2nd Of August 2023

Newsletter 2nd of August 2023



Ballinamore Athletic Club are holding their annual Festival Roadraces under AAI Rules this year on the Opening Sunday of the Annual Family Festival rather than on the Friday evening as has been the practice for many years.  The Open 10K which will also incorporate a Leitrim Championship for men and women, the Open 5K which will also include a Funrun and a 1500m for Under 14 and Under 12 children who are not permitted to run the 5K under AAI Rules, will take place on Sunday August 13th at 1.00.p.m. 

    Race Headquarters will be at the Sean O Heslin GAA Park and adjacent the start and numbers will be available there between 11.30 and 12.30. Chip timing is provided. Entries for the 10K and 5K are to be made through Eventmaster- Event Calendar before 1.00.p.m. on Saturday August 12th. Under age entries on the morning of the race before 12.30.p.m. There are numerous cash and other prizes with refreshments provided after the races. The Official Opening of the Festival will take place at 3.00.p.m.


QQI Level 5 course in Health Nutrition and Food Science 

starting in September in The Further Education and Training Centre – Drumshanbo, located in the Enterprise Centre on the Hilly Road and ran by the Mayo Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB). For more information please go to www.vtosleitrim.ie, www.fetchcourses.ie, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @VTOSLeitrim, email Seán Bailey at seanbailey@msletb.ie or call on 086-0624200.

WRENBOYS RETURN TO THE PLATFORM MONDAY 14th AUGUST 8:45 PM (Festival week) commemorating the Ballinamore group who won the all-Ireland Title in Listowel in 1970 & ’71. Members from local parishes along with original members are participating with the best traditional music, song, dance, storytelling, and comedy. A night not to be missed.


Ballinamore 2023 Family Festival

The highlight of the summer is fast approaching and the committee at Ballinamore Family Festival have been working hard to ensure that the festival will be one to remember.

Boasting some of the biggest names in music, sport competitions, art and fun activities and events for all ages the festival takes place from August 13th to 20th with the Agricultural Show taking place on Tuesday August 15th. 

Log on to www.ballinamorefamilyfestival.com to see the new and exciting website with daily schedule and nightly entertainment



Ballinamore Agricultural Show day on the 15th August.

A great day for all the family



5th August Dedication of the Basilca of St Mary Major

Office Phone:  071 9644039 

CONFESSIONS AVAILABLE: Saturdays after the 11am Mass in Ballinamore Church, and on request at any time.

Aughnasheelin, St. Mary’s Church: Fri 7pm, Sat 8.15 pm & Sun 6th 12 noon 

RECENT WEDDING: We congratulate Laura Creaven and Nathan O’Dowd on their recent marriage, and wish them many years of health and happiness together.  


RECENT DEATHS: we pray for Bernadette Dolan (née Dolphin) High Street, Terry Flynn (née Campbell) Meath & Ballinamore, Margaret Sheahan sister of the late Michael Gilbride and Liz Gill.                 May They Rest in Peace

BALLINAMORE PRAYER GROUP 8 pm on Tuesday night at the Parish Centre. Come along and invite your friends.


Aughnasheelin: Sunday 6th August Mass at 12 noon

Aughawillan: Sunday 13th August Mass at 9:45 am

Oughteragh: Sunday 20th August mass at 1 pm

Please bring Holy water with you to bless your families Graves 

VISITATION OF THE SICK & HOUSEBOUND: takes place this week in Aughnasheelin on Wed afternoon, Thurs morning Corraleehan and Aughawillan and Ballinamore Thurs afternoon.Fr Sean will be in contact before visit.

ANNUAL PORTIUNCULA MISSION 2023 DRUMSHANBO. Mon 31st July - Wed 2nd August Mass each day: 12 noon Convent 7 8 p.m. Parish Church. Confession:  Tuesday 6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. And after each Mass. Anointing of the Sick Wednesday at each Mass. (If you would like a visit from Fr. Ulic, please contact Sr. Helen on 086 8611955)

4 DAY ESCORTED PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK SHRINE: organised by Knock Pilgrimages: €549.00 per person sharing. Price includes return bus transfer, 3 nights in Knock House Hotel with full board. All entertainment and excursions included. Day trips to Westport, Ballintubber Abbey, Croagh Patrick, Fr. Peyton Centre and National Museum of Irish Life. Pilgrimage concludes with Mass in the Basilica celebrated by Bishop Martin Hayes on the Annual Diocesan Day for Kilmore. Contact Patricia on 087 1890 236 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK Wed. 9th August 2023, the Feast of St Felim, the Patron Saint of the Kilmore Diocese. Ceremonies begin at 2pm with the outdoor Stations of the Cross and Rosary Procession. The Celebration of Mass and the Anointing of the Sick will take place at 3pm. Bishop Martin Hayes will be the Main Celebrant. A special invitation is extended to all families from across the diocese. A bus will leave from the square in Ballinamore at 9am that morning. The bus fare is €15 return. Please book your seat with Mary on 087 7541234.


AUGHNASHEELIN St MARY'S NS 50 YEAR REUNION CELEBRATIONS. Commence with Mass in the school yard Friday evening 4th August at 7 pm (weather permitting).  Followed by unveiling of a commemorative plaque, burying a time capsule and book launch. The school will be open with memorabilia displays. Refreshments Served. 

Saturday 5th Entertainment in the hall with special guest John Lynch as MC with recollections and local music.  Reeling in the year’s footage of events from St Mary's 50 year history. Tea and sandwiches. Sunday 6th Social function at the Commercial Hotel with live music and disco. Finger food available. Monday 7th GAA Club Fun Day at the pitch. Fun activities for all.  Barbecue. We hope that past pupils and friends will join us over the weekend.  The reunion committee endeavoured to invite all past pupils; in the event that you did not receive an invite please know that these events are open to all past pupils and their families. We hope to meet you over the weekend.


CANAL BANK WALK: meet at the Basin opposite SuperValu at 8pm on Mondays, all welcome.

BALLINAMORE GREENWAY PARKRUN & WALK: every Saturday at 9.30am - looking forward to seeing you there.


NORTH WEST STEM FEST: 31st July to Aug 4th, the creative experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths for teens takes place in the Island Theatre, Ballinamore. It's a great opportunity for teens to enjoy company with friends in a safe, fun and educational environment. Tonnes of activities planned including The Duckie Bungee and Juggling quadratic equations. For more information, or to sign up, contact Seán Mc Weeney on 089 9596278.

€12,500 RAISED AT BALLINAMORE VINTAGE AND FAMILY DAY: South Leitrim West Cavan Vintage Tractor Club held a presentation night on Friday 21st July in Glenview Ballinamore where the proceeds from the Ballinamore Vintage and Family Day, which took place on Sunday 4th June, were donated to the Gavin Glynn Foundation, Patient Comfort Fund Ballinamore Nursing Unit, Ballinamore Area Community Council & Drumreilly Community Afterschool. A total of €12,500 was raised at the vintage day and donated to these worthy causes. We'd like to extend a sincere thank you to all who supported this year’s show and look forward to seeing you all again on Sunday 2nd June 2024.

QQi LEVEL 5 COMPUTER COURSE – SEPTEMBER 2023: Mohill Computer Training is recruiting for a full - time QQI Level 5 computer programme. This course will help you to upskill, gain employment or access third level education. Register now as places are limited. Call 071 9632024 or email margaret@mct.ie for more information.



CAREER IN CARING FOR THE ELDERLY: Home Instead are always looking to recruit Caregivers. Whether you can work a couple of hours a week or want to work full time, we would like to hear from you. Experience and FETAC/QQI level 5 qualification in healthcare is an advantage but not compulsory as training is provided. Please contact Seyi or Ciara on (071) 9317051 or recruitment-admin.sligo@homeinstead.ie.for more information.


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