1,202 SHOEBOXES COLLECTED
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.
UNDER THE THATCH
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.
SANTATOWN IN RIVERSTOWN
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] yahoo.com. 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.
25 CARD GAME
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
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 facebook.com/ 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.
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