11th March 2013

Patrick’s Day Parade
Ballinamore Presents Its NEW & IMPROVED St. Patrick's Day Parade. With New Prizes for: Best Window Display & Best Dressed Spectator! (Get Those Colours Out) With Other Prizes Including: Best on Foot, Best Float, Most Humorous & Overall. Assembly Point: Tesco Car Park @ 3.30pm. Parade Time: 4.00pm. Refreshments For Children At Courthouse After The Parade. Followed By The Annual Scouts Family Fun Day In The Community Centre! Don' t Miss IT!

Ballinamore Pike Anglers
Results of the last two competitions:
16th Feb on Drumcoura Lake for the Drumcoura Shield
1st Tony Gallagher 11lbs 15ozs pike
2nd Sean Murray 7lb 12ozs pike
3rd Bob O’Callaghan 5lb 13ozs pike

2nd March on Kiltybardon Lake for the Manhattan Cup
1st Michael Murray 14lb 15ozs pike
2nd Sean Murray 14lb 2ozs pike
3rd The Conger Gilheaney 6lb 1oz pike
4th Ollie Gallagher 5lb 5oz pike
The Murray father and son team from Dublin showed us all how to do it, winning all the prize money. Congratulation to Sean, he has won the League on 60 pts, highest score ever and still got two competitions to go. Tony Gallagher is 2nd with 44 pts and John Creamer 3rd with 34pts.

Pilgrimage to Fatima 2013
The annual pilgrimage to Fatima takes place from the 1st August to the 8th August 2013. 7 nights full board ensuite in the Tres Pastorinhos Hotel which is situated beside the sanctuary. Cost €739. Guided tours, bus from Ballinamore via Cavan to Dublin airport return cost approx €30, spiritual director: Fr Tom McManus PP., for details contact Mamie Flynn, phone 071 96 44148.

Solas Art Gallery, Ballinamore
The Solas Exhibition for emerging artists, “ FOUR”, will be opening on Fri 15th March. This particular exhibition, started a couple of years ago was set up to encourage emerging artists to have their first experience of a small solo exhibition. Even for experienced artists an exhibition can be a daunting thing and part of Solas Gallery`s ethos is to encourage artists new and experienced, and to help bring their work to the publics `notice. The artists are also fully involved in all the work that goes into ...organising an exhibition. The member artists chosen for this year’s show are Molly Richardson, Newtowngore; Jim Richard, Shercock, Co. Cavan; Isabella Bazzani, Blacklion, Co. Cavan; Stephen Costello, Cloonfad, Co. Roscommon.
This exhibition is an interesting mix of four completely different types of art: sculpture; photography; paintings in oil and watercolour. Jim Richard is a young photographer, showing a passion and talent for this media. In his images, in a series called “Reflections”, he uses symmetry to turn images of family and landscape into patterns, the images all effectively presented in high contrast black and white as he feels that colour would distract the viewer from the intended effect. In contrast to this the vibrant colouring of some of Isabellas work is eye catching. This artists influences stem from her love of mythology, ancient powers of the earth and the inner journey of the spirit. Isa has several works of swans in flight using the same image but different techniques, the swan epitomising the bond between kindred spirits and reflecting her love of nature. Molly Richardson’s oil paintings are a calming group of flowers, land and seascapes. Starting to paint only a few years ago and from a farming background, Molly feels that since she has started to paint she appreciates the changing seasons and how the sunshine lights up the landscapes. The last exhibitor, Stephen Costello, uses mainly bog oak to express his art. He often feels at a loss to explain his pieces, having felt that his work was about exposing what is in the wood but now coming to understand that it is more about seeing a reflection of his feelings in the wood. Stephen is now using other woods as well for his powerful sculptures, the mix and contrasts giving even more effectiveness to his work.
“FOUR” opens at 7.30 pm on Fri 15th March at the Solas Gallery above the Four Seasons Garden Centre in Ballinamore. The exhibition will be opened by Jennifer Richardson. Jennifer is a member of the Solas committee and a professional photographer whose keen eye and appreciation for detail makes her the ideal person to launch this exhibition. The exhibition is open until Sat 6th April, gallery opening times Tues –Sat, 10-6pm. For any enquiries about the gallery or this exhibition please contact Gail or Ben, 071 964 4210; look at our website, solasart.ie or join us on Facebook.

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

The results from games played last Friday night in the Ballinamore League sponsored Knock Out Competition are:
McGirl’s 5 Shortt’s (B) 0
Freddie’s 5 Ossies 3
Shortt’s (A) 5 Fenagh 4
The first semi-final will be played next Friday night the 15th of March between Jackie’s and Shortt’s (A) the venue is McGirl’s, starting time 10.30pm. The second semi-final between McGirl’s and Freddie’s will be played on Friday night the 22nd of March in Jackie’s.

Ballinamore Bingo
We all complain about lack of things to do in Ballinamore, but if we don’t support the things we have we should not complain! The Bingo on a Tuesday night is struggling to survive, its presences supports the GAA and the Community Centre, and surely we could all make a little effort, really it should not be an effort but a bit of craic to make your way down to the hall and give the bingo a go and enjoy it!

Church Notes
Weekday Mass 8am. No morning mass Wed or Sat
Confessions: Sat 12 noon to 12.30pm
Liturgy Committee Meeting: Wed 8.30pm.
Trócaire is 40 years in existence. This year’s Lenten Campaign is focused on the isolated rural area of Jhilgoan in India. We are invited to be in solidarity with those people this Lent. Take home a Trócaire box from the door.
Confirmation here next Sat 16th at 12 noon. Pray for the young girls and boys.
No Confessions next Saturday
Collectors Sat 16th & Sun 17th & 23rd & 24th Mar: Paddy McManus / Michael Dolan (W’field) / Tom Gannon / Walter Sharpley
Altar Servers for Sun 17th & Sat 23rd Mar Feb Group 2 – Claire McLoughlin, Alannah Smyth & Laoise Moran King.

St Patrick's Day Parade
Only a few days to go. I hope all plans are going well for the big event on Sunday 17th March and that you all have your colours ready. There is great interest in this year’s parade. Assembly for the parade will take place at Tescos car park at 3:30 all groups, individuals and visitors very welcome. The parade will start at 4pm sharp. The categories this year are, Overall Winner, Best on Foot, Best Float, Most Humorous and two new categories Best Window Display and Best Dressed Spectator. So get those colours out and your shamrocks on... see you all there.

Youth Rally in the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre Cullies
(12-35yrs) on Saturday 23rd Of March 2013 2.30pm-5.30pm with Special Guest All Ireland Dublin Footballer Ger Brennan .Safe Guarding form available in Parish and Clare Coyle Diocesan Youth Worker 086 370 2641

Easter in Ballinamore Library
Calling all children: Borrow a book. Your name goes in the hat
Draw for Easter egg will take place on Thursday 28th March at 5pm

Ballinamore Agricultural Show Society
The AGM of the Ballinamore Agricultural Show Society will be held in the Community Centre on Wed the 13th March at 8.30pm. All members are request to attend.

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 –
Cluichí don Deireadh Seachtaine. Division 5 game against Gortletteragh on Sunday morning at 11.30 in the Park. Ladies team will play Annaduff in the Div 2 League on Sunday in Annaduff.
Bingo on Tuesday at 8.30 in Community Centre, please make an effort to attend and bring a friend, it would be a loss to the town if the bingo discontinued and many people would be disappointed!
Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn sa Scoláire Bocht . Pota Óir €4,700. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: €40 Gerry Mahon, €20 Sponsored by Pat Joe’s: Séamus Mac Murchaidh €40 an duine: Tom Burns, Clenaghoo, Philip Rooney, Leitrim Observer, Martin Hilley, Lettercrann, Pettigo, Co Donegal, Madge Murphy, Railway Rd. .

S.N. Bhrid Naofa Parent’s Association
Recycle & Support : The Parent’s Association are organising a Used Clothes/Mobile Phone collection on Friday 15th March 2013. Clothes/Stuffed Toys/Shoes/Belts/Handbags/Household Textiles/Old Mobiles are all required. Due to the fact that it is the Parent’s Association who are organising this collection, we will only be able to accept the bags on Thursday 14th March (7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.) and Friday morning 15th March (9.00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.) in the P.E. Room, Senior Girls School. Bags will be collected by the Company at 9.30 a.m. on Friday morning, therefore any bags brought to the school after this time, cannot be accepted. We would appreciate your support.

Scrape Metal Collection
Last chance to clear out and get rid of all your unwanted scrap metal, only 3 weeks left There is a collection at Wisley’s Car Wash on the Carrigallen road, in aid of Abbey Rovers Soccer Club, for the next few weeks only. The last collection helped greatly with the clubs running expenses. We would like to thank you for your support in the past and your continued support. No fridges, microwaves, TV's or plastic, just metal please.

Make a Difference to Palliative Care Through Voices4Care.
Through Voices4Care AIIHPC is committed to having the views of people receiving palliative care (service users), their carers or former carers, and people from the wider community with an interest in palliative care, at the heart of what they do. AIIHPC focuses on palliative care education, research, policy and practice. In the context of AIIHPC’s work, Voices4Care will share and discuss issues which will inform how best to care for people. Voices4Care will be a volunteer group. For more information and to find out how to apply to Voices4Care: www.aiihpc.org email:info@aiihpc.org or call All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care on (00353) 1 4912948 People can apply up to Friday 19 April 2013.

Family Fun Day
1st Leitrim - Ballinamore Beavers/Cubs/Scouts & Ventures Fundraising Family Day on St. Patrick's Day in Community Centre (after parade). Fun and Games for all the family including Cake Sale; Chocolate Fountain & Crepes; Sponge Throwing; Treasure Hunt; Penalty Shoot Out; Air Hockey; Face Painting; Lucky Dip; Bric-a-Brac etc.. Admission E2.00 or E8.00 per family. Great door prizes.

Tribute To The Late Michael Kenny
A Benefit Function to commemorate the late Michael Kenny will be held in the Kilbracken Arms, Carrigallen, on Sat March 16th commencing at 9.00 p.m. with music by Evening Star. Michael who was Chairman of Ballinamore A C at time of his death last Nov also did trojan work over the years with Carrigallen GAA and Community Games as well as atCounty level. Donations can be made on the night or through B’more and Carrigallen Credit Unions.

For One Night Only in Aid of School Funds!
Newtowngore N.S. Co. Leitrim in association with ‘The Sliabh an larainn Players’ are presenting 'The Country Boy' in Newtowngore Community Hall on Friday March 22nd at 8.30pm sharp in aid of School funds. The play is written by John Murphy and produced/directed by Frank Cadam. A good night’s entertainment with plenty of laughs is guaranteed. The storyline will strike a chord with everyone.
Tickets can be booked with Henry on 087 052 9304 or at the door on the night.

Solo Photographic Exhibition Ballinamore Library.
Ballinamore library would like to invite the public in to view a “Solo Photographic Exhibition” by Dromod Photographer Ailbhe Mc Gill. The exhibition will run from 7th March to 12th April during library opening hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00-1.30 and 2.30 to 5.30. Tuesday to Thursday 10.00-1.30 and 2.30-8.00 Saturday 10.00-1.30 and 2.30-5.00. Admission Free.St


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