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Around the Districts: Ballymote, Carraroe and Gurteen


Palestinian Ambassador Her Excellency Dr Jilan Wahba Abdalmajid was welcomed to Sligo City Hall last Thursday by Mayor of the Borough District of Sligo, Councillor Arthur Gibbons. Pictured: Dorothy Clarke, Deputy Chief Executive, Mayor Arthur Gibbons, Ambasasdor Abdalmajid, Councillor Gino O’Boyle and Chris MacManus MEP.

Palestinian Ambassador Her Excellency Dr Jilan Wahba Abdalmajid was welcomed to Sligo City Hall last Thursday by Mayor of the Borough District of Sligo, Councillor Arthur Gibbons. Pictured: Dorothy Clarke, Deputy Chief Executive, Mayor Arthur Gibbons, Ambasasdor Abdalmajid, Councillor Gino O’Boyle and Chris MacManus MEP.

Palestinian Ambassador Her Excellency Dr Jilan Wahba Abdalmajid was welcomed to Sligo City Hall last Thursday by Mayor of the Borough District of Sligo, Councillor Arthur Gibbons. Pictured: Dorothy Clarke, Deputy Chief Executive, Mayor Arthur Gibbons, Ambasasdor Abdalmajid, Councillor Gino O’Boyle and Chris MacManus MEP.



Saturday Stitchers

The Saturday Stitchers meet every Saturday at 11.00am in Ballymote Community Library to chat and knit or crochet. New members are welcome. Please note the next group meeting will be Saturday 18th June due to the bank holiday and Cruinniu na nÓg events. For more information, please contact 071 9111669.

Parent/toddler group

Ballymote Community Library’s parent and toddler group, Toddler’s Tales, would like to welcome parents and their young children in for a cup of coffee and some stories and playtime every Thursday 11:00am. For more information, please contact 071 9111669.

Tidy Towns

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We have submitted our application for the National Tidy Towns Competition for 2022, judging will be in June and we need your help. We ask all residents and businesses to weed, sweep, and clean outside their house or business. We would appreciate anything you can do to keep Ballymote looking its best for the National Competition.

Volunteers are always welcome, please join us on a Wednesday evening, we usually meet between 5pm and 5.30 pm at the train station if you have an hour or two to spare.


The Casey/Ní Chathasaigh sisters grew up in a West Cork household steeped in traditional music and song. Having carved very different careers, they have come together to record what is, astonishingly, their first CD together, Sibling Revelry. For this special project, they mine the musical riches of their family, neighbourhood, county and country, while at the same time creating new melodies from the same deep source and a unique and heartfelt sound.

See them live in Coleman Music Centre in Gurteen Co. Sligo at 8.30pm on June 18th. Tickets are now on sale. Bookings 071 9182599 or


Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Maureen Chambers, Drumcormack; James(Jimmy) Healy, Bray and formerly Ballinascarrow whose deaths occurred recently.

Your news

Anyone who wishes to have news items included in the notes E-mail phone 085 7561547. The deadline for submission of notes is 5pm every Thursday.


Sligo Bay River Trust/Association

This catchment includes Lough Gill and all rivers/streams entering and leaving it. It also includes Garvogue River, Strandhill, Rosses Point as well as River Bonet on Leitrim side of Lough Gill.

We have invited representative form IFA and business interests to become involved. The access codes for the Zoom meeting arranged for Thursday, June 30, has been sent to people by email. Anyone still interested in joining the Zoom meeting can call 087 2222835.

Cadra New Website

Cadra is delighted to let people know we have developed a new website Visit Please let all our diaspora know and they can join and see all news from Carraroe. You can also communicate and make suggestions. Anyone wishing to make a financial contribution to our Tidy Town Activities can do so via the website.

Tidy Town Work Evening

We have a work evening each Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. We meet at the community centre. Everyone welcome to assist. Our entry to the National Tidy Town competition has been submitted. We are appealing to all residents to assist by cleaning at own property and a little each side also.

Social dancing in Carraroe

Social dancing every Wednesday night in Carraroe Community Centre Sligo. Live music 9.30 p.m. till late. Dance class 8.30 to 9.30 p.m. with Frank. No dance partner required – Call Frank for more details at 087 9809432.

St John’s FC astroturf fundraising.

It will be a fantastic addition to our community and it deserves financial support by the people of Carraroe. A funding drive is ongoing with the aim of selling 300 tiles. Each tile costs €150. Purchasers can either pay €150 in a lump sum or arrange a monthly direct debit of €13 for 12 months. – for more information visit St John’s FC site to purchase online or discuss with any club member. Your support is appreciated.

Church Bank Account

Anyone that want to pay their subscriptions via bank can use the following account: Allied Irish Bank, St John’s Church. No. One Account. Account No: 45204-072. IBAN: IE12 AIBK 9372 5845 2040 72 BIC AIBK IE2D.

Lakeview ICA Guild

Lakeview Guild is delighted to be back in Carraroe Community Centre. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month. New Members always welcome – for more information call president Mary Dunbar at 087 6669533.

Waterglades, Aughamore

Great to see all the bedding and other plants in bloom again at Healy Plants, Waterglades, Carraroe. A new addition to the location is a tea or coffee cart provided by Get Grounded Coffee Cart. This is a very relaxing location to meet friends and enjoy a tea or coffee Scones etc in the beautiful surroundings of Lough Gill and Holywell.

Let us Keep our Community Safe

Please continue to observe Social Distancing, Washing Hands and Coughing etiquette. Remember the slogan Wash Hands, Wear a Mask, Keep Your Distance.

Exercise Group

Our chair exercise group has recommenced each Thursday at 11 a.m. in Carraroe Community Centre. This programme is professionally led by Arita Loughlin and last one hour. Places are available and all COVID safety procedures are observed. Come along and join us for a very enjoyable physical exercise session – for more information call 087 2222835 and you can be added to the special What’s App Group for regular reminders.

St John’s GAA lotto

Lotto jackpot €17,800. Tickets are available in the following outlets – Molly Fulton’s, Canning’s, Pearse Road, McMorrow’s, Cairns Road, Applegreen, Pearse Road, Clifford’s Electrical, Londis, Cleveragh Road. or any club member. You can also play online at St John’s GAA webpage.

Walking Group

The walking group is back. We meet on Mondays at 11 a.m. Currently we meet at Carpark opposite Sligo Sports Complex. Anyone interested can come along or contact 087 2222835 and we will add you to the What’s App text system so you get notifications.


Please note the Defibs are located at Community Centre and Community Field Clubhouse. The code is posted beside the machine. Please be aware CCTV is in operation.

Sligo Town Bus Service

Cadra continues to campaign to have the Sligo Town Bus Service restored to Carraroe Retail Park via Cairns Hill, Lakeview, Carraroe Community Centre serving a population of 5000 people.

This will allow Carraroe residents avail of a park and ride service to Sligo Town. The same service should be provided to Calry, Druncliffe/Rathcormack where public car parks exist and reduce the use of cars and parking in Town Centre.

Eircode Number

All households are advised the Eircode number of your house will assist Ambulance and other emergency services to find your house faster. All residents are advised to place their house Eircode number on all telephones used to summon emergency services to ensure it is available immediately.

Seniors Alarm Scheme

Cadra would urge all eligible residents to avail of the scheme as it a great comfort and support to people. If you know anyone interested in having the system we can arrange. Anyone over 65 is eligible. Anyone that already has the alarm is advised to wear the pendent at all times including in bed. Application forms are available from any of the following Bridie McLean 086 3998925, Pat Benson 087 2222835, Dympna O’Loughlin 087 9303540, Mary Dunbar 087 6669533. or email You can also down load form from webpage

Carraroe Community Centre

Slimming World Sessions are available Thursday Mornings 8 a.m. Saturday Mornings 8 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. – for more info call 087 7987118.

When They Poop You Scoop

People walking their dogs in Carraroe are requested to remove fouling please bring home and bin. Pooper – scoopers are available free from Sligo County Council.

News/Events Contact

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


Coleman Centre

Upcoming events for the Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen for June–on Saturday night June 18 at 8.30pm Nollaig Casey and family . Recently they have come together to record a CD named ‘ Sibling Revelry’ and this promises to be a enjoyable nights entertainment.. For tickets call 071-9182259.

Cinema Club: The next Cinema Club at Coleman Centre will be on June18 at 2.30pm. One adult per child goes free. Treat bags available on the day.

Gurteen Celtic

The Gurteen Celtic jackpot was not won on Sunday night May 29–€50 was won by Patricia Gallagher, Drumrolla Gurteen. The jackpot is now €9,400 and the next draw will be held in the Dapper Duck pub, Gurteen. Support greatly appreciated by the Club.

Eastern Harps Draw

The Eastern Harps 50/50 draw of €579 on Monday May 29 was won by Elizabeth Shannon, Cloonanure. Well done Elizabeth- support for the draw is greatly appreciated by the club.


Bingo continues every Friday night indoor Gurteen Hall and drive in at 8pm- Jackpot is now €2500 and the lotto raffle is now €700. Support is greatly appreciated.

The committee intend to return to traditional ‘indoor only ‘bingo in September–updates closer to the time.