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The re­sponse to the re­cent North Leitrim Team Hope’s Christ­mas Shoe­boxes ap­peal was truly amaz­ing with a mas­sive to­tal of 1,202 be­ing very gen­er­ously do­nated by peo­ple in the north­ern part of the county for this most wor­thy cause.

As a re­sult of this kind­ness, chil­dren in Be­larus will re­ceive their un­ex­pected Christ­mas presents on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 25. With col­lec­tion points in Drum­keerin, Drom­a­hair and Manorhamil­ton, as well as the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a num­ber of North Leitrim schools, the over­all out­come of the ap­peal was an out­stand­ing suc­cess.

Ev­ery­one in­volved can truly proud of a mag­nif­i­cent achieve­ment for the re­cip­i­ent chil­dren of im­pov­er­ished Be­larus, the for­mer Soviet Bloc coun­try that gained its in­de­pen­dence in 1990 af­ter the fall of com­mu­nism and the break up of the USSR.

It was an ex­cit­ing event for all in­volved with the North Leitrim Team Hope Christ­mas Shoe­box Ap­peal project in Manorhamil­ton on Mon­day night, Novem­ber 26, when a truck de­parted for Be­larus with the 1,202 shoe­boxes on board and at the begin­ning of its long jour­ney across North­ern Europe to its fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.


Manorhamil­ton Li­brary has in­vited for­mer Leitrim County Li­brar­ian Seán Ó’ Súil­leab­háin, who is au­thor of a new book ‘Un­der the Thatch: Mem­o­ries of a Long­ford Child­hood,’ to launch it in the li­brary on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, at 6.30 p.m.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to come along and cel­e­brate Seán’s book about his mem­o­ries of life in North Long­ford in 1950s and 1960s. Peo­ple’s ev­ery­day life in Leitrim in the mid twen­ti­eth cen­tury would be very sim­i­lar to what Seán de­tails in his new book.

Get your copy on the night. Re­fresh­ments will be served to all present and ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend. Beidh fáilte roimh gach duine.


That mar­vel­lous event for all chil­dren, as well as for their par­ents and grand­par­ents, namely Santatown, will run at Sligo Folk Park River­stown over one week­end this year on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15, and on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16, from 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day.

Chil­dren when at­tend­ing must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult at all times. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on Santatown please email folk­park- [email protected] or phone 087 2575581 or 071 9167013. Also to book a place in Santatown on the Satur­day or Sun­day, please email folk­park­[email protected] or phone 087 2575581 or 071 9167013.


The of­fi­cial switch­ing on cer­e­mony for Manorhamil­ton’s brand new and highly im­pres­sive Christ­mas Lights takes place at the Mar­ket Square on this Fri­day evening, De­cem­ber 7, at 6 p.m.

Youth Olympic box­ing bronze medal­list, Euro­pean sil­ver medal­list and Leitrim Sports Star of the Year, Déarbhla Rooney from Gle­nade will per­form the of­fi­cial switch­ing on cer­e­mony of the Christ­mas Lights. Fol­low­ing the switch­ing on cer­e­mony top class mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided for all in at­ten­dance.


Please send items for the Manorhamil­ton District News by 8 a.m. at the lat­est on Fri­day morn­ing to PJ Leddy at [email protected] ya­ prizes from lo­cal busi­nesses on of­fer. Chil­dren from the school will be sell­ing their lines over the com­ing weeks. Lines are €2 each and your sup­port is greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.


The Pro­gres­sive 25 Card Game con­tinue in New­town­manor Hall on Fri­days at 9-00pm. All card play­ers are wel­come and we look for­ward to new mem­bers com­ing along.


Classes are on-go­ing in New­town­manor Hall, Thurs­day evenings, at 7-30 pm. Con­tact Ni­amh on Mob. 087-229-4500 to book a place.


Set Danc­ing classes con­tinue in New­town­manor Hall on Mon­day evenings at 8-00 pm. Have some fun while learn­ing some steps / sets. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact ei­ther: Paul on Mob: 087-905-7254 or Fran­cis on Mob: 086-314-5933.


If any­one has any com­mu­nity news / in­for­ma­tion / items of in­ter­est that they would like to in­clude in the New­town­manor Notes please con­tact Sea­mus on sea­[email protected] Mo­bile: 087-336-1561 or Land­line: 071-9164958 be­fore 5.00pm on Thurs­days.


Lit­tle Bud­dies will be hold­ing a cof­fee morn­ing and cake sale on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 5, in Chapel Gar­dens, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. All are wel­come to call in and en­joy a cup of tea or cof­fee and a treat. Chil­dren are in­vited to take part in a colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion. There will be dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories. In each cat­e­gory first prize is a €20 Smyth’s voucher and sec­ond and third prize are se­lec­tion boxes. Com­pe­ti­tion sheets will be avail­able from Lit­tle Bud­dies and through lo­cal schools.


As part of the ‘bring him home cam­paign’ there will be an auction fundraiser night for Aen­gus Lyons in Harte’s Pub, River­stown on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, at 9 p.m. Two all-Ire­land foot­ball fi­nal tick­ets, two all-Ire­land hurl­ing fi­nal tick­ets and two Sligo Rovers sea­son tick­ets, bales of silage, 32’ tele­vi­sion and wide va­ri­ety of vouch­ers are just some of the items that will be auc­tioned off on the night. Please sup­port this wor­thy cause.


The Par­ent As­so­ci­a­tion in Tau­nagh NS would like to ex­tend a warm wel­come to all to visit their Christ­mas Sale and Pop-Up Cof­fee Shop on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school. There will be hot chocolate, treats, home-baked goods, hand­made dec­o­ra­tions and Christ­mas cards on sale. There will be a spe­cial per­for­mance at 12.30 p.m.

This prom­ises to be a won­der­ful event for all the fam­ily and the funds raised will go to­wards new play­ground mark­ings to en­hance the out­door ar­eas for the chil­dren.


There will be a Char­ity Shave night on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, at 9 p.m. in Des McDon­agh’s Pub the ‘Bow and Ar­row’, Heap­stown. Be­tween 12 and 14 lo­cal lads will be shav­ing their re­cently grown beards for Alzheimer’s and Men’s health. All are wel­come to come along and show some sup­port on the night.


River­stown Comhal­tas will be hold­ing Christ­mas Ram­bling House on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, at 9.30 p.m. Mu­si­cians, singers and Dancers wel­come. Re­fresh­ments will be served. Ad­mis­sion €10. En­quiries to Pádraig Kerins 087 6707329.


Gleann ICA Christ­mas Flower Ar­rang­ing Demon­stra­tion will take place in Gleann Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11, at 8 p.m. Demon­stra­tor Angela East. All ar­range­ments will be raf­fled on the night. Ad­mis­sion €5 which in­cludes sup­per. Please come along and bring a friend.


Santatown 2018 will take place on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15, and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16, with shows at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Direc­tors, man­age­ment, staff and lo­cal vol­un­teers, have trans­formed Sligo Folk Park into the win­ter wonderland that is Santatown.

The whole ex­pe­ri­ence is mag­i­cal from begin­ning to end with a spec­tac­u­lar ar­ray of fes­tive lights. Chil­dren can write their let­ter to Santa and post in our Spe­cial Post Box. The Christ­mas Theatre Show will fea­ture elves, fes­tive en­ter­tain­ment and some very spe­cial guests and a chance to meet Santa in his grotto for a qual­ity gift. The Folk Park Res­tau­rant will be open and there is am­ple free park­ing.

Santatown is a great ex­am­ple of a com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether and its suc­cess owes so much to the enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion from the vol­un­tary ef­forts of so many lo­cal peo­ple. In or­der to cap­ture the magic of this unique event, ad­vance book­ing is es­sen­tial. Re­serve your places by calling Josephine at 071 9167013, lines open till 10 p.m. daily.


Best wishes to Bright Starts, a Montes­sori Child­mind­ing fa­cil­ity, now ac­cept­ing applications for Jan­uary 2019 for preschool chil­dren. This in­ti­mate ser­vice pro­vides Montes­sori fo­cused child­care in a home away from home en­vi­ron­ment, lo­cated in Taw­nagh, River­stown. Places are lim­ited. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Vanessa at 086 1016040 or email bright­[email protected] com or visit us on face­ bright­startssligo.


The parish­ioners of Bally­sumaghan Church would like to sincerely thank all those who sup­ported their re­cent fundrais­ing dance which was held in Ballintogher Hall. Thanks to all who spon­sored prizes, bought tick­ets and for all who came along on the night. It was a great suc­cess and an en­joy­able night was had by all.


To have your news item in­cluded in the River­stown notes email to car­row­[email protected]­com. net or al­ter­na­tively call Iris at 086 8258525.

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