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Glens Hill Walking Festival

Glens Hill Walking Festival

The North Leitrim Glens Walking Festival, an annual event over the Easter weekend, is organised by the Holey Soles Hill Walking Club in Manorhamilton. Over the years it has attracted walkers from all over Ireland and the Club look forward to welcoming back familiar faces, and many new ones, to the 19th Festival at this weekend.

There are two main hill walks each day, on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March, through the Leitrim hills. These are non-competitive events with time to take in the unspoilt scenery, and enjoy good company and craic.

All walks are led by experienced guides with local knowledge to point out the highlights along the way. A high standard of fitness is required for the long hill walks a – around 12 kilometres these can last for 6 hours. The medium walks will be shorter, around 8 kilometres taking 5 hours, but cannot be considered easy either. You can choose to walk one day for €15, or both days for €25. This fee includes the cost of transport and refreshments before and after walks.

This year the Saturday walks involve a bit of rock scrambling and steep inclines, which may not be suitable for anyone suffering from vertigo, although the dramatic views will make it worth the effort. Sunday’s walks will be easier. Adequate weatherproof clothing and footwear is essential and each walker must bring sufficient food and water for the day. There is also a ramble on Sunday, costing only €10 (child free), which is ideal for those who like an interesting and informative walk and talk but have no desire to go on the hills.

This ramble will go through Glenfarne forest and along the Sculpture Trail beside Lough McNean. The guides will provide commentaries in English and Irish on local wildlife, foraging, history and folklore. Please note that this year the registration centre is based at Clancy’s restaurant, shop & B&B in Glenfarne – a change from our usual meeting places in Manorhamilton. Clancy’s, on the N16 between Manorhamilton and Blacklion, will be open from 9 am each day for registration. All walkers must register before going on any walk. Transport will depart for the long walks from here promptly at 10am, and at 11am for the medium walks.

Sunday’s ramble also sets out from Clancy’s at 11.15am. All walkers and friends are also welcome to relax and enjoy a meal at Clancy’s on Saturday evening followed by a few drinks in McHugh’s Pub. Tickets for the meal and for all walks are available only at registration and cannot be booked in advance. A sterling equivalent will be acceptable.

This Festival is sponsored by Call of the Wild, Sligo: Trailblazers, Carrick-on-Shannon and 15 local businesses. For further information on the walks and local accommodation contact the Holey Soles – and the email contact is, phone 071-9830928 or 087-6470902.

New Community Astroturf Open Day

The recently completed new Community Astroturf pitch adjacent to the Bee Park is staging an Open Day on this Good Friday for all members of the public in the locality to come visit the new facility. The official opening day for the new facility the construction of which only commenced late last year, will be announced for a later date. For Manorhamilton and the greater North Leitrim area the new facility is an excellent development for the promotion of all sporting endeavours in the north of the county.

Meanwhile on Friday’s Open Day the North Leitrim Community Amenity Association state they “would like to invite you to our Community Open Day to view and participate in the activities at our new facility adjacent to the Bee Park. “We would especially like to invite boys and girls from under 6 to attend for a kick/run about and photo-call session from 11am to 12pm. We would encourage all to come and view the facilities which will be hugely beneficial to the North Leitrim area for years to come. “An official open day will be held at a later date. The Association is looking forward to seeing you there on Good Friday.”

North Leitrim Glens Run

This year’s North Leitrim Glens Run will take place on Saturday, July 6 and while the date has changed from September there will also be a change of venue as well start and finish lines for each run/walk. More information will be published soon about the 2013 Glens Run shortly. The Glens Run will still have the 10k and Half-Marathon for runners and walkers and the organising committee are looking forward to having big numbers participating in two walking and two running events. The charities to benefit are the Northwest Hospice, and the Patients Comfort Funds of Áras Breffne and Our Lady’s Hospital. All who wish to enter the Glens Run can do so on line by going to Run’s website This year’s Glens Run will take place during Manorhamilton’s Community Festival, which last year as an inaugeral event proved a very successful and popular for everybody.

Manor Rangers win

Manor Rangers put up a good performance to come away from Dromore in West Sligo on Sunday with a hard fought for Sligo Leitrim Premier League 3 – 2 win over the local Dromore Villa side. Manor shaded the proceedings in the first half and thanks to Gary Hickey led by 2 – 0 at halftime. But Dromore came out fighting for the second half and pulled back two goals to go level. But with a loss of two league points or even a defeat staring the Manor boys in the face Daniel Skimmon came to the rescue when he netted a third goal that was enough to give Manor victory at the end. It was a great team effort by Manor. A saviour Manor was ‘keeper Martin Cleary who during the second made a huge contribution to his side’s win when he pulled off a number of super saves that denied a vital third goal to Dromore Villa.

The Manor Rangers team that defeated Dromore Villa was Martin Cleary, Paul Boylan, Thomas McDonald, Aaron Hickey, Oisin Parkinson Coombs; Daniel Skimmon, Alan Hickey, Colm Callinan, Cian Rock; Gary Hickey, Pat Mawn. Sub Jean Tesseau.

Top class Boxing Tournament

The Seán McDermott Boxing Club is promoting a boxing tournament in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Good Friday at 5.30pm and it invites everyone to come along and enjoy some top class boxing. The tournament will involve a match between a Dublin selection and a Leitrim selection. The Leitrim selection will be made up of fighters from the Seán McDermott Boxing Club and the Ballinamore Boxing Club. It certainly will be an interesting contest between Leitrim and the Dubs with many high standard bouts scheduled on the tournament bill. It is also the first time that a Leitrim V Dublin boxing match will be fought out in Manorhamilton.

Meanwhile three Connacht juvenile championship boxing titles have been recently won by Manor’s Seán McDermott Boxing Club fighters – Alannah Ward, Déarbhla Rooney and Kelsey Granaghan – who all were in action at different legs of the provincial deciders in Westport and Foxford. The Club says a huge well done to all the boxers who competed over the last few weeks. It is extremely proud of every single one of them who are brave enough to step into the loneliest place in the world of sport, the boxing ring.

Luke stays on top of the league

With just one round of Allianz NFL games to be played on Sunday, April 7 Belcoo man Luke McGinley still leads the Manorhamilton Fantasy League, which he has done from the very first round. Luke holds a two point lead on Johnny Keaveney, McDermott Terrace. Luke correctly forecast wins for Mayo, Galway, Derry, Westmeath and Fermanagh. That gave him five points which added to his previous twenty points put him in first place with a total of 25. Johnny Keaveney correctly forecast victories for Galway, Derry, Westmeath, Mayo, Fermanagh and Tipperary which gave him a total of six points that added to his previous tally of seventeen points, places him in second place on the Fantasy leader board with a score of 23.

Martin McDermott, Cluainín Park and Seamus Feeney, Gortinar after their weekend forecasting ended in joint third place on the Fantasy leader board with 22 points each. Martin McDermott who had been trailing John Gilligan, Old Church Street for quite sometime leapfrogged ahead of him at the weekend, something John Gilligan desperately did not want to let happen. However John Gilligan just trails Martin McDermott by two points and lies in sixth place overall with Roscommon’s Padraig Keegan filling fifth place ahead of Gilligan and behind McDermott/Feeney. Padraig Keegan correctly forecast wins for Mayo, Galway, Derry, Westmeath, Tipperary and Clare giving him six points that added to previous tally of fifteen points gives him an overall score of 21. Seventh placed Cathal McCann, Belleek now has an overall score of 18. Eighth placed Joe Connolly, Castle Street has 17, Jane Glancy Gallagher, Lisnabrack has 16, and Phil Glancy, Cornastalk has 12.

Top Young Business Students

St. Clare’s Comprehensive School won first place overall in the Business Schools competition that was recently run in Dublin by Griffith College and in which students from nationwide competed. Representing St. Clare’s in the Business Schools competition at Griffith College, which was for transition year students from all over the country, were Luke Sheridan, Matthew Hewston and Fergus Munday. The St. Clare’s student’s product is called Squeazy. They have already developed it into the service market by providing school workshops where their student colleagues learned about sinking and floating and also how to make their own Squeazy.

Over 700 squeazys to date have been sold and that has meant that Mathew, Luke and Fergus have been very busy, which for any new business is a great sign. The boys now want to develop the market into providing squeazys for birthday gifts or even party bags gifts. Matthew, Luke and Fergus have also produced an attractive brochure for Squeazy and have distributed widely in Manorhamilton. Find out more about this great new product that the boys have developed by visiting Facebook or their website Congratulations Mathew, Luke and Fergus as well as their parents, teachers and St. Clare’s Comprehensive School on their magnificent achievement on coming first in a highly prestigious national level competition

Regretted Deaths

Deepest sympathy is extended on his death on Monday March 18 to the family of Kieran Kelly, Moragh, Leckaun and formerly Cartron Point, Sligo and Ardaghowen, Sligo. Kieran’s remains reposing at the family home at Ardaghowen on Wednesday evening March 20, prior to their removal to Saint Joseph’s Church, Ballytivnan Sligo. Mass of Christian Burial for Kieran took place at noon on Thursday, March 21 in St. Joseph’s Church followed by burial in Sligo Cemetery.

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family Kate Anne McHugh (née Hazlett), Drumlease and Ardvoley, Dromahair who died at St. Phelim’s Nursing Home, Dromahair. Kate Anne’s remains reposed at Fowley’s Funeral Home, Dromahair on Monday evening, March 25 prior to theirremoval to St. Michael’s Church, Killavoggy. Mass of the Resurrection and her Funeral Service took place in St. Michael’s Church at noon on Tuesday, March 26 with burial afterwards in Aughaloughy Cemetery.

Community Games Swimming

The Manorhamilton Area Community Games swimming competition will be held on Friday, April 5 in Sligo Regional Sports Complex. Registration will be between 4pm and 4.30pm, with the races starting from 4.50pm sharp. There will be a number of different events for boys and girls spanning the U8 to U16 age groups.

Competitors must live within the Manorhamilton Community Games area which includes Kiltyclogher, Glenfarne, Manorhamilton, Killargue, Dromahair, Newtownmanor, Glencar and Mullies. Two will qualify from each individual event and go on to represent their area at the County Finals, which will be held at the Aura Leisure Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, on Sunday, April 21.

For further details on the Manorhamilton Community Games Swimming competitions please phone Maria on 087-6131817 or Trevor on 087-6493491. Anyone that would like an application form can email

Stop Suicide & Leitrim Multiple Sclerosis Gig

The Co. Leitrim Sweet Spirit Country and Gospel Choir based in Mohill and under the musical direction of Tish Dunleavy will be staging their show a Spring Event in the Cornmill Theatre, Carrigallen on Friday night April 12 April 3 at

8.30pm. Proceeds from this show will be donated to the two very deserving organisations – the Leitrim based Stop Suicide and Leitrim Multiple Sclerosis. Keep Friday night April 12 free to come along and support the work of these two great organisations while at the same time enjoying this great singing group. Bookings at 049-4339612 or email:

Easter Cake Sale

An Easter cake sale for a worthy cause takes 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.

Cross-Border Spring Events

Last Wednesday, week March 13 saw some new artists emerging in The Gillaroo Centre in Garrison during the Rossinver and Garrison Spring Programme of Events workshop. Eighteen participants from the communities of Rossinver and Garrison enjoyed the sculpture class facilitated by local artist Caroline Rock. The spring programme of events for the communities of Rossinver and Garrison continues after Easter with Table Top Horticulture workshop on the

Thursday, April 11 and Butter Making workshop on Thursday April 18 in the Ballagh Centre in Rossinver from 11am to 1pm each day.

The Traditional Cures and Medicine workshop takes place on Wednesday, April 24 from 11am to 1pm in the Organic Centre in Rossinver. The Rossinver and Garrison Spring Programme of Events organisers hope you can join them for their final three workshops for the spring.

The workshops and events have provided the opportunity for participants to try out some new activities and have fun with the not so new and of course forge some friendships along the way.

To book your free place on any of the last three workshops please contact Crea Lambert on 087-2053111 or email (Please note places are limited).

Easter Church Ceremonies

There will be confession in the Church of the Annunciation Mullies at 7.15pm and in St. Osnat’s Church, Glencar at 8pm as part of the Holy Week

ceremonies in the Parish of Cloonclare-Killasnett (Manorhamilton Glencar-Mullies) on this Wednesday night, March 27.

On Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated in Glencar at 7pm in Mullies at 8pm and in Manorhamilton (St. Clare’s) at 9pm. On Good Friday the celebration of the Lord’s Passion will be in St. Clare’s at 3pm in the Church of the Annunciation at 5pm and in St. Osnat’s at 7pm while there will be a Prayers around the Cross in St. Clare’s at 9pm.

On Holy Saturday there will be confessions in St. Clare’s at 12noon. The Easter Vigil Masses will be St. Osnat’s at 8.30pm and in St. Clare’s at 9pm. The Easter Sunday Mass times are – the Church of the Annunciation 9.30am; St. Osnat’s 10.30am and St. Clare’s 11.30pm.

Lurganboy Spring Clean

The annual Lurganboy National Spring Clean event takes place on this Good Friday morning commencing at 10.30pm with assembly for it outside the former Woodside Inn. Everyone in the Lurganboy area is invited to participate in the Spring Clean event.

CPR and Defibrillation for Everyone

Would you like to learn an essential life skill in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and heart defibrillation in Manorhamilton? All it takes to acquire the essential know how in CPR and to be an effective defibrillator operator is a small amount of time and a willingness to get involved in a really worthwhile community project that can save many lives.

There is no cost involved for participants in this project. For more information on the CPR and Defibrillation project, as well as necessary training for it please contact Clodagh 086-1637855 or Fionnuala 087-2765597 or Maria 071-9856412.

Easter Soccer Camp

Manor Rangers is running an Easter Soccer Camp from Tuesday, April 2 to Friday, April 5 from 9.30am to 1pm each day. It is the first soccer camp to be run on new Community Astro Facility in the Bee Park. The fee for next week’s soccer camp is €30 per child and the contact number is 083 1505022. The Manor Rangers fixtures for this Saturday, March 30 are U11 boys –

Manor V Ballisodare at 1pm and U14 girls Manor V St. John’s at 2pm.

Easter Egg Hunt

Rossinver Youth and Community Project Ltd are holding their annual Children’s Easter egg hunt at the Kabin sports field Rossinver on this Easter Sunday, March 31 at 3.00pm.Everyone welcome. The Rossinver Youth and Community Project Ltd are also having a table quiz at 9pm in Gilbride’s Bar Rossinver on Easter Sunday night. Please come along and support this enjoyable event.

After Mass Collections

At a recent Cloonclare-Killasnett Pastoral Council meeting it was decided that all church gate collections should be taken up after Mass outside St. Clare’s Church in Manorhamilton.

This is the way it is done outside other churches in the Parish and it is diocesan policy. The Cloonclare-Killasnett Pastoral Council states “we ask therefore in the future all organisations to please have their collections after Mass.”

Pitch Monster Bingo

The next monster bingo session in aid Glencar/Manorhamilton’s new pitch development at Boggaun takes place in the Bee Park Community Centre on Sunday night, April 7 at 9pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Masterson NS Enrolment

The Masterson National School is currently enrolling pupils starting in Junior Infants this September. For further information please ring the school office at 071-9855540 or visit the School’s website where enrolment forms may be


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 Glencar/

Manor Ladies GAA Club on 086-1505703.

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in Drumshanbo

(Where you the audience will vote for your favourite couple) for the 1st ‘Leitrim Crystal’ Perpetual Trophy, also 2nd and 3rd prizewinners ‘Musical Bingo’ starting at 9 sharp followed by our dancers on Saturday 6th April next at the Lough Allen Hotel & Spa, Drumshanbo. For tickets (€10) call Lough Allen Hotel, Tina 0868171770 or Anna 086 1652549. All proceeds in aid of Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS) aiding women and children in Leitrim, Sligo & west Cavan. Spot prizes include a ‘Harry Feeney’(TV) framed and signed watercolour & a 2 night experience at ‘the Redcastle Oceanfront Golf & Spa Hotel’, overlooking Lough Foyle.