Ballyshannon

Active retirement: There will be a Meeting of the Active Retirement Group in Kilbarron House on Monday 11th June, 2012 at 2.30pm.

Active retirement: There will be a Meeting of the Active Retirement Group in Kilbarron House on Monday 11th June, 2012 at 2.30pm.

Happy Start Montessori: Pre school are running a summer camp starting from Monday 2nd July to Wednesday 4th July from 9.30am to 1pm and again on Monday 9th July to Wednesday 11th July, a varied programme available. For more information contact Shelley on 086 1624672.

Trials: Marlins Swim Club are holding their Club Entrance Trials on Saturday June 9th at 10am in Ballyshannon Leisure Centre. If you are away on this date, please contact the Club Secretary on marlinsswimmingclubballyshannon@yahoo.ie to make alternate arrangements before June 9th, 2012 - no trials will be held after this date.

Abbey Centre: Suzanne Byrne’s 3rd Annual end of year Showcase “That’s Entertainment” is on Saturday 23rd June in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon at 7.30pm. There will be over 70 children aged 4 - 15 years from Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Donegal Town, Kinlough & Grange and the surrounding areas performing. We are performing Songs, Dances, & Drama from The Sound of Music, Disney, Glee!, & a Mini Comedy “Robinson Crusoe” which i wrote for Act 2. Guest Artists appearing on the show include David Moore (Lead Singer of International show Rhythm of the Dance who has toured the world for over 3 years with the show) & Dez Allen (Lead Dancer with Jurys Irish Cabaret & West End London dancer in numerous productions).

Baby & Toddler: A great opportunity to have a clear out of all your no longer needed baby & toddler clothes, buggy’s, car seats etc at our baby & toddler event on Sunday 24th June in the Holyrood Hotel Bundoran from 1-4pm. Only €20 a table, why not share with a friend. If you would like more details or would like to book a table please contact us on 087 745 5605. Business stalls also available.

Cash for clothes collection: Aodh Ruadh under 14s are doing a Cash for Clothes Collection as a fundraiser for the Féile na nGael in Dublin in July. We would greatly appreciate any bags of old clothes, belts, handbags and shoes. We will also take blankets and curtains as long as they are kept separate from the other clothes. Spread the word to family, friends and neighbours, we will be getting the clothes weighed in early June so get clearing out your closets thanks! For any queries regarding this fund-raiser please contact John Rooney 086-2587793, Eileen McCaffrey 087-3172920 or Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903.

First aid: Aodh Ruadh aim to organise a CPR and defibrillator course, if there is sufficient interest. This is a four hour course with one night of two hours concentrating on CPR and another night of two hours focused on the defibrillator. We are charging €10 to book place on course with all proceeds being donated to the Irish Heart Foundation. Please call or text Tracey Flood on 086 1764998 to book your place.

Aodh Ruadh Lotto: There was no winner of the €1,200 Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot last Sunday. The numbers drawn were 1, 2, 5, 11, 13 and 14. In the lucky dip €20 each went to: Andrew McShea, Tully; Anne Buggy, The Abbey; Paddy Madden, Clyhore; Jason McMenamin, Tullyhorky; and Mary Patton, Creevy. Next draw is in Dicey Reilly’s bar on Sunday at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €1,300 and the lotto team for the Saimer Court this Saturday is the Reserve team.

Special Sale: SVP will host a special furniture sale at Vincent’s Thrift Shop, East Port, Ballyshannon this coming Saturday, June 9th from 2 - 5pm. Large stock of good used furniture on offer.

A Ramble Around Rossnowlagh: Come for a Rambele Around the Rossnowlagh area on Tues 12th and 19th June. Starting at Coolmore Car Park at 10.00am sharp and returning at 11.15am. This is a leader led walk. Come along, bring a friend or make new friends as you walk and talk. Adults only. No dogs or buggies please. For further information ring Laura 087 228 1273.

Community Games Athletics: The County Community Games Athletics takes place this Sunday 10th June in Milford starting at 1.00pm. Good luck to all athletes travelling on the day. Please note you will need a copy of your birth cert and a small photo in the event of qualifying for the Nationals.

Congratulations: Very well done to all those who represented Ballyshannon recently at the National Community Games Finals in Athlone. Cousins Emer McGonigle and Shannon O’Donnell took part in U12 and U14 Art. Oisín Smith competed in U12 Model Making. Shannon earned an impressive 4th place in her category. Mrs. Angela Currid and her U13 Choir flew the flag for Ballyshannon and the County in the Choir Competition. With some new members on board the choir earned a commendable 9th placing out of a total of 17 choirs. Comhghairdeas uilig do Dearbhaile O’Moore, Mary Flora Scott, Hannah McGrane, Chelsea Deery, Grace O’Sullivan, Grace McCaffrey, Claire O’Connor, Shóna Slevin, Diarmaid McFadden, Alanna Ryan, Chloe Gallagher, Emer Laird, Katie Irwin, Grace O’Boyle, Sarah O’Boyle and Dearbhaile Fox. Meanwhile a total of nineteen swimmers who recently qualified for the Nationals in August are beginning their Summer training programme under the direction of coaches Grace Meade and Sinéad Donagher.

Sympathy: Sincere sympathy to the McGonigle family, Finner, on the death of David. David was a remarkable man, brave, generous, hard working, good humoured and full of ideas and energy. His death, before his time, at 52, leaves a huge void.

Those who had the good luck to know him will testify that he was a man of huge strength and an inspiration to many.

David will be buried on Saturday after Requeim Mass in Bundoran. May he rest in peace.

An idea: Would anyone else think it might be an idea to have a secure cash box placed below the Rory Gallagher statue? This writer thinks if half the people who pose for a photo at his status dropped 50 cent into that box a deserving local cause (my vote goes to the Regeneration Group), would benefit to the tune of several hundred euro in a very short space of time. Is it an idea?