Ballinamore Community News



Congratulations to our colleague in the Leitrim Observer, Fiona Heavey, Corlough, Co Cavan who got engaged to Ballinamore man Ronan O’Rourke last weekend while away on a romantic break in Latvia. No doubt both sets of parents, Jim Joe and Carmel Ann Heavey, and Andy and Geraldine O’Rourke, are delighted with the news. Wishing you the best of luck for the future.

Ballinamore Easter Spraoi

Ballinamore Easter Spraoi in association with Waterways Ireland will be held this year during Easter weekend from 30th of March until 1st of April. Events and activities for all ages including Soap Box Rally, Water Sports and Canoe Skills and a Vintage and Heritage Street Display. For more information visit or our Facebook page: Ballinamore Easter Spraoi.

Drama Festival

Our 2013 Drama Festival will run from Friday 1st March until Sunday 10th March with no performance on Tuesday 5th. Nine nights of outstanding performances will be guaranteed. Season Tickets will soon be on sale at the fantastic value of €45 for 9 nights.

New Youth Programme

Exciting New Youth Programme coming to Ballinamore soon. Enrolment night on Thursday 21st February at 8pm in Sean O Heslin’s for secondary school students. Parents must accompany their children on enrolment night. The Foróige Club will then run from 4 to 5.30p.m. on Monday evenings in Sean O Heslins.

Willow Basket Making

Willow Basket Making course coming soon to the Cultural Quarters. Anyone interested please get in touch 086-4082630.

Irish Dancing Success

Pupils from the McCartin School of Irish Dancing had successful outings recently at Feiseanna in Erin’s Isle GAA Club, Dublin, The Radisson Hotel, Sligo and The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin. The following pupils figured amongst the winners: Under 8: Tara Galligan Maguire, Drumreilly, Brian Murphy, Killeshandra, Cian Mc Govern, Fenagh. Under 10: Darragh Gunn, Aughnasheelin, Caoimhe Prior, Drumreilly, Laura McIntyre, Carrigallen, Clara O’Kelly, Drumeela, Rachel Mc Intyre, Aughavas, Ella Galligan Maguire, Drumreilly, Alannah Gunn, Aughnasheelin. Under 11: Gemma McNamara, Cloone, Conor Edwards, Newtowngore, Eabha Gill, Fenagh, Deirbhile Currid, Aughavas. Under 12 Sophie McGreal, Dowra, Lisa Gill, Cloone, Rose McLoughlin, Fenagh, Louise Cafferty, Gorvagh. Under 13: Michelle McCabe, Drumreilly, Sinead Edwards, Newtowngore, Luke Murphy, Killeshandra. Under 19: Barry Taylor, Newtowngore, Blaithin Donohoe, Newtowngore.

Parish Council Meeting

At the meeting of the Parish Council on 11th February the following matters were raised, Child Safeguarding - All volunteers involved in any aspect of church activities are required to submit a completed Parish Staff and Volunteer / Declaration Form to the Parish Child Safeguard Rep. Marion Quinn. In the coming weeks all groups will be contacted to ensure the required forms have been submitted.

Year of Faith 2013: There will be a number of courses, lectures and events to enable people to improve their knowledge and understanding of the teachings and catechism of the church taking place in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre throughout the course of the year, these will be highlighted in the newsletter in advance to allow those interested to participate. We hope to organise a one day pilgrimage to Lough Derg in August and also to Knock shrine.

New Cemetery Plots: It is hoped to soon open up the new section of the cemetery and make new plots available. Before this happens the Parish Council would welcome feedback from parishioners in relation to plot sizes, kerbing, etc. Please feel free to submit your thoughts, ideas or suggestions to your Parish Council Representative in advance of the next meeting.

Heating in the Church: The issue of heating in the church was discussed, it is widely felt that the present system is not providing adequate heating over the winter and the matter is being brought to the Finance Committee to look at what can be done to improve and rectify the situation.

Church Celebrates 50 Years: Our Church celebrates 50 years this year. It was dedicated on 12 May 1963 and we hope to mark this special occasion in the parish with a Re-dedication ceremony later in the year. It would be nice to mark the occasion in some way, maybe putting together a small booklet on the fifty years of the Church, a record of all the clergy that have served here over these years, nuns, the first baptism/ communion / confirmation to take place in the church, wedding, local priest’s first masses over the years, communion & confirmation groups over the five decades, any other events /items that would contribute to marking this important milestone, To make this possible we would want to get any pictures / photo’s of such events - have you any such items that could be used? Items about the lay people of the community who worshipped and prayed there over the years. If you are willing to help out or be involved in any way Please contact Parish Council Secretary, Mary Corby, before next weekend. Thank you.

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A big crowd turned up to watch the first semi-final in the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup Competition played in the Standing Stone last Friday night, between Shortt’s (A)

and Fenagh, the game was very close in the early stages, but Shortt’s (A) ran out easy winners in the end on a scoreline of (5) games to (2).

The second semi-final will be played this Friday night the 22nd between McGirl’s and Jackie’s the venue is Terry Shortt’s. Thanks to everyone who supported our raffle last Friday night and thanks to Shane and Karen for the refreshments during the night and sponsoring the raffle.

10km & 4km run/walk

A special 10km & 4km run/walk will take place on Sunday next February 24th in memory of the late Sandra Earley, Kiltubrid. The run will begin at 2pm from The Sheemore Inn, Kilclare, with registration starting at 12.30 on the day. Entry fee is €10 per adult/€15 per family with all funds raised going to The Heart Appeal at the Mater Foundation, Dublin. This is a special heart screening clinic for family members who have lost a loved one to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. Parking on the day will be available at Drumcong NS with a free shuttle bus provided. For more information contact 087-1337322. Hope to see you all out to support this great cause.

Seán O’Heslin’s GAA

Scor na nOg: We all wish Grace O’Reilly, Willowfield the best of luck in the All Ireland Scor na nÓg Final in Derry on Saturday, 23 February

Bingo: Bingo every Tuesday at 8.30pm in Community Centre. Come along and bring a friend. Youngsters are also welcome.

Indoor Hurling: Continues for 2nd – 6th class, Mondays at 7-8pm. Anyone interested is welcome.

Lotto: Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Lawrences. Pota Óir €4,550. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: €40: Mary Harte. €20 ó Jackie: Philip Farrelly Snr. €40 an duine: Marie O’Connor, Killaneen, Michael Collins, Ballinamore, Margaret Duignan, Ballinamore, Mícheál McNiffe, Aughnasheelin.

“Past and Present” postcards

2013 is the year of “The Gathering”. Are you inviting home your friends and relations? If so, do so in style. Send a “Past and Present” postcard inviting them home. This postcard consists of two photographs of Main Street as it was in the past and as it is today! These postcards are available to buy at the library for the mere sum of 20 cent. Send one to your relatives and invite them home for 2013!

Free Digital Library

Its all digital things these days! The library is no different! You may not be aware that Leitrim County Library offers a free digital library to its members. Membership of the library is free too! All you need is an eBook reader or a laptop or a computer or a smart phone. Unfortunately this service will not work with the popular Kindle yet but the library service expects it will in the future and say negotiations are ongoing with Kindle. You can access the eBook service which has both eBooks and audio books at the library website at and click digital library on the left hand side of the page. If you click the Getting Started link there are useful instructions here on how to download your books etc. This is a great service if you can not get to the library or are on holidays and like a good read by the pool. The library will be adding more titles as the year progresses.

Downland Crafts

March Craft & Gift Fair Sunday 3rd March 2013 Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell Co. Cavan 11.00am - 6.00pm. Admittance is free! For more information visit

Church Notes

Weekday Mass: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri at 8am. Mass Wed in Aughnasheelin at 9am & Fri 8pm. Confessions Sat 12noon to 12.30pm. Door Collectors Sat 22nd & 23rd Feb Francis McTague, Brendan Brennan, Sean McKeon & Michael Hanley. Altar Servers for Sun 24th & Sat 2nd Mar Feb Group 5 – Thomas Darcy, Dillon Beirne & Mark McCaffrey.

Lecture: Bishop Donal Murray will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Taste the New Wine – Rediscovering Vatican II’ in the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre on Tues Feb 26th at 7.45pm. His most recent publication ‘Keeping Open the Door of Faith’ is a personal reflection on the 5 themes of the Vatican Council and their implications for today’s world. Light refreshments will be served. Subscription €5.

Eucharistic Adoration: Eucharistic adoration continues to take place in the side chapel beside the alter each Wednesday from 9pm to 10pm.

Eucharistic Adoration in Cavan: In this Year of Faith, please come and join us in an Evening of Eucharistic Adoration and Global Living Rosary in the Cathedral in Cavan at 7pm, Thursday 21st of February. Guest Speaker: Fr. James Kelleher, SOLT, Founder of Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade. The First Communion, Confirmation and other children have been invited to take part in forming a living Rosary chain in the Cathedral. Everyone welcome!

Eucharistic Ministers: It is hoped over the coming weeks to recruit and train new Ministers of the Eucharistic to serve in the Parish. This is open to anyone over the age of 18 years.

S.N. Bhrid Naofa

Enrolment for Junior Infants will take place in the junior infant classroom on Wednesday 27th February at 2.00 - 2.30 p.m. If you are unable to make it that day please phone the school (071 9644952) and we will arrange for forms to be posted out.

New Parish Youth Officers Meeting

There will be a meeting of all Newly appointed Parish Youth Officers will be held in two venues in the Diocese. The Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre on Friday, February 22nd at 7.30pm and St Vincent de Paul house, 16 Castle Street Manorhamilton on Friday March 1st 7.30pm. For information Contact Clare 086-3702641.

Boxing Club

Ballinamore Boxing Club would like to say a most sincere thank you to all those who supported the recent Church Gate Collection from Ballinamore, Aughnasheelin, Corraleehan, Aughawillan and Drumreilly. All funds go towards improving facilities for our children.

St Vincent de Paul

If you wish to make a contribution or contact us for any other reason please phone us on the confidential number 087-9360562.

RehabCare Walking Group for Lent

We are starting a walking group for Lent every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am. The route we will take will be along the golf links road and we will be providing tea/coffee on our return to the centre. Please meet at the RehabCare resource centre here in Ballinamore at 10.50am. All welcome. The first walk will take place on Thursday the 14th of February. We look forward to seeing you all.

Athletic Club

Full training for all on Tuesdays at 6pm. The Connacht Schools Cross Country Finals are in Sligo on Wednesday. Training will now concentrate on preparation for the Leitrim Primary Schools Sports Hall competition which is now just over a week away.

“The Field”

John B Keane’s “The Field” will be performed by The Glenasmole Drama Group from Dublin in Cloone Community Centre on Saturday night, 23rd of February at 8pm. Admission €10.

Ballinamore Bridge Club

1. Kay Dolan & Maureen Dolphin, 2. Peggy Logan & Margaret Nellis/ Marian Quinn & Evelyn Smith (joint), 3. Mary Flynn & Mary McTiernan. Bridge continues on Thursday, February 21st in the Commerical Hotel at 7pm. All players welcome. Sympathy is extended to the Smyth family on the passing of Eithne, who was a member of the club for many years. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

Operation Transformation

We have reached our final week of our club Operation Transformation fundraiser. Our final weigh-in with fitness classes are on this Wednesday at 7.30pm for ladies and 8.30pm for men. This programme has proved very successful with excellent weigh loss results recorded by Veronica and the participants are toning up while enjoying exercising with Michelle. Michelle is going to continue with her fitness classes and we encourage 
all the participants to keep up their 
good work.

Ballinamore area fitness

A new set of female fitness classes are starting this week in Ballinamore. The blood bank is in the hall this Monday the 18th so we will be having our class in the complex at 8pm and our Thursday class is in our usual venue of the hall at 8pm. There are also aerobics and circuits classes in the GAA Gym Tuesday and Thursday at 11am and Wednesday at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. All welcome. Contact Michelle on 087-9390980 for details or for an initial personal training session.

Acorn Players Leitrim

Enjoy an evening of side splitting comedy in the Ballinamore Community Hall on Sunday, February 24th at 8pm. This 3 act comedy, ‘The 2 Loves of Gabriel Foley’ will be performed by the Leitrim based Acorn Players. Admission €10/5 students & children.

Annual charity concert

The seventh annual charity concert organised and performed by the Traditional Irish Music course will be held on Friday 1st March. This evening of Irish music, song and

dance will be held in the Mayflower community centre, Drunshanbo 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. Tickets are only €5 (u-12s free) and each ticket will be entered into a draw for €100. So come along for a great evening of ceol agus craic!

Table Quiz

Table Quiz in Lizzie Buggies, Ballyconnell on Friday, February 22nd at 9:30pm. Light refreshments served. This is a fundraising event for the Paschal Lyons School of Irish Dancing. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Karate News

Last Saturday saw the students from Ballinamore and Leitrim Village Karate Clubs coming together to show their skills in the Martial Arts training and achieve their next belt under the supervision of Sensei Michael O’Keefe. The Student of the Year Award was won by Louise Moran King from the Ballinamore Karate Club and the medals for the most improved students were won by Shafik Dubihi and Aisling and Laura Maguire. Sensei Michael O’Keefe is enrolling beginners during the month of February. Classes are taking place in Balinamore Community Centre on Friday evenings. Juniors 6-7pm and Seniors 7-8pm with first class free. For further information you can contact Michael on 087-6389549.

“The Acorn Players”

For anyone who missed seeing the production of The Two Loves Of Gabriel Foley”, you will have another chance on Friday 22nd Feb in Ballinalee and Sunday 24th Feb in Ballinamore Community Centre, at 8pm. All the audiences so far love this hilarious comedy, where all is fair in love and war. The cast are all local, Gabriel Foley played by Padraig McLoughlin, Hazel Myers (Monica Reilly), Chrissie McCabe (Anella Mc Guinness),Aggie Foley & Morag De Coursey (Margaret Healy), Lucy Lacey (Nicole Kearins), Clive Snell (Dave Price) and last but by no means least Liam Gavigan is played by the very popular Philip Flood. Not forgetting M.C.(Tommy Kellegher) Stage Manager (Maureen Lynch) and Front of House (Liz Geoghan). Please support.