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Breffni Community

Development Co. Ltd,

Family Resource Centre,

Breffni Crescent,



N41 X9D6

Republic of Ireland.

Telephone: 071 9622566
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Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

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Monday to Friday 8am-6pm

Breffni shop Opening times

Monday to Friday 9am-8pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

The shop may be open other times, depending on staff cover

Composting Opening times

Tuesday and Thursday

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Silver Circle Winners

A weekly draw takes place each Sunday at 1.00pm. Lines cost €2 each and Prizes include, 1st Prize: €45, 2nd Prize: €30, 3rd Prize: €20. The funds raised go directly towards the various Community Development initiatives undertaken by Breffni Community Development Company Ltd. Thank you for your support.

15th November 2015 Draw:
1. Edward Stokes
2. Noel Reynolds
3. Mary Keenan


Congratulations to all our winners!

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The LATEST Official Driver Theory Test Book and CD are now available to view at Breffni Family Resource Centre. Please call in to Breffni Family Resource Centre, Breffni Crescent, Carrick-on-Shannon and ask at Reception!

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October Activities at Breffni Family Resource Centre

Parenting Plus This 4-week course helps participants solve parenting problems in a positive way that helps children learn. Manage difficult behaviour and discipline problems, helping children be more cooperative and helping children reach their full potential are all part of the course. This 4 week course commences on Tuesday 20th October from 2.30 - 4.30pm. Cost €20 (small number of places available for families on low income).

Beginners Computers for Adults This 6 week course commences on Tuesday 13th October from 7pm – 9pm. It covers all the basic of computers getting you started etc. Cost: €30 Autumn

Flower Arranging Workshop There is still a couple of places left on this workshop. This workshop will involve an autumnal flower display and will take place on Friday, 30th October from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Cost €10. Please book your place by calling us 071-9622566.

Beginners Computers for Men This 5 week course commences on Monday 12th October from 1pm – 3pm. It covers all the basic of computers getting you started etc. Cost: FREE

Health & Wellbeing Day It’s like an NCT for your body! This day has all kinds of health supports on offer. Marie Keating Foundation; Aloe Vera, Health eating and Dietician workshops, taster Yoga and Zumba sessions and a wide range of health information. Monday 12th October from 10am – 4pm. Refreshments available. FREE

Posted on 07.10.15

Dog Microchipping

Microchip your dog. New laws in effect.

From 1st September 2015 the Microchipping of Dogs Regulation came into effect. This makes it compulsory for all new pups to have a registered microchip implanted. From 31st March 2016 the regulation will be expanded to include all dogs. This is a big step forward for dog welfare in Ireland! It will allow for the speedy return of stray and lost dogs to their owners and will act as a deterrent to those who abandon dogs.

Here are the key points you need to know:

• From March 31st 2016 all dogs MUST be microchipped with their details registered on an approved database. owners must hold a certificate of proof from the database.

• From September 1st 2015 any pup MUST be chipped by the time they reach 12 weeks pr before they leave the property they were born on. The microchip must be registered on an approved database and the breeder or owner must hold a certificate with the pup's, and the owners, details

• From September 1st 2015 it is illegal to buy, take ownership, sell or supply a pup that does not have a certificate of microchip registration from an approved database. This will apply to all dogs from March 31st 2016.

Posted on 25.09.15

Wraparound Family Supports

Support for all family members at Breffni FRC include:
• Counselling Services for Adults and Children
• Bereavement Supports
• Walkers Group
• Drop-In for a read of local newspapers
• Listening Ear Service
• Community Shop
• ADHD Supports
• Job Adverts and Employment Support
• Internet access and IT courses
• Men's Gardening Project
• Intercultural Women’s Group Meetings
• Career Guidance Service by Appointment
• Grass Cutting Service for local Residents
• Local Annual Garden Competition
• Parenting Programmes
• Domestic Violence Supports
• Drop In, 1-1 Therapies and Groups for People in Recovery
• Library including Literacy Supports
• Weekly Meditation and Prayer Groups
• Leitrim Memory Cafe
• Food Cloud Food Distribution
• Health & Wellbeing Information Services
• Playground and Wild Garden
• Information and Referral Services

and these clinics:
• Simon Community Homelessness Service

• Rehab Care
• Leitrim Traveller Development Group

Posted on 25.09.15

Autumn 2015 Newsletter

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Breffni Autumn 2015 Newsletter Now Availanble

The Breffni Family Resource Centre's Autumn 2015 Newsletter is now available to downlad. Packed with information on course, activities, services and much more. Please note you will need adobe reader to view the newsletter online.

Posted on 11.09.15

Breffni Women's Group 2015

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Breffni Women's Group

Starting Friday, September 25th. Just come along to any of our workshops to try some new crafts, learn about health issues, meet other women and relax with a cuppa.

• 25th September to 9th October - Art with Noreen
• 16th October - Hair Care
• 23rd October - Autumn Straw Making
• 30th October - Mindfully Well Workshop
• 6th and 13th November - Vintage Sewing Classes
• 20th and 27th November - Card Making
• 4th and 11th December - Christmas Crafts

All classes run from 3.00pm-5.00pm. a €1 euro donation towards tea, coffee or minerals.

Posted on 11.09.15

Saol Nua Social Group

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Saol Nua Social Group

Starting on Wednesday 9th September there is a full list of activities for Saol Nua members. For bookings please telephone Breffni on 071 9622566. See the poster for more information.

Saol Nua is a Social Group for adults with learning difficulties, anxiety disorders, mental health issues, depression and mood disorders based at Breffni Family Resource Centre. If you, or anyone that you may know, would be interested in joining the Saol Nua Social Group please call Suzanne on 086-0687473 or email

Posted on 11.09.15

Breffni Youth Group 2015 New Term

Breffni Youth Café will reopen its doors on Tuesday 29th September with a new exciting term of groups ahead. If you are interested in getting involved in some of our groups please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0719622566, email us at or check out our New Facebook page for more details.

Monday : 2.30 – 5.30pm Homework Group (8 – 12yrs)*
6.00 – 7.30pm Drop In Group (13yrs+)
Tuesday : 2.30 – 5.30pm Homework Group (8 – 12yrs)*
6.00 – 7.30pm Drop In Group (13yrs+)
Wednesday : 2.30 – 5.30pm Messy Kids Group (5 – 7yrs)
6.00 – 7.30pm Drop In Computer Camp (13yrs+)
Thursday : 2.30 – 5.30pm Junior Activity Group (8 – 12yrs)*
6.00 – 7.30pm 'Dig' group
Friday : 1.30 – 4.30pm Fun Friday (8yrs+)

All Groups cost €2 per Group (€5 per week)
All young people must have completed a consent form. Leaders are only responsible for young people during group times.


*If you require the school bus for this groups please contact us.

Breffni Youth Café always welcomes new members. Keep an eye on our website and visit the new Breffni Youth cafe Facebook page!

Posted on 01.09.15

Breffni Youth Café New Term and Registration Evening

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A registration evening will be held at the Breffni Family Resource Centre in the Youth Café on Wednesday 16th September for anyone interested in joining our groups. We also have a new term time begining on Tuesday 29th September.

Posted on 01.09.15

Summer Childcare in Breffni Childcare

Parents/Guardians. There are a number of Full Time and Part Time places available for children throughout the summer. If you wish to avail of a place or would like further information please contact Childcare Manager Agnes on 071-9622566

Posted on 16.07.15

Breffni Women’s Group

The Breffni women’s group meets every Friday at the Centre from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. All women are very welcome. Join us to enjoy a good chat and a cuppa. They are planning a large range of activities and programmes for the coming weeks. If you like, bring your knitting needles, as the group have joined the 'Knitting for Charity' project, so for the next few weeks you’ll hear the sound of some very busy hands! No need to book a place, so see you on Friday!

Posted on 29.06.15

Positive Parenting: Course Planning

We are planning a 'Positive Parenting' course and would like to hear from any parents who would be interested in taking part. Please give us a call and let us know what day/time would best suit you: we hope to have the course up and running by September at the latest! Call 071 9622566 for more information.

Posted on 29.06.15

Annual Report Now Available to Read Online

The Breffni Community Development Company Ltd Breffni Family Resource Centre Annual Report 2014 is now availble to read here

Posted on 31.03.15

Bethany Bereavement Support Group

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group This support group meet the last Thursday of every month from 7pm - 9pm.

Posted on 17.04.15

Admin services

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Admin Services

We can attend to all your print needs, including typing, layout and printing. For more information call us on 071-9622566 or email We can also produce the following; Badges for events and organisations (any design a possibility, including your own photo and wording); Photo Collages, Laminated Placemats, Personalised Banners, Posters, and Labels etc. Drop into reception to see our sample display.

Posted on 31.03.15

Breffni Youth Café

Breffni Youth Café is the place to be! You can make new friends and join in fun activities. The youth café is for people of 8 years and over and new members can join any time. Keep an eye on our website and watch out for the Breffni Youth cafe Facebook page. You will find a full list of activities and groups published there.

Posted on 15.05.15

Messy Kids

New! Messy Kids Summer Club

The Messy Kidz Club, for children aged 5 to 7 will meet every Wednesday from 2.30pm – 5.30pm. It only costs €2 per week for lots of fun and games and all sorts of activities. New members are always welcome!

Posted on 29.06.15

Parents and Toddler Group

Breffni Parent and Toddler group meet every Monday from 1.00pm to 2.30pm in the Activity Room at Breffni FRC. This is aimed at parents, guardians, carers and minders of children up to the age of four. Call 07196 22566 for more info.

Posted on 27.02.15

Alternative Therapies Programme for People in Recovery

We offer a range of holistic therapies to people in recovery from drug and/or alcohol misuse and their families, in partnership with Mohill Family Support Centre. Short-term therapy 1-1 treatments include Reiki, Reflexology, Creative Visualisation, Reflexology and Massage. SMART Recovery Group is on every Thursday at 7pm. All therapies are low cost (by donation: you pay what you can afford). If you would like to avail of any of these therapies, call Hayley on 07196 22566 in complete confidence. Alternative Therapies: DROP IN Dates for the summer Reflexology & Reiki are available on a DROP IN basis over the summer. DROP IN sessions need no appointment. They are intended as a taster of various therapies to aid recovery. The DROP IN sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 6 to 8pm, on 7th July, 14th July, 21st July, 28th July and 4th August. You pay by donation - give whatever you can afford.

Posted on 29.06.15


Rainbows Programme Autumn 2015

The next Rainbows Programme will begin in the Autumn. Rainbows supports children and young people with groups for children and young adults who have been affected by the death of a close family member and there are groups for children and young adults whose family life has changed because their parents have separated or divorced. RAINBOWS is a national children’s voluntary service with an average of 6,000 children coming into the service every year in Ireland and Breffni FRC has run many successful RAINBOW Programmes for children aged 6 - 18 years. If you would like further information or an application form, please contact the RAINBOWS Coordinator: Suzanne on 071-9622566 / 086-0687473 or email: The RAINBOWS Programme is FREE OF CHARGE.

Posted on 27.02.15

Breffni Community Shop

You should have a look at the lovely hand knitted scarves we have in our shop, made by our Knitting Group. They also knitted warm hats for babies and adults. The shop stocks a range of basic goods and household items and is open Monday to Friday, 9-5 and 6-8.

Posted on 27.02.15

Launch Of Leitrim Memory Café

The Leitrim Memory Cafe is a safe, relaxed space for people who have Alzheimer’s, dementia or acute confusion, and their carers. Health professionals and volunteers will be available for chats and advice.  The next meeting of the Leitrim Memory Café is on the The last Tuesday of every month from 11am - 1pm

Posted on 15.05.15


Spiritual Meditation Group are back after their Summer Group and meet every Wednesday from 8am - 9pm.

Posted on 29.06.15

Prayer Groups

We have two prayer groups that meet weekly: the Charismatic Prayer Group on Monday evenings from 8.30 – 10.00, and the Wednesday Prayer Group meets weekly at 9pm.

Posted on 27.02.15

Knitting Group

Let's Get Knitting Group

We would love all you knitters out there to make 8 inch (20cm.) knitted or crochet squares and drop them in to the centre. When we have enough, they will be assembled into lap blankets for our neighbours in St. Patrick’s Hospital.

Updated on 29.06.15

Volunteer Appreciation Event

Breffni Walkers

It’s lovely weather for walking. Shake off those winter blues and join the Breffni Walkers for some gentle exercise. They meet on Monday mornings at 10am, outside Breffni Family Resource Centre. Tea and coffee served after the walk. Breffni Walkers is free.

Posted on 27.02.15

Weight Management

You can learn a sensible and sustainable weight loss programme with realistic goals. For details contact Gwen on 0871432733. Classes are held at Breffni Family Resource Centre on Monday evening from 6pm.You can do it!

Posted on 27.02.15

Community Composting Site

If you would like to take part in our Community Composting Programme, disposing of your organic waste at Breffni Family Resource Centre, please give us a call on: 071-9622566. Opening times for the composting site are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8am to 4pm. Free compost can be collected when available. A once off donation of €5.00 will go towards the scheme.

Updated on 31.03.14

Clothing and Textile Recycling

We now have a textile and clothing recycling bank situated at Breffni Family Resource Centre. A list of items that are recyclable is written on the bank but as a general rule, the following items are suitable:

  • All clothes - including coats, suits, underwear and night clothes
  • Hats, scarves and gloves
  • Belts, braces and handbags
  • All shoes - including boots and slippers
  • All household linen - including tablecloths, sheets and pillowcases, blankets, towels and curtains
  • Any worn out linen or clothing as long as it is clean (no oily or paint covered rags)

All proceeds from the recycling bank will go to Breffni Family Resource Centre so not only are you recycling but you will also be supporting your local community!

Updated on 27.02.15

Local Link Bus

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Rural Link Bus Service

A Rural Link Bus service is available from Breffni Crescent to town on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Anyone wishing to get the lift into town can pick the bus up at Breffni Crescent or at the bottom of Currylane (post-box) at 11.05am. Return trip from town can be arranged. One way costs €1 per person.

Posted on 27.02.15

Everyman Men's Group Cart Restoration

Everyman Men's Group get to work on restoring the of all ages are always welcome to join the group. Meet every Monday from 11am - 3pm at Breffni!

Everyman Volunteer Appreciation Event Everyman Everyman

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Posted on 03.09.14


We Need Your Help

Breffni Family Resource Centre is looking to hear from you. It's that time again; we are busy preparing our next work plan for 2015 - 2017 and need your input. We would really appreciate your help in gathering all the relevant information to provide all the supports / activities that you need / want. If you could take time out to follow this link and complete our survey we would really appreciate it. Complete Our Online Survey Now

Posted on 25.07.14

Breast Feeding Support Group

The group meets every Monday from 11am - 12.30pm at Breffni Family Resource Centre. All expectant mothers welcome, too! For further information call us on 071 9622566 or email:

Posted on 05.07.14

Volunteers Wanted

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Volunteers Wanted for Breffni Youth Café

Breffni Youth Café is a youth organisation located at Breffni FRC which caters for young people aged 8-21 years of age and is open 5 days a week. We are currently looking for someone who can provide adult supervision for groups as well as assist other volunteers/youth workers with planning and group work. Someone who has good common sense with a positive attitude to young people is essential.

Supports for You
You will attend induction training and child protection training. Sharing experiences with and getting support from other leaders and staff. Policies, further training, good practice guidelines and insurance for the role are all provided.

Benefits to You
You will get to know young people, the other leaders and them you. You will develop leadership and facilitation skills and have opportunities to explore the various services in the FRC. You will also get the opportunity to gain some valuable skills which will enhance your C.V. “Volunteers are people from all walks of life, all ages and stages. What they have in common is the desire to make a difference in their community – and in their own life – by giving of their time” Please call 071-9622566 or email for more information.

Posted on 31.01.14


Volunteers Needed

Have you a few spare hours and are looking to volunteer in something? Breffni Youth Café is looking for someone who is interested in volunteering a few hours a week to help out in the Youth Café. If you enjoy working with Young people and are interested in spending a few fun hours in the Youth Café, then please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Breffni or email me on

Posted on 17.01.14

Direct Contact Phone Numbers

We have dedicated phone numbers so you can get to the right person, or the information you need, quickly. For the Centre and general services, call Hayley on 087 2168770. For the Youth Cafe, call Frances on 086 0663789, for Childcare, call Agnes on 086 4520062 and for Rainbows and the Saol Nua group, call Suzanne on 086 0687473. See our contact page for other options.

Posted on 13.09.13

Career / Life Coaching

Career and Life Coaching can help if you are at a crossroads in your life; it will empower, inspire and motivate you to move on with your life. This will be of particular benefit to people who are unemployed, housewives that may wish to return to work and anybody who wishes to change the direction of their life.

For further information about this new life changing programme please contact us on: 071- 9622566 or by email:

Posted on 05.10.12

Evening and Daytime Alternative Therapies

Auricular Acupuncture, Reiki and Meditation in a relaxed group setting every Tuesday from 7.15pm to 8.15pm and every Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm.
Cost: Voluntary Donation.

Particularly effective as a support for those recovering from addictions. No need to book, just come along.

Supported by the North West Regional Drugs Task Force.

Posted on 6th January 2012

Rooms are available to rent at Breffni Family Resource Centre

All sized rooms, from a comfortable lounge to a larger sized area are available for rent. We also provide projector, screen, flip-chart, tea & coffee, etc. Please call us for a breakdown of our Room Rental Rates: 071-9622566

Posted on 02.03.12

Internet and Admin Services Price List

For an up to date list of all the Internet and Admin Services that are offered by the Breffni Family Resource Centre, you can follow this link. The list will open in a new window or it can be downloaded by right clicking and selecting "save as..." The list is in .PDF format.

Posted on 30th November 2010

Register for Weekly Update by Email - eBulletin

If you would like to receive our weekly email up-date, with details of all activities taking place at the Family Resource Centre at Breffni, please send your email address to stating that you wish to receive our weekly eBulletin. Please pass this information on to anyone who you feel would be interested. Many thanks.

Updated on 02.07.12



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