Tuesday 18 June 2019

Around the districts: Ballintrillick, Dromahair, Manorhamilton, Riverstown

Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Martin Baker turns sod at Cuan Iosa Ballymote where an extension of eight new houses will be built
Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Martin Baker turns sod at Cuan Iosa Ballymote where an extension of eight new houses will be built

Ballintrillick: Christmas Mass times - Christmas Eve - Kinlough 7pm, Ballintrillick 8.30pm, Tullaghan 10pm. Christmas Day - Glenade 9.30am. Kinlough 11am.


A big thank you!

Dromahair Development Association/Tidy Towns would like to thank everyone who has helped out in any way over the past year. To those who join us on the clean-ups, help with flower planting, weeding and contributes in any way to keeping our village looking good.

Thank you to all the businesses who help us with the blotto draw by selling tickets and allowing us to run the draws without which we wouldn't be able to continue. Thank you to everyone who buys a blotto ticket, we really appreciate it as it helps us to buy flowers and shrubs for our Tidy Towns work. Thank you to Dromahair Foróige and their leaders for all the help with our Tidy Towns Projects.

Thank you to Joe in Centra, Gavin in Gala and Ann in Ann's Cutting Corner for selling our Keep Cups, to hopefully reduce the amount of disposable cups being used.

By reusing these cups people are reducing landfill. In case you didn't know it disposable coffee cups are not recyclable. We have still some of these Keep Cups for sale in the office.

We were successful in getting grant assistance towards providing a bus shelter and bins in the village which we hope will be of great benefit to the community. Also, we received funding towards new laptops, sound system and document binder for the office. Also for a marquee for outdoor activities. More on this later.

To the Rural Social Scheme team Seán, Micheál, Tony, Donal and Martina, thank you for all your hard work and dedication. It is much appreciated. Also to their supervisor Margaret for all her continuous hard work and support.

Thanks also to Theresa, CE worker in the Depot office for all her hard work and dedication and Michael CE worker, our caretaker, who keeps the Depot in pristine condition. Also to Gerry their supervisor for all his support.

Thanks also to Leitrim County Council for their continued support in all our projects. Also to everyone who runs a class in the Depot. Thank you for your continued support and co-operation. Thanks also to all the tutors who were kind enough to come and run courses for us and also to all who attended the courses. We hope you got something out of them. To everyone who supports us in using the Depot for your event, it is very much appreciated.

We would like to wish everyone a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year and we look forward to working with you all again in 2019.


Congratulations to Naomh Pádraig Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, who were awarded a bronze medal at a ceremony in Croke Park Saturday, December 15. This initiative was promoted by Bríd O'Donoghue and it's a great achievement for the club, the only club in Leitrim to win at these awards. Nollaig shona daoibh go léir.

The Leitrim Guardian

Please don't forget to buy your copy of the Leitrim Guardian 2019. You can pick it up in your local shops and or purchase it online at and get it sent to friends and family elsewhere. This unique publication reflects the voices of our county and our diaspora. It contains such a wide variety of topics with articles written by people from all over the county and further afield. Whatever your interest - historical, literary, current affairs, short stories and poetry.

The Leitrim Guardian, an annual publication which started in 1968, is Ireland's only county journal and has 48 editions published to date. Produced entirely through voluntary effort, the journal is sold nationally and internationally. Please see for further information about the journal. At only €12 it makes an ideal gift. Your support is greatly appreciated for this historic publication.

Garda Information Centre

Garda Community Information Centre open in the Depot, Back Line, Dromahair on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This service will not be available on New Years Eve December 31. 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.

Christmas 6.5km Fun Run

Ballintogher Run and Walk annual Family Christmas 6.5km Fun Run and Walk: St Stephen's Day Wednesday, December 26, in aid of Ballintogher Tidy Towns and Community Centre. Registration in Community Centre Start - midday Prizes for first Walker, first U - 12 and first Runner home. Refreshments provided afterwards €10 Entry fee. Children Free

The Depot

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 Thursday before midday To book the venue for classes, parties, meetings: telephone 071 9134986, mobile: 085 8017943 or email


Manor Seeks €2 million

The chairperson of Manorhamilton Business Forum, Philip Rooney has called for an allocation of €2 million in funding from the government to provide a facelift for Manorhamilton in the immediate future, which will enable the North Leitrim town and the people of the area to progress.

Speaking recently after Manorhamilton's brand new Christmas lights were officially switched on Philip praised the work being done by local groups in the town and in the general area in regard to developing specific projects.

He called on all local groups and organisations to join forces with the Business Forum in the New Year in its drive to obtain the required funding for the town's badly needed and planned facelift.

Expanding further on this Philip Rooney said 'I do feel if they (local groups and organisations) come together as one group, as Manorhamilton, and under one umbrella and in one unit, they will achieve a lot and a lot quicker. We will get better results.

'There is a partnership now between Manorhamilton Business Forum and Leitrim County Council to move on Manorhamilton in a new way of doing things.

Mary's Award

Glencar woman, Mary Clancy recently won a Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach 2018 Award for her outstanding voluntary work with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.

Mary and her husband, Glenade native, John live in Sligo. She has been involved with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust since 1995 and has served in many roles in the Trust's North West Region during that time.

Mary also runs the Irish Pilgrimage Friendship Trust week in Kilcuan, Co. Galway every summer. She joined the Irish Pilgrimage Friendship Trust Board of Trustees in 2009 and is the board secretary.

Meantime the Irish Pilgrimage Trust is a registered charity in Ireland, and for over 40 years the Trust has been travelling on pilgrimage/holiday to Lourdes with young people with special needs, from all over Ireland.

€2,787 SVP Donation

The Christmas Sale and raffle held recently, in aid of St Vincent de Paul in Our Lady's Hospital, Manorhamilton raised an excellent sum €2,787.95.

The organiser of the Christmas Sale and raffle, Janet Stephenson says 'I am very grateful to everyone who supported this worthy cause. It was great to see such large numbers of people at the sale on the day.

'The large amount raised was due to the generosity of so many people towards the sale and raffle. I hope this money will help people in our local area who are less fortunate than us and that they will benefit from the money to ensure a bit more cheer in their homes this Christmas.'

NY Day Tractorcade

The annual Manorhamilton Irish Farmers Association Tractorcade takes place on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, commencing at the Manorhamilton Mart and following the usual course on the roads in the town and its environs.

The New Year's Day Tractorcade is being run to bring in some funding that will aid a very worthy and deserving local serious road traffic accident victim's recuperation.

New Year deadline

Please send items for the first New Year's Manorhamilton District News by 8 a.m. at the latest on Thursday morning, December 27, to PJ Leddy at


Christmas Swim

The annual Lough Arrow Christmas Day swim in aid of North West Hospice takes place at 1 p.m. at Flynn's pier via Ballindoon. Please support participants as generously as ever, or if you would like to participate contact Mary (086 8733485) for sponsorship card or go through our Facebook page. In conjunction with the Swim there will be a table quiz in Des's bar on January 5 at 9 p.m. Please support; you won't have to win to win a prize.

Charity shave

A Charity Shave night was held recently in Des McDonagh's Pub the 'Bow and Arrow', Heapstown. Well done to the 12 bearded gents who shaved their recently grown beards to raise money for two very worthy charities. Alzheimer's Centre in Aughamore received €4,450 and €3,000 was raised for Sligo Cancer Centre. It was a fantastic night and a huge thank you to all who got involved and thank you to everyone who supported the event.

Cake sale thank you

The staff and parents of Taunagh NS would like to thank everyone who supported their Christmas Sale on Saturday, December 8. There were cakes, decorations and cards on sale on the day and the school was delighted to welcome the Razor Sharps, who sang a selection of songs. It was a wonderful community event and the money raised will go towards new playground markings.

Community employment

Sligo Folk Park has a temporary vacancy for a General Operative. This post is for 19.5 hours a week and an immediate start is available. Applications can be left at the Folk Park, marked FAO the manager, or emailed to

News items

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