We are getting the ball rolling nice and early for Mullingar Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020, which is due to take place in less than a years time here in Mullingar.
Below is an Expression of Interest Form for individuals considering Volunteering with Mullingar Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020. This form will be retained by Westmeath Community Development Volunteer Centre and your details will be shared with Mullingar Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020 committee.
Castlepollard Hurling Club have received a LEADER grant to the value of €323,000 for the development of a two-storey extension which will include changing rooms, referee room, outdoor toilets, meeting room and training space. The development is due to begin in the coming months.
Established in 1903, Castlepollard Hurling Club is managed by a voluntary committee who oversee the clubs’ activities. This development will support future growth of the club, by engaging new members, including juveniles and adult members', particularly female members, for whom no facilities currently exist. It will also provide additional meeting and training space which will be available to the community and local voluntary groups.
With approximately 300 members, Castlepollard Hurling club and its surrounding hinterland will gain a much needed community and recreational facility which is vital for rural communities to flourish and survive.
Pride of Place is an all-island competition that acknowledges the work that communities are doing all over Ireland
In Westmeath, 3 projects will represent the county at the national Pride of Place competition which will take place on 30th November in Kilkenny.
The village of Ballinahown is one of the nominees going forward to the national competition. On 7th August last, the community of Ballinahown showcased it many projects and initiatives to the judging panel. Projects include the creation of a Butterfly Garden and using upcycled materials to create art displays.
Sarsfield Square in Athlone was also nominated to represent Westmeath in the estate category of the Pride of Place competition. The Residents committee in Sarsfield Square put on a great display of their local projects for the judging panel.
The Trainee Entrepreneur Programme (TEP) (QQI Level 5 accredited) is a special Community Employment Scheme that has been running in Westmeath for over 20 years. It enables unemployed people considering self-employment to undergo an accredited business development programme while developing their business idea and their business plan.
The Trainee Entrepreneur Programme is one of a number of supports that Westmeath Community Development has in place to support new businesses being established by people on the live register. In 2018 we have had over 130 people establish new enterprises, primarily with the support of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance schemes that we operate in conjunction with the Department Of Employment Affairs & Social Protection. The course provides all the tools needed to start and grow your own business, with back up and support even after the course finished provided by Westmeath Community Development staff and course tutors. .