15th July 2013

Church Notes
No Mass on Wed or Thurs here or Aughnasheelin
Door Collectors – July: Sat 20th / Sun 21st & Sat 27th / Sun 28th Michael Martin, Thomas Kelly, Gerry Mahon & Seddie McGovern.
Altar Servers Group 2– for Sun 21st & Sat 27th July. – Claire McLoughlin, Alannah Smyth, Louise Moran-King
The Annual Dinner for priests working abroad and are now on holidays takes place in the Hotel Kilmore, Cavan on Friday 26th July. There will be a reception at 6.30pm followed by dinner. Give the name to Fr Heerey so that the hotel will have numbers.

Belfast to Knock Peace Walkers
We are now just a few days away from having our friends from Belfast pass through our town as they walk to Knock over five days on their Peace Pilgrimage. This is the twentieth year of the walk and over those years the parish has always opened their hearts and homes to the walkers and have been most generous and supportive in providing beds for those walking the pilgrimage. Hopefully this year will be no exception and if you can give a bed for even one walker it will be much appreciated. “I was a stranger and you invited me in “truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40 If you can provide a bed Please call 071 9644800 and leave your name and number or you can come along to the Mass on Thursday and we will connect you with your guest who will have walked from Clones that day and will be glad to get a bed for the night, thanks to those who have already come forward with offers but at the moment we really do need more. Fr. Sean Kelly is Chaplin to the walkers this year and they will be offering the Mass on Thursday evening as a Memorial to Fr Duffy. The mass will be on this Thursday 18th July at 8pm. All are welcome to come and experience the Mass, the music and the liturgy that the Cursillio members bring to their celebrations.

Rual Services in Leitrim
Leitrim Community Forum have listed the availability of various services in the County in the light of national cutbacks and amalgamations as well as outlining possible future threats to their continuation. The Report, recently completed, can be accessed on website www.leitrimcommunity.com.

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
Ballinamore Family Festival
presents The Gathering Dinner Dance on Tuesday 13th August 2013 in The Standing Stone Hotel at 8.30pm. Drinks reception followed by dinner, then A Trip Down Memory Lane with Tommy Moran. Dancing to Rainbow & special appearance by The Wee Amigo. Tickets are €30 and can be bought from Bridie on 087 830 6076 or Frances on 087 987 5483.
Aughawillan & Corraleehan Gathering
Craic le chéile cois na h'Abhann will take place over the weekend of the 19th to the 21st of July in the grounds of Aughawillan G.A.A.  There will be live entertainment all weekend.
Saturday, 20th July @ 11am -  Wild Orchid & Windflower Walk - 10km*
This walk will bring you through the charming countryside with a local thespian to entertain us along the way and homemade refreshments in the Marquee.
To register for this event please contact Joanne on 087 9233716 ( curnan.joanne@gmail.com) or Tracy on 087 2842718 (tracymct@gmail.com).  Price: €10.00.
A guided bus tour will also be in operation on the day. (Pre- Booking essential as limited availability)
Saturday, 20th July  - American Tea Party*
Perhaps you would like to take a table at the American Tea Party?  Well Hurry!! There is quiet the demand and with local Band "The Street Lamps" this is sure to be a lively occasion, not to be missed! Contact Patjoe on 086-2671859 or Mairead on 087-2596025.
Local Memorbilia and Photograph Exhibition to be presented over the weekend. Please contact Niall Doonan 087 9562344 should you wish to submit to this event for display. All items and photographs will be treated with care and returned promptly.
On Sunday, 21st July there will be a Traditional Family Fun Day, Joe Mc Manus Cup and Live Entertainment with “The Base Killers”

Pilgrimage to Lough Derg
The Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lough Derg to mark the ‘Year of Faith’ will take place on Tuesday August 27th from 9am to 4pm. This is a one day retreat for adults which does not require fasting or walking bare foot and is ideal for those who are unable to do the traditional three day pilgrimage. The cost of the pilgrimage is €40 but reductions in this cost may be available depending on the size of the group from the parish. The price includes boat, tea and coffee, services and lunch. Places must be secured by the parish on or before Friday 9th August. For further information and to book your place please contact the Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson (Thomas Kelly 071 9644800) or Secretary (Mary Corby 071 9645011).

Buy My Dress Sale
Debs, Bridesmaids, Flower-girl,  Page boy, Wedding Dresses & Occasional Wear on offer. New & second hand. Opened for month of July; - Thur & Fri 3 - 7pm. & Sat 1-6    pm or by appointment 087 4115718. Venue; The Keepers Arms "Courthouse" Bawnboy Co Cavan Proceeds in aid of St Luke’s Hospital in association with Bawnboy Festival.  Check us out on Facebook: Bawnboy Community Festival
Glen Prince - Newtowngore Reunion
Did you work in Newtowngore Textile factory during the 70s 80s 90s and the 00s,
If so please come along to Gorby's Newtowngore on Fri 23rd August to catch up with old friends
for a night of Music, Dance and Craic, All of this and more for €10. Light refreshments will be served. After expenses, all remaining monies will be donated to North West Hospice. If you plan to join us on the night please call or text Glayds 0872786906 Kathleen 0876459962 Bernadette 0879344229 or Margaret 0871216901 Or Email donohoesb@eircom.net Looking forward to see you all, The Pyjama Makers. RSVP before 30th July.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival
Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th August 2013.  For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new people.  This Festival has been nicknamed the “Holy Oxygen” with over 1000 young people from all corners of Ireland attending last year. The festival is donation only.  Free buses available from towns throughout Ireland.  For more information and to book online see www.youth2000.ie or phone 01 6753690 or from NI 07598 876399, or join us on facebook (youthtwothousandIreland).

Local Business Pro Trailers & Machinery support the Irish National Sheepdog Trials
From August 1st to 3rd 2013, Roscommon will play host to one hundred and fifty of the best dogs and handlers in the country, in addition to nine brace dogs(‘brace’, meaning two dogs with one handler), who will compete against eachother over the space of three days, for the honour of being crowned Irish Champion and representing Ireland in competitions overseas. The fifteen single dogs and the two brace dogs receiving the highest points will go forward to represent Ireland at Warrickshire in the UK in September 2013. In addition to this, the highest-pointed 24 dogs will go forward to represent Ireland at Tain, north of Scotland, in 2014. It’s set to be a jam-packed few days, with something for the whole family - including sheep showing, vintage displays, trade stands and exhibitors from across the board. On Saturday, August 3rd, there will be a family day with several activities for children, including face painting and a bouncing castle, among other activities, all of which will be free of charge.

This Year’s Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival!
The festival this year will also see international acts along with artists from every county in the country make their way to Leitrim and make Ballinamore their home for the four day event. In speaking with Tracy Murray, she spoke of the excitement there is this year with the festival drawing attention from countries such Australia, Finland, Germany, UK and America making their way to Ballinamore. “We’re thrilled to welcome some fantastic talents from all across the world this year and I’m really excited about the reaction and feedback that is coming back from the other side of the world. The festival is all about creating a platform for entertainers to perform and it’s just so great to see such a fantastic buzz about Ballinamore and emails coming in from places such as far away as America and Australia asking to come play in Ballinamore. Also we’re thrilled to have such a huge number of musicians and artists travelling from all over the country and to think there are musicians from every county flying their county flag in Leitrim is such an honour. At this point, the festival plans are all well underway but I really need helping hands at this point just to make sure the 1200 performers who are coming to Ballinamore receive the best welcome possible. It just would be great to have more people involved and one thing I can promise is we’ll have a great old time together.” For more information on the festival you can pop along to www.ballinamorefreefringe.com


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