W/E 16th August 2020

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Church News 

Mass commencing  in St Mary’s Church Annaduff on Sunday August 16th and in Drumsna Church on Thursday August 21st at 10am .

The Churches in both Drumsna and Annaduff will be open each morning until evening. The social distancing markers are in place in both Churches. It is hoped to have the Sunday Masses back soon Social distancing will apply .

Golden Age Group.
Hello Friends , I hope that each and every one of you is safe and still adhering to the guidelines as the virus has by no means gone away. Great to see our Sunday Masses coming back. September is usually the month that we start our meetings up again after the Summer break. We can still do this please God Our group can meet again with social distancing of course. It will be some time before we can take our Annual holiday ,but even if it is a Spring break we can all look forward to having a lovely time together. In the meantime stay safe ,wear your mask keep your hands sanitized and away from your face and we will get through this strange time.

Covid 19
Covid 19 community outreach champion is now available in your County to link local Community groups and volunteers. To those people cocooning or in need of support at this time, you can contact your local champion for Leitrim ,Karen Dolan on 087 7167593 or email kdolan@ldo.ie The local authority helpline is 071 9650473 and is open from 8am to 8pm. Seven days a week

During the current covid 19 ( coronavirus ) pandemic MABS have suspended all face to face appointments, this includes outreach appointments. However we are still working on files and progressing cases. If anyone is worried as a result of Covid 19 about their finances or just worried about money , they can contact 076 1072630. Or they can email ballinamore@mabs.ie if you need to speak to a money adviser. We will continue to update our covid 19 information on the MABS website www.mab.ie and the MABS money advise and budget service face book page . MABS is a free and confidential service for anyone who is in debt, including mortgage debt. Leitrim MABS ,Ballinamore , Co. Leitrim. Covering all of County Leitrim.

Annaduff G. A.A.

Annaduff G. A. A. club have launched a weekly 50/50 draw fundraiser. Each 50/50 entry costs two Euro or three entries for five Euro. Play online at Annaduff g.a.a.iefifty last Sunday week’s draw took place at Francis and Cox and sons, Stone Masons . with Ronan weeks pulling out the ticket. The winner of 210 Euro was Bernadette Mc Hugh, Drumcree . Last Sunday’s draw took place at Drumsna Community Centre and the winner of 224 Euro was was . Congratulations to the winners john Cox ,Antfield and well done to all concerned in the live broadcast.Next Sunday’s draw is at John Russell’s vibertone Dromod. Remember if you are mot in you can’t win.

Eco-Garden Tours.
Take the opportunity to see abundant food gardens created over the last five years on a hectare of so called poor land. Author Alanna Moore is an Australian permaculture gardener with thirty five years experience and is now welcoming visitors by appointment, The wildlife friendly permaculture gardens feature unusual crops including guinoa, buckwheat, and millet with organic growing, composting, no dig raised beds ,heritage fruit trees, poly tunnels, plant propagation, water conservation and portable rainwater collection etc., Visitors to the gardens have described them as absolutely amazing and fantastic. Location is 5km north of Drumsna .For further information and bookings contact 0719 616254

Nature on your doorstep
Nature on your doorstep is taking place outdoors at Drumsna Harbour on Saturday August 15th at 11.30am sharp. Come and join us everyone is welcome and social distancing applies. Michael Bell of Nature Learn will be on hand to talk about the wonderful Nature that lives around Drumsna and to answer any Nature related questions that you may have. Free garden bird posters will be given out.
11.30.The opening of the Moth trap. Learn all about the many moths that live around us. See these amazing insects up close before they are released.
12 Noon. Take a short Nature walk and we will explore the area to see what plants, birds and other creatures that we can find.
12.30. Mini Beast hunt/pond dipping. Help search for some of the smaller wild life living on our doorstep.There will be specimens of interest on display. Due to Covid 19 restrictions we are sorry that we cannot provide refreshments but feel free to bring your own. Due to our changing weather it may be wise to bring a waterproof jacket, umbrella and waterproof outdoor shoes. We will then hopefully take a walk through the village to the Shannonside walk to see the interesting wildlife that live near the water. Remember also to bring your face mask, gloves etc for your own protection. We look forward to seeing you there and all are welcome.

Drumsna Notes.
If you have any items that you would like included in the Drumsna Notes of the Leitrim Observer please email them to the above address or call/Text 087 7670788 before Sunday evening
14th Annual Snorkel/fin/swim.
The fourteenth Annual Leitrim Sub Aqua club Fin/snorkel/swim takes place on Saturday August 29th on the beautiful River Shannon during the peak of Summer. It starts at the weir in Jamestown and proceeds down river over a meandering course back to Drumsna. There are two points during the swim that you have County Leitrim on your left hand and County Roscommon on your right. The river narrows to approximately 700 metres into the swim and there the current quickens to assist you. Registration (for those not already reg) takes place between 12.30 and 2pm at the quayside in Drumsna and 2pm until 2.30 at the Weir in Jamestown and is open to all level of swimmers. Post swim hot and cold drinks will be available at the quayside in Drumsna for a small charge. The charity will be decided nearer to the date of the event.

Back to the Future through memories and songs.
In April/May 2020 when we were starting to suffer withdrawal symptoms from lack of Human contact and the day to day chats and interactions that were part of normal life Fionnuala Maxwell introduced some cocooning citizens from the Annaduff /Drumsna area to the world of zoom. They told stories of growing up in Rural Ireland and the changes that they have witnessed from the nineteen thirties, reminisced, laughed and sang their way through lockdown. More specifically they focused on tales of schooldays ,Religious occasions, fair days and patterns, the Meathall and the join, cures, and superstitions, dance halls, cinemas ,the arrival of radio ,television and of course the songs and how they connected us are part of our rich heritage.

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