Local News: Manorhamilton

Sir Frederick Returns

Sir Frederick Returns

After an absence of about 340 years from Manorhamilton, Sir Frederick Hamilton returned to the town on Friday night for the launch of Dominic Rooney’s definitive book on him “The Life and Times of Sir Frederick Hamilton 1590-1647” in the castle.

When Dominic, who worked for twenty years on the book, was about to publish his tome, he discovered that a portrait of Hamilton existed in England. In the previous twenty years Dominic was unaware, as was everyone in the 300 people attending the launch, that a portrait of Hamilton, who left Manorhamilton around 1643, existed.

Dominic arranged for a copy of Hamilton’s portrait to be made and it was unveiled in the launch event marquee in the castle grounds on Friday night to give the people of Manorhamilton a view of the founder of the town for the first time in almost three and a half centuries.

“The Life and Times of Sir Frederick Hamilton 1590-1647” is a 267 page book, which is richly illustrated with 40 images, twelve of them in colour. The paperback edition retails at €24.95, while the hardback costs €55.

Historic Ladies

When the Glencar/Manor ladies team won the Leitrim intermediate football final by 4 – 12 to 4 – 4 score line with a dramatic come from behind victory over favourites Cloone on Saturday evening in Drumkeerin they created a new piece of sports history for the Club.

As a result of this county final success and apart from winning their initial county intermediate title the Glencar/Manor ladies will for the first time ever play in the Leitrim senior championship next year and join North Leitrim’s other senior ranked team Dromahair in this competition.

On Saturday, Glencar/Manor trailed Cloone at halftime by 0 – 4 to 2 – 2. However for the second half Glencar/Manor got their shooting boots on and scored a further 4 – 8 to win convincingly with Ailbhe Clancy hitting three goals.

The victorious Glencar/Manor team was Clare O’Brien; Bronagh Rooney, Chloe Gilligan, Róisín Rooney; Eimear Feehily, Grainne O’Connor, Clare Cullen; Melissa Hewitt, Gemma Tiffoney; Ailbhe Clancy, Mary Alice Maguire, Marie Clerkin; Amanda Sweeney, Mary Poniard and Siobhan Feely while the team managers were Dermott McMorrow and Colm Farrell.

Former Garda

Deepest sympathy on his death is extended to the family of Seán (John) McDonnell, 2 Church Lane, Manorhamilton and formerly of Kinawley, Co. Fermanagh who was an ex-member of An Garda Síochána Manorhamilton.

Seán died peacefully at the North West Hospice, Sligo. His remains reposed at his home on Friday, September13 and on Saturday morning, September 14 prior to their removal to St. Clare’s Church for his Funeral Mass and Service with burial afterwards in Mullies Cemetery.

Many people were helped greatly by Seán during his life in his voluntary work while fishing was one his many great passions in his spare time. He was one nature’s gentlemen and his wonderful gentleness was admired by everyone. In his youth Seán was a Fermanagh inter county footballer and he also played rugby.

Martin Retires

On Thursday the 12th September was an opportunity for the Thursday Club in Rossinver, as well as staff and friends to say goodbye to Martin Cooke who retired from the Ballagh Centre in Rossinver after 14 years service.

Martin had an exceptional knowledge of IT and was the Ballagh Centre’s principle ECDL Tutor and IT Co-ordinator. His work was much appreciated by the staff and board of Rossinver Community Development Company.

Martin will be greatly missed. However, the Ballagh Centre community hopes he will pop back into the Centre on a regular basis as he is still involved with the local camera club and has many friends in the area. The Ballagh Centre says goodbye (at least for now) to Martin Cooke.

Culture Night

North Sligo based Westmeath native Dermot Healy, who is one of Ireland’s widely acclaimed authors and poets, will do readings in Manorhamilton library during Culture Night 2013 on this Friday evening, September 20 at 6.30pm sharp.

Culture Night 2013 celebrates creativity and the arts. Locals and visitors to Manorhamilton library can enjoy the unique experience of Culture Night when a free session of excellent entertainment will be provided during what will be an occasion not to be missed.

Guitar Classes

Guitar classes take place in the Glens Centre on Tuesdays from 5pm with all age groups careered for – phone Larry 086-6053838.

Sale of Work

A sale of work will take place in the car park opposite the St. Clare’s Church on Sunday 29th September after 11.30am Mass.

Cakes, clothes, toys and general brick-a-brac will be on offer. This sale is in aid of the local cookery team who hope to participate in the 2014 London Cooking Olympics.

Diffreen Dancing

The social dancing classes in Glencar Community Centre Diffreen resume after the summer break on Friday night at 8.30pm.