Thursday 18 July 2019

Around the districts: Ballintrillick, Dromahair, Manorhamilton, Newtownmanor, Maugherow, Skreen-Dromard

North Sligo AC Raised €2,000 for the Friends of Angus Fund at their annual quiz in McLeans Pub. Pictured at the presentation of funds were (from left) Viera Stupokova, secretary North Sligo AC; Thomas Coggins and Niall Rooney, Friends Of Angus; Brian Drury, quiz master; David Kenny, Friends Of Angus and Mary Gilmartin Chairperson of North Sligo AC
North Sligo AC Raised €2,000 for the Friends of Angus Fund at their annual quiz in McLeans Pub. Pictured at the presentation of funds were (from left) Viera Stupokova, secretary North Sligo AC; Thomas Coggins and Niall Rooney, Friends Of Angus; Brian Drury, quiz master; David Kenny, Friends Of Angus and Mary Gilmartin Chairperson of North Sligo AC

Ballintrillick, Benwiskin Centre: New Body Toning classes - Change of time - Classes are due to commence Friday, 1st Feb. 2019 11am - 12pm (NOT 11.30 as previously listed) at The Benwiskin Centre with Angel Fitness. Tone your body with a 5 min. warm up / 15 min. step aerobics / 10 min. workout / 15 min. callanetics exercises. Pay as you go €8 per week or €42 for a block of classes for 6 weeks.


Play in Ballintogher

Windmill Players, Dromore West are back in action in Ballintogher Hall, performing Sam Cree's, 'Don't Tell the Wife'. on Saturday and Sunday, February 2 and 3, at 8 p.m. Admission €10, tickets for sale, contact Mary at 087 9964143. Great night's entertainment.

Garda Information Centre

The Garda Community Information Centre is open in the Depot, Back Line, Dromahair on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. General Garda Services and information will be provided. This is a pilot scheme and its' success depends on the support of the public. Please use the service when it is made available locally.

The Depot

Parent and toddler group Tuesday 11 a.m. Contact Sandy on Facebook.

Wednesday Club on Wednesdays at 10.30 a.m. New members welcome, contact Mary at 086 3408235.

Edwina Guckian's Áirc Damhsa Dance Club on Thursdays at 5 p.m. for beginners and 5.30 for improvers 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.


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 8017943or e-mail:


Stephen Returns Home

The man who President Michael D Higgins described as 'a splendid, wonderful, courageous poet' Stephen Murphy, returns home to the Glens Centre on this Friday night, February 1, where he'll be joined by an all-star cast for the launch of his poetry collection, 'From the Sea Hound.'.

The Lurganboy poet has been living in Limerick for the past year, but he says his heart still belongs to the North-West. He says 'Limerick's been good to us in so many ways, but Leitrim will always be home. The Glens is the right place to launch it.

'and the first day of Spring feels like the perfect time to bring new life in to the world. Throw the right people in to the mix and all the makings are there for a magical evening.'.

Supporting him for the event are the Louth musician David Keenan, the singer Noel O'Grady, and fellow Leitrim man and Stockton's Wing fiddler, Rossinver's Maurice Lennon, with a few more cameos during the evening.

'I'm very honoured to be bringing such a wealth of talent to Manorhamilton, but for me it's about much more than just the performers. The energy that's cultivated in the Glens Centre when there's (hopefully) a decent crowd in it is worth its weight in gold.'.

Tractor Run

Heraghty's Bar recently had a large attendance for the presentation to Michael Gilgunn of a €12,195 cheque, which was the excellent community amount contributed for the New Year's Day Manorhamilton IFA Tractor Run.

Young Michael Gilgunn from Ramooney was involved in a serious road traffic accident near his home on September 30 and he received acute injuries in it, which requires ongoing treatment.

The New Year's Day Tractor Run has been an annual local charity event and this year the Manorhamilton IFA Branch decided to allocate the funds raised to assist Michael.

Speaking prior to Sunday night's presentation Manorhamilton IFA Branch chairperson, Eddie Mitchell thanked everyone who in anyway helped out on the day with the very successful Tractor Run in 126 tractors participated.

Eddie also wished Michael all the best in the future. Leitrim IFA chairperson, James Gallagher also addressed Sunday night's event in Heraghty's Bar. He praised Manorhamilton IFA Branch for the outstanding work they do for the local community.'.

Public Meeting

Everyone is invited to attend a public meeting in Manorhamilton's Bee Park Community Centre at 7.30 p.m. on this Friday night, February 8, that will discuss a way forward for the town.

The meeting organisers, the Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum, say they 'wish to invite business people, all community groups and residents of Manorhamilton to come along to a public meeting to discuss what is needed and the way forward for our town.'.

'Don't Tell the Wife'

Ballintogher Community Centre will stage West Sligo's Windmill Players presentation of Sam Cree's hilarious play 'Don't Tell the Wife' at 8 p.m. on this Saturday night, February 2, and on Sunday night, February 3. Both nights' proceeds will be donated to the Hall Fund.

District News

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


Liturgy for February

Church of Mary, Mother of God, Newtownmanor: Liturgy for February: Reader - Michael Comiskey; Collectors - Kevin McDermott and Jim Loughlin; Altar Society - Elizabeth Comiskey and Minnie Healy.

25 Card Game

The Progressive 25 Card Games 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 continue in Newtownmanor Hall on Thursday evenings, at 7.30 p.m. Contact Niamh at 087 2294500 to book a place.

Presentation of Cheque

A Presentation of funds from 'Sharon Loughlin's Fun Run/Walk 2018' to the Irish Pilgrimage Trust will be held after Mass this Sunday, February 3, in Newtownmanor Hall. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome to come along.

Rural Transport

On Friday evenings, the bus travels from Newtownmanor to Dromahair, via Calry; out at 9 p.m. returning at 12.30 a.m.

On Sunday evenings, the bus travels from Newtownmanor to Sligo, via Calry; out at 9 p.m. returning at 12.30 a.m. A return journey costs €8.

To book a place or to find out more information, please contact John Reynolds on Mob: 086 8541777.


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.


Text Alert

Maugherow text alert will hold its annual general meeting on February 6 at 8 p.m. in Maugherow hall. Yearly subscriptions can be renewed on the night. Information available on TELESIS property marking with demonstration, also Road Safety supplies available free of charge.

Raughly Swim

The St Stephen's Day Swim in Raughley has fundraised €4,000 in AID of NW Hospice and NW Parents and Friends Association (supporting people with mental disabilities). Thank you to all who supported the event.

St Patrick's School

St Patrick's School will have an open day for new pupils in St Patrick's School Maugherow on Monday, February 4, at 1 p.m.

Community Games

We are appealing to parents of local children aged between 5-16 years of age to please support their local Community Games. New members are desperately needed on the committee to replace those stepping down in order to sustain this very important community event.

There are lots of ways in which you can help. We would particularly welcome someone with good social media networking skills and individuals to take on a co-ordination role or a coaching role for a few events.. There are also lots of available events that may appeal to some children i.e. Irish contemporary dance, project, skittles, table quiz, art and model making... there is something for everyone.

We are having a meeting on Wednesday, January 30, at 8 p.m. in Maugherow Parish Hall. Forms will be distributed very shortly through St Patrick's School and left in Dunleaveys shop. Closing dates for the first round of events is February 9 so please return your forms ASAP to either Dunleaveys Shop/Eimear Donlon/Peter Gillespiw/Andrea Nicholson or Sheila Walsh.

Your news

Notes can be emailed to before 9 p.m. on Thursday.


High Park NS open evening

High Park National School are holding their annual open evening on Wednesday, February 13, from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. in the school. All the school teachers will be in attendance as well as representatives of the parents' association. New students are also welcome to attend this open evening.

Enrolment forms for the September 2019 intake of pupils will be available on the night and at the local Play School or by contacting the school directly at 071 9166891 or 086 4087940 or email -

Text Alert

Text Alert is actively running in the local community area and everyone is asked to be alert and report anything suspicious to the Garda by contacting Sligo GARDA Station (O71) 9157000.

Drama Production

The Skreen-Dromard Drama Group will stage their hilarious comedy A Fish Out of Water in the Hawks Well Theatre Sligo on February 9. Tickets for the Hawks Well night can be got by contacting 087 6806905 or from any Cast Member. Ticket cost is €12.50.

Property Marking

The Telesis Property Marking Unit, which can punch your Eircode on to objects making it a less attractive target to thieves, will be at the community centre on Saturday, February 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You must have your Eircode number with you and it will be punched onto your property e.g. bikes trailers and other items. Ring Aisling at 087 6649635 with any queries.

Community Centre

Social Dance Classes will start on Wednesday, February 6, from 8.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Ring Eunice at 086 3113033 for further details. Apologies for the cancelled January Classes.

Circuit Training on Monday and Thursday nights from 8.30 p.m. to 9.15 p.m. All abilities welcome.

Pilates Monday classes start at 6.30 Contact Aideen at 086 2072592

Active Age Group meet Tuesdays at 2.30 p.m. for gentle exercises, games and refreshments. New members always welcome.

Community Centre Office Hours 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Lunch 3 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Community Games

The 2019 Community Games events will commence on February 17 with Cross County and Mixed Dist Relay. Entry forms are now available in both High Park and Ballinlig National Schools plus Beltra post office and Collerys Shop Beltra. Entries should be submitted by February 4 with €5 per child registration fee.

The following events have to be entered online before February 9 - the County Duathlon on February 17; the County Quiz on February 17 ; Table Tennis on February 20 ; Gymnastics on February 18 (No area final - just county); Area only Swimming on February 4 with County Final on April 1 and 2; Badminton - TBC Basketball in both age groups - TBC Draughts on March 3; Indoor Soccer on March 9 and 10 and County Art Final on March 18.


Deepest sympathy is extended to Margaret Scott Carravard Beltra on the recent death of her Sister Catherine Dayton late of San Diego USA and Strokestown County Roscommon.

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