Ballinalee notes



Corr: Michael Carrigy Tel: 043 33 2310/087 2915072. e-mail:

Good luck

Best of luck to local Trad Group ‘Se Chairde’, Mary Sheridan, Mikey Doyle, Ciaran Mulligan, Lorna Beer, Laura Pakenham and Grace Ross will be performing on the Late Late Toy show this Friday night, November 27th.

Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair in aid of St John’s parish funds is on in Currycahill hall this Saturday, 28th November. There will be lots of Christmas treats including gifts, jewellery, home baking and local craft. From 11am to 4pm


You are invited to a presentation on setting up a Community First Responder Scheme in Newtownforbes and surrounding areas on Thursday evening, 3rd December at 8pm in the Parish Hall, Newtownforbes. John Fitzgerald from Community First Responder Ireland will be giving the presentation on this new scheme. This service is training people life saving skills in Cardiac Arrest, Heart Attack, Stroke and Chocking situations. This new initiative is Licenced under Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council and will be supporting our local Defibrillator groups as well as local Gardaí and the HSE under the National Ambulance Service. Contact James on 087 902 30 37.


Scoil Samhthann is currently updating the school library. We would appreciate if anyone had books they wished to donate suitable for age 4-13 years. Please drop of at the school. Thank you.

Christmas markets

Calling on local businesses and craft people. The traditional Christmas will take place on Sunday December 6th from 2-5pm. Everyone welcome on the day. We will also have our unique live crib and switching on of Christmas lights. And of course Santa will arrive. Exhibitors are required to set up their own stall and have their own insurance cover. This is a great festive family day for our town. Anyone interested in taking part can call Marie on 087/9487673 or Bernie on 086/1618837.

Drama group

Troubled Bachelors, A three act comedy will be staged in the Thomas Ashe Hall on Friday 18th and Sunday 20th December. Tickets on sale at Ballinalee P.O., or may be booked by contacting Noirin at 087 2841564. Patrons can look forward to a great night out with plenty of fun and laughter.


Numbers are 2, 6, 25, 30. 2 x 3 €30: Bridget Smallhorne, (Mostrim) and Marie Brady, (Soran). Seller’s prize: Seamus Maguire. Jackpot €5,000. Draw takes place on Monday night in Rawle’s at 10pm.

Leinster Champion

Congratulations to James Fox, Soran who claimed the Leinster title at the recent Leinster Irish Dancing Championship held at the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth. James dances with O’Reilly-Mansfield School of Dance.

Tidy Towns

A poly-tunnel was recently erected beside the playground by the Tidy Towns. The committee are looking are looking for any unwanted gardening tools or planting pots. Any donations can be left into Farrell’s shop or into the post-office.

Hillside Club

The next meeting is Wednesday, 2nd December from 11am to 1pm.

Crib and Christmas Tree Lights

Lights in the crib will be switched on on Tuesday, 8th December. Everyone welcome. More details next week.