IPA Sean O’Colmáin Scholarship

14 December 2009

Ceol, craic agus caint as Gaeilge le súimhneas. This attractive package is on offer through IPA’s Sean O’ Colmáin Scholarship initiative. It will provide two scholarships for members of IPA families at any Irish College in Section Ireland.

Each year we invite applications from young people at Junior Certificate level who were accepted to an Irish College during the previous year. Successful applicants will have their fee reimbursed by IPA subject to production of a receipt for payment, in full, of the fees required by the College of their choice. We’re now seeking applications from Junior Certificate Students who attended the Gaeltacht during the summer of 2009. Applicants are required to submit an essay, in the Irish language to IPA Ireland. The title and length of the essay is left to the discretion of the author.

Essays should include the name, address, and phone number of the author and be endorsed by the IPA parent or guardian and include their Garda registered number.

Submit applications to Michael Walsh, Youth Exchange Secretary, IPA House, 13 Iona Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 or email your entry to on or before the 31st March 2010. The winning essays will be published in the IPA Journal.

Don’t Forget!

14 December 2009

€6,600 in sponsorship available for attendance of members at Police related seminars at IBZ, Gimbon Castle, Germany.

Letter received by Noel Kelleher, IPA Office Dublin

14 December 2009

Greetings again Noel, from South Australia,
Well, we made it back home after our 14 days in Canada, 27 days in Ireland and 5 days in Singapore. The time we spent with our friends, the Stasiaks, in Ireland was made so easy with the IPA accommodation at Dublin, Sligo, Galway, Killarney and again in Dublin prior to flying out. The apartments were first class, though we were a bit concerned to see the river water rise up the wall of the building at Sligo after the first nights very heavy rains. Their locations are very good, handy to all facilities within the cities and towns they are sited in. We did miss a clothes washing machine in all except Killarney, this was a God send for us all. Our favourite would be Killarney, a truly excellent apartment, but also, your headquarters building in Dublin is truly magnificent, and we thoroughly enjoyed both our times there, and meeting and talking with the various other guests there. Stan and I both enjoyed watching the All Ireland Hurling Final on the TV there, and seeing all the crowd walking through the streets in their colours. Thank you Noel, for your time and assistance in arranging this for us, it was truly a privilege to be able to use your facilities for what was for us all, a truly memorable holiday in Ireland, We managed to drive 4,362 kilometers round principally the centre and Western coastal side of your country. The colours are vibrant, the rain wet and the people friendly.

Thanks again for the privilege of staying with you.

Yours in friendship,

Bryan & Beth (Plus June and Stan)

Another book launch with an IPA connection

14 December 2009

book cover

Christine Moran’s first book is titled Dear Precious Being and is a book of spiritual affirmations. Christine who was born in County Westmeath is married to Tom, former National Supplies Secretary, IPA Ireland and jointly they have a family of nine adult children and ten grandchildren. Christine grew up in the excitement of farm life and has a love of nature. She has a Masters degree in humanities and is co founder of New Beginnings Counselling Services, located in the Irish midlands. She works there as a psychotherapist and supervisor. She lectures on counselling training courses and facilitates therapeutic workshops throughout the country.

Christine’s book will be launched at Belvedere House & Gardens, Mullingar on Friday 11th December at 8pm and will be available in selected Eason’s stores, (Galway and Athlone), Charlie Byrne’s, Galway and Independent Bookshops, (at €9.99) in second week of December. The book can also be purchased online at and at IPA Journal will carry a review of the book in the February issue, together with a competition for a signed copy of the book.