24th March 2014

Balllinamore Childcare ‘Donate And Buy’ Fundraiser
An Event in Support of Ballinamore Childcare Ltd.
Saturday April 5th 3pm to 5pm. We are accepting Women’s, Men’s and Children’s clothes and accessories in resale condition. So clear out those closets.  Then come by during the event to purchase some great new fashions for yourself and your family at super discounted prices while helping to fund childcare and afterschool programs in Ballinamore. Drop off at An Naionra, Lollipop Kids/Afterschool to a committee member by April 4th.


Church News
Week Day Masses For Lent :
Ballinamore : Mon 7pm, Tues & Thurs 7:30am, Wed & Fri 9am, Sat 11am & 7pm,(Vigil) Sunday 11:30am
Aughnasheelin : Wed & Fri 8pm, Sun 10am
Confessions: Sat. 11.30am –12 noon also 6-30pm.in Ballinamore Church, anytime on request. .Aughnasheelin 7.30pm on First Friday.
Baptisms
We welcome into the Parish Community James Murphy who was baptised on Saturday 8th March. God bless James & his family.
First Reconcilation: The sacrament of First Reconcilation ( Confession) will be celebrated on Thursday next at 7pm in Ballinamore Church. On Sunday March 30th the second ritual in preparation for First Communion will take place during the 11.30 mass.

The Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People
Would like to thank all parishioners who donated €1000 which came from St. Anthony donation box in the church porch.

“CONSOLE” Sligo /Leitrim Suicide Liason Project
If a family would like the Suicide Liason Officer to contact them about the supports and services available to them following suicide, please contact Anne Lynch, Family Suicide Bereavement Officer, “Console” Centre, Midfield, Swinford, Co. Mayo. Tel 087 1955990 or email anne.lynch@console.ie

Forthcoming Events in the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre
Reflections on the Seven Last Words of Jesus – Stations of the Cross and Benediction in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre Chapel in Cavan on Monday evening at 7:30p.m. Fr. Dan Sheridan, PP Killeshandra, will give a reflection on the fifth of Christ’s Last Words, "I am Thirsty". All welcome and it will last about an hour.
Spring Lecture Series – Fran McNulty (RTE and formerly Shannonside-Northern Sound) will give a talk on "Keeping the Faith" on Tuesday 1 April 2014 at 7:45p.m. in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Cavan. All welcome. Voluntary Subscription on the night would be appreciated.

Spanish Cycle in Aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation
Get on your bike for the Irish Hospice Foundation this summer and help raise funds for the vital Nurses for Night Care Service. This year’s IHF Kingspan Cycle Challenge sees cyclists take on a route from San San Sebastian to Barcelona. Register before April 4th by logging on to hospicefoundation.ie or calling 01 679 3188 .


Ballinamore Library
Please Note Ballinamore Library is closed Monday morning 24th March’14 for staff meeting. Library will re-open at 2.30pm. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Darts Final
The final of the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup sponsored by the Aughnasheelin Gun Club was played on last Friday night week the 14th of March in Ossie’s Bar, there was a full house to see what turned out to be a very exciting final between McGirl’s and Quinn’s. McGirl’s won the first four games and looked like they were going to win very easy, but Quinn’s fought back to win the next three making it (4) games to (3), the eighth game was very exciting it could have went either way, but Jimmy Walsh, held his nerve to shoot the winning double for McGirl’s and won the Cup for the third year running, final score McGirl’s (5) Quinn’s (3). Best for McGirl’s were Michael McGirl, Richard McDermott, Shane O’Neill, Barney McAdam and Jimmy Walsh, and for Quinn’s, Connor Scollan, Jerry Kilkenny and Johnny McGovern played very well. Paddy Harty presented the Aughnasheelin Gun Club and presented trophies to the winners and runners up. The captain of the winning team Eamon Dension thanked all the teams who took part in the competition and also thanked Quinn’s for a very close and exciting game. Thanks to Ossie for the sponsorship of the raffle and refreshments, thanks to all who bought tickets, also thanks to Sean Mahon, Sean Quinn and Paul Lee for chalking the games. The full list of player for McGirl’s were: Richard McDermott, Sean O’Neill, Michael McGirl, Barney McAdam, Greg McGovern, Eamon Bension, Jimmy Walsh, Tony McHugh, Andy Ralf, Eugene Maguire, Paul Maguire, Gerry Mahon, Joe McGirl and for Quinn’s: Brendan Beirne, T.P. Kane, Liam Aldridge, Paul Gill, Connor Scollan, Gerry Kilkenny, Johnny McGovern, Ciaran Fanning, Mick Crosbie, John O’Neill, Paul Crosbie.
On behalf of all involved in Ballinamore Darts, I would like to thank the Aughnasheelin Gun Club for their very generous sponsorship. Thanks to Paddy Harty who presented the Cup and Trophies on behalf of the Gun Club. Well done to Kieran Harty who ran the whole show on the night!!

Sweet Spirit 2014
After their sell out performance last December, the Mohill based ‘Sweet Spirit Gospel Choir’ are delighted to be invited back to perform in St. George’s Heritage & Event Centre, Carrick On Shannon on Friday 4th April 2014. Part proceeds will go to St. Georges Church with a donation from the choir to Marie McKiernan for an orphanage in Ethiopia. The choir are busy rehearsing their new songs for the show and are very excited about the new material which has a true Southern Gospel-Country feel. One of the new features is the inclusion of the newly formed ‘quartet’ within the choir.
Also included in the new programme are 3 original songs written by the Musical Director Tish Dunleavy. They will be performed in public for the first time at this event along with some of the old Seeker’s favourites and many more.
Friday April 4th 2014 at 8.30pm sharp!. You won’t be disappointed by this show so don’t be disappointed by not getting there on time! Audience participation is encouraged!

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
Lourde
The Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from
27th May to 1st June. Bookings for the Pilgrim Section are with Mc Ginnity
Travel, Cavan and for the Assisted Pilgrim Section with Rev Kevin Fay,
Lavey, Co Cavan. Early booking is essential as places are limited. Tickets
are on sale to support the Assisted Pilgrim Section and all support will be
much appreciated

Fior Ceil

St. Ninnidhs Hall, Derrylin, co. Fermanagh @ 9.30pm on Saturday night 29th March.
Music by Raymond Loney.
Fundraiser for county fleadh.
Many thanks
Marie Maguire
Derrylin CCE
0044 7989 583377

Diabetes Public Information Meeting
The Leitrim Branch of Diabetes Ireland are holding a Public Information Evening in the Ramada Hotel, Drumshanbo, on Wednesday March 26th at 7.45.p.m. The speaker is Ms Ruth Morrow, Advanced Nurse Practitioner Carrigallen Health Centre and the subject is "Diabetes, What you need to know". Refreshments served and all are welcome. Contact Patricia 087 2238242 or Diabetes Ireland 071 9146001.

Community Council Notice
A very important Public Consultation Meeting regarding the Leitrim County Development Plan 2015-2012 is being organised by Leitrim County Council in the Library on Wednesday next (26th) from 7.00 to 9.00 p.m.It is of vital importance for the future of the area that community activists attend this meeting as while inclusion in the Plan does not indicate that something necessary will be done exclusion means that there is no possibility of it happening. There are some matters of vital importance to the future of this area which needs to be highlighted.

The Real McCoy
Back by popular demand for 2 final nights. 
Aughawillan drama troupe  are staging THE REAL MCCOY. A New comedy by Tommy Maran.  Friday, march 21st and Sunday march 23rd in Aughawillan hall, county Leitrim.  Curtain 8.30pm sharp. Tickets €10.
Sure to be a fantastic nights entertainment.

Flying High Over The Rainbow
What an excellent parade. Well folks R.T.E. came and went and as promised they gave us our spot on the T.V. It looked fabulous and you all looked great.
There was a hugh effort put into this years parade and that was down to the work by all, from, Parade entries to spectators, stewarts to judges, Musicians/sound to dancers, snakes to little helpers, firemen to Gardai and of course the smallest and tallest St. Patricks in the land. Well done Owen Hamill and Shane Creamer. Thank you also to our sponsors for their generous contributions - all the publicans in the town, Tesco, Super Valu and Cumiskys. A special thank you to Edel and Sandie McKeon for their help with costumes.
An estimated 600+ people descended on our great town and when asked by John McMorrow R.T.E... "How would you describe the town? The reply was - A small town with a big heart" and we certainly proved that. .Thank you all from the town and surrounding areas for contributing to a great success. We are planning that next years parade with all of your help will be as good if not better. Congratulations to all our prize winners see next weeks notes for more information or contact Dawn 086- 3115647 or David McCabe (Poor Scholar)

Glimpses Of Garadice
As part of the Leitrim County Library Winter Lecture Series, “Glimpses of Garadice” will take place in the Library in Ballinamore on Tuesday April 1st at 8 pm. This presentation by Des Quinn is about the townland of Garadice and the surrounding area from the earliest times up to the end of the twentieth century. It proved to be a very popular event when it was first presented to a full house in August of last year. Once again everyone is welcome; admission is FREE but come early to avoid disappointment.

Ballinamore Bridge Club
Date: Friday, 21 March, 2014, 16:16
Results for Thursday 20th March
1st Monica Sharpley and Bernie Flynn
2nd Carrie Maroney and Maureen Dolphin
3rd Mary mc Tiernan and Mary Flynn
joint 4th Marian Quinn and Evelyn Smith and Sean Creamer and
Marian Burns
Bridge continues on Thursday 27th at 7pm all players welcome.

Big Maggie
The Sliabh an Iarainn Players are presenting it in Clogher Old School on Friday next 28th and Saturday 29th March at 8.30pm sharp!


Public Meeting
For your information there are open public meetings being held by Leitrim Co. Co. this week so that the public can have their say on the DRAFT LEITRIM COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2015 – 2021. Details are available on http://www.leitrimcoco.ie/eng/News/Public-Participation-Draft-Leitrim-Co-Development-Plan.html  The meetings are as follows.
Ballinamore: County Library Ballinamore on Wednesday 26th March 2014 from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. If you have opinions or ideas about tourism, planning, the environment, heritage, economic / community development, and any other areas of activity etc. then you should attend so that your views are taken into account in the plans for the future development of County Leitrim.


The Oesophageal Cancer Fund
would like to thank all our volunteers in County Leitrim who helped with Fund Raising on 28th February / 1st March 2014. Whether you organised a collection, volunteered, donated or bought a lolly on the day your support is greatly appreciated.
Fund raising monies are invested into research and awareness of Oesophageal Cancer. Independent Scientific members work on a voluntary basis and receive NO FEES OR REMUNERATION for their involvement with OCF. Thank you to all.

Are You At Risk Of Heart Attack Or Stroke?
Pulsewave Ireland are offering Bpro medically approved non-invasive heart & artery screenings recently featured on BBC NEWS, and Northern Sound Radio in The Hotel Kilmore Cavan on Thursday 9th January & The Four Seasons Hotel Monaghan on Friday 10th January. FDA & CE MDD approved. Call Jim on 087-6995357 for appointments or log onto www.pulsewaveireland.net . Screening for €30 per adult and €50 per couple

Cavan Institute
Open Days - Friday 4 April 2014  (10:00am to 4:00pm) and
Saturday 5 April (12: noon to 4:00pm).    Information on over 80 Full-Time courses starting Sept 2014 available. 

Medjugorje Forthcoming Piligrimage
18th-25th June ( Anniversary Week). Staying 2 minutes from Church. Ex Dublin €669. Enquiries from Rita McWeeney at 0719621505.

Yoga
Drop in classes all grades every Tuesday at  The Commercial Hotel 7PM to 8PM

Athletic Club
The Leitrim Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Finals take place in Ballinamore Sports Hall on Tuesday next and involve a number of club members. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 6.00 p.m.for the next number of weeks. New members welcome.

Heartsafe Defib Committee
At our recent church gate collection we collected €622. We would like to thank you all for your very generous donations. We will be forwarding texts to all our members in the next 2 weeks re your 4 monthly CPR revalidation. Please try to attend.
We have currently 44 people trained in CPR and Defib use and if anyone would like to do this please contact Colm O’Reilly 087 9766738 , Anne Prior 0879941193 Marcella McKiernan 0876962928 and we will keep your names on file and contact you when we are doing our next new training session.

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