W/E 24th August 2020

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Church News 

The Church in Drumsna will be open each morning until evening. Sunday Mass commenced in Annaduff on Sunday last  . Mass commences in The Church of the Immaculate Conception Drumsna on This Thursday August 20th at 10am . Social Distancing applies and Holy Communion is to be taken into the hand only. These Mass time are up for review in six weeks time.

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.  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 stay social distanced 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 ‘s draw was  at John Russell’s vibrotone Dromod. The winner was Conor Reynolds and the prize money was 204 Euro. Next weeks draw will be live at Joe Cox Motors, Annaduff. Remember if you are not 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 071 96 16254,


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. Fionnuala created a zoom compilation film of those moments that were shared over six weeks, interspersed with photographs and songs from the past. There is so much for the wider community which to enjoy, learn and identify with in this film which will premiere on Saturday August the 15th for Heritage week at 8pm on you tube. You can access the film is called ‘’Back to the future through memories and songs’’ by searching for Fionnuala Maxwell Traditional singer on you tube and posting the following link on your browser. This might be the perfect opportunity for those of you who are a little more Tech savvy to spend an hour or more with someone who isn’t  or doesn’t have access to a device- bridging the digital divide and learning from the past. https://youtu.be/zaPCoWf iDo

Heritage week.2020.

The theme for National Heritage week 2020 is ‘’Heritage and learning from our Heritage’’ Drumsna Tidy Towns are hosting a virtual project ‘’ Drumsna ,bridging our Heritage’’ which can be viewed on you tube at Drumsna Development Association or Drumsna Tidy Towns page on Face book . This is a series of nine presentations by local people on interesting aspects of heritage on our doorstep from which we can learn about landscape , traditions, crafts , stories, education , nostalgia and much more associated with your local area.

Nature on our doorstep.

Drumsna Tidy towns Association hosted a very successful walk and talk at the harbour on Saturday last as part of Heritage week.  The River Shannon and the Nature surrounding it shapes our heritage in Drumsna and there was great learning about critters that live in and out of the water, about our local birds, flora and fauna. The event was held in the gentle Summer sunshine and we thank Michael Bell and his daughter Mollie of ‘’Nature Learn’’ and Karen Kennedy of Waterways Ireland for their contribution to this event. We also thank everyone who gave of their time to make the day so successful.

Computer Courses.

Beginners Computer (part time) in The Enterprise Centre Drumshanbo commencing with word  processing and using the internet level 3.Also advanced computer classes ( part time ) in communication level  4.All courses are free ,part time I day/ morning a week, ,  funded by Mayo , Sligo , Leitrim ETB for more info contact 087 9469356 or 087 6312708.


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