17th February 2016

16 February 2016


A big crowd turned up last Friday night for the second semi-final of the Francis McGirl Cup played in The Commercial Hotel between Jackie’s and The Bank Bar.  It was expected to be a very close game, but the Bank Bar came out easy winners on a score line of (5) games to (1).
thanks to Jim Holahan and Jim Joe Holahan for chalking the games, thanks to everyone who supported the raffle thanks to Freddie for sponsorship and for refreshments.  Nesaun Neary, Mick Horgan, Paul Lee, Conor Crowe and Sean Mahon played well for the Bank Bar.  Olive McIntyre played well for Jackie’s.  The final is next Friday night the 19th between last year’s winners McGirl’s and runners up The Bank Bar, a very close game is expected.  Venue is Jackie’s Bar starting time 10.30pm.

Connaught Irish Dance Success!

Pupils from the Mc Cartin School of Irish Dancing recently competed at the Connaught Irish Dance Championships which were held in Ballinasloe, Galway. With qualification for the All Ireland Championships at stake, the pupils had three days of intense competition. Following the Connaught Championships, 50 pupils from the Drumreilly, Ballinamore and Cornageeha class have qualified for the All Ireland Championships winning in excess of 200 prizes. The successful pupils are follows:
Under 7
Aoife Conefrey, Fenagh, Layla Mimna, Drumreilly, Niamh Dimmock, Cloone, Caoimhe Casey, Aughavas, Nicole Haradgen , Fenagh.
Under 8
Kate Conefrey, Fenagh, Tori Codwell, Aughavas, Cerys Coyne, Carrigallen, Tracey Shannon, Killeshandra.
Under 9
Connor Shortt, Aughavas, Kayla Gill, Fenagh, Sarah Greene, Aughavas, James Stringer, Aughwillian.
Under 10
Kaitlyn Gray, Gorthletteragh, Rachel Dolan, Aughwillian, Gary Mitchell, Aughavas.
Under 11
Mikayla Mitchell, Aughavas, Brian Og Murphy, Killeshandra, James Gilheany, Fenagh, Cian Mc Govern, Fenagh.
Under 13
Cillian Cullen , Aughnasheelin,  Gemma Mc Namara, Cloone, Clara O Kelly, Drumeela, Conor Edwards, Newtowngore,  Ella Stringer, Aughwillian, Darragh Gunn, Aughnasheelin,  Ornagh Cox, Ballyconnell, Alannah Gunn, Aughnasheelin, Eadaoin Casey, Aughavas,  Kayla Gill, Fenagh, Kate Gilheany, Fenagh, Rachel Mc Intyre, Aughavas,  Shauna Murray, Ballyconnell.
Under 15
Rose Mc Loughlin, Fenagh, Deirbhile Currid, Aughavas, Louise Cafferty, Gorvagh, Shane Mc Gourty, Mohill, Orla Kiernan, Carrigallen.
Under 17
Rebecca Marsden, Ballyconnell, Luke Murphy, Killeshandra, Niamh Donegan, Drumreilly, Caoimhe Gaffney, Drumreilly.
Under 18
Helen O Rourke, Corlough, Aleine Mc Partland, Killdallen.
Under 19
Aoife Cafferty, Gorvagh, Ciana Stringer, Aughwillian.
Under 21
Barry Taylor, Newtowngore.
Over 21
Paula Mc Partland, Killdallen, Sinead Mc Govern, Drumreilly.
Congratulations to the pupils and their teacher Karl Mc Cartin and we wish them every success in the All Ireland Competition.

Ballinamore Childcare

would like to thank everyone who contributed to making their table quiz fundraiser on the 5th of February such a success. Thank you Kathryn McTague (Jackies Bar) for hosting such a great night and supplying such lovely food. Thank you to Sean O Sulleabhain for helping to organise and hosting the quiz. To everyone who donated raffle prizes Magdalena Brennan (Perfect beauty and nail bar), Scollans butchers, Gerry Farry, Sandra Mulvey, Phyllis Beirne, Deirdre Harvey, Pat and Marcella Mc Keirnan(B & T Cleaning supplies), Karen & Shane McNulty (Standing Stone Hotel) Allure hair & Beauty , Olive Sharply, Slieve Russell hotel, Elaine & Emma McCormac (Gruaige), Roisin Dolan (Forever Living), Maureen & Commillus Martin, Ballinamore Drama Festival, Auto brothers, Sean o Suilleabhain, David mc Cabe, (Poor Scholar), Sharon & Alan Banks (Cannaboe confectionery), Liam & Grainne Gallogy, Martin Kenny & Smith monumentals. Thank you to everyone who had a team, bought raffle tickets and donations from people unable to attend.

Spring Term Programme

A beginner Irish Sign Language course will be available in Drumshanbo Vocational School, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, with Irish Sign Language Teacher Valerie Mahon, fully qualified with the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin.
Irish Sign Language is the first language of the Irish Deaf Community, and is an important part of Deaf Culture. Irish Sign Language is NOT  “Sign Language through spoken Irish” – it is the Sign Language used by the Irish Deaf community. It is a visual language, using the hands, facial expressions and body movements. Family, friends and professionals use Irish sign language to communicate with Deaf people as well is use with. Ireland and many other countries, for example England, France or America, have their own sign languages.
Irish Sign Language is not just for Deaf people and their families. Irish Sign Language can help where families have the difficulty communicating due to stroke, car accident, have Down Syndrome or Autism.
Date and time to be confirmed. Irish Sign Language Interpreter will be provided. For more information or to book a place on the course –
Contact -Mr. Aidian Mc Keon - 071 9640440.  Valerie Mahon – Email: mahonva@tcd.ie  TEXT ONLY: 0877666450

Mohill Workhouse Minute Books available in Ballinamore Library

Mohill Workhouse was built in 1841 and was intended to accommodate destitute people from the area; these people were often referred to as ‘paupers’ or ‘inmates’.  There were a number of electoral divisions in the Mohill catchment area for the purposes of electing Poor Law Guardians to administer the Workhouse system.  Lord Leitrim served for a period as Chairman of Mohill Union Board of Guardians.  Rates were collected from farmers in the area to help with the upkeep of the Workhouse.  During famine times the numbers entering the Workhouse grew and grew and by 1847, there were nearly 800 people in Mohill Workhouse. Minute Books from Mohill Workhouse 1839 to 1922, although, there are a few gaps in this sequence, are available for consultation in Ballinamore Library.  
The selected ‘February Item of the Month’ is a Mohill Workhouse Minute Book from 1866, one hundred and fifty years ago.  On these long winter evenings, why not call in to Ballinamore Library and see this and many other Minute Books, to gain an insight into what life was like for those who spent time in Mohill Workhouse more that one hundred and fifty years ago.  Opening hours are Mon, Wed & Fri 10 - 5.30; Tues &   Thur 10 - 8; Sat 10 – 5, daily lunch closing 1.30 – 2.30pm.

Ballinamore Bridge Club

The results of bridge held on Thursday 11 th February are as follows

1st Mary McTiernan and Mary Flynn

2nd Marian Burns and Sean Creamer

3rd Margaret Nellis and Peggy Logan

4th Monica Sharpley and Bernie Flynn

Bridge continues on Thursday 18th February at 7 30 pm.

All players are welcome.

Friends of St Patrick’s Hospital

Friends of St. Patrick's Hospital Committee are holding a Public Meeting on Thursday 18th February in the Bush Hotel at 8 pm.  The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public of progress made to date on the restoration of the 5 day Nurse Led Day Services at St. Patrick's Day Hospital. Candidates for the upcoming General Election have been invited to attend. Please support.


This popular Country and Gospel Singer James  Kilbane  will make his first visit to Mohill on Friday, February 26th at 8 p.m. to perform in Concert in St. Mary’s Church, Mohill. This will be an exceptional evening of entertainment of music and singing.   Tickets may be booked by ringing 086-8710215    or   071-9631692

Ballinamore Area Senior Citizens Committee

The above Committee wish to thank Aughawillan GAA for their generous sponsorship to our Senior Citizens Christmas party.

Church Newsletter

BallinamoreMasses :,  Mon 7pm, Tue  Wed & Thurs 7:30am, Fri 9am,  Sat 11am & 7pmVigil Sun.11.30am.         

Aughnasheelin Masses:     Tues.7.30pm     Wed 8pm , Fri 8pm  Sun. 10am.

Confirmation Ritual will take place in
Ballinamore at the Vigil Mass at 7pm on Sat 20th Feb and
Aughnasheelin on Sunday Sun 21st Feb 10am Mass
A practice for this ritual will take place in Ballinamore Tue 6pm & Aughnasheelin on Wed 7pm
Dates for your Diary:         Easter Sunday :   March 27th
First 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 Aughnasheelin  School:     Sun. April 24th at 10am
Confirmation: Sat May 21st at 12 MD in St.Patrick’s Church Ballinamore for Oughteragh and Corlough Parishes.

Booking Forms and Full Details regarding the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome from 12-17 September 2016 to mark the Year of Mercy are now available from the Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Cavan. Fare: €799 per person sharing.  If interested, please telephone the Centre on 049 4375004 for further information.


Our thanks to Sheila O’Sullivan for her generous donation in purchasing the Divine Mercy Banner for Ballinamore Church

Victim Assistance

is a voluntary organisation that provides emotional and practical assistance to all Victims of Crime and traumatic incidents.   The local branch of Victim Assistance is now recruiting members. Full training is provided and all applicants are Garda vetted.
If you are interested in helping Victims of Crime please contact Victim Assistance National Office on 066 7119830 or email fedva@eircom.net     www.victimassistanceireland.com

Oesophageal Cancer

Lollipop Collection will be held on Feb 26th & 27th . The money raised each year helps to highlight the disease, promote awareness of the symptoAms of this cancer, improve care & treatment to patients & to fund research projects. Early detection is vital- symptoms are (i) Frequent & persistent hiccups (II) Acid indigestion/ heartburn /reflux  (III) Difficulty when swallowing food. (IV) Weight loss (V) Constant burping, coughing . If one or more of these symptoms persist, make a G.P  apt . We will be getting in touch with our willing volunteers who give their time and help out each year. It could not be done without you. Thank you

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.  

Athletic Club

Our thanks to all who helped to run off the mammoth Leitrim Indoor Championship programme in the Sports Hall on Sunday last and to the Community Council for the facilities. This week there will be training on Tuesday (February 16th) but not Thursday (18th) due to schools mid term break. New members welcome at any training session.

Mohill Computer Training – Part Time Computer Courses

Improve Your IT Skills with a QQI Level 4 part-time computer course. Starting on Monday 29th February this flexible part-time course is ideal for intermediate level computer users. Courses are delivered Monday – Thursday from 10am to 1pm.
The course leads to QQI Level 4 Minor Awards in the following modules: Information Technology Skills, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Desktop Publishing, Web Design. Call 071 9632024 or email info@mct.ie to book your place.

Scoil Naisiúnta Bhrid Naofa 

Enrolment for Junior Infants, 2016

Enrolment for September 2016 will take place on Tuesday 23rd February in the Junior Infant classroom, between 2.00 and 2.30 p.m. Please bring your child’s Birth Cert., P.P.S number and any relevant reports.

Béal an Átha Móir Seán Ó hEislin:  

Money in Rushes
Ronan Sharply, who organised the annual Culchies versus Townies charity match at Christmas is at it again. Ronan who is a member of the Franciscan order based in Athlone had another idea to raise more money for the youth projects in El Salvador. Enrolling the help of transition year students from the Marist and Bower schools, Ronan asked them to make and sell St Brigid’s crosses for February 1st.  The only problem was the scarcity of rushes around Athlone. Being from Leitrim Ronan had no problem in finding a solution. All though rushes are scarce on his and neighbouring farms, he was able to source any amount of top quality rushes on the other side of town!!!
Heading back to Athlone with his car boot full of rushes, the students got down to work making 600 crosses which were sold at €3 each. The large amount of money raised as well as assisting youth projects in El Salvador will also help to subsidise a pilgrimage to Taize in France for a number of the students next May.
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


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