4th March 2013

Drama Festival Nightly
Admission €10. Wide variety of plays to suit all tastes. Adjudicator: Tom Doherty, Derry. Join us for a cuppa after the performances each night.

St Patrick's Day Parade
Falling on a Sunday this year giving all of us a great opportunity to participate in the Ballinamore Parade. This is an open invitation to all groups and individuals to take part in an even bigger and better parade, with prizes for a number of different categories including best overall, best on foot, best float and many more with a new prize given to the best dressed spectator in their traditional green, white and gold....So root out those colours and make your way to the parade. Any enquiries please contact Dawn @ 086-311 5647

Leitrim CDB
Is hosting a FREE Training and Further Education Expo and Seminar on Friday, March 8th, Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon from 10.00am to 4.30pm. Open to all, but particularly geared to people who are unemployed wishing to see what training/career options and supports are open to them, secondary school students and parents. Speakers will include Neven Maguire, Celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur, Mary Holohan on Budgeting for Education, Ellen Gunning, Broadcaster and PR Guru on Presenting

Energy Boost Day at the Nature Trail
On Thursday 7th March in Ballinamore 071 96 45903. Come and try our Power Greens for the energy boost – free samples also try our UDO’s oil and Irish Botanicals Echinacea. Re-energise for Spring at the Nature Trail. Representative from Naturlife in attendance from 11am to 3pm on Thursday 7th March

Darts
The final of the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup was played last Friday night in Ossies, there was a full house to see a repeat of last year’s final between McGirl’s and Shortt’s (A). McGirl’s retained the Cup on a score line of (5) games to (2). The standard of darts was top class, great scoring and great check outs. Paddy Harty presented the Cup and Trophies on behalf of the Aughnasheelin Gun Club who sponsored the competition. Michael McGirl the winning teams captain thanked all his team for the efforts they put in during the season so far, and he thanked Shortt’s for a very good game. Terry Shortt congratulated McGirl’s on a great performance, thanked all the teams who took part in the competition. The winning team was Michael McGirl, Barney McAdam, Richard McDermott, Tony McHugh, Paul Maguire, Gerry Mahon, Eamon Benison, Greg McGovern, Colm McGirl, Jimmy Walsh, Andy Ralph, Eugene Maguire, Sean Maguire and Keith Boyle. The beaten finalists were: Dale Hogan, Tom Ryan, Junior McGuigan, Richard Venton, Shean O’Neill, Grant Carter, Dathi Reilly, Charley McGuigan, Vernon Donohoe, Allan Parker, Christy Reilly, Declan Timmons, Ciaran McManus.
Thanks to Ciaran Harty and Connor Scollan who ran the whole show, thanks also to Ossie for refreshments and sponsoring the raffle and thanks to everyone who bought tickets, thanks to Sean Quinn and Garvin McBrien who marked all the games, and once again thanks to the Aughnasheelin Gun Club for their very generous sponsorship. The next competition starts next Friday night the 8th of March, the draw was made for this some weeks ago and it’s a knock out so it will be over in about three weeks. First named have home venue: Fenagh V Shortt’s (A) – Ossies V Freddie’s, Jackie’s have a bye and McGirl’s V Shortt’s (B) starting time in all games 10.30pm.

Ballinamore Women’s Group
Monthly meeting of Ballinamore women’s group takes place on Wednesday 6th March @8pm in Trathnona. A guest speaker will attend speaking on health matters. Yearly subscription is now due 10 euros. All members are asked to attend.

Ballinamore Bridge Club
The results of Thursday 28th of Feb. last are as follows
1. Marian Quinn & Evelyn Smith
2. Monica Sharpley & Bernie Flynn
3. Mary Flynn & Mary McTiernan
4. Margaret Nellis & Peggy Logan
Bridge continues on the 14th of March in the Commercial Hotel at 7pm. All players welcome.

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

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
Departing Dublin on Saturday 22 June. For details contact Rita McWeeney 071 9621505

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

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

Church Notes:
Daily Mass 8am. No mass Wed or Sat morning. Mass in Aughnasheelin Wed 9am.
Confessions: Sat 12 noon to 12.30pm.
Confirmation Parents: Meeting on Mon 4th at 9am in Boy’s School to work out details for Confirmation Day
Confirmations Sat 16th March at 12 noon.
See Noticeboard concerning Theology by Distant Learning in The Priory Tallagh.
Collectors Sat 9th & Sun 10th Mar. Diarmuid McCaffrey, Alan Banks, Donal Duignan, David Dolan.
"All Dues paid after the 31st December 2012 will be accounted towards 2013 records. Thank you to all" .

Ballinamore Whist Drive
There will be NO whist drive on March 7th owing to Drama Festival in Community Centre. Whist drive will be held on April Thursday 4th at NEW TIME 9pm. Everybody welcome.

Ballinamore Easter Spraoi
Ballinamore Easter Spraoi in association with Waterways Ireland will be held this year during Easter weekend from 30th of March until 1st of April. Events and activities for all ages including Soap Box Rally, Water Sports and Canoe Skills and a Vintage and Heritage Street Display. For more information visit www.ballinamore.ie or our Facebook page: Ballinamore Easter Spraoi.

Lay Apostolate of Jesus Christ the Returning Prayer Group
Will take place this Thurs the 7th March at 8pm in St. Anne’s Church Bailieborough. The evening will consist of Adoration, Rosary and a talk by Anne, lay apostle. Confession available. Everyone welcome!

Ballinamore Gun Club AGM
The AGM of Ballinamore Gun Club will take place on Wednesday night March 6th at 8.30pm in Smyth’s Pub Ballinamore. All members are asked to make a special effort to attend.

BAZAAR
In aid of St. Mogue's N.S. Currin in Templeport Community Centre at 8:00pm on Friday 8th March. Family event, Please support. All welcome

Training for Childminders and Potential Childminders
Childminding Quality Awareness Programme
11 hour training on topics of relevance to all Childminder and potential childminders. Saturday 9th, 10am to 4pm and Saturday 23rd March 10am to 4.30pm, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim. Places are limited, to secure your place contact Orla at Leitrim County Childcare Committee, Laird House, Church Street, Drumshanbo. Tel: 071 964 0870, Mob: 086 191 9283, E-Mail: orla@leitrimchildcare

Eucharistic Ministers
It is hoped over the coming weeks to recruit and train new Ministers of the Eucharistic to serve in the Parish. If you feel you would be prepared to take on this role or wish to find out more please contact Fr. Heerey or any member of the Parish Council. This is open to anyone over the age of 18 years.

Irish Leaving Certificate Revision Course
Covering all aspects of the Irish Oral Exam worth 40% will be on in St. Mary's GAA grounds, Granard on Saturday March 9th from 10-3pm and in Trivia House, Swanlinbar on Sunday 10th March from 12-5pm. Comprehensive notes provided for both Higher and Ordinary Level students. Please contact Deirdre on 086 073 3488 to book before Friday 8th March"

Spring Cleaning???
Why not put those unwanted items to good use: 1st Leitrim - Ballinamore Beavers/Cubs/Scouts & Ventures Fundraising Family Day on St. Patrick's Day in Community Centre (after parade). New and used items need for Lucky Dip & Bric-a-Brac Stalls - CD's/ DVDs, Books, Jewellery, Toys, Unwanted Gifts, Ornaments, Accessories, Games- including Board Games /Nintendo / XBox / Playstation etc.. Uniform items such as School / Cub / Scouts /Dancing shoes/ Football boots etc..etc..etc. Drop your Lucky Dip/Bric-a-Brac items into Lyric offices High Street, Ballinamore - 9am to 5pm Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March... or bring to hall on Saturday 16th March between 5 and 9pm. Thank you for your support.

Seán O’Heslin’s – Scéalta na Seachtaine
Pota Óir €4,650. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: House Prize €40, Marge McLoughlin, Oughteragh, Ballinamore, Bottle Whiskey Sponsored by McGirl’s: Aodán Mac Samhráin, Lahard,€40 an duine: Clodagh Dolan, High St, Ellen Wrynn, Aghadark, Patrick Maguire, Stradermott, Ballinamore, Fergal McLoughlin, (mobile No).

Leitrim CDB
Is hosting a FREE Training and Further Education Expo and Seminar on Friday, March 8th, Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon from 10.00am to 4.30pm. Open to all, but particularly geared to people who are unemployed wishing to see what training/career options and supports are open to them, secondary school students and parents. Speakers will include Neven Maguire, Celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur, Mary Holohan on Budgeting for Education, Ellen Gunning, Broadcaster and PR Guru on Presenting

SuperValu Bag-Packing in aid of the IHCPT
Bag - Packing will take place this coming Saturday 9th March in O'Donoghues Supervalu, Ballinamore in aid of the IHCPT (Irish Pilgrimage Trust). For more information contact Erin Moran on(087)7702826 or log on to http://www.irishpilgrimagetrust.com/index.html.

Parish Council Meeting
At the meeting of the Parish Council on 11th Feb the following matters were raised:
Child Safeguarding - All volunteers involved in any aspect of church activities are required to submit a completed Parish Staff and Volunteer / Declaration Form to the Parish Child Safeguard Rep. Marion Quinn. In the coming weeks all groups will be contacted to ensure the required forms have been submitted.
Year of Faith 2013 – There will be a number of courses, lectures and events to enable people to improve their knowledge and understanding of the teachings and catechism of the church taking place in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre throughout the course of the year, these will be highlighted in the newsletter in advance to allow those interested to participate. We hope to organise a one day pilgrimage to Lough Derg in August and also to Knock shrine.
New Cemetery Plots - It is hoped to soon open up the new section of the cemetery and make new plots available. Before this happens the Parish Council would welcome feedback from parishioners in relation to plot sizes, kerbing, etc. Please feel free to submit your thoughts, ideas or suggestions to your Parish Council Representative in advance of the next meeting.
Heating in the Church – The issue of heating in the church was discussed, it is widely felt that the present system is not providing adequate heating over the winter and the matter is being brought to the Finance Committee to look at what can be done to improve and rectify the situation
Church Celebrates 50 Years - Our Church celebrates 50 years this year. It was dedicated on 12 May 1963 and we hope to mark this special occasion in the parish with a Re-dedication ceremony later in the year. It would be nice to mark the occasion in some way, maybe putting together a small booklet on the fifty years of the Church, a record of all the clergy that have served here over these years, nuns, the first baptism/ communion / confirmation to take place in the church, wedding, local priest’s first mass’s over the years, communion & confirmation groups over the five decades, any other events /items that would contribute to marking this important milestone, To make this possible we would want to get any pictures / photo’s of such events - have you any such items that could be used? Items about the lay people of the community who worshipped and prayed there over the years.
To get started on this there will be a meeting in Community Centre - upstairs meeting room shortly ,If you are willing to help out or be involved in any way Please contact Parish Council Secretary, Mary Corby ,

Inez Mc Padden
Is launching her first book "My Angels and Me" in Mulveys, Main Street, Carrick on Shannon on the 9th of March at 4 sharp. The book will be available and author will be signing.

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