Thursday 18 July 2019

Around the districts: Achonry-Mullinabreena, Ballymote, Boyle, Collooney, Gurteen

Achonry-Mullinabreena: The Coolaney-Mullinabreena AGM was held in St Nathy's Hall on January 6. Fr Paul Kivlehan in his chairman's address thanked all the players, team coaches, people who helped at fundraising, officers of the club and all the people who supported the club in any way over the past year.

Fr Paul also thanked all of our sponsors over the past year and in particular our main sponsor the CMD group who have supported the club very generously over the past number of years.

Fr Paul remembered all of the people who were connected to the club in any way that passed away during the past 12 months.

A special tribute was paid to Tom Waters from Aclare, who did such great work in his time working at Nace O'Dowd Park, who died suddenly in November of last year.

The club wish to thank Fr Paul, who stepped down from the chair after five successful years of great service and dedication to the club.

The following officers were elected at the AGM

President: Jack Devaney, chairman: Ollie Lee. Secretary: Eugene Henry. Treasurer: Brendan Kivlehan. Vice-Chair: Denis Gormalley. Ast. secretary: Leo Coleman. Ast. treasurer: Peirce Maloney. Coaching Officer: Francis Brennan. Children's Officer: Caroline Coleman. County Board Delegate: John Brennan. PRO: John Marren. Insurance Officer and Assistant PRO: Shane O'Brien.

The club is also looking for volunteers to help at various tasks throughout the year. Please contact Ollie Lee, or Eugene Henry if interested.

Blood Donation

There is a Blood Donation Clinic in St Brigid's Hall, Tubbercurry on Thursday, February 7, from 4.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

As always, the demand for blood continues and every possible donation is desperately needed. Injured and sick people live because other people give.

Blood is life and giving some is one of the greatest gesture of love and care that most people will ever have chance to avail of.

Defibrillator Training

The next Defibrillator will take place in February. There are a number of places left on the course. Please contact Lorraine Feely at 087 6779836 as soon as possible.

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. If sufficient numbers attend, the classes will continue for the winter.


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


Community Games

We are ready to go for 2019. Forms have gone out to all the children, please return them as soon as possible and thank you if you have already done so.

Quiz practice returns on Wednesday, January 30, at 8 p.m. in the Pastoral Centre. Draughts practice returns on Tuesday, February 5, in the Pastoral Centre.

Area Gymnastics takes place in Regional Sports Centre, Cleveragh on Monday, February 4, at 6 p.m. Routines can be downloaded from

Area Modelling takes place on Monday, February 11, in Scoil Muire gan Smal at 6.30 p.m. Area Art takes place on Wednesday, February 13, in Scoil Muire gan Smal at 6.30 p.m. Please supply your own materials for these events. Area Swimming takes place on Saturday, March 16, at 3 p.m.


There was no winner of the Ballymote lotto jackpot on January 19 Numbers drawn were 3, 11, 23 and 28. There was no match-three winner, 50, 30 and €20 winners displayed locally. The jackpot now stands at €7,000. The next draw will take place in John Doddy's on Saturday, February 2, We would like to thank our sponsors Ballymote and District Credit Union and Currid Construction for their continued support.


Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of David Fitzgerald, England, whose death occurred recently.

Coleman Music Centre

The Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen will host its annual fundraising concert on Saturday, February 2, at 8.30 p.m. acts will include our own Ceoltóirí Coleman, The Needham Family, Laura Ganley, Maureen O'Dowd and choir together with many more. Last year was a complete sell out and there is no doubt that this year will be the same. Tickets 071 9182599 or

Simon Community

Can you make a Difference to North West Simon Community? Calling all groups, offices, clubs or individual - would you like to host a Tea Day in aid of North West Simon Community on Thursday, February 21, or any time that suits?

The VHI Women's Mini Marathon is on Sunday, June 2, in Dublin, would you like to walk/run and raise money for NW Simon Community - If interested in either of the above please contact Mary at 087 7708865 or email

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.


Boyle food partnership

If you and/or your family need food, we distribute food through Community FEAD and Food Cloud programmes at Boyle Family Resource. All you have to do is text FOOD and your first name to 086 0496467 to receive details. Distribution times are as follows: Monday 2.30 p.m. till 4 p.m., Wednesday 2.30 p.m. till 3.30 p.m. or Friday 3 p.m. till 4.30 p.m.

Women of Boyle

'Mná Na Búille Women Of Boyle' is now available in the Una Bhan Tourism Craft Shop in the grounds of King House, Boyle. A book filled with memories and stories of 20 Boyle women reflecting growing up in the community; going to school, the chores they had to do, how they socialised and much more.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are required for the Western Alzheimer's Charity Shop in Boyle. For further information, contact Fiona at 087 6873283.

Grange NS enrolment

If you are interested in enrolling your child in our School for the 2019/20 academic year, please contact us at 071 9663424.

Curlew walkers club

The next meeting of the Curlew Walkers will take plave on Sunday, February 10, meeting on the Crescent, Boyle at 10 p.m. This will be a Grade B at Ben Bulben Head (which needs a good level of fitness and is a four to six-hour duration). Your leader for the day will be Naomi McBride 087 6743693. Please confirm times with leader or website prior to each walk


This is a request for families who had a child for First Holy Communion in the last few years. If you have a copy of 'Thumb' in good condition land no longer need it and would be willing to donate it as it is out of print and no longer available. If so, please leave it at the sacristy in Boyle or to any priest.

Lough Key sprint triathlon

Race takes place Sunday, September 1 - Entries Open 9 a.m. February 1 on the Triathlon Ireland website. Entries will be limited to 500 competitors and as one of the final rounds of the BMW National Series we are expecting a sell-out entry like previous years.

All Shook Up

Tickets are now on sale for Abbey Community College's production of 'All Shook Up'. The musical will take place in St Joseph's Hall on February 13, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m.

The Booking Office is open in the school Monday to Thursday 1.15 p.m. to 1.45 p.m. and 4 p.m. 4.30 p.m. It is also open on Fridays from 1.15 p.m. to 1.45 p.m. Tickets must be paid for in full by cash or cheque at time of booking. (No credit card facility) Bookings must be made in person at the Booking Office (Parents Room). No phone booking available. Please do not call to the school office to book.

Spring health wellbeing and craft fair

Bookings are now being taken for the Spring Health and Wellbeing Craft Fair that will take place in Boyle on Sunday, March 10, The fair will take place in the Spool Factory Event Centre from midday to 6 p.m. The event will feature complementary therapists, crafters, soap makers, crystals etc. For more details, contact Lucy at 089 6014843. Some stalls are already booked and places are limited.


40 years of original hits by the famous Bagatelle will be taking place in Teach Murray on Friday, March 15. Tickets available in Una Bhan Tourism in the grounds of King House, Boyle. For further information, call 071 9663033.

'I'm a Celebrity'

Excitement is building ahead of next year's Boyle GAA organised 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' fundraiser. The event will take place on Saturday, March 16, in St Joseph's Hall. 24 contestants will battle it out to see who is the 'King or Queen of the Jungle'.

The main sponsor of the night is Land Escape Pty Ltd, the Australian company run by Boyle man Pádraig Sweeney. Based on the popular TV show, this event is unlike anything you have seen before. Contestants are fully dressed in their campsite costumes and compete alongside live snakes, reptiles and spiders surrounded by a jungle background.

Courtyard Market

The all-weather Courtyard Market takes place every Saturday in the grounds of King House, Boyle from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. If you would like to enjoy the best locally grown fresh and organic produce, then a trip to the Courtyard Market should be on your agenda.

There is a wide range of seasonal produce, including organic fruit and vegetables, homemade jams and marmalade, organic free range eggs, fruit juices, gluten free/sour dough/spelt bread and all kinds of delicious home bakes are available every week.

Alongside the food stalls are a number of crafters selling their handmade wares, personalized candles and knitwear. So why not come along and have a chat with the stall holders and avail of their ideas. For further information, please call Una Bhan at 071 9663033.


School Enrolment

Enrolment for new entrants for St Paul's National School will take place in the school on open day February 26, 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., any other time please call the school 071 9130491.

Windmill Players

Windmill Players, Dromore West are back in action in Ballintogher Hall, performing Sam Cree's, 'Don't Tell the Wife'. on Saturday and Sunday, February 2, and three, at 8 p.m. Admission €10, tickets for sale, contact Mary at 087 9964143. Great night's entertainment.

Owenmore Gaels Club News

NATIONAL LEAGUE GAME - The club is delighted to have the honour of hosting Sligo's opening National League game against Down on Sunday, February 3. It will be a busy three weeks to get plans in place and grounds up to scratch, but a challenge we are relishing.

The club is currently reaching out to local businesses to advertise at Connolly Park in the form of a pitchside sign.

With our new stand and excellent location we are getting more major games each year with large attendances guaranteed. We have the added bonus and honour of hosting Sligo men's senior team for their upcoming National League game at the venue. There has never been a better time to get onboard and put your business name out there. The Sligo game will take place on February 3 so please act fast if interested. Contact Niall at 087 7609420 or mail for further details.

COURSE - There is a foundation course taking place at the end of the month in Summerhill college. This is ESSENTIAL for anybody who is or wants to get involved in coaching. It is an extremely informative and worthwhile course, giving great knowledge and ideas for working with kids development. Contact Liam Óg directly or our coaching officer Paddy Watters 086 58512889 to reserve a place.

Nursery Programme - Owenmore Gaels are hosting a Nursery Programme in the Teeling Centre Collooney from Wednesday, January 23, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is an introduction to Gaelic Football for kids in the community in a fun filled environment. It will run for six weeks and it's €2 per child. This is aimed for children aged between 4-6, born in 2013-2014. Parents are invited to participate in activities. Any queries please contact Paddy Watters at 085 8512889.

Online Registration - Membership is now open for 2019. We ask all members and players to register at earliest convenience. No player or coach is covered to play under the GAA injury benefit fund unless registered. Visit our website for information on how to register online.

Lotto - The draw took place in Cullens on Monday, January 7. The numbers drawn were 23, 26, 28 and 32. There was no winner of the €10,000 jackpot. Congratulations to our match-three winner, Patricia O'Connell, who wins €100. The next draw for our €10,000 jackpot will take place on Monday, December 10, in Connolly's Bar. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets throughout the year and continues to support the club.

Lotto results

Collooney Village Redevelopment Ltd lotto results for January 16. Numbers drawn were 5, 16, 20 and 32. No winner of jackpot and no correct three. €25 each to Kathleen Bonney, John McNulty, Mai Ohara and Julia Michera.

Next draw for €10,000 is in Connollys on January 30.

Teeling Centre News

Our full time computer programme has finished because of end of recruits - improved employment situation.

Our fully equipped office is now available to rent for community, social groups. Contact 071 9167113 (Leave voicemail)

Our winter/Spring schedule is now operating: Art (adults and children), music, Weight Watchers, Kung Fu, yoga, Jewellery classes, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Soccer, Basketball etc. Contact 071 9167763.

Slots available for evenings, weekends for soccer, basketball etc.

Meeting rooms always available for all community groups - free OF CHARGE.

View our up-to-date Facebook page c/o Sandra Browne 086 1681784.

Upgrading works at the centre - LED lighting completed, toilets and kitchen are now targeted. Jude Mannion is the driving force behind these initiatives.

For any information contact John Banks 071 9167763 - voicemail

Your news

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Save Gurteen PO

Gurteen 'Save the post office' committee continue with the campaign and meet regularly in the Health Centre. The post office has got another reprieve for the month of February All the many customers of the PO are advised to keep using all the facilities there. The committee are looking forward to better news soon.


Bingo takes place every Friday night in Gurteen Hall at 8.30 p.m. Jackpot is €2,100 in 45 calls and the lotto game is €600 Proceeds goes to the upkeep of the hall and the local Eastern Harps GAA Club.

Yoga classes

Yoga classes are held in Gurteen Hall on Monday nights from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. - six weeks for €50 or €10 per night - bring a mat and blanket - Teresa at 086 0532432.

Fundraising concert

The Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen will host its annual fundraising concert on Saturday, February 2, at 8.30 p.m. - acts will include our own Ceoltóirí Coleman, the Needham Family, Laura Ganley, Maureen O'Dowd and choir together with many more. Last year was a complete sell out and there is no doubt that this year will be the same. Tickets 071 9182599 or

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