Manorhamilton Community News

Support Cycle Against Suicide event

Support Cycle Against Suicide event

Cycle Against Suicide a nationwide cycle going around the country at present and will arrive in Manorhamilton on this Thursday evening, May 2 on a leg of the journey coming from Ballybofey on that day. They are expected to arrive at the Bee Park Community Centre at approximately 3.45pm. St Clare’s Comprehensive School are an ambassador School for the Manorhamilton leg of the journey. As part of the welcome to Manorhamilton the School will premiere a short film written produced and presented by the students, in addition there are two other short presentations. Members of the public are invited to attend these presentations and to extend a welcome to the visiting cyclists and their back up team.

The local Cycle Against Suicide Committee wants to acknowledge the 100 or so families who offered to open their homes to these cyclists. The Committee also want to acknowledge the local businesses who have rowed in behind this initiative for their generosity. The Cycle departs from the Bee Park Community Centre at 9.30am on Friday morning with registration managed by students from St Clare’s Comprehensive School for the next leg of the journey to Cavan taking place between 8am and 9.30am in the Centre. Check out

Cycle against Suicide are not duplicating what other organisations are doing in this area but are working towards more cohesion between and awareness of the various organisations working to prevent suicide and provision of bereavement support in Ireland.

Neven launches Glens Run in Blacklion

Celebrated local award winning chef, Neven Maguire launched the 2013 North Leitrim Glens Run and Walk in McNean House and Restaurant Blacklion on Thursday evening. This year’s Glens Run and Walk takes place on Saturday, July 6 during Manor’s Community Festival. As in previous years the Glens Run will include a half-marathon and a 10k event for runners and walkers.

The charities which have been designated to receive funds from this year’s Glens Run are the North West Hospice, Áras Breffni Comfort Fund and Our Lady’s Hospital Patients Comfort Fund. John Kelly represented North West Hospice at Thursday’s Glens Run launch in Blacklion while Elaine McLoughlin represented the Áras Breffni Comfort Fund and Deirdre Kelly represented Our Lady’s Hospital Patients Comfort Fund.

For the Glens Run Neven Maguire is sponsoring an evening meal with bed and breakfast for two and Sunday lunch for two in McNean House as well as a number of his highly treasure signed books The Glens Run Committee will include all the competitor’s names that participate in the half-marathon or 10k events into a draw for the two prizes on offer from McNean House and Restaurant.

Meanwhile there will be several other prizes on offer for all Glens Run and Walk competitors in Manorhamilton on Saturday, July 6. Neven Maguire confirmed during the launch that he will be a competitor in the Glens Run on July 6.

The award winning chef stated “I am delighted to be involved with the North Leitrim Glens Run and very honoured. It is for three very worthwhile charities the Hospice, Áras Breffni Comfort Fund and Our Lady’s Hospital Comfort Fund.

“It’s fantastic to be asked because I think we try to be healthy and it is a very important part of our lifestyle. Here in the kitchen all day you are on your feet all day are people think you are active but you are not. It’s great to get out run a 10k and raise money for a charity. I am not to doing the half-marathon I am going to do the 10k and I am looking forward to that. It is local to me and I am delighted and touched to be asked to do it and members of my family will be there also.

“I will sponsor an evening meal with bed and breakfast for two and Sunday lunch for two in MacNean House and we will have some signed books as well. We need to raise as much money as possible and hope many people will come from far and wide to support because it is great event. It is great about these runs getting people active even walking and its not just about running it is also getting people walking and active with family and friends. I like running and I like exercising because a big part of my job is tasting food.

“If I didn’t train I end up like a little telly tubby and I don’t want that. I think it is fantastic for your mind, clears your head and it is great for your body. I train three or four times a week my self and my twin (David). This will be a goal for me to finish the 10k; to enjoy the run and I don’t care what the time will be, and I want everyone to enjoy it. This my first run in Manorhamilton but I have done other runs in Enniskillen several times and Irvinestown. The runs have to be close to here because of work and other commitments in the restaurant,” Neven said in conclusion as he looks forward to the Glens Run and Walk in Manorhamilton on Saturday, July 6.

40th anniversary events on June 2

The 40th anniversary of Glencar/Manorhamilton’s first ever victory in a Leitrim intermediate football championship final on September 9, 1973 in Páirc Seán MacDiarmada Carrick-on-Shannon will be celebrated in Manorhamilton in just over one month’s time on Sunday, June 2.

On that day a Requiem Mass for all deceased Glencar/Manor members will be celebrated in St. Clare’s Church at 11.30am; a Leitrim GAA senior club game featuring Glencar/Manor will be played in the Bee Park at 2pm; a hurling game involving the local hurling Club, Cluainín Iomáint will take place afterwards at 3.30pm and a celebratory function honouring the 1973 Glencar/Manor intermediate team will get underway in the Bee Park Community Centre at 8pm. The celebratory function in the Bee Park Community Centre on June 2, 2013 will commence with a dinner at 8pm, a presentation ceremony immediately afterwards, followed by dancing.

All members of the of the 1973 Glencar/Manor intermediate team are please asked, if they haven’t already done so, to let Johnny Keaveney know immediately (071-9855559) if they and their wives or partners will be attending the events. There will be a Glencar/Manor photo exhibition in the Bee Park Community Centre commencing at 7pm on Sunday, June 2.

Glencar/Manor defeated St. Mary’s in the 1973 Leitrim intermediate football championship final by 1 – 9 to 1 – 6. The 1973 Glencar/Manor Club Officers were Chairman Kevin McDonald R.I.P. Vice-Chairman Michael Friel, Secretary Johnny Keaveney, Assistant Secretary, Pat O’Callaghan and Treasurer Batty McCann R.I.P.

The organising Committee would like to thank Felix McHugh, Glenfarne for providing sponsorship to cover some of the costs of the anniversary event. Any other sponsor who would like to be involved with this event is asked to contact Johnny Keaveney.

Defeat for Manor Rangers

Manor Rangers was defeated by the odd goal in three when they took on Glenview Stars in an end of season Sligo Leitrim Premier League tie at the Stars windswept pitch in Forthill, Sligo on Sunday with the home side winning by 2 – 1 at the end. A unique aspect of this game was the fact that the Manor side featured a father and son in its ranks with Ritchie Hewitt lining out in goals while his father, George an outstanding Rangers player of former years, played in attack for 55 minutes and came close to getting a first half goal.

In this 18th minute incident George got on a ball in the box and Glenview’s Sean Durkin was forced to deflect Hewitt’s goal bound shot out for a Manor corner. Manor had a let off in the following minute after an unmarked Donal O’Grady put wide at the far post with an effort from three yards. Manor could have opened their account in the 37th minute when Alan Hickey headed narrowly wide after being put through by Gary Hickey. Just before half time Clive Brennan opened the scoring in the game when he shot to the Manor net from close range.

A top class 61st minute save by Glenview’s ‘keeper Stephen Heraghty prevented Manor getting an equaliser after Gary Hickey fired a pile driver. Glenview made victory secure some fifteen minute later when Kenneth Barlow headed in to an empty net Manor net after the wind assisted flight of the ball deceived Manor ‘keeper Ritchie Hewitt. However Manor did get what proved to be a consolation goal some two minutes later when sub Alan Gilligan got behind the Glenview cover to slip the ball into the net past ‘keeper Stephen Heraghty.

Manor Rangers take Carrick Town on this Friday evening in the All-Leitrim Robert Cawley Cup semi-final in Carrick. The South Leitrim side has handed out heavy defeats to Manor in their two Sligo Leitrim Premier League meetings this season.

Manor Rangers: Ritchie Hewitt; Anthony McDonald; Stephen O’Hara, Paul Lonican, Oisin Parkinson Combs; Cian Rock, Alan Hickey, Gary Hickey Diarmuid Clancy; Daniel Skimmon, George Hewitt (Alan Gilligan 55 mins.). Referee: John Griffin.

Support Sam on Saturday

Everyone is encouraged to go the Mayo V Fermanagh senior football challenge which will be played in Brewster Park, Enniskillen on this Saturday evening at 6pm in aid of the Sam Bradley Care Fund. Sam is a 21 month toddler from Bellanaleck who is currently undergoing treatment for a rare and aggressive form of cancer. He is the grandson of John McHugh formerly of Moneenlum, Glenfarne who currently lives in Kiltimagh, Mayo. Sam’s father, Colm is former Fermanagh inter county star and his mother Michelle is from Kiltimagh Co. Mayo, so it is quite appropriate that Fermanagh and Mayo should play in the young toddler’s Care Fund game. Sam is currently undergoing treatment and will be recovering from eight-hour surgery to remove a tumour from his right kidney by time the game takes place at 6pm on Saturday, May 4 in Enniskillen.

Farmers Market

Maureen Kelleher-McNally from Kilclare PO, Carrick-on-Shannon has been involved in Manorhamilton Farmers Market since its inception as a producer of home baking, organic apples and orange juice. She came from a background of involvement as a leading exhibitor at agricultural shows and country markets over many years and brings that experience and expertise to bear to Manor Farmers Market. Manor Farmers Market will operate again on this Friday May 3 from 10am to 2pm in the Bee Park Community Centre car park.

Duck Race & Barbecue

Rossinver Youth and Community Project (RYCP) like their counterparts in Aintree have done recently but without horses will stage the Rossinver Grand National ‘Duck Race’ at Gilbride’s on Sunday May 5 at 3pm. There will be a barbecue afterwards at Gilbride’s Bar.

The RYCP thanks John Gilligan Butchers Manorhamilton for his sponsorship of one hundred hand-made Irish beef burgers for the barbecue. In conjunction with the ‘Duck Race’ everyone is asked to support the various local businesses and sellers of lines at €2 per line or 3 lines for €5.

Car Park Set Dancing

A set dancing Céilí will be held in the Blue Devon Dromahair on this Sunday afternoon, May 5. Music will be provided by the Innisfree Céilí band with dancing taking place from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Admission is €10 and refreshments will be served. The proceeds of the Céilí are for Newtownmanor Car Park Project. A great afternoon of music and dancing is guaranteed and the organisers will be delighted with the funds raised for the car park.

Camógaiocht na nGleannta

Camogie training for all girls from U10 to U14 takes place every Tuesday evening from 6pm to 7pm at St. Clare’s Primary School Astroturf pitch. The fee for all participating is €2 per person which is to cover the costs of the use of the St. Clare’s PS AstroTurf pitch. For more info contact Steve on 087-9306675.

Community Games Athletics

The Manorhamilton Area Community Games Committee will host the athletics area events finals on this Wednesday evening, May 1st at 6pm at St. Clare’s Comprehensive School track. These events are open to all children from the Area and it is hoped hope to see a good turnout. There are many events for all ages for boys and girls ranging from U8 to U16. Successful children in each event on Wednesday evening will qualify to compete at the Leitrim County Community Games athletics finals, which take place at St. Clare’s Comprehensive School Track on Sunday, May 19. For further details phone Maria on 087-6131817 or Trevor on 087-6493491 or email

The events for the Manorhamilton Area athletics finals are – 60 metres and 80 metres U8 boys & girls; 100 metres and 200 metres U10 boys & girls; 100 metres and 600 metres U12 boys & girls; 100 metres and 800 metres U14 boys & girls; 100 metres and 1500 metres U16 boys & girls; 60 and 80 metres hurdles; Ball throw U12 boys & girls; Javelin & long jump U14 boys & girls; Long Puck U12 Boys; Long Puck U14 Girls; Shot putt U14 boys & girls.

Cemetery works appreciated

Paddy Eames on behalf of the Diffreen Cemetery Committee would like to thank District Engineer Padraig McShera and the Leitrim County Council staff for the great tidy up carried out adjacent to the N19 and the Diffreen Cemetery boundary wall. Thanks is also expressed to Liam McBride, Supervisor and the Lurganboy FÁS community employment scheme workers for excellent tidy up done in Diffreen Cemetery and the roof repairs to the cemetery’s hut.

Fantasy Entries Deadline

The deadline for the submission of entries for the annual Manorhamilton All-Ireland Fantasy football competition is this Saturday night, May 4, which of course is the eve of Leitrim’s Connacht football championship game with New York in Gaelic Park on the following day this Sunday, May 5 at 3pm Big Apple Time but 8pm Irish time. Entries costing €2 per person are being taken by Johnny Keaveney and Padraig Keegan up to the deadline and it is expected there will a big interest in the Manor Fantasy again this year as usual. In the Fantasy football competition contestants are required to predict the names of the teams who will the Connacht, Ulster, Leinster and Munster senior football championships and the All-Ireland senior football championship.

Tiny Toppers sign on

An Enrolment Night for parents interested in enrolling their children in Tiny Toppers Pre-school Playgroup for the school year commencing this September will be held on Monday night, 13th May at 7.30pm. Information will be available on the night on the services provided by Tiny Toppers Pre-school and the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Free Pre- school Year Scheme. In order for a child to qualify for the ECCE Scheme in September 2013, children must be born between 2nd February 2009 and the 30th June 2010 inclusive. Please contact the Manager, Shirley Hewston on 071-9856888 or 087-2141115 or for any other details.

Vintage Club News

The next meeting of the North West Vintage and Heritage Club takes place in Manorhamilton’s Bee Park Community Centre on this Thursday night, May 2 at 9pm. All members are requested to attend and new members will be most welcome. More information on the North West Vintage and Heritage Club is available from Tommy 087-9489057 or Sean 086-4009070.

Gospel of John study

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, May 2 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, telephone 049-4361418.

First Bingo night

Manorhamilton’s first bingo session of the month will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Wednesday night, May 1 at 9pm. A good night’s entertainment is promised by the organisers.

Sympathy extended

Deepest sympathy on his sudden death is extended to the family of Peter Feely, Hillside Crescent, Manorhamilton and formerly of Moonengaugagha, Glenade. Peter’s remains reposed at his sister’s residence at Aharrow Tullaghan. His Funeral Mass and Service took place in St. Michael’s Church Glenade on Wednesday, April 24 at noon with burial afterwards in Conwell Cemetery.

Social Dance

There will be a social dance in Diffreen Community Centre Glencar on this Friday night, May 3 commencing at 9pm. The social dancing classes that took place in the Diffreen Community Centre over the winter period have ended for this season. The social dancing organisers in Glencar will run a social dance on the first Friday night of the month for the coming months and everybody is invited to come along.

Support Group

The Sligo Young Person’s Depression Support Group, which operates under the auspices of Aware, has been recently re-launched in a new venue, which is located in Sligo IT Student Centre, beside the Student Union Offices. This Young Person’s Depression Support Group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Further information on this Support Group is available by telephoning 074-9735030 or 1890-303-302 on visit

Fitness for Females

Fitness for Females starting Thursday 9th May at 7pm, St Clare’s Comprehensive School Gym. Block of six, €20. This programme is designed for women of all ages regardless of fitness levels and is tailor made to suit your needs. This programme includes aerobic and toning exercise and is a definite favourite with women as is fun and it works. For further information contact Sue McGowan on 086 2542505.

John McKenna Second Gathering Concert

The John McKenna Second Gathering Concert in Drumkeerin Community Centre on next Sunday, May 5th commencing at 8.30pm promises to be a grat night of music, song and dance when the West London Music Group and Armagh CCE Group will bring a great night’s entertainment. Many people will recall the West London Music Group’s last visit with fondess. Once again Mary Gilhooly and family will be with them. There will also be many local artists involved and will include some young ones in music and song.

Leitrim County Enterprise Board

Leitrim County Enterprise Board has a sub office in The Glens Centre in Manorhamilton. A staff member will be at the Glens Centre next Tuesday, May 14th from 10am-4pm. If you would like to make an appointment to discuss a business idea or find out more about available supports from the County Enterprise Board please feel free to contact the office on 071 9620450.

Earlier Deadline

Please email items to for the Manorhamilton page for the Leitrim Observer of May 7 by 5pm on this Friday. Thank you.