Manorhamilton Community News

World Darts Champion to visit Manor

World Darts Champion to visit Manor

Five times World Darts Champion Raymond Van Barneveld visits the Bee Park Community on this Saturday night, April 6 to put on a top class Show for the Manorhamilton Rangers major fundraiser which starts at 8.30pm. Looking forward to this Saturday’s event Manor Rangers Chairman Sean Gallagher says, “Join the Barney Army, the main night is almost upon us. It is a night of darts entertainment, and much (much) more.” Tickets still available in Bredin’s or by contacting Sean Gallagher on 087-9056280 or Bernie Cleary on 083-1505022. Tickets, costing €15 and €25 VIP, are limited for Barney’s Show in Manor on Satuday night.

Griffin launches 10km Manorhamilton school walk

Olympic race walker, Colin Griffin from Ballinamore called to Manorhamilton to launch the St. Clare’s Comprehensive fourth annual 4K and 10K Run/Walk, which takes place on Sunday 21st April, 2013 at 12.30 pm.

Colin, delivered an inspirational talk to a group of students prior to the launch. He spoke with great passion for his sport and he was happy to answer questions after the talk. He imparted his knowledge about training and nutrition to the students. The 10K organisers, Shane Ward, Sandra Carden and Dympna Boylan are delighted to announce a number of changes to this years run/walk. There will be chip-timing and the route will be A.A.I. measured. The route will be the same as previous years, a map is available on the school website.

The race organisers would like to sincerely thank the main sponsor, Stefan Rooney from Supervalu, Manorhamilton who has continued his sponsorship of the event.

The run/walk has proven very popular locally in previous years. Pat’s Country Roadshow will provide music on the day, there will be face-painting for kids and other activities. Refreshments will be served in the school gym after the run. Further information is available on the school website and competitors can register through (€10 for the 10k and €5 for the 4k) Registration will also be open from 10 – 12 noon on the day.

Budding entrepreneurs scoop top prize

A team of enterprising students from St. Clare’s Comprehensive School in Manorhamilton scooped the top prize at the inaugural Griffith College Business Enterprise Competition which took place at the Dublin campus on March 14.

Held as part of ‘Schools Week’, a week-long event which invites second level students nationwide to attend Griffith College for a day to get an insight into third level study options, the Business Enterprise Competition challenged students to pitch an original business idea or product to a panel of experts at the College.

The winning team, Matthew Hewston, Luke Sheridan, and Fergus Munday, with the support of teacher Ms. Claire Gallagher, was awarded the Business Enterprise Cup and a cheque for €500 for their product ‘Squeazy’.

Beating off competition from the ten other shortlisted teams at the final, Squeazy is an innovative educational game that has sold more than 700 units to date. Not alone is it useful as a science toy for illustrating floating and sinking concepts, but is has also been marketed by the students to physiotherapists as a resource to help eople regain strength in their hand muscles.

Competition judge and Head of the Business Faculty at Griffith College, Mr. Seamus Fitzpatrick said, “The innovation and imagination we witnessed from students at this first Business Enterprise Competition greatly impressed us all.

“The winning team in particular demonstrated a viable business product which has already been marketed and sold extensively. These students have natural marketing and business development ability and are exactly what we need to secure the future of business in Ireland. I would like to congratulate the ‘Squeazy’ team and their teacher for an outstanding product and demonstration. They are very deserving winners.”

Two other teams from St. Clare’s comprehensive also competed at the final. The team entitled ‘Hoods ‘N’ Tees’ consisted of Daniel Fee, Adam Harte, Alan McSharry and Ethan Clancy and their mini company produces personalised hoodies and t-shirts for clubs, groups, and year groups. The other participating team with students Sarah Comiskey, Eimear Curran and Katie Maguire was called ‘Handie Handbags’. Their mini company produces small bags with handy essentials for ladies handbags.

Support the Cycle Against Suicide

Catherine Gurn is “asking the local people of Manorhamilton to open up their hearts and their homes to help “The Cycle Against Suicide” an awareness raising charity cycle aimed at tackling suicide. Starting and finishing in Dublin, the cycle will be taking place over 14 days, from Monday 22nd April to Sunday 5th May 2013.

“I am asking the local people of the Manorhamilton area to offer a bed/home-stay for one night on the 2nd of May for the participants of this awareness raising cycle. “I appeal to you to spread the word and help this charity because: Everyone has some connection with suicide, self-harm or depression. (The) Cycle Against Suicide believes that the best way to help fight the Battle Against Suicide in Ireland is to do it together.

“By people cycling together around Ireland, this powerful message will be delivered.” In conclusion Catherine states “Please remember that together shoulder to shoulder, we can Break the Cycle of Suicide in Ireland.”

The Cycle Against Suicide Project state, “With more than two thousand people expected to take part in the inaugural Cycle Against Suicide, a huge number of supporters have kindly offered to open up their homes to provide accommodation for free to those cyclists in need of a place to stay overnight.

“The Cycle Against Suicide is an awareness raising charity cycle aimed at tackling suicide; with the cycle taking place across the country from Monday 22nd April to Sunday 5th May 2013. “Setting off from Dublin on Monday 22nd April, the cyclists will make their way around Ireland covering 1,400 km and 13 overnight stays in total including; Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Letterkenny, Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan, and Louth. “The cyclists will cover their own costs, and can participate in a section of each 50km leg, an entire leg, multiple legs, or even complete the entire cycle, which will see them arrive in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim on Thursday May 2nd.

“Manorhamilton is the 12th day of the journey, and if you would like to get involved with the ‘Home-Stay’ initiative, Cycle Against Suicide are a king you to do so by providing bike storage, shower facilities, dinner, bed(s), breakfast and lifts.

“Regional Home-stay Coordinator, Catherine Gurn, is delighted with the response so far. Catherie says, ‘We are hugely grateful to each of our Home-stay volunteers for their incredible generosity. ‘The cyclists involved are coming from all over Ireland and have been training for months so this is a great way to make sure everyone gets to participate, helping to Break the Cycle of Suicide in Ireland.’ Catherine went on to say ‘If you are living in the Manorhamilton area and want to offer Home-stay accommodation, please get in touch by emailing”

For further information contact: Gerry Creamer (Manager of the Bee Park Community Centre) on 086-3855090; Michelle Fox (Counsellor for STOP Suicide) 071-9856070 (11am to 4pm, Monday to Friday); Catherine Gurn (Home-stay Co-ordinator) 087-9115886 after 6pm or email Information on Cycle Against Suicide, can be found on the website For further news, follow @CASuicide on twitter or visit Facebook.

Vintage Club news

The next meeting of the North West Vintage and Heritage Club takes place in Manorhamilton’s Bee Park Community Centre on this Thursday night, April 4 at 9pm. All members are requested to attend and new members will be most welcome. More information on the North West Vintage and Heritage Club is available from Tommy 087-9489057 or Sean 086-4009070.

On Sunday, April 28 starting at 11am in the Bee Park Community Centre Manorhamilton the North West Vintage and Heritage Club will promote an auto jumble sale and a car boot sale for two very worthy charities, namely the MS Therapy Centre at Ballytivnan and STOP Suicide.

In conjunction with the auto jumble sale and the car boot sale a raffle is being run by the North West Vintage and Heritage Club the draw for which takes place in the Bee Park Community Centre on Sunday April 28. The raffle for which tickets are currently on sale will be for the following prizes – 1st €300; 2nd €200; 3rd €100; €60 voucher from FBD; a hamper; a bottle of whiskey plus many more prizes as well. A book of tickets for the raffle costs €10. For further information on the auto jumble sale and the car boot sale as well as for raffle tickets contact Tommy 087-9489057 or Sean 086-4009070.

North Leitrim Women’s Group

Are in interested in participating in a Level 4 Certificate Course in Information and Communications Technology Skills? The Course will commence in late April on a Thursday and Friday morning from 10am-1pm. Course content: Communications, Mathematics, IT Skills, Computer Applications, Desktop Publishing, Word Processing, Work Experience. Places limited to ten, contact the Women’s Centre on 071 9856220 or email

Community Games Swimming

The Manorhamilton Area Community Games swimming competition will be held on this Friday, April 5 in Sligo Regional Sports Complex. Registration will be between 4pm and 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 Sunday, April 21. For further details on the Manorhamilton Community Games Swimming competitions please phone Maria on 087-6131817 or Trevor on 087-6493491. Anyone that would like an application form can email

St. Clare’s P.S. Enrolment

The enrolment process for parents/guardians wishing their children to start St. Clare’s Primary School, Manorhamilton next September is now underway. Please return enrolment forms and supporting documentation to the school no later than 30 April 2013.

Rossinver/Garrison Programme

The Cross-Border spring programme of events for the communities of Rossinver and Garrison continues after Easter with Table Top Horticulture workshop on the Thursday, April 11 and Butter Making workshop on Thursday April 18 in the Ballagh Centre in Rossinver from 11am to 1pm each day. The Traditional Cures and Medicine workshop takes place on Wednesday, April 24 from 11am to 1pm in the Organic Centre in Rossinver. The Rossinver and Garrison Spring Programme of Events organisers hope you can join them for their final three workshops for the spring. The workshops and events have provided the opportunity for participants to try out some new activities and have fun. To book your free place on any of the last three workshops please contact Crea Lambert on 087-2053111 or email (Please note places are limited).

Club Chluainín meeting

The next Club Chluainín weekly meeting takes place on Tuesday morning, April 9 in the North Leitrim Glens Centre from 11.15am to 1.15pm. The Club organisers Mae, Kathleen and Mary are looking forward to seeing all members all members in attendance. New members are always welcome; just drop in any Tuesday morning between around 11.15am and see what Club Chluainín is about – and there is no pressure to join. Rural Lift busses will pick-up members as usual for Tuesday’s meeting and members not travelling should call their bus driver. The contact telephone numbers of the Club Chluainín organisers are Mae Kelly 071-9855611, Kathleen Duffy 071- 9855156 and Mary McFadden 071-9855949.

Largy NS Enrolment

Parents/Guardians wishing to enrol a child in Junior Infants in Largy NS in September 2013 should make an application for enrolment at this time. The application form is available from the school and must be returned by Saturday April 13. You can call at the school or telephone 071-9856138.

Volunteers Needed

The Manorhamilton Meals-on-Wheels community support service in the town area needs more volunteers to help out with this very worthy dinner time scheme that perhaps provides the most important meal of the day for very deserving and appreciative recipients. Anyone interested in volunteering which operates on a weekly rota (starting Saturday until the following Friday inclusive, roughly once every 8th week,) is asked to contact Carmel Lambe, Public Health Nurse, telephone 071-9156045 (mornings).

Men’s Group

The North Leitrim Men’s Group, which is based in the Men’s Centre in the Bee Park Community Centre, offers opportunities to increase men’s personal, social and technical skills, by coming together in a working team within the group’s structure. The Men’s Group aims to improve the quality of life of the large number of single rural men aged 35-65 living in North Leitrim. For further information call 071-9855347 or visit their website at

Irish Chat Group

An Irish conversation group (Ciorcal comhrá) recently been established in Manorhamilton Library and meets weekly on Friday evening at 7pm. Whether you are a fluent Irish speaker or have just the ‘Cúpla Focal,’ this is a friendly and stress-free way of speaking the Irish language and all are welcome to come along on any Friday evening. Contact Manorhamilton Library for more information on 071-9856180.

ICS Volunteer Drivers

The Irish Cancer Society is seeking trustworthy reliable volunteers in the Sligo area who have free weekday time to provide cancer patients with safe, comfortable and confidential transport to and from Sligo General Hospital. Anyone who is interested in volunteering to assist in this most worthy project is invited to call Gail on 01-2310566 or email: for further information, etc.

Farmers’ CU Service

Manorhamilton and District Credit Union can now receive payments electronically due to its farming members from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Farmers, who would like to avail of this facility, are asked to call to the Manorhamilton office during opening hours, which are on Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm, Thursdays 10am to 1pm and 5.30pm to 7.30pm, and on Fridays from 11am to 1pm and 7.30pm to 9.30pm, or at the Credit Union’s sub-office in the Market House Blacklion on Thursdays from 3pm to 5pm.

National Childminding Week

The theme for this year National Childminding Week is “From your Home to our Home.” Two puppet shows have been organised for this event. “The Three Little Pigs” puppet show will have a focus on Literacy and Numeracy one of which will take place in The Depot, Dromahair on Tuesday April 16 at 11.30am and other in Fenagh Visitor Centre on Wednesday April 17 at 11.30am. Both events are free for Childminders and the children in their care. Booking is essential. Contact Leitrim Childcare Committee, Laird House Church Street, Drumshanbo email:; telephone 071-9640870; fax 071-9640871.

Friendly Call Service

Would you like a telephone call to see if you are OK or just to have a friendly chat? If you are interested in a free call or know of anyone who might benefit from this service please ring the Sligo Friendly Call Centre, telephone 071-9302721. It is always good to talk and especially if it is a friendly chat.

Farmers Market

The first Manorhamilton Origin Farmers Market of the month takes place on this Friday, April 5 between 10am and 2pm in the Bee Park Community Centre car park.

Gospel of John Study

John Johnston of the Cavan Christian Bookshop and Irish Bible Ministries invite you to come to the Bee Park Community Centre Manorhamilton on this Thursday night, April 4 at 8pm for bible study on the Gospel of John and the Acts. For further information on the first Thursday of the month Bible Study in Manorhamilton contact the Cavan Christian Bookshop, telephone 049-4361418.

April Bingo

Manorhamilton’s first bingo session of the month will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Wednesday night, February 3 at 9pm. A good night’s entertainment is promised by the organisers.

New Manor Pitch Bingo

The next monster bingo session in aid Glencar/Manorhamilton’s new pitch development at Boggaun takes place in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Sunday night, April 7 at 9pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated.