21st October 2013

Trocaire Lenten Campaign 2013

Trocaire would like to thank most sincerely, especially in these difficult times, the priests and people of the diocese of Kilmore, for their continued support towards the work they do in the developing world. Trocaire continues to walk with those living on the margins, speaking up for the poor and challenging the wealthy and those in power to look again at how we treat the most neglected in society. Because of your on-going generosity in this years’ Lenten campaign, we can continue to make a difference.

Revolution in Connacht - A Photographic History 1913-23
A photographic history of the revolutionary period in the west of Ireland.

During 1913–23 the people of Connacht saw a Republican uprising against British rule, Civil War, World War, a land war and sectarian violence. Hundreds of incidents occurred all over the province that had local, national and even international importance, yet there is comparatively little written about the area during the time. Weaving together information and photographs, many previously unpublished, from a wide range of sources. Revolution in Connacht gives the reader an unparalleled insight into what life was life for those who fought for the Republic those who fought against, it and those who were caught in the middle. Author Information Cormac Ó Comhraí is a native of Furbo, Co. Galway, and a graduate of NUI Galway. He teaches history and Irish at second level in Galway. He has been researching the revolutionary period in the west of Ireland since he was in university and has given many public talks on aspects of local history as well as contributing to TG4 and Raidió na Gaeltachta documentaries. He was a participant in the History Ireland Hedge School held in 2012 in Clifden. He is co-editor of 'The Men Will Talk to Me: Galway Interviews by Ernie O'Malley' (Mercier Press, 2013).

Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre

The Irish poet and fiction writer John F. Deane will give a talk in the Pastoral Centre on the theme "A personal response to the person of Jesus, explored through the heart and imagination" on Tuesday 5th November 2013 at 7:45pm.  John F. Deane was born on Achill Island in 1943;  he founded Poetry Ireland - the National Poetry Society - and The Poetry Ireland Review in 1979; he has published several collections of poetry and some fiction; he has won the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry, the Marten Toonder Award for Literature and poetry prizes from Italy and Romania. He was elected Secretary-General of the European Academy of Poetry in 1996.  He recently undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and his sequence of poems reflecting on the experience has been published under the title "Blessed and Broken".  All are welcome to attend this event.  The subscription on the evening will be €5.  Further details available from the Pastoral Centre Tel: (049) 4375004, Email: pastoralcentre@kilmorediocese.ie.

Ballinamore Writers Group

Now meeting in the Standing Stone every Thursday evening at 8.00pm. New Members always welcome. Tel 0877696514
Seán O’Heslin’s GAA – Scéalta na Seachtaine
Under 13 Football - Our U-13s play in the 13 a side final against Leitrim Gaels this Sunday in Cloone at 3pm. Please come along and support the team.
Lotto - Ní raibh aon bhuaiteoir den Lotto ar an Luan seo caite. Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i McGirl’s Pota Óir €6,300.

Ballinamore Drama Festival

The much looked forward to Ballinamore Drama Festival 2014 has been fixed for March 7-16th. Every year the festival brings top quality groups to the town. The committee seem to be able to select plays to Ballinamore that go forward to the All Ireland Drama festival and take the top prize.
So put these dates in your diary. The Chairman of the Festival for 2014 is Camillus Martin and we are always delighted to see new faces to help during that week.

Ballinamore Badminton Club

Badminton for Primary and Secondary School children will resume  on Tuesday the 5th November. There will be a further notice nearer to that date with times etc. Adult Badminton will resume next Tuesday the 15th October  from 9 to 10pm and Thursday from 9 to 10pm. We look forward to seeing everyone back playing and new members are very welcome.


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.

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)

Diabetes Information Night

The Leitrim Branch of Diabetes Ireland will hold a Public Information Meeting in the Ramada Hotel, Drumshanbo, on Wednesday October 23rd at 7.45 p.m. The speaker will be Anne Mullan, Dietitian, and the topic "Healthy eating in Diabetes- Simple Solutions". There is no charge, all are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Athletic Club

Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00 p.m. in preparation for the Connacht Cross Country Championships in Hazelwood, Sligo, on Sunday next October 27th. After the time change the training time will be from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Ballinamore Womens Group

A trip to the dogs in Mullingar takes place on Nov 9th. Full cost is 50e. Booking is essential. A deposit of 20e must be paid by 27th of Oct. To book contact 0719644785 or Mary Byrne.

Ballinamore Bridge Results

Results for the 17th of Oct are as follows;
1.Marion Quinn & Evelyn smith
2.Paddy Joyce & Kay Dolan
3.Mary McTiernan & Mary Flynn
Bridge continues every Thursday at 7pm in the commercial

Ciorcal Comhrá

Irish Conversation group will restart on Tuesday night next in Ballinamore Library from 7-8pm. If you would like to practice and improve your Irish, beidh fáilte romhat. Admission free.

New RAINBOWS Programme for 2013/14

Breffni Family Resource Centre is pleased to be in a position to offer the Rainbows Programme for children who are grieving a death, separation or other painful transition in their family.   RAINBOWS helps by providing a safe setting in which children and young people can share their feelings, emotions and struggles with others who have similar experiences. They are supported in this process by trained facilitators.   Rainbows is commencing a FREE 12 week programme at Breffni FRC from Monday , 4th November 2013 .   There will be two groups as follows:
                       6 to 8 year olds                 7.30pm to 8.30pm
                       9 to 11 year olds               7.30pm to 8.30pm
Please contact us for an application form by calling: 071-9622566 or by email: info@breffnifrc.com
Basic Life Support Training

Basic Life Support Training takes place at Breffni Family Resource Centre on Thursday 21st November from 7pm-10pm at a cost of €10 per person.   The main topics covered are CPR, AED, Treatment of Foreign Body Airway Obstruction (FBAO), Choking, Strokes, Heart Attacks, Respirator Distress and Treatment of Asthma.   At the end of this course each successful participant will receive a Basic Life Support (BLS) Certificate.   For more information or registration call us on 071 9622566 or email: info@breffnifrc.com . ng, Strokes, Heart Attacks, Respirator Distress and Treatment of Asthma. At the end of this course each successful participant will receive a Basic Life Support (BLS) Certificate. For more information or registration call us on 071 9622566 or email: info@breffnifrc.com .
Breffni Community Development Co. Ltd.
Family Resource Centre
Breffni Crescent
Carrick on Shannon
Co. Leitrim

Tel 071 9622566 / 9622567
Fax 071 9622106
Website: www.breffnifrc.com


The new dart season which was to start last Friday night was cancelled due to the tragic death of Kalie Gill in New York. On behalf of everyone involved in darts in Ballinamore I wish to send sincere sympathy to the Gill families in New York and in Fenagh on their sad bereavement , and hope Kalie’s sister Lindsey makes a full recovery.
Games to be played next Friday night are Standing Stone V Shortts (A), Shortts (B) V Jackies, McGirls V The Poor Scholar, Quinns of Fenagh V Ossies. First named teams have home venue, Starting time 10.30pm sharp.
A mass for the deceased members and staff of Leitrim County Council will be held in St. Mary’s Church, Carrick-on-Shannon on Monday 4th November 2013 at 8pm “

Ballinamore Childcare Annual Halloween Party

Ballinamore Childcare are holding their Annual Halloween Party in Ballinamore Community Centre on Sunday 27th October from 6pm to 8pm. Party includes Traditional Halloween Games, Disco, Treats galore for all the Kids and Costume raffle with great prizes to be won. Children must be accompanied by a Parent/Adult. Everyone welcome. This is a fundraising event for your Local not for Profit Community Childcare service, providing 2 pre-schools and an afterschool service in your local area. Ballinamore Childcare is a registered Charity.


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