Ulster GAA’s Club Engagement Programme will bring young people aged 14-16 years old from a range of GAA clubs together for a four week coaching programme. Each week participants will receive 90 minutes of GAA coaching followed by a 30 minutes of workshop engagement with statutory public bodies and external organisations with differing themes, each promoting community safety.
Ulster GAA’s School Engagement Programme provides workshops for teachers from non-traditional GAA schools on the topic of values-based coaching.
Teachers will then assist in the delivery of a 6-week programme of GAA coaching to pupils aged 11-18 years old. During this programme it is hoped that pupils will gain a greater understanding of the GAA and its values, as well as challenging any perceptions participants previously had of the association and its membership. Interested participants will be signposted to the open and inclusive GAA club’s network.
A group of girls from Lurgan created lifetime memories in July when, as part of their involvement in Ulster GAA’s Cúchulainn Initiative, they travelled to London to represent their schools and town in the All-Britain Competition (ABC Games).
The Cúchulainn Initiative is Ulster GAA’s flagship cross community programme which brings together young people from different community backgrounds through Gaelic Games. The Lurgan Cúchulainn’s, consisting of girls from Lurgan Junior High School, Brownlow Integrated College, and St Ronan’s College, took part in the U16 Girls Competition. Despite being a team made-up of players who had little or no experience playing Gaelic games, the group represented themselves with distinction showing some incredible skills, passion, and teamwork as they came up against established clubs in Britain.
In recognition of their engagement in this programme the group will be hosted for a reception with the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council on Tuesday 19th September.
Get the date in your diary, round up the family and prepare to have the best day at the fabulous free family fun day taking place in Lurgan Park on Saturday 23rd September, noon to 4pm!
This event is to celebrate Good Relations week and will have a wide variety activities for everyone to enjoy! With inflatables, soft play bus, nerf wars, forest schools, balloon modelling, face painting and more, this will be a day to remember!
The theme of Good Relations Week 2023 is ‘Together’ and how togetherness can make a difference to breaking down barriers and building more inclusive communities. It will also continue to build upon the progress already achieved in pursuit of empowering change within our communities.
So why not come along with family and friends and enjoy some quality time on Saturday afternoon, ‘together’ in Lurgan Park!
Register to attend here: https://form.jotform.com/232502002257340
Belfast based theatre company Partisan Productions, in partnership with Clanmil Housing has developed a forum theatre show called Shared? Based on the success of last years show it is now on tour!
Shared? follows a colourful cast of characters living in and near a shared housing development where a rumour has been circulating and the local Neighbourhood App has taken a definite turn for the odd. Partisan invite audiences to ‘meet these neighbours, from different countries, classes and cultures as their worlds begin to combine and collide’.
The Living Room is a friendly safe space for conversation, a laugh, a good cry – whatever is needed! Enjoy a cup of tea and biscuits or a cake. We will be reminiscing about our favourite neighbours past and present.
Shankill Parish Caring Association – SPCA is 30years and to celebrate The Jethro Centre are holding a Celebration day with Bouncy Castle, Face Painting and visit from Ice cream van. We shall also be showcasing the user groups in the centre from Speech; Drama, Art; Crafts, Pickleball; other sports. With performances from Lynsey Allen Ballet school, Musical society; much more!
County Armagh Community Development (CACD) are holding two funding and information fairs in the month of September, to which all the community is invited.
The funding and information fairs are being held in Armagh Orange Hall, Armagh, on Monday 18th September and in the Millennium Court, Portadown on Thursday 28th September.
The charities, funding organisations, and support networks present will be able to advise and give information about the very valuable service they provide, to those interested groups and individuals who attend.
Two creative responses to “then and now”, will be presented for a little pondering and discussion, accompanied by tea/coffee and cake. Open to all who work in community in the Lurgan area and beyond.
A film about what we lost and might find , considering the legacy of the Troubles in Ireland.
Paul Hutchinson (writer/director) will be present to introduce the film.
Organised by Corrymeela Community
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
A community art piece created by users of the Jethro Centre.
Aonach Mhacha is pleased to announce that internationally renowned Jewish-Israeli artist Zohar’s touring exhibition, The Palestinian Paintings, will be open to the public from Tuesday 20 September.
This peace-building, cross-border, cross-community, interfaith, bilingual exhibition will travel to each of Ireland’s 32 counties, promoting good relations among our diverse populations.
The Palestinian Paintings, a series of works started in 2017 to address the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. Growing up in Israel, Zohar had a familiar position to witness the Six Day War of 1967 and the subsequent occupation of the territories and the ongoing and increasing displacement of Palestinian citizens.