12th December 2019

Santa’s gone back to the North Pole to finish all the toys.!

I think I speak for everyone in the town in saying thanks again to all the great people
who put up lights, work for weeks preparing the towns decorations, displaying them
so well giving us all a lift in these dark and dreary days before Christmas. Thanks

Dawn and fellow elf’s!!

Again thank you for the help. 
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year
Wow... what a fantastic and fun night. The town of Ballinamore shining bright since
Saturday night.  Well done and thank you to a the hard working team who made it all
possible.. between the boys and girls who helped erect the lights to those who
helped out on the night. It’s what makes our community great. Hours go into making
this possible. To our sponsors thank you so much, the local fire brigade, those who
helped spread the word on the paper and FB and of course the big man himself
thanks Santa. And a special thank you to the Cumiskey family for helping Santa turn
on the lights with their magic they have been spreading for years we would like to
thank them and wish them well in the future. Wishing you all a Happy and safe
Christmas and Happy New Year 

A Christmas Concert by Roscommon Solstice Choir

Will take place in the oldest surviving building in Ballinamore on Sunday 15 th
December, 8pm start, Oughteragh Church of Ireland, Church Lane, Ballinamore.
In aid of Ballinamore and Drumreilly Church Repair Fund – ticket €10 also available
at door. further details text, 087 9724961 or 086 6010895 or message via Facebook
page, Drumreilly COI, Co Leitrim.

Bridge Club

Bridge takes place on Thursday 12th December at 730pm in the Commercial Hotel.
All players welcome

Ballinamore Library ‘Item of the Month’ 

The Ballinamore Library December ‘item of the month’ is a fabulous painting by local
artist Gabrielle Flynn.  The work titled ‘I really don’t care! Do you?’ was the slogan on
Melania Trump’s coat when she visited the New Hope Children Shelter in McAllen,
Texas. The centre housed 55 children, including some separated from their parents
as part of the Trump administration zero-tolerance policy towards illegal
immigration. The painting will be on display in Ballinamore Library throughout
December, so why not call in and see it for yourself. Opening hours are Tuesday 10
– 7pm; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 – 5pm with daily lunch closing 1 – 2pm;
Saturday 10 – 2pm.  Please be advised that access to the Local Studies Library is by
appointment only by calling 0719645567. 

Ballinamore Library News. 

Family Time at your Library: You and your child aged 4 to 6 years are invited to
Family Time in Ballinamore Library on Wednesday 18 December 4.00pm - 4.30pm.
Come along and join in a Christmas story time with fun and games.  
Tuesday 17 December at 7pm: “An Overview of Osteoporosis” a talk on
Osteoporosis delivered by Aoife who is a clinical nurse specialist in Manorhamilton

Kiddies Movie time each Saturday at 12noon. 

Children in War Exhibition: In May 1937, following the bombing of Guernica during
the Spanish Civil War, 4000 Basque children were evacuated to Britain. This is the
story of their journey, their stay and the remarkable grass-roots organisation that
cared for them.  This exhibition comes to Ballinamore compliments of The Museum
of Childhood in Ireland and will be on display until the end of December. 
Admission to all events is free with all welcome.  Children must be accompanied by a
parent or guardian. 
Aughawillan GAA Club Poker Classic

Aughawillan GAA club are having a poker classic in the Ballymac inn on sunday 29th
December registration £20 rebuys £5 pay out 50/50 refreshments serve and plenty
of spot prizes please note games start at 8pm sharp all welcome.

Fr. Sean Mawn P.P. (071) 9644039 / 087 6869040, 
Fr. Johnnie Cusack C.C.  (071) 9644050/0872408409,   
 Fr. John Mc Mahon 049-4339610 / 086-2126582 (Carrigallen Parish)
Email Address  ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ie   Website:
Ballinamore  St. Patrick’s Church Mon 11am , Wed 7pm, Tue Thurs & Fri 9am,
Sat 11am, Sun 11am  

Recent Deaths:

We pray for the souls of Theresa Edwards who’s funeral mass took
place during the week, Michael Gilbride, Drumracken Aughnasheelin whose funeral
took place in Aughnasheelin on Saturday morning Dec 7 th .  A Memorial Mass will be
held for Josie Roantree nee Gallagher (formerly of Drumracken who died last week
in the USA) on Sunday 8 th Dec in Aughnasheelin at 11:30am. Our sympathy to their
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Masses 
Christmas Eve Masses: Aughawillan 8pm   and Ballinamore 9:30pm 
Special Children’s Mass for all parishioners in Aughnasheelin    6:30pm
Christmas Day Masses : Corraleehan 9:30am,  Aughnasheelin 10:45am and
Ballinamore 12noon 

Confessions for Christmas:
Penitential Service with visiting priests in Ballinamore Church on Sun the 22nd Dec
at 6pm
Visitation of the Sick  Housebound: will take place this week 12 th &13 th December
at the usual times. 
Messenger Magazine: subscription is now due for payment. 

Ballinamore Folk Choir

are busy rehearsing for our yearly Carol Singing fundraiser in aid of the Capuchin
Day Centre.  Please keep this worthy charity in mind over the festive season.

Women’s Little Christmas

Black Dress Ladies Lunch in Kilronan Castle on Sun 5 th  Jan in aid of NW Simon
Community, the local homeless charity – Tickets on sale from Mary on 087 7708865
or online on Eventbrite, Ideal Christmas Gift for Mum, Daughter, Auntie.

War Exhibition:

In May 1937, following the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, 4000
Basque children were evacuated to Britain. This is the story of their journey, their
stay and the remarkable grass-roots organisation that cared for them. This exhibition
comes to Ballinamore compliments of The Museum of Childhood in Ireland and will
be on display until the end of December.
Admission to all events is free with all welcome. Children must be accompanied by a
parent or guardian.

Béal an Átha Móir Seán Ó hEislin 
Christmas Draw 

It’s that time of the year again folks when we have our main fundraising draw of the
year with great prizes on offer for the lucky winners. The jackpot is €3500 followed
by a second prize of €1000 generously sponsored by Priors @Highst and 10 further
prizes of €100. The draw takes place in Priors on Saturday 4th of January with
tickets now available for €20 or 3 for €50 if you would like to request a ticket you can
also contact Michael on 0863906791 


This year’s AGM takes place on the 30 th of December in the club room at 1800 
Christmas Lotto  
Christmas Lotto is in Stan’s  Smyth’s Siopa Ol on Thursday 19 December. We will 
have €800 in prizes and Christmas Lotto envelopes are in all premises this week  

Club Lotto Monday 02.12.19 

Numbers Drawn: . 7 2 5 4 1 0 6 3 
Ní raibh aon bhuaiteoir den Lotto ar Dé Luan seo caite. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a
bhí i láthair ar an oíche:  
House Draw: : Pius Flynn 
Sponsored Brendan Burns 
 €40 each: Mary & Doc Healy, Gortletteragh. Diarmuid Martin, Stradermott. Joseph
Mulvey, Killaneen. Brendan Reynolds, Aughnasheelin. jackpot of €5,700 

Scor na nOg  

The  scór na nog county final has been confirmed for Sunday 15th of December. The
venue is the mayflower Drumshanbo. The quiz will be held at 12.30 with the stage
competition commencing at 2pm. The top 3 teams will be required to complete the
final 3 rounds individual questions on stage as per the new rule book changes.
Details of the changes can be found at gaa.ie scór liatroma Facebook & Leitrim
GAA. If you would like to get involved please contact Brid  


Our local website for Ballinamore town has hundreds of hits every week with people
looking for information about what’s going on. If you have something of interest to
share why not go into the Tourism Office, High St and give details to one of our very
helpful staff, they will publicize your events i.e. coming entertainment for the
Christmas season, weekly events, anything that would be of benefit to your business
and appeal to the general public and visitors. Happy Christmas to all. Check out the
site !!!!


Needed for the homes of villagers in Patwot Mvura, Uganda.  Holy pictures without
frames and small statues will also be accepted. Please do not donate any heavy
objects. A collection box is placed at the back of St. Marys Aughnasheelin and St.
Patricks Ballinamore.

Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme 2019 -Leitrim County Council

Invites Applications for the Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme 2019. This Scheme aims to
encourage Landowners and Local Communities/Residents to cut roadside
hedges/trees along public roads. The Grant is €75 per km of roadside hedges cut
back. The Minimum length of roadside hedges to be cut is 2km per application.
Application Forms and are available from the Leitrim County Council Website
www.leitrimcoco.ie and also from the Roads Department – Telephone No. 071
9620005 Ext. No. 604 /606. Closing Date is Friday 20th December, 2019.

Exciting news of our next Drama production...

Performance dates are set for March 20th, 21st and 22nd 2020. We would be
delighted if everyone interested in helping out or getting involved in participating or
preparing for the production please come along. For further information you can call
Denise on 087 2045577

Aughnasheelin Tea Party:

On Friday 27th December at 6.30 ‘The Aughnasheelin Tea Party’ will take place in
the Community Centre in conjunction with Aughnasheelin GAA Healty Club Initiative.
The event is planned to bring together people from all corners of the parish and
beyond, in what will be a relaxed evening of light entertainment, craic and loads of
spot prizes. We are looking for 12 people to host a table each on the night, their task
will be to bring 9 others to fill the table with them. If you are interested in hosting a
table for this wonderful occasion please contact any of the following people by
Sunday next 1st December. There will be a charge of €20 per person on the night to
cover costs, including the main course. Hope you can join us for this festive
community event. Niall Murray 0868799532 / Barry McWeeney 0866310690 / Shirley
Sammon 0866083516 / Maedhbh McTague 0870626644 / Barbara Gunn

Leitrim Warmer Homes

Free home insulation is available for families in receipt of Domiciliary Care Allowance
where their home was built before 2006. Free home insulation applications for fuel-
poor households and grant applications are available through Leitrim Warmer
Homes for pre-2006 built homes. The free scheme and grant scheme covers attic,
cavity wall, internal and external wall insulation. To find out more and to apply, call
Leitrim Warmer Homes on 07196 40771. Leitrim Warmer Homes is a local and
trusted energy efficiency contractor serving the communities of the North West.


Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins U16 girls are having a used clothes collection to raise
funds for training gear.  Clothes, paired shoes, belts, handbags, curtains, towels &
bedlinen are accepted.  Bags can be dropped off at the Clubhouse on Tuesday
19 th  Nov between 7-8pm.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.


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