Arts & Culture



Roscommon Drama Group One Act Image | Roscommon Arts Centre

An Annual Drama Festival takes place in March. The local committee works through the year to organise troupes from Wexford to Derry bringing together a week long programme which forms part of the All Ireland drama festival. This is an example of where a new comer to town could enjoy being part of a successful team effort.



The musical society welcomes new members all the time, recent productions includes old out performances of Seven Brides for Seven BrothersAnything Goes and Annie.




Scór - Wikipedia

A strong tradition exists and numerous concerts and events are staged through the year, most notably Scor which is a GAA competition. Ballinamore Sean O'Heslin's Club and clubs in the surrounding parishes have been very successful in all sections of traditional music, song and dance and most notably in the Novelty Act which has been won by the Ballinamore Club on numerous occasions at All Ireland level.


Ballinamore Library 

Address :  Main Street, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim, N41 E061

Telephone :  (071) 9645566

Website :


Library Service

Service provides collection for adults and children: hold events to suit all ages, presenting a broad range of workshops, fun activities and cultural events to school children and the wider community.The Library celebrates major festivals such as: Bealtaine, Heritage Week, Children's Book Festival and Ballinamore Annual Family Festival.

The exhibition/lecture area has integrated audio visual facilities.

The childrens's area has a sensory panel.

Free internet access and WiFi facilities available to all members.

Local groups are also invited to use the exhibition/events space for meetings, etc... Free of charge!!!

Local Studies Library has a huge collection of local material to help researchers and those tracing their "Leitrim Roots". This includes books, files, maps, photographs, newspapers (dating back to 1822), manuscripts, roll books and registers of most Leitrim schools, journals, recordings of interviews with older people and a large video collection.

County Librarian: Mary Bohan / Helen Corcoran

Opening Hours     
Tuesday 10.00am-1.00pm/2.00pm-7.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am-1.00pm/2.00pm-5.00pm
Thursday 10.00am-1.00pm/2.00pm-5.00pm
Friday 10.00am-1.00pm/2.00pm-5.00pm
Saturday 10.00am-2.00pm



Gaelic Language

Irish language is alive and well in Ballinamore as you will even notice in the wording on shop fronts. The Leitrim County Library hosts a weekly comhra (conversation in Irish) in winter, catering for beginners, improvers and rusty Irish speakers. It is sociable and fun and enables participants to improve their Irish in a very enjoyable way.Comhrá Gaeilge for 1st year students from 7pm to 8 pm and Comhrá Gaeilge for all other groups: 8pm.

This group continues through the summer in the informal setting of McGirl's pub.

Readers and Writers Groups

Readers Group meets weekly in the Library.

The newly formed Ballinamore Writers Group holds their weekly meetings in the Library each Monday at 10am. New members welcome, no need to book in advance, just come along on the morning.

Knitters Group: Tuesdays at 11am.                                                                     

Draughts Club: Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Mother and Toddler Group: Wednesdays 10am to 12noon. For details contact Laura at 086 6035977.

Kiddies Movie time each Saturday at 2.30pm. Details of weekly movie available from the library.

Ballinamore Outreach Office Wednesday 12noon - 1pm in Ballinamore Library:

Offers support and services including support for individuals and families, Personal Development Programmes, Parenting Programmes, Education Courses and Training Opportunities, activities for children, advice and support around housing and social welfare, advice around support groups. 

For more information call Laura in Mohill Family Support Centre on 071 96 31253. 

English Class for Migrants

English Classes for Migrants in Ballinamore Library every Friday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Contact the Library at 071 9645566.

A group of John Mc Gahern enthusiasts meet around the time of the Annual John Mc Gahern summer school, this alternates between La Nua and the Cultural Quarters, the latter being the building which was the original Garda Station where Mc Gahern’s father was stationed when he first came to Ballinamore in the 1920’s.



                                                                               Solas Art Gallery

Solas Art Galery

 Main Street, Ballinamore (above Four Seasons Florist & Garden Centre)

Telephone :  (071) 964 4210

Website :

Address :


The Solas Art Gallery is an artist led, not for profit gallery space in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim. The Gallery initiative first began between Leitrim County Council Arts Office and the Ballinamore Community Arts Group (BCAG), as it first opened its doors on 20th July 2007. The Gallery is funded by Leitrim County Council Arts Office and is entirely run on a voluntary/unpaid basis.

The main aim of Solas Art Gallery is to promote genres of art to the wider local community, by bringing an awareness of art to the public and making exhibition space accessible to all emerging and recognized artists, both full time and part time. The upstairs gallery space consists of two large adjoining rooms with white washed walls and wooden floor, with a further two rooms up another stair. This offers ample space for larger exhibitions, additional installations and artists’ workshops also.

Solas Art Gallery hosts three group exhibitions a year, inclusive of a junior exhibition, solo and joint solo exhibitions. Our extensive calendar of events equates to twelve official openings. Other annual activities include our ‘invited national or international artist’ to exhibit their work, innovative art endeavours for National Drawing Day and a variety of invigorating performance arts for Culture Night. As a community led gallery run on a membership basis, it gives member artists access to exhibit in three group shows and the opportunity to apply for a solo or joint solo show biannually. All artists exhibiting are fully supported and guided by the collective knowledge and experience of the voluntary committee members of the BCAG. Solas Art Gallery encourages its many members to participate in the many activities of the gallery, to collectively nurture the essence of this community based enterprise.


For further information please contact Gail or Ben at 071 964 4210.

Opening Hours: Summer: Mon - Sat 10.00am to 6.00pm

                             Winter: Tue - Sat 10.00am to 6.00pm




Solas Art Gallery

Local Culture


Breifne Historical Society | Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne


Leitrim Genealogy Centre was set up in 1986 to deal with enquiries from people who wished to trace their Leitrim ancestry. Leitrim Genealogy Centre is the official genealogy service for County Leitrim, is a  part of the Irish Family History Foundation's network of Centres throughout Ireland and provides a full time professional genealogy service for County Leitrim.





Glenview Folk Museum | Glenview Folk Museum Ballinamore Co. Leitrim


Glenview Folk Museum features selected memorabilia previously housed in Leitrim County Library Ballinamore. The museum consists of many different attractions from old household & farm items to vehicles and a full street scene which has been fully reconstructed to really give you a feel for 1930's Ireland.






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