8th January 2020

8 January 2020

Ballinamore Library ‘Item of the Month’ 

The Ballinamore Library January ‘item of the month’ is a fabulous recreation of Moll’s 1728 map of Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Fermanagh. Herman Moll was a cartographer, engraver, and publisher and he operated a book and map store in London. He produced maps from his studies of the work of other cartographers. The information on this historic map includes roads and towns in the early 18th century. The 5 baronies of the County: Carrigallen, Mohill, Leitrim, Drumahaire and Rosclogher are clearly marked. 

The map will be on display in Ballinamore Library throughout January, 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.



Results from last Friday night in the Francis McGirl Memorial Cup Competition. McGirl’s (7) – Jackie’s (2) – Poor Scholar (6) – Drumcoura (3) – Freddie’s (3) Bank Bar (6) – Fenagh a bye (9). The table to date: McGirl’s are in the lead on (89) pts, followed by Fenagh on (79) pts. The Bank Bar and the Poor Scholar are joint third on (72) pts each. Jackie’s are next on (67) pts. Freddie’s have (65) pts and Drumcoura have (60) pts.


Ballinamore Men's Shed

The Shed members are reminded that activity resumes this evening, Wednesday January 8th at 7pm. Hopefully there will be a full attendance so that we can properly arrange a schedule of activities for the coming months. One immediate project will be making outdoor tables for Scoil Chlann Naofa, which will be used by the pupils in their Nature Study work. Arrangements will also be made for the resumption of our interaction with the Lisnaskea Men's Shed. Physical activity will also be on the agenda in the coming weeks, in cooperation with the Leitrim Sports Partnership. Choral activity, under the direction of Paddy McGourty and Mairtin O'Diomasaigh, will resume, as well as the weekly sessions of 25, pool and table tennis.


Thanks for Support

A word of thanks is due to all who supported the Christmas Quiz in aid of the Comfort Fund in Ballinamore Nursing Unit, which was held in Smyth's Siopa Ol on December 26th. Your generosity is appreciated by the staff and the patients in the Unit and also by their family members. There was a great turn-out of twenty five teams and sponsors of prizes were very generous. A special thank you to Cathy and Ciaran Smyth  for providing refreshments to all present. Deserving of special praise are all who helped out on the day, with a great input from young people from Ballinamore and Aughnasheelin to Question Master Brendan Brennan and especially to Noel Sweeney who spent long hours in preparation, as well as being Score Master on the day.


Ballinamore Bridge Club

Bridge takes place on Thursday 9th January at 7:30pm. All players welcome. We wish all our players past and present a very Happy New Year.


Assorted Fitness Classes 

Female fitness classes starting in Ballinamore GAA Gym Tues the 7th of Jan at 11am, Wed the 8th of Jan at 6.30pm & Thurs the 9th of Jan at 11am all welcome. Also fitness classes starting in Ballinamore primary school PE room Mon the 6th of Jan and Thurs the 9th of Jan at 8pm & we have a children’s fitness class starting Thurs the 9th of Jan at 4.10pm, all welcome. 



Fr. Sean Mawn P.P. (071) 9644039 / 087 6869040, 

Fr. Johnnie Cusack C.C. (071) 9644050 / 087 2408409,   

Fr. John Mc Mahon 049 4339610 / 086 2126582 (Carrigallen Parish)

Email Address: ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ie Website: http://www.stbrigidspastoralarea.ie

Ballinamore St. Patrick’s Church: Mon 11am, Tues Thur Fri 9am, Wed 7pm, Sat 11am, Sun 11am    

Recent Deaths: We pray for the souls of Maura Cull, Drumdarton whose funeral took place on New Years Eve in Aughnasheelin, Michael Lavelle (Westport Brother of Agnes Shortt) whose funeral took place Monday last & also for Mary Gallagher (Kent, husband of Pat Gallagher Knockacullion, Aughoo & Maidstone) whose funeral took place on Saturday in Aylesford. Our sympathy to their families. 

Weddings: We congratulate Caiítríona Quinn & Declan McGovern who were married on 27th Dec in Aughawillan Church and also to Derbhile Convey & Kevin McTague who were married in The Immaculate Conception Doobally on 31st Dec. 

Baptism: We welcome Jacob Ryan into our church family as he received the sacrament of baptism in Aughnasheelin during the week. Congratulations to his parents. 

A Word of Thanks: A sincere word of thanks to all who assisted in any way in our churches and community in the lead up to and over the Christmas Season. Thanks to all who set up the lovely Advent Wreaths, those who erected the Lovely Cribs, Christmas Trees, and those who cleaned and decorated the churches so beautifully for Christmas. Our thanks also to the choirs and organists, the altar servers and to all who participated in the Christmas liturgies. 

I wish to take this opportunity to thank members of the Parish Pastoral Council, the Liturgy Committees, the Finance Committees and to all who help out in our churches during the year, the Sacristans, Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Organists, Choirs, Altar Servers and their Parents, Parish Safeguarding Rep. Collectors and those who count record and lodge collections, all who help and maintain church grounds and cemeteries, Members of the Boards of Management of our schools and to all parish and community organisations who enhance and improve the quality of life for a great number of our people. 

A Word of Explanation on shared intentions for Mass It would be impossible to cater for all anniversaries masses on an individual basis, so therefore it is necessary to have shared intentions. All people living & dead are prayed for in each mass. When we have an intention or a number of intentions we are remembering and praying for those especially during that mass. As a priest is allowed only to take one stipend per day per mass, that means that whenever there are a number of intentions for a mass he can only take one stipend or donation, the rest is sent to Religious or Missionary Orders who celebrate additional masses. 

Booking Masses: It is advisable to book anniversary masses well in advance. For practical reasons it is best to book over the phone. The Parish Office is open Monday,Tuesday Thursday & Friday mornings. Tel 071 9644039. You may also email your request to ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ie.


Athletic Club: 

Club training resumes at the Sports Hall on Tuesday next at 7:00 pm. and will continue as usual on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Those interested will be prepared for the Leitrim and Connacht Indoor Championships, the Leitrim Primary Schools Sports Hall competition and Post Primary Cross Country Championships.The Club will again organise the Operation Transformation Walk on behalf of Leitrim Sports Partnership  Saturday January 18th at 11:00 am.


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 13th 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.


Ballinamore Folk Choir

would like to thank you all for supporting our Carol Singing fundraiser in aid of the Capuchin Day Centre. We raised €620 on the night, the choir wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year.


Want to improve your Irish?

Irish conversation classes, or Ciorcal Comhrá, will start again in Ballinamore Library on Tuesday, 7 January 2020 at 8:00pm. There are separate groups for relative beginners, for those who have some Irish and for those who are fluent. These classes are a great opportunity to practice the Irish you know and to improve it. Also, Leaving Cert or transitional year students will find it useful for practice for their Irish orals. Classes are free and will run for 10 weeks to mid March. Seo seans chun an Ghaeilge a labhairt. Beidh fáilte romhat.


Ballinamore Parent and Toddler group

returns Wednesday 15th of January 2020 10am-12 noon to Ballinamore Library. €2 admission. Great chance for integration for adult and child. For more information on this group call Laura on 086 6035977/071 9631253.



Please support Caroline Moran, Kiltybardon, Aughnasheelin, Ballinamore, Co.Leitrim in her bid to climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Africa from the 2nd February - 11th February 2020 in aid of MS Northwest Therapy Centre Sligo. Caroline has set up a go fund me page which people can donate to at the following link: gofundme.com/f/From-Kiltybardon-To-Kilimanjaro. There are also sponsorship cards available in local businesses in Ballinamore. All donations go directly to Multiple Sclerosis Northwest Therapy Centre, Sligo. All expenses i.e flights, accommodation, meals, insurance are the responsibility of Caroline Moran.


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.


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.   



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!!!


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