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During their recent Annual Coursing meeting Frank Meehan, chairman, Kilcreevin & Ballymote Coursing Club, makes a presentation to Tom Bagnell who has served as the Club’s Honorary Secretary for 50 consecutive years, also in photo are Slippers ThomasMagee and Richie Quinn, John O’Donnell and Luke Kilcoyne

During their recent Annual Coursing meeting Frank Meehan, chairman, Kilcreevin & Ballymote Coursing Club, makes a presentation to Tom Bagnell who has served as the Club’s Honorary Secretary for 50 consecutive years, also in photo are Slippers ThomasMagee and Richie Quinn, John O’Donnell and Luke Kilcoyne

During their recent Annual Coursing meeting Frank Meehan, chairman, Kilcreevin & Ballymote Coursing Club, makes a presentation to Tom Bagnell who has served as the Club’s Honorary Secretary for 50 consecutive years, also in photo are Slippers ThomasMagee and Richie Quinn, John O’Donnell and Luke Kilcoyne

Ballymote: Would you like to join a choir? - Join Sligo's new Intergenerational Choir, funded by Healthy Ireland, a government-led initiative aimed at improving the health and well-being of everyone living in Ireland.

When: From Monday, February 3, and every Monday 3.30pm to 5pm. Where: Coach House Hotel, Ballymote, Co Sligo. Who: Adults of all ages and children age 10+. Cost: Free.

To register, email or telephone/text Catherine 086 8424969. Register with Glór Shligigh now to get involved in an activity known to be good for mental health and well being and with social benefits for all ages. The choir is open to all ages from older age to age 10 and everyone in between. It's never too soon or too late to join a choir. Choir Director Dave Flynn will encourage you to sing and enjoy.

Family Resource Centre

We have still have places left in the following groups, call 071 9197818 to book a spot. Walking Group starting today, Tuesday, February 4, at 10 a.m., all welcome. Men's Bootcamp Fitness (Six Sessions) commenced Monday, February 3, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Social dancing (five classes) starting Wednesday, February 5, 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Teen Yoga continues every Tuesday 5.15 p.m. to 6 p.m. Farmyard in your Schoolyard February 21.10 a.m. to midday Shine Like a Star - self - esteem, confidence and kindness for eight to 12 years April 22 3.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Getting Ready for School, through MSLETB starting April 23.10 a.m. to midday for three weeks. Quick and Easy Meals for your family starting April 28.10 a.m. to midday for five weeks.

Dates to be confirmed-First Aid Course: Basic First Aid, CPR, AED Talk from An Garda Síochána: Staying Safe for those Living Alone. Vegetable Growing Group-starting March.


Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Nora O'Driscoll (née Finan), Cork (sister of Michael, Carrigans Upper, Mary, Ballymote, Molly UK) whose death occurred recently.

Debs dress sale/fundraiser

Do you want to sell or buy a pre-owned Debs Dress this year? Do you have a Debs Dress hanging in your wardrobe that you no longer want? A Debs Dress Sale/Fundraiser will be held in the Coach House Hotel, Ballymote on Sunday, March 8, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. €10 to bring in your debs dress with every €10 donated to the Sligo Cancer Support Centre. A chance to sell or buy your Debs Dress/formal dresses and raise money for charity.

Please contact Geraldine at 086 1214822 or Bernie 087 9759762.

Windmill Players

Windmill Players presents the hilarious murder mystery 'Wanted - One Body' by Charles Dyer in Ballintogher Hall on Friday and Sunday, February 7, and nine, at 8 p.m. Admission €10. Tickets now available 087 9964143.


Anyone, who wishes to have news items included in the notes email phone 085 7561547. The deadline for submission of notes is 5 p.m. every Thursday.


Sign the petition for bus service

Cadra is continuing to campaign to have this service restored to Carraroe Retail Park and extended down to the Carraroe Community Centre. We are aware all that is required to allow this proposal is a 10-minute extension to the existing service. All residents are requested sign our petition and raise the issue with all election candidates/canvassers requesting their commitment to support the campaign with written action. Let us see who will represent Carraroe into the future and make things happen. Petition is available in Canning's Store and all committee members.

Cadra Fundraising

Cadra will have its annual church gate collection on weekend of April 4/5 20. And the cake sale on Good Friday, April 10, These are our annual fundraisers to support our projects like Text Alert, Tidy Towns, Defibrillators and St Patrick's Day event. Note the dates and your support will be appreciated.

Progressive 25 in Carraroe

The regular Progressive 25 card game is in Carraroe Community Centre each Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Usual jackpot and prizes Spread the word to all players.

Carraroe School

Enrolment is currently taking place for Carraroe National School Please register with the school if you have a child coming to school from within the catchment area.

School Parking Protocol: Parents are reminded there is an agreed traffic management protocol in place and all parents are requested to observe the agreed protocol. Parents are requested not to obstruct residents' entrances or to park on double yellow lines as such obstructs other parents exiting the carpark and also delays in exiting as the two lanes cannot be used. Parking on main road at roundabout where double lines exist places children at risk apart from it being illegal. Parents should desist from parking in cul-de-sac adjacent to lighthouse as children have to cross a very busy road and it places children at risk.

Site in Carraroe: A full-time teacher in Carraroe National School is looking for a site in immediate Carraroe area. Reasonable price. - contact Wes at 085 7720976 if you can help.

St John's GAA Club lotto draw jackpot now €14,250. Tickets can be purchased in the following outlets - Applegreen, Pearse Road Clifford Electrical, Carraroe; Crozon Inn; Gerry McMorrow's Shop, Cairns Road; Blue Lagoon, Riverside; Canning's House and garden, Cornageeha and Molly Fulton's Bar and Restaurant, Carraroe. You can now do the lotto online visit St John's GAA website.

St Patrick's Day

Cadra is planning an event for the afternoon of St Patrick's Day in Community Centre. Keep the date free and spread the word. More details nearer the date.

Spring Clean

Our annual Spring Clean will take place on Saturday morning, April 4, 20 Please keep the date free. More details later.

Slimming World

Carraroe Community Centre hosts Slimming World group each Tuesday 7.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. and Saturday 8.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. for more information telephone Charlotte at 087 7987118 or just come along, Everyone Welcome.

Sean nós dancing classes

Classes resume each Friday with all-Ireland Champion Ryan Sheridan in Carraroe Community Centre. Beginner Class 6 p.m. Intermediate Class 6.40 p.m. Advanced Teens 7.20 p.m. Please phone 087 610493 to reserve your place or email New dancers always welcome.

Carraroe Walking Group

We have chair exercises led by professional Arite Loughlin in Community Centre each Monday till end Feb. All welcome to come to Community Centre at 10.50 a.m. and avail of these sessions. All free. We have a What's App Group for co ordinating each week's session. To join the What's App group telephone 087 2222835. We appreciate the support of Sligo Sport Partnership with providing the leader. Anyone that may wish to come along and enjoy such sessions is very welcome.

Church news

Carraroe Parish Choir: Parish Choir rehearsal on Mondays at 8 p.m. in the church. If you can sing and would like to be part of a community choir, please come along. More male singers are required.

The sick and Housebound: Mass is on 107FM Just tune your radio before Mass. Please let the housebound know about this service in your area.

Seniors Alarm

If you know anyone interested in having the system it can be arranged by Cadra Anyone that already has the alarm is advised to wear the pendent at all times including in bed and shower (its waterproof). Application forms are available from any of the following Bridie McLean 086 3998925, Pat Benson 087 2222835, Dympna O'Loughlin 087 9303540, Mary Murphy 087 6888293, Mary Dunbar 087 6669533.

Wellness coaching

Available in Carraroe Community Centre each Thursday at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. for more information call Ann at 087 2362487 or email

Parking at church and Community Centre

Please use the designated car parks which includes around the community centre. Plenty of parking is available in safe locations. Please avoid parking on the main road. It obstructs passing traffic and view of people leaving the community centre and church.

Dance in Carraroe

Learn to jive, waltz, Quick Step and more. Light refreshments served - The schedule of bands is: Tomorrow night February 5 Shane Moore, February 12 Irish Knights, February 19 Colm Burke, February 26 Stuart Moyles. or more information call Frank at 087 9809432.

Lakeview Guild ICA

The guild meet on the first Tuesday of the month in Carraroe Community Centre at 8 p.m. New members always welcome-for further information contact Mary at 086 3755894.

Future news/events

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


Kids Lane

Places are now available. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Free ECCE year and subvention available TUSLA registered/qualified staff, fun filled curriculum, Aistear and Siolta programmes. Purpose built outdoor play area. Healthy snacks provided daily. Please call 071 9146512 for registration forms.

MCR Kids Lane Afterschool Service - For details and registration form call 071 91465125.

Active Retirement

The Active Retirement group meets on Tuesday mornings from 11 a.m. to 1p.m.

Baby clinic

Clinic is on Wednesdays between 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (no appointment necessary). If you need to see a Public Health Nurse please phone 071 9155100 ext 5277 Monday-Friday between 9.30 and 10.30 to arrange an appointment.

Aikido classes

Class in MCR - Adults on Mondays and Thursdays 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Children on Thursdays 5-9 years 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m; 10 to 14 years 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Classes instructed by Eamon Coyne fourth Dan World Aikido HQ For more information telephone 087 6693711

Tang Soo Do

This takes place on Mondays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in the centre. For further information contact Master Titus at 086 1271039.

Hall hire

Our Centre is available for room and hall hire at very competitive rates, and we offer excellent facilities for sports, meetings, parties and social events, including our sports hall, changing rooms with showers etc. Our hall is very popular for sports events, and also for children's parties as it can accommodate a bouncy castle. Do pop in to have a look, or call the centre on 9146512.


Keep fit classes

Body and Soul - A workout for the whole you. Classes in the Gillooly Hall every Tuesday at 8 p.m. €5 per session. All funds to Sligo Cathedral Restoration Fund.

Dreamchasers childcare

Our Community Based Afterschool has some limited Spaces available for children of Primary School Age.

Full Homework Supervision, a Hot Snack and a Range of Recreational Activities are Provided Daily. Full Details are available at 071 9152022.

Astro pitch parties

We now have some new Daytime Weekend availability on our Astro Facility at Merville Community Centre.

This Pitch is Ideal for a Range of Sporting uses, and can be used in Conjunction with Children's Birthday Parties at the hall. Call 071 9150029 for further information.

Extra spaces available

The Merville Centre have some extra Weekday Evening slots available in the Main Hall available for Hire by Local Groups and Activity Classes. Special Introductory Rates for New Long Term Bookings. Full details available on request. Meeting Rooms are also available for use at excellent rates. Contact the centre office at 071 9150029 for latest information.


Local Voluntary and Community Groups are Reminded that any notices for Publication can be emailed to or hard copy left into the Merville Centre for inclusion in our Local Notes.

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