Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu International Karate: On Monday the 10th and 17th June next our club training will be taken by Sensei Sean Donohoe. This is a huge honour for our club as Sensei Sean is one of the most experienced and well known instructors in our organisation. It is expected that all students will make a special effort to attend these sessions. Our training arrangements for June, July and August are as follows- Monday night’s training will continue as usual. For the summer there will be no training on Friday nights. Friday night training will recommence in September. For students who have other commitments on Mondays - these students are invited to attend training in Kilglass Dojo on Wednesdays from 7-8pm. This class is run by Sensei Ann Devlin and Sensei Kevin McKenna and all students are very welcome to attend. Our club grading date has been confirmed and will take place on Monday 8th July next when Hanshi Beaumont will be in attendance. Remember only those students who attend training will be eligible for consideration for grading. If anyone has any queries or concerns please contact Ann on 0879248816.
Masses: Friday, June 7th 8p.m. Mass – Michael & Mary Dolan, Balloo and Saturday, June, 8th Vigil - John & Kate Kerrigan, Barradrum, Streete.
Mrs Margaret Garrahan RIP.: There was widespread sadness at the news of the passing of Mary Garrahan,(nee Moffit), Culliagh, Scramogue which occurred recently. Mary was predeceased by her husband Peter 17years ago. Mary was a most friendly lady, very close to her family and her neighbours She was a woman of deep faith and lived a life of love and affection for all who knew her. Mary was a tremendous mother very supportive of all her family and deeply caring to those most close to her. She was a caring and friendly neighbour She will be very much missed by her family and a wide circle of friends. Mary is survived by her daughters Kay, Phil, Margaret, Teresa, sons Michael and Noel, brothers, sister grandchildren and all other relations. As a neighbour of Mary’s for many years, I can say she was a most kind and considerate woman, generous and caring. We will all miss you. May you rest in peace Mary, none more so than your loving family.
5K ROAD RACE: 5km Road Race. Wednesday 19th June at 8pm in aid of ‘it’s good 2 talk Westmeath’ counselling service. Re: Suicide prevention awareness. Entry fee adults €10 Children €5. Registration from 6pm to 7.30pm. Runners and walkers welcome. For enquiries contact Marty 087 9285655
Bon Jovi Tickets: Colmcille G.F.C. are holding a draw for two Golden Circle Tickets to see Bon Jovi at Slane Castle on 15th June. Lines are only €2 and are available from players, club members and in local shops and pubs. The draw will take place next Saturday, 8th June in Murtagh’s Bar. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Titanic Experience: Titanic Experience and Stormont Parliament, proposed day trip leaving Longford on Tuesday 25th June 8am for above. Approx cost bus and entrance €35, subject to numbers. All welcome, children must be accompanied by adult. Details, evening only, Rosemary 0877589287.
COUNTRY MARKETS SEEK ACCOMMODATION: Longford County Council has at last secured funding for refurbishing the Market House which will afford increasing space and enhanced facilities for the library. This improvement to our towns infrastructure is of course most welcome, but sadly may also sound the death nail for another well known institution, The Country Markets. For 34 years, The country Market has provided a unique service to the town and many great friendships have been made over the years, but we are advised that we have to vacate the market house by July 31st. We are anxiously seeking alternative accommodation, ideally for just a few hours on Friday mornings but we are open to change to the day or time. Maybe you have a premises that you feel may be suitable, or know of somewhere, if so we would like you to contact Ann or Eileen at 086 3115544 or 087 9587326. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our many loyal and devoted customers, who have kindly supported us over the years and we hope to be able to serve you for many more years to come.
Celebrating 40 Years of Priesthood: Fr. Pat Lennon, a native of the parish of Drumlish/Ballinamuck, is forty years ordained this year. There will be a special Mass of thanksgiving on Friday, 14th of June at 7.30 pm, in St. Brigid’s Church, Ardagh. This will be followed by a social and refreshments in the Local Community Centre. Anyone who is free is welcome to come along and make this a joyful celebration for Fr. Pat and his family.
Granard Honda 50 Club: Granard Honda 50 Club anyone interested in joining the Honda 50 Club please contact 087 1375222 or 086 2632102.
CAUTION: As part of the Community Text Alert system, residents in and around Castlepollard and the greater North Westmeath area are urged to be aware of two females visiting houses posing as Child welfare Officers. Do not grant anybody access to your home, refuse to give any information of a personal nature about yourself, family or neighbours. If in any doubt regarding any suspicious callers, secure your door and alert the Gardai immediately. Similarly be wary of unsolicited telephone callers claiming to represent financial instutions, insurance companies etc., and asking you to confirm personal details so they can update their records. If they have your details on record, and if genuine they will contact you via the information you have already provided through your previous contact with them.
Notice: While notices are forwarded to the paper there is no guarantee that these will be printed sometimes due to lack of space. Apologies to those whose notices have been omitted in recent weeks.
Cemetery Saturday: Weather permitting Mass will be celebrated in Mullinalaghta Cemetery on Saturday 6th July at 7.00p.m. This will be followed by blessing of the graves. Please inform relatives and friends away from home. All are requested to tidy up plots and not discard rubbish nearby. Please note change of time for this date.
Granard Happy Hearts Walking Club: Newly formed Walking Group will hold their first walk on Thursday, June 6th, meeting at The Sports Complex, Higginstown at 7 pm. New members of all ages are encouraged to join. Yearly membership €20 to cover insurance. Membership forms are available at Lus na Gréine.
CONGRATULATIONS: We extend congratulations to Anrew Farrell, who recieved Sports Person of the Year award, Ballymahon Vocational School.
Community meeting: On Monday next 10th June a Community meeting will take place in Ballycloghan Parish Hall at 9.30pm. All welcome.
Collection: Collection at both Masses next weekend 8th & 9th June in aid of Irish Cancer Society.
COMMUNITY GAMES: On Sunday next 9th June over 30 children from the parish will take to the track in Ballymahon at 11am to compete in the County Longford Community Games Finals. We wish you all the best of luck on the day and to enjoy. A reminder to all not to forget Friday 7th June in The Stags Head Ballinalee where Rose Mulvey will receive the Hall of Fame award at the Longford Community Games 40the Anniversary Gala Night. All are welcome to come along and support Rose on the night.
Tidy Towns-Litter Picks: Weekly litterpicks continue on Saturday mornings at 11am and Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Meeting point at the National School. Bring hi-vis jackets and a friend! Come along for a walk and a chat and help your community!
Corpus Christi: Sunday last was the feast of Corpus Christi – The Body of Christ. To mark the Year of Faith a Solemn Eucharistic Adoration holy hour was held in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran from 4-5 pm synchronized with Pope Francis in Rome and with dioceses throughout the world.
Notre Dame University comes to Rathcline: This coming week members of the world renowned University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA will visit our parish and particularly Fermoyle where a retreat will be taking place. The introduction of Notre Dame University to our community has come about through the wonderful and diligent work of Joan Killian Gallagher, Fermoyle. Joan, who was born and raised in Yonkers, New York, fulfilled a lifelong dream of a stone cottage when he purchased and restored the homestead of her great-grandfather, Laurence Killian. Joan has afforded the parish a wonderful opportunity of having this famous university becoming part of our community. Notre Dame University an independent, national Catholic university holds a very respected place in American society and it is placed within the top 20 universities across America and seen as one of the most prestigious seats of learning and to have such a renowned institution in our community is indeed a privilege. This is the first official visit to our parish for an event by the university and I am sure as a parish we would like to welcome each and every member of the Notre Dame group to our parish. I am sure that they will enjoy each and every moment of the beautiful Fermoyle area as well as the rest of our parish and the many spectacular views and scenes of the majestic Shannon and Lough Ree. On Saturday next 8th June at Fermoyle national School there will be a coming together of two great seats of learning and of sport when Fermoyle National School and the University of Notre Dame will come together to present an Afternoon Sports Blitz at Fermoyle School from 2 to 4pm. Young people are invited to go along and play some of your favourite sports along with learning the basics of the American games from students and coaches of the world famous Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Make sure you wear runners and you can also bring your football boots if you wish and a tracksuit and be prepared to run around and try out the many different sports. Again, we welcome the University of Notre Dame to our parish and I must pay fitting tribute to Joan Killian Gallagher for her hard work in making this dream come true.
Death of Anna Noonan: It was with deep regret that we learnt of the sudden death at 88 years of age of Mrs Anna Noonan, Cloncallow, Ballymahon predeceased by her husband, Peter, some 35 years ago. Anna is also pre-deceased by her sons Pat, Peter and Bennie. A lady of deep religious faith, Anna was a good-natured and popular lady, a kind and generous neighbour who worked hard down the years on the farm , rearing a big family of whom she was always so proud. In later years, she loved travelling to visit her sons and daughters and when she was at home in Cloncallow she really enjoyed baking and gardening and was a regular commuter to Ballymahon town on the bus meeting all her friends. She had great pleasure in having her family coming home to visit her, her sons, daughters, their children and then of course all the great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her son Al who lived at home with Anna, also by her sons Eugene, San Francisco and John, New York, her daughters Teresa, California, Loretta, Mount Temple and Eithne, Walderstown, her sister Rose, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. A large crowd attended the removal of Anna’s remains from Flynns Funeral Home in Moate to the church of the Immaculate Conception, Forgney and at the Funeral Mass and burial in the adjoining cemetery. It certainly bore testimont to the respect with which Anna was held in our community. May God grant rest to her Soul.
Wedding bells: Congratulations to Sinead McHugh and Kevin Russel, London, and formerly Knockhall, on their wedding last Saturday in Portugal.
Golden Jubilee Celebration: Congratulations to Father Tom Colreavy, Annaghoney who celebrated his Golden Jubilee as a priest on Saturday evening last, May 31st in his adopted parish of Ayrfield in Dublin city. Fr. Tom has been their very popular parish priest for the past 10 years. At the mass of thanksgiving in St. Paul’s Church he was joined by his family, friends, fellow priests, parishioners - past and present, representatives from the Leitrim Peoples’ Association from Luton and Dublin, his former Leitrim and Gortletteragh teammates, his neighbours from Gortletteragh, who came together to acknowledge and celebrate his 50 years of priestly commitment. After the mass there was a marvellous social evening of chatting, song and music in the local community centre as old friends gathered, reminiscing on old times. Fr. Tom celebrated his first mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Cornageeha back in 1963. We wish him good health and the Lord’s blessing in his present and future ministries.
SYMPATHY EXPRESSED: The death has taken place peacefully at the Bon Secour Hospital, Glasnevin, Dublin of John Francis Keane, Castlefarm, Dunboyne, Co Meath and formerly of Knocknasowna, Kilcare PO, Drumshanbo. The late Mr. Keane is a brother of Packie Joe Keane, Knocknasowna, Ann Mc Manus, Murhaun and the late Mary Teresa Beirne Cornacranaghy. The removal took place on Friday of last week 25th May to the Church of St Oliver Plunkett, Kilcoon with funeral Mass and burial in the adjoining cemetery on Saturday 26th May. John is also survived by his wife Mary and children Thomas, Karen, Susan, Helen and Harry to whom we also extend our deepest sympathy .Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
Death of Former Parish Priest: The sudden death of former Drumreilly parish priest Fr. Patrick Sullivan at the Parochial House, Glencar has caused widespread sadness. His funeral took place on Tuesday last following concelebrated Mass of the Resurrection in Glencar Church. Sympathy is extended to his sister Teresa, nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and the priests of Kilmore Diocese. Fr. Sullivan was born on October 16th 1933 to John Sullivan and Catherine Donohoe, Denbawn, Denn, Co. Cavan. Following second level studies in St. Patrick’s College, Cavan he studied for the priesthood in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, where he was ordained onJune 4th 1961. His first ministry was in Birmingham in 1961-’62. On his return to the Kilmore diocese he was appointed as curate to Drumreilly Lower where he served from 1962 to 1972. He spent the next eight years in Drumreilly Upper before he was appointed to Ballintemple for a four year spell. He served in Oughteragh from 1984 to 1990 before being appointed as Parish Priest of Corlough in 1990. After nine years of ministry he served in Knockbride (1999-2003) and in Glencar from 2003 until his death. He will be remembered in Drumreilly Upper for his part in the renovation of St. Mary’s Church, Drumlea, his application to his pastoral work in addition to his involvement in the G.A.A Club, the Park Committee, the Youth Club, the Game Council and other activities. Faoi chúmhdach na naingeal go raibh a anam uasal
Annaduff G.A.A Club Meeting: There will be a Club Meeting in the Community Centre on Saturday 8th May at 8pm.
Fleadh in Derrylin June 7 - 9: Opening concert on Friday evening June 7 at 8pm in Share Centre Arena (few miles from Derrylin on Lisnaskea Rd. – will be well signed) with the highly acclaimed Dartry Ceili Band – senior all-Ireland winners from Sligo and Sean Nos ar an tSionann dancers. MC Martin Donohoe. Fantastic entertainment promised. Tickets only €12. To reserve tickets, ring Brenda 0044-7858-182080. Great venue with tiered seating.Saturday 8th June, band Competitions followed by GigRig at 3pm with local artists and musicians. Singing Session in Clachan Court at 9pm. Fior Ceili in hall at 9.30pm, music by Martin Duggan. Music Session in Mountview pub at 9.30 with Kevin Rowsome, renowned Uilleann piper and local and visiting musicians. Sunday 9th June, solo competitions followed by Parade and vintage car rally at 2.30pm, Craft fair in Mountview function room from 1pm – 6pm, Singing session at 4pm, open air concert in Derrylin especially for the young people featuring “Portherhead” a young group of musicians who are fast becoming one of Ireland’s most popular bands, beginning at 5pm. Olde Tyme dance in hall, music by “Ceili Time” at 9.30pm. Music sessions throughout weekend with local and visiting musicians including Kevin Rowsome, Philip Duffy, John Kilkenny, Junior Davey, Traditional singer Rosie Stewart and lots more. Please come along. Everyone will be very welcome.
St Fintan’s NS: Congratulations to our fantastic and formidable football team and their coach, Ms. Bannerton, who were victorious against Loughanavally in the Cumann na mbunscoil 3-Teacher schools final on Thursday 23rd May in Cusack Pk. Although a great and memorable day for the school, the support from the entire school community and parish of Streete in the lead up to and on the day of the final was something to be very proud of. The school were trained by Ms. Bannerton and certainly did her, Mrs. Brady and the staff at the school proud. Team captain Niall Moran and the complete panel will no doubt have a great future in football. We also say well done to Loughnavalley who played well to the final whistle. St.Fintan’s NS would like to take this opportunity to thank all who wished us well in this our first football final since 2004. Such support epitomises what ‘School Community’ truly means. Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir!
CAKE SALE & COFFEE MORNING: In aid of Saint Thomas N.S. Rathowen on Saturday 1st June from 10am to 1pm. All are very welcome to attend and there will be lots of treats for you to purchase so please come along and support.
Lotto Results: Tuesday 21st May 2013. Numbers drawn 1, 14, 15, 19. No jackpot winner. No Match 3. 5 Lucky Dips: Kayla O’Reilly, Olive Clyne, Karl Farrell, Marie Cunningham, J Ryan. Jackpot Tuesday 28th May 2013 €1,575. Thank you for your continued support.
BAPTISM: Welcome Cormac Sean, son to Rory and Niamh Feeney who was baptised recently.
Parish Night at the Dogs: Rathcline Ladies and the Shannon Gaels Minor club has come up with, what promises to be, a wonderful night out for the parish at the dogs. Last year the Rathcline ladies, on their own, held a wonderful night out at Longford Greyhound track and this year with the linking up of the Shannon Gaels Minor Club it promises to be a very special night. The night in question is Friday night 28th June. Both clubs are making tremendous strides in making sure that the night will be a wonderful family and parish night out. Buying tickets in itself will be marvellous but we encourage everyone to come along, fill Longford Greyhound track to the rafters and make this the most memorable and special night out for the parish and our friends. Tickets are now on sale from at €10 each in O’Brien’s or from members of either club. This is a special night of celebrating the family importance to these clubs that has given so much fun and sport to so many young people in the parish for so many years. Both clubs aim to continue, develop and prosper and this can only be done with your continued support for both clubs and on the night at the dogs.
Lotto: Kilglass Gaels lotto numbers, winning numbers, 1, 7, 15, 26, bonus 27. 1 x 200 euro winner of three numbers Darragh Healy.
Autumn Club: The next meeting of the Autumn Club will take place on Monday June 10th in the Community Centre at 8.30pm. Dates for the Annual mid-summer social and overnight venue will be arranged. It is essential that members come along and contribute to decisions that are made.
Senior Championship Defeat: Drumreilly failed to negotiate the first hurdle of the Senior Championship, when they were beaten by Allen Gaels on a score of 2-11 to 0-11 in Carrigallen on last Saturday evening. In a game that never rose above the mediocre they failed to reach the heights achieved in some of their recent Division 1 games, and were outsped and outscored by a cohesive Allen Gaels fifteen.
First Holy Communion: On Sunday last in St. Michael’s Church, Bornacoola, Chloe Donnelly, Lauren McGarry, Sarah Donelan, David Bannon, Nathan Reilly, Jack Gannon, Oran Healy, Shane Healy, Odhran Grennan, Conor Fanning and Ben Carney received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. In a lovely ceremony administered by Fr Gerard O Brien PP and assisted by mass servers Cian and Shane Mallon the first communicants played an active part throughout the entire ceremony. Shane introduced the Gifts at the start of mass which were carried by Jack, Nathan, Conor, Oran, Chloe, David, Odhran and Lauren. The Liturgy of the Word was read by Sarah and Ben. Prayers of the Faithful were read by Jack, Oran, Nathan, Conor, David and Chloe. Offertory Gifts were carried by Shane, Nathan, Ben and Odhran and the Sign of Peace was carried to the packed congregation by Oran, Jack, Lauren and Chloe. Conor read the Prayers before Communion and David and Odhran read Prayers after Communion. Lauren delivered the Communion Reflection. In a procession to the Altar of Mary flowers were carried by Jack and Sarah. In what was a red letter day the eleven first communicants, the school choir, accompanied by organist Martina Hackett, sang the mass and soloists participating included Tanya Boyle, Oran Healy, Daniel Kazmarek, Rebecca Banet, Aine Mulligan, Ellen Woods, Rachel McGarry, Eva Donlon and Sophie Canning. Great credit is due to all participants of this ceremony and indeed to their teacher Patricia McGoldrick for all her advance preparatory work.
Bon Jovi Tickets: Colmcille G.F.C. are holding a draw for two Golden Circle Tickets to see Bon Jovi at Slane Castle on 15th June. Lines are only €2 and are available from players, club members and in local shops and pubs. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Death: There was genuine regret in the parish and surrounding area at the news of the death of Michael Comaskey formerly of Aughanoran. In his 92nd Mick as he affectionately known passed away peacefully at the residence of his nephew Michael Murtagh, Larkfield. A member of the Irish Prison Service he spent over sixty years of his life in Dublin. Though he had reached an advanced age he was blessed with good health until a few months ago. Despite the fact that he lived for a large portion of his life in the capital, Mick never forgot his roots. Over the years he was a regular visitor to his native parish. He enjoyed nothing better than meeting his friends in Keoghs. He was a deeply religious man with a quiet, kind and gentle disposition. A generous individual he sponsored many items in the local church over the years. His remains were removed to St. Columba’s Church on Friday evening. Funeral to the local cemetery followed Noon Mass on Saturday. Mick is survived by his nephews and nieces to whom our sympathy is extended . May he rest in peace.
Tractor show: The South Leitrim – West Cavan Vintage Tractors Club is holding a Porsche-Allgaier themed tractor show at St Felim’s College pitch form 12-5pm on Sunday 2nd June. Usual attractions, great family day. Adm. €5. Supporting Irish Cancer Society, Hospice and Irish Heard Foundation. Please support.
Senior Championship Defeat: Annaduff were beaten 1-11 to 0-3 by Glencar/Manor in Carrick on Saturday. The county championship favourites were the superior team and deserved their winning margin. Annaduff: Thomas Flanagan, Gary Bohan, Chris Farrell, Nigel Cox, Ronan Conroy, David Duignan, James Cox, Matty Cox (Capt.), Conor Reynolds, Kenny Cox (0-2), Gavin O’Brien, Niall Maxwell, Sean McNabola (0-1), Hugh Moylan. Subs used: Dillon Keane, Dean Gill.
Route N55: With the Property Tax one of the main topics of debate at the moment the more serious matter of re-routing the N55 through the parish may have serious consequences for many families who are affected by the proposed re-alignment. The extremely heavy volume of traffic using the N55 has resulted in this proposed road straitening which has been on the cards for a long number of years. However, locals have serious concerns having seen the proposed routes when Cavan Co. Co. engineers had their consultation in the local Parochial hall last week. With farming in crises at the moment due to adverse weather and scarcity of fodder, contemplating losing large tracts of land to the new road is unthinkable.
St Patrick’s GAA Club: The Arva Football Club Lotto draw was held in the Club Rooms on Monday night 20th May. The Jackpot was €3,450 – Numbers drawn were 1/ 6 / 15 / 30. No winner – €50 winners - Siobhán Doyle, Arva. David Mc Glynn, C/o Gerry Ellis. Gabriel Madden, Farrangarve. The Lotto Jackpot on Monday last 27th May was €3,500. Lotto Envelopes can be left in the Letterbox in St Patrick’s Hall next to the National School for collection on Monday evenings and everyone is welcome to attend the draw. The club have an option of paying by direct debit for anyone wishing to join the LOTTO and give the club much needed support. Contact any club officer or check out the club website www.arvagfc.com
National Finals: 11 children from our parish are making the trip to Athlone IT this weekend to compete in 4 events at the National Community Games Finals. The standard of competition in every event will be very high so we wish them all good luck as they represent not only Ardagh, Moydow & Glen but also County Longford. Maryann Lynch, Solo Singing. Cian McPhillips, Brendan Finnan, Cathal Farrell, Melissa O’Kane, Mixed Distance Relay Race. Saoirse McLoughlin, Handwriting. Adam Callan, Gareth Mulleady, Maryann Lynch, Katie Quinn, Aisiling Farrell & Katie Lynch, Group Singing. Thanks to all the adults who give very generously of their time and will all be at the National Finals to cheer on the children: Riona Lynch, Paddy McPhillips, Eamon O’Kane, David Hoysted & Leslie Finnan.
CONFIRMATION: The sacrament of Confirmation was bestowed by Bishop Colm O’Reilly on our youth from 6th class St Theresa’s NS Clontumpher Killoe at St Marys Church Ennybegs last week: Jonathan Borland , Aaron Hughes, Reece Reid-Leonard, Cathal McKeon, Adam Fenelon, Enda Bracken, Paul Brady, Sean Og Cahill, Evan Farrelly, Jake Donnolly, Evan Finneran, Conor Gilna, Daniel Halpin, Sheka Kanu, Richard Maglov, Cormac McManus, Aoife Sheridan, Michelle Dunleavy, Sinead Donohoe,Niamh Brady, Aoife Clyne, Emma Jane Gilna, Caitriona Goulding, Andrea Hughes, Hannah Maloney,Orla Macken, Cliodhna Mulligan, Shauna Mooney, Tara Sleightholme. The parish extend congratulations to all you youth and thank Bishop Colm, Fr Sean Casey, teacher Mrs Farrell, families for their guidance through this programme. We also thank the choir and all who assisted on the day and trust the Holy Spirit will guide all you youth through the next step on the ladder.
Congratulations: Congratulations to Stephen Browne, Lisnaboe, who has been blazing a trail in pursuit of Gold in Los Angeles in the Special Olympics. Stephen recently won Gold in both bowling and swimming in the Regional Qualifiers held recently in Galway. Stephen is now one step closer to the World Games in Los Angeles in 2015. Next year’s competition in Limerick will decide who goes forward to Los Angeles. Hopefully Stephen will go the whole way. We wish you the best of luck and will done on your achievements to-date.
SCHOOL Reunion: - As most know we hope to celebrate the Gathering 2013 with a School’s past reunion in Streete Parish Park on 25th October. This may seem a long time ahead but to make it a memorable success we need help with names and addresses or contact numbers so we can send invitations to all past pupils of Lismacaffrey, Rath, Church of Ireland School. Many are now married and living elsewhere. All we are asking is that you forward details to Kevin 087 1375222 or Pat 0868433355 so we can make sure all at least get an invitation to this Gathering event. Remember those who have left this parish would have to get contact from the parish. We have heard some criticism of the cost but don’t forget it includes a full sit down hot meal in our Community Centre and a night’s entertainment and more. Tickets are available in advance at €30 per person or €50 for a couple. Value for money is assured and it is just a celebration and not a fundraiser.
HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY: A big happy birthday to Sara Lambden of Ballygarron, Rathowen. Sara turned 30th last Thursday and celebrated with her family and friends the whole weekend. Sara is one of Rathowen’s fine looking 30 year olds!!!!!! “And that”
Official opening of Funky Fringes: The official opening of Funky Fringes took place in Tarmonbarry village recently. Congratulations to Ellie Ann King, first of all on her beautiful premises and secondly for providing a number of badly needed jobs in the region at this difficult time for the economy. It is wonderful to see the younger generation having faith in our Country and eager and willing to invest here. Small business is difficult but this young lady and her friends are determined to progress and show the rest of us that our little villages and towns have a future. I know I speak on behalf of all the people in the region when I wish Ellie Ann well and I really do hope that this business will flourish a be a huge success. Good luck to Ellie Ann and friends. Also our good wishes to Lorraine next door with her lovely beauty clinic. The business is called Ambience and fits in beautifully besides Funky Fringes.
Dromard Area Community Games: we want to wish Kate McEntire (solo recitation), Alanna Mulligan, Sarah Murphy and Shane Grimes (all cross country participants) the very best of luck as they represent Longford at the National Finals in Athlone. Well done and hard luck to the U12 girls who lost out to Mostrim in the Gaelic final recently and thanks to Stephen Reilly, Padraig & Michelle Duffy for their time and commitment. Training continues on Mondays (8pm) and Fridays (6.30pm) at the 3G pitch for all children taking part in the county athletics finals on Sunday 9th June in Ballymahon.
Collection: Mullinalaghta Tidy Towns / Development will hold their Church Gate collection on this Saturday 25th May. Last years collection helped to cover some of the expenses in running the Community Employment Scheme and enabled the coverage of costs of PRSI, materials, petrol, flowers etc. We are hoping that this years collection will help do the same. If you cannot donate at the Church Gate Collection, your donation would be very much appreciated to any member of the committee or in the local Post Office. The Community Employment Scheme workers continue to keep the village and church grounds in excellent condition. This year they have completed other projects at the school and post office. It is also approaching entry time for the Tidy Towns Competition and the preparation and planting that it entails. With your continued support all this good work can go ahead.
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Weather for Longford, Ireland
Thursday 20 June 2013
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