Friday 20 September 2019

Around the districts: Dromahair, Manorhamilton, Newtownmanor, Riverstown

Group pictured atthe recent successful Ballymote Heritage Weekend: Marie Johnson, Judge Keenan Johnson, Senator Frank Feighan, Eilen Tighe, Cllr Gerry Mullaney, Tom Lavin, Fiona Dunleavy, Neal Farry, Annette Caffrey, Pam Benson
Group pictured atthe recent successful Ballymote Heritage Weekend: Marie Johnson, Judge Keenan Johnson, Senator Frank Feighan, Eilen Tighe, Cllr Gerry Mullaney, Tom Lavin, Fiona Dunleavy, Neal Farry, Annette Caffrey, Pam Benson

Dromahair: Heritage Week display - Dromahair Heritage Group are hosting a Heritage Week display on Sunday, August 25, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Depot, Back Line.

This is a free exhibition with artifacts on the theme of Old Shops and businesses that thrived in Dromahair and surrounds 50 or more years ago. There will be a special children's corner.

At 3 p.m. John Gillmor and Margaret Connolly will discuss how the village looked in the days before rapid economic development. Although old times were simple, shops, hardware stores, tradesmen like tailors and blacksmiths, eating places, hotels and other commercial concerns offered a range of material and social needs. Business was personal with kind attention to customer satisfaction.

At 3.45 p.m. Laura McMorrow, Manorhamilton will introduce a Japanese-inspired Story Box used for presenting aspects of Dromahair's rich heritage. She helped members of Dromahair Heritage Group to design and produce the Story Box, which will be used for presentations in schools, retirement homes and other suitable venues.

Finally at 4.15 p.m. Sue Gadsby of the heritage group will give a guided walk for all interested members of the public around the centre of the village. Sue will focus on sites where the old shops and commercial enterprises were located. The walk will end at the Village Tearooms where Fergus and Sue McGowan of Stanfords heritage premises will mount a display of old pictures and artifacts related to their business.

All events at the Depot are free and light refreshments will be available. A happy day is promised.

'Wild Child Day'

Dromahair Anglers and DDA/Tidy Towns present 'Wild Child Day' under 'Waters and Communities' We are encouraging families to take timeout from technology and get out doors, its Wild Child Day on this Wednesday, August 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Park, Dromahair. Learn new fishing skills, fly tying and fishing competition, make seed bombs and other activities e.g what creatures are living in our river? We will have visiting facilitators. There will be a Bar b q with tasty treats and a marquee in case of a light shower. Young and old are welcome to join us learn a bit more about the greatest treasure we have 'The River Bonet'.

Tidy Towns

Reminder to everyone 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. Please keep Dromahair tidy.

5k walk/run

Dromahair Defibrillator Group will hold their annual 5k walk/run on Sunday, September 8. Put this date in your diary, further details nearer the time.


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


World Winners

Michelle Bell Lurganboy and her dancers recently made history at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon England when they claimed the World Lyrical Dance Federation under-14 Level 2 and under-10 titles.

The world winning dancers, who are members of Michelle's dance troupes, hail from the Kinlough and Bundoran areas. All are obviously extremely talented young dancers and prior to their success in Stratford-upon-Avon they prepared diligently for quite a period of time under Michelle's expert tutelage.

Commenting her dancers' massive achievement in William Shakespeare's hometown Ms Bell remarked 'I just don't know how to put down in words just how proud I am of these kids.' She also added 'they worked so hard; the dedication that is involved is incredible; their own birthday celebrations were put on hold to make it in that studio nearly everyday.

'They dance with their hearts and our little school in Bundoran done amazing. The opportunity these kids had they will never forget. To dance on one of the most famous theatres in the world in the finals (was unbelievable).'

Meet the Ghost

Manorhamilton Castle is haunted and everyone has known that for many centuries now in North Leitrim's principal town and its wider surrounds. Even on a sunny day, a shadow lies over the Manor Castle ruins.

For one day only on this Saturday, August 24, with the latest technological advances the spirit of Sir Frederick Hamilton will be contained in the 'Meet the Ghost' all day presentation at Manorhamiton Castle.

Hamilton was the landlord and plantation owner of Manorhamilton from the 1600s. Some say he was a wicked man; others say he was a man of his times (such wicked times).

Decide for yourself when you meet him in his full three dimensional glory on this Saturday, in what will be a Manorhamilton Castle's National Heritage Week show.

World Games Stars

This year's World GAA Games took place at the Waterford IT Arena from Sunday, July 28, to Thursday, August 1, with the finals taking place in Croke Park on Friday, August 2.

Manorhamilton's Mary Alice Maguire, who is a sister of Leitrim star Paddy, and her Middle East team reached the World GAA Games Ladies' football semi-final where they were narrowly defeated and just missed out on an August 2 World GAA Games final Croke Park appearance.

Meantime Manorhamilton's Niall Boyle took an all native Italian men's team to the Waterford tournament. They put up excellent performances at the World GAA Games even though none of Niall's players had come through the traditional Gaelic football route like native born Irish players would have.

GAA History

The special edition and once off recently published local GAA history book 'The Glencar Manorhamilton GAA Story (Killasnett Cloonclare Parishes 1903 to 2018)' is now available from the following outlets in Manorhamilton Costcutters and MacManus Pharmacy Newline, Killasnett Co-Op and McCormack's Mace Sligo Road, and CazCards Seán MacDiarmada Street.

Glencar Winner

The August winner of the Glencar Community Park Members Draw was Patricia Twomey, Mulcan.

District News

Please send items for next week's Manorhamilton District News by 8 a.m. at the latest on this Friday morning, August 23, to PJ Leddy at


Parish Notice

The 'Farewell' social event for both Fr Fagan and Fr Sexton will be on Thursday, August 29, in Dromahair. A concelebrated Mass in St Patrick's Dromahair at 8 p.m., will be followed, shortly afterwards, by a Social Function in the Function Room of the Blue Devon, Dromahair. All are welcome, so do make every effort to attend. We are very sad to see both our priests leaving us; but we do wish them well in their new parishes.

Birthday Greetings

Happy Birthday to Mary Darcy, from Currycullen, on the occasion of her 80th birthday, which occurred last weekend. All your friends and neighbours in the Newtownmanor area hope you enjoyed your special day and wish you continued health and happiness in the coming years. ''Happy Birthday Mary''.

Request for Information

The Keany/Kenny family, Cornalaughta. US descendants of the Keany/Kenny family will be visiting Leitrim in late August/early September and are looking for any information that might assist them in pinpointing what would have been the site of their ancestral family home.

They are descended from Francis Keany and Bridget McCann (Francis Keany is buried in Carricktemple graveyard). Three of the Keany children emigrated to the US One daughter Anne Keany remained in Leitrim and married Hugh Byrne of Shivdillagh Innismagrath sometime around 1865. There were other Keany/Kenny families in Cornalaughta, who may also be related. If you can help with any information, please email the notes correspondent.


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.

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.


Summer in the Park

Celebrate the end of the summer holidays in style and bring the family to summer in the park at Sligo Folk Park on Sunday, August 25, from 1.30 p.m. Fun, games, face painting, circus performers, music, barbecue, competitions and much more. Prices are all-inclusive once you have an admission ticket everything is free of charge. Book online at Cost is €10 per adult and €7.50 per child.

Social dancing

A Social Dance night will be held in the Morrison Teach Ceoil on Sunday, August 25. Dancing from nine till 11 p.m. Music by Colm Burke. Refreshments will be served. Admission €10. Enquiries to Pádraig Kerins 087 6707329.

Back to school

Best of luck to all the young children of the community either heading to National School for the first time or back to school after hopefully a great summer break. Taunagh NS will reopen on Wednesday, August 28, at 9.10 a.m. Ardkeeran National School and Coolbock NS will both open on Thursday, August 29, and Sooey NS will open on Friday, August 30.


Sligo Folk Park is currently looking for an Office Administrator. The job is 19.5 hours per week. Good organisational and computer skills required with general book keeping and payroll knowledge. Must be a team player with good customer service and communication skills. Please apply to

Dance school

Riverstown Bróga Bríomhar Dance School will be restarting on Thursday, September 5, in the Morrison Cottage, Riverstown. 6 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. beginners, 6.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. intermediate 1, 7 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. intermediate two. 7.30 p.m. to 8.15 p.m. advanced. Everyone welcome. Contact Eiméar at 086 2584465 for more information.

Folk Park Cafe

Riverstown community welcomes the Clover Cafe to Sligo Folk Park. The Clover Cafe is now open in Sligo Folk Park, serving breakfast, lunch and tasty homemade treats along with a selection of tea and gourmet coffee. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and midday to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Traditional Festival

The Coleman Traditional Festival, dedicated to the world renowned fiddle player Michael Coleman takes place in the Coleman Music Centre, from August 21 to August 25.

Festival organised by Craobh Coleman CCE Booking and Enquiries 071 9182599 or

Cycle and Walk

There will be a fundraising Cycle and Walk in Riverstown Park and village in memory of Tommy McDermott on Sunday, September 8. There will be a 10k cycle and 20k cycle starting in the Community Park at 2 p.m. The walk will start at 3 p.m. Proceeds from this event will go towards Sligo Hospital Stroke Unit and Riverstown Park. There will be a raffle, refreshments and entertainment afterwards.

News Items

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