Thursday 23 May 2019

Around the districts: Ballymote, Coolaney-Rockfield, Boyle, Geevagh and Gurteen

Deirdre Loughlin, Vinnie Boyd and Adrienne Burke at Engineering Week 2019 at Sligo IT. Pic: Donal Hackett
Deirdre Loughlin, Vinnie Boyd and Adrienne Burke at Engineering Week 2019 at Sligo IT. Pic: Donal Hackett

Ballymote - Defibrillator group: Ballymote defibrillator group are holding a public meeting on Wednesday, May 15, at 9 p.m. in the Pastoral Centre Ballymote. We will be providing information on the purpose of the group, on free training for the community, and on our upcoming fundraising event. Please attend if possible, this is an important community resource which may save your life, or the life of someone you love. Your support is needed. Thank you.


There was no winner of the Ballymote lotto jackpot on Saturday, April 27. Numbers drawn were 8, 9, 22 and 28. There were three match-three winners. Names of winners displayed locally. The jackpot now stands at €8,400. The next draw will take place in Hayden's on Saturday, May 11. Thank you for your support. Thank you also to our sponsors Ballymote and District Credit Union and Currid Construction for their continued support.


Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Maureen Finnegan, Leecarrow, whose death occurred recently.

Corran Players

The Corran Players take their hilarious comedy 'Cupid Wore Skirts' to the Loftus Hall Ballymote on Thursday, May 9, and Boyle Hall on Friday, May 10. Curtain up at 8 p.m. both nights. Admission €10 on the door. Don't miss a night of side splitting comedy.

Community Games

Ballymote Community Games Track and Field Athletics will take place on Saturday, May 18, at 5 p.m. in Ballymote GAA pitch, Corran Park. No entries on the day. For queries or entry forms please contact Sarah at 086 3390679.

Your news

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.


Community Games

Massive Congratulations to our under-14s who won the Connaught Final in the Draughts. Big Congratulations also to the under-10s who won Silver in the Connaught Final in the Draughts. Well done to them all. Great achievement.

Tractor Run

Tractor Run in aid of Pieta House will take place on Sunday, May 12, leaving form the Mountain Inn at 2 p.m. Registration at 1 p.m. Tractor, vintage cars and Motor bikes welcome.

Community Park Fundraiser

As part of the fundraising effort for the Coolaney Community Park and to pay off the €80,000 loan, a new fundraiser has been launched called 'Lamb for Coolaney Community Park' where local farmers are being asked to donate a Lamb.

The scheme works by farmers choosing one Lamb to rear per usual, and when it comes to selling the lamb, you donate the proceeds to the Coolaney Community Park Astro Pitch Fund. All farmers who participate will receive recognition via a sign to be erected at the location of the Astro Pitch.

Also, thanks to our friends in Aurivo co-op stores, we will give you a 25kg bag of Nutrias Lamb feed to assist with feeding the lamb. If you wish to donate a lamb to our novel fundraiser or have any questions, please contact Michael Henry 087 2338435, David Ross 083 0039994, Jerry O'Grady 086 8867379 or Michael Gorman 086 7723411.

GAA news

Blue Kidz Training: Training continues Saturday mornings. New parents and children are very welcome to come along and get involved in their local GAA Club.

Club lotto: The 2019 Coolaney-Mullinabreena Club Supporter's lotto now launched. All support is greatly appreciated, and proceeds go towards day to day expenses and Nace O'Dowd Park Development.

Coolaney United

Bonus Ball: The Coolaney United Wednesday and Saturday night Bonus Ball Draw continues. The cost per ball is €5 and the weekly jackpot prize is €100. Bonus balls can be purchased in PK MEATS and O'Gradys shop. Thank you to all players and best of luck for the year ahead.

Coolaney ICA

New members to the area are always welcome. For further information contact Mary Haran 086 1267458 or Mary O'Boyle 087 6695263.

Foróige Club

Foróige Club is for secondary school youths aged 12 to 18. The club takes place every Friday evening in the Coolaney Community Centre.

Card Games

Card game takes place in Killoran Community Centre on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and in Ballinacarrow Community Centre on Thursdays at 9 p.m. All are very welcome.

Women's Group

Coolaney Women's Group Meetings continue in Coolaney Community Centre Thursdays at 10.30 a.m. The interactive classes include activities, occasional days out and professional people to give talks and classes. New members are very welcome. Open to all ages.

Junior Youth Group

Meetings are every Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Coolaney Community Centre for Youths between the ages of 12-15.

Water Boil Notice

All customers must boil their water before drinking. A map of the Lough Talt and Ogham schemes, detailing the areas affected, is available on and

Community Notes

Keep your notes coming in. To include notes for next week's paper, please email or call or text 087 7667664 before Friday. Notes can include Announcements (weddings, births etc), Sports (news, results, fixtures, training), fundraising, classes, meetings and anything else to be shared with the community.


Courtyard market

The all-weather Courtyard Market takes place every Saturday in the grounds of King House, Boyle from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. For further information, please call Una Bhan at 071 9663033.

Class of 1979 reunion

Scoil Chriost an Ri, Boyle. Saturday, July 6, at 8 p.m. in the Stairs Boyle. Those, who were part of the class from 1974-1979 are welcome to come along.

Boyle Men's Shed

The Crescent, Boyle, Co. Roscommon Tony Byrne 086 2324020 Boyle Men's Shed has reopened for the following days, Monday Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call in and see what we do - have a coffee and a snack. If you have grass that needs cutting, gates that need to be put up again or small tasks needing attention we are more than happy to help.

Boyle holiday group

The Boyle Holiday Group will travel and stay in the Falls Hotel and Spa, Ennistimon, beautiful Co. Clare, Monday, June 3, to Friday, June 7. For bookings and further information please call Mary Regan at 086 1298355.

Musical society AGM

Following on from the success of 'The Addams Family' last year, the committee and Production team of Boyle Musical Society are currently considering a number of shows for this year's production. 2019 will see the society present its 36th annual musical and plans are being put in place to make it something very special indeed.

It is hoped that all will be revealed at the Boyle Musical Society annual general meeting, which will take place on Thursday, May 16, in Dodd's Crescent Bar at 8 p.m. All past and present members are invited to attend along with anybody interested in joining Boyle Musical Society.

Boyle arts festival

Boyle Arts Festival celebrates its first 30 years. The line-up for the 30th annual Boyle Arts Festival is almost complete and there can be no doubt that Boyle will be the place to be this summer. The festival calendar already includes almost 50 events, including an impressive mix of live music, visual arts, opera, drama, film, comedy, interviews, workshops, storytelling, children's events, poetry, readings and much more. If you are planning a visit to Boyle this summer, then make it late July, so you can enjoy as much of BAF 2019 as possible. Boyle Arts Festival will open on July 18 and run till July 27 Some of the big names to watch out for in the live music genre include the Riptide Movement, who will perform in the Storehouse on July 20 and the Blizzards, who will play there on July 26.

Tommy Fleming will bring his 'Voice of Hope ll' concert to St Joseph's Church on July 21 Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their Eurovision win with 'Rock'n' Roll Kids', during a rare performance together in the Church of Ireland, on July 23 For more information on Boyle Arts Festival 2019 please visit email Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Boyle Arts Festival is supported by the Arts Council, Local Sponsors, Roscommon County Council and Fáilte Ireland.

Abbey College football

Congratulations to under-15 footballer, David Flanagan, who scored his first hat-trick at national level for Sligo Rovers FC in their 3-2 win over Derry City. Well done, David.

Demolition of the Old Royal Hotel

Work commenced on Monday, April 29, on the preliminary work prior to demolition of the former accommodation block and restaurant of the old Royal Hotel on Bridge Street in Boyle. The demolition will pave the way for the renovation of the older two bay main building into an Enterprise Centre, exhibition space, information point and coffee dock.

The development, which recently received €1.7m funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, will also see roof repairs, replacement of windows, repairs/painting of interior/exterior walls, replacement of floors, removal of exterior window shutters, installation of a lift to rear of original building and installation of heating/electrical equipment. A riverside promenade will also be constructed with a canoe dock, lighting, seating and landscaping. The new Civic Space to the rear will include an acoustic shell, lighting, seating and landscaping. The main contractor for the demolition phase is OCC Construction from Galway. The tender documents for the consultancy work for the redevelopment of the building are now advertised on E-Tender with a closing date of May 17 After that date, a consultancy firm will then be appointed to oversee the redevelopment.

Darkness Into Light

The Darkness into Light walk for Pieta House in the global fight against suicide, self-harm and stigma takes place on Saturday, May 11, at 4.15 a.m. in the Crescent, Boyle. Make sure to register as soon as possible at


Hair, beauty and health evening

Come along for the Hair, Beauty and Health evening in the Castle Dargan hotel this Thursday, May 9, at 8 p.m., in aid of First Friends playschool. Admission €10. Refreshments served. Food tastings, spot prizes, samples. Should be a fun night. Tickets available on the door.


Recent death

The death took place suddenly at Sligo University Hospital on Wednesday, April 25, of Maura O'Rourke, Knockrawer, Bunninnadden. Predeceased by her husband Paddy, she was sister-in-law of Tish Murray, Calterane, Gurteen - sympathy is extended to Tish and the Murray family also to Maura's sons, Con and Pádraig, daughter Sharon, extended family relatives and many friends. May she rest in peace.


Congratulations and very well done to Tom Finn, Cloontia, who celebrated his 100th birthday last weekend. He is grandfather of Ethna Sharkey, Hair Salon, Gurteen.


Bingo takes place every Friday night in Gurteen Hall at 8.30 p.m. Jackpot is €3,500 in 48 calls and the lotto game is €600. Proceeds goes to the upkeep of the hall and Eastern Harps GAA Club.

Social dancing classes

Social dancing classes are held every Thursday night in the Coleman Centre, Gurteen - learn how to jive, waltz, quick-step, line dance etc

School entolment

Closing date for the receipt of enrolment applications for Carn NS is Friday, May 17, at 3 p.m.

Mullaghroe NS

The Mullaghroe NS website, recently developed is at View beautiful photos, interesting activities and range of artwork. Mullaghroe welcomes new pupils. Principal Kevin Gallagher, Juniors' teacher Alison Murphy; 071 9182568.

Mullaghroe NS is very thankful to Cllr Paul Taylor for his help in compiling the submission with site map, plans, costingfor a CLÁR grant to remedy the surface water from higher up and flooding off the road that happens along the front of the school where children are dropped off and picked up, and along where teachers park.

Cloonloo NS

Cloonloo NS work has begun with foundations for the new extension for special education the present SE room will be changed into a disability toilet, the extension is for two rooms.

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