Nhlanhla Baron Masuku

I’m very sorry to have to announce the death of Nhlanhla Baron Masuku on Sunday 15th December.

Baron was from Zimbabwe and had been living in Athlone since early 2018.

He was a kind and gentle man that everyone liked. He had recently received his leave-to-remain papers and was working on family unification.

He will be deeply missed by his friends in the asylum-seeking community, New Horizon volunteers and his tutors and classmates in Athlone Institute of Technology.

On behalf of all New Horizon volunteers I’d like to offer our sympathies to his family and friends.

Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.


The Great Kids Christmas Party

Saturday 30th we had the traditional New Horizon Children’s party in Athlone Institute of Technology.

Yes, I know it’s a bit early but the hall is booked for examinations most Saturdays in December. It did not have any effect on the enjoyment though!

Lots of children,music,  noise and laughter, food and goodies.

Thank you to all who supported the event, to AIT staff and students, NH volunteers and the people who did the fundraising.

Watch this spot for photos from the day. In the meantime you can check out the video on Fr. Shay’s page.


Karate Classes In Temple!


Karate Classes in Temple DP site

Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings .

All welcome!

Karate is an ancient form of martial arts originally from Okinawa, Japan. The word “Karate” literally means “empty hand”. This is because it was founded from the concept of defense without weapons. Karate is set apart from other forms and practices for its variety of physical and mental health and wellness benefits. Most importantly; its profound emphasis on hard work, discipline, courtesy, and dedication, mental, physical and spiritual balance is unparalleled.

Those who practice it benefit much in terms of mental wellness and mindfulness. Some can benefit from it for weight control, and overall physical fitness. Karate is founded on strong principles such as discipline, patience, integrity, and respect, which makes it excellent for self-defence. Furthermore, I believe that anyone can benefit greatly from the practice of karate.

The Temple Accommodation Centre karate schools is free of charge and open to everyone regardless of age, gender, background, or religion. The aim is to fight against crime and substance abuse, and playing a part towards the development of the community.

Karate is also a very useful tool in the empowerment of vulnerable groups such as women, children and those with disabilities through self-defence classes. Overcoming personal obstacles, doing better in all spheres of life, and having a complete overall state of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being is more than anyone can ever ask for, and worth more than money can buy.

Your volunteer tutor is:

MC Makapela

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