31st March 2014


The third annual Ballinamore Easter Spraoi, in association with Waterways Ireland, is only weeks away. Events and activities for all the family during the Easter weekend, from the 19th - 21st April. Like our 'Ballinamore Easter Spraoi' Facebook page to keep up-to-date with information about the Farmers Market, Water Sports, Canoe Skills, Raft Challenge, Canal Boat Trips as well as the Soap Box Rally and Kayak Run.

Course takes place 21st and 22nd April in Ballinamore area. Revision notes given by experienced teacher. Call 0861925895 for further details


The usual monthly whist drive will be held in the Community Centre on Thursday 3rd of April, the time is 9pm. We look forward to seeing everyone there for a good night of whist and a very pleasant half-time supper.


It has been noticed that the amount of litter around Garadice and Kinkeen Lakes is absolutely awful. We would appeal for people who can spare a few hours to come out and help up clean up these eyesores. It’s a sad state of affairs when beauty spots such as these are blighted by common litter. The BallinamoreTourist Committee is meeting on Saturday 5th April at 11am outside St Patrick’s church and volunteers are urgently needed to help. Contact Terry Shortt at 087 7945966 / Brian McKeon 087 2374217 / Gabriel Owens for further information. Your help would be much appreciated.


The Sliabh an Iarainn Players will present John B. Keane's epic play 'Big Maggie' in Fenagh Community Centre on Sunday 6th April at 8.30pm sharp! This play has been playing to packed houses and this is another opportunity for those who haven't seen it yet.

4 Locks Cycling Club

The last couple of weeks have seen new people join the club as we do smaller cycles at the beginning of our Sunday spins. Sunday 30th was no different! Welcome to Damien Gilheany on his first spin with the club. There were seven out today and most came on the long haul to Swanlinbar, Derrylin Ballyconnell and home. OH did I mention the coffee stop at Ballyconnell? If you fancy a spin and a chat join us next Sunday at 9 am outside the Courthouse Ballinamore. We guarantee you a natural high and maybe a lifelong addiction!


County Leitrim Job Club will be running a job seeking skills course in The Enterprise Centre, Ballinamore commencing on Monday 7th April 2014 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.



Anyone who has attended the Sweet Spirit Gospel Choir’s concerts have heard our soprano Pearl Kielty singing that beautiful classic ‘Jerusalem’. the newly formed quartet supported by the choir will perform the ‘New Jerusalem’ another beautiful song. members of the quartet are: Pearl Kielty, Maryann Mcbrien, Regina OCarolan & Sean Mahon. three original songs, ‘Easter time’, ‘but for the Grace of God’ and ‘Judge Not’ composed by musical director Tish Dunleavy will be premiered at this show. Remember: St. Georges Church/Heritage Centre, Carrick on Shannon on Friday night 4th april 8.30pm – 10.30pm.

You will not be disappointed!



Ballinamore Family Festival Committee are hosting a fundraising Tea Dance on Sunday 27th April from 4-7pm in The Standing Stone Hotel, Ballinamore. Music, tea, coffee & light refreshments will be served. Entry €8.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Sean O’Heslin G.A.A.

Men's Get Active Programme

Men's Gym Circuits will be taking place in Ballinamore GAA Gym Wednesday at 8.30pm, it’s a great opportunity to get fit and healthy and meet others. For further information contact 0879390980.

 Club Membership

Club membership is now open for the coming year with adult membership set at €35, junior membership at €20 and family membership at €80. For further information please contact Ronan O’Rourke or Andy Duffy.

 Irish Comhrá classes

If you are interested in improving your Irish, conversation classes are taking part each Tuesday at 8.30pm in the library. There are separate groups for those who know very little Irish, those who have a fair amount and those who are fluent. Leaving Cert or transition year students will also find it useful. Admission is free

 Club Lotto

Numbers Drawn 3,4,7,6,2,1,5,0

Ní raibh aon bhuaiteoir den Lotto ar Dé Luan seo caite.

Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an oíche:

House Draw €40: John Harte, Lahard

Bottle of Whiskey kindly sponsored by Karen was won by Paddy Doherty, Church St

40 an duine; Ronan & Tara Mahon, Aughnasheelin; Francis Kelleher; Walter Sharpley; Michael Mahon, St Bridgets Street

Next Weeks draw takes place on Monday night in Shortts The Heritage Bar- Pota Oir €7350



Lourdes: 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. contact me by Email or Tel 087 6794 215 / 049 4335 666 (Mobile is best after 12 noon) and I can ring someone back on the landline if necessary.


Ballinamore Childcare ‘Donate And Buy’ Fundraiser An Event in Support of Ballinamore Childcare Ltd.
Saturday April 5
th 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.


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


Church Street, Ballinamore, Sunday Service is at 12.15pm every Sunday except on the 4th Sunday which is held in Drumreilly Church, Drumreilly

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. 



is having their 2nd autojumble/car boot sale at Community Centre Manorhamilton Co Leitrim on the 6th April at 11am (Booking Essential) Indoor and Outdoor Events. All proceeds go to SHOUT, Multiple Sclerosis Centre Sligo, Leitrim Downs Syndrome & Spina Bifida. For more details Contact Tommy 087 9489057 Sean 086 4009070 Tommy 087 2328319



The great character play "Big Maggie" by John B Keane will be presented by the Sliabh An Iarainn players in Fenagh Community Centre on Sunday April 6th at 8.30pm in aid of Fenagh Handball Club.



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 Midday also 6.30pm and any time on request. Aughnasheelin First Fri.7.30pm ( before 8 pm mass).

Congratulations to all the children who receive the sacrament of First Confession on Thursday last. Thanks to their parents and teachers for their great work in preparing these children.

Visitation of the sick and housebound: will take place this week as follows: Aughnasheelin on Wed morning and Ballinamore on Fri. Morning. If you are unable to attend church and would wish one of the priests to visit you, please contact Fr. Johnnie for the Aughnasheelin area and Fr. Sean for Ballinamore area



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

Easter Draw in Ballinamore Library . Calling all children: Borrow a book. Your name goes in the hat

Draw for Easter egg will take place on Thursday 17th April at 5pm


Floral Pride 2014 is seeking applications from community groups, schools and businesses who improve the appearance of their areas by planting trees, shrubs, flowers and keep their area looking fantastic. Application forms available from Development Section, Leitrim County Council, 071 9650496, floralpride@leitrimcoco.ie.  Closing date for entries 11th. April, 2014.



Monthly meeting of Ballinamore women’s group is on Wednesday 2nd April at8pm
A representative of Barna waste/Mcloughlins will speak at the meeting.
All members are asked to attend. New members most welcome.


1st Monica Sharpley and Bernie Flynn
2nd Mary McTiernan and Mary Flynn
3rd Paddy Joyce and Kay Dolan
4th Sean Creamer and Marian Burns
Bridge resumes on 10th April and the final night of bridge for the season is on 24th April.
All players welcome.

A LOCK OF FIERCE ROARS Written & Directed by our own John McManus
will be staged in Templeport Resource Centre on Sunday April 13th at 8.30.
Tickets Available in Maguires Newsagents & Keepers Arms €10.
Call 087 4115718 to book. Organised by Bawnboy Heritage. Any queries call Sheila on 087 4115718


With the arrival of summer time Club training from Tuesday next training will be at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. New members always welcome.



Leitrim County Council’s newly-established Local Community Development Committee has started work on a new six-year Local Economic and Community Plan for the County. Our Plan will be all about Leitrim people deciding where we want to go as a County … How we’ll get there … and what help we’ll need to complete the journey.

Tidy Towns, sports, community, childcare, schools, disability, active age groups and more are invited to 3 consultation events lined up

Thursday 10 April, 6.30pm Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon

Monday 14 April, 6.30pm The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton

Wednesday 16 April, 6.30pm New Community School, Ballinamore



Carrick on Shannon - Inaugral Golf Classic on Sat.5th April 2014 in Carrick on Shannon Golf Club

4 person team 100 euro. Great prizes guaranteed to book a place contact Carrick on shannon Golf Club: 071-9667015 St. Ciaran's: 071-9620601. Charitable status no: CHY7369


(€20 per person)
On Wednesday the 2nd of April 2014.
In The Standing Stone Hotel
To Book contact (087) 8505267
Numbers Limited.



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