Ballinamore Community News

4 Lock Cycling Club

4 Lock Cycling Club

A new leisure cycling club in the area has been set up. It is called the 4 Locks Cycling Club and is based on the Ballinamore Credit Union area. Of course anyone

interested from outside these areas is welcome to join. Joining is a two step process. It is €15 to join the 4 Locks Cycling Club. A further €15 must be paid to Cycling Ireland (www.cycling . Membership of Cycling Ireland covers you for insurance. The officers are Des Quinn (Chairman), Gabrielle Flynn (Secretary) and Tony McGrath (Treasurer). The aforementioned can be contacted if you wish to join the club. Gabrielle can be contacted at the library in Ballinamore. The club has also set up a FaceBook page.

Spins take place on a Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and participants meet at the Courthouse, Ballinamore. In the summer months there will also be an evening spin. No one doubts the benefits of cycling. It is a good low joint impact sport, it will help you sleep better, you will look younger, it is good for your brain, it builds up your

immune system, it helps you to live longer, it cuts your risk of heart disease, it helps you lose weight, get fit, burn more fat, develop a positive addiction, get a legal high, make friends, be happy and stay healthy. So get on your bike and join the 4 Locks Cycling Club!

Ballinamore Bridge Club

Results for Thursday 21st February: 1st Monica Sharpley and Bernie Flynn, 2nd Carrie Maroney and Maureen Dolphin, 3rd Mary McTiernan and Mary Flynn, 4th Evelyn Smith and Marian Quinn. Bridge continues on Thursday, 28th February at 7pm, all players welcome.

Ballinamore Women’s Group

Monthly meeting of Ballinamore Women’s Group takes place on Wednesday, 6th March at 8pm in Trathnona. A guest speaker will attend speaking on health matters. Yearly subscription is now due €10. All members are asked to attend.


The second semi-final in the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup Competition was played last Friday night in Terry Shortt’s, as in the first semi-final two weeks ago a great

crowd turned up to see a very exciting match between Jackie’s and McGirl’s. It was a very close game all the way through McGirl’s just winning it in the end on a scoreline of (5) games to (4). Thanks to everyone for supporting our raffle, thanks to Terry and staff for refreshments to all who marked the games. The final is next Friday night between McGirl’s and Shortt’s (A) a repeat of last year’s final, the venue is Ossie’s starting time 10.30pm.

Adult Education Free Event

As part of Adult Learner’s Festival Week, Cavan VEC are hosting a free Adult Education & training opportunities event in the Further Education and Training Campus (formerly Dun Ui Neil barracks) Cavan on Thursday, 28th February between 11am and 3pm. If you are thinking of going back to education and training come along to this day of inspiration, motivation, advice and support. Guest speakers on the day are career experts Sean Gallagher and MarieadFleming. All are open to attend this FREE event.

Safeguarding Children

The designated persons appointed by the Bishop to receive any complaints of child abuse by church persons are: Suzie Duffy 049 43 75004, ext 105 & Fr Sean Mawn 071 96 43014

St Vincent de Paul

If you wish to make a contribution or contact us for any other reason please phone us on the confidential number 087 9360562.

Ballinamore Whist Drive

No whist drive on March 7th owing to Drama Festival in Community Centre. Whist drive will be held on april Thursday 4th at new time of 9pm. Everybody welcome.

Ballinamore Easter Spraoi

Ballinamore Easter Spraoi in association with Waterways Ireland will be held this year during Easter weekend from 30th of March until 1st of April. Events and activities for all ages including Soap Box Rally, Water Sports and Canoe Skills and a Vintage and Heritage Street Display. For more information visit or our Facebook page: Ballinamore Easter Spraoi.

Drama Festival

Drama Festival commences next Friday 1st March and runs until Sunday 10th March. Season Tickets now on sale, in Kavanaghs, Murphy’s, Smyth’s & Lá Nua, at only €45 for all 9 nights, Nightly admission €10. Wide variety of plays to suit all tastes. Adjudicator: Tom Doherty, Derry. Join us for a cuppa after the performances each night.

Community School Enrolment/Open Day

Ballinamore Community School Enrolment and Open Day will take place in the Vocational School, Ballinamore on Saturday 2nd March: 2pm to 4pm. Parents wishing to enrol students are asked to bring the students PPS Number and a copy of their birth certificate.

Eucharistic Ministers

It is hoped over the coming weeks to recruit and train new Ministers of the Eucharistic to serve in the Parish. If you feel you would be prepared to take on this role or wish to find out more please contact Fr. Heerey or any member of the Parish Council. This is open to anyone over the age of 18 years.

S.N. Bhríd Naofa

Enrolment for Junior Infants will take place in the junior infant classroom on Wednesday 27th February at 2.00 - 2.30 p.m. If you are unable to make it that day please phone the school (Ph. No. 071 9644952) and we will arrange for forms to be posted out.

Prayer meeting

Prayer meeting for this Year of Faith Re-commencing for Lent, join us each Monday evening from February 18th in the Crying Chapel at 7.30pm for Rosary and Scripture Meditation. Let the love and light of Christ accompany us and enlighten us on our pilgrimage of life, especially during this Lenten Season as we contemplate the mystery of our salvation by His Passion, death and resurrection.

Seán O’Heslin’s

Bingo - every Tuesday at 8.30pm in Community Centre. Come along and bring a friend. Youngsters are also welcome.

Lotto - Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i McGirls. Pota Óir €4,600. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: €40:Brid Sullivan. Bottle Whiskey ó

Lawrences: Aodhan Mac Samhráin, Lahard.€40 an duine: Jimmy Walsh, Drumcarra, Foxfield, Fenagh, Damien Gilheaney, Aughnasheelin, Michelle Fanning, Ardrum, Kevin Turbitt, Ceanna bó.

Further Education Expo

Leitrim CDB is hosting a FREE Training and Further Education Expo and Seminar on Friday, March 8th, Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon from 10.00am to 4.30pm. Open to all, but particularly geared to people who are unemployed wishing to see what training/career options and supports are open to them, secondary school students and parents. Speakers will include Neven Maguire, Celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur, Mary Holohan on Budgeting for Education, Ellen Gunning, Broadcaster and PR Guru

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching - hopefully bigger and better than ever with your help. All floats and groups welcome, big and small, young and old, local and visiting. Various prizes on the day with a few new ideas. For more information later check church newsletter and local notes. Any enquires please

contact Dawn at 086-3115647 after 4pm.

Athletic Club

The Leitrim Primary Schools Sports Hall semi final takes place in the Sports Hall on Friday next, March 1st, at 10 00 a.m. with South Leitrim Schools taking part. The County Final is at the same venue on Thursday March 7th. The Connacht Under Age Indoor Championships take place in the new Athlone IT International Arena on Sunday next.

Annual Retreat

Kilmore Diocesan Apostolic Society are holding an Annual Retreat on Sunday 3rd March in St Patrick’s College, Cavan from 10.30 to 4pm. Anybody interested in going contact Patty 9644100, May Kelleher 9644141or Ann O’Hara.(€25) Lunch will be served.

Church Notes

No Mass Mon or Wed. Mass Wed in Aughnasheelin Wed 9am. No First Friday Calls this week except the few I missed out on last week. Confessions: Wed 7pm & Sat 12noon to 12.30pm. Pre Marriage Courses: The Accord course is the one recognised. You cannot book too soon, contact Parents should remind their daughters or sons. Door Collectors Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Mar / Sat 9th & Sun 10th Mar Diarmuid McCaffrey, Alan Banks, Donal Duignan, David Dolan. Altar Servers for Sun 3rd & Sat 9th Mar Feb Group 6 – Maeve Hamill, Joely McGovern, Eadoin Murphy, Grace Reilly.

Operation Transformation

Fantastic results were recorded at the final night of Ballinamore Sean O’ Heslin’s Operation Transformation. The participants lost an average of 9 pounds over the

six weeks with the winner loosing over a stone. We also had some amazing results in our fitness assessment and lost up to 6 inches . Many of the participants have

experience the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle and will continue fitness classes with Michelle Fanning of Assorted Fitness every Wednesday at 7.30pm for ladies

and 8.30pm for men and we are looking for more participants to join in our healthy living journey. The popular Bootcamp will also run for an additional two weeks on

Saturday the 2nd and 9th of March at 10am in the sports complex and depending on numbers it may continue.

RehabCare Walking Group

Walking group for lent every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am. The route we will take will be along the golf links road and we will be providing tea/coffee on our return to the centre. Please meet at the RehabCare resource centre here in Ballinamore at 10.50am. All welcome.

Corn Mill Theatre

The Corn Mill Theatre Group present ‘Brothers of the Brush’ Written by Jimmy Murphy. Brothers of the Brush tells how housepainters, patching over the cracks of an old house, misuse each other for their own advantage. In a world blighted by economic recession, with workers losing faith in old ideologies, Brothers of the Brush

demonstrates just how fragile allegiances are when personal interests are at stake. Thursday 28th, Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March. Doors open: 8:00pm. Show starts: 8:30pm Booking: (049) 4339612

Karate News

The Karate Club in Ballinamore is one of three clubs teaching Matsubayshi Rhy in Co. Leitrim, teaching children from as young as five through to Seniors under the instruction of Sensi Michael O’Keefe and will be taking on beginners from now until the end of March 2013. Congratulations to Scott Thomas, one of his Junior students from Ballinamore who was awarded a medal for his achivements and dedication at the Student of the Year Awards last week. Classes taking place every Friday in Ballinamore Community Centre with Juniors from 6pm- 7pm and Seniors 7pm-8pm. For further information please contact Sensei O’Keefe on 087-6389549.

Date for your Diary

A Benefit Function in memory of the late Michael Kenny will be held in Kilbrackan Arms Hotel, Carrigallen on Saturday 16 March 2013. More details later.

Ballinamore Sports Hall in demand

Ballinamore Sports Hall will stage two Leitrim Primary Schools Sports Hall Athletics contests on Friday next and on Thursday week when the Final takes place. With the good weather and longer daylight in the next number of weeks some winter night users will be moving outside and any group interested in getting a night slot over the coming weeks should take the opportunity to book without delay. The building of the new adjacent Community Hall/Scout Den is well advanced and it is hoped to have it completed in the next few weeks.