16th March 2016

14 March 2016


Don’t forget our local website, it is filled with pictures, information and upcoming events, anyone wishing to put information on the site email Deborah at deborahdoran@gmail.com.    The local Ballinamore news is updated every week, so keep abreast of events and tell your friends and relations (home and away) to keep up with what’s happening in Ballinamore.

"Irish is ! " Ballinamore parade

So one more sleep until the big parade.. Looking forward to seeing everyone out in their colours.. With the theme “Irish is ! " your creativity thoughts should be on overdrive.. If you are involved in the parade meeting time is 3:30 @ Tesco .., if you are a spectator be at the platform at 3:45.. Prizes galore best dressed spectator, best on foot and many more. Looking forward to seeing you all.. 


Results of matches from round two in the League Cup Competition are: Jackie’s (0) – McGirl’s (9) –Poor Scholar (6) – Abbey Bar (3) – Commercial (1) – Bank Bar (8)

Women’s Group

A trip to the dogs in Mullingar  on Saturday the 14th May has been by organized by  Ballinamore women’s group. Cost is 60 euro .A deposit of 20 euro must be paid on or before 20 March to book a place.

Enquiries to 0876327959 or any member of the group.

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 Easter Spraoi


Come join us for this years Easter Spraoi from 26th -28th March.

Action packed weekend, Starting with the "Exploration Dome"..see the planets and the stars!!...Lego workshop on Saturday, Cake making workshop, Fishing workshop, Craft Market, Minnie Farmyard Zoo, Sewing workshop, Rivermania Canoeing, Raft Challenge, Easter Egg hunts, The Party Bees and much much more..full programes available

Starts 10 am Easter Saturday..don't miss out on the workshops booking essential for some!
And for the adults a top class menu of entertainment in the pubs every night.

Ballinamore Church Newsletter

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

Aughnasheelin Masses:     Tues.7.30pm     Wed 7:30am , Thurs 10am, Fri 8pm  Sun. 10am.
Confessions:   Sat. after 11am mass also before and after Sat7pm mass, anytime on request.
Deceased: We pray for the souls of Winnie McNamee, Church Street whose funeral took place on Thursday & burial in Mayo, Molly Vesey, Staghall, Belturbet (sister of Kathleen Rooney, Aughnasheelin) whose funeral also took place on Thursday and Seamus Wrynn native of Tarmon who passed away in New York on Friday. Our thought & prayers are with their families.
St Patrick's Day Collection
Your generosity to the St Patrick's day Collection will help:  In the education of African Priests, two of whom work in our diocese, Support for Irish missionaries working in African countries, Provide support to the Irish Emigrant chaplaincies abroad.We would appeal to you to be equally generous in this year's St Patrick's Day Collection.
Stations of the Cross:  One of the great traditions of Lent is “ Doing the Stations of the Cross” daily or having Sunday evening  Lent devotions. This Lent  it  is planned to have the Stations of the Cross    each Sunday at 7pm in Ballinamore Church.        Our hope is that a different organization will lead the stations each Sunday. If your organisation is willing to become involved  please contact any member of the Parish Pastoral Council.

Keep our Post Office in Martin's, High St

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday next 15th March at 9pm in the Standing Stone Hotel, High St. Ballinamore to discuss the retention of the Post Office in Martin's of High St where it has been operating successfully for the past 80 years.  Your support would be greatly appreciated. For more information contact Joey Smith 087 2525200

Ballinamore Childcare are holding an information & enrollment evening

for  their preschools Lollipop kids & An Naíonra on Monday the 14th of March in the old vocational school, Ballinamore at 7pm. We will be answering all your questions & providing you with a welcome pack featuring information on our Aistear Curriculum, both of our ECCE rooms and information on your child's entitlement to 2 free years of Preschool.Call Sandra on 0719644904 for more information. 

Are you interested in a Career in the Care Sector?   

If so fully funded health care related training is now available for job seekers in the Longford and surrounding areas. This training is being provided in conjunction with Family Carers Ireland and MBE Skillnet. This is an opportunity to undertake QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support Major Award leading to employment in the care sector.   Usual eligibility criteria apply, check with michael@mbeskillnet.ie   For training enquiries or to book your place on the training programme contact mbracken@family carers.ie or call 057 9370221.

Psychotherapy/Counselling Service:

Cavan Family Resource Centre offer a professional and confidential Psychotherapy/Counselling service. All therapists are fully qualified & accredited with the I.A.C.P. ( Irish Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists).  The Centre operates on a sliding scale fee.   Please phone 049 4371363, or email info@cfrc.ie

Ballinamore Boxing Club    

are holding their Annual Quiz in Smyth’s Siopa Ol on Wednesday 16th March, start time 9pm great spot prizes.  Please support.

Béal an Átha Móir Seán Ó hEislin

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                                                      

The late Seamus Wrynn

The death has occurred of Seamus Wrynn in New York a native of Tarmon Ballinamore.  He is survived his wife Nell, five sons and one daughter, brother Tom and sister Maura Connolly grandchildren, nieces and nephews, brother in law Jim Brogan and 2 sisters in law Noreen and
Eileen Wrynn (Tarmon).  Funeral took place in New York.  May he rest in peace.

The Collected Stories by John McGahern

John McGahern was arguably Leitrim’s most famous and important novelist. He received many honours, including the Irish-American Foundation award, the Irish Times/Aer Lingus fiction prize and an honorary doctorate from Trinity College Dublin.  Some of his best known works include The Barracks, Amongst Women, That They May Face the Rising Sun and Memoir. McGahern also wrote plays for radio, including Sinclair in 1971; and for television, including Swallows in 1975 and The Rockingham Shoot in 1987. His stage play The Power of Darkness adapted by Tolstoy was produced by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 1991. His short stories, collected in one volume in 1992, are incisive portraits of pastoral psychology. One, Korea, became a feature film, directed by Cathal Black in 1995.

John McGahern died on March 30th 2006 and we are now approaching the tenth anniversary of his passing.  In Honour of John McGahern, the selected ‘Item of the Month’ at Ballinamore Library is The Collected Stories. This book has been signed by the author and will be on display throughout the month of March.  Opening hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10 - 5.30; Tuesday & Thursday 10 - 8; Saturday 10 – 5, daily lunch closing 1.30 – 2.30pm.

Fenagh St. Patrick's Day Parade:  

Starting at 2pm sharp on Thursday - anyone wishing to enter a float (it's free) please proceed to Tully Lane at 1:30pm and follow the Stewards' advice.  

A first for the Parade is the introduction of a “Fenagh Finest” Trophy where all dogs (large or small) are welcome to parade through the Village – there is a prize for the best dressed or cutest four legged friend.

Crannog Bookshop Cavan

Bawnboy author Dave Rudden's children's book

'Knights of the Borrowed Dark'

Friday 18th March @ 7 pm


Co Leitrim Fleadh Cheoil

Will be held in Drumshanbo on 15th, 16th, 17th of April. Closing date for entries is 23rd of March, Please contact 0872992449 for more info. 

Family Carers Ireland

are providing the QQI Level Palliative Care Support module in Cavan on the 18th of March 2016,  one day a week for five weeks per module from 9.30am to 4.30pm.  To express an interest and for more info contact 05793 70221.

Family Carers Ireland

are providing the QQI Level 5 Activities of Living Patient Care module in Ballinamore in March 2016, this training will be provided one day a week for five weeks per module from 9.30am to 4.30pm.  To express an interest and for more info contact 05793 70221.

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