11th February 2013

Ballinamore Pike Anglers Fished

For the D.C.L. Plastering Trophy on Comnagh Lake on Sat 2nd Feb
1st Ollie Gallagher 10lb 13ozs pike
2nd Conger Gilheaney 9lb 10oz pike
3rd John Creamer 2lb 2oz pike
It was a beautiful day to be out at the lake, but unfortunately there was only three fish caught. We would like to then David of the Poor Scholar and Majella for the lovely meal they gave us after the competition. Our condolences goes out to Bob who didn’t catch anything again. This was probably because he slept for most of the day!

Drama Festival
Our 2013 Drama Festival will run from Friday 1st March until Sunday 10th March with no performance on Tuesday 5th. Nine nights of outstanding performances will be guaranteed. Season Tickets will soon be on sale at the fantastic value of €45 for 9 nights.

Exciting New Youth Programme coming to Ballinamore soon.
Enrolment night on Thursday 21st February @ 8pm in Sean O Heslin's for secondary school students. Parents must accompany their children on enrolment night. The Foróige Club will then run from 4 to 5.30p.m. on Monday evenings in Sean O Heslins.


Darts
The last round of matches in the Francis McGirl’s Memorial Cup Competition were played last Friday night the points total after all matches are:
McGirl’s 92pts
Fenagh 85pts
Shortt’s (A) 77pts
Jackie’s 66pts
Shortt’s (B) 65pts
Freddie’s 61pts
Ossies 58pts
The first semi final will be played next Friday night the 15th between the teams who finished second and third in the table, Fenagh and Shortt’s (A), the venue drawn out of the hat for that one was the Standing Stone, the second semi-final is between the teams who finished first and fourth in the table namely McGirl’s and Jackie’s, that game is down to be played on Friday night the 22nd of February, and the venue drawn was Shortt’s.


Willow Basket Making Course
Coming soon to the Cultural Quarters. Anyone interested please get in touch 086 408 2630.

“MEMORY SURFACE” At SOLAS Gallery Ballinamore
The first solo exhibition of the year at Solas Gallery, Ballinamore opens on Fri 15th Feb, “Memory Surface” by artist Karen O`Dowd. Karen is from just outside Carrick on Shannon, attending the Community school there and going on to get her BA(Hons) Art & Design at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She has already exhibited locally and in Dublin, but this is her first major solo exhibition apart from her graduate exhibition. Her talents are diverse, drawing, painting, video works, many of which will be on show at this exhibition. This current body of work explores the interwoven network between memory and landscape. Since the beginnings of time humans have had a powerful connection with landscape and place. Margaret Drabble in “à Writers Britain: Landscape in Literature” described landscape as a living link between who we are and what we are. In Karens statement she says “my imagery could be described as moody and shifting, layers overlap layers, threads and networks of thought attempt to reflect the internal workings of our mental landscapes and the manner in which we mirror them externally”. The bulk of her research has come from her home place in a rural setting and her personal history with the imagery and scenery of the place has allowed for a depth of intensity in the work. “Most of my imagery depicts scenes, which hint at the loss of human presence but the sense of place remains. However, landscape is not static, it changes much more slowly than our own life cycle, but it will inevitably alter”. This exhibition is amazingly easy to personally connect with, the suggestions of fields, ringforts, haycocks, field boundaries in some of the images just draw one in; as a whole the exhibition is fascinating, but with each piece a beautiful picture in its own right. The exhibition will be officially opened on Fri 15th Feb at 7.30pm. The exhibition will be opened by Sandra Vernon who is an admirer of Karens work and thinks she has great things in front of her. It is open until 8th March, opening hours, 10-6pm. For any enquiries about the exhibition or the gallery please contact Gail or Ben at 071 964 4210; info@solasart.ie or visit our website www.solasart.ie or facebook page.


Church Notes
No Mass Fri. morning
Mass Wed, Ash Wed, 7.30am, Thurs 8am, Fri 7pm. Mass Ash Wed in Aughnasheelin at 8pm, Thurs 9am & Fri 8.30pm.
I will bring communion to parishioners at home this week. Pass on the word to them. Those below the church on Thurs morning; those in Tully & above the church on Fri. morning.
Door Collectors Sat 15th & 16th Feb / Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd Francis McTague, Brendan Brennan, Sean McKeon & Michael Hanley.
Altar Servers for Sun 10th & Sat 16th Feb Group 3– James Óg Maguire, Eoin Toolan & Ryan Donohoe.
For Sun 17th & Sat 23rd Group 4 Aileen Flynn, Bríd Murphy & Aoibhin McGoldrick
Ash Wed is a Fast Day when we reduce our eating and is also a Day of Abstinence when we are encouraged not to eat meats of any sort.
Jesus fasted for forty days in the desert. During Lent we should try to unite with Him by also ‘giving up’ something that we like. It will not be easy but it wasn’t easy for Jesus either.


Traditional Irish Music Course
The seventh annual charity concert organised and performed by the Traditional Irish Music course will be held on friday 1st March. This evening of Irish music ,song and dance will be held in the Mayflower community centre, Drunshanbo commencing at 8pm. All the proceeds will be donated to St Vincent de Paul, Drumshanbo ,The Breffni Centre ,Carrick on Shannon and Stop Suicide .Manorhamilton.Tickets are only €5 (u-12s free) and each ticket will be entered into a draw for €100 .So come along for a great evening of ceol agus craic!!!!.

Do Something Special This Lent!
Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the duration of Lent. Take this opportunity to help someone you love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your sacrifice as a prayer for their freedom and well-being. Take the Short-Term pledge and make a difference to someone’s life! For more information visit www.pioneerassociation.ie or contact Raymond O’Connor (01) 874 9464.

Election? No... Just another kind of drama!
You might be forgiven for thinking that an early General Election has been called when you see the hive of activity around Corraleehan and more notably Clogher National School. Over the years since the School closed it has been used as a Polling Station. However, drama of another kind will take place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February @ 8.30pm when the Corraleehan Heritage and Cultural Society presents ‘The Country Boy’ by John Murphy and produced by Frank Cadam. Cast members hail from Corraleehan, Keshcarrigan, and Rooskey with helpers from Aughawillan & Corraleehan. Past pupils & their family and friends will have an opportunity to peruse the old school roll book and some old photos on both nights. All proceeds from both nights will go to local projects so come along and by your support you will help us make a difference in our Community.
Contact: Tracey @ 087-284 2718, Joanne @ 087-923 3716 or Helen @ 087-313 0849

Eucharistic Adoration
Eucharistic adoration continues to take place in the side chapel beside the alter each Wednesday from 9pm to 10pm, Why not come along for Lent and spend some time in the quiet and holy presence of the Eucharist,

Prayer Meeting for this Year of Faith Recommencing for Lent
Join us each Monday evening from February 18th in the Crying Chapel at 7.30pm for Rosary and Scripture Meditation. Let the love and light of Christ accompany us and enlighten us on our pilgrimage of life, especially during this Lenten Season as we contemplate the mystery of our salvation by His Passion, death and resurrection.

St Vincent de Paul.

If you wish to make a contribution or contact us for any other reason please phone us on the Confidential No 087 936 0562

Seán O’Heslin’s – Scéalta na Seachtaine
Bingo- Bingo resumes next Tuesday at 8.30 after the enforced break due to the snow. Come along and bring a friend.all are also welcome.

Indoor Hurling
Continues as normal for 2nd – 6th class, Mondays at 7-8pm. Anyone interested is welcome.

Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Jackie’s
Pota Óir €4,500. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: €40:Oliver J Flanagan, Drumarigna. 2 x €20 ó Terry Shortt: Hugh McTague and Tom Burns. €40 an duine: Senan and Michaela Harte, Mick Donohoe, Drumreilly, John Creamer, Stradermot, Pat Joe Wynne, Drumrane.

Job Seeking Skills Course
County Leitrim Job Club will be running a job seeking skills course in Ballinamore Enterprise Centre commencing on Monday 18th February 2013 and running for four weeks. The course covers all aspects of job seeking (including basic computer skills) and runs 10am to 1pm, Mon-Friday. An attendance allowance is available to participants on this programme. If you would like to reserve a place or require any further information, please contact Martina or Mary at Leitrim Development Company 071 964 1770 or email leitrimjobclub@ldco.ie. (Please note you must be in receipt of a social protection payment to be eligible for this course)

RehabCare Walking Group for Lent
We are starting a walking group for lent every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am. The route we will take will be along the golf links road and we will be providing tea/coffee on our return to the centre. Please meet at the RehabCare resource centre here in Ballinamore at 10.50am. All welcome. The first walk will take place on Thursday the 14th of February. We look forward to seeing you all.

Pancake Night
Will be held in Templeport Resource Centre, Bawnboy on Tuesday 12th February. Pancakes will be served from 9pm till 10pm. Dancing from 10pm with music by Country Sensations. Proceeds in aid of Day Centre. Please support. Any queries please contact Kathleen on 087-7921683 or Ann on 087-2857471. There will be no Day Centre on Wed. 13th Feb.

Love Thy Neighbour in Aughawillan
Aughawillan Drama Troupe is presented its second offering Love Thy Neighbour by Jimmy Keary in Aughawillan Community Centre on Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February at 8-30pm each night. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed. Produced by Tommy Moran, this play is yet another comedy, which will have audiences rolling in the aisles. So come early to avoid disappointment.

South West College OPEN DAY
Tuesday 19th February, 2pm-8pm (Dungannon, Enniskillen & Omagh Campuses). Come along and speak to staff and students about full-time further and higher education courses, including Training for Success courses. Everyone welcome! For more info, tel 0845 603 1881 or visit www.swc.ac.uk

Calling all Community Groups
A Steering Group was set up last week to organise a meeting of a representative from all community groups in the town to come together to pool their ideas on a way forward for our town. This meeting will take place in Smyth's Siopa Ól on Tuesday 19th February at 9pm.

Ballinamore Heartsafe
Ballinamore Heartsafe (Defib Commitee) annual collection will be held on the 16th and 17th Feb. Many thanks for your support. Also the next revalidation of all members who have trained in CPR and Defib will be held in the next 2 weeks. You will receive a text re date and time for same.

Tony Mc Gowan 10K
The inaugural Tony Mc Gown 10KM road race will take place in Drumshanbo on February 17th at 12pm. You can register for the race online at www.runireland.com, or on the day itself where Registration will take place in the mayflower from 10:30 to 11:30. Entry only €10

Ballinamore Sean O' Heslin's Operation Transformation
Our Operation Transformation is going very well, with Michelle Fanning noticing people toning up with very impressive fitness improvements. Veronica Gleeson has also recorded some very remarkable weigh loss results. Our classes continue every Wednesday in the GAA Gym at 7.30pm for ladies and 8.30pm for men, with weigh in. We also have a ladies class every Thursday at 11am and our Bootcamp for men and women is on Saturday at 10am in the sports complex. Please note that anybody can pop in and enjoy a good workout with us. For further information contact Michelle on 087 939 0980.

Gwen Ftizgibbon, a Nutritional Therapist Specialising in Weight Loss
Will be in Cloone Community Centre every Monday night at 7:30 and 8:00 costing 7 euro. Please contract Gwen on 087 143 2733 for further information.

Karate Student of the Year
Congratulations to Laoíse Moran King, Lahard who won student of the Year at Karate grading on Saturday 2nd February.

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

Films in the Library
Ballinamore Library is now hosting a film evening for adults and a film afternoon for children. The adult’s time is 6pm on Thursday and the children’s hour is 2.30pm on Saturday. Admission is free and details of films showing can be obtained by contacting the library at 071 964 5566

S.N. Bhrid Naofa
Enrolment for Junior Infants will take place in the junior infant classroom on Wednesday 27th February at 2.30 p.m.
If you are unable to make it that day please phone the school (Ph. No. 071 964 4952) and we will arrange for forms to be posted out.

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