Mullingar Community College - Spring 2016 Adult Education

Mullingar Community College have their list of Spring Adult Education Courses online now!

Fancy learning guitar?  Doing Interior Design? Furniture Upcycling? Cooking? Floristy?  These are a but a few of the courses on offer from Mullingar Community College this spring. 

To view the list of courses on offer click here.

Open Enrollment Evenings on Wednesday 13th and Monday 18th January 2016 from 7pm to 8.30pm for all courses.

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Lock Up and Light Up this Winter

As part of Operation Thor, An Garda Síochána is advising people that simple steps can help protect their home this winter.

  • Whether you are at home or going out, remember to turn on some lights and use timer switches.
  • Lock all doors and windows.
  • Use an alarm even when you are in the house.
  • Store keys away from windows and letter boxes.
  • Don't keep large amounts of cash or jewellery in the house.




Free Refurbished Computers for Older Peoples's Groups.

The Social Computing for the Community project brings together businesses, NGOs and the Irish Prison Service to give value to the community. A number of major companies in Ireland donate computers for refurbishment and distribution to community organisations. As part of this project we have a pool of computers which can be allocated to older people's projects. If you would like to request computers for your organisation, please complete the online expression of interest form that can be found at Please note to be eligible for computers you must meet the criteria detailed in the form.


  • The computers are PC’s, Win 7 Pro, 2GB RAM, 80GB HDD, 2.0Ghz single core processor and with anti-virus installed
  • Open Office installed or Microsoft Office can be installed for a charge of €10 per computer
  • The computers have flat screens and will be able to connect to Wi-Fi
  • You will need to arrange your own collection and set-up
  • The computers will not have web cameras or headsets but these can be purchased from any electrical shop for a small cost

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Westmeath Wins Top Award in 2015 IPB /Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Awards

Willow Park Estate Co Wesmeath

Representatives from Willow Park Estate with Tom Dowling, Chairman Pride of Place Committee, Ronan Foley, CEO IPB Insurance,  George Jones Chairman IPB Insurance, Cllr Mary Howard Leas Cathaoirleach Clare County Council, Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister of State for the Diaspora, Tom Coughlan, County Manager Clare County Council, John Bruton, Former Taoiseach and Deputy Chairman Co-operation Ireland and Peter Sheridan at the 13th Annual IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland at Tracey's West County Hotel Ennis.

Westmeath took a top prize in the annual IPB Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Awards, which were announced last night (14 November) at a glittering gala event in Ennis Co. Clare. More than 800 people from across the island filled the venue to hear the winners announced by RTE’s Ciana Campbell.

Willow Park Estate took runner up place in the main competition in the Housing Estates Category.

The Pride of Place Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of people who work tirelessly to create pride in their local area and a better place for local residents. Forty-three groups, ranging from those in small rural communities to groups in inner-city housing estates, took winning or runner up positions in the main and cities competitions. A further six groups received Special Awards, while one local authority received a special Council Award.

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New Incremental Tenant Purchase Scheme

DECLG Colour LogoMr. Alan Kelly, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government today (17 November, 2015) announced that he has signed the statutory instruments required to introduce a new tenant purchase scheme from 1 January 2016 for existing local authority houses. This scheme will replace the 1995 tenant purchase scheme, which closed for new applications in December 2012.

In making the announcement, the Minister emphasised the importance of tenant purchase in providing opportunities for local authority tenants to become homeowners, as a means of promoting sustainable communities, while generating additional funding from sale proceeds for local authorities to invest in a range of social housing supports. He also emphasised the reduction in housing maintenance costs which local authorities will have to pay in upkeep of properties, and the resources which can be freed up for delivering new housing schemes as a result.

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