Local Notes May 9th

Clothing recycling collection
“There will be a clothing recycling collection in St. Caillin’s N.S. on May 16th 2016. Please donate all your clean unwanted clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts and soft toys(no duvets or pillows please). Please drop off your bags during school hours or after school hours, any day before May 16th or drop off inside school wall. Every bag counts. Thank you.”

Fenagh Community Playgroup
Fenagh Community Playgroup are now enrolling for September 2016.  The ECCE programme has been expanded starting in September 2016 to offer children free pre-school hours from the age of 3 years.  The total number of ECCE weeks a child can avail of will depend on the child’s birth date and the age at which the child starts primary school.  There will now be 3 points during the year when a child can enrol in the scheme September, January and April. To avail of the scheme in September 2016 (Until June 2017) children must have been born between 1st January 2012 – 31st August 2013.  To avail of the scheme in January 2017 (Until June 2017) children must have been born between 1st January 2012 – 31st December 2013.  To avail of the scheme in April 2017 (Until June 2017) children must have been born between 1st January 2012 – 31st March 2014.  If you wish to enrol your child for September 2016 please contact Ceara on 086 3593244.

Fenagh Visitor Centre
Fenagh Visitor Centre is open all year round – (Heritage Centre, Indoor Children’s Play Area, Dolmen Café, Hall rental/meeting space). Mon to Friday 10.00-5.30pm and Sat/Sunday  12-5.30pm.  Free internet access (Wi-Fi), local newspapers and tourist information available to all visitors. Follow us on Facebook ‘fenaghvisitorcentre’. Also visit our website at www.fenagh.com which features lots of information on historical Fenagh, upcoming classes and events, Monk’s Den playtime and birthday rates, and other facilities on offer. For further information contact Teresa on (071) 9645590.

Book of Fenagh 500 Festival July 29-31st 2016 Reminder that bookings are now being taken for the Medieval Concert (10euro) & BBQ/Drama (15 euro) which take place during the Festival ..both these events are ticket only and as there are limited places available we would recommend you book well in advance.  All other events are free.  If you are a local business/group and would like to become a sponsor or are interested in becoming a Patron (50 euro) get in touch with the Committee at 071 9645590 or email bookoffenagh500@gmail.com.  All Festival information is online at www.fenagh.com/book of fenagh festival or call into the Visitor Centre.

Fenagh Community Centre
Fenagh Community Centre is located beside Fenagh Church and is available to rent for functions, meetings, concerts, sports, etc. Call 071 9645590 to book or arrange a viewing.  You can also view the facilities on www.Fenagh.com or like our Facebook page ‘Fenagh Community Centre

Fenagh 2016 Commemorative Calendar. This historic Calender is on sale in Visitor Centre, Supervalu, Abbey Bar, Seamus Beirnes, Smyths Gift Shop, and Genealogy Centre and from committee members. Tel 071 9645590 for further info. Cost of Calender €10.

 Seán Mac Diarmada commemoration at Ballinamore Library
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the execution of our most famous ‘Leitrim Son’, Seán Mac Diarmada, why not visit Ballinamore Library on Thursday 12th May. A short documentary film about Mac Diarmada, lasting 45 minutes will be repeatedly shown on the large screen between 3 and 6 pm.

What’s on in Ballinamore Library?
Tuesdays at 7pm
movie nights continue with admission free and all welcome. Feel free to bring along your popcorn. For details of movies contact the library at 071 9645566
Wednesday 11th at 3pm Brian Leyden reads from his newly published novel “Summer of ‘63” with free admission and all welcome. Light refreshments served.
Thursday 12th at 7pm The Sky at Night. A sky at night club is being set up in South Leitrim with the first meeting taking place in Ballinamore library on Thursday evening next. To find out more come along on the evening everyone is welcome.
Monday 16th May at 8pm “Leitrim’s Hedgerows – Past, Present and Future”. A presentation by Neil Foulkes on the history, value and quality of Leitrim’s hedgerows. Free admission. All welcome.

Padre Pio Healing Mass
You are warmly invited by our parish community to join with us for a Padre Pio Healing Mass in Saint Patrick’s Church, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim on Wednesday 25th May at 7.00pm. The Celebrant will be Fr. Sean Kelly, Capuchin Priest from Raheny and a native of Ballinamore. Also in attendance will be Br. Nicola from the Friary in San Giovani Rotondo where Padre Pio spent most of his priestly life until his death in 1968. Pope Francis asked for the remains of Padre Pio to be brought to the Vatican in February as part of the celebrations for this Jubilee Year of Mercy such was the dedication of this great Capuchin Saint in the many hours he spent in the confessional. Many healings have been attributed to the intercession of Saint Pio and large crowds always attend the healing Masses dedicated to his life. Blessings will take place after Mass with the relics of Saint Pio, i.e. his mittens that he wore to cover the wounds of the stigmata which he had for 50 years.  Everyone is welcome.

 SAFETALK TRAINING, which prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. will take place in the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Cullies, Cavan on  Wednesday 11 May 2016 from 9:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. There is no cost for this training.  For further information, please contact Emer Mulligan, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention, HSE Cavan-Monaghan Mental Health Services, on 086 1717563 or by e-mail to emer.mulligan@hse.ie.  The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 27 April 2016.

Slimming World
Slimming world mohill is now at 7pm on Thursdays in the canon donohoe hall. Come along and find out how you can fill up as you slim down! Call Ciara 0877685093 for more info or

For the first summer in many years it is now possible to travel by public transport from Ballinamore to Dublin, spend a day on shopping or other business there, and return that evening. This has now become possible thanks to the Local Link bus service which Ballinamore Area Community Council have campaigned for over many years and which was finally introduced a number of weeks ago. A Local Link Minibus leaves Main St at 7.00 a.m. each weekday, including Saturday, and travelling by Fenagh, Gorvagh and Mohill, reaches Dromod Station in time for the       8 00 a.m. train which reaches Dublin Connolly Station at 10.00 a.m. The return train from Connolly at 5.05 p.m. is met at Dromod Station by the minibus and passengers who so wish are brought back by the same route with the bus reaching Ballinamore at 7.55 p.m. Free travel passes are accepted and the charge for other users is very moderate. Moreover, free travel pass holders who have difficulty getting to the minibus due to lack of transport should contact Local Link at 071 960437 for additional assistance. This provides a wonderful opportunity for free travel pass holders on those long bright summer days to access the Capital City and other locations and return on the same day.

The Annual 5K / 10K May Walk Run or Roll in aid of Cancer Research and North West Hospice will take place in Aughnasheelin on Sunday May 29th 2016 commencing at 1 p.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


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  1. Andrew Plunkett
    Posted June 2, 2016 at 3:42 pm | Permalink


    Has a date been set for the blessing of the graves at Fenagh Abbey?

    Thank you.

  2. Posted June 7, 2016 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    July 10th

  3. Posted June 12, 2016 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Andrew apologies the correct date for Fenagh blessing of graves is July 17th
    Kind regards
    Teresa Lennon

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