Mature student Gerry McDonald who was on our horticulture course takes over Sarah Egan's back garden in Mullingar, creating a contemporary plot to honour the memory of her husband Ronan, who died three years ago.
RTÉ Gardener Gerry McDonald who was on our horticulture course took some time out of his now very busy schedule to visit the participants of Westmeath Community Developments Business Development Programme.
Gerry gave a talk and shared some advice to the participants and we are very much appreciative of Gerry taking the time to pop in!
EirGrid has created a dedicated fund for the Mullingar-Kinnegad 110 kV project. The purpose of this community fund is to support community projects led by local organisations within the geographical area impacted by the new infrastructure.
EirGrid is responsible for a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity: now and in the future. They develop, manage and operate the electricity transmission grid. EirGrid is developing a new 110 kV electricity line, spanning approximately 24km across counties Westmeath and Meath. It will run between existing transmission stations in Mullingar and Kinnegad. An Bord Pleanála granted planning approval for this new line in January 2013.
The available fund is €360,000. EirGrid have asked that The Community Foundation for Ireland administer the larger Social Impact Grants stream of the Fund (grants are available for this strand of between €10,000 – €50,000). There is €180,000 in total available for grant making in this stream.
Westmeath County Council will administer the second strand of the grants scheme where applicants are invited to apply for grants of between €1,000 – €10,000. There is €180,000 in total available for grant making in this stream.
Please note potential applications can only apply for either the Social Impact Grants strand through The Community Foundation for Ireland or to Westmeath County Council for the second strand of grants. Only local organisations located within the proximity of the new line will be eligible to apply. A map is provided on the below websites.
To apply for the Social Impact Grants stream, please see The Community Foundation for Ireland website here
To apply for the 2nd strand of grants administered by Westmeath County Council, please see the Westmeath County Council website here
Please note closing date for both streams is Friday 20th May at 4.30pm
Click here for more information on the Geographic Boundary.
May 4th 2016
The Department of Social Protection website carries information on available positions; full time, part time and work placement opportunities. On the 4th May, 300+ full time and part time positions were advertised on the site, along with vacancies for employment programme such as Community Employment, Jobsbridge and TÚS.
In Westmeath and the surrounding counties there were 60 full time and part time positions advertised, along with 4 employment programme positions in Westmeath in the last week.
For further information click http://www.jobsireland.ie/
If you would like help applying for positions, or assistance with a CV and application forms please contact Patricia McKenna, Employment Mediator on 044 93 48571, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Noel Breslin, Job Club Manager on 090 64 94555, email email@example.com or Seamus Kearns Employment Mediation in our Athlone branch email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Applegreen have teamed up to help drivers to combat the effects of driver fatigue over the May Bank Holiday Weekend by providing free cups of coffee to drivers at Applegreen Service Stations around the country.
Between 2010 and 2015, 17 people died and 48 were seriously injured over the May Bank Holiday period. It is estimated that driver fatigue is a contributory factor in as many as 1 in 5 driver deaths in Ireland every year. Furthermore, tiredness-related collisions are 3 times more likely to be fatal or result in a serious injury because of the high impact speed and lack of avoiding action.
To help drivers stay alert behind the wheel, the RSA and Applegreen will provide free cups of coffee to drivers between 2pm and 8pm on Friday 29 April and Monday 2 May. Simply say ‘RSA’ or ‘Driver Reviver’ to the till operator to avail of a free coffee.
To combat the effects of driver fatigue, the RSA advises drivers to:
- Stop, park in a safe place and take a nap for 15 minutes (set your mobile phone alarm). This is the most important tactic.
- To really make the most of the break, take a caffeine drink before the nap (150mg of caffeine e.g. 2 cups of coffee). After the nap, the caffeine should have started to take effect.
- Then get some fresh air and stretch your legs for a few minutes.