Ballyshannon Musings: Local history stories from the Ballyshannon area are proving popular on the internet on the Ballyshannon Musings site. People with local connections in 29 countries, as well as people in the area, are connecting with this free site in the year of the Gathering. There is a back catalogue of newly researched stories and reflections on the area available to read by logging on to http://ballyshannon-musings.blogspot.ie/ Please pass on the details to anyone interested in the local area. Forthcoming blogs include:, 16th March “Ballyshannon Imprisonments, Whippings and Transportations to Van Diemen’s Land.” 30th March “Eamon de Valera’s Late Late Rally in the Diamond Ballyshannon.”13th April “A Forgotten Ballyshannon Golf Course over a Century Ago.” 27th April “Masters, Murders, Customs and Local Links to Florence Nightingale”. If you want a link sent directly to anyone please send their email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Parade: Ballyshannon’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place this year on Sunday 17th March at 2pm, All Floats etc welcome. Prize trophies for best dressed floats and best dressed window display, Parade Prize Giving at 4pm in Dicey Reilly’s Function Room with Music By Christy Moore & Declan Sinnott Tribute Act.
For further information Telephone Brendan at 086 2836914
Art: Afterschool Kids Art workshops in Tirhugh Resource Centre, Ballyshannon for 5-12 year olds. Art materials provided. Fully qualified and experienced tutors. Starting Thursday 11th April from 3.30pm-4.30pm.Cost is €55 per child for 6 week session. Discount for siblings. For further information and booking please contact either Christine on 086 8809952 or Susan on 087 9566633.
Whist Drive: Results of Whist Drive held in St, John’s Hall, Rossnowlagh on Wed 6th Mar., 2013. Door prizes, Lily McIntyre, Willie Anderson, Kathleen Cleary. Whist, Ladies 1st. Marie Walsh, 2nd. Kathleen Griffin, 3rd. Isobel Fox. Gents, 1st. Neal Herron, 2nd. Patrick Walsh, 3rd. Malachy Daly. Hatching. Lily McIntyre, Patricia Griffin. Lowest Score. Judith Hinchliff. Raffle, Seamus Meehan, Gerry Barrett, Sylvia Arkison, Kathleen Burns, Maura Walsh, Danny Downey, Peter Ferguson, Ivan Diver, Annie McGloin. M.C. Danny Downey thanked the ladies for the lovely supper, thank all for attending and announced the next Whist Drive to be held Wed. March 20th 2013 at 8 pm. All welcome.
Table Quiz: This Thursday 14th March the weekly table quiz continues in Owen Roe’s Bar at 9.45pm. The quiz is a fundraiser for Ballyshannon Folk Festival. Entries to Eunan Doyle. Next Thursday 21st March the table quiz is a fundraiser for Ballyshannon & District Museum. Entries to Shane Toolan.
Askill Community Centre: There will be no whist drive in Askill Community Centre on 17th March (St Patrick’s Day). Results from the last whist held on Sunday 10th March, 2013 were Mary McNelis, Kathleen Burns, Isobel Fox, Brian Richardson, Michael Donagher, Ellen Ward, Gerry Burns. Raffle Winners were Ellen Ward, Anna Corrigan, Mary McNelis and Mabel McNulty. Next Whist will be Sunday the 24th March, 2013.
Karate Class at Rockfield Hall: Karate Classes are continuing this Thursday 14th March from 6pm-7.30pm in the new Rockfield Community Hall adjacent to Rockfield National School on the Belleek-Ballyshannon Rd. The classes are proving very popular for all age groups. Some spaces are still available. Contact Mick on 087 7663971 or register on the night. Classes will continue every Thursday night.
Rockfield Community Co-Op Ltd. AGM: There will be an Annual General Meeting of Rockfield Community Co-Op Ltd. in the Community Hall on the 18th April 2013.
Bingo: Some winners from the Friday night session in The Abbey Centre were. €400, M Cox €100, each P Granaghan, V Barron, M McWeeney. Patrons please note Bingo on this Friday 15th March takes place in Colaiste Cholmcille, College Street, at 9pm; prize fund €1650, books 10 euro only.
The late Margaret (Maggie) Burke: The death took place recently of Margaret Burke, better known as Maggie, 1 Cluain Barron.
A much loved local character, she was well known for her love of music. During the Harvest Fair and the Folk Festival she read palms and did fortune telling, all to raise money for charity.
She loved to play the guitar and sing and always kept her appointment to visit the patients at the Sheil Hospital every Monday to entertain them.
She was also a member of the Folk Group, playing at Sunday Mass in St. patrick’s.
She claimed to have special powers as a medium and attempted to assist gardaí in their attempts to locate the whereabouts of Mary Boyle, a six year old girl, who went missing near Cashelard.
Her opinions as a medium were featured in a number of national newspapers over the years.
Sympathy is extended to her two sons, Roy and Mark and her daughter Denise, to her aunt, Sara, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, sisters in law, brother in law.
She will be sadly missed by a wide circle of friends in the community.
Drama Festival: Ballyshannon Drama Festival continues at 8.15pm tonight and every night until Sunday night when the festival starts earlier, at 7.30pm to allow for the final night results. Crowds so far have been good, and the committee led by John Travers (Festival Director) and Paddy Campbell (Chairman of the Drama Society) are happy with the support for what is a very diverse range of plays. Adjudicator Martin Maguire is proving a big hit with audiences, whatever about casts! He’s a real livewire and very few of the regulars are slipping away as Mr Maguire’s adjudications are seriously entertaining and informative. The remaining shows are: Poor Beast in the Rain by Phoenix Players (tonight); Friday night, On Rafferty’s Hill by Yellow Moon Theatre; Saturday night, Mercury Fur by Silken Thomas and Sunday night (7.30pm start) How I Learned to Drive by Bradan Players. Please note that Saturday night’s play is strictly over 18’s only and Sunday night’s play has adult content and comes with an ‘Over 16’s only’ advice note from the organisers.
Meanwhile, the local group from Ballyshannon Drama Society are picking up valuable points and a scatter of prizes for best set in Enniskillen, Best Actress for Trisha Keane in Derry as well as best moment of theatre, best lights and best set, in Tubbercurry they got the overall best audience award, the adjudicators special award, best contribution in any stage craft for Rachel O’Connor and Best Supporting Actress for Ailis McIntyre. From results to hand they are on 19 points with a win in Kiltyclogher their best result so far, 2nd in Derry and 3rd in Newtownstewart. They have three more outings - Strabane, Carrickmore and Bangor on circuit so fingers and toes are crossed for good results to get them to Athlone with what is a fine show.