Meeting of Parents of New Alter Servers: An information night on Child Protection will be held at 8:30pm on Monday the 17th June in the Boys National School Ballinamore. It is important that all parents involved attend this meeting.

Meeting of Parents of New Alter Servers: An information night on Child Protection will be held at 8:30pm on Monday the 17th June in the Boys National School Ballinamore. It is important that all parents involved attend this meeting.

Ballinamore After School: We are coming to the end of another year and we have a limited number of places available for September 2013. We will be holding an open week between the10th June and the 14th June 2013 for booking new children into the service. Places are limited and we will be operating a waiting list. Please feel free to call in and meet staff and see what we have to offer. Deirdre, Phyllis and Teresa.

Free WEEE recycling: Free WEEE recycling for Ballinamore as ERP, in association with Leitrim County Council, confirm collection day at Tesco Car Park, New Line Road on 14th June. The European Recycling Platform (ERP) in association with Leitrim County Council will hold a free responsible electrical & electronic recycling day on Friday the 14th June at Tesco Car park, New Line Road in Ballinamore from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. Householders are encouraged to bring along their electrical waste – any unwanted electrical items with a plug or a battery – where they will be responsibly recycled free of charge. ERP’s mission is to ensure cost-effective implementation of the European Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive through innovative waste management strategies for the benefit of participating companies, their customers, as well as the environment. Since its establishment ERP has collected, treated and recycled over 1 million tonnes of WEEE. ERP Recycling Officers will be on hand to help with the unloading of items. For further information visit

Craic le chéile cois na h’Abhann - A date for your Diary: Craic cois na h’Abhann will take place over the weekend of the 19th to the 21st of July in the grounds of Aughawillan G.A.A. with a host of events inspiring fun, culture, heritage and sport. Celebrating the communities of Corraleehan and Aughawillan, we invite our neighbours, friends and expatriates to join us, with a programme of events that will entertain both young and old. More information to follow.

Church of Ireland: Church Street, Ballinamore, Sunday Service is at 12.15pm every Sunday except on the 4th Sunday which is held in Drumreilly Church, Drumreilly.

John McGahern Bus Tour: Wed 12th, Frank has organised a bus tour of Ballinamore, Aughawillian, Corraleehan and Fenagh with a visit to Glenview Museum to view the many items there identified with and presented by John McGahern. In the afternoon the tour will visit Carrick-on-Shannon, Cootehall and Boyle, all associated with John and his writings. Anyone interested can obtain details from Frank at

200th Birthday Celebrations of Margaret of New Orleans: On Saturday 15 June 2013 The Margaret of New Orleans committee are having their Heritage Day as part of The Gathering to celebrate Margaret’s 200th Birthday. The cottage will be officially opened by our very own talented David Rawle from “Moone Boy”. The opening will be followed by a day of Heritage craft demonstrations from weaving to clay sculpting and you will be able to come away from the day with an item you have made yourself! There will also be music and food available throughout the day at the cottage. The day is free, with donations welcome and all activities are suitable for all the family. The day will be proceeded by an evenings entertainment including specially commissioned pieces by Charlie McGettigan, Karl McCartins school of dance, John McCartin, Tony Fahy and Maura Williamsons Youth drama productions. For a full programme of events please visit The day commences at 10:00am with artisan displays and the opening at 11:00am. Evenings entertainment starts at 8:30pm in the Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen. Admission €10 and family rates available. Booking is advisable for the evening on 049 4339612 or Margaret of New Orleans Heritage Day June 15th 2013 For full details of event visit

Ballinamore Community Centre Whist DriveResults: Top Score (€30) Doreen Woods 153. 1st Lady Monica Sharpley 147 (€10). 2nd Lady Shirley Pratt 145 (€7). 3rd Lady Kay Dolan 143 (€5). ½ time Lady Eva Thompson 79 (€5). 1st Gent Mary Maguire 148 (€10). 2nd Gent Eddie Fleming 143 (€7). 3rd Gent Carl Johnston 142 (€5. Longest sitting Lady Madge Fleming (free card). Longest sitting Gent Sean Creamer (free card). Raffle 1st Shirley Pratt, 2nd Bram Pratt, 3rd Mary Maguire, 4th John Maguire.

Camino de Santiago: There are still some places left on Third Age’s trip on the Camino de Santiago which takes place on the first week of September. All proceeds will go to our Senior Help Line, a peer to peer listening service for older people. If you know anyone who would be interested in this opportunity, please contact Neil on or 0834260081 to receive more information or book a place.

Dialogues through Literature - Readers Symposium - 27-29th June 2013 Ballinamore: An inspiring three-day programme of literary events with award winning authors. Registration now open. Thursday, 27th June. Celebrating Culture: Words and Music in Concert. An evening with Eleanor Shanley and Friends. Doors Open 9pm. Tickets €10: Paddy Connaughton M: 087 684 6578. Friday 28th June & Saturday 29th June 2013. Literary Talks and Roundtable Events. 10.15-5pm daily. Registration: Caroline McCartin T: 071 964 5546.(There is no charge but Registration is strongly advised - registration closes 19th June). Literature - a bridge across difference An Litríocht - ag sárú difríochtaí. Hosted by Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s GAA Club, Leitrim. Funded by IFI.

Church Notes: Mass No daily Mass until Friday, Fr. Tom McManus is available. Confessions on Saturday 12noon to 12.30pm Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Sunday 16th for the Year Of Faith. You should try to go. A subsidised bus will travel. Statues: The two statues in the front of the church are St. Patrick and Our Blessed Lady. Fr Duffy had both of them commissioned by an Irish artist. Door Collectors – June: 15th / 16th June Anne Kavanagh / Tommy Moran / Brendan Wisley / Walter Sharpley. Altar Servers Group 3 – for Sun 16th & Sat 23rd June. – James Óg Maguire, Eoin Toolan, Ryan Donohoe

Bus to Knock for Diocesan Pilgrimage: The Diocesan pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday next 16th June. Bus will depart Ballinamore on the Sunday morning from St. Felim’s Square and will leave Knock in the evening at 5:30pm; subsidised bus cost will be just €5. Places should be booked as soon as possible Please to Mary Corby – 071 9645011 / 087 7541234 or Thomas Kelly – 071 9644800 / 087 9610911. Bookings should be in by Friday at the latest.

School of Holiness Open Day: Direction for Our Times. A talk will be given by Dr. Mark Miravalle of Franciscan University Steubenville, Ohio> On Friday the 14th June, 11:30am-1:00pm Place: Diocesan Pastoral Centre. Topic: Private Revelation and the Lay Apostolate of Jesus Christ the Returning King. Everyone welcome!

Parish Website: It is hoped to have a parish website set up in the near future, the meeting had a presentation on the type of websites currently in place in parishes throughout the country and on the benefits of having such a site, improved communications within the parish and the area. A subcommittee has been set up to work on bringing this to completion over the next eight to ten weeks.

Seán O’Heslin’s GAA – Scéalta na Seachtaine: Big Concert in the Park - Tickets can now be booked for the big Concert in the Marquee in the Park on Thursday 27 June with Eleanor Shanley, Charlie McGettigan, Martin Donohoe and others. Patrons are advised to book your tickets now and you will be allocated seats near the stage in order as they are booked. To book ring 087 6846578 or 087 6821566. Lotto - Ní raibh aon bhuaiteoir den Lotto ar an Luan seo caite. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Priors ag 9.30. Pota Óir €5,350.

Tourism workshops and networking events: As part of Leitrim Development Company’s Rural Tourism Networking and Animation Programme, from June to December 2013, eight best practice tourism workshops and networking events will be held. The first of these is being held at the end of June and is suited to those with an existing tourism business / enterprise or those thinking of starting a tourism business / enterprise. The title of the event is ‘Developing your Tourism Business and Effective Networking’. Register your attendance with Karen on 071 91 65973 or karen@firstwestern.iefor either date as follows: 6.30pm – 9.00pm, Wednesday 26th June, 2013, Ard Nahoo Health Farm, Mullagh, DromahairOR6.30pm – 9.00pm, Thursday 27th June, 2013,Lough Rynn Castle Hotel, Mohill.

Tidy Towns: A clean-up will take place on Friday night next. Meet at the Courthouse at 7.20pm. Everyone welcome.

Assorted Fitness: Fitness classes with Michelle Fanning are starting back again on Monday the 17th and Thursday the 20th of June at 8pm in Ballinamore Hall. Also classes in Ballinamore GAA Gym on Tuesday the 18th at 11am and Wednesday the 19th at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. For further information contact Michelle on 0879390980.

ATHLETIC CLUB: The Connacht Under 13 to Under 19 Championships take place in Athlone on Sunday next (16th) and general club training will end for the summer on Thursday evening next. Arrangements will be made for National Community Games qualifiers as in previous years.

Help my Kid Learn Day: The Library Help My Kid Learn Day on 11 June is part of a wider public information campaign going on at the moment, with the TV series on RTE 1 Mondays 7.30pm called “The Family Project”. County Childcare Committees and libraries are actively involved, sharing information about the website. Overall, this campaign, led by the National Adult Literacy Agency, is about raising awareness of the important role parents and guardians can play in supporting their children’s literacy and numeracy development. Ballinamore library have on display books for both parents and children to help support them with this awareness. When in the library you can also log onto the website.

Solas Gallery Ballinamore: This is a dual solo show by mother and daughter Grace Dixon and Jennifer Richardson. Hope you can make it along to pay us a visit before the exhibition closes on June 29th. As usual wine and other refreshments will be served.

Summer Camp 2013: Tanagh Outdoor Education would like to invite anyone between the ages of 9-16 years to participate in Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp. The camps will run daily for one week Monday to Friday. 9.45am-4.30pm Monday -Thursday and on Fridays finish at 3pm. Carrickmacross 1st July -5th July, Monaghan 8th July -12th July, Cavan 15th July - 19th July, Shercock 22nd July- 26th July, Ballybay & Castleblayney 29th July – 2nd August, Monaghan 6th Aug-9th Aug (4 day camp), Cootehill & Clones 12th Aug-16th Aug. FREE transport from local pick up points, FREE T-shirt & goodie bag, FREE Prize Draw.

CRAFT & GIFT FAIR: (In conjunction with the Mid-summer Trad Festival) Sunday, 23rd June, 2013.1.00pm - 6.00pm Community Centre, Milltown, Co. Cavan. With over 30 stands this event will showcase a wide variety of handcrafted goods, artwork and giftware being offered by both local and nationwide exhibitors. Stands will include crafting materials, greeting cards, jewellery, knitted & crocheted items, candles, wood crafts, artwork, sewn items, incense, glassware, skincare products, and food items such as marmalades, sauces & chutneys, plus a facepainter! Admittance is FREE! For further information please visit or ring 087 189 6229.