Tuesday 26 March 2019

Around the districts: Castleconnor, Cloonacool, Easkey-Dromore West and Enniscrone

Alannah Cunningham (2ndYr)and Clodagh Barret (1stYr) Mercy College Sligo who took part in the prestigious All Ireland “Poetry Aloud” Competition in the National Library of Ireland, Dublin
Alannah Cunningham (2ndYr)and Clodagh Barret (1stYr) Mercy College Sligo who took part in the prestigious All Ireland “Poetry Aloud” Competition in the National Library of Ireland, Dublin

Castleconnor - Senior citizens party: The annual Castleconnor senior citizens Christmas party is on December 16 at 3 p.m. in the community centre. To book your place contact Sharon at 087 2785584. A great evening is guaranteed.

Set dancing classes

Classes are held in Muddy Burns every Monday 8.30 p.m. till 10 p.m. Contact Oli at 087 6368834.

Castleconnor lotto

Results for November 17: jackpot €17,600; numbers drawn were 6, 8, 9 and 29 No jackpot winner 3x €50 winners Charlie Kane Alex Ginty Kathleen Moore (online). Next week's jackpot €17,700.


Photographic history

As a result of recent community meeting one group have taken on the task of developing a history of the times past by means of a photographic display.

To do this the support of the community is required. We plan to source old photos of life in our area in the past. People at work and play and day to day life as it used to be. Anyone, who has such photos are asked to consider loaning them to have copies taken after which they will be returned to owners.

The plan is to select photos that capture local lifestyle in years gone by for use in a heritage display in the village. Please contact Philomena at 087 9329873 or Julia 071 9184207 for further details or come along to the next community meeting date to be announced later.

Christmas party

Cloonacool's annual Christmas party will take place on Sunday, December 9, in Cloonacool Community Centre. Mass at 3 p.m. followed by an evening of festive entertainment. To book your place please contact Attracta at 086 3058844.

Cloonacool Drama Group

Cloonacool Players are busy at present rehearsing for this year's play entitled 'I Do Not like Thee Dr Fell' a dark comedy written by playwright Bernard Farrell. This play will compete on the festival circuit next season and will be performed in Cloonacool Community Centre in mid-February 2019. Due to the new data protection laws, names of the cast and production crew cannot be published at this time.

Community Park Draw

The Cloonacool community park lotto draw for October took place recently in Brennan's. The numbers drawn were 1, 3, 23 and 27. There was no winner of the €2,300 jackpot, there was one match-three winner - Grace and Seán Queenan. Next month's jackpot will be worth €2,400. Thank you very much for your continued support, it is greatly appreciated.

Choir seeking musician

Cloonacool Choir is seeking a musician (s) organist, pianist or guitarist who would like to play for the choir at Sunday 10 a.m. Masses in St Michael's Church, Cloonacool. If one or more musicians are interested, Sundays could be shared for example monthly or fortnightly. Our choir has been singing for 49 years and we look forward to continuing.

The choir is made up of adults and juniors. If you are interested currently playing or wishing to return to the keyboard or the strings - please contact Sonia at 087 2772557 for further details.

Ladies Group

The Cloonacool Ladies Monday Morning Group meet on Monday mornings from 10.15 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. .

Music Club

Cloonacool Music Club takes place on Thursday at Brennan's Bar from 10 p.m.


Please send in your notes to Emma Gallagher by Thursday to

Easkey-Dromore West

Community Council AGM

The annual general meeting of Dromore West Community Council will be held in the community centre on Tuesday, December 4, at 8 p.m. Blood Donation Clinic

A Blood Donation Clinic will be held in the Skreen-Dromard Community Centre on Tuesday, December 4, from five to 8.30 p.m.


The death has taken place of Mary Queenan, Leaffoney, Kilglass. She was predeceased by her husband Seán and is survived by her daughters Mary, Patsy and Teresa, son John, inlaws, grandchildren, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is extended. Her remains were removed from McGowan's Funeral Home to the Church of the Holy Family, Kilglass. Burial took place in St Patrick's Cemetry.

Meals on Wheels

Easkey Community Meals on Wheels are delivered to any member of the public at a cost of €6.50 for dinner and Dessert from Ballisodare Bridge to the Co Mayo border. Contact 096 49818 between 10.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Christmas dinner will be held in Easkey Community Centre on Sunday, December 2, at 1.30 p.m.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Just as we look after our physical health, so too must we tend to our mental and emotional wellbeing. This training, provided from Mental Health Ireland, will offer you the space to explore simple but effective ways to bring more happiness, wellness and purpose into your life.

Five Ways to Wellbeing Workshop will take place in the Ocean Sands Hotel from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 5. Booking essential. Please contact West Sligo FRC at 096 37444. The workshop will be facilitated by Mar Healy, professionally trained coach, meditation teacher, certified MBSR facilitator, and current acting area development officer for Mental Health Ireland in Sligo/Leitrim.

'A Christmas Carol'

'Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol' performed by Stephen Doyle will be held on Sunday, December 9, at 8 p.m. in Kilglass Church of Ireland. This is a one-man show to get you into the Christmas spirit. Supported by Tireragh Community Support Ltd and West Sligo Family Resource Centre. Tickets €10/€12 available at West Sligo Family Resource Centre and Amanda's Barbers, Ballina. Not suitable for children under-12.

Flower demonstration

A Christmas Flower demonstration by Sr Fionnuala Keveny will be held on Wednesday, December 5, at 8 p.m. in Coláiste Iascaigh. Funds raised are in aid of Fr Martin Keveny Brazil Fund and Colaiste Iascaigh School development. Raffle, spot prizes and refreshments.

Christmas Bazaar

A Christmas Parish Bazaar will be held in Skreen-Dromard Community Centre on December 2 at 1 p.m. with something for all the family, Santa, crafts, carol singing, dance, raffle, cake sale and much more.

Bus trip to Athlone

A bus trip to Athlone from Easkey is been organised for December 8. Contact Easkey House 096 49020 to book a place.

Diamond Ladies day out

The Diamond Ladies annual day out in aid of SHOUT will take place on Friday, November 30. Tickets cost €50 and can be got from Moya at 087 6811781 or Geraldine at 087 2585393.


There was no winner of the jackpot in the Easkey lotto draw on November 16. Numbers drawn were11, 18, 21, 36. €25 winners; Lachlan and Senan, Séamus Duffy, Eileen Taylor, Rosanne McGowan, Martina Reilly. Promoter's prize: Willie Brady. Next jackpot €3,700 and the draw will take place at the bingo in the community centre at 8.30 on Friday night. 50/50 winner; Joe Kilcawley.

Street Scape meeting

What a turn-out for the last minute meeting that was called by Sligo County Council to discuss the proposed plan to change the Street Scape of Easkey Village. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to attend and to all those who sent apologise because they were unable to attend but still wanted their views voiced.

In excess of 100 concerned residents attended this meeting and it was unanimously agreed that the pedestrian crossing in the middle of the village was a 'Non-Starter'.

We also need to say thank you to the 40+ residents who sent their concerns to the council before this meeting. After it was clear that this proposal was totally rejected by the community and it was agreed to shelf the plan, requests were then voiced that the €19,800 might be put to other uses such as speed ramps that might be positioned where they wouldn't restrict parking or even used for a much needed playground.

Sadly it was explained that this money could not be used for anything other than a pedestrian crossing, so it was then agreed that the money should be returned to CLÁR and that hopefully a new traffic plan can be put forward at a later date after full consultation with the community.

Thank you to Joe Devaney for attending this meeting and explaining the proposal and to the three public representives who steered the meeting (Michael Clarke, Joe Queenan and Sinéad McGuire)

The end result from this meeting was as follows: one. The Proposed Pedestrian crossing plan will be shelved and the grant will be returned to CLÁR. Two. As per numerous requests prior to the meeting and again reiterated at the meeting, there now needs to be another Public Meeting organised to discuss the many issues and concerns that the whole community are voicing. This WILL be organised ASAP and everyone will be informed when the date has been set.

Your news

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Sympathy is extended to the son's Anthony and Kevin on the death of their mother Kathleen Coleman Woodlawn's, Enniscrone and late of Culmore, Gurteen's Co Sligo. Sympathy also to her sister Bridie, daughters-in-law grandchildren family neighbors and friends. The remains were removed from McGowan's Funeral Home Ballina Wednesday to the Church of Our Lady assumed into Heaven Enniscrone. Burial took place after midday Mass of the Resurrection on Thursday to St Patrick's Cemetery, Kilglass. May she rest in peace.

Christmas market

A Christmas market will be held in the Ocean Sands Hotel Enniscrone on Sunday, December 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be Santa Claus for the children, a Woodturning Demonstration, Craft Stalls, Home baking, Ceramics, Jewellery etc. many handmade locally. Great Christmas gift ideas for everyone.

Fun beat the intro quiz

This takes place every Friday night in Sheridan's bar Kilglass at 9 p.m. Entry fee is only €2 with the proceeds going to Kilglass Community Council Cardens Development Fund. The club is holding two quiz nights one in Gilroy's Bar on Friday, December 14, and Sheridan's Bar Kilglass on January 18 Both Quiz nights are for two former member's Eddie O'Dowd and Gerry Gilroy. All proceeds will go to the families chosen charities. Billy Varley will be the Quiz Master on the night. Please come out and support.

Social bridge club

Enniscrone Social Bridge Club takes place at the Diamond Coast Hotel every Wednesday night commencing at seven.

Natalie's wishes

Santa Claus is coming to the West Sligo Family Resource Centre on Saturday, December 1, at two.oopm. This is a free event sponsored by Natalie's Wishes and the Family Resource Centre. There will be lots of activities and refreshments for both the young and the young at heart. 'Christmas Cookie Decorating, storytelling etc'.

Blotto draw

There was no winner of the €3,000 jackpot when draw took place in the Wild Atlantic Inn Saturday night last. Numbers drawn were 18, 19 and 32. €25 winners were Teresa Fox, Berl Rouse, Adriene Foley and Séamus Kavanagh. Jackpot for €3,200 the next draw will take place in Sheridan's Pub Kilglass, on Saturday, November 24.

Musicians sought

The parent and toddler group are looking for someone to assist with and take a creative lead in providing basic music activities for the children who attend the group on a Wednesday from 10 a.m. to midday eg; common childhood songs, also inter-generational music and songs. Singers, Dancers and musicians are welcome to bring their own instruments and the parent and toddler group will provide small musical instruments (shakers, rattles etc).

Open to adults of all ages. What's required for this position. Someone that enjoys music and song that can interact in a playful fun way with parents and young children. When working with babies and toddlers an easy going nature would be needed.

This is a role that could fit well with maybe the Active Retirement Group and this would encourage more inter-generational involvement. Also if there is anyone who is a play therapist or maybe someone who likes to sing plays an instrument or is with Comhaltas and living in the area.

A Christmas Carol

'Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol' performed by Stephen Doyle on Sunday, December 9, 8 p.m. in Kilglass Church of Ireland, Kilglass, Enniscrone. This is a one-man show to get you into the Christmas spirit, where Scrooge, Fezziwig, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and the ghosts of Christmas are brought vividly to life in an evening's entertainment guaranteed to fire your imagination, stir your senses and get you in the mood for the festive season ahead. Supported by Tireragh Community Support Ltd and West Sligo Family Resource Centre. Tickets €10/€12 available at West Sligo Family Resource Centre and Amanda's Barbers, Ballina. Not suitable for children under-12.

Update on Cardens property

Kilglass Community Council are having a update meeting on the Cardens property December 3, at 8.30 in Sheridan's Bar Kilglass.

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