Darts On behalf of everyone in Ballinamore Darts, I would like to send sincere sympathy to the McBrian and Walsh families on their recent sad bereavements. As a mark of respect the start of the Dart League was postponed for a week, it will now start next Friday night, the 10th of October. Check your local pub for fixtures list starting time 10.30pm.
Ballinamore after school has a limited number of places vacant in the service. We offer a sliding scale of fees and hourly rates between school closers. We have a drop in service and a breakfast club for those parents with an early start to their day. Hip /Hop starting on the 8th October, very limited places left . To book any of the above phone 0719644904.
On Tuesday 14th October at 7.30pm come along to Ballinamore Library and see the film “The Butler” This film tells the story of Cecil Gaines (Whitaker)’s 34-year career working as head butler at the White House. Beginning his tenure under President Eisenhower (Robin Williams), Cecil would see another seven presidents come and go throughout his career and was present at the highest level of the state during some of the most tumultuous periods in the 20th century including the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. The ensemble cast includes John Cusack, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, Alan Rickman and Oprah Winfrey. Free admission with all welcome.
As part of the October ‘Picture of the Month’, staff at Ballinamore Library are displaying signed Charters associated with the Ballinamore and Plouézec Town Twinning in 1996 and 1997. If you were one of those who signed either the 1996 or 1997 Charters, you are invited to come to the Library and view these items, which will surely bring back many pleasant memories. Opening hours of Ballinamore Library are Mon, Wed & Fri 10 - 5.30; Tues & Thur 10 - 8; Sat 10 – 5, with daily lunch closing 1.30 – 2.30pm.
Music classes in Bodhran, Accordian and Mouth Organ starting soon in Ballinamore. A number of accordians are available for rent. Enquiries to 0879804417.
ACCORD Marriage Preparation Courses 2014 in the Diocese of Kilmore: Getting married in 2014? – to book your pre-marriage course, please book online ar www.acord.ie or contact the ACCORD office in Cavan for your Pre-Marriage Course application form. Book early for your preferred date to avoid disappointment.
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.
Goodbye to the swallows
It is so nice to see the swallows coming around May although there seemed fewer this year around the Ballinamore area and now that they have left (a lot more than came) we look forward to seeing them next Spring. Irish swallows spend their winter in South Africa: they travel through western France, across the Pyrenees, down eastern Spain into Morocco, and across the Sahara. Some birds follow the west coast of Africa avoiding the Sahara, and other European swallows travel further east and down the Nile Valley. Swallows put on little weight before migrating. They migrate by day at low altitudes and find food on the way. Despite accumulating some fat reserves before crossing large areas such as the Sahara Desert, they are vulnerable to starvation during these crossings. Migration is a hazardous time and many birds die from starvation, exhaustion and in storms. Migrating swallows cover 200 miles a day, mainly during daylight, at speeds of 17-22 miles per hour. The maximum flight speed is 35 mph. They travel over 9,500km and manage to find the exact same nesting site every year. The males arrive first, with the females arriving about two weeks later. They will remain here until late September and often gather in flocks as they prepare for their departure. The young Swallows that are born in Ireland make the journey to South Africa at just three months old. With no experience or knowledge of the route, it is estimated that only about 30% of them survive the journey. It was believed many years ago that swallows hibernated by lying on the bottom of lakes and ponds during the winter. Safe journey home!
Training resumes on this coming Tuesday, October 7th, at 7pm in the Sports Hall and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same time until Halloween after which it will move to 6pm. In addition to health and fitness training competitors will be prepared for Sports Hall Athletics, Indoor competitions and outdoor cross country. The first fixture is the Leitrim Primary Schools Cross Country and Walks in Leitrim Gaels field next Thursday.
North West Hospice Will hold a Public Information evening on Wednesday, October 8th 2014 at 7.30pm in The Model Arts Centre, The Mall, Sligo. The Information evening, which is open to everyone to attend, aims to raise awareness about the work of North West Hospice, give you the chance to learn about your local hospice and how you can get involved as well as hearing first-hand from people who have used our services. There will be music and refreshments served on the night. Everyone is welcome along. For further information on this event and ‘Palliative Care Week’ please call (071) 9143317 or visit www.northwesthospice.ie
Bridge Club Recommences on Thursday, 9th October at 7pm in the Commercial Hotel, we would like to see all our players coming back to the club and enjoying a good game of Bridge. Any new members wishing to play please ring Monica 071 9644247 for details.
Yoga classes Every Wednesday, pay as you go, for more information phone Helen at 087 6294498.
“Padraig Potts Guide to Walking” written and performed by Seamus O’Rourke in Ballyconnell Community Centre on Thursday, 9th October at 8pm. Tickets available at 087 7787514. Admission 10 euros.