Ballinamore Community News

The late Sr. Gertrude McDevitt OSU

The late Sr. Gertrude McDevitt OSU

The death has taken place of Sr. Gertrude McDevitt OSU, St. Angela’s College, Sligo and formerly of Ballinamore and Kenya, on Friday, March 15th at Mowlam Nursing Home, Sligo. Pre-deceased by her brother Liam, she is survived by hier twin Sylvester, sisters-in-law Mai and Nora, nephews, nieces, her Ursuline Sisters and the staff of Ursuline College, Sligo. Her remains reposed at Feehily’s Nursing Home, Sligo on Sunday, March 17th before removal to St. Joseph’s Church, Ballytivnan. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Monday, March 18th followed by burial in the Ursuline Convent Cemetery, Finisklin, Sligo. May she rest in peace.

Film Hour in Library

On Tuesday, 2nd April at 7.30pm, come along to Ballinamore Library sit back relax and enjoy a film on our big screen. This time library staff have chosen the film (details of which are available by contacting the library at 071 9645566) however next time around people will be able to discuss and choose what film they would like to see. Admission to this film is free and all are welcome.

“The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley”

The Acorn Players will perform their hilarious comedy “The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley” in Aughawillan Hall on Sunday, 7th April. Doors open at 7.30pm and show starts sharp at 8.30pm. Proceeds in aid of Aughawillan G.A.A. club. Admission: Adults €10. Children and Students €5.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

The best parade for years, it’s amazing the fun and amusement that can be derived from a colourful parade and we certainly got that last week. It was great to see the effort people went to, to make their floats, dancers etc so vibrant. The weather was good compared to recent years and I must say it looked like everyone had a great experience at the parade. Roll on next year!

Dog Poo!

Bring it home or bin it in the many bins provided. Please think of pedestrians, mums and dads pushing buggy, people in wheelchairs, they really don’t want to bring yours dogs poo into their homes. Poo bags can be purchased in any supermarket. Please try to be considerate and make the effort.

Ballinamore Pike Anglers

Fished for the Shortt Cup on Saturday 16th March on Lock Scur. 1st Tony Gallagher 5lb 10oz pike, 2nd Alan Gallagher 4lb 8oz pike, 3rd Ollie Gallaher 4lb 6oz pike. It was a lovely day to be out on the lake, and everybody caught a few pike except for the Conger Gilheaney who blanked on the day. He seemed to be going round in circles all day. We think he was missing his captain and mentor Barry Taylor and wasn’t used to the bail being so high up in the water. Next year we are changing the name of the club to The Gallagher Benevolent Fund.

Ballinamore Whist Drive

Reminder – The Monthly Whist Drive will be held in Community Centre on Thursday, April 4th at 9pm – supper served at interval. All welcome.

Ballinamore Women’s Group

The monthly meeting of the Ballinamore women’s group takes place at 8.30 Wednesday, April 3rd. A guess speaker from the citizen’s information bureau will attend. A weekend trip to Letterkenny, staying in the Mount Errigal Hotel from the 17th to 19th of May is been organised by Ballinamore Women’s Group. Total cost which includes two bed & breakfast, one evening meal and a trip to Malin Head is €145. A deposit of €50 must be paid on or before the 3rd of April to book a place. Further enquiries to any member of the Women’s Group.


The final of the knock out competition sponsored by the Ballinamore League was played last Friday night in Fenagh, the finalist were McGirl’s and Shortt’s (A), as always between these two teams it was a very close and exciting game, this time Shortt’s coming out the winners on a score line of 5 games to 3. The winning team was Richie Venton, Sean O’Neill, Colm McManus, Alan Parker, Tom Ryan, Declan Timmons, Grant Carter, Dale Hogan, Vernon Donohoe. The runners up were Michael McGirl, Tony McHugh, Barney McAdam, Richard McDermott, Eamon Benison, Jimmy Walsh, Greg McGovern, Gerry Mahon, and Colm McGirl. Thanks to Connor Scollan who presented the Cup and Trophies on behalf of the League, thanks to Ciaran Harty who looked after the Raffle and to everyone who bought tickets. Thanks to Brendan Beirne, Connor Scollan and Michael Crosbie who chalked all the games, and Gabriel and staff for refreshments and sponsorship of the raffle. The next competition is the Drino Cup singles, which takes place in Jackie’s on Friday night the 5th of April. Names to be in before 10pm starting time 10.30pm sharp.

Bridge results

The following are the results of the bridge of Thursday the 21st: 1. Margaret Nellis & Peggy Logan. 2. Marion Quinn & Evelyn Smith. 3. Mary Flynn & Mary McTiernan. 4. Bernie Flynn & Sean Creamer. Bridge resumes on April 11th at 7pm.

Pilgrimage to Fatima 2013

The annual pilgrimage to Fatima takes place from the 1st August to the 8th August 2013. 7 nights full board ensuite in the Tres Pastorinhos Hotel which is situated beside the sanctuary. Cost €739. Guided tours, bus from Ballinamore via Cavan to Dublin airport return cost approx €30, spiritual director: Fr Tom McManus PP., for details contact Mamie Flynn, phone 071 96 44148.

Church of Ireland

Church Street, Ballinamore, Sunday Service is at 12.15pm every Sunday except on the 4th Sunday which is held in Drumreilly Church.

Church Notes

Holy Thursday: 8pm Mass of the Last Supper Commissioning of new Ministers of the Eucharist rehearsal Wed night 8.30pm. They should all be present for it, if possible. 10 – 11pm Hour Vigil with Jesus on the night before His death. Good Friday: 3pm Celebration of the Passion Holy Saturday: 8.30pm Celebration of the Resurrection. Confessions: Saturday 12 noon to 1pm. Communion calls to people at home: Tuesday morning to those BELOW the church and Wednesday to those ABOVE the church and Tully. Door Collectors Saturday 30th & 31st Mar & 6th & 7th April Louis Quinn, Jamesie Maguire, Noel Dolan & Seamus McGrath.

Will this weekend’s collectors be available at the door on Holy Thursday and Good Friday to take in Trocaire envelopes as people come in, in order to avoid them being stolen? Trocaire: Bring in Trocaire envelopes on Thursday if possible. Don’t bring in coins. Altar Servers for Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Holy Saturday night – James Óg Maguire, Ryan Donohoe, Danny Smyth, Aaron McBrien – also on Holy Saturday Aileen Flynn, Brid Murphy & Aoibheann McGoldrick.

Annual Spring Clean

Ballinamore Tidy Towns committee will be holding our 5th annual Spring Clean on Good Friday from 11am until 1 pm. Could all volunteers gather in the Super Valu car park at 11 am. Over twenty five volunteers helped last year to collect. If the weather permits we hope to do some small painting Jobs. Super Valu are the National Tidy Towns sponsors and we would like to thank Michael McGovern and the Super Valu team who will provide refreshments after our clean up. Please bring gloves, we will provide pickers and bags. If anybody would like help to pick up litter on an approach road, please contact any member of the committee and we will help - Tommy Dolan (chairman), Declan Cumiskey or Kay Maguire. Remember, we have The Gathering events this year, this is another opportunity to showcase our town and surrounding area as a great place to live, work, do business in, visit, have holidays, walk, cycle, relax and enjoy.

Fundraising concert

Sweet Spirit Gospel & Country Choir – Spring Performance for ‘Stop Suicide & Leitrim Multiple Sclerosis. A fundraising event will be held in the Cornmill Theatre Carrigallen on Friday night 12th April 2013 at 8.30pm sharp! All proceeds will go to ‘Stop Suicide’ & ‘Leitrim Multiple Sclerosis’. Please support these two great organisations and come along and enjoy the songs performed by the Sweet Spirit Gospel & Country Choir. Bookings at 049-4339612 or email:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St Patrick’s Day Parade 2013..... a great success. Well done to all involved and a big thanks to all who helped out on the day and with the lead up to the parade you know who you are. The sun was shining despite the cold. The spectators came from near and far and the participants were fantastic with St. Patrick standing tall. Congratulations to all the prizewinners... Dramatics- drama group, LGB group and Cultural Quarters, Agricultural show and Karl McCartin School of Dancing. Best window display went to the County library and Hair Affair and a final congrats to those who won a prize for best dressed spectator. Any new ideas for next year don’t hesitate to contact a member of BBA (Ballinamore Business Association) or Dawn McKeon at 086 3115647.

Accord Centre

Getting married in 2013 or 2014? To book your pre-marriage course, please contact the Accord office for your Pre-Marriage application form. Book early to avoid disappointment on your preferred date. ACCORD also offers Marriage and Relationship Counselling in strict confidence. To book your Pre-Marriage Course or speak with a counsellor, please contact Anne or Grainne us on 049-4375004, or email

Ballinamore Heartsafe

We would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed to our church gate collection recently. We collected €593.40 for which we are very grateful. Again, thanks are due to Breda Mulvanerty and Phillip Roddy, who assisted us in our last training sessions.

Senior Citizens Easter party

Senior Citizens Easter party will be held on Wed 27th March in Templeport Resource Centre from 12.00 till 4pm. Please come along for a great day of fun, good food & good music. All welcome.

Athletic Club

Many thanks to all who supported the Benefit Function for the late Michael Kenny in the Kilbracken Arms on Saturday night last. Organised training will be suspended for two weeks on account of the Easter break and will resume on Tuesday April 9th.

Cake sale

Ballinamore/ 1st Leitrim Scouts will be holding a cake sale after 11.30am Mass on Easter Sunday the 31st March at the Court House. Your support would be much appreciated.

Seán O’Heslin’s GAA

Celebrating 100 Years - In June: One hundred years ago, in 1913, the first ever senior football championship came to Ballinamore. The club is planning a major week of celebration at the end of June which will not only celebrate the 1913 success but also the success of the 1988 team, 25 years ago, the senior hurlers in 1987, and other notable occasions such as ten years of ladies football. The week will include a major musical event on Thursday 27 June, an extended version of the Harvest Festival on Saturday 29 June plus other events during the week. The Dialogues Through Literature Symposium will also take place that weekend so it will be a major week

for the club and town.


Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn sa Siopa Ól. Pota Óir €4,800. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: €40: Máire Ni Airt. Dearbhán (voucher) ó Gay Prior: Séamus Mac Murchaidh. €40 an duine: Katelyn Smith, Aughnasheelin, Mary Quinn, Ardrum, Thomas McHugh, St Brigid’s St, P.J. Dolan/John Harte.