Westmeath Community Development Training Programme 2019

Westmeath Community Development  are doing their annual training programme in November and December.
Some really interesting topics.
I’ve done a few in the past and they are really useful
If you would like to attend sign up online and let me know please.
Media Skills 9.30-1.30pm
Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Clonown Rd, Athlone
14/11/19 Equality and Diversity Training 9.30-1.30pm Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Clonown Rd, Athlone
21/11/19 Committee Skills 9.30-1.30pm Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Clonown Rd, Athlone
28/11/19 Funding Workshop 9.30-1.30pm Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Clonown Rd, Athlone
5/12/19 Garda Vetting
Westmeath Community Developments Offices, Blyry Ind Est, Athlone, N37 CA39
12/12/19 Minding your Mental Health
2.30-4.30pm Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Clonown Rd, Athlone

Feet of a Dancer?

‘The Ceili Way, Social Dancing for Older People‘ will take place in Tormey Villas Community Centre on Wednesday, October 23rd next from  12:00 – 14:00.

It will provide participants the opportunity to meet new people and enjoy a light lunch and refreshments.

Ceili Way Poster

Empty Space

This is “I Viaggiatori” a sculpture by the artist Bruno Catalano, symbolizing the void created by leaving one’s country, one’s family, one’s people for another life.

Regari – Recovery College

REGARI recovery college are coming back to AIT this Winter.

For anyone who is not familiar with REGARI  they are a Recovery College which was established in Summer 2015. They are based in Roscommon town but offer recovery education across various sites in Roscommon and East Galway. They have offered sessions here in AIT over the last couple of years.

Students, staff, professionals or members of the community pay €5 registration fee and can attend as many sessions as they wish for that cost.

You can attend the sessions in Athlone IT, Roscommon Library or Ballinasloe Family Centre. A typical evening usually involves a 3 hour class on mental health/wellbeing topics. The sessions are co-produced and co-delivered by people with lived experience and mental health professionals.

The sessions in AIT this semester include:

  • Exploring sexuality
  • Eating Disorders
  • Discovering my spark
  • Overcoming fears and setbacks
  • Diagnosis, labels and mental health
  • Suicide in society
  • Psychology of wellbeing

All sessions are held in room D03 from 6-9pm during Sept/Oct/Nov – Registration will also be available on the night of the sessions.

Further info on the sessions can be found in the attachments

Lisa Hanlon ( lhanlon@ait.ie)

Healthy Campus Coordinator

Room D11, Athlone Institute of Technology, N37 HD68

‘ +353 (0)90 6468122  

Self Help: http://ait.libguides.com/positiveliving

Brochure AW19 PDF


National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) Course

National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) are offering two free places on their Safety, Health and Welfare course.

This course will run in AIT for 13 weeks from September 23.

The course runs on a Monday night 7-9 in AIT between now and Christmas.

Interviews planned for  Friday 13th September in a the LLL room E3202. Please have the application form filled out in advance.

Contact Dr Sean Reidy at sreidy@ait.ie.

More information on:

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Doll Course Application Form 2019



Self Web Hosting with Ubuntu 16.

New Horizon would like to offer a new training course to residents in Temple DP site. This is a remarkable opportunity to get training in very important technologies.

Instructor: Irfan Rizvi

20 hours duration.

Starting Week ending 23rd August

Watch the notice boards for more information on dates and times


Introduction to the course:

  • What are you going to learn?
    • Self Hosting of wordpress on a VPS
    • Different Plans offered by web hosting providers
  • How it can benefit you?
    • Tell your story to world
    • Marketing
    • Advertisement

Introduction to Technologies:

  • Linux VS. Windows
    • Different Linux available: Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS etc.
  • What is IP address?
  • What is Domain name?
  • What is WordPress?
  • SSH
  • Putty
  • WinSCP
  • Webserver Apache Nginx
  • Database – MySQL
    • Tables
    • Rows
    • Columns
    • phpMyAdmin
  • PHP

Introduction to Ubuntu 16.04

  • How to connect to the servers using putty.
  • Introduction to Ubuntu CLI.
  • Navigating between different directories using basic commands
    • Mkdir
    • Cd command
    • Ls and ll command
    • Chown and permissions
    • Ctrl + z and fg
  • Introduction to nano
  • Creating a new user
  • Securing Ubuntu
    • Why is it important?
    • What can be done to secure ?
    • Disable root login and use public key authentication.
    • What are ports of a computer?
    • What is UFW?
  • Installing Apache and configuring it
  • Installing MySQL and configuring it
  • Installing PHP and configuring it
  • Installing WordPress
  • Configuring WordPress
  • WordPress Training
    • Writing your first post
    • Making a page
    • Making a menu
    • Installing a plugin
    • Installing a theme
  • Making a sitemap
    • Why is it important
  • Putting it altogether on a live server and making a website live
    • Buying a domain name
    • Buying services from a web hosting provider
    • Directing Domain to your server
  • Introduction to vhosts for multiple website hosting

What does it mean to be a refugee?


About 60 million people around the globe have been forced to leave their homes to escape war, violence and persecution. The majority have become Internally Displaced Persons, meaning they fled their homes but are still in their own countries. Others, referred to as refugees, sought shelter outside their own country. But what does that term really mean?

Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman explain in a TED-ED lesson.

Charity Status Approval


I’m very pleased to announce that New Horizon has been registered as a charity with the Charities Regulator. See here for more details.

All charities operating in the Republic of Ireland must be fully registered on the Register of Charities. It is an offence for an unregistered charitable organisation to carry on activities in the State.

This is a very considerable step forward for the organisation. It establishes and documents a management structure, and records our child protection and data protection policies.

This makes it much easier to succeed in funding applications in future. Funders can be assured of the NH’s stability and that funded tasks will be performed to a high standard.

I’d like to thank everyone involved with the application and everyone who has worked so hard for New Horizon over the years. Special thanks to Chris McDermott and Teresa O’Hara who worked so tirelessly on getting the application prepared and approved.

Best regards