Thursday, 28 March 2013

Weekly Notes - 27th March, 2013

by Kieran Barry

We wish all our customers and friends a very Happy Easter and good wishes for the future

Get well soon wishes

Our very own Michael Jordan has recently become ill and cannot visit us here in the Centre. Michael  became ill about  two weeks ago and is sadly missed here in the Centre by our staff and those whom Michael has been coaching daily in handball.
Michael visited the Youth Centre three or four times every day and could always be seen encouraging the youth of the town to play handball and the other sports available in the Centre. Michael has been our main communication with the primary schools here in town and has built up fantastic support and interest in handball here at the Centre. It is a great achievement for any person to convince our local schools to include the sport of handball in their curriculum.
For many months we have seen teachers and students unite in the courts during school hours in the sport of handball and all of this is due to Michael's commitment to the sport.
We encourage the schools to continue their daily sessions here in the Centre and maintain the interest that Michael has developed.

In the meantime we all wish Michael ''Good Wishes'' and we look forward to meeting him again soon.

Who's going to Run This Town?

Would you? Well here is your chance. It was only a matter of time before our activities would spill out onto the streets of Fermoy! Kieran Barry, Manager of the Centre and Kealan O'Connor, well-known athlete, have joined forces to bring to you all this fantastic Sport and Entertainment Project.
This coming May sees the inauguration of Fermoy Community Youth Centre's ''Streets of Fermoy 5K Summer Series'', taking place, as the name suggests, around the streets of Fermoy. The first in the series of three races takes place at 7.30 pm on Thursday, 9th May and the following two races on the two Thursdays thereafter.

Registration will be open from 6.30 pm each evening at the Youth Centre.
Entries cost 15 euro for three races or 7 euro per individual race.

A Stronger Voice in North Cork
Are you Over 60 - Calling the Voice of North Cork !!!!!

T.O. Park, Labbamologga, Mitchelstown and Fermoy Youth Centre joined forces to hold the Local Heat (Mitchelstown / Fermoy Heat) of the Over 60’s Talent Competition and it made great sense. It was a fantastic Gala Night of Talent at T.O. Park last Tuesday Night (26th March). There were 7 contestants, 3 from Fermoy and 4 from Mitchelstown. T.O. welcomed everyone to The Barn and introduced the Over 60's founder, Paddy O'Brien to the audience and contestants. Amazingly, this competition has been in existence for 37 years and has raised much needed funds for the Irish Heart Foundation. Sr Una and Humphrey O' Sullivan were the judges for the night. Representing Fermoy were John O Mahony (Fermoy Active Retirement), Johnny Delaney (Fermoy Youth Centre) and John Power (Fermoy Youth Centre). Representing Mitchelstown / T.O. Park were Nellie Fitzgerald, Tony Buckley and Margaret Rea. All contestants delighted the audience with their chosen songs / recitations and it was obvious from the start that the judges were not going to have an easy job. Members of the audience joined in song, while the judges made their decisions and the catering staff prepared to satisfy our taste buds and sweet tooth with a fantastic arrangement of buns and cakes. Then came the magic moment and Paddy O'Brien took to the stage and announced the winner as Tony Buckley. Well done, Tony and best of luck in the finals! John O'Mahony was in second place with John Power (Harmonica) in third. We wish to thank T.O. for allowing Fermoy to join T.O. Park in this competition and we look forward to getting together again with other events. Both ourselves at Fermoy Community Youth Centre and T.O. Park are community-based organisations and it makes a lot of sense to unite from time to time to serve and entertain our respective communities, for that is what we are all about.
We wish to thank our Fermoy supporters for turning out in great numbers, as our attendance formed the majority of the audience, especially the members of Fermoy Active Retirement, who travelled as a group.


On May 16th next the famous entertainment husband and wife duo THE CHECKERS will play their hearts out in our Palace Ballroom. Music starts at 9.00pm and a great night is guaranteed. If you have not been on the dance floor in front of THE CHECKERS, you are in for an experience.
During the week I spoke with a number of people about our Social Dancing on Thursday nights. Many are of the opinion that the Social Dancing is for beginners / learners and is tuition-based. This is not the case, as most who attend are experienced dancers and do not need tuition. However, for those who do need tuition or guidance, Sheila Tobin is on hand to help out. So, the message for this week to all those dancers is to come and experience our Thursday Night Session. You will be entertained and get tea / biscuits during the break. You will also get fantastic exercise and get to see new faces.
Our regular visits to T.O. Park Dancing continues each Monday Night and our Thursday Night (at 8.00pm) dancing continues to grow each week. These are Social Dancing events and it is a great way to get out from home, unwind and meet new friends.
Entry is a mere €6.00 or €10.00 for a couple, which includes refreshments.


Over the last number of months our numbers attending Bingo have dropped considerably, resulting in a serious decline in the Youth Centre’s income. In fact, for some time we have been giving out more money in prizes than we take in on the door. Obviously, in any business this cannot continue into the future and we are in discussion here at the Centre how best to tackle this problem. A very simple answer is to endeavour to increase our attendance, so as not to have to make decisions like increasing the cost of books (which are the cheapest around) or reducing the cash prizes per week. Obviously, we would rather not have to take such measures, but we may be left with no other options.
Having said that, we have a special request for all our faithful bingo customers, who have been fantastic in supporting us, and that is to encourage your friends and family members to come to the Bingo every Wednesday Night to help solve this problem. We also reach out to all those who have not yet experienced the fun and great atmosphere at our weekly Bingo sessions to come and join us.
An excellent night’s entertainment is guaranteed, so please come and join us next Wednesday. Single Books cost €5.00 and Double Books cost €8.00.
We have the largest cash prize pay-out each night in North Cork with cash prizes of €25.00 per line and €65 per full house. There is also the possibility of winning a Jackpot or else €260.00.

Fermoy Musical Society

Tickets for this year’s Fermoy Musical Society performances of “Crazy for You” will be available from the 5th April, so watch out for details of ticket sale times in our Main Office. This is a show NOT TO BE MISSED and there are a choice of dates from 21st – 27th April. Each performance begins at 8.00pm nightly. The Director / Choreographer is the creative Bryan Flynn and the Musical Director is the lovely Deirdre Long. Both will work in conjunction with the brilliant Fermoy Musical Society Team, who are guaranteed to bring you all  an entertainment of the highest quality. We encourage you all to book your tickets early, so as not to avoid disappointment. Tickets are €15.00 each with the opening night being €12.00. Great Value for your money. To book, contact the following numbers:
025-32042 / 086-2499721 / 087/1172095.

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