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 Date Published  News Article 
 May 2017

West South Offaly YouthBank is looking for you! Are you finished secondary school this summer, or are you under 25 years of age and looking for a new and exciting opportunity this summer? Click here for information and application form.

May 2017 

Voluntary groups and organisations in Offaly, currently running a social enterprise in their local area, are invited to tender, nationally, for an opportunity to become a part of the Department of Social Protection’s ‘Community Services Programme’. Please contact Sarah in Offaly Local Development Company at 087 6312 676 before Wednesday June 7th for more information. Specific terms and conditions apply to eligibility.

April 2017

2017 marks the 17th anniversary of Neighbours Day, since it was launched in Paris, in 2000. An event will be held in Darmagh Centre on Monday 15th May from 3pm to 5pm. Click here for more information.

March 2017

Birr Job Club's May Jobseeking Skills Course commences Tuesday 2nd May at 10am. The Programme runs for 4 weeks, 10.00am – 1.00pm and is FREE of charge. Click here for more information.

 February 2017

Rural Social Scheme: OLDC is now seeking participants for the scheme. Closing date 16th March 2017. Click here for further information. In addition, OLDC is accepting applications from community based groups seeking workers under the scheme. Click here for further information. Closing date is 24th March 2017.

 February 2017 2017 Call for applications to the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014 - 2020. Click here for more information.



 Date Published News Article
November 2016

Skills for Employment course at Edenderry Training Centre:  Recent celebrations and next course commences on Monday the 9th January 2017. Click here for more information.

 November 2016

On 29th November 2016 Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, launched the National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network and presented certificates of accreditation to the Network members. Here at OLDC we are delighted to be part of Offaly's involvement in the National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network. Click here for more information.

November 2016 Offaly LCDC is seeking expressions of Interest for Festival Funding as part of a competitive call. Closing date is 30th November 2016. Click here for more information 
October 2016 OLDC is delighted to support Offaly Mental Health Talk Week 2016. See all the details here on OMHTW Facebook page.
September 2016 Offaly YouthBank 2016 Application Form:  Got a good idea that would make a difference for YOU and/or OTHERS? If yes, then you can apply to YouthBank for a grant of up to € 300 to help make it happen! Click here for more details. Closing date for applications is Tuesday 27th September 2016. 
August 2016 LEADER RDP 2014 - 2020:  Roadshows
June 2016 Offaly Library eLearners Project matches elearners with a volunteer who can support your efforts to complete short online courses in a local library. Click here for more information.
June 2016 Edenderry Job Seeking Skills training. Starting in Edenderry on Monday the 27th of June. Click here for more information.
May 2016 That Beats Banagher Festival, May 13th to May 15th 2016. Click here for Festival TimetableAll welcome. Something for all ages! Keep up to date on Facebook
March 2016 Edenderry Men’s SHED receives First Aid certificates from Irish Red Cross. Click here to read more.
February 2016 Get Job Ready - job seeking skills training. Starting in Birr February 29th. Click here for more information.
January 2016  OLDC is seeking applications from groups interested in participating in the Rural Social Scheme. Community / voluntary bodies that have projects which require labour input can submit an outline of their project to be considered for inclusion in the Scheme. Click here for more information.
January 2016 Landscaping & Horticulture Training Programme (Banagher) - commencing Feb 2016. Click here for more information.



 Date Published  News Article
November 2015

Recent presentation of certificates to OLDC staff for completion of community development training. Read more here.

November 2015

Offaly Man Shortlisted for Volunteer Ireland Awards 2015: From over 300 nominations, 30 exceptional volunteers have been shortlisted for this year’s Volunteer Ireland Awards including Martin Dolan from Offaly. Martin, along with the rest of Ireland’s unsung heroes, will be celebrated at a special ceremony in City Hall, Dublin on 2nd December. Read more here.

October 2015

OLDC is delighted to support Offaly Mental Health Talk Week 2015 which runs from the 2nd to 8th of November. A series of events are being held around the county. Click here to donwload the brochure.

 Sept  2015


Offaly Positive Ageing Week: 1st to 9th October 2015

OLDC is delighted to be part of this this initiative which aims to highlight the positive aspects of ageing with both young and old coming out in force in their communities to celebrate ageing in a positive light.


Your participation and attendance at the events taking place during the week is most welcome. Click on the links below to access schedule of events.  Click here for Mid Offaly events. Click here for North Offaly events. Click here for West and South Offaly events


July 2015

That Beats BanagherFestival. Click here for Festival TimetableAll welcome. Something for all ages! Keep up to date on FacebookThe An Post Choir are coming to town, as part of the event. Click here for more information.

May 2015

Landscaping & Horticulture FETAC Level 4 Training Programme commencing in Banagher on July 20th. Click here for further information on the programme.

April 2015

*** Offaly YouthBank Presentation Event *** Offaly YouthBank 2015 recently celebrated another very successful funding programme. Great numbers turned out to applaud the successful youth led projects that received their grant cheques. 10 projects were funded and 8 were present at the celebration event. Click here for more information and click here to see photos from the event.

March 2015

Business Development Programme participants, invited guests and OLDC staff members attended the presentation of certificates & launch of new businesses which took place recently at OLDC offices, Tullamore. Click here to view photos from the event and here for more information on the Business Development Programme.

Feb 2015

*** Understanding and Minding Your Mental Health *** GROW in Ireland, Midland Region, is presenting this four week programme in Tullamore commencing Monday 2nd March. Click here for more information.

Feb 2015

*** Applications are now being accepted for Offaly YouthBank grants *** Download information and application form by clicking here. Deadline for receipt of applications is 16th March 2015 at 1pm.

Feb 2015

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD and OLDC staff pictured recently at the official opening of Teach Fáilte, Mountbolus. Click here to read more.

 Jan 2015

*** Call for community based groups seeking workers under the Rural Social Scheme *** Community / voluntary bodies that have projects which require labour input can submit an outline of their project to be considered for inclusion in the Scheme. Click here for more information.

Jan 2015 *** 26 Week Business Development Programme commencing on 16th February 2015 in Tullamore *** Closing date for applications is 22nd January 2015. For further information on this programme and contact details click here. 


Date Published  News Article 
06.11.14 Congratulations to all the community and voluntary organisations that participated in Offaly's Celebration of Community Resilience event on the 4th of November in Tullamore. Click here to see our photo gallery from the event!
04.11.14 Click here to access Offaly Mental Health Talk Week facebook page. Events are running from 10th to 23rd November 2014 at locations throughout the County
04.11.14 In 2014 Offaly YouthBank funded nine worthy youth projects in Offaly. Click here to find out more.
 28.10.14  Food and Health Programme - Tutors needed for part-time work
26.09.14 Offaly Positive Ageing Week (1st - 9th Oct 2014)
28.08.14 World Suicide Prevention Day (10th Sept 2014)  
18.08.14 Bus Service to Athlone IT and Moate Businness College to recommence shortly
31.07.14 Legacy "Traditional Skills Festival" Banagher, Co Offaly
15.07.14 Healthcare Support Training Programme (30 Week full-time FETAC Level 5); Commencing in Birr, October 2014  
15.07.14 Artisan Food & Craft Pavilion at the Tullamore Show 2014
13.05.14 Funding available for youth groups through YouthBank (closing date: 23rd June 2014)
07.05.14 Food Safety & HACCP, FETAC level 5 (Starting Ferbane, 20th May)
06.05.14 *** Horticulture Training Programme, Now started in Banagher *** Places still available! *** FETAC Level 4    
06.03.14 Offaly Tourism Businesses complete tailored Training & Mentoring Programme
13.03.14 Show your support for OLDC by signing Irish Local Development Network's online petition
 13.02.14 Skills for Employment - Training Programme - Starting in Rhode 24th March 2014
03.02.14 Call for community based groups seeking workers under the Rural Social Scheme
14.01.14 Offaly Legacy - Traditional skills training schedule ** Spring 2014**



Date Published News Article
29.11.13 Business Development Programme: Graduation Event
15.11.13 Offaly Mental Health Talk Week: 16th to 30th Nov
11.10.13 Food Safety & HACCP course, Ferbane
19.09.13 Enter 'Experience Offaly Competition' at this year’s National Ploughing Championships
05.09.13 Shinrone Training Programmes commencing shortly
04.09.13 **New** Positive mental health section on OLDC website
11.07.13 Historic Graveyard Recording Workshops (July): Banagher, Shinrone, Edenderry and Daingean - get involved!
11.07.13 OLDC E-zine (June 2013)
28.03.13 Offaly Calendar of Events 2013



Date Published News Article
12.11.12 Offaly Mental Health TALK Week: 12th-16th Nov
25.10.12 Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth (Workshop, Tullamore, 9th Nov)
08.10.12 Healthcare Support FETAC Level 5, (Birr, Starts 3rd Dec)
08.10.12 Horticulture FETAC Level 4 (Starting Banagher, 12th Nov)
01.10.12 Offaly Walking Festival 2012
27.09.12 Offaly Farm Business Idea Awards 2012
25.09.12 Food Safety/HACCP Training for the Community/Charity Sector (October)
25.09.12 Food Safety/HACCP Training For Offaly Food Businesses (October)
20.09.12 Invitation to Trails Workshop: Boora, 29th Sept
06.09.12 Finance Seminars for Small Business (Birr & Daingean, September)
05.09.12 Community Enterprise Conference:15th September, Boora, Offaly
29.08.12 Business Development Programme: Graduation Event
29.08.12 ‘The Gathering’ 2013 Community Meetings (12th & 13th Sept)
27.08.12 OLDC Computer Training Schedule (Autumn 2012 )
13.08.12 Procurement and Effective Tendering - One Day Training (18th Sept)
31.07.12 Call for Festivals 2013
19.07.12 Tourism Information Meetings (23rd and 25th July)
18.07.12 Dedicated Food, Craft & Lifestyle Village at this year's Tullamore Show
27.06.12 Clara Community Action Plan - Have your say!
14.06.12 Traveller Pride Week Offaly (June 18th to 22nd)
31.05.12 Interested in Food? Farmers Markets? Food Tourism?
28.05.12 Offaly YouthBank Grant Scheme 2012
23.05.12 Birr Job Club has relocated!
08.05.12 Procurement and Effective Tendering : One DayTraining (June 2012)
01.05.12 Offaly Bealtaine Festival (May 2012)
18.04.12 OLDC Newsletter (Spring 2012)
02.04.12 Landscape Production Programme **Next course starting 30th April 2012**
15.03.12 Food Hygiene/HACCP Training (April 2012)
15.03.12 Water Meter Installation Training (April 2012)
20.02.12 Call for community based groups seeking workers under the Rural Social Scheme
07.02.12 Offaly Community Facilities Energy Audit: A Great Success!
07.02.12 Support for Community Facilities to install CCTV
19.01.12 Support for Festivals 2012
19.01.12 Does Your Tourism Business Need A Boost?
03.01.12                   One-to-one support for self employment (Clara - Jan 12th)                                                                           


Date Published    News Article
07.12.11 Offaly Volunteer Centre - Photo Competition ***Winning Entries***
06.12.11 *** Now Open!*** Pop Up Shop (Tullamore) selling Offaly Crafts &
Artisan Food
30.11.11 Edenderry 'Estates Voice' Newsletter

Farm Business Ideas Awards for Offaly & Westmeath's Innovative
 (Closing date now extended to 20th Jan 2012)

10.11.11 Offaly Craft Shop to Pop Up for Christmas!
03.11.11 New Weekly Information Clinics in Clonbollogue & Rhode
07.09.11 OLDC IT Training Schedule (Autumn 2011)
07.09.11 Landscape Construction Programme (Starting Banagher, Sept 2011)
06.09.11 Start and Grow Enterprise Expo (Nov 18th 2011)
05.09.11 Offaly Mental Health TALK Week: 12th-17th Sept
19.08.11 'Capture the Spirit of Volunteering in Offaly' (Photographic Competition)
14.06.11 Birr & South Offaly Information Directory
06.05.11 Rural Social Scheme enhancement work in Daingean COI graveyard
16.03.11 Tús (Community Work Placement Initiative): Call for expressions of
interest from community organisations
08.03.11 Grow It Yourself (GIY) Seminar (March 15th)
07.02.11 Unemployed Men's Network (Birr)


Date Published  News Article
01.11.10   Tourism Training Programme (Nov 2010)
29.10.10 OLDC Information Evenings: How can we help you?
29.10.10 Edenderry Town Council Awards
29.09.10 Diploma in Community Development Practice (Daingean)
29.09.10 National Day of Volunteering 01.10.10
29.09.10 SafeTALK Suicide Awareness Workshop - Shinrone 13.10.10
09.09.10 Safe Pass Po Polsku
09.09.10 Domestic Insulation Training Programme
09.09.10 Edenderry DIY Course Completed
19.07.10 Grants & Supports for third level education - Information Evenings
18.06.10 Offaly Youthbank Celebration
18.06.10 OLDC HQ officially opened by An Taoiseach
10.06.10 Energy Audit for Offaly community centres/halls
25.05.10 Training for Craft Makers
22.05.10 Information Event on Education, Training & Employment Supports: May 25th
13.04.10 Offaly & Westmeath Craftmakers programme
01.04.10 Offaly Good Growers
26.02.10 Business Development Programme: Graduation February '10

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