Ballinamore Community News

Aughawillan Drama Troupe Double Bill!

Aughawillan Drama Troupe Double Bill!

Aughawillan Drama Troupe present the first of two renowned Jimmy Keary comedies in Aughawillan Community Centre this weekend, Thursday 31st, Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday, 3rd February, starting at 8.30pm. The Maiden Aunt is hilarious farce which has entertained audiences throughout the country and the Aughawillan Troupe, under the direction of Tommy Moran bring their special brand of comedy to the stage. Admission is €10 and doors open at 8pm.

The second part of the double bill Love Thy Neighbour is also a hughly entertaining comedy and will be presented on Thursday 14th, Friday 15th Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February again with curtain up at 8.30pm in Aughawillan Community Centre. Come early and avoid disappointment.

Enterprise Centre classes

The following classes will run in Ballinamore Enterprise Centre subject to numbers: Folk Art, Skype, Computers for Beginners. If interested please ring 071 9644881.

Ballinamore Area Senior Citizens Party

The Senior Citizens of the area enjoyed their annual Christmas Party on December 2nd. The committee would like to thank all who contributed so generously to make the party such a successful event: Leitrim Development Company; St Vincent de Paul; Dr Sean Bourke; Ballinamore Credit Union; Valspar; Super Valu; Martin’s Coaches; Toolan’s solicitors; 13 Rosóg; 15 Rosóg; Aughnasheelin G.A.A.; Smith’s Monumentals; Frank & Ita Flynn; Gay Prior; Thomas McHugh; Ceannabó Confectionery; Allure Hair and Beauty Salon; Margaret Deane Hair Affair; Pyramid Bookies; McDevitt’s Pharmacy; Willie McWeeney; Noreen Flynn hairdressers; Reilly concrete products; Tish Dunleavy; Brian & Teresa Kennedy; Anna Mae & Charlie Kelly; Breffni Oils; Eamonn & Noleen Smyth; Duignan’s Drapery; Tesco Stores; Frank & Rosleen McGovern; Philip Murphy; Brian McIntyre XL Stores; Pretty Woman Beauty Salon; Frank Feighan TD; John & Winnie McNamee; Michael James & Margaret Creamer; Sean & Kathleen Creamer; Herbie Cosgrove; Scollan’s Butchers; Convent of Mercy sisters; Whitney sisters; Vincent Gallogly; Mary & Kathleen Bohan; Tommy & Carmel Meehan; Lily McGovern; Molly Creamer; Dermot & June Cribben; Alice McHugh; Mary Murray; Paul & Bernie McLoughlin; Gordon Hughes; Mr & Mrs Owen Doonan; Tommy & Mary Cassidy; McGovern sisters; Lena McGovern; Martin’s Post Office; Andy & Geraldine O’Rourke; Mrs Nora Quinn; Karen McNulty; KM Cleaners.

The committee extends a sincere word of thanks to the staff of the Commercial Hotel and to all who helped out in every way on the day. We would also like to thank the musicians and singers for their excellent entertainment. Finally a special thanks to the staff and editor of the Leitrim Observer and photographer Willie Donnellan for their help and co-operation during the year. Wishing you all the best for 2013.

Spring Performance for worthy causes!

The Co. Leitrim ‘Sweet Spirit Country & Gospel Choir’ based in Mohill and under the musical direction of Tish Dunleavy will be staging their show in the Cornmill Theatre,

Carrigallen on Friday night 12th April 2013 at 8.30pm. Proceeds from this show will be donated to two very deserving organisations - Leitrim Multiple Sclerosis and Leitrim based ‘Stop Suicide’.

The Choir, which has members from Leitrim, Cavan, Roscommon and Longford, performed in the Dock Theatre in Carrick On Shannon on December 1st to great acclaim and the feedback was very positive. It was unfortunate that so many people were disappointed they couldn’t get tickets for the show. However, this is a great chance to (a) support two great organisations and (b) hear this wonderful, joyous, fun and friendly choir performing some well known songs such as ‘Swing low, the chariots a comin’, ‘Something inside so strong’, ‘Mr. Bojangles’, ‘Let it be’, ‘Lean on me’ ‘Seven Spanish Angels’ and some great Charlie Pride and Seekers material.

Keep Friday 12th April 2013 free to come along and support these great organisations while at the same time enjoying this great singing group. More about this later!


The Francis McGirl Memorial Cup Competition resumed last Friday night with wins for McGirl’s over Jackie’s, Fenagh over Shortt’s (B), and Ossies over Shortt’s (A).

The points table is as follows:

McGirl’s 74 pts

Fenagh 72 pts

Shortt’s (A) 66 pts

Jackie’s 57 pts

Freddie’s 55 pts

Shortt’s (B) 55 pts

Ossies 53 pts

Important meeting

Important meeting for all concerned tourist, business owners about the future of Ballinamore. Calling everyone who is interested in the future of Ballinamore. Whether you are in general business, in tourism or you are a concerned resident. Please come along to meeting in Smyth’s on Monday Feb 4th at 9pm.

Lecture on Killegar Papers

Leitrim County Library, Ballinamore, will host a lecture entitled ‘The Killegar Archive: a Leitrim treasure’ on Wednesday, 30 January at 7.30 pm. The speaker will be Martin Morris, an archivist who worked on the papers. The Killegar Archive, consisting of papers of the Morgan and Godley families of Killegar, Carrigallen, is on loan to Leitrim County Library from the Killegar Estate. The collection is a unique window into the lives of members of the families for about three hundred years from before the purchase of the estate by Richard Morgan in 1734 to close to the death of his descendant Lord Kilbracken in 2006. Most of the archives concern the Godley family, with the bulk being the papers of Lord Kilbracken, who led a long and remarkable life. The collection is also an important resource for local historians. The lecture will explore the papers and what they tell us about the people who created them. Admission to this Lecture is free and everyone is welcome.


The Chiropodist will attend in Templeport Resource Centre on this Wednesday, 30th January from 11am.

Computer class

A FETAC Level 4 Computer Class for Beginners to Intermediate will start soon in the Ballinamore Enterprise Centre, Willowfield Road. If interested please contact Fiona Neenan at 071 9620024 Ext 205. This course is FREE and will run subject to numbers.

Drama Festival meeting

Committee Meeting on Thursday 31st Jan at 9pm in Lá Nua in preparation for upcoming Festival which will run from Friday 1st to Sunday 10th March 2013.

Library News

Want to get fit after the Festive Season? Then why not call into the Library and see the extensive range of books available there on Keeping Fit and Healthy Living. Books can be borrowed for a period of four weeks at a nominal fee of 30c each. Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 5.30pmTuesday and Thursday 10am to 1.30pm and 2.30pm to 8pm. Saturday 10am to 5pm.

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.

Get Fit Sessions

The following Get Fit sessions are starting in Ballinamore SOH GAA Gym. A Men’s session on a Wed at 8.30pm. An Active age session on a Wed at 11am. Ladies classes on a Wed at 6.30pm and 7.30pm and Tues at 11am. For more information contact Michelle on 087-9390980.

Seán O’Heslin’s

Bingo - €1,200 to be won in our Bingo every Tuesday night at 8.30. Have a very enjoyable night and win some money in the process. At least 33 persons, or one in every four, win something every night with a top prize to take away of €300.

FIFA Playstation and x-box Tournament - All play station and x-box experts will be interested in the inaugural Leitrim FIFA 2013 Tournament which will be held in the

clubrooms on Saturday 9 February at 4.00pm. Competitions for Under 10, Under 14 and Adults. Entries are €5 each for under 10 and €10 for the other categories. Buy backs

€5.Cash prizes and trophies. Places will be limited so text Patsy Connaughton at 087-6846578 to enter.

Lotto - Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn sa Commercial. Pota Óir €4,350. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: €40:Walter Sharpley, Aughayowla. Buidéal

uisce beatha ó Bobby Joe’s: John O’Hara, Kilrush. €40 an duine: Martina Shanley, Robeen, Hollymount, Co Mayo, Sean McKeon, High St, Michael Maye, Station Rd, Swinford, Co Mayo, Shane Creamer, Lahard.

Ballinamore Badminton Club

Adult Players - Play is on after the children ie from 9 to 10pm Tuesday and Thursday nights. Please make every effort to come as satisfaction/enjoyment is much better when you get a few good even matches. P.J. McLoughlin 071-9644366.

Films in the library

Ballinamore Library is now hosting a film evening for adults and a film afternoon for children. The adults 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.

Church Notes

Collectors Sat 8th & 9th Feb - PJ Duignan, Michael Gillen, Seamus McTeigue, Eugene Maxwell. Reminder: As already indicated, there will be no more bookings of the church for weddings on a Sunday. If a couple have their own priest it will be fine.

Ballinamore Bridge Club

The Bridge will resume on Thursday 31st January at 7pm in the Commercial Hotel.

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, Drumreilly.

Monaghan Charismatic Prayer Group

Conference weekend. Starts Friday Feb 8th at 7pm to Sunday, February 10th end 4.30pm in the 4 Seasons Hotel Monaghan. Speakers : Fr John Keane & Ros Powell - Theme; “Faith comes from hearing the message through the word.” Romans: 10 – 17. All welcome.

Third level courses

South West College (Cookstown, Dungannon, Enniskillen & Omagh): now enrolling for Jan/ Feb 2013 short courses. 40% OFF tuition fees on all courses. For more info tel 0845 603 1881 or visit

Craft courses

Introduction to Patchwork (Crafts) 4 week course. Card Making Craft course. Introduction to Internet Safety for parents- All courses will run subject to numbers enrolling and will be held on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm. To enrol contact Jenny on 087 7037636 before Monday, 4th February.