Manorhamilton Community News

Sligo/Leitrim Boxing Championships

Sligo/Leitrim Boxing Championships

For the first time ever the Leitrim/Sligo boxing championships will be held in the Killargue Community on this Friday night, February 15 as part of the North Leitrim village’s ever popular boxing tournament hosted by the Seán McDermott Boxing Club. The weigh-in will take place in the Seán McDermott Boxing Club Boxing Hall in Manorhamilton on this Wednesday evening, February 13 at 6.30pm. All roads lead to Killargue on Friday night when the excellent annual boxing tournament will be staged in Killargue Community Centre, commencing at 8.30pm sharp.

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.

John Murray’s Glenfarne Walk

RTE Radio One’s John Murray will lead a 90 minute walk in Glenfarne on this Sunday, which will be a part of his countrywide campaign promoting better health and physical fitness for all. Regarding his visit to the North Leitrim village John says, “Our next walk will take place on Sunday, 17th February 2013. We will gather for the walk in Glenfarne outside the Ballroom of Romance at 12 noon. “The walk will take about 90 minutes – and there will also be a break for entertainment and music. The walk will go through a forest, so sturdy walking shoes are advised. Raingear and warm clothes are also recommended. We will return to the Ballroom of Romance afterwards for refreshments and some craic!”

Rainbow Camera Club

The cross-border Rainbow Camera Club will be holding its February meeting in The Cabin, Rossinver, on this Thursday night, 14 February from 8pm to 10pm.

During the first part of the meeting all in attendance will be looking at camera settings, and members are encouraged to bring their cameras to the meeting for this.

A slide show of recent photographs that the members have produced will take place after the break. The Club also hope to decide on the location for a photographic shoot in the near future. New members are always welcome, and more details can be obtained from Martin Cooke at the New Ballagh Centre in Rossinver (071-9854030) or from Patrick Mullan (071-9854405).

Free intercultural party

There will be free admission to this Saturday’s (February 16) Intercultural Party ‘A Taste of World Culture’ which takes place in the Bee Park Community Centre commencing at 3pm. It will be a family day hosted by the Leitrim Intercultural Forum for North Leitrim and at it there will be music, food, children’s activities and a display of world culture. The Party is open to the public and all are welcome while donations will be greatly appreciated.

North Leitrim Women’s Group

Line Dancing: Get those feet a tapping! Classes start Tuesday 5th March 7.30-8.30pm The Women’s Centre. 6 weeks cost €30. Places will be limited so book you place early to avoid disappointment. Contact the Women’s Centre on 071-9856220 email or simply call in.

Nutritious Family Cooking: Cookery demonstration, hints and tips. Tasty samples included. Wednesday 20th February 11am – 1pm. Cost €5. Places will be limited so book you place early to avoid disappointment. Contact the Women’s Centre on 071-9856220 email or simply call in.

Local history project

This Valentine’s Day The Thursday Club will host the presentation of a local history project based on the memories of the Rossinver based Active Age Group. This will be followed by a performance by traditional musicians Jim and Francie Bainbridge. Everyone in the area is welcome to attend at the New Ballagh Centre, Rossinver from 11am-1pm on Thursday, 14th February, refreshments will be served after the performance.

Operation Transformation 5K Walk

Operation Transformation 5K Walk this Saturday, 16th February at 12pm in Manorhamilton. Registration at Bee Park Resource Centre from 11am. Donations kindly accepted however small. Proceeds of registration to North West Simon Community a local charity preventing homelessness in Leitrim, Sligo & Donegal. Families and children urged to take part. Prizes on the day. Please come along and support and get fit. The route starts at the Bee Park, heads out the Rossinver Road, Deerpark, Castle St., Park Road and finishes back at Bee Park. Walking is a form of exercise accessible to just about everybody. It’s safe, simple and doesn’t require practice. And the health benefits are many.

“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 Friday, February 22.

Glencar Dance

A dance will take place in Diffreen Community Centre Glencar on this Friday night, February 15 starting at 8.30pm. Everyone is invited to come along and have a great night’s fun at this social dance in the beautiful setting of the Diffreen Community Centre.

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 13 April. You can call at the school or telephone 071-9856138, to request an application form.

Neven’s Recipes

A delicious selection of recipes and cooking tips are available from award winning West Cavan chef Neven Maguire for Valentines Day, Mothers Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter Sunday with accompanying high resolution images. Following the success of his recently launched cookbook “The MacNean Restaurant Cookbook” Neven is now celebrating the launch of his fourth series of “Home Chef” on RTÉ. This brand new series will appeal to food lovers, experienced home cooks and Neven’s many fans, and is filmed on location in Blacklion and in top restaurants around the country and Europe. “Home Chef” began last Wednesday, February 6 at 7.30pm on RTÉ One.

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.

Afterschool Childcare Services

Now that Manorhamilton Childcare Afterschool Services is up and running each week it is full of exciting and new activities for all attending. The Childcare Services is offering on Mondays, baking classes, on Wednesdays, art and crafts and on Fridays, drama. Why not come and join the Manorhamilton’s Afterschool exciting and fun service that runs from Monday to Friday between 1.45pm to 6pm each day in the Bee Park Community Centre. Children that wish to attend the Childcare Afterschool Services will

be collected from all the local primary schools. For further information on the Afterschool Services call Ashleen on 087-7378131. She will only be too delighted to provide parents or guardians with full details of the services provided there. Meanwhile feel free also to call in and have a look around the Afterschool premises.

New Historical Society

Manorhamilton and District Historical Society was formed at a recent meeting in Manorhamilton Library with a view to collating local history and heritage and where possible putting it into the public domain. The Society will hold regular meetings and outings, and hopes to have some visiting lecturers. The following officers were elected to serve on the inaugural committee; Chairperson Oliver Haslette, Vice Chairperson, Margaret Connolly, Secretary, Joan Haslette, Assistant Secretary Breege O’Hagan, Treasurer, Sean McMorrow, PRO, Gerry Creamer. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the on-going work of the Society is welcome to get in touch with any committee member. Membership of the society was set at €20.

Third Farmers Market

The third Manorhamilton Origin Farmers Market of the month takes place on this Friday, February 15 between 10am and 2pm in the Bee Park Community Centre car park. The Market serves the Manorhamilton and North Leitrim area.

Second Bingo

Manorhamilton’s second bingo session of the month will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Wednesday night, February 13 at 9pm. A good night’s entertainment is promised by the organisers.

Chat Volunteers for Elderly

The Carers Association is looking for Volunteers to commit to one hour per week to call on the elderly for a chat. Registration for Volunteers for the Elderly will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Friday night, February 15 from 8pm to 9.30 pm.

Sympathy Extended

Deepest sympathy on his death in University Hospital Galway is extended to the family of Padraig Diamond, Drumlease, Dromahair and formerly of Leckaun, Newtownmanor.

Padraig’s remains reposed at Fowley’s Funeral Home, Dromahair on Monday evening, February 11 prior to their removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Dromahair. Mass of the Resurrection for Padraig and his Funeral Service took place in St. Patrick’s Church on Tuesday, February 12 at noon with burial afterwards in Creevelea Abbey New Cemetery.


The Manor Meals-on-Wheels volunteer service needs more helpers in the town area, to assist with its scheme through which dinners are delivered to very worthy local recipients daily, early each afternoon. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact Carmel Lambe, Public Health Nurse on 071-9156045.

Rossinver Y&CP

The Rossinver Youth and Community Project (registered as Rossinver Youth Project Ltd.) is a community based organisation, run by and for the community of Rossinver. It aims to stem the flow of rural de-population, encourage community participation for young and old, and to build bridges with communities on both sides of the border. Bridget Dolan is the Development Officer while its contact address is Strad-Connolly, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim, (Via Sligo), telephone 071-9832970, email

Lost Camera

Tina Pommer lost her camera on Saturday last, February 9 during a tour of the Lough Melvin area and she thinks she left it at Manorhamilton Castle or in Garrison

Lake car park. It is a small Pentax camera that was in a small black rucksack and a reward is offered. If have any joyful news on this camera phone Tina on 086-3297401.