Ballinalee notes

Ballinalee notes

Ballinalee notes

Scoil Samhthann

Enrolment for the local national school takes place from Monday, March 10th to Friday March 14th. Enrolment forms are available from the school at 3323333.

Trad night

On Saturday night next there will be a traditional session with Martin Donohoe of Shannonside Radio. Also Noel Sweeney plus many more. The venue is Farrell’s with a great night guaranteed.


Choir practice on Monday night next, March 10th at 8.30pm to prepare for Confirmation. All members who will be available for the day are asked to attend.

Voting register

Everybody is asked to check the register of elections to be able to vote in the local and European elections this coming May. A copy is available for inspection in the Post Office. Also just to inform everybody in the Lislea DED are Kiltyclough, Drumderg, Corlinan, Castleboura, Lislea, Carrickathane that you will be voting in Ballinalee NS for these elections.


Numbers drawn 7, 12, 14, 18. 3 x 20 euro winners were Mary Kilbride, John Farrell and Nan McGoey. Sellers prize Ml Carrigy. Jackpot 9,800 euro. Draw in Farrell’s for month of March every Monday night at 9.30pm. Envelopes 2 euro or 3 for 5 euro.

Tidy Towns

Tidy Towns are holding an auction on Saturday, 29th March in the local hall from 12 noon. All donations would be grateful. Please leave goods at hall on Friday evening 6 – 8pm or drop into myself or Padraig Farrell.

Birthday greetings

Best wishes to Eileen Hughes, Leitrim who celebrated her birthday with family recently.

Best wishes

Best wishes to Michael Lane who recently retired from Coillte . We wish him good health in the years ahead to enjoy it.

Ash Wednesday

Mass will be celebrated in Holy Trinity Church at 10am (note time) and in Saint James’ Church at 8pm (note time). Ashes will be blessed and distributed at both Masses.


As Christians we are called to challenge injustice and to contribute to the well-being, body and soul, of every human person and the whole of creation. By considering the ethical implications of the purchases we make, our choices can make a real difference in the fight against poverty and inequality in our world, and also care for the earth on which we life with its many life forms. FAIRTRADE promotes a healthy and safe work environment, respects the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with regard to child labour, and encourages environmentally friendly production processes. Clonbroney have the POWER to re-activate our FAIRTRADE awareness and commitment of a few years ago by making a fresh start to buy Fairtrade Mark foodstuff in our local shops. To help shoppers and shopkeepers do this, STORE REQUEST leaflets were circulated with the parish newsletter a few weeks ago and are also available in each grocery shop in the village. People are encouraged to read the leaflet, complete it, and give it in to the shop in Bal where they do their shopping.

Scoil Samhthan

Enrolment of new pupils will take place from Monday, March 10 to Friday, March 14. Enrolment forms are now available from the school. Please contact the school on 043 233333.

Social dancing

Is off to a great start in the Stag’s Head, starting last Sunday week to the super sound of’ ‘Geraldine and Misty’ playing to a big crowd of energetic dancers with plenty of fun and laughter, and again last Sunday night to more great music from Seán Brennan. Dancing next Sunday from 9:30pm to the music of ‘J and S Sounds’. Take-Your-Pick. There is no cover charge. Everyone is welcome.

Tractor run

On Sunday March 16th next a Tractor run will leave from Creegan’s in Bunlahy and proceed to Granard, Abbylara,Lisryan, Edgeworthstown, Ballinalee and returning to Bunlahy. Registration which will cost 20 euro will start at 10am and continue until 11-30 am and the run will leave at Midday. All proceeds from the run will be shared between Suicide Awareness and the Ballymore Football club and all support will be greatly appreciated. For further details contact Noel on 0851743279.

Clonbroney Community Games

A great night was had by all on Saturday night in Farrells at the Clonbroney Community Games American tea party. The tables were full and the atmosphere was great. The committee would like to thank everyone who came and supported the fundraiser and everyone who bought tickets even though they were unable to attend. We would also like to thank Farrells for hosting the event and helping us in every way possible. A special word of thanks to all those who donated door prizes and raffle prizes. We would also like to thank the people who helped out with the food and the decoration of the tables on the night. Congratulations to the following people who won door prizes on the night - Breege Sheridan, Úna & Michael Carrigy, PJ Trapp and Lorraine Farrar. Congratulations also to the people who won prizes in the raffle. Congratulations to Joe Fox who was elected to the position of General Vice-President of National Community Games at the AGM recently in Westport. Also to Mrs Patsy Kenny who was presented with her National Patron award. Friday night club continues this Friday night, the 7th of March from 7-8pm in the Thomas Ashe Hall. Cost €2 per child or €3 per family.

Benefit night

In aid of the Sammon family, Bunlahy following their recent house fire. Creegan’s of Bunlahy host Chuck & June on Saturday night, 8th March. Admission optional and raffle on the night. All support greatly appreciated.

Social dancing

Social dancing continues this Sunday night with music by J & S Sounds in the Stags Head at 9.30pm.