30th Of August 2023

Newsletter 30th Of August 2023


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!


Gardening Courses starting in Ballinamore ETB Centre. 

QQI Level 4 Plant Identification every Wednesday commencing 6th September from 10am-2pm QQI Level 3 Garden Planning every Thursday commencing 7th September from 10am-2pm
Both courses are free and open to everyone over 18. To register call Seamus 0879168087

Mohill Bridge Club

Starts again on Wednesday 6th September at 7.15 pm in Casey’s Bar.  All players welcome



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.


30th Aug St Fiacre 31st Aug St Aidan of Lindisfarne
Office Phone:  071 9644039 

BLESSING OF PRIESTS GRAVES:at St Patricks Church Ballinamore is on Sun 3rd of September after 11 am Mass.  

VISITATION OF SICK & HOUSEBOUND: will not take place this week but the following week 6th & 7th September. 

LOUGH DERG PILGRIM PATH CAMINO FOR THE YEAR OF VOCATIONS: This Sat. 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 071 986 1518 (from NI 00 353 71 9861518)




St Mary’s NS 50 Year Reunion Committee would like to thank all who participated in the recent weekend celebrations, all past and present pupils, past staff, families, friends and all who travelled to join the celebrations a massive thank to all for all your support.. Thanks go to Francis Flynn for unveiling our commemorative plaque, and to Adrian Smyth for sponcering the renovating and renewing the commemorative plaque. To the children who placed items in the time capsule–well done!  Thank you to the Hall Committee for the use of the Hall and the Parents’ Association for help with the raffle. We also thank all those that donated prizes for our raffle. Thanks to John Lynch and our interviewees on the night – from the youngest children to past pupils and community members you were all brilliant. Thanks to our musicians and singers. 

Very many thanks go to Freddie and Karen Walsh for hosting our social in the Commercial Hotel Sunday evening 

This was a very positive weekend for our community, with many old friendships rekindled. Here’s to the next 50 Years 




Upcoming events this autumn: ANNE GILDEA: 14th October, JOE THE MAGICIAN: 29th October, GREATEST 80s 25th November, & THE BJORN IDENTITY - TRIBUTE TO ABBA IN CONCERT 9th December. Bookings on www.islandtheatre.ie or at Ballinamore Tourist Office or phone 071 964 4513


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



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 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.



full-time Adult Education course starting at 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.iewww.vtosleitrim.ie, Facebook and Twitter @VTOSLeitrim, email Seán Bailey at seanbailey@msletb.ie or call on 086-0624200

SEAN O’HESLINS: 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 our supporters club draw. Cairde Ceannabó helps to fund all teams, nursery to adults - 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


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.


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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