14th of August 2023

14 August 2023

Hoping everyone enjoys the Ballinamore Family Festival and the weather will be kind!  From Sunday 13th August to the 20th.  Great events, thanks to a hardworking festival committee.  There is something for everyone; brochures available in all shops etc

National Heritage Week events at Ballinamore Library

To celebrate National Heritage Week 2023, staff at Ballinamore Library are hosting a most interesting talk 'Old Irish Lughnasa Customs' with Dr Marion McGarry on Tuesday August 15th at 7.30pm. Dr McGarry is the author of ‘The Irish Cottage: History, Culture and Design’ and ‘Irish Customs and Rituals: How our Ancestors Celebrated Life and the Seasons’. She currently lectures on the Heritage Studies programme at Atlantic Technological University Galway. Also taking place at Ballinamore Library is a showing of a recorded presentation 'Garda Síochána Mutiny 1922' by Dr Liam McNiffe. This can be seen on Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August, daily at 3pm. A Ballinamore native, Dr McNiffe, now lives in Co. Meath is an author, historian and retired Principal of St. Patrick's College, Cavan. For anyone who missed his live presentation last year, this is an ideal opportunity to view this excellent video.Both events are free to attend for National Heritage Week and all are welcome.

Ballinamore Club Notes

Senior Championship

A good performance by the lads on Saturday evening in a showery and windy Leitrim village. It was a game of two halves with Leitrim having the better of the first half and going in two points up. There was good improvement for us in the second half while playing with the wind and a couple of Dillon Beirne scores gave us the lead for the first time. The final score was Leitrim 0:11 . Ballinamore 0:14. The victory leaves us join top with St Marys with a visit to Aughawillian coming up this week. 



A fantastic day on Sunday for former Ballinamore and Leitrim player Eilish O’Dowd who won an All Ireland Senior medal with Dublin. It was a fantastic achievement for Eilish and we are all proud of her.


Club Draw

Tickets are available now for the August draw and cost €10, tickets on sale in Smyths Siopa Ol, Philip Murphys, Philip Farrelly, Alan Banks in Fresh Today, Priors Bar. If also you can text and Revolut Michael on. 0863906791 and we can add you. If you're not in you can't win!


Cairde Ceannabo 2023

Tickets are now on sale for Cairde Ceannabo 2023 Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins GAA Supporters club draw. We are again asking for your support with this very important fundraiser for the club.

Work on our main pitch nears completion, and we look forward to its reopening very soon. 

Cairde Ceannabó helps to fund  every team from our nursery to our adults - so we hope that all club members and supporters will join in, with €1,000 in prize money to be given away ! 

You can buy tickets from club members or you can use Revolut to purchase by contacting Michael McTague on 0863906791 or Ruairi Sullivan +353 (87) 248 8875



Feast Days Wed 17th Our Lady of Knock, Sat 19th St John Eudes, and World Humanitarian Day  

Office Phone:  071 9644039 

Hours: Mon, Wed & Fri 9:30 am–2:30 pm. 

Tues and Thurs 12:30 to 2:30 pm

Email: ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ie 

Website: ballinamoreparish.com

Fr. Seán Mawn P.P. (Home) 071 96 81992 Mobile 087686 9040 

Fr. Charlie O’Gorman 087 418 2324 (Killeshandra)   

Fr. John Mc Mahon 049-4339610 Mob. 086-2126582 (Carrigallen)

Sat 12th Aug 7 pm RECENT DEATHS: we pray for Beryl Cassidy, mother of Rosie O’Connor, whose funeral took place in Corlough on Thursday, & Ben Donohoe (Drumreilly, Garadice & England) funeral in England 30th August. May they Rest in Peace 


RECENT BAPTISMS: We welcome Audrey Mary, and Naoise Séamie, into our Christian family, and congratulate their families on this joyous occasion.


WE EXTEND A VERY WARM WELCOME to Fr Cliff Fumbelo. Fr Cliff is a native of Zambia and is studying sacred scripture at St Patricks College Maynooth.  He will be with us for the month of August, as Fr Cliff does not have an Irish driving licence he is not permitted to drive here. It would be appreciated if we had a few volunteer drivers who would be available to take him to the different churches. If you can help please contact Fr Seán on 087 686 9040.   



Aughawillan: Sun 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 

BALLINAMORE AREA COMMUNITY CARE PARTY: Ballinamore Festival the Community Care committee are running a Family Party in Shortt’s Bar, High St on Friday18th August  from 4pm – 7pm. Refreshments, music, and a good afternoon of entertainment is guaranteed. Come along and enjoy meeting and chatting people who have come home for the festival. Tell your friends and come along, that way no one will miss this event.


ALONE volunteers required: ALONE are looking for people to volunteer on their befriending program or telephone services, Mark McCollum - Volunteer Support Officer, would give a brief presentation on the work of ALONE to community groups. He can be contacted on 086 169 3024 or the Donegal Office: 074 932 1598 or you can begin your volunteering journey with ALONE via the website - https://alone.ie/volunteer/ National Support Line: 0818 222 024



every Saturday at 9.30am - looking forward to seeing you there.CANAL BANK WALK: meet at the Basin opposite SuperValu at 8pm on Mondays, all welcome.


ONE-TO-ONE DIGITAL SKILLS SESSIONS available in all branch libraries in Leitrim.  For more information on how to attend and the help provided please drop in to your library or call 071 964 5582. The sessions are free, all welcome 


QQi LEVEL 5 COMPUTER COURSE: Starting on 11th September 2023, Mohill Computer Training are now recruiting for our full - time QQI Level 5 computer programme. This course will help you to upskill, gain employment or access third level education. This is a full – time computer applications course. Register now as we only have a few places available. Call 071 9632024 or email margaret@mct.ie for more information.

QQi LEVEL 5 HEALTH NUTRITION AND FOOD SCIENCE: FREE full-time Adult Education course starting in The Further Education and Training Centre, Drumshanbo, located in the Enterprise Centre on the Hilly Road, this September 2023 For more information please go to www.fetchcourses.ie, www.vtosleitrim.ie, Facebook and Twitter @VTOSLeitrim, email Seán Bailey at seanbailey@msletb.ie or call on 086 062 4200.


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.


5 STEP SUPPORT SERVICE: Are you affected by the misuse of alcohol or other drugs by another individual? 5 Step Support can help you; it is a free, non-judgemental, one-one consultation service. Putting your needs and wellbeing first, helping you manage stressful, difficult and emotional issues. For more information please contact 071 915 0578/085 875 9319 or email sligoleitrim@alcoholforum.com you don’t have to be addicted to suffer from addiction!


STRIDES FOR LIFE: This is a walking programme for people recovering from cancer treatment. The programme aims to bring participants to a level of fitness where they can help reduce their risk of a recurrence and improve their health and quality of life. Recommended by the Irish Cancer Society, it is individualised for each participant’s fitness level with a personal schedule which gradually increases every week over the 12 weeks. The course will begin in Cavan in September. Organised by the Cuan cancer social and support centre, the course is free and is suitable for all levels of ability. A friend or family member is also welcome to take part. Tea/Coffee after each walk and Pre-registration is required. Text/phone 087 648 6076 or Email mcaleernuala@gmail.com.


Anne Gildea – Comedy October 14th @ 8pm How to Get The Menopause and Enjoy It has been wowing audiences and critics alike, and playing to packed theatres all over Ireland, since its sell-out launch last year.

"The funniest, most honest, and real show I have ever been to!”


Joe the Magician - Children's Entertainment October 29th @ 3pm - its Joe the Magician from RTÉjr! And he’s bringing his spectacular children’s comedy magic and illusion show to the Island Theatre for one spectacular afternoon of mind boggling fun! Ages 4 - 12

Greatest 80s – Music November 25th @ 8pm - This high-energy show features all of your favourite hits from the decade of neon and big hair, including songs from iconic artists like Duran Duran, a-ha and Spandau Ballet to name just a few. Don’t miss your chance to relive the decade that defined a generation.

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