Easter Spraoi: Ballinamore Easter Spraoi in association with Waterways Ireland will be held this year during Easter weekend from 30th of March until 1st of April. Events and activities for all ages including Soap Box Rally, Water Sports and Canoe Skills and a Vintage and Heritage Street Display. For more information visit or our Facebook page: Ballinamore Easter Spraoi.

Easter Spraoi: Ballinamore Easter Spraoi in association with Waterways Ireland will be held this year during Easter weekend from 30th of March until 1st of April. Events and activities for all ages including Soap Box Rally, Water Sports and Canoe Skills and a Vintage and Heritage Street Display. For more information visit or our Facebook page: Ballinamore Easter Spraoi.

Drama Festival: Our 2013 Drama Festival will run from Friday 1st March until Sunday 10th March with no performance on Tuesday 5th. Nine nights of outstanding performances will be guaranteed. Season Tickets will soon be on sale at the fantastic value of €45 for 9 nights.

Exciting New Youth Programme: Enrolment night on Thursday 21st February @ 8pm in Sean O Heslin’s for secondary school students. Parents must accompany their children on enrolment night. The Foróige Club will then run from 4 to 5.30p.m. on Monday evenings in Sean O Heslins.

Course: Willow Basket Making course coming soon to the Cultural Quarters.Anyone interested please get in touch...0864082630

Irish Dancing Success

Successful pupils: Pupils from the Mc Cartin School of Irish Dancing had successful outings recently at Feiseanna in Erin’s Isle GAA Club, Dublin, The Radisson Hotel, Sligo and The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin. The following pupils figured amongst the winners: Under 8: Tara Galligan Maguire, Drumreilly, Brian Murphy, Killeshandra, Cian McGovern, Fenagh, Under 10: Darragh Gunn, Aughnasheelin, Caoimhe Prior, Drumreilly, Laura Mc Intyre, Carrigallen, Clara O Kelly, Drumeela, Rachel Mc Intyre, Aughavas, Ella Galligan Maguire, Drumreilly, Alannah Gunn, Aughnasheelin. Under 11: Gemma Mc Namara, Cloone, Conor Edwards, Newtowngore, Eabha Gill, Fenagh, Deirbhile Currid, Aughavas, Under 12: Sophie Mc Greal, Dowra, Lisa Gill, Cloone, Rose Mc Loughlin, Fenagh, Louise Cafferty, Gorvagh, Under 13: Michelle Mc Cabe, Drumreilly, Sinead Edwards, Newtowngore, Luke Murphy, Killeshandra, Under 19: Barry Taylor, Newtowngore, Blaithin Donohoe, Newtowngore.

Parish Council Meeting: At the meeting of the Parish Council on 11th Feb the following matters were raised, Child Safeguarding - All volunteers involved in any aspect of church activities are required to submit a completed Parish Staff and Volunteer / Declaration Form to the Parish Child Safeguard Rep. Marion Quinn. In the coming weeks all groups will be contacted to ensure the required forms have been submitted. Year of Faith 2013 – There will be a number of courses, lectures and events to enable people to improve their knowledge and understanding of the teachings and catechism of the church taking place in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre throughout the course of the year, these will be highlighted in the newsletter in advance to allow those interested to participate. We hope to organise a one day pilgrimage to Lough Derg in August and also to Knock shrine. New Cemetery Plots - It is hoped to soon open up the new section of the cemetery and make new plots available. Before this happens the Parish Council would welcome feedback from parishioners in relation to plot sizes, kerbing, etc. Please feel free to submit your thoughts, ideas or suggestions to your Parish Council Representative in advance of the next meeting. Heating in the Church – The issue of heating in the church was discussed, it is widely felt that the present system is not providing adequate heating over the winter and the matter is being brought to the Finance Committee to look at what can be done to improve and rectify the situation. Church Celebrates 50 Years - Our Church celebrates 50 years this year. It was dedicated on 12 May 1963 and we hope to mark this special occasion in the parish with a Re-dedication ceremony later in the year. It would be nice to mark the occasion in some way, maybe putting together a small booklet on the fifty years of the Church, a record of all the clergy that have served here over these years, nuns, the first baptism/ communion / confirmation to take place in the church, wedding, local priest’s first mass’s over the years, communion & confirmation groups over the five decades, any other events /items that would contribute to marking this important milestone, To make this possible we would want to get any pictures / photo’s of such events - have you any such items that could be used? Items about the lay people of the community who worshipped and prayed there over the years. If you are willing to help out or be involved in any way Please contact Parish Council Secretary, Mary Corby ,before next weekend. Thank you.

Darts: A big crowd turned up to watch the first semi-final in the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup Competition played in the Standing Stone last Friday night, between Shortt’s (A) and Fenagh, the game was very close in the early stages, but Shortt’s (A) ran out easy winners in the end on a score line of (5) games to (2). The second semi-final will be played this Friday night the 22nd between McGirl’s and Jackie’s the venue is Terry Shortt’s. Thanks to everyone who supported our raffle last Friday night and thanks to Shane and Karen for the refreshments during the night and sponsoring the raffle.

Run: A special 10km & 4km run/walk will take place on Sunday next February 24th in memory of the late Sandra Earley, Kiltubrid. The run will begin at 2pm from The Sheemore Inn, Kilclare, with registration starting at 12.30 on the day. Entry fee is €10 per adult/€15 per family with all funds raised going to The Heart Appeal at the Mater Foundation, Dublin. This is a special heart screening clinic for family members who have lost a loved one to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. Parking on the day will be available at Drumcong NS with a free shuttle bus provided. For more information contact 0871337322. Hope to see you all out to support this great cause.

Seán O’Heslin’s GAA – Scéalta na Seachtaine: Scor na nOg. We all wish Grace O Reilly, Willowfield the best of luck in the All Ireland Scor na nÓg Final in Derry on Saturday 23 February. Bingo every Tuesday at 8.30pm in Community Centre. Come along and bring a friend. Youngsters are also welcome. Indoor Hurling: Continues for 2nd – 6th class, Mondays at 7-8pm. Anyone interested is welcome. Lotto: Lotto ar an Luan seo chugainn i Lawrences. Pota Óir €4,550. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an Luan seo caite: €40:Mary Harte. €20 ó Jackie: Philip Farrelly Snr. €40 an duine: Marie O’Connor Killaneen, Michael Collins Ballinamore, Margaret Duignan Ballinamore, Mícheál McNiffe Aughnasheelin.

“Past and Present” postcards for “The Gathering”: 2013 is the year of “The Gathering”. Are you inviting home your friends and relations? If so, do so in style. Send a “Past and Present” postcard inviting them home. This postcard consists of two photographs of Main Street as it was in the past and as it is today! These postcards are available to buy at the library for the mere sum of 20 cent. Ah go on send one to your relatives and invite them home for 2013!

Downland Crafts: March Craft & Gift Fair Sunday 3rd March 2013 Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell Co. Cavan 11.00am - 6pm Admittance is FREE! For more information visit

S.N. BHRID NAOFA: Enrolment for Junior Infants will take place in the junior infant classroom on Wednesday 27th February at 2.00 - 2.30 p.m. If you are unable to make it that day please phone the school (Ph. No. 071 9644952) and we will arrange for forms to be posted out.

Parish Youth Officers: There will be a meeting of all Newly appointed Parish Youth Officers will be held in two venues in the Diocese. The Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre on Friday February 22nd at 7.30pm and St Vincent de Paul house,16 Castle Street Manorhamilton on Friday March 1st 7.30pm. For information Contact Clare 0863702641.

Boxing Club: Would like to say a most sincere thank you to all those who supported the recent Church Gate Collection from Ballinamore, Aughnasheelin, Corraleehan, Aughawillan and Drumreilly. All funds go towards improving facilities for our children..

St Vincent de Paul: If you wish to make a contribution or contact us for any other reason please phone us on the Confidential No 087 9360562

RehabCare Walking Group for Lent: We are starting a walking group for lent every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am. The route we will take will be along the golf links road and we will be providing tea/coffee on our return to the centre. Please meet at the RehabCare resource centre here in Ballinamore at 10.50am. All welcome. The first walk will take place on Thursday the 14th of February. We look forward to seeing you all.

ATHLETIC CLUB: Full training resumes for all this Tuesday at 6.00 pm following the mid-term break. The Connacht Schools Cross Country Finals are in Sligo on Wednesday. Training will now concentrate on preparation for the Leitrim Primary Schools Sports Hall competition which is now just over a week away.

The field: The world famous play, John B Keane’s “The Field” will be performed by The Glenasmole Drama Group from Dublin in Cloone Community Centre on Saturday night 23rd of February at 8pm. Admission 10 euro.

Bridge Club: 1) Kay Dolan & Maureen Dolphin; (2) Peggy Logan & Margaret Nellis/ Marian Quinn & Evelyn Smith (joint); (3) Mary Flynn & Mary McTiernan. Bridge continues on Thursday February 21st in the Commerical Hotel at 7pm. All players welcome. Sympathy is extended to the Smyth family on the passing of Eithne, who was a member of the club for many years. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Operation Transformation: We have reached our final week of our club Operation Transformation fundraiser. Our final weigh in with fitness classes are on this Wednesday at 7.30pm for ladies and 8.30pm for men. This programme has proved very successful with excellent weigh loss results recorded by Veronica and the participants are toning up while enjoying exercising with Michelle. Michelle is going to continue with her fitness classes and we encourage all the participants to keep up their good work.

Ballinamore area fitness: A new set of female fitness classes are starting this week in Ballinamore. The blood bank is in the hall this Monday the 18th so we will be having our class in the complex at 8pm and our Thursday class is in our usual venue of the hall at 8pm. There are also aerobics and circuits classes in the GAA Gym Tuesday and Thursday at 11am and Wednesday at 6.30pm and 7.30pm. All welcome. Contact Michelle on 0879390980 for details or for an initial personal training session.

Acorn Players Leitrim: Enjoy an evening of side splitting comedy in the Ballinamore Community Hall on Sunday, February 24th at 8pm. This 3 act comedy, ‘The 2 Loves of Gabriel Foley’ will be performed by the Leitrim based Acorn Players. Admission E10/E5 students & children”

Concert: The seventh annual charity concert organised and performed by the Traditional Irish Music course will be held on friday 1st March. This evening of Irish music ,song and dance will be held in the Mayflower community centre, Drunshanbo commencing at 8pm. All the proceeds will be donated to St Vincent de Paul, Drumshanbo, The Breffni Centre ,Carrick on Shannon and Stop Suicide .Manorhamilton.Tickets are only €5(u-12s free) and each ticket will be entered into a draw for €100. So come along for a great evening of ceol agus crai