9th September 2013

New Bus Route from Ballinamore
A new bus route will commence with the support of Leitrim Development Company on Tue 24th Sept from Ballinamore to Carrick-on-Shannon through the following locations; Ballinamore, Fenagh, Kesh, Drumcong, Drumshanbo, Leitrim & Carrick. This Service will operate twice daily on Tuesday & Friday of each week on a return basis will timetables avail locally. Free travel passes accepted on Friday morning only.  Prices will be on a staggered basis reducing from €5 single to €8 return from Ballinamore to Carrick-on-Shannon.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Will be held in Ballinamore Church of Ireland on Friday 13th September at 8pm. Everyone Welcome.

Lakelands & Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championship.
Monday 9th September to Friday 13th September 2013
Welcome to all the anglers who are participating in this year’s championship, we all wish them good luck with the fishing and hope they have good weather and a bit of craic thrown in!
The Lakelands and inland Waterways initiative, both government fisheries bodies and local councils in Ireland have come together once again to provide sponsorship for this successful match providing a guaranteed prize fund of €30,000 for the Pairs! Add this to the €9,800 in tackle sponsorship from DAIWA and the optional Individuals Match running inside the Pairs, and this is still the richest coarse match in Ireland! 

Live Horse Racing in Co Cavan
Larry MCGinn Vice Chairman Castlerahan Community Development Ltd.
049 854 1526 w 087 783 7884 m 049 854 2699

Castlerahan Community Development Horse and Pony Racing and Family Fun Day
Takes place on Sunday 15th September at lands in Brackloney (by kind permission of Mr Jimmy Sheridan) The Horse and Pony Racing is under the auspices of the Midland Horse and Pony Racing Association and will be the first ever race meet in Co. Cavan. The family Fun day will have plenty of activities including a Bungee Run, High Slide, Bouncing castles, Duck Racing etc. It also incorporates a Tractor Run commencing at the Community Grounds and finishing at the Race Track in Brackloney. For details re: Horse and Pony Racing contact Mick Grenham 086 - 101 7288 (All local races are pre entry before Monday 9th September), for Tractor Run details contact Paddy Smith 086 - 2526170 or 087 2526170 or for general enquires contact any committee member.

St Patricks Garden Fete Draw 2013
Tickets are currently on sale for the St Patricks Community Hospital Garden Fete Raffle. The following are the prizes on offer 1st prize: €1,000 Cash,2nd Two Return Flights to any of UK 12 destinations Courtesy of Ireland West Knock Airport,3rd Prize: 22” Walker HD Digital LCD TV donated by King & Moffat Electrical Boyle Road Carrick on Shannon,4th Prize: Voucher for €200 Donated by Gerard Anthony Menswear Superstore Boyle Road Carrick on Shannon,5th Prize: Luxurious Overnight stay for Two in Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa Donated by Kilronan Hotel & Spa + other prizes on the day. Tickets are €2 each or a Book of 6 for €10 Please support. The Garden Fete Committee are Seeking Volunteers to help with the organising of the Fete/Ticket selling etc. To Volunteer Please contact Tony Wadd or Micheal Duignan Garden Fete Committee at St Patricks Community Hospital Carrick on Shannon Tel 071 96 20011 Thank you

St Patricks Hospital Fete Items Wanted
The Garden Fete Committee are seeking the following items Books, Toys Cakes Plants etc & items for the Bric a Bric stall for our Garden Fete on Sunday September 15th(no clothes or unusable items please). Items can be dropped into the Hospital during office hours only please Thank you for your support. We are seeking Volunteers willing sell Fete tickets & to help at the Fete on Sunday September 15th Please contact Tony Wadd or Micheal Duignan Tel. 071 96 20011.

Higher Attainment Through Cross-border Hubs (HATCH for Short) is an European Union INTERREG lVA funded initiative which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The programme is finalising recruitment for Business Management, Renewable Energy, Wind Turbine Installation , Digital Surveying, CAD BIM and Cambridge ESOL’s Business English programmes. These part-time courses are designed specifically for adult learners. They are accredited through the South West College and University of Ulster and are free to eligible participants. This is a cross-border initiative and courses will be delivered in Cavan and/or Omagh, and Enniskillen depending on demand. For further information on courses please contact HATCH admissions at Cavan Innovation & Technology Centre on 049 43 77277 or www.cavanitc.ie/HATCH

Men’s Circuit’s (Gym workout)
A six week programme of men’s circuits will commence on Wednesday the 11th of September at 8.30pm in Ballinamore GAA Gym. This session will include exercise stations along with body conditioning exercises.  This class is suitable for all fitness levels and ages.  Come along and try it out. For further information contact 0879390980

Living with Suicide Day
Lough Derg, Wednesday 25th September. A day dedicated to anyone who has been affected by suicide, including those who minister and provide support. It is a guided day with three expert speakers as well as time for peaceful reflection and prayer on the Island. Booking essential, contact Maureen 071 9861518/028 68632391 or email info@loughderg.org. Full details on www.loughderg.org

Abbey Rovers Soccer Club
Our AGM will take place in the Community Centre Ballinamore on Tuesday evening 10th September at 8.30pm.  Parents needed to help with training during this coming year. 

Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of North West Hospice

Could you organise a coffee morning in aid of North West Hospice? Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of hospice care throughout Ireland takes place on Thursday 19th September.  All funds raised locally stay local, so all proceeds from coffee mornings held in Sligo, Leitrim and South Donegal will go directly to North West Hospice.  Thanks to Bewley’s, the national sponsor of Ireland’s Biggest Coffee Morning, all coffee is provided free to organisers.  If you would like to organise a coffee morning in aid of North West Hospice, please call us on (071) 9143317 or email info@northwesthospice.ie

150th Anniversary Fund Raising Concert In St. Brigid’s Church Killeshandra On Monday 16th September @ 8.00pm

As part of the celebrations commemorating the dedication of our parish church - St Brigid’s  - a special fund raising concert has been organised to help defray the cost of the renovations and improvements both to the exterior and interior currently under way.  Tickets priced at €20.00 are currently on sale at Grays, Owens, Killeshandra Post Office, Arva Post Office, Lynch’s & Brady’s of Arva, MacSheain’s Cornafean Members of Parish Finance Committee or by ringing 087 9080817.. Admission to the concert is by ticket only so buy early and avoid disappointment. There will also be numerous spot prizes on the night. Spots will be drawn on the concert programme which will be numbered and on sale on the night.
Part 1, Renowned Virginia Gospel Choir under the direction of Carmel Reilly,
Part 2 – Various Artists’

Seán O’Heslin’s GAA – Scéalta na Seachtaine

All Ireland Ticket Draw - All of our underage players are selling tickets for the All Ireland ticket draw. The first prize is a weekend for two in Dublin including tickets for the All Ireland Football Final. Further prizes of weekends away in Donegal and Sligo. Tickets only €5 each.
Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn sa Standing Stone Pota Óir €6,000.

Ballinamore Running & Walking Group
Walkers, joggers & runners of all fitness levels to meet weekly & train together providing a safe & social environment for outdoor exercise. Next outing will be next Tuesday night at 8pm leaving from the canal basin across from Supervalu. All Welcome whether walking, jogging or running for this free & fun group!!! For further details check out our Facebook page Ballinamore Runners & Walkers Group or contact Gordon on 087 6418120.

Heartbreak to Healing
If you have suffered the loss of your spouse/partner by death or by separation/divorce, then the Heartbreak to Healing programme is for you.The Support Group is non pro fit making and non- denominational and is completely confidential. The programme will commence on Tuesday Sept 17th and run for seven consecutive Tues nights, concluding on October 29th. For further information contact Geraldine at 087-2675859(anytime) or Joe at 087-2772464.  

Ballinamore Active Age
We return to our fortnightly meeting on Sept 12th at 3pm in Trathnona. Looking forward to meeting everyone after the summer break. New members always welcome.

Ballinamore Afterschool
We have a limited number of places vacant in our service. We provide afterschool care from 1.40pm to 600pm Monday to Friday. Activities include arts/crafts, games , painting, walks, outdoor play outings , and much more . Junior and senior infants are collected at Ballinamore School. Homework supervision is included in each session .We also offer a limited number of causal drop in place. To avail of this service you can call in and register your child or call us on 071/9644904

Templeport Day Centre
The Day Centre re-opens on next Wed 11th  of Sept. Looking forward to seeing you all again. Usual transport arrangements. New members very welcome. Any queries contact Kathleen on 087-792 1683 or Anne on 087-285 7471

Winter Swimming Courses
Held at Riversdale Ballinamore Adult Swimming Lessons (Monday nights) 7-30pm until 8-15pm. Aqua Aerobics (Monday nights) 8-15pm until 9-00pm. Children Swimming Lessons  (Thursday Nights) 6-00pm until 8-00pm.  All courses commence week starting 16th September. Booking Night for all courses is Monday 9th September  at 8-00pm at Riversdale Ballinamore

Carrick on Shannon Golf Club
In association with Carrick 400 and Leitrim Roots Festival hosts a 2 person open scramble this week end 13-15 Sept. Entry €20 per person re entry €10, great prizes include 5 chances to win a €400 shopping voucher sponsored by diagio. book early @ www.carrickonshannonclub.ie

On Friday September 6th a presentation was made to the North West Hospice and Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin on behalf of the Ballinamore PPS Kilimanjaro Achievers climb. The presentation took place in Méanscoil Fatima and the organisers were delighted to be joined by John Kelly (North West Hospice), Dr. Pádraig Sheeran (Our Lady's Hospital Crumlin) and Darren Grant (Kilimanjaro Achievers) for the presentation.
In January of this year, Méabh Gleeson, Siobhán Mc Tague, Donnchadh Dolan and Conor Moran, travelled to Africa with their teacher Aoife Ní Mháille to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. In the run up to this climb the group had carried out a fundraising campaign in the local area. This trip was to be guided under the watchful eye of Ian Mc Keever, RIP. Unfortunately, tragic circumstances led to the untimely death of Ian during the climb. Ian was a wonderful inspiration and encouragement to adults and students alike and his death is deeply regretted by all of those involved in this climb, as well as by everyone who knew him.
Kilimanjaro Achievers have now built an Orphanage under the CHETI project in Ian's name and are pursuing Ian's dream to build a school in Tanzania. A contribution was made towards this worthwhile project on the night. Everyone involved with this fundraiser would like to greatly appreciate all the kind words, messages, thoughts and prayers that were sent to them at the time of Ian's tragic passing. Ar dhéis Dé go raibh a anam. In total €7,374.42 was raised by the four students and their teacher. The organisers and the school would like to take this opportunity to offer heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported this fundraiser in any way. There are too many to mention names but to the amazing community of Ballinamore and its Business population, to the people of its surrounding areas and undoubtedly to the school staff, students and their families thank you for the generous contribution you have made to such worthy causes.


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