Women’s Group

Women’s Group

A meeting of Ballinamore women’s group takes place on Wednesday, 4th June at 8.30pm. It is the last meeting before the summer break and party night. We invite all members to attend.

Blood Donations
The blood donation clinic will be open in Ballinamore on Wednesday, 11th June from 3pm-5pm and 7pm-930pm. The clinic will be open in the Community Centre. Please try and support and give blood.

GAA 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. For further information please contact Ronan O’Rourke or Andy Duffy.

GAA Lotto
Numbers drawn were – 1, 2, 5, 6, 0, 7, 3, 4. House draw €40: Marge McLoughlin, kindly sponsored by Karen & Shane, Bottle of Vodka won by Seamus Mac Murchaidh; €40 an duine; Michael Duignan, Kiltymooden; Seamus Mullen, Ballinamore; Maura Sweeney & Alice Shiels, Declan Gannon, Kinkeen. Next draw takes place on Monday night in Bobby Joes - Pota Oir €7,800.

Childrens project
A meeting will be held regarding Lahard children’s project summer camp on Thursday, 5th June at 8pm in the Community Centre, to plan this year’s project. This project will go ahead subject to enough volunteers/parents attending this meeting. We would appreciate you attendance.

Childcare Ltd.

An Naíonra are now taking bookings for September 2014, for children aged 2 years and 10 months on 1st of September 2014. We provide places under the ECCE scheme (Free Pre-School Year). If your child is going to school in September 2015 and was born between 2/2/2010 and 30/6/2011 they are entitled to avail of this scheme. We also provide Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) for family on low incomes. We are having an open day/week from Monday 9th June to Friday 13st June. All are welcome to view An Naíonra in session at this time. Enquiries and bookings: Pauline Moran, An Stiúrthóir 071 9645733 agus 086 3777730.

The Help
On Tuesday, 10th June at 7.30pm, come along to Ballinamore library and see the film “The Help” This film is based on the best seller by Kathryn Stockett giving an insight into the 1960’s American life in the South and how the children of white families were brought up by their black nannies - “the helps”. It looks at a group of women who are friends from childhood and their nannies - also lifelong friends. Remember: Admission free and all welcome.

Healthy eyes campaign
This campaign is being run by a group of health care eye professionals including the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians Ireland (FODO). Aimed at raising awareness about the importance of having regular eye health examinations. Eilis P. Dolan, Optometrist from Sweeney’s Opticians, Ballinamore says, “We are urging people who have not had an eye health check in the past two years or more to put this date into your diary and have a full eye health check FREE of charge.”“Having a regular eye test, not only determines if you may need spectacles but it will also determine if you have any early signs of Diabetes, Hypertension, Cholesterol, High levels of calcium, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Age Related Macular Degeneration, as well as numerous other conditions that can lead to sight loss.” “Many people are very unaware that an eye examination can reveal many of the early signs of these sight threatening conditions. “Prevention is always better than cure.” says Eilis. There are many people out there who have diabetes and other sight threatening conditions and don’t know it. We are also appealing to all parents to have their childrens’ eyes examined too. Early intervention is always key to successful outcomes and ultimately better learning outcomes. We have evidence that many children go through their entire school life, with undetected visual difficulties and this impacts greatly on learning outcomes.

Council elections

With Ballinamore Area Community Council holding their first elections under the new Articles of Association next month, all organisations in Ballinamore and surrounding parishes are reminded to make sure that they are registered with the Leitrim Community Forum so that they can vote in these elections. The current registered list can be accessed at The election process will be similar to that used by the Leitrim Development Company.

MABS guide to costs 
The school year is nearly at an end and it won’t be long until September is with us again and children go back to school – with all the associated costs. The list can seem endless. Rather than wait for the last frantic weeks of August, it’s a good idea to start planning now and to try and spread the cost of going back to school over the summer. To help you plan for this MABS have produced a leaflet offering practical tips and guidance on how to plan for back to school costs. Contact your local MABS service for a copy or download it from the MABS website at Leitrim MABS, Swanlinbar Road, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim. 076 10 72 630. Fax: 0719644998 email. Outreach on appointment in Carrick on Shannon and Manorhamilton. Free, Confidential and Independent Service covering all of County Leitrim for anyone who is worried about money or who is concerned about their mortgage or other debts.

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.

Assorted Fitness

Ladies fitness classes are on in Ballinamore GAA Gym every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am and Wednesday at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. We are also in Ballinamore Community Centre every Monday at 8pm and in the new hall beside the sports complex this Thursday at 8pm as Whist is in the community centre the first Thursday of the month. All welcome. For further information or booking contact Michelle Fanning on 0879390980.