Sunday 26 May 2019

Around the districts: Ballintrillick, Carraroe, Dromahair, Manorhamilton, Newtownmanor

Ballintrillick: Benwiskin Centre - Community Garden Project - this project welcomes all members of the community to learn, socialise and garden together from April till October. It enables participants to learn how to grow their own food using organic principles, promotes healthy eating through sharing recipes of their harvest and builds lasting friendships based on their shared interest in gardening.

Classes will commence at the Benwiskin Centre on Monday, April 29, from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. weekly (accept bank holiday Mondays). Fee €60. Call 071 9176721 to register.

Ciara Barrett has led the community garden project at the Benwiskin Centre since 2010. Due to other commitments, Ciara is not running the project this year but we would like to thank Ciara for her commitment to the project for so many years.

BODY TONING CLASSES - Thursdays. As numbers low, classes will not be proceeding for the next few months.

CIRCUIT TRAINING - Classes 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays. Exercise for seniors - 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Mondays - still continuing on Mondays.


Next Friday cake sale

Your support will be appreciated for the regular cake sale which will take place in Community Centre on Good Friday April April 19 after the 3 p.m. services. Proceeds in aid of the ongoing maintenance of Defibrillators, Tidy Towns, Community Events and Text Alert. It would be appreciated if people would consider donating cakes, Buns, Scones, and Tarts etc. - contact to any of the following Mary Dunbar - 087 6669533, Dympna O'Loughlin - 087 9303540, Mary Murphy 087 6888293, Bridie McLean. Donations can be given in at community centre from 10 a.m. till 2.45 p.m.

Election issues

The campaigns will soon be starting with canvassers arriving to ask for your support. All are entitled to be received with courtesy and respect as it not easy to stand for election. It is our duty as the electorate to participate in the democratic process.

Residents are requested to remind all canvassers of the following issues which Cadra has highlighted to have addressed: Sligo Town Bus Service extended to the community centre, Set Back on Holywell Road at Cuilbeg, Footpaths on Cuilbeg Road to Holywell and Ballygawley Road, Bottle Banks, Speeding on our Roads, Traffic at School, safety of sight lines at junction of Ballygawley/Holywell Road, Development of village concept with vintage signage and lighting. All these issues have been highlighted to all elected representatives by Cadra over the years.

Collection Thanks

Cadra wishes to say a special thank you to all who contributed so generously to the annual church gate collection. We raised €500 which will assist with the ongoing maintenance of our Defibrillators, Text Alert, Tidy Towns in Carraroe and will ensure our area is a safe pleasant place to live and visit.

Tidy Towns

Work Evenings: We are planning to commence our regular work evenings each Tuesday and Thursday commencing on Tuesday, April 23, at 7.30. We would appreciate if anyone willing to give an hour to come to Community Centre at 7.30 p.m. each evening and assist keep our are looking clean and tidy for the summer.

Wall at ESB Power Station: Cadra is working with ESB networks to have this wall made more presentable to the community. It has attracted negative comment by the National Tidy Town adjudicator in past reports. We are hopeful that progress will soon be made and some improvement will be undertaken.

25 Card Game

Tuesday, April 30, at 9 p.m. in Carraroe Community Centre will be our last game for this season with jackpot to go. The current jackpot is €600 It will be €620 on 23rd and €640 on 30th unless some luck person scoops it before then. The usual raffle, tea and Treats will be on offer. Spread the word to all card players. This is a great opportunity to meet, chat and have light hearted banter in a comfortable setting and an organised game of progressive 25 Game. W.

inners on 12 games were Pat Gormally/Pat Walsh. Runners-up on nine games were Séamus McGoldrick/Dermot Mitchell, John McLean/Nigel Durcan, Christy Murphy/J Toolan B Foley/J Callaghan, T McPartland/PJ McDonagh. New and inexperienced players are always welcome. All proceeds go to local projects in the community spread the word and bring a friend.

Lakeview ICA

The AGM of Lakeview Guild was held in Carraroe Community Centre on Tuesday, April 2. Thanks to all the members for attending on the night. The Sligo weekend to An Grianan April 26 to April 28 is now fully booked. The Aldi brown bread competition will be held in Ballysadare on Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m.;the winner on the night will go forward to the regional finals at An Grianan in August. The overall winner 2017 was Mary Conway from Aclare guild. Gleann guild are having an afternoon tea party in Castle Dargan on Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m., for more details contact Maura McManus.

Dates for your Diary:Fashion show in Pamala Scotts in Johnston Court 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday the second may. The Big Hello in Dollys Cottage on Sunday the fifth may. Irish night in Teach Cheoil Riverstown on Saturday the 11th may at 9 p.m. The annual ICA walk is on Sunday the 12th may at 3 p.m. The national AGM in Athlone on Sunday, May 26, 19.

The yoga classes continue in Carraroe Community Centre on Wednesday mornings 10.30 a.m. to 11. 30 a.m.; this is part of our Go for Life programme.

Community Sports Field

The committee have been awarded a leader grant to create a walk around the grounds which will be a great asset to the community of Carraroe and will link with the walks currently being created around the area. This will be a safe place to walk into the future.

St John's GAA Club

Lotto draw jackpot now €13,200. Tickets can be purchased in the following outlets - Applegreen, Pearse Rd.Clifford Electrical, Carraroe; Crozon Inn; Gerry McMorrow's Shop, Cairns Road; Blue Lagoon, Riverside; Cannings House and garden, Cornageeha and Molly Fulton's Bar and Restaurant, Carraroe.

Learn to Dance

Dance class commences Wednesday night in Carraroe Community Centre at 8.30 p.m. with live band from 9.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. The live band providing the music for April is as follows: Wednesday, April 17, Billy Corcoran, Wednesday, April 24, Colm Burke. Learn to jive, waltz, Quick Step and more - For more information contact Frank at 087 9809432.

Date for Diary

The annual Spring Clean takes place on Saturday, April 27, commencing at 9.30 a.m. in Community Football Field Cuilbeg. All residents are asked to come and assist give our area a good clean for the summer.

We ask residents from each road to come and support which will allow us ensure all roads including your road can be picked. Only special marked plastic bags supplied on day will be picked up for disposal by Sligo County Council. The usual Hi-Viz, Pickers, Bags and Gloves will be available. However, if you already have a picker please bring it with you. Please join us after the pick for a tea or coffee sean nós Dancing.

Classes continue with all-Ireland Champion Ryan Sheridan in Carraroe Community Hall. Beginners 6 p.m. to 6.45 p.m. Intermediate 7 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. Suitable for all with a keen interest in learning Traditional Irish sean nós Dancing. All Enquiries to 087 6106493 or email New Beginners. Welcome Booking essential.

Line Dancing

Brand new Beginner Level Line Dancing Class in Carraroe Community Centre at 8 p.m. each Monday night. For more information please contact Gary at 085 7819808.

Future News/Events

To have events/news items included in Carraroe section contact 087 2222835 or email to not later than Friday each week.


Garda Info Clinic

The Garda Community Information Clinic is ongoing in the Depot Dromahair every Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. General Garda Services and Information is provided. This is a pilot scheme and its success depend on the support of the public. Use it or lose it.

Holy Week ceremony times

Holy Week Ceremony Times in Killenummery: Holy Thursday Mass 7.30 p.m. St Therese's, Ballintogher. Good Friday Ceremony 3 p.m. St Mary's Parish Church, Killenummery. Easter Vigil Mass 9.30 p.m. St Mary's, Killenummery.

The Depot

Classes commencing soon in the Depot: Basket making class will commence on Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. if there are enough people interested in it. Gardening will start on Wednesday, April 24, at 10 a.m. DIY with Eddie on Monday mornings. Ring us any morning 9.40 p.m. to 1 p.m. at 085 8017943 or 071 9134986 give us your name and number. These classes are funded by MSL ETB.

Informal Classes on Antiques - Susan has commenced an informal class on Antiques in the Depot Dromahair on Fridays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For further information please contact Susan at 087 6445665. email

Other activities - Parent and toddler group Tuesday 11 a.m. Contact Sandy on Facebook. Active Age group meet on Thursdays at 10.30 a.m., contact Mary at 086 3408235. Edwina Guckian's Áirc Damhsa Dance Club on Thursdays at 5.45 p.m. see for more info. Karate on Fridays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., contact Michael Sweeney 087 6754994 for further information.

The Depot Office is open Monday to Friday mornings from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Close at 1 p.m. on Fridays. We offer a full range of office services. Photocopying, typing, printing, laminating, binding and internet access. All services available at very reasonable rates.

Irish Language preschool

A sub-committee of Glór Ghleannta Liatroma are in the process of establishing an Irish Language preschool facility in Cluainín: They will be offering all day and sessional care and are aiming to be established by September. Further information can be got by visiting the FB page Naíonra Chluainín, or by ringing the chair of the committee Rossa at 086 8260860.


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


Library News

A storytelling session for two- to five-year-olds accompanied by their parent (s)/guardian (s) takes place In Manorhamilton on this Thursday, April 18, from midday to 12.30 p.m.

This will be led by library staff as part of a national initiative called 'Spring into Storytime,' celebrating the importance of reading together and sharing stories with children.

Meantime Manor Library is running an Easter Card Theme competition. It invites contestants to 'be creative this Easter by designing your card on A5 size paper. Feel free to use lots of colour, glitter etc.

The closing date for the Easter Card Theme competition is Thursday, April 18, and all entries must be handed into library by 4 p.m. All Easter Card Theme contest entrants are reminded that there are lots of Easter eggs going.

For more information on Easter Treats just drop into the library or call 071 9856180. The Local Knitting/Crochet Group meets every Wednesday morning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Manorhamilton Library. Come along for a chat and share your craft ideas.

As part of the Keeping Leitrim Lovely initiative Manorhamilton Library has available a supply of 'Keeping Leitrim Lovely' re-usable jute bags in stock; priced €3 each. Drop into the library and get your bag today.

Easter Sports Camp

Manorhamilton Astro is promoting an Easter multi sports camp on Thursday, April 24, Wednesday, April 25, and Thursday, April 26, at its facility adjacent to the Bee Park.

The multi sports camp will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The cost per person attending the multi sports camp for the three days is €20 or for a single day it is €10 per person. To book a place on the Easter multi sports camp, please phone 083 3559977.

Historical Society Meeting

All Manorhamilton and District Historical Society members, and everyone interested in local history, are invited the Society's meeting that will take place in the Bee Park Community Centre on this Wednesday night, April 17, at 7 p.m.

Among matters down for discussion at this meeting will be the advancement of a number of projects that were discussed at the Society's last meeting.

Social Dance

A social dance will take place in the Rainbow Ballroom of Romance Glenfarne on Easter Sunday night, April 21.

The dance music will be provided by the very popular Eugene Cunningham and Brendan McGee duo. Refreshments will be served to all patrons attending the Rainbow Ballroom's Easter Sunday night social dance.

Historical Talk

What should interesting talk 'World War one the Sligo Experience: Community Engagement and Commemoration' will be given by Simone Hickey and Hugh Trayer in the Glens Centre on this Wednesday night, April 17, at 7 p.m.

This free historical talk is another event in the Versailles Programme 'Remembering Leitrim's War Dead' and all are welcome.

Northwest STOP

Northwest STOP, which was formerly known as STOP Suicide, offers a free counselling service to anyone who wishes to talk to counsellor in confidence. To avail of Northwest STOs free counselling service please phone 086 7772009 or Callsave 1850-211-877.

District News

Please send items for next week's Manorhamilton District News by 8 a.m. at the latest on this Friday morning, April 19, to PJ Leddy at


Holy Week Services

Holy Week Services at church of Mary, Mother of God, Newtownmanor: Holy Thursday Mass at 7 p.m.; Good Friday Liturgy at 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday Mass at 10 a.m.

Good Friday Spring Clean

This is taking place this Good Friday morning (April 19) at 10 a.m.; meeting outside the Newtownmanor Hall.

All that is needed is for you to arrive filled with enthusiasm and energy; all materials will be provided. The more of us who participate, the easier the task will be. Bring a friend or two and make a social occasion of it. If you have high visibility clothing, do wear it. See you on Good Friday morning.


Pilates classes in Newtownmanor Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays will continue till Tuesday and Thursday, April 23, and 25, inclusive.

Classes are at 7.30 p.m. each evening. Contact Niamh on Mob. 087 2294500 to clarify which night you are due to attend, if in any doubt.

After Thursday, April 23, classes will cease for summer recess; resuming in September 2019, all being well with the world.

25 Card Game

The Progressive 25 Card Game takes place each Friday in Newtownmanor Hall at 9 p.m.; Good Friday, April 19, included. Proceeds from Good Friday evening go to the North West Hospice.

The final Friday of cards this 'season' will be Friday, May 17. All card players are welcome and we are always keen for new members to come along.

Why not sample a few weeks before the end of this 'season'?

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.

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