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Sexual Health and Consent: Student Art Exhibition Opens in Town Hall

On Friday 3rd May, an exhibition opened in the Town Hall studio, showcasing art created by students of Mount St Michael Secondary School as part of a programme of workshops on sexual health, relationships and consent. The programme was funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland via its Women’s Fund.

It was coordinated by Nuala Gilligan of the Family Resource Centre, and facilitated by Grace McGee of Tacú in Ballinrobe with help from Chloe Horan McDonagh, a 3rd Year social care student.

Community artist Lanna Heyrman worked with the students to create a visual representation of what they had learned, and what they wanted to communicate about it. The exhibition was officially opened by health advocate (and former Dragon’s Den contestant) Olive O’Connor.

L-R: Olive O’Connor, Therese Moran of Mount St Michael’s, artist Lanna Heyrman, social care student Chloe Horan McDonagh, Grace McGee of Tacú in Ballinrobe, Nuala Gilligan of Claremorris Family Resource Centre.

In this report, Ed Coulson talks to those involved, including the students, on their experience of the project, and the art that emerged from it.

New Community Policing Unit in Claremorris: Garda Sgt Tony Lavery Talks to John Whittle

On 9th May, John Whittle was joined in the Good Morning studio by Garda Sgt. Tony Lavery of the new dedicated Community Policing Unit in Claremorris.

Sgt. Lavery talked about the activities associated with community policing, which include school visits, Community Alert, Neighbourhood Watch, and Business Watch.

He explains that they would also visit vulnerable people living alone, for example.

Despite his many administrative duties, Sgt. Lavery emphasised the importance he places on being visible on the street, and on engaging with the public: “They are our eyes and ears,” he says.

Also discussed was the new Community Alert covering Claremorris West, which includes the townlands off the Balla Road, and how Community Alert schemes work.