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Supporting Our Community During COVID-19:

Lurgan Credit Union are extremely grateful for the charities & community groups providing support during this period.

We realise how difficult a time it is for the many charities & community groups in dealing with the demand for their services and that it is very important that we continue to support them.

The Board of Lurgan Credit Union will consider applications from Community based charity groups, losing out due to the lack of fundraising opportunities, within our Common Bond Area, who wish to apply for support during the COVID crisis.

To apply for funding, please complete the application form below and return to the credit union office or email the completed form to manager@lurgancu.com

PETPAD – Application Form

PROMOTION EDUCATION TRAINING PLANNING and DEVELOPMENT (PETPAD)

The overall role of PETPAD within the credit union movement is to enhance the name and familiarity of the credit union in the local community and thereby increase membership and usage of credit union services in the common bond area.

This is achieved in a number of ways, such as direct advertising, activity sponsorship, attendance at local events, and seeking coverage and support in local media, on social media, site advertising etc. Any community-based club, group or initiative may apply to the credit union for support through PETPAD and having met the set criteria, the chances are that they will receive support. In return, they will be asked to provide some publicity and feedback to help promote the credit union in the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the past year this has included sponsorship of many varied activities; sports events, youth club and playgroup activities, school-based initiatives, cross community groups, individuals and of course charitable organisations such as the local St Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, PIPS and the Southern Area Hospice. In return for this, we would hope that the Credit Union’s profile within the community is maintained through display of our logo on sports kits, event programmes, etc., through local press coverage of presentation ceremonies and also through the various strands of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. However, even more important is word of mouth when those groups or individuals assisted by Lurgan Credit Union inform others of our assistance and how we have been of benefit to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PETPAD organise the local round annual Art Competition on behalf of the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU). Local winners go through to regional finals and then to an All-Ireland competition. Lurgan Credit Union has had considerable success in the past, both at regional and all-Ireland levels. The standard of work which is on view from the children every year is truly exceptional.

Another annual event organised on behalf of ILCU is the Schools’ Quiz. Local winners go through to regional and All-Ireland finals where many have performed with distinction at all levels in this popular competition.

PETPAD does not confine its work to the common bond, but extends far beyond the shores of this island. We are delighted to be associated with the work of the ILCU Foundation.  Click on the link to find out how we are supporting credit unions in developing countries. www.ilcufoundation.ie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation to St. Anthony’s Bowling Club – 30th January 2020

We were delighted to make a presentation to St. Anthony’s Bowling Club on the 23rd January 2020, who were represented by Sean Trainor. The Bowling Club has been in existence for over forty years and last year saw a significant increase in club membership, especially with regards to younger players. They provide regular club nights and continue in their efforts to develop the sport in the local area, which our funding will be used towards.

Sean Trainor is pictured here with Martin Cullen (Chairman).

 

Presentation to Lurgan Lourdes Fundraising Committee – 30th January 2020

We made a presentation on the 23rd January 2020 to Lurgan Lourdes Fundraising Committee, who are here represented by Enda Brady and Gary McCann. The Lurgan Lourdes Committee help raise funds to assist pilgrims on an annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. This year they are travelling on the 12th May. The Committee recently organised a coffee morning in order to help raise funds and will be carrying out further fundraising throughout the coming months.

Enda Brady and Gary McCann are pictured here with Martin Cullen (Chairman).

 

Presentation to Clann Eireann – 30th January 2020

On the 23rd January 2020, we made a presentation to Roger Sheahan, representing Clann Eireann. This local youth club has been undergoing repair work in order to modernise equipment and grounds. Our donation will form part of the funding towards this and help upgrade the pitches. This forms part of our ongoing sponsorship of local sports clubs in the community.

Roger Sheahan is pictured here with Martin Cullen (Chairman).

 

Presentation to Emma (Art Competition Winner) – 19th December 2019

We were absolutely delighted to present Emma with her certificate for coming in 3rd place in the 8 – 10 category of our Art Competition this year! Emma is a student at Rowandale, with a clear artistic talent. This year’s theme was Walk of Life and produced some amazing pieces of art.

Martin Cullen (Chairman) pictured here with Emma. Also pictured: her entry into the competition.

 

Presentation to Daire Hamill (Strictly Come Dancing – 19th December 2019

On the 28th November 2019, we made a presentation to Daire Hamill and Michelle Kemp. This presentation will be going towards a Strictly Come Dancing style dance competition which will be taking place in the Seagoe Hotel, Portadown on the 14th and 15th February 2020! It is sure to be an amazing event and we are extremely pleased to be sponsoring this. Good luck to everyone participating!

Martin Cullen (Chairman) is pictured here with Daire Hamill and Michelle Kemp.

 

Presentation to St. Enda’s Camogie Club

We made a presentation to Niamh McVeigh, representing St. Enda’s Camogie Club, on the 28th November 2019. Our contribution went towards providing funding for their underage camogie presentation night, which this year took place in November. The presentation night is a great night for all involved, recognising hard work, commitment and great fun for all the players.

Martin Cullen (Chairman) is pictured here with Niamh McVeigh.

 

Presentation to St. Mary’s, Derrytrasna – 30th October 2019

We were delighted to make a presentation to St Mary’s Primary School, Derrytrasna, represented here by Una McAlinden. This local school will be commemorating it’s 50th anniversary this year and our sponsorship will help fund their celebration. This will be a celebration for the local community, inviting all those attending the school, those previously connected with the school and their family circles.

Jimmy Smyth (Secretary) with Una McAlinden.

 

Presentation to FOSPA – 30th October 2019

On the 25th October 2019, we made a presentation to Claire Duncan, representing the Friends of St. Patrick’s, Aghacommon. We are delighted to help contribute to their Santa Sunday, which will be taking place in the school on the 1st December 2019. This is a great event, where the children are able to meet Santa and will be a wonderful festive experience!

Fiona Clarke (CEO) with Claire Duncan.

 

Presentation to Lurgan Celtic FC – 15th October 2019

We are delighted to have made a presentation on the 10th October 2019 to Kevin and Daegan Magee, who were representing Lurgan Celtic FC. Lurgan Celtic FC have ten underage teams, providing football for kids aged 6 to 16 years and have been using equipment which is old and in need of replacing. This funding will go towards replacing old equipment and help ensure each child will have their own ball to train with. This ultimately will improve their skills and help to enhance the coaching experience for local children.

Martin Cullen (Chairman) is pictured here with Kevin and Daegan Magee.

 

Presentation to Lough Road Learning Centre – 15th October 2019

On the 10th October 2019, we made a presentation to Sally Blaney, who was representing the Lough Road Learning Centre. Our funding will go towards the Pupil of the Week scheme. The Lough Road Learning Centre aims to help children aged between 11 – 14 who display social, behavioural, emotional and wellbeing difficulties and are unable to be maintained in mainstream schools. They reward positive behaviour and operate a Positive Incentives Programme, which the Pupil of the Week scheme is an integral part of. We are delighted to be involved in funding this extremely worthwhile scheme.

Martin Cullen (Chairman) is pictured here with Sally Blaney.

 

Presentation to Derrytrasna Playgroup Breakfast & Afterschool Club – 15th October 2019

We were delighted to make a presentation on the 10th October 2019 to Derrytrasna Playgroup Breakfast and Afterschool Club. The Club was represented by Sinead Campbell. The Playgroup is hosting a Hallowe’en Fundraising Disco on the 25th October 2019. This will be a great event for local children, including a DJ, and the funds will go towards helping improve the breakfast and afterschools clubs for local children.

Martin Cullen (Chairman) is pictured here with Sinead Campbell.

 

Presentation to Magheralin Parish Caring Association – 15th October 2019

On the 10th October 2019, we made a presentation to Magheralin Parish Caring Association, represented here by Jill Martin and Yvonne Watson. Our funding will go towards the cost of Seniors Movie Nights, a free social event for senior citizens living in the Magheralin and Dollingstown area. These are very popular events for the local senior citizens, where they are treated to a classic movie, popcorn and ice cream. This provides an essential opportunity for local citizens to meet up, socialise, and enjoy a night out.

Martin Cullen (Chairman) is pictured here with Jill Martin and Yvonne Watson.

 

Presentation to Chrysalis Women’s Centre – 12th September 2019

We made a presentation on the 6th September 2019 to the Chrysalis Women’s Centre, here represented by Joanne McClean and Cathy McDonald. Our donation will go towards the purchase of new equipment for the Centre, which is used both by the children who attend and also by members of the local community for cookery demonstrations, arts and crafts and other activities. We are delighted to help ensure that members of our local community can enjoy such activities fully.

Martin Cullen (Chairman) is pictured here with Joanne McClean and Cathy McDonald.

 

Presentation to Godfrey Martin – 12th September 2019

On the 6th September 2019, we made a presentation to Godfrey Martin. Godfrey has organised a Golf Classic fundraiser in memory of his father, to be held on the 20th September at Lurgan Golf Club. The fundraiser is in aid of The Kevin Ball Repatriation Trust, who help repatriate those home who pass away whilst abroad. We were very pleased to be able to help sponsor the fundraiser and wish them all the best.

Martin Cullen (Chairman) is pictured here with Godfrey Martin.

 

Presentation to Lurgan Tennis Club – 12th September 2019

We made a presentation on the 6th September 2019 to Lurgan Tennis Club, represented here by Cheryl Hall and John Marsden. Our contribution will be used to help establish a junior tennis club, with projected numbers between 20 and 30. We are delighted to help fund this opportunity for children in the local community to become involved in sports.

Martin Cullen (Chairman) pictured here with Cheryl Hall and John Marsden.

 

Presentation to Lurgan Masters Open Swimming Club – 9th August 2019

We were delighted to make a presentation on the 2nd August 2019 to Lurgan Masters and Open Water Swimming Club. They are here represented by Turlough O’Hagan and Francis McAlinden. Our funding will go towards a charity all inclusive open water swim event and family fun day, which aims to ensure that members from all over the community (including special Olympic swimmers) can take part and have a great day. This event is due to take place at Oxford Island on the 14th September.

Fiona Clarke (CEO) is pictured here with Turlough O’Hagan and Francis McAlinden.

 

Presentation to Rodney Wiggins (Craigavon Cardiac Care Association) – 9th August 2019

On the 2nd August 2019, we made a presentation to Rodney Wiggins who was raising funds in aid of Craigavon Cardiac Care Association’s annual Christmas draw. We are delighted to make this presentation, which will help fund prizes for the draw. We have been sponsoring the draw for a number of years and the association is a great charity who help fund vital work for those affected.

Fiona Clarke (CEO) is pictured here with Rodney Wiggins.

 

Presentation to AFC Craigavon – 9th August 2019

On the 10th July 2019, we made a presentation to AFC Craigavon FC. They were represented by Donal Wells and John Crooks. AFC Craigavon are the only intermediate team in the local area who have their own pitch and approximately sixty men, women and children involved with the club. They are one of only two senior teams that play in the Mid Ulster football league and our sponsorship will be used to help subsidise the cost of new equipment for the club.

Rose Skeffington is pictured here with Donal Wells and John Crooks.

 

Presentation to Disabled Friends Association – 9th August 2019

We were delighted to make a presentation on the 10th July 2019 to the Disabled and Friends Association, who were represented here by Colette McCorry, Mary Watkins, and Michael Lavery. This is part of our ongoing sponsorship supporting local clubs and community organisation and will help fund the organisations pilgrimage to Lourdes, which will take place in September of this year.

Rose Skeffington is pictured here with Colette McCorry, Michael Lavery and Mary Watkins.

 

Presentation to FADD

On the 10th July 2019, we made a presentation to Friends of FADD. Local dancers from FADD Studios will be participating in the World Hip Hop Dance Championships this year in August, which will take place in Arizona, USA. In order to progress to this stage, FADD studios participated against dancers from Cork to Belfast, judged by a team of international judges and eventually got through to this stage. Our sponsorship will go towards running costs for the dancers to participate in this wonderful competition.

Rose Skeffington is picture here with Fiona Bawn, along with Sadie, Ella, Caitlin, Andrew, Mia and Madisyn.

 

Presentation to Shane Traynor – 9th August 2019

On the 10th July 2019, we were delighted to make a presentation to Shane Traynor. Shane is a wheelchair basketball player at the Craigavon Lakers Basketball Club and exhibits great potential. Our sponsorship will go towards a new sports wheelchair, which will enable Shane to participate not only in training at the local leisure centre but other development training opportunities. This will enable him to hone his skills and provide further opportunities for Shane.

Rose Skeffington is pictured here with Shane Traynor.

 

Presentation to Derryhirk United – 9th August 2019

We were delighted to make a presentation on the 10th July 2019 to Derryhirk United, represented here by David Molloy. Derryhirk United are a local football club who have been running for 32 years and have entered the Mid Ulster league for all of these. Last season, they won the Foster Cup for the first time and were promoted to the Mid Ulster Division One. Our sponsorship will be used towards entering the league and towards running costs and equipment for the players.

David Molloy is pictured here with Rose Skeffington.

 

Presentation to Clan Na Gael – 18th June 2019

We were delighted to make a presentation to Clan Na Gael on the 13th June 2019, on behalf of Paul O’Hagan. The sponsorship will go towards supporting the club to attend the All Ireland Feile, taking part this year from the 28th to 20th June in Connacht. This forms part of our ongoing sponsorship of sporting groups in the local community.

Paul O’Hagan, Conor Lennon and C O’Neill are pictured here with Fiona Clarke (CEO).

 

Presentation to Lurgan and Portadown Gateway Club – 18th June 2019

On 13th June 2019 a presentation was made to the Lurgan and Portadown Gateway Club. The Lurgan and Portadown Gateway Club is run by volunteers and provide a range of activities for adults and young adults with disabilities in our local community. This donation will be used to fund a day trip to the Marine Court Hotel in Bangor for 60 members, and volunteers.

Valerie Robinson is pictured here with Fiona Clarke (CEO).

 

Presentation to LGFA- 18th June 2019

On the 13th June 2019, we made a presentation to C Lennon, C Brady and N Henderson representing Armagh LGFA. The sponsorship forms part of our ongoing sponsorship of local sports and the local community and will help support ladies Gaelic football in Armagh, especially as they work towards their Centre of Excellence plans.

Chris Lennon, Caitlin Brady and Niamh Henderson pictured here with Fiona Clarke (CEO).

 

Presentation to Danaan Crafts – 18th June 2019

We were delighted to make a presentation to Sinead McMahon of Danann Crafts Creative Hub on the 13th June 2019. Danann Crafts will be holding a Craft Village and Art Exhibition at Brownlow House on the 6th July 2019. This event will present up to 30 crafters inside Brownlow House, with 20 further artists on the grass outside and is aimed at all of the family. Along with presenting local artists and crafters, there will also be live demonstrations and pop-up workshops throughout the day. Our sponsorship will also be used towards the Crafty Summer Scheme, running from the start of July to the end of August, which is anticipated to be attended by up to 100 children.

Sinead McMahon is pictured here with Fiona Clarke (CEO).

 

Presentation to Brownlow Festival Committee – 18th June 2019

On the 13th June 2019, we made a presentation to D Lavery and B Curran, who were representing Brownlow Festival Committee. Brownlow Festival is set to run from the 29th June to the 6th July 2019, taking place in various locations across Brownlow. The festival will include entertainment for all ages, including sporting activities, a pub quiz, an already created mosaic project which the public can add to, and culminating in a final day which includes a roller disco.

Des Lavery and Brian Curran are pictured here with Fiona Clarke (CEO).

 

Presentation to Lurgan Bowling Club – 18th June 2019

On the 13th June 2019, we made a presentation to Lurgan Bowling Club, represented here by their president, Charles Maguire and the Vice President, Bobby Ruddell. Our sponsorship will be used to support the club’s smooth running throughout the 2019 season. This local club had a fantastic previous season, with two of the Senior Four teams facing each other in the Final, and the women’s team had great success, finishing third in the senior league.

Charles Maguire and Bobby Ruddell pictured here with Fiona Clarke (CEO).

 

St Peters Running Club / Rock the Lakes & Lough – 24th May 2019

We were delighted to be invited to the launch event for Rock the Lakes & Lough, a 10 mile and 5k around Craigavon Lakes. We are helping to sponsor this event, which will take place on Sunday 25th August 2019 at 11am and starts from Oxford Island Discovery Centre.

The event is sure to be popular and early bird registrations are available, so if you’d like to take part please check it out and sign up via this link: https://athleticsni.org/Fixtures/General-Fixtures/Lurgan-Lakes-and-Lough

 

Glenavon FC – 24th May 2019

On the 23rd May 2019, we made a presentation to Glenavon FC, represented here by Jeff and Bailey Magee. This presentation will help fund the Youth Football and Volunteers Awards Dinner, which we have been delighted to help sponsor for the past three seasons, and which recognises the efforts and achievements of young people throughout the season.

Martin Cullen is pictured here with Jeff and Bailey Magee.

 

Lurgan Amateur Swimming Club – 24th May 2019

We were delighted to make a presentation to the Lurgan Amateur Swimming Club on the 23rd March 2019. This presentation was made to Matteo Taddea, along with Edel, Caitlin and Aimee McConville and will form a vital part of their end of year swim gala for all club members, which this year will have an Olympics theme. This forms part of our ongoing sponsorship of sports in the local community.

Martin Cullen is pictured here with Matteo Taddea, along with Edel, Caitlin and Aimee McConville.

 

Wolfe Tones – 24th May 2019

We made a presentation on the 23rd May 2019 to the Wolfe Tones, represented here by Eimear McGeown and Rosie Gallagher. The sponsorship will go towards the All Ireland Féile and this is the first time a girls team has been sent to represent Wolfe Tones. We are delighted to be sponsoring the team as part of our ongoing sponsorship of sports in the local community.

Martin Cullen is pictured here with Eimear McGeown and Rosie Gallagher.

 

Golden Millennium Club – 24th May 2019

On 23th May 2019, we made a presentation to the Golden Millennium Club, who are here represented by Anne McCrory. The Golden Millennium Club was started in 2000 to help support the needs of older members in the local community and does so through providing support for both physical and emotional health. Our sponsorship went towards running costs for a sponsored walk which helps raise funds for the club.

Martin Cullen is pictured with Anne McCrory.

 

Craigavon Table Tennis Club Presentation – 9th May 2019

We were delighted to make a presentation to Craigavon Table Tennis Club on the 8th May 2019, here represented by Sinead and Aedan McGivern. The club is now four years old and in that time, two of the players have represented Ireland and now play regularly for Ulster. Aedan McGivern, who is pictured here, has also been selected for Ireland to represent schools. The funding will be used to help coach the young players.

 

Autism NI Presentation – 9th May 2019

A presentation was made to Autism NI on the 8th May 2019. Moira Gray organised a coffee morning and Easter egg hunt which was held at Mount Zion this year in April. Autism NI’s aim is to provide better services for the Autism community, including parent and family support networks, developmental research and training and education courses. Autism NI is represented here by Sarah, Stephen and Adalynn McShane, who are pictured with Martin Cullen (Chairman).

 

Simon Community Presentation – 9th May 2019

On the 8th May 2019, we made a presentation to the Simon Community, a well-known charity which works with homeless people throughout Northern Ireland. The Simon Community helps over 3,000 people every year from all walks of life and is vital in a community which has seen growing homelessness over the last few years. The presentation was made to Amanda Scott, who is pictured here with Martin Cullen (Chairman).

 

North Lurgan Playgroup Presentation – 9th May 2019

A presentation was made on the 8th May 2019 to North Lurgan Playgroup, represented here by Sinead McAlinden. The Playgroup plays a vital role in the community, helping child development from the age of three until they are ready to start school. Our donation will be used to help fund the purchase of new equipment for this local group.

Sinead is pictured here with Martin Cullen (Chairman).

 

St. Anthony’s Bowling Club – 15th February 2019

On the 14th February 2019, we made a presentation to Christina Breen, who was representing St. Anthony’s Bowling Club. This was part of our ongoing sponsorship of sports clubs in the local area and will be used by the club to continue their efforts to develop sport in the local area.

Christina is pictured here with Martin Cullen, Chairman.

 

GROW – 15th February 2019

We made a presentation to Roseanna McCabe, representing GROW, on the 14th February 2019. GROW was originally founded in Australia to help those who are experiencing mental health difficulties through providing peer support. Our sponsorship will help with the running costs of GROW and enable them to provide more support to those in the local community.

Roseanna is pictured here with Martin Cullen, Chairman.