Ballinamore Angling Festival 2014

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Winner, Dara Finnegan

Winner, Dara Finnegan

The match anglers were back in town again for the IFI Ballinamore Angling Festival this week. The festival borne from the anglers competing in the World Pairs Angling Championship which highlighted the good fishing in the area has been resurrected to promote angling tourism in this part of County Leitrim. The Ballinamore Angling & Tourism Association who are keen to intereact with the anglers once again and get them returning to an area spoilt with accessible lake venues to include parking behind your peg at Gardice Lake, several loughs known for specimen hunting and pike angling and the Shannon-Erne Waterway, Ballinamore-Ballyconnell Canal, sponsored the event by a massive €500. All accommodation in the town of Ballinamore and surrounding area is equipped for the angler.

This coarse angling match only in it’s second year was fished entirely on Garadice Lake for ease of all entrants. A five day match with four rotating sections on both Haughton’s and Church Shore concluded with an open draw on the final day ensuring the end result was less easy to predict. The upper pegs at Haughton’s Shore and D section at Church produced the top weights of 26lb and 33lbs yet the catches were fairly consistent all round. The wet and windy conditions experienced all week made it difficult for the anglers who were mostly fishing the feeder with the pole only coming into play when the wind was low. Nets were full of Hybrids, with a few quality Roach coming in on the pole and several anglers netting Bream.

The festival was won by Roscommon angler Dara Finnegan, Ballyhaunis AC with 101lbs 07 oz. In second place with 98lbs 2oz was Peter Jones, Cork fishing the match for the second year followed in third by Enniskillen angler Gary Drew with 91lbs 8oz. Brian Bohan, Mohill gained a very respectable 4th place with 90lbs 15oz followed by Sam Merry, Leicester, UK who was very happy with his fifth position and 86lbs 3oz.

The match organisers, Ballinamore Tourism & Angling Association and all competitors would like to thank the IFI and local landowners for their cooperation with this event. Please refer to www.facebook.com/lakelandsanglingballinamore or www.irelandtravelplus.co.uk for details of the 2015 event which will be announced soon.

Ballinamore Angling Festival 2014

Sam Merry who stayed at Hamill’s Bed & Breakfast

Presentation night of Ballinamore Angling Festival May 2014-05-20  Monica Sharpley and Brian Mc Keon of Ballinamore Angling and Tourism committee presenting award to Dara Finnegan overall Festival winner

Presentation night of Ballinamore Angling Festival May 2014-05-20
Monica Sharpley and Brian Mc Keon of Ballinamore Angling and Tourism committee presenting award to Dara Finnegan overall Festival winner

Packie Duignan Weekend Drumshanbo

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Packie Duignan Weekend. Drumshanbo: Friday 24th January opening session in Gunnings 9.30pm. All musicians welcome.   Saturday starts off with music workshops. Flute with tutor Orla Ward, Fiddle with Brid O Keeffe, Whistle with Niamh Ward, Bouzouki with Sven Paetz. Registration in Aras Padraig at 2pm. Workshops from 2.30 to 4pm. Cost €10 per person. (Participants must be able to play a few tunes on their instru…ment.) Tutors will teach tunes which were played by Packie. The workshops will be followed by A youth session at 4.15 to 6pm in Berry tavern, High Street. Musicians. singers, dancers welcome.   At 9.30pm the annual Flute gathering gets underway in Berry’s. We are looking forward to a big line up of Flute players and musicians with all other instruments are also welcome.   To conclude the celebrations on Sunday in memory of Packie and his wonderful Flute playing the popular Boxty Brunch gets underway at 12.30 in Henry’s, followed by a slan abhaile session. Everyone welcome.

Brilliant Line-up of Plays : Ballinamore Drama Festival 2014

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Hamill’s are delighted to spread the word of the brilliant lineup of plays for Ballinamore Drama Festival 2014.

Fri 7th March Moll John B Keane Garrymore Drama Group Confined
Sat 8th The Hen Night Epiphany Jimmy Murphy Ballycogley Players Confined
Sun 9th The Steward of Christendom Sebastian Barry   The Moat Club,Naas OPEN
Mon 10th Done Deal Martan O Mangan Dooega Drama Group, Achill Confined
Tue 11th Nightmare N…orman Robbins Stagefright, Omagh Confined
Wed 12th Wood of The Whispering Michael J Molloy Phoenix, Tubbercurry Confined
Thurs 13th  The Devil’s Ceili Philip Doherty/Kevin McGahern Cornmill Theatre Group, Carrigallen OPEN

Fri 14th Newtownstewart Theatre Company Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel.
Sat 15th April Bright Dermot Bolger Bunclody/Kilmyshall DG OPEN
Sun 16th The Plough & The Stars Sean O Casey Estuary Players, Dublin OPEN