Thursday 14 November 2019

Around the districts: Ballinacarrow, Ballintrillick, Dromahair, Manorhamilton, Newtownmanor, Riverstown, Sooey-Ballygawley

Michael Armstrong, Peter O’Brien and Gary Kilcullen, at the CIF Western & Midland Region briefing on Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Construction Industry as part of Construction Safety Week 2019, at the Sligo Park Hotel. Pic: James Connolly
Michael Armstrong, Peter O’Brien and Gary Kilcullen, at the CIF Western & Midland Region briefing on Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Construction Industry as part of Construction Safety Week 2019, at the Sligo Park Hotel. Pic: James Connolly

Ballinacarrow: 1969 team honoured - Congratulations to the Collooney/Ballisodare Team of 1969 who were honoured at the County Final last Sunday. This is the last senior team to win a title for the club.


Sympathy is extended to the O'Grady Families, Ballinacarrow and Laghey, Donegal on the death of Pádraig O'Grady. May he rest in peace. Sympathy is also extended to Dympna Frizzell and family, Finlough, on the death of her brother, Bro. James Brehony, Dublin and also her niece Jacqueline Brehony, UK May they rest in peace.

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Card Games take place every Thursday night in Ballinacarrow Community Centre at 9 p.m. New players always welcome.

Owenmore Gaels

Nursery Programme continues every Wednesday evening in the Teeling Centre, Collooney from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is for boys and girls from ages 4-6. It is an introduction to football along with some fun games. Come along and check it out.

Best of luck to Owenmore Gaels Ladies and Men's teams who are both contesting finals. At the time of reading the fate of these two teams will be known. The ladies will play Drumcliffe in the Intermediate League Final. This is history for the club, as it is the first year for the ladies' team to play Division 2 League and to reach a final in year one is a great achievement.

The Men's Junior B team will play St Mary's and a win for this group of players would be a great boost for the club and especially for the younger players on the team.

Check your tyres

A Garda Checkpoint conducted in Ballinacarrow warned motorists of the dangers of driving with faulty headlights and tyres. As winter approaches and the time changes motorists are advised to check tyre depth and lights.

Bicycle found

A mountain bike was recovered from a ditch near Ballinacarrow, the bike in good condition may have been stolen, so if you are missing your bike you can make enquiries with Ballymote Garda Station.

Be safe be seen

All people using the roads for walking, running or cycling are asked to please 'Light up'. All road users should be wearing high-viz jackets and all dogs should be on leads to avoid accidents.


Benwiskin Centre

Classes - Additional weeks added to Exercise for seniors - Mondays 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.; Step Aerobics - Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Tai Chi - Wednesdays from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Pay as you go option available.

Parent and toddler sessions - Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to midday. Come along any week. Newcomers always welcome.

Christmas Craft Fair - Sunday, December 8, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Taking bookings now for vendors. To secure your place, early booking advisable. Call us for further details.

Christmas floral workshops - tutor required. Please call us if interested.


Text alert re-launch

The re-launch of Community Text Alert and Garda Information Clinic takes place in the Depot Dromahair on Wednesday, October 30, at 8 p.m. All members of the community are invited to attend.

Craft Fair

There is a Craft Fair in the Depot, Dromahair on Sunday, November 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To book a stall call into the Depot Office or phone 07191 34986 from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. €10 per stall. Refreshments served. Raffle for spot prizes.

Macra recruitment night

North Leitrim Macra Na Feirme are having a recruitment night on Friday, November 1. We are inviting new and past members to join us for soccer on the astroturf Pitch in Dromahair (F91 KR77) from 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be food in the Blue Devon Dromahair afterwards. Everyone is welcome to participate in the soccer or to meet us afterwards in the Blue Devon. The more the merrier.

Killenummery 5K walk

Killenummery Women's Group will host their 10th annual 5K walk on Sunday, November 3, at 2 p.m. from Killenummery hall, Dromahair. Registration from 1 p.m. We started out 10 years ago giving proceeds from the walk to charity and since the first year was given to North West Hospice we think it is fitting that we support them in our tenth year. We have raised over €12,000 over those years for various charities Proceeds this year will go towards North West Hospice home support team. Let's make this our biggest fundraiser yet.

Xmas shoebox appeal

Get your School, club or Workplace involved in this year's Christmas Shoebox Appeal by filling a shoe box and drop it off to one of our drop off in Dromahair Gala and A Cut Above hair salon. Let's bring a smile to a child's face this Christmas and fill them with Hope.


Water Quality Deterioration

When a community consultation meeting that was hosted by the Local Authorities Water Programme took place recently in the Bee Park Community Centre, it was revealed that the water quality in Glenade Lake and the Upper River Bonet Area had dropped from high to good in recent times.

The EU Water Framework Directive 2000 sets water quality standards of high, good, moderate and poor. The Local Authorities Water Programme administers the EU Water Framework Directive 2000 in Ireland in conjunction with a number of other bodies.

The recent Local Authorities Water Programme meeting in Manorhamilton was facilitated by Karen Kennedy Community Water Officer, Martina Smith Catchments Manager, Aileen Owens Scientist and Eamonn Avery Teagasc Sustainability Advisor.

At the consultation meeting councillors Felim Gurn and Frank Dolan raised the recent flooding issues in the North Leitrim area arising from Storm Lorenzo. Karen Kennedy stated this was not a matter that the Local Authorities Water Programme could deal with but it was a matter for the office of Public Works.

Ms Kennedy said she would pass on both councillors concerns to the OPW There are 31 Local Authority Water Programmes running in the country dealing the River Basin Management Plan for water quality which are governed by the 2014 Regulation's Statute.

John and Mary's Win

It was a case of John Connolly and Mary Gilgunn doing the business when the recent North Leitrim Men's Group progressive '25' card drive was successfully staged in the Bee Park Community Centre.

Both John and Mary shared the hard fought for first prize over six games after this do or die battle concluded with all the other contestants. The progressive '25' card drive's second prize winner, Gerry Fee also had a battle royal on his hands before he claimed the prize.

Before he came out on top at the end of a play-off, Gerry had to successfully see off the challenges of no less than seven other contestants. Maureen Feely came first in the progressive '25' card drive's raffle with Oliver McGowan taking the second prize and Séamus Devanney the third. PJ Travers won the progressive '25' card drive's table prize.

Meantime the jackpot prize on offer for the winner of this Sunday night's (November 4) North Leitrim Men's Group progressive '25' cards game in the Bee Park Community Centre will be €270 on nine games.

Extending an open invitation to everyone for their weekly progressive '25' card drives the North Leitrim Men's Group say 'all are welcome at 9 p.m. in the Bee Park Community Centre every Sunday night.'.

Parishioners Thank You

The Lurganboy Chapel of Ease parishioners wish to thank all who attended the recent Harvest Service in the Chapel and all those who supported the Chapel's car boot sale fundraiser in the Glencar Community Centre Diffreen.

Killargue Apostolic Society

The Killargue Apostolic Society wishes to say a big thank you to everyone who recently supported their very successful Apostolic Work Display. The amount donated on the day was an excellent €395.

District News

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


Church News

Church of Mary, Mother of God, Newtownmanor - Liturgy for November: Readers - Angela McLoughlin and Patricia Dolan; Collectors - Séamus O'Brien and Eugene Fowley; Altar Society - Teresa Mullarkey and Mary Murray.


Pilates classes are on-going in Newtownmanor Hall on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Tuesdays classes are at 7.30 p.m. Thursdays classes are also at 7.30 p.m. For further details or to book a place, contact Niamh on Mob: 087 2294500.

25 Card Game

Progressive 25 Card Games are back in Newtownmanor Hall on Friday evenings at 9 p.m. Cards will now take place each Friday evening at 9 p.m. till further notice. All card players are welcome and we look forward to new members coming along.


Bingo continues on Monday 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. Who knows you might be lucky.

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.


Social dancing

Four weeks of social dancing classes with Colin and Annette McCormack will take place in the Morrison Cottage, Riverstown from Sunday, November 3, starting at 7.30 p.m. Registration on first night will take place at 7.15 p.m.

Scare in the Park

Sligo Folk Park will be holding their traditional Scare in the park at the Sligo Folk Park on Wednesday, October 30, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., €7 per child, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, phone 086 2356688 or email to book your place. Event includes Monster Jams Disco, Hogwarts Schoolroom, Mad Doctor of the Forge, Halloween Workshops, The Unshin Witch. New this year is Best Scarecrow Competition and much more.

Seán nós classes

Ssean nós dancing classes for children/teens will take place in the Morrison Cottage, Riverstown. New six-week term starting Thursday, November 7. No previous dance experience needed, new students always welcomed. Beginners kids 6 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Intermediate one kids 6.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Intermediate two kids 7 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Places are limited, booking is essential. Please contact Eiméar 086 2584465.

Fancy Dress

Halloween Fancy Dress in aid of NW Simon Community on Sunday, October 27, in Castle Dargan, Ballygawley, Sligo. Music by Late Night Radio followed by DJ and late bar, doors open at 10 p.m. with prosecco reception, fancy dress essential, prizes for best. Tickets €20 from charity office four JFK Parade Sligo, on Eventbrite, at hotel or by contacting Mary at 087 7708865, working to prevent and resolve homelessness in the North West.

An Ogeous Brose

Castle Dargan Ladies Golf are delighted to announce that Séamus O'Rourke will return to entertain once again in Castle Dargan Hotel with his latest play 'An Ogeous Brose' written by John McManus and starring Séamus with Charlie McGuinness. 'Scary and funny in equal measure.' The show will be held on Friday, November 1, at 8.30 p.m. Tickets are available from hotel reception and ladies committee in advance or at the door on the night, €10 each. Watch out for posters in your area. As always this will be an enjoyable night with no doubt plenty of laughs. Everyone welcome.


PJ Murrihy and Séamus Shannon will perform in the Coleman Centre, Gurteen on Saturday, November 2, at 8.30 p.m. This show was a sell out last year so early booking is advisable. Show starts 8.30 p.m. Phone 071 9182599 or visit website to book you ticket. Admission €15. PJ is a singer/songwriter and is well known for his big hit with 'Pat Murphy's Meadow'. Séamus Shannon is a world renowned accordion player and the duo has played together for many years.

News items

To have your news item included in the Riverstown notes email to or alternatively call Iris at 086 8258525.


Ballysumaghan Church Dance

Ballysumaghan Church, Sooey are holding their annual Fundraising Dance on Friday, November 8, in Ballintogher Hall. Music is by Michael Walsh. Refreshments served. Tickets €10. Dancing from 9.30 p.m. till late. Please contact Cynthia at 086 1223157 or Sharon at 086 3651346 for further info.

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