19th Inf. Battalion FCA hosting events: As part of ‘The Gathering’, The 19th INF Battalion FCA Association are hosting two events in Leitrim & Roscommon. The Leitrim event will be held in The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday, August 2nd from 7pm to 9pm to facilitate a gathering of past members of the 19th Infantry Battalion FCA & their families, from home and abroad. Meet former comrades. View old photographs of Camps & Parades, etc. Exhibition of old uniforms & trophies. Presentation of ‘Certificate of Service’. Social Function The Roscommon event will be held in Boyle on Sunday, August 4th. The 19th Battalion FCA existed from 1959 to 2005 when following a reorganisation of the Reserve Defence Forces, the 19th Bn was stood down in 2005 & replaced by the 58th INF Bn, RDF. The areas covered by the 19th Battalion (Bn) were Boyle, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ballymote, Manorhamilton & Castlerea. The FCA played a very important part in many people’s lives over the years with the annual training camps the highlight of the yearly military calendar. Following the demise of the Bn in 2005, it was felt that an Association should be formed to maintain the link to past comrades & preserve all memorabilia. Thus the Association was inaugurated on June 11th, 2008 and officially launched on September 27, 2009 by Lt. Gen. Jim Shreenan (Retired). Current membership encompasses the operational areas of the Battalion, (Boyle, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ballymote, Manorhamilton & Castlerea). Website: http://19-inf-bn-fca-association.ie/mission/index.html Also on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/nineteenthinfantrybnfca
St Patrick’s Hospital Garden Fete: The St Patrick’s Community Hospital Annual Garden Fete in aid of the Patient Comfort Fund will take place in the Hospital grounds on Sunday September 15th next. Tickets for the Fete Draw are currently on sale with fantastic prizes on offer including a top prize of €1,000, return flights for two to any of 10 UK destinations from Ireland West Airport Knock courtesy of Ireland West Airport Knock, 22” Walker HD Digital LCD TV donated by King & Moffat Electrical, €200 Voucher donated by Gerard Anthony Menswear Superstore, luxurious overnight stay for two with breakfast in Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa donated by Kilronan Castle & Spa and other prizes on the day. Tickets currently on sale €2 each or a book of 6 for €10 (Please support). More details to follow in coming weeks.
Bus to All Ireland Fleadh in Derry: A bus has been organised for those interested in supporting the Moylurg Ceili Band at the All-Ireland Fleadh in Derry on Sunday 18th August. The bus will depart from Elphin at 12 noon and also has a pick up point in Carrick-on-Shannon at 12:20. The bus will return from Derry on Sunday night. The cost is €20 per person and includes the bus and admission to the Ceili Band competition on Sunday evening. Those interested in booking a place should contact Vivienne McDermott as soon as possible on (086) 0798429 or (071) 9635610.
A Promise Kept: “We took her past the heavy oak doors of St. Mary’s Church where, on a cold January day 80 years ago, she was washed in the waters of baptism, where she was confirmed and had made her first communion. Where her name is inscribed in Latin in the strong hand of the parish priest. It was the church where she had stopped on the way to the railway station one morning in 1927, the day she was taking the first uncertain steps to a new life in America. “A frightened 18 year old came to ask God not to forsake her in the strange new land, and to see her safely across the ocean to this great new adventure. Now she was back again, back for the last time because we had promised her this. “Promised her that when she died, we would take her ashes back to the West of Ireland town where she had been born and spread them along the banks of the river where she had played as a child.” Read this full moving story in Leitrim Treasure which will be launched in the Bush Hotel on Wednesday, Aug. 7th at 8.30 pm. Following a talk by Mickey Harte on “The Value of Community”. Admission free. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome.
Blood Donor Awards: The Irish Blood Transfusion Service would like to congratulate all donors who received Awards at the recent Clinic in the Bush Hotel Carrick-on-Shannon. Silver Pins: Ronald Robinson, Ciaran O’Brien Silver Pendents: Margaret Kelly, Anna McKiernan & Marie Gallagher, Gold Pin: James Martin & Pat Wallace, Gold Pendent: Caroline Conway. Thank you for helping to give the Gift of Life.
Carrick Town FC Draw: Tickets are now on sale for Carrick Town Soccer Club’s Annual Draw. Tickets €5 each. 1st prize: 2 Season Tickets for the Aviva Stadium for 2013/2014. 2nd prize: Dinner for 2 at the Cottage Restaurant, Jamestown. 3rd prize: 2 tickets for Ireland’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Sweden at the Aviva Stadium on September 6th. Draw in Ging’s Bar on this Friday, August 2nd. Your support would be appreciated. Tickets on sale from club members and local businesses. All members are asked to return tickets in good time for the draw.
Outdoor Mass: The Station Mass is in St. Patrick’s Park on Thursday August 8th at 8pm. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome. Weather permitting.
Family Fun Day in aid of St Ciaran’s Services: Want a great day of fun for all the family, then come to Sheemore Lounge, Kilclare on Sunday, 4th August at 5.00 pm for kids fancy dress, bar-b-que and disco with DJ Adrian. Music by Mickey and Aiden Clerkin with special guest Edwina Guckian, our Leitrim Rose , presenting the prizes for the fancy dress. All funds from the day are in aid of St. Ciaran’s Services, Carrick-on-Shannon. St. Ciaran’s Day Service was established in 1983 to provide a day Service for people with an intellectual disability from the South Leitrim catchment area. This is an invaluable centre providing services for children and adults with special needs and their families. St. Ciarans have adopted a person centred approach to caring for people with an intellectual disability in a Community based Service and Strive to promote integration and inclusion through the use of local facilities. St. Ciaran’s strives to ensure that all children and adults have the right to live in an environment and an atmosphere that maximises their progress. All children are given the opportunity and the right to grow and develp and be given the respect, dignity love, kindness they deserve. All funds raised help to ensure that these services continue, therefore please come out and support St. Ciaran’s and have a great day in the Sheemore Lounge, Kilclare with kids disco, fancy dress where prizes will be presented by special guest the Leitrim Rose Edwina Guckian. A great day is assured for all.
2nd annual Children’s Literature Festival: Leading Children’s author Oisín McGann is just one of the guests at this year’s Carrick-on-Shannon Children’s Literature Festival. As well as reading in The Dock on Saturday 17th, twelve young 12-14 year olds will have the opportunity to join a workshop with Oisín. The festival kicks off at 6pm on Friday 16th August with the launch of ‘Wild Words’, a book of short stories and poetry which has thrown up a wealth of talent among young writers in the region aged between 13 and 18 years. Over the weekend the age ranges are divided into 5 - 8 years, 9 - 12years and 12+ years, so there’s something there for most everyone. The ever popular Gerry Boland returns to the festival this year to read from all three of his Marco books as well as from some of his other works. Gerry will also be giving two workshops over the weekend, one for 5 – 8 year olds and one for 9 - 12 year olds. Co-editor of ‘Wild Words’ and author of the award winning ‘The Real Rebecca’, Anna Carey will be reading from ‘The Real Rebecca’ and the critically acclaimed sequel ‘Rebecca Rules’. Other guests on the programme include Philip Barrett who conducts a workshop based on his popular ‘Where’s Larry?’ publication. Erika McGann whose first book ‘The Demon Notebook’, is a spellbinding tale of teenage witchcraft. After studying fossils and dancing with pygmies, Debbie Thomas comes to Carrick-on-Shannon to introduce some of the characters from her jungle adventure book ‘Dead Hairy’.And from ‘Boy Trouble’ to ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Dancing’, author Sarah Webb will tell us if dreams could be coming true with the new Amy Green book ‘Wedding Belles’? Finally in the foyer of the Dock throughout the weekend, Natalia Beylis will be running an ongoing storymaking workshop for children of all ages using Rory’s Story Cubes, while with Nessa O’Brolchain you can make stories using words you’ve found around The Dock by solving clues and riddles. At 6pm on Saturday Carrick Cineplex will screen the classic children’s movie, NeverEnding Story. All readings are €2 each and workshops and films are €4. The story making activities in the foyer of The Dock are free of charge. All workshops are limited to a maximum of 12 children and so please book now to avoid disappointment. Throughout the weekend all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. For further information go to www.leitrimarts.ie and to make bookings, please contact The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon on 071 96 50828.