Festival 5th May: 2 weeks and counting and everything is coming together nicely. Fingers crossed the sun will be out again for the fourth year running. 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 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. Fundraising is now in progress and we hope that we will get the same generosity and support as have ion previous years. We look forward to your support and will keep you updated.
New Baby: We send our congratulations to Michael and Karen O Farrell, Dromard on the birth of their baby son to be named Cian Sean, born recently in Sligo General Hospital to the delight of grandparents, Sean and Gabrielle in Dromard and William and Phyllis Fleming in Carrigart,Co Donegal. We wish you health and happiness for the future.
Sympathy: We would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of the late James Minmagh, Gortfadda, Mohill who died on April 16th last at Sligo General Hospital. James was laid to rest in Cloonmorris cemetery on Thursday last. May he Rest in Peace
The Resilience for Life Adult Programme: A email to hand from Michelle to let you all know of her forthcoming Psychologist course and it reads as follows; 6 Week Structured Programme delivered by a Registered Psychologist, aimed at developing an individual’s ability to positively respond to negative and challenging events in their life using a resilience toolbox – an array of strategies they can use to reduce stress and overcome the challenges they face. The Resilience for Life Adult Programme (Barrett, 2005) is a structured, preventative and protective programme based on sound cognitive behavioural therapy principles, and aimed at wide ranges of adults such as parents worried about themselves or their children or people facing new challenges in their careers or personal lives. The programme focuses on the specific skills of thought challenging and thinking in positive ways, mindfulness, relaxation and attention training, identifying role models, building support networks, problem-solving strategies and conflict resolutions, all underpinned by keeping healthy in mind and body. Participants will receive a Certificate for Completion of Course. Course Facilitator: Dr Michelle Howard, Reg. Psychol., Ps.S.I., Registered Psychologist, 30th April, 7th May, 14th May, 21st May, 28th May. Venue: Breffni Family Resource Centre, Breffni Crescent, Carrick-on-Shannon. Cost: €120 for 6 session programme (1.5 hour per session) Limited Spaces so Early Booking Essential. Contact 085 2856485 for Further Information
Heritage Showcase: Carrick-on-Shannon Heritage Group Ltd. present Heritage Showcase Event on Saturday 27th April in the Town Park, Carrick-on-Shannon (the park opposite The Dock). Gates open to public 10.30am – 17.30pm. Workshops, Demonstrations, Entertainment, Stalls, Face painting, Bouncing Castles and much much more. Fun for all the family. Also there is a dog show and dog show craft skills on the day. Entries taken on the day. Baking Competition in association with the I.C.A being ran on the day. There is a variety of different baking classes. Forms can be obtained from the www.carrickheritage.com or by calling into St. George’s Heritage & Visitor Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon or email email@example.com.
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.
Fundraising Cycle: A note to hand from my neighbour Seamus Duignan to let you know that County Longford Scuba divers Search and rescue unit are holding a “Fundraising Cycling Sportive” next Sunday April 28th The cycle will start at their clubhouse on the Ballinalee Road Longford at 10.30am and the cycle will be for distances of 80km, 50km, or 20km which ever the cyclist prefers. Entry fee is €20 for adults and €10 for under 16. There will be refreshments before and after the cycle. For more information contact David McHugh 087 244174 email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
New Baby: We send our congratulations to John and Claire Guckian, Dromod on the birth of their baby girl to be named Mai to the delight of grandparents Padraig and Imelda. We wish you health and happiness for the future.
Leitrim LIVECRAFT: Applications are now open for Leitrim LIVECRAFT ¦ Creative Training Programme. Leitrim LIVECRAFT is a Leitrim Development Company project developed under the Rural Development LEADER Programme. It a unique training programme implemented by the Leitrim Design House in association with the Leitrim Sculpture Centre. It is a creative training programme supporting economic activity in County Leitrim. LIVECRAFT aims to re-energise and expand the possibilities of the craft sector in County Leitrim as a contribution to economic regeneration and sustainable growth by drawing on the county and all it has to offer. Why should I become involved? If you would like to learn a new skill; re-energise your business; develop your professional and business skills; or explore your creativity then this could be the programme for you. Register early as places are limited. Each practical skills training has an average of 6-8 places available. Where is it happening? The practical training will take place in the Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton while the business development training will take place in the Leitrim Design House, Carrick-on-Shannon. When will it start? The programme will launch on April 12th with a Creative Thinking Day which is open to all participants. The overall programme will run from April 2013 to December 2013. How to I apply? A detailed information pack and application forms can be downloaded from www.livecraft.ie/www.leitrimlivecraft.ie or alternatively you can email Michelle McPadden (Leitrim LIVECRAFT Coordinator) at email@example.com or call 071 96 50550/50533.
Bornacoola gaa: Bornacoola’s Senior team travelled to Gortletteragh on Sunday morning last for a championship dress rehearsal against last year’s Leitrim Intermediate champions. The game was the usual tight affair between these two teams but a late goal for the home side ensured they collected both points on a 1-12 to 0-8 scoreline. This weekend, the lads return to Shield action and indeed Gortletteragh are again the opposition as we travel to Cornageeha on Saturday evening for a 7pm throw-in. In Division 2 Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher were the visitors to Dromod on Saturday evening last in Division 2 of the league. Although Bornacoola outscored the visitors in the 2nd half, a strong first half from the North Leitrim men ensured the journey home felt a little shorter as they departed Dromod with a 2-12 to 1-4 victory. Upcoming fixtures for Bornacoola teams at all levels for the remainder of April and the month of May can be viewed at www.bornacoola.gaa.ie U-8 & U-10 Blitz Our stars of the future are in action next weekend as they play Garadice Gaels at 10.30am on Saturday morning. Best of luck to all involved. U-16 League The U-16 league will get underway on Friday May 3rd when Bornacoola are away to Garadice Gaels at 6.30pm. Well done to all involved with the running of a hugely successful Fashion Show in Lough Rynn on Friday night last. In particular we’d like to extend our thanks to the various fashion houses that participated – Bonnie B, Kabuki, Kenny’s of Longford, Image, Jack & Jones (Athlone Town Centre), Wallis, Alice - Anne, Prima Donna, Accessories by Luna and Jennifer Wrynne Creations. Also to all of our models, to Tom Moran and Ronan Nugent for the entertainment, to those who displayed crafts, to the sponsors of the prizes for the raffle and to a very hard working organising committee who put so much work into ensuring it was a great night. Táimíd go léir an bhuíoch daoibh uile as ucht an obair dhílis a ndearna sibh. A particular word of thanks to compere for the night and one of the main organisers, Ann Mc Guinness for the outstanding job she performed.
Bornacoola ladies: The Bornacoola Ladies played their second Division 2 League match of the season on Sunday morning last as they entertained neighbours Annaduff in Dromod. Following a well contested encounter the Annaduff Ladies came out on top on a scoreline of Annaduff 4-12 Bornacoola 6-2. Leading at the break 3-7 to 3-1 the Annaduff ladies pressed home their advantage with a number of third quarter scores but the never say die attitude of the Bornacoola Ladies was repaid in the final quarter as they doubled their half time tally to leave just four points in it at the final whistle. On duty on Sunday were Susan Shanley, Cora McCauley, Shannon Boyle, Roisin Donnelly, Maeve Duffy, Tanya Donnelly, Sarah Duffy, Selina Shanley, Leonie Duffy (1-0), Nadine Hackett (5-0), Kelly Howard (0-2), Fiona Reilly, Seona Cosgrove and Hannah McGlynn.
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 on 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.
Annaduff gaa: Annaduff’s second team got their first points of the year with a hard earned home win over Kiltubrid winning by 2-7 to 0-8. Annaduff were much better in the second half despite hitting some very bad wides. David Duignan got the first point of the second half for Ballinamore. Annaduff dug deep and scored the next five points from Dean Gill, Kenny Cox with two, a beauty from Dillon Keane and another from an in form Dean Gill. This left two points between the sides with five minutes remaining. Ballinamore looked to have the points when they got a point in the 57th minute before Sean McNabola’s well taken goal at the end.
Birthday greetings: We would like to send greetings to some people who celebrate their birthday in recent times; firstly to Rachelle O’Connor, Annaduff who had her birthday on 15th April last next to Leonie Duffy who had her birthday on Wednesday last and finally to my good neighbour Brendan Duignan who celebrates his birthday today (Wednesday). We wish you health and happiness for the future.