CLÁR provides funding for small scale infrastructural projects in rural areas that have suffered significant levels of population decline. The supports provided through CLÁR have been tailored this year to help rural communities to respond to the new #COVID19 environment.
There is a national allocation of €5 million for 2020 under 3 measures to be operated via Local Authorities and the Department of Rural and Community Development for a range of School and Community projects.
Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures
Measure 2: Community Recreation Areas
Measure 3: Community Wellbeing Support, comprising:
a) Meals on Wheels and linked services
b) Mobility and Cancer Care Transport
Full details available from Roscommon County Council Website here: http://www.roscommoncoco.ie/en/News-Events/Latest-News/CLAR-2020/
Your county needs you! Everything of note that happens in the county is covered by the County Development Plan.
This is why we need your views, suggestions and ideas so that the plan works for you and your community in #Roscommon
The deadline for submissions on the Issues Paper is 31st July 2020.
For more information visit http://rosdevplan.ie
Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions ... these measures come into place on Monday 8 June 2020 ... we are still in Phase 1 until then.
It is vital that we all continue to observe the public health guidance. To stay safe, you need to limit where you go and limit the number of people you meet.
Here are things you should know for Phase 2:
Stay Local: You may travel within your own county, and up to 20 kilometres from your home if crossing county boundaries;
Meeting other people: You may meet up to 6 people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors for social gatherings ... Organised outdoor exercise, sporting, cultural or social activities of up to 15 people may take place;
Shops: All retail is reopening ... Shop locally, shop safely and support businesses in your community;
Work from home: It is more important than ever to work from home where possible;
Transport: Walk or cycle if you can ... Only use public transport if you absolutely need to ... Public transport capacity is limited because of social distancing requirements;
Community Health: It is recommenced that face coverings be worn in public places, such as shops, and on public transport ... You may meet up to six people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors for social gatherings ... Organised outdoor exercise, sporting, cultural or social activities of up to 15 people may take place ... If you are over 70 or medically vulnerable be extra vigilant ... Up to 25 immediate family and close friends may attend funeral services.
Children: Outdoor summer camps may operate for post-primary children ... Playgrounds and commercially-serviced outdoor amenities may reopen.
Economic activity and work: The Return to Work Safely Protocol is the operative guide for employers and employees ... Working from home must continue wherever possible ... Marts may open where social distancing and hygiene can be maintained.
Retail, services and commercial activity: All retail outlets may open ... Opening times and modes of operation may vary ... Please co-operate with store staff and abide by systems put in place for your safety.
Cultural, sporting and social: Groups of up to 15, including trainers and coaches, may return to non-contact outdoor training activity (but not matches) while maintaining social distancing at all times ... Public libraries will commence reopening ... Behind-closed-door horse and greyhound racing can commence.
Transport and travel:
i) Public transport: Social distancing means that overall capacity remains extremely restricted ... Use public transport only for essential journeys ... Wearing a face covering is recommended ... Avoid peak-time travel ... Walk or cycle if possible.
ii) International travel: All non-essential overseas travel to and from Ireland should be avoided ... Passengers arriving from overseas are expected to self-isolate for 14 days ... Passengers will also have to complete a form showing where they will self-isolate.
Advice for those over 70 or the medically vulnerable: If you are over 70 or medically vulnerable, please use your judgement to decide how best to apply the following health guidance:
** stay home as much as possible,
** you may welcome small numbers of people to your home, but maintain social distancing,
** for shopping, please use the times specially allotted by retailers,
** if you are visiting someone who is over 70 or medically vulnerable, please be extra vigilant.
And ... #SupportStrokestown 👍
'County Roscommon Swift Survey 2020' is an initiative of Roscommon County Council Heritage Office and County Roscommon Heritage Forum and is funded by Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht - National Parks and Wildlife Service’s National Biodiversity Action Plan Fund.
Swifts are a small migratory bird that visits Ireland each year to nest. Their future is seriously threatened in Ireland due primarily to the loss of nesting sites. There is a lot that can be done to halt the decline in #Roscommon Swift population.
The First Step is knowing how many Swifts there are & where they nest in our towns and villages. The support and active engagement of local communities is critical to building greater awareness of this unique bird species and in undertaking conservation action where it is most needed.
Please visit the following link for full details: http://ow.ly/gb1l50zYUXI
A Strokestown 'call-to-arms' ... Our TidyTowns committee are back in business and would love your help ... Volunteers are requested ...🤞
Starting this Saturday (for the next 12 weeks) ... the great 'STROKESTOWN CLEAN-UP' ... 1030/1100 ... Social Distancing friendly ... bring your garden tools (gloves and litter pickers will be provided) ... 😀
And ... **NEWSFLASH** ... over the next four weeks ALL VOLUNTEERS are encouraged to take photos of how much they've collected ... post photos of your achievements to the STROKESTOWN FACEBOOK page ... the person considered to have made the biggest contribution to the tidying of Strokestown will receive a THANK YOU reward in appreciation of their hard work ... 😁
Roscommon County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Paschal Fitzmaurice is calling on you to #GetSnapping this long weekend for this years Cathaoirleach’s Award & capture an image which reflects the theme “My Roscommon - We’re in this Together” 📸
Entries must be submitted by 2nd June 2020 to be in with a chance to win a prize! 🎁
The Cathaoirleach’s Award is supported by CreativeIrl Programme, a Government five-year initiative, 2017-2022.
Full details visit: http://ow.ly/ygf450zUsms
We’re SHAVING OUR HEADS and working as a community to build a new boat to bring groups of up to 8 people with disability TOGETHER on the Blueway on the River Shannon this summer.
For the very first time EVER, all 8 will independently travel onto the new vessel when the bow is lowered - to go fishing or sightseeing with 2 other guests or carers and a professionally trained crew on board. It’s the first P2 passenger vessel of its kind ever built in Ireland or UK.
10 volunteers will shave all their hair off on Monday June 1st including ALAN ‘The Yacht’ FARRELL, PHILIP ’Flash’ GORDON, RTE NEWS reporter CIARAN MULLOOLY, CHAIRMAN of Longford County Council GERALD FARRELL, JONATHAN ‘Strokestown’ CASSIDY, KEVIN 'Boxer' Moran , JAMIE 'Athlone' MORAN (hair dye only) ... and many more to be confirmed ... all supporting the Lough Ree ACCESS FOR ALL initiative.
We need MORE volunteers to shave with us - we’re collaborating with Waterways Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association & Inland Fisheries Ireland with active engagement of Roscommon County Council; Department of Community & Rural Affairs - and the winners at the end of the day ? ACCESS FOR ALL on the BLUEWAY on our largest river.
Phone 043 332 7691 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details ... AND DONATE HERE PLEASE !
Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) in partnership with Inland Fisheries Ireland Waterways Ireland The Heritage Council and The Heritage Officers Programme, has launched a national Storytelling Competition ‘Stories from the Waterside’ / ‘Scéalta Ó Thaobh An Uisce’.
Do you know of a story with a water theme – a story that simply must be told?
Here is your opportunity to tell it and to be in with a chance to win one of 20 great prizes totalling €4,000. The competition is open to all, with two categories: Under-18s and Over-18s. Simply write a story of 600 words or less to enter.
Your story can be from the past or the present day – that’s up to you! Closing date for entries is 31 May 2020.
For more details and terms and conditions visit the following link https://bit.ly/3cCI3RY
The National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park and the Irish Heritage Trust are launching the Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2020 “Famine Heroes” virtual events season of documentaries and online lectures on April 19th.
These “Famine Heroes” virtual events provide uplifting stories about coping with epidemic and pay tribute to caregivers, both in the mid-nineteenth century and today. They are funded by the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme.
Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2020 “Famine Heroes” will release on the following dates on the great Famine Voices website: https://www.strokestownpark.ie/famine/roadshow/
To wrap up #BiodiversityWeek - why not plant some herbs!
Herbs won’t just help your cooking, they’ll offer pollen & nectar to feed our bees too!
Plant a herb bed or small pot with Thyme, Mint, Sage, Chives, Rosemary or Fennel ... even if your cooking doesn’t improve, you’ll enjoy the lovely new smells in your garden ... and you’ll also enjoy the new sounds they bring - the buzz of happy bumblebees.
Visit http://ow.ly/Lg6b50zOQnp for lots more ways to help!
Did you hear our pollinator awareness adverts on Shannonside FM & Mid West Radio this week ... listen out for more in June.
Let us know what nature & wildlife you have spotted in #KnowYour5k ... record your garden biodiversity on Ireland’s Citizen Science Portal ... visit: https://records.biodiversityireland.ie/start-recording
At a loose end tonight? Well, here's the answer ...
Please join our friends from Strokestown Park House, and the National Famine Museum, and watch "Following in the Footsteps of Strokestown’s Famine Emigrants".
This is a documentary, presented by Professor Mark McGowan, following in the footsteps of emigrants from the Strokestown Park House estate of Major Denis Mahon in 1847, now home of the National Famine Museum.
He follows in their footsteps along the National Famine Way walking trail on the banks of the Royal Canal to Dublin, and then on to Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site and the Niagara region in Canada.
A post show discussion with the filmmakers will take place on ZOOM on Sunday, May 24th at 7pm Irish time, 2pm Eastern Standard Time in North America. Please find the film and invitation for the post show discussion below:
And we are away ...
The first three ball after the lock down has set off and has maintained Social Distancing (even after the drives) ... the course is immaculate with bunkers looking full and inviting, however they remain out of play ... green keepers have facilitated the reopening with shallower cups.
Enjoy being back and remember ... there are committee members available all day to discuss membership offers for the remainder of the year ... REMINDER: following a committee meeting it has been agreed to reduce the FIRST YEAR BEGINNER fee to ONLY€ 200.
For National Biodiversity Week Roscommon County Council is working with Mayo County Council & Longford County Council to promote pollinators on local radio and why cutting your grass less often helps our climate!
Record your garden biodiversity on Ireland’s Citizen Science Portal. It’s easy to do at: https://records.biodiversityireland.ie/
If you need help identifying plants http://www.wildflowersofireland.net/ is a great help.
Join Roscommon Arts Centre at their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/RosArtsCentre/) on Saturday 16th May 2020 as we celebrate National Drawing Day in the company of Roscommon artist Sian Costello.
Sian will be sharing tips with young artists on how to draw a portrait.
It's all part of our great plan for Cruinniu na nOg which takes place in June!
People feel better when they are surrounded by nature 🌻🦋🌼 ... inviting birds, butterflies, bees, wildflowers & trees into your garden won’t just help the planet - it will help you, too!
Check out 'Gardening for Biodiversity' and find out how you can help make your garden a little bit wilder?
Thanks to National Biodiversity Action Plan (funded by Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) Roscommon County Council has FREE copies to give away.
Email: email@example.com for your FREE copy ... it can also be downloaded from http://ow.ly/TCIm50zHuCR
Let us know how you get on, tag us in your photos ... record your garden biodiversity on Ireland’s Citizen Science Portal ... it’s easy to do here https://records.biodiversityireland.ie/
The Green Hub Garden Club is a local based, informal gardening group for learning, sharing and connecting.
The objectives of the group are:
Creating local resilience: locally grown seeds and food.
Promoting health and well-being.
Nature and Biodiversity: a connection with nature to include, gardening for nature and rewilding etc.
Community exchange: swap plants, seeds, materials, skills, knowledge and stories.
We had out first in-person get together in Strokestown Library on March 11th 2020 and intend to organise regular talks, workshops, garden visits, and who knows what else towards the above aims*.
This online group is one place where we can share practise, ask and answer questions, and seed new ideas in between meetups.
Notice and minutes of future meetings, or photo's of the meetings/events can also be shared here.
*In person meet up's are currently paused due to Covid 19,
In the meantime we can connect here, share gardening stories, ask questions and make plans for future months.
More info is available at: www.facebook.com/groups/703563123516728/?__tn__=HH-R
Ireland's National Schools Photography competition
Weekend Well-being Winner #08 ... theme: TIME
Awarded to: Amy, Gavin & Sheena Fallon from Kiltrustan National School
Well done to everyone who participated over the weekend, you all had fantastic entries. Remember to tune in this weekend for our next well-being challenge and you could also have a lovely print like this posted out to you ... https://www.inspa.ie/weekend-wellbeing-winners
"... Strokestown, Co Roscommon with it's striking thoroughfare leading from the magnificent Strokestown Park House and Garden ... This lovely town and house are well worth a visit ..."
Amazing words and fabulous photos courtesy of the talented Keith Nolan.
More of Keith's work is available at: www.facebook.com/KeithNolanPhotographer/
This day next week (18th May) sees the much anticipated return to golf country wide ... for members only.
You have seen the Facebook video footage, the drone shots and the work being done to maintain the course.
If you have wanted to join but haven't had the time ... well you do now!! The reviews say it all:
"... fantastic course ... perfectly serviced ..."
"... has to be one of the loveliest 9 hole courses in the West of Ireland ..."
"... a class course ... friendly people ... very welcoming ... defo go bk again ..."
Please contact the numbers on the picture, email the club: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact them through their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Strokestowngolf/
When the night is darkest and the need is greatest, your kindness is the brightest light of all 💛💛 ... to everyone who woke this morning to share a sunrise, who donated what you could, and to those sharing inspirational messages of hope we thank you 💛🌅 ... let's stand together to ensure suicide, self-harm, and stigma, is replaced with hope, self-care, and acceptance.
We would just like to say a big thank you to the customers of Eurospar, Centra, An Post, Strokestown Hardware, the Golf Club, Dawn til Dusk, Ivy Rose, MacAuliffe's, St.Patrick's Boys School, McDonnell's and Westward garage who supported the #dilstrokestown #pietahouse fundraising drive.