Tuesday 18 June 2019

Around the districts: Achonry-Mullinabreena, Coolaney-Rockfield, Manorhamilton and Newtownmanor

Norman Reid on behalf of the Freemasons of North Connaught presenting a cheque for €800 to David Godsell of Sligo RNLI. (L to R) Paddy Gilmartin, Norman Reid, David Godsell, David McNeill, William Murphy
Norman Reid on behalf of the Freemasons of North Connaught presenting a cheque for €800 to David Godsell of Sligo RNLI. (L to R) Paddy Gilmartin, Norman Reid, David Godsell, David McNeill, William Murphy

Achonry-Mullinabreena - Sympathy: Sympathy is extended to the family of the late Maura Dibley (neé McIntyre), Tubbertelly. Ar dheis Dé go raibh Sí.

Season's Greetings

A very happy Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our readers and to all the visitors to the parish over the festive season.

Volunteer Award

Congratulations to Lorriane Feely, Tubbertelly on receiving the Spirit of Sligo Cathaoirleach Award recently. The awards recognise the contribution of outstanding volunteers in the community. Lorraine and her family this year held a monster tractor run in aid of community defibrillators and in memory of the late James Feely. Three new defibrillators have been installed bringing the total parish number to five. It's great to have such vital life saving equipment available locally.

Defibrillator Training

The first Defibrillator training course was held on December 18 last. There is a small number of places left for the January course. Date to follow. Please contact Lorraine Feely at 087 6779836 as soon as possible.

Community Enhancement

Photographs will be returned in January as the group has decided to take a break from sorting over Christmas.

Fields Of Gold

Congratulations to all involved in the production of a new book entitled 'Fields of Gold' edited by James Laffey. The large, hard back volume details the history of the co-operative movement in the northwest right up to modern day Aurivo as well as a history of farming in the west in general.

There are many references to the former great Achonry Co-Op throughout the book as one of the founding societies. Our own Peadar Kivlehan, Belra and former Aurivo employee was a member of the hard working editorial committee.

The book is available locally from Homeland hardware store in Achonry priced at €30.


The Coolaney-Mullinabreena GAA annual general meeting will take place on Sunday, January 6, in St Nathy's Hall at 6 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend to have their say in the future of the club.

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.

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.


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


Local Services Telephone Directory

Do you provide a Local Service, Trade or class in the Coolaney or Ballinacarrow Area? If so, you're invited to include your telephone number in the 2019 Coolaney United Local Services Telephone Directory. This Telephone Directory will be printed and delivered free of charge to every house in the Coolaney and Ballinacarrow area. Contact Jerry O'Grady at 086 8867379 for details.

Coolaney United

Coolaney United Wednesday Night Bonus Ball Draw is to support fundraising efforts for the proposed new Astro Pitch in Coolaney Community park. Each Bonus Ball is €5 with a weekly prize of €100. Bonus balls can be purchased in PK MEATS on Thursday and Fridays and in O'Grady's shop and Pub the rest of the week. Best of luck to all.

Card Games

25 Card game has resumed in Killoran Community Centre on Wednesdays at 9 p.m.

Card Games also recommenced in Ballinacarrow Community Centre on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

Women's Group

Coolaney Women's Group Meetings will 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.

Foróige Club

The Foróige Club meet each Friday evening at Coolaney Community Centre between 7.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. It is open to all youths aged 13 to 18 years. For more information contact Mark at 086 0740841 or Brendan 087 3964541.

Junior Youth Group

We meet every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Coolaney Community Centre for Youths between the ages of 12-15.

Community Notes

Happy and Peaceful New Year to you all. Keep your notes coming in.

To include notes for next week's paper, please email or call or text 087 7667664. Notes can include announcements (weddings, births etc), Sports (news, results, fixtures, training), fundraising, classes, meetings and anything else to be shared with the community.


Hospice Holly

As has happened for many years in Manorhamilton now a successful pre-Christmas holly sale took place on Main Street in aid of North West Hospice and it brought in an excellent sum of €757 for the Sligo medical based facility that caters so well for the entire area's terminally ill and their families.

For many years now Manorhamilton's pre-Christmas Hospice holly sale has been organised by Lurganboy woman, Ivy Murphy and her family. Ivy's Lurganboy neighbour Dickie Crown, who died on Saturday, October 4, 2008, started the Manor Christmas Hospice holly sale shortly after the establishment of the hospice in 1998.

Berried holly was in short supply for this Christmas as Ivy explains, 'I'm delighted to say that all holly is now sold I thought we would have very little this year, as berries are scarce, but thankfully we have €757 to give to North West Hospice.

'This is thanks mainly to (my son) Colin, who found a lot of beautiful holly in Inishowen and brought it to Letterkenny where we picked it up. Thanks also to Charlie and Kathleen Boyle for what they supplied us.

'This is all done in memory of our much missed friend and neighbour, Dickie Crown, who sold holly for many years. Even when he was in hospital, he was directing us to get the holly sold.

'Thanks to everyone who supported us, and many thanks to Lily and Lee in An Cafe Bia Sláinte who kept me supplied with coffee' when Ivy was selling the hospice holly on Main Street.

Nollaig na mBan

Nollaig na mBan is on Sunday, January 6. It is also the date for a Women's Little Christmas Black Dress Lunch event in aid of the Simon Community that will take place in the Kilronan Castle Hotel Keadue.

Tickets are on sale for the Women's Little Christmas Black Dress Lunch priced at €45. All ladies who wish to purchase tickets for the Christmas Black Dress Lunch in Kilronan Castle Hotel or to obtain further information on it should contact Mary, phone 087 7708865.

Tickets for the Black Dress Lunch can also be obtained on the Eventbrite website. The lunch on January 6 will include a meal and wine.

Golden Jubilee

The golden jubilee of the founding what now is one of the major forces of Gaelic games action in Leitrim, namely, the Glencar/Manorhamilton GAA Club occurred on Friday, December 28.

The Glencar/Manorhamilton GAA Club founding officers, who were elected on Saturday, December 28, 1968, were - chairman Tommy Gilmartin RIP; Joint Secretaries Brendan Rooney and John Rooney; Joint treasurers Ted Murphy and Vincent Devaney.

The first Club Committee members elected were Den McGuinness RIP, Joe McKiernan RIP, Michael Gillespie and Bernie McDonald.

District News

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


New Year Greetings

This correspondent would like to wish a very 'Happy New Year' to all readers of the Sligo Champion in the Newtownmanor Area. If you are not a regular reader, then 'Happy New Year' regardless, but perhaps you might make it one of your New Year's resolutions to become an ardent reader!

Belated Congratulations

Once again, 'Belated Congratulations' to Donna (Née McDermott) and Fabian McMorrow on the birth of their baby daughter, Alice (a little sister for Flynn) who arrived into this world on 22nd November.

Also congratulations to both sets of proud grandparents, Terence/Hilary McDermott, Newtownmanor and Aidan/Lena McMorrow, Rossinver-Manorhamilton; as well as to all the uncles and aunts within the extended families. Alice is a beautiful name and very befitting for Donna and Fabian's beautiful daughter.

Leckaun NS

CHRISTMAS CONCERT-On Tuesday 18th December, the children of Leckaun National School put on their wonderful Christmas Concert =91One Bright Star=92.

Under the guidance of Principal Mrs Gilmartin, Ms Cullen, Mr Carty and Mrs McGurrin, the children wowed the packed Newtownmanor hall with a marvellous performance of singing, dance and comedy. Bono and Paddy Cole made guest appearances on the night, in the form of Conor McGrath and Christopher McCaillog; any band on the lookout for two fine saxaphone and guitar players should contact the two boys!

Well done to all the Children and Teachers, the Parents Association for providing the refreshments, Paul McDermott for preparing the hall and Jimmy Gilmartin for the straw bales!

CHRISTMAS DRAW-Congratulations to all the lucky winners in the recent Leckaun NS Christmas Draw. The parents association would like to thank sincerely all the Sponsors for their generous sponsorship. Thanks to everyone who supported the draw.

Local Link-Rural Transport

On Friday evenings and Sunday evenings there is a local link transport service available, to enable individuals to go out and socialise.

On Friday evenings, the bus travels from Newtownmanor to Dromahair, via Calry; out at 9-00pm returning at 12-30am.

On Sunday evenings, the bus travels from Newtownmanor to Sligo, via Calry; out at 9-00pm returning at 12-30am. A return journey costs 8 Euro. To book a place or to find out more information, please contact John Reynolds on Mob: 086-854-1777.

The Leitrim Guardian 2019

The Leitrim Guardian 2019 is available in shops and online at This unique publication contains various articles: historical, literary, some deal with current affairs of topical interest, maybe tell the story of a famous Leitrim person who may have been forgotten in Leitrim. It also includes short stories and poetry.

The Leitrim Guardian, an annual publication which started in 1968, is Ireland's only county journal and has 48 editions published to date. Produced entirely through voluntary effort, the journal is sold nationally and internationally. Please see for further information about the journal. At only €12 it makes an ideal gift. Your support is greatly appreciated for this historic publication.

25 Card Game

The Progressive 25 Card Games continue 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 finished in Newtownmanor Hall for this term. They should recommence in mid-January. Contact Niamh at 087 2294500 to book a place.


Bingo will recommence on Monday 7th January 2019 and continue each Monday thereafter in the function room of the Blue Devon, Dromahair at 9.00p.m.

Hall Bookings

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


If anyone has any community news / information / items of interest that they would like to include in the Newtownmanor Notes please contact Seamus on Mobile: 087-336-1561 or Landline: 071-9164958 before 5.00pm on Thursdays.

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