Give Blood

Give Blood

It is well advertised blood is always in short supply so if you can at all go to the Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon today Wednesday between 4.30 and 8pm where you can donate a pint of blood , it only takes a half hour.


We hit the Abbey Theatre in Dublin on last Friday night to see the Abbey players perform the magnificent John B Keane play “Sive”. It started on the button 7.30 and what a riveting performance of what was the happenings back in early 1950’s (thank God them days are gone). To me it brought back great memories our staging of it in Cloonturk hall back in 1976 (I think). Sadly some of our cast have gone to that big theatre in the sky Aiden Cox, Mick O’Hara and Stanley Cox and our director Junior Daly may they rest in peace but the rest of us Rose, Veronica, Mary, Shay, Gerry and myself are still to the good thank God. It is great to see that this type of show can still have full houses for nearly a month of a run and receive a standing ovation on each occasion. If you have any interest in dramatics I would highly recommend this show, you won’t be disappointed a great night entertainment.


We would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of the late Sr Gertrude McGarry, Ardagh Convent and formerly from Ballygeeher, Bornacoola who passed away on Saturday last at the Laurel Lodge Nursing Home, Longford. Sr. Gertrude was laid to rest in Ardagh cemetery on Sunday last. May she rest in peace.

New baby

We send our congratulations to Adrian and Edel Cox, Whitehall on the birth of their first baby, a girl to be named Carah Ana Louisa, born at the Portiuacula Hospital, Ballinasloe last week. We wish you health and happiness for the future.

GAA draw

The February draw in the Bornacoola GAA club draw takes place on Saturday night next in the Copper Still, Dromod with music on the night by Shay, Sharon and friends. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

The Bornacoola Players

The count down begins! You enjoyed our previous shows so be prepared for the entertainment & fun to return! The Bornacoola Players are a group of mostly “normal” people, who come together each year to see which of them can really make a show of themselves.....and this year is no different!!! Bernard Farrell’s “I do not like thee Dr.Fell” is the ideal platform to allow the madness to flow! The cast are: Johnny D (trainer extraordinaire / alarm bells ringing) as Joe Fell. Padraig (Jonesy/ the “vice” man) as Roger.

Sharon Jones (“ I know where you live”) as Rita. Darren Shiels (the carpet laying Cavan man) as Paddy. Declan B (Sir, Mr Manager, and don’t you forget it!!) as Peter. Ger. Moran (proud mum of the Fab Damo) as Maureen. Anne Mc G (in my next life I”ll be tall)as Suzy.

Dates: 7th, 8th & 9th March. Venue: Bornacoola Centre.Time: 8pm. Tickets: 085 8186578: so get to the phone to avoid disappointment!!!

Prayer Vigil

The monthly prayer vigil will be taking place in the Convent of Mercy, Mohill, this Friday 28th February. It will commence with the Holy Rosary at 8pm followed by Mass at 8.30pm. Confession will also be available. Everyone welcome, new comers especially welcome!

Drama Festival

The 33rd Drama festival starts in Ballinamore on March 7 to March 16. Ten nights of top class drama. Opening night starts with John B Keane’s play ‘Moll’. Followed Saturday night with ‘The Hen Night Epiphany’. Two comedy nights on the trot. Come along and enjoy the plays, a cup of tea and chat. Concessions for OAP’s and Students. See Observer for full list of plays or poster in shops and Library. Please support.

4 Locks Cycling Club

Next Sunday (first Sunday in March) is the beginning of a new regime: there will be a short cycle for beginners and a long cycle for those who wish to do a longer one. Experienced members will take it in turns doing the shorter cycle with the beginners. Hope to see a whole crowd of beginners this Sunday coming! The group meets outside the Courthouse, Ballinamore at 9 a.m. Sunday mornings.

Karate lessons

A note to hand to let you know that Karate lessons continue in Bornacoola community centre every Monday night from 7-8pm kids and adult lessons everyone welcome contact 0879804138 or 0876228031 for details

Ballinamore Kayak Run

This event will take place in Ballinamore and surrounding area. The event is being hosted at Easter when the town of Ballinamore hold their family fun packed Easter Spraoi. This means the whole family can have a wonderful weekend. It is on the Sunday 20th of April 2014. Starts at 1.00 p.m. You can register online or on the day between 10 and 12 a.m. see FB page for details. But hurry because places are already being booked at an alarming rate. For more information see our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BallinamoreKayacRun

Or contact waterwaysballinamorekayakrun@gmail.com

Bornacoola GAA

Bornacoola got off to a good start in the Division 2 league when they recorded a victory over neighbours Mohill on Saturday last in Dromod, finishing on a scoreline of Bornacoola 0-12 Mohill 0-7. In the Minor 11 a side, Bornacoola were defeated by Aughavas on Saturday last.

Annaduff GAA

Annaduff were beaten 1-9 to 1-3 by Aughawillan in Annaduff on Saturday. Annaduff: Jim McCormack, Nigel Cox, Chris Farrell, Gary Bohan, Mattie Cox (Capt.),Dylan Keane, James Cox, Kenny Cox (0-1),Daniel Duignan, James Riordan, Conor Reynolds, Michael Lynch, Francis McNabola, Ronan McCormack, Ray Cox (1-1). Subs used : Joe Cox (0-1), Hugh Moylan, Sean McNabola, Dean Gill, Junior Gill. Annaduff Minors drew with Dromahair after building up a substantial lead early on, they ended up sharing the points against a strong Dromahair team.

Children’s Karate Class

Karate Class for children continues at Community Centre Rooskey on Tuesday evenings from 5.45 – 6.45pm. Children 6 years and upwards welcome

Pilgrimage to Fatima 

There will be a pilgrimage to Fatima on 29th May 2014.  4 nights in Fatima- 3 nights on the coast €759 fully inclusive, early booking offer if paid in full by December 12th 2013 of 150 Euro off.  Accompanied by Spiritual Director.  Contact Sheila Fahey

043 66 87512,  Mobile: 087 277 4774.

Birthday greetings

We send birthday greetings to a some locals who had their birthdays recently firstly to Gerard mulligan Currycramp who celebrated his 92nd birthday on Wednesday last next to Paul Hackett, Liscloonadea who turned 24 on Thursday last also to Emily Duignan, Rooskey who had her 3rd birthday on Sunday last. We wish you health and happiness for the future.