Media Expression Course

Athlone Community Radio offers a QQI LEVEL 3 MEDIA EXPRESSION COURSE to residents of the Athlone DP site.

What would you change in the world around you?

‘’Supporting the voices of marginalised groups’’

Over 10 classes get to grips with how the media works and get involved in radio that makes a difference

In a fun and friendly atmosphere, you’ll explore how radio and TV shape the world we live in. In a group, you’ll help make a radio programme you’ll like to listen to, on things, big and small, that matter to you

With the help of the community Foundation of Ireland, there’s no charge but spaces are limited

Contact Deirdre on 087 9364974 or to find out more

This course takes place in the Play Centre (beside the Medical Centre).     

Registration 10:30am- 11am.   Course 11am – 1pm

Tues and Wed mornings


The Big Hello!

On the May Bank Holiday weekend communities are holding Big Hello! events.

The Big Hello! is going to be a weekend of community celebration. The aim of the weekend is to encourage people to get to know their neighbours, by hosting or attending a Big Hello! event in their local area.

New Horizon, with support from the Department of Rural and Community Development,  would like to invite residents of the two Direct Provision sites, their neighbours, teachers and school friends to:

Evening Breakfast

We intend to hold two evening breakfasts in the direct provision accommodation centres on the weekend of the May Bank Holiday.

The events will take place in each of the direct provision accommodation centres in Westmeath, Lissywollen and Temple Spa Horseleap. 

The timing of the events may coincide with the beginning of Ramadan on 6th May.  For Muslims, the evening breakfasts will be the conclusion of the first day of Ramadan fasting.  For other it will be a supper gathering.  For all it will be chance to meet and mingle with their neighbours in the accommodation centres.

We hope that these events will encourage people to “come out of their houses”, to break barriers and encourage integration. In all accommodation centres there are people who do not mix well and can be isolated because of cultural issues or language barriers.  Our evening breakfasts will break through these barriers – everybody likes free food.

Both of the gatherings will feature:

  • Food from different cultures.
  • Arabic disco,
  • Tea sampling,
  • Henna hands
  • African hairstyles exhibition
  • Irish Language and Music

Watch this space for more information!


You can’t change the world but sometimes …..

We can’t solve the world’s problems, but sometimes you can solve one person’s problem

In early April I had the pleasure of a  conservation with Gabi Witthaus author of the artofelearning blog about refugee support and online learning.

This is a really interesting blog and well worth exploring.

Gabl lists her interests as:

“Open research, open online learning, inclusivity. Uni Birmingham. PhD in progress. “


Pathways to Being Well

Recruitment starts for the ‘Pathways to Being Well’ training in Athlone, May 1-2, 2019







‘Pathways to Being Well’ is free 2 day training for faith and community leaders, volunteers, intercultural workers, those who act as first port of call for their community members and those passionate about improving community’s mental health and well being, particularly refugees and asylum seekers living in the area.

It is a practical and interactive training program, designed to give the participants knowledge and skills to:

  • Facts about mental health
  • Promoting positive mental health
  • Understanding mental health difficulties
  • Supporting community members
  • Connecting with services and resources
  • Planning community solutions

May 1st -2nd, 9.45-4.30, 

Athlone Institute of Technology room C2360

Application form Traing leaflet athlone and booking form (2)

Help available for childcare and travel costs.

To find out more and register your interest pls contact

Come to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Athlone!

New Horizon and Shannon Academy would like to invite you to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with us. Come to the parade in Athlone on Saturday 16th March!

Free bus as follows:

  • 10:30 Temple Accommodation Unit
  • 11:15 Athlone Accommodation Unit

The parade is great fun with music and all sorts of exhibitions.

Bus returns after the parade.


  • Traditional dress (if you have it!)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear and warm clothes (It has been known to rain on St. Patrick’s Day!)
  • Push chairs or prams if necessary

All welcome!

Voter Registration Day


Did you know you can vote in local elections?

In May 2019 there will be local elections across Ireland to elect public representatives to City and County Councils. Every resident in Ireland regardless of their nationality can vote in the local elections.

Information and voter registration sessions will be held on Tuesday 12th March as follows:

  • 10:30 Community Hall Athlone Accommodation Unit
  • 13:30 Meeting room Temple Accommodation Unit

Do you know that you are entitled to vote in the local elections?

In May 2019 there will be local elections across Ireland to elect public representatives to City and County Councils.

Every resident in Ireland regardless of their nationality can vote in the local elections in May. Also every resident in Ireland regardless of their nationality can run as a candidate in the local elections in May.

However in order to be eligible to vote your name needs to be added to the electoral register. Are you registered? See Check the register

See the Immigrant Council of Ireland’s “Register, Vote, Run” campaign.