Western Button Company Factory Reunion
The Western Button Company factory was a mainstay of employment in Manorhamilton from 1937 until its closure in 1972. Ger Kelly, whose father Pat Mitchell was the joint manager of the plant from the mid 1960's on, organised a gathering of former employees in the North Leitrim Womens Centre on Friday 29th. July. Ger would like to record her thanks to all who helped especially Margaret Connolly, Mary Phair, Mary Leddy and Dominic Rooney along with the staff of the centre. We took a few photographs to mark the occasion and reflecting our role as a community organisation we are delighted to be able to host them here. Further information about the factory was compiled by Dominic Rooney and published in the current edition of the Leitrim Guardian magazine. You can order a copy here or through any of the local stockists.
Well another show has come and gone. Many thanks to everyone who helped make our annual show the success it was. Thankfully the weather held up for the most part. A very special thank you to our sponsors - without them there would be no show. To all our competitors, well done. We will upload all the names of the prize winners when we have everything collated. To the many stewards and workers who each year give of their time and skills to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible - míle buíochas do gach duine. But above all thank you for our attendance. We hope to see you again this time next year D.V. In the meantime, you can look back at some photographs of the day in our Memory Lane gallery by clicking here.
Not Long Now
We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow on what promises be an event filled day. Don't forget to pick up your copy of our 92 page souvenir show programme. The cover of this year's programme was designed by Elle McMorrow of Leckaun National School. Well done to Elle and to all the children who took part in the competition to find an appropriate design for this year's catalogue. You were all winners.
Show Country Market
This year's show will include a number of new features the highlight of which will surely be an exhibition of locally produced foodstuffs.Established under the auspices of Manorhamilton Show - Show Country Market aims to highlight and celebrate the work of local food and beverage producers.
Eimear, a food science graduate from UCD and now working with the Kerry Group is busy coordinating the exhibition. “I am passionate about using locally produced food products where possible. Manorhamilton Show is all about promoting all that is valued in the community – people coming together, pride in what they do and displaying their creative talents. The Show Country Market's initiative embodies all of that,” Eimear added. The exhibition will also incorporate other farming related activities including a willow crafts demonstration. And Gabriel McSharry, the well known Sligo food nutritionist, will be on hand to answer any of your queries on positive health development. The Show Country Market promises to be one of the highlights of this year's show. A full list of the exhibitors will be available shortly. In the meantime you can get more information about the event here and don't forget to follow Eimear O'Donnell's interesting blog about all things food from this link. Just to whet your appetite you might say! Ní neart go cur le chéile
There was a great turnout for the launch of this year’s show in the Glens Centre on Friday 3rd. June. Thanks to all who helped with the organisation especially Joe McLoughlin and the staff of the Glens Centre, Linda Slevin and her crew for looking after the catering requirements, Eimear O’Donnell for outlining her plans (more)