Ballinamore Whist Drive :
The monthly Whist Drive will be held in the Community Centre on Thursday August 1st at 9pm sharp.  All welcome, supper served.

Ballinamore Whist Drive :
The monthly Whist Drive will be held in the Community Centre on Thursday August 1st at 9pm sharp.  All welcome, supper served.

Table Quiz fundraiser:
Table Quiz for the Free Fringe Festival in Smyth’s on Thursday 1st Aug at 9.30pm, good questions, refreshment, fun and a raffle. Table of 4 €20. The Board of Management of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre are holding An ‘Antiques and Vintage Roadshow’ will be held in aid of the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Cavan, on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August from 12 to 6pm. Events include expert antique valuations, historical and photographic exhibitions, a Victorian Fashion Show and a Vintage Fair. On Sunday 25th an auction will take place from 7pm to 9pm and we are asking people to donate small items for auction. The following are an example of suitable articles: brass and iron beds, old cast iron pots and kettles, parlour lamps, old pine dressers, wall clocks and mantle clocks, old turf barrows, advertising signs (enamel and cardboard), old creamery cans, old garden gates, old tea sets, side dishes, chest of drawers, etc. For further information call 049-4375004 or email

Seán O’Heslin’s GAA:
Hurling Summer Camp - Ballinamore is hosting a three-day Hurling Summer Camp in the GAA Park starting next Monday week, 29 July,  with County Coaching Officer Steve Feeney.  Other coaches will be there also and we encourage all youngsters U13 and younger to come along and learn the skills in a fun setting.  Free Hurley and sliotar for all taking part and its only 30 euro for first child with concessions also. Parents can come along and encourage all. This is a wonderful opportunity for youngsters to learn hurling skills.Lotto  Jackie’s. Pota Óir €5,650.

ATHLETIC CLUB: Coming up is our Open 10K Roadrace and 5K Race/Jog/Walk in conjunction with the Festival and Waterways Ireland on Wednesday August 14th. Full details on runireland website where entries can be made as well as Leitrim Sports Partnership and Leitrim Community Forum websites. There will also be races on grass adjacent Sports Hall for younger ages.

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Town Steering Group:  
Town Steering Group: The follow on meeting was not called as it is felt that it would be better to put this meeting off until September as school’s etc are closed for the summer and it would be difficult for sub-committees to reach owners of properties.  The Steering Group welcome the commencement of the long awaited Community Hospital and are delighted to see the new school progressing at such a rapid pace

Walk for Talk: 
A Fundraising 6K Walk for suicide awareness and prevention will take place from Cloone GAA Park to Aughavas GAA Park this Saturday 27 July at 2pm. áRegistration will take place at Cloone Park at 1pm. All monies raised will go to two worthwhile charities STOP suicide and Aware.

Church Notes:
No Mass on Wed. Mass in Aughnasheelin. Grandparents Pilgrimage to Knock on 8th Sept. Next Fri 26th July is the Feast of St Joachim & St Anne the grandparents of Jesus. Our celebration of the Golden jubilee of the church was very successful thanks to the great efforts of the committee. There was great support from the community. People enjoyed the coming together in the Community Centre. So many people handed in food & served it to the people that it made it all so worth the effort.  A big ‘Thank You’ to everybody. There are some copies of the booklet in Kavanaghs or Murphy’s. We congratulate Fr Francis Duffy on his appointment as Bishop of Ardagh. He is the second past President of St Felim’s to be chosen as a bishop.

Ballinamore Family Festival:
Present The Gathering Dinner Dance on Tuesday 13th August 2013 in The Standing Stone Hotel at 8.30pm. Drinks reception followed by dinner, then A Trip Down Memory Lane with Tommy Moran. Dancing to Rainbow & special appearance by The Wee Amigo. Tickets are €30 and can be bought from Bridie on 087 830 6076 or Frances on 087 987 5483.

Church 50th Year Celebrations:
Sincere thanks to all who helped in any way in making our celebrations last weekend such a success, the spirit of community and cooperation for which Ballinamore is well known was clearly to be seen in action, and the reaction from all who were at the church ceremony and later in the community centre was highly positive. Thanks again to each and everyone who helped, Copies of the souvenir booklet and candles are available in Philip Murphy’s. Sean Kavanagh’s and the Genealogy Centre in the library .

Apostolic Society Church Gate Collection: 
Is being held on Sat 27th / Sun 28th July.  Your support is very much appreciated, all the money collected goes direct to the Priests and Nuns who work on the Missions, at the Diocesan Display in Cavan in October.  Thank you for your support in the past, we do appreciate it very much.

‘Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival:
Puts Leitrim on the International Map of Entertainment’
They say ‘The best things in life are free’ and this is very true of the Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival which runs from Thursday 22nd August - Sunday 25th August across 11 live venues in the picturesque county of Leitrim. Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival is an Irish voluntary non profit festival dedicated to promoting community & cultural diversity through the arts and promoting unsigned acts from Ireland and abroad. This year’s festival will see over 250 acts take to the stage. Travelling from all across the world, countries such as Finland, United Kingdom, Australia, America and Germany will all be represented over the weekend along with performers from every county in the country making their way to Lovely Leitrim. Organiser Tracy Murray, originally from Edinburgh, living in Ballinamore for over seven years is looking forward to the official launch of the festival which takes place in Ballinamore County Library on Thursday August 1st at 7.30pm. “All are very welcome on the night and we are pleased to announce as special guests joining us will be T.D. Luke Ming Flanagan, Shannonside radio presenter & Eurovision legend Charlie McGettigan, up and coming musical star Ashley Tubridy and professional harpist and composer Claire Roche.”The Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival runs from August 22nd - 25th in 11 venues with over 250 artists performing throughout the four days! Acts include... Theatre Performance Group performing ‘Bassam’, musicians include Finnish star Aapo Halme, Scorpion Jack, Penrose, Window Seats, Ashley Tubridy, Conor Walsh, Fat Baby Panda, Afro Dinosaur, The Celtic Blondes, The Aluskas, comedians include FJ Murray, Keith Goldsmith, Fintan Harvey, ‘Close Up Magic’ - Jordan Parke and 235 other amazing artists. So if you enjoy music, entertainment and arts of all kinds, come along to the Festival Launch in Ballinamore County Library on Thursday August 1st at 7.30pm. Then join us for our FundraiserTable Quiz in Smyths Bar @ 9.30pm 1st August....20 euro per Table of 4 raffles,prizes Refreshments and lots of fun.For more information on the Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival please

Glen Prince - Newtowngore Reunion:
 Did you work in Newtowngore Textile factory during the 70s 80s 90s and the 00s, If so please come along to Gorby’s Newtowngore on Fri 23rd Aug to catch up with old friends for a night of Music, Dance and Craic, All of this and more for €10. Light refreshments will be served. After expenses, all remaining monies will be donated to Nth West Hospice. If you plan to join us on the night please call or text Glayds 0872786906 Kathleen 0876459962 Bernadette 0879344229 or Margaret 0871216901/Email
Looking forward to see you all, The Pyjama Makers.RSVP before 30 July.

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.

Friendly Ballinamore:
“It’s a bit of a mouthful, isn’t it? The Friendly Town. It kinda gets your back up, doesn’t it? Come on then, prove it to me, be friendly. An evocative title, a presumptive assumption, you might say. Being the awkward customer that I am I decided to put it to the test, and fight it all the way. I intended to form my own impressions. I decided to figure out this Friendly Town slogan, was it genuine or just a gimmicky catch phrase conjured up by some clever public relations guy?” Find out how this curious visitor got on in Ballinamore in ‘Leitrim Treasure’ which will be launched in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Wednesday, Aug 7th at 8.30pm following a talk by Mickey Harte on “The Value of Community”. Admission free. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome.

Ballinamore Agricultural Show Notice 2013:
Ballinamore Agricultural Show, one of the highlights of the Annual Festival will take place on Tuesday 13th August at Creamer’s Field, Golf Links Road Ballinamore.
This annual event is regarded as one of the best in the region attracting exhibitors from a wide area. Prize money has increased to €15,000 and a variety of goods will be on offer for the prizewinners in the various classes. This year Ballinamore will host qualifiers for Horses and Cattle, the winners of which will go forward to Championship finals at other shows later in the Summer. Judging in the Horse and Cattle sections gets under way at 11.00am with five rings in operation. Judging of Sheep starts at 1.30pm. The very popular dog show begins at 1.30pm, with a total of seventeen classes catering for all breeds. In the Marquee judging in the Home Industry, Cookery, Farm, Garden and Photography sections also commences at 11.00am and indications are that the number of exhibitors will exceed previous years. The Best Dressed Lady at the Show will be selected between 2pm and 4pm. 
There will also be many contenders for the title of Most Glamorous Granny and Miss Fashionista and Mother & Daughter Lookalike. The Tossing the Sheaf will bring proceedings on the Show Field to a close. The presence of many trade stands, stalls and a bouncing castle all add to the carnival atmosphere of Show Day and provide entertainment for all the family. The Committee would like to thank the local business Community for their continued support and also the many firms who have sponsored the various classes. Schedules are currently available from the Show Office, High Street, Ballinamore 071-9645670 or from local shops. Entries close on Monday the 5th August at 7pm.