Ballinamore Community News



There is one round left to play before the semi-finals in the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup Competition sponsored by the Aughnasheelin Gun Club, its very close between four teams for fourth place. The points are:

McGirl’s 83pts

Fenagh 78pts

Shortt’s (A) 75pts

Jackie’s 62pts

Shortt’s (B) 59pts

Freddie’s 58pts

Ossies 53pts

Church Notes

Collectors Sat 15th & 16th Feb - Felim Maxwell, Michael Heavey, Dominic McGovern, John Galligan. Altar Servers for Sun 3rd & Sat 9th Feb Group 2 – Claire McLoughlin / Alannah Smyth / Louise Moran-King.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje departing Dublin on Saturday 22 June. For details contact Rita McWeeney 071 9621505.

Getting married in 2013 or 2014? With so much to do it is easy to forget the Pre Marriage Course, which is an essential element of Marriage preparation. Contact the Accord office in Cavan for your Pre-Marriage application form. Book early to avoid disappointment on your preferred date. ACCORD caters for those who are already married by providing Marriage and Relationship Counselling in strict confidence. To book your Pre-Marriage Course or speak with a counsellor, please contact us on 049-4375004, or email

Lay Apostolate of Jesus Christ the Returning prayer group will take place this Thursday the 7th February at 8pm in St. Anne’s Church, Bailieborough.

The evening will consist of Adoration, Rosary and a talk by Anne, a lay apostle. Confession available. Everyone welcome.

7th Annual Bishop MacKiernan Memorial Lecture by Alf Monaghan “Monastic Ireland – A gift of the Nile!” will be held in The Pastoral Centre, St Patrick’s College, Cavan on Thursday, 7th February at 8pm.

Monaghan Charismatic Prayer Group - Conference weekend: Starts Friday Feb 8th at 7pm to Sunday Feb10th end 4.30pm - 4 Seasons Hotel Monaghan - Speakers: Fr John Keane & Ros Powell - Theme; “Faith comes from hearing the message through the word.” Romans: 10 – 17. All welcome.

Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday evenings will now recommence Wednesday, 6th February from 9pm – 10pm in the side chapel beside the altar. All welcome.


The following classes will run in Ballinamore Enterprise Centre subject to numbers: Folk Art, Skype, Computers for Beginners. If interested please ring 071 9644881.

Library News

Want to get fit after the Festive Season? Then why not call into the Library and see the extensive range of books available there on Keeping Fit and Healthy Living. Books can be borrowed for a period of four weeks at a nominal fee of 30c each. Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 5.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 8pm. Saturday 10am to 5pm.

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.

St Vincent de Paul

If you wish to make a contribution or contact us for any other reason please phone us on the Confidential No. 087-9360562. St Brigid’s Conference, Ballinamore would like to thank all the good people who donated to our Christmas collection 2012. Your contrubutions of money, toys and household items were very welcome and have been distributed to people in our local community. People’s generosity this year was fantastic and it helped to make Christmas very special for many families. We thank all of you who support us in any way throughout the year.

Seán O’Heslin’s

Bingo: Our Bingo continues on Tuesday next at 8.30pm. Prizes of €1,200 each week.

Connacht Scór na nÓg Champion: Comhghairdeas to Grace O’Reilly who won the Connacht Scór na nÓg title in Aithriseoireacht in Castlebar. Now it is on to the All Ireland Final in Derry on Saturday, 23 February.

Lotto: Pota Óir €4,450. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: €40: Walter Sharpley. Buidéal uisce beatha Freddy agus Karen: Tommy Gilheaney, Aughaleague. €40 an duine: Patsy Creamer, Lahard. Kacey Lou Carberry, c/o Bobby Joe’s, Pauline Moran, Lahard, Martina Farry, Lahard.

Church Gate Collection

North West Hospice Church Gate Collection will be held on the 9th & 10th February in all churches in this area. Many thanks for your support.

Films in the library

Ballinamore Library is now hosting a film evening for adults and a film afternoon for children. The adult’s time is 6pm on Thursday and the children’s hour is 2.30pm on Saturday. Admission is free and details of films showing can be obtained by contacting the library at 071 9645566.

Ballinamore Bridge Club

There will be no Bridge this coming Thursday 7th. The Bridge will resume on Thursday 14th at 7pm in the Commercial Hotel.

Evening Adult Courses

At Ballinamore Vocational School. Introduction to Patchwork (Crafts) 4 week course €40. Card Making Craft course- 2 weeks €25. Introduction to Internet Safety for parents- 2 weeks €20. All courses will run subject to numbers enrolling and will be held on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm. To enrol contact Jenny on 087 7037636.

Job Seeking Skills Course

County Leitrim Job Club will be running a job seeking skills course in Ballinamore Enterprise Centre commencing on Monday 18th February 2013 and running for four weeks. The course covers all aspects of job seeking (including basic computer skills) and runs 10am to 1pm, Mon-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).

RehabCare Walking Group for Lent

We are starting a 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. The first walk will take place on Thursday the 14th of February. We look forward to seeing you all.

Whist Drive

First whist drive of 2013 is on Thursday 7th February in the community centre Ballinamore at 8.30pm sharp, looking forward to seeing all the regulars and maybe some new faces on the night. Hall heated tea and refreshments at half time and great prizes on the night. All welcome.

Parish Council Meeting

Meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday 11th February in the community Centre Ballinamore at 8.30pm sharp. All members are asked to attend.

Ballinamore Women’s Group

The First meeting of the new year of Ballinamore Women’s Group will take place on February 6th at 8pm in Trathnona. All members are asked to attend & new members are welcome.

Nutritional Therapist

Gwen Fitzgibbon, a Nutritional Therapist specialising in weight loss, will be in Cloone Community Centre every Monday night at 7.30 and 8.00 costing €7. Please

contract Gwen on 087-1432733 for further information.

Ballinamore Bridge Club

The results for January 31st: 1. Margaret Nellis & Peggy Logan. 2. Monica Sharpley & Bernie Flynn. 3. Marian Quinn & Evelyn Smith.

Aughawillan Drama Troupe Double Bill!

The second part of the double bill ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ is also a hugely entertaining comedy and will be presented on Thursday 14th, Friday 15th Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February again with curtain up at 8.30pm in Aughawillan Community Centre. Come early and avoid disappointment.

Marching Band fundraising night

The Spirit of Freedom Marching Band will be holding a fundraising night in McGirl’s Bar, Ballinamore on February 16th at 10pm. All welcome. Ceol agus craic guarnteed on the night. We are Leitrim’s only Flute and Drum Band.

Wedding and Social Dance classes

Wedding and Social Dance classes starting in J’s Hotel, Mohill on Wednesday week 13th February. Learn to Jive, Waltz and Quick Step. No partners needed, everyone is welcome. Eamonn Cunniss is from Galway and is an All-Ireland Champion Instructor. It’s great craic and great exercise €10 for 2 hours class - a bargain - see you all there.

Local Drama Group

The Acorn Players enjoyed a very successful night in Milltown last Friday night where they staged their production of “The Two Loves Of Gabriel Foley”to a packed hall.

The audience loved this hilarious comedy, where all is fair in love and war. The cast are all local, Gabriel Foley played by Padraig Mc Loughlin, Hazel Myers (Monica Reilly), Chrissie McCabe (Anella McGuinness), Aggie Foley & Morag De Coursey (Margaret Healy), Lucy Lacey (Nicole Kearins), Clive Snell (Dave Price) and last but by no means least Liam Gavigan is played by the very popular Philip Flood. Not forgetting M.C. (Tommy Kellegher) Stage Manager (Maureen Lynch) and Front of House (Liz Geoghegan). For anyone that missed seeing the play, you will have another chance on 24th February in Ballinamore hall at 8pm. Please support.

Ballinamore Area Community Games News

The following events are taking place on Monday next, Febuary 11th at 6pm in Meanscoil Fatima in Ballinamore. Art U8 to U16. Modelmaking U10 to U16. Hand Writing U 10

All Welcome. Anyone interested in training teams in other events, please contact Community Games Committee Member or 086-8890527.

Operation Transformation

Our Operation Transformation is going very well, with Michelle Fanning noticing people toning up with very impressive fitness improvements. Veronica Gleeson has also recorded some very remarkable weigh loss results. Our classes continue every Wednesday in the GAA Gym at 7.30pm for ladies and 8.30pm for men, with weigh in. We also have a ladies class every Thursday at 11am and our Bootcamp for men and women is on Saturday at 10am in the sports complex. Please note that anybody can pop in and enjoy a good workout with us. For further information contact Michelle on 087-9390980.