Ballinalee notes



Corr: Michael Carrigy Tel: 043 33 2310/087 2915072. e-mail:

Updating Library

Scoil Samhthann is currently updating the school library. We would appreciate if anyone had books they wished to donate suitable for age 4-13 years. Please drop of at the school. Thank you.

Granard Christmas Markets

Calling on local businesses and craft people. The traditional Christmas will take place on Sunday December 6th from 2-5pm. Everyone welcome on the day. We will also have our unique live crib and switching on of Christmas lights. And of course Santa will arrive. Exhibitors are required to set up their own stall and have their own insurance cover. This is a great festive family day for our town. Anyone interested in taking part can call Marie on 087/9487673 or Bernie on 086/1618837.

Drama Group

Troubled Batchelors, A three act comedy will be staged in the Thomas Ashe Hall on Friday, 18th and Sunday, 20th December. Tickets on sale at Ballinalee P.O., or may be booked by contacting Noirin at 0872841564. Patrons can look forward to a great night out with plenty of fun and laughter.


Numbers are 3, 8, 18, 25. 3 x €20: Pauline Horon, (Corlinan); Peter Corcoran, (River Crescent) and Andy Dardis, (Stonepark). Seller’s prize: Stella Rawle. Jackpot €5,100. Draw takes place on Monday night in Farrell’s Bar at 10pm for the month of December.

Crib and Christmas Tree Lights

Lights in the crib will be switched on on Tuesday, 8th December at 8pm. Everyone welcome.


Mudfest t-shirts are available in local shops at a cost of €10 each.

Club Lotto

Club lotto is now live on Smartlotto. You can do your lotto every Monday night by playing your numbers on your phone on the following link

Night Vigil

Night bus to Knock Shrine night vigil on Monday, December 7. Bus leaves Granard at 7.30pm. For further details contact 043 6686759 or 087 2487883.

Advent Giving Tree

Beginning last Sunday and continuing for the next three Sundays of Advent, Clonbroney Parish Pastoral Care and Outreach Group, in association with Granard Branch of Saint Vincent de Paul are asking people to donate food (non- perishable, wholefood) and fuel to be left at the GIVING TREE in Holy Trinity and Saint James’ Churches at the Vigil and 11am Masses using the tags at the tree to describe what they have presented, and tie the tag on a ‘branch’ of the tree. Rather than leaving a gift of fuel at the tree, please let one of the committee know where it was purchased and arrangements will be made to collect it. That member will describe the fuel gift on a tag for the tree. With the addition of lights on Christmas Eve our Advent Giving Trees, adorned with your food and fuel tags will become our Christmas trees reminding us that Jesus Christ our Lord is the Light of the World and the reason for the season! Members of the Parish Pastoral Care Outreach Group are: Kevin Hall, Catherine Hennessey, Marie McGivney, Mairéad Rawle, Carmel Reynolds. Please give as generously as you can, as the need is great. Thank you.

Message from Santa

Dear boys and girls, your response to my appeal to you for help was so wonderful last year that I am asking you for your help again this year, please.

Like many people in the world today, I do not have enough money to pay all the toy makers needed to make toys for every child, so I count on your help. Here is what I am asking you to do: look through your toys and pick out one that is in perfect condition to give me so that with a toy from each of you, and from more boys and girls too, added to what my elves make, I will have enough toys for every child in the world on Christmas Eve. Take your toy to Mass on the third Sunday of Advent (December 13) – either the 7pm Vigil Mass in Saint James’ Church, or the 11 am Mass in Holy Trinity. Then just before the final blessing of the Mass Father Brian will invite you and all the other children to carry your toys to the stable that awaits baby Jesus at Christmas. You will leave your toys in the stable, and later, when everyone is gone home, my elves will come and collect your toys and take them to me in Lapland. On your way back from the stable to your seats it would be lovely if you would sing a special song for Jesus and Father Brian and all the people in church could join in. Thank you for your toys, and may God bless you all and your families. Santa.

Give Blood

National Blood Transfusion Mobile Unit will be in The Longford Arms Hotel from December 8 to 10 inclusive, from 4:30 – 8:00pm. Please give your blood and help the Blood Transfusion Service to help others.