19th May 2014

Ballinamore Pike Angling
Ballinamore Pike Anglers fished for the Texo Cup on Saturday 10th May on Brackley Lake. 
1st                    Alan Gallagher                     16lb 2ozs
2nd                   Tony Gallagher                    15lb 4ozs
Joint 3rd          Bob O’Callaghan                 13lb 10ozs
Joint 3rd          Sean Murray                         13lb 10ozs
A good days fishing with 32 pike caught.  Tony Gallagher has gone above his brother Olive to Top the League.  Poor Ollie has gone 4 competition without catching a fish!! 
League Leader        
1st Tony Gallagher
2nd Ollie Gallagher
3rd Alan Gallagher

MABS Gudie To Back To School Costs     
The school year is nearly at an end and it won’t be long until September is with us again and children go back to school – with all the associated costs.  The list can seem endless.  Rather than wait for the last frantic weeks of August, it’s a good idea to start planning now and to try and spread the cost of going back to school over the summer.  To help you plan for this MABS have produced a leaflet offering practical tips and guidance on how to plan for back to school costs.  Contact your local MABS service for a copy or download it from the MABS website at http://www.mabs.ie/publications
Leitrim MABS, Swanlinbar Road, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim.   076 10 72 630   Fax:  0719644998   email.  Ballinamore@mabs.ie   Outreach on appointment in Carrick on Shannon and Manorhamilton.     Free, Confidential and Independent Service covering all of County Leitrim for anyone who is worried about money or who is concerned about their mortgage or other debts.  

North West Hospice
do you want to get involved with your local community and help support North West Hospice?  If so, they please come along to a Public Meeting on Thursday 22nd of May 2014 at 8.30pm in The Standing Stone Hotel, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim.  North West Hospice is seeking community support in Ballinamore and the surrounding areas.  All are welcome to attend.  Further information is available from: Bernadette McGarvey, Community Relations Manager, North West Hospice (071) 9143317/ 087 9030887 or email: bernadette@northwesthospice.ie

Leitrim Association Of People With Disabilities (LAPWD)
is holding their annual run/fun walk on Sunday 25th May.  Starting at 12:30 PM, from Ability Centre, Station Road, Mohill.  If you can run, walk, or roll, please come along and support this wonderful charity, and in doing so, show your dedication for the disabled people of Leitrim. €10 per person and families €20. Each participant will receive a medal on completion of the event and refreshments, a raffle on the day.

Bealtaine Celebrations

Bealtaine Celebrations (The Blacksmith) in Ballinamore Library
As part of the Bealtaine Celebrations Ballinamore Library is showing a series of old Crafts and Customs videos. On Tuesday 20th May at 7pm it’s “The Blacksmith”:  This was filmed in Corlough, Co. Cavan in 1992 at the old style forge where we see the late Frank Caffrey R.I.P a blacksmith of 40 years experience shoe a horse and speak of a lifetime experience in the trade. Bringing back many memories to those who remember the “good old days” and the social interaction of visit to the forge.  The following week Tuesday 27th May it’s “The Tinsmith” Remember it’s free  admission with all welcome.

New Library IT Intern
Available at your disposal or by appointment
There to help as best possible with all your IT needs. Feel free to ask about anything from basic computer use, to file management, to application software or using the web.  Also learn how to utilise your local library’s online features and IT equipment.  Contact by email: bgray@leitrimcoco.ie or call: 071 9645582

Church News
Masses for the Week:

Ballinamore : Mon 7pm, Wed 7pm Tue Thurs & Fri 9am, Sat 11am, Sat evening (Vigil) 7pm,  Sunday 11:30am
Aughnasheelin :  Wed 9am, Fri 8pm, Sunday 10am
Booking Masses:
It is advisable to book anniversary masses well in advance. For practical reasons it is best to book over the phone especially on  Tuesday or Friday mornings  when Catherine theParish Secretary is at work in the parochial House Convent Road. However if you leave a message and contact number with Fr.Johnnie or Fr. Sean on either of their phones they will phone you back.

The Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage To Knock
Takes place on Sunday 15th of June, with ceremonies beginning at 2.30pm. If you are planning to visit Knock this year, we encourage you to join with the Diocesan pilgrimage  on this day. If you wish to travel by Bus please give your name to Thomas Kelly Tel. No. 9644800 or Mary Corby Tel No. 9645011 or 087 7541234.

Area Community Council Elections

With Ballinamore Area Community Council holding their first elections under the new Articles of Association next month all organisations in Ballinamore and surrounding parishes are reminded to make sure that they are registered with the Leitrim Community Forum so that they can vote in these elections. The current registered list can be accessed at www.leitrimcommunity.com. The election process will be similar to that used by the Leitrim Development Company.

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


A Nintendo DS was found in A.I.B Bank , Ballinamore." We are sure some child is missing their toy and that the parents are upset with the expense of the loss , so in order to claim it back Please call into the branch (tell us what colour it is)".

Town Steering Group
In Feb 2013 a Steering Group was set up with a view to coordinating ideas to revamp our town.  This group is non political, all are welcome and all opinions are taken on board.  A number of very well attended Public Meetings were held and subcommittees were formed.  A lot of hard work has been done in the background.  The opening of our new secondary school left vacant three school buildings.  With the proposed amalgamation of the national schools going ahead, it is vital that some of the vacant buildings be made available for Childcare facilities.  The Vocational School has lost their caretaker with the move to the new school.  A Men’s Shed group was formed and under the auspices of the Men’s Shed two Tús workers were secured – a caretaker and an administrator.  A Foróige Club is also up and running and have the use of one of the classrooms.  (Thanks to all the Leaders who trained to run this club). Some part time courses are also organised and it is hoped to build on this in the autumn.  Apologies to all concerned that another Public Meeting has not yet been called but a lot has been happening – the Musical, The Drama Festival, St Patrick’s Day Parade,  Easter Spraoi, Kayak-Run Triatlon; Angling Festival to name but a few.  Huge praise must go to all who volunteer their time so willingly and with a united effort we will succeed in getting more and more for our town. On Sun 1st June the South Leitrim/West Cavan Vintage Day will be held at St. Felim’s College; A Musical Festival is planned for 27-29th June in Drumcoura and of course our Annual Family Festival will run from 10 – 17th August with the Agricultural Show on Tue 12th Aug.  New ideas are always welcome by emailing Chairperson maureenmartin@eircom.net or phoning 086 1547788.

Leitrim Parents/Guardians
Are you using or thinking about using Childcare? Leitrim County Childcare Committee would like to hear about how accessible Childcare is to you across County Leitrim.  Join them at a Public meeting in the Bee Park Resource Centre, Manorhamilton, Thursday 29th May at 8.30pm. For further information contact 071 96 40870 or email info@leitrimchildcare.ie

Ballinamore Angling Festival 2014

The match anglers were back in town again for the IFI Ballinamore Angling Festival this week.  The festival borne from the anglers competing in the World Pairs Angling Championship which highlighted the good fishing in the area has been resurrected to promote angling tourism in this part of County Leitrim.  The Ballinamore Angling & Tourism Association who are keen to interact with the anglers once again and get them returning to an area spoilt with accessible lake venues to include parking behind your peg at Gardice Lake, several loughs known for specimen hunting and pike angling and the Shannon-Erne Waterway, Ballinamore-Ballyconnell Canal, sponsored the event by a massive €500. All accommodation in the town of Ballinamore and surrounding area is equipped for the angler.

This coarse angling match only in its second year was fished entirely on Garadice Lake for ease of all entrants.  A five day match with four rotating sections on both Haughton's and Church Shore concluded with an open draw on the final day ensuring the end result was less easy to predict. The upper pegs at Haughton's Shore and D section at Church produced the top weights of 26lb and 33lbs yet the catches were fairly consistent all round. The wet and windy conditions experienced all week made it difficult for the anglers who were mostly fishing the feeder with the pole only coming into play when the wind was low.  Nets were full of Hybrids, with a few quality Roach coming in on the pole and several anglers netting Bream.

The festival was won by Roscommon angler Dara Finnegan, Ballyhaunis AC with 101lbs 07 oz.  In second place with 98lbs 2oz was Peter Jones, Cork fishing the match for the second year followed in third by Enniskillen angler Gary Drew with 91lbs 8oz. Brian Bohan, Mohill gained a very respectable 4th place with 90lbs 15oz followed by Sam Merry, Leicester, UK who was very happy with his fifth position and 86lbs 3oz.

The match organisers, Ballinamore Tourism & Angling Association and all competitors would like to thank the IFI and local landowners for their cooperation with this event.  Please refer to www.facebook.com/lakelandsanglingballinamore or www.irelandtravelplus.co.uk for details of the 2015 event which will be announced soon.


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