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Closing date for applications 12th April

Fine Gael TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Heather Humphreys, has welcomed the allocation of €1 million by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs for the development of youth cafes and has urged local groups to apply for funding.

Deputy Humphreys said:
“I am very pleased that the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has allocated €1 million for the development of new youth cafes and I would encourage local youth groups in Monaghan to apply for funding.

“The provision of youth cafes is vitally important for young people today as it provides them with a safe, alcohol free environment in which to socialise with their friends.

“The Youth Café Funding Scheme is concerned with promoting the structured development of new youth cafés around the country by giving support to local organisations and groups which are providing youth services. The criteria for the Scheme places a clear focus on both long term sustainability and service planning.  The scheme will be administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

“Last year €82,000 was provided for the establishment of a Youth Café in Carrickmacross and I was delighted to be involved with that project. I would strongly encourage other local youth groups around the county to apply for funding this year. Details on the application process can be found on the Department of Children and Youth Affairs website at www.dcya.gov.ie and the closing date for applications is Friday 12th April,” said Deputy Humphreys.

The 40th Annual General Meeting of Carrickmacross Chamber of Commerce took place on Tuesday 26th of March in the Fiddlers.    There was a large attendance.  It was great to  see new business owners in present, they were welcomed by the President, Jim Hand.

Helen Cunningham from Ability Activation North East give a short presentation on benefits to business in employing People with Disabilities in Monaghan.

Liam Duffy Accountant was thanked by the Chamber for all his work over the years on the administration of the Chamber of Commerce Gift Voucher scheme and accounting, we are grateful to Amatino for their services now.   We were informed by our Walking tours Coordinator Lorraine O’Reilly that over 500 people took part in the Walking Tours for 2012.  Many group tours were also arranged for scouts, local schools, Belgian tourists, vintage clubs, American tourists.  In particular the walking tours proved to be very beneficial  for the Spanish Students who come to town each year, their daily meeting points were clearly shown to them along the route of the tour.   The tours have become more child friendly by creating puzzles and worksheets for them to fill out and colour in.

Andrew Spare was thanked for his on-going work on the Carrickmacross Webcam, which we hope will be up and running later this year.

All in attendance agreed that the Chamber of Commerce and its members have managed to run a very successful calendar of events for 2012,  2013 appears to be similar.

Many promotional ideas were put forward by business owners, the Chamber Committee look forward to working towards these in 2013.   The elected officers remained the same;  President:  Jim Hand of Handwear & www.shoeheaven.ie, Secretary:  Breda McGuigan of www.aura.ie PRO:  Emma Gollogly of www.golo.ie formally Gollogly Insurances.

The winners of the FREE draw held at the AGM were:
1st Prize €20.00 Carrickmacross Gift Voucher to Rory McEvoy, Stationery Solutions 2nd Prize €10.00 Carrickmacross Gift Voucher to Dick Burke, AIB Bank 3rd Prize €10.00 Carrickmacross Gift Voucher to Rosie McChesney Daisy.

Carrickmacross Chamber of Commerce meet monthly for a short meeting to arrange future events, we invite any business owners/ members to attend.  As always regular updates can be found on www.carrickmacrosschamber.com, we send regular text alerts and reminders for meetings, if you are not receiving these please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any of the Committee members.

Photo: Emma GolloglyDespite the inclement weather the Carrickmacross Annual Easter egg hunt was a great success with over 700 entries this year. This was the 3rd Annual Easter Egg hunt which was run and promoted by Carrickmacross Chamber of Commerce. There were 72 Businesses displaying easter eggs in their windows for the hunt. There was free kids entertainment in town, including, face - painting, bouncing Castles and slides.
There was great fun all around!

Photo: Emma Gollogly

Winners were:
1st Prize - Jamie Coleman, Clonseady, Magheracloone.
2nd Prize - Molly Jane McEneaney, Carrickmacross.
3rd Prize - Kornelija Paulauskaite, Foxfield, Carrickmacross.

Well done to everyone who took part.

The Carrickmacross Annual Easter egg hunt is well underway. This is the 3rd Annual Easter Egg hunt which is run and promoted by Carrickmacross Chamber of Commerce.   There are 72 Businesses displaying easter eggs in their windows for the hunt.  Look out for the signs.   Entry forms are available from Bits and Bobs, Birdys, Stationery Solutions, and Keegans.   There is no cost to take part.   Weather permitting on Saturday 30th from 1pm there will be kids entertainment in town, Face- painting, bouncing Castles and slides.

The last entries for the Easter egg hunt must be returned to Bits and Bobs before 11am so the Easter Bunny can count them!   The winners will be announced later on in the afternoon. Everyone welcome!

 

 

 
 
 

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