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Whoriskey’s Eurospar in line for National Q Mark
The National Q Mark Awards 2017 nominations have been announced and Whoriskey's Eurospar, Ramelton are among the companies representing Donegal this year for the much sought-after National Q Mark Award for Hygiene and Food Safety.
The coveted Q Mark is awarded only to companies who achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence. The Q Mark awards celebrate the success of businesses over a range of sectors that review 100% of their processes and procedures 100% of the time so that they continually operate best practice standards.
The glitzy, black tie ceremony, which will take place on Friday the 29th of September, will see over 450 people representing 135 companies converge at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road in Dublin 4 to battle it out for the prestigious National Q Mark Awards. The Master of Ceremonies will be Chicago based keynote speaker, author and business humorist Conor Cunneen; Irishman Speaks.
EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) has been the Irish National Quality Association since 1969. They currently audit the operating standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally.
EIQA is known as the ‘Guardian’ of The Q Mark suite of standards which includes: The Q Mark for Hygiene & Food Safety, The Q Mark for Quality Management Systems, The Q Mark for Nursing Homes, The Q Mark for Leisure Centre’s, The Q Mark for Accessibility (ABLE) and The Q Mark for Environmental Awareness (The Green Q).
Only business that achieve the highest scores at audit are shortlisted in their relevant category. Once Shortlisted, all companies must complete a very detailed submission document. This submission document is then presented to an expert panel of independent judges from the areas of Food Safety, Employment Law, Academia, Business & Quality to name but a few.
Speaking at the launch of this year’s awards Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said “To be nominated for The Q Mark Awards is an enormous achievement. Companies who achieve the Q Mark provide their own customers with added confidence in their products and demonstrate that the highest standards of quality and excellence are at the heart of their business”

Ramelton teenagers warned to stay away from Quay buildings
Community leaders in Ramelton have warned of ‘an accident waiting to happen’ along the Quay in Ramelton as number of young people have  been entering derelict buildings and climbing up to the top floor windows.
Cllr. Ian McGarvey said he was concerned about anyone entering these premises and all measures must be put in place by the owners and the relevant authorities to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the public. At the same time he said that parents should be fully aware of the whereabouts of their family members at all times and they need to be reminded that it is an offence to ‘trespass’ on private property.
In recent months numbers of youngsters both male and female have been spotted on a number of occasions in broad daylight looking out from the top windows of these disused buildings. It is not clear how they are managing to reach the top window sills from inside the buildings.
There is much concern over the status and safety of youngsters climbing to these levels and measures are called for to ensure these premises are properly secured to prevent unauthorised entry.

Harvest Thanksgiving
Ramelton Presbyterian Church will hold their Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 1st October at 12 noon and 7.30p.m. Harvest Supper served after evening service. Everyone welcome.

Coffee Morning
The Annual Donegal Hospice Coffee Morning will be help on Friday 22nd September in Robertson School Ramelton from 10am till 1pm. Everyone welcome.

Harvey’s Point trip
The bus will leave Robertson School on Church Street at 5.30pm on Wednesday the 11th of October for the Ramelton Care of the Aged trip to Harvey's Point. The Evening meal, dance and bus costs only €65. The closing date for the last bookings is Friday the 29th of September as numbers are needed to be confirmed for the hotel.
Contact Anthony 086 0822426 or Chris on 074-9151799 for more information and please pay a deposit to book your seat.

The Ramelton Care of the Aged have announced that the Chiropodist will visit the Makemie Hall on Church Street on Monday the 2nd of October from 9.30am onwards for anyone wishing to avail of his services.

Knitting and crochet classes
Knitting and crochet classes will be starting on Monday the 25th Sept in St Mary’s old school, Ramelton at 7.30pm. Phone Mary 087 2376737 or Kathleen 9151221 for information or just come along on the night.  All welcome in aid of SVP Ramelton.

Ramelton Girls Brigade
Ramelton Girls Brigade began in the Makemie Hall, Ramelton on Monday night from 6.45 - 8p.m. Late enrolment is welcome. 

Get Fit and Tone Up
Get Fit and Tone Up at the Ramelton Community Centre on Mondays at 7.30pm for Circuits. Tuesday and Thursday for Bums and Tums at 7.30pm. Pay as you go or with a monthly subscription. Please call Margaret on 086 3839423 for more information.

Ramelton Baby & Toddler Group
Ramelton Baby & Toddler Group began back on Thursday 14th Sept and run every Thursday from 10.30-12pm during school terms in the Makemie Hall behind Ramelton Presbyterian Church. All mammies, daddies, grandparents and childminders welcome. Free admission, come along and join the fun!

Country Market
Ramelton Country Market will be in Letterkenny this Friday beside Greene’s shoe Shop in Market Square from 10.30am - 2.00pm. We are also in Ramelton Town Hall this Saturday from 11.00am - 12.30pm. Fresh home baked produce, eggs, jams/jellies/chutney and more. Sweet treats, cheesecakes, home made chocolates, various fruit tarts and more. Ready meals, vegetarian and meat dishes. Wonderful fresh flowers, potted plants, herbs and more. Orders for both Letterkenny & Ramelton on 0879699715 before 10am. If you have a special occasion coming up why not contact us and let us help you with all your catering requirements. Gifts can be ordered & personalised from our crafts people, small pieces of painted furniture, bunting, knitted/crocheted goods card orders.  Collect all orders at our advance orders table. Loyalty cards also available. See you Saturday. Follow us on Facebook for updates.

Hatha Yoga Classes
Hatha Yoga Classes began in the Ramelton Town Hall on Thursday last and continues every Thursday from 7.00 - 8.15pm. €45 for 6 weeks or €9 drop-in, concessions €36 or €6 Suitable for beginners/improvers. Contact Jane on 086 8367776.

Bowling Club
The Ramelton Bowling Club continues its autumn-winter activities every Monday at 8pm. If anyone in the Community would like to take up the sport you will be very welcome to come along to the Makemie Hall and try it out for a few nights before joining.

St Mary’s SVDP
From time to time, families and individuals can find themselves in real need.
It may be big or small, short term or long term; whatever the circumstances, contact us on our mobile 087 143 6640. YOUR CALL IS CONFIDENTIAL.

Second Encounter Charity Shop
Please drop in your used/unwanted clothing, bedding (not quilts or pillows), shoes, belts and bric-a-brac to the Charity Shop which is open Monday to Saturday from 10am. till 5pm. Many thanks for your support.

Tennis Coaching
After-school tennis coaching resumes on Wednesday’s. Under 9’s from 3.30 to 4.30 p.m., and over 9’s  from 4.30 to 5.30 p.m. The fee for the series of 5 one - hour lessons is €20 per pupil. Contact Mary at 087 9773957 for further details.

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