Wednesday 16 October 2019

Around the districts: Ballinacarrow, Ballymote, Dromahair, Drumshanbo, Manorhamilton, Newtownmanor and Riverstown

Ballinacarrow - GAA dinner dance: Owenmore Gaels will hold their dinner dance on Saturday, March 2, in the Clayton Hotel, Sligo, starting at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are €35 each and are available from Trevor at 087 000000, Niall at 087 000000 or Joan at 087 2533477. Music on the night by Brian McDermott Band, followed by DJ This promises to be a night not to be missed for the Owenmore Gaels community.

'Cash for Clobber'

Owenmore Gaels are running a 'Cash for Clobber' drive for the month. Items wanted; Good quality clothing; Bedding; Curtains, Shoes (pairs) Handbags. No soiled items, Duvets or pillows. Items can be left into the clubhouse or contact a club member for collection.

GAA nursery

The Owenmore Gaels Nursery program for four- to six-year-old's continues every Wednesday evening in the Teeling Centre, Collooney. Everybody in the catchment area of Ballinacarrow, Ballisodare and Collooney welcome to attend. Please see our Facebook page for more details.

Card games

Card games continue every Thursday night in Ballinacarrow Community Centre at 9 p.m.

Dog owners note

Dog owners are asked to be mindful of their pets, especially at this time of year as lambing season is upon us. All dogs should be walked on a leash and kept under control at all times.

Yoga classes

yoga classes takes place in Ballinacarrow Community Centre every Tuesday for the next six weeks. 9: 30-10: 30 - Adults €10; 12: 45-1.15 - Parent and Toddler €5; 2.15 p.m. to 3 p.m. Junior Infant; 3.15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Child 6+ For more information call 085 7311671.


Quiz fundriaser

A fundraising quiz in aid of the Ballymote St Patrick's Day parade will take place on Friday, March 1, at 9.30 p.m. in Gormley's Corner House, Ballymote. Teams will cost €40 and all proceeds go towards covering costs of the parade. The parade will take place on Sunday, March 17, starting at 3.30 p.m. Entries and queries should be sent to

Ballymote Celtic EGM

Ballymote Celtic are holding an urgent EGM in the Health Centre, Top of the Rock Ballymote on Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m.

All members, parents, coaches and affiliates are required to attend. Please contact Daniel at 087 7419106 for further information.

Knockminna NS open evening

An open evening will be held in Knockminna National School on Monday, March 4, from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. All children who hope to start school in September 2019 are welcome with their parents, to attend. If you are unable to attend at this time please contact the school at 071 9189272 to arrange a time that suits you.


There was no winner of the Ballymote lotto jackpot on February 16 Numbers drawn were 1, 14, 17 and 20. There were two match-three winners, names of winners displayed locally. The jackpot now stands at €7,400. The next draw will take place in Hayden's on Saturday, March 2, Thank you for your support.

Corran College

Corran College will have an open evening and enrolment evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday next, February 28, for the forthcoming academic year. Information in regard to First year enrolment and also Leaving Cert Applied will be available on the night. For more information contact 071 9183285.


Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Fran O'Dea, Dubin; Chris Porter, London and formerly Clooneen: Doreen Tighe, Corran Lodge, whose deaths occurred recently.

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.



There was no blotto jackpot winner in the Blue Devon on Saturday, February 16. Numbers drawn were 1, 17, 22 and 21. Winners of €30 Shane Fowley, Woodview Inn, Thelma Banks Edergole, Martha Carty, Aughameelta, Simone Feehily c/o Blue Devon, Gerry and Ciara McTiernan c/o Woodview Inn. Congratulations to all lucky winners. Tickets are on sale in all businesses in Dromahair so get your today.

Tidy Towns AGM

Dromahair Development Association Tidy Towns annual general meeting will be held in the Depot on Wednesday, February 27, at 8 p.m. Everyone is invited along.

Macra Tractor Run

North Leitrim Macra Na Feirme Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, March 3. All proceeds going to the Paediatric Unit in Sligo General Hospital. Registration at 1 p.m., tractors leaving at 2 p.m. from Drumkeeran Football Field.

Nuala's barndance

Nuala's Barndance in aid of NW Hospice will be held in Grange Hall on Friday, March 1. Dancing from 9 p.m. to midday music by Brendan and Pat McGee. Admission €8 Supper Served.


A new six-week exercise class begins on Thursday in Drumkeerin ball alley. All ages and fitness levels catered for. €25 for the six weeks. Men's 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ladies 9.10 p.m.

St Joseph's NS, Killenummery

Enrolment packs for September 2019 are available from the school from February 4 to February 28.Please phone or call to the school between 9.20 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a pack. An open afternoon will be held in the school on February 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Drama in Ballintogher

Come along to Ballintogher Community Centre on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. for a comedy by Sam Cree 'Don't Tell the Wife' by Wind Mill Players (West Sligo). Enquiries/Booking - Mary 087 9964143.

Dancing in Ballintogher

Set dancing in Ballintogher community centre continues on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Come and learn a few steps. Also two hand dances. No partner needed. Spread the word please.


If you have any items you wish included in the local notes contact us Friday before 11 a.m. To book the venue for classes, parties, meetings: telephone 071 9134986, mobile: 085 8017943 or email


Charity concert

The annual charity concert of the Drumshanbo Traditional Irish Music course will be held in the Mayflower Community Centre, Drumshanbo on Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m. 'Cairde le Chéile' (Among Friends) is the theme of this year's concert, inspired by a tune composed by the legendary John Sheahan of the Dubliners and further inspiration comes from the friendships developed on the music course as well as the great friendliness expressed each year by the local community who continue to support this charity fundraising event.

The evening will be organised and performed by the students of the course and all proceeds will be shared equally among three charities; the local branch of St Vincent de Paul, STOP Suicide and the music course instrument fund. The SVP and STOP are well known in this region for their trojan work for people in need of physical, financial, emotional and psychological support.

The Drumshanbo Traditional Irish Music course was established in 1997 and is the only course of it's kind in the country, providing an introduction to the traditional arts at QQI Level 5. Students study modules in Irish Music, Music Theory, Music Performance, Event Production, Sound Engineering, Music Technology, Music Industry Studies, Word Processing and Communications. Students are encouraged to learn an instrument of their choice and to practice every day, a core element of the course being the transmission of Irish music in the traditional manner - by ear.

The annual charity concert is one of the highlights of the year and provides an ideal opportunity for students to showcase the tunes, songs and dances that they have been working on throughout the year. Tickets are €7 and can be bought at the door on the night with under-12s going free. There is a door prize of €100 and there will also be a raffle during the interval with prizes sponsored by local businesses. Your attendance and support would be greatly appreciated.


Health is Wealth

The 2019 Leitrim Health is Wealth conference will take place in the Bush Hotel Carrick-on-Shannon on Wednesday night, March 27, and the conference was launched in a packed Drumkeerin Community Centre on Wednesday night, February 20.

Leitrim GAA Co Board president, Andy Redican launched the conference in Drumkeerin. Ocean's FM's Kevin Blessing acted as a popular MC for the launch event.

The Leitrim Health is Wealth conference will focus on developing public awareness on local mental health and how everyone can play a role in better community mental health promotion.

Ballinamore native and crime journalist, Paul Williams will preside at the health is Wealth conference in the Bush Hotel. The distinguished speakers at the conference will be Adi Roche, John Lonergan, Mikey Drennan, Angela Hayes (Thomas Hayes Trust), Kristen O'Reilly, Geraldine McCarthy and Alan Quinlan.

The promotion of this event is fully supported by the Leitrim Observer and the Leitrim Co. GAA Board. The Leitrim Health is Wealth conference was launched in the Dáil last week by Minister for health, Simon Harris. Admission to the conference in the Bush Hotel will be free.

Lay Funeral Leaders

The Cloonclare-Killasnett Parish (Manorhamilton-Glencar-Mullies) has issued an appeal for voluntary lay prayer leaders to come forward to assist its priests with some of the religious aspects relating to funeral services.

An appeal in the weekend Parish Newsletter stated 'as the number of priests in the Dioceses declines it is necessary to share some of the workload of those priests in the parishes.

'So it is hoped to recruit some of our parishioners to lead prayers in the home of the deceased and in Our Lady's Hospital Chapel, etc. A training day has been arranged for (Monday), April 1.'

Gaelscoil Chluainín Enrolment

Gaelscoil Chluainín enrolment for the school year 2019-2020 is now under way. To enrol a child for the new school year please phone the school at 071 9856046 or email to obtain an enrolment information pack and relevant forms.Gaelscoil Chluainín says 'we look forward to meeting you all. Ag tnúth go mór le buaileadh libh go léir.'.

St Patrick's Day parade

Manorhamilton's St Patrick's Day parade will take place on Sunday, March 17, and the assembly point for the parade will be, as it has been for many years now, the Fire Station on New Line.

Further information on the 2019 Manorhamilton St Patrick's Day parade is available from Bernie McGauran or Gerry Creamer, phone 086 3855090.

Macra Tractor Run

The sixth annual North Leitrim Macra na Feirme Charity Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, March 3, starting from outside the Drumkeerin GAA Grounds.

This year's Macra Charity Tractor is being organised in aid of Sligo University Hospital Paediatric Unit. Macra would be greatly appreciated your support for this event.

District News

Please send items for next week's Manorhamilton District News by 8 a.m. at the latest on this Friday morning, March 1, to PJ Leddy at


Church News

Church of Mary, Mother of God, Newtownmanor - Liturgy for March: Readers - Eileen and Patricia Cunningham; Collectors - Séamus Fowley and Cathal O'Conallain; Altar Society - Bernadette and Hazel Boylan.

25 Card Game

The Progressive 25 Card Game (s) take place each Friday in Newtownmanor Hall at 9 p.m. All card players are welcome and we look forward to new members coming along.


Pilates classes in Newtownmanor Hall have been extended to both Tuesdays and Thursdays owing to an increase in demand. Classes are at 7.30 p.m. each evening. Contact Niamh on Mob. 087 2294500 to clarify which night you are due to attend or to book a new place, if you are choosing to start.


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.


Community Games

Congratulations to Lorcan Eivers, who took gold in the under-11 boys Gymnastics competition held recently in the Sligo Sports Complex. Congratulations also to Riverstown's under-16 Table Tennis team who took Silver at the county finals of Table Tennis held recently in Bunninadden. The team consisted of Jamie Parke, Matthew Parke and Ryan Parke.

Well done to all the children who took part in the local Community Games Chess under-13 competition. First place went to Liam Rochefort, second place went to Ethan Rochefort, joint third place went to Eoin Feeney, Conor Feeney and Liam Flaherty. Best of luck to the team as they go on to represent Riverstown at county finals in St Mary's College, Ballisodare on Tuesday, February 26, at 6 p.m.

Well done also to all the children who took part in the local draughts competition. In under-10 mixed draughts joint first place went to Eoin Feeney, Lilia Williams and Aaron Hogan, second place went to Harry Brehony, joint third place Miceal Garry, Kate Flaherty and Clodagh Galvin. In the under-12 competition first place went to Jack Willis, second place went to Eli Rogers and, joint third went to Ciara Gilligan, Aoibhinn Conlon and Katie Gilligan. Best of luck to both teams as they go on to represent Riverstown at county finals in Dromore West, Templeboy on Sunday, March 3, at 1 p.m.

Sooey NS enrolment

Parents and children wishing to enrol in Sooey National School for September 2019 are invited to visit the school on Friday, March 1, from 2.15 p.m. to 3 p.m. This will give the children an opportunity to meet their fellow pupils and the teachers in the school. If you are unable to attend on this date please contact the school to make an alternative appointment (telephone 071 9165845/

Don't Tell the Wife

Windmill Players present Don't Tell the Wife by Sam Cree in Ballintogher Hall on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets €10 each call or text 087 9964143. A great night's entertainment not to be missed.

Taunagh NS open day

On Thursday, March 14, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Taunagh National School will host an open day. There will be an opportunity to tour our school, meet the teachers, chat to the Parent Association and enquire about enrolment. The pupils will also demonstrate a number of science experiments and there will be refreshments available. A warm welcome is extended to everyone in the wider community to visit the school on this day.

Ready, Steady, Cook

Sligo Folk Park are organising a Ready, Steady, Cook, fundraiser with Chef John Kelly, from the Riverbank Restaurant and Chef Sham from the Cottage, Jamestown in Castledargan Hotel on Thursday, March 21, at 8 p.m. The two chefs will be assisted by Surprise Guests. Doors open at 7.15 p.m. and MC for the night will be Paul Quinn of Virgin Media TV Local food and crafts exhibits on the night. Admission €10. Any support would be appreciated.

News items

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