Ballinamore

Family Festival: The eagerly awaited festival will soon be upon us - 7th August to the 14th. All the usual quality events to make sure everyone will enjoy this year’s festival. The much loved Fun Fair will be in Seddie McGovern’s yard with all the customary entertainment and fun. We look forward to seeing all the visitors and locals alike, with fingers crossed and hope for reasonable weather!

Family Festival: The eagerly awaited festival will soon be upon us - 7th August to the 14th. All the usual quality events to make sure everyone will enjoy this year’s festival. The much loved Fun Fair will be in Seddie McGovern’s yard with all the customary entertainment and fun. We look forward to seeing all the visitors and locals alike, with fingers crossed and hope for reasonable weather!

Job Seeking: County Leitrim Job Club will be running a Job seeking skills course in Ballinamore Vocational School commencing on Monday 18th July and running for four weeks. The course covers all aspects of job seeking (including basic computer skills) and runs 10am to 1pm, Mon-Friday. An attendance allowance is available to participants on this programme. If you would like to reserve a place or require any further information, please contact Martina or Mary at Leitrim Development Company 071 9641770/ 9641851 or email leitrimjobclub@ldco.ie

Fancy Dress: The 2011 adult over 18 or nearest offer fancy dress parade starts 9pm 12.08.11 with registration in the hall free of charge with tea and sandwiches served nearby, up the town. Usual categories will be judged from best dressed to lest dressed and from half dressed to undressed. This year a new award will be given to the group who qualify as the leader group of the parade, to qualify they must be visually stunning, bright and light emitting, pyrotechnics would be an advantage as would a musical ability and able to play and supply their own drums unaided, a marching band would have an obvious advantage here or even a band sitting on the back of a lorry, fuelled up, mechanically sound and roadworthy.

Tidy Town News: The judging for the Tidy Towns Competition takes place during June, July and August.  The committee would like some more volunteers on board. If you have a spare hour or two could you contact Tommy Dolan 086 817 1587 or Kay Maguire 96 44013.

Vintage Tractor run: South Leitrim West Cavan Vintage Tractor Club are holding their annual tractor Run in aid of local charities on Sunday 17th July. Bucket collection will take place after 11.30am mass in St Patrick’s church. Your support would be gratefully appreciated

Niall Mellon: Alan Martin is going to South Africa on the Niall Mellon Township Trust in November and is doing a parachute jump on August 14th as part of his fundraising for it. Anybody who wants to sponsor him there are sponsorship cards in Priors, Smyth’s and the Poor Scholar or on mycharity.ie .If anybody has any questions you can contact Alan at 086 6005308.

Peace Walkers: As you have seen over the past few weeks we are expecting our friends from Belfast shortly as they walk in pilgrimage from Belfast to Knock over 5 days. They will be coming into Ballinamore on Thursday 21st July and you are invited to come and join in the celebration of their Mass in the church on that evening, an occasion that those of who have been there before will know is a wonderful experience of the joy and celebration of the Eucharist. After walking all the way from Clones they will be in need of a good night’s rest. Please contact 071 9644800 or 087 9610911, leave your name and number if you can help in any way.

ATHLETIC CLUB: Some of our members who qualified from Connacht for the All Ireland in Tullamore. The Walking events will be on July 23rd. The next major activity for the club will be the Festival 10K and 5K Roadraces on Wednesday August 10th. There will also be short races on the St Felim’s track for younger age groups that evening prior to the big race. All runners, joggers and walkers welcome that evening.