Tuesday 26 March 2019

Around the districts: Collooney, Dromahair, Manorhamilton, Maugherow, Newtownmanor, Riverstown

Pictured at the installation of the defibrillator in Ballintogher Village were members of the Ballintogher Defib Working Group; Karen Gallagher, Thomas Walsh, Tricia Collery, Josephine Reynolds, Brona Taaffe, Nuala Parkes, Marie Kelly, Finbar Diamond.
Pictured at the installation of the defibrillator in Ballintogher Village were members of the Ballintogher Defib Working Group; Karen Gallagher, Thomas Walsh, Tricia Collery, Josephine Reynolds, Brona Taaffe, Nuala Parkes, Marie Kelly, Finbar Diamond.

A huge congratulations to lovely local couple Aleise Gibbons and Simon Cavanagh on their marriage last Saturday, November 10. Family and friends were invited to celebrate the baptism of their youngest daughter Holly and were treated to the big surprise that a wedding was also taking place. A big achievement keeping such a secret under wraps while preparations were going on. Best wishes for the future.


Collooney Village Redevelopment Ltd lotto results November 7. Numbers drawn were 7, 11, 24 and 28. €100 to Mary Loftus for three correct numbers. Next draw for jackpot €10,000 in the Owenmore Inn on November 21.

Young Explorers

Young Explorers Childcare is having its toddler, Preschool and Afterschool Care open day on Saturday, December 8, at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Young Explorers Purpose Built Facility in Abhainn Mór, Collooney. Enrolment packs will be available on the day. We advise early booking to guarantee your place for January/September 2019. We are providers of the Affordable Childcare Subvention Schemes. We open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for 50 weeks of the year.

We look forward to meeting you all and your children. Please call us at 071 9133166 or email for more information.

Owenmore Gaels News

Owenmore Gaels, along with Northwest Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force are hosting a Drug Awareness evening on Thursday, November 22, and are delighted to announce that six time all-Ireland winner Philly McMahon will be the special guest. Philly will talk about how drugs effected his and his families lives after the death of his brother and how Drug Awareness can be used as a preventative and coping mechanism. Tickets are free of charge, limited to four per person. Recommended for aged 12 upwards. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 7 p.m. with event starting at 7.30 p.m.

The AGM of Owenmore Gaels GFC will take place on Sunday, November 25, at 5 p.m. in the clubhouse at Connolly Park. Current members and anybody wishing to become a member is welcome to attend.

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Rosary/Blessing of Graves

Killenummery and Killery Parish - Rosary and blessing of Graves 2018 Carrowcrin Cemetery 3 p.m. Sunday, November 11; Killerry Cemetery 3 p.m. Sunday, November 18 (Gate collection towards upkeep of cemetery) and Creevelea Abbey Cemetery 3 p.m. Sunday, November 25.

Extraordinary general meeting

Dromahair Development Association/Tidy Towns will hold an Extraordinary general meeting on Wednesday, November 21, at 8.30 p.m. in the Depot. Everyone welcome.

Peace Learning Project

A new exciting Workshop for 15- to 18-year-olds is starting in the Depot on Wednesdays from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

This Peace Learning Project will look at what causes conflict? What does 'peace' mean? The workshops will explore these issues through film, media, guest speakers.

Contact Áine Tiernan at 086 7867323 or email or Yvonne Heijneman at 086 7867330 or email for further information.


DARC are delighted to announce that the work to construct the allweather astroturf playing surface will commence in the park this week. The planned work will take 12 weeks to complete, so allowing for Christmas it should be completed by mid February.

During the construction, the playground will be accessible and will be fenced off from any works. The walkway around the park will not be available during this time. The main pitch is also unavailable till the spring while GAA carry out maintenance work.

This will be another excellent amenity for the whole of Dromahair, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the new facility when it is completed.


Blotto winners last weekend No jackpot winner in Clubhouse on Saturday, November 10. Numbers drawn were 5, 6, 9 and 28 Winners of €30 Petie and Geraldine c/o Woodview Inn, Garreth Byrne, Market st, Winnie Parkes, Friarstown, Kieran Gorman, Moneyduff, Peter Bishop, Old Market St, Sligo.


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No STOP State Aid

North West STOP members expressed deep annoyance at the failure of the government to provide financial help to the local suicide prevention organisation for its work when the organisation's recent annual general meeting took place in the Bee Park Community Centre Manorhamilton.

Chair Tom O'Reilly stated that North West STOP, which is a voluntary organisation, does not receive any funding from the government in the work it does in preventing suicide, counselling suicide victims and supporting families bereaved by suicide.

North West STOP provides essential and life saving services in its whole area of its operation that takes in Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Longford, Cavan and Fermanagh.

The chairman also expressed deep concern with the way that all mental health issues and problems were being dealt with by those charged to do so, noting it borders on almost total neglect on their part.

Tom O'Reilly also addressed the issue of rural isolation at the AGM saying 'people are isolated in villages and towns' as well as in the countryside, 'particularly older people.'

Giving an example of a incidents of severe rural isolation Tom explained 'the only time some local bachelor or widowed farmers in the area talk to another human being is when they attended the local mart each week or it maybe for a much longer period of time in some cases.'

The following North West STOP officers were elected at the end of the AGM - chairperson Tom O'Reilly, Vice-chairperson Dermot Lahiff, secretary Deirdre O'Hagan, Assistant secretary Bláithín Sweeney, treasurer Tina McSharry, Assistant treasurer, Ita McTernan, Joint PROs Aisling McGowan and PJ Leddy, and Compliance Officer Paula Lahiff.

Largy NS

There was great chatter recently in Largy National School Senior Room when all of the students brought in their Team Hope Shoeboxes for delivery to the local Team Hope depot in Manorhamilton, namely the former Bredin's Newsagents shop on Main Street.

Having spent their recent mid-term enthusiastically filling their respective boxes with the four essentials, something to write, wash, wear and wow - the Largy students were at the end all excitedly comparing their wow donation contributions.

What a variety? Some very lucky children will get a very happy surprise come the day of opening on Christmas Day.

Charity Sale

A Christmas Sale will take place in aid of a most admirable charity, namely, St Vincent de Paul on this Thursday, November 22, at 12.15 p.m. in Our Lady's Hospital, Manorhamilton.

It will be in the Rheumatology Sitting Room on the Ground Floor. There will be Home Baking, Jams, Christmas Gifts (new), Ornaments, Lancôme Hampers and a Homemade Christmas Cake for raffle. There will be bargains galore. Please support this worthy cause.

Cemeteries Question

The Cloonclare-Killasnett (Manorhamilton-Mullies-Glencar) parish council has written to the local Manorhamilton Municipal District elected members of Leitrim County Council requesting them to check with county Council why it has taken a decision to cease maintaining the graveyards which the council owns (e.g. locally - St Clare's Cemetery Manorhamilton and Mullies Cemetery).

District News

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Christmas Bazaar

The Drumcliffe, Lissadell and Munninane Churches annual Christmas Bazaar will take place on Friday, November 23, at 8 p.m. in the Lissadell Centre. There will be raffles, cake stalls, tea and much more. Please support and all welcome.


A Fitting Commemoration

The autumn sun shone brightly, as the bells tolled at 11 a.m., in Sligo, on Sunday, November 11; the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, which heralded the end of the First World War. Thousands of young men from Sligo were involved in the conflict and of those, over 600 are known to have died as a direct result of their involvement.

Local historian, Simone Hickey, who has extensively researched this subject over the past several years, had approached the directors of the Blue Raincoat Theatre Company to discuss what might be done to commemorate all those who had died in the conflict.

Thus the dramatic event which took place on Armistice Sunday in Sligo. A gathering of 609 individuals (mostly men, but not exclusively so), rowed in six columns, each of over 100 persons, assembled in Wine Street, Sligo and, following a minute's silence, proceeded in a solemn and silent procession, through the city and out to the War Memorial, at the top of Mailcoach Road. Each person involved in the procession was there representing a specific, named, deceased individual.

The route through Sligo was lined by numerous on-lookers, who maintained a dignified and respectful silence, as the procession made its way through the city. At the war memorial there was a brief period of reflection, during which 'letters home' from troops serving at 'The Front' were read aloud.

It was a very fitting commemoration for all those who had died in the conflict and an acknowledgement of the great sacrifices made and endured by all involved. Those of us who were privileged to participate will remember the day for the rest of our lives.

25 Card Game

The Progressive 25 Card Games have recommenced in Newtownmanor Hall on Fridays at 9 p.m. All card players are welcome and we look forward to new members coming along.


Classes are on-going in Newtownmanor Hall, Thursday evenings, at 7.30 p.m. Contact Niamh on Mob. 087 2294500 to book a place.

Set dancing Classes

Set dancing classes have begun in Newtownmanor Hall on Monday evenings at 8 p.m. Have some fun while learning some steps/sets. For more information contact either: Paul at 087 9057254 or Francis at 086 3145933.


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Mothers' Union Meeting

Mary McKeon from the Simon Community will speak on the work of 'The Simon Community' in our area and Sligo in Cooper Memorial Hall Riverstown on Thursday, November 20, at 8 p.m. This meeting is hosted by Mother's union everyone welcome meeting will be followed by refreshments and time to ask Mary questions.

Songs of praise

Advent Songs of praise with Sligo Gospel Choir will take place in Taunagh parish church, Riverstown on Sunday, December 2, at 4 p.m. Refreshments afterwards in Cooper Memorial Hall.

Sligo Folk Park

Sligo Folk Park Riverstown County Sligo has an immediate vacancy for a general operative. This position is for 19.5 hours per week and is available full time, subject to continuation of Pobal funding. Applications can be sent to the manager, Sligo Folk Park, Riverstown, County Sligo or emailed to Sligo Folk Park is an equal opportunities employer.

Coffee morning

Little Buddies will be holding a coffee morning and cake sale on Wednesday, December 5, in Chapel Gardens, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to call in and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a treat. Children are invited to take part in a colouring competition. There will be two categories, junior and senior. In each category first prize is a €20 Smyth's voucher and second and third prize are selection boxes. Competition sheets will be available from Little Buddies and through local schools.

Bright starts

Best wishes to Bright Starts, a Montessori Childminding facility, now accepting applications for January 2019 for preschool children. Places are limited. For more information contact Vanessa at 086 1016040 or email

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