Around the neighborhoods: from Ballymote to Gurteen



The Ballymote Heritage Group AGM will be held at the Rock Center on Monday 7th November at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. This AGM will be particularly poignant given that longtime Heritage Group Treasurer Pamela Benson recently passed away following a tragic and untimely accident. Members of the group are keen to recognize the efficient and selfless service rendered by Pamela in controlling the financial affairs of our local history and cultural activities for many years. His thoughtful and relevant contributions throughout all of our deliberations will always be appreciated. Pamela’s work as the Corran Herald’s distributor and financial controller were key factors in ensuring the success of our newspaper.

Cooking at low cost

A cooking class for parents will begin at the Ballymote Family Resource Center on Monday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. This course is free and will last four weeks.

group of men

A group of men started at Ballymote FRC. It meets once a week on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Free food parcels

Free food parcels are available under the FEAD program for low-income people. A brief form must be completed. Call 071 9197818 for details.


Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends of Yolande (Lan) Hewitt, Ballymote, whose passing recently occurred.


Anyone who would like information to be included in the ratings, please email [email protected] or telephone 085 7561547. The deadline for submission of ratings is 5pm every Thursday.


church choir

The parish choir is back to rehearse Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the church. All members are invited to attend and new members are welcome. The choir will help with mass at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Exercise group in Carraroe

Our chair exercise sessions are held every Thursday at 11am at the Carraroe Community Center. This program is professionally led by Arita Loughlin for one hour. Everyone is welcome, including more men. Come join us for a very enjoyable physical training session. For more information call 087 2222835 and you can be added to the special WhatsApp group for regular reminders.

St. John’s GAA Lotto

Lotto jackpot €18,800.

No jackpot winner. The €25 winners were Emer Moore, Majella Henry, Charlie O’Brien, Shaune Grady. The draw will take place on Saturday November 5th. Tickets are available at the following outlets: Molly Fulton’s, Canning’s, Pearse Road, McMorrow’s, Cairns Road, Applegreen, Pearse Road, Clifford’s Electrical, London, Cleveragh Road. or any club member. You can also play online on the St John’s GAA webpage.

Dancing at the Carraroe Community Center

Dance classes every Wednesday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with music and social dancing afterwards. For more information call Frank on 087 9809432.

Community Center Availability

Places are available in the morning, afternoon and evening. Please contact the parish office to book. The reservation sheet for all groups using the room will be left in the kitchen area. Please fill it out and return it to the parish office as soon as possible.

Carraroe Parish Ministries

We have vacancies for all of our parish ministries such as lectors, eucharistic ministers, collectors, altar society members and parish counters. Please contact the parish office at [email protected]

Phone 071 9162136 or 087 8198466 for more information or come to the sacristy after mass.

Carraroe Church Weddings

We are now taking bookings for weddings for 2023/24 and beyond. Please contact the parish office at [email protected]

Phone 071 9162136 or 087 8198466 for more information.

Cadra’s website

For all information on Cadra, please visit Let all our diaspora know and they can join you and see all the news from Carraroe. You can also communicate and make suggestions. Anyone wishing to make a financial contribution can do so via the website.

No vaping boxes/containers in Carraroe

We urge people not to throw vaping boxes or containers on our roads as volunteers have to pick them up after you. Take them home and throw them away. Thanks.

Parish calendar

We are working on the final draft of the parish calendar for 2023. If you would like to help sponsor the project, please call the sacristy after mass or the parish office.

Slimway Class at Carraroe Community Center

Nice to see Ann again every Wednesday from 7:30-10am, and again Wednesday evenings from 4:30-6pm. Everyone is welcome. Inquiries at Ann 087 2362487 or

Slimming course in Carraroe

Charlotte from Slimming World attends the community center on Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information call Charlotte on 087 7987118.

walking group

We meet on Mondays at 11 o’clock. Currently we meet at the car park opposite the Sligo Sports Complex. Anyone interested can drop by or contact 087 2222835 and we’ll add you to the WhatsApp text system so you get notifications.

Elderly alarm system

Cadra urges all eligible residents to take advantage of the program as it brings great comfort and support to people. Anyone over the age of 65 is eligible. Anyone who already has the alarm is advised to wear the pendant at all times, including in the shower (as it is waterproof)/in bed. Application forms and full details are available on the website.


For events/news to be included in the Carraroe section contact 0872222835 or email [email protected] no later than Sunday of each week.


Dromahair Hospice Support Group.

Dromahair Hospice Support Group would like to thank everyone who supported their recent coffee morning at the Depot. Thank you for giving so generously. A total of €800 was collected for a very good cause.

Fun 5,000 km family run/walk

The Killenummery Women’s Group are delighted with the return of their 5k family fun run/walk. It will take place on Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. at Killenummery Hall. Registration from 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the walk and as always lots of prizes. 10€ adults, children free, over 12 years old 5€

Proceeds from this year will go towards the medical needs of little Aria Rose Wilkie Barry., Killenummery, who has spent most of her life so far in hospital. Her parents hope to bring her home soon and she has lifelong medical needs. Any support will be highly appreciated.

25 Card game

25 Card-Game resumed at Killenummery Hall on Tuesday evenings at 9 p.m.

Hedge Trimming Grant Scheme 2022/2023.

This program is now open and aims to encourage the cutting of roadside hedges/trees along the public road network. Open to all, individual candidates, communities and groups. The subsidy is €75 per km of roadside hedge/overhanging trees that are cut. The minimum length of the road network per application is 1 km. Further information and application forms are available from the Leitrim County Councils website or by contacting the roads department at [email protected] or 071 9620005/630. Closing date is Tuesday 31st January 2023, RSS Vacancies Leitrim Development Company has limited vacancies on the Rural Social Scheme (RSS). We are looking for applications from the public to work on RSS This is a farmer-friendly program where participants work 19.5 hours a week and earn extra income from their farming. Participants will work in their locality supporting community projects. If you or someone you know is interested, please call RSS Supervisor Margaret Sharkey on 086 8521791.

Christmas craft fair

The annual Dromahair Development Association/Tidy Towns Christmas Craft Fair takes place at the Depot on Sunday, November 27, from noon to 3 p.m. Lots of stalls with lovely handicrafts. Perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping, with a gift made with love. There will be a raffle on the day with loads and loads of great prizes. Come many and support.

The deposit

Coming to the Depot, we have new classes and workshops. Among them; Pilates with Rory, Car Care, Genealogy Classes from Wednesday 2 November at 8.30pm to help you trace your family tree, also ‘Time for YOU’, it’s about taking care of yourself, your physical and mental health . Time for you will take place on Thursday November 3, 10 and 17 at 6 p.m.

Edwina Guckian Airc Damhsa Dance Mondays 5-7pm, Parents and Toddlers Group Tuesdays 11-1pm North Leitrim Dance Class Tuesdays 5-8pm, Active Age Group Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm, Knit Group Thursdays 10.30am -12:30 p.m., Exercise with Sue on Thursday 7-8 p.m., Bible Group on Thursday 8:15 p.m. Karate on Friday.

For more information on any of the activities, contact the Depot office which is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday to Friday. Contact us on 071 9134986 or 085 8017943.


Items for local notes at [email protected] by noon Thursday please.



Bingo continues every Friday night at Gurteen Hall at 8pm – jackpot and lotto every night – also great 50/50/split. Bingo is back fully indoors. Support is greatly appreciated.


The €50 winner this week was Valerie McCormack five, Shannon Drive, Gurteen – the numbers drawn were 05, 08, 26 and 27 – the jackpot was not won and the lotto is now €11,500.

The draw will take place next Sunday evening at Dapper Duck, Gurteen. Club support is greatly appreciated.


The winner of the 50/50 draw for Eastern Harps was Louis Carty Ballinafad, who took home €560 and the next draw will take place next Monday evening at 9pm.


Seán Keane and his band will perform his unique Irish and contemporary folk music and songs at the Coleman Music Centre, Gurteen on Saturday evening 5 November at 8.30pm.

Always a great evening of entertainment – for more information contact 071 9182599 or visit the website at


The Monasteraden Community Improvement Committee has recently been established and the aim is to rejuvenate the village with the long term vision of creating a community centre. They are launching this idea on Saturday night November 5th at O’Dowd’s Lakeview Lounge, Monasteraden and there will be a monster raffle with great prizes.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of the event – please contact Ann on 086 841463 or see the Monasteraden Community Enchancement Facebook page for details.

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