Friday 19 April 2019

Around the districts: Achonry-Mullinabreena, Bunninadden-Killavil, Dromahair, Manorhamilton, Newtownmanor and Riverstown

Achonry-Mullinabreena - Sympathy: Sympathy is extended to the Moran family, Rinbane following the death of Patricia Burke, née Moran, Ballisodare, sister of Joe Moran, Rinbane. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.

Thank You

Now that things have settled down and the work has eased off since the Photograph Exhibition, it's time to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped over the last nine months. From the counting, sorting, scanning, naming, typing to preparing the hall for the event... thank you... and to all those who helped out over the weekend. It would never have worked out only for all the help and encouragement we got along the way. It was a huge success and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. We are delighted to say that between takings on the door, raffle and donations given before and after the exhibition, to date we have raised €4,210.

Christmas Concert

The ever popular Christmas Concert will take place on Saturday, December 22, in St Nathy's Hall at 8.30 p.m. The usual mix of all kinds of local talent in music, drama and comedy will again be on show in what promises to be a very entertaining night with a few surprises in store also. Another full house is expected on the weekend before Christmas. Contact Leo Coleman or Francis Brennan if you wish to be involved on the night.


A Fundraising Céile will take place on Thursday, December 20, in St Nathy's Hall 8.30 p.m. till 11.30 p.m. Music by the Laighnaigh Céili Band. Refreshments served and raffle. Proceeds to the annual Christmas party.

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

Walking/Running Track

The walking/running track at Nace O'Dowd Park is proving a real success with many folk using it on a daily basis. It is contributing hugely to the health and well-being of our community in a real and sustainable way. The club is currently investigating means to fund the installation of lighting for the track. The club continues its appeal for fence sign sponsors at the park. Contact Ollie at 087 7981827 for details.

Young explores open day

Young Explorers Childcare, in Abhainn Mór, Collooney is having our toddler, Preschool and Afterschool Care open day on Saturday, December 8, at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the ou purpose built facility. We look forward to meeting you all and your children. Please call us at 071 9133166 or email for more information. Check us out on Facebook at Young Explorers Collooney.


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


Community Games AGM

The AGM of Bunninadden Community Games takes place this Thursday, November 29, at 9.30 p.m. at the community park. All parents of children taking part in Community Games are invited to attend.

Christmas party Lunch

The Christmas party Lunch takes place on Thursday, December 13, at 1 p.m. in the community centre. Those wishing to attend are asked to contact Pauline at 071 9183241.


Deepest sympathy is extended to Owen and Breege Davey and family on the death of Patricia Burke sister to Breege.


Book Launch

Manorhamilton Library has invited former Leitrim County Librarian Seán Ó Súilleabháin who is author of a new book Under the Thatch Memories of a Longford Childhood to launch it in the library on Friday, December 7, at 6.30 p.m. Come along and celebrate Seán's book about his memories of life in North Longford in 1950s and 1960s. Get your copy on the night.

Refreshments served. Everyone is welcome to attend. Beidh fáilte roimh gach duine.

Saint Vincent de Paul

Saint Vincent de Paul will hold their annual Christmas church gate collection after Masses in Dromahair, Killargue and Newtownmanor on the weekend of December 1 and two. Your generosity would be very much appreciated.

Funds donated are used to help people in need in the local area. For anyone wishing to contact SVP, our confidential number is 086 4094399.

Peace Learning workshop

New exciting Workshop for 15- to 18-year-olds starting in the Depot on Wednesdays from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. This Peace Learning Project will look at what causes conflict? What does 'peace' mean? The workshops will explore these issues through film, media, guest speakers. Contact Áine Tiernan at 086 7867323 or email or Yvonne Heijneman at 086 7867330 or email for further information.

'Shave Off'

A 'Shave Off' for Grovember in Memory of Séamus Carway takes place on Saturday, December 8, in Castledargan Hotel, Ballygawley. There are over 65 men from all over North and South Leitrim, Sligo and further afield getting hairy in Memory of Séamus for Sligo Cancer Support Centre.

Please come along to the 'Shave Off' night and enjoy entertainment, food, music and lots of spot prizes on the night. Thanks to all the local Leitrim men involved for their support. A night not to be missed.


DARC are delighted to announce that the work to construct the all weather astroturf playing surface will commence in the park this week. The planned work will take 12 weeks to complete, so allowing for Christmas it should be completed by mid February.

During the construction, the playground will be accessible and will be fenced off from any works. The walkway around the park will not be available during this time. The main pitch is also unavailable till the spring while GAA carry out maintenance work.

This will be another excellent amenity for the whole of Dromahair, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the new facility when it is completed.

Dromahair Library

As the winter evening draws in, why not come to Dromahair Library and check out the list of DVDs for loan. A wide range available in your nearest library today and others available to order. Visit your library or order online and get an email when the DVD is ready for collection. All DVDs are free to check out so call Deirdre for assistance in Dromahair Library today. Remember we have that great book to snuggle up with also.

Opening Hrs: Tuesday 12.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday p.m. $3 to 8 p.m. (Closed - mini break both days 4 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.)

Garda Information Centre

A Garda Community Information Centre is open in the Depot, Back Line, Dromahair on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This service will continue each Monday. General Garda Services and information will be provided. This is a pilot scheme and its' success depends on the support of the public. Please use the service when it is made available locally.

Get Ireland Walking

As aprt of the Leitrim Sports Partnership initiative, a walking group is meeting on Tuesdays at 7.30 outside the Depot, Backline, Dromahair. This is a 4k walk in the lit up areas. Tips on walking and good posture. There is no charge. Contact 9650498 for further information.

The Depot

Sue on Monday at 7.30 p.m. Top to Toe fitness. Dromahair Toddler Group on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Dromahair Active Age Group on Wednesdays from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (for further information Contact Mary at 086 3408235). Workshop for 15- to 18-year-olds in the Depot on Wednesdays 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. This is a Peace Learning Project. Edwina Guckian's Áirc Damhsa Dance Club on Thursdays at 5 p.m. for beginners and 5.30 for improvers see for more info. Green Dragon Karate on Friday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact Michael Sweeney for more details 087 9011233.

The Depot Office is open Monday to Friday mornings from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Close at 1 p.m. on Fridays. We offer a full range of office services. Photocopying, typing, printing, laminating and internet access. All services available at very reasonable rates.


If you have any items you wish included in the local notes contact us Thursday before midday To book the venue for classes, parties, meetings: telephone 071 9134986, mobile: 085 8017943 or email


Caroline's Celebration

One of Manorhamilton's newest businesses, Caz-Cards recently celebrated a decade in operation in town's newest street, namely Sráid Sheáin Mhic Dhiarmada, where a very exciting and colourful children's party took place.

Caroline Ward the business owner made a brave decision 10 years ago when she set up her new shop in what then was Lower Main Street at a period of time when Ireland, and indeed most of the rest of the world was hit by a major economic crash.

Reflecting on that time Ms Ward said on Saturday that she 'knew Caz-Cards had the potential to survive the economic downturn as long as it stayed committed to developing the business and transforming the little shop into something special for its customers.

'We are a business that began in the recession in 2008.' Caroline added that she 'has three of the friendliest and hardest working employees who all love their work. We love to have fun, yes we work hard but on most days we are surrounded by laughter.'.

Frank Brady

When the New York Ladies' GAA has their 27th annual dinner dance on this Saturday night, December 1, at the Fairways Dunwoodie one Wayslenko Lane Yonkers, Mullies Manorhamilton man and long time Big Apple resident Frank Brady will be guest of honour.

On the same night the New York Ladies' GAA will also honour Emer Quinlan Maloney with the Association's Colette Horkan Award and Stephanie Tierney with the Senior Player of the Year Award.

The 2014 Leitrim Guardian Person of the Year and Cornaneane Mullies native, Frank Brady began playing juvenile football in the early 1960s with the now defunct Manorhamilton Seán McDermott GFC, before progressing to play junior with Glencar, winning a Leitrim junior league medal in 1968.

Frank went to live in the USA in 1978. He continued his sporting career by playing soccer with the Shamrocks, running with the College Point Track Club and playing football with Carlow.

Frank's wife Helen Clancy is a native of Glenade. Helen is a retired X-ray technician/nurse who worked at New York's renowned Montefiore Medical Centre. She is also a noted vocalist and artist for more than 40 years.

Meantime the other members of the Brady family are Sharon, a Special Education Teacher with the New York City Department of Education and her brother, Douglas, who is an officer with the Yonkers Police Department. The Brady Family reside in the New York State Westchester County city of Yonkers.

€4,200 for Hospice

An excellent sum of €4,200 was contributed for North West Hospice by the North Leitrim Men's Group card players when its recent big progressive '25' card drive took place in the Bee Park Community Centre.

A great attendance of 135 card players participated in the Big Game event. It also proved to be a marvellous turnout for North West Hospice on the occasion. John Connolly and Pat McGowan won first prize on eight games with Pat McGowan kindly donating his half of the top prize of €500.

District News

Please send items for the Manorhamilton District News by 8 a.m. at the latest on Friday morning to PJ Leddy at


25 Card Game

The Progressive 25 Card Games have recommenced in Newtownmanor Hall on Fridays at 9 p.m. All card players are welcome and we look forward to new members coming along.


Classes are ongoing in Newtownmanor Hall on Thursday evenings, at 7.30 p.m. Contact Niamh on Mob. 087 2294500 to book a place.

Set dancing Classes

Set dancing classes have begun in Newtownmanor Hall on Monday evenings at 8 p.m. Have some fun while learning some steps/sets. For more information contact either: Paul at 087 9057254 or Francis at 086 3145933.

Hall Bookings

Newtownmanor Hall is available for booking, by adult groups, wishing to organise an event or training. Hall costs are €15 per hour.


If anyone has any community news/information/items of interest that they would like to include in the Newtownmanor Notes please contact Séamus on Mobile: 087 3361561 or Landline: 071 9164958 before 5 p.m. on Thursdays.


Songs of Praise

Advent Songs of praise with Sligo Gospel Choir will take place in Taunagh parish church, Riverstown on Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m. Refreshments afterwards in Cooper Memorial Hall.

Coffee afternoon

Little Buddies will be holding a Coffee Afternoon and cake sale on Wednesday, December 5, in Chapel Gardens, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome to call in and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a treat. Children are invited to take part in a colouring competition. There will be two categories, junior and senior. In each category first prize is a €20 Smyth's voucher and second and third prize are selection boxes. Competition sheets will be available from Little Buddies and through local schools.

Charity shave

There will be a Charity Shave night on Saturday, December 8, at 9 p.m. in Des McDonagh's Pub the 'Bow and Arrow', Heapstown. Between 12 and 14 local lads will be shaving their recently grown beards for Alzheimer's and Men's health. All are welcome on the night.

Bright Stars

Best wishes to Bright Starts, a Montessori Childminding facility, now accepting applications for January 2019 for preschool children. This intimate service provides Montessori focused childcare in a home away from home environment, located in Tawnagh, Riverstown. Places are limited. For more information contact Vanessa at 086 1016040 or email or visit us on

Young explores open day

Young Explorers Childcare is having our toddler, Preschool and Afterschool Care open day on Saturday, December 8, at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Young Explorers Purpose Built Facility in Abhainn Mór, Collooney. On the day we will have toddler, preschool teachers and afterschool educators giving information about themselves and their roles as well as the daily routine and activities in each of our rooms.

We will be giving tours of the building and outdoor areas and will be able to provide support to parents wishing to complete enrolment forms. Enrolment packs will be available on the day. We advise early booking to guarantee your place for January/September 2019. We are providers of the Affordable Childcare Subvention Schemes. We open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for 50 weeks of the year.

We look forward to meeting you all and your children. Please call us at 071 9133166 or email for more information. Check us out on Facebook at Young Explorers Collooney.

News Items

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