Ballinamore Community News

A night with a difference

A night with a difference

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ (where you the audience will vote for your favourite couple) for the 1st ‘LEITRIM Crystal’ Perpetual Trophy, also 2nd and 3rd prizewinners. ‘Musical Bingo’ starting at 9pm sharp followed by our dancers on Saturday, 6th April next at the Lough Allen Hotel & Spa, Drumshanbo. For tickets (€10) call Lough Allen Hotel, Tina 086 8171770 or Anna 086 1652549. All proceeds in aid of Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS) aiding women and children in Leitrim, Sligo & West Cavan.

Church Notes

Mass Mon 9am & 8am Tues - Fri. Confessions: for Easter next Sun 6.30pm with visiting priests. Next Sunday is Palm Sunday: Bring in your palms for blessing. Trócaire If possible put your Trocaire money in the envelope provided. If you wish, you may bring it in before Easter. Don’t leave it at the door if there are no collectors present. Collectors Sat 23rd & 24th Mar: Paddy McManus / Michael Dolan (W’field) / Tom Gannon / Walter Sharpley. Altar Servers for Sun 24th & Sat 30th Mar Group 3 – James Óg Maguire, Eoin Toolan & Ryan Donohoe. New Eucharistic Ministers – Training session in the Church in Killeshandra next Friday 22nd at 7.30pm. Fr Router will give it. There will be ministers from other parishes also. We congratulate the boys & girls who received Confirmation.

Church Gate Collection for the foreign Missions 23rd 24th March. Organised by the Apostolic Society, your support would be much appreciated. All monies collected goes directly to the Foreign Missions. Thank you all for your generous support now and in the past

4 Locks Cycling Club

The new cycling club, 4 Locks Cycling Club is going a bomb and is very well attended! The newly formed club have had three cycles so far. They meet on a Sunday morning at the courthouse Ballinamore at 9 a.m if you would like to join us.

Easter in the Library

Calling all children: Borrow a book. Your name goes in the hat. Draw for Easter egg will take place on Thursday 28th March at 5pm.

Seán O’Heslin’s

Seachtain na Gaeilge: Táimid í lár Seachtain na Gaeilge agus iarraimid ar gach duine úsáid a bhaint as do chuid Gaeilge i rith na Seachtaine seo. Beidh an Lotto as Gaeilge againn ar an Mháirt.

Indoor Hurling: Indoor Blitz in Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday 22nd March. National Schools hurling will commence in April with new Coach.

Lotto: Ar an Luan seo chugainn i Prior’s. Pota Óir €4,750. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: €40 Bríd Sullivan, Buidéal Gin ó David McCabe: Aodhán Mac Samhráin €40 an duine: Alannah Gunn, c/o Priors, Philip Cassidy, Lahard, Michelle Reynolds (on-line entry), Séamus Mac Murchaidh.

Membership: Club registration evenings in the Clubhouse on Wednesday and Thursday next from 6.30 to 7.30. If you have not paid your registration for 2013 please go on either of those days.

Youth Rally

Youth Rally in the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre Cullies (12-35yrs) on Saturday 23rd Of March 2.30pm-5.30pm with Special Guest All Ireland Dublin Footballer Ger Brennan. Consent form for under 18’s available in Parish and Clare Coyle Diocesan Youth Worker 086 3702641.

Scrap Metal Collection

Last chance to clear out and get rid of all your unwanted scrap metal, only 3 weeks left. There is a collection at Wisleys Car Wash on the Carrigallen road, in aid of Abbey Rovers Soccer Club, for the next few weeks only. The last collection helped greatly with the club’s running expenses. We would like to thank you for your support in the past and your continued support. No fridges, microwaves, TV’s or plastic, just metal please.

Millennium Choir Concert

You are invited to attend this annual treat in our beautiful St Patrick’s Church, Mohill on Thursday next 21st at 8.00pm. It features the Magnificent Millennium Choir and Orchestra led by Fintan Farrelly, Local Soloists, and St. Manchan’s Children’s Choir. Tickets at €12 and €10 concession are for sale in Baxter’s Supermarket or Pauls. Patrons can also pay on the night. For those who can’t attend at the Mohill venue, there will be a repeat performance in St. Mary’s Church Carrick-on-Shannon the following night 22nd. You just can’t afford to miss it.


Leitrim Closed Juvenile Badminton Championships will be held in Ballinamore Sports Complex on Sunday the 24th March next, starting at 10am. Closing date for entries is 22nd March. Competitions from U9 to U19, boys and girls, single and doubles. Final club training sessions for this and the Community Games is on Tues 7 to 9pm and Thurs 7 to 8.30pm. Any queries to PJ McLoughlin 0719644366 mob 0861762081.

The Sky at Night

If you are interested in astronomy or just simply fascinated by the night sky then Ballinamore Library is where you need to be on Tues 26th Mar at 8pm when Christophe Lombardi with Ben Quinn will give a talk on the sky at night. This March there is a comet, galaxies and a star cluster for us to enjoy in the night sky so come along and learn more about these astronomical beauties. As Patrick Moore said “Astronomy’s a fascinating subject. You look up….you can’t help getting interested and it’s there” Remember: Ballinamore Library: Tuesday 26th March at 8pm and ADMISSION IS FREE.

Ballinamore Women’s Group

A weekend trip to Letterkenny, staying in the Mount Errigal Hotel from the 17th to 19th of May is been organised by Ballinamore Women’s Group. Total cost which includes two bed & breakfast, one evening meal and a trip to Malin Head is €145. A deposit of €50 must be paid on or before the 3rd of April to book a place. Further enquirers to any member of the Women’s Group.

Crafty Ladies Carrigallen

Crafty Ladies will be meeting for coffee morning in the shop at Post Office in Carrigallen 22nd March 10am-12. Linda Pitt will be demonstrating cooking using a halogen cooker. All welcome!


STOP suicide is holding a Bowling tournament in kidzkingdom & Carrick-on-Shannon on Good Friday starting at 4pm we would like if as many people could support this worthy cause. We are looking for teams of 4 are €50 prizes are 1st €250, 2nd €100 please support this worthy cause call 071 9621605 for more info.

Bridge Club

The results of last Thursday, 14th of March, bridge are as follows: 1.Carrie Maroney & Maureen Dolphin, 2.Peggy Logan & Margaret Nellis, 3. Evelyn Smith & Marion Quinn, 4. Monica Sharply & Bernie Flynn. Bridge continues on Thursday 21st at 7pm. All players are welcome

Pilgrimage to Fatima 2013

The annual pilgrimage to Fatima takes place from the 1st August to the 8th August. 7 nights full board ensuite in the Tres Pastorinhos Hotel which is situated beside the sanctuary. Cost €739. Guided tours, bus from Ballinamore via Cavan to Dublin airport return cost approx €30, spiritual director: Fr Tom McManus PP., for details contact Mamie Flynn, phone 071 96 44148.

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.


Both semi-finals in the Ballinamore Knock Out competition were played last Friday night. McGirl’s had a narrow win over Freddie’s in a very exciting match played in Jackie’s by 5 games to 3. Shortt’s (A) just edged in against Jackie’s in the other semi-final played in McGirl’s by 5 games to 4. The final will be played next Friday night the 22nd of March in Fenagh between McGirl’s and Shortt’s (A) starting time 10.30pm.

Lough Rynn 10K Run

The 3rd Annual Lough Rynn 10K Run/walk takes place on Friday 29th March in the grounds of Lough Rynn Castle. To register go to . For more info email or call 071 9650498.