Ballinamore

DRAMA: Festival 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.

DRAMA: Festival 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.

St Patrick’s Day parade: Falling on a Sunday this year giving all of us a great opportunity to participate in the Ballinamore Parade. This is an open invitation to all groups and individuals to take part in an even bigger and better parade, with prizes for a number of different categories including best overall, best on foot, best float and many more with a new prize given to the best dressed spectator in their traditional green, white and gold....So root out those colours and make your way to the parade. Any enquiries please contact Dawn @ 086-3115647”

Seminar: 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

Energy Boost Day at the Nature Trail: On Thursday 7th March in Ballinamore 071 96 45903. Come and try our Power Greens for the energy boost – free samples also try our UDO’s oil and Irish Botanicals Echinacea. Re-energise for Spring at the Nature Trail. Representative from Naturlife in attendance from 11am to 3pm on Thursday 7th March

Darts: The final of the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup was played last Friday night in Ossies, there was a full house to see a repeat of last year’s final between McGirl’s and Shortt’s (A). McGirl’s retained the Cup on a score line of (5) games to (2). The standard of darts was top class, great scoring and great check outs. Paddy Harty presented the Cup and Trophies on behalf of the Aughnasheelin Gun Club who sponsored the competition. Michael McGirl the winning teams captain thanked all his team for the efforts they put in during the season so far, and he thanked Shortt’s for a very good game. Terry Shortt congratulated McGirl’s on a great performance, thanked all the teams who took part in the competition. The winning team was Michael McGirl, Barney McAdam, Richard McDermott, Tony McHugh, Paul Maguire, Gerry Mahon, Eamon Benison, Greg McGovern, Colm McGirl, Jimmy Walsh, Andy Ralph, Eugene Maguire, Sean Maguire and Keith Boyle. The beaten finalists were: Dale Hogan, Tom Ryan, Junior McGuigan, Richard Venton, Shean O’Neill, Grant Carter, Dathi Reilly, Charley McGuigan, Vernon Donohoe, Allan Parker, Christy Reilly, Declan Timmons, Ciaran McManus. Thanks to Ciaran Harty and Connor Scollan who ran the whole show, thanks also to Ossie for refreshments and sponsoring the raffle and thanks to everyone who bought tickets, thanks to Sean Quinn and Garvin McBrien who marked all the games, and once again thanks to the Aughnasheelin Gun Club for their very generous sponsorship. The next competition starts next Friday night the 8th of March, the draw was made for this some weeks ago and it’s a knock out so it will be over in about three weeks. First named have home venue: Fenagh v Shortt’s (A) – Ossies v Freddie’s, Jackie’s have a bye and McGirl’s v Shortt’s (B) starting time in all games 10.30pm.

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 euros. All members are asked to attend.

bridge club: The results of Thursday 28th of Feb. last are as follows - 1. Marian Quinn & Evelyn Smith; 2. Monica Sharpley & Bernie Flynn; 3. Mary Flynn & Mary McTiernan; 4. Margaret Nellis & Peggy Logan. Bridge continues on the 14th of March in the Commercial Hotel at 7pm. All players welcome.

Willow Basket Making: Course coming soon to the Cultural Quarters. Anyone interested please get in touch...0864082630

Pilgrimage: to Medjugorje departing Dublin on Saturday 22 June. For details contact Rita McWeeney 071 9621505

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

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: There will be 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.

Easter Spraoi: - Ballinamore Easter Spraoi in association with Waterways Ireland will be held this year during Easter weekend from 30th of March until 1st of April. Events and activities for all ages including Soap Box Rally, Water Sports and Canoe Skills and a Vintage and Heritage Street Display. For more information visit www.ballinamore.ie or our Facebook page: Ballinamore Easter Spraoi.

Gun Club AGM: The AGM of Ballinamore Gun Club will take place on Wednesday night March 6th at 8.30pm in Smyth’s Pub Ballinamore. All members are asked to make a special effort to attend.

BAZAAR: In aid of St. Mogue’s N.S. Currin in Templeport Community Centre at 8:00pm on Friday 8th March. Family event, Please support. All welcome

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

Eucharistic Ministers: It is hoped over the coming weeks to recruit and train new Ministers of the Eucharistic to serve in the Parish. If you feel you would be prepared to take on this role or wish to find out more please contact Fr. Heerey or any member of the Parish Council. This is open to anyone over the age of 18 years.

Spring Cleaning: Why not put those unwanted items to good use: 1st Leitrim - Ballinamore Beavers/Cubs/Scouts & Ventures Fundraising Family Day on St. Patrick’s Day in Community Centre (after parade). New and used items need for Lucky Dip & Bric-a-Brac Stalls - CD’s/ DVDs, Books, Jewellery, Toys, Unwanted Gifts, Ornaments, Accessories, Games- including Board Games /Nintendo / XBox / Playstation etc.. Uniform items such as School / Cub / Scouts /Dancing shoes/ Football boots etc..etc..etc. Drop your Lucky Dip/Bric-a-Brac items into Lyric offices High Street, Ballinamore - 9am to 5pm Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March... or bring to hall on Saturday 16th March between 5 and 9pm. Thank you for your support.

Seán O’Heslin’s – Scéalta na Seachtaine: Pota Óir 4,650. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: House Prize 40, Marge McLoughlin, Oughteragh, Ballinamore, Bottle Whiskey Sponsored by McGirl’s: Aodán Mac Samhráin, Lahard, 40 an duine: Clodagh Dolan, High St, Ellen Wrynn, Aghadark, Patrick Maguire, Stradermott, Ballinamore, Fergal McLoughlin, (mobile No).

Seminar: 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

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The weather has been kind recently let’s hope it will last and let everyone will have a great day. All floats and groups, big and small, young and old, local and visiting will be there. 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.

Bag packing: Bag - Packing will take place this coming Saturday 9th March in O’Donoghues Supervalu, Ballinamore in aid of the IHCPT (Irish Pilgrimage Trust). For more information contact Erin Moran on(087)7702826 or log on to http://www.irishpilgrimagetrust.com/index.html.

Parish Council Meeting: t 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.

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.

Book 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.