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Longford Women’s Link is Hiring – CE position

Rathmhuire Job Vacancy

Cian’s Kennels Mizen2Malin Cycle 2023

Starting this Sunday September 17th 2023 a group of cyclists from Longford will cycle 670km, starting at Mizen Head, Co Cork and finishing on Friday 22nd September at Malin Head in Co Donegal.

The cycle has been organised by Longford charity ‘Cian’s Kennels’ the only registered National charity based in Longford

Cian’s Kennels is a charity set up in March 2020 in memory of 15-year-old Cian Neary. Cian was diagnosed with Cancer in September 2018 and sadly passed away on September 23, 2019.

When in hospital, what Cian especially missed was his dog Cooper and his family managed to bring Cooper to Dublin and base him in kennels near the hospital.

Cian’s Kennels was established, in Cian’s memory, with the resolve to bring pets closer to sick children and their families.

Cian’s Kennels arranges transport for a family pet to be brought to and from their home anywhere in Ireland. The pet is kennelled at the DSPCA pet hotel facility in Dublin and brought from there to Crumlin hospital for visits at the Cian’s Kennels visiting unit with all costs covered by the Charity

Cian’s Kennel is funded entirely by fund raising and donations and for 2023 the Charity’s main fundraising event is the Mizen2Malin cycle.

The cyclists will arrive in Longford on Wednesday 20th September and will have a pit-stop at Sherpack Ltd, Templemichael Business Park N39 K721 at approximately 12.30pm

With the backing of the Management Team, we would like to demonstrate Longford County Council’s support for Cian’s Kennels and their cycle and invite you to do so in one of the following ways:

  • Join the cyclists for a short spin through Longford town from the Machinery Yard, along Earl Street, Ballymahon Street, Dublin Street and the Ballinalee Road to Sherpack Ltd

If you would like to participate, email us at and further information will be issued closer to the day.

  • Cheer the cyclists on as they make their way through the town
  • Donate to Cian’s Kennels – we will place a bucket in the Canteen next week for the duration of the cycle

If you would like further information on Cian’s Kennels, the Website is

REGARI Recovery College and MLM Recovery Education Service

National Disability Authority Annual Conference 2023: Public and Political Participation of Disabled People

National Disability Authority Annual Conference 2023: Public and Political Participation of Disabled People

Guaranteeing the equal participation of disabled people in political and public life in Ireland – United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) Article 29

Date: Thursday, 26 October 2023

Time: 9:30am – 4.15pm

Location: Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road and Online

Cost: Free of charge. Registration required.

We would like to invite you to our Annual Conference 2023: Public and Political Participation of Disabled People.

This year’s event will take an in-depth view of all the implications of Article 29 of the UNCRPD in Ireland, which focuses on the participation of disabled people in political and public life.

The conference will look at issues around accessible voting, and the public and political representation of disabled people in Ireland. Disabled people, public officials and elected representatives will discuss barriers faced by disabled people and propose solutions. We will look at international practices and present learning from other countries which could inform potential solutions to address the challenges and barriers faced in Ireland.

Speakers confirmed so far include:

  • Art O’Leary, Chief Executive, An Coimisiún Toghcháin (The Electoral Commission),
  • Cahir Hughes, Head of Electoral Commission Northern Ireland,
  • Robbie Sinnott, Voice of Vision Impairment,
  • John Dolan, CEO, Disability Federation Ireland (DFI),
  • Ivana Bacik, TD, Labour Party.

The conference programme is available on our website and will be updated as more speakers are confirmed.

We encourage all relevant stakeholders to attend, including professionals who are preparing to implement the Electoral Reform Act 2022 and individuals whose lives will be impacted by it, including:

  • Disabled Persons Organisations and other disability organisations
  • Policy makers
  • Public sector officials
  • Local authority officials
  • Individuals with disabilities and their families

The conference will be a hybrid event, in-person at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road or online via Zoom.

You need to register to attend, but the event is free of charge.

Irish Sign Language interpretation and real-time captioning will be available.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or by phone on 01 608 0400.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Annual Conference 2023!

Empowering Communities through Circular Opportunities

This programme is an opportunity for participants / colleagues in your network to engage in sustainable training,

The benefits and supports of this project are multidimensional at individual, community, or organizational level, to develop solutions to address climate action and face the many challenges in the transition to Circular Enterprise.

This can be achieved through education & training and learning by doing.

If this interests your network, Please complete the application form here.

Connect Café Mental Health Ireland

HUGG Healing Untold Grief Groups (18-25 year olds)

Chime The National Charity for Deafness and Hearing Loss

National Allotments and Community Gardens Week 14th-21st Oct 2023

Community Gardens Ireland are a voluntary, independent, inclusive group that works with all agencies and groups that promote environmental awareness and support community gardening and food growing in all parts of the island of Ireland.

Next month, we are running the first ever National Allotments and Community Gardens Week in Ireland from 14th to 21st October 2023.

We are asking members of allotments and community gardens from all over Ireland to celebrate their spaces, invite members of the public in, and show how they are growing with nature!

Contact: Dónal McCormack, Chairperson Community Gardens Ireland, 0862371290

Click here for more details.

DEW Digital Entrepreneurship for Women 3rd October

Training Sessions from The Wheel

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We wish to inform you that training sessions provided by The Wheel have been uploaded to the website. These training sessions include-

  • Basics of Employment and HR Practice
  • Successful Communication for Community Groups and Voluntary Boards
  • Leading Communities- The Role of the Board or Committee Member
  • Social Media
  • Procurement
  • Strategic Planning

The link to our website can be found here.

Promoting Wellness for Women – MenoWell Longford

European Economic & Social Committee Civil Society Prize

The 14th EESC civil society prize will reward effective, innovative, and creative initiatives carried out on the territory of the EU which support people with mental health conditions and promote an environment fostering mental well-being on an individual or collective basis.

It is open to non-profit initiatives carried out by natural persons, civil society organisations and private companies officially registered within the European Union. It has a total value of EUR 50 000 and can be shared among up to five winners.

The aim of the award is to raise awareness of the contribution that civil society can make to promoting a European identity and citizenship in a way that underpins the common values that are the foundation of European integration. The deadline for submitting applications is 30 September 2023, 10 a.m. (CEST).

Full details available here.

Alliance for Insurance Reform Launch Enough is Enough Campaign

The Alliance for Insurance Reform recently launched its Enough is Enough campaign to mark the commencement of legislation rebalancing the duty of care between occupiers and the public. These proportionate changes to the law require increased personal responsibility when on other people’s property, a higher threshold for trespassers to meet if they seek to bring a personal injury claim and the introduction of a concept known as the voluntary assumption of risk; meaning where people are able to understand and appreciate an increased risk of injury associated with certain activities such as playing a sport, they can assume these risks without having automatic recourse to a compensation claim in the event of injury (where there is no negligence).

The Enough is Enough campaign seeks to highlight the negative impact unjustifiable and unfair claims have on organisations, including charities. Such actions are not victimless pursuits and result in increased premiums that can be difficult for small organisations to meet. Unfair claims may be harder to bring owing to the change in legislation but ultimately what is required is a change of mind-set – unfair claims need to become socially unacceptable in view of the harm they cause. Please support this campaign on social media or wherever you see it over the coming months.


‘Enhancing Social Inclusion in 2023 – Galway Regional Event’ taking place on 6 September 2023, is the second of three regional events to mark our anniversary.

The focus of the day will be on Pobal, Government and communities in the Galway region working together to create an inclusive society.

Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State with Responsibility for Community Development and Charities at the Department of Rural and Community Development will attend the event and deliver the keynote address.

Please find the agenda and further details of the event here.

KICKSTART YOUR NEW BUSINESS Training & Mentoring Support Programme

Kickstart is a complete online 14-week incubator programme for starting a new business. On completion successful learners will gain a QQI Level 5 in Business Planning

Thrive is a business growth programme (2-year programme) and often a natural progression from Kickstart once a business is set-up and trading


See HERE for details

Book a room in Ardnacassa Community House N39 A4W9 for FREE

It is FREE but booking is essential. Please call us at 0861695043 for availability.

Room 1 caters for 10-12 people approximately.

Room 2 caters for 4 people approximately.

Room 3 caters for 6-8 people approximately.

Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme Briefing

Responding to the needs of individuals and families that experience Drug Related Intimidation.

Please see below registration link to the September online Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme briefing session. This briefing session will provide workers with information about the structured intervention for individuals and families that are experiencing drug related intimidation. This information may help build confidence and enhance capacity of workers responding to this issue.

Please feel free to disseminate this email and link to your networks, funded projects, local services, or anyone that may be interested in having this information.

To register click on the Eventbrite link here.  After you register the zoom link will be emailed to you.

Thursday 14th September – 10am to 11am