Saint Patrick’s Day Parade: Ballyshannon’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is not far off, if any business /club / group are interested in taking part in this years parade, please contact Brendan on 086 2836914 or email This is a great way of advertising your business or club and a fun family day out so the more the merrier! Also, stewarts are greatly needed for this event so if anyone is available, please contact Brendan.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade: Ballyshannon’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is not far off, if any business /club / group are interested in taking part in this years parade, please contact Brendan on 086 2836914 or email This is a great way of advertising your business or club and a fun family day out so the more the merrier! Also, stewarts are greatly needed for this event so if anyone is available, please contact Brendan.

Results: Results at the Askill Whist Drive on Sunday night last 23rd January, 2011. Top Score Paddy Joe Gallagher, 1st Gent Tom McLoughlin, 1st Lady Delia Pender, 2nd Lady Maureen Coughlin, 2nd Gent Daniel Fox, Lowest Score: Jim Flynn and Longest Sitter Kathleen Cleary. Raffle Winners Isobel Fox, Maureen Coughlin, Jim Flynn and Phyllis McGrath. Next Whist next Sunday night at 8pm sharp supper served.

Grinds: “Math Grinds available in the Bundoran/ Ballyshannon area. Leaving Certificate- Ordinary Level Junior Certificate - Honours and Ordinary Level. Contact Sean, B Eng at 087 7505825 (recently qualified engineer).

Footprints Montessori preschool and Playschool: Breesy Centre Cashelard is now taking bookings for September 2011. Register your child before February 28th and recieve 1 wwek free. Catering for 2-5 year olds, taking part in ECCE scheme and opening from 8.30am to facilitate parents. For more information contact Kay @ 0863615177.

Table Quiz: This Thursday 27th January Table Quiz in Owen Roes Bar is a Fundraiser for Ballyshannon Boy Scouts . Entries to Stewart Doyle. Next Thursday 3rd February Table Quiz is a fundraiser for Collaiste Cholmcille School. Entries to Paddy Kelly.

Aodh Ruadh lotto: There was no winner of the €10,000 Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot last Sunday. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 10, 11, 13 and 14. In the lucky dip €20 each went to: Terence McShea, Tully; Christy Coughlan, Erne Dale Heights; Marion Breslin Erne Dale Heights; Oisín McGrath, Bridgend; and Gerard Timoney, Belcoo. Next draw is on Sunday evening at 8pm in The Bridgend. This Saturday the lotto team for the Saimer Court is: ADULT FOOTBALL.

Aodh Ruadh AGM: The reconvened AGM to discuss motion seven: That the club does not field a third team in 2011, will take place on Thursday 27th January at 8pm in Dorrian. This meeting will be followed by the monthly club meeting at 9pm.

Western Waves: A Table Quiz will be held in the Carlton Hotel, in Belleek on Friday 4th February 2011 at 9.00p.m. sharp. €20.00 per team of four. Bring a team or come along and help make a team. In addition to a prize, winners will be offered an opportunity to develop a quiz for the radio. Proceeds are in aid of Western Waves Community Radio.

Dance Classes: Childrens Musical Theatre Dance & Singing Classes every Thurs 4-5.30pm in the Abbey Centre. Ages 4-15+ welcome.Songs & Dance from Glee! The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical & much more! Re-commences Thurs 27th Jan 4pm. Also “Adults Pilates Classes”. Every Thursday 6.30-8pm.Beginners & Intermediate classes. No experience necessary, all equipment provided. Places limited! Re-commences Thurs 27th Jan 6.30pm. Please contact Suzanne on 086-1504455 for all details of the above classes.

Music Classes: The Donegal VEC Music Education Partnership provides instrumental and vocal tuition throughout Donegal in various genres of music ranging from classical to traditional, jazz to contemporary music. Donegal Town/Ballyshannon Classes: Tuition available in Violin, Cello, Viola, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet and with new classes starting in Voice, Guitar & Piano (numbers permitting). Tuition is open to children from 7 to 18 years of age and beginners are most welcome. An excellent ‘instrument hire’ service is also available for those who may wish to take up an instrument but do not own one. For further information please contact us on 074 917 6293 or at

Colaiste Cholmcille: First Year Basketball League - The Leaving Cert Applied class organized a very successful basketball league for first year students. In the initial stages of the league the ten teams were divided into two groups of five teams. The matches were played at lunchtimes and at the end of the league the top two teams in each group qualified for the semi finals. On Wednesday 19th January the semi finals and final were played. The two semi finals proved to be very close matches with Team E beating Team H and Team A beating Team J to advance to the final. The final was a keenly contested match with Team E coming out on top. Well done to all involved. Team E Darragh Devanney, Terry Ward, Sarah Timoney, Katie Mc Cafferty, Daniel Britton. Team A Darragh Dolan, Rossa Mc Cosker, Darragh Cleary, Dearbhla Hoey, Ciarde Sheerin, Aaron Clarke

Coláiste Cholmcille Ballyshannon Open Day: Coláiste Cholmcille holds its Open Day and Open Night today, Thursday January 27th. Sixth class students have been invited to the school today from 10a.m. until 2p.m. and will spend the day sampling school life in Coláiste Cholmcille. Arrangements have been made with the local Primary Schools to collect and return students to and from their own schools/ Parents and Guardians are invited to the schools for Open Evening at 7:30p.m. tonight. There will be an opportunity to view the school facilities and meet with members of the staff. Parents are asked to arrive before 7:30p.m. for the opening address..

Briary Gap Drama Competition: Both Transition Year groups have competed in the ‘Briary Gap Drama Competition’, a national competition in Mullingar on Tuesday 25th of January 2011. Two plays were entered ‘Couldn’t Have Done It Without You’, directed by Conor Beattie and ‘Kisses Like A Redneck’ directed by Fiona Kuehl. Both plays did very well at the Butt Drama Competition last November in Ballybofey and also in Mullingar.

The Young Scientist: Coláiste Cholmcille’s Transition Years enjoted a trip to the R.D.S. in Dublin to visit the BT Young Scientist Exhibition. There were 600 projects on display , both individual and group. There were also interactive exhibitions, such as ‘Guess the Outcome of the 2011 Census’. The content of the projects was very varied, with topics ranging from car exhaust fumes to a zombie apocalypse. An enjoyable day was had by all.

U16 B Girls Basketball: The U16 B team captured the North West title on Monday by defeating St. Nathy’s, Ballaghadereen. This final win was preceded last week by two wins against Mohill Community College and Loreto, Letterkenny. In the final CC started brightly and led at the end of the first quarter 15-11. Nathy’s fought back and went ahead in the second quarter before CC pressed and regained the lead. They maintained this lead throughout the match and were eventual winners on a 53-46 scoreline. This was a great team performance and the girls now look forward to the All-Ireland playoffs which will be held in Ballyshannon on February 5th. Panel: Kate Caldwell, Chantel Cunningham, Neasa McCaffrey, Ruta Balezentyte, Aoife Keogh, Aine Duffy, Claire Breslin, Maeve Liston, Sara Gallagher, Lauren Gallagher, Grainne Gillespie.

U16 C North West Finalists : The U16 C team were defeated in the North West final on Friday in Ballyshannon by Coola. Coola were the better team from the start and lead for the whole match. CC fought hard throughout the match but found it hard to break down the Coola defence. It was a great year for the team and it was a huge achievement for them to reach the final. Well done to all the girls. Panel: Emma Vaughan, Rebecca McDonagh, Hazel Fenton, Ciara Thompson, Rebecca Kennedy, Pauline Salazar, Roise Keon, Maedb McCloskey, Rachael Harte.

U19 B Girls: The U19 girls team were defeated by Abbey VS, Donegal in the North West final on Friday evening. The team showed great determination throughout the match as Abbey pressed them from the start. On two occasions they were losing by ten points yet they fought back and took the lead during the third quarter. However Abbey regained the lead and eventually won 48-43. Well done to all the girls on their performance and their dedication and commitment throughout the year. Panel: Siobhan Stack, Maria Foley, Maeve Liston, Anna Rafferty, Laura Gallagher, Rachael McNulty, Dearbhile McNulty, Natasha Gormley, Chantel Cunningham, Nicola Cassidy.

U16 Ladies Football : The U16 ladies football team were defeated by Rosses Community School in Naomh Mhuire last Wednesday. CC started poorly and Rosses had a commanding lead at the break of 4-5 to 1-0. In the second half CC began to fight back and had plenty of opportunities but unfortunately we were unable to convert these. The full time score was 6-5 to 2-2.

1st and 2nd Year Girls Basketball: The first and second year girls teams took on St. Attracta’s,Tubbercurry in the opening round of the North West League fixtures on Friday last. The first year team performed really well in what was their first competitive match. They were comprehensive winners in the end on a 59-22 scoreline. The second year match was much closer. CC started brightly and looked as if they would completely overrun their opponents. They lead 22-4 at the end of the first quarter. However St. Attracta’s staged a comeback in the second and third quarters and it was 27-17 at the start of the final quarter. CC settled and scored some lovely baskets to win 38-25. The next match is against Mohill Community School on Monday 31st January.

F.A.I. coaching course: On Thursday the 20th of January a group of T.Ys took part in the F.A.I. Kickstart Course. The course was facilitated by Trevor Scanlon. This course taught the Transition Year students how to coach a soccer team of children between the ages of 6 and 8. A follow up course is planned for Thursday 2nd of February.

Bingo: Some winners at the Friday night Bingo session in The Abbey Centre. €400, Jane Maguire, Knader Rd. €100, each. Celia Burns, Garrison. James Monaghan, Pettigo. Kathleen Kennedy, Grange. Jean Murray, The Mall. This Fridays Bingo is the Monthly Special, €2,700 Prize Fund, Book €15 eyes down 9pm, please support local community effort.