parlour on 26th September. Representatives of the local charities due to receive a share of the monies raised through the sponsored run/walk held as part of the West Armagh Community Festival in August, have also been invited.

Lisanally Special School and the Armagh Breast Cancer Awareness Group will benefit from the funds raised through the run/walk which was very well supported. Several hundred runners and walkers took part in the event that was held in the Palace grounds on August 10th 

Committee members wishing to attend need to confirm their attendance.

Community Well Being Event


Any community based  groups interested in attending this can follow the details on the poster or go through the consortium office.

Could you help someone with dementia to keep doing the things they love?




Could you help someone with dementia to keep doing the things they love?

 Side by Side volunteers support people living with dementia in the local community.  This involves companionship for a person in the early stages of dementia helping them to take part in social and recreational activities, providing one-to-one support to enable people with dementia to continue with their hobbies and interests or engage in new ones. 

This would be for a few hours every week or fortnight in the Armagh, Banbridge or Craigavon areas.

We are currently seeking people with these interests:

-        Golf                 - Gardening                - Cycling                     - Baking

-        Cricket            - Farming                    - Knitting                    - Walking

 Want to find out more?

If you would like to find out more about this or any of our volunteering opportunities please contact Rosario Mc Hugh, Volunteering Officer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /028 71 384570) or visit our website at www.alzheimers.org.uk.


Festival Organisers Reply To Criticism

In light of the media coverage of the West Armagh Community Festival and attacks upon it by some Unionist politicians ,the organisers have issued the following statement.

"The West Armagh Community Festival has been in operation for over 20 years and in that time has been officially opened by Mayors and Lord Mayors from ALL parties within Armagh City and District Council (ACDC). The events that appear to be causing upset to members of the unionist parties have been part and parcel of the Festival since its early days, so why are unionist politicians up in arms now, considering that they participated in its official opening over the years and witnessed some of the events in question.

"Indeed, we have the current Lord Mayor officiating at our sponsored run/walk tomorrow night in the Palace Grounds. The monies raised at this will benefit two local charities, Lisanally Special School and Armagh Breast Cancer Support Group.

"The Festival was deliberately timed to coincide with what used to be a very volatile time of year, particularly within the nationalist community. The Festival organisers used the Festival to redivert energies. By and large this has been a great success insofar that here in Armagh the anniversary of Internment now passes off without any unrest and anti-social behaviour as had been the norm.

"The events in the Festival are named after people who are significant to the community in Armagh, who died either as part of the conflict or had respected standing within the community. There are over 10 events named after local people, not all who died violently.

"We are currently involved in a very busy Festival with a full schedule of multi-cultural events and cross community activities geared to everyone in the community. We hope this statement will suffice. If there are any further queries we will gladly respond to them after the Festival is completed."



New Volunteering Opportunities

Armagh Travellers Support Group (ASTG) is seeking new Directors (Trustees) to join our Management Board.  This is a great opportunity to make a difference to an organisation committed the improving the quality of life of the Traveller Community living in Armagh.  You will be part of a voluntary team supporting the governance of an organisation delivering a range of supports and community services to families and young people.  We are looking for individuals with a background in the private, public, voluntary or community sectors with an interest in social justice issues who can contribute to the leadership and governance of the Organisation.  If you feel you have skills and qualities that could help, ATSG would welcome your involvement. We currently meet on a monthly basis. For further information, or to submit letter of interest, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel 028 3751 7531 by Friday 24th August.



The West Armagh Community Festival is in full swing having started off on Monday with the children's summer camp. 5 days of fun and games for 7 -11 years olds that will include a number of trips.

Marie Smyth Ladies Road Bowls 2018
Marie Smyth Ladies Road Bowls 2018

Monday evening also saw the start of the evening events with the Maire Smyth Ladies Road Bowls Challenge that took place on the Drumcairn Road. There is a definitely ladies theme to this years festival so it was fitting to start of with this competition.
Tuesday and the summer camp as out at the Navan Fort for the Eco Trail and Warrior Trail. That evening we had the McElvanna/ Mallon U-10 camogie match between St.Brigids and Madden. Madden were victorious so congratulations to them.
That was closely followed by the Máiréad Farrell Challenge between Pearse Ogs Ladies and Edendork Ladies. Edendork proved too strong for the city team and it congratulations to them.

100 Years Of Womens Suffrage.A Date For Your Diary

100 Years Of Women's Suffrage

Definitely a date for the diary. As part of the West Armagh Community Festival that will  take place in August the committee have organise an presentation and talk on the subject of women's suffrage. The presentation and talk will be delivered by Mary McVeigh a well- know local historian based in the Irish Studies Library on Dawson Street. This talk will take pace on Wednesday evening in the function hall in Sherrys at 7.00pm.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of women first getting voting rights in Ireland and Britain. The change was contained in The Representation of the People Act 1918.  The Act extended the franchise in parliamentary elections, also known as the right to vote, to men aged 21 and over, whether or not they owned property, and to women aged 30 and over who owned property with a rateable value above £5, or whose husbands did. At the same time, it extended the local government franchise to include women aged 21 and over on the same terms as men. It wasn't until 1928 that women aged 21 and over were allowed to vote irrespective of the property qualifier.

The subject of women's suffrage is one that been downplayed in history and reduced to coverage of the actions of a few. There were  two groups, the 'suffragists' who campaigned using peaceful methods such as lobbying, and the 'suffragettes' who were determined to win the right to vote for women by any means. Their militant campaigning sometimes included unlawful and violent acts which attracted much publicity.






Unique Opportunity for Community Leaders

CAIRDE Teo in partnership with Trademark Belfast and Aonach Mhacha is offering a free, half day introductory course for aspiring community leaders and volunteers entitled ‘Community Empowerment and Economic Development’.

The short introductory course will be delivered in Armagh City Hotel from 09:30 to 13:00 on Saturday 8th September 2018. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided. Early registration is advised.

Those participating on the course will be presented with the opportunity to attend a series of workshops, advice clinics and bespoke support meetings, culminating in the production of business plans and the procurement of additional supports towards the establishment of new enterprises.

The course will be of particular benefit to existing and emerging community leaders who will be supported in rolling out cooperative development programmes. Participants will also receive further mentoring and support to ensure that prospective enterprises are developed on a sustainable footing. Individuals or groups with enterprising ideas for new businesses that have a cultural or a community dimension are particularly welcome.

Both Trademark and CAIRDE Teo possess unique experience and expertise in bringing together local community interests to work together for mutual benefit. Aonach Mhacha is a community cooperative that is currently erecting a new £2 million cultural enterprise hub in Armagh City that will open to the public in 2019 providing employment and incubation space for emerging enterprises.

This project is being delivered with financial support from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All Programme.

For more information or to reserve a place on the course, please contact Gearóid by telephone on 028 37515229 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Callanbridge Fun Day
Callanbridge Fun Day
Mullacreevie Fun Day
Mullacreevie Fun Day

Above is a number of snaps capturing fun days held by two areas in the town last Thursday. Callanbridge and Mullacreevie held days in their respective park areas and were blessed with the continuing good weather. Bouncy castles ,face painting, dancing and treats were the order if the day. Well done to both community groups for organising the events.

As part of their day Callanbridge also officially unveiled a bench dedicated to the memory of Ann Loughlin a long standing member of the group who sadly passed away recently.

In memory of Ann Loughran
In Memory of Ann Loughran
In memory of Ann Loughlin
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Volunteers wanted for community festival.

The West Armagh Community Festival will be taking place from 6th August - 11th August. The festival committee are busy finalising the schedule and have asked for volunteers to come forward to help with the various events that will taking place. This will cover things from the Kiddies Summer Camp to the final days fun day. Anyone willing to assist should contact Nora Quigley via her Facebook link or alternatively through the contact details for this site. 

Volunteering Opportunities For The Armagh Area

Below is a brochure compiled by Volunteer Now detailing some volunteering opportunities in the Armagh area. The West Armagh Consortium would also like to add another volunteering opportunity. Volunteers are needed for the upcoming West Armagh Community Festival that will run form August 6th - 11th. Anyone interested can contact via this site or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07759949314.


GOGA – Live Active NI – Awaiting response

Alzheimers Society Reminiscence Café

Compassionate Carer http://bit.ly/2o8b6oE 

Café Support Volunteer http://bit.ly/2GfHD3G

Befriender - http://bit.ly/2Gd5uAA

Armagh Citizens Advice Bereau

Receptionist - http://bit.ly/2IjA4dN

Board Member - http://bit.ly/2KmgNZL

Inspire Wellbeing – Friendship Group Co-Facilitator http://bit.ly/2wOtf2H

Belfast Central Mission (Armagh) – Volunteer Isolation Buster http://bit.ly/2rGZeMZ

Talking Newspaper – Volunteer Reader http://bit.ly/2y367Zr

Riding for Disabled – Riding Assistant’s   http://bit.ly/2zM1AMY

Men’s Shed - Shed Members http://bit.ly/2zBDsMb

Rural Transport – Social Car Driver http://bit.ly/2yHi9Mt

Early Years – Nothing confirmed yet. Amanda (02890662825)


Mullabrack Luncheon Club – Luncheon Club Assistant  http://bit.ly/2Iiaju9

Community Support – Ex-Prisoner Support Volunteer http://bit.ly/2IGw2PS  

Helping Autism Newry District (HAND) – Fundraising Team Members http://bit.ly/2z3EWCC

Action on hearing Loss

Befriender - http://bit.ly/2rF7Jbv

Information Stand Volunteer - http://bit.ly/2wEbP8R

Volunteer Presenter - http://bit.ly/2KWDq8a

Hearing Aid Volunteer - http://bit.ly/2IhB85G


Further details of volunteering opportunities are available on   http://www.volunteernow.co.uk




The Parks Experience

As previously covered, The Armagh Parks Experience began on Saturday 26th May.
It  a slight change to the format  previously use in the 7 Hills Challenge in that this event takes place over five sessions taking in parks in and around Armagh.  It started off with the Demesne on Saturday 26th and the second park walk, this time at the  Navan, took place last Saturday 2nd June. Below are some pictures of the walkers. There are still three parks to go.

The Parks Experience




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St.Patricks Community Resource Centre Questionnaire

An extensive consultation is well underway to bring one of the city's most important and iconic social spaces back into community use.
The St Patrick's Resource Centre project is an exciting initiative to refurbish and develop the old Parochial Hall located on the Cathedral Road,
The vision for the project is to create a vibrant, modern building with a range of different facilities which can offer activities and events to bring
people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities together in a positive environment.
'We are seeking the views of all local people to help support the case for the project and urge everyone to take part in the consultation,
as feedback from thisconsultation will be essential in producing a comprehensive needs based document for the proposed community
resource centre. The overall process needs to be completed by Monday the 11th June.'

Please click on the link below and complete the short questionnaire to help support the project:


Many thanks for your co operation
St Patrick’s Community Resource Centre Committee

Free Sports Sessions in MUGA's (Multi Use Games Areas)

The following posters give details of  a series of free sports sessions that will commence on May 14th in five MUGA area, Mullacreevie-Callanbridge-Drumarg-Drumbreda and The Folly (Millfield). It will run over a six week period and is open to all ages.

Please check the posters for times of sessions in your respective areas as the posters and times are specific to each area.

Mullacreevie MUGA Sports Sessions.

Mullacreevie MUGA Sports Sessions.


Mullacreevie MUGA Sports 

Callanbridge MUGA Sports Sessions


Drumarg  MUGA Sports SessionsDrumarg MUGA Sports Sessions

Drumbreda MUGA Sports Sessions

Drumbreda MUGA Sports Sessions

Millfield MUGA Sports Sessions.

Millfield MUGA Sports Sessions.


Stephen Fields Community Development Manager
Stephen Fields the WAC's Community Development Manager

The West Armagh Consortium has appointed Stephen Fields as their Community Development Programme Manager. The post formed a substantial part of the consortiums successful application to the Big Lottery. The consortium were successful acquiring nearly £200,000 for a three year programme under the Big Lottery Peoples and Communities Programme.

Stephen has now taken up the post and will be based in the consortiums offices at Sherry Fields Sports Complex. The WAC Chairperson Fiona Kelly welcomed the appointment saying " The West Armagh Consortium have for many years now strived to get a full-time resource in place at Sherry’s. I am confident that local community groups and the community in general will be able to benefit from this appointment. 

The programme under which Stephen has been appointed also has programme costs and I know that he has already been in contact with local community groups to consult on a beneficial action plan, a plan that will take the needs of groups into account. I would like to wish Stephen all the best in his new role."


The programme is a three year one running until 2021 and will encompass many aspects of community activities in the west of the city. Although based in Sherry’s Sports Complex, aspects of the programme will be delivered in the various community venues throughout the city. It is envisaged to utilise the network of community houses that were set up under the NRPB programme.