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Our AGM will take place on Thursday, April 25th at 8.30pm in Smyth’s Siopa Ol. A big thank you to everyone whi came out on Sunday morning.

Impacts of Gasfields on Communities

Leitrim Community Centre, Leitrim Village, May 2nd - 8.30pm. This is a fantastic opportunity for communities in Ireland to hear first-hand account of the “Impacts of Gasfields on Communities: The Australian experience”. Large areas of the North-West and South-West of Ireland are under options licenses for onshore Shale Gas extraction using destructive and invasive technology, including hydraulic fracturing. What is less well known is that large areas of Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon are also licensed for Lignite extraction, which in simple terms is Coal Bed Methane/Coal Seam Gasification, with an even greater environmental and human health impact than shale gas extraction. Annie Kia, a leading member of Australia’s Lock the Gate Alliance will be giving a talk on invasive gas mining - shale, coal seam gas (lignite) and tight sands.

Energise Your Life

Is a programme which is offered to all adults over 55 years and to GP Exercise Referral clients. Instructor Michelle Fanning will continuously deliver safe and effective fitness classes with the emphasis being on enjoyment and interaction. It is a great way to get fit, lose weight, and strengthen joints and muscles, while also meeting new people. This programme will commence this Thursday the 25th of April at 10am in Ballinamore GAA Gym. With a more challenging fitness session starting at 11am. Contact Michelle on 087 9390980 for further information.

Men’s Circuits

A new six week programme of men’s circuits will commence on Wednesday the 24th of April at 8.30pm in Ballinamore GAA Gym. This session will include exercise stations along with body conditioning exercises. This class is suitable for all fitness levels and ages. Come along and try it out.

Ballinamore Whist Drive

The monthly Whist Drive will be held in the Community Centre on Thursday, May 2nd at 9pm. All welcome.


The final of the under twenty five’s Dar Competition was played last Friday night in Ossie’s, the standard of darts on the night was top class, and once again as he did last year Ryan Creamer was the winner in great final, running up was Sean Quinn. Terry Shortt presented the prizes and thanked everyone who took part. Thanks to Connor Scollan and Ciaran Harty who made the draw and kept the games moving along quickly so the final was over nice and early. Thanks to everyone who sponsored our raffles during the year. A special thanks to our main sponsors The Aughnasheelin Gen Club for their very generous sponsorship of the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup


Results for 18th April: 1st Carrie Moroney and Maureen Dolphin. 2nd Margaret Nellis and Kay Dolan. 3rd Mary McTiernan and Mary Flynn. Final night of bridge takes place on Thursday 25th at 7pm.

Ballinamore Women’s Group

Monthly meeting of women’s group takes place on Wednesday, 1st May at 8 30 pm. A guest speaker, speaking on health issues, will attend. All members are asked to attend. Arrangements will be made for trip to Donegal. There are some place available for the weekend trip to Letterkenny, staying in the Mount Errigal Hotel from the 17th to 19th of May. Total cost which includes two bed & breakfast, two evening meals and a trip to Malin Head is €145. A deposit of €50 must be paid to secure a place. Enquires to 9644785 as soon as possible.

Athletics Club

Training continues Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00 p.m. with a very busy few weeks of competition coming up for all age groups and categories. Next Sunday (28th) the Leitrim Primary Schools Championships with events for Under 7 upwards take place in Manorhamilton and two days later the Post Primary Schools Regional Qualifying Competition is in Sligo.

Senior Citizens AGM

The AGM of the Ballinamore Area Senior Citizens Committee takes place next Monday night 22nd April at 9pm in Trathnona Community Centre. All members please attend.

Ballinamore Active Age Group

The group are going to Lough Derg on Saturday May 25th, anyone wishing to travel please contact Mary Plunkett on (071)9644086 or Maureen Dolphin on (071) 9644116 to confirm numbers for bus. Bernie Donoghue will attend our AGM on Thursday June 27th. Dept of Food & Agriculture will post out a form.

Marie Keating Foudation

Marie Keating Foudation will be hosting a free information service concerning cancer, diet and lifestyle and general health. Wednesday May 1st from 10am-1.30pm in Ballinamore library. Parents and guardians are welcome to bring their children.

Seán O’Heslin’s GAA

100 Year celebrations in the Park – 10 weeks to go: Plans are proceeding for the big week in June in the marquee in the Park. There will be a big music event on the Friday 27 June. There will be a number of well-known the star performers and details will be announced shortly. On Saturday 29 June we will be having the equivalent of previous years’ Harvest Festival only that it will be the biggest yet and it should probably called the Mid-Summer Festival as it will be occurring shortly after the longest day of summer. We will be asking all of those who hosted tables in previous years to help again.

Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn sa Heritage. Pota Óir €5,000.

Clothing appeal

United Christian Aid is once again appealing for clothes for families & orphanages in Moldova. Any kind of wearable clothing, men’s, women’s, children’s. Bed wear, nappies, soft toys. In need of Communion & Wedding Dresses. Collection will take place at O’Brien’s Sports Shop Ballinamore Saturday 4th May from 11am to 4pm only. For further information ring Lily O’Brien on 071 9644043.

Church News

Door Collectors – 27th / 28th April & 4th / 5th May: Claire Feely, Patricia Creamer, Gerard McGovern & Francis Maguire. Mass No Mass Wed. Mass in Aughnasheelin 9am. Altar Servers Group 2 – Sun 28th & Sat 4th May – Claire McLoughlin, Alannah Smyth & Laoise Moran King.

First Communion here next Sat 11am. We wish the children every blessing 50th Anniversary of the Church: Lourdes Pilgrimage from the diocese from Mon 27th May – Thurs 1st June. There are still places for those who travel as sick and these are subsidised. You should consider going.

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.

Film Hour in Ballinamore Library.

On Tuesday 30th April at 7.30pm as part of its season of films Ballinamore Library will show “Pride and Prejudice” This is a much loved film and should be of interest to both young and old. As 2013 is the bicentenary of the first publication of “Pride and Prejudice” the library has a number of copies of the book on display and available for loan. There is also a small exhibition on the life of Jane Austen on display; so why not go along to the film, have a browse through book and a look at the exhibition. Remember admission to the film is free and all are welcome.

Craft & Gift Fair

Sunday 5th May. Club OTO. Farnham Arms Hotel, Main Street ,Cavan. 11.00am- 6.00pm. Stand will include greeting cards, jewellery, knitted & crocheted items, candles, wood crafts, artwork, sewn items, Avon, Aloe Vera products and food items such as cakes, pastries, bread & chocolates. Free admittance!