Monday 23 September 2019

Around the districts: Achonry-Mullinabreena, Carraroe, MCR, Merville

Achonry-Mullinabreena: Win €1,000. Tickets are now available for the Coolaney-Mullinabreena GAA annual Fundraising Draw. It's a bigger, improved offering this year with 12 smashing prizes in total and a massive €1,000 on offer as first prize.

Many thanks to all who sponsored prizes this year. Tickets are available from committee members, senior players, coaches and shops locally. Proceeds towards club expenses and Nace O'Dowd Park maintenance. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Traditional Music

Classes commencing in Tubbercurry Family Resource centre on Monday, September 9. Flute and Whistle for beginners starts at 6.15 p.m., advanced Flute, Whistle and Fiddle at 7 p.m. and Fiddle for beginners at 7.45 p.m. The monthly Comhaltas session will be held in Nathy Brennans on Friday, September 6, junior session at 8.30m and senior session starting at 9.30 p.m. All musicians are very welcome.

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 7981827‬for details.

25 Card Game

The local 25 card game takes a summer break now and will resume in Sept.

Sheep Festival

The community of Cloonacool are embarking on a local festival event this September that will highlight the theme of Sheep Farming and the traditions for which the region is renowned. The event itself will include activities such as sheep class competitions, novelty events, and exhibits and displays on the theme. A dance, with music by John Hogan, opens the festival, which will take place on the weekend of September 21 and 22 in Cloonacool Village.


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Traffic Plan at School

Carraroe school opened yesterday and we welcome all new and returning pupils. Parents are reminded there is an agreed traffic management protocol in place and all parents are requested to observe the agreed protocol. Parents are requested not to park on double yellow lines or block entrances to local residents' houses. Such behaviour obstructs other parents exiting the carpark and causes delays in exiting as the two lanes cannot be used. Parking on main road at roundabout where double lines exist places children at risk apart from it being illegal.

Walking Group

Our Monday walk on September 9 is in Union Wood led by Mary Dunbar. Meet in car park at Union Ballygawley Road Thanks to K & D Developments for offer of bathroom facilities at its premises. There is a What's App Text system in place to update people interested on details each week Call 087 2222835 to join.

25 Card Game

Our regular Progressive 25 game is just a few week off and will resume in Carraroe Community Centre of Tuesday, September 10, at 9 p.m. Usual prizes and jackpot will be available. Please spread the word to all card players. Inexperienced players welcome. Looking forward to meeting our many friends for a nice game and chat.

Campaign for Town Bus Service

Cadra is continuing to campaign to have this service restored to Carraroe Retail Park and extended down to the Carraroe Community Centre. We are advised the National Transport Authority is now reviewing the Sligo Town Service and look forward to having an input into this process.

We are advocating there should be a service to Carraroe which would allow people from Ballygawley, Ballintogher, Ballisadare park in Carraroe and take bus to town. We are aware all that is required to allow this proposal is a 10-minute extension to the existing service. All residents are requested to write to their elected local and national representatives requesting they support the campaign.

Fred Finn CCE Music Lessons

Traditional Music Classes (autumn Term'19) in Gaelscoil, Maugheraboy by Fred Finn CCE - for more information Tel - 071 9170700/9171740.

Property Mark Machine

Cadra has booked the GARDA/Sligo County Council property marking machine for Carraroe on Saturday, October 12. If you do not know your Eircode please arrange to establish it as you will require it for the purpose of having your property marked. All free. Keep the date free.

Bodhran Lessons

Classes will commence again on Friday, September 20 - for more information call Junior Davey at 086 3013567.

Thank You

We are delighted to see work has been undertaken and has enhanced the area. We appreciate the assistance of the Regional Manager ESB Networks for assistance to have the work completed.

Dancing in Community Centre

Learn to jive, waltz, Quick Step and more. Light refreshments served - The schedule of bands are: September 11 Jason Moyles, September 18 Billy Corcoran, September 25 Carmel McLoughlin, October 2 Phillip English, October 9 Jason Moyles, October 16 Colm Burke, October 23 Noel Briody, October 30 Trevor Moyles, November 6 Jason Moyles. - For more information contact Frank at 087 9809432.

Line Dancing

New and experienced dancers are catered for by Gary O'Reilly each Monday commencing at 7.30 p.m. - for more information call 085 7819808.

Slimming World

Carraroe Community Centre hosts Slimming World group each Tuesday 7.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. and Saturday 8.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. for more information telephone Charlotte at 087 7987118 or just come along, Everyone Welcome.

Community Centre Rental

There are some slots available. Phone parish office at 071 9162136 for more information.

Church news

Carraroe Church Choirs: Both our choirs are looking for new members. Come along to the rehearsal on Mondays at 8 p.m. for more information.

The sick and Housebound: Mass is on 107FM Just tune your radio before Mass. Please let the housebound know about this service in your area.

Wellness Coaching

Available in Carraroe Community Centre each Thursday at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. for more information call Ann at 087 2362487 or email

St John's GAA lotto

Jackpot is now €13,700. The lotto is available to do online visit St John's GAA Club website. Tickets can be purchased in the following outlets - Applegreen, Pearse Road Clifford Electrical, Carraroe; Crozon Inn; Gerry McMorrow's Shop, Cairns Road; Blue Lagoon, Riverside; Cannings House and garden, Cornageeha and Molly Fulton's Bar and Restaurant, Carraroe. €2 per Ticket or three for €5.


Please note the Defibs are located at Community Centre and Community Field Clubhouse. The code is posted beside the machine. Please be aware CCTV is in operation.

Future News/Events

To have events/news items included in Carraroe section contact 087 2222835 or email to not later than Thursday each week.



Playgroup enrolling now for September 2019. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday. Free ECCE year and subvention available TUSLA registered/qualified staff, fun filled curriculum, Aistear and Siolta programmes. Purpose built outdoor play area. Healthy snacks provided daily. Please call 071 9146512 for registration forms.

MCR Kids Lane Afterschool Service - For details and registration form call 071 91465125.


The Active Retirement group is closed for summer vacations and will re-commence on September 10.


Clinic is on Wednesdays between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (no appointment necessary). If you need to see a Public Health Nurse please phone 071 9155100 ext 5277 Monday-Friday between 9.30 and 10.30 to arrange an appointment.


Our Centre is available for room and hall hire at very competitive rates, and we offer excellent facilities for sports, meetings, parties and social events, including our sports hall, changing rooms with showers etc. Our hall is very popular for sports events, and also for children's parties as it can accommodate a bouncy castle.

Do pop in to have a look, or call the centre on 9146512.

Creative Crafts Workshops: Coming Soon, contact Joanne: 085 172 6192 for further details. See



Dreamchasers Childcare Pre-School and After School Full Service resumes this week and a Big Welcome to all the children returning to the service and a Special Welcome to all the New Children attending for the first time this year.

Further information is available at 071 9152022. All Parents are asked to exercise caution when driving in the area when on Drop Off and Pick Up, as these times are extremely busy. Think Safe.


Dreamchasers Childcare Service at Merville have morning places for Pre-School Children under the EECE Free Preschool Year Programme available for September 2019.

Children are eligible for two full programme years of ECCE Children must be at least two years and eight months of age by August 31 of the year of entry to the programme. If you would like further information on eligibility or to register please call 071 9152022 or Call into the Childcare Team at Merville Community Centre.


Vacancies are available on the Merville Department of Employment Social Protection (DEASP) Community Employment Training Project, commencing shortly: Afterschool Childcare Assistants Ref: CES-2121748 General Operatives Ref: CES-2121754 Caretakers/Security Ref: CES-2121752 Please Note that Community Employment Rules and Conditions Apply.

Applications are invited from Eligible Persons as determined by INTREO Applicants must also supply two suitable character references and be prepared to complete a garda vetting application form. To be eligible to participate on a Community Employment Project you must be 21 years or over and in receipt of an Irish social welfare payment for one year or more.

This is a developmental opportunity, no experience necessary. Accredited training will be provided to support your career. For further information and to apply please call Merville Community Centre CE Project at 071 9150029 or email Supported by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, which is funded by the Irish Government.


The Merville Centre have some extra Weekday Evening slots available in the Main Hall available for Hire by Local Groups and Activity Classes. Special Introductory Rates for New Long Term Bookings. Full details available on request. Meeting Rooms are also available for use at excellent rates. Contact the centre office at 071 9150029 for latest information.


Local Voluntary and Community Groups are Reminded that any notices for Publication can be emailed to or hard copy left into the Merville Centre for inclusion in our Local Notes.

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