With a huge line up of events and free open air concerts by Mike Denver & Robert Mizzell, this may be the biggest Ballinamore Festival yet!

Exhibitors are reminded that entries for this year’s Show close on Monday, 4th August. The Show office is located at High Street, Ballinamore. Telephone 071 96 45670. The Office will be open from 10am until 7pm each day until August 4th. Remember no late entries will be accepted. This year’s Show will be held in Cramer’s field, Golf Links Road, Ballinamore. Schedules are available from the Show office 071 96 45670 and in local shops.

Show notice
Ballinamore Agricultural Show, one of the highlights of the annual Festival will take place on Tuesday, 12th August at Creamer’s Field, Golf Links Road Ballinamore. This annual event is regarded as one of the best in the region attracting exhibitors from a wide area. Prize money has increased to €15,000 and a variety of goods will be on offer for the prize-winners in the various classes. This year Ballinamore will host qualifiers for Horses and Cattle, the winners of which will go forward to Championship finals at other shows later in the summer. Judging in the Hose and Cattle sections gets under way at 11am with five rings in operation. Judging of Sheep starts at 1.30pm. The very popular dog show begins at 1.30pm, with a total of seventeen classes catering for all breeds. In the Marquee judging in the Home Industry, Cookery, Farm, Garden and Photography sections also commences at 11am and indications are that the number of exhibitors will exceed previous years. The Best Dressed Lady at the Show will be selected between 2pm and 4pm. There will also be many contenders for the title of Most Glamorous Granny and Miss Fashionista and Mother and Daughter Lookalike. The Tossing the Sheaf will bring proceedings on the Show Field to a close. The presence of many trade stands, stalls and bouncing castle all add to the carnival atmosphere of Show Day and provide entertainment for all the family. The Committee would like thank the local business Community for their continued support and also the many firms who have sponsored the various classes. 
Schedules are currently available from the Show office, High Street, Ballinamore 071 9645670 or from local shops. Entries close on Tuesday the 5th August at 7pm.

Carers required
Home Care Provider RHS Home Care requires qualified carers in  County Leitrim and surrounding areas. A FETAC Level 5 Healthcare qualification, transport and flexible working hours are essential. To apply or find out more about our not for profit service, please call our Roscommon office 09066 25988 or visit  www.

Farmers market

Farmers Market to be held on Friday, 15 August at the courthouse. Anyone interested, Contact Claire 0877696514.

Dowra Courthouse creative space

There will be an exhibition in Dowra Courthouse from Tuesday, 5th August to Friday, 29th August.  The exhibition will showcase work from the  local arts and crafts industry and most items will be available for sale. Please come along and have a look at what the local craft industry are producing.  Your support would be much appreciated.

Team Leaders required

Barnardos Children’s Charity are looking for Team Leaders to help co-ordinate a collection for Barnardos in Ballinamore on Friday, September 19th and help raise €100,000 for disadvantaged children and their families in communities around Ireland. For more information contact Sarah on 1850 222 300.

Musical Society

We are now ready to show the DVD of this year’s musical – Crazy for You. A viewing and social night is planned for Priors Lounge on Friday 8th August next and is open to members, friends and visitors. DVDs will be on sale on the night at a subsidised price of €10.

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.

Belturbet Festival Show

“The Good Sister” written by Leah McDwyer, Directed by Phil Gilbride, Starring Caroline Toye and Deirdre O’Reilly. Here’s a brief synopsis of what it’s all about... The Good Sister takes place in the present time in Maggie’s House.  Maggie is sadly recently widowed. She has become a recluse in her own house and has turned to drinking wine and smoking cigarettes and living in her pg.’s and nightgown. Sally her older sister is a yummy, bored, nosy, book club going mummy. Sally calls daily to Maggie’s to try and get her out of her depression...because she is a “good sister” after all. Although she has an ulterior motive....

Mohill Bluegrass Festival
Starts on Friday, 8th August in Planxky Maguire’s with the fabulous Down & Out Bluegrass band. Music all day Saturday and Sunday in the marquee with a concert on Saturday night in Planxky’s. Admission €5. There’ll be great family entertainment  in and around the town. Finishing off with two local bands in O’Briens Tavern, Glebe St on Sunday night. Please support, you’ll love it !.

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Sum of money found in Supervalu. Owner can contact 087 6157905.

Women’s Group
Some places available on weekend trip to Castlebar from September 5th to 7th. The cost is 180 euro which includes the following: 2 nights B&B - evening meals - transport - day trip to Westport or Achill. Deposit is 50 euro which will be collected on August 1st in Trathnona between 7.30 and 8.30pm. Enquiries to 9644785 or 087-6327959 or any member of Ballinamore Women’s Group.
Non-members welcome.

Congratulations to Ryan Gavin and Emma McCormack on the birth of their new son, Paul on Friday. Hopefully, Paul and Shea will be future stars of Sean O’Heslins.


Congratulations to Noel & Maura Sweeney, Ardrum on their recent 50th wedding anniversary which they celebrated surrounded by all their friends and family. We wish them many more years of happiness from all at Sean O’Heslins.

SOH Golf Classic

Dust off those clubs for the upcoming annual Sean O’Heslin’s Golf Classic which takes place on the 13th September. Get practising quick and contact Brid Sullivan for further information.

Fergus Mulligan talk in Library

As part of the annual Ballinamore Festival, there will be a most interesting talk about William Dargan by Ballinamore native, Fergus Mulligan in Ballinamore Library on Tuesday August12th at 8.30pm. Fergus was son of John Mulligan and May Logan, who grew up in the Logan house, which once stood on the site of the current Ballinamore Library.  Fergus lived on Main Street, in the house that later became the Sliabh an Iarann Hotel.  His family left the area when he was 5 years old but came back almost every year for holidays. Fergus has worked in publishing all his life and he is also the author of several history books.  Transport is an area of interest to him, including the Cavan and Leitrim Railway or the narrow gauge, as it was called. He became fascinated by the life and career of William Dargan, the subject of his PhD thesis at Trinity College and rewrote the thesis as a book William Dargan 1799-1867: An Honourable Life.  William Dargan is a man who changed the face of Ireland.  Born in Carlow in 1799 he went on to build railways, roads, canals and much more. As well as an excellent businessman, Dargan was a true humanitarian, a decent employer who paid good wages and always treated his men fairly.  At one time he said he had 50,000 working for him. Illustrated with lots of slides, this talk will show just how extensive William Dargan’s work was, you are cordially invited to this free event at Ballinamore Library on Tuesday August 12th at 8.30pm.

Open road races a highlight of festival

Ballinamore Open 10k and 5K Road races which take place this year on Thursday, August 12th at 7.30p.m. will be one of the highlights of the Festival. The registration begins at the Sports hall at 6p.m. with entries also taken and as last year under age races for children, free and open to all, take place on the adjacent St Felim’s planning fields at 6.15p.m. The events are- under 8 300m, Under 10 500m, Under 12 600m and Under 14 800m. The Open 10K and 5K will start at the bottle bank and finish at Mean Scoil Fatima. There are a minimum of eighteen prizes in the 5K which also includes fun runners and joggers as well as thirty six individual and six Team prizes in the 10K. With T shirts for all entrants, chip timing, refreshments in the New hall/Scout den adjacent the Sports Hall and a large Festival crowds along the route adding to the atmosphere it again offers to be a most enjoyable occasion for all who take part.

Pike Angling Club

The final event of this year’s Pike league took place on Saturday, 26th July at Garadice Lake. Top of the league were Tony, Ollie and Alan Gallagher. Only three fish were caught all day, all by Ollie and a 1lb pike did the trick and won Ollie the magnificent trophy and title of Master Angler. A big thanks to the Poor Scholar for their hospitality to the Club thoughout the year.