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Around the Districts: Carraroe, Dromahair, Manorhamilton


The scene of the fire at the rear of a premises at Adelaide Street last Thursday morning. There were no injuries. Pic: Carl Brennan.

The scene of the fire at the rear of a premises at Adelaide Street last Thursday morning. There were no injuries. Pic: Carl Brennan.

The scene of the fire at the rear of a premises at Adelaide Street last Thursday morning. There were no injuries. Pic: Carl Brennan.

Carraroe: Age and Opportunity Exercise - Age and Opportunity Facebook page provide exercise sessions each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. Please click on the page and follow the Tutor.

know your eircode

Cadra reminds all residents of Carraroe the Eircode number of your house will assist 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 in such an emergency. Anyone, who is unable to find their Eircode can contact any of the following and we will arrange to print it for them Bridie McLean 086 3998925, Pat Benson 087 2222835, Dympna O'Loughlin 087 9303540, Mary Murphy 087 6888293, Mary Dunbar 087 6669533.

Keep Distance, Wash Hands and Keep Safe.

Let's keep our community safe. Sligo County Council emergency support freephone number 1800 292 765 is available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to organise supplies and support.

Seniors Alarm

We also ask everyone to test the alarm by pressing the red button on the pendant once a month at least. People that have the Seniors Alarm are advised to were the alarm pendant at all times including in bed/shower/bath - it is waterproof. The people monitoring the alarm will chat you to see all is ok so don't worry about testing as the people expect that to happen.

Anyone that requires help can also call 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.

Carraroe Church

Visit When the page opens just look for the image of Carraroe Church and click on it. People can still join in by listening to Fr Jim celebrate Mass on 107FM Just tune your radio before Mass.

Home Crime Prevention Advice

Keep lights on inside and out. Do not keep large amounts of cash at home. Keep valuables and keys out of sight. Visit for more crime prevention advice. Be alert to online and telephone scams. Do not share personal or financial data. An Garda Síochána encourages the reporting of Hate Crime.

KEEP UNEXPECTED CALLERS OUT Do not open the door. Use the door chain. Look for ID. If you require assistance call your local garda station at 071 9157000. Keep a lookout for friends and neighbours while adhering to appropriate physical distancing. Use only the services of people you know and trust.

CPR Advice

Community CPR is not advised in any case of COVID 19 infection as it may cause others to be infected and should be undertaken with appropriate PPE as available in GP, Hospitals, Ambulance etc. 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.

Future News/Events

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


Challenging times

As we are all well aware this is a challenging time for everyone but particularly for our frontline workers in all Healthcare areas, our shops, catering facilities, Gardaí, emergency services, everyone going out to work while the rest of us can safely stay at home.

Please stick with it, I know it's not easy to stay home all the time but we have to. We can honour all those people mentioned by adhering to the government guidelines. Your health is your wealth. While out for your walk, Leitrim Observer ask you to take '2km picture challenge' They are asking people, when out and about exercising (always adhering to the gov guidelines) or even relaxing in their back garden, send them a photo of the scene.

It could be a wonderful landscape, a mountain, a lake, a person, your family... anything at all really, that captures the day and the experience. The Observer are planning to showcase the beauty of our county in a wonderful photo spread and in our online galleries.

People are very proud of where they live and rightly so and we want to highlight this.

It will also be a record of our activities during this pandemic and a reminder that despite all that is happening we still live in a wonderful county with Mother Nature showing off her best. I see some beautiful pictures on Facebook so please send in your pictures to this email address


All of you who are missing going to Mass at this difficult time can log in to Fr Patsy McDermott PP Killenummery and Killery on Facebook. Fr Patsy McDermott will be offering Mass from his home a few days a week at 12.30 and Sundays at midday. Just search patsy mcdermott. If you don't have internet, you can get Sunday Mass on TV Also online there's Holy Mass every day from Knock at midday and 7.30 p.m. on weekdays. Of course Ocean F.M broadcast Sunday Mass from Sligo Cathedral at 10.30 a.m. Take care everyone, keep washing your hands, keep physical distance from people if you're out shopping or walking and keep safe.


Do you need help during this time of social distancing? Don't be afraid to ask. A group called Dromahair volunteers can be contacted on Facebook. This group are offering to help people with shopping, walking the dog, picking up prescriptions etc. All precautions will be taken as per HSE guidelines so as not to spread virus.

Also the local GAA club on their Facebook say 'Dromahair GAA has a long standing tradition for being there for their members and community during difficult times. It would be great if in these current times this would continue. We are encouraging people to reach out and visit those who are elderly and living on their own in our community to make sure they're okay - they may need help getting shopping etc. All the talk in the media can be overwhelming so we need to 'be kind' and sensible - we will get through this together.'.

Let's all do our bit, listen to the official recommendations and be there for each other.

Both Dromahair Centra (071 9164630) and Gala (071 9164666) are offering free delivery to anyone who wants to avail of it at this time.

Look out for your neighbour, phone them to make sure they're ok. If they need anything and you can't get supplies to them ask your GAA they will be glad to help.

Darc Park Development remind users that the All Weather Facilities and playground are currently CLOSED as a result of the COVID19 crisis. Everyone is requested to please respect the restrictions currently in place.

Thank you to general public for your continued cooperation at this difficult time.

Northwest STOP provides free counselling with no waiting lists: Please keep the number to hand should you or a friend need to talk to someone in confidence: 086 7772009.

Activities in the Depot

All activities in Depot have been cancelled for the next while in line with government direction and in the interest of the health and safety of everyone.

In the meantime stay safe everyone, observe the recommended guidelines and we'll all protect ourselves as best we can.

Your notes

Remember If you have any items you wish included in the local notes contact us Friday before 11 a.m. on or call 086 1625287.


Agricultural Show Cancelled

Manorhamilton's annual Agricultural Show, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 25, in the Bee Park, has been cancelled due to the countrywide imposed restrictions on large crowd events because of the worldwide Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Following a recent directive that came from an emergency Irish Shows Association Executive meeting, the Manorhamilton Agricultural Show Committee has decided to call off the town's 2020 Show Day.

Meantime in a statement on the matter the Irish Shows Association say 'we have been closely monitoring the situation as it unfolded over the last week's and have been liaising with the various government agencies for advice, which has been relayed to our members regularly.

'Up to now, 43 of our member shows had taken the decision to cancel for 2020 with our support. Given the updates from the government and the health authorities, we feel that it is now time to issue further advice and offer some clarity in this time of great uncertainty for our members and our exhibitors.

'A meeting of the National Executive Board of the Irish Shows Association took place by video conference on Tuesday, April 14. It was the considered opinion of the board that the current, necessary restrictions around social distancing and Mass gatherings will continue for some time.

'We are also cognisant of the fact that many of our show volunteers are in vulnerable groups and that our sponsors have been hit hard by the current situation. For this reason, we are recommending to all our member shows not to run their shows or any public events till such time as the safety of their members and the general public can be ensured and restrictions on social distancing are lifted.'.

The restrictions on social distancing are unlikely to be lifted for quite a long time yet and because of this the Manorhamilton Agricultural Show Committee had really no option but to take the decision to cancel their 2020 Show Day.

Former Teacher's Death

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Tom White, Meenagh Kiltyclogher, who passed on to his eternal reward on Wednesday, February 15.

In compliance with HSE and Government guidelines regarding public gatherings because of Coronavirus COVID-19, Tom's Funeral Mass and service in St Mary's Church Glenfarne was private to his family. It was streamed live on YouTube on Friday, April 17, with the burial taking place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Fr Paul Prior and Deacon Pádraig Kelly officiated at the Funeral Mass and service, as well as at the burial.

Wife Teresa; daughters Eithne (Broughton), Sarah (Clancy), Mary (Hughes, Manorhamilton), Anne (Caprani, Dromahair), Theresa (Otten, Cootehall), Ruth (White-Lynch, Cavan); sons Francis, Thomas (Belcoo), Joseph and Paul; daughters-in-law; sons-in-law; grandchildren; nieces; nephews; relatives; friends and neighbours; survive Tom.

The late Tom White was, prior to his retirement a number of years ago, a highly regarded teacher in Kiltyclogher Vocational School and from 1973 in St Clare's Comprehensive School Manorhamilton. He was deeply involved in many local community organisations.

District News

Please email all items for next week's Sligo Champion Manorhamilton District News to PJ Leddy by 8 a.m. at the latest on this Friday morning, May 1.

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