Ballinamore

4 Lock Cycling Club: A new leisure cycling club in the area has been set up. It is called the 4 Locks Cycling Club and is based on the Ballinamore Credit Union area. 
Of course anyone interested from outside these areas is welcome to join. Joining is a two step process. It is 15 euro to join the 4 Locks Cycling Club. A further 15 euro must be paid to Cycling Ireland (www.cycling Ireland.ie) . Membership of Cycling Ireland covers you for insurance. The officers are Des Quinn (Chairman), Gabrielle Flynn (Secretary) and Tony McGrath (Treasurer) The aforementioned can be contacted if you wish to join the club. Gabrielle can be contacted at the library in Ballinamore. The club has also set up a FaceBook page. Spins take place on a Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and participants meet at the Courthouse, Ballinamore. In the summer months there will also be an evening spin. No one doubts the benefits of cycling. It is a good low joint impact sport, it will help you sleep better, you will look younger, it is good for your brain, it builds up your immune system, it helps you to live longer, it cuts your risk of heart disease, it helps you loose weight, get fit, burn more fat, develop a positive addiction, get a legal high, make friends, be happy and stay healthy. So get on your bike and join the 4 Locks Cycling Club!

4 Lock Cycling Club: A new leisure cycling club in the area has been set up. It is called the 4 Locks Cycling Club and is based on the Ballinamore Credit Union area. 
Of course anyone interested from outside these areas is welcome to join. Joining is a two step process. It is 15 euro to join the 4 Locks Cycling Club. A further 15 euro must be paid to Cycling Ireland (www.cycling Ireland.ie) . Membership of Cycling Ireland covers you for insurance. The officers are Des Quinn (Chairman), Gabrielle Flynn (Secretary) and Tony McGrath (Treasurer) The aforementioned can be contacted if you wish to join the club. Gabrielle can be contacted at the library in Ballinamore. The club has also set up a FaceBook page. Spins take place on a Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and participants meet at the Courthouse, Ballinamore. In the summer months there will also be an evening spin. No one doubts the benefits of cycling. It is a good low joint impact sport, it will help you sleep better, you will look younger, it is good for your brain, it builds up your immune system, it helps you to live longer, it cuts your risk of heart disease, it helps you loose weight, get fit, burn more fat, develop a positive addiction, get a legal high, make friends, be happy and stay healthy. So get on your bike and join the 4 Locks Cycling Club!

Bridge Club: Results for Thursday 21st February; 1st Monica Sharpley and Bernie Flynn; 2nd Carrie Maroney and Maureen Dolphin; 3rd Mary mc Tiernan and Mary Flynn; 4th Evelyn Smith and Marian Quinn. Bridge continues on Thursday 28th February at 7pm all players welcome.

women’s group: Monthly meeting of Ballinamore women’s group takes place on Wednesday 6th March at 8pm in Trathnona. A guest speaker will attend speaking on health matters. Yearly subscription is now due 10 euro. All members are asked to attend.

Darts: The second semi-final in the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup Competition was played last Friday night in Terry Shortt’s, as in the first semi-final two weeks ago a great crowd turned up to see a very exciting match between Jackie’s and McGirl’s. It was a very close game all the way through McGirl’s just winning it in the end on a score line of (5) games to (4). Thanks to everyone for supporting our raffle, thanks to Terry and staff for refreshments to all who marked the games. The final is next Friday night between McGirl’s and Shortt’s (A) a repeat of last year’s final, the venue is Ossies starting time 10.30pm.

Training: Childminding Quality Awareness Programme - 11 hour training on topics of relevance to all Childminder and potential childminders. Saturday 9th, 10am to 4pm and Saturday 23rd March 10am to 4.30pm, Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim. Places are limited, to secure your place contact Orla at Leitrim County Childcare Committee, Laird House, Church Street, Drumshanbo. Tel: 071 96 40870, Mob: 086 1919283, E-Mail: orla@leitrimchildcare

Co Cavan VEC Adult Education Free Event: As part of Adult Learner’s Festival Week, Cavan VEC are hosting a free Adult Education & training opportunities event in the Further Education and Training Campus (formerly Dun Ui Neil barracks) Cavan on Thursday 28th February between 11am and 3pm.

Safeguarding Children: The designated persons appointed by the Bishop to receive any complains of child abuse by church persons are: Suzie Duffy 049 43 75004, ext 105 & Fr Sean Mawn 071 96 43014

St Vincent de Paul: If you wish to make a contribution or contact us for any other reason please phone us on the Confidential No 087 9360562

Whist Drive: No whist drive on March 7th owing to Drama Festival in Community Centre. Whist drive will be held on april Thursday 4th at NEW TIME 9pm. Everybody welcome.

DRAMA: Festival commences next Friday 1st March and runs until Sunday 10th March. Season Tickets now on sale, in Kavanaghs, Murphy’s, Smyth’s & Lá Nua, at only €45 for all 9 nights, Nightly admission €10. Wide variety of plays to suit all tastes. Adjudicator: Tom Doherty, Derry. Join us for a cuppa after the performances each night.

Open day: Ballinamore Community School Enrolment and Open Day will take place in the Vocational School, Ballinamore on Saturday 2nd March: 2pm to 4pm. Parents wishing to enroll students are asked to bring the students PPS Number and a copy of their birth certificate.

S.N. BHRID NAOFA: Enrolment for Junior Infants will take place in the junior infant classroom on Wednesday 27th February at 2.00 - 2.30 p.m. If you are unable to make it that day please phone the school (Ph. No. 071 9644952) and we will arrange for forms to be posted out.

Seán O’Heslin’s – Scéalta na Seachtaine: Bingo - every Tuesday at 8.30pm in Community Centre. Come along and bring a friend. Youngsters are also welcome. Lotto - Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i McGirls. Pota Óir €4,600. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: €40:Brid Sullivan. Bottle Whiskey ó Lawrences: Aodhan Mac Samhráin, Lahard.€40 an duine: Jimmy Walsh, Drumcarra, Foxfield, Fenagh, Damien Gilheaney, Aughnasheelin, Michelle Fanning, Ardrum, Kevin Turbitt, Ceanna bó.

Training: Leitrim CDB is hosting a FREE Training and Further Education Expo and Seminar on Friday, March 8th, Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon from 10.00am to 4.30pm. Open to all, but particularly geared to people who are unemployed wishing to see what training/career options and supports are open to them, secondary school students and parents. Speakers will include Neven Maguire, Celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur, Mary Holohan on Budgeting for Education, Ellen Gunning, Broadcaster and PR Guru on Presenting

Parade: St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013 St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching- Hopefully bigger and better than ever with your help. All floats and groups welcome, big and small, young and old, local and visiting. Various prizes on the day with a few new ideas. For more information later check church newsletter and local notes. Any enquires please contact Dawn @ 086-3115647 after 4pm.

ATHLETIC CLUB: The Leitrim Primary Schools Sports Hall semi final takes place in the Sports Hall on Friday next, March 1st, at 10 00 a.m. with South Leitrim Schools taking part. The County Final is at the same venue on Thursday March 7th. The Connacht Under Age Indoor Championships take place in the new Athlone IT International Arena on Sunday next.

Parish Council Meeting: At the meeting of the Parish Council on 11th Feb the following matters were raised, Child Safeguarding - All volunteers involved in any aspect of church activities are required to submit a completed Parish Staff and Volunteer / Declaration Form to the Parish Child Safeguard Rep. Marion Quinn. In the coming weeks all groups will be contacted to ensure the required forms have been submitted. Year of Faith 2013 – There will be a number of courses, lectures and events to enable people to improve their knowledge and understanding of the teachings and catechism of the church taking place in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre throughout the course of the year, these will be highlighted in the newsletter in advance to allow those interested to participate. We hope to organise a one day pilgrimage to Lough Derg in August and also to Knock shrine. New Cemetery Plots - It is hoped to soon open up the new section of the cemetery and make new plots available. Before this happens the Parish Council would welcome feedback from parishioners in relation to plot sizes, kerbing, etc. Please feel free to submit your thoughts, ideas or suggestions to your Parish Council Representative in advance of the next meeting. Heating in the Church – The issue of heating in the church was discussed, it is widely felt that the present system is not providing adequate heating over the winter and the matter is being brought to the Finance Committee to look at what can be done to improve and rectify the situation. Church Celebrates 50 Years - Our Church celebrates 50 years this year. It was dedicated on 12 May 1963 and we hope to mark this special occasion in the parish with a Re-dedication ceremony later in the year. It would be nice to mark the occasion in some way, maybe putting together a small booklet on the fifty years of the Church, a record of all the clergy that have served here over these years, nuns, the first baptism/ communion / confirmation to take place in the church, wedding, local priest’s first mass’s over the years, communion & confirmation groups over the five decades, any other events /items that would contribute to marking this important milestone, To make this possible we would want to get any pictures / photo’s of such events - have you any such items that could be used? Items about the lay people of the community who worshipped and prayed there over the years. To get started on this there will be a meeting in Community Centre - upstairs meeting room shortly ,If you are willing to help out or be involved in any way Please contact Parish Council Secretary, Mary Corb

Operation Transformation: Fantastic results were recorded at the final night of Ballinamore Sean O’ Heslin’s Operation Transformation. The participants lost an average of 9 pounds over the six weeks with the winner loosing over a stone. We also had some amazing results in our fitness assessment and lost up to 6 inches . Many of the participants have experience the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle and will continue fitness classes with Michelle Fanning of Assorted Fitness every Wednesday at 7.30pm for ladies and 8.30pm for men and we are looking for more participants to join in our healthy living journey. The popular Bootcamp will also run for an additional two weeks on Saturday the 2nd and 9th of March at 10am in the sports complex and depending on numbers it may continue.

Launch: Inez Mc Padden is launching her first book “My Angels and Me” in Mulveys, Main Street, Carrick on Shannon on the 9th of March at 4 sharp. My book will be available and I will be signing.

RehabCare Walking Group: We are starting a walking group for lent every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am. The route we will take will be along the golf links road and we will be providing tea/coffee on our return to the centre. Please meet at the RehabCare resource centre here in Ballinamore at 10.50am. All welcome. The first walk will take place on Thursday the 14th of February. We look forward to seeing you all.

Concert: The seventh annual charity concert organised and performed by the Traditional Irish Music course will be held on Friday 1st March. This evening of Irish music, song and dance will be held in the Mayflower community centre, Drumshanbo commencing at 8pm. All the proceeds will be donated to St Vincent de Paul, Drumshanbo , The Breffni Centre ,Carrick on Shannon and Stop Suicide. Manorhamilton. Tickets are only €5 (u-12s free) and each ticket will be entered into a draw for €100. So come along for a great evening of ceol agus craic!

Drama: The Corn Mill Theatre Group present ‘Brothers of the Brush’ Written by Jimmy Murphy Brothers of the Brush tells how housepainters, patching over the cracks of an old house, misuse each other for their own advantage. In a world blighted by economic recession, with workers losing faith in old ideologies, Brothers of the Brush demonstrates just how fragile allegiances are when personal interests are at stake. Thursday 28th, Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March. Doors open: 8:00pm. Show starts: 8:30pm Booking: (049) 4339612 bookings@cornmilltheatre.com