Wednesday, 05 July 2017 10:13

New Snap Map Warning for Parents

What Parents Need to Know About the New

"Snap Map" Feature on Snapchat

The popular social media platform introduced the function last month, hoping it would help users meet up and view nearby news and events.

However, many people and parents are seriously troubled by confusing privacy settings. Rush through the three-step setup, and kids could essentially share their personal addresses with everyone on their friends list every time they use the app. Submit a snap to the public photo collection called "Our Story," and even strangers could see where they are.

The good news is that it's possible to opt out of the tracking feature. To keep your children safe, change their map settings to "Ghost Mode." On the camera screen, pinch the screen like you're zooming out. This will open the Snap Map and start the tutorial if it hasn't been completed already. You can select "Only Me (Ghost Mode)" here, or if the feature is already enabled, tap the settings gear in the top right corner of the map. You can switch between Ghost Mode and the other sharing options here as well.

While many people are questioning the introduction of the feature, Snapchat assures that privacy is a top concern. "The safety of our community is very important to us and we want to make sure that all Snapchatters, parents and educators have accurate information about how the Snap Map works.

If you want to prevent Snapchat from accessing the phone's location altogether, you can also change tracking permissions under the device's general settings. However, you'll lose all of those cool geofilters! Your best bet? Talk to your kids about safe behavior on social media, advises the Federal Trade Commission. Open communication will help them learn how to protect themselves online, both now and in the future.

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 10:04

CCTV to be extended

A successful CCTV scheme in north Leitrim is to be extended.

The project which has been spearheaded by the Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum is set to expand into more rural parts of north Leitrim.

They presented their plan to extend into areas like Glenfarne, Dromahair, Killargue, Rossinver, Kiltyclogher and Drumkeerin at a Joint Policing Committee meeting this week.

Phillip Rooney, the Chairperson of the Forum says it has been working well in Manorhamilton and it is a deterrent to crime:

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 10:01

Rossinver Community Gathering

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 10:45

Glenfarne Gala Festival

Glenfarne Gala Festival

Aug 24th -27th Glenfarne

This is a wonderful community festival with activities, music, dancing and lots more. It also hosts Ireland’s top scarecrow competition!
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 10:41

Leitrim Glens Sportive

Leitrim Glens Sportive

Aug 20th Manorhamilton

Get on your bike and see the Leitrim hills at their best.

This route has breathtaking scenery around Lough Gill and Yeats’ country.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 10:32

Drumkeeran community Festival

Drumkeeran Community Family Festival

Aug 20-27thth Drumkeeran

 Family festival in Drumkeeran! Lots of family fun and great C & W music.
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 10:24

Manorhamilton show 22nd July

The annual Manorhamilton Agricultural Show will host the Show Country Market on Saturday 22nd July 2017. The Show Country Market will bring to life some of our region’s best craftsmanship and food and beverage producers in an effort to support and promote local businesses. We hope that the addition of the Show Country Market will create more interest and bring new life to our annual agricultural show weekend. The Show Country Market will also host live demonstrations, informative talks and showcase traditional artisan techniques and is the ideal time to indulge some of the North West’s best Food, Drink and Lifestyle products.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 10:13

Events in Leitrim

The Free Fringe Festival is an Irish local voluntary non profit organisation solely dedicated to promoting community & cultural diversity through the arts. We fundamentally believe that facilitating freedom of creative expression, especially for young people, will help to refocus our concerns and positively connect communities.  Entertainment includes music, comedy, dance, theater and much more.  This year we’ll also have a indoor and outdoor market packed with beautiful craftwork and artisan products including food, clothing, jewelery and more.  Plus, for the first time, we’ll have all types of outdoor activities happening on our magical forest walk.

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 12:02

Manorhamilton & District Text Alert

Manorhamilton & District Text Alert

The Manorhamilton and District Text Alert scheme covers Manorhamilton, Glencar, Mullies, Rossinver and Kiltyclogher.

All text alert schemes nationwide are operated in co-operation with An Garda Siochána and one of the main aims of each text alert scheme is to prevent everyone within the community in which they are set up from becoming a victim of crime in as far is at all possible.

Garda Padhraic Corrigan is the Liaison Officer for the Manorhamilton and District Text Alert scheme. Everyone who observes suspicious activity or suspicious vehicles, etc., (description and registration numbers of, etc., ) is asked to phone 071-9820620 (Manorhamilton Garda Station) and report, as soon as possible, what he or she has observed.

When necessary a text message with brief details of the suspicious activity, etc., will be issued to all members who have signed up with the Manorhamilton and District Text Alert scheme by An Garda Siochána through the scheme's service provider, Grapevine.

All current members of the Manorhamilton and District Text Alert scheme are now invited to renew their membership fee of €10 and all new members who wish to join the scheme can do so by paying the membership fee of €10.

Manorhamilton and District Text Alert scheme current members are invited to contact their local scheme representative (listed below) as soon as possible with regard to renewing their memberships, as are new members who wish to join the scheme – Rossinver Eugene Fox, Geraldine Harte, Dervla Gilmartin; Mullies Bridget Kerrigan; Lurganboy Liam McBride, Liam McBride; Amorset John O'Dell, Clare McGauran; Skreeney Emma Coyle, Karen Hickey, Hugh McGurrin; McDermott Terrace Michael McSharry; Larkfield Pat Harte, Eugene McGrath; Cornastalk Eugene Kelly, Martin Joyce; Ross Joe McLoughlin; Anne McGriskin; Towneymoyle Linda McManus; Glencar Óisin McDonald, Seamus Devaney; Glenboy Barry O'Hagan, Sharon McGuinness, Kevin and Helen McManus; Kiltyclogher Olive Gallagher, Kathleen McCaffrey.

All who wish to renew their Manorhamilton and District Alert Scheme membership or new members who wish to join the scheme can also do so by paying the fee and completing the new scheme envelope in Bredin's Newsagents, Lock Up Alarms, Killasnett Co-Op in Manorhamilton and in McGriskin's Kiltyclogher.

Manorhamilton and District Alert Scheme membership fees defray the costs of providing the scheme for items such as signage, public liability insurance with Muintir na Tire (one of the scheme's promoters), Grapevine text alert charges, etc.

Completed Text Alert membership envelopes can also be deposited in the Text Alert Post Box, which is located just inside the Bee Park Community Centre's main doors. The Manorhamilton and District Alert Scheme Committee would like to thank Caroline Ward of Caz Cards for sponsoring new Text Alert signs and the new Text Alert envelopes.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 10:21

Manorhamilton Workhouse

In an effort to deal with the abject poverty that existed in Ireland in the early 1800's, the Irish Poor Law Act was passed on the last day of July 1839. 

it was decided to divide the country into 130 unions, each centered around a significant market town. The Manorhamilton Union covered ten electoral divisions stretching from Drumkeerin to Rossinver and from Dromahair to Kiltyclogher. A Board of Guardians was elected to run each union. The first meeting of the Manorhamilton board took place on Monday October 14th 1839 with the chairman cairncross cullen, Vice-chairman Simon Armstrong and Secretary Thomas Nixon and about twenty other members. The land was purchased from Allen Rutherford and Henry Duggan for £12-5s-6p. The contract for the building and its fittings was approximately £6400. Initially there were three building on the site - The porter's Lodge, the Workhouse itself and the Infirmary. A Fourth building, The Fever Hospital, was added in 1850. By early December 1842 preparations for the opening of the house were nearing completion. The first officers and their salaries are on record :-Medical Officer, Dr. Dundass, £40 per annum, Master of the Workhouse, John Byrne, £40 p.a. Matron, Margaret Mc Donald,£25 p.a. porter, Michael walsh, £10p.a, The names of the paupers who entered the workhouse in that first week of December are recorded in the Minute Book- Pat cullen aged 40, Hugh O Donnell 20, Mary Harte 40, Mary Plunkett 50, Peggy Meehan 80, Ned mc kenna 80. Seven inmates spent the first christmas there and from then on the numbers rose. The austerity of life in the workhouse was seen by the Poor Law commissioners as 'a test of destitution'. The toll of the workhouse bell called inmates to rise, to eat, and to sleep. In the early years breakfast consisted of 7ozs of oatmeal made into stirabout and 1.5 pints of milk or a pint of buttermilk. Dinner for adults was boiled potatoes (3.5lbs weighed raw) and a pint of buttermilk. Children got lesser amounts. In line with the workhouses all over the country, adults got two meals a day and children were given and evening meal of bread and milk. Manorhamilton workhouse was built to accommodate 550 and although numbers increased steadily from its opening, the real crunch came with the great Famine of 1845-1849. Blight, which first appeared in America in 1843- 1844, was carried to Belgium in a cargo of what seemed to be healthy potatoes. It spread rapidly in that part of Europe, made its way to southern England and was recorded at the Botanical gardens in Dublin by Dr. David Moore on august 20th 1845. The main variety of potato grown in Ireland at that time, the lumper, was particularly susceptible to disease and very soon reports of  a total loss of the potato crop were widespread. Panic ensued. The 130 Workhouses in Ireland at the time were built to accommodate 100,000 but by winter 1846-1847 more than five times that number had qualified for admission. In Manorhamilton the number of those seeking to enter the Workhouse was thought to be in excess of 1000. In an effort to cope, five additional premises were rented in the area. Conditions in the home itself were deplorable and disease rampant. the turf and straw sheds became fever wards and the Grim Reaper claimed many. It is impossible to say how many passed away here in those horrific times. The Minute Books of the workhouse record many deaths but on some weeks the only indication we have of the death rate is by the number of coffins ordered. The entry for the 4th day of may 1847, for example, shows that order to have been for 47 large, 17 second and 7 small and this may not have been the full picture as children were not always afforded an individual coffin. The three cemeteries at Manorhamilton Workhouse were filled to capacity, as was evident when archaeologist Declan Moore and his crew were working on the site in the preparation for the building of the H.S.E. offices. In the excavated area, coffins were laid so close together as to be almost touching. In the summer of 1849, famine and its related diseases still claimed many victims in Manorhamilton workhouse. In June 80 deaths are recorded, in July 100 and in August 60. Finally in November of that year, a week came when no deaths occurred. The famine had passed. Life in the house took on a semblance of its former normality. In time the dreaded word 'workhouse' was replaced by the title 'County Home'. Between November 13th and 26th 1936 all the inmates and staff in the manorhamilton home were transferred to a new County Home in Carrick-on-Shannon. Eighteen years later demolition of the workhouse here made way for Our Lady's Hospital in 1954.

written by Mrs. Margaret Connolly

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