Manorhamilton Community News

County Champions 40th anniversary

County Champions 40th anniversary

The 40th anniversary of Glencar/Manorhamilton’s first ever victory in a Leitrim intermediate football championship final on September 9, 1973 in Páirc Seán MacDiarmada Carrick-on-Shannon will be celebrated in Manorhamilton in just over two months time on Sunday, June 2. On that day a Requiem Mass for all deceased Glencar/Manor members will be celebrated in St. Clare’s Church at 11.30am; a Leitrim GAA senior club game featuring Glencar/Manor will be played in the Bee Park at 2pm; a hurling game involving the local hurling Club, Cluainín Iomáint will take place afterwards at 3.30pm and a celebratory function honouring the 1973 Glencar/Manor intermediate team will get underway in the Bee Park Community Centre at 8pm. The celebratory function in the Bee Park Community Centre on June 2, 2013 will commence with a dinner at 8pm, a presentation ceremony immediately afterwards, followed by dancing.

All members of the of the 1973 Glencar/Manor intermediate team are please asked to let Johnny Keaveney (telephone 071-9855559) immediately if they and their wives or partners will be attending the events on June 2 in Manorhamilton. There will be a Glencar/Manor photo exhibition in the Bee Park Community Centre commencing at 7pm on Sunday, June 2. Glencar/Manor defeated St. Mary’s in the 1973 Leitrim intermediate football championship final by 1 – 9 to 1 – 6.

The 1973 Glencar/Manor Club Officers were Chairman Kevin McDonald R.I.P. Vice-Chairman Michael Friel, Secretary Johnny Keaveney, Assistant Secretary, Pat O’Callaghan and Treasurer Batty McCann R.I.P.

Recent deaths

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Patricia McNulty (née Curran), Lisinagroagh, Glenfarne who died peacefully on Saturday, March 16 in Sligo General Hospital in her 90th year. Patricia’s remains reposed at her home on Sunday evening, March 17 prior to their removal to St. Michael’s Church, Glenfarne. Her Funeral Mass and Service took place on Monday morning, March 18 in St. Michael’s Church with burial afterwards in St. Clare’s Cemetery, Manorhamilton. Predeceased by her late husband Eugene; daughters Lily, Eithne, Shelia, Rita and Nuala, son Dessie, daughter-in-law Jacinta, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her entire family circle, neighbours and friends, survive her.

Deepest sympathy is extended on his death, which occurred unexpectedly at his residence, to the family of Felix Treacy, Meenagh Kiltyclogher. His remains reposed at Our Lady’s Hospital Manorhamilton on Saturday, March 16 prio to their removal to St. Mary’s Church, Glenfarne. Felix’s Funeral Mass and Service took place in St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, March 17 with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Deepest sympathy is extended on his peaceful death on Monday, March 11 in Sligo General Hospital to the family of ex-postman, Tommy Bradley, Brackerybeg. His remains reposed in Our Lady’s Hospital on Tuesday evening March 12 prior to their removal to St. Clare’s Church. Tommy’s Funeral Mass and Service took place in St. Clare’s Church on Wednesday afternoon, March 13 with burial afterwards in Mullies Cemetery.

Help support ‘Cycle Against Suicide’

Catherine Gurn is seeking your help to provide accommodation for 50 “Cycle Against Suicide” cyclists and their support team who will be cycling around Ireland and will be in Manorhamilton overnight of Thursday, May 2 and morning of Friday, May 3.

The accommodation the cyclists will require in Manorhamilton in an evening meal on the Thursday and bed and breakfast until the following morning. There will be no fundraising involved. The website of the “Cycle against Suicide” organisation is

“Cycle Against Suicide” is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE’s The Secret Millionaire programme.

The main objective of the Cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide. The Cycle, which takes place from Monday, April 22nd to Sunday, May 5th 2013, creates a very tangible and practical opportunity for people who wan to support those who have been affected by suicide.

“Cycle against Suicide” state, “Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can break the Cycle of Suicide in Ireland.” If you can provide accommodation for any of the 50 Cycle Against Suicide cyclists or their support team May 2nd/3rd please contact Catherine Gurn 087-9115886 or While in Manorhamilton the cyclists will make a presentation to the students of St. Clare’s Comprehensive School.

Tractorcade raises over €3,000 for Hospice

The money raised from the very successful charity Tractorcade held on New Year’s Day by Manorhamilton IFA was presented to North West Hospice recently at a function in Heraghty’s Bar. In total €3,318 was raised and the number of tractors participating was 58, exceeding the number in last year’s inaugural event.

Speaking at the presentation, Manorhamilton IFA Chairman Kieran Fox paid tribute to the farmers from the area who took part. “Ultimately, the success of this event depends on them and on the wider community who contributed so generously” said Kieran. “I would also like to thank everyone who made the safe running of the event possible. Hi-Viz vests were sponsored by Killasnett Co-Op and Manorhamilton Mart and we really appreciate their support. Those who volunteer to act as stewards on the day are also vital to the safety of the event and I would like to thank them as well as the Gardai.”

“Tommy and Bernie Heraghty facilitated meetings to prepare for the run & they also hosted tonight’s presentation so many thanks to them. PJ Leddy helped us with publicity for the event so I would like to express our thanks to him and to Liam Malaniff for taking photographs on the day as well as to those who put up signs, those who sold sponsorship cards and all those who helped in any way.”

Accepting the proceeds on behalf of North West Hospice, Maeve Butler explained that the hospice provides assistance to 500 people with life-limiting illnesses each year. “Unfortunately every one of us will experience, either directly or indirectly, the need for the services that the hospice provides. The annual budget for the hospice is about €2 million and 50% of that comes from fundraising. I would like to thank Manorhamilton IFA for choosing us as the beneficiaries of this year’s Tractorcade and to thank all those who donated to it.”

County Leitrim IFA Chairperson Pat Gilhooley complimented the organising committee Kieran Fox, Liam Gilligan, Enda Fox, Pat Munday, Eugene Fox, Charlie Cullen, Liam Gallagher and Tommy Heraghty for putting on the event.

Gathering postcards

2013 is the year of The Gathering. Irish people living away are encouraged to come home in 2013. Leitrim County Library has made six lovely post cards for the event. There is one of Manorhamilton “ Past and Present”. The postcard shows the Main Street at the turn of the centaury and as it is today. The card is available from Manorhamilton Library. Why not send one today?

Free Basic Computer Course

Would you like to learn a new skill? Are you working full or part-time? Free basic computer course starting soon. Learn to print letters, make posters, signs, send emails, use the internet, skype, etc. 3 hours a week for 12 weeks in Carrick. Ring Margaret on 087-7908127.

Tidy Towns AGM Change

The AGM of Manorhamilton Tidy Town’s Association, which was scheduled to take place on this Thursday night, March 21 at 8.30pm in the Bee Park Community Centre, will not now go ahead go ahead on Thursday night. Instead the AGM will now take place on Monday night, March 25 in the Bee Park Community Centre at 8.30pm. The Association

would urge all local residents and business people to attend meeting; it’s your town.

Club Chluainín Meeting

The next Club Chluainín weekly meeting takes place on Tuesday morning, March 26 in the North Leitrim Glen Centre from 11.15am to 1.15pm.

The Club organisers Mae, Kathleen and Mary are looking forward to seeing all members all members in attendance. New members are always welcome; just drop in any Tuesday morning between around 11.15am and see what Club Chluainín is about

– and there is no pressure to join. Rural Lift busses will pick-up members as usual for Tuesday’s meeting and members not travelling should call their bus driver. The contact telephone numbers of

the Club Chluainín organisers are Mae Kelly 071-9855611, Kathleen Duffy 071-9855156 and Mary McFadden 071-9855949.

Tennis Registration Night

Manorhamilton Community Tennis Club is holding a Registration Night on Monday, March 25 in the Bee Park Community Centre from 7pm onwards. Old and new members are very welcome to come along for a chat, and anyone interested in coaching for beginners/improvers, Cardio tennis and children’s tennis will be very welcome.

Information will be available on the night about the Club, etc. Now that the evenings are getting bright, it’s a great way to get fit and have fun. Annual membership is also due at this time and all who pay their membership on the night, Monday, March 25 or before Monday, April1 5 will be eligible for entry to a draw for €100.

Easter Cake Sale

An Easter cake sale for a worthy cause will take place in The Depot, Dromahair on Sunday, March 31 from 12noon to 2pm. You are invited to come along and get yourself an Easter Treat from such goodies as Easter Cakes, Cup Cakes, Tarts, etc. Your support would be very much appreciated by the organisers.

If you would like to donate baked items and items for Prizes, they can be dropped into the Depot from 10am on the morning of Cake Sale. During the Cake Sale event on Easter Sunday there also will be a draw for numerous prizes.

Dromahair Schools Easter Events

Pre-School children are invited paint in the Dromahair Easter poster competition and posters are currently available in local shops for the event. There is also a junior, senior as well as 1st and 2nd classes “Paint the egg” competition. (Please ensure egg is hard boiled prior to decorating.) For 3rd, 4th, 5th

and 6th classes the competition is “Create an Easter Bonnet and wear it on the day.” One entry per child is allowed in the competitions. The proceeds of the competitions will be for the Upkeep of the 4 AED units – Dromahair, Ballinagar,

Newtownmanor, and Kilcoosey.

Leitrim Fleadh Deadlines

Would all intending competitors for Grúpaí Cheoil, céilí bands, duets, trios, singers and dancers please note the closing date for Fleadh Cheoil Liatroma in Ballinamore on April Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th is fast approaching.

The closing date for entries is March 25th (Holy Thursday). Please call or text Maura Murphy, County Secretary Leitrim Comhaltas on 087-2992449 for entry forms or download forms on http/ and forward them to Maura Murphy, County Secretary Leitrim Comhaltas The Snug, Leitrim Village or to Lorraine Sweeney, County Fleadh Secretary, Ballintogher, County Sligo. It is vital to have all entries in by the closing date and Comhaltas would much appreciate all competitors co-operation in doing so.

Library Easter Events

As part of its Easter programme of events Manorhamilton Library is promoting some interesting activities for everyone to participate in. The guess how many eggs are in the jar competition is an interesting challenge. A whole jar of chocolate eggs could be yours if you can guess how many

eggs the jar in the library holds. Drop in to the library and give your guess to any of the library staff.

The official count to reveal the correct answer will take place at 5pm on Thursday 28 March in Manorhamilton Library. All hopefuls please attend to see if your guess was the correct one. Have fun and good luck guessing! Another interesting activity taking place in the Library is the “Who kidnapped the Easter Bunny?” competition. For participants detective work will be keeping you

entertained this Easter. You have to decide who kidnapped the Easter bunny and why? Could it be the big bad wolf as he fancies some tasty chocolate eggs to eat? Pick up an entry form in the Library and you have until Thursday 21 March to

get your entries in. The best solution will win an Easter egg for her or his insights.

Ballinagar Gospel Concert

All roads will lead to St. Mary’s Church Killenummery (Ballinagar) Dromahair on this Palm Sunday evening, March 24 where the highly regarded Gospel Choir from Virginia Co. Cavan will be singing.

The Virginian Gospel Choir will put on a wonderful concert in St. Mary’s Church Killenummery on Palm Sunday evening at 7pm sharp and all the proceeds will go directly to the Hospice in Sligo.

Irish Conversation Group

An Irish conversation group (Ciorcal comhrá) is starting up in Manorhamilton library this week.

Whether you are a fluent Irish speaker or have just the ‘Cúpla Focal,’ this is a friendly and stress-free way of speaking the Irish language. All are welcome to come along on this Friday night, March 8 at 7pm.

Beidh an ciorcal comhrá oiriúnach do dhaoine ag gach leibhéal cumais. Seo deis iontach do dhaoine feabhas a chur a gcuid Gaeilge labhartha in atmaisféar neamhfhoirmeálta gan strus, gan bhrú agus bualadh le cairde nua ag an am ceanna.

Ionad: Manorhamilton Library – Am: Friday March 8 at 7pm. Contact Manorhamilton Library for more information on 071-9856180.

Manor’s 4k & 10k Fun Races

The fourth annual St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton 4k and 10k fun Run and Walk will take place on Sunday April 21 at 12.30pm.

Registration forms can be downloaded from and returned to the school or you can register on Also on the morning of the run registration is open from 10am to 12 p.m. The registration fees are €10 (10k) and €5 (4k). There are a number of prizes

in various categories of the Fun Runs and Walks. There will be refreshments in the St. Clare’s Comprehensive School Gym after the run.

HSE Stop Smoking Plan

Anyone who wishes to stop smoking can contact the HSE’s smoking cessation team on 1850-200-687 for information or an appointment

Rape Crisis Centre

Sligo Rape Crisis Centre, which provides services for Manorhamilton and the North Leitrim area, would like to let anyone know who is experiencing difficulties in their lives because of sexual violence, recently or in the past that help is available to

deal with the problems. The Sligo Rape Crisis Centre provides counselling and support for victims of

sexual violence and to contact the Centre the Freephone number is 1800-750-780.

Third Bingo

Manorhamilton’s third bingo session of the month will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Wednesday night, March 20 at 9pm. A good night’s entertainment is promised by the organisers, as well great chances to win all of the

prizes on offer.

Farmers Market

The fourth Manorhamilton Origin Farmers Market of the month takes place on this Friday, March 22 between 10am and 2pm in the Bee Park Community Centre car park.

A.I.S.S.T. Workshops

An A.I.S.S.T. two day workshop on suicide prevention will take place in Manorhamilton on Wednesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 18. For further

information phone 071-9135061.

Largy NS Enrolment

Parents/Guardians wishing to enrol a child in Junior Infants in Largy NS in September 2013should make an application for enrolment at this time. The application form is available from the school and must be returned by Saturday, April 13. You can call at the school or telephone 071-9856138, to request an application form.

Ladies Monster Bingo

The Leitrim Ladies GAA County Board are running a Monster Bingo Fundraiser in Landmark in Carrick-on-Shannon on Good Friday, March 29 at 8.30pm.

The Jackpot prize is €1,000. For further info you can contact Mary Coyle on 086-1505703.