27th of September 2023

27th of September 2023


Ballinamore Drama Festival AGM 

On Wednesday 27th September in Smyths at 8.30pm.  Everyone welcome

Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme 2023/2024

This scheme is now open and aims to encourage the cutting of roadside hedges/trees along the Public Road Network. Open to all, individual applicants, communities and groups. The Grant is €75 per km of the roadside hedge/overhanging trees which are cut back. Minimum length of road network per application is 1km. Further information and application forms are available from Leitrim County Councils website www.leitrimcoco.ie  or by contacting the Roads Department by e-mail - roads@leitrimcoco.ie or Telephone 071 9620005  Ext. 630. Closing Date is 31st January, 2024.



Ballinamore Athletic Club will hold a very important Information and Planning Meeting on Wednesday evening (September 27th) at 8.00 p.m. in the Den beside the Sports Hall.  At this meeting all details regarding Club winter training and upcoming competitions will be outlined and discussed. New members are now also being enrolled.  The meeting, which is held each year at this time, is open to all interested in athletics in the general area. Club training will commence at the Sports Hall and adjacent St Felim's on Tuesday October 3rd at 7.00 p.m. with new members very welcome.  The first competition will be the Leitrim Primary Schools Championships which will take place on a day to be announced during that week so that Leitrim qualifiers can be identified for the Connacht Primary Schools Championships in Loughrea on Wednesday October 11th. Well done to Club member Colin Griffin  who was recently awarded a Ph.D by the University of Cote d'Azur  in conjunction with the Sports Surgery Clinic where he works  for his presentation on Achilles Tendon Rehabilitation and lower limb biomechanics. Colin is currently preparing for the Dublin Marathon which also incorporates the AAI National Marathon on Sunday October 29th.  The Club will run an experimental Junior Parkrun on Saturday next at 9 00 a.m. in order to see would there be sufficient interest  among runners and helpers in an official Junior Parkrun which can be held in the coming weeks. The run will be open to runners, joggers and walkers who have not achieved fifteen years of age, will be held on the Greenway Course and over the junior distance of 2K.


Ballinamore Club Notes 


All at the club would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the late Seamus Beirne who sadly passed away on Saturday. Seamus passing was marked at the county semi-final on Sunday when the teams and those in attendance had a minute’s silence for Seamus. We ask all our supporters to please keep Seamus and his family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

On Sunday we also heard of the sad passing of Rose McGovern Drumshanbo, Rose is mother to Breege who is married to club secretary Niall , we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to all of Rose’s family and friends at this difficult time and ask all our supporters to please keep Rose and her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time

Club Draw

Tickets are available now for the September 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!



To Mr and Mrs Banks on their wedding day at the weekend, we would like to wish Kevin and Ciara all the best for the future. 

Irish classes for beginners will start in Ballinamore Library on Tuesday 10 October at 8.00pm. Classes are free of charge. Please text or ring 087 6821 566 to book a place.



Leitrim Senior Scór will take place on Friday 6th October in Leitrim Village Community Centre. Quiz will take place at 7:30pm - Stage acts commencing at 8:30pm.

Categories include:

  • Tráth na gCeist (Quiz) - Teams of 4 in Table Quiz format,
  • Rince Fóirne (Figure Dancing) - 4 Hand, 6 Hand or 8 Hand
  • Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Singing)
  • Aithriseoireacht (Recitation/Storytelling)
  • Ceol Uirlise (Instrumental Music) - Minimum 2 musicians, Maximum 5
  • Bailéad Ghrúpa (Ballad Group) - Minimum 3, Maximum 5 Singers. 2 contrasting ballads.
  • Nuachleas (Novelty Act) - Stage Act/Drama. Minimum 3, Maximum 8 Actors.
  • Rince Seit (Set Dancing) - Half Set or Full Set
  • *Closing Date for Entries is Monday 2nd October 




27th Sep St Vincent de Paul 29th  Sep St Michael, St Gabriel & St Raphael, Archangels 30th Sep St Jerome  

RECENT DEATH: Please pray for the soul of Micheal (Mick) Loughlin (Derrinkeher) whose funeral will take place in Aughnasheelin Church on Sun 24th at 12 noon. Memorial Mass for the late Ben Donoghue, Garadice & England will take place in St Patricks Church Aughawillan on Sat 11th Nov at 7pm. Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the late Seamus Beirne who sadly passed away on Saturday.  May they Rest in Peace

RECENT BAPTISMS: We welcome Éila Rose Mulvey, Oliver James Ozdobinski, and Tadhg Eddie Flanagan into our Christian family, and congratulate their families on this joyous occasion

CHANGE OF MASS TIMES: From  the 7th of October the Saturday evening mass will be in Aughawillan at 7pm and In Aughnasheelin at 8.15pm, Mass on Sunday the 8th of October will be at 9.45am in Corraleehan and 11am at usual time in Ballinamore. This arrangement will stay in place until the first weekend of April 2024.

KILMORE APOSTOLIC SOCIETY CENTENARY: an official display opens in the museum in Ballyjamesduff from Thurs Oct. 5th at 7 30pm and will remain on display throughout October. Honorary Membership is due, donations to Maura Mulvey 087 6486967, please. All donations assist our missionaries throughout the world and need our help. 

AN EVENING OF SONGS OF FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE IN KNOCK BASILICA – Fri. 1st Dec - 8pm, featuring Dana, John McNicholl, Margo, Philomena Begley and Marc Roberts with Úna Nolan & Schola Cantorum Basilicae choir. A fundraising concert for Victim Assistance Charity. Tickets from Ticketmaster.ie Tickets also available from head office - for details contact Mary McNicholas, Victim Assistance Head Office, Aiden St., Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo 094 9000 251 & 086 3938871. Email: support@victimassistance.ie


HARVEST MASS OF THANKSGIVING: will be celebrated in St Brigids Church Corraleehan on 29th October 9:45am     


AUGHNASHEELIN SOCIAL DANCING CLASSES Continue with Rena Bannon in the Hall at 8.30 pm. All welcome.


AUGHNASHEELIN COFFEE MORNING hosted by Monica Ward in Aughnasheelin Community Centre on Sat 30th September from 11.30am to 2pm. everyone welcome. All money raised goes directly to North West Hospice, Sligo 


AUGHNASHEELIN FORÓIGE: would like to welcome all current and new members to attend our weekly Foróige club meetings. Foróige is held in Aughnasheelin Community Hall on Friday evenings at 7 o'clock. Volunteers and new members are welcome. For more information contact Nathan on 083 479 4549.


PUBLIC TALKS “Building Peace–Putting Yourself in each other’s Shoes” Thurs 5th October, 7 - 9pm in The Island Theatre. A unique cross border/cross community initiative, where some key people, Victim, State, Republican, and Loyalist will talk about their views on the Troubles and subsequent Peace Process. THIS FREE 


EVENT is organised by Better Together–Níos Fearr Le Chéile Peace Project, Ballinamore, funded by the International Fund for Ireland.


1st LEITRIM SCOUTS are enrolling, Cubs (age 8-11years) and Scouts (age 12-15years). New and existing members are welcome. New program starts in October (days and times will vary), Please enroll by 30th Sept with email  1stleitrimscouts@yahoo.com or text & WhatsApp 087 288 8805 or call into the Den on Thurs 21st Sept at 8pm. Please include child’s name and age as well as a contact number and one of our Scouters will contact you. If you are interested in getting involved as an adult leader please contact us for details.


BALLINAMORE LIBRARY OFFERS ONE-TO-ONE DIGITAL SUPPORT: to adults on their own devices - iPads, smartphones, tablets, and laptops. This service is free with experienced friendly tutors, will assist people to overcome issues they are facing using digital technology. To obtain more information about the project call 071 964 5566, or email ballinamorelibrary@leitrimcoco.ie to book a class or call into the library for a chat with a member of staff.


TEMPLEPORT DAY CENTRE: Wednesdays.  Usual transport arrangements. New members welcome. Please contact Kathleen 087 7921683 or Anne 087 285 7471. Looking forward to seeing you all again.


ACTIVE ADULTS 50+ AEROBICS: Cavan Sports Partnership are holding a gentle Aerobics Class Wed 4th Oct. 8pm. in Corlough Community Centre for 6 weeks. Cost 6 weeks is €25, register http://www.evenbrite.ie/aerobics/corlough.


CORLOUGH ICA: are celebrating their 50th Anniversary on 15th Oct. at 5pm. in the Slieve Russell Hotel. We are inviting past members to join us. Please contact current members or Laura on 087 413 7452 if you wish to attend before the end of September.


LINE DANCING CLASSES: We are delighted to welcome back John & Julie to hold Line Dancing classes in Corlough Community Centre at 8pm. on Tuesday 3rd, 10th, (not 17th), 24th & 31st October. Also 7th, 14th, (not 21st), and 28th November - so 7weeks in total. Cost: €7 Adult and €4 under 18's who must be accompanied by an adult.


GENTLE EXERCISE CLASS: Invitation to join our weekly gentle exercise class which includes gentle movement to music and stretching suitable for older adults. Come along Thursday 28th September at 10am to Ballinamore Old Primary School (beside the old convent, pedestrian crossing & new national school). All welcome


DANCE FIT & TONING CLASS: Monday 25th September at 8pm, pop into Ballinamore Community Hall at the Island Theatre for a great uplifting weekly exercise class with Michelle Fanning. For further information call 087 939 0980.


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


FREE QQi LEVEL 5 HEALTH NUTRITION & FOOD SCIENCE 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


MOHILL COMPUTER TRAINING (SEPTEMBER 2023) An opportunity to upskill, gain employment or access third level education with our full time QQI Level 5 and a part time QQI Level 4 computer courses. You may be entitled to a training allowance. ↑ 390 CAO points for our F/T course. Call 071 9632024 or email margaret@mct.ie for 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.


ELDERLY NAIL CARE @ HOME: Trimming, Shaping Finger and Toe Nails, Dry Skin Removal, Hand and Foot Massage. Home Visits available. Contact Sherry 085 725 7001 Leitrim and Longford areas


SHERRY’S IRONING SERVICE: Collection and Delivery, Quick turnaround and Beautiful Service. 085 725 7001 



There are 2 Events planned for November 2023; Thursday 23rd Nov – a Libraries Symposium, a one-off event to complete our Cross-Border Reading Project. The evening will comprise of a number of informative seminars, discussion groups, and culminates with a special roundtable event – Exploring the themes of the project; looking at similarities and differences from the books chosen related to borders/boundaries, good relations, equality and peace and reconciliation. A number of our high profile authors will be in attendance. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening, and will run from 5pm – 9pm in the island Theatre, Ballinamore.  

Celebratory event – Friday 24th Nov – All welcome for an evening of celebration and recognition of the achievements of the ‘Better Together – Níos Fearr Le Chéile Peace Impact Programme 2022 – 2024’ A celebratory evening in tribute to the accomplishments and achievements realised by the project and it’s participants over the past 2 years. The evening will be an insightful experience, showcasing the journeys, efforts and contributions from all involved. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening, and will run from 3pm – 7pm in the Island Theatre, Ballinamore. For more information please call 087 383 5513

ISLAND THEATRE BALLINAMORE events this autumn/winter: A WEE TAP - Culture night ‘23 - 22nd September. ANNE GILDEA: 14th October. THE DON TIDEY AFFAIR: THE KIDNAPPING - book launch - 20th October.
JOE THE MAGICIAN: - 29th October.
GREATEST 80s 25th November,
THE BJORN IDENTITY - tribute to ABBA in concert 9th December 2023. Bookings on www.islandtheatre.ie or at Ballinamore Tourist Office or phone 071 964 4513



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