Mickey Harte for Leitrim Treasure: The Canal remained in disuse until restoration work commenced on it in 1991. One hundred and twenty years of neglect had reduced it to a sad, weed-choked channel of broken bridges and missing locks. Following a massive three year restoration programme the Shannon-Erne Waterway opened in 1994. It now passes under thirty four bridges and is checked by sixteen locks with a total length of 62.5km, or just over 40 miles. The Ballinamore-Ballyconnell Canal is navigable for all sorts of cruisers and barges, passing through state-of–the-art push-button locks to continue on their leisurely way either towards Lough Erne or Carrick-on-Shannon. The story of how it finally reached this pleasant state has as many twists and turns as the canal itself. Read all about it in Leitrim Treasure which will be launched in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon 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. Meanwhile, Charlie McGettigan will discuss the book and the launch with the editor, Brendan Harvey, on his programme on Shannonside on Saturday morning, August 3rd.
Glen Prince - Newtowngore Reunion: Did you work in Newtowngore Textile factory during the 70s 80s 90s and the 00s, If so please come along to Gorby’s Newtowngore on Fri 23rd Aug to catch up with old friends for a night of Music, Dance and Craic, All of this and more for €10. Light refreshments will be served. After expenses, all remaining monies will be donated to Nth West Hospice. If you plan to join us on the night please call or text Glayds 0872786906 Kathleen 0876459962 Bernadette 0879344229 or Margaret 0871216901/Email firstname.lastname@example.org Looking forward to see you all, The Pyjama Makers.RSVP before 30 July.
BALLINAMORE FAMILY fESTIVAL: Ballinamore Family Festival starts Sunday 11th August with official opening at 4pm by Sean Quinn followed by free open air concert with Mick Flavin. Free open air concert with Patrick Feeney on Wednesday 14th, Set Dance Ceili on Thursday 15th, Jump @ The Sun on Friday 16th, Shaun Loughrey & The Benn Sisters on Saturday 17th & Big Generator on Sunday 18th August. All concerts are free & take place on the platform at 9pm.So make a note in your diary & come along for a great night’s entertainment!
service: 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.
‘Antiques and Vintage Roadshow’: The Board of Management of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre are holding An ‘Antiques and Vintage Roadshow’ will be held in aid of the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Cavan, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August from 12 to 6pm. Events include expert antique valuations, historical and photographic exhibitions, a Victorian Fashion Show and a Vintage Fair. On Sunday 25th an auction will take place from 7pm to 9pm and we are asking people to donate small items for auction. The following are an example of suitable articles: brass and iron beds, old cast iron pots and kettles, parlour lamps, old pine dressers, wall clocks and mantle clocks, old turf barrows, advertising signs (enamel and cardboard), old creamery cans, old garden gates, old tea sets, side dishes, chest of drawers, etc. For further information call 049-4375004 or email email@example.com
Belfast to Knock Walk: The Belfast to Knock Peace walkers who passed through and stayed among us on the 18th July send their sincere thanks and appreciation to the community for coming out is such numbers to the Mass for Fr. Duffy, for the welcome, hospitality and friendship you showed and have done over the past 20 years in giving the walkers a bed for the night, prayers were offered up for all your intentions at the Mass in the apparition chapel in Knock last Sunday. Thank you all again and we look forward to seeing you in 2014. De Colores.
Free Fringe Festival Launch & Table Quiz : Everyone is invited to the Launch of the Festival, the launch takes place in the Ballinamore Library on Thursday 1st August at 7.30pm, there will be speakers and an array of great musicians in attendance and light refreshments. Then a fund raising Table Quiz will start approx at 9.30pm in Smyth Bar next door to Library. €20 per table and students rate €12 per table of 4.
Ballinamore Whist Drive: The monthly Whist Drive will be held in the Community Centre on Thursday August 1st at 9pm sharp. All welcome, supper served.
Ballinamore Agricultural Show Society: A meeting of the Show Society will be held in the Community Centre on Tuesday 30th July at 9pm. The main item on the agenda will be preparations for Show Day on Tuesday 13th August. There will be a photographer from the Leitrim Observer in attendance at 9pm. All stewards and helpers are requested to attend to their usual duties on Monday 12th August at 10am and also on Tuesday the 13th of August. All stewards are requested to wear high visibility jackets.
Ballinamore Family Festivals : The Ultimate Ladies Night Out takes place this year in The Standing Stone Hotel on Thursday 15th August at 7pm. Limited tickets are €12 & available from Hotel Reception.
Pilgrimage to Lough Derg: LAST WEEK TO BOOK PLACE!!! The Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lough Derg to mark the ‘Year of Faith’ will take place on Tuesday August 27th from 9am to 4pm. This is a one day retreat for adults which does not require fasting or walking bare foot and is ideal for those who are unable to do the traditional three day pilgrimage. The cost of the pilgrimage is €40 but reductions in this cost may be available depending on the size of the group from the parish. The price includes boat, tea and coffee, services and lunch. Places must be secured by the parish on or before Friday 9th August. For further information and to book your place please contact the Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson (Thomas Kelly 071 9644800) or Secretary (Mary Corby 071 9645011).
Local Business Pro Trailers & Machinery support the Irish National Sheepdog Trials: From August 1st to 3rd 2013, Roscommon will play host to one hundred and fifty of the best dogs and handlers in the country, in addition to nine brace dogs(‘brace’, meaning two dogs with one handler), who will compete against eachother over the space of three days, for the honour of being crowned Irish Champion and representing Ireland in competitions overseas. The fifteen single dogs and the two brace dogs receiving the highest points will go forward to represent Ireland at Warrickshire in the UK in September 2013. In addition to this, the highest-pointed 24.
Church Notes: Daily Mass Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri. Aughnasheelin on Wed. Confessions: for First Fri, Thurs 7.30pm & Sat 12noon – 12.30pm. First Friday Communion calls on Thurs below the church – on Fri above the church & Tully. Door Collectors – Aug: Sat 3rd, 4th & 10th, 11th Berni McLoughlin, Monica Sharpley, Damien O’Brien, Andy O’Rourke. Altar Servers Group 4 – for Sun 4th Aug & Sat 10rd Aug. – Aileen Flynn, Brid Murphy & Aoibhinn McGoldrick. Blessing of the Graves in Aughnasheelin after 10am mass next Sun 4th Aug. Bring your Holy Water with you.
OPEN GROUP EXHIBITION: Solas Gallery in Ballinamore will be celebrating the summer with their Open Group Exhibition on Friday 2nd August. As usual, this exhibition is the highlight of the year with artists, members and non members, from all parts of the North West submitting work for this exhibition. The work for this exhibition is selected from the works submitted by the artists. Not only does this ensure an exhibition of high quality work, but also helps artists to look at and improve their art practice. The Solas Gallery ha s many experienced artists available and many are on hand to help and advice upcoming artists and of course to talk about the gallery and the current exhibition. There are approx 60 pictures on show for this exhibition, from about 25 artists. The range of images go from landscape to portraiture, from traditional to contemporary using many mediums, pastel, watercolour, oils, photography, drawing, including a most colourful wall hanging by Anja Nohlen from Monaghan and a lovely mobile by local artist Brendan Dean. Artists com from Monaghan, Cavan, Donegal, Roscommon, both ends of Leitrim including many well know local artists. The work is colourful, interesting and well priced. The exhibition itself will be opened by Local artist Brendan Dean at 7.30pm on Friday 2nd August. Brendan is well known in the area and has extensive expensive experience in the art world. He also designs many of the exhibitions at the Solas, including this present one. What he has to say about the art is always informative, interesting but never boring. This exhibition last until 31st August and is open during the 2 Ballinamore Festivals. You are welcome to come to the opening and also to drop in any time during the exhibition, gallery hours are 10-6, mon-sat. The Gallery is located about the 4 Seasons Garden Centre in Ballinamore. For more information on this and other upcoming exhibitions please contact Gail or Ben at 071 96 44210, email firstname.lastname@example.org look at our website solasart.ie or become a friend on facebook.
FETAC LEVEL 5 OCCUPATIONAL FIRST AID CERTIFICATION: Course is taking place in Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins Gaa Gym on Friday the 2nd, 9th and 16th of August. From 9.30am to 5.30pm with Smart Therapy. Min of 8 required to run the course and a max of 10 can attend, so please book your place ASAP by contacting 087-9390980.
Assorted Fitness: Fitness classes are taking place in Ballinamore GAA gym every Wednesday at 6.30pm (aerobics and circuits) and at 7.30pm (Bums and Tums). On a Thursday in the gym we have an active age social fitness class at 10am and at 11am we have a small beginners fitness class which is ideal for anybody who would like to start getting fit. This Thursday the 1st of July our 8pm class is in the GAA gym as Whist is in the hall the first Thursday of the month. For further information or a private consultation please contact Michelle on 0879390980.