We all need a bit of time to ourselves to nurture our own needs. Find your favourite way to chill out and wind down with one of our many diverse classes here at Clonmany Community Centre.
Get inspired and energized within our craft centre with one of our hands-on art classes here at Clonmany Community Centre. Experiment with creative processes, discover and explore your favourite art medium – or try something new. We have art classes for all ages – from drawing and watercolours to oils and paints. Get messy in our creative studio. With a wide variety of classes available all year long – register your interest in a class or a series of classes.
We can provide the perfect creative setting for private art parties too, perfect for bridal parties, birthdays, special occasions, community groups, and corporate team-building events.
Basket Making with Brendan Farren
My name is Brendan Farren. I am an artist living in Greencastle, in Inishowen. I have called my artistic endeavours Big Green Art, as I’m drawn to make big sculptures with natural materials. Working with wood and, in particular, willow has enabled me to grow and harvest my own materials. I consider it very important to share this nature connection with others. I offer basketmaking classes, as well as working with children and youth in hands-on art projects. Check out biggreenart.com to see some of my previous work.
Our Cookery Classes come with guidance from esteemed local chefs. Elevate your culinary confidence with new recipes, skills and experience that will satisfy any appetite. Join in on our wonderful cookery classes and explore both regional and global cuisines, with options for every preference. Make your own kitchen the next premier dining destination for friends and family when you book a cooking class at Clonmany Community Centre today.
Our Dressmaking Classes are aimed at the complete beginner who would like to learn to sew seams, finish raw edges, create darts in garments, insert a zip, and sew a hem. Class participants will have the option to use their own machine, or a machine provided and will learn to make buttonholes, so they can style themselves or their families in fabulous homemade designs. Everyone will have the opportunity to sew using a simple pattern to make a skirt, while learning many more fundamental dressmaking techniques.
I’m Danny from Dragon All Style Martial Arts Federation International. Our style of martial arts focuses on teaching students of all ages simple and easy to apply techniques that work best for self defence. We incorporate joint locking, striking, kicking and throwing techniques that are designed to be used against stronger opponents. We also include the use of pressure points in our system which can be used to enhance any technique. This is taught to our advanced and adult students only.
Patchwork Quilting, is a form of needlework used to make quilts, clothing, cushions, bags, wall-hangings, table runners and other decorative and useful items.
It is a fabulous way to clear out your scrap fabric, using up odd bits and pieces of fabric, old clothes and even ties to make creative and beautiful keepsakes. It is a sociable and bonding activity and many of our class members return time and time again not just for the tutoring but also for the chat! Our Patchwork classes do not require any sewing skills, you will learn all the basic skills you need right from the start.
Our Pottery Tutor at Clonmany Community Centre is Brian McGee of Brian McGee Ceramics. A lifetime of working in pottery from his studio in Donegal while also teaching his skills has ensured that Brian McGee has a broad and intimate knowledge of his craft. He has expertise in a very wide range of techniques over the years including throwing, Raku, modelling, pit firing, and kiln building and is an enthusiastic and generous teacher.
Brian was born in Derry and studied Art and Design (Ceramics ) at Birmingham Art College. He worked in a variety of potteries until setting up his own studio in 1987 in St. Johnston. He was the director of Craftworks Pottery School in Derry from 97 to 2001, training people to work in the pottery sector.
His work includes public sculpture such as St. Finian Mural 2014 at Scoil Naomh Finian Quigleys Point Donegal, the Mosaic Plinth and sculpture 2013 (In collaboration with Maurice Harron) Clonmany National school and the Seeing it through Mural 2007 (Bloody sunday memorial) Gasyard Wall Derry
He works part time as a lecturer in ceramics at the North West Regional College in Derry.
Hi I’m Caren from Feel Free Tai Chi. Tai Chi was originally developed as a martial art in China, which is now practiced around the world, and here locally as a health promoting exercise.
Qigong involves guided movemnt, mediation, and co-ordinated breathing. It is used in traditional Chinese hospitals and is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world as an effective practice, both for people dealing with ilness and those who want to prevent it.
Tai Chi and Qigong work together to revitalize the body and promote health and wellbeing. With regular practice they can strengthen the immune system, reduce stress, anxiety & depression, help with asthma, migraines and arthritis as well as a host of other ailments. It is suitable for all ages, young and old, men, women and children.
I have been practicing Tai Chi and Qigong for over 12 years and teaching approximately 6 years. It has had a massive positive impact on my mental and physical wellbeing and for this reason I want to share my knowledge with others.
I’m Claire Harkin from Claire’s Handwoven Craft. I’m a woven Textile Artist based in Clonmany. I graduated from the National College of Art in 2004. My work is inspired by the beauty of nature and the scenery that surrounds me in Donegal. I have a passion for heritage and weaving and would love for the dying craft to be passed on to future generations. I like to teach textile crafts such as handweaving, Tapestry and felt making.
Hi! I’m Kasia and I’m a Dance and Zumba instructor of eMotion Dance & Zumba Fitness. Dance was my passion since I was a child, and my dream was to become a professional dancer. I was in love with swing jive and rock & roll but also wanted to learn different dance styles especially Latino. In 2006 I came to Ireland and two years later I decided to learn Salsa then added in a few different styles such as Bachata, Cha Cha and Kizomba. In 2018 I discovered ZUMBA – as I have always been full of passion, energy and interested in fitness, Zumba was the ideal combination of everything I was looking for. Zumba Fitness is a high intensity cardio fitness program based on dance. It is easy to follow and includes styles such as Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Bachata, Afro Beat Bhangra, Funk etc. The classes usually last one hour and the average calorie burn is between 600-1000. Classes are full of fun, energetic and sustainable for all fitness levels and ages over 16. Zumba comes in many varieties and I am fully qualified to teach Zumba Fitness, Zumba gold (a lower intensity workout for active older adults), Zumba Kids and Aqua Zumba.
My classes take place in Moville, Clonmany Community Centre, Quigley’s Point and I am hoping to expand to include other venues. I love all my classes and students, each class is an amazing experience full of fun, great company and amazing dances. Together we have created a wee Zumba family right here in Inishowen and we regularly have nights out, fun days and Festive Parties. You are more than welcome to join us. See you soon on the dance floor
Walk and Talk Group
Clonmany Community Walk and Talk first began as part of the Donegal Green Prescription, an innovative programme based on the theory that physical activity in nature affects physical and mental health in a positive fashion. It was introduced to the community by the then manager, Kathleen Coady who assisted members in registering for training. Two community members partook in a 6-week course at Clonmany Community Centre followed by a weekend training course in Letterkenny in order to become fully certified leaders and succeeded in growing an enthusiastic group of walkers now with four fully qualified leaders! Our walks accommodate all fitness levels and are open to any member of the community looking to become more active and/or meet new people. We meet every Thursday at 10:20 outside Clonmany Community Centre, no matter what the weather and we go for a stroll and a chat. In the Summer we bring lunch and tea and eat at a bench along the way however in the winter we pop back to the Centre for tea, biscuits and a natter. The walk and talk group is very relaxed, people come and go as they please and are always welcomed back. We take it in turns to pick the walk and have just two simple rules– No Pets and No Social Media.