Monday 22 July 2019

Around the districts: Cloonacool, Dromahair, Geevagh, Manorhamilton, Newtownmanor, Riverstown

Cloonacool: The Mill Café - The new community café will continue on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: opening from 10am to 2pm each day.

The Mill Community Café is a service run totally by volunteers, who are paid in good fun and really good cake and coffee. If you can offer your time to join our volunteer rota, we'd love to hear from you - could you commit to one day a month, or a fortnight?

Blood donation thanks

There was a record turnout at St Brigid's Hall on June 18 and all who registered to donate blood must be congratulated. There is great appreciation also of the many who publicize the event, encouraged others to donate and helped in any way make this clinic a great success. When someone gives blood they give someone who desperately needs support, another birthday, another anniversary, another day at the beach, another night under the stars, another talk with a friend, another laugh, another hug, another chance. Giving blood is giving life.

Community Park draw

The Community Park lotto draw for June was held in Brennan's on Saturday night. There was no winner of the €3,100 jackpot the numbers drawn were 3, 15, 24 and 32. There was one match-three winner, John and Orla Warren won €200. Next month's jackpot will be worth €3,200 many thanks for your continued support.

Sheep Festival

As part of the new community initiative process, the Cloonacool Sheep Festival is earmarked for September 21 next. The one-day event will highlight the sheep tradition of the parish and will include a day section filled with exhibitions and activities. The festival will finish off with a gala festival dance in the community centre in the safe hands of John Hogan and his band from Co Offaly. Please keep the date free and make sure to invite friends when the times arrives.

Card game

The Cloonacool card game is 9 p.m. on Mondays. This start time is for the summer season.

Community Environment Group

If you would like to join the local environmental group then email and let them know, they're happy to welcome new members any time.

Old photographs/local history

The New Heritage group in the parish are in the process of collecting old photographs and local history. This collection will form the basis of a future exhibition and/or publication. Anyone interested in providing either photographs or stories can email the group on

Music Club

The Music CLub takes place on Thursday at Brennan's Bar from 10 p.m. Come along for a great night of music and singing. There will be a bus available to collect and leave home on Thursday nights for music club. Pick up between 9: 30 and 10 p.m., and then leaving Cloonacool after the food. Please ring 071 9185037 for further information and to book your seat. There will be a minimal charge for the bus.

Your news

Please send in your notes to Emma Gallagher by Thursday to



The winners in our last blotto draw held in the clubhouse on Saturday, June 15, were Mary Doran, Gortatresk, Mary Gallagher, Ardvoley, Edwina McTiernan c/o Clubhouse, Charles McTiernan, Killeen, and Ann Dolan, Newtownmanor. Well done to all. Our jackpot now stands at €4,000 so get your tickets today. Final draw before summer break is tomorrow night Saturday, June 29, in the Blue Devon. Profits raised help fund the cost of work carried out around the village throughout the year but especially over the spring and summer months when we have lots flower planting and grass cutting. Thank you for your continued support.

Tidy towns

Our annual Best Kept garden and Best Kept estate competition is taking place again this year so now is the time to get weeding and feeding. To enter your garden contact us any morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or call into the office. Judging will take place mid-August.

Reminder to everyone that it's Tidy Towns judging season so please keep our streets litter-free. Group Meets every Monday at 7.30 p.m. at the depot to do clean-up of village. Always looking for more volunteers.

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.

Cúl Camp 2019

This year's camp will take place in Dromahair from July 15 to July 19 and places can be booked on

Table quiz thanks

The Killenummery Old Graveyard Committee would like to thank all who supported our recent table quiz, all those who made a donation and all who attended on the night and made it such an enjoyable night for all involved.

A special thanks to; Margaret Sharkey, SuperValu Manorhamilton, Caz Cards Manorhamilton, Market Bar Manorhamilton, Gilbert's Pharmacy Manorhamilton, Manor Chemist Manorhamilton, Tangles Hairdresser Manorhamilton, Keith McMorrow Plant Hire Dromahaire, Siobhán's Hairdresser Dromahaire, Michael and Bridie Wynne, Edie Leslie, the Henry Family, the O'Hara Family, Johnston and Alan Barber, John James McKenna and McSharry Family. We all hope to see you next year.


Darc Park Development will be holding our annual general meeting in the Pavilion on Friday, July 5, at 7.30.This is an exciting time for DARC, and we continue to rely on the support of the community. As always, new committee members and ideas are needed, so we encourage as many people from the local community to attend and help us build upon the success we have had to date.

Drumkeerin Bingo

Bingo is now running every Saturday night at 9 p.m. in Drumkeerin Community Centre. Come along and enjoy a great social outing on a Saturday night.

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


Pilgrimage to Knock

The Geevagh/Highwood Legion of Mary annual pilgrimage to Knock shrine will take place on Tuesday, July 16. If interested in travelling, please telephone 071 9647476 for more information.


Wild Rose Festival Launch

A super programme of events was revealed when the 2019 Manorhamilton Wild Rose Festival was launched by festival chairman, Tommy Flynn in Biddy's Bar Beer Garden on Thursday evening.

Highlight of launch ceremony was announcement of the 10 contestants for Festival Wild Rose title; the winner of which will be announced during festival week, which runs in Manorhamilton from Sunday, July 21, to Sunday, July 28.

The beautiful contestants for 2019 Wild Rose of Manorhamilton title and the places they are representing are Caroline Gallagher Donegal, Marian Sheridan Dromahair, Teresa Gilligan Dublin, Sonia Norris Fermanagh, Ciara McKinney Galway, Chloe McGovern Leitrim, Bronagh McCauley London, Soraya Ricalde Madrid, Jennifer Robinson Manorhamilton and Niamh Harney Sligo.

The Manorhamilton Wild Rose Festival Committee members are chairperson Tommy Flynn, secretary Danny Feely, Joint treasurers Breege Golden and Eileen Harte, Committee Martha Morris, Al Morris, Finbar Twomey, Treasa Nealon, Cormac O'Mahony and Oisin McDonald.

Renowned Leitrim actor and writer, Séamus O'Rourke Carrigallen will compere a top class concert on Thursday night, July 25, in the Bee Park Community Centre during which the 2019 Manorhamilton Wild Rose winner will be crowned.

New Afterschool Service

A brand new Afterschool service will be up and running this September in Largy National School following a recent meeting in the School, which led to the formation of a local voluntary Afterschool service committee under the auspices of the County Leitrim Childcare Committee.

Parents and guardians in the Manorhamilton and Kinlough areas are invited to avail of the new Largy Afterschool service for their children. Largy National School is located just nine minutes away from Manorhamilton, seven minutes away from Glenade and 15 minutes away from Kinlough.

Meantime the new Largy Afterschool service is offering subsidies under the government's Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCSP), as well as the Training and Employment Childcare Programmes (TEC), and will be offering the National Childcare Scheme (NCS) benefit in October.

All parents and guardians who are interested in finding out further information about the new Largy Afterschool service should email or to get your child enrolled in it for September. Places in the new Largy Afterschool service are limited.

Lory Meagher Cup Win

When the Leitrim won the Lory Meagher Cup for the first time ever in Croke Park on Saturday week nine members of the Cluainín Glencar Manorhamilton Hurling Club were invaluable members of the history making team.

The nine Cluainín Glencar Manorhamilton Hurling Club players that assisted Leitrim on Saturday when the county won its first ever all-Ireland GAA senior hurling title were Paddy Clerkin, Martin Feeney, Adam McDermott, Peter Poniard, Karl McDermott, Kevin Clerkin, Niall McLoughlin, Declan Ryan and Adam O'Hagan.

Saturdays win for the Leitrim hurlers over Lancashire was quite a unique achievement. The Leitrim footballers came close to matching the Lory Meagher Cup win in 1938 when they won the all-Ireland Home junior final but were then beaten in the in final proper by London on a score line of 5-7 to 2-9.

District News

Please send items for next week's Manorhamilton District News by 8 a.m. at the latest on this Friday morning, July 5, to PJ Leddy at


Church Notes

Church of Mary, Mother of God, Newtownmanor - Liturgy for July: Reader - Eddie Mullarkey; Collectors - John Loughlin and Charlie McDermott; Altar Society - Mary Darcy.


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.


Gaelic team gets Gold

Congratulations to the under-12 girls Gaelic team consisting of Aoibhinn Conlon, Aisling Dwyer, Sophie Williams, Penny Barlow, Ava Kennedy, Katie Gilligan, Ciara Gilligan, Isabel Foley, Amy Bagnall, Sophia Rose Henry, Marisa Hamilton and Zara Barlow, who took Gold at the county final. Congratulations also to the team coaches Marina Swann and Majella Muldowney. The team will now go on to represent Sligo at the Connacht finals on July 13.

Church gate Collection

Irish Cancer Society is holding church gate collections in Riverstown and Sooey Churches on Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7.

Duck Race

Little Buddies annual duck race saw 259 ducks launched on the River Unshin on Sunday, June 23. Despite poor weather conditions a good crowd came out to support the ducks. After two heats and a final race the following won prizes. In first place was Kyren Armstrong with Teddy winning a Little Buddies Hamper. In second place, Kate McDermott won a Centra Hamper. In third place, Eric Hodgins with Daphne, won a €50 SuperValu voucher.

Runners-up included: Lara McGrath (Smyth's voucher). Damien Davey (Homeland voucher). Louise Merrick (CashelDove Massage voucher). Flynn Barber (Fernando's Voucher). Karen Duggan-Hogan (CashelDove Massage voucher). Cora McDermott (Mullins Foodstore voucher). Ciara Brennan (Burberry Perfume set). Abhainne Ballintyne (Box of Wines). Clover Cafe (Wine Selection). Aaron Adamson and Francesca Field (selection Children's toiletries from Riverstown Pharmacy).

Thank you to Darren Woulfe and Eoin Feeney, who worked hard on the day to ensure the ducks stayed safe in the water. Thank you to Tony Gormley for use of gates and Tommy McKenna and friends for organising the gates in the river. A special thank you to Enda Candon for doing MC on the day. A huge thank you to all who purchased ducks, donated prizes and came out on the day to support this event.

Playground clean up

The next monthly clean-up session of Riverstown Playground in Chapel Gardens will take place on Saturday, July 6, from 8 a.m. onwards. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Do bring along tools. Cleaners are welcome to do their bit at any time if the group clean-up time does not suit.

Social Dancing

A Social Dance night will be held in the Morrison Teach Ceoil on Sunday, June 28, at 9.30 p.m. Music by Mary Rose and Enda. Refreshments will be served. Admission €10. Enquiries to Pádraig Kerins 087 6707329.

Agricultural Show

The Sligo County Agricultural Show is scheduled for Saturday, July 20. A date to put in your diary.


The festival will be a three night festival and is a fundraiser in aid of Ballygawley Community Park. The event will take place in our festival Marquee with Jim Devine headlining Friday, July 19, Johnny Brady Saturday, July 20, and Mike Denver Sunday, July 21. Tickets are available online for each night or a weekend ticket is available at More information can be found on

News items

To have your news item included in the Riverstown notes email to or alternatively call Iris at 086 8258525.

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