1st of November 2023

Newsletter 1st Of November 2023


FREE EVENT: ‘Ages and Stages’ is a production which is written and performed by members of Cavan Older People’s Council facilitated by Maura Williamson. The play tells the stories of the journeys undertaken in life from childhood to older years. It is taking place on Tues 14th Nov & Wed 15th Nov at 8pm in Townhall Cavan. Please book through https://townhallcavan.com or ring 049 4380494. Doors open 7.30pm.

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 

THIS IS YOUR LIFE’ SHOW - FUNDRAISER FOR BALLINAMORE FAMILY FESTIVAL: Saturday 4th November in the Island Theatre. Doors Open 7.15pm Curtain 8pm.  Book your seat through www.islandtheatre.ie



for Scoil Chlann Naofa. Bags 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.



1st All Saints day 2nd All Sous Day, commeration of all the Faithful departed, 3rd St Malachy 4th St Charles Borromeo   

Office Phone:  071 9644039 

Office Hours: Mon, Wed, & Fri 9:30 - 2pm Thurs 1pm–3 pm & Closed: Tue 31st Oct 

Email: ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ie 


RECENT DEATH: Please pray for the souls of Pauline Prince (Liverpool) daughter of Bridgie O’Rourke, Francis (Frank) Canning, London, the last surviving sibling of 11 children born to Maud and Bernard Canning of Kiltymooden, and our local deaths, Jim Mulvey, Robert Boyle who died 23rd Oct and whos funerals took place on Friday, also Vincent Dolan  (brother to Fr Joe, and father to Fr Leo) and all the recent faithful departed.   May They Rest in Peace

MASS FOR DECEASED MEMBERS OF LEITRIM CO. CO: at 8pm, 6th Nov, in St Mary’s Church, Carrik on Shannon


MASS OF CONSOLATION FOR THE BEREAVED: Takes place in Aughnasheelin Church on 24th November at 8pm


BIBLE STUDY COURSE:  Bishop-Emeritus Leo O’Reilly will deliver a six-week course on “Understanding the Gospel of St. Mark” in the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Cavan H12 E5C7 on Thursdays from 7:30 pm - 9 pm beginning on Thurs 26th October.  Each evening will conclude with Lectio Divina, a meditative way of reading the Scriptures in which we let go of our own agendas and open ourselves to what God is trying to say to us through His Word.  All welcome.  A voluntary contribution each evening would be appreciated.  For further information, please contact the Centre on 049 4375004 (Ext. 102) or by email to pastoralcentre@kilmorediocese.ie


BOOKING ANNIVERSARIES MASSES: As you are aware we have shared mass intentions in our churches at the weekends. We try to limit the number of intentions to a maximum of three. To maintain this arrangement please book anniversary masses well in advance of your preferred time. Priests are allowed one mass stipend or donation per day, when we have shared intentions the extra donation is sent to retired or missionary Priests, who celebrate the extra Masses. Please book your Masses via email ballinamore@kilmorediocese.ie or phone 071 964 4039


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



Club members will be competing in the Uneven Ages event in Ballymote on Sun 5th Nov. Training continues Tuesday and Thursday at 7 pm.



Continue with Rena Bannon in the Hall at 8.30 pm. All welcome.



Shortts Bar on Thursdays, call 086 850 6696 for more information.  



chair exercises followed by movement to country music. Thurs 10am from 1st to 30th of November in Ballinamore old primary school beside the old convent. Call 087 939 0980



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



Ballinamore Library Tuesday at 8pm. Free Classes. Text/call 087 6821 566 



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
JOE THE MAGICIAN: - 29th October 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



every Saturday at 9.30am - looking forward to seeing you there.

CANAL BANK WALK: meet at the Basin opposite SuperValu at 6 pm on Mondays all welcome.



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. 



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.


SEAN O'HESLINS 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 Oct. 23rd all orders processed after 23rd regardless of when your order was placed. There is at least a 6 week lead time until delivery, due to these being personalised orders.


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. 



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.



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.



Monthly drop-ins 11am-12.30pm, refreshments afterwards. Pay as you go/or can €5/€10/€15. Remaining dates 18th Nov, & 16th December. Call Sarah on 087 762 0523 or sarah@sarahgarden.ie for more information. Singing together is a great way to build community, lift spirits and make friends. Everyone is welcome (over 12s to 123!) and you don’t need to have ANY experience with singing. Session facilitated by Sarah Garden, and is a chance to sing songs from around the world and every genre.


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


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


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.


Mohill Bridge Results

4th October
1st Annie Cox & Dorothy O’Connor
2nd Mary Brady & Frankie
joint 3rd Peig Byrne & Margaret Nelis
Mary Flynn & Mary Scollan
Result for 18th October
1st Annie Cox & Dorothy O’Connor
2nd Jim Kennedy & Monica Sharpley
3rd Marie Walpole & Michael Mahon
Result for 25th October
1st John & Pat Byrne
2nd Evelyn Smith & Marian Quinn
3rd Marie Walpole & Michael Mahon
4th Mary Brady & Mary McTiernran   


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