10th February 2016

8 February 2016

Aughawillan Drama Troupe

Aughawillan Drama Troupe is proud to present “Mother Knows Best” a comedy by Jimmy Keary and directed by Brian Dolan in Aughawillan Hall, Co Leitrim.  The smash hit three act comedy will be for four nights the 11th, 12th, 13thand 14th of February commencing at 8.30 sharp each night.  There is no need to book and admission is €10.00.  Please turn up early to avoid disappointment.  Listen out for Aughawillan Drama on the community notices Shannon Side Northern Sound and like us on Facebook at Aughawillan Drama.
Aughawillan Drama Troupe is made up of enthusiastic amateur actors and volunteers from the parish who donate their time with no hope of personal financial gain.  Aughawillan Drama Troupe is not for profit and the money raised in the community goes back to the community.  Last year the money raised bought new stage curtains for the hall which benefits the whole community

Congratulation to Brian and Teresa Kennedy and family – Winning Streak
On their tremendous win on Winning Streak.  We all wish them well, Brian did a trojan job and deserves the €55.000, don’t spend it all on the museum!!!

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.

Ballinamore Area Senior Citizen Christmas Party

the Senior Citizens of the area enjoyed their Annual Christmas Party on Sunday 13th 2015.  The Committee would like to thank all who contributed so generously.
Vincent de Paul – Dr Sean Bourke – Valspar – Festival Committee – SuperValue – Smith’s Monumentals – MRBI Marketing Research – Aughnasheelin G.A.A. – Toolan’s Solicitors – Martin’s Coaches – Ciaran and Cathy Smyth – Pat Joe’s Bar – Gay Prior – Terry Shortt – Ben & Gail Quinn – Credit Union – Ceannabó Confectionery – Tesco Shores – Pyramid Bookies – Martins Post Office – Sean and Kathleen Creamer – Pat Joe Dolan – 15 Rosóg – 13 Rosóg – Jim Dalton – Nuala & Bernadette Whitney – McDevitt’s Pharmacy – Pretty Woman – Thomas McHugh – Scollan’s Butchers – Allure Hairdressers – O’Rourke Office Supplies – Brain and Teresa Kennedy – Paddy McManus – David McBrien – John Quinn Veterinary Surgeon – Paul & Bernie McLoughlin – Alice Dolan – Tommy & Mary Cassidy – Mick Prior – Lizzie Gilhooley – Maxwell Shores – Sr Bridie – Charlie & Anna Mae Kelly – Sonny Murphy – Carmel & Eddie Dolan – Michael & Rosemary Gaffney – Ester Freeman – John & Winnie McNamee – Vincent & Anna Gallogly – Nelly Creamer – Kathleen and Mary Bohan – Breffni Oil.
There was one anonymous donation.  The Committee extends since thanks to Karen and Shane and staff of the Standing Stone Hotel and to all those who helped out in every way on the day to make this occasion such a successful event for the senior citizens.  We would also like to thank the musicians and singers for their excellent entertainment.  Finally a special thanks to the editor and staff of the Leitrim Observer and photographer Willie Donnellan.  Wishing you all good health and happiness in 2016.


Fr. Sean Mawn P.P. (071) 96 44039 / 087 6869040,  Fr. Johnnie Cusack C.C. (071) 9644050/0872408409, Fr. Tom McManus P.P. Corlough 049 9523122, Fr. Denis Murray P.P. Carrigallen 049 4339610
Email Address  ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ie.  Website: http://www.stbrigidspastoralarea.ie
New items for the Newsletter should  be emailed before 12 noon Thursdays  to ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ieThe editor reserves the right to  edit or omit items according to suitability of content & space in the newsletter.

Ballinamore Masses :,  Mon 7pm, Tue 9am, Wed 7:30am & 11:30, Thurs 7:30am & Fri 9am,  Sat 11am & 7pmVigil Sun.11.30am.
Aughnasheelin Masses:     Wed 8pm , Fri 8pm  Sun. 10am.
Recent Deaths
We pray for the souls of Aidan McTague, Moher whose funeral took place in St. Mary’s Church Aughnasheelin on Saturday & Frank McGinn formerly of Church St & Ballyconnell whose funeral took place in Ballyconnell on Friday. Our sympathy to their families.
Dates for your Diary:         Ash Wednesday: Feb 10th:      Easter Sunday :   March 27thFirst Confession   : Ballinamore Schools:     Thurs.Feb 25th at 7pm in St.Patrick’s Church. Aughnasheelin School:    Thurs.March 3rd At 7pm in St.Mary’s Church
First Communion:   Ballinamore Schools:        Sat May 7th at 11am in St.Patrick’s Church.     Aughnasheelin  School:     Sun. April 24th at 10am in St.Mary’s Church
Confirmation: Sat May 21st at 12 MD in St.Patrick’s Church Ballinamore for Oughteragh and Corlough Parishes.

Are you supporting someone close through a difficult time?

Free listening support for Carers, Relatives or Friends who support people going through mental health issues. Carers Liaison and Support Service (CLASS) provides free support through a team of trained volunteers who may have been through similar experience. The support is provided on a one to one basis in a safe, neutral and confidential environment. Areas we cover are Sligo, Leitrim and South Donegal. If you would like to receive support, please contact Family Carers Ireland at 071 9143123 or 087 8188716 for more information.

“Beautiful Journey” CD  Update:

Kathryn Johnstone, representative for the Bone Marrow for Leukaemia Trust, paid a return visit to Ballinamore on Thursday last, 28th January, where she accepted  a cheque for €8200.55, the total amount raised from my CD launch 30th Nov 2015.  I am so grateful to all of you for purchasing my CD and for your support  and donations. Buiochas go leir. Breege Megahey.

Ballinamore Musical Society 

are in the final stages of production of an original musical dramatisation of the events leading up to and during the Rising entitled ‘Erin go Bragh’ This production is due to start on Friday February 19th and continues on  Sunday 21st, Wednesday 24th Thursday 25th Friday 26th, Saturday 27th. If anyone would like to be associated with our production by way of sponsorship/ raffle prizes, please contact any member of the committee c/o John 087 6687299

Cavan and Monaghan ETB

are running an Outdoor Activity Instructor Traineeship in September 2016. The course is open to anyone over 18 years of age and has an interested in outdoor pursuits. Modules include: Career planning and Job seeking skills, Child welfare and Protection in sport, Mountain Skills, Outdoor Activity Instructor work placement, Power boat operations, Remote emergency care Level 3 (First Aid), Research project, Rock climbing skills and Paddle sports skills. For more information log onto http://tanaghoutdooreducation.com/skills__training or email siobhanmulleary@cmetb.ie

St. Brigid’s Conference Ballinamore would like to thank each and everyone who contributed so generously to our annual Christmas Church gate collection. We thank the people of Corraleehan, Aughawillan, Drumreilly, Aughnasheelin, Fenagh and Ballinamore and all who helped out in whatever way. The total monies collected was 6520Euro . We would also like to thank; Principal and staff of Ballinamore Community School  who raised 236Euro. Staff of Supervalu and Tesco Ballinamore who collected and supplied SVDP with clothes, food, and toys.
A special thank you to the Lions Club Ck ON Shannon who organised  the “Lions Club Food Appeal” in Tesco. The food donated was given to Saint Vincent de Paul for distribution in the Ballinamore and surrounding area.  Finally to the people who wish to remain anonymous who gave donations, money hampers, clothes  books and household items for distribution we say thank you for your generosity and kindness.  If you have a concern and would like to talk us, do not hesitate to call. S.V.D.P. confidential mobile 087-9360562


McGirl’s and The Commercial Hotel contested the first semi-final of the Francis McGirl Cup last Friday night in The Abbey Bar Fenagh.  McGirl’s were fairly easy winners on a score line of (5) games to (1).  Michael McGirl, Tony McHugh, Barney McAdam, Shane O’Neill and Greg McGovern, played well for McGirl’s.  Sean Corrigan and Declan Maxwell played well for the Commercial Hotel.  Thanks to Connor Scallon and Mick Crosbie who chalked the games.  Thanks to everyone who supported the raffle.
Thanks to all at the Abbey Bar for sponsoring the raffle and for the lovely hot food on the night.  The second semi-final will be played next Friday night the Friday 12th of February between Jackie’s and The Bank Bar, that game is in the Commercial, starting time 10.30pm hope to see you all there.

Béal an Átha Móir Seán Ó hEislin

As the game of Rounders is becoming very popular, the opportunity is now available for anyone with an interest in taking up the game within Leitrim. Please contact Club Secretary on 087 653 2504 to register your interest. This applies to all age groups.
Assorted Fitness Classes
Getting fit and healthy is easy with our community fitness classes in Ballinamore
Ballinamore Community Centre Mon & Thurs at 8pm (Zumba & Toning)
Ballinamore GAA Gym Tues & Thurs at 11am (Aerobics & Circuits)
Ballinamore GAA Gym Wed 6.30pm (Aerobics & Circuits) & 7.30pm (Bums & Tums & upper arms toning)
Ballinamore GAA Gym Thurs at 10am social fitness class (easy exercises)
All welcome, for further information or booking contact 0879390980
Irish Conversation Classes - Ciorcal Comhrá
Ballinamore Library will again be running a Ciorcal Comhrá every Tuesday where people meet to practice their Irish and to improve their use of the language with help from the organisers. The Ciorcal is run in a very enjoyable manner and is attended by adults and also by some Leaving Cert students for whom the practice is good for their Irish orals. Those attending are divided into separate groups starting with people with very basic knowledge of Irish to those with a reasonable amount of the language and those who are more advanced.  The Ciorcal Comhrá starts Tuesday 12 January in Ballinamore Library at 8.00pm.
Admission is free. Beidh Fáilte romhat.
Club Lotto Monday 1st February 2016
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, 6, 1, 3, 4, 2, 5, 7.

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

Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an oíche:

House Draw €40: Aiden McGovern

Kindly sponsored: Aiden & John

€40 an duine; Criostoir Mac Conduibh, Church St; Kerry Meehan, Derrinkeher McDonald; Sean Boyle, Tullybawn; Christopher McNiffe, Church St.

Óir €12,000.

Turning our hearts to the lord - lenten scripture reflection group

begins on Thursday evening at 7:30p.m. in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Cavan and then continues every Wednesday evening during Lent for about 45 minutes.  Each evening, there will be prayer, a reading of the Sunday Gospel and a commentary on it, reflecting on its connection with life today and praying for the intentions of group members.  All welcome. 

Templeport Day Centre, Bawnboy 

will re-open on Wednesday 17th February.  Usual arrangements.  New people always welcome. Contact Kathleen 087-7921683 or Ann on 087-2857471.  Chiropodist will attend on the day. 

Dates for the diary. – Assorted Fitness

While the seats are in Ballinamore community centre for the musical and drama festival our Monday at 8pm Assorted Fitness class will be in the Scouts Den Feb 15th, 22nd & 29th, March 7th and in the sports complex Thursday at 8pm Feb 18th, 25th, March 3rd & 10th. 
(Easy way to remember..We have our fitness class up beside the playground after Valentine's day to just before St Patricks day). 
Also in the sports complex the first Thursday of ever month at 8pm.

Best of luck to all involved in the musical and drama festival.

For further information on fitness classes contact Michelle on 0879390980

Church Gate Collection for Heartsafe

The church gate collection for Ballinamore Heartsafe will be held on Sat 13th and Sun 14th Feb.
Your support, as always, would be greatly appreciated.

The 4th Annual Tony McGowan 10k Road Race

takes place this Sunday February 14th in Drumshanbo. This event has grown significantly over the years and is now a firm fixture on the running calendar. There is a 10k, 5k and 2.5k race/walk with all runners chip timed. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Registration is from midday in the mayflower with the races starting at 130 sharp."

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