Drumshanbo Community News

Drumshanbo Squash Marathon 2012

Drumshanbo Squash Marathon 2012

The 25th Annual Squash Marathon for GOAL was held at the Mayflower Sports Centre, Drumshanbo on the 15th December last. The following took part: Hugh McGarry, Michael Morahan, Orla Morahan, Des Doyle, Ciaran Walsh, Martin McGowan, Dylan McGowan, Hugh Murphy, Philip Murphy, Luke Murphy, Michael McKenna, Paschal McKenna. The event raised the sum of €3,243 for GOAL to help with their great work among the poorest of the poor in the 3rd World. The organisers wish to thank all those who took part and all those who contributed so generously. A special word of thanks to the Mayflower Sports Centre and the Manager Paul Lee for their great co-operation and the use of their excellent facilities.

Dristernan Residents Association AGM

The AGM of the above takes place this evening (Wednesday) at 8pm in the St.Vincent De Paul Centre.

Strictly Come Dancing fundraising event

A fun night of Musical Bingo and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ on Saturday 6th April in the Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo. Tickets available from: Lough Allen Hotel, Tina 086 8171770, Anna 086 1652549. Doors open 8.30pm. All proceeds in aid of Domestic Violence Advocacy Services (Leitrim, Sligo and west Cavan).

Cómhaltas notes

Heartiest congratulations to Michael Tubridy on his well deserved Lifetime Award on TG4 on Sunday night - Michael spent many years teaching flute at The Joe Mooney Summer School until his wife Celine became ill. He continues to promote the past flute players of Leitrim, especially John McKenna and Packie Duignan. He enjoys the annual trip to Arigna - the homestead of McKenna and the grave of Packie Duignan with a group of flute players to commemorate their memory and their music.

Congratulations also to Dónal McCague - winner of Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana 2013. Dónal, younger brother of Michael (guitar) and Seán (banjo) of the well known traditional Mc Cague family from Scotstown. Dónal will be tutoring Fiddle at The Joe Mooney Summer School and will be Special Guest at Fiddle Recital. He gave a great performance last year at the Opening Concert with Dave Sheridan and his brother Michael. It was also great to see Sarah-Jane Woods playing a flute session on the night with Michael Tubridy. Well done to TG4 on a wonderful night of traditional music and culture.

As well as music, song and dance, there will be Comhrá Gaeilge competitions at Fleadh Liatroma in Ballinamore for Age groups: 7-9; 9-11; 11-13; 13-15; 15-17. It is open to all schools and children in Leitrim and entry is €2. There is also a Seomra Gaeilge where there will be an Adult to talk with children and make the language an enjoyable feature of the Fleadh Céad míle fáilte roimh gach éinne. Bígí linn.

Free computer class

Drumshanbo Library is hosting a free Computer Class. For further information contact 9641258.

Swimming lessons

Adults one to one and children group and one to one swimming lessons commencing in the Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo. Children group lessons take place on a Tuesday evening and Saturday morning, €60 for 6 weeks, 8 children per class, 45minutes per class. Adult and children one to one take place on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday evening, €110 for 6 weeks, 45minute classes. Discount for more than 2 children per family. Contact 0861219613 or 0719640195 for more information or to make abooking.

The Base Youth Café

The soccer coaching programme for primary school young people is now finished. We want to thank our coach Gareth, Paul for all his help during the project. To the volunteers who supervised and to all the young people who attended. Swimming for this group will commence in the Ramada on Wednesday 10th April, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm for 4th class young people and from 5.30pm to 6.30pm for 5th and 6th class young people. The youth café will not be open during these hours.

As part of our healthy lifestyle project a Youth Sports Day will take place at the Mayflower on Wednesday 3rd April from 2pm to 4pm. This is open to young people in 4th 5th and 6th classes. Admission is €2. Please bring your signed consent forms on the day.

An outing for post primary young people will take place on Friday, 5th April to Waterworld.Bus will leave from café at 9am.Fee is €15, this includes transport, swimming and food. Please call to café for consent forms and any further details you require. For any further details contact us on 071-9641721, also our face book page at www.facebook.com.

Free digital library

It’s all digital things these days! The library is no different! You may not be aware that Leitrim County Library offers a free digital library to its members. Membership of the library is free too! All you need is an eBook reader or a laptop or a computer or a smart phone. Unfortunately this service will not work with the popular Kindle yet but the library service expects it will in the future and say negotiations are ongoing with Kindle. You can access the eBook service which has both eBooks and audio books at the library website at www.leitrimlibrary.ie and click digital library on the left hand side of the page. If you click the Getting Started link there are useful instructions here on how to download your books, etc. This is a great service if you cannot get to the library or are on holidays and like a good read by the pool. The library has added sixty new titles recently.

Retired Teachers Association

Midland Retired Secondary Teachers Association will hold AGM on Tues April 9th at 11:30am in Longford Library. Lunch will follow and we then travel to Longford Garden Centre, Drumlish Road for 3pm where Laura Shaw will give demonstration and answer questions on all things related to gardening. Please join us for some or all of the above and new members always welcome. Rosemary 0877589287

Gospel Choir

The Co. Leitrim ‘Sweet Spirit Country & Gospel Choir’ based in Mohill and under the musical direction of Tish Dunleavy will be staging their show in the Cornmill Theatre, Carrigallen on Friday night 12th April 2013 at 8.30pm. Proceeds from this show will be donated to the two very deserving organisations - Leitrim based ‘Stop Suicide’ and Leitrim Multiple Sclerosis. Bookings at 049-4339612 or email: bookings@cornmilltheatre.com

Evening classes

Drumshanbo VS are holding the following Classes: Cake Decorating, Pilates, Beginners French and various computer classes. Contact 9640440.

Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens will meet on this afternoon (Wednesday) at 2pm in Áras Phádraig for the weekly chat and a cuppa. New members always welcome.

Allen Gaels 25 card drive

The popular Allen Gaels 25 card Drive continues every Sunday evening in the Clubhouse at 8.30pm. Everybody welcome. Refreshments served.

Daffodil Day success

Daffodil Day was a huge success in our area and on behalf of the hospice we would like to thank all who supported our collection on the day. Thanks to all those who donated fresh daffodils and thanks also to all who gave their time and helped out on a very cold day, it was greatly appreciated.