Annual New Year’s draw

Annual New Year’s draw

Our big New Year draw took place in Prior’s Bar on Saturday night last. This was a wonderful night, thanks to everyone for attending and supporting the draw and making it another great success. The following were the big winners on the night; Sonny Murphy, Drumderg who won €1500; Elizabeth Honeyman, Fenagh who also won €1500 and Padraig Griffin, Aghadark who won €1000. Special thanks to Gay Prior for hosting the event and for also sponsoring the ten €100 runners up prizes which were won by the following; Michael Doonan, Fenagh; Leo and Gabriel Mitchell, Ardunsaghan, Drumreilly; Sean Harte, Oughteragh; Stephen Wrynn, Drumharkin, Fenagh; Des and Evelyn McHugh, Creevy, Ballinamore; Anthony Boyle, No 6 Rosog; Sheila O’Dowd, Mayo, Ballinamore; Noel Crossan, Summerhill; Mary Banks Smith, High St.; Sinead Kelly, Cavan.

Female Fitness

Female fitness classes are starting on Monday the 6th and Thursday the 9th of January in Ballinamore Community Centre at 8pm. All welcome. For further information contact Michelle Fanning on 0879390980 .

Get Fit Sessions

The following Get Fit sessions are starting in Ballinamore SOH GAA Gym this week. A Men’s session on Wed 8th of January at 8.30pm. An Active age session on Thurs at 10am. Ladies classes on a Wed at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Tues and Thurs at 11am for beginners. For more information contact Michelle on 0879390980.

Club Membership

Club membership is now open for the coming year with adult membership set at €35, junior membership at €20 and family membership at €80.

Club Lotto

All players are reminded that the first lotto of 2014 will be held in the Heritage bar on the 13th of January please remember all entries need to be in by 23:15 and the draw will take place at 23:30.

Charity match
Thanks to everyone for attending and taking part in the annual Culchies vs Townies match which took place last Saturday in the Park. All monies raised are in aid of Ronan Sharpley’s excellent work in El Salvador. Special mention to Paul McLoughlin for organising a great event and all the players for taking part.

Manager meets players 
Our new team manager, Colin Hannify met our panel of players for the first time on Friday last. We welcome Colin and wish him and the players the best of luck in 2014. Best of luck and congratulations to Ronan O’Rourke, our club captain, and Fiona Heavey who are flying out to the Italian Alps to get married this week. Sliocht sleachta ar shliocht bhur sleachta.

Scór na nÓg
Scór na nÓg semi finals took place last weekend in Mohil with Sean O’Heslin’s represented in the Solo section by Isobel McAllister and Aoife D’Arcy who performed brilliantly on the night but unfortunately missed out on reaching the county final. We were also represented in the question time competition by Aaron McBrien, Ryan Donohoe, Thomas Darcy and James Og Mcguire. Despite a strong performance we again missed out on a spot in the finals. Special thanks to all the young performers that took part and I am sure we will be seeing them back next time.

Irish Comhrá classes

If you are interested in improving your Irish, conversation classes are taking part each Tuesday at 8.30pm in the library. There will be separate groups for those who know very little Irish, those who have a fair amount and those who are fluent. Leaving Cert or transition year students will also find it useful. Admission is free.

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Active age
Wishes everyone a happy, healthy 2014. Our next meeting takes place Thursday, 16th January at 3pm in Trathnona. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

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.

Parish Mission

A member of the Redemptorist team who will present the Parish Mission next September, wishes to meet with the Parish Pastoral Council to discuss arrangements and the format for the mission. A meeting for this purpose will take place in the Parochial House, Ballinamore on Monday Jan 13th at 7:30pm. All available members are asked to attend. 

Day Centre reopens
The Day Centre will re-open in Templeport Resource Centre on next Wed January 15th. Usual transport arrangements.  New people always welcome.  Any queries contact Kathleen on 087-7921683 or Ann on 087-2857471.  The committee would like to thank Mary, Ronnie and staff from Ronnie’s  Fruit & Veg, Ballyconnell for their generous gift of €150 towards Our Day Centre, collected in Jar in the Shop.

Toddler group
We meet every Wednesday morning from 11am to 12.30pm in the Trathnona Centre. Anyone in the company of a baby or toddler is welcome to come along for coffee and a chat. €2 donation. For more information please contact Sarah on 086-6035977.

A special thank you on behalf of the IHCPT, to all who so generously supported the *IHCPT Fundraiser; Monster Raffle* which took place on the 29th December in Lawrence’s Bar, Main St.. Special Thank you to Osman and the staff, to all who came along on the night, bought tickets and entertained, as it was with your help and support that the night was such a success. The IHCPT - Irish Pilgrimage Trust are eternally grateful and would like to assure you  that your monies will now go towards allowing young people with special  needs enjoy a week in Lourdes they will never forget. Their memories will be cherished forever more.  Thank you again & please do not hesitate to log on to find out more information about your local charity, Erin Moran.

Cavan Association in London 
Is inviting new members to join the association. The AGM takes place on Sunday, 26th January 2014 at 3pm at the London Irish Centre 50-52 Camden Square, London, NW1 9XB More information can be found on our website

Outreach Service
Do you need support or information on a variety of issues such as social welfare, education or housing rights etc? Mohill Family Support Centre offers a free and confidential support service in the Trathnona Centre, Ballinamore, on Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. For more information please contact Sarah on 086-6035977.

Accord Centre
Getting married in 2014? To book your pre-marriage course, please contact the Accord office for your Pre-Marriage application form. Book early to avoid disappointment on your preferred date. ACCORD also offers Marriage and Relationship Counselling in strict confidence. To book your Pre-Marriage Course or speak with a counsellor, please contact Anne or Grainne on 049-4375004, or email

Irish Dancing Classes
The McCartin SD will recommence classes in Drumreilly Community Centre on Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th January at 5:30pm and Ballinamore Community Centre on Saturday 18th January at 10am. For further info check out the Mc Cartin SD website on or or contact 0879751872.

Drama Festival
Season tickets are now on sale in Murphy’s, Smyth’s & Lá Nua at the amazing value of €50 for ten nights of great drama.  

The newly formed Foróige club is up and running and we have just completed our first term of 6 weeks.  The girls finished up with an enjoyable Pizza and Video night.  The girls organised and ran a cake sale which raised €235.  Thanks to everyone who supported them.  They also travelled to Carrick on Shannon recently and were awarded their Peace Flag.  Their art work is still on display in the apartments beside Supervalu.  We wish every one a very happy Christmas.

Athletic Club
Training is now in full operation on Tuesday and Thursday at 6.00 p.m. and will continue so until the end of winter time. Next Sunday (19th)the Leitrim Indoor Championships take place in Carrick Sports Hall with sprints, longer races, shot, long jump and relay for Under 9 to Under 14. New members welcome.

The Public Transport Needs Survey ends this weekend but can still be availed of by email for next few days before results are assessed.

St Patrick’s Church

Masses during the week: Monday 7pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am. Saturday 7pm, Sunday 11:30am.

Operation Transformation
5k Walk on Sat 18th Jan at 11am in Manorhamilton, Registration at Bee Pk Resource Centre from 10.30am. Donations kindly accepted however small.  Proceeds of registration to North West Simon Community a local charity preventing homelessness in Leitrim, Sligo & Donegal. Families and children urged to take part.  Walk starts at Bee Park, heading to Rossinver Rd and Deerpark, Castle St and ending up at Bee Park again. Please come along and support and get fit for the summer

County Council
Leitrim County Council wish to advise all households in County Leitrim that all household waste in the County will be collected and charged using a Pay By Weight System from the 1st February  2014 . Please ensure you are registered with a permitted waste collector and are set up om the pay by weight system and that you have 3 bins (black, blue and a brown bin caddy.) Households should also be aware that tagged bins and bags will no longer be collected after the 1st Feb 2014. Please contact your waste collector for further information. “

Bridge Club
Results for 9th January. 1st Margaret Nellis and Bernie Flynn, 2nd Marian Quinn and Evelyn Smith, 3rd Mary McTiernan and Mary Flynn, 4th Paddy Joyce and Kay Dolan. Bridge continues on Thursday 16th at 7pm, all players welcome.

Art Exhibition

The Ballinamore Community Arts Group is opening their 7th Annual Junior Art Exhibition at Solas Art Gallery in Ballinamore on Saturday 18th January 2014 at 3pm. This very successful project to date involving children of all ages (Under 18yrs) in County Leitrim, encourages your child’s individuality, creativity & imagination. All entries are welcomed as individual entries or through your child’s invited school. The artwork may consist of any medium (pencil, crayon, paint etc) & must be on A4 paper only of landscape or portrait format. All artwork will be framed and hung in the gallery. The €3.00 entry fee covers the cost of the frame. Thereafter all creativity will be returned to the children in the framed format and available for collection for a period of one month after the exhibition closes.
Artwork can be dropped off at Solas Art Gallery (Above Four Seasons Garden Centre) from 10am-6pm on Tuesday 7th January – Friday 10th January 2014. More information is available through our Facebook page or website Alternatively you can contact Gail or Ben at the gallery (071 9644210) or during the above dates. So let’s encourage our young artists to discover, display & nurture their talents. Bring your family, friends, teachers & children to help create the next generation of artistic vitality.