Ballinamore Community News

Active Age Group

Active Age Group

Ballinamore Active Age Group are going to Lough Derg on Saturday, 25th May, anyone wishing to travel with us contact Mary Plunkett at 071 9644086 or Maureen Dolphin at 071 9644116. Bernie Donoghue will attend our AGM on Thrusday, June the 27th.

Remember the late John Curry?

Anybody who grew up in Ballinamore in the late 70’s and 80’s will remember the late John Curry. John spent many years coming on holiday to Ballinamore before coming back to spend his final years there. Throughout his years in Ballinamore. John took numerous photographs, got them developed and then gave them as a keepsake to the people concerned. If there is anybody out there with any of those photos, the library would like to get a copy of them with a view to putting them together as exhibition during the summer festival. If any of you have these photos please contact the library at 071 9645566.

Place names of County Leitrim

As part of the Gathering Celebrations Sean Ó Suilleabháin former County Librarian will give a Lecture on the Place names of County Leitrim in Ballinamore Library on Tuesday, 7th May at 9pm. Place names, their meanings, how they came about and how they were translated from Gaelic to English is fascinating. This should prove to be a very informative and interesting evening not to be missed, with time for questions and discussion following the lecture. Remember admission is free and everyone is welcome.

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.

Ballinamore PPS Closing Celebration

The final closing of the three post primary schools in Ballinamore at the end of May is being marked with a function on Sunday June 2nd. All past and present students, staff and parents are invited to join in this celebration. The event starts with concelebrated mass in St. Patricks church Ballinamore at 5pm, which will be followed with a BBQ, entertainment, a chat and reminiscences in Meanscoil Fatima. The committee would welcome photographs, memorabilia, old uniforms or part thereof, old magazine etc. Photographs can be scanned and emailed to or dropped into or posted to the school office at St. Felims, where they will be copied and returned. Any staff member will be happy to accept articles.

For further information or suggestions to make this a memorable evening please email the above address or contact the school at 071-9644049. Check out for further event details. Looking forward to meet old friends!

Seán O’Heslin’s GAA

Major Musical event in Páirc Sheáin Uí EislinAs part of the club’s 100 years Celebration there will be a major Concert in the Marquee in the Park on Thursday 27 June. On that night Eleanor Shanley accompanied by Frankie Lane and Paul Kelly will be joined by Charlie McGettigan and a host of other performers. This will be a memorable night which will mark the opening of the Readers Symposium supported by the International Fund for Ireland. A night to remember!

Lotto: Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Lawrence’s. Pota Óir €5,100.

IWS Pool Lifeguard course.

Held at Riverdale Ballinamore. June /July for more information please contact Helen O’Hara Cavan IWS secretary 086-8952925

Church News

Door Collectors – May 4th / 5th May: Claire Feely, Patricia Creamer, Gerard McGovern & Francis Maguire. First Friday Confessions Thurs at 7.30pm. Altar Servers Group 3 – Sun 5th May & Sat 11th May – James Óg Maguire, Eoin Toolan, Ryan Donohoe. Congratulation to the children who received First Holy Communion (Sat). Trocaire Collection: will be sent away this week. Vocations & Diocesan Services Collection: Don’t forget to bring in the remainder of it next week. First Friday Communion Calls to those below the church on Thursday. Friday to those above the church.


The annual Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 27th May to 1st June led by Bishop Leo O’ Reilly. Bookings may be made for the Assisted Pilgrim Section with Rev Kevin Fay, Lavey on 087 857 9968 / 049 433 0018. Bookings for Hotels is through McGinnity Travel, Coleman Road, Cavan on 049 4331 831. Early booking essential.

Annual May Run Walk or Roll

The Annual May Run Walk or Roll in aid of Cancer Research / North West Hospice will take place on Sunday May 26th 2013 starting from Aughnasheelin Community Centre at 4 p.m. Entry Fee €10. Sponsorship cards on request – contact Cáit 0872123703. Join the walk and you will not only support a good cause but you will also bring your friends and families together for a great fun afternoon. If you can’t walk you can still donate on or by contacting the above number. If you’re donating but not walking why not join us for refreshments in the Community Centre following the event.

Primary Care Centre

The plans for the new Primary Care Centre and Care Management, Tully, Ballinamore can be viewed at Ballinamore library; Opening Hours, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 – 1.30pm and 2.30 – 5.30. Tuesday and Thursday 10 - 1.30pm and 2.30 – 8.00. Saturday 10 – 1.30pm and 2.30 -- 5.00

Fundraising concert

Cáirde Liatroim is holding a fund raising dance with TR Dallas, Mickey Clerkin and Seán McAloon in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday 9th May. Start 8pm. Cáirde Liatroim is a social club which provides outings for people with special needs. Great raffle prizes on the night. Tickets available at the door or contact 086 2545613.

Solas Art Gallery

It seems appropriate that as the Solas Art Gallery in Ballinamore launches its Members Spring Show, opening Fri 10th May, that spring seems to have arrived at last in the country. Not only is there a bit... of colour in the hedgerows and gardens but there is a blaze of colour coming up at this forthcoming exhibition. There are nearly 40 pictures, including some sculpture, on show, it is impossible to list them all or even all the artists. The opening will be presented by Gabrielle Flynn, acting County Librarian, who is an accomplished artist herself. The exhibition runs until Sat 1st June, gallery opening hours the same as Four Seasons Garden Centre, Mon-Sat, 10-6pm. Please don’t forget that the popular Drawing Day at Solas will also be taking place on Sat 18th May. For any queries please contact Gail or Ben, 071 9644210; our website or become a friend on facebook.

Floral Pride 2013

Are seeking applications from community groups, schools and businesses who improve the appearance of their areas by planting trees, shrubs, flowers and keep their area looking fantastic! Application forms available from Development Section, Leitrim County Council, 071 9650496, or Extended closing date for entries 10th. May 2013.

Leitrim for Life

Would like to invite you to an information and discussion evening. Topic for discussion: the proposed x case abortion legislation. Date: Saturday, 11th May. Venue: Aughavas Parochial House. Time; 8.45pm (after 8pm mass) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jer. 1:5)

One Day for Rehab

RehabCare Ballinamore Will be hosting a fundraising event on Friday the 17th of May in the Resource Centre in Ballinamore from 12.30- 2.30pm. We will be having a barbeque, cake sale and a sale of work. The cost of the Barbecue will be €10 and this will include a glass of wine. We would really appreciate your support. All welcome.

Energise Your Life

Energise Your Life iIs a programme which is offered to all adults over 55 years and to GP Exercise Referral clients. It is a great way to get fit, lose weight, and strengthen joints and muscles, while also meeting new people. This programme is on every Thursday at 10am in Ballinamore GAA Gym. With a more challenging fitness session starting at 11am. Contact Michelle on 087 9390980 for further information.

Assorted Fitness

Our Assorted Fitness class is in the GAA Gym this Thursday at 8pm as Whist is in the hall the first Thursday of every month. There is also a second class taking place in Drumreilly Hall at 9.15pm on Thursday.