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Around the districts: Dromahair, Gurteen, Manorhamilton, Newtownmanor, Riverstown

Dromahair: Ardvarney NS - Enrolment for Ardvarney NS is now open.

Parents wishing to enrol their child should contact the school at 071 9164757 or email or call into the school to collect an enrolment pack.

Enrolment closes on Wednesday, February 19.

The depot

Art Class starting in the Deport on Monday, February 10, at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come along and bring any brushes and paints that you may have. €45 for six-week course. Technology class

Technology Class starting in the Depot on Monday, February 10, 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Come along and bring your phone/tablet with you and Hazel will help you get the best of all the many features available on your device.

Computer class

ETB are willing to run a level three computer class for job seeking under-50s, in the Depot, Dromahair if there are enough people interested.

This would be a very beneficial add on for your CV or simply to become computer literate. Contact us in the Depot with your details if you are interested.

Operation Transformation

Starting on Mondays in the park at 7 p.m. Optional weigh in from 6.30 p.m. Don't forget your mat and water.

DDA/Tidy Towns

The next blotto draw will be held in the Blue Devon on Saturday, February 8, get your entries now in any of the businesses. Jackpot €4,450.

The next meeting of Dromahair Development Association/Tidy Towns will take place in the Depot on Wednesday, February 12, at 8.30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

A litter pick of the village will take place on Saturday, February 15, at 10 a.m. Meeting at the Depot. Please come along and give us a hand for an hour or so. Many hands make light work and will keep our village looking lovely.


Bingo is played every Monday at 9 p.m. in the Blue Devon: All lines €30 except games 5 and 10 which are €50. All houses €100 and last game €200. Your supportis much appreciated.


Recent deaths

The death has taken place on January 22 of Nora O'Driscoll, Cork and Ballymote - she was sister of the late Belinda Marriott, Gurteen.

Sincere sympathy is extended to all her relations and friends on their bereavement. May she rest in peace.

The death took place on January 20 of Patsy Regan Derrkinlough. Patsy was a traditional musician and was well known in the Gurteen area - playing at sessions in O'Dowds, in Róisín Dubh and in Donegan's for many years.

Sincere sympathy to his wife Kathleen and to all his relations and friends. May he rest in peace.

Recent baptism

Welcomed in the Sacrament of baptism on Sunday last was Tady Lee Mullaney - son of Yvonne and Johnathan Mullaney, Mahanagh.

Sacrament of Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be in Gurteen on Saturday, May 9, and the enrolment was on last weekend.


Bingo is held every Friday in Gurteen Hall at 8.30 p.m. Jackpot is €2,400 on 46 calls and the lotto game is €700 plus all the other generous cash prizes.

Proceeds is shared by the hall committee and the Eastern Harps GAA Club and they wish to thank their patrons for their support during the past year and hope all have a good New Year.


Maurice Lennon with Chris Dawson and Ciara Brennan will perform in concert in the Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen, on Saturday night, February 15, at 8.30 p.m. information from 071 9182599.

Social dancing

Social dancing continues every week at 8 p.m. in the Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen on Thursday night.

Al-Anon meeting

Al-Anon meeting which offers support for family and friends affected by someone's drinking is held every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in the Ozanam Centre, behind the Cathedral, Ballaghaderreen.

Ballet classes

Ballet classes in Ballaghaderreen for beginners and early intermediate for children and adults - contact Maria Ui Chorcorain at 087 6217702.


CPR Course

'Hands for Life' is a community (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) CPR Training Irish Heart Foundation programme, which offers CPR training free of charge across Ireland to people, who are over 18 years of age.

The Bee Park Community Centre plans to run a community CPR Training Irish Heart Foundation programme course shortly. 'In order to get this free programme we would need at least 90 people interested in joining' the Bee Park Community Centre explains.

The CPR Training Irish Heart Foundation programme course entails a three by one hour class of 30 people.

The Bee Park Community Centre says 'please get in touch if you would like to put your name down' for the CPR Training Irish Heart Foundation programme course.

Every day in Ireland 13 people die from a cardiac arrest and around 70% of these happen in the home. Unfortunately, just 6.5% of people in Ireland, who have a cardiac arrest in a non-hospital setting survive.

CPR is an easy skill to learn and once you know how to do it, you could save someone's life. Meantime the Bee Park Community Centre's phone number is 071 9856935 and its email address is

Vintage and Heritage Club meeting

The next meeting of the North West Vintage and Heritage Club takes place in Manorhamilton's Bee Park Community Centre on this Thursday night, February 6, at 9 p.m.

All members are requested to attend and new members will be most welcome. More information on the North West Vintage and Heritage Club is available from Tommy (087 9489057) or Seán (086 4009070) or Tommy (087 2328319).

Johnny Cash tribute

Glenfarne's Ballroom of Romance will pay a special tribute to legendary country singer Johnny Cash on Saturday night, June 6.

A Glenfarne native, John McGivern built the Ballroom of Romance in 1934. Two years earlier Johnny Cash, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, was born into a family of poor cotton farmers in Arkansas on February 26, 1932.

The Ballroom of Romance's tribute to Johnny Cash will highlight 'Cash Returns,' one of the best Irish touring and award winning live shows.

Hilarious Murder Mystery

The Templeboy Co. Sligo based Windmill Players will present the hilarious murder mystery 'Wanted One Body in Ballintogh' in Ballintogher Hall on Friday night, February 7, and Sunday night, February 9, at 8 p.m. each night.

All who would like to purchase tickets for any these shows can do so by phoning 087 9964143.

Library chair exercises

Everyone is invited to come along to Manorhamilton on Tuesday, February 11, at 11.30 a.m. and enjoy Chair Exercises with Michelle Maguire from Leitrim Sports Partnership.

Please contact Manorhamilton Library phone 071 9856180 to book your place.

It is a free event and all are welcome.

Medjugorje Pilgrimage

A seven nights' pilgrimage to Medjugorje, which will be accompanied by Father Brian Conway, is taking place from Tuesday, May.

The cost of the Medjugorje half board accommodation pilgrimage including group travel insurance is €705 per person.

For information on the Medjugorje pilgrimage, please contact Ann Kelly, phone 086 1505298.

District News

Please email all items for next week's Sligo Champion Manorhamilton District News by 8 a.m. at the latest on this Friday morning, February 7, to PJ Leddy at



Best wishes to Liam Martin, who celebrated his 66th birthday last Friday, January 24. Not content with simply celebrating his birthday on the day, Liam also retired from his post as assistant caretaker at the Ursuline College, Sligo; a position he had held for the past 16 years. Clearly, January 24 will hold a great significance in Liam's life for many years to come. Family, friends and neighbours in the Manor wish Liam, 'Health and contentment for the future'.


Pilates is ongoing in Newtownmanor Hall on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7.30 p.m. For further information, please contact Niamh on Mob: 087 2294500.

Progressive 25

Progressive 25 cards continues on Fridays in 2020 at 9 p.m. as usual. All card players are welcome and we look forward to new members coming along.


Bingo continues on Mondays 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.

Drama date change

The Windmill Players present the hilarious murder mystery, ''WANTED - One Body'' by Charles Dyer in Ballintogher Hall on Friday and Sunday, February 7/9 at 8 p.m. Admission Euro 10-00. Tickets now available at Mob: 087 9964143.

Clothes collection

Your used and unwanted clothes could convert into badly needed sports kits for Leitrim County Girls under-14 GAA Team. Could you take a few minutes and gather even one bag of used clothes? and all together those part worn clothes would make enough money to make a difference to our county sporting girls. Unfortunately we can't take duvets or pillows, but rest assured old pyjamas and everything else are welcome.

See the list of names and numbers below to find the nearest drop off point to you. If you gather a bag, and need it collected, we can organise that too. Jenny Van der Laan - 087 7665200, Ballinamore; Michelle Dolan - 087 6486804, Aughawillan; Siobhán McHugh - 087 8379276, Carrigallen; Angela McCormack - 087 9844097, Drumshanbo/Drumkeerin. Thanks for your support, it is really appreciated.

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.


Kilross NS enrolment

All parents and children wishing to enrol for September 2020 are invited to attend Kilross NS open day on Friday, February 7, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. If this date does not suit, please contact the school at 071 9130074 or at for further information.

Rambling House

The next Rambling House will take place on Saturday, February 8, at 9.30 p.m. in the Morrison Teach Ceoil. Musicians, singers and Dancers are all welcome. Refreshments will be served. Admission €10. Enquiries to Pádraig Kerins 087 6707329.

Murder Mystery

Windmill Players presents the hilarious murder mystery 'WANTED - One Body' by Charles Dyer in Ballintogher Hall on Friday, February 7, and Sunday, February 9, at 8 p.m. No show on February 8 due to the election. Admission €10. Tickets now available 087 9964143.

Community Games

Riverstown Community Games forms have now been collected from local schools. If anyone has not returned their form through the school please return it asap to Iris Murphy, Noreen McDermott or Ann Kelly to avoid disappointment. Anyone outside of local national schools wishing to take part in Community Games events should call 086 8258525 or check local shop for forms. Forms should be completed, signed and returned immediately.

Sligo Folk Park

Social Club meeting every Wednesday morning 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. €5 per person. Café open daily Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily two-course special only €10. All day breakfast, homemade bakes, tea and coffee. Sit in service or take away. Phone Stewart at 083 3702218 to order.

Ardkeeran NS

Enrolment for Ardkeeran National School, Riverstown will take place on Friday, February 14, from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Parents and children wishing to enroll for September 2020 are welcome to attend. Please bring your child's Birth Cert and PPS number with you. Should you be unable to attend please contact the school 071 9165411/ to obtain the necessary documentation. To find out more about our school visit our school website and blog or find us on Facebook.

Taunagh NS

Taunagh National School is located in the heart of Riverstown, County Sligo and is currently enrolling for September 2020. The school promotes a caring and supportive environment where children are encouraged to think independently, respect one another and value diversity. For further information about the school and facilities or to arrange a visit, please feel free to call at 071 9165605 or email Enrolment forms are available in the school and on school website The Parent Association would like to thank everyone who came and supported the school's Christmas Sale and raffle. It was a great success and a wonderful community event.

Sooey NS enrolment

Parents and children wishing to enrol in Sooey National School for September 2020 are invited to visit the school on Friday, February 28, from 2.15 p.m. to 3 p.m. This will give the children an opportunity to meet their fellow pupils and the teachers in the school. Please contact the school prior to this date for an Enrolment Form. Telephone 071 9165845 or email If you are unable to attend on this date please contact the school to arrange an alternative appointment.

Drama at the Well

Skreen-Dromard Drama Group are staging their three-act comedy in the Hawkswell Theatre on Saturday, February 15. 20/20 VISION by Martin Donohue. Tickets for this event can be got from 087 6806905. Not to be missed.

Debs dress sale

A fundraising Debs Dress Sale will take place in the Coach House Hotel, Ballymote on Sunday, March 8, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. €10 to register your dress with every €10 going towards Sligo Cancer Support Centre. Are you interested in selling a debs dress or buying a debs dress on the day? All money from dress sale go directly to seller. Changing rooms available for use on the day. Or do you have a debs dress hanging in your wardrobe that you no longer want? Contact Geraldine at 086 1214822 or Bernie 087 9759762.

Gleann reunion

The Gleann reunion committee have been overwhelmed by the response of people who sent in articles, photos, short stories etc for the book. Material for the book is now being sorted and everything is finding its place in the book. The committee are hard at work and the excitement is growing in our wider community too. Remember to keep Sunday, April 12, free for the launch and reunion of past pupils. With this in mind and as the book will soon be going to print, anyone who would like to sponsor the book in any way may do so now and all sponsors will be acknowledged in the book. For further information in regards sponsorship please contact Liam Brennan at 087 6712668.

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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