4th April 2012

Spraoí Weekend Entertainment
a weekend of fulfilled activities, events, pranks and music for all the family.
A big thank you to the Committee for their hard work in producing such a amazing and fantastic array of activities and entertainment, the committee are: Ciaran Smyth (chairman), Alison Gray (Secretary), Delcan Cumiskey (treasure), ackie McTague (P.R.O.) & Derek Wrynne (events co-ordinator).
Here are just some of the highlights:
Piglet Hurdle Race Meeting
The Pig’s Ball
Fool’s Raft Challenge
Lovely Girl’s Pageant & Fancy Dress Hooley
Little Fool’s Disco
School Around the Corner
Three Club Golf Open
Boxty Eating Challenge
Crazy Football Competition for kids
Conor Lambert Puppet Show
Barge Handling
Angling Competition
Water Sports
Tug of War – Across Canal
Live Music on the Gig Rig
a special treat for all the movie lovers, the much acclaimed movie ‘The Muppets’ (G) which will suit all ages, the movie lasts for 1hour and 49 minutes and will be showing in the Cinema North West Mobile Cinema in the Square Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Phone Colin on 086 7787938

Church News
Mass Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 8am. First Friday calls on Wednesday Confessions this Sunday 7pm with 9 or 10 priests present. Confessions in the confession box holy Saturday 2.30pm to 3.30pm. Holy Week Ceremonies. Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper 8pm. Vigil in the church 10pm – 11pm
Good Friday: Stations of the Cross in the graveyard 12noon 3pm ceremonies – Passion of the Lord
9pm Holy Saturday – Celebration of the Resurrection
Trocaire: Bring in you Trocaire contribution on Thurs evening. Please don’t bring in coins – change it into notes. Will two of the collectors for the week accept it at the door of the church & bring it up in the offertory collection.
Collectors for Holy Sat & Easter Sun: Noel Dolan, Jamesie Maguire, Louis Quinn, Seamus McGrath. Note: We will need a rehearsal before some of the ceremonies.
Rehearsal for Good Friday – Girls 7.30pm Wednesday
Rehearsal for Holy Thursday 8pm Wed for ‘services’ procession
A meeting of Ballinamore women’s group takes place on Wednesday April 4th at 8.30. Balance of monies due (€25) for outing on April 21st will be collected at meeting. all members asked to attend.
Ballinamore Monthly Whist Drive in the Community Centre will be on Thursday April 5th 9pm, all welcome.

S.N. BHRID NAOFA – Enrolment for Junior Infants will take place in the junior infant classroom on Tuesday 17th April between 2.00 p.m. and 2.40 p.m. If you are unable to make it that day please phone the school (Ph. No. 071 9644952) and we will arrange for forms to be posted out.
Town Twinning A group of 22 visitors from our twin town Plouezec led by their Mayor, Jacques Mangold will spend Easter in Ballinamore. Sincere thanks to all who agreed to host them. The group are looking forward to socialising and touring the area and we are sure they will receive the customary warm welcome we are famous for!. It would be nice if homes and businesses in the town displayed any flags or bunting they may have from past visits. On Easter Monday there will be a short ceremony in the square beside St Felim’s to mark the 15th anniversary of our twinning. This will be followed by dinner which will be attended by our visitors and their hosts.
SOSAD: 24 hour emergency support for anyone affected by suicide or depression on 049 4326339 and 042 9668992. Also free bereavement support and counselling available at Cavan office 3 Tower Hamlets (beside Garda Station), and Kingscourt office at St Anthony’s Lower Main Street.

ATHLETIC CLUB
Training is suspended for the next two weeks and will resume at 7 00 p.m. on Tuesday April 16th. There will be road races in Ballinamore on Sunday April 22nd.

Lollipop Kids – Ballinamore Childcare, would like to thank everyone who took part and raised money for our recent National Pyjama Day. The event took place on 23rd March and was in aid of The National Hospice Foundation – Children’s Hospice. We raised a grand total of €275.
Tax Reclaim If you are a PAYE worker and have paid over €250 in weekly/dues contributions for 2011 the Parish can reclaim tax relief on your contributions but this does not affect your own personal tax liability. Would any parishioner who did not receive a tax reclaim form and they are a PAYE worker, please ask Fr. Heerey for a form. Would all others who received CHY2 Forms please ensure that they are signed and returned to Fr. Heerey before end of March.

SOLAS Art Gallery
Different Perspectives’ by John Gunning and ’50′ by Louis McLoughlin at the Solas Gallery Ballinamore tomorrow night (Friday Mar 30th) at 7.30pm. As usual refreshments will be served. Hope you can make it along on the night but if not be sure to drop in to see the work of both these very talented artists before the exhibition closes on April 21st.

BALLINAMORE TIDY TOWNS. Our annual Spring Clean will take place on Good Friday. Could all volunteers be in the SuperValu car park at 11am. Refreshments will be served after the town clean up. SuperValu are the National Tidy Town Sponsors. If you know an area or roadside that is very littered, let us know. We will help to organise a clean up with the help of the people who live there, so that this can become a yearly tidy up. April is the National Spring Clean month for An Taisce in Ireland. Many hands make light work. Our AGM will take place on wednesday 11 April at 9pm in Smyths Siopa ol. Could each organisation arrange for one person to attend. The Tidy Towns judging starts at the end of May. A big thank you to everybody who is out painting their houses, garden walls and fences.

A Charity Bridge Competition will be held in The Bush Hotel Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday the 6th April at 6pm. All Bridge players welcome, including novices. Admission (including supper) is €15.”

Aqua Aerobics and Swimming lessons held at Riversdale Ballinamore.
Monday Nights: Adult Swimming Lesson @ 7-30pm Starting Monday 16th April
Aqua Aerobics @ 8-15pm No swimming skills required, It is exercise to music
Thursday evening Children Swimming Lessons @ 6pm – 8pm. starting 19th April
Booking night for the above classes is Friday 13th April at 8pm at Riversdale Ballinamore.
Many thanks for your kind help Helen O Hara 049-4335084 049-4335084

Ballinamore PPS Student’s to Trek Kilimanjaro for Charity
A group of Students and teachers from Ballinamore PPS are undertaking a fundraising campaign for the National charity, Crumlin Children’s Hospital and The North West Hospice. They intend to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa in December this year with a group called the Kilimanjaro Achievers. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and stands at 5,895m tall. This is both a physical and mental task and will indeed need much fundraising. The students and their teachers will be fundraising in local shops and in the local area in the forthcoming weeks and months and all support will be greatly appreciated. Their first fundraising activity will take place in Tesco Ballinamore on Easter Saturday 7th of April. There will be light entertainment on the day as well as some fun events not to mention bag packing and shopping carrying ! Come along and show your support for two very worthy charities! You never know you could go home with an Easter Egg!

Ballinamore Pool League 2012
The Pool League is getting under way on Fri 13th April, and the closing date for entry is Fri 6th April because a set of fixtures need to drawn and distributed as soon as possible, we are returning to the Home/Away basis with the top four teams qualifying for the Semi’s, a set of rules are being finalized and will be handed round this week, also we are bringing back selling Pool cards to help raise the Prize money fund. So get practicing folks.
Church of Ireland
The 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.

Call to Community & Voluntary Groups for Expression of Interest in the Tús Programme
The Tús Programme is a community work placement scheme which provides one year work placement opportunities for unemployed people. These work opportunities will be within the community sector. TUS allows Community Groups and Voluntary Organisations in Leitrim to avail of a part time worker to carry out tasks, actions or projects on their behalf and in their community. If your Community Group or Voluntary Organisation is interested in the programme, contact Leitrim Development Company for an Expression of Interest form. Closing date for receipt of completed Expression of Interest Forms Is Monday, 16th April 2012 For further information call (071) 9641770 or email info@ldco.ie
TÚS PROGRAMME
New opportunities for communities and voluntary groups and people who are unemployed
Leitrim Development Company will soon commence filling an additional 20 places on the TUS programme which have been allocated by the Department of Social Protection. Leitrim Development Company Chairperson, Pat Monahan said that ‘providing real support for those who are unemployed in the community is a key priority for everyone. Leitrim Development Company recognises that in the current economic climate the voluntary sector has suffered from the effects of reduced funding from both public sources and fund-raising, and at the same time increase in demand for local services and support. The Tús Initiative, where community and voluntary groups provide one year jobs in the community, will enable both the community and voluntary sector and the unemployed to benefit”.
Tús will provide short-term, quality opportunities for unemployed people to work in community and voluntary bodies providing a broad range of services of benefit to communities. Participants will be paid the full jobseekers rate plus, an additional €20 per week. Under 25-year-olds will be paid the maximum Jobseekers Allowance plus €20 per week which makes Tús placement very attractive for this group. The employment will be insured for all benefits under the social insurance system.
Participants will work for 19½ hours per week for 12 months in quality employment. To qualify participants must be unemployed for more than 12 months and in receipt of Jobseekers Assistance will be offered the opportunity to consider a placement by the Department of Social Protection. This will help support unemployed people in remaining job-ready for re-entry to employment as the economic environment improves and the work done will be of great benefit to community groups and voluntary organisations.
All of the work undertaken while participating on Tús will be beneficial to the local community and the types of projects carried out are likely to include: -
1. Energy conservation work in homes and community buildings;
2. Social care of all age groups and people with disabilities;
3. Caretaking, securing, supervising of community buildings and spaces;
4. Renovation of community and sporting facilities, including the regeneration and enhancement of community, recreation and sporting spaces;
5. Work in support of cultural and heritage activities;
6. Community administration and community event management;
7. Coaching for sporting activities; and
8. Repair of equipment for developing countries – Farm tools, bicycles, computers, sewing machines, health equipment etc.
Leitrim Development Company aims to fill the 20 new places with community and voluntary groups in the County by the end of May 2012. Any Community and Voluntary Groups wishing to register their interest in availing of a TUS placement should contact Karen Guihen, Leitrim Development Company, Church Street, Drumshanbo, 071 9641770 email: info@ldco.ie or karen@ldco.ie .
Karate Club
The opening of the new Karate Club last Thursday evening in the Ballinamore Community Centre was a huge success with children from five to teenagers enjoying the class, with Sensie O’Keeffe’s 40 years training and teaching in the martial arts, he is looking to pass on his world of knowledge. Next class is on Thursday the 12th of April from 6pm to 7pm for further please contact Michael on 087 6389549
Ballinamore Pike Anglers
fished for the Smyth’s Cup on Saturday 24th March on Keeldra Lake.
1st Mick Crosby 20lb 6oz pike
2nd Ollie Gallagher 19lb 4oz pike
3rd Sean Murray 16lb 10oz
the fishing was excellent on the day with over 50 pike caught – 30 of them over 10lb. Congratulations t Ollie Gallagher who won the League and caught 5 pike weighing between 14lb and 19lb. He is truly the Master Angler!
Trim up for Trocaire‏ – Come along to Ballinamore Community Centre on Easter Monday the 9th of April and burn off those Easter Eggs as a family while getting fit and having fun. From 8-9pm there will be an exercise to music session and activities the family can enjoy. All donations recieved will go to Trocaire. For more information contact Michelle Fanning Leitrim’s GP Exercise Referral co-ordinator on 0879390980
Keep fit classes in Ballinamore
Female classes Monday and Thursday at 8pm in the community centre. Female beginners class at 11am Tuesday. Active age class at 11am Wednesday. Female class at 6.30pm and 7.30pm Wednesday. Male class at 8.30pm Wednesday. All above classes in the SOH GAA Gym. Contact Michelle on 0879390980 for more information.
Results of bridge on Thursday 29th March
Joint 1st Fr Duffy Paddy Joyce
Monica Sharpley Bernie Flynn
2nd Sean Creamer Kevin mc Gill
3rd Carrie Maroney Maureen Dolphin
Bridge resumes on 12th April @7 30pm
All players welcome.
Seán O’Heslin’s – Scéalta na Seachtaine
Our sponsored cycle is getting closer and Bríd Sullivan is keen to hear from everyone who intends to cycle. Please give Bríd a ring if you intend to cycle and raise sponsorship.
Bingo – Change of Time
Bingo is now at 9.00pm on Tuesdays. Great to see a good crowd in attendance. Míle buíochas.
Lotto
Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Lawrence’s. Pota Óir €2,350. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan: €40: Hugh McTague. Buidéal uisce beatha ó Jackie agus Catherine: Aidan McGovern. €40 an duine: Kevin Turbitt, Dún na Bó, Rory O’Rourke (on-line entry), Seán Earley, Bernadette Spellman, Diffier, Drumshanbo, Margaret Costello, Ardrum.

 
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