Manorhamilton Community News May 24

North Leitrim Women’s Centre Your Women’s Centre needs your help to raise funds for the North Leitrim Women’s Centre by Bag Packing on Friday, 31st May and Saturday, 1st June in Dunnes Stores, Cranmore, Sligo. If you can give an hour or two on any of these dates please contact the Centre on 071 9856220, email or simply call into the Women’s Centre. We would really appreciate your help in making sure our door stays open.

North Leitrim Women’s Centre

Your Women’s Centre needs your help to raise funds for the North Leitrim Women’s Centre by Bag Packing on Friday, 31st May and Saturday, 1st June in Dunnes Stores, Cranmore, Sligo. If you can give an hour or two on any of these dates please contact the Centre on 071 9856220, email or simply call into the Women’s Centre. We would really appreciate your help in making sure our door stays open.

“Grease as Gaeilge

Not to be missed for two nights only: Gaelscoil Chluainín presents its musical “Grease as Gaeilge”, a very ambitious production and the first of its kind in this part of the country. The cast includes 61 children from all areas of North Leitrim aged from 6-12 years.

This is a culmination of the eclectric mix of talents amidst parents and staff, graphic designers, artists, musicians, sculptors and stylists, which combined with, the wonderful acting ability of the children guarantees a great nights entertainment. Evening performances: Fri 31st & Sat 1st - 7.30pm in The Glens Centre. Bookings Tel 071 98 55833 Limited seats available so book early to avoid disappointment.

Studio North West TV

The latest edition of Studio North West TV has short features on Fracking in Leitrim with Canadian scientist Jessica Ernst as well as the recent presentation of Leitrim Arts Awards to Keshcarrigan singer Eleanor Shanley and Manorhamilton sculptor Jackie McKenna.

The latest edition also trailers Derek O’Connor’s new documentary Pony Dance for Guth Gafa and Yeats Day in Sligo. A full version of Niamh Dempsey’s short documentary – The Hag at the Well – which was completed for Cinema North West’s Crossing Borders on Screen presentation is also featured on the current of Studio North West TV. Studio North West TV reprise a feature length Bandit Films’ documentary on Cathal Coughlan, the London-based Irish singer-songwriter, twice-cited in the Irish Independent’s recent Top 30 Irish albums of all time for his work with the bands Micro Disney and Fatima Mansions. Visit its website

“Green Ribbon Campaign”

This week at the Ballagh Centre the Thursday Club have invited Rachel Reilly from Mental Health Ireland to talk as part of the nationwide “Green Ribbon Campaign”. Rachel will give a talk specifically for older people around general awareness of mental health and information on what people can do to look after their mental wellbeing as they get older. Anyone in the area who is interested is welcome to come along between 11am-1pm on Thursday, 23rd May.

Manorhamilton Library

This being Cultural Diversity Week Manorhamilton Library has a few events running for all members of the public to enjoy.

There is a children’s event on this Friday morning, May 24 entitled “Intercultural Storytelling Children’s Folk Tales and Stories” from 11am to 12.30pm.

All children are welcome to come to this. On Friday evening a session called “Dreams Discussion” will take place in the Library at 6.30pm for an hour. This should be very interesting especially if you wonder what those dreams, which we have from time to time, are all about.

The “North Leitrim Inter Cultural Women’s Group Art Display,” which is a diverse exhibition of Artworks: drawings, paintings, collage and prints are on display in the library all this week. The group bring together a range of cultures and skins, creativity, commitment and a growing confidence. The group say that through working together on their projects they have built friendships and shared laughter. All the above events are free so come along and see and hear about the diversity y of culture that we have in Leitrim. WiFi is now available in Manorhamilton Library with free access for all users.

Club Chluainín’s Open Meeting

Club Chluainín brings its winter and spring semester to a close on Tuesday next, May 28 with a special planned programme of events. Members will be in the Glens Centre from 11.15am to 2.15pm and invite persons (male or female) aged 55 and over to come along and see what the group is about and how it works.

Maybe you are someone who always wanted to become a member but put it off for another time, or are curious to find out what Club Chluainín is about. This Tuesday morning (May 28) will provide the opportunity to experience in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere the benefits of being a member, without any obligation or pressure to join.

On Tuesday morning Club Chluainín members will have on display a selection of the various arts and crafts in the making of which they participated from March to May in conjunction with the annual Bealtaine Festival, which is held during May. Two Active Age Groups from Enniskillen, the Holly and the Forget-me-Knots, will be Club Chluainín guests during the Manor Active Age group’s open meeting in the Glens Centre. During the open meeting entertainment and light refreshments will be provided for all.

Glencar Historical Society

The Glencar Historical Society will present a lecture entitled “Ringforts” which will be given by Claire Foley in Glencar Community Centre on this Friday night, May 24 at 9pm. This theme is of special interest locally, considering the wealth of Ringforts and Fairy Forts to be found in the Parish of Killasnett, as well as the large group concentrated at Manorhamilton.

The Glencar Historical Society is delighted to have Clare as its guest speaker at Friday night’s lecture. Claire is Senior Inspector, Built Heritage, with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

She was involved in the archaeological excavation at Parke’s Castle, Lough Gill, in the 1970’s and has just launched a monograph with Colm Donnelly entitled – “Parke’s Castle, Co. Leitrim: Archaeology, History and Architecture.”

Afterschool Childcare

Manorhamilton Childcare Services Ltd Afterschool offers a drop-in service from Monday to Friday between the hours 1.45pm and 6pm and is available to all school age children. Collection of children is available from the three local primary schools, St. Clare’s Primary, The Masterson NS and Gaelscoil Chluainín. The Childcare Services Ltd Afterschool is now taking bookings for September 2013. For more information please contact Ashleen Bradley on: 087-7378131.

Historical Photos

The launch of the Manorhamilton and District Photo archive will take place in Manorhamilton Library on Tuesday night 11 at 8.30pm. This free of charge event has the support of Manorhamilton and District Historical Society. This launch is being hosted by Leitrim County Library who has catalogued the archive and is putting it on permanent display.

All-Ireland Table Quiz

A unique one off event the All Ireland Table Quiz in aid of Autism in Leitrim will take place on Friday night May 31, at 9pm in Jackie’s Lakeland Bar, Ballinamore. Does Leitrim have the Table Quiz Champions? The overall prize for a Table of 8 is a place at the Dubai Duty Free Ball in the K Club. Prizes will be presented on the night in Ballinamore. If you have any old/broken mobile phones please bring them along to Jackie’s Lakeland Bar on the night. For more information or make donations contact

Happy Ninetieth Mai

Congratulations to Mai McGowan, Hillside Crescent and formerly of Glenboy who celebrated her ninetieth birthday on Friday last, May 17. Good wishes for the celebration of many more birthdays by Mai in the coming years are extended her by her neighbours and friends in Hillside Crescent and McDermott Terrace as well as everyone in the Manorhamilton area.

Old Tyme Dancing in Kilty

Due to renovations Old Tyme Dancing that formerly took place on Sunday nights in the Rainbow Ballroom Glenfarne will now go ahead in Kiltyclogher Community Centre until further notice. The next Old Tyme Dance which will be in Kiltyclogher Community Centre will be Sunday night, June 16.

Farmers Market

The fourth and final Manorhamilton Origin Farmers Market of the month takes place on this Friday, May 25 between 10am and 2pm in the Bee Park Community Centre car park. The Market serves the Manorhamilton and North Leitrim area. The Manor Origin Farmers Market is the only Farmers Market in Leitrim.


Manorhamilton’s third bingo session of the month will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Wednesday night, May 22 at 9pm. A good night’s entertainment is promised by the organisers.