7th October 2013

Talks on the Decade of Centenaries
 A series of talks on the struggle for identity in Ireland between 1912 and 1922 will take place in libraries in Leitrim on Wednesdays at 8pm in the next five weeks, organised by County Leitrim Peace III Partnership. Admission to all events is free and all are welcome. Brochures giving more details are available in libraries and bookshops.  For further information, email peace@leitrimcoco.ie or telephone 071 9620005 extension 540.

Pulse Wave Hearth Test
The Nature Trail, Ballinamore Sat 12th Oct. Booking Essential. Please call 071 96 31818 or 087 9766738

Ballinamore Drama Festival
The AGM of Ballinamore Drama Festival took place in The Standing Stone Hotel on Thursday 26th September and the usual dedicated members were present. The drama festival is a very important event in the town annually and could not continue in the efficient manner that it does without the generosity of the sponsors. The outgoing Chairperson Maureen Martin thanked all who sponsored, helped and supported her in her reign of office over the last four years. There is no doubt, but for the effort put in by Maureen and Camillus Martin, prior to and during the busy week of the Festival, the week would not have been so meticulously and successfully run. Of course Maureen had a team behind her including new Secretary of 2013, Mary Corby. The income on previous years was down and the overall balance sheet showed a small deficit but this did not influence the treasurers to walk away from the financial side of the job, so onwards and upwards for 2014. The 2014 Festival which will be 33rd Drama Festival in Ballinamore will take place on Friday 7th March to Sunday 16th. Preparation commenced immediately and all officers looked forward to the next Festival and new members are always welcome. The following are the officers elected Chairman: Camillus Martin, Secretary: Mary Corby, Treasurers: Caroline Martin & Sheila O Brien, Catering Manager: Clare Ryan, Health & Safety Officer: Joe Feely, Programme Coordinator and play selection committee: Camillus & Maureen Martin & Mary Corby.

Karate News
Congratulations to all the students who recently took part in the Grading in Longford and passed their test for their next belts. Classes continue each Friday evening in Ballinamore Community Centre. Children’s classes are 6.30pm - 7.30pm and Adults classes are 7.30pm to 8.30pm. We are now enrolling new students and the first class is free! For further information please contact Ollie on 087 2999810.
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!!!
Epilepsy Ireland
Epilepsy Ireland is holding a Talk in the Y Zone YMCA North Road Monaghan on Tuesday 8th October from 10am -1pm. The talk entitled “Epilepsy for Everyone” will be given by Ms Sinead Murphy Community Clinical  Nurse Specialist in Epilepsy Services. There will also be an opportunity to have an one to one meeting with Sinead to discuss your own specific issues. This meeting is suitable for people with epilepsy their families/ carers and for  health care professionals. Tea/ Coffee will be served. Booking in advance is essential if you wish to book an appointment with Sinead. All welcome. For further information contact Noreen O’Donnell on 042 9337585.

And On October 22nd in the Riverfront  Bar Function room  Virginia registration @6.30 for 7pm  sharp start. There will be a talk entitled “ Epilepsy; The Challenges for Children and Families” This talk will be Given by Dr. Helena Rush Clinical Psychologist in Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Dr Cathy Madigan Neuropsychologist in Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Both Dr’s have many years of experience working with children with epilepsy and supporting families of children who have epilepsy. Ms Ann Connolly Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Children’s Epilepsy will give a talk on “Transitional Care” discussing the best ways to manage the process of moving from the children’s service to the adult services.There will be time for a question and answers. This event is suitable for parents /carers of children with epilepsy and health care professionals. Tea & Coffee will be served at registration. Booking is essential for this event.

Ballinamore Writers Group
Meeting Sunday evenings at 7.00pm in the Standing Stone. New members' welcome!

Ballinamore Women’s Group
A trip to the dogs in Mullingar has been organised by Ballinamore Women's Group on Saturday the 9th of November. Cost of outing is 50euro. A deposit of 20euro books a place which must be paid on or before the 18th of October. Remainder of money to be paid on or before meeting on the 6th of November in Tráthnóna Meeting Centre. 50euro covers transport, meal and card for races. Contact any member of the group for more information.

Evening Courses at Ballinamore VEC
Introduction to Gardening (5 week course beginning Tuesday 22nd October) Introduction to Millinery (8 week course beginning 23rd October)
Sugarcraft your Christmas Cake
(4 week course) Courses will run subject to numbers. For more info call Jenny on 071 96 44136 before 18th October

Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Sadly Outreach Moldova’s Operation Santa (the shoebox appeal) will not be taking place this year as the recession takes its toll on the charity. Clare Mc Loughlin (Drumshanbo ) and Annmarie Mc Niff (Keadue) would like to thank all the people and local organisations who over the last 5 years have supported the shoebox appeal and brought such delight to so many children.

Musical Society News
Great news from Ballinamore Musical Society!!! The committee and production team have met and we are ready to go with a show for February 2014. Rehearsals will commence in Reynolds (upstairs) on Wednesday night next October 9th at 8.30 p.m. We will be starting with some chorus numbers and a chat so you should come along on Wednesday night or contact Jim (086.859 6470) or John (087.668 7299) if you are interested but unable to attend. Ballinamore has always had a strong tradition of superb quality shows with some of the best singing and dancing talent that Leitrim has to offer. With the growing population in the surrounding area we are sure there is plenty of new talent out there and we would be delighted to welcome you on Wednesday night!

Ireland’s leading children’s charity is recruiting for Volunteer Coordinators and Volunteer Collectors for their ‘Buckets for Barnardos’ National Collection Day taking place on Friday, 25th October 2013 in the Co Leitrim Tesco Stores located in Ballinamore and Carrick on Shannon.  The role of the Volunteer Coordinator is to take overall responsibility for the National collection day in one of the Tesco Stores (in liaison with Barnardos Volunteer Support & Community Engagement Service).  The role of the Volunteer Collector is to collect money on the day at one of the Tesco Stores during an agreed 2½ hour time slot.  If interested in assisting us on the day please contact Suzanne on 01-7080431 or email volunteers@barnardos.ie for more information.

North West Hospice to host Remembrance Evening
October 16th North West Hospice will host a Remembrance Evening on Wednesday 16th October at The Model Arts Centre, Sligo at 7.30pm.  This special occasion will provide an opportunity to pause and remember our loved ones, to reflect on their passing and to look forward with hope.  Including music and reflections, the evening will be non-denominational and is open to all who have been bereaved.  Further details are available from www.northwesthospice.ie or (071) 9143317.North West Hospice provides specialist care with compassion for those living with life-limiting illness in our community.  Further info from www.northwesthospice.ie Further info: Maeve Butler, North West Hospice (071) 9143317 / (087) 2356143 / maeve@northwesthospice.ie

Athletic Club
Club training has now resumed at the Sports Hall and St Felim's Ground on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.00 to 8.00 p.m. and new members are always welcome. Apart from the general fitness training athletes will be prepared for cross country, indoor athletics and Sports Hall Athletics. Club members will be in action at the Connacht Primary Schools Championships at Moyne Community School next Saturday.

Seán O’Heslin’s GAA – Scéalta na Seachtaine
Lotto - It is planned to have the lotto at 11.30 from now on for the winter months. So we ask all of our patrons to be there at 11.00. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Jackie’s Pota Óir €6,200.

Job Seeking Skills Course
County Leitrim Job Club will be running a job seeking skills course in Ballinamore Enterprise Centre commencing on Monday 14th October 2013 and running for four weeks. The course covers all aspects of job seeking (including basic computer skills) and runs 10am to 1pm, Mon-Friday. An attendance allowance is available to participants on this programme. If you would like to reserve a place or require any further information, please contact Martina or Mary at Leitrim Development Company 071 9641770 / 086 0306565 or email leitrimjobclub@ldco.ie. (Please note you must be in receipt of a social protection payment to be eligible for this course)

John Curry Photograph Exhibition
Anybody who grew up in Ballinamore in the late 70’s and 80’s will remember the late John Curry. John spent many years coming on holiday to Ballinamore before coming back to spend his final years here. Throughout his time in Ballinamore John took numerous photographs, got them developed and then gave them as a keepsake to the people concerned. A number of months ago Ballinamore Library staff issued a plea to collect some of these photographs, while the response was slow, a number of families did come forward and brought their photographs. An Exhibition of these are now available at Ballinamore Library, so why not pop in and see them for yourself. Opening hours: - Mon, Wed, Fri 10.00 – 5.30; Tues & Thur 10.00 – 8.00; Sat 10.00 – 5.00 with lunch closing daily 1.30 – 2.30.

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


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