Dromod Festival: One week and counting and everything is coming together nicely. Fingers crossed that the sun will be out again for the fourth year. The day will kick off with the 5km Run/Walk. This will be a mix of the serious to the not too pushed leisurely strollers. Race entries open at 9.30am at Bornacoola GAA car park with the race starting at 11.00am. Entry charges are €5 children/ €10 adults with family discounts. Free T-shirts and water for all entries. In the festival field there will be super slides, bouncy castles, bungee run, rodeo bull, DJ and Irish dancing demonstration. In the marquee we will be displaying all entries in the schools art competition with a selection of winner’s prizes to be presented. The legendary cake sale will again take centre stage. This year will see our first used book sale were you can donate and take away a few new titles with all proceeds to the Dromod Development. Across the road entries for the Dog Show will open at 1pm with judging from 2pm. Show classes: Puppy 6-12 months, Toy Dog, Hound, Working Dog, Utility Dog, Terrier, Gun Dog, Sheepdog/Collie, A.V. Spaniel, Mixed Breeds, Foreign Breeds, Fancy Dress, Handling Child U-12, Handling Adult, Local Dog, Dog Judge would like to take home, Reserve Champion, Champion Dog of the Show. Show Prizes: Rosettes, Hampers and Dog Food. This year will also see our expanding agricultural corner. Not only Weigh the Bull and bygone machinery, but another first with the Farmyard in the School Yard. This is a fun farm-themed experience for children. The stars of the show include Lambie the pet sheep with an array of supporting acts including hens and chicks, ducks and ducklings, geese, turkeys, miniature goats and a family of rabbits. Previous cake sales have been brilliantly supported both by bakers and hungry tummies alike. We are again inviting all residents to bake some Cakes, Buns, Pies etc to sell on the day on behalf of Dromod Development. These can be left at Cox’s Steakhouse on Saturday 4th May or before 12pm on the day at the marquee. The Festival Committee would again appreciate the help from all volunteers on the day. This will involve helping to supervise the different field activities, setting up tables, chairs and artwork in the marquee and also marshalling the fun run. We are still very interested to hear from any individuals, groups or organisations who could further add to the success of the day. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 08799 72439. We look forward to seeing you all on the day.
Wedding bells: We send our congratulations to Christopher Bohan and Lorraine Kelly, Rooskey on their recent wedding. We wish you health and happiness for the future.
People with special needs: Cáirde Liatroma is holding a fund raising dance with TR Dallas, Mickey Clerkin and Seán McAloon in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-On-Shannon on Thursday 9th May. Start 8pm. Cáirde Liatroma is a social club which provides outings for people with special needs. Great raffle prizes on the night. Tickets available at the door or contact 0862545613.
Diabetes Ireland Sponsored walk: A note to hand to let you know that the Leitrim branch of Diabetes Ireland will hold their annual sponsored walk on Sunday May 12th starting from Annaduff Church car park at 12 noon. There will be refreshments afterwards in Annaduff Community centre (at the GAA park). For further details and sponsorship cards contact J J 087 6812765. Patricia 087 2238242. T P 087 4083451.
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje : Pilgrimage to Medjugorje 6th to the 13th May staying across the road from church, cost from €520 needs to be booked early, as only 10 rooms left , we also have English speaking guide with us. For further details contact Tommy 044 9371787 /0876851691.
Tom retires: We send our best wishes to Tom Duignan, Cloonboney on his retirement from the ESB after forty seven years service. We wish you health and happiness for the future.
Carrick on Shannon RFC: Carrick on Shannon RFC would like to invite you to our first ‘Go to Ground Challenge’ on May 4th.Further event details can be found at Go to Ground Challenge or by contacting Paddy on 086 393 3227.
Bornacoola gaa club draw: The April draw in the Bornacoola gaa club draw takes place on Sunday night next (Bank holiday) in the Copper Still, Dromod with music on the night by Ronnie Duignan.
Connacht Social Initiative: Connacht Social Initiative A special gala event to recognise the work of GAA Social Initiative clubs across Connacht will culminate with a draw for the representatives of lucky clubs to attend Áras an Uachtarán for an audience with President Higgins in May. The gala event will take place in the new Connacht GAA Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis today Wednesday, May 1, from 7-9pm. MC on the night is Tommy Moran, Connacht PRO and special guests will include former GAA President Dr. Mick Loftus (Mayo), Sligo’s first All Star and 1975 Connacht winning footballer, Mickey Kearins; Leitrim legend from the 1950s and ‘60s Josie Murray; Donie Shine Snr, former Roscommon player and manager and well-known radio pundit; and Joe Connolly, Galway’s All Ireland hurling winning captain of 1980. Entertainment on the night will be provided by Connacht Scór. All are welcome - admission to the event is free and light refreshments will also be served.
gaa: Mohill were much superior when defeating Annaduff’s second string by 4-20 to 0-6 in Mohill on Sunday last. Mohill led by 2-11 to 0-3 at the break. Annaduff’s six points came from Niall Maxwell, Brendan Lynch and Micheal O’Dowd in the first half and Ronan Conroy, Micheal O’Dowd and Conor Reynolds in the second half. Best Wishes for a speedy recovery are extended to Kevin Ludlow after a short spell in Hospital. Annaduff were beaten 2-8 to 0-9 by Carrigallen in the Shield in Carrigallen on Saturday evening. A much understrength team put up a good performance and it was only in the last ten minutes that Carrigallen got on top. Annaduff led at half time by 0-7 to 0-6 with Sean McNabola scoring six points and one from Niall Cox. Carrigallen got a goal two minutes into the second half , their goal came in the 58th minute, our two second half points came from Dean Gill and Niall Maxwell. Sean McNabola(0-6), Niall Maxwell (0-1). Subs : Dillon Keane (for D.Duignan injured).
Parish/gaa Lotto: At the draw held in Taylor’s, there was no Jackpot winner. The numbers drawn were 13,15,17,22. The €50 winner was Enda McKeon, Aughacashel. The €25 winners were Thomas Faughnan, Corduff, Ursula Gaffney, Drumsna, Marion Casserly, Fearnaught, Bernie Kenny, Corrick. The next draw takes place on Sunday night next in McLoughlin’s with a Jackpot of €4,400.