Manorhamilton Community News - August 24, 2012

The Plucky Widow

The Plucky Widow

A Breach of Promise case with a difference could be said to describe how a Creevelea woman was awarded compensation over an impotent bird she got landed with. Read all about it in Archives 100. Available now in Bredin’s, Manorhamilton and Breffni Store, Drumkeerin.

North Leitrim Women’s Centre

Autumn Schedule now available on line or call into the Women’s Centre. Courses this year include Digital Photography, Computer Security, Creative Writing, Film making, Computer security, Meditation, Health and Fitness and much much more. Get your copy today. Website or call the Women’s Centre on 071 9856220.

Died in England

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Martin Kelly formerly of Woodstock, Oxford and Tullyskearney, Manorhamilton, who died peacefully in England.

Martin’s remains reposed at Feehily’s Funeral Home, Cartron Cross, Sligo on Saturday afternoon August 18 prior to their removal to St. Osnat’s Church, Glencar. His Funeral Mass and Service took place in St. Osnat’s Church on Sunday morning, August 19 with burial afterwards in Diffreen Cemetery, Glencar.

Stunning Guided Landscapes Walks

Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks based in Manorhamilton, North Leitrim offer ‘off the beaten track’ experiences to visitors and locals in the North West.

Local guides Tina Pommer, Nuala McNulty and Rob Wheeldon are eco-tourism trained and incorporate Leave No Trace principles and have a rich knowledge of the area, its history, folklore, flora and fauna specialising in archaeology, bird as well as and moth and butterfly identification.

On this Sunday, August 26 Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks is organising an event in Glenfarne entitled “Romance, Reminiscences and Rare Mushrooms” which gets underway at 11am at the Rainbow Ballroom.

“Local Walk Guide Nuala McNulty describes Sunday’s Glenfarne event thus “hear the history of the famous Ballroom of Romance and Glenfarne Railway station, part of the Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway.

“The walk takes us into Glenfarne Forest where we will forage for mushrooms such as charcoal burner, orange milkcap and maybe even a chanterelle or two. We’ll help you to identify medicinal plants and herbs along the way.

“We’ll even give you a recipe or two. The route takes us through Glenfarne Demesne, part of the former Tottenham Estate. Enjoy the fabulous views on this lakeside forest trek and some of the artwork on McNean sculpture trail.

“The Walk is three-and-half to four hours in duration on track and approximately five kilometres in distance. It is stop/start by nature, so not strenuous” Nuala assures all intending to participate.

Meanwhile Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks is organising a Lurganboy Forest Walk on Thursday, September 6. The event, which will commence at the North Leitrim Women’s Centre in Manorhamilton at 11am, should conclude around 12.30pm.

Guides Tina Pommer and Nuala McNulty will take all participants on the walk to and into Lurganboy Forest and show them the flora and fauna of interest, the edible plants and herbs and even give participants a cooking tip or two.

The Lurganboy Forest Walk is suitable for the not so fit, will be at a slow pace and of a stop start nature. A donation of €5 is sought from participants from the North Leitrim Women’s Centre while all participating should book their place on the Walk with Evelyn at the Women’s Centre, telephone 071-9856220.

Leitrim Landscape Guided Walks will also stage an event in Rossinver on Sunday, September 9 at 11am, which they are describing as a “Fun Fungus Forage at Fowley’s Falls.”

The Landscape Walks invite you to “join us for a Mushroom Forage along the Glenaniff river in Rossinver. Indulge your hunting skills and enjoy the extraordinary waterfalls in this limestone valley.

“Amongst the hazel and conifer forest you will discover mushrooms such as birch bolete and orange milkcap. Spot the insect inhabitants of the forest floor including the fungus gnat who’ll be on the same mission as you” the Fowley’s Falls Walk organisers claim.

For further information on the Leitrim Landscapes Guided Walks upcoming events contact Nuala, phone 087-9172143 or email

Accommodating the Mission Team

The Cloonclare-Killasnett Parish Pastoral Council is seeking accommodation for members of the Mission Team (mostly lay people) in the homes of parishioners for the forthcoming Parish Mission, which takes place between Saturday, September 8 and Sunday September 23.

The Mission team will be arriving in the Parish on the afternoon of Saturday, September 8. The required accommodation is a separate bedroom for each person or married couple plus food for a light breakfast – cereal, tea/coffee and toast (self-catering will suit fine). Daily meals will be provided elsewhere.

Such accommodation is needed for twenty (20) people in the first week of the Mission including two married couples, and for ten (10) in second week of the Mission including one married couple.

The guests will probably use the accommodation between 9.30pm and 9.30 am daily. If you can oblige in offering a room please contact Seán Sweeney, telephone 071-9855399 or 086-8048812, on or before this Thursday August 23.

Shanvaus Apiary

Shanvus Apiary, which is located at Srabrick Manorhamilton, was established by Reinhold Ostrau and Monika Edler in 1990, as a bee breeding and honey production business and has enjoyed a substantial degree of success as a fundamentally green associated enterprise in its scenic North Leitrim setting.

Over the past 21 years its honey as well as the Apiary’s pollen and a wide range of hand-crafted beeswax products – cosmetics, home care items, and candles – have become well known and respected for their fine qualities in the area.

The Apiary has been a supplier to Farmers Market movement right from the start, attracting a substantial number of regular customers as well as new ones, by keeping a high standard of quality and by continuously adding new and attractive items to their display.

Propolis processed in various forms, honey sweets, and carefully selected foreign honeys can now also be purchased every Friday at the Manorhamilton Farmers Market.

Shanvaus Apiary can be contacted by emailing or telephone 071-9855683.

Walk of Life

The family of the late Tony Scanlon, Ballymote is holding a “Walk of Life” in remembrance of Tony who passed away on September 9 last year.

Tony was 24 when he died. He was just one of a large number of people who passed away as a result of suicide and during the “Walk of Life” all those lost to suicide will remembered.

The Walk will take place in Collooney at St. Nathy’s Cemetery on Saturday, September 8 at 2.30pm and it is roughly 10k. The funds raised will be donated to STOP and 1Life-Console. It is hoped the “Walk of Life” will conclude with the rosary.

Sponsorship cards for the “Walk of Life” are available from Lily, phone 086-3169521 or from Lorraine, phone 087-9251584.

Private Daniel McDermott

Among those commemorated as part of Edinburgh’s 1914-1918 War dead on a Seafield Oil Works Roll of Honour plaque is Private Daniel McDermott from Killasnett, who was a Connaught Rangers soldier that died in World War I.

According to an item relating to the memorial plaque in Edinburgh, “Daniel was the only son of Patrick McDermott, a Labourer, and Katherine McDermott, of Lisnabrack, Manorhamilton County Leitrim.

“He was born in Killasnett, County Leitrim and died on 3 September, 1916, age 30.” Daniel McDermott was one of twenty soldiers and former employees of the Seafield Oil Works who gave up their lives in World War I and his name is listed on the commemorative plaque at the plant with the nineteen other staff members that made the supreme sacrifice.

An inscription on the bottom of the memorial plaque in Edinburgh quoting from St. John’s Gospel states, “Greater love has no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Young Friends of the Earth

Drumshanbo will be the venue for the Young Friends of the Earth Network Gathering 2012, which takes place from Friday, September 7 at 5pm until Sunday, September 9 at 5pm.

Young Friends of the Earth Network are organising a weekend away as an opportunity for its members to meet young people from all over Ireland who feel that there is a pressing need for solutions for the environmental crisis the world faces.

Space for discussion and idea-sharing is an important part of the process of planning and taking action for environmental justice and this gathering in Drumshanbo aims to do just that.

As well as sharing ideas and inspiration, the gathering aims to provide a solid, practical training in college environmental campaigning: how to run a successful college society, how to organise a Freshers’ Week, how to facilitate a meeting, and much more.

Young Friends of the Earth will also be hearing from local community activists who are campaigning to stop hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the area. The weekend is fully funded by the Youth in Action programme.

Public Health & Animal Welfare

The Veterinary Department of Leitrim County Council carries out a broad range of duties and enforcement of legislation relating to Veterinary Public Health and Animal Welfare as part of its control of horses as well as its control and welfare of the dogs service.

Leitrim County Council Veterinary Department works to protect and enhance Public Health through local surveillance and enforcement of the Food Safety legislation listed in the Service Contract with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Local consumers and producers benefit from this work. Leitrim County Council Veterinary Department works in co-operation with appropriate disciplines within Leitrim County Council, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Health Service Executive and other public health agencies.

The County Council currently employs one full-time Veterinary Officer and three part-time Veterinary Officers. The Veterinary Department operates under the Council’s Directorate of Environment, Emergency and Cultural Services

The full-time Veterinary Officer for Leitrim County Council is Mr. James Madden and he can be contacted by phone at 071-9650424 or 086-8205106 or by email:

Leitrim County Council’s states “Animal welfare refers to concern about the well-being of animals, whether farm animals or domestic pets. It embraces both the concept of actual cruelty as well as conditions of neglect that result in animals suffering unnecessarily.

“All animals should be kept in conditions where they are in a position to experience the Five Freedoms – Freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition. Freedom from discomfort. Freedom from pain, injury and disease. Freedom to express normal patterns of behaviour. Freedom from fear and distress.”

Set Dancing Céilí

A charity set dancing céilí will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre on Saturday, September 1 from 10pm to 1pm in aid of the Newtownmanor Hall car park.

Music will be provided by the Swallows Tail Céilí Band and the admission fee is €10 from which tea will be provided for all dancing patrons at the Manorhamilton venue on the night. Everyone is asked to support this worthy event, especially all set dancers in North Leitrim and the surrounding counties.