1st January 2020

8 January 2020

Smile by Spike Mulligan

Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu, When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin. When he smiled I realized I'd passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile, then I realized it's worth. A single smile, just like mine could travel around the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected. Let's start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected!

Wishing everyone a happy New Year!


New History of Leitrim

A recent new History of Leitrim has been published. It contains chapters on many interesting topics including early history, The famine in Leitrim, The War of Independence, and a wonderful chapter on Sport in  Leitrim by Tommy Moran. A great Christmas for yourself, a friend or Leitrim people abroad. Copies available for sale in The Genealogy Centre in Ballinamore and in The Fenagh Visitor Centre.


Athletic Club:

Training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings has finished for the Christmas break and will resume on January 7th. Some club members are in action with the Leitrim Under 13 Boys team at the National Cross Country Championships in Dunboyne this Sunday.   


Ballinamore Library News

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.


Ballinamore Parent and Toddler group

meets in Ballinamore Library Wednesdays 10am-12 noon. €2 admission. Fun, social group for adults and babies. Enjoy some coffee and a chat while the babies/toddlers mix and play. Group returns after Christmas, Wednesday 15th of January 2020. For more information on this group call Laura on 086 6035977/071 9631253.


Health & Wellness- Weight Watchers Classes:

Providing a private weekly weigh in and a different 20 minute topic group discussion each week, we learn new techniques, tips, recipes, food demos and much more. Riversdale Leisure Centre, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, Tuesdays at 6:15pm to 7:15pm and The Bridge Street Centre, Cavan, Co Cavan, Wednesdays at 6pm to 7pm With Coach Zoe Sterling.


Mohill Computer Training – Upcoming Courses in 2020: 

Improve your IT and creative skills in 2020 at Mohill Computer Training. Our part time Level 3 course is starting on Monday 20th January 2020. Obtain a full level 3 award and gain an understanding of how to use a computer, including word, excel and many more computer applications. And finally we will have a number of evening courses beginning in February including – Internet Security and Basic Computing, Digital Photography, Sustainable Energy for the Community, Arts,& Crafts. Check out our website or facebook for more details. You can also call 071 9632024 (email: info@mct.ie). All our courses are supported by MSLETB. The Centre will be closed from Friday 20th December to Thursday 2nd January. We would also like to wish everyone a peaceful and happy Christmas. Thank you for all your support throughout 2019.


Leitrim Guardian

For sale in Dublin at Books Upstairs 17 Dolier St Dublin 2. or ring Mary on 087 6216635.


Mohill, Family Support Centre: 

A new meeting will commence every Tuesday at 2.30pm in the Mohill Family Support Centre, Canon Donohoe Hall, Main street, Mohill. The Centre is located next to Cashin’s filling station and parking is available opposite the centre next to Saint Patrick’s church. Wheelchair accessible.   


Women’s Little Christmas

Black Dress Ladies Lunch in Kilronan Castle on Sun 5th 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.



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 New Year to all. Check out the site!!!


Béal an Átha Móir Seán Ó hEislin

nollaig shona dár n-imreoirí, dár mbaill agus dár lucht tacaíochta. Go raibh maith agat as do chuid tacaíochta go léir

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 the 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 086 3906791.

Christmas Lotto Special thanks to Ciaran and Cathy Smyth for their hospitality and sponsorship at Thursday night’s Christmas lotto. Special thanks to all ours weekly players your support over the year makes a massive difference to the club and without this very important income we would not be able to operate.

Christmas Club Lotto Results:

Numbers Drawn: 3 0 7 2 1 4 6 5

Ní raibh aon bhuaiteoir den Lotto ar Dé Luan seo caite. Duaiseanna do dhaoine a bhí i láthair ar an oíche.

House €50: Gerry Mahon. John Mc Weeney. Aodhan Mac Samhrain. John Harte.

Sponsored: Hugh Mc Tague. Sharon Sweeney. Gerry Farry. Cristoir Mac Condubh.

€100 each: Michael Quinn & Meave Sharpley, High St. Bernadette & Martin Dowd, Fenagh.

€40 each: Sheenagh MacAodha & Doireann Mc Manus, Ballinamore. Margaret Prior, Derrinivver. Gerry Farry, Lahard. George O'Brien, Clenaghoo. ? McGoohan, Aughoo. Patsy Connaughton, Aghadark. Mary Finn, Mob. No. Jimmie Bohan, Keshcarrigan. Adam O'Rourke, Killaneen. 

Jackpot €5,900.


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