Manorhamilton Community News

New Manor Show Chairman

New Manor Show Chairman

When the Manorhamilton Agricultural Show AGM took place recently in the Glens Centre, Liam Gilligan was elected Committee Chairperson for 2013 replacing outgoing Chairperson June Golden to whom many tributes were paid to for her outstanding work as the Show’s leading officer during her term at the helm.

The new Committee for 2013 is Chairperson Liam Gilligan, Vice-Chairperson June Golden, Secretary Sheila Gilligan, Assistant Secretary Mary Coyle, Treasurer Sarah Gilligan, Assistant Treasurer Fionnuala McLoughlin, PRO Arthur Bredin, Events Co-ordinator Linda Slevin.

John Mullin stepped down from the main steering Committee due to other commitments. He has agreed to stay on the Show Committee and continue to help on the Show Day.

The Committee thanks John for his continued support. Grateful appreciation on behalf of Manorhamilton Show was expressed at the meeting to all the Show’s generous sponsors whose support is vital for the running of the town’s most important event annually.

June Golden presented a comprehensive report to the AGM on last year’s Show in which she stated “at a recent meeting of the ISA (Irish Shows Association), David Myles secured the 2013 Qualifiers on behalf of (Manorhamilton) show.

“We are grateful to David for all his help over the years. In relation to incidents on the show day – the day went off without any incidents; this was due to the diligence of our Safety Officers and the assistance of Committee members who had been requested to be alert at all times due to the hazardous conditions.

“As you are aware attendance numbers were down on the Show Day; this was beyond our control and again thanks to all Committee members who braved the weather and organised traffic, tended to the gates and helped in all aspects to make the day run as smooth as possible – Thank you.

“Thanks to the Bee Park Community Centre for allowing us to use their facilities, hosting the Show Disco and providing security on the night. We are grateful to P.J. Leddy for his part in promoting and informing the public of our show.

“We appreciate Marie McGowan assistance with the school poster competition and also providing the Show office free gratis on upper Main Street.

“Thanks again to the local Macra na Feirme branch for their continued help and support; we wish Thomas Coyle and some of his fellow members best wishes on his travels.

“The 2012 Show Committee agreed to donate €500 to the North West Hospice” Ms. Golden stated in conclusion.

This year’s Manorhamilton Show takes place on Saturday, July 27 from 9am to 6pm in the Bee Park.

Farmers Market’s 8th birthday

The Manorhamilton Farmers Market is eight years trading this week in the Bee Park Community Centre car-park.

At its heart from the beginning have being two producers, Maureen Kelleher from Kilclare and Monica Edler. Maureen is well known for her many awards at Agricultural shows through the West and North West of the Country. She sells apple and orange juices, farm eggs, and home baking each week at Manor Farmers Market.

Monica Edler originally from Germany but living at Shanvaus, Manorhamilton keeps her own bees from which she makes and sells her own honey. Ms Elder has an online business in honey and honey products and offers bee keeping courses to people interested in getting into the business.

Fionnuala Kelm from Belleek is a traditional home baker of scones, apple tarts, and cakes, and located beside her each week at the Market are John and Vanessa Martin from Kesh in County Fermanagh with their extensive range of fruit and vegetables.

Trevor Irvine, Dromahair has been with the market from its early days with his range of Irish cheeses, and his neighbouring stall holder is farmer and fisherman from Bruckless, Co. Donegal, Enda McCallig, with his range of fresh fish.

The French bread shop in Tobergal Lane Sligo attendsManorhamilton Market on a weekly basis as well as a number of other markets with its unique brand of French bread and pastries.

Doris Hone is a home knitter and has a range of beautiful hand knits on display each week. Seamus Whoriskey from Letterkenny sells and repairs new and second hand bicycles each week and this is a unique and very welcome service to the town.

Rod Alston set up Eden Plants in Rossinver in the 1970’s and has managed to see many recessions since he started in business; he also offers a unique range of plants each week at the Market.

The Farmer’s Market asks more people in the area, particularly those working in Manorhamilton, to support the town’s weekly market. The next Farmers Market will be on this Friday from 10am to 2pm.

Fantasy League tie-breaker

When Manor’s Fantasy Football League concluded on Sunday there was a dramatic tie for the overall winner with Johnny Keaveney catching long time leader Luke McGinley who was in front right from the first round of National Football league games on which the candidates made forecasts for the Manor competition.

McGinley and Keaveney both finished on 28 points. Luke had 25 points before Sunday and after correcting forecasting wins for Derry, Kerry and Monaghan ended up with a final tally of 28.

Meanwhile Johnny, before Sunday, had 23 points but correctly forecast five winners – Derry, Down, Kerry, Monaghan and Armagh – to finish level with Luke with a score of 28 also.

The final result in the Fantasy competition will be arrived at when a tie breaker will be held in which McGinley and Keaveney will predict the results of the Allianz NFL Division One, Division Two, Division Three and Division Four finals.

After that the destination of the engraved 2013 Manor Fantasy League Waterford Crystal Trophy should be known. Or could there be another tie breaker required to decide the issue?

The following is the placing for the other eight Manor Fantasy contestants – third Seamus Feeney 27; fourth Martin McDermott 26; joint fifth John Gilligan and Padraig Keegan 25; seventh Cathal McCann 22; eighth Joe Connolly 21; ninth Jane Glancy Gallagher 19, tenth Phil Glancy 16.

Entries, costing €2 per person, are being taken currently for the All-Ireland. Fantasy football championship by Johnny Keaveney and Padraig Keegan. The closing date is Saturday, May 4.

Club Chluainín’s 15th anniversary

A display highlighting some of the achievements of Club Cluainín during the past 15 years commences in Manorhamilton Library on this Wednesday, April 10 and continues until Wednesday, April 24 during the Library’s opening hours.

Club Cluainín wishes to express its sincere thanks to all who have contributed to its success as a group over the past 15 years, especially its member’s families, the Leitrim Development Company for facilitating the Rural Lift transport and its drivers as well as the special programmes and support workers.

The Club’s gratitude is expressed to the Bee Park Community Centre and the North Leitrim Glens Centre for providing it with comfortable venues in which to meet as well as both venues friendly service and the HSE for financial assistance.

Membership of Club Cluainín is open to all persons aged 55 and over, while meetings take place on Tuesday mornings from 11.15am to 1.15pm. Tea and sandwiches are served to all attending. Rural transport is available on request as well as registration for it with the providers.

For further information on Club Cluainín contact Mae Kelly Chairperson, telephone 071-9855611; Kathleen Duffy Treasurer telephone 071-9855165 or Mary McFadden Secretary telephone 071-9855945.

Recent deaths

Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Mary Geaney Dundrum, Dublin and formerly of Main Street, Manorhamilton who died peacefully in the loving care of the Hazel Ward of St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, Dublin following a long illness on Wednesday, April 3. Mary’s Funeral Mass and Service took place in St. Clare’s Church, Manorhamilton on Friday afternoon, April 5 with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Sister Patricia, brothers Liam and David, loving family, so many great friends and neighbours; survive Mary.

Deepest sympathy is extended on his death to the family of Joe Rooney, Mautiagh, Glenaniff, Rossinver, which occurred suddenly in Camden Town, London. The removal of Joe’s remains took place from Ireland West Airport Knock on Friday evening, April 5 to St. Aidan’s Church, Ballaghameehan. His Funeral Mass and Service took place on Saturday morning April 6 in St. Aidan’s Church with burial afterwards in Rossinver Cemetery. Brothers Lal, Kildare, Sean, Carraroe, Sligo and Sister Margaret, Cootehill, Cavan, family, neighbours and many friends; survive Sean.

Deepest sympathy is extended on his sudden death to the family of Polish native Miroslaw Kosez, 19 Cluain Óir Manorhamilton. His Funeral Mass and Service took place in St. Clare’s Church on Monday, April 1st with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. The highly respected Miroslaw and his family have resided for many years in Manorhamilton where they have become fully involved in many social and community activities.

Fourth Annual Run

The fourth annual St. Clare’s Comprehensive School 10K Run/Walk, sponsored by SuperValu, will take place in Manorhamilton on Sunday, 21 April, at 12.30pm. The 10K will include chip-timing and the route is AAI measured. There will be a 4K Run/Walk for kids, music and fun activities, followed by refreshments in the Gym. Entry through or enter on the day 10am to 12 noon (€10, €5) in the School Gym. Visit for more information on the fourth annual St. Clare’s Comprehensive 10k Run/Walk.

Big Cup win for Manor Rangers

Manor Rangers produced a great second half performance to beat Cliffoney Celtic 6 – 2 in Sunday’s McSharry Foley Cup game in the Bee Park and will meet Carrick Town in an All-Leitrim Cup semi-final.

Few would have predicted the outcome of the second half given the 2 – 2 stalemate it was at halftime. Manor had a great start when Colin Callinan crossed for Daniel Skimmin to slide in at the near post and then Niall Clancy raced onto a long ball and hammered home goal No 2. Manor looked to be coasting.

But Cliffoney replied when Gilsenan lofted a ball to the Manor net following a corner. Then Mulgrew drove a great ball to the home side’s onion sack to make it 2 – 2.

Following that the North Sligo men went close to getting a third goal when they hid the post during this onslaught. Halftime provided Manor with a welcome break and gave manager Darren Hurd a chance to rally his team.

The vital third goal for Manor came from Daniel Skimmon after he was put through by Colin Callinan. Niall Clancy won a race with the Cliffoney ‘keeper and hit goal No 4 for Manor.

Now Manor had breathing space and Colin Callinan reacted quickest to nod the ball to the Cliffoney net following a long throw. Anto McDonald put in a great cross for Daniel Skimmon to score with a wonderful header and complete his hat trick past a bewildered Cliffoney ‘keeper.

Sub Aaron Hickey smashed goal No 6 to the net to complete Manor’s rout of Cliffoney. Well done to all who played against Cliffoney after helping out at Manor Rangers major fundraising event in the Bee Park Community Centre on the previous night.

The Manor Rangers team that defeated Cliffoney was Martin Cleary; Oisin Parkinson Coombs, Thomas McDonald, Alan Hickey, Paul Boylan; Paul Lonican, Daniel Skimmon, Gary Hickey, Niall Clancy; Anto McDonald, Colin Callinan. The subs were Aaron Hickey and Helder Oliveira.

Pilgrimage bus to Knock

A bus will travel to Knock Shrine from Manorhamilton on Saturday, April 20 for the Apostolate of Adoration’s national pilgrimage ceremonies.

The pilgrimage ceremonies will consist of talks, workshops, prayer, confessions, adoration, rosary, blessing of the sick, Eucharistic procession, children’s and young people’s activities, children’s adoration workshop and Mass celebrated by Archbishop Charles Brown the Papal Nuncio to Ireland.

The bus will leave from Bee Park Community Centre at 8.45am. For more information and to book a seat phone Padraig McKeon on 071-9855451 or Anna on 087- 7787917 (after 5.30pm).

Manorhamilton Library

Manor’s Library’s Easter activities were “Who kidnapped the Easter Bunny and “Guess the number of eggs in the jar.” The entries in the “Who kidnapped the Easter Bunny” competition were of a very high standard and the judge complimented all on their work. The winners were Aoibhe McGrath, Hannah White, Sarah McGagh, Aleksandra Zebrowska, and Jack O’Connell Aoibhin McHugh while the winner of “Guess number of the eggs in jar” was Aimee McGagh. Well done to all.

Children’s books are free to borrow and are loaned out for a month – call in anytime to the Library whose opening hours are 10am to 6pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 10am to 8pm Tuesday and Friday; closed for lunch 2pm to 3pm. The Saturday opening hours are 9.45am to 12noon and 12.30pm to 3.15pm. In Leitrim you can use any of the libraries in the county to borrow and return books once you’re a member.

Community Games swimming

There was a great turnout at the Manorhamilton Area Community Games Swimming finals that were held in the Sligo Regional Sports Centre on Friday evening. The Committee would like to thank all the children for taking part and making it such an enjoyable evening.

A special word of thanks is extended to all the volunteers and helpers, particularly Imelda and Trevor McDaid, Geraldine and John Hanley, Joe Giblin, John Foy, Andy Hamilton and to Sheila Ryan for ensuring that everything ran so smoothly.

Following a lapse of a couple of years the Manorhamilton Area will again be represented at the County Community games swimming finals later this month.

Pictures and updates from Friday night’s events are on the Manorhamilton Area Community Games Facebook page.

The county finals will be in the Aura Leisure Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday, April 21 – further details on same will be posted later. Manorhamilton Area will be hosting the Area athletics finals on Wednesday evening, May 1 - further details can be found on the Facebook page.

Charity Auto Jumble Sale

On Sunday, April 28 starting at 11am in the Bee Park Community Centre, Manorhamilton the North West Vintage and Heritage Club will promote an auto jumble sale and a car boot sale for two very worthy charities, namely the MS Therapy Centre at Ballytivnan and STOP Suicide. In conjunction with the sale a raffle is being run the draw for which takes place in the Bee Park Community Centre on Sunday, April 28.

The raffle for which tickets are currently on sale will be for the following prizes – 1st €300; 2nd €200; 3rd €100; €60 voucher from FBD; a hamper; a bottle of whiskey plus many more prizes as well. A book of tickets for the raffle costs €10. For further information contact Tommy 087-9489057 or Sean 086-4009070.

Cross-Border Spring Events

The Cross-Border spring programme of events for the communities of Rossinver and Garrison continues post Easter with Table Top Horticulture workshop on this Thursday, April 11 and Butter Making workshop on Thursday, April 18 in the Ballagh Centre in Rossinver from 11am to 1pm each day.

The Traditional Cures and Medicine workshop takes place on Wednesday, April 24 from 11am to 1pm in the Organic Centre in Rossinver. The Rossinver and Garrison Spring Programme of Events organisers hope you can join them for their final three workshops for the spring. The workshops and events have provided the opportunity for participants to try out some new activities and have fun.

To book your free place on any of the last three workshops please contact Crea Lambert on 087-2053111 or email (Please note places are limited).

Old Handbags & Bag Packing

If you have handbags to give away the North West Simon Community would love to have them for a Charity Sale in the Sligo’s Quayside Shopping Centre on Saturday, May 4. Anyone who donates a bag at any one of the 8 stores in the Quayside Shopping Centre is entered into a draw for a designer Guess bag sponsored by Allure in Sligo.

The Source Cookery Wine and Dine Night is back on Thursday, May 2 and this year everyone gets a goodie bag full of discounts etc., along with watching your meal being cooked – tickets €30 for full meal and wine – booking essential.

If you have an hour or two to spare for a bag pack in Tesco Sligo on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 please contact Mary McKeon North West Simon, Bee Park Community Centre Manorhamilton, phone 071-9855005.

Also North West Simon will have a bag pack in Dunne’s Stores, Cornmore, Sligo on Thursday, May 30, Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. North West Simon is ideally looking for groups/organisations to help with these two bag packs. If you belong to a women’s group this may interest you. Thanks is expressed by North West Simon for your support in the past, it really needs your help if you can help out in any way at any of the above events.

Wednesday Night Bingo

Manorhamilton’s second bingo session of the month will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Wednesday night, February 10 at 9pm. A good night’s entertainment is promised by the organisers.

Glenfarne Simon Collection

The North West Simon Community would like to sincerely thank all those who assisted and supported its recent church gate collection in Glenfarne. The total collected €137.98. The money raised goes towards preventing homelessness.

Guitar Lessons

There will be guitar lessons starting soon in the Newtownmanor Hall. There are limited places available. Anyone interested please contact Catherine on 087 2518011.