The angling and tourism association AGM will be held on Monday, 23rd February at 8.30pm in Smyth’s Bar and Restaurant, Main St, Ballinamore.

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.

Picture of the month

Staff in the local Studies Department at Ballinamore Library are displaying a ‘Picture of the Month’. As its name suggests, there will be a different picture each month and these items will be chosen from the Local Studies Photographs, Posters and Art collection. The February ‘Picture of the Month’ is a framed photograph of Main Street, Ballinamore taken about 1929 or earlier, which was donated to Leitrim County Library by Columba Cryan in 2011. In the picture there are only 2 motor vehicles parked along the street. There is also a number of ESB Poles visible, which would suggest thatelectricity was supplied to the town at that time. There are a number of shops with items on display outside. P. Stenson is a name over the door of one shop’s on Lower Main Street. Opposite Stenson’s shop, it would appear that there was a hardware shop with items on display outside. This picture will be on display in Local Studies during the month of February and our opening hours are Mon, Wed & Fri 10 - 5.30; Tues & Thur 10 - 8; Sat 10 – 5, with daily lunch closing 1.30 – 2.30pm.

Charity shop

Ballinamore Charity Shop located on high street is seeking donations of all items including clean clothes, household items, furniture etc.  Supporting St Christopher’s Hospice. All donations are greatly appreciated.


Season of Lent begins next Wednesday, the 18th February. The primary purpose of Lent is a season of preparation for Easter when we celebrate the Lords Passion, death & resurrection. The tradition of fasting or abstaining from certain foods and drinks, supporting the needy through alms giving, more time to family or personal prayers, attending mass more frequently or doing the Stations of the Cross during Lent, still holds true. This is a precious time which offers us a great opportunity to grow in our relationship with our God.

Confirmation and First Communion Rituals

The next Confirmation Ritual will take place at the weekend masses of the 7/8th March, in Ballinamore on Saturday at 7pm, the 10am Sunday mass in Aughnasheelin. The final ritual will be a Prayer Service on Monday, 9th May at 8pm in St. Patrick’s Boys School. The next ritual for the children preparing for First Communion will take place on Sunday, March15th at the 10am mass in Aughnasheelin and at 11.30 mass in Ballinamore.

SN Bhrid Naofa Enrolment

Enrolment will take place for new junior infants on Tuesday, 24th February between 2 and 2.30 in the junior infant classroom. For more information please phone the school on 071 9644952.

Festival committee

Are hosting a fundraising Tea Dance on Sunday, 8th March from 7-10pm at The Standing Stone Hotel, Ballinamore.  Music, tea coffee & refreshments will be served. Entry is €8. So come along for a great evening’s entertainment, your support would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

To all who so generously supported the IHCPT church gate collection on the weekend of the 31st January - 1st February. The total raised was €593.00.  The IHCPT are eternally grateful & would like to assure you that your monies will now go towards allowing a young person with special needs to enjoy a week in Lourdes they will never forget.  Their memories will be cherished forever more.  Thank you again & please do not hesitate to log on to to find out more information about your local charity, Erin Moran.


Thank you to all who contributed to the North West Hospice church gate collection last week-end. A total of €977 was collection in Ballinamore.


Child-minding Quality Awareness Programme: Training on topics of relevance to all Child-minders and potential Child-minders will take place on Saturday 7th and Saturday 21st March from 10am to 4pm in the Leitrim Development Office, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim. The cost of this training is €10. Places are limited, to secure your place contact Leitrim County Childcare Committee on 071 9640870.

Carers Association

Are providing QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Healthcare Support Major Award Training. All modules are run one day a week for five weeks from 9.30am to 4.30pm. For more info contact the training unit on 057 93 70221.

Operation Transformation

There is a fitness class suitable for everybody in our community. Starting Tuesday the 27th of January. Sessions in Ballinamore GAA gym Tuesday from 6.30pm – 7.05pm, very intense quick boot camp session. From 7.05pm - 7.40pm gym session to introduce you to exercises. Both sessions are for males and females. Throughout the sessions there will be health, fitness & motivation talks with an optional fitness assessment and weigh in available. Women’s toning class Wed at 7.30pm & men’s gym workout Wed at 8.30pm. Community walk every Sunday at 9.30am from the gaa pitch to the golf club. (€35 for 5 weeks payable to Sean O’Heslins club on the first night & you can attend whatever classes you choose).

Want to learn new language?

Irish Sign Language course will be available in Drumshanbo Vocational School. Irish Sign Language is a visual language, fun to learn and is official language of the Deaf community. To secure a places contact Mr. Aidian Mc Keon at the school 071 9640440. I wish to clarify regarding to “Irish Sign Language”, Irish Sign Language does not mean Sign Language through “Irish” it is through English. It is first language in Deaf Community and unique to Ireland same as America, England, France and other countries have their own Sign Language. It enables Deaf people to communicate English through hands, face expressions and body language. To learn more text ONLY - Valerie Mahon -087 7666450.

Tidy Towns

We would like to thank the scouts and leaders for the great litter clean up last Sunday. Trojan work was done on the approach roads. Well done to all involved. Our annual Spring clean will take place on Good Friday, with help from Michael McGovern and the SuperValu team - the National Tidy Towns Sponsors.  Volunteers needed for two hours. We have a serious litter problem on one of our approach roads; domestic rubbish (in small bags) is being thrown at the side of the road. No identification letters, fond of chocolate, cigs, carrots and potatoes (as evident from the peelings left).  Who can it be? More on that later. Our committee is working along with the newly formed Men’s Shed Group who meet in the Vocational school on Wednesday evenings.  The group is making wooden flower boxes from recycled materials.  These come in different shapes and sizes and a train themed flower box is also available.  Well done to all involved.

Aughawillan Drama Troupe

Is back on stage Thursday, February 19th to Sunday, February 22nd with “Callaghans Place”, a comedy by John McDwyer. Doors open at 8pm for curtain at 8.30pm. Come along for an evening of entertainment, surprises and laughs.

Cumann na mBan

A Lecture titled ‘Cumann na mBan in Leitrim’ by Cormac Ó Súilleabháin will be held on Wednesday, 25th February at 8pm in Ballinamore Library. Cormac is author of the recently published book ‘Leitrim’s Republican Story 1900 – 2000’. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

Drama Festival

Ballinamore Drama Festival takes place in the Community Centre Ballinamore from Sunday, March 8th until Sunday, March 15th. We have a great line up of plays, with groups travelling from Cavan, Tyrone, Wexford, Sligo, Dublin, Donegal and Kildare to perform, plus the Corn Mill Theatre Group from Carrigallen. It’s a great week of culture, drama and an even better social occasion in the town. Come along any night or every night and support this community week of entertainment.

Bridge Club

Results of bridge held on Thursday, 12th February. Joint first Margaret Nellis and Peggy Logan, Evelyn Smith and Marian Quinn, 3rd Marian Burns and Sean Creamer.