Parish Newsletters

22 February 2016

When masks become a problem!

It’s disappointing to see people discarding their masks around the town and canal.  How could anyone think it’s fair for other people to pick up their possibly infected masks?  Another possible danger to children is the unthoughtful and carelessness of some adults.  I would like to appeal to anyone doing this to bin them but unfortunately we are one of the very few towns in Ireland with no litter bins so please bring them home or drop them into supermarkets waste bins.

FREE Adult Courses in Drumshanbo;

FREE full-time Adult Education courses, run by the Mayo Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB) starting in The Further Education and Training Centre – Drumshanbo, located in the Enterprise Centre on the Hilly Road, this October 2020.  QQI Level 5 Business & IT, Tourism with Business, Traditional Irish Music, and Health Nutrition and Food Science.  For more information please go to,, Facebook and Twitter @VTOSLeitrim, email Seán Bailey at or call on 086-0624200.




Fr. Sean Mawn P.P. 087 6869040, (071) 9644039 (Office)

Fr. Johnnie Cusack C.C.  (071) 9644050/0872408409,   

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

Email Address       Website: 

Church Closure Ballinamore: St. Patrick’s Church Ballinamore will be closed during this week (Mon 5th  to Fri 9th Oct ) to enable a repaint of the interior after recent works.  All weekday masses will be held in Aughnasheelin Church instead at the normal times. 

Congratulations: We welcome Noah James Walsh into our Christian Community as he received the sacrament of Baptism last weekend. Congratulations to his parents.  

Church Weekly & Dues Envelopes: to facilitate the collection of church envelopes, a safe has been located just inside the main doors of Ballinamore Church. Envelopes from all churches may be dropped in here where they will then be returned to their church of origin. 

First Communion: will take place for the children of Scoil Chlann Naofa on Saturday 10th Oct at 11am , Children of St. Mary’s School Aughnasheelin will take place on Sunday 11th Oct at 12noon. Due to the current level of  numbers contracting the Coronavirus, we have decided for health and safety reasons to limit the number of people attending our First Communion masses in Ballinamore and Aughnasheelin churches. We request that only the children making First Communion their parents and siblings attend the church ceremony. While we regret the disappointment and inconvenience this may cause we need your cooperation on this matter.

Volunteers: Seeking volunteers for all churches for Ushers & Sanitiser Teams for the month of October. Please contact Area Representatives on the parish pastoral council or Fr Sean . 


Accord: Pre-Marriage Courses will take place in the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre, The Conaty Centre, Cullies, Cavan H12 E5C7 on the following dates in 2021:    February 27th  ,  April 24th ,  October 30th.  These are a one day 5 hour course – 10.00am – 4.00pm  No refreshments served Please book online at  For further information, please ring Mrs Eileen Connolly in the Cavan Accord office on 049 4375004


World Missions

We would ask people to remember our missions during the month of October. We will be holding our Mission Sunday Collection on the weekend of the 18th October when we would ask you to donate what you can towards this worthy cause. 


Drive-in Bingo: 


Every Sunday afternoon in the G.A.A. Grounds, Carrickmakeegan at 3.00 pm. €2,500 in prizes including €1,000 on the last page. Books €10. All support very much appreciated for this weekly fund-raising event run jointly by Drumreilly Bingo Committee and Drumreilly G.A.A. Club.


Ballinamore Athletic Club:


resume training at the Sports Hall on Tuesday next (6th) at 7 00 p.m. and will continue Tuesday and Thursday at same time, Due to Covid safety restrictions training will initially be for Under 10 upwards and outdoors preparing for upcoming Leitrim and Connacht Cross Country.New members welcome -queries contact 089 2129811.


Irish Cancer Society:  


is looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from their hospital treatments. Drivers with free weekday time and who can commit to driving twice a month, please email Gail at or call 01 2310 566 for an application form. Please note, due to the impact of the Coronavirus we are looking for drivers under the age of 70 years.   


COVID-19 Support Line for Older People:


ALONE manages a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.


I wear a mask in public for three reasons: 


Humility: I don’t know if I have COVID as it is clear that people can spread the disease before they have symptoms.

Kindness: I don’t know if the person I am near has a child battling cancer, or cares for their elderly mom. While I might be fine, they might not.

Community: I want my community to thrive, businesses to stay open, employees to stay healthy. Keeping a lid on COVID helps us all! 

And please discard the mask in the bin


Béal an Átha Móir Seán Ó hEislin Underage finals:


A busy weekend of matches coming up for our underage players. First up will be the MacDiarmada Gaels under 15 boys on Saturday at 11 am as they take on St Mary’s in the Division one championship final in Pairc Sean. Our under 16 Ballinamore girls will also be in action in their county final on the same day, more details to follow.
Thank you ! Special thanks to everyone that contributed football boots for our new players, it was fantastic to get such great support.


Affordable Live-in Homecare:


provides live-in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Eileen or Tom today on 087 9916791 or 087 7440729. Our website is


 Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme 2020/2021:


Leitrim County Council invites Applications for the Hedge Cutting Grant Scheme 2020/2021. This scheme aims to encourage the cutting of roadside hedges/trees along the Public Road Network. The Scheme is open to individual applicants and Groups of Applicants/Residents. Minimum length of road network per application is 2 km. Further information and Application Forms are available from our website or by contacting the Roads Department at 071 9620005 Ext. No. 617. E-mail – Closing Date is Friday 29th January, 2021.


Ballinamore Community Steering Group:

Were successful in applying for €25,000 Towns & Villages Grant, for a Deep Clean of the town, Street Furniture, Painting of some vacant buildings, Signage, Flowers & Shrubs. Power washing of all footpaths in the town has commenced. We ask for your cooperation whilst these works are ongoing. We will also be looking for a few volunteers to help with a general clean up and again would appreciate your cooperation. Anyone wishing to volunteer may contact Máirín Martin, Chairperson. 0861547788

Mohill Computer Training – QQI Level 5:

 QQI Certified Computer Training Programme - LIMITED PLACES REMAINING!!!
Living in Leitrim and looking to upskill in the latest computer applications and online digital tools?  If so, why not join our flexible computer training programme starting this September. This blended programme involves two half days in the classroom and three days online and suits job seekers and school leavers.  Learn to use Office 365 and Sage Accounts and how to set up an e-business over the online platforms of MS Teams and Moodle.  Course participants are eligible for training allowances and laptops will be supplied if needed.  Call or text Naomi on 085 811 8818 to secure your place.

Are you looking for a career in caring for the elderly

Have you recently retired or have your children now left home? Home Instead Senior care is always looking to recruit carersWhether you can work a couple of hours a week or you 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. Your own transportation is preferable.

 Contact     Sligo, T: (071) 9317051  /

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