Manorhamilton Community News

Mary Philbin Trust Bazaar

Mary Philbin Trust Bazaar

A Bazaar in aid of the Mary Philbin Trust takes place in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Saturday night March 8 commencing at 8pm. The Mary Philbin Trust has been established to help fund very expensive medical treatment for Mary Philbin, who suffers from a rare condition. She has a compromised airway and is unable eat solid food. After receiving treatment for a malignant tumour which affected the area of her pharynx in 2005, Mary Philbin from Blacklion suffered from severe side-effects as a result of radiation therapy. Unable to swallow solid foods and breathe comfortably, Mary’s health has been deteriorating steadily for more than a year now. Her hearing and speech has also been damaged due to the treatment. Mary has to travel to the USA to receive treatment for her condition. Please support Saturday night’s bazaar for a most deserving local cause and which has many great prizes on offer in the Bee Park Community Centre.

Flag lowering ceremony

On this Saturday, March 9 at 5pm the Tricolour will be lowered for the final time at Manorhamilton Military Barracks. This brings to an end a long military association with Manorhamilton going back to the ‘The War Years’ and right through ‘the troubles’ to the present day. The Manorhamilton Unit of the Local Defence Force (LDF), followed by ‘D’ Company 19th Infantry Battalion An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil (FCA) and finally the Support Company, 58th Infantry Battalion Reserve Defence Force (RDF) were based at this location along with elements of the Permanent Defence Forces. If you ever served at Manorhamilton Barracks you are invited to come along to mark this poignant occasion with your past comrades on Saturday afternoon at 5pm.

Who kidnapped the Easter Bunny?

As part of its Easter programme of events Manorhamilton Library is promoting some interesting activities for everyone to participate in. The guess how many eggs are in the jar competition is an interesting challenge. A whole jar of chocolate eggs could be yours if you can guess how many eggs the jar in the library holds. Drop in to the library and give your guess to any of the library staff. The official count to reveal the correct answer will take place at 5pm on Thursday 28 March in Manorhamilton Library. All hopefuls please attend to see if your guess was the correct one. Have fun and good luck guessing!

Another interesting activity taking place in the Library is the “Who kidnapped the Easter Bunny?” competition. For participants detective work will be keeping you entertained this Easter. You have to decide who kidnapped the Easter bunny and why? Could it be the big bad wolf as he fancies some tasty chocolate eggs to eat? Pick up an entry form in the Library and you have until Thursday 21 March to get your entries in. The best solution will win an Easter egg for her or his insights.

Cross Border Spring Programme

Who ever knew real butter was the way to go? but again all in moderation! A really enjoyable class had by all yesterday Wednesday 27th February at the Gillaroo Centre in Garrison. 18 members of the Garrison and Rossinver Communities attended a Healthy and Wholesome Nutrition Class presented by Sinead Grimes, Nutritionist as part of the Cross Border Spring programme of events. Next week’s class on Butter Making Class in The Ballagh Centre is postponed until the 18th April. Check out the other events in the programme coming up over the next 7 weeks or contact Crea Lambert on 00 353 (0) 87 205 3111 or email for more details.

Luke strides ahead

When the Allianz National Football League resumed at the weekend so did the Manorhamilton Fantasy Football League competition with the leader from the start in this contest Luke McGinley from Belcoo increasing his score over his nine opponents.

After three rounds of the Fantasy League, Luke now has 17 points, well clear of Church Street’s John Gilligan who now has moved in the second place on 13 points.

John’s stated ambition now is to make sure he stays higher on Fantasy leader board than Cluainín Park’s Martin McDermott who is currently in 4th place on 11 points.

Last weekend’s leg of the Fantasy League was based on predicting the outcomes of eight games. Luke McGinley correctly predicted 6 wins giving him a total of 17 points and first place. Second placed John Gilligan also scored 6 points giving him a tally of 13.

Third placed Johnny Keaveney, McDermott Terrace, correctly predicted 3 wins giving him an overall tally of 12. Joint fourth placed Martin McDermott scored 5 points leaving him with a total of 11. Also placed joint fourth is Roscommon native Padraig Keegan who correctly forecast 4 wins with a total of 11. Two contenders also placed together in joint sixth place with Gortinar’s Seamus Feeney and Castle Street’s Joe Connolly finishing neck on neck on 9 points each. Eighth placed Cathal McCann, Belleek correctly predicted 4 wins, giving him a total of 8. Jane Glancy Gallagher, Lisnabrack correctly forecast 3 wins giving her a ninth placing with an overall tally of 6. Tenth placed Philomena Glancy, Cornastalk (Jane’s mother) also correctly forecast three winners giving her an overall tally of 5.

The Tottenham Story & the Glenfarne Estate

The Manorhamilton and District Historical Society is promoting a lecture “The Tottenham Story and the Glenfarne Estate” in Manorhamilton Library on Tuesday evening, March 19 at 8pm. The lecture will be given by Glenfarne local historian Francis White who resides very close to the former Tottenham estate. The Tottenham family were a prominent Irish landed gentry family in the in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railroad (SL&NCR) from Enniskillen to Collooney (1875-1957) was developed and owned by the Tottenham family. Charles Henry Tottenham built the planned village of Kiltyclogher around 1860 and there is plenty of evidence of Tottenham’s plan in the modern village.

Seachtain na Gaeilge events

Seachtain na Gaeilge will be celebrated again in Cluainín this year with an emphasis on enjoyable events for those of a school going age. Leabharlann Cluainín will put on a puppet show for primary schools and will run the highly competitive inter schools Tráth na gCeist. Ionad na nGleannta will have three showings, for pupils in the Comp., of a range of Irish Language short films including the cult classic ‘Yu Ming is Ainm Dom’.

The recently set up Irish language youth club ‘Cumann na bhFiann’ for teenagers will be on every tuesday in the Bee Park Community Centre till the end of March. Traders in Cluainín are busy preparing Irish language window displays to compete for the two prizes from Glor Chluainín of €100 first prize and €50 2nd prize. There will be an Irish Language mass in the Catholic Church and should you wish to seize the opportunity to exercise the Gaeilge you had or still have there are a range of conversation groups available. SuperValu café 9.30-11am Wendsdays, Cluainín Library 7-8pm Fridays, Stanfords (droim dhá thiar) 11am-1pm Satudays. So long as you speak Gaeilge it is alive because of you. Further Info: www.GlórChluainí, or ring Caroline in Leabharlann Chluainín 071-9856180

North Leitrim Glens Walking Festival

The North Leitrim Glens Walking Festival, an annual event over Easter weekend, is organised by the Holey Soles Hill Walking Club. Over the years it has attracted walkers from all over Ireland and the Club look forward to welcoming back familiar faces, and many new ones, to the 19th Festival at the end of the month.

There are two main hill walks each day, on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March, through the Leitrim hills. These are non-competitive events with time to take in the unspoilt scenery, and enjoy good company and craic.

All walks are led by experienced guides with local knowledge to point out the highlights along the way. A high standard of fitness is required for the long hill walks at – around 12 kilometres these can last for 6 hours. The medium walks will be shorter, around 8 kilometres taking 5 hours, but cannot be considered easy either. You can choose to walk one day for €15, or both days for €25. This fee includes the cost of transport and refreshments before and after walks.

This year the Saturday walks involve a bit of rock scrambling and steep inclines, which may not be suitable for anyone suffering from vertigo, although the dramatic views will make it worth the effort. Sunday’s walks will be easier. Adequate weatherproof clothing and footwear is essential and each walker must bring sufficient food and water for the day. There is also a ramble on Sunday, costing only €10 (child free), which is ideal for those who like an interesting and informative walk and talk but have no desire to go on the hills. This ramble will go through Glenfarne forest and along the Sculpture Trail beside Lough McNean. The guides will provide commentaries in English and Irish on local wildlife, foraging, history and folklore.

Please note that this year the registration centre is based at Clancy’s restaurant, shop & B&B in Glenfarne – a change from our usual meeting places in Manorhamilton. Clancy’s, on the N16 between Manorhamilton and Blacklion, will be open from 9 am each day for registration. All walkers must register before going on any walk. Transport will depart for the long walks from here promptly at 10am, and at 11am for the medium walks. Sunday’s ramble also sets out from Clancy’s at 11.15am. All walkers and friends are also welcome to relax and enjoy a meal at Clancy’s on Saturday evening followed by a few drinks in McHugh’s Pub.

Tickets for the meal and for all walks are available only at registration and cannot be booked in advance. A sterling equivalent will be acceptable.

This Festival is sponsored by Call of the Wild, Sligo: Trailblazers, Carrick-on-Shannon and 15 local businesses. For further information on the walks and local accommodation contact the Holey Soles – and the email contact is, phone 071-9830928 or 087-6470902.

Get Ireland Online

Over 55? Suffering from Computer Phobia? As part of the Get Ireland Online initiative The New Ballagh Centre in Rossinver is running an easy step by step course where you can learn to create and send email, use social media, use online telephone services like Skype and shop and bank online. The course runs weekly from 11am -1pm for 5 weeks and starts on Wednesday, 6th March. €20 for the full course. To book a place ring 9854030 or 9854928.

Adult Cycling Club

Manorhamilton Adult Cycling Club meeting Sunday morning, 10th March at 8.45am at car park, The Castle, Manorhamilton.

What’s on the headlines around the world today?

If you are interested and want to know and you are a member of the library, you have all this at your fingertips in just one click for free. Leitrim County Library provides a newspaper on line service. This service gives you access to 2,200 newspapers and magazines from around the world. It is the most convenient and complete way to read all your favourite newspapers and magazines on one site. Users gain access to publications from within the library, from home and around the world on the day they are published. It is very easy to use with a simple interface and easy to use navigation tools. Readers can translate their newspaper into one of ten major foreign languages. There is page and article sharing, RSS and Blogging features you will not get with the traditional newspaper. It provides a global perspective on world events by delivering a wide range of publications to readers while at the library, at home and away. It is free if you are a member of the library. You can access it at the library website and click the Newspapers Online link on the left hand side.

Club Chluainín Meeting

The next Club Chluainín weekly meeting takes place on Tuesday morning, March 12 in the North Leitrim Glen 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 buses will pick-up members as usual and members not travelling should call their bus driver. The phone numbers are Mae Kelly 071-9855611, Kathleen Duffy 071-9855156 and Mary McFadden 071-9855949.

Irish conversation group

An Irish conversation group (Ciorcal comhrá) is starting up in Manorhamilton library this week.

Whether you are a fluent Irish speaker or have just have the ‘Cúpla Focal,’ this is a friendly and stress-free way of speaking the Irish language. All are welcome to come along on this Friday night, March 8 at 7pm. Beidh an ciorcal comhrá oiriúnach do dhaoine ag gach leibhéal cumais. Seo deis iontach do dhaoine feabhas a chur a gcuid Gaeilge labhartha in atmaisféar neamhfhoirmeálta gan strus, gan bhrú agus bualadh le cairde nua ag an am ceanna. Ionad: Manorhamilton Library – Am: Friday March 8 at 7pm – Contact Manorhamilton Library for more information on 071-9856180.

Apologies Cian

In last week’s item listing all Glencar/Manorhamilton’s winning captains of Leitrim club championships teams in football and hurling the name of Cian McManus was inadvertently omitted.

Cian was captain of the Glencar/Manorhamilton team that won the 2012 Leitrim Junior B championship when defeating Kiltoghert/St. Mary’s in the final that took place in Páirc Sean MacDiarmada on Sunday, November 18.

It was a great day for the McManus family as Cian’s father Terry managed the

Glencar/Manorhamilton side to victory.

Manor’s 4K & 10K Fun Races

The fourth annual St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton 4K and 10K fun Run and Walk will take place on Sunday, April 21 at 12.30pm. Registration forms can be downloaded from and returned to the school or you can register on Also on the morning of the run registration is open from 10am to 12 p.m.

The registration fees are €10 (10K) and €5 (4K). There are a number of prizes in various categories of the Fun Runs and Walks. There will be refreshments in the St. Clare’s Comprehensive School Gym after the run.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Manorhamilton’s much looked forward to St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday, March 17 commencing at 5.30pm from the Fire Station from where it will do a circuit of the town.

Vintage Club Meeting

The next meeting of the North West Vintage and Heritage Club takes place in Manorhamilton’s Bee Park Community Centre on this Thursday night, March 7 at 9.30pm. All members are requested to attend and new members will be most welcome. More information available from Tommy 087-9489057 or Sean 086-4009070.

Gospel of John

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, March 7 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, phone 049-4361418.

Inez’s Book Signings

Local author Inez McPadden will be in Manorhamilton Library on Wednesday evening, March 13 at 4pm to do some book signings. Inez, who lives in Dromahair, has just written her first book “My Angels and Me” and she says it is a book that is written from the heart and meant for the soul.

Tennis Lessons

Tennis Lessons will start this Sunday, March 10 at the tennis courts in the Bee Park for a new six week term for children at 10.30am and finish at 2.30pm. Beginners, Improver, Cardio Tennis and Children’s coaching get underway at 2.30pm. For further information contact Mary on 087-2290136 or any committee member before Saturday.

Play Camogie

North Leitrim Camogie will commence camogie playing, which is hurling for ladies and girls, on this Sunday, March 10 at St. Clare’s Primary School Astro turf pitch Manorhamilton. Camogie for U12 girls will be at 4pm and U14 girls at 5pm. The affiliation and insurance fee for the year is €15 while a €2 charge is also required for use of Astro turf. Everyone is welcome.

Farmers Market

The second Manorhamilton Origin Farmers Market of the month takes place on this Friday, March 8 between 10am and 2pm in the Bee Park Community Centre car park.