Ballinamore Community News

St Patrick’s Day Parade

St Patrick’s Day Parade

Ballinamore presents its new and improved St. Patrick’s Day Parade with new prizes for: best window display & best dressed spectator! (get those colours out) with other prizes including: best on foot, best float, most humorous and overall. Assembly Point: Tesco Car Park at 3.30pm. Parade Time: 4.00pm. Refreshments for children at courthouse after the parade followed by the annual scouts family fun day in the community centre! Don’t miss it!

Ballinamore Pike Anglers

Results of the last two competitions: 16th Feb on Drumcoura Lake for the Drumcoura Shield: 1st Tony Gallagher 11lbs 15ozs pike, 2nd Sean Murray 7lb 12ozs pike, 3rd Bob O’Callaghan 5lb 13ozs pike. 2nd March on Kiltybardon Lake for the Manhattan Cup: 1st Michael Murray 14lb 15ozs pike, 2nd Sean Murray 14lb 2ozs pike, 3rd The Conger Gilheaney 6lb 1oz pike, 4th Ollie Gallagher 5lb 5oz pike. The Murray father and son team from Dublin showed us all how to do it, winning all the prize money. Congratulation to Sean, he has won the League on 60 pts, highest score ever and still got two competitions to go. Tony Gallagher is 2nd with 44 pts and John Creamer 3rd with 34pts.

Pilgrimage to Fatima

The annual pilgrimage to Fatima takes place from the 1st August to the 8th August 2013. 7 nights full board ensuite in the Tres Pastorinhos Hotel which is situated beside the sanctuary. Cost €739. Guided tours, bus from Ballinamore via Cavan to Dublin airport return cost approx €30, spiritual director: Fr Tom McManus PP, for details contact Mamie Flynn, phone 071 96 44148.

Solas Art Gallery

The Solas Exhibition for emerging artists, “FOUR”, will be opening on Fri 15th March. The member artists chosen for this year’s show are Molly Richardson, Newtowngore; Jim Richard, Shercock, Co. Cavan; Isabella Bazzani, Blacklion, Co. Cavan; Stephen Costello, Cloonfad, Co. Roscommon. “FOUR” opens at 7.30pm on Friday. The exhibition will be opened by Jennifer Richardson and is open until Sat 6th April, gallery opening times Tues –Sat, 10-6pm. For any enquiries about the gallery or this exhibition contact Gail or Ben, 071 9644210; look at our website, or join us on Facebook.

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.


The results from games played last Friday night in the Ballinamore League sponsored Knock Out Competition are: McGirl’s 5 Shortt’s (B) 0. Freddie’s 5 Ossies 3. Shortt’s (A) 5 Fenagh 4. The first semi-final will be played next Friday night the 15th of March between Jackie’s and Shortt’s (A) the venue is McGirl’s, starting time 10.30pm. The second semi-final between McGirl’s and Freddie’s will be played on Friday night the 22nd of March in Jackie’s.

Ballinamore Bingo

We all complain about lack of things to do in Ballinamore, but if we don’t support the things we have we should not complain! The Bingo on a Tuesday night is struggling to survive, its presents supports the GAA and the Community Centre, and surely we could all make a little effort, really it should not be an effort but a bit of craic to make your way down to the hall and give the bingo a go and enjoy it!

Church Notes

Weekday Mass 8am. No morning mass Wed or Sat. Confessions: Sat 12 noon to 12.30pm. Liturgy Committee Meeting: Wed 8.30pm. Confirmation here next Sat 16th at 12 noon. Pray for the young girls and boys. No Confessions next Saturday. Collectors Sat 16th & Sun 17th & 23rd & 24th Mar: Paddy McManus / Michael Dolan (W’field) / Tom Gannon / Walter Sharpley. Altar Servers for Sun 17th & Sat 23rd Mar Feb Group 2 – Claire McLoughlin, Alannah Smyth & Laoise Moran King.

Youth Rally

In the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Cullies (12-35yrs) on Saturday 23rd Of March 2013 2.30pm-5.30pm with Special Guest All-Ireland Dublin Footballer Ger Brennan. Safe Guarding form available in Parish and Clare Coyle Diocesan Youth Worker 0863702641.

Easter in Ballinamore Library

Calling all children: Borrow a book. Your name goes in the hat Draw for Easter egg will take place on Thursday, 28th March at 5pm.

Agricultural Show AGM

The AGM of the Ballinamore Agricultural Show Society will be held in the Community Centre on Wed the 13th March at 8.30pm. All members are request to attend.

Spring Cleaning?

Why not put those unwanted items to good use: 1st Leitrim - Ballinamore Beavers/Cubs/Scouts & Ventures Fundraising Family Day on St. Patrick’s Day in Community Centre (after parade). New and used items need for Lucky Dip & Bric-a-Brac Stalls - CD’s/ DVDs, Books, Jewellery, Toys, Unwanted Gifts, Ornaments, Accessories, Games- including Board Games /Nintendo / XBox / Playstation etc.. Uniform items such as School / Cub / Scouts /Dancing shoes/Football boots etc..etc..etc. Drop your Lucky Dip/Bric-a-Brac items into Lyric offices, High Street, Ballinamore - 9am to 5pm Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March... or bring to hall on Saturday 16th March between 5 and 9pm. Thank you for your support.

Family Fun Day

1st Leitrim - Ballinamore Beavers/Cubs/Scouts & Ventures Fundraising Family Day on St. Patrick’s Day in Community Centre (after parade). Fun and Games for all the family including Cake Sale; Chocolate Fountain & Crepes; Sponge Throwing; Treasure Hunt; Penalty Shoot Out; Air Hockey; Face Painting; Lucky Dip; Bric-a-Brac etc.. Admission €2.00 or €8.00 per family. Great door prizes.

Seán O’Heslin’s

Cluichí don Deireadh Seachtaine: Division 5 game against Gortletteragh on Sunday morning at 11.30 in the Park. Ladies team will play Annaduff in the Div 2 League on Sunday in Annaduff.

Bingo: On Tuesday at 8.30 in Community Centre, please make an effort to attend and bring a friend, it would be a loss to the town if the bingo discontinued and many people would be disappointed!

Lotto: Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn sa Scoláire Bocht. Pota Óir €4,700. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: €40 Gerry Mahon, €20 Sponsored by Pat Joe’s: Séamus Mac Murchaidh €40 an duine: Tom Burns, Clenaghoo, Philip Rooney, Leitrim Observer, Martin Hilley, Lettercrann, Pettigo, Co Donegal, Madge Murphy, Railway Rd.

Recycle & Support

S.N. Bhrid Naofa Parent’s Association are organising a Used Clothes/Mobile Phone collection on Friday 15th March 2013. Clothes/Stuffed Toys/Shoes/Belts/Handbags/Household Textiles/Old Mobiles are all required. Due to the fact that it is the Parent’s Association who are organising this collection, we will only be able to accept the bags on Thursday 14th March (7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.) and Friday morning 15th March (9.00 a.m. – 9.30a.m.) in the P.E. Room, Senior Girls School. Bags will be collected by the Company at 9.30 a.m. on Friday morning, therefore any bags brought to the school after this time, cannot be accepted. We would appreciate your support.

Scrap Metal Collection

Last chance to clear out and get rid of all your unwanted scrap metal, only 3 weeks left There is a collection at Wisley’s Car Wash on the Carrigallen road, in aid of Abbey Rovers Soccer Club, for the next few weeks only. The last collection helped greatly with the clubs running expenses. We would like to thank you for your support in the past and your continued support. No fridges, microwaves, TV’s or plastic, just metal please.

Benefit function

A Benefit Function to commemorate the late Michael Kenny will be held in the Kilbracken Arms, Carrigallen, on Sat March 16th commencing at 9.00 p.m. with music by Evening Star. Michael who was Chairman of Ballinamore A.C. at time of his death last Nov also did trojan work over the years with Carrigallen GAA and Community Games as well as at County level. Donations can be made on the night or through B’more and Carrigallen Credit Unions.

The Country Boy

For one night only in aid of School Funds! Newtowngore N.S. in association with ‘The Sliabh an larainn Players’ are presenting ‘The Country Boy’ in Newtowngore Community Hall on Friday, March 22nd at 8.30pm sharp in aid of school funds. The play is written by John Murphy and produced/directed by Frank Cadam. A good night’s entertainment with plenty of laughs is guaranteed. The storyline will strike a chord with everyone. Tickets can be booked with Henry on 087 0529304 or at the door on the night.

Solo Photographic Exhibition

Ballinamore library would like to invite the public in to view a “Solo Photographic Exhibition” by Dromod Photographer Ailbhe Mc Gill. The exhibition will run from 7th March to 12th April during library opening hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00-1.30 and 2.30 to 5.30. Tuesday to Thursday 10.00-1.30 and 2.30-8.00 Saturday 10.00-1.30 and 2.30-5.00. Admission Free.

Boxing Club Pub Quiz

Ballinamore Boxing Club are holding their annual Fundraising Quiz in Smyth’s Siopa Ól this Friday night, 15th March at 8.30pm. Please support. Everyone welcome, looking forward to seeing all the quiz teams, spot prizes and a draw on the night.