14th December 2016

15 December 2016


Results from round 7 of the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup:  Freddie’s (3) McGirl’s (6) Bank Bar (2)  Poor Scholar (7) Jackie had a bye.  With one round of matches left before the Christmas break, the points are as follows:  Poor Scholar (50) pts – McGirl’s (43) pts – Jackie’s (36) pts – Bank Bar (30) pts – Freddie’s have (30) pts.

Assorted Fitness Christmas Party

Our annual party for charity is on Tuesday the 20th of December at 8pm in Ballinamore Community Centre.  All welcome. For further information contact Michelle Fanning on 0879390980. Also fitness classes on weekly Mon & Thurs at 8pm in Ballinamore Community Centre.

Old Glasses Collection for the Philippines 

Your old glasses can provide life changing help for people in the Philippines who suffer from poor vision and cannot afford the glasses they need.  In the weeks before Christmas, Louise Huston is collecting glasses on behalf of the charity “Love in Action Philippines”. There is now a collection box in Scorpio Boutique, Ballinamore. For more information contact Louise on 086 164 9172.

Christmas Cake Sale

is being held by Aughawillan Ladies on Saturday 17th December after mass in Aughawillan. Christmas goodies & crafts will be on sale. 

Ballinamore Blazers Basketball Club

Are holding their 17th Annual Table Quiz in aid of GOAL Third World Charity at An Siopa Ól, Main St., Ballinamore,  at 4pm on St Stephens Day 2016 

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.

Christmas Carol Concert

at the Cathedral You are invited to come along to the Cathedral on Wednesday 14th December to the Christmas Carol Concert at 8pm.  Three orchestras and over 400 singers from eight choirs along with soloists will perform on the night; there will also be reflections  from children from  around the world.  This will be a fantastic evening of carols, music, prayer and reflection in preparation for Christmas.  A voluntary subscription in aid of the Cathedral Organ Restoration Fund will be taken up at the door on the way in. All are welcome. 

Béal an Átha Móir Seán Ó hEislin 

Club AGM

This year’s AGM takes place on the 18th of December in the club rooms at 1530. If you would like to obtain a nomination form please contact the Club Secretary Pamela Keegan on 087 653 2504 

RehabCare Resource Centre Ballinamore

Are running a Christmas Food Drive in aid of St. Vincent de Paul, members of the community who would like to make a donation to this very worthy cause can leave their items into the Resource Centre in New Golf Links Road 9-5 Monday to Friday.  Donations are being accepted up until Friday 16th of December. Items that would be greatly appreciated are sweets, biscuits, Christmas cake, turkey/ham vouchers, tea, coffee, soft drinks, tinned food, cereals, rice, pasta etc"

War Medals on display in Ballinamore Library

The Ballinamore Library ‘Item of the Month’ for December is a collection of war medals.  These include a World War 1 medal which was conferred posthumously to Private William Crossan from Kiltymooden, Ballinamore.  William was a member of the Irish Guards 1st Battalion and he died of wounds on 2nd November 1914 aged 22 in France.  The medal and a letter were sent to Mrs Kate Crossan in 1921, with a message on behalf of the King of England, in which, William was commended for services rendered.
The Medals will be on display in Ballinamore Library throughout December.  Opening hours are Mon, Wed & Fri 10 - 5.30; Tues &   Thur 10 - 8; Sat 10 – 5, daily lunch closing 1.30 – 2.30pm. 


Fr. Sean Mawn P.P. (071) 96 44039 / 087 6869040, Fr. Johnnie Cusack C.C. (071) 9644050/0872408409,   049 9523122, Fr. Denis Murray P.P. Carrigallen 049 4339610 Email Address  ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ie.  Website: http://www.stbrigidspastoralarea.ie 

Recently Deceased :

(a)John McNamee, Church St, reception of his remains in Ballinamore Church on Sunday @ 7pm, funeral on Monday at 10am burial in Co. Mayo (b) Kathleen Corrigan nee Murray, (sister of Josephine Gilgunn, Aughnasheelin) funeral takes place in London on Friday 16th of December. (c) Phil Fitzpatrick (brother of Joan McBrien, Aughawillan) whose funeral took place in Cloone on Sunday last. (d) We also pray for the soul  of Anna Donnelly, Brockagh, Co. Tyrone, mother of Martin Donnelly, Kildorragh who died recently. 

 Visitation of the Sick and Housebound: will take place Thursday December 15th and Friday December 16th.  

 Envelopes for your offertory and dues contributions for 2017 are available for collection in each church. Please collect at your convenience & would you be kind enough to take a box of envelopes to a neighbour. Thanks for your help. If you are new in the Parish or your name is not included please contact Fr. Sean 

Christmas Mass Times 2016 

Christmas Eve:   Aughawillan 8pm  ,    Ballinamore 9:30 pm,           Aughnasheelin  11pm (to be confirmed) 

Christmas Day:   Corraleehan   9:45 am          Ballinamore  11am   


Aughnasheelin : Friday Dec 23rd at 8:30pm  Corraleehan : Saturday Dec 24th Dec at 11:30am  

Aughawillan: Saturday Dec 24th at 11amBallinamore Saturday Dec 24th at 12 midday  

A Penitential Service in preparation for Christmas will be held in Ballinamore Church on Sunday Dec 18th at 6pm and in Ballyconnell at 7:30pm 

Church Dues - As we approach the end of the year

it would be much appreciated if Dues  and Offertory and other contribuAs we approach the end of the year, it would be much appreciated if Dues  and Offertory and other contributions were brought up to date.  The weekly offertory contributions go towards the upkeep of the Churches and the monthly dues contributions provide the salaries for the priests of the parish.  Thanking you for your generosity. If you are paying by cheque would you be kind enough to use a separate cheque for Offertory and Dues contributions as they have different account numbers. Please make cheques for Offertory payable to Ballinamore / Aughnasheelin/ Corraleehan or Aughawillan  Church a/c. Please make Dues cheques payable to Priests Revenue a/c. Thank you  


We wish to acknowledge having received a substantial donation from the late Patrick Prior of Coragh, Derradda towards the upkeep & maintenance of Corraleehan Church. This is much appreciated.  

Congratulations & Well done

to all involved in the turning on of the Christmas Lights last weekend. A lot of hard work goes into this every year but I think you’ll agree it looks great!    

AIB Coffee Morning & Toy Appeal

AIB Bank will be holding a Coffee Morning on Thursday 15th Dec from 10am until 4pm. All proceeds go to St. Vincent de Paul. We will also be having a Toy Appeal from 13th to the 16th December. New unwrapped toys can be donated also in aid of St. Vincent de Paul. Your support is gladly appreciated.  

Have you ever considered volunteering in the caring profession?

Now is your chance, RehabCare  in Ballinamore are actively looking for members of the local community  to come and volunteer  in our day service on the golf links road. Volunteers will be initially Garda vetted and following this they will be given a full induction by a permanent staff member. The centre is open Monday to Friday and any hours a volunteer would be willing to give to the service would be greatly appreciated. For enquires and more information please contact Roisin Donohoe Programme's Supervisor on 0719644132 

Looking for a career in the care sector?

Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920. 

Ballinamore Musical Society 

With 2016 drawing to a close and the centenary commemorations of the 1916 Rising coming to an end, here is a final reminder to anyone who would still like to buy a DVD of this year’s fabulous production ‘Erin go Bragh’.  Limited copies available in Murphys, SuperValu and Smiths High St. A gift idea for extended family/friends at home or abroad. Cost is €10.00 

Aughawillan Parish Night out

On Friday 30 December in Viking Lounge   . This is always a very enjoyable night  to meet family and friends   

Christmas Whist Drive in Aughawillan

Community Centre on Tuesday 13 Dec at 8 30 pm Hampers Vouchers and loads of spot prizes to be won your support would be appreciated if u can't come spot prizes or a donation would be very welcome 

Aughawillan GAA have a poker classic on Wednesday 28th Dec in the Ballymac inn at 10 o clk  registration €20. rebuys €5 prizes 50/50 off intake under stuartship off T Winters 

Wow what a turn out!!!!

220 plus people came to see Santa turn on the lights in Ballinamore on Sunday and it snowed . Well done and a massive thank you to all that helped out.. thank you to our sponsors this would not be possible if we didn't have the financial help.. (apologies to Pat McKiernan trading B and T supplies and Ballinamore Credit Union for the misprint on the sponsorship letters and thank you for your contribution) a big thank you to all the elves, to Elsa she travelled a long way, to the big man himself, to,all who helped set up on the night, the photographers, the stewards, our local firemen as always they deliver Santa very safety.. to those who provided storage.. one of our biggest thank yous goes to all the volunteers that came out for hours in the cold after their day's work to make it all possible...you are truly brilliant.. and the safety of a hoist supplied by Padraig Ford kept everyone happy.. a final thank you to you the little boys and girls for making it so much fun... we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy Christmas... from Dawn Mc Keon and David Mc Cabe (Poor Scholar)  

Keys Found

Mitsubishi car keys found at Aughoo Bridge on Dec 3rd – phone 0872261104 

Don’t be lonely this Christmas 

Senior Help Line, Ireland’s only national listening service for older people, will be open every day over Christmas and the New Year from 10 am to 10 pm.  We are here to take your call if you are on your own, feeling isolated, worried or would like someone to talk to.    Christmas can be a sad time for many people, and in the midst of apparent universal gaiety, some of us can feel very alone.  Senior Help Line volunteers are trained older people who understand the ups and downs of life, and are happy to listen, to keep company and to support. So let us put the companionship into Christmas this year.  

LoCall 1850 440 444, no call costs more than 30 cents.  All calls completely confidential. 

Béal an Átha Móir Seán Ó hEislin 

Club AGM 

This year’s AGM takes place on the 18th of December in the club rooms at 1530. If you would like to obtain a nomination form please contact the Club Secretary Pamela Keegan on 087 653 2504  

Christmas draw tickets are now available to buy. First Prize is €3500, 2nd Prize kindly sponsored by Gay Prior is €1000 and we also have 10 prizes of €100. Tickets can be purchased from club members or you can call 0863906791 to arrange. The draw will take place on the 1st of January in Priors @High St. tickets are €20 or a book of 3 for €50 

Ballinamore Post Office

We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the Martin Family for the wonderful service they have provided to the community for the last 80 years.  

Irish Dancing Success

The Mc Cartin SD continued their winning ways recently with successful outings to Feis Clann Lir, Westmeath and St. Patrick's Open Feis, Mayo. The winning pupils were as follows:
Nicole Hargaden, Fenagh, Abbie Lyons, Carrigallen, Leah Guckian, Fenagh, Pippa Kearns, Gorthletteragh, Kathryn Mc Evoy, Fenagh, Anie Maguire, Burren, Destiny Cowdell, Aughavas, Emily Gilheany, Fenagh, Anna Conefrey, Fenagh, Cerys Coyle, Carrigallen, Katie Guckian, Fenagh, Tori Cowdell, Aughavas, Ruby Kearns, Gorthletteragh, Bradley Cowdell, Aughavas, Mya Mc Gouldrick, Kilnawley, Mark Greene, Aughavas, Molly Maguire, Burren, Finn Maguire, Burren, Tracey Shannon, Killeshandra, Millie Kearns, Gorthletteragh, Rachel Naughton, Gorthletteragh, Edel Mc Kiernan, Aughavas, Kaitlyn Cowdell, Aughavas, Ciara Mc Kiernan, Aughavas, Chloe Kearns, Gorthletteragh, Katie Mc Kiernan, Aughavas, Aoife Conefrey, Fenagh, Kate Conefrey, Fenagh, Niamh Dimmock, Cloone, Kayla Gill, Fenagh, Rachel Dolan, Aughwillian, James Stringer, Aughwillian, Eadaoin Casey, Aughavas, Gemma Mc Namara, Cloone, Ella Stringer, Aughwillian, Aleine Mc Partland, Kildallen, Orla Kiernan, Carrigallen, Sarah Greene, Aughavas, Eabha Gill, Fenagh, Kate Gilheany, Fenagh, Ornagh Cox, Ballyconnell,  Shane Mc Gourty, Mohill, Barry Taylor, Newtowngore, Luke Murphy, Killeshandra, Layla Mimna, Drumreilly, Ciara O Kelly, Drumeela, Rose Mc Loughlin, Fenagh, Rachel Mc Intyre, Aughavas, Louise Cafferty, Gorvagh and Aoife Cafferty, Gorvagh.

Ballinamore Childcare CLG

are holding an EGM at 8.30pm on Tuesday 10th January in the former Technical School at 8.30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to adopt a new Constitution to replace the previous Memorandum and Articles of Association as required by the recent Companies Act. If anybody has any queries or wishes to receive a copy of the proposed Constitution please contact Sandra at 071 9644904. All welcome.

Christmas Bridge Night this coming Thursday 15th at 7pm

Results of bridge held on Thursday 8th December are as follows

1st Marian Quinn and Evelyn Smith

2nd Mary McTiernan and Mary Flynn

3rd Carrie Maroney and Maureen Dolphin

4th Marian Burns and Sean Creamer

The final night of bridge for 2016 is on15th at 7pm.

All players welcome.


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