Killargue Community News

Community Games swimming

Community Games swimming

The Manorhamilton Area Community Games swimming competition will be held on Friday 5th April 2013 in Sligo Regional Sports Complex. Registration will be between 4pm - 4.30pm, with the races starting from 4.50pm sharp.

There will be a number of different events for boys and girls spanning the U8 to U16 age groups. Competitors must live within the Manorhamilton Community Games area which includes Kiltyclogher, Glenfarne, Manorhamilton, Killargue, Dromahair, Newtownmanor, Glencar and Mullies.

Two will qualify from each individual event and go on to represent their area at the County Finals which will be held at the Aura Leisure Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, on 21st April.

For further details phone Maria on 087 6131817. Good luck to all the competitors but particularly those from Killargue!

Musical Bingo and ‘Strictly Come Dancing!’

This fundraiser, in aid of Domestic Violence Advocacy Services, (Leitrim, Sligo and West Cavan), is being held at Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo on Saturday 6th April doors opening at 8.30pm. tickets are available from Tina on 086 8171770 or Anna on 086 1652549. See the advert in the Leitrim Observer for more details or ring Tina or Anna!

With the help of the fundraising efforts DVAS are now in the process of setting up 2 Safe Houses for abused women and children living in the Sligo, Leitrim, West Cavan areas.

Well done to all those involved so why not head off to Drumshanbo on Saturday night?

Tennis starts again

The Killargue Tennis & Basketball Club are delighted to announce that tennis coaching in Killargue will resume on Thursday 11th April. We’ve retained our popular coach, Kenn Bates, for the whole season, through til September. Childrens’ one hour coaching sessions will be on Thursdays, starting at 6pm and 7pm and an adult 6 week long coaching class is also on offer.

Phone Kathy, Janice, Patty or Paula to enrol for the adults classes. Kathy 086 6065052, Patty 086 8198230, Janice 087 2147453 or Paula 086 1996039.

Sweet Spirit Country & Gospel Choir

In aid of STOP Suicide and Leitrim Multiple Sclerosis’ the choir, based in Mohill and under the musical direction of Tish Dunleavy, will be staging their show in the Cornmill Theatre, Carrigallen on Friday 12th April starting at 8.30pm.

All proceeds from the show will go to STOP Suicide and Leitrim Multiple Sclerosis. Bookings can be made at tel: 049 4339612 or by e-mail on

Killargue schools reunion 2013

Here’s more information regarding the event to be held between 15th and 17th August as part of The Gathering Ireland 2013. We now have a section on website detailing what’s going on and how to attend.

We also have a Facebook page entitled Killargue Schools Reunion 2013 so how about passing this information on to your friends and relatives and ask them to join us in the summer?

Reunion planning group meeting

The next meeting of the Reunion planning group is on 24th April starting at 8pm in the Community Centre. We’re still short a people to help organise this whole event so please come along.

Killargue people abroad

This is the first in an occasional series of pieces about Killargue people living and working overseas.

HELEN’S STORY: Helen Dolan was home last week. Helen, 27 year old daughter of Rosaleen and the late Bernie Dolan, Corrasra, Killargue visited home for a week as part of her trip visiting friends and family in Scotland and in Ireland.

This is her second trip home since she left for work, first in Sydney and then Perth, Australia. A qualified accountant, Helen studied Commerce at NUI, Galway then Accountancy at Sligo IT before heading off with friends in January 2011 to backpack in Australia.

In August 2011 Helen returned home to complete the final stages of her accountancy qualifications and then, in the autumn, headed back to Perth to find permanent work and sponsorship.

The Australian government issue temporary work permits for a period of one year but it’s possible to stay and work longer if you are sponsored by an employer.

Helen successfully landed an accountancy job with an engineering company, for whom she still works. The next plan for Helen is to apply for Australian residency as this will allow her more flexibility to live and work anywhere in Australia without being tied to one employer or sponsor.

Life seems good for Helen, who hopes that one day she can return home to Ireland to live and work, but she’s realistic enough to know that it may be a long time before that can happen. In the meantime she’s a “longhaul” commuter......right now she’s on her way back to Perth via Dubai, but will be home again in August to be a bridesmaid. Good luck Helen, keep in touch!

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