29th April 2013

The Annual May Run Walk or Roll in aid of Cancer Research / North West Hospice
Will take place on Sunday May 26th 2013 starting from Aughnasheelin Community Centre at 4 p.m. Entry Fee €10. Sponsorship cards on request – contact Cáit @ 087 212 3703. Join the walk and you will not only support a good cause but you will also bring your friends and families together for a great fun afternoon. Last year 200 men, women, children, cats and dogs ran, walked, cycled and enjoyed a great afternoon in beautiful settings. Together with those who donated on line over €10,000 was raised for Cancer Research and this year we hope to exceed that for these two very worthy causes. If you can’t walk you can still donate on MyCharity.ie or by contacting the above number. If you’re donating but not walking why not join us for refreshments in the Community Centre following the event.

Ballinamore Twinning
We have just wished au revoir to a group of students and their leaders from Plouezec. They thoroughly enjoyed their stay here last week. Sincere thanks to the host families and to any others who helped in any way during the week. t is now our turn to go there!!!! Why not think about it!

Ballinamore Bridge Club
Ballinamore bridge club extend their deepest sympathy to the family of the late Howard Cusack who died on May 2nd last. He was a member of the club for a number of years and excelled at the game of bridge. Sincere sampathy is extended to his son Matthew and his partner Louise, sister Monica, brother Jim and his extended family and friends. May he rest in peace.

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

Place Names of County Leitrim
As Part of the Gathering Celebrations Sean Ó Suilleabháin former County Librarian will give a Lecture on the Placenames of County Leitrim in Ballinamore Library on Tuesday 7th May at 9pm. Placenames, their meanings, how they came about and how they were translated from Gaelic to English is fascinating. This should prove to be a very informative and interesting evening not to be missed, with time for questions and discussion following the lecture. Remember admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Pride and Prejudice 200 and Ballinamore Library
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Publication of “Pride and Prejudice” Ballinamore Library staff have put together a small exhibition on “Pride and Prejudice” and the life of Jane Austen. There is also a selection of Jane Austen books including a number of copies of “Pride and Prejudice” on display and available for loan. On Tuesday 30th April at 7.30pm the film adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” will be shown in the library. Admission free and all welcome

New Primary Care Centre and Care Management Ballinamore
The plans for the new Primary Care Centre and Care Management, Tully, Ballinamore can be viewed at Ballinamore library; Opening Hours, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 – 1.30pm and 2.30 – 5.30. Tuesday and Thursday 10 - 1.30pm and 2.30 – 8.00. Saturday 10 – 1.30pm and 2.30 -- 5.00

Mindfulness & Relaxation Class
Mindfulness & Relaxation to reduce stress & anxiety & feel relaxed.
Men & Women welcome to participative class. Mondays' at 10.30 am & 8pm from April 29th in St. Georges Visitor Center, Carrick On Shannon. Booking advised.
Geraldine 085 274 9493

People With Special Needs
Cáirde Liatroim is holding a fund raising dance with TR Dallas, Mickey Clerkin and Seán McAloon in the Bush Hotel Carrick-On-Shannon on Thursday 9th May. Start 8pm. Cáirde Liatroim is a social club which provides outings for people with special needs. Great raffle prizes on the night. Tickets available at the door or contact 086 254 5613.

North West Macra Region Success in National Election
Wednesday, the 10th April 2013 - The results of the Macra na Feirme Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections were announced in the Irish Farm Centre, Dublin yesterday and the North West region successfully claimed the National President title.
Kieran O’Dowd from Gurteen, Co. Sligo, who has been a member of South Sligo Macra since 2004 and is currently National Chairman and North West Vice-President, has been declared the 34th Macra na Feirme National President. He is the first Macra President to hail from County Sligo. Sean Finan from Castlerea Macra, Co. Roscommon was declared the winner in the North-West race to succeed Kieran.
Speaking after the results of the election, current National President, Alan Jagoe, who presided over the election said, “Congratulations to all the candidates, in particular those who have been elected. It was a great election and I’m delighted that the leadership of Macra will continue to be of the highest standard.”
Kieran and Sean’s terms will run from their inauguration at the Macra na Feirme national AGM held on May 11TH in Charleville, Co. Cork, and kindly sponsored by the Kerry Group, until May 2015.
Current National President Alan Jagoe congratulated Kieran and Sean on their appointments and wished them well during their terms of office.
Results were also announced in the vice-presidential elections for Macra’s two other regions, Munster and Leinster.
Paddy Delaney from Portlaoise Macra club has been elected as Leinster vice-president. James Healy from Donoughmore Macra club, Muskerry, Cork was elected for the Munster position.

Church News
Door Collectors – May 4th / 5th May: Claire Feely, Patricia Creamer, Gerard McGovern & Francis Maguire
First Friday Confessions Thurs at 7.30pm
Altar Servers Group 3 – Sun 5th May & Sat 11th May – James Óg Maguire, Eoin Toolan, Ryan Donohoe
Congratulation to the children who received First Holy Communion yesterday (Sat)
Trocaire Collection: will be sent away this week.
Vocations & Diocesan Services Collection: Don’t forget to bring in the remainder of it next week.
First Friday Communion Calls I will bring communion to those below the church on Thursday. Friday: I will attend those above the church.

Church 50th Year Celebration
Preparations are in progress for the celebration of 50 years of our Parish Church. We are looking for your help in putting a booklet together looking back on the past fifty years, we would like to get pictures and memories of events and occasions over this time, If you have anything that you can contribute to help make this part of the celebration a success Please give your pictures or article / memories to any of the following, Tommy Moran, Mary Corby, Breege McGahey, Mary Curran.

Monthly Whist Drive
Will be held in the Community Centre on Thursday May 2nd at 9pm. All welcome

National Day for Life
A ‘National Day for Life’ is being organised by the Bishops of Ireland at Knock Shrine on Saturday, 4th of May. The aim is to plead to God and Mary for Divine intervention with regards the imminent abortion legislation. To book your place on a bus from South Leitrim, call: 089 405 2508/086 877 5036

Ballinamore Area Community Games Athletics
Will take place next Thursday, May 2nd in St. Felim’s, Ballinamore, at 6.30pm. Registration from 6pm. All welcome. U8 - U16.

Diabetes Information Meeting
A Public Information Meeting is being organised by the Leitrim Branch of the Diabetes Federation of Ireland in the Ramada Hotel, Drumshanbo, on Wed May 1st at 8.00 p.m. The speaker is Dr Wilma Lourens, Consultant Diabetologist at Sligo Hospital and the topic is "Prevention and Reversal of Type 2 Diabetes and Changing the Concept of Diet for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes". All are welcome

Ballinamore Active Age Group Ballinamore Active Age Group
Are holding our next meeting on May 2nd at 3pm. the group will be travelling to Lough Derg on Saturday May 25th and anyone interested in travelling with us can contact Mary Plunkett at 071 96 44086 or Maureen Dolphin at 071 96 44116 for numbers on bus .Bernie Donoghue will attend our AGM on Thursday June 27th. Dept of Food & Agriculture will post out a form."

Marie Keating Foudation
Will be hosting a free information service concerning cancer, diet and lifestyle and general health. Wed May 1st from 10am-1.30pm in Ballinamore library. Parents and guardians are welcome to bring their children

Kidney Donor Awareness Week
Thank you very much to all who contributed, €760 special thanks to Post Office, SuperValue & Tesco.

Seán O’Heslin’s GAA – Scéalta na Seachtaine
Cluichí don Deireadh Seachtaine - Monaghan and Mayo Ladies play in the National League Division 1 Semi-final on Sunday at 2.00pm in Páirc Sheáin Uí Eislin. Div 5 game on Sunday at 4.00 against St Osnatt’s in St Osnatt’s Pitch.
Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Jackie’s. Pota Óir €5,050.

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 964 4785 as soon as possible.

MS Church Gate Collection
Many thanks to all the generous people who gave recently to our collection. This collection is vital to the running of our branch. A big thanks you to the people who collected for us for without them there would be no collection.

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 071 964 4043

Higher Attainment Through Cross-border Hubs (HATCH)
is a part-financed European Union INTERREG lVA initiative. The programme is finalising recruitment for courses specifically designed for those in the Construction & Engineering Sector, Foreign Nationals and Female Entrepreneurs, including Business Management, Wind Turbine Installation, Renewable Energy Applications, Sustainable Building Design & Construction and Cambridge ESOL’s Business English. These part-time courses are accredited and delivered by the South West College and University of Ulster and are FREE to eligible participants. The courses are in Cavan and Enniskillen/ Omagh. For further information on courses please contact HATCH admissions at Cavan Innovation & Technology Centre on 049 437 7277 or www.cavanitc.ie/HATCH

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