Ballinamore Community News

“Men Get It Off”

“Men Get It Off”

Come support the guys being waxed on our fundraising night for your local Scout Group, 1st Leitrim, in Smyth’s Siopa Ól, Saturday, 1st June from 9pm onwards. Music on the night, a night of great entertainment guaranteed.

Coding for Kids for free

We are setting up a free coding for kids class in Ballinamore. Coding is the way you build websites, computer games and Apps. Coding is very useful for kids and adults alike. CoderDojo is the organisation worldwide who want to teach kids to code for free. All the information is here are over 50 coderdojos in Ireland today.

We need adults and kids to email us to see if we have enough interest. We intend to have one every Saturday for 1 or 2 hours. This is open to all kids the Leitrim/Cavan/Longford/Fermanagh area. Please email if you want to help or are interested in joining.

Free Fringe Festival

Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival is having a fundraiser on Friday, 17th May at 9.30pm. As you all know by now the festival has little funding and runs off a tight budget. We have over 200 acts coming to play in our town at their own expense, the least we can do is feed them and give them a good impression of the town. Please join us for a fun night of music from 4 of our young acts playing at this year’s festival. “Joel O’Neill” who is currently bringing out his debut album. “Teacher’s Pet’ 2 piece cover band. “The Elements” “The Orphan’s of Society” 4 piece alt rock band. Please show your support and get yourself down to the “Poor Scholar” Fri 17th May 9.30pm. For more information phone Tracy Murray 086 4082630.

McCartin SD Table Quiz

A fundraising table quiz will be held on Friday 24th March in Prior’s Bar, Ballinamore at 8.30pm. Proceeds in aid of McCartin SD trip to the UK Championships. Tables of four €40. Plenty of fun on the night. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Exhibition in Ballinamore Library

Bantracht na Tuaithne Seanfhocal (ICA Proverb Exhibition) is on display in Ballinamore library until Wednesday 29th May during Library Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 – 1.30 and 2.30 – 5.30. Tuesday and Thursday 10 – 1.30 and 2.30 to 8.00. Saturday 10 -1.30 and 2.30 – 5.00

The Life and Death of Stars

Following a very successful and interesting talk by Christophe Lombardi on The Sky at Night in Ballinamore Library on 26th March, Christophe will give a follow up talk in the library entitled “The Life and Death of Stars” on Tuesday 21st May at 8pm. Anyone who has an interest in Astronomy or anyone who simply loves looking at the night sky come along and you will not be disappointed. Remember admission is free and all are welcome.

Parish Church 50th Year Celebration

As we requested recently we need your help in looking for pictures and memories of events and occasions over the past 50 years of the church in Ballinamore, so if you haven’t yet gone through your album, cupboards, press or wardrobe for those hidden treasures of times gone by, please do so in the coming week, all items received will go to putting a booklet together covering these 50 years of devotion. We would need to get all material in before the end of May if possible so if you have anything that you can contribute to help make this part of the upcoming celebration a success please give your pictures, memories, articles to any of the following - Tommy Moran, Breege Magahey, Mary Curran or Mary Corby in the library. Thank you.

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.

Ballinamore PPS Closing Celebration

The final closing of the three post primary schools in Ballinamore at the end of May is being marked with a function on Sunday, June 2nd. All past and present students, staff and parents are invited to join in this celebration. For further information or suggestions to make this a memorable evening please email the above address or contact the school at 071-9644049. Check out for further event details. Meet old friends!!

One Day for Rehab

RehabCare Ballinamore will be hosting a fundraising event on Friday the 17th of May 2013 in the resource centre here in Ballinamore from 12.30- 2.30pm. We will be having a barbecue, cake sale and a sale of work. The cost of the barbecue will be €10 and this will include a glass of wine. We would appreciate your support.

Seán O’Heslin’s GAA

Cycle to the Match - We are now planning our “Cycle to Páirc Sean” for the Connacht Championship second round on Sunda,y 23 June. It is a shorter trip so we expect a good few more people will take it on. This event is a major fundraiser for the club each year so we ask everyone who has taken part before to take part again and new participants willing to cycle and collect sponsorship will be welcome.

Lotto - Ar an Luan seo chugainn i McGirl’s. Pota Óir €5,150

Run Walk or Roll

The Annual May Run Walk or Roll in aid of Cancer Research / North West Hospice will take place on Sunday May 26th 2013 starting from Aughnasheelin Community Centre at 4 p.m. Entry fee €10. Sponsorship cards on request – contact Cáit at 087 2123703.

Solas Art Gallery

Solas Art Gallery in Ballinamore has launched its Members Spring Show. The exhibition runs until June 1st.

Athletic Club

County Community Games Finals next Sunday (19th). Training each Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00 p.m. continues. New members welcome.

Ballinamore Town Steering Grou

Please note change of date to Wed 22. A number of meetings have already been held and a steering group formed to look into future development in our town. The steering group met with Brian Smyth, Leitrim Development Company and an application for a development worker under a Tús scheme has been made. A further meeting will be held in The Commercial Hotel on next Wednesday 22nd at 9pm which is open to everybody. Any individual or group who may have ideas which need to be developed are encouraged to attend.

Ballinamore Area Senior Citizens Party

he first party of the year will be held in Trathnona Community Centre next Thursday night, May 23rd at 9pm. Refreshments will be served followed by music and dancing so please come along and bring a friend for a great night of music and dancing.

New Primary Care Centre

The plans for the new Primary Care Centre and Care Management, Tully, Ballinamore can be viewed at Ballinamore library; Opening Hours, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 – 1.30pm and 2.30 – 5.30. Tuesday and Thursday 10 - 1.30pm and 2.30 – 8.00. Saturday 10 – 1.30pm and 2.30 - 5.00

Remember the late John Curry?

Anybody who grew up in Ballinamore in the late 70’s and 80’s will remember the late John Curry. John spent many years coming on holiday to Ballinamore before coming back to spend his final years there. Throughout his years in Ballinamore John took numerous photographs, got them developed and then gave them as a keepsake to the people concerned. If there is anybody out there with any of those photos, the library would like to get a copy of them with a view to putting them together as exhibition during the summer festival. If any of you have these photos please contact the library at 071 9645566.

Women’s Group

Passengers travelling on trip to Donegal are reminded that the bus will leave the Square in Ballinamore at 10am sharp. A short break is scheduled for Donegal town. The bus will leave Letterkenny on Sunday at 2pm.

Accord Centre Cavan

Getting married in 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 on 049-4375004, or email

Church Notes

Confessions next Saturday morning. Door Collectors – May 18th / 19th May: Vera Brennan, Tommy McWeeney, Jim Cafferty & Michael Hanley. Altar Servers Group 5 – for Sat 18th & Sun 19th May – Thomas Darcy, Dillon Beirne, Mark McCaffrey.

The Unique Relationship during pregnancy of mother and child. “The child is not an extension of the mother. He or she is another human being each is neighbour to the other. The mother is a gift to her child, he/she is a gift to the mother...the mother is the child’s first home,” from Bishop Leahy’s homily at Knock last Sunday.