16th September 2013

16 September 2013

Hospice Coffee Morning
Hospice Coffee Morning will take place next Thursday the 19th Sept at Bríd McGourty’s between 10am – 2pm. Your support would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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 Bridge Club reopens
the bridge club will commence this coming Thursday 19th in the Commercial Hotel at 7pm, we would love to see all our players attend and if anyone out there would like a game of bridge please come along.

Woman’s Group
The bus leaves the square in Ballinamore at 10am on Fri the 20th of Sept for the trip to Limerick. The return journey leaves Limerick @ 12 noon with a stop in Athlone. Hope everybody will have an enjoyable weekend.

1st Leitrim (Ballinamore) AGM 1st Leitrim (Ballinamore) Branch of Scouting Ireland
AGM will be held on Thursday 26th September at 9.30pm in the Community Centre, Ballinamore. Enrolment in Beavers/Cubs/Scouts & Ventures followed by AGM. Parent/s required to attend to enrol child/children.

Ballinamore Family Festival
Annual Meeting will take place on Tuesday 1st October in Smyths Siopa Ol at 8pm. All new ideas welcome from business & non business people. Please come along and support.

Athletic Club
Training will resume at the Sports Hall on Tuesday October 1st at 6.00 p.m. The first competition of general interest will be the Leitrim Primary Schools Cross Country and Walks in Leitrim Village on a date during the last week of September which will be set on Thursday next. The Connacht Primary Schools for qualifiers will be in Moyne, Co Longford on Saturday October 12th. Don’t forget the Tuesday
evening adult run at 8.00 p.m. from beside Supervalu.

Parent & Toddler Group
We meet in the Trathnona Centre on Wednesdays from 11am to 12.30pm. €2 per session. Anyone in the company of a baby or toddler is very welcome.
Mohill Family Support Centre has an outreach clinic in the Trathnona Centre on Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Anyone needing advice on social issues such as housing or social welfare, or on community issues is welcome to drop in.
Solas Cultural Night this Friday 20th at 7.30pm.
Bawnboy Heritage:
Have you stories or information on Bawnboy Workhouse...the dance halls, cinema, school, bakery, dispensary, shop, church & residents who lived there & the graveyard. If so please contact us on bawnboyheritage.com or 087 4115718 / 087 4197667 – we would love to hear from you.

Bus Service
A new bus service between Ballinamore and Carrick on Shannon under the Rural Lift programme of the Leitrim Development Company will operate for ten weeks from Tuesday September 24th. There will be buses on Tuesdays and Fridays with a morning and evening return journey serving, Fenagh, Keshcarrigan as well as Drumshanbo and linking with trains and buses to and from Dublin, Sligo, Longford etc. Watch the "Observer" and local notices for details.

Upcoming Autumn Monastic Experience Weekend
St. Mary's Abbey, Glencairn from 25 to 27 October, 2013.
The event is open to women who are discerning God's call in their
lives and who would like to discover more about monastic life.
Cistercian nuns seek God and follow Christ in a monastic life of prayer and work, silence and simplicity and community life. We are a vibrant, growing community of 34 sisters. Currently, there are 2500 Cistercian monks and 1800 Cistercian nuns worldwide. Visit our website www.glencairnabbey.org which we regularly update to provide news, information and insights about our Cistercian way of life.
The Priory Institute - bringing theology home!
 If you wish to study theology by distance learning, please register right away to secure your place on the programme. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept applications after the application deadline (23 September 2013). Remember, we are here for you if you have any queries about our programmes.Phone:   (01) 404 8124. eMail:  enquiries@prioryinstitute.com Web:  www.prioryinstitute.ie
 We hope you can join us on this exciting journey of studying theology by distance learning.

Seán O’Heslin’s GAA – Scéalta na Seachtaine
Draw for All Ireland Tickets
Underage players are selling tickets for the draw for All Ireland tickets and a weekend in Dublin. Sellers are asked to return stubs to the Park between 7-8pm on Wednesday and Thursday of next week.
LottoLotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Bobby Joe’s Pota Óir €6,050.

Church News
Altar Servers;
Thanks to all the young people who minister as Altar Servers in our 2 churches. Parents of Altar Servers who will serve for the coming year 2013-2014 are requested to come to a meeting in St. Patrick's National School on Tuesday Night next September 17th at 8:30pm
Eucharistic Adoration
Eucharistic Adoration will resume in the side chapel, beside the alter each Wednesday evening from 9 to 10pm, commencing Wed 25th Sept. Would you like to come and spend some quiet time in prayer for whatever your intention. Everyone welcome.

Parish Pastoral Council Meeting
There will be a meeting of the parish pastoral council on Tuesday 24th September in the Community Centre Ballinamore at 8:30pm sharp. As this will be first meeting with Fr. Sean we would ask all members to please attend, agenda for meeting is being posted out to members.

Irish Kidney Association
The annual church gate collection in aid of the Irish Kidney Association will take place on Saturday the 28th and Sunday 29th of Sept next. Your support would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
Ballinamore Writers' Group meeting Sunday evenings at 7.00pm in the Standing Stone. New members' welcome!

Ballinamore Community Centre Whist Drive Results
Top Score €30 went to Doreen Woods with 149
1st Lady Mary Flynn (142) €10
2nd Lady Shirley Pratt (142) €7
3rd Lady Evelyn Kiernan (141) €5
½ time Lady Gladys Turner (74) €5
Longest sitting lady Nora McCabe – free card
1st Gent Eileen Boyle (148) €10
2nd Gent Bram Pratt (145) €7
3rd Gent Joan O’Reilly (140) €5
½ time Gent Tommy Connolly (77)
Longest sitting Gent Christopher McNiffe – Free card
Raffle 1st Peggy Logan – 2nd Christopher McNiffe – 3rd Margaret Nelis – 4th Iris Bennett – 5th Con O’Gorman

Drumshanbo Comhaltas Celebrate Culture Night.
On Friday the 20th of September 2013 Drumshanbo Comhaltas are celebrating Culture Night in Monica’s pub on High Street, Drumshanbo. The celebrations start at 8pm with young musicians from the Ceoltoiri Lough Allen group. Drumshanbo Comhaltas will make a presentation to branch member Sarah Ward, for her wonderful achievement at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Derry. This is Sarah's 8th All Ireland medal in six years and the 23rd All Ireland medal to be won by the Ward Sisters. This will be followed by a Drumshanbo Comhaltas senior session at 9pm. All musicians, dancers, singers and listeners welcome on the night. Please come along and help celebrate a wonderful evening of free entertainment. Refreshments will be served.  Bigi Linn chun an Oiche mhor a ceiliuradh.

The 10th annual Gallant 15km Challenge in aid of St Christopher's Hospice Cavan
Takes place Saturday 26th October 2013. Main sponsor is MacManus Pharmacies Cavan. People can either walk, run or cycle the 15km from Cavan to Cornafean or choose the smaller course of Ballinagh to Cornafean. Over the previous nine years the Challenge has been an outstanding success raising 262,000 euro for this wonderful cause.
Sponsorship cards are available from St Christopher's Hospice 049-4332999, Ciaran Weir 086-0753309 or William Hughes on 086-3584700.

 The Country Dance of the Year featuring Patrick Feeney, Busy Fingers, Nite Fever, Anthony McBrien, The Davitt Showband, Andreas Durkin, Gary Gamble, Christy and Mono, Matt Leavy, Trevor Moyles plus a legendary special guest on the night takes place in the Breffni Arms Hotel in Arvagh County Cavan on Monday 14th October 2013 in aid of St Christopher's Hospice Cavan.  Master of Ceremonies on the night is Mr Brendan Farrell from Shannonside Northern Sound. For details or tickets please contact 086-0753309.  This is a night not to be missed so get your tickets because you will not be disappointed!!!

Kilimanjaro Thank You
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.
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, and many more 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. 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 Michael Duignan Tel. 071 96 20011.

Guitar Classes
Mondays 4 30 pm Ballinamore VEC Tel Larry 086 6053838
Weekly Bingo in Ballyconnell Community Centre
Wednesday nights at 9.00p.m.
2,250 prize money including jackpot 1,000
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

Tanagh Family Fun Day
Part of World Positive Mental Health Week. Keep Saturday the 5th of October free. Cost: €5 per person. The activities will run from 1-4pm.
This event is specifically designed for families.
Young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult family member.
A Family member can participate in one session only.
Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.
There is a charge of €5 per person
Pre Booking in advance is essential.

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