Friday 20 September 2019

Around the districts: Ballymote, Dromahair, Grange-Cliffoney, Manorhamilton, Newtownmanor

Jill Cullen,Ann Kelly, Rosemary Uí Chonaill and Olivia O’Grady at the presentation of proceeds of fundraising for SHOUT in the Clubhouse bar and restaurant, Dromahair
Jill Cullen,Ann Kelly, Rosemary Uí Chonaill and Olivia O’Grady at the presentation of proceeds of fundraising for SHOUT in the Clubhouse bar and restaurant, Dromahair

Ballymote: All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil - We would like to wish the best of luck to all those from Co Sligo, who are taking part in Fleadh Cheoil na Éireann 2019 in Drogheda next weekend, August 17 and 18.

In particular, our own branch members from CCE Paddy Killoran Ballymote, who are competing in 14 music and dancing competitions. They are Conor McDonagh, Seán Woods, Mark Dunleavy, Amy Cullen, Ryan Sheridan and Aaron Glancy. Also representing our branch is the Knocknashee Senior Ceili Band. Good luck to all participants and enjoy the fleadh.


There was no winner of the Ballymote lotto jackpot on Saturday, August 3. Numbers drawn were 6, 9, 21 and 25. There was one match-three winner. Name of winner displayed locally. The jackpot now stands at €9,800. The next draw will take place in Gormley's Corner House on August 17 Thank you for your continued support.


Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Kathleen Doherty, née Scanlon, Leeds and formerly of Carrigans Lower; Michael Ryan, South Africa; Chris Healy, Manchester, whose deaths occurred recently.


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.


Tidy Towns

Reminder to everyone we are a 'poster free' village so please do not erect posters or signs within the 50k speed limits. Your co-operation with this is much appreciated.

Dromahair Anglers and DDA/Tidy Towns present 'Wild Child Day' under 'Waters and Communities' We are encouraging families to take timeout from technology and get out doors, its Wild Child Day on Wednesday, August 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Park, Dromahair.

Learn new fishing skills, fly tying and fishing competition, make seed bombs and other activities e.g what creatures are living in our river? We will have visiting facilitators. There will be a Bar b q with tasty treats and a marquee in case of a light shower. Young and old are welcome to join us learn a bit more about the greatest treasure we have 'The River Bonet'.

5k walk/run

Dromahair Defibrillator Group will hold their annual 5k walk/run on Sunday, September 8. Put this date in your diary, further details nearer the time.

Corran Herald

The Corran Herald is an annual magazine produced by the Ballymote Heritage Group. It contains a detailed analysis of the content of the book of Ballymote (completed in 1397) and there is a fascinating illustrated article on thatched cottages. Well-known folklorist Joe McGowan reflects on the Dobarchú legend attached to Lake Glenade, the source of the River Bonet. Dromahair resident Garreth Byrne has a short article on the oyster farming industry in Sligo. Another Dromahair resident, Martin J Meehan, remembers some early events in the Hawk's Well Theatre after it opened in the early 1980s. Martin lived in Sligo and was very involved with amateur drama and other arts matters in the town. The latest issue dated 2019/2020 has just appeared and costs only €10.

Tenders sought

The Ballaghameehan and Kiltyclogher Parish Finance Committee in Rossinver, Co. Leitrim will be putting the paths to the left hand side of the new graveyard and other ancillary works out to tender in early August. Should you wish to price for the supply and installation of these works please register your interest via email to or contact the parish priest, Fr Patrick Farrelly for further details. The Ballaghameehan and Kiltyclogher Parish Finance Committee are applying for grants for these works so if you are interested please insure you have the required insurances and tax clearance to undertake same.

The Depot

Garda Community Information Clinic in the Depot Dromahair every Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. General Garda Services and Information is provided. This is a pilot scheme and its success depend on the support of the public. Use it or lose it.

The Depot Office on Backline, Dromahair is open to the public 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 Friday before 11 a.m. To book the venue for classes, parties, meetings: telephone 071 9134986, mobile: 085 8017943 or email


New Pop-Up Choir

Join the new North-Sligo pop-up choir and be part of Sligo Sings. Every autumn the Hawk's Well Theatre run a community/work place choir programme called Sligo Sings and this year we would like to join in with a North Sligo choir. The choir would be open to everyone, no auditions or previous experience is necessary, it's just for fun.

The choir will meet and rehearse with a choirmaster one evening a week for eight weeks in Grange Village. On Saturday, November 23, all the choirs across the county will come together for Sligo Sings in the Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo. Please spread the word and if you think you may like to join or know someone who would be interested, register your interest by sending an email to


Local Heritage Events

Manorhamilton, Glenfarne and Dromahair are hosting a number very interesting and informative local heritage events that will be facilitated by excellent presenters in the coming weeks.

The Manorhamilton Historical Society is promoting a walk on Monday evening, August 19, from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. during which Fiona Wheeldon and Tina Pommer will explore the hidden rivers in Manorhamilton while all attending can learn about the local river's wildlife; as well as their past wildlife and indeed the river's history.

All attending the river's walk event are asked to assemble at Manorhamilton Castle on Monday night at 6.30 p.m. After 8.30 p.m. all participating in the river's walk will return to the castle for free refreshments.

Meantime there will a woodturning demonstration in the Manorhamilton Church of Ireland on this Saturday, August 17, from 11 a.m. to midday and a guided tour by Frank White of Glenfarne Railway Station on Saturday also from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, August 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Dromahaire Development Association will promote a Wild Child Day on the River Bonet where children can learn how to fish.

Also taking place on Wednesday night, August 21, from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. will be a talk on 'The Thatch Roofs of the County Leitrim' in Manorhamilton's Leitrim Sculpture Centre, given by Dr Fidelma Mullane.

Another event taking place on Wednesday, August 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be a 'Trip Down Memory Lane' in the Rainbow Ballroom Glenfarne. The launch of the Manorhamilton Heritage Trail takes place on Thursday night, August 22, from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Glens Centre.

A talk on 'Bee Keeping' will be given in Manorhamilton Church of Ireland on Friday night, August 23, from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Meantime the 'Old Shop Fronts of Dromahair' will be the theme of a 'Walking Tour of Dromahair' starting at the Depot at 3 p.m. and concluding at 4 p.m.


The Manorhamilton Meals-on-Wheels volunteer service is appealing for more helpers in the town area to come forward and assist with its scheme through which dinners are delivered to very worthy local recipients daily early each afternoon.

All Meals-on-Wheels dinners are cooked in Our Lady's Hospital kitchen where a volunteer collects them each day prior to carrying out the delivery of them to their recipients in the town area.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Manorhamilton Meals-on-Wheels service is asked to contact Tracey Clinton, Public Health Nurse at 071 9156045. All Meals-on-Wheels volunteers cover a week period on their dinner's delivery rota.

However, there is flexibility among volunteers, which allows cover for a day or so, if a volunteer requires it to be away etc., or volunteers can swap their week rota period around with another volunteer by prior arrangement.

Town Tidy Up

A Manorhamilton Tidy Towns Committee organised weekly clean-up will take place this Thursday evening, August 15, between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The weekly tidy ups will continue for the rest of the summer season on Thursday evenings. Volunteers assemble at the Bee Park Community Centre at 7 p.m.

District News

Please send items for next week's Manorhamilton District News by 8 a.m. at the latest on this Friday morning, August 9, to PJ Leddy at


Fun Run/Walk

The Sharon Loughlin Memorial Fun Run/Walk, which took place last Bank Holiday Monday, August 5, was, as ever, a great social occasion. Despite the threatening sky, the rain held off till after the run/walk had finished. Over 200 took part and for those who ran, it was in many respects ideal conditions.

In the 5K event first across the line was Keelan McLoughlin in an impressive time of 20 minutes 36 seconds; second was Peter Noel McHugh in 22.14; third was a young boy Dáithí Meehan in 25.40; followed by another young lad, Andrew longworth, in 27.52. The first woman home was Eileen McHugh (jnr) in a time of 28.10, followed closely be her mother, Eileen McHugh (snr) in 30.53. Not to be left out several young girls ran the course too, with Lia McMorrow coming in at 41.44 and Karen O'Hara at 47.45. Subsequent to the runners the walkers crossed the finishing line having enjoyed their country stroll. In the 8K, first home was Sinéad Fowley in another impressive time of 33.11; followed by Ronan Fowley in 37.10 and Brian McMorrow in 39.32. Next came Paddy Croal at 41.25; then John O'Dell at 41.26 and shortly after that young Jack Fowley. Congratulations to all who took part.

Bank Holiday Barbecue

Despite the deterioration in the weather the barbecue went ahead as planned, though everyone had to take refuge from the elements in the Manor Hall for their burgers and salad. It was an enjoyable social gathering and provided an opportunity for friends and families to gather and exchange news and stories. Hopefully there will be many future occasions for the community to gather in like manner.

Request for Information

Keany/Kenny family, Cornalaughta. US descendants of the Keany/Kenny family will be visiting Leitrim in late August/early September and are looking for any information that might assist them in pinpointing what would have been the site of their ancestral family home. They are descended from Francis Keany and Bridget McCann (Francis Keany is buried in Carricktemple graveyard). Three of the Keany children emigrated to the US One daughter Anne Keany remained in Leitrim and married Hugh Byrne of Shivdillagh Innismagrath sometime around 1865. There were other Keany/Kenny families in Cornalaughta, who may also be related. If you can help with any information, please email the above correspondent.'' Thank you.


Bingo continues on Monday (s) in the function room of the Blue Devon, Dromahair, at 9 p.m. For those of you who are not regulars, it is a great social occasion, as well a fun opportunity to experience the thrill and frustration of getting/not getting the numbers you need. All lines €30, except games 5 and 10, which are €50; all full houses €100 and last game €200. So why not come along and support your local bingo. Who knows you might be lucky.

Hall Bookings

Newtownmanor Hall is available for booking, by adult groups, wishing to organise an event or training. Hall costs are €15 per Hour.


If anyone has any community news/information/items of interest that they would like to include in the Newtownmanor Notes please contact Séamus on Mobile: 087 3361561 or Landline: 071 9164958 before 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

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