Thursday 20 June 2019

Around the districts: Achonry-Mullinabreena, Ballinacarrow, Ballymote, Coolaney-Rockfield, Gurteen

Julia Rychta (13), student at Coláiste Muire, Ballymote, who won a special merit award in this years 65th Texaco Childrens Art Competition. Presenting her with the award at a ceremony held in Enfield recently, is Chairman of the judging panel, Professor Gary Granville and James Twohig, Director Ireland Operations at Valero
Julia Rychta (13), student at Coláiste Muire, Ballymote, who won a special merit award in this years 65th Texaco Childrens Art Competition. Presenting her with the award at a ceremony held in Enfield recently, is Chairman of the judging panel, Professor Gary Granville and James Twohig, Director Ireland Operations at Valero

Achonry-Mullinabreena: Scrap Metal Collection. Coolaney-Mullinabreena GAA are organising a scrap metal collection on Bank Holiday Monday, June 3, The last collection was in 2012 so it is hoped that everyone will get behind the fundraiser and contribute in whatever was possible. Drop off point will be Nace O'Dowd Park. A collection service will also be provided. There has been a great response so far with cars, cookers etc donated so far. All support appreciated. Contact Ollie at 087 7981827 for details.

Clothes Collection

Achonry NS parents' association Clothes Collection continues on Saturday, June 1, in St Nathy's Hall Mullinabreena From 10 a.m. to midday each morning. So lets start Packing those bags and pass the word on to extended Family/Neighbours and friends and lets put in a big effort. Whats Accepted: All clothing including bed linen/Towels/Curtains/Footwear/Hand Bags/Belts/Soft Toys. NOT Accepted: Pillows/Duvets/Mats. - Please support-.

Community Enhancement

The final works have taken place on the picnic area at Lavagh car park and it really enhances the area. The walkway on Knocknashee is the next project and works here have started in the last week by the council on the parking area. Lupins remain for sale at €2 per pot. Call 087 6235468 or message the Facebook page. New members are always to join the hard working community group.

2019 lotto

All support is greatly appreciated. Coolaney-Mullinabreena GAA Club wish to thank all who have signed up to date. It is possible to sign up at any time of the year. Contact any committee member for details.

Park Sign Sponsors

Coolaney-Mullinabreena GAA has relaunched their appeal for new pitch side sign sponsors at Nace O'Dowd Park. 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 because of all the various groups who use the facility. Contact Ollie Lee at 087 7981827 for details.

House Concert

Charlie McGettigan visits South Sligo this coming weekend, ‪Saturday, June 1‬, when he appears at a House Concert at Moy River Folk Club in Cloonacool (Moy River B&B). The performance starts at 8 p.m. and will include a guest appearance by Galway singer songwriter, Ultan Conlon. Booking is essential on ‪087 2512030‬.

25 Card Game

The popular 25 card game continues every Friday in St Nathy's Hall at 8.30 p.m. New players are always welcome.

Set dancing

Set dancing continues in St Nathy's Hall every Thursday at 8.30 p.m. Junior sets are from 7.45 p.m. till 8.30 p.m. and proving really popular in recent weeks.


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Under-21 County title

Congratulations and well doen to Owenmore Gaels on winning the under-21 County title. The Champions overcame Castleconner in a replay in Scarden on Wednesday night last to take the title.

It was 37 years ago since Owenmore Gaels won an under-21 title, so the future is looking bright for the club. Well done to the team and management who believed in themselves and went about their task. Well done also to the supporters who came out in large numbers to support the lads.

Cash for Clobber

Asking everyone to have one last clean of your wardrobes and donate any unneeded items to the Cash for Clobber collection at Owenmore Gaels.

This is a fundraiser for our girls and boys' team taking part in the Féile Competition at the end of June. Items wanted include bed clothes, curtains, shoes and bags. Items can be dropped into the clubhouse or to any club member.

Access Bus

Tubbercurry Access Bus will get you to town and back every Wednesday. Contact Eileen at 087 2252290 to arrange for a seat on the bus. There is no fare if you are in receipt of a travel pass.

School enrolment

enrolment forms are now available for Ballinacarrow NS Please contact the school at 086 7932306 or email to avail of form.

Shave, Dye and Wax

Fidelma McCarrick is inviting you to a night of Shave, Dye and Wax upstairs in Andersons on Saturday, June 8, at 9 p.m. All proceeds from this event will go to North West Hospice. All support appreciated, raffle on the night with fantastic spot prizes.



Ballymote Bingo continues every Wednesday evening in the Art Deco Theatre at 8.30 p.m.


Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Marie Burns, Keash Road; Mary Booth, Culfadda, whose deaths occurred recently.

Corran Players

After three hugely successful shows in Ballymote the Corran Players are taking to the road with their hilariously funny play 'Cupid Wore Skirts'. They perform in Tubbercurry Hall on Thursday night May 30, The Hawkswell Theatre on Friday, May 31, and finally Boyle Hall on Friday, June 7.

Your news

Anyone who wishes to have news items included in the notes email phone 085 7561547. The deadline for submission of notes is 5 p.m. every Thursday.


Coolaney Tidy Towns

As the SuperValu National Tidy Town's Competition starts on June 1 we are encouraging all residents of Coolaney and Rockfield to #makeithappen and 'Pick up one piece of litter a day'.

Community Park Fundraiser

As part of the fundraising effort for the Coolaney Community Park and to pay off the €80,000 loan, a new fundraiser has been launched called 'Lamb for Coolaney Community Park' where local farmers are being asked to donate a Lamb.

The scheme works by farmers choosing one Lamb to rear per usual, and when it comes to selling the lamb, you donate the proceeds to the Coolaney Community Park Astro Pitch Fund. All farmers who participate will receive recognition via a sign to be erected at the location of the Astro Pitch.

Also, thanks to our friends in Aurivo co-op stores, we will give you a 25kg bag of Nutrias Lamb feed to assist with feeding the lamb. If you wish to donate a lamb to our novel fundraiser or have any questions, please contact Michael Henry 087 2338435, David Ross 083 0039994, Jerry O'Grady 086 8867379 or Michael Gorman 086 7723411.

GAA news

Scrap Metal fundraiser: Bank Holiday Monday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nace O'Dowd Park. All support greatly appreciated.

Blue Kidz Training: Training continues Saturday mornings. New parents and children are very welcome to come along and get involved in their local GAA Club.

Club lotto: The 2019 Coolaney-Mullinabreena Club Supporter's lotto now launched. All support is greatly appreciated, and proceeds go towards day to day expenses and Nace O'Dowd Park Development.

Coolaney United

Bonus Ball: The Coolaney United Wednesday and Saturday night Bonus Ball Draw continues. The cost per ball is €5 and the weekly jackpot prize is €100. Bonus balls can be purchased in PK MEATS and O'Gradys shop. Thank you to all players and best of luck for the year ahead.

Coolaney ICA

New members to the area are always welcome. For further information contact Mary Haran 086 1267458 or Mary O'Boyle 087 6695263.

Foróige Club

Foróige Club is for secondary school youths aged 12 to 18. The club takes place every Friday evening in the Coolaney Community Centre.

Card Games

Card game takes place in Killoran Community Centre on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and in Ballinacarrow Community Centre on Thursdays at 9 p.m. All are very welcome.

Women's Group

Coolaney Women's Group Meetings continue in Coolaney Community Centre Thursdays at 10.30 a.m.

The interactive classes include activities, occasional days out and professional people to give talks and classes. New members are very welcome. Open to all ages.

Junior Youth Group

Meetings are every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Coolaney Community Centre for Youths aged between 12-15.

Water Boil Notice

All customers must boil their water before drinking. A map of the Lough Talt and Ogham schemes, detailing the areas affected, is available on and

Community Notes

Keep your notes coming in. To include notes for next week's paper, please email or call or text 087 7667664 before Friday.

Notes can include Announcements (weddings, births etc), Sports (news, results, fixtures, training), Fundraising, classes, Meetings and anything else to be shared with the community.


Recent death

The death took place at his residence on May 14 of Simon Ellis, Cuilmore, Gurteen.

A native of Dublin he emigrated to England where he worked, married, raised his family and he and his wife returned to Ireland 20 years ago or so and set up home in Cuilmore. Simon worked for a while at the building of the Coleman Cottage at Mount Irwin and later as caretaker in the Coleman Irish Music Centre, Gurteen where he was popular and very well liked. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and enjoyed his company.

His remains reposed at Sharkey's Funeral Home Ballaghaderreen on Thursday evening and were removed to St Patrick's Church Gurteen on Friday morning for the Funeral Mass celebrated by parish priest Fr Joe Caulfield with burial afterwards in Carrentemple Cemetery. Predeceased by his son Paul, he is survived by his wife Maureen, son Gary, daughters Patricia and Susan, brother Paddy, grandchildren, great - grandchildren, sons - in-law, Graham and Michael, brothers-in-law, sisters - in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends to whom deepest sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Cloonloo First Holy Communion

The First Holy Communion was held in Cloonloo Church last Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m. Mass for the four pupils from Mullaghroe NS School - Emma Taheny, Megan O'Gara, Alanna Dodd and Luke O'Gara - their teacher was Alison Murphy. And three pupils from Cloonloo NS - Ella Moore, Cathy Toolan, and Corbin Rhodes.

Their teacher was Michelle Jordan: to the Principals of both schools Kevin Gallagher and Maria-Goretti Surlis, who prepared the choirs and to organist Christy O'Grady, who provided the accompaniment with the children's choir. Well done also to the ladies - Phil and Martina for the floral arrangements and to the parents from both schools for hosting the party afterwards in Cloonloo Hall. Well done to all.

Gurteen First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion was in Gurteen Church on last Sunday, May 19, at the 11.30 a.m. Mass for the 13 pupils from Carn NS - Abigail Mannion-Smith, Cian Flynn, Zain Clancy, Megan O'Dowd, Maeve Murray, Donnacha McDonnell, Dean Evans, Amelie Taylor, Ciara Walsh, Joseph Duffy, Jonathan Gallagher, Leona McDonagh, Isabel Phillips.

The teacher was Margaret Colleary: to the acting Principal Vincent Hanley, who prepared the choir assisted by Bridie Gallagher: to Christy O'Grady, who provided the accompaniment with the children's choir and to Kathleen and Mary, who did the floral arrangements and to Mary C. who helped with the preparations and in the sacristy beforehand and at the Mass. Appreciation to the parents of last year's First Communion children who prepared the hall and hosted the party there afterwards. Well done to all concerned.

Recent baptism

Welcomed in the Sacrament of baptism on Saturday last was Ben Luke Williams son of Ann Marie and Colm Williams Cuilmore - a brother to Jack Michael and Robyn Elizabeth.

Cemetery Mass

The annual Mass in Killaraght New Cemetery will be celebrated next Sunday, June 2, at 9.30 a.m.

Post office meeting

Gurteen post office action committee is arranging a function on June 9 to thank Mary Murphy for her most friendly and trusting years of service to the community on her retirement after more than 50 years - starting on the telephone exchange, then as assistant to Mary Alice and as Post Mistress for the past eighteen years. .

Dry cleaning

Dry cleaning facility-drop in - pick up continues at Centra Supermarket, Gurteen on Tuesdays and Thursdays as it was prior to the closing of the post office.

Social dancing classes

Social dancing classes are held every Thursday night in the Coleman Centre, Gurteen - learn how to jive, waltz, quick-step, line dance etc.

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