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TY History students from Mercy College pictured on a recent trip to Hazlewood House.

TY History students from Mercy College pictured on a recent trip to Hazlewood House.

TY History students from Mercy College pictured on a recent trip to Hazlewood House.

Achonry-Mullinabreena: Sympathy - We remember at this time: Nuala Grant, Malahide, Dublin (niece of Pádraig Gilmartin, Rinbane). Nuala was tragically killed in an accident recently. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.

lotto 2020

Coolaney-Mullinabreena GAA Supporter's lotto was launched during February. Your support is greatly appreciated for this crucial fundraiser. All funds go towards day to day expenses and Nace O'Dowd Park maintenance costs. Ticket sellers will be making their visits in the coming weeks. It is also possible to subscribe via our website Contact any committee member for details. The jackpot currently stands at €2,400.

High Vis

A number of the specially designed AMCE high vis jackets are still on sale for both children and adults depicting the new logo. Enquiries to any committee member.

Carrowmore School

Donations towards the refurbishment work on Carrowmore School can now be given in to the parochial house. Any donation must be in an envelope clearly marked for the Carrowmore School Fund. We wish to thank Fr Peter Gallagher for his co-operation with this.

Other donations can be done through the Go Fund Me page or into the following bank account Achonry Mullinabreena Community Enhancement BIC BOFIIE2D and IBAN IE88BOFI9054 9138522058.

Community Games

The track and field athletics finals take place at Nace O'Dowd Park on Monday, May 4.

Congratulations to the following who won medals at the county. Ava Clavin Silver Medal in the 600m Mixed Distance Relay Girls under-12, Jack Clavin bronze medal in the 800m Mixed Distance Relay Boys under-14, Ben Clavin Silver Medal in the marathon under-16 boys. They will represent the county at the Community Games Finals at the end of May.

Church Volunteers

The Mullinabreena Church Altar Society are looking for volunteers from the parish to help with the upkeep of the parish church. If you feel that you could help, please contact Róisín Healy ‪087 9807416.

RSS Scheme

A second position is available at Nace O'Dowd Park under the Sligo Leader Rural Social Scheme. Contact Gerard Mullaney at‪086 8221995 or Ollie Lee at 087 7981827 for details on criteria and eligibility.

Local 25 Cards

The local 25 card game continues in St Nathy's Hall every ‪Friday at 8.30 p.m.

Park Sign Sponsors

Coolaney-Mullinabreena GAA are continuing their appeal for new pitch side sign sponsors at Nace O'Dowd Park in 2020. There has been an incredible response so far from businesses wishing to support the facility. The park offers an excellent promotional site for businesses due to its location on the N17 and as a result of the high footfall through the facility. Contact Ollie Lee at 087 7981827 for details.


We continue our appeal for new contributors to this weekly column. All correspondence can be sent to


Community Centre closed

Cloonacool Community Centre Committee has made the decision to temporarily close the centre in light of the current situation with the Coronavirus. All activities scheduled to take place between now and the end of March are postponed. This position will be reviewed at the start of April. We look forward to getting back to business when advised that it is safe to do so. Apologies to all the users of the centre but we feel this is the most prudent step to take.

Community Cafe closed

To reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus, the Mill Community Cafe will be closed for the next two weekends and the situation will be reviewed then. We hope the current situation will be not last for too long. The bakers and volunteer staff will be rested and back in action with renewed energy and enthusiasm as soon as possible.

Litter pick

A litter pick of Cloonacool and surrounding areas on Saturday, April 4, is being organised by Cloonacool Environmental Group in conjunction with An Taisce National Spring Clean. Following the very successful picks that happened last year we are hopeful that lots of people will get involved again this year. Bags and gloves are provided and everyone can choose to tidy up their own areas or around the village centre. Meet at Cloonacool Community Centre at 2 p.m.

Community Park Draw

The Cloonacool community park lotto draw for February took place in Brennan's over the weekend for a jackpot of €3,900. The numbers drawn were 7, 11, 14 and 25. There was no winner of the jackpot, but we had three match-three winners who share €200. Congratulations to Deirdre Kelly, Kevin and Caroline Prendergast, and Alan Muldoon. Next month's jackpot will be worth €4,000. Many thanks for your generous support.

Your news

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25 Drive

Winners in Moylough Arts and Heritage Centre last week were, M Maher nine games, J Bourke, M Fleming, M Devaney six games. Raffle winners were M Maher, F Murtagh, P Henry. Card games continue on Wednesday nights at 8.30 p.m.

Road works

Road works on the Mountain Road will continue for a few weeks. Traffic lights will be in operation and road users should allow extra time to complete journeys safely.


Corona Virus Cancellation

The COVID-19 corona virus had played havoc worldwide and locally with events and fixtures.

As well as all schools closed, the Western Drama festival had to close mid way through its staging. The first six nights of the event managed to be hosted but the last three plays were cancelled due to national ban on large indoor events.

The St Patrick Day Road Race has also been cancelled which was due to take place March 17 These events were cancelled in March 2001 due to the outbreak, that time, of foot and mouth disease which affected animals.

Besides these two big events locally, sporting events and normal club and social events have cancelled or postponed for the immediate future. The advice is to take care and follow guidelines of the HSE and keep an eye on elderly neighbours. Keep safe.

Bad Weather

The continued rain over the last two months is putting severe pressure on farmers locally, as the land is saturated. This prevents tractors from travelling on the land and hedge cutting and maintenance came to a standstill over the last few months.

Fertilizer has not yet been put out and lambs and calves along with their mothers which should be out in the fields are still indoors. This in turn puts pressure on accommodation availability and extra work loads.

Hopefully the weather will pick up shortly, for farmers, gardeners, and all working outdoor.

Road Closure

The Mountain Road, Tubbercurry, stretching from Mickey Mac's Corner to Bailey's Nursing Home is undergoing pipe laying and replacing over the next few weeks.

The road will be closed to all vehicular traffic over the next few weeks in various sections at a time. Residents of the Moylough and Powellsboro areas should come to town via R294 (Ballymote Road). Vehicular access to the Family Resource Centre, Baileys Nursing Home Kilcoyne Vets, The Laundry Basket and other Mountain Road businesses is restricted at present and they may have to be accessed on foot. However, the road will be open at weekends. The advice is to allow extra time for your journey over the next few weeks if you are going to destinations on Mountain Road.

Phoenix Players

Rehearsals are now in full swing for 'Musical Memories through the Decades', directed by Jane McGee and Cara Burke, which will be staged in St Brigid's Hall on March 27 and 28 and April 3 and four. Tickets,€15, will go on sale in local outlets: Gillespies' Menswear, Doohans' Daybreak and the Tourist Office from Friday, March 13, Tubbercurry Wordsmiths.

The Tubbercurry Wordsmith group meet every Friday from 11 to one in the library. All are welcome to join them. No standard. Just bring a jotter and biro -

Mill Community Café

To reduce the risk of spreading the Coronovirus, the Mill Community Café in Cloonacool is closing for the next three weeks, till April 1.


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