Wednesday 16 October 2019

Around the districts: Ballisodare, Boyle, Cloonacool, Maugherow, Tubbercurry

Ballisodare: Gaelic4Girls. Gaelic4Girls starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at Owenmore Gaels Ground, Collooney for 12 weeks. Open to girls aged eight to 12 years who are not registered with a Ladies' Gaelic Football Team. It introduces girls to football in a fun environment. Participants get a G4G jersey and certificate on completion. Cost for entire programme is €10. For more information, please contact Séamus O'Connell, Co-ordinator at 087 9844908.


Free herb planting demonstration

Ardcarne Garden Centre, Boyle and Roscommon will be holding a Free Herb Planting Demonstration on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. discover how to grow your own fresh herbs in containers.

Annual book fair

The St Joseph's Boys School annual Book Fair is Wednesday, March 6, from 9 a.m. till 9.30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, from 9 a.m. till 9.30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, from 3.10 p.m. till 4.30 p.m. Friday, March 8, from 9 a.m. till 9.30 a.m. Monday, March 11, from 9 a.m. till 9.30 p.m. The annual Book Fair gives the school an opportunity to raise commission from book sales to stock up their library and classrooms. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

'Bambini' movement class

The Fitt Factory is delighted to welcome 'Bambini' music and movement class for young children and their caregivers to Boyle. The first class commences Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. and concludes 11.45 a.m. Suitable for children ages 0-4 years, 'Bambini' will get your little one moving in this fun music and dance movement class. Single class and six class block options available. Booking is essential with Erika on Facebook 'Boyle Zumba' or at 089 4223451.

The kids booklist

New Children's Book Club for the ages of 7-9 and 0-12 will be held monthly in the Boyle Branch Library on Fridays at 3.30 p.m. Numbers are strictly limited so do not delay signing up.

Attention farmers

Úna Bhán Tourism are delighted to be offering free computer training courses again, starting in March. Please call Nigel at 071 9663033 to register.

Spring training programme

The following courses will take place at Boyle Enterprise Centre March April 2019. Team Leadership QQI Level 6, Basic Excel, Intermediate Excel, Advanced Excel, Manual Handling Instructors QQI Level 6, Coaching Models of Practice QQI Level 6. For more information or to book places please email or call 071 9673440. Courses are organised by Role Skillnet, Training Network and are dependent on sufficient numbers. Role Skillnet are based at Boyle Enterprise Centre and provide funding for business training subject to eligibility.

Spring health wellbeing/craft fair

Bookings are now being taken for the Spring Health and Wellbeing Craft Fair that will take place in Boyle on Sunday, March 10, The fair will take place in the Spool Factory Event Centre from midday to 6 p.m. The event will feature complementary therapists, crafters, soap makers, crystals etc. For more details, contact Lucy at 089 6014843. Some stalls are already booked and places are limited.

Curlew walkers club

The next meeting of the Curlew Walkers will take plave on Sunday, March 10. Meeting on the Crescent, Boyle at 10 a.m. This will be a Climb Grade B at Kings Gully. Your leader for the day will be Philip James 086 3353000 Please confirm with leader or website prior to each walk

Evening with Percy French

The County Leitrim Percy French Society will be at Tawnytaskin Community Centre Boyle on Sunday, March 10, at 8 p.m. SHARP Contact Ann at 086 8130005 Tickets are €10 and are available in the following outlets; Boyle Credit Union, Adam's Apple Fruit and Veg Boyle, Úna Bhán Tourism Grounds of King House Boyle. Proceeds in aid of Tawnytaskin Community Centre.


40 years of original hits by the famous Bagatelle will be taking place in Teach Murray on Friday, March 15. Tickets available in Una Bhan Tourism in the grounds of King House, Boyle. For further information, call 071 9663033.

I'm a Celebrity

Excitement is building ahead of next year's Boyle GAA organised 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' fundraiser. The event will take place on Saturday, March 16, in St Joseph's Hall. 24 contestants will battle it out to see who is the 'King or Queen of the Jungle'. The main sponsor of the night is LandEscape Pty Ltd, the Australian company run by Boyle man Pádraig Sweeney. Based on the popular TV show, this event is unlike anything you have seen before. Contestants are fully dressed in their campsite costumes and compete alongside live snakes, reptiles and spiders surrounded by a jungle background.

Angling club

The Paddy Sharkey Perpetual Memorial Lough Gara Cup will take place on Sunday, March 31, with fishing commencing at 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. Check in entries will be taken at Templeronan Pier. Presentation on the shore. For information, contact Jane Suffin at 086 8301261. Please support the strict catch and release policy on Pike Angling.

Short mat bowling

Short Mat Bowling continues in St Joseph's Hall on Wednesdays. It will take place from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. Newcomers most welcome. Tuition given to new members.

Boyle golf club

Congratulations to our captains Séamus Gallagher and Regina McLoughlin for getting the golfing year off to a successful start with the traditional 'Drive In' which was held on Sunday, February 24.

There was a great turnout to support our captains and to take part in the scramble competition that followed. The winning team on the day was that of Terry Canning, Susan O'Mahoney and Willie Tiernan. Second place went to Karl Keenan, Mary O'Hara, Gerry O'Dowd and John Cryan and third place to Lorcan Egan, Lionel Lynn and Conor Hamill.

The two rounds of the club draw for January and February were held after the Drive In and the winners were as follows: January - first - Mary McKeon; second Brendan and Susan Gaffney; third Seán Heslin. February - first - Pat Conroy; second - Vincent and Moira Egan; third - Denis and Mary O'Donnell. First prize is €70, second and third get €40 apiece.

Waterford trip

Boyle Holiday Group are planning a trip to Waterford this June. The group will visit Dungarvan, Waterford City and other places of interest in the South east Coast. The trip will take place from Monday, June 10, to Friday, June 14. The group will be staying at the Park Hotel, Dungarvan. Anyone interested in travelling with the group is asked to contact Mary Regan at 086 1298355 or 071 9663544.

Courtyard market

The all-weather Courtyard Market takes place every Saturday in the grounds of King Housefrom 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. For further info call 071 9663.


Litter pick

The Community Environment Group has arranged a litter pick in association with An Taisce Spring Clean Campaign on Saturday, March 9. Meeting at midday at Community Centre to register and distribute bags. We would hope to have representatives from each of the various townlands to insure we cover the wider community. Please wear hi-vis clothing and gloves and children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Please follow our activities on the Cloonacool Village Facebook page.

Community Park Draw

The Community Park draw for February took place in Brennan's on Saturday night. There was no winner of the €2,700 jackpot the numbers drawn were 9, 20, 31 and 32. €200 was shared between Moya, Neasa and Siun mc Carrick and Dessie and Edel Haran. Next month's jackpot will be €2,800. Many thanks again for your generous support.

Card game

The card game in Cloonacool Community Centre will continue each Monday evening at 8.30 p.m.

Men's Shed

A Cloonacool branch is currently being set up and new members are welcome. For more information. Further details available from Michael Armstrong 086 8185393.

Community Cafe

The Mill Community Cafe will open on Sunday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cloonacool Community Centre. This is a new venture for Cloonacool and with a rota of volunteers it is hoped to make it a regular weekend event. All support will be greatly appreciated.

Heritage group

The new heritage group in the parish are in the process of collecting old photographs and local history. This collection will form the basis of a future exhibition and/or publication. Anyone interested in providing either photographs or stories can email the group on

Music Club

Cloonacool Music Club takes place on Thursday at Brennan's Bar from 10 p.m. Come along for a great night of music and singing. There will be a bus available to collect and leave home on Thursday nights for music club. Pick up between 9: 30 and 10 p.m., and then leaving Cloonacool after the food. Please ring 071 9185037 for further information and to book your seat. There will be a minimal charge for the bus.

Your news

Please send in your notes to Emma Gallagher by Thursday to


Maugherow youth club

Maugherow Youth Club will be holding a bake sale and coffee afternoon on Sunday, March 10, at 12.30 p.m. in Maugherow Hall. All proceeds raised will go towards the yearly running of the youth club and purchase of new supplies for activities. All support would be gratefully appreciated and we would welcome any bakers from the area that would like to contribute baked goods on the day. Setup will be from 11 a.m.

Your news

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


North Connaught College

OPEN EVENING - North Connaught College Tubbercurry are hosting its open evening on this Thursday, March 7, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a range of PLC courses. They are delighted to offer from September a new course in Equine Studies and Horsemanship. Teachers, Guidance Counsellor, Student Support Tutor and current students will be available to deal with any queries or questions that you may have. They also have links with GMIT and St Angela's. Further details on our website or on Facebook or ring us at 071 9185035.

COURSES - New international beauty and spa qualifications - now offer new Certificates and a Diploma which provides students with training in the latest technologies currently available, therefore offering the best possible start to a career in the Beauty and Spa industry.

Certificate in Microdermabrasion: (ITEC Qualification). A skin resurfacing treatment to reduce lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, stretch marks, frown and lip lines, and millia.

Certificate in Laser and IPL: (ITEC Qualification). This is the latest hair removal method and skin rejuvenation, reducing pigmentation and diffused redness.

Diploma in Spa Treatments: (CIDESCO Qualification). This qualification includes water treatments, spa treatments, sauna and steam treatments, body masks, exfoliation, eastern therapies, e.g. Lomi Lomi massage.

Monster 25 Card Drive

North Connaught College - Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board are holding a Monster 25 Card Drive (Singles) takes place on Tuesday, March 12, at 8.30 p.m. in the May Queen, Tubbercurry - Raffle on the night - first Prize €300, second prize €200, third Prize €100 - Tickets are €10 each and are available from North Connaught College or the May Queen, Tubbercurry all welcome.

Western Drama Festival

The Western Drama Festival 2019 is now in full swing and runs up to March 9 nightly at 8 p.m. in St Brigid's Hall, Tubbercurry. There is a great mix of plays included in this year's line up, with lots of drama and comedy over the week. A full list of the plays can be found by logging on to

The Adjudicator for this year's Festival is the inspirational Anna Walker, who comes with a great wealth of experience, enthusiasm and expertise.

Tickets for the 2019 Western Drama Festival can be purchased through the Tubbercurry Tourist Office on Humbert Street, or phone 087 0936616, Opening hours: Mon - Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday a.m. $3 to 4.30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at St Brigid's Hall Theatre Box Office during the festival. For out-of-hours enquiries, please call 087 7078210.

Phoenix Players

Rehearsals are now in full swing for the Phoenix Players' forthcoming production of 'The Sound of Music' to be staged on 29th, March 30 and 31 and third, fourth, fifth, and April 6. Production Director Tom Walsh has assembled a cast of 80 ranging in ages from eight to 80 from all over South Sligo. Tickets will go on sale at the end of the month so watch this space. This will be a light hearted family show that will bring huge enjoyment to cast and audience.

'Walk to Run'

Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership are running an eight-week 'Walk to Run' Programme in Tubbercurry - A fun and supportive way to your first 5k. Starting on Thursday, March 7, from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at Tubbercurry Family Resource Centre. Registration takes place at 7 p.m. before walk starts. Fee is €20. For more information phone 071 9161511.

Indoor Rowing Fitness

Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership: are running a six-week Indoor Rowing Fitness Programme for men over 35 years on Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration takes place with a 'Come and Try Evening' on Tuesday, March 12, at 8 p.m. in St Brigid's Hall. Cost €20. Classes limited to 15 people and places will be given on a first come first served basis on registration evening. For more information contact Bernie Reidy at 087 9726341.

Aidan Brennan r.i.p.

The recent sudden death occurred of Aidan Brennan late of Stonepark, Ballymote. Aged 59, Aidan was a native of Mullinabreena, Chaffpool, just a few miles outside Tubbercurry and was son of the late Jim and Sarah. Aidan attended Doocastle Primary School and the Vocational School in Tubbercurry in the early/mid seventies. On completing his education Aidan went into the construction business, specialising in driving JCB and large machines and worked for many years with local builders and developers including Paddy McVann and various developers in and around Sligo. He was highly regarded by his work colleagues as and excellent driver and worker.

Aidan's remains reposed at his residence in Stonepark prior to removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymote. Burial took place in St Columba's Cemetary, Ballymote. Predeceased by his parents and brothers Robert and Gabriel as well as by his son Keith, he is survived by his wife Ann, children Pamela, Robert, Gerard, Angela and Niall, grandchildren, in-laws, brother John (Mullinabreena) Kathleen (Donegal), Noreen Donoghue (Doocastle) and Ann (Sligo) as well as nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends, all to whom sympathy is extended. May he rest in peace.

Banada Abbey Bingo

Massive €1,800 guaranteed payout every Tuesday night at Banada Abbey Bingo starting at 8.30 p.m. Jackpot €1,100+ on 45 calls or less. All lines €20 and €260 payout on Flier sheet. 50: 50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.

Dance Class

Why not join the Dance Class on the Sligo road on Wednesday nights from 8 p.m. Class for beginners - improvers, learn new steps or practice your dancing, and a brilliant way to exercise. Slow Waltz, Waltz Foxtrot, Quickstep and more. Contact 087 6674561.


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Sligo Champion