Ballinamore February 23

DARTS - The first semi-final of the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup Competition takes place this Friday night the 25th of February in the Commercial Hotel. The semi-finalist are Shortt’s (A) V Fenagh, starting time is 10.30pm sharp. The second semi-final is Friday night the 4th of March in Drumcoura. The two teams involved in that are last year’s winners McGirl’s V Jackie’s again starting time is 10.30pm.

DARTS - The first semi-final of the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup Competition takes place this Friday night the 25th of February in the Commercial Hotel. The semi-finalist are Shortt’s (A) V Fenagh, starting time is 10.30pm sharp. The second semi-final is Friday night the 4th of March in Drumcoura. The two teams involved in that are last year’s winners McGirl’s V Jackie’s again starting time is 10.30pm.

ANGLING

Ballinamore Pike Anglers fished for the Richie Cowdall Plastering Trophy on Laura Lake on Sunday 20th February. 1st John Creamer 18lbs 11ozs pike, 2nd Bob O’Callaghan 17lb 15ozs pike, 3rd Mick Crosby 16lb 12ozs pike. We are now half way through the season and the league leaders are: 1st John Creamer 26pts, 2nd Joint Dave Crosby & Mick Crosby 24pts each, 3rd Barry Taylor 23pts, 4th Tony Gallagher 18pts. John A tops the pole and may give angling lessons for the not so skilled members in future months.

WHIST DRIVE

Ballinamore monthly whist drive in the community centre on Thursday March 3rd at 8.30pm. All welcome.

EXPO

Leitrim CDB is hosting a FREE Training and Further Education Opportunities Expo and Seminar on Thursday, March 3rd, Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Open to everyone but particularly geared to people who are unemployed wishing to see what training/education options and possible supports or jobs are open to them. Speakers will include Sean Gallagher, Dragons Den, Mairead Fleming, The Apprentice. Local agencies and colleges will be in attendance for one-one advice.

FAMILY FESTIVAL

Ballinamore August Family Festival dates are 7th to 14th of August. The Show Day will be held on 9th August. So please pass these dates on to any interested parties.

OPEN DAY

South West College – Enniskillen, Dungannon, & Omagh Campuses - Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 10am-4pm & 6pm-8pm. Information on full-time, further and higher education and Training for Success courses. Everyone welcome.

LESS OF YOU

Whether it’s the few Christmas pounds you want to lose or more this is the project for you! By joining the Slimathon you can get trim, fit and active and support your club at the same time. You can work individually or as a group if preferred i.e. weight loss for group will be recorded. Open to all, not just Sean O’Heslins club members. What will the Slimathon entail? 1. An initial weigh in (in complete confidence) 2. A weekly free weigh in for those who wish to monitor progress 3. Nutritional advice 4. Diet plans 5. Exercise advice 6. Organised team Fun fitness activities. 7. Full use of club facilities including Gym. Programme starts on the 25th February. For further details contact Celia Donoghue 087 9272412 or Helena D’Arcy 087 2378514.

LOTTO

On Monday next all underage medals won in 2010 will be presented in the clubrooms at a function starting at 9.00. This will include the medals to winning boys under 14 championship and league teams, Under 16 Championship as well as the Girls U12, U14 and minor winning teams. Come along to show your appreciation for these local heroes who done the club proud on and off the field in 2010. Medals to be presented by Ballinamore’s current county stars. Club Lotto follows afterwards in the club house. Ni raibh aon bhuaiteoir den Phota Óir ar an Luan seo caite. Pota Óir e2,950. Winners of prizes for those present last Monday: e40: Noel Sweeney. Buidéal uisce beatha ó Ossie Costello: P S Mac Lochlainn: e40 an duine: Jim Dalton, Ballinamore Stores, Joan Kerrigan, Beaghamore, Carrigallen, Hugh McTague jnr, Dermot O’Hara, Derry, Alannah Smith, Church St. Uimhreacha: 24067315

COMPANY PLAN 2011-2013

Leitrim Development Company is currently undertaking a consultation process for its next three year plan for the Local and Community Development Programme, covering the years 2011-2013 inclusive. As part of this work, the company is consulting with people and communities throughout the county, during the month of February. Public Consultation Meeting will take place in Ballinamore Community Centre, on Thursday, 24th February 2011 at 8.00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

POST PRIMARY PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION

The next meeting in respect of the above will be held on Tuesday 1st March at 9.00pm in St. Felim’s. Among the items for discussion will be an update on the new school, subjects for the Leaving Cert. and Transition Year.

ATHLETIC CLUB

If there is sufficient interest a training group will be put together for women who hope to take part in the June Bank Holiday Monday Dublin Womens’ Mini Marathon and other similar events. Those interested should ring Patricia Griffin (9644207) during the coming week. Well done to all who took part in the first Leitrim Primary Schools Sports Hall Athletics in Ballinamore Sports Hall last Wednesday and particularly the Ballinamore Girls School which won the 3/4th Class Competition. Club Members are competing in AAI Senior Indoors in Belfast this weekend.

DRAMA FESTIVAL

Season tickets are now on sale for the 30th Annual Drama Festival which takes place from 6th to 13th March. The tickets, costing just e40 for the eight nights of competitive drama, can be purchased from Ciaran Smyth’s or from any committee member.

WOMEN’S GROUP

Meeting of Ballinamore Women’s group will be held in Tráthnóna on Wednesday the 2nd of March at 8pm. There are important items to be discussed, so all members are requested to attend. New members welcome.

WORKSHOP

Marriage Encounter is a weekend away (Friday 8pm to Sunday 5pm) for married couples of all ages with a stable relationship. Couples explore, in complete privacy, how to come to a deeper, mutual understanding of each other. Next weekend: 25-27 March 2011 - Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry. Tel 028 90626503 or www.marriageencounter.ie for details.

MARRIAGE

PREPARATION

Engaged Encounter is a church approved marriage preparation course presented by married couples and a priest for couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage. Next weekend: 26-27 March 2011 - Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry. Tel 02879 300340 or mail @strategia.co.uk /www.marriageencounter.ie

RECYCLING BANK

Thanks to everybody who have recycled clothing through our recycling bank. Since Christmas it has raised over e215 much needed funds for our school and it also helps as part of our Green Flag Project. The bank is at the front of the Boys NS and clothing can be placed in it at any time. The company come out every month, empty it and pay us. Your continued support is much appreciated.

CHURCH OF IRELAND

The 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.

CHURCH NEWS

Confessions Saturday 11.30am. Pastoral Council Monday 28th at 8.30pm. Parents of First Communion children: Meeting in the Boys School Thursday 3rd March at 8.30pm. Collectors for next two weekends 26th & 27th February and 5th & 6th March. Louis Quinn, Seamus McGrath, Noel Dolan & Jamesie Maguire.

LIFE COACHING COURSE Life Coaching Course In Fenagh Visitor Centre for five continuous weeks. Course Titles are 1. The power of life coaching using the wheel of life. 2. Goal Setting. 3. Self Esteem. 4. Time Management. 5. Overcome those stresses/problems. 6. Doing the work you were born to do. Putting passion into action. 7. Coaching towards Better Health and Weight Management. 8. How to be happy in life. Course will be held be Nuala Duignan (Life Coach). You can contact Nuala for more information or to book a place by calling 0872532675. Course will take place for five Monday mornings from 10.00am to 12.00noon, starting Monday the 14th of March.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC

The Blood Transfusion mobile unit team will return again to The Community Centre, Ballinamore on Monday 28th February, 2011 from 3.00 p.m. to 4.45 p.m and 7.00p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Some 3000 units (pints) of blood are needed overall each week to cater for emergency and routine cases requiring transfusions of blood and blood products in hospitals all over the country. Thanks to everyone who attended the last clinic and please come again to the Community Centre, Ballinamore on Monday 28th February.

Ben Solas Art

Exhibition

The exhibition opens on Friday next Feb 25th at 7.30pm and as usual there will be wine, cheese and other refreshments on the night. This upcoming show, ‘Cailleach Feasa’, is a Solo Exhibition by Maria Noonan-McDermott. You can see samples of Maria’s work on our website at www.solasart.ie (go to ‘Exhibitions and then choose ‘Upcoming Exhibitions’). If you can’t make it on the night then be sure to drop in to see this exhibition by one of the regions most accomplished artists before it closes on March 19th.