Yoga Girl - 4 Week Online Yoga for Those Moving From Primary to Secondary School

YOGA GIRL - Starting Tuesday, August 25th - 4.30-5.30pm

YogaGirl is a 4 week online Yoga programme with Connie Byrne of Ahimsa Yoga By Connie B which will be delivered through ZOOM.

The programme is for girls who are making the transition from primary school to secondary school. YogaGirl will focus on breathing and stretching techniques which can build strength in body and mind and also useful coping techniques for stressful situations.

The programme is organised by Carlow Regional Youth Services and begins on Tuesday 25th August and will be from 4.30-5.30pm The cost is €10 and booking is through this Eventbrite Link


Activities At The Urban Outdoor Adventure Hub


Water Sports At The Urban Outdoor Adventure Hub,

Carlow Town Park

With the many rivers flowing through our county, we are spoilt for choice in how we utilise them.

Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Board & Fishing sessions are featuring among events at the Urban Outdoor Adventure Hub in Carlow Town Park this month.  This is a partnership project between Carlow Local Sports Partnership and Carlow Regional Youth Services and funded through Carlow Sports Partnership, Sport Ireland and Carlow County Council.

As part of the Urban Outdoor Adventure Hub Young people aged 12 – 17 years from across Carlow have been enjoying Kayaking on the River Barrow this the past week.  Despite the morning fog being slow to evaporate, the afternoon sessions have seen some glorious sunshine.  The laughter and craic on the Barrow have been infectious.  Pure Adventure and Carlow Regional Youth Services worked together to guide the young people through their 2-hour sessions.

Those who participated during the week were a combination of those who have tried these activities before, young people new to the area and also young people jumping at the chance to try new activities available on their doorstep. There are more activities planned for next week with Stand Up Paddle Board and Fishing on the schedule.

We intend to make fishing as a more regular fixture on our program of events,  so if you are aware of a young person aged 12-17 who is interested in any of the activities, they can contact Karen Mullins, Sports Development Worker, CRYS by email


Síolta The Squirrel Returns, With New 'Nature On Your Doorstep' Adventures

6 New Nature On Your Doorstep Challenge Sheets

For People Of All Ages

We are delighted to welcome back Síolta The Squirrel with a new series of Nature on Your Doorstep and 6 new, colourful challenge sheets to encourage and assist people of all ages to explore their local natural and built environment.

In previous years, we ran a Family Explorer Challenge with events and family challenges designed to encourage families to get active outdoors, while exploring the wonderful natural heritage of County Carlow.  This year we wanted to create activities that were not site-specific, that children and their families could complete in their gardens or on the roads and pathways close to their homes.

With colourful photos and drawings and fun activities suggested by our mascot Síolta the Squirrel, the Nature on Your Doorstep challenges are mainly targeted at primary school-age children but can be used by anybody of any age, in any part of the country and are particularly suited to families working together.

Our Wildflower Walk Challenge encourages people to notice and record wildflowers while out walking and to encourage wildflowers in their gardens.

With the Minibeast Safari Challenge we offer suggestions for locating, learning about and protecting insects and invertebrates.

The Heritage Explorer Challenge suggests different ways of finding and researching local built heritage while the Garden Map Challenge; Map Your Walk Challenge and Garden Creativity Challenge look at fun ways to record what you find and use natural items in creative ways.

Each of our wonderfully colourful challenge sheets can be downloaded here:

We hope you enjoy these new Nature On Your Doorstep Sheets as much as we enjoyed putting them together for you.

Also, have You Consulted Any Heritage Organisations?   The following Websites are all referenced on our challenge sheets:



COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme - Aiding Clubs In Their Return To Sport

Sports clubs in Carlow can now apply for COVID-19 Club Small Grants

of up to €1,500

through Carlow Sports Partnership.


The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme is part of a series of COVID-19 related funding schemes from Sport Ireland, following the announcement of €70 million of funding by the Government to support the sports sector in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme will be implemented by Sport Ireland’s network of Local Sports Partnerships and will provide assistance to local clubs with covering costs associated with the reopening of sports clubs. This scheme is separate to the Sports Club Resilience Fund, which will be delivered through National Governing Bodies.

This scheme is designed to support sports clubs that do not have the finances to implement COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols. The COVID-19 Club Small Grants can be used to support COVID-19 related expenditure dating from 2nd May 2020 onwards (Date of publication of Government roadmap to recovery). As the total fund available is limited, clubs that already have the finances to implement COVID-19 protocols should not apply.

This grant scheme is designed and intended to support return to sporting activities only and cannot be used to support COVID-19 costs related to hospitality services such as bars or restaurants within sports facilities.

The scheme will be based on identified needs.  Carlow Sports Partnership and Sport Ireland will work together to ensure that the investment is distributed fairly and every effort will be made to ensure that the wider sports community benefits from this scheme. There is a €1,500 limit per club on this grant scheme however applications will be means-tested and only clubs with the most need will be eligible for the full amount. Clubs should not feel that they have to apply for the full amount to be considered for support.

Speaking regarding the launch of the COVID-19 Club Small Grant Scheme, LSP Coordinator with Carlow Sports Partnership, Martha Jane Duggan, said “Carlow Sports Partnership welcomes the announcement of financial support for sports clubs across Ireland and encourages all sports clubs in Carlow to assess their need for financial support towards COVID-19 related hygiene and social distancing protocols.”

Clubs are advised to contact Teresa O’Meara at Carlow Sports Partnership for further information on this scheme.

  • Only one application can be submitted per sport club and the online application is accessible by clicking this link 
  • Applications to Carlow Sports Partnership are only applicable to clubs based within County Carlow
  • Funding applications must be submitted prior to Monday 7th September 2020 via the application form on Carlow Sports Partnership‘s website
  • Clubs must ensure that, where available, they prioritise the application for funding support via their National Governing Body or relevant representative body. Funding support for the same purpose should not be sought from multiple sources


Further Information:

Teresa O’Meara, Development Officer with Carlow Sports Partnership

Email:  | Phone: 059 9170380 | Mobile: 087 386 8973

Healthy Ireland Community Mental Health Small Grant Scheme

Healthy Carlow Community Mental Health Small Grants Scheme 2020

Carlow County Council, on behalf of Carlow Local Community Development Committee (Carlow LCDC) is now seeking applications from community and voluntary organisations for a Community Mental Health Small Grants Scheme to deliver actions or projects which are in line with the Mental Health theme of Healthy Ireland.

  • The Scheme offers small grants for projects with a minimum spend of €2000 and up to a maximum of €5000
  • Funding is exclusively for programme activity under the Healthy Ireland theme of Mental Health to be completed by the end of 2020.
  • Applications must be made by 5pm on Friday 10 July 2020

Healthy Ireland, A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013 is a national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of Ireland over the coming generation. Now in its 3rd year, the ‘Healthy Ireland Fund’ aims to support innovative sectoral, evidence-based projects, programmes and initiatives that support key national policies in areas such as mental health, physical activity, nutrition and sexual health, tobacco and alcohol and development of spaces and places for health and wellbeing.

Full information, guidelines and the application form can be found at

Applications should be forwarded to:

Where possible, applications should be made electronically. Where this is not possible, applications may be made by post to:

Healthy Carlow

Community Section,

Carlow County Council,

County Buildings,

Athy Road,



For any queries, please contact Suzi Doyle, Healthy Carlow Coordinator or 087 405 1253.

Keep Active

Keep Active

Keep Carlow Active with Carlow Sports Partnership

We are delighted to launch our #KeepCarlowActive booklet. Developed in collaboration with Cork Sports Partnership it has 44 pages jam-packed with sports and activities for all ages and abilities. We have divided the booklet into 6 colour-coded sections, each designed to appeal to different ages and abilities, all of which contain a variety of activities and resources.

View the full booklet online (click on image) and use the live links. Save it to your PC or handheld for use at any time.

Have great fun and don’t forget to tag us in your activities #KeepCarlowActive

Active Families

There are a lot of resources available to help you and your little ones at home… Martha Jane Duggan of the Carlow Sports Partnership and Sandra Collins Senior Child and Family Support Network Coordinator talked to KCLR Live’s Eimear Ní Bhraonáin on Wednesday’s show.

You can listen back to the interview here

You can access resources mentioned during the interview below:

Press Release here