2nd December 2015

2 December 2015


The Christmas whist drive in Ballinamore Community centre takes place on next Thursday 3rdDecember at 8:30pm, we are calling on all card players to please come along and support , There will be wonderful prizes , Hamper, seasonal prizes, wines, spirits , chocolates, loads of raffle prizes, so if you want to get your hands on Turkey, food and drink etc. for your Christmas  why not come along, bring a friend and enjoy a good night, tea and refreshments served at half time ,  All Welcome,



Ballinamore Tourism would like to congratulate the organisers of last year’s very successful Country Music Festival.  This year’s festival is working up a storm and the amount of people looking for tickets and accommodation has risen to new heights.  With this huge popularity comes a difficulty in finding accommodation for all the fans.   So if you have any suitable accommodation/rooms to rent please let the staff in Drumcoura know and they will be more than willing to help you fill them.  This festival depends on people being able to stay locally for the 3 / 4 days, and those people have contributed to the town’s success, socially and financially. Phone Drumcoura 071 96 45781.


This weekend Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December.  St Vincent De Paul Society Ballinamore are holding our annual Christmas Church Gate Collection.  We need your help, all monies collected are to support people in need in our local community.  Your generosity will make Christmas very special for families in this community.  We thank all of you who supported us in any way throughout the year.
S.V.D.P. confidential mobile number is 087 9360562



The Ballinamore Area Senior citizen’s Christmas Party takes place on Sunday December 13th from 2.30pm – 8pm.  Tickets are being distributed at the moment, but if anyone is overlooked or forgotten about, please feel to come along without a ticket.  A great day’s entertainment is guaranteed so please come along and bring a friend.  Anyone who requires transport, please contact any committee member.



The next night for play is Thursday 10th of December at 7pm in the Commercial Hotel. If you can’t come please let Mary Flynn.



You are invited to a party night in Ballinamore community centre Friday the 4th of December at 8.30pm.
Organised by Michelle Fanning & the Assorted Fitness Ladies it's a lovely relaxing ladies night. With stalls & demonstrations from fantastic local ladies a fantastic fashion show, then entertainment, a Dj, refreshments, awards & a raffle.
Amazing raffel prizes so if you can't make it you can buy raffel tickets to support the children's charities, St Ciarans center for children with special needs, Caring for Conor & Leitrim Rose Charity work in Belarus. For further information contact Michelle Fanning on 0879390980



Scoil Naisunta Bhrid Naofa, Ballinamore, Parents Association are having a Clothes Collection on Monday 7th December. Clothes can be dropped off to the senior girls school (P.E Room) on: Sunday 6th December between 6-7pm or Monday 7th December between 9-9.30am. Thank you for your Support



Ballinamore Masses :,  Mon  & Wed 7pm , Tue, Thurs & Fri 9am,  Sat 7pmVigil Sun.11.30am.

Aughnasheelin Masses:   Wed 9am , Fri 8pm  Sun. 10am.

Visiting of The Sick: Due to the proximity of Christmas, The visiting of the sick will be postponed until nearer to Christmas . The sick will be visited in Aughnasheelin on the 17th Dec & Ballinamore on the18th of December
Bible Study - A short Bible Study course will be held in Ballinamore Community Centre beginning on this Tuesday Dec 1st at 8pm and will continue on Tuesday Dec 8th & 15th. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the Sundays readings of advent and prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus . All are welcome
Alpha Course - The Alpha Course concluded on Tuesday last. What a wonderful 10 weeks! Our thanks to all involved. Join us now for the Bible Study Course for Advent.

Facebook comes to our Parish!!  If you are on Facebook Please check out our new parish page on Oughteragh Parish, and give us your feedback.



A huge congratulations to Sean Creamer, Castleroggy, John Toolan, Stradermot and Alan Banks, Willowfield Road who all received their Gold Drop award from the Irish Blood Tranfusion Service for 50 donations recently.  This is a fantastic achievement.  The service depends on donors to maintain an adequate and safe blood supply to save and improve lives.  Each day, hospitals depend on blood donations - it may be for a routine surgical procedure or indeed major surgery or for a patient undergoing cancer treatment.   Can you become a donor?  Please think about it.  Because of its short shelf life, blood stocks have to be replenished every 35 days.  Well done to these three donors and thanks to everyone who donates or has donated.  And please, next time you make a donation, why not bring a friend.  Our next clinic in Ballinamore Community Centre is on Tuesday 19th January 2016.   

A meeting of Ballinamore women’s group takes place on Wedensday 2nd December at 8pm.Christmas dinner is on December 5th in Kennedys.Cost is 25 euro  which must be booked and paid for on or before 2nd December.All members are asked to attend.It is party night



The Millennium Choir and Friends are holding a special Christmas Concert on Sunday 6th December at St Mary's Church, Carrick on Shannon at 7pm. All proceeds to Caring for Conor. Tickets €10. Available from Mulveys House of Gifts Carrick on Shannon and Kieran's pharmacies Carrick on Shannon and Mohill or at the door.



Change Of Date –Please note the date for my CD launch and fundraising event in aid of Bone Marrow for Luekaemia has been brought forward to Monday night 30th November commencing at 9pm sharp. We still have the same venue, same great line up of artists and some fantastic raffle prizes. We also have a pair of boxing gloves signed by Katie Taylor for auction. Your support is very much appreciated - Breege



Are you out of work due to illness, disability or a personal setback?  ICT Skills is a Level 4 programme designed to support people who have faced a long-term barrier to employment to re-train and re-enter the workforce.  Participants on this programme may qualify for a training allowance (depending on eligibility criteria). Benefits to this programme include a work placement, training plan, personalised support and QQI certification. Please telephone Mary on 049 4377038 for more information.



The Carers Association are providing the QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Healthcare Support Award training in your area in January 2016.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579370221



There will be a Craft Fair this Sun 29th Nov from 11 to 5 in the Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon.  On the day it is donations on the door if desired to NW Simon Community, the local homeless charityThere will be an array of wonderful stalls, facepainting and get your photo taken with Santa from 1pm for free.  A raffle will take place with numerous excellent prizes so drop down to the Bush Hotel this Sun and help a worthy cause, the charity get no government funding at present and are assisting over 30 cases in Co. Leitrim.  Great opportunity to pick up unusual Christmas Gifts!

Last Day Centre of 2015 on Wednesday next, December 2nd, in Templeport Resourse Centre, Bawnboy.  Looking forward to seeing you there. Special guest appearance, Ho! Ho! Ho!


Club training continues at the Sports Hall on Tuesday and Thursday from 6.00 to 7.00 p.m.The club is very pleased with the number of new members of different nationalities and these as well as all others who join are particularly welcome.



The Craft Cabin in Ballyconnell are running a Kids Club every Friday from 4pm - 5.30pm at €10 per week for primary school aged kids. Also, there is a Christmas Gift Making workshop for kids on Saturday 12th Dec. for €15, where they can make presents for their family, teachers and friends. Call 00 353 49 9527424 for more details and to book a place. www.thecraftcabin.ie



Well, there is nothing frozen about Ballinamore Christmas lights. The big man in the red coat is visiting Ballinamore on Sunday 6th of December at 5:20 and he is bringing a few guests to help him turn on the Christmas lights.  There will be a goody bag for every child and a few more surprises.  We have added to the lights this year and there is no doubt you will be impressed. A large crowd turned out last year to celebrate this occasion and this year we would urge all that are attending to be very mindful of small boys and girls in the crowd. . Please check the paper for notes in the next few weeks to remind yourself.. not that you will need it....SOOO excited..
The scouts will be there with drinks to keep you warm and christmas treats as part of their annual fundraiser." Contact Dawn if you have any enquiries. 086-3115647



The monthly meeting of Ballinamore women’s group takes place on Wednesday 2nd December at 8pm.  All members are asked to attend the Christmas dinner is on Saturday 5th December in Kennedys.  Cost is twenty five euro which must be paid on or before 2nd December. Booking is necessary and can be that by contacting 96447785.



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



Rehearsals are continuing in Reynolds Lounge Upstairs every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. New members would be very welcome. Please come along and bring a friend



Anyone requiring a high visibility jacket or armbands, can obtain same from Ballinamore Garda Station or members of Ballinamore Area Senior Citizens Committee; Michael Hanly, Seán McKeon or Mary Corby.


Béal an Átha Móir Seán Ó hEislin
Annual New Year’s Draw

Our big New Year’s draw takes place on Saturday the 2nd of January 2016 in Priors Ballinamore. This is are most important fund raiser of the year and we hope you call all support us again. Tickets are on sale now and are priced at one for €20 or three for €50, first prize is €3500, second €1000 and 10 prizes of €100. If you wish to avail of a ticket please contact Michael on 0863906791
Gaeltacht Scholarships
Leitrim Co Board GAA is offering grants for attendance at Gaeltacht courses to Leitrimboys and girls as part of their promotion of an Ghaeilge. These grants are open to registered and paid-up members of Leitrim GAA clubs, boys or girls. Some of the grants are part-sponsored by Gaeltacht colleges. In the case of cash grants, when students return they can claim their grant money on production of evidence of having successfully completed the course. Application forms can be printed from the Leitrim GAA website www.leitrimgaa.ie under Scór section or can be had from the Secretary of any GAA club. Beidh na hiarratais le fáil i ngach meanscoil sa Chontae freisin. The closing date for applications is Saturday 5th December 2015
Club Lotto Monday 23rd November 2015
Folks don’t forget you can play online, make sure you do not miss out!!! Visit ballinamoresoh.com to play- If you’re not in you cannot win!
Numbers Drawn 0, 3, 1, 6, 2, 7, 4, 5.
Ní raibh aon bhuaiteoir den Lotto ar Dé Luan seo caite.
Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an oíche:
House Draw €40: Gerry Mahon
Kindly sponsored: Tom Burns

€40 an duine; Gerry Farry, Lahard; Ollie Moran, Castleroggy;  Evelyn McHugh, Creevy; Michael Quinn, Drumlonan.



The finals of the Drino Cup Singles Competition were held last Friday night in Jackie’s Bar.  There was a great turn out of players from all pubs on the night; there were some great games during the night with the standard in some of the games that were very good.  Beaten Quarter Finalist was: PJ McCaffery, Gene Connelly, Liam Aldridge and Connor Scollan.

Beaten semi-finalists were: Evan Gallagher and Michael Crosbie.  Runner up was Paul Gill and winner was Ciarian Fanning, well done to everyone who took part.

Thanks to Ciarian Harty who ran the whole show, thanks to Catherine for refreshments, also thanks to all who marked the games and to everyone else who helped out on the night.

The Francis McGirl Memorial Cup Competition resumes next Friday night 4th December.



Men’s Fun-Exercise Class in Drumreilly Community Centre on Wednesday nights from 8 - 9 pm. Suitable for all age groups. Exercise at your own pace, improve your fitness & have a bit of fun. Wear runners and bring a bottle of water.

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