The Christmas Light parade is a community based parade marking the festive season. Organised for the last Friday before Cristmas it will start of at the citys main Christmas tree in Market Street and make its way to Sherrys Field Recreational Centre for a some festive fun. Everyone is welcome.Christmas jumpers, novelty hats and christmas lights are all welcome, the brighter the better.
The first of twelve sessions being delivered in the Healthy Living Centre at Sherrys took place today (Friday 13th).This course to help people suffering with chronic pain to self manage their condition. The course will run over a 12 week period dealing with different aspects of how living with chronic pain impacts on everyday life. The first session saw a presentation from a local pharmacis, Adrian McKeever. This was followed by a question and answer session.
Future sessions will cover different aspects of how to manage pain and ways in which to help sufferers.The course will run for a further 11 weeks and is already oversubscribed. However, it is intended to repeat the project in the new year.
Tuesday 11th September, designated as International Suicide Awareness Day, was marked by Drumarg Community Association with the official opening of its new communal garden. The garden located at the Ungola Road entrance to the estate has only recently been completed. In a fitting addition the group have included a bench dedicated to local resident Sean Óg Brady who sadly lost his life to suicide. In a short candle light ceremony the garden and the bench were officially opened. Fr. Cathal Deveney, who was born and raised in the area officiated at the ceremony.
West Armagh Consortium Healthy Living Centre are organising this course to help people suffering with chronic pain to self manage their condition. The course will run over a 12 week period dealing with different aspects of how living with chronic pain impacts on everyday life. It is free but there are a limited number of places.
West Armagh Consortium are members of the Southern Regional Healthy Living Alliance (SRHLA)and are providing the a Healthy Living Centre (HLC) for this area at our premises on Cathedral Road. Also based at the HLC is a Social Prescribing project for this area. There are three Social Prescribers for the SRHLA and one will be based at WAC offices in Sherry's Field Recreational Centre.
The West Armagh Community Festival begins on Monday 6th August with the children’s summer camp that will be based at Sherrys Field Sports Complex. The summer camp will operate Monday to Friday starting at 10.00am and finishing at 3.00pm.The age range is boys and girls 7 year old—11 year old and there is a full schedule of the summer camps activities available to all parents and guardians of children attending the camp.That evening we will have the Marie Smyth Ladies Road Bowls Challenge. As in previous years the event will take place on the Drumcairn Road starting at 7.00pm.
There are two ladies/girls sporting competitions lined up for the Tuesday night. First off is the McElvanna/Mallon Under-12 Camogie Challenge starting at 6.00pm.The camogie will be followed by the Máiréad Farrell Ladies Gaelic Football Challenge. Teams will be competing for the Máiréad Farrell Shield.
Wednesday night will feature a presentation and talk delivered by Mary McVeigh on the theme of Women’s Suffrage.It is 100 years since women got the right to vote in Ireland.It is hard to believe that 50% of the population were disenfranchised because of their gender. It should be a very interesting presentation and one that should interest everyone.
The semi finals of the popular Hughes/ McGerrigan Under-14’s Football Tournament takes place on Thursday night beginning at 7.30pm. This long established completion is hotly contested by under—14 teams from local GAA clubs in and around the city.
The sponsored run/walk moves to the Friday night on the events programme. This year the event will take place in the Palace Grounds Demesne starting at 7.00pm.Two charities will benefit from any monies raised. They are Lisanally Special School and Armagh Breast Cancer Support Group. The change in venue relates to new regulations regarding road events and we are appreciative of the council for the use of the Palace for our run this year.There was an estimated 400-500 participants in last years event that raised £3,350 for the charity PIPS. We are hoping for similar support this year. Sponsor forms can be had from any of the organisers or by calling at Sherry Field Sports Complex.Tel; 07759949314
The final walk in the 7 Hills Challenge Parks Experience took place with a dander around Kinnego Marina Lough Neagh. All the walks in this programme have enjoyed very fine weather and it was fitting that the programme finished off at such a picturesque location and on such a fine morning. Congratulations to all those who took part in the walks and to Mr. John Fields who served as guide, coach and general all round mentor for the walkers. We hope to revisit the project again as part of our promoting healthy lifestyles programme.
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In a follow up to our 7 Hills Challenge last November/December we are organising the Armagh Parks Experience that will commence on Saturday 26th May. In a slight change to the format ,this event will take place over five sessions taking in parks in and around Armagh. Starting off with the Demesne on Saturday 26th it will also take in Navan, Segahan, Gosford and finishing off with an historical walk that will also include refreshments
FOLLOW UP TO 7 HILLS CHALLENGE- ARMAGH PARKS EXPERIENCE
The first walk in the 7 Hills Walking Challenge took place on Saturday morning. 14 walkers set off on a route around the town as part of the practise walks for the 7 hills challenge on December 16th. The programme has been organised by the West Armagh Consortium and it is designed to appeal to people who would not consider themselves particularly physically active. The proposed routes of the practise walks will visit sites that people may well pass by on a daily basis , such as river walks ,St. Patricks Well and Demesne to name a few.The groups are a cross section of the community with a varying range of ages and they appear to have adopted former Lord Mayor Cathy Rafferty's dog Uisce Beatha as their mascot. Uisce Beatha means water of life, more commonly referred to as whiskey. Perhaps a few uisce beatha were enjoyed after the walk, but that's different story.The walk leader, Mr. John Fields stressed that the programme will consist of leisurely, yet focussed walks that will respond to everyone capabilities. Speaking before the off on Saturday Stephen Fields (WAC) welcomed all the participants saying that “The object of the programme was to encourage physical activity and in turn promote healthy lifestyles. It is also hoped that the walks will give people a better appreciation of our own town, places that locals sometimes take for granted.”The remaining walks will take place on subsequent Saturdays and will finish off on Saturday 16th December with the full 7 Hills Challenge. There has always been a debate regarding where the seven hills actually are. However to diffuse this potential bone of contention, the organisers has decreed that anyone who can identify an eighth hill or indeed an alternative hill can climb that one as well
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