Jeffrey Donaldson is guest speaker

Jeffrey Donaldson is guest speaker

Jeffrey Donaldson MP will be the guest speaker at the launch of the Peace III programme Acknowledging and Dealing with the Past.

Mr. Donaldson, MP for Lagan Valley and member of the DUP, is a well known politician in the north of Ireland. He entered politics in 1985 and has served since in both Stormont and Westminster.

This project is being delivered in partnership between Taughmonagh Community Forum Ltd and the North Leitrim Men’s Group Ltd.

The aim is to target and engage ‘650 men whose lives have been impacted significantly caused by the Irish conflict’ and to provide a specific programme which addresses sectarianism and isolation caused by the conflict and promotes mutual understanding, trust and peace building. In addition the project will establish two support points for men, one in Leitrim and one in Taughmonagh Estate in Belfast.

Among the objectives of the programme are:

To establish two resource points for the development of peace and reconciliation, one in Manorhamilton linked to the North Leitrim Men’s Group and one in Taughmonagh Social Club in Belfast

To deliver peace and reconciliation programmes to men who are supported through the North Leitrim Men’s Group to address issues such as sectarianism.

To implement a community relations programme involving young men in Taughmonagh and member s of the Boys Brigade in Belfast, Cavan, Sligo, Fermanagh and Leitrim. This programme of events and activities will link with other youth groups and support awareness of culture, confidence, isolation and the need for mutual understanding.

To establish a strategic forum of groups involved in the project to discuss positive ways the project can promote peace and reconciliation and promote the lessons learnt from their interaction and combination of single identity and cross community work. The programme is funded by Pobal.


Tractorcade on Sunday, June 16th: Meet at the mart Manorhamilton at 12.30pm. Drive to the Rainbow Glenfarne arriving at 2pm. This is being organised by Love Leitrim.
All welcome, no entry fee. Fun familty day out. For further information contact Michael on 086 8174657.

Border Roads Storytelling Night

Did you live close to a Border Road which was closed during the troubles?:Was your life affected by these road closures? Have you any stories of times gone by along these roads?
If so, come along and share your stories of life along the border on Wednesday 12th June 2013 in The New Ballagh Centre, Rossinver from 7.30pm – 9.30pm, with refreshments provided.
To confirm attendance please contact Ciara/Bronagh on 00353 429742003 or email
If you have any photographs, newspaper articles or video/audio footage relating to the border roads closures, please bring them along on the night.

North Leitrim Women’s Centre

Annual meeting: The AGM of the North Leitrim Women’s Centre will take place on Friday, 5th July at 6.30pm in the Women’s Centre. Everybody welcome.

Special coffee morning for Alzheimer sufferers

Café event: Anyone affected by Alzheimer’s is invited to attend a special Alzheimer’s café with in the Glasshouse Hotel, in Sligo next Friday 14th June 2013 from 11am to 1pm in the View Bar. Alzheimer Cafe mornings are free and anyone affected by Dementia are welcome to attend.Dr. Paula Hickey Consultant Geriatrician with Sligo General Hospital will provide an information session.For more info contact Majella on 9146400/0868638171

Cemetery Sunday in Kilmakerrill

Blessing ceremony: The Blessing of The Graves in Kilmakerrill Cemetery, Manorhamilton will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday, 4th August. The Blessing of The Graves in St Mary’s, Glenfarne will take place on the same day after the 11am Mass.

Dances moved to Kiltyclogher during Rainbow facelift

Venue change: Due to renovations to the Rainbow Ballroom, Glenfarne, Dances will be held in Kiltyclogher Community Centre until further notice. Olde Tyme & Social Dance will take place on Sun, 16th June. Dancing to “Country Traditions” 9pm. Admission €7, including refreshments. All welcome.


Death: Sympathy is extended to Noel Loughlin from Manorhamilton whose brother Michael Loughlin passed away recently. The late Michael Loughlin was from Gortlownan, Ballintogher, Sligo. He died peacefully at Sligo General Hospital. His funeral took place last week at St. Theresa’s Church in Ballintogher.

Friday June 21st Solstice Shenanigans Walk!

History: Celebrate the longest day in the year with a walk at one of our ancient archaeology sites. Meet at Hamilton’s Castle, Manorhamilton at 9pm, Friday June 21st. The group will drive to the start at Tullyskeherney and then have a walk prior to sunset just before 10 and Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks guide Tina Pommer will help you explore this magical site and world of archaeology and walk through the ritual Neolithic/bronze age landscape of the Tullyskeherney plateau.
The views are stunning and the geology very interesting. The group will spend time watching the sunset and enjoying the views of Glenade valley from our bird’s eye viewing point.

Manorhamilton photo collection

Launch: The Manorhamilton and District Photo Collection Launch takes place on Tuesday 11th June in Manorhamilton Library at 8.30pm.


Funeral: Sympathy is extended to the family of William Winston better known as Benny from the Line in Dromahair in Co Leitrim. His funeral took place at St Patricks church in Dromahair last week with burial afterwards to Creevelea Abbey New Cemetery.

Rossinver Heritage and Cultural Festival

Culture: The First Rossinver Heritage and Cultural Festival is taking place on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2013 at the Sports Field, Strad-Connolly, Rossinver, County Leitrim (just past the parochial house). Events taking place include dancing, illustrated heritage talks, scenic walks, a heritage day with heritage arts and crafts, a community party and loads more. Check your local community notes and press for more information over the coming weeks, or contact 0719832970 or like us via our facebook page.

Vintage club raises money for charity

Fund-raiser: The North West Vintage and Heritage club held their first auto jumble event on the 28th of April in the Bee Park Resource Centre. Due to a large number of stalls and generous public support the event was very successful and managed to raise 6110 for charity. The two charities chosen to share the donation this year were the M.S. therapy centre in Co Sligo and S.T.O.P (suicide prevention) in Co Leitrim. The organising committee wish to thank all our sponsors for their substantial donations and hope to repeat the event again next year.