25th August 2014


The A.G.M. of the Ballinamore Dart League will be held on Monday night the first of September in Jackie’s Bar.  Starting time is 10pm sharp.

NCFFI:  National Course Fishing Federation Of Ireland

Will hold the Junior All Ireland and the NCFFI Inter- Provincials on lakes in the Ballinamore area on August 30th & 31st.  This prestigious event is hosted by Lakelands Angling Club Ballinamore, the region being chosen because of the superb quality of angling locally.

Athletic Club Festival Races

Ballinamore Athletic Club would like to thank all who in any way contributed to the success of the Festival Races which included the  Open 10K and 5K on Thursday evening of last week. These included the Festival Committee, An Garda Siochana, all the many stewards who ensured the Course could be travelled in safety, the First Aid team, registration and catering staff and Championship Ireland who
provided fast and accurate results. The club is grateful to CARA Pharmacy, Supervalu and Scollan Meats who sponsored prizes. The
winners of the Under Age Track events were-   
Under 8 Girls-  Niamh Ahern, Under 8 Boys- Mark Ahern, Under 10 Girls- Sara O Beirne,
Under 10 Boys-Luke Gilmartin,
Under 12 Girls  Darina Brennan, Under 12 Boys- Adam Daly,Under 14 Boys-Luke McGovern.
A special thanks to all who competed on the night and particularly those who travelled a distance.  Next year will be the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the Club and a special Anniversary race will be organised.

 Church News

Masses for the Week :  

Ballinamore : Mon 7pm, Tue, Thrs & Fri 9am,  Sat 7pm (vigil)  Sunday 11:30am Aughnasheelin :  Wed 9am, Fri 8pm, Sunday 10am.
Walk to Mass: Irish Catholics have been asked to walk to mass next Sunday in a symbolic gesture of solidarity with Iraq’s Christians, many of whom have had to flee their homes as a result of persecution.
Cemetery Sunday
Congratulations to all on the way the graves were prepared and  suitably adorned for Cemetery Sunday.A special word of thanks to all who participated in the Liturgy, especially Gerarda Burns & the choir for the beautiful way they enriched our celebration, also to Sr. Marie & Thomas Small for their help in preparing the Liturgy.Thanks also to the Traffic Attendants  and Collectors in particular to Austin Quinn  and Thomas Kelly for co-ordinating the various personnel. To Josie & Adrian Smith for protecting us in the event of rain.  We are indebted to Jim Cafferty for the use of his field for parking, and of course Frank Smith for his essential and excellent care of the Cemetery. Thanks for your co-operation on the day, and above all for the Good Lord, who kept the rain away!
Pastoral Council
– A pastoral Council meeting will be held Tuesday August 26th at 8:30pm in the Parish Community Centre. All members are asked to attend.
The Priory Institute, Tallaght

The Church in Ireland continues to face serious difficulties, by 2030, pastoral care will be in extremely short supply. This is why we need to ensure that we will have theologically well-educated clergy, religious, and lay men and women who, together, will be able to address the ever growing needs of the People of God. A blended learning system is in place combining classroom setting & distance learning. The modules include ‘Theology’ and ‘Spirituality and the Moral Life’. Those interested should contact (01) 404 8124 or email enquiries@prioryinstitute.com or visit website: www.prioryinstitute.ie . Application Deadline 22nd Sept 2014
Public Rosary:
The Legion of Mary are reciting a Public Rosary on Saturday next August 30th at 3pm at the clock in Carrick-on- Shannon to remember all suffering Christian people in the Holy Land and worldwide. All are encourage to them in prayer.

Ballinamore Primary Schools
reopening for all children on Monday the 1st of September at 9.00am.

Boxing Club
Registration night will be from 7 to 8pm on Tuesday 2nd September in the Boxing Club which is situated behind Cumiskey's Shop. Membership is open to both girls and boys aged 8 to 18.   

National Learning Network
Carrick on Shannon has a number of vacancies on our Employer Based Training course, 12 month duration, offering FETAC certification and work placements in a range of sectors with ongoing coordinator support and good  employment opportunities.  Candidates must be over 16yrs and registered with Department of Social Protection.  For more information contact  Noel at 086-2481383 or www.nln.ie

Ballinamore Family Festival
Another festival ended last night Sunday 17th with a spectacular fireworks display.  It’s wonderful to think a small town like Ballinamore can produce such a wide variety of events for the pleasure of all the family.  A big thanks to all the hard working committee and the stalwart workers for keeping everyone safe to enjoy the weeks music and entertainment.

High Street / Railway Road Reunion

Following the recent High St./Railway Rd. Reunion which was a huge success I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped me in different ways. I put numerous local groups into a hat to donate the excess money to. The names drawn are as follows: 

!st Leitrim Scouts, Local Foroige Club, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, local Tidy Towns and Ballinamore Senior Citizen.  A donation has been made to each and I hope it helps in some small way.

Swimming Lessons At Riversdale Ballinamore

Adult Swimming Lessons.

Children Swimming Lessons

Aqua Aerobics.

Booking night 8th September at 8pm

Lessons start on the week commencing 15th September. 

For more information contact Riversdale Guest House at 071-9644122.

Speech and Drama Classes. Thursdays in Ballinamore. Build your child’s confidence. For all primary school students from 3pm and from 5pm for secondary students. For more information contact Rachel 0851197243

National Heritage Week
National Heritage Week events continue in Ballinamore Library on Thursday and Friday of this week.  On Thursday 28th at 8.30pm, there will be a lecture by local historian, Seán Ó Suilleabháin.  The title of this talk is “Surnames of Leitrim” – learn about the popular Leitrim Surnames and about the variants of Surnames and how they came about. On Friday 29th, Ballinamore native, Noel Sweeney gives a talk titled “Ballinamore in the 1950s and 60s”.  This presentation will include a photographic slideshow with many unique and previously unseen photographs of the town and it’s people dating back to 1960.  So, why not join us for both of these free events to mark your interest in National Heritage Week.  If you require further information, please contact the Local Studies Library at 0719645567.

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

The National Youth Organisation, Foróige launched a PEACE III Leitrim Youth Support Project in late 2012.  Through the Lá Nua Office, a Ballinamore Foróige Youth Project was set up funded by Peace III.  18 young girls and boys took part in a Peace themed, educational, fun packed year which included a “Graffiti Art Project” that is still on display in the windows beside Supervalu.  Funding ended in Sept 2013. 

Maureen Martin, Claire McGirl, Eimear Carron, Áine Martin and Cíara O’Dowd underwent” Training for Foróige Leaders” and  restarted the Ballinamore Foróige  Group.  Sinead McCauley, Kathleen Kearns and Linda Halstead have since come on board and have been a great help.  Thanks to Leitrim VEC for providing us with a room.  The young people meet every Monday evening for an hour and a half.  At the beginning of the year, they form a committee; elect a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and PRO.  The Club is then run by the young people themselves (supervised by the Leaders who are all Garda Vetted).  They decide what they would like to do for the term.  Through the Peace Funding they were able to buy a TV, microwave, kettle and some games.  The young people organise fundraising events, travel to other groups discos and took part in the HYPE Youth Festival.  They also took part in a “Drug and Alcohol Awareness” Programme which was run in their own Club by a visiting tutor.  Foróige will be recommencing in mid September and it is open to girls and boys aged between 13 – 18. 

Training Options Programme
 Opportunities for people in receipt of disability/illness welfare payments aged 16 to 65 years of age. Improve your personal development, computer skills, try mindfulness or painting - a range of topics to choose from. This course could  lead to opportunities to allow you to earn up to €120 per week without your payment being affected. For further details contact Mary or Dawn on 085-1376500 or 087-9118624. 

Ballinamore Women’s Group
Monthly meeting on September3rd at 8 30 pm.

Picture Of The Month

Staff in the Local Studies Department at Ballinamore Library are displaying a ‘Picture of the Month’.  As its name suggests, there will be a different picture each month and these items will be chosen from the Local Studies Photographs, Posters and Art Collection.  The August ‘Picture of the Month’ is a framed photograph, which was donated to Leitrim County Library by the late Eithne Moran, Church Street and Aughnasheelin.  This wonderful picture was taken in 1933 of a group of boys from the Ballinamore area.  They were members of the Catholic Scouts of Ireland in the 1st Leitrim St. Brigid’s Troop, Ballinamore. The 16 local boys look extremely handsome in their scouts uniform. It includes the initial and surname of each boy but we are aiming to get their full names and their home place.  The names are S.  McGlynn; C. Daniels; P. Kelleher; C. McGovern; F. Conlon; J. Casey; A. Prior; P.J. Reynolds; E. Delahoyde; T. McCormack; S. McHugh; T. McTiernan; E. Creamer; C. Lavelle; G. Moroney; T. Mulvihill. So, the Library needs your help to complete the full details of each boy in the August ‘Picture of the Month’.  Opening hours are Mon, Wed & Fri 10 - 5.30; Tues &   Thur 10 - 8; Sat 10 – 5, with daily lunch closing 1.30 – 2.30pm.


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