Ballinamore Community News

Blood Bank Clinic

Blood Bank Clinic

The Blood Transfusion mobile unit team will return again to The Community Centre, Ballinamore on Monday 18th February 2013 from 3.00p.m. to 5.00 p.m and 7.00p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Some 3000 units (pints) of blood are needed overall each week to cater for emergency and routine cases requiring transfusions of blood and blood products in hospitals all over the country. Thanks to everyone who attended the last clinic and please come again to the Community Centre, Ballinamore on Monday 18th February and if possible bring a friend.

Ballinamore Pike Anglers

Ballinamore Pike Anglers fished for the D.C.L. Plastering Trophy on Comnagh Lake on Saturday, 2nd February. 1st Ollie Gallagher 10lb 13ozs pike; 2nd Conger Gilheaney 9lb 10oz pike; 3rd John Creamer 2lb 2oz pike. It was a beautiful day to be out at the lake, but unfortunately there were only three fish caught. We would like to thank David of the Poor Scholar and Majella for the lovely meal they gave us after the competition. Our condolences goes out to Bob who didn’t catch anything again. This was probably because he slept for most of the day!

Exciting New Youth Programme

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.


The last round of matches in the Francis McGirl’s Memorial Cup Competition were played last Friday night the points total after all matches are:

McGirl’s 92pts

Fenagh 85pts

Shortt’s (A) 77pts

Jackie’s 66pts

Shortt’s (B) 65pts

Freddie’s 61pts

Ossies 58pts

The first semi final will be played next Friday night the 15th between the teams who finished second and third in the table, Fenagh and Shortt’s (A), the venue drawn

out of the hat for that one was the Standing Stone, the second semi-final is between the teams who finished first and fourth in the table namely McGirl’s and Jackie’s, that game is down to be played on Friday night the 22nd of February, and the venue drawn was Shortt’s.

Willow Basket Making Course

Coming soon to the Cultural Quarters. Anyone interested please get in touch 086-4082630.

“Memory Surface” at Solas Gallery

The first solo exhibition of the year at Solas Gallery, Ballinamore opens on Friday 15th Feb called “Memory Surface” by artist Karen O’Dowd. Karen is from just outside Carrick-on-Shannon, attending the Community School there and going on to get her BA (Hons) Art & Design at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She has already exhibited locally and in Dublin, but this is her first major solo exhibition apart from her graduate exhibition.

The exhibition will be officially opened at 7.30pm by Sandra Vernon who is an admirer of Karen’s work and thinks she has great things in front of her. It is open until 8th March, opening hours, 10am-6pm. For any enquiries about the exhibition or the gallery please contact Gail or Ben at 071 9644210; or visit their website or facebook page.

Church Notes

No Mass Fri. morning. Mass Wed, Ash Wed, 7.30am, Thurs 8am, Fri 7pm. Mass Ash Wed in Aughnasheelin at 8pm, Thurs 9am & Fri 8.30pm. Communion will be brought to parishioners at home this week. Pass on the word to them. Those below the church on Thurs morning; those in Tully an above the church on Friday morning. Door Collectors Sat 15th & 16th Feb / Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd Francis McTague, Brendan Brennan, Sean McKeon & Michael Hanley. Altar Servers for Sun 10th & Sat 16th Feb Group 3– James Óg Maguire, Eoin Toolan & Ryan Donohoe. For Sun 17th & Sat 23rd Group 4 Aileen Flynn, Bríd Murphy & Aoibhin McGoldrick.

Do something special this Lent

Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the duration of Lent. Take this opportunity to help someone you love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom and well-being. Take the Short-Term pledge and make a difference to someone’s life! For more information visit or contact Raymond O’Connor (01) 8749464.

Election? No... Just another kind of drama!

You might be forgiven for thinking that an early General Election has been called when you see the hive of activity around Corraleehan and more notably Clogher National School. Over the years since the School closed it has been used as a Polling Station. However, drama of another kind will take place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February at 8.30pm when the Corraleehan Heritage and Cultural Society presents ‘The Country Boy’ by John Murphy and produced by Frank Cadam.

Cast members hail from Corraleehan, Keshcarrigan, and Rooskey with helpers from Aughawillan & Corraleehan. Past pupils & their family and friends will have an opportunity to peruse the old school roll book and some old photos on both nights. All proceeds from both nights will go to local projects so come along and by your support you will help us make a difference in our Community. Contact: Tracey at 087-2842718, Joanne at 087-9233716 or Helen at 087-3130849.

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic adoration continues to take place in the side chapel beside the altar each Wednesday from 9pm to 10pm. Why not come along for Lent and spend some time in the quiet and holy presence of the Eucharist. Prayer Meeting for this Year of Faith re-commencing for Lent, join us each Monday evening from February 18th in the Crying Chapel at 7.30pm for Rosary and Scripture Meditation.

St Vincent de Paul

If you wish to make a contribution or contact us for any other reason please phone us on the Confidential No. 087-9360562

Seán O’Heslin’s

Bingo: Bingo resumes next Tuesday at 8.30pm after the enforced break due to the snow. Come along and bring a friend.all are also welcome.

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

Lotto: Ar an Luan seo chugainn i Jackie’s. Pota Óir €4,500. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: €40: Oliver J Flanagan, Drumarigna. 2 x €20 ó Terry Shortt: Hugh McTague and Tom Burns. €40 an duine: Senan and Michaela Harte, Mick Donohoe, Drumreilly, John Creamer, Stradermot, Pat Joe Wynne, Drumrane.

Job Seeking Skills Course

County Leitrim Job Club will be running a job seeking skills course in Ballinamore Enterprise Centre commencing on Monday 18th February 2013 and running for four weeks. The course covers all aspects of job seeking (including basic computer skills) and runs 10am to 1pm, Mon-Friday. An attendance allowance is available to participants on this programme. If you would like to reserve a place or require any further information, please contact Martina or Mary at Leitrim Development Company 071 9641770 or email (Please note you must be in receipt of a social protection payment to be eligible for this course)

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.

South West College Open Day

Tuesday 19th February, 2pm-8pm (Dungannon, Enniskillen & Omagh Campuses). Come along and speak to staff and students about full-time further and higher education courses, including Training for Success courses. Everyone welcome! For more info, tel 0845 603 1881 or visit

Calling Community Groups

A Steering Group was set up last week to organise a meeting of a representative from all community groups in the town to come together to pool their ideas on a way forward for our town. This meeting will take place in Smyth’s Siopa Ól on Tuesday, 19th February at 9pm.

Ballinamore Heartsafe

Ballinamore Heartsafe (Defib Commitee) annual collection will be held on the 16th and 17th Feb. Many thanks for your support. Also the next revalidation of all members who have trained in CPR and Defib will be held in the next 2 weeks. You will receive a text re date and time for same.

Karate Student of the Year

Congratulations to Laoíse Moran King, Lahard who won student of the Year at Karate grading on Saturday, 2nd February.

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.

Films in the library

Ballinamore Library is now hosting a film evening for adults and a film afternoon for children. The adult’s time is 6pm on Thursday and the children’s hour is 2.30pm on Saturday. Admission is free and details of films showing can be obtained by contacting the library at 071 9645566.

S.N. Bhrid Naofa

Enrolment for Junior Infants will take place in the junior infant classroom on Wednesday 27th February at 2.30 p.m. If you are unable to make it that day please phone the school (Ph. No. 071 9644952) and we will arrange for forms to be posted out.

Love Thy Neighbour in Aughawillan

Aughawillan Drama Troupe is presented its second offering Love Thy Neighbour by Jimmy Keary in Aughawillan Community Centre on Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday, 17th February at 8-30pm each night. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed. Produced by Tommy Moran, this play is yet another comedy, which will have audiences rolling in the aisles. So come early to avoid disappointment.

Drama Festival 2013

Nine exciting plays will be performed by nine great groups from all over Ireland as part of Ballinamore’s Annual Drama Festival which will run from Friday 1st to Sunday 10th March 2013. Opening on Friday night with a return visit from Moate Club, Naas with their presentation of EDEN by Eugene O’Brien; Sat 2nd The Beauty Queen of Leenan written by Martin McDonagh will be staged by Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group from Wexford. Sun 3rd will see the return of Yellow Moon Theatre Company, Wexford who opened our festival last year and will enthrall us with “On Raftery’s Hill” by Marina Carr. Monday 4th we welcome our neighbours from Mullagh, Cavan - The Millrace Drama Group performing TRAD by Mark Doherty. Tuesday night is BINGO night in the Community Centre so no performance on that night. Season Tickets will go on sale shortly at the amazing value of €45 for 9 nights or outstanding Drama.

Local Drama Group “The Acorn Players”

For anyone that missed seeing the production of “The Two Loves Of Gabriel Foley”, you will have another chance on Friday, 22nd February in Ballinalee and Sunday, 24th February in Ballinamore hall at 8pm. The cast are all local, Gabriel Foley played by Padraig McLoughlin, Hazel Myers (Monica Reilly), Chrissie McCabe (Anella McGuinness), 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.

Ballinamore SOH Operation Transformation

Fitness classes continue for ladies every Wednesday at 7.30pm and Thursday at 11am followed by a weigh in. The men’s workout is at 8.30pm on Wednesday with an optional weigh in also. It’s great to see additional men still joining in. The Bootcamp for all is on Saturday at 10am in the sports complex. Well done everybody on your fantastic weigh loss results. For further information contact Michelle on 087-9390980.

Ballinamore area fitness

A new set of female fitness classes are starting in Ballinamore Hall at 8pm on Monday the 18th and Thursday the 21st of January. There are also aerobics and circuits classes in the GAA Gym Tuesday at 11am and Wednesday at 6.30pm. All welcome. Contact Michelle on 087-9390980 for details or for an initial personal training session.