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
The Living Well Volunteer and Health Fair took place on January 29th as scheduled. There were very informative stalls from a wide range of groups offering advice on everything from physical and mental well being to personal security and volunteering opportunities. Despite the inclement, although some would say seasonal weather the event offered an excellent opportunity for networking among the various groups that participated. Although the snow certainly kept some away those that called in found it very useful and informative.
Eight week multi sport and good relations programme running every Tuesday evening, starting January 27th 2015 at Lisanally Youth Centre. The age group is 12- 14 years olds and as well as sporting activities there will a chance to visit a premier league football club in England.
Aimed specifically at young teenagers it encourages good community relations through the medium of sport. Any groups interested in promoting this in their areas, all necessary contact information is contained within the poster. Click on READ MORE
Easter sees what is referred to as the start of the marching season, although several parades take place earlier throughout the North.
In the city; Republicans mark the 1916 Easter Rising with a march through the town centre to St.Patrick's Cemetery. Originally banned from the town centre, the annual parade first took this route in 1991.There are several other smaller events in and around the city at this time as well.
Halloween or Oíche Shamhna to give it its, Irish name has always been celebrated in the town. The tradition of pranks, ghost stories and traditional games have always been part of people's lives. Apple tarts and pies laced with small surprises, dressing up and of course ghoulish pranks have always featured. In recent years the council has organised a series of events at the Navan Fort / Emain Macha, including a fireworks display.
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