Thursday 20 June 2019

Around the districts: Achonry-Mullinabreena, Castleconnor, Cloonacool, Curry-Moylough, Easkey-Dromore West, Enniscrone, Skreen-Dromard

Declan Bruen, Councillor Marie Casserly and Eddie O Gorman at Benbulben Motor Show on Sunday
Declan Bruen, Councillor Marie Casserly and Eddie O Gorman at Benbulben Motor Show on Sunday

Achonry-Mullinabreena: Community Enhancement - The final works have taken place on the picnic area at Lavagh car park and it really enhances the space. The walkway on Knocknashee is the next project and works here have started in recent weeks 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.


Sympathy is extended to the Connolly family, Chaffpool on the recent death of Brendan Connolly Snr. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

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 on ‪087 7981827‬ for details.

25 Card Game

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

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.


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



Results for May 25. Jackpot €20,300. Numbers drawn were 13, 17, 21 and 22. No jackpot winner. €50 winners: Fergal Cawley, Daire Barrins and Michael Crean Next week's jackpot €20,400 Play online at

Feile 2019

We are delighted to announce that Castleconnor will be a host venue for 2019 Féile Peile na nÓg. The event takes place the weekend June 28 to June 30. Teams from every county in Ireland as well as overseas are invited to take part and one will be assigned to us. Castleconnor will enter a team into the competition and will be comprised of under-14 and under-12 boys.

We now need volunteers to make this a success, especially host families who will be asked to house two kids or coaches from the visiting team.

As parents and Gaels, please consider volunteering for this and help us make this a fabulous weekend to remember for all our community and especially our kids.


The Mill Café

The new community café will continue on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The Mill Community Café is a service run totally by volunteers, who are paid in good fun and really good cake and coffee. If you can offer your time to join our volunteer rota, we'd love to hear from you - could you commit to one day a month, or a fortnight?

Community Park draw

The Community Park lotto draw for May took place in Brennan's on Saturday night. The numbers drawn were 2, 3, 8 and 18. There was no winner of the €3,000 jackpot. Congratulations to Gerard Carty and Thomas Fitzgerald, who matched three numbers and share €200. Next month's jackpot will be worth €3,100 many thanks for your continued support.

Collection thanks

The recent church gate collection at Cloonacool church for North West Hospice raised €249.05. NWH expressed their heartfelt thanks for the contribution.

Sheep Festival

As part of the new community initiative process, The Cloonacool Sheep Festival is earmarked for September 21 next. The one-day event will highlight the sheep tradition of the parish and will include a day section filled with exhibitions and activities. The festival will finish off with a gala festival dance in the community centre in the safe hands of John Hogan and his band from Co Offaly. Please keep the date free and make sure to invite friends when the times arrives.

Card game

The Cloonacool card game is 9 p.m. on Mondays. This start time is for the summer season.

Environment Group

If you would like to join the local environmental group then email and let them know, they're happy to welcome new members any time.

Old photographs/local history

The New Heritage group in the parish are in the process of collecting old photographs and local history. This collection will form the basis of a future exhibition and/or publication. Anyone interested in providing either photographs or stories can email the group on

Music Club

Cloonacool Music Club takes place on Thursday at Brennan's Bar from 10 p.m. Come along for a great night of music and singing. There will be a bus available to collect and leave home on Thursday nights for music club. Pick up between 9: 30 and 10 p.m., and then leaving Cloonacool after the food. Please ring 071 9185037 for further information and to book your seat. There will be a minimal charge for the bus.

Your news

Please send in your notes to Emma Gallagher by Thursday to


DVD launch

Moylough 1997, a DVD featuring events and activities in the Moylough area during the year 1997 will be launched in the Moylough Heritage Centre on Friday, June 14, at 8.30 p.m.

Proceeds will go to Áine Durkin's Uganda Hospital Fund. Áine, from Cashel is going to Uganda in July as part of a UCD Student Volunteer Group which will provide assistance and training to a hospital in Uganda.

Congratulations Martin

Congratulations to new County Councillor Martin Connolly, his wife Stephanie and family on his election to Sligo County Council. After a late night count celebrations swung into action with bonfires blazing around Powelsboro where a large crowd of supporters turned out. This was a major achievement for a first time candidate.

Easkey-Dromore West

Community council meeting

The monthly meeting of Dromore west community council will be held on tonight Tuesday, June 4, at 8 p.m. in the community centre.

Rathlee NS Mid-summer Run/Walk

Rathlee National School will hold their annual Mid-summer Run/Walk 5K and 10k on Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m. followed by a barbecue and raffle in Brownes, Pullaheeney where the run will start.

Community employment

West Sligo Forum Ltd community employment scheme has a vacancy for two workers. For further information and to apply contact West Sligo Forum at 096 49818, social welfare criteria applies.

Breakfast club

Stepping Stones Childcare in Easkey are delighted to announce that they will be offering a breakfast club and after school service from September 2019.It is hoped the new National Childcare Scheme will benefit a lot of families. Any enquiries you may have or call Ashling at 087 6117957.

Tús Scheme

Tús are seeking new participants to join the Tús Scheme which provide short term working opportunities for unemployed people. Please contact Lorna Winters Tús Supervisor at 087 1497069 for further information.

Intro To Yoga

Intro To Yoga a programme to improve your physical and mental health in a social setting will be held in Dromore West. Limited places so booking is essential. Priority will be given to the unemployed and those in receipt of social welfare. Please contact Donna Taaffe Co. Sligo Leader Partnership Company at 087 2710111 or for registration or if you have any further queries.

Delia Dolphin r.i.p.

The death has taken place of Delia Dolphin, Dunneill, Dromore West. Her requiem Mass was celebrates in the Church of our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Dromore west followed by burial in Churchill Cemetry. Sympathy is extended to her family and relatives.

To have notes included email or call 086 8373206.


Enniscrone Library

Enjoy our Cruinniú na nÓg festivities on Saturday, June 15, Face painting - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Walking Treasure Hunt (children must be accompanied by an adult) 11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Storytime 1 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. and A Fun Talent Show 1.30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (bring a musical instrument, sing a song/nursery rhyme, say a poem, tell some jokes etc). All are welcome and there is no booking required.

Enniscrone Tidy Towns

We urgently require volunteers to come and help us to prepare for the National Tidy Towns Competition. Every Thursday evening during the month June. Details of each Thursdays task will be posted on our Facebook page. Your help will be much appreciated.

Enniscrone/Kilglass GAA

Our Intermediate footballers collected two points in their latest league fixture, overcoming the challenge of Bunninadden at a blustery Quigabar on Sunday last on a scoreline of 3-10 to 2-8. Ahead by 2-6 to 1-6 at the break, our lads established a 3-8 to 1-6 lead midway through the second half and despite a late Bunninadden goal, held out for an important win. Best wishes to the Bunninadden midfielder who sustained an injury at the end of the match. Our lads take on St John's next Sunday at 2 p.m. in Carraroe in the next round.

Our Junior B team enters the competitive fray for the first time this year when they host Owenmore Gaels next Friday evening, May 31, at 7.30 p.m. in Quigabar in the opening round of the league. Good luck to the players and management.

The Enniscrone-Kilglass/Easkey minor footballers have no game till July due to the state exams taking place in the coming weeks.

Our under-16s take on Castleconnor on Monday evening, May 27, in the Division Two shield semi-final from 7 p.m. in Quigabar. Good luck lads. Well done to our under-14 footballers on posting a 6-16 to 3-8 win over Castleconnor last Thursday. Their next match the last in the round robin section is at home to Calry/St Joseph's on June 6.

The under-12 boys have a home outing against Shamrock Gaels on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in Quigabar.

Commiserations to Gavin Duffy, Oisin Hynes and Michael Duffy on the Sligo minors' narrow loss to Galway (0-15 to 1-10) at Tuam Stadium in the Connacht MFC last Friday. They play Mayo on Friday evening next at 7.30 p.m. At under-20 level, Eoin Hallinan was part of the Sligo squad that overcame the challenge of Leitrim midweek they play Longford in the next round of the development league.


There was no winner of the €3,400 jackpot when the blotto draw took in the Pilot Bar last weekend. Numbers drawn were11, 18, and 36. €25 winners were PJ Kavanagh, John Cunningham, GEM Limited, and Eabhe Deehan. Jackpot for the next draw is €3,600 and will take place on Saturday, June 1, in McNulty's Bar Enniscrone.


Text Alert

Text Alert is actively running in the local community area and everyone is asked to be alert and report anything suspicious to the Garda by contacting Sligo GARDA Station (O71) 9157000.

June Social Dance

The June Social Dance in the community centre Skreen will tale place on Saturday, June 29, music on the night will be supplied by the Duets.

Community Centre

Skreen-Dromard Community Centre will hold a Seán Davis Four Day Outdoor Fun Soccer Academy on their Pitch there from Monday, July 15, to Thursday, July 18, This soccer event will run daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to boys and girls aged five to 17 years. The cost of the four-day event is €55 with discount for additional family siblings. For further details or to book your child onto the course contact Aisling at 087 6649635 or


Many thanks to all the Fundraisers and public for their generously given time and donations to the Kennedy Family Trust. A total of €43,524 has been raised to date towards the required amount. Donations can be made to the fund at the bank of Ireland Stephen Street Sligo using the following details BIC: BOFIIE2D IBAN IE75BOFI9054 4069502500. or online on Kennedy Family Trust. Contact Rob at 086 9090689 or Charlie 0n 087 2331813 if you would like to organise a fundraising event towards the further funding needed.

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