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Sunday, 13th May, 2012

Facing the Future: Information and Open Day at Drum Community Centre

An information and open day will be held in Drum Community Centre, Athlone on Saturday 19th May from 12 midday to 4pm as part of National Volunteering Week. The centre has been open since 1988 and many of the current members have been involved for many years, some of them from the very beginning. They're looking for new members to get involved, either as a volunteer at Drum Bingo or as a member of the centre committee, and are welcoming 'the next generation' to bring some fresh ideas and energy to the centre.

The Drum area has changed dramatically over the last 25 years, and has welcomed many new residents and families who have made Drum their home. While many people drive by the centre on a daily basis, some have never been inside it. This is an open invitation to drop in for a cup of tea and a chat, or just have a look around and see the facilities available at the centre.

“We're lucky to have a first-class community facility which is fully paid for”, explains committee secretary Aidan McEvilly. “All we want is for more people to get involved and use the facilities.”

The open day provides an opportunity for people to come along without commitment and have a look around or get more information about the centre in an informal environment. The centre will be open from 12 midday to 4pm, and all facilities and rooms within the building will accessible on the day, including the sports hall, lounge, meeting room and kitchen.

One aim of the event is to find new people who might be interested in volunteering at Drum Bingo, which is held every Friday night at Drum Community Centre. The work ranges from selling books to stacking chairs, and even if you can only give half an hour each week, or one night per month, you would be very welcome to join in.

Another aim is to increase membership of the community centre. The company is limited by guarantee, which means it has no shareholders and the liability of members is limited. Any adult may be a member and applications for membership are welcome. Members who are elected to the Board of Directors are then responsible for making decisions about the operation of the centre.

National Volunteering Week is a celebration of the work done by volunteers across the country, and also an opportunity for more people to get active in their community through voluntary work.

"The door is open for anyone who wants to get involved. We look forward to seeing you" concludes Mr McEvilly. Those who are unable to attend can find further details on the Community of Drum website at www.drum.ie or visit the centre any Friday night during bingo.

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See also: Facing the Future

Aghaidh ar an Todhchaí - Lá Eolais agus Lá Oscailte

Beidh lá eolais agus lá oscailte ar siúl in Ionad Pobail an Droma, Áth Luain, Co. Ros Comáin Dé Sathairn 19 Bealtaine, 12 - 4 i.n. mar chuid de Sheachtain Náisiúnta na hOibre Deonaí. Táthar ar thóir oibrithe deonacha ag an ionad pobail - daoine atá sásta a bheith mar chomhalta boird nó mar oibrí deonach ag an mbiongó gach seachtain. "Tá an t-ádh orainn go bhfuil áiseanna den chéad scoth gan fiacha againn anseo sa Droim, ní theastaíonn uainn ach daoine chun leas a bhaint astu agus cúnamh a thabhairt dúinn" arsa Aodán Mac an Mhílidh, rúnaí an choiste.

Tá cuireadh oscailte roimh phobal an cheantair buail isteach le haghaidh cupán tae agus comhrá, nó chun súil a chaitheamh thart ar an ionad, nó chun ceist a chur. Beidh míle fáilte romhat. Más rud é go bhfuil spéis agat ach nach bhféidir leat a bheith i láthair ar an lá, is féidir tuilleadh eolais a fháil ag www.drum.ie

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Tuilleadh eolais: Aghaidh ar an Todhchaí


Sunday, 6th March, 2011

‘Cupán Tae’ in Drum for Seachtain na Gaeilge

Drum Community Centre invites to join them for their annual ‘cupán tae’ event to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge on Sunday, 13 March from 10.30am to 1pm. There will also be a display of artwork by the children of Naíonra Réalta Geala, the only Irish language pre-school in county Roscommon, which operates out of the community centre.

Seachtain na Gaeilge runs nationwide until St. Patrick’s Day and aims to promote the use of the Irish language in everyday life. National and local events are being organised across the country, and Drum Community Centre in Athlone is set to play its part in promoting our native tongue by hosting a coffee morning this Sunday, 13 March. Regardless of how much or little Irish you have, you are invited to come along and speak a cúpla focal, have a bit of fun and enjoy a cupán tae.

Drum Community Centre is located in the townland of Crannagh, just two miles west of Athlone in south Roscommon, which was one of seven Gaeltacht areas in county Roscommon, according to the Housing (Gaeltacht) Act 1929.

Further details are available on the Drum website at www.drum.ie or the official Seachtain na Gaeilge website www.snag.ie

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‘Cupán Tae’ sa Droim do Sheachtain na Gaeilge

Tá Ionad Pobail an Droma ag tabhairt cuireadh duit ‘cupán tae’ a bheith agat leo chun ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ a cheiliúradh ar an Domhnach, 13 Márta óna 10.30am go 1pm. Beidh taispeántas den saothar ealaíne ag na bpáistí ó Naíonra Réalta Geala, an t-aon réamhscoil lán-Ghaeilge amháin i gContae Ros Comáin, atá lonnaithe san ionad pobail.

Beidh Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl ar fud na tíre go dtí Lá Fhéile Pádraig. An chuspóir atá leis an bhféile ná úsáid na Gaeilge a chur chun cinn sa saol laethúil. Tá imeachtaí náisiúnta agus áitiúla á n-eagrú ar fud na tíre agus tá sé ar intinn ag Ionad Pobail an Droma a chionn féin a dhéanamh chun ár dteanga dhúchais a chur chun cinn. Chuige sin, beidh maidin caife ar siúl ar an Domhnach, 13 Márta. Is cuma an bhfuil tú líofa sa teanga nó nach bhfuil, tugtar cuireadh duit teacht agus cúpla focal a labhairt, píosa spraoi a bheith agat agus taitneamh a bhaint as cupán tae nó caife.

Tá an t-ionad pobail suite sa Chrannach, nach bhfuil ach dhá mhíle taobh thiar de lár Bhaile Átha Luain i ndeisceart Ros Comáin, baile fearainn a bhí ar cheann de sheacht gceantar Ghaeltachta i gContae Ros Comáin de réir Acht na dTithe (Gaeltacht) 1929.

Tá gach eolas ar fáil ar shuíomh idirlín an Droma ag www.drum.ie nó ar láithréan gréasáin Seachtain na Gaeilge www.snag.ie

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Saturday, 15th January, 2011

Drum Bingo to resume as community centre reopens

The weekly parish bingo in Drum is set to resume on Friday 21st January with the reopening of Drum Community Centre, Athlone following recent weather damage.

Bingo had been called off for an unprecedented seven weeks in a row, initially due to the severe weather conditions and then due to damage caused by burst pipes in the community centre. A number of other events were also forced to cancel or find alternative venues while the building was closed, including the Roscommon GAA Convention, which was due to be held there on Saturday 8th January.

The south Roscommon community centre was forced to remain closed after Christmas, in the interests of health and safety, as the water supply had to be disconnected while repair work was carried out on the heating system. The repairs have now been completed, and the sports hall reopens on Monday 17th January. Bingo resumes on Friday night at 8.30pm.

The Irish language pre-school Naíonra Réalta Geala, which operates out of Drum Community Centre, had also been forced to close for a number of days before and after Christmas due to frozen pipes, but reopened on Wednesday last, 12th January.

Committee secretary Aidan McEvilly thanked people for their understanding over recent weeks and said “this is an important community service for the greater Athlone area. We look forward to welcoming people back to bingo in Drum and extend a warm welcome to all to come along on Friday nights and join in the fun, either by playing or by helping out.”

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Friday, 5th March, 2010

‘Cupán Tae’ in Drum for Seachtain na Gaeilge

Drum Community Centre invites you to join them for a ‘cupán tae’ to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge. The annual festival runs nationwide until St. Patrick’s Day and aims to promote the use of the Irish language in everyday life. National and local events are being organised across the country, and Drum Community Centre in Athlone is set to play its part in promoting our native tongue by hosting a coffee morning on Sunday, 14 March 2010 from 10.30am to 1pm. Regardless of how much or little Irish you have, you are invited to come along and speak a cúpla focal, have a bit of fun and enjoy a cupán tae.

Drum is a rural community in south Roscommon, only two miles west of Athlone town centre. The community centre is located in the townland of Crannagh, which was one of seven Gaeltacht areas in county Roscommon, according to the Housing (Gaeltacht) Act 1929.

Further details are available on the Drum website at www.drum.ie or the official Seachtain na Gaeilge website www.snag.ie

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‘Cupán Tae’ sa Droim do Sheachtain na Gaeilge

Tá Ionad Pobail an Droma ag tabhairt cuireadh duit ‘cupán tae’ a bheith agat leo chun ‘Seachtain na Gaeilge’ a cheiliúradh. Beidh an fhéile bhliantúil ar siúl ar fud na tíre go dtí Lá Fhéile Pádraig. An chuspóir atá leis an bhféile ná úsáid na Gaeilge a chur chun cinn sa saol laethúil. Tá imeachtaí náisiúnta agus áitiúla á n-eagrú ar fud na tíre agus tá sé ar intinn ag Ionad Pobail an Droma a chionn féin a dhéanamh chun ár dteanga dhúchais a chur chun cinn. Chuige sin, beidh maidin caife ar siúl ar an Domhnach, 14 Márta 2010 óna 10.30am go 1pm. Is cuma an bhfuil tú líofa sa teanga nó nach bhfuil, tugtar cuireadh duit teacht agus cúpla focal a labhairt, píosa spraoi a bheith agat agus taitneamh a bhaint as cupán tae nó caife.

Is pobal tuaithe é an Droim i ndeisceart Ros Comáin. Níl sé ach dhá mhíle taobh thiar de lár Bhaile Átha Luain. Tá an t-ionad pobail suite sa Chrannach, baile fearainn a bhí ar cheann de sheacht gceantar Ghaeltachta i gContae Ros Comáin de réir Acht na dTithe (Gaeltacht) 1929.

Tá gach eolas ar fáil ar shuíomh idirlín an Droma ag www.drum.ie nó ar láithréan gréasáin Seachtain na Gaeilge www.snag.ie

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Sunday, 1st March, 2009

‘Cupán Tae’ in Drum for Seachtain na Gaeilge

Drum Community Centre invites you to join them for a ‘cupán tae’ to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge. The annual festival runs nationwide until St. Patrick’s Day and aims to promote the use of the Irish language in everyday life. National and local events are being organised across the country, and Drum Community Centre in Athlone is set to play its part in promoting our native tongue by hosting a coffee morning on Saturday, 14 March from 11am to 2pm. Regardless of how much or little Irish you have, you are invited to come along and speak a cúpla focal, have a bit of fun and enjoy a cupán tae.

Drum is a rural community in south Roscommon, only two miles west of Athlone town centre. The community centre is located in the townland of Crannagh, which was one of seven Gaeltacht areas in county Roscommon, according to the Housing (Gaeltacht) Act 1929.

Further details are available on the Drum website at www.drum.ie or the official Seachtain na Gaeilge website www.snag.ie

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Saturday, 5th July, 2008

Drum Community Centre to host ‘Know Your Neighbour Weekend’

This coming weekend people across the country are being encouraged to make a special effort to get to know their neighbours. The initiative is being promoted by Macra na Feirme and ESB, and encourages people to organise some event in their own locality to get to know their neighbours better. Drum Community Centre is the venue for one such event, where a tea and coffee morning is being held on Sunday 13th July from 10.30am to 1pm.

The Drum area of south Roscommon has experienced much development and growth in recent years due to the expansion of Athlone. Unlike other areas, however, it remains a vibrant rural community. This weekend is an opportunity for the residents – both new and old – of the wider Drum area to join together to get to know each other.

Catherine Buckley, Macra national president, explains “An unfortunate symptom of modern Ireland is that as people become busier and more tied up with their own lives, the concept of community has declined and many people do not know their own neighbours.”

“The purpose of this initiative is to open a window of opportunity - over a specific weekend - whereby people will be inspired to make a small effort to mingle in a neighbourly way with people living in their own neighbourhood.”

The event in Drum is being organised by the Community of Drum website www.drum.ie, and committee member Aidan McEvilly says that they are looking forward to meeting lots of local people this Sunday. “This is an ideal opportunity for anybody who might not be too familiar with the area to come in and find out about the community they live in and meet some of the people who live here, and the community centre is the perfect venue for such an event.”

“Whether you’ve lived in the area all your life or have just moved to Drum, you’re invited to join us this Sunday morning for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat with your neighbours and take a look around the community centre too.”

Earlier this year Drum Community Centre marked its twentieth anniversary, and launched the Community of Drum website, which went live in January. The drum.ie site is updated regularly and includes the weekly parish newsletter, and aims to be a hub for the entire community by providing information about various organisations in the area.

Further details of Know Your Neighbour Weekend can be found on the Drum website www.drum.ie or the national site www.knowyourneighbour.ie

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Saturday, 1st March, 2008

New Secretary elected at Drum Community Centre

At a recent meeting of the directors of Drum Community Sports and Social Centre Ltd., Aidan McEvilly was elected to the position of company secretary. He succeeds his uncle P.J. McEvilly, who announced at the meeting that he did not intend to continue as secretary, having held the post, on and off, since the first committee was formed twenty-four years ago.

On 14 February 1984 the people of the South Roscommon community of Drum held a public meeting to decide if there was need for a community centre in the locality. A committee was formed at that meeting, and some of those first members remain involved today. The centre opened its doors to the public in March 1988, and to mark the twentieth anniversary a special mass is planned for Monday, 17th March at 11am in St. Brigid's Church, Drum. Aidan says "this is our opportunity to say thanks to all those who have supported the centre in any way over the years, to remember those who are no longer with us, and to consider where we go from here."

Aidan McEvilly (21) is a native of Johnstown, Cornafulla and has been involved in the centre for five years now. Initially he helped out at Drum Bingo every Friday night as part of his Bronze Gaisce programme in Transition Year at the Marist College, and was subsequently invited to join the Board of Directors by secretary of the time, the late Paddy Kelly R.I.P. Two years ago, Aidan took on the role of Assistant Company Secretary, a position. P.J. will now hold.

The other members of the Board of Directors are Liam Doyle (Chairperson and Joint Treasurer), Tommy Harney (Joint Treasurer), Padraig Seery (Vice Chairperson), Pat Glynn (Registrar), Christy Bigley, Turlough Egan, Frank Harney, Paddy Henry and Canon Liam Devine.

Among the new ideas Aidan has is the development of a website for the Drum area. The first phase of the site - www.drum.ie - went live recently and although not yet completed, he hopes it will become a hub for the whole community of Drum. The site currently includes the weekly Drum Parish Newsletter, links to other local organisations, and a facility to make enquiries about the community centre.

As a final year Commerce student at NUI Galway, Aidan is aware of the time constraints people face, however, he says it is vital that new people become involved in running the centre, and indeed community organisations in general. "I am honoured to be given this level of responsibility within my community, but we need to get more people involved. The door is open for anybody who wants to join us." Further details are available on the website, or people can call in during the weekly bingo in Drum which takes place every Friday night beginning at 8.30pm.

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Friday, 27th October, 2007

Drum Community Centre prepares to celebrate 20 years

First opened in March 1988, Drum Community Centre continues to serve the people of the greater Athlone area by offering affordable amenities in a convenient location. In a region that continues to experience substantial growth, the centre provides sports facilities to local clubs, schools and various groups in the area, as well as providing a venue for other social meetings, such as weekly bingo.

As a voluntary organisation, the need for people to support the centre is as great now as it was when the facility was first proposed back in the early 1980s. They are always looking for new volunteers to become involved in running the centre. This includes helping out at the weekly bingo, and also the general management of the centre. Anyone who is interested is welcome to make contact with any of the directors, or just come along some Friday night during bingo.

Having undertaken some major maintenance work in recent months, including replacement of all the light fittings and complete repainting of the main sports hall, Drum Community Centre is now available to groups or individuals to book on an hourly basis on weekday evenings. Though many regular customers hold slots on an annual basis, there are numerous times available for booking once off or for long-term arrangements.

Aidan McEvilly, a director at the centre, says that Drum offers a great facility to the community, at very reasonable rates. The main sports hall can be booked for just €25 per hour, which is half what similar facilities in other parts of the country are charging, while the smaller function and meeting rooms are offered at just €10 per hour.

The centre is used by local schools during the day, and is available for hire from 6pm to 10pm Monday to Thursday. Caretaker Michael Glynn is available to take bookings by phone or in person at the centre each evening.

The main sports hall is home to a variety of activities and the wooden floor is lined for many sports including indoor soccer, basketball, badminton and volleyball. The stage is ideal for plays and performances, while the smaller function rooms are regularly used for dancing classes and martial arts. The lounge area upstairs at the front of the building provides an ideal venue for meetings of community groups and organisations at a central location. It also includes kitchen facilities, which are often used to host coffee mornings and fund-raisers.

Drum Bingo runs every Friday evening at 8.30pm, with doors open from 8 o'clock. This is a very popular social outlet with many people travelling from miles around to play for a total prize fund of up to €2000 each week.

Mr McEvilly also stresses the importance of having local people make use of such facilities. "We are a community service and without the support of the local community, we would not be able to sustain the running of the centre."

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