The year that was in Drumlish and Ballinamuck

January/February: Derek McCormack, son of Colm and Mary, Ballinamuck celebrated his 21st Birthday in style at the Pikeman Inn. A joyous and happy occasion was had by all.

January/February: Derek McCormack, son of Colm and Mary, Ballinamuck celebrated his 21st Birthday in style at the Pikeman Inn. A joyous and happy occasion was had by all.

March/April: A new women’s basketball club - Drumlish Dragons – was formed. It is the first time in over 30 years that there has been a basketball club in the village and hopes are high that the side will recapture a tradition there, that started over 30 years ago when there was a very successful men’s team in Drumlish.

May/June: Plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Drumlish Parish Hall came to fruition when the local community decided to hold a Variety Concert and festive weekend during 2013’s May Bank Holiday weekend.

July/August: The Native Woodland Trust held a very well attended “hands-on” volunteering day at Farnaught Woodland Reserve which has been planted with  thousands of oak, birch and hazel trees over the last decade and is now at an exciting stage where the planting is almost complete and the forest and meadow is beginning to take shape. The occasion also provided participants with tools and instruction on tree planting and a meet and greet with tidy towns members.

September/October: The Golden Jubilee of Fr Jim Sorohan and his retirement from pastoral work was celebrated in Drumlish/Ballinamuck. The community thanked Fr Jim for the many blessings he brought to the people of the parish during his five years there and pointed to his “gentle presence, deep faith, prayerful liturgies, pastoral care and being a faithful witness to Christ and His Gospel”.

November/December: He may only be 23-years-old, but Drumlish native, Padriag O’Neill has taken the online poker scene by storm and is beginning to earn himself an esteemed reputation on the circuit, after bagging $10,000 and winning two top tournaments this year. The local lad, who is the son of Paddy and Eileen, Monaduff has a primary degree in history and geography from NUI, Maynooth, but is happy “for the moment” to focus his energies in, online poker, and is seriously considering the game as a full-time career option.