21st of August 2023


What a fantastic Ballinamore Family Festival 2023

It has to be one of the best years in the festival past calendars.  Every event went off spectacularly, everyone was thrilled, large crowds attended and enjoyed all aspects of this year’s festival.  I would say this has to be one of the best and largest attendants I have ever seen. The canal basin could not take another campervan. Not to mention the Agricultural Day, after all their fears, the committee went ahead bravely and held this massively popular event.  Congratulations to the very hardworking committees and the many helpers who pulled everything together to achieve a tremendous successful Festival.  A special thanks to the generous sponsors. The funfair was a great bonus!



The Ballinamore Athletic Club Festival Roadraces were moved this year to the Opening Sunday and proved to be a great success with satisfactory numbers and good competition in all events.  The day was fine and generous sponsorship from local firm Solar Compare along with live coverage from the venue by Shannonside Radio added to the prestige of the event.  The Mens' 10K was won by local Olympic athlete Colin Griffin in 33.07 from Brian Crowe of North Leitrim and Patrick Prusak of Longford.  The first women home was Ciara Brady of Cavan in 40.07 followed by Edel Nolan of Longford and Gemma Melanaphy of Enniskillen.  The 5K event provided another Cavan win with Orla Miney of Annalee A C finishing in  21.27 ahead of local runner Michelle McCartin and Maire Prior of DBB AC.  The Open 5K was won by Lukas Lyons of Noorth Leitrim in 1643 with Ross Gannon of Longford second and Jack Spain of Crusaders  third. The Leitrim 10K titles were won by Colin Griffin and Eilish Quinn of Ballinamore.  There were five childrens races run in conjunction with the winners being U-10 Girls- Laoise Prior (Tipperary), U-10 Boys- Mark Prior (Ballinamore), U-12 Girls Marie Prior (Ballinamore), U-12 Boys James Dillon (Ballinamore) and U-14 Scott Williamsd of North Leitrim. Ballinamore Athletic Club would thank all of provided support for and on the day, all who helped out, our Sponsor Solar Compare , The Gardai, Sean O Heslins GAA Club, The Festival Committee our Stewards and  Medical back up on the day, Scollan Butcher and Supervalue who donated prizes, Core Timing , Shannonside Radio, local press for their vital publicity and, last but not least, the runners of all ages who made the day enjoyable and, hopefully, enjoyed their day.


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


CAVAN INSTITUTE “OPEN DAY”: Fri. 1st September 9 am till 4pm, if you are taking a gap year, undecided on your career path, deferring your CAO course or returning to education to upskill/re-train, drop in and discuss your options! 


Ballinamore Church: Sat & Sun at 11am, Mon & Wed 7pm, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9am


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

Aughawillan St Patrick’s Church: Sun 9.45am

Corraleehan St. Brigid’s Church: Wed 9:30 am & Sat 7pm

Aughawillan St Patrick’s Church: Sun 9.45am

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


RECENT WEDDINGS: We congratulate Olive McTague and Graham Goulden, also Louise McKiernan and Shane McWeeney who were recently married, may they have many years of Health and happiness together.  

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS: 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 or Fr Cliff on 087 914 1330



are visiting our Parish the weekend of 26th & 27th August to appeal on behalf of the missions. The Sisters will  speak at all Masses about their work and any support from parishioners will be gratefully appreciated. The  sister’s bank details are as follows: AIB Bank, IBAN IE20 AIBK 9313 3019 2590 65


CAPUCHIN MISSIONS: wish to Acknowledgement and Sincerely thank you all for your contributions to the Capuchin Missions since 9th June of €525.80 with every good wish and Blessings, Br. Joe Gallagher, OFM CAP, Kilkenny Friary. Your generosity to our missions in Zambia and South Africa is of immense value to the Christian communities we serve there. (All donations to the St. Anthony’s collection box in the church porch go to the Capuchin Missions.) 

BLESSING OF PRIESTS GRAVES:behind St Patricks Church Ballinamore will take place on Sunday 3rd of September after 11 am Mass. 

LOUGH DERG PILGRIM PATH CAMINO FOR THE YEAR OF VOCATIONS: On Saturday 26th August you are invited to walk the Pilgrim Path at Lough Derg (8km) as a prayer for the blessing of vocations to Diocesan priesthood.  Pilgrims will be accompanied by Fr La Flynn & Team. Weather permitting, Mass will be celebrated at a point along the Pilgrim Path. Refreshments on the Island after the walk. Donations welcome on the day. Advance booking is essential online www.loughderg.org email. info@loughderg.org Tel 071 9861518 (from NI 00 35371 9861518) 


next  weekend, Saturday/Sunday, August 26th & 27th, (all Churches). Your donation directly benefits Leitrim Co LGFA in  essential resources, equipment, and training opportunities. Thank you for your generosity and support. 


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 



at 4pm – All welcome 


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 



Starting on 11th September 2023, Mohill Computer Training Centre 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. 



Tickets for August Draw available online, or in Murphy’s, Priors Bar, from Phillip Farrelly, and  Alan Banks in Fresh today your support is appreciated. CAIRDE CEANNABÓ 2023: Tickets now on sale for Cairde  Ceannabó 2023 Ballinamore Sean our 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 all teams, nursery to 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 086 390 6791 or Ruairi Sullivan 087 248 8875 Up Ceannabó 



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. 



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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