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The vigil for Ashlking Murphy at Strandhill last Saturday afternoon.

The vigil for Ashlking Murphy at Strandhill last Saturday afternoon.

The vigil for Ashlking Murphy at Strandhill last Saturday afternoon.



New year’s resolution

If you are making a list of things to do in 2022, please add blood donation to your list. Quite literally, this is a life-saving gift. If you are already a donor, don’t miss the call each time it comes and if you have never donated, make this your year. Similarly, discuss organ donation with your family, and carry an organ donation card. This too will save lives.

Get Active

Cloonacool GAA Club is hosting a Get Active six-week programme, which started on Sunday, January 9.

With fundraising activities greatly limited they would encourage everyone to try and take part in some form over the next two months.

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Couch to 5k – for any level, and any kids that would like to compete in 5k race. Sunday at 6 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Interval Training – this is for anyone that wants to improve their time. It will be running probably 800m x six with certain break period to be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. Sunday walks – this is for everyone. It was a great social outing last time. Walks will be held locally at midday on Sunday morning. The club is encouraging all to take part so try and spread word to get as many participating as possible.

The Cloonacool 5k is tentatively fixed for February 20. See their Facebook page for more details.

Operation Transformation

The popular TV programme is back and with it lots of advice on health and nutrition. Exercise is always the easiest option and we are so fortunate to have a safe, flood-lit walking and running track in your parish at the Community Park. Use it, it’s free.

Times Past

Mick Dwyer, formerly of Loughill, won his first Connacht Championship in Pole-vaulting in 1943. He went on to retain his title four more times up till 1947, at which time he departed Cloonacool to seek work in England. At that time, pole-vaulting was done using a bamboo pole and lading pads were little more than horsehair mattresses.

Mick trained for the sport in his own back garden at home in Loughill. He simply ran down the garden, bamboo pole in hand and vaulted high on to the thatched roof of his parent’s house. Despite his sporting success, his training methods took a huge toll on the thatched roof, which had to be later replaced with corrugated iron.


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Hedge cutting grant scheme

Leitrim County Council’s Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme 2021/2022 aims to encourage the cutting of roadside hedges/trees along the public road network. Please note that it is the responsibility of landowners/property owners to cut roadside hedges/trees which are on their property which are along the public road network. The Grant is €75 per km of roadside hedge/overhanging trees which are cut back.

The minimum length of roadside hedges to be cut is 1km per application.

Application forms and full details of this scheme are available on the Leitrim County Council website at and also from the Roads Department of Leitrim County Council. Call 071 9620005 Ext. No. 617 or email

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms for this Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme is Monday, January 31.

Blotto Draw

The blotto draw took place in the Depot on Tuesday, January 11. The jackpot was €3,500. The winning numbers were 02, 03, 13 and 22. No winner of the jackpot. The five winners of €30 were Seán Parkes, Friairstown, Gary Casey, c/o the Depot, Keith and Siobhán McMorrow, A Cut Above, Margaret O’Donnell, Dromahair and Stephen Feehily, Drumlease.

The next draw will take place in the Depot on Tuesday, January 25, and the jackpot will be €3,550. Draw can be viewed on Facebook at 9 p.m. on the evening.

Tickets for the draw are available through QR code on Facebook and lottoraiser/DromahairDA They are also available in boxes in local businesses. Watch out for the QR Code stickers that are up in different locations around the village, on blotto boxes, there is one on the glass display cabinet at the Depot. They will give you quick access to the draw online. Get your tickets now, we need your support. Good luck everyone.

Parish Histories

As part of its digitisation programme, Leitrim Library Service has recently digitised a number of popular, well researched local parish histories, which are now out of print.

Fourteen parish histories from across the county are now hosted on the website

Among the rich archive of Leitrim publications are ‘Dromahaire: Story and Picture’ by Proinnsíos Ó Duigneáin (1990). This enhanced digital access now facilitates the viewing and searching by keyword of these valued publications by all diaspora from the Dromahair area and ensures that they can be enjoyed by a global audience.

Please share this information with your family and friends at home and abroad.

Disposing of Christmas trees

Christmas Trees are being accepted for shredding at our Civic Amenity Sites at Mohill and Manorhamilton.

Opening Hours are: Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. To avoid prosecution, please do not leave trees outside the gates when centre is closed. Gate entrance fee: €6.

Dromahair Lights up

Dromahair GAA, as part of their Healthy Club journey, in partnership with DARC are delighted that the very successful Dromahair Lights Up is continuing in the park Monday to Friday from 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

We hope you all make use of it and enjoy getting out for walk and fresh air over the winter months while continuing to adhere to the Government guidelines and stay safe.

Congratulations to the two winners in ‘Luxury Holiday Draw’, local women Nicola McGoldrick and Tracey McPartlin.

Well done, hope you both have a great time using up the holiday vouchers.

The Depot

Active Age Group in the Depot on Wednesdays, from 10.30 a.m. to midday. Contact Mary for more information at 086 3408235.

Knit Crochet Group will resume on Thursday, January 20, from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. This is a nice, sociable group who work together to encourage each other. Small charge €5 to cover tutor, heating and refreshments.

Karate on Fridays. Contact Michael at 087 6754994.

Aerobic/Keep Fit Class with Sue. Starting Thursday, January 20, in the Depot at 7 p.m. Four-week block €30. Contact Sue at 086 2542505 to book your place.

The Depot office is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday to Friday. Come in, ring the bell at bottom of the stairs and we will come down to you.

Local Notes

Items for local notes to before midday on Thursday please.


Stokane National School enrolment

Stokane NS is now accepting enrolments for the 2022 school year. The admission policy and enrolment details can be found on

Alternatively, contact the school at 086 0695093 or email before Friday, February 18.


Recent death

The death took place on January 7 of Gabriel Lavin, retired NT, Foxford. He often did substitute teaching at Mullaghroe and Cloonloo National schools in Gurteen Parish. Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife and family and to all his relations and friends. May he rest in peace.

Recent death

The death took place on on January 9 at Sligo University Hospital of Bernard (Bernie) Rock, Rhinaboll, Ballinameen. He was brother of Myra McCoy, Lisballely, Gurteen, and uncle of Stephen and Eamon and Helen Grady Gurteen. A quiet, unassuming and pleasant man he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He was a lifelong member of the local Ballinameen GAA team and played for many years with the club. His Funeral Mass was held in Ballinameen Church on Wednesday with burial afterwards in Caldra Cemetery. Sincere sympathy is extended to Myra and her sisters Nora (Co Cork) and Kathleen (England) to his nephews and nieces, extended family and many friends. May he rest in peace.

Recent death

The death took place on January 4 of Philomena Igoe, Barnet, London and a native of Cuilmore, Gurteen. She was the last in the family – all her brothers and sisters had predeceased her – Mary Doherty (mother of Gerry Doherty, John and Anne, Ballaghaderreen) Nora, Mattie, John Patrick and Martin Joe. Sympathy to all her relations and friends. May she rest in peace.

Recent death

The death took place in East Dulwich, Londonon January 3 of Kieran Scanlon, s native of Clooneigh, Gurteen. News of his passing was received in his native area with deep sadness where he was popular and well liked. Predeceased by his brothers Peter and Brendan he is survived by his sister, Bridie, brothers Pádraig, Denis and Noel, his aunt Minnie Sexton and uncle Brendan Cawley. His Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Eastern Harps

In the Eastern Harps 50/50 draw, held on Monday night, January 10, the winner of €605 was Geraldine Towey, Gurteen. The proceeds go to the running of this club and support is greatly appreciated.

Gurteen Celtic

There was no winner on January 9 of the Gurteen Celtic lotto draw for €7,300. Numbers drawn was 6, 9, 19, 22. The €50 was won by Martin Doherty, Monasteraden Next week’s lotto prize will be €7,400.

Proceeds go to the upkeep and running of Gurteen Celtic teams.


Castle to Cave Camino walk

The Castle to Cave Camino walk will be held on the Saturday of the Easter weekend. It’s a 34km loop which will start and finish at the clubhouse.

The walk will take in all the scenic and historical aspects of the area. Details can be found on the Eastern Harps Facebook page. All proceeds towarda continued development of the clubhouse.


CU’s wise lending

Loans to the value of almost €2.75 million were wisely issued to Manorhamilton and District Union member customers last year to assist them in meeting different financial requirements that arose for them.

In the Credit Union’s Credit Committee 2021 annual general meeting report they state “during the last year Manorhamilton and District Credit Union issued 619 loan applications totalling €2,729989. All loan applications are considered based on our lending criteria and principally, your repayment capacity.

“We also offer flexibility regarding loan repayments – a loan can be paid back without penalties or it can be restructured if there is a change in the borrower’s circumstances. We continue to monitor our product range, interest rates and loan assessment process to fully provide for all our members’ requirements. ‘We offer the following products: special education loan, car loan, home improvements loan, personal loan, promotional loan rate. Terms and conditions apply to our rates.’ Manorhamilton and District Credit Union also point out that members enjoy special advantages when they borrow from their credit union.”

Manor and DCU add: “in addition to our excellent competitive loan rates, the majority of loans issued qualify for free life cover, there are no hidden charges, no penalties for early repayment and interest is only payable on any outstanding balance and you may qualify for an interest rebate at year end.”

Since the new year began, meanwhile, Manorhamilton and District Credit Union has extended opening hours, which now are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day; and at the Credit Union’s Market House Blacklion office from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays.

Fowley’s Falls

The walk to North Leitrim beauty spot Fowley’s Falls in Rossinver is currently being upgraded and extended to the Organic Centre.

As a result while this work on the Fowley’s Fall walk is taking place, parts of the walk will be closed to the public.

Explaining what will be happening with the Fowley’s Falls walk over the next few months Rossinver’s Ballagh Centre say “the walk is being extended and improved. ‘Soon you will be able to walk all the way to the Organic Centre and enjoy a coffee there. Parts of the walk are closed and so please avoid these parts for your safety.

“The new and improved walk will be open early April 2022.”

Volunteers wanted

The Bee Park Community Centre is seeking volunteers to assist with its most worthy new programme to provide an opportunity for local older people, as well as people with disabilities, to get some fresh and to get out in the locality.

In its invitation for this programme, the Bee Park Community Centre asks “would you like to volunteer an hour or two of your time each week. We are looking for volunteers to pilot our Triobike (a bicycle with a small carriage attached) which will be used to give older people and people with disabilities an opportunity to get fresh air. If you’re interested contact Niall at 083 4239544.”

District news

Please email all items for next week’s Sligo Champion Manorhamilton District News to PJ Leddy at by 8 a.m. at the latest on Friday morning, January 21.