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New Routes Programme – Starting 18th October 2023

Venture Out Wilderness Project CLG

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

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Create National Networking Day 2023 Booking OPEN

We are delighted to announce that booking is now open for our National Networking Day 2023: Collaborating on Climate Justice, hosted on 19 October at Project Arts Centre in Dublin.

The event will feature guest speakers including the Climate Justice team from TASC, the think tank for action on social change, and experienced environmental campaigner and journalist, John Gibbons. TASC will draw on their recent experience working at grassroots level through their People’s Transition pilot projects around the country, while John will explore the complicated issues around media narratives, disinformation, and storytelling.

Attendees will also have the chance to hear from a group of artists who have taken a range of approaches to engaging with the many nuances of climate justice through their practice. These presentations, and a workshop facilitated by TASC, will aim to stimulate discussion amongst those present and provide a basis for developing future work in this area.

After the close of the main event, we invite attendees to join us for a reception to celebrate the milestone achievement of Create’s 40th year, as well as the 21st anniversary of Create’s management of the Artist in the Community Scheme.

Booking is now open via Project Arts website

Autumn Eco Events by Transition Longford

Tickets are available to purchase via the event links on our Facebook page @transitionlongford.

Anyone who purchased a ticket for the event in July, which we had to postpone due to the weather is automatically entitled to attend.

They just need to register via email so we can keep track of numbers attending and bring their ticket/receipt with them on the day.

You’ll find all the information via the links below:



Community Safety & Wellbeing Expo Thursday 5 October Longford Town

Slaintecare Healthy Communities (Local Authority); Healthy Longford Programme and Longford Community Safety Partnership are arranging a free Safety & Wellbeing Expo on Thursday 5 October (10am -3pm) in the new Longford Sports Hub (Behind St Mel’s College), with support of Longford County Council and An Garda Síochána.

We would like to invite your projects/organisation to host an exhibit/info stand at the event and the more interactive or tactile they can be the better!!!

This Expo event aims to showcase services and projects available in Longford to support people’s sense of Community Safety & Wellbeing (Financial, mental, health, relationship, physical) and we want to have lots of interactive activities and information stands on the day with exhibits inside and outside.

Niall Breslin ‘Bressie’ is giving a Mental Wellbeing talk at 11am in the main auditorium and this is a must see.

All Garda national units will be in attendance along with Civil Defense and Fire Service. Learn CPR, meet the armed response unit and the Garda Dog Unit, learn how to sign up to the Civil Defense. Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman will be in attendance as well.

Longford Sports Partnership are arranging ‘have a go’ sessions and tasters of different activities.

The event will be open to the public but we are specifically inviting all TY groups/Youth Reach (and any other year groups that schools want to send) as well as Active Age , Disability groups, Community groups , Men’s Sheds. Day Care services, Groups supporting new communities, migrants, Roma Community, Travellers, Ukrainians, IPS clients etc.

We will compile a full list of exhibitors and a schedule of activities/mini talks on the day in a week or two once we firm up details. If there is any other service; project or organisation you think we should invite to have a stand, please let me know.

To confirm your attendance and any requirements you have (access to electrical points etc.) please contact me or email :


Janine BartleyCommunity Safety Coordinator086 103 7184
Breda GreavesHealthy Longford Coordinator087 277 7843
Donal MulliganSlaintecare Healthy Communities086 012 3402


FREE Online Creative Art Programmes with Helium Arts!

Registrations are now OPEN for our FREE ONLINE Autumn / Winter Art Programmes – A chance for children and young people (ages 6-15) with *lifelong physical health conditions to explore their creativity and grow in confidence, while making new friends and having fun along the way!

Our online programme consists of both on and offline creative activities and is available nationwide so children and young people can take part wherever they are!

To sign up for a programme please click on the links below.  These links will take you to the sign-up forms and registration details for your chosen programme.

ONLINE Autumn Mid-Term Camp for Teenagers 

Ages 13-15

31 Oct – 4 Nov


  • 3 days of interactive sessions on Tues, Thurs and Sat
  • Optional time in between sessions to get creative at your own pace!

ONLINE Winter Art Programme for 6-12 Year Olds

Nov 11 – Dec 16

Option 1: Ages 6-8

Option 2: Ages 9-12


  • Weekly activities delivered by surprise postal drops
  • 2 online sessions with the artist (optional)
  • A chance to sign-up to a Post Pal exchange (optional)

*A lifelong physical health condition is one which can be treated and managed but usually not cured.  Examples include diabetes, epilepsy, cystic fibrosis, allergies, heart conditions, chronic asthma, spina bifida, juvenile arthritis, rare or complex conditions and many more.

Spread the Word

If possible, it would be amazing if you could help us spread the word with your networks.  You can simply forward this email to your contacts. Alternatively, if you would like us to send you something to share on social media or some posters and flyers to hand out please let me know and I’d be happy to share.

About Our Programmes

Living with a lifelong physical health condition is hard.  Children can face loneliness, stress, anxiety, and feel defined by their condition. They experience stigma associated with their condition, social isolation, loneliness and fewer quality friendships.

Our programmes are a great opportunity for these children to not only explore their creativity but also to make new friends, learn new life skills, grow in confidence and have fun!

Padraic Colum Gathering, Co. Longford, 7 October 2023

Independent Living Movement Ireland invites you to the “The Green Paper on Reform of Disability Payments” Discussions!

Discover the potential changes to Disability Payments in Ireland and have your say in this vital conversation. ILMI invites you to Zoom sessions on October 18th at 11 AM and October 24th at 7 PM to explore the Green Paper proposals and voice your concerns. This is your chance to help shape our (ILMI) collective response as we seek to ensure fair and effective policies. Email to sign up, specifying your preferred daytime or evening session. For a detailed analysis, visit  Make a difference, Have your voice heard – join us!

Triple P

Age Friendly Information Day

The Hotel Room

backstage theatre the hotel room

Heritage Keepers

Yoyo Youth Theatre

The HSE National Social Inclusion Office is hosting the 2nd ‘Families Matter’ Live Webinar on Wednesday 20th September

The HSE National Social Inclusion Office is hosting the 2nd ‘Families Matter’ Live Webinar on Wednesday 20th September


This online event aims to support family members impacted by a loved one’s substance use and will include:

  • Overdose response: How to recognise and respond to an opioid overdose (including rescue breaths guidance and the administration of naloxone)
  • Family supports: Information on the types of supports that are available for families impacted by a loved one’s substance us
  • Relapse: Information on the risk of relapse and potential overdose following detoxification
  • Questions and answers: Support families by answering questions


  • Dr Denis O’Driscoll – Independent Chair of the HSE Naloxone Quality Assurance Group
  • Jenny Smyth – HSE National Social Inclusion Office, Naloxone Project Lead
  • Joe Slattery – Northstar Family Support Project, Co-Ordinator
  • Jason Farrell – HSE National Social Inclusion Office, National Drug Treatment Centre and Cuan Dara, Director of Nursing


For information on the Families Matter live webinars and to register for the next webinar on Wednesday 20th of September please go to


Do you want to stop smoking?

Let’s Walk Together on September 24th!

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