Manorhamilton Community News

Dromahair man elected President of Sligo Chamber

Dromahair man elected President of Sligo Chamber

Dromahair man Trevor McDaid was elected President of Sligo Chamber of Commerce on Friday night in succession to the outgoing President Linda Moffitt. Revealing Trevor’s election, Sligo Chamber stated it was delighted with “the election of Trevor McDaid as Sligo Chamber President for 2013. Trevor McDaid is a Director of Hamilton Young Architects, Finisklin Road, Sligo.

“Following his election Mr. McDaid stated that he is looking forward to his role as Chamber President and emphasised the need for all businesses and citizens of Sligo to engage closely with each other to unlock the economic potential that is present in the Sligo region.

“Sligo Chamber Staff and Council Members wish Trevor McDaid ever success as President for 2013. Details of the official Presidental Handover Ceremony will be posted soon” the Chamber’s statement concluded. From Strabane, Trevor has resided in Dromahair for many years and is actively involved in the local commmunity. He was one of the chief organisers of the very successful annual Dromahair 4 Mile Roadrace and Walk from the start. Trevor is an active athlete and competes regularly in roadraces all over the northwest in particular but also further afield. He has played a leading role in North Leitrim Athletic Club for many years as offical as well as coach and is the Club’s PRO currently. Trevor is married to Imelda and they have two children Carrie and Imelda. He is wished all the best in his term as Sligo Chamber of Commerce President.

Take a walk down memory lane

On St. Patrick’s Day night, Sunday, March 17 the Rossinver Garrison Cross Border Spring Programme of Events will move to the Ballroom of Romance, Glenfarne. Take a waltz down Memory Lane with a Memorabilia and Museum Tour from 7pm – 9pm in Ballroom of Romance, Glenfarne and reminisce or discover Ireland’s famous Rainbow Ballroom of Romance which is situated in Glenfarne, at a crossroads in the townland of Brockagh lower along the N16 Sligo to Enniskillen Road.

The late John McGivern built the Ballroom in early 1934 and it opened the same year. It was then known as McGivern’s Dance Hall, although locally it was referred to as the “Nissen Hut,” as its galvanised iron construction was reminiscent of the British Army huts of the same name. The very first function held there consisted of a variety concert, followed by the first dance in the new hall with music provided by the local Glenfarne Dance Band.

The tour will be followed by “Showbud” from 9pm to 11:30pm where you can get your dancing shoes on for an Olde Tyme/Social Dance in The Rainbow Ballroom of Romance; the only genuine and original Ballroom of Romance, not only in Ireland, but also in the world. To book your free place please contact Crea Lambert on 00 353 (0) 87 205 3111 or email (Please note places are limited).

St Patrick’s Day collection to help support Fr Benny’s Nigerian mission

Saint Patrick’s Day is a great celebration of our faith and a celebration of the man who brought the faith to us. He could hardly have seen how his new believers would bring his message across the world. From the time of St. Patrick Ireland has had a great tradition of being missionaries of the gospel, bringing his call of faith, hope and love to all corners of the earth.

With that tradition still alive and active in the minds and hearts of priests and the people of Kilmore, the diocese decided to set up the Kilmore Mission to Minna, Nigeria in conjunction with the Kiltegan Fathers. Thirty years ago the planning began and in 1984 three priests from the Kilmore diocese went to Minna to minister for a few years. Altogether 15 priests have taken turns to work in Minna and later Lagos.

Former Glencar curate Benny Fitzpatrick is the longest serving priest in Nigeria. Like many priest before him on the mission he knew he needed to do more than preach the gospel. He knew the gospel would come alive for the people of Nigeria by helping them with primary and secondary schools providing both education and training as well as skilled workers like mechanics, electricians, carpenters, nurses and healthcare workers. He also set up classes for crafts like knitting and sewing enabling the local women to produce items for sale in the markets. Fr. Benny also saw the need for computer skills to equip the local people for the new world of technology.

With all this in mind he set up a school with 30 classrooms catering for children from 5 upwards. It has a capacity to facilitate 900 students. It was a Herculean task. No government aid was available to Fr. Benny but with his unshakable faith in God’s providence and his experience of the people of Kildare he set about the task of building the new school.

There were times, I am sure, when he scratched his head and wondered from where the next few thousand would come for his massive project. Somehow the money kept coming and today Fr. Benny has a magnificent school to show as a testimony to the faith and support of his people of Amukoko, Lagos and the generosity of the people of Kilmore.

Fr. Fitzpatrick has borne the heat of the noonday sun for the last 17 years. He is thinking of coming back this summer to minister again in Kilmore. Like the ebb and flow of the tide when Fr. Benny leaves he will pass the baton to a young native African priest. The job of the missionary is complete. Fr. Benny can then say with Saint Paul in First Corinthians “I sowed the seed, Appollos watered but God gave the increase.”

Three quarters of the St. Patrick’s Day offertory collection at this weekend’s Masses in the Kilmore diocese will go to the Kilmore Mission to Lagos. The other quarter of the collection will go to the emigrant chaplaincy to look after the Irish abroad. With regards to the collection the Kilmore Diocese has made an appeal to all attending Mass this weekend to “please be generous this St. Patrick’s Day again even though times are difficult. May God reward you for your continued support.”

Glencar/Manor at No.3 in the rankings since 1963

Glencar/Manor who were formed in late December 1968 are the third most successful team in Leitrim as regards county senior football titles (6) won in the past fifty years from 1963 to 2012. All of Glencar/Manor’s senior county titles have been won since 1977 and five of them since 1999.

Ballinamore/Sean O’Heslin’s are Leitrim’s most successful club as regards county senior football titles won since 1963 with 12 in total – 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1982, 1986, 1988 and 1990. Aughawillan are Leitrim’s second most successful team as far as senior football titles with a total of 8 since 1963 – 1976, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994. Third placed Glencar/Manor won their six senior county club titles in 1977, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The other clubs that won Leitrim senior football championships since 1963 were in fourth place Allen Gaels with five titles won – 1991, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002; in fifth place Gortletteragh with four titles – 1970, 1981, 1985, 1987; in joint sixth place with three titles each Aughavas – 1963, 1966, 2000, St. Mary’s Kiltoghert – 1995, 2003, 2007 and Melvin Gaels – 1965, 1998, 2012; in tenth place Mohill with two titles – 1971, 2006; in joint eleventh place with one title Cloone – 1980, Annaduff – 2004, Kiltubrid – 2005 and Sheemore Gaels (Carrick, Fenagh & Kiltubrid) – 1974.

Luke holds his Fantasy lead

Belcoo’s Luke McGinley still leads the Manorhamilton Fantasy Football League competition following last weekend’s fourth round of Allianz NFL games, which proved difficult for most of the contestants with a big number failing to predict many correct results. Luke McGinley holds a 19 points to 15 lead over second placed John Gilligan, Old Church Street following the weekend’s games. Seamus Feeney, Gortinar and Johnny Keaveney, McDermott Terrace are in joint third place in their current standings on 13 points each. Two more of the Fantasy contestants are tied in joint fifth place on 12 points, namely Roscommon’s Padraig Keegan and Martin McDermott, Cluainín Park whom second placed John Gilligan desperately wants to stay ahead of in this competition.

Rainbow Camera Club

The cross-border Rainbow Camera Club will be holding its March meeting in The Cabin, Rossinver on this Thursday night, March 14 from 8pm to 10pm. At this month’s meeting club members shall be looking at how to resize images without losing too much quality so as to make them easier to email. After the break there will be slide shows of recent photographs that the members have produced. The club shall also be finalising details for its photographic shoot planned for Saint Patrick’s Day. New members are always welcome and more details can be obtained from Martin Cooke at the New Ballagh Centre in Rossinver (071-9854030) or from Patrick Mullan (071-9854405).

Leitrim Fleadh deadlines

Would all intending competitors for Grúpaí Cheoil, céilí bands, duets, trios, Singers and dancers please note the closing date for Fleadh Cheoil Liatroma in Ballinamore on Friday April 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th is fast approaching.T he closing date for entries is March 25th (Holy Thursday). Please call or text Maura Murphy, County Secretary Leitrim Comhaltas on 087-2992449 for entry forms or download forms on http/ and forward them to Maura Murphy, County Secretary Leitrim Comhaltas The Snug, Leitrim Village or to Lorraine Sweeney, County Fleadh Secretary, Ballintogher, County Sligo. It is vital to have all entries in by the closing date and Comhaltas would much appreciate all competitors co-operation in doing so. Lá Le Padraig fé shona daoibh go léir sa Chomhaltas Ceoltóirí- bain sult agus aoibhneas as an bhFéile Náisiúnta ar an Domhnach le ceol, amhrain agus damhsa na nGael.

Manor Library Easter events

As part of its Easter programme of events Manorhamilton Library is promoting some interesting activities for everyone to participate in. The guess how many eggs are in the jar competition is an interesting challenge. A whole jar of chocolate eggs could be yours if you can guess how many eggs the jar in the library holds. Drop in to the library and give your guess to any of the library staff. The official count to reveal the correct answer will take place at 5pm on Thursday 28 March in Manorhamilton Library. All hopefuls please attend to see if your guess was the correct one. Have fun and good luck guessing! Another interesting activity taking place in the Library is the “Who kidnapped the Easter Bunny?” competition. For participants detective work will be keeping you entertained this Easter. You have to decide who kidnapped the Easter bunny and why? Could it be the big bad wolf as he fancies some tasty chocolate eggs to eat? Pick up an entry form in the Library and you have until Thursday 21 March to get your entries in. The best solution will win an Easter egg for her or his insights.

Landed Gentry Family lecture

Following a meeting of the Manorhamilton and District Historical Society at 7pm in Manorhamilton Library on Tuesday evening, March 19 a lecture on “The Tottenham Story and the Glenfarne Estate” will take place at 8pm. The lecture to which the admission fee is €5 will be given by local Glenfarne historian Francis White who resides very close to the former Tottenham estate. The Tottenham family were a prominent Irish landed gentry family in the in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railroad (SL&NCR) from Enniskillen to Collooney (1875-1957) was developed and owned by the Tottenham family. Charles Henry Tottenham built the planned village of Kiltyclogher around 1860 including the Church of Ireland. There is still plenty of evidence of Tottenham’s plan to be seen in the modern village.

Tidy Towns Clean-Up

The Manorhamilton Tidy Towns Committee has arranged a clean-up for Saturday morning next, March 16; assembly at the Bee Park Community Centre at 10.30am. It’s in everyone’s interest to lend a hand; together we can make a difference. Please bring along a pair of strong garden gloves; anybody that has a high visibility jacket please bring it also. The AGM of Manorhamilton Tidy Towns Association will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre on Thursday night, March 21 at 8.30pm. The Tidy Town’s Association would urge all local residents and business people to attend meeting; it’s your town.

Ballinagar Gospel Concert

All roads will lead to St. Mary’s Church Killenummery (Ballinagar) Dromahair on Palm Sunday evening, March 24 where the highly regarded Gospel Choir from Virginia Co. Cavan will be singing. at 7pm sharp. Please support this concert, and please put what you can afford in the collection box for the North West Hospice.

Club Chluainín Meeting

The next Club Chluainín weekly meeting takes place on Tuesday morning, March 19 in the North Leitrim Glen Centre from 11.15am to 1.15pm. The Club organisers Mae, Kathleen and Mary are looking forward to seeing all members all members in attendance. New members are always welcome; just drop in any Tuesday morning between around 11.15am and see what Club Chluainín is about. Contact Mae Kelly 071-9855611, Kathleen Duffy 071-9855156 and Mary McFadden 071-9855949.

Job Seeking Skills Course

County Leitrim Job Club will be running a job seeking skills course in the North Leitrim Women’s Centre (Bee Park Community Centre) Manorhamilton commencing on Monday, March 19 and running for four weeks. The course covers all aspects of job seeking (including basic computer skills) and runs 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday. An attendance allowance is available to participants on this programme. If you would like to reserve a place or require any further information, please contact Martina or Mary at Leitrim Development Company 071-9641770 or email Please note you must be in receipt of a social protection payment to be eligible for this course.

Tennis Club Night

Manorhamilton Community Tennis Club are holding a Registration Night on Monday, March 25 in the Bee Park Community Centre from 7pm onwards. Old and new members are very welcome to come along for a chat, and anyone interested in coaching for beginners/improvers, Cardio tennis and children’s tennis will be very welcome.Information will be available on the night about the Club, etc. Now that the evenings are getting bright, it’s a great way to get fit and have fun. Annual membership is also due at this time and all who pay their membership on the night, Monday, March 25 or before Monday, April15 will be eligible for entry to a draw for €100.

Sligo Leitrim Bees

The Sligo Leitrim Beekeeping Association meets monthly in Manorhamilton on the second Monday night of each month at 8pm in the Teagasc Centre. The main aim of the Association is the promotion of the ancient craft of beekeeping in the region. The Association’s objective is that it will be used as an outlet for providing training and technical support on beekeeping.

Childcare Relief Workers

Some years ago the Leitrim County Childcare Committee formed the Leitrim Childcare Workers Panel. It is intended that the Panel will be available to all childcare services to provide cover for holidays, sick leave or occasional, unforeseen emergencies. If you wish to apply to be included on the Panel please contact the Leitrim County Childcare Committee Office Laird House Church Street Drumshanbo, telephone 071-9640870, fax 071-9640871, email: and

For Club and County

Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher GAA Club are hosting the play “For Club and County” in the Community Centre, Kiltyclogher on this Thursday night, March 14 at 8.30pm. The play is written and directed by former Leitrim GAA Footballer Seamus O’Rourke from Carrigallen. Anybody wishing to book tickets please contact Chris Broughton 083-1173502.

Second Bingo

Manorhamilton’s second bingo session of the month will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Wednesday night, March 13 at 9pm. A good night’s entertainment is promised by the organisers, as well great chances to win all of the prizes on offer.

Ladies Monster Bingo

The Leitrim Ladies GAA County Board are running a Monster Bingo Fundraiser in Landmark in Carrick-on-Shannon on Good Friday, March 29 at 8.30pm. The Jackpot prize is €1,000. For further info you can contact Mary Coyle on 086-1505703.

Easter Cake Sale

An Easter cake sale will take place in The Depot Dromahair on Sunday, March 31 from 12noon to 2pm. You are invited to come along and get yourself an Easter Treat from such goodies as Easter Cakes, Cup Cakes, Tarts, etc. Your support would be very much appreciated by the organisers. If you would like to donate baked items and items for prizes, they can be dropped into the Depot from 10am on the morning of Cake Sale. During the Cake Sale event on Easter Sunday there also will be a draw for numerous prizes.

“My Angels and Me”

Dromahair author Inez McPadden will be in Manorhamilton Library on Wednesday, March 13 at 4pm to do singings of her first book “My Angels and Me.”

Free Digital Library

It’s all digital things these days! The library is no different! You may not be aware that Leitrim County Library offers a free digital library to its members. Membership of the library is free too! All you need is an eBook reader or a laptop or a computer or a smart phone. Unfortunately this service will not work with the popular Kindle yet but the library service expects it will in the future and say negotiations are ongoing with Kindle. You can access the eBook service which has both eBooks and audio books at the library website at and click digital library on the left hand side of the page. If you click the Getting Started link there are useful instructions here on how to download your books etc. This is a great service if you can not get to the library or are on holidays and like a good read by the pool. The library will be adding more titles asthe year progresses.