Ballinamore Community News

Senior Citizens Committee A.G.M.

Senior Citizens Committee A.G.M.

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


The last competition in the Ballinamore Dart League for this season takes place next Friday night the 19th of April, it’s for all under 25 year olds in the League, it is hoped a good crowd of younger players turn up for the competition, starting time is 10.30pm and the venue is Ossie’s.

Table Quiz

Seamus Wrynn Cumann Annual Trath na gCeist in McGirl’s this Friday night at 9pm. Table of 4 €20. Please support.

Church Gate Collection

M.S. Leitrim Branch Church Gate Collection will be held next weekend 20/21st April. Your generosity would be much appreciated.

Mobile Cinema

The Mobile Cinema is coming to Templeport GAA Grounds, Bawnboy. Friday, April 19th at 7.30pm. ‘The Runway’ The citizens of Ireland’s County Cork come to the aid of a South American pilot who has crash landed in their town. Stars: Demián Bichir, Kerry Condon, James Cosmo. Primary School €3.00 / Post Primary & Adults €5.00

Active Age Group

Ballinamore Active Age Group are holding their next meeting in Trathnona on Thursday, April 18th at 3pm. A beautician will attend. 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 Donohue will attend our AGM on Thursday, June 27th. Dept of Food & Agriculture will post out a form.

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.

FETAC certification

Are you out of work due to accident, illness or disability? Do you need to re-train to re-enter the workforce and gain FETAC certification? Information Technology by Distance Learning is a blended learning programme combining home based and in-centre training. Please telephone Mary at National Learning Network on 049 4377038 or email

Millrace Drama Group

The multi award-winning production by Millrace Drama Group of Trad by Mark Doherty is being performed in the Cornmill Theatre in Carrigallen on Sat 20 and Sunday 21st April ahead of their participation in the All Ireland Finals in Rossmore, Co Cork on Fri 26th April. Show starts at 8:30pm tickets available on the door.

Ballinamore Bridge Club

Results for 11th April: 1st Mary McTiernan and Mary Flynn. Joint second Marian Quinn and Sean Creamer. Monica Sharpley and Bernie Flynn. 4th Carrie Maroney and Maureen Dolphin. Bridge continues on Thursday 18th at 7pm. Final night of bridge takes place on 25th April.

Ballinamore Tidy Towns

We had a great Annual Spring Clean, a big turn out, lots of litter picked, painting and bridge cleaning. Thank you to everyone who helped on the day, also to Michael of Super Valu for providing refreshments afterwards. Our AGM will take place on Thursday 25 April in Smyths Siopa Ol at 8.30pm. Please come along.

Church News

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 First Holy Communion takes place on Sat 27th April at 11.00am. The collection for the Diocesan Vocation and Support Services will be taken up next weekend. You have an envelope for it. It pays costs for youth services, marriage preparation and counselling and various diocesan activities, also primary schools office, a part time accountant etc. St Patrick’s Day offertory Collection in aid of Kilmore Missions €1,630. Thank you.

Daffodil Day

Many many thanks to everyone who contributed to our collection, a special thanks to the collectors (over 2 days) and the businesses who allowed us to collect around their premises and everyone who helped in any way. The collection amounted to €3,967.

Plastic Collection

There will be a collection of waste silage plastic Beirne’s Filling Station, Ballinamore on Saturday April 20th between 9am and 3pm. For further information: contact FRS Network Ph: 071 9662781,086 2521699.

Senior Help Line

Senior Help Line is a national confidential telephone listening service for older people provided by trained older volunteers for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, LoCall 1850 440 444. Would you be interested in taking part in a walking tour of the Camino de Santiago to raise funds for this valuable Third Age service. If so contact Neil at or 083 4260081.

Pastoral Council Youth Officers

Youth Officers should now be elected onto Parish Pastoral Councils and names given to Clare Coyle Diocesan Youth Officer 0494375004.

Pilgrimage to Knock

All Parishioners are invited to a special Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine on Saturday 20th April. There is a full programme organised for Adults; Teenagers; Children and all the programmes are running separately on the day. The programmes begin at 10.45am and finish with Mass, blessing of the sick, Eucharistic Procession and Benediction at 3pm. Archbishop Brown, our Apostolic Nuncio, will be the main celebrant. Children’s Adoration for Ireland will be launched also.

Notice of Public Meeting

Members of the public and interested parties are invited to attend a public meeting in relation to the review of the County Development Plan 2009 – 2015 and preparation of a new County Development Plan 2015 - 2021 as follows; Manorhamilton in Bee Park Centre on Thursday 18th April 2013 at 6.30pm. Carrick on Shannon in the Bush Hotel on Tuesday 23rd April at 6.30pm. Your pre draft plan views/submissions will be taken into consideration in the making of the new Plan. Full details are available on the Council’s website at

Seán O’Heslin’s GAA

Lotto: Ar an Luan seo chugainn sa Commercial. Pota Óir €4,950. Referees: The Co Board are looking for new referees. Anyone interested in taking up refereeing, beginning with underage games? This is open to anyone over 18, men or women. Training is provided and expenses are paid. Contact club officers.

A Night of Fashion

Tesco Ballinamore & Cara Pharmacy present “A Night of Fashion” in Freddie’s Nightclub, Ballinamore on 20th April in aid of AWARE. A wine reception will be held at 7.30pm prior to the show commencing at 8pm sharp. Tickets cost €8 per adult & €2 per child. Guests will be treated to a goody bag on the night courtesy of Cara Pharmacy. Entertainment on the night by DJ Eamon & a raffle will be held with fantastic spot prizes to be won on the night also. We hope you will join us for what promises to be an excellent night of fashion & entertainment.

Clothes 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 2013. From 11am to 4pm only. For further information ring Lily O’Brien on 071 9644043.

Ballinamore Women’s Group

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.

Athletic Club

Training continues Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00.p.m.with new members always welcome.

Employer Based Training

Are you out of work due to accident, illness or injury? Do you need to re-train to re-enter the workforce and gain FAS certification? Employer Based Training Programme or “EBT” is a 12 month-funded programme which can help you improve your skills and secure employment. A training allowance is paid and in most cases, State benefits are retained. Informal enquiries to Noel Beirne (EBT Co-ordinator) 071-96-50693 or 086-2481383.

Attention all ladies

Ladies, would you be willing to take part in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon on June 3rd to fundraise for St. Joseph’s Special Outreach Class, Mohill. All monies raised will go towards the ongoing running costs of this class which provides education to young people with special needs. If so, please contact the school on 071-9142453 or All support greatly appreciated!