The Parents Association of St Patrick's national School Drumshanbo would like to thank everyone for their support in attending/sponsoring/donating to the recent Xmas market event held in Moorlands centre 8/12/13.  In excess of €1300 was raised by the event which will be used for additional training/experiential opportunities for the kids of the school next year.
A big congratulations to Allen Gaels U14 Girls 11 aside team who beat Glencar Manorhamilton 2 goals 14 points to 2 goals 4 points. Watch the highlights above to see just how fantastic this young team was on 21/6/13 and leave your comments below.

If you were one of the many hundreds of people who attended and supported this years St Patrick's Day parade we would like to here from you. If you had a great time tell us in the comments below :)

The parents association of St. Patricks national school would like to say a big thanks to all those who helped raise an amazing €2160 yesterday 2/12/12 at the Xmas Market & Live crib event held at moorlands equestrian centre. For all the parents & volunteers who gave up their time to help out by baking cakes, donating toys and of  course attending the event we gratefully thank you for your support. For all the local businesses who graciously donated raffle & auction spot prizes we send out a big thanks. For the kids choir who sang so beautifully on the day, for our auctioneer Oisin Barrons who stepped in to help us out following a last minute cancellation another really really big thank you.  Without the Trojan efforts from so many it would not be possible for the parents association to continue assist school funding and ensure our kids receive a wider range of  school activities than would otherwise be possible.

As this is the 60th An Tóstal there is a special focus on history this year. Crafts displays, vintage cars, tractors and machinery will be displayed for all to see during the afternoon and evening. Six o’clock brings the Annual parade through the town with all of its usual colour and fun with our MC this year Kevin Blessing. After the parade Nemo will be performing his very special magic show in the market yard. Music returns to the forefront after that with Matrix and Late Nite Radio performing live and free on the streets.

Friday evening, June 1 at 7.30 pm all eyes turn to the Shane McGettigan park where Allen Gaels take on Drumkeerin to decide who will reach the final on Monday at 6pm. Later on at 8.30pm in the Vocational School Eamonn Daly and Noel McPartland will reprise their highly entertaining and interesting talk on Drumshanbo in the 50’s. Admission is free and all are welcome.

On Saturday, June 2 the Lough Allen Education Centre (Beside the Lough Allen Hotel) is offering free taster courses in Canadian canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. What better way to enjoy all the natural amenities we are blessed with and perhaps fall in love with the water!

The annual Children’s Day will take place at Moorlands from 3- 6pm, and this again is free! Face painting, inflatables, and eliminator games.

With the children tired out time for the adults to enjoy the festival and no better way to do so than to dance the night away to Jimmy Buckley at the Barn Dance. Tickets, priced €15, are on sale at Gibbons’ Centra, Scollans’ Gala, McCormacks’ Mace, Moorlands, and the Lough Allen Hotel and Spa.

Sunday, June 3 in Drumshanbo is jam packed with activities for all ages. The fun begins at 10.30am with the Lough Allen Course Angling competition (shore) and continues at 12 noon with a clay pigeon shoot on the galley bog. The annual dog show takes place in Moorlands Equestrian Centre at 2.30pm. There will be free bouncy castles in the Market Yard from 4 to 8pm with Nemo le Magician performing his magic on the streets and free face painting from 5.30pm.

Sunday night will be finishing on a fire theme when after dark we will welcome FirePoise fire performance group and their stunning Puridai Flame fire show. Featuring some of the best fire artists in Ireland, this show has wowed audiences across the country. The skilled fire dancers move and circle through patterns of fire, all accompanied by a fabulous gypsy jazz soundtrack.

To round off the day there will be a spectacular fireworks display over the town. All in all a fun filled weekend of events for all the family with only the barn dance a pay per view event.

What more could you ask for? Don’t miss Drumshanbo’s 60th An Tóstal!

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The Juvenile Awards Night took place last Friday 24th of February at 8pm in the Function Room of the Mayflower Community Centre. On the night presentations of medals were made to the U-14 Girls, Under-14 and Under-16 Boys. The presentation of the under age Kevin Keane Player of the Year Awards 2011 also take place and disco was provided by DJ Paul. A big well done to all who organised a great night and the food which was served on the night was superb. Congrats to all prize winners!
Packie Duignan Weekend, 27th and 28th Jan. 2012, Workshops in Flute and Whistle on the Saturday, 2 to 4pm, Youth Session 4.30pm to 6pm (venue to be confirmed), session in Gunnings starting at 9.30pm on Friday 27th, and Session on Saturday night with Flute players and other musicians v welcome (again venue to be confirmed). for info contact, 0879804417, 0719641213, 0872992449. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Belinda Mc Keon, married to local Drumshanbo man Aengus Woods, Cornaroy yesterday won the prestigious Sunday Independnt best newcommer award at yesterdays Bord Gais Irish book awards event held in Dublin. Her book Solace is available in all good book stores at can be purchased online at Amazon.

Congratulations Belinda!
Fridays: 2.15pm-5pm post primary school young people drop in. Saturdays: 1 pm-4pm post primary school young people drop in.

On Thursday November 3rd during the midterm break, the drop-in group took part in the Leitrim Sports Partnership activity event in Lough key. All enjoyed the challenge of the Zipit where young people from other North Connaught clubs and cafes in the county joined them.
The Wednesday Groups continue as usual and are doing computer animation workshops with Volunteer Paula
Leitrim Calling Service which offers a FREE, confidential, friendly phone call service for the elderly and vulnerable is extending their service to Friday's between 4pm-6pm commencing this Friday, 11th November. To register for the free 'friendly telephone call service' please call 087-9585029 any day between 4pm and 8pm. Leave your name and contact number and your call will be returned.
Congratulations to Sarah Dowdall, daughter of Terence and Marise of Cnoc an Oir, Carrick Road, who had a very successful first appearance at the World Karate Championships in Italy last week. Despite competing against much higher graded opponents, Sarah deservedly ended the tournament with fantastic four silver and two bronze medals. Well done Sarah.
Handball Training every Tuesday evening in mayflower Community centre monies raised will help bring young people with special needs to Lourdes Easter 2012 and the Annual Friendship Week in Kilcuan, Clarenbridge, Co Galway.
Badminton session every Tuesday evening 7pm-10pm in the Mayflower Community Centre. All are welcome. Juveniles Badminton from 7pm -8pm. Adults from 8pm -10pm  Also Adults on Thursday nights 8pm - 10pm
The Allen Gaels 25 Progressive card Drive continues on each Sunday evening next at 8.30pm in the Club House. Refreshments served.
'Anyone could Rob a Bank" a side splitting comedy by The Rynn Players and directed by Josephine Mc Caffrey will be shown in the Ballinamore Community Centre on Fri 18th Nov at 8pm. Tickets €10/Under 12's €5. Tickets can be booked in advance by calling Mary on 087-7708865 or can be purchased on the door on the night. All proceeds of this show are going to The North West Simon Community. This play is guaranteed to make you laugh. Please Support.
Ann Marie McNiff and Clare McLoughlin would like to thank all those who have donated shoeboxes to their Moldova Christmas Appeal. Anyone who would like to contribute a box for the children in the orphanages is asked to wrap a shoebox and fill with some small presents for a child. Also, please enclose E4 for the transportation of the box to Moldova. The children are aged from a few weeks to young adults. If you would like any information about what to put in the box or have a shoebox for donation contact Clare on 0868826929 or 071-9641115 or Ann Marie on 087-6650993.
The 2012 Annual Leitrim Guardian Magazine will be launched in Friday 25th November in the Bush Hotel. Tickets now available from Committee members.
The Annual General meeting of the Drumshanbo Community Centre will be held in the Mayflower Centre on Friday, 2nd December at 8.30pm. Alf members are requested of attend. New members are welcome.
Programme Of Events as sponsored by Leitrim County Enterprise Board - A must attend for all budding entrepreneurs thinking of starting up or progressing a business. 

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