Manorhamilton Community news

Big crowd turns out for John Murray Walk in Glenfarne

Big crowd turns out for John Murray Walk in Glenfarne

1,300 people converged on the Rainbow Ballroom of Romance Glenfarne on Sunday, February 17th for the John Murray Show Walk. The walk was a great success in glorious sunshine. The route was in Glenfarne Forest and by Lough MacNean. Visitors were very impressed by the fabulous scenery in North Leitrim.

Many thanks to all who made this event happen. Jim and Assumpta Clancy, Glenfarne Development Trust who provided marshals at the Rainbow and the venue, Sheila O’Keeffe and Robert Alexander for planning the route, the Holey Soles Hillwalking Club who did the marshalling on the walk.

All the people of Glenfarne who made homebaked goods and the caterers on the day who performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes when twice the number expected turned up!

Also all the entertainers, Brian Leydon, Eleanor Shanley, Charlie McGettigan, Seamus O’Rourke, Kila, dancers and Comhaltas members who entertained the walkers in the Rainbow afterwards and the particpants who came from all over Ireland.

Gerry Finneran and John Meehan treated the visitors to a display of the showband memorabilia and even had some C&W music at hand for anyone who felt like dancing.

Local wildlife and history experts Francis White, Tony McMorrow, Tina Pommer and Rob Wheeldon were on hand to inform John about the area and Leitrim players James Glancy and Gerry Hickey presented John with a Leitrim jersey and had the FBD cup on display.

This wasn’t Joh’s only gift on the day, he was also presented with a painting of ‘Lady’s Rest’ situated in Glenfarne forest which was painted by local artist Rosemary McHugh. Leitrim Tourism and Leitrim Development Company supported the event and it was a great opportunity to showcase the area to visitors.

Network highlights important issues

A number of important issues were discussed at the North Leitrim Community Development Network annual general meeting, which took place in the Bee Park Community Centre on Tuesday night week, February 12.

It is hoped the possibility of establishing a Community Alert system for all areas in North Leitrim will take place in the coming year in view of the fears experienced by many people currently, and especially those living alone, due to the activities of travelling criminals and for a number of other reason.

Another priority for the North Leitrim Community Development Network for 2013 will to raise the issue of the cut back in the standard of living for the elderly, which will follow on from the implementation of the cut backs imposed in the recent government budget.

The Networks also intends to raise the administrative issue of the non-payment of third level student grants as well as the hardship arising for the students from this situation. Some students still have not been paid their grants almost six months after these grants were due.

Network members expressed concerns regarding the government plans under a long term lease agreement to dispose of Coillte forestry lands under pressure from the Troika to pay off the State’s debt, which wasn’t caused by tax payers.

It is feared that once this happens the public may not be able to access Coillte lands for recreational purposes as it is likely that the private companies who lease the lands will prevent all public access to them for up to 80 years.

A survey is to take place to establish what the difficulties community centres in Leitrim are experiencing in the current difficult economic times when the lack of essential grant aid is a factor in the operation of local community centres.

It was agreed at the Network AGM that it was essential to get the N16 campaign revitalised so that the cross-border plan for the realignment of this national primary route between Sligo and Enniskillen via Manorhamilton, Glenfarne, Blacklion, Belcoo and Letterbreen is not lost sigh of at this time.

The officers elected at the Network meeting were Chairman, Pat Love, Manorhamilton, Vice-Chairman, Charlie Sharkey, Dromahair, Treasurer, Tony Daly, Manorhamilton, Secretary, Margaret Sharkey, Dromahair, PRO P J Leddy, Lurganboy, and Re-Organisation Facilitator Pat Love, Committee Liam Breslin Ballinaglera and Thomas Kelly, Kinlough.

Recent bereavements

Deepest sympathy on her sudden death at Sligo General Hospital is extended to the family of Ita Reynolds (née O’Reilly) Leckaun, Newtownmanor and formerly Munterconnaught, Virginia, Co. Cavan.

Ita’s remains reposed at the Nazareth House Chapel, Churchill, Sligo on Saturday, February 16 prior to their removal to Mary Mother of God Church, Newtownmanor. Her Mass of Christian burial and Funeral Service took place in Mary Mother of God Church on Sunday afternoon, February 17 with burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Deepest sympathy on his death at Sligo General Hospital is extended to the family of John James McGoldrick, Killaleen, Dromahair. John James’s remains reposed at Fowley’s Funeral Home, Dromahair on Monday, February 18 from noon prior to their removal Drumlease Parish Church, Dromahair for his Funeral Service at 2pm with interment afterwards in the adjoining Churchyard.

Deepest sympathy on his death at St. Felim’s Nursing Home is extended to the family of James (Jim) McGovern, Fawn, Dromahair. Jim’s remains reposed at Fowley’s Funeral Home, Dromahair on Monday evening, February 19 prior to their removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Dromahair. Mass of the Resurrection for Jim and his Funeral Service took place in St. Patrick’s Church on Tuesday, February 20 at noon with burial afterwards in Creevelea Abbey.

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Tom Tully Slatta, Kilglass, Co. Roscommon, who died peacefully on Friday, February 20 at his home, surrounded by his wife and family after a short illness bravely borne. Laura Nicholson (née Tully), Principal, Diffreen National School is the late Tom’s daughter. His remains reposed at his home on Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17. Tom’s remains were removed to St. Anne Church Slatta on Monday morning, February 18 for Mass of the Resurrection and the Funeral Service with burial afterwards in Scramogue Cemetery.

Father of the late Padraigh; wife Kitty, sons Clem and Thomas, daughters Laura, Kathryn and Clare, sons-in-law Lar, Damien and Dermot; daughters-in-law Natasha and Nicole; grandchildren Emily, Lily-Kate, Sophia, Grace, Tom, Luke and Mathew, sisters Anne, Pat and Clare, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, neighbours and many friends, survive Tom. Tom was an ex-member of the Garda Siochána who served in a number of areas of the country.

Egg guessing event

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 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.

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.

Rossinver Garrison Project

The Rossinver Garrison Cross-Border project programme of events has a wide variety of activities for the spring of 2016 taking place at a number of different venues in the West Fermanagh and North Leitrim areas. Everyone is invited to participate in these events.

The project programme kicked off this morning (February 20) with Pottery (class 1 of 2) in the Gillaroo Centre in Garrison from 10.30am to 12.30pm. The second Pottery class takes place on Wednesday, March 13 from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Gillaroo Centre.

Meanwhile a Farm Harness Decoration Talk and Demonstration will be staged in the New Ballagh Centre Rossinver from 11am to 1pm (tomorrow) on Thursday, February 21.

On Wednesday, February 28 a Healthy and Wholesome Nutrition and Cookery event will take place in the Gillaroo Centre, Garrison from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

If you would like to taste what good old country butter was like and see how it was made (churning etc.) you should go the New Ballagh Centre on Thursday, March 7 from 11am to 1pm where a butter making session will take place.

On St. Patrick’s Day night Sunday, March 17 the Rossinver Garrison Project programme will move to the Ballroom of Romance Glenfarne for its Waltz Down Memory Lane event (Memorabilia and Museum Tour) from 7pm to 9pm.

After the Waltz Down Memory Lane event is over a Showbud Dance will take place in the Ballroom of Romance from 9pm to 11.30pm followed by tea and cakes.

On Wednesday morning, March 20 from 10.30am to 12.30pm a Sculpture Class will take place in the Gillaroo Centre Garrison.

A Table Top Horticulture event will take place in the New Ballagh Centre, Rossinver from 11am to 1pm on Thursday, April 11. The Rossinver Garrison Project Spring Programme of events will conclude with a Traditional Cures and Medicine Workshop on Wednesday, April 24 from 11am to 1pm in the Organic Centre Rossinver.

Please note that booking is essential as some places are limited. Contact Crea Lambert on 00-353-(0)-872053111 or email

Manor’s lost bragging rights

Carrick Town claimed Leitrim bragging rights with a clear-cut 5 – 1 win over Manor Rangers in Sunday’s lively Sligo Leitrim Premier League game, which was played at the Sligo Regional Sports Centre Astroturf pitch at Cleveragh.

This was an even matched affair with Carrick Town only going ahead for the first time in the 67th minute when Ray Mulvey found the net. After that Carrick took complete control when stretching their lead with four further goals before the finish.

Carrick are still solidly in promotion mode in second position behind Real Tubber on the Premier League Table. Manor came into Sunday’s game in third position on the League Table but are unlikely hold on to that place as fourth place Glenview Stars have six games in hand on the North Leitrim side who has just four leagues to play.

Manor got off to a bright start against Carrick when Niall Clancy rifled a 4th minute effort to the net. But Manor then suffered a serious set back seven minutes later when Alan Hickey received a head gash and had to be taken to Sligo General Hospital for medial attention.

Carrick dominated in many of the rest of the first half exchanges but didn’t get on level terms until the 35th minute when Brian O’Donnell toe poked a Liam McTiernan corner to the net. Manor soaked up a considerable amount of pressure in third quarter as Carrick took the game to them creating many chances that forced the North Leitrim side’s net minder Gary Hickey to pull off a series of fine saves.

Carrick claimed the lead when Liam McTiernan hit a screamer in the 67th minute from just inside the Manor half that caught ‘keeper Gary Hickey off his line as it dipped just under the crossbar at the last moment on its way to the back of the net.

Ray Mulvey put Carrick two goals up two minutes later after he finished a fine attacking piece of play by his team to the net. With the Manor defence stretched sub Jack De Lacy added a fourth goal for Carrick in the 87th minute. Two minutes later and with the floodgates now open Brian O’Donnell struck for his second goal of the contest when he got the better of Manor ‘keeper Gary Hickey in a one-and-one situation.

When Carrick Town and Manor Rangers met earlier in the season in the first Sligo Leitrim Premier League game between the teams the County Town side defeated the North Leitrim outfit 7 – 2. After Sunday’s second heavy defeat Carrick Town certainly owns the Leitrim senior soccer bragging rights for the current season.

Carrick Town: Adrian Rapacki; Jonathan Cassidy, Niall Commerton, Fergus Daly, Michael Corrigan; Aaron McEvoy, Gerry Moore, Liam McTiernan, Brian O’Donnell; Ray Mulvey (Cian O’Reilly), Niall Flanagan (Jack De Lacy).

Manor Rangers: Gary Hickey; Paul Boylan; Oisin Parkinson Coombs, Paul Lonican, Joe Keaney; Ritchie Hewitt, Peter Maguire, Alan Hickey (Pat Mawn), Niall Clancy; Colin Callinan, Daniel Skimmon. Referee: John Griffin.

Club Chluainín Meeting

The next Club Chluainín weekly meeting takes place on Tuesday morning, February 26 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

“Watching Birds”

A talk to which everyone is invited by Rob Wheeldon on “Watching Birds in Ireland” and also covering butterflies and moths will be given upstairs in the Bee Park Community Centre at 8pm on this Friday night, February 22.

Largy NS Enrolment

Parents/Guardians wishing to enrol a child in Junior Infants in Largy NS in September 2013should 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 phone 071-9856138, to request an application form.

Charity Concert

The seventh annual charity concert of Irish music, song and dance organised and performed by the Traditional Irish Music course will be held on Friday night, March 1 in the Mayflower Community centre, Drumshanbo commencing at 8pm.

All the proceeds will be donated to St Vincent de Paul, Drumshanbo, the Breffni Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon and Stop Suicide Manorhamilton, which are all very worth causes. Tickets are only €5(U12s free) and each ticket will be entered into a draw for €100. So come along for a great evening of ceol agus craic.

Last Farmers Market

The last Manorhamilton Origin Farmers Market of the month takes place on this Friday, February 22 between 10am and 2pm in the Bee Park Community Centre car park. The Market serves the Manorhamilton and North Leitrim area.

Third Bingo

Manorhamilton’s second bingo session of the month will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Wednesday night, February 20 at 9pm. A good night’s entertainment is promised by the organisers.

County Senior Scór

Anyone from the Glencar/Manorhamilton GAA Club area who is interested in representing the Club in solo singing or recitation or any of the other Scór events in this year’s Leitrim Scór competitions is asked to contact Lily Sweeney or Johnny Keaveney. There will be only one semi-final in Leitrim Senior Scór this year. Carrick-on-Shannon will host this event on Saturday night, February 26 in St. Mary’s Hall.

Tennis Club

Manorhamilton Community Tennis Club is based in the Bee Park at the newly renovated floodlit tennis courts, which were build in the early 1970’s originally. The Club holds weekly tennis games throughout the year for men, women, teenagers and children. Teams from the Club also compete successfully in the Connacht tennis leagues and other competitions. New members are always welcome to join, please contact the Club Chairperson, Garry Blake, email or Secretary Mary McMorrow If you are new to the game you can quickly get up to speed by taking one of the introductory training courses organised for new members several times a year.