St Patrick’s Day Parade: The best parade for years, it’s amazing the fun and amusement that can be derived from a colourful parade and we certainly got that last week. 
It was great to see the effort people went to, to make their floats, dancers etc so vibrant. The weather was good compared to recent years and I must say it looked like everyone had a great experience at the parade. Roll on next year!

St Patrick’s Day Parade: The best parade for years, it’s amazing the fun and amusement that can be derived from a colourful parade and we certainly got that last week. 
It was great to see the effort people went to, to make their floats, dancers etc so vibrant. The weather was good compared to recent years and I must say it looked like everyone had a great experience at the parade. Roll on next year!

Dog Poo!!: Bring it home or bin it in the many bins provided. Please think of pedestrians, mums and dads pushing buggy, people in wheelchairs, they really don’t want to bring yours dogs poo into their homes. Poo bags can be purchased in any supermarket. Please try to be considerate and make the effort.

Pike Anglers: Fished for the Shortt Cup on Saturday 16th March on Lock Scur - 1st Tony Gallagher, 5lb 10oz pike; 2nd Alan Gallagher, 4lb 8oz pike; 3rd Ollie Gallaher, 4lb 6oz pike. It was a lovely day to be out on the lake, and everybody caught a few pike except for the Conger Gilheaney who blanked on the day. He seemed to be going round in circles all day. We think he was missing his captain and mentor Barry Taylor and wasn’t used to the bail being so high up in the water. Next year we are changing the name of the club to The Gallagher Benevolent Fund.

Whist Drive: Reminder – The Monthly Whist Drive will be held in Community Centre on Thursday April 4th at 9pm – supper served at interval. All welcome

women’s group: The monthly meeting of the Ballinamore women’s group takes place at 8.30 Wednesday April 3rd. A guess speaker from the citizen’s information bureau will attend. A weekend trip to Letterkenny, staying in the Mount Errigal Hotel from the 17th to 19th of May is been organised by Ballinamore Women’s Group. Total cost which includes two bed & breakfast, one evening meal and a trip to Malin Head is €145. A deposit of €50 must be paid on or before the 3rd of April to book a place. Further enquirers to any member of the Women’s group.

Darts: The final of the knock out competition sponsored by the Ballinamore League was played last Friday night in Fenagh, the finalist were McGirl’s and Shortt’s (A), as always between these two teams it was a very close and exciting game, this time Shortt’s coming out the winners on a score line of 5 games to 3. The winning team was Richie Venton, Sean O’Neill, Colm McManus, Alan Parker, Tom Ryan, Declan Timmons, Grant Carter, Dale Hogan, Vernon Donohoe. The runners up were Michael McGirl, Tony McHugh, Barney McAdam, Richard McDermott, Eamon Benison, Jimmy Walsh, Greg McGovern, Gerry Mahon, and Colm McGirl. Thanks to Connor Scollan who presented the Cup and Trophies on behalf of the League, thanks to Ciaran Harty who looked after the Raffle and to everyone who bought tickets. Thanks to Brendan Beirne, Connor Scollan and Michael Crosbie who chalked all the games, and Gabriel and staff for refreshments and sponsorship of the raffle. The next competition is the Drino Cup singles, which takes place in Jackie’s on Friday night the 5th of April. Names to be in before 10pm starting time 10.30pm.

bridge results: The following are the results of the bridge of Thursday the 21st - 1. Margaret Nellis and Peggy Logan; 2. Marion Quinn and Evelyn Smith; 3. Mary Flynn and Mary McTiernan; 4. Bernie Flynn and Sean Creamer. Bridge resumes on April 11th at 7pm.

LIVECRAFT: Leitrim LIVECRAFT is a Leitrim Development Company project developed under the Rural Development LEADER Programme. It a unique training programme implemented by the Leitrim Design House in association with the Leitrim Sculpture Centre. . The overall programme will run from April 2013 to December 2013. How to I apply? A detailed information pack and application forms can be downloaded from or alternatively you can email Michelle McPadden (Leitrim LIVECRAFT Co-Ordinator) at or call 071 96 50550/50533.

Pilgrimage to Fatima: The annual pilgrimage to Fatima takes place from the 1st August to the 8th August 2013. 7 nights full board ensuite in the Tres Pastorinhos Hotel which is situated beside the sanctuary. Cost €739. Guided tours, bus from Ballinamore via Cavan to Dublin airport return cost approx €30, spiritual director: Fr Tom McManus PP., for details contact Mamie Flynn, phone 071 96 44148.

Church Notes: Confessions: This Sunday evening at 6.30pm with visiting priests. Holy Thursday: 8pm Mass of the Last Supper Commissioning of new Ministers of the Eucharist rehearsal Wednesday night 8.30pm. They should all be present for it, if possible. 10 – 11pm Hour Vigil with Jesus on the night before his death. Good Friday: 3pm Celebration of the Passion. Holy Saturday: 8.30pm Celebration of the Resurrection. Confessions: Saturday 12 noon to 1pm. Communion calls to people at home: Tuesday morning to those BELOW the church and Wednesday to those ABOVE the church and TullyCait Conaughton / Ciara McGoldrick / Niamh Toolan. Door Collectors: Saturday 30th & 31st Mar & 6th & 7th April - Louis Quinn, Jamesie Maguire, Noel Dolan & Seamus McGrath. Will this weekend’s collectors be available at the door on Holy Thursday and Good Friday to take in Trocaire envelopes as people come in, in order to avoid them being stolen?

ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN: Ballinamore Tidy Towns committee will be holding our 5th annual Spring Clean on Good Friday from 11am until 1 pm. Could all volunteers gather in the Super Valu car park at 11 am. Over twenty five volunteers helped last year to collect. If the weather permits we hope to do some small painting Jobs. Super Valu are the National Tidy Towns sponsors and we would like to thank Michael Mc Govern and the Super Valu team who will provide refreshments after our clean up. Please bring gloves, we will provide pickers and bags. If anybody would like help to pick up litter on an approach road, please contact any member of the committee and we will help - Tommy Dolan ( chairman ), Declan Cumiskey or kay Maguire. Remember, we have

Gospel & Country Choir: Spring Performance for ‘Stop Suicide & Leitrim Multiple Sclerosis. - A fundraising event will be held in the Cornmill Theatre Carrigallen on Friday night 12th April 2013 at 8.30pm! All proceeds will go to ‘Stop Suicide’ & ‘Leitrim Multiple Sclerosis’. Please support these two great organisations and come along and enjoy the songs performed by the Sweet Spirit Gospel & Country Choir. Bookings @ 049-4339612 or email:

Make a difference: Through Voices4Care AIIHPC is committed to having the views of people receiving palliative care (service users), their carers or former carers, and people from the wider community with an interest in palliative care, at the heart of what they do. AIIHPC focuses on palliative care education, research, policy and practice. In the context of AIIHPC’s work, Voices4Care will share and discuss issues which will inform how best to care for people. Voices4Care will be a volunteer group. For more information and to find out how to apply to Voices4Care: or call All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care on (00353) 1 4912948 People can apply up to Friday 19 April 2013.

Heartsafe: We would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed to our church gate collection recently. We collected €593.40 for which we are very grateful. Again, thanks are due to Breda Mulvanerty and Phillip Roddy, who assisted us in our last training sessions.

Party: Senior Citizens Easter party will be held next Wed 27th March in Templeport Resource Centre from 12.00 till 4pm. Please come along for a great day of fun, good food & good music. All welcome.

ATHLETIC CLUB: Many thanks to all who supported the Benefit Function for the late Michael Kenny in the Kilbracken Arms on Saturday night last. Organised training will be suspended for two weeks on account of the Easter break and will resume on Tuesday April 9th. Good luck to Dylan Mimna and Laura O Dowd who are competing in the AAI Under Age Indoor Championships in Athlone this weekend.

1st Leitrim Scouts: Will be holding a cake sale after 11.30am Mass on Easter Sunday the 31st March 2013 at the Court House. Your support would be much appreciated.”