Tuesday 17 September 2019

Around the districts: Banada-Tourlestrane, Carraroe, Easkey-Dromore West

School Poster Competition at the recent Sligo County Agricultural Show in Riverstown, Principal of Taunagh NS Linda McMahon receives winning PE Voucher from Linda Noone, sponsored by JAKO
School Poster Competition at the recent Sligo County Agricultural Show in Riverstown, Principal of Taunagh NS Linda McMahon receives winning PE Voucher from Linda Noone, sponsored by JAKO

Banada-Tourlestrane: Book launch - There was a large turn-out for the very successful Book Launch and Photo Exhibition of the book 'Kilmactigue Parish, History and Memories', in Banada Hall last Sunday.

There was a lot of memorabilia on display and this created many talking points among the people present. Well done to all who contributed items for the book and to those who put it all together in a book that reflects a lot of our heritage and history.

Banad Bingo

NEWSFLASH - €2,100 guaranteed payout THIS Tuesday night, August 13, at Banada Abbey Bingo starting 8.30 p.m. Jackpot €1,750 this Tuesday now on 46 calls or less. Flier Game Special with lines €50 and €400 payout on Flier sheet full house. 50: 50 draw and lots of Lucky Number Games.


Sympathy is extended to the family, friends and neighbours of Fr Paddy Murtagh, Tullinaglug, who died recently. May his soul rest in peace.

Kilmactigue Parish DVD

Part 17 of the Kilmactigue Parish Millennium DVD focusing on Banada Abbey Secondary School is now completed. Copies are available from Tom Walsh 087 2276628; Padraic Maye 087 2284575; Michael Collins 087 2458612; Kennedys' Supermarket, Aclare and from Drumartin Country Market. The DVD features various aspects of school life recorded over the years 1999/2000 and may be of particular interest to the Leaving Cert and First year students, who attended the school during those years.

5g meeting

A meeting highlighting the dangers of new wireless broadband 5G, negative impact on Human life and Nature, will take place this Tuesday, August 13, at 8.30 p.m., in An Chroi buildings, Ballina Road, at the rear of Basta. All are very welcome and your support is greatly appreciated.

Indoor Country Market

Drummartin Indoor Country Market (9km from Tubbercurry out on the Ballina Road besides Joe Dan's Pub) from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. every Saturday. Along with the usual great selection of local produce and crafts they are also introducing 'zero waste' rice, oats and flour - bring your own container and pay by weight. Why not take a seat in the coffee shop and enjoy some fabulous home made cake while you are here.

Aclare lotto

The Aclare Community lotto is now €6,400. Tickets are available from Kennedy's Supermarket, Aclare and from any ADC member.


Lough Gill Heritage/Biodiversity Walk

The Carraroe Walking Group will be attending this lovely walk/talk and other interested people are welcome to come on next Tuesday, August 20, 19. Meet at Slish Wood car park at 10.30 Free Admission. Thanks to Local Authorities Waters Programme Michael Bell Sligo Branch of Bird Watch Ireland will conduct this Heritage Nature Walk on shores of Lough Gill to learn about the wildlife around the Lough. Join us after for a chat on what we can do to support water and biodiversity over refreshment in car park provided by Dragon Fly Tea or coffee Cart. To facilitate numbers please text 087 2222835.

Vaccination notice

Parents are reminded children commencing School in September require review of their vaccinations. All children from four years of age require booster vaccinations of 4in1 and MMR to ensure continued protection against dangerous diseases. Measles illness is on the increase in Ireland so protection with MMR is important. More information visit or Telephone 071 9155148.

Acknowledgement of Donation

Cadra wishes to acknowledge €50 received from a long-term resident who, is not able to physically assist, but wishes to say thanks for all the work undertaken around Carraroe and the efforts of Cadra in having our area developed. They have also requested it be anonymous in terms on name. Cadra appreciates such nice gestures as it encourages the dedicated volunteers to keep up the efforts in interest of our community.

25 Card Game

We are delighted to announce our regular Progressive 25 game will resume in Carraroe Community Centre of Tuesday, September 10, at 9 p.m. Usual prizes and jackpot will be available. Please spread the word to all card players. Inexperienced players welcome. Looking forward to meeting our many friends for a nice game and chat.

Tobernalt Holy Well - Fr Jim

Thank you to all who visited and helped at the Holy Well Ceremonies Garland weekend. Record numbers of pilgrims attended the Sunday Masses. Sincere thanks to our Sacristans, Eucharistic Minsters, Readers, Altar Servers, Collectors. Stewarts and Gardaí, and to all who helped with the setting up of the grounds. Your help and support is appreciated.

Cigarette butts cause litter

We are appealing to people not to dump their cig butt ends on our roads as they cause a white piece of paper left for volunteers to pick.

Lough Gill Tour

Carraroe and District Regeneration Association wishes George and Tina every success and best wishes operating from the new Doorly Park area. The schedule sailings each day are Parkes Castle 12.30 and 3.30 p.m. and Doorly Park 1.30 p.m. This is a wonderful tourist attraction in Sligo and brings access to Lough Gill and its association with Yeats to the people of Sligo and wider community. Well done to all involved. Sean nós Dancing.

All-Ireland Champion Ryan Sheridan will recommence classes in Carraroe Community Centre on Friday, September 6, 19. All Enquiries to 087 6106493 or email New Beginners. Welcome Booking essential.

Carraroe Walking Group

Our next walk is on Tuesday, August 20 (Note change of day and time for this week) in Slish Wood We will meet in Slish Wood car park 10.30 a.m. Michael Bell will lead us on the walk and we will relax for our refreshments at the Dragon Fly Catering Cart in the car park for more chat around how we can support and protect our lake and its environment There is a What's App Text system in operation to update people each Sunday on meeting venue etc. Anyone not currently in the group is welcome to contact 087 2222835 or any member of the existing group to be added. Please encourage anyone that may be interested to come join us to boost your overall health, connect with your local community and most importantly have fun.

St John's GAA Club lotto

Lotto draw jackpot now €13,600. No jackpot winner. Numbers Drawn 4, 10, 24, 27. Next Draw is on Saturday, August 17, 19 in Molly Fulton's Carraroe at 8 p.m. All welcome to come and witness the draw.

€25 winners were Seán Kerr Ballytivanan, Tommy Parkes Ballisadare, Séamus Casey Jnr Cleveragh Road, Gerry McMorrow Cairns Road the lotto is available to do online visit St John's GAA Club website. 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; Cannings House and garden, Cornageeha and Molly Fulton's Bar and Restaurant, Carraroe. €2 per Ticket or three for €5.

Thank You

The Carraroe community says special thanks to all our regular litter pickers who walk all our roads each week and keep the place looking so well. Remember many hands make light work. Anyone willing to pick on their own road is welcome to get involved; we will supply plastic bags, picker, gloves and Hi-Vis. The bags can be left at the dedicated location at Community Centre each Monday evening or early Tuesday morning for collection and disposal.


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.

Dancing in Community Centre

Learn to jive, waltz, Quick Step and more. Light refreshments served - The schedule of bands are: Tomorrow night August 14 Colm Burke, August 21. Andy Ferry, August 28 Noel Briody - For more information contact Frank at 087 9809432.

Diabetes education

Diabetes Ireland plan to run an evening free group education course for individuals with Type two diabetes and Pre-diabetes in the Building block, Bridge Street, Sligo commencing September 9 Booking is essential as places are limited. For more information or to book telephone Diabetes Ireland at 071 9146001.

Future News/Events

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

Easkey-Dromore West

Kilglass House open day

An open day will be held at Kilglass House, on Saturday, August 17, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This will be a celebration of the built and natural heritage of Kilglass House, Woodland and Walled Garden. Events include talk on history of Kilglass House, biodiversity workshops, and the launch of 'The Critters of Kilglass' - an original audio book written and produced by Tireragh Community Support Ltd. Event run by Tireragh Community Support Ltd and Reconnect with Nature. See Facebook for more details or call 083 4461322.


The death has taken place of Mary Hanley née Connaughton, Carrowmacbrine, Rathlee. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in Star of the Sea Church, Rathlee followed by burial in Roslea Cemetry. She was predeceased by her husband Michael John and is survived by her daughter Marian Browne, son Micheál, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, neighbours, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is extended.

Nine Peak challenge

Nine years old Carwyn Wood from Easkey is undertaking a unique summer challenge that is to climb Connacht's nine highest peaks in nine weeks to raise money for his school, Rathlee National School. Carwyn, whose parents are from Easkey Jamie Wood and Tracey Flatley has so far climbed Knocknarea, Knockmore, Croagh Patrick, Neiphin and Knocklongy with Mweelrea, Slievemore Croaghuan and Benbulben to go. The summer challenge is to raise money for the resurfacing of the school yard in Rathlee. He has reached his target of €2,000 and is still hoping to raise more.


Congratulations to Louise Lindsay and Australasia Ladies, who won the final of GAA World Games, after beating defending champions Parnells, a fantastic achievement played in Croke Park. Louise is from Easkey and a former player for Eoghan Rua LGFC Also congratulations to Ollie Gordon and Australasia camogie team who also won their final. Ollie from Easkey and former player for Easkey and Western Gaels hurling club was also manager for Australasia Native Men's football team who lost out in the Quarter finals to a strong New York team. Unfortunately James Rolston also former Easkey Player and the Australasia men's football team lost out in a tight final, but a great achievement to play on the hallowed turf. Well done to all, doing the Sea Blues proud.

Street Festival

A Street Festival will be held in Easkey on Saturday, September 14, from 2 p.m. onwards. A variety of entertainment will take place so save the date.

Community Games

The Easkey under-13 Community Games girls' rounders team will represent Connacht at the all-Ireland finals which will be held in Limerick on August 18. Raffle tickets are on sale in local outlets to help support the girls.

Skreen social dance

The Skreen-Dromard social dance will be held on Saturday, August 31, in the community centre from 10 p.m. onwards. Music for dancing by Showbud.

Tireragh CCE

The all-Ireland Fleadh will be held in Drogheda this weekend. Members of Tireragh CCE are wished good luck as they compete in various competitions.

Golden Jubilee/Retirement

A special function will be held on Friday, August 16, to mark the Golden Jubilee and Retirement of Fr Michael O'Horo. The evening will commence with Mass at 7 p.m. in St Adamnan's Church, Skreen followed by refreshments in the Skreen-Dromard Community Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend. He served for a number of years in Rathlee/Easkey parish.


There was no winner of the jackpot in the Easkey lotto draw on August 2. Numbers drawn; 13, 17, 24, 29. €25 winners: A & A Hilltop, Albert Mitchell, Leo Feeney, George Dunbar, Cathy,/Patrick/Joseph. Promoter's prize; Pauline A Kilgannon. Next jackpot €7,000 and the draw will take place at the bingo in the community centre at 8.30 on Friday night. 50/50 winner; Kathleen Cowley,

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