29th November 2017

27 November 2017

Christmas Whist Drive

The Christmas Whist Drive will be held on Thursday 7th December at 8.30pm in Ballinamore Community Centre. Everyone very welcome, so come along for a very festive night, with lots of prizes and a great raffle plus refreshments.


Results from week 7 in the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup Competition are Poor Scholar (8) – Quinn’s (1) – Drumcoura (3) – Jackie’s (6) – Bank Bar (1) – McGirl’s (8) – Freddie’s bye (9). So at the half way stage in the competition the point’s total: Poor Scholar is top (48) pts – McGirl’s are second with (41) pts. Jackie’s are third on (40) pts. Freddie’s are fourth with (34) pts. The Bank Bar and Quinn’s are level on (30) pts each, and Drumcoura have (29) pts. No darts next Friday night.  Women’s singles take place in Freddie’s instead. The Ballinamore League Resumes on Friday night the 8th of December.  

AGM of Ballinamore Fishing and Tourism Ltd – Monday 4th December

The AGM will be held on Monday 4th December at 8pm. We would like to invite all members and any interested persons to attend. The venue will be in the newly renovated Tourism Office (Old Health Centre). 

Leitrim Astronomy Club

"Leitrim Astronomy Club holds a 'Street Observation Night' next Wed Nov 29th @ 7pm in Ballinamore. We'll be looking at the moon from the Old Courthouse and maybe slightly further west in the town later on. Bring any telescope/binoculars that you have but not essential. Also, the next LAC lecture/meeting will be held on Tues Dec 5th in Ballinamore Library, on the subject of the Moon Phases. Both events are open to the public. Plans in the works for Manor and Mohill talks in Jan/Feb."

Ballinamore Lights

Soooooo.... excited. Santa is coming to town he’ll be checking his list twice to make sure you have all been nice ... turning on the Christmas lights with a surprise guest of honor... goodie bags for all the kids and entertainment to keep you dancing while waiting ... make sure you have your Santa hat. If there is anyone out there that could help on the night please contact Dawn or David all elves welcome ......Can we please ask you to be aware of all the safety of kids when queueing and there will be fireworks so please be mindful of pets .. looking forward to see you the .. Saturday 2nd Dec @ 6:15 ...

The Scouts will be there running their annual fundraiser.. keeping you warm with hot drinks and nibbles ..

Ballinamore Bridge Club

The results of bridge held on Thursday 23th November are as follows:

1st Evelyn Smith and Marian Quinn

joint second Monica Sharpley and Bernie Flynn and

Marian Burns and Sean Creamer

3rd Kay Dolan and Mary Flynn

Bridge continues on 30 th November at 7 30pm with the final night on 14th December. All players welcome.

Bawnboy Christmas Craft Fair;

Saturday December 2nd The Keepers Arms hosts the third Craft Fair, from Jimmy Devine’s beautiful wood turned lamps, Lorna’s delicious cakes, Mary’s Way skin care range, Sinead’s Aloe Vera, Bernie fabulous cartoon knitted creations, Eleanora’s wonderful jewelry…and so much more. Raffle on the day for Templeport Social Services. Open from 11am to 6pm.

Ballinamore Text Alert:

€5 subscription now due.  You can leave it with your name and mobile number in Philip Murphy’s newsagents, Gala (Frank Maxwell’s) or Pat Joe Dolans garage. 

Church of Ireland

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


Is held every Friday from 11am to 3pm at the Old Courhouse, opposite St. Patrick's Church. Come along and visit the stalls of local producers, selling fresh vegetables, free range eggs, sourdough bread, goat's cheese, fruits, plants, cakes, jams and books ...and more to come!    For stall enquiries call Jonathan on  085 175 4957 

Dr. Myles Dungan In Ballinamore Library

On Thursday 7th December, Leitrim County Library will host a presentation by Dr. Myles Dungan in Ballinamore at 8pm which will explore the role of “The Alpha Male In Irish History”.  Admission is free, for bookings please phone 071-9645566.           


BALLINAMORE /DRUMREILLY LR. PARISH NEWSLETTER Fr. Sean Fr Mawn P.P. (071) 96 44039 / 087 6869040, Fr. Johnnie Cusack C.C. (071) 9644050/0872408409, Fr. Denis Murray P.P. Carrigallen 049 4339610

Email Address  ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ie.  Website: http://www.stbrigidspastoralarea.ie
Memorial / Feast Days:  Tue 28th St. Catherine Laboure, wed 29th St. Brendan of Birr
Ballinamore  St. Patrick’s Church  Masses : Mon  & Wed 7pm ,   Tue Thurs & Fri 9am,  Sat 11am,   Sun 11am   
Trócaire : Thank you for kind donation of €400 from Ballinamore Church to Trócaire
Congratulations : Congratulations to Eimear Quinn & Diarmuid McHugh who’s were married last weekend in Aughawillan Church.
Recent Deaths: We pray for the souls of (a) Fr Ray Brady formerly of Parishes Ballyhaise, Shercock & Killinkere whose funeral too place on Monday. (b) Rory Mckenna formerly Ballinamore whose funeral took place on last Saturday in Belfast, (c) Pat Heerey (brother of Fr Charles Heerey) whose funeral mass took place on Tuesday in Celbridge. Our sympathy to their families.
Visitation of the Sick and Housebound: Please note that the visitation of the sick and housebound will not take place this Thursday and Friday but on Thursday December14th and Friday December 15th.

Apostolic Society - Mass for all Deceased members and benefactors in the Pastoral Centre, St Patricks College, Cavan this Sunday November 26th at 2. 30pm followed by AGM - everyone welcome.

The Backpack Programme: As you may know, there were three Backpack Summer Camps in the Kilmore Diocese across three locations: Cavan, Ballinamore, and Manorhamilton. These camps were a great success and we have begun weekly parish groups in these areas. The parish group in Ballinamore is on Tuesdays, at 4:00pm-5:30pm in The Scout Den until Christmas. It is open to all young people 12-18 years of age. If you know any teens who would be interested in attending, please call 083 487 7325 for further details.

The Senior Citizens Christmas party

will take place on Sunday next, December 3rd in the Commercial Hotel from 2.30 – 8pm. Remainder of tickets will be distributed this week.  If any senior citizen is overlooked and does not receive a ticket please feel free to come along and anyone requiring transport please contact a committee member.  Committee members please note meeting Tuesday night next, November 28th at 9pm.

Sweet Spirit Gospel Choir

will present a concert 'Christmastime' in Ballyconnell Community Centre on this Sunday evening 26th November at 8pm in aid of the Holy Family School, Cootehill. Please support.

 An Invitation – Solas Art Gallery

Come along to Solas Art Gallery, Ballinamore, on the main street, above the flower shop and opposite the library, to the Christmas Group Exhibition an eclectic mix of art work from the gallery members. The exhibition will open 7.30pm Friday 24th November and will run Tuesday to Saturday 10qm-6pm until Thursday 18th January 2018. www.solasart.ie 0719644210

Dementia Information Evening

in the Clayton Hotel (previously called The Clarion Hotel), Sligo town on Thursday, 30th November 2017 at 8pm. Home Instead Senior Care, in partnership with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Callan Tansey Solicitors, invites you to a free information evening for anyone directly or indirectly affected by Dementia / Alzheimers. Topics covered on the night are;     1) Understanding Dementia, 2) Living Well with Dementia, 3) Legal & Financial Concerns, 4) Caring with Confidence, 5) Family Carers Wellbeing and Support.      You will be able to listen to a number of speakers covering these topics, ask questions or indeed chat one to one with any of the panel. Refreshments will be served on the night. This is a free event. But it is advisable to RSVP to Home Instead Senior Care, Sligo by Tuesday the 28th of November 2017, at 071 9317051.

Ballinamore Library News:

Knitting Club every Tuesday at 11am. New members always welcome.  Draughts Club each Tuesday 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Tuesday 28th Nov at 7pm Movie night “La La Land”. Free admission with all welcome. Saturdays at 2.30pm Kiddies Movie Time. Details available from the library at 071 9645566

Holy Wells:

An interesting talk on Holy Wells by Tamlyn McHugh is taking place in Mohill Library on Wednesday December 6th at 7pm. To book your place, please telephone 0719631360.

The Irish Natura Hill Farmers Association (INHFA) 

are hosting a National Rally in the Southern Hotel, Sligo, on 1st December 2017, at 8pm, to target the €25 million additional funding for 2018 ANC Scheme to the Areas of Greatest Natural Constraint, & to highlight the need for an urgent Fodder Crisis package.  Your attendance is very important

The Annual Christmas party

Takes place in the Forget - me - not  Café  Castlemanor community Centre, Drumlee, Cavan on Wednesday 29th of November from 11am to 1pm . All welcome . Further information contact Carole 0872240963 or  Claire 0879002603.

Béal an Átha Móir Seán Ó hEislin:

Strictly Come Dancing

Over the years the club have hosted many events and have celebrated some amazing  successes both on and off the pitch but this Strictly night will certainly live long in the memory and will be placed near the top of the pile.

The night itself exceeded our expectations and hopefully that of the more than 1700 people that attended , it was a night full of outstanding entertainment led by our immensely talented dancers, wonderful judges and of course our MC for the night John Lynch who helped pull it all together.

The effort, determination and skill of our dancers was a site to behold, after 8 intensive weeks of training they stepped out on the stage full of enthusiasm and without a nerve in sight to produce an outstanding show.

We must give a tremendous thank you to them, they have given up a vast amount of their time and energy to help make the night such a success ,many of them had no affiliation to the club but still stepped forward to support us and have now become lifelong friends.

To all our wonderful sponsors who supported the event on the night, their financial support was astounding and we are deeply grateful for everything that they have done for us. Again as with the dancers many of these companies and individuals had no affiliation to the club but when approached they stepped forward and gave freely. We ask all of our supporters to please support these businesses where possible, a full list will be published soon.


Well done Maeve Quinn on being inaugurated into the Hall of Fame at Leitrim Sports Awards. A well-deserved accolade for a wonderful sports star

Club Lotto Monday 20/11/2017

Numbers Drawn No's: 6 4 7 5 2 3 0 1.

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

Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an oíche:

House Draw €40: Noel Sweeney

Kindly sponsored Aodhan Mac Samhrain.

€40 each – Philip Farrelly, Ardrum. Gerard McGovern, Garadice. Aodhan Mac Samhrain, Trathnona. Gunner Walsh, c/o Commercial Hotel

Pota Oir €3,100




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