Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Happy Easter!

Sean and Jake made a beautiful Easter cake today in the kitchen.

Nature Gallery

We have added a new Nature Gallery page to our blog. The trainees will take photographs weekly of the beautiful landscape and the nature surrounding the area. Check out our blog weekly for the pictures.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Proclamation Day - Sligo CTC

We had a lovely gathering outside today for Proclamation day in the beautiful sunshine.  Gavin gave an introductory speech and Sean read the Proclamation.  The National Anthem was played and staff and trainees sang along as Andrew and Karl held the Irish flag.  Thanks to Denyse, Kate and the catering trainees for making the beautiful Irish themed flag cake and cupcakes. They were displayed on our vintage cart and went down a treat!

Baking for Proclamation Day

Catering Trainees baking for Proclamation Day

Monday, 14 March 2016

Girls Active Activity Festival at Sligo IT

On Thursday 3rd March 2016 the girls from the centre attended the annual Girls Active Activity Festival in the Knocknarea Arena at The Institute of Technology, Sligo. The festive was opened by Sonia O' Sullivan, who spoke about the importance of an active lifestyle. After a dance warm-up with Sonia, the girls then split into groups and got an opportunity to sample activities such as martial arts, artery, kettlercise, dance, rugby, mobility and movement, spinning and gym. Well done to all who took part on the day. 

The Irish Flag Stand

Pictured above The Irish Flag stand for Proclamation Day

Internet Safety Day

Sligo CTC hosted an Internet Safety Day last Thursday. Samantha, Fiona, Aoife, Zana and Caoilainn designed internet safety posters, booklets and put an information stand together.  There was safer internet day wrist bands available on the day. Thanks to all who organised this event.

Rith 2016 - Sligo

Pictured above a selection of pictures from the Rith last Thursday

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

National Flag Presentation Ceremony - Croke Park

Last Monday a group from Sligo CTC (Gavin, Lisa, Andrew, Sean and Karl)  commemorated the 1916 Easter Rising at a flag ceremony in Croke Park.  This event was attended by 6000 people.   Ryan Tubridy was the MC for the day and  President Michael D Higgins gave a very interesting speech.  He spoke about the importance of the young people in Ireland to be attending this event - “Today it is up to our young people to take charge of change and imagine what Ireland might yet become.”  The defence forces were present and an actor portraying Thomas Francis Meagher gave a dramatic account of the story of his life.  A video was also be shown, which illustrated the peaceful message of the National Flag and the pride and affection felt by Irish people at home and abroad.  There was also an excellent trad band playing on stage.  As part of the ceremony Andrew received a national flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation.  We had a fantastic memorable day and following on from this event Sligo CTC are delighted to be raising our flag next Tuesday 10th March and are having a Proclamation Day.  There is an information stand in the centre put together by trainees explaining the meaning of the Irish Flag. Below is a selection of photographs from last Monday in Croke Park and the "Irish Flag" stand.

The "Irish Flag" stand located in Sligo CTC reception

Proclamation Day 2016

Sligo CTC Internet Safety Day 2016

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Rith 2016

Rith 2016 is a national festival that will take place between the 4th and 14th March 2016 as one of the main events of Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish language week). A 700km course has been laid out for a massive relay-race run, running from morning to night, from Cill Droichead (Celbridge) in Kildare, around the country to finish at the GPO on O Connell Street, Dublin.
A special hand-carved baton has been designed that will carry a hidden message throughout Rith 2016. At the end of the run, the message of support for the Irish language will be read out.
This event is taking place in Sligo on Thursday 10th March. There are four parts and anyone can run on any part of the course.  Sligo CTC is registered to take part in this event and Ryan and Fiach will be carrying the baton.  It is starting at 1pm on Thursday 10th March from Cleveragh (Argos Car Park) and finishes up at the I.T., Ballinode.  For more info go to www.rith.ie

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

National Flag Presentation Ceremony

As part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, a special ceremony will take place in the presence of Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland. The ceremony will take place in Croke Park Stadium, Dublin on the 7th March 2016.  5 representatives from Sligo CTC are invited to attend.  During this ceremony one representative will be presented with the National Flag and a Commemorative Folder from members of the Defence Forces. This is a great honour for the centre to be invited to this event.