Weekly Blog, Thursday 8th October

It has truly been a week of ups and downs in our community. We saw yet another successful year for the FEAR event, however on the flip-side we got the devastating news of a loss of life that rocked the core of our community. It was powerful to see people coming together to grieve the loss of one of the driving forces in our community; a man tirelessly working with and for the people. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Damian McGovern RIP.

serenity prayer



FEAR 2015

The third year running, FEAR (Fermanagh Endurance Adventure Race) was the biggest yet with a record number of contestants. Thank you to all the volunteers on the day for providing invaluable support to both the organisers and the contestants. Fore more pictures from the event, click here.



Duncan Hugo Show in the Community Centre

Duncan Hugo and Fr D’Arcy hosted a live broadcast celebrating Radio Ulster’s 40th Birthday in the Derrygonnelly Community Centre on Friday 2nd October. The Community Centre was packed out, and the audience was treated to performances by both Country and Irish Music artists. The Community Centre was buzzing, as you can see in the video below:



Fermanagh & Omagh Community Support Newsletter


Click on the FODC logo for October’s Community Newsletter which includes local courses, grant information, training opportunities etc.





DARD Rural Micro Capital Grant Programme PHASE 2

dardThe Rural Micro Capital Programme 2015 has been developed to provide rural, community-
led, voluntary organisations with the opportunity to avail of financial assistance towards the purchase of equipment or completion of minor capital works that can contribute to alleviating poverty and / or social isolation.

A second round of the DARD Rural Micro Capital Grant funding programme will be open for applications from Monday 5th October 2015 until noon on Friday 30th October 2015.

Grant support of between £200 (minimum) and £1,500 (maximum) are available to eligible rural groups. The total project cost must not exceed £3,000.

Projects must clearly address an issue of rural poverty and / or social isolation and applicants must provide a minimum of 15% match funding.

The Rural Micro Capital Grant Programme will be delivered by Local Rural Support Networks on behalf of DARD.

Within the Fermanagh and Omagh Area the programme is being delivered by Fermanagh Rural Community Network and Omagh Forum for Rural Associations on behalf ofDARD.

For further information about the DARD Rural Micro Capital Grant Programme 2015, please contact:

Fermanagh Rural Community Network
Tel. No.: 028 6632 7006
Email: info@fermanaghrcn.org
Address: The Intec Centre, 36 East Bridge Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 7BT


Guidance Notes for the DARD Rural Micro Capital Grant Programme can be downloaded here and Application Forms can be downloaded in pdf format here or in word format here

Documents are also available to download from the following websites:


or www.omaghforum.org

If you are unable to download the Guidance Notes and Application Form, hard copies are available from either Fermanagh Rural Community Network or Omagh Forum for Rural Associations.

The closing date for Applications is 12 Noon on Friday 30th October 2015.



Little Wing’s Little Stars Bursary Scheme

Little Wing Pizzeria is encouraging local children’s clubs to grab a slice of the action by applying for the Little Wings Little Stars bursary scheme, which will see £3,000 up for grabs.
little wingsOpen to all Under-12s kids clubs, from sports to art, music to dance.
To be eligible, clubs must be located within a 10 mile radius of the Little Wing restaurant to which they apply. Branches are located in Enniskillen, Holywood, Bangor, Ballyhackamore, Ann Street, Belfast and Lisburn Road, Belfast, with each restaurant offering £500 to the successful local applicant.
Commenting on the club bursaries, Luke Wolsey, Managing Director of Little Wing Pizzeria said: “Little Wing has six highly successful branches in Northern Ireland and we are always looking for opportunities to give back to the community by supporting local schools, clubs and charities- the Little Wing’s Little Stars bursaries are an extension of this support. Throughout the year we get a lot of requests from children’s clubs to help them with sponsorship so we decided to launch this programme to give all local clubs an equal chance of being granted additional funding. I would encourage all clubs that are interested to apply for a bursary which can be put towards anything the club needs financial assistance with such as new kits, equipment or even to go towards the general costs of running the club.”
Last year’s winners were Bangor Rugby Club, City of Belfast Swimming Club, Junior Belfast Giants, Holywood Rugby Football Club and Ormeau Table Tennis Club, who all benefited from a £500 bursary for their club.
To apply for the bursary scheme, children’s clubs simply need to write a 300 word explanation of why they need the bursary and what it will be used for and email it to bursaries@littlewingpizzeria.co.uk stating their closest Little Wing restaurant before the closing date of Monday 26 October 2015.
For further information visit www.littlewingpizzeria.com




30th Anniversary of Eddie Duffy & Mick Hoy Memorial Traditional Misic Festival

music festivalThis annual music festival kicks off on Friday 9th October with an opening concert featuring no less than four of this year’s All-Ireland Fleadh winners, and also the crowning of the new ‘Maid of Carrick’. Saturday 10th October will see a Family Fun Day, a vintage car display, music sessions in the local pubs and and a sets ceili with music provided by “The Long Note” Ceili Band. On Sunday it all spills out onto the streets, with local and visiting musicians entertaining. For the full programme click here.


DDCP Monthly Meeting, Monday 12th October, Time & Venue to be confirmed

091715_1507_DDCPWeeklyB11.jpgDerrygonnelly & District Community Partnership hold a meeting every second Monday of the month in the various venues in Derrygonnelly. Here we meet up to discuss how we would like our area to develop, funding opportunities, current issues and upcoming projects and events, etc.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone to come along to the meetings and have a say in the future of our village.


Monster Bingo, Sunday 18th October, Derrygonnelly Community Centre

bingoBingo returns to Derrygonnelly on Sunday 18th October at 3pm. £1000 jackpot must go plus loads of other cash prizes. Everyone welcome.

Visit  Derrygonnelly Community Centre’s facebook page for the chance to win a free book.


“50 Shades of Acres”, Thursday 29th October, Derrygonnelly Community Centre

pic 50 shadesA runaway success at the Lady of the Lake Festival earlier this year, Irvinestown Amateur Dramatic Society are putting on a one-off performance for us in Derrygonnelly on Thursday 29th October at 7.30pm.

Go to our facebook page to win two tickets to the play.

Admission £5 for adults and £3 for under 16’s. All proceeds go to DDCP’s annual Christmas Party and Festive Lights. See you there!


‘Get to Know Your Neighbours’, Sunday 25th October, Four Local Churches

get to know your neighbourAs part of our working together, the clergy from our four local churches are organising a ‘Get to know your neighbour’ event on Sunday 25th October.

We will all meet at Springfield Methodist Church at 2.30pm. After this we will then go to Devenish Parish Church in Monea. We will then go to St Patrick’s Church in Derrygonnelly and finish our visit in Inishmacsaint Parish church where there will be light refreshments.


Switching on the Christmas Lights and Christmas Fair, Thursday 10th December, Main Street & Community Centre

christmas treeOur annual Christmas family event will take place on Thursday 10th December.

More details will follow soon.









Derrygonnelly & District Community Partnership will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday 12th October 2015. All welcome.

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