25th of October 2023

Newsletter 25th Of October 2023


Community Information Fair, Leitrim Public Participation Network (PPN)

Leitrim Development Company

On Thursday 26th October from 11.00am to 2.00pm at The Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon.
The aim of the event is to inform people of the services and activities that are available in their areas. All welcome. Food Served.


Saturday 4th November in the Island Theatre. Doors Open 7.15pm Curtain 8pm.  Book your seat through www.islandtheatre.ie


Poetry as Commemoration Workshops

Leitrim Local Studies Library are hosting two poetry workshops facilitated by author Mary Melvin Geoghegan on Friday 27th October and Thursday 2nd November in Ballinamore Library. The aim of the workshops is to develop creative engagement with the material history of the War of Independence and Civil War. Artifacts, documents and photographs from the revolutionary period will be carefully selected from the Leitrim Local Studies Collection and engagement with these creative prompts will inspire the participants, under the guidance of Mary Melvin Geoghegan to write a poem.  It is also possible for the participants to bring their own documents, letters or photographs to write about. These may be items that have been preserved and handed down through the generations by family members. The workshops will take place on both days between 11am and 1pm, places are limited and participants need to register to attend, so please contact Mary Conefrey on 0719645567 or by email mconefrey@leitrimcoco.ie 



Ballinamore Athletic Club hosted an Athletics Ireland Leader Coaching Course in the Sports Hall on Saturday last. There was a satisfactory attendance of fourteen participants from Leitrim and Cavan and the tutor was Dermot Brennan from Finn Valley Athletic Club in  Donegal.  All found the Course valuable and the Club are grateful to Leitrim Sports Partnership for financial support and to Ballinamore Area Community Council for the facilities provided. On Sunday morning eight  club members made the long trip to Westport for the Connacht Even Ages Cross Country Championships which were held in perfect conditions in the grounds of Westport House. The best performance was that of Sean  Flynn in the Under 16 Boys race where he finished tenth and qualified to represent Connacht in the All Ireland in Gowran next month.  The Parkrun went ahead on Saturday morning as usual with forty one participants. First to reach the finish for the fourth successive week wasStephan Kratochvil in a time of 21.00.  First female home in third place was Aisling Kelly in 23.47.  There were five personal bests recorded. Next action is the Connacht Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships in Ballymote, Co Sligo, on Sunday November 5th and the Club will be hoping to have some teams as well as individuals taking part. Training continues Tuesday and Thursday at              7 00  p.m. and new members can be enrolled at each training session.


Ballinamore G.A.A. Club Notes
Sean O’Heslin Club Draw
The club draw is on this weekend please support ; the proceeds of every ticket purchased go towards the day to day running of the club. Tickets are available now for the October 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!
Irish Classes for Beginners

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.


GAA CHRISTMAS CLUB SHOP: now OPEN! Please see our social media for the link to the store. Please note the time frames orders portal closes October 23rd all orders won't be processed until after October 23rd regardless of if your order was placed at the beginning or end of the aforementioned period.

There is at least a 6 week lead time until orders are delivered, this is due to the personalised nature of these orders.


Office Phone:  071 9644039 

Office Closed: Mon, Wed, & Fri 9:30 - 2pm

Thurs 1pm – 3 pm 

Email: ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ie 

Website: ballinamoreparish.com

Fr. Seán Mawn P.P. Home 071 96 81992 Mob. 087686 9040 

Fr. Cliff Fumbelo Priest in Residence 087 9141330   

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


HARVEST MASS OF THANKSGIVING: bringing the community of Oughteragh & Drumreilly Lower together in St Brigid’s Church Corraleehan, on Sun 29th Oct. at 9.45am. MISSION 


BALLINAMORE BADMINTON CLUB: Tues at 9pm Ballinamore Sports Complex. €3 per night, PAYG. All welcome.



QQi Level 4 Plant Identification every Wednesday from 10am-2pm. QQi Level 3 Garden Planning every Thursday from 10am-2pm. Both courses are free to everyone over 18. To register call or just call up to Seamus 087 916 8087.


CASH FOR CLOBBER COLLECTION: for Scoil Chlann Naofa. Bags of used clean clothes, bedding (no duvets or pillows accepted), curtains, handbags, belts and shoes (shoes in pairs in a separate bag) may be left in the shed to the rear of the After-School Building between 9am - 10 am on the mornings of Mon 6th, Tues 7th, Wed 8th & Thurs 9th  Nov. Bags will be collected on Thurs 9th. All donations to be clean and in good condition.  All support is appreciated.


BALLINAMORE COMHALTAS CEOLTÓIRÍ EIREANN: The monthly tradition music session will commence this Sunday, 22nd of October  6-7pm in the Island Theatre, Ballinamore. The guest musician will be Rachel McGovern. All are welcome. The Annual General Meeting for the Ballinamore branch of BCCE will take place after the music session, with refreshments being served. For further information, please contact 087 7620523


TEMPLEPORT DAY CENTRE: Due to reconstruction work in the Community Centre for the next few weeks. Day Centre activities are taking place in Tom Regan Hall in Ballyconnell. Busses will go directly to Ballyconnell, so this is a reminder to anyone who usually drives to come to Ballyconnell Hall at the usual time. Usual transport arrangements. New members welcome. Further information from Kathleen 087 7921683 or Anne 087 285 7471


LINE DANCING CLASSES: We are delighted to welcome back John & Julie to hold Line Dancing classes in Corlough Community Centre at 8pm. on Tuesday 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.


ISLAND THEATRE BALLINAMORE: 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 Annual Craft Fair 3rd Dec


GENTLE EXERCISE CLASS IN BALLINAMORE: includes gentle flow chair exercises followed by movement to country music. Thursday's at 10am from the 26th October to the 30th of November in Ballinamore old primary school beside the old convent. For further information contact 087 939 0980


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 


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!


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.

Bookings on www.islandtheatre.ie or in person in Ballinamore Tourist Office or phone 071 964 4513


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 Co Co website www.leitrimcoco.ie or by e-mail roads@leitrimcoco.ie or Tele 071 9620005 Ext. 630. Closing Date is 31st Jan. ‘24.


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 and Mary McNicholas, Victim Assistance HO, Aiden St., Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo 094 9000 251 & 086 3938871. Email: support@victimassistance.ie



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