Thursday 20 June 2019

Around the districts: Ballinacarrow, Ballymote, Coolaney-Rockfield, Gurteen

Ballinacarrow: Cash for Clobber - Asking everyone to have one last clean of your wardrobes and donate any unneeded items to the Cash for Clobber collection at Owenmore Gaels. This is a fundraiser for our girls and boys' team taking part in the Féile Competition at the end of June. Items wanted include bed clothes, curtains, shoes and bags. Items can be dropped into the clubhouse or to any club member.

Father's Day dinner

Rathbarron Parish, Coolaney, are hosting their annual Father's Day dinner on Sunday, June 16. There will be four sittings at 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Booking is essential and you can do this by calling Deb at 071 9189680 between 6.10 p.m. All proceeds from this event go towards parish funds and all support on the day is appreciated.

School enrolment

enrolment forms are now available for Ballinacarrow NS Please contact the school at 086 7932306 or email to avail of form.

Access Bus

Tubbercurry Access Bus will get you to town and back every Wednesday. Contact Eileen at 087 2252290 to arrange for a seat on the bus. There is no fare if you are in receipt of a travel pass.


Defibrillator Group Fundraiser

Ballymote Defibrillator Group are holding a monster fundraising raffle in the Coach house hotel on Friday, June 14, at 9 p.m. Over 30 fantastic prizes to be won including a hotel and meal voucher, tablet, bog oak clock, lots of gift vouchers, hampers, bottles of whiskey and some unique prizes.

Raffle tickets only €5 and are available from any committee member (contact 087 9759762). We are also raffling two Celtic FC home match tickets on the night. There will also be a DJ and finger food. Please come along and support this community project. Like our Facebook page for more details - Ballymote defibrillator group


There was no winner of the Ballymote lotto jackpot on Saturday, May 25. Numbers drawn were 6, 8, 10 and 26. There were four match-three winners. Names of winners displayed locally. The jackpot now stands at €8,800. The next draw will take place in Gormley's Corner House on Saturday, June 8, Thank you for your support. Thank you also to our sponsors Ballymote and District Credit Union and Currid Construction for their continued support.


Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Sr. Cora McHale,(Nazerath Sister) Dublin, whose death occurred recently.


Congratulations to the parents of Aoibhinn Josie-Mai Finn, Bothar an Corran, whose baptism took place recently.

'Cupid Wore Skirts'

After three hugely successful shows in Ballymote the Corran Players are taking to the road with their hilariously funny play 'Cupid Wore Skirts'. They preform in Boyle Hall on Friday, June 7, Your news.

Anyone, who wishes to have news items included in the notes email phone 085 7561547. The deadline for submission of notes is 5 p.m. every Thursday.


Father's Day Lunch

Rathbarron Parish Coolaney are holding their annual Father's Day lunch on Sunday, June 16, at the Coach House Rathbarron. There are four sittings; midday, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Booking is essential and to book please contact Deb at 071 9189680 any evening between 6.10 p.m. It is a 3-course meal and prices are as follows: Adult €15, under-12s €10. Everyone Welcome. Your support is greatly appreciated. Proceeds in aid of the parish fund.

Coolaney Tidy Towns

As the SuperValu National Tidy Town's Competition starts on June 1 we are encouraging all residents of Coolaney and Rockfield to #makeithappen and 'Pick up one piece of litter a day'.

Pre-summer Pick Me Up for Parents

While on one level we know we only have 18 summers with our children, on another level it's difficult sometimes to pull our energy together to embrace the challenge of the long summer holidays. This Pre-summer Pick Me Up aims to provide parents with some self-care tools, with an emphasis on self-care, breathing, mindfulness and an acknowledgement of YOU being the good enough parent despite your mental chatter telling you otherwise.

Facilitated by a seasoned and 'surviving' Mum to four children, Fionnuala Mitchell also Psychotherapist at Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre. This workshop is free and will take place on Tuesday, June 4, at 10 a.m. To book a place contact the FRC at 071 9186926.

Mother Baby Group

The mother baby group meets in the Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre every Wednesday from 10.30 a.m. The group is informal, and mums come for a chat and a cuppa.

On occasion activities take place or guest speakers are invited to talk to the group on topics of interest. A warm welcome awaits.

Community Park Fundraiser

As part of the fundraising effort for the Coolaney Community Park and to pay off the €80,000 loan, a new fundraiser has been launched called 'Lamb for Coolaney Community Park' where local farmers are being asked to donate a Lamb.

The scheme works by farmers choosing one Lamb to rear per usual, and when it comes to selling the lamb, you donate the proceeds to the Coolaney Community Park Astro Pitch Fund. All farmers who participate will receive recognition via a sign to be erected at the location of the Astro Pitch.

Also, thanks to our friends in Aurivo co-op stores, we will give you a 25kg bag of Nutrias Lamb feed to assist with feeding the lamb. If you wish to donate a lamb to our novel fundraiser or have any questions, please contact Michael Henry 087 2338435, David Ross 083 0039994, Jerry O'Grady 086 8867379 or Michael Gorman 086 7723411.

GAA news

Blue Kidz Training: Training continues Saturday mornings. New parents and children are very welcome to come alon.

Club lotto: The 2019 Coolaney-Mullinabreena Club Supporter's lotto now launched. All support is greatly appreciated, and proceeds go towards day to day expenses and Nace O'Dowd Park Development.

Coolaney United

Bonus Ball: The Coolaney United Wednesday and Saturday night Bonus Ball Draw continues. The cost per ball is €5 and the weekly jackpot prize is €100. Bonus balls can be purchased in PK MEATS and O'Gradys shop. Thank you to all players and best of luck for the year ahead.

Coolaney ICA

New members to the area are always welcome. For further information contact Mary Haran 086 1267458 or Mary O'Boyle 087 6695263.

Foróige Club

Foróige Club is for secondary school youths aged 12 to 18. The club takes place every Friday evening in the Coolaney Community Centre.

Card Games

Card game takes place in Killoran Community Centre on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and in Ballinacarrow Community Centre on Thursdays at 9 p.m. All are very welcome.

Women's Group

Coolaney Women's Group Meetings 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. Open to all ages.

Junior Youth Group

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

Water Boil Notice

All customers must boil their water before drinking. A map of the Lough Talt and Ogham schemes, detailing the areas affected, is available on and

Community Notes

Keep your notes coming in. To include notes for next week's paper, please email or call or text 087 7667664 before Friday. Notes can include Announcements (weddings, births etc), Sports (news, results, fixtures, training), Fundraising, classes, Meetings and anything else to be shared with the community.


Recent deaths

THE death took place at his residence on May 20 of Pat O'Grady, Ballindrimley, Castlerea, a native of Kilfree, Gurteen, brother of the late Martin, Kilfree. Sincere sympathy is extended to all the Grady families Kilfree and to his wife and family and all the relations and friends on their bereavement. May he rest in Peace.

THE death took place on May 23 of John Leonard, Boyle Co. Roscommon, brother-in-law of Bernadette Leonard, Gurteen. Sincere sympathy is extended to Bernadette and to all his relations and friends on their bereavement. May he rest in peace.

Table Quiz

A table quiz will take place on Saturday, June 15, in the Hill Hotel, Gurteen at 9 p.m. - teams of four - €40. Proceeds will go to Gurteen Games Company and playground. There are currently a lot of work taking place - car park - zip line etc which adds extra insurance costs so please organise a team and take part.

Post Office meeting

Gurteen post office action committee are arranging a function on next Sunday evening, June 9, to thank Mary Murphy for her most friendly and trusting years of service to the community on her retirement after more than 50 years - starting on the telephone exchange, then as assistant to Mary Alice and as Post Mistress for the past eighteen years.

Any other group who wish to be associated are welcome.

Shaskeen in concert

Come west along the road to the Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen, Co Sligo on Saturday, June 8, at 8.30 p.m. for some rousing traditional music and song with the one and only Shaskeen group. Enjoy alive performance in a comfortable theatre as part of their nationwide concert tour.

Formed in1970, original member Tom Cussen is a vital and energetic band leader so a great night isguaranteed. Tickets available from the Coleman Centre 071 9182599 or

Dry cleaning

Dry cleaning facility-drop in - pick up continues at Centra Supermarket, Gurteen on Tuesdays and Thursdays as it was prior to the closing of the post office.


At the recent Local Elections held recently Gurteen County councillor Paul Taylor was re-elected with a massive vote. Well done Paul and best wishes to you for the future.


Massive congratulations to the McGrath family from Killaraght, who picked up an all-Ireland Title recently in the Culture Corner Talent Show section of the Community Games national final.

Well done to Colin, Anna, Shauna, John and Aoife and their parents Annette and Kevin - they attend weekly classes at the Coleman Music Centre Gurteen, Co Sligo - and are all members of Craobh Coleman Branch of CCE.

Sligo Champion