Tuesday 17 September 2019

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

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.

All-Ireland Fleadh Success

Big congratulations to local musician Sinéad Johnston, Muckelty, who achieved first place in the Banjo age 12-15 category at the recent all-Ireland Fleadh in Drogheda. Well done also to Conor Johnston, Aoife Johnston and Micheál Gorman, who took part in various competitions.

Picnic Area Launch

The new Picnic Area at Mullinabreena Church car park was officially blessed and launched recently. The blessing was carried out by Fr Peter Gallagher and all who attended were treated to a barbecue along with music in St Nathy's Hall afterwards. Well done to all involved.

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 Sept.


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Priests leaving

It is with great sadness we say slán agus beannacht Dé to our local priests Fr Anthony Fagan and Fr John Sexton. They both are wished well by everyone in the area. Good health and happiness to them in their new parishes. We welcome Fr Paul Casey as he takes up his role as parish priest here and wish him Céad mile fáilte.

Tidy Towns

Reminder to everyone we are a 'poster free' village so please do not erect posters or signs within the 50k speed limits.

Your co-operation with this is much appreciated. Please keep Dromahair tidy.

5k walk/run

Dromahair Defibrillator Group will hold their annual 5k walk/run on Sunday, September 8, at 5 p.m. Registration in the depot 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please support this worthy cause. Put this date in your diary.

The Depot

Usual groups will be back shortly with us in the Depot after the summer break. Karate, of course, ran throughout the summer so it continues every Fri evening 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Parent and toddler returns on Tuesday, September 3, at 11 a.m.

Dromahair Active Age group will return on Wednesday, September 18, from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 in the Depot. New members are welcome Contact Mary at 086 3408235. Please note meeting on Wednesdays again.

If you have any items you wish included in the local notes contact us Friday before 11 a.m.


Dean Wants Euro Gold

Seán McDermott Boxing Club fighter, Dean Clancy has high hopes of returning to Manorhamilton next month with a gold medal after the European boxing championship are over in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Dean has already won European underage silver medals at the 2017 and €2018pean championships when he was a member of Sligo's Ballinacarrow Boxing Club.

Looking forward to his trip to Sofia, Dean Clancy remarked 'this is my last year at underage and it is my third European championships altogether. I previously won two medals at both. I got beaten in the finals and came home with silvers.

'So hopefully I will come back with the gold (from Sofia) third time lucky. I am in the best shape of my life, I think. Being out here in Manorhamilton with John Gilligan's great support I can train twice or three times a day with my father (Jason). I feel sharp and ready to go.'.

Dean also added that his father Manorhamilton man, Jason Clancy 'was a five time Connacht champion and an all-Ireland champion in his youth.'

In Sofia, Dean expects to have five European championship fights.

New Heritage Trail

Author and historian Proinnsíos Ó'Duigneáin launched Manorhamilton's new heritage trail on Thursday night, August 22, in the Glens Centre.

The new Manorhamilton Heritage Trail has been developed over the past few months by Manorhamilton Tidy Towns Association. A spokesperson for the Tidy Towns Association, Maureen Keaney, says 'the Heritage Trail is a walking tour outlining the rich heritage, architecture and history of the town and is a journey through time.

'The trail is outlined in a colour booklet with photographs and information on the various sites and buildings of interest. The contents of the booklet will be augmented by story boards and wall plaques strategically placed around the town.

'The addition of a map with site numbers allows for a self-guided trail. The booklet will raise awareness of many small structures which are part of our heritage and explain their origins.'.

Traditional Music Classes

Registration for traditional music classes, which are being organised by the Fred Finn CCE (Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann) Branch for the autumn term 2019, will take place in the Merville Community Centre Maugheraboy Sligo on this Saturday, August 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Traditional Music classes will take place in Gaelscoil Chnoc na Ré, Ballydoogan Road, Upper Ballydoogan, Sligo. For further information on the traditional music classes, please phone 071 9170700 or 071 9171740.

New Over-55s Club

A new Over-55s Club starts up in Kinlough Community Centre on Tuesday morning, September 3, starting at 11 a.m. and continuing till 1 p.m.

The new Over-55s Club's organisers say 'come along and join us; meet new people; make new friends; tea and coffee will be there to welcome you on arrival; and a light lunch will be served about 12.30 p.m.'.

A small fee of €3 will be charged. For further information on the new Over-55s Club contact Marian, phone 087 2328549 or Ann, phone 071 9854910.

District News

Please send items for next week's Manorhamilton District News by 8 a.m. at the latest on this Friday morning, August 30, to PJ Leddy at


Parish Notice

The 'Farewell' social event for both Fr Fagan and Fr Sexton is tomorrow, Thursday, August 29, in Dromahair. A concelebrated Mass in St Patrick's Dromahair at 8 p.m., will be followed, shortly afterwards, by a Social Function in the Function Room of the Blue Devon, Dromahair. All are welcome, so do make every effort to attend. We are very sad to see both our priests leaving us; but we do wish them well in their new parishes.

Church notes

church of Mary, Mother of God, Newtownmanor - Liturgy for September: Reader - Angela Loughlin; Collectors - Joseph Loughlin and Frank Dolan; Altar Society - Michelle Comiskey.


Bingo continues on Monday (s) in the function room of the Blue Devon, Dromahair, at 9 p.m. For those of you who are not regulars, it is a great social occasion, as well a fun opportunity to experience the thrill and frustration of getting/not getting the numbers you need. All lines €30, except games 5 and 10, which are €50; all full houses €100 and last game €200. So why not come along and support your local bingo.

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.


Gold for Riverstown

Well done to all those who competed at the Community Games national finals held in Limerick at the weekend. Congratulations to Aoibhinn Conlon from Riverstown, who took gold in girls' under-12 Cycling on Grass. Well done also to Oisin Conlon, who took Bronze in boys' under-14 Cycling on Grass. A special thank you to the wonderful group of volunteers from Sligo, who helped out at the weekend, they did an excellent job.


A Lip sync battle will take place in the Corner House, Riverstown on August 31 in memory of PADRAIG SCANLON with DJ Francis Candon and MC for the night Mr Paul Quinn Virgin Media News Reporter. Admission: Optional. Proceeds going to North West Hospice. First Act on stage at 9.30 p.m.

Back to school

Best of luck to all the young children of the community either heading to National School for the first time or back to school after hopefully a great summer break. Taunagh NS will reopen on Wednesday, August 28, at 9.10 a.m. Ardkeeran National School and Coolbock NS will both open on Thursday, August 29, at 9.10 a.m. and Sooey NS will open at 9.20 a.m. on Friday, August 30.

Child collection

Childminder required to collect and mind children afterschool in their own home 4-5 days a week in Riverstown area. Please apply by email to Own transport essential.

Bridge Card Night

Bridge Card night in the Morrison Teach Ceoil Cottage resumes on Tuesday, September 17, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Newcomers welcome. Contact Margaret at 087 2603946 for more information.

Morrison classes

Drama classes with Brouhaha Drama Club teacher Tori Lee will start on Thursday, September 12, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Adult Yoga Classes with Susan Wall will start on Wednesday, September 18. Beginners 6.30 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. Improvers 8 p.m. to 9.15 p.m.

Button Accordion Classes with Rachel Bolger will start on Friday, September 20. Beginners 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Advanced from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Registration for all classes will take place on September 4 at 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. in the Morrison Cottage, Riverstown.

Cycle and walk

A Riverstown Cycle and walk will take place on Sunday, September 8, in memory of Tommy McDermott, to raise money to provide Solar Lights for the Community Park in Riverstown and purchase a Phoenix Chair for Sligo Stroke Unit. As part of this fundraising weekend there will also be a table quiz in Tommy Mac's on Saturday evening, September 7, at 9 p.m. Donations can be made online at or at table quiz and Cycle and Walk.


Sligo Folk Park is currently looking for an Office Administrator. The job is 19.5 hours per week. Good organisational and computer skills required with general book keeping and payroll knowledge. Must be a team player with good customer service and communication skills. Please apply to

Dance School

Riverstown Bróga Bríomhar Dance School will be restarting on Thursday, September 5, in the Morrison Cottage, Riverstown. 6 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. beginners, 6.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. intermediate 1, 7 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. intermediate two. 7.30 p.m. to 8.15 p.m. advanced. Everyone welcome. Contact Eiméar at 086 2584465 for more information.

News Items

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