Lots to do in Longford this weekend

Take Off at Abbeyshrule Airfield(photo Declan Gilmore)
Friday is upon us again, signifying the penultimate weekend in August, and in some cases, the final weekend before school or work starts again.

Friday is upon us again, signifying the penultimate weekend in August, and in some cases, the final weekend before school or work starts again.

To help you make the most of your weekend, here is a guide to events taking place in Longford and the surrounding counties.

Friday, August 23:

As part of Heritage week, a Walk and Talk will take place at Kilcommac cemetery, Kenagh at 7.30pm.

A 5km Bruce Ramble walk/jog/run takes place tonight, with registration at McSeains Pub, Cornafean from 6.30pm to 7pm. Entry costs €10 per person or €20 per family. All proceeds will go to Enable Ireland, Cavan.

The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule will host a night of music and dance featuring PJ Murrihy and Michael Sexton. Beginning at 9.30pm, the event includes a series of heats as the search for waltzing and jiving enthusiasts gets off the ground. Admission costs €10, light refreshments will be served and proceeds will go towards South Westmeath Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society.

Longford town also has plenty to offer in the way of music and dance, as Fergal Flaherty is joined by a variety of local musicians (including Paschal, Davy and Liz and Sean Hussey) in the Longford Arms Hotel to launch his new cd “It’s gonna be a great day”.

The Ballinalee Homecoming Festival also gets off to a great start tonight, with the official reopening of the Thomas Ashe Hall at 7.30pm. Local musicians, dancers and singers will take to the stage for a concert. Admission for adults is €5 and for children is €3, and proceeds will go towards costs associated with the refurbishment of the hall.

Continuing the fun in Ballinalee at 9.30pm, Rawle’s lounge will host a reunion of of Sean Connolly’s GAA intermediate Championship winning team 1988-1989.

The Peer Inn, Lisnacusha will host the launch of Newtowncashel’s Harvest festival, beginning at 10pm. Finger food will be served, and there will be music by Seamus Farrell.

Saturday, August 24:

A fundraising night will take place in Hughie’s, Arva for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Hughie will be trekking in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco next October and will welcome all sponsorship for this worthy cause.

Ballymahon Heritage Day makes its eagerly-anticipated return this Saturday, with a wide range of events planned for the occasion. Events include busking on the Main Street, storytelling for children, a vintage parade, dancing, a sky dive, an over-40’s All-Ireland Championship game, arts and crafts and much, much more!

At CPL Park, The Demesne, Longford Rugby Club are organising a truly novel fundraiser that is sure to attract significant attention from competitors and spectators alike! The club is hosting the second annual “The Midland’s Strongest Man” competition, with registration beginning from 11am, and the first event getting underway at 1pm. There will be a number of other fun activities throughout the day, including a barbeque after the competition. To get tickets, or register for the competition, contact Mick on 087 2263687 or Colm on 086 3274774.

This Saturday will also see the beginning of the Gathering Fly in Festival Weekend in Abbeyshrule, with fishing competitions, a guided tour of Ireland’s Tidiest Town and the Fly In Annual Awards Function in the Rustic Inn.

The Ballinalee Homecoming Festival continues with a school reunion of all present and former schools in the parish in Scoil Samthain from 2-6pm, followed by a school reunion social and traditional night. Farrell’s will host Lislea NS, Clonbroney NS and Ballinalee NS up to 1969, Rawle’s will host Scoil Samthain 1970-1989 and the Stags Head will host Scoil Samthain from 1990 onwards. The aforementioned years refer to the year spent in 6th class.

Sunday, August 25:

From 2-5pm in Abbeyshrule Aerodrome, the next stage of the Gathering Fly In Festival Weekend takes place - an open aviation sports day. Abbeyshrule Aerodrome based European Pilots will land and talk to visitors and the appoloscope, which allows everyone to experience the thrill of weightlessness in space, will be on hand too. There will be children’s entertainment, and trade stands and a very special treat for everyone on the day, as Ben, one of the Irish Customs Doggies will come to visit! Golden Labrador Ben is a sniffer dog who has a very important job working with Irish customs, and the organisers of the Fly In Weekend worked hard to ensure his visit. Sure to be a spectacle on the day, those at the Abbeyshrule Aerodrome are bound to be impressed by Ben, as they will get to see the Golden Labrador in action. An event not to be missed!

Expecting to attract up to 1,000 competitors from all over the globe, the 12th annual Pat the Baker Longford Marathon will take place this Sunday. Personal trainer and star of Operation Transformation Karl Henry will take to the stage on Sunday to offer all competitors some last minute advice. The 19th annual Lough Rynn Harvest Festival and Vintage Day returns to Lough Rynn Castle Hotel, Mohill, Co Leitrim this Sunday. There is something for everyone at the festival, with vintage displays, trade stalls, dog show, children’s amusements, craft demonstrations, auto jumble, live music and much more.

The finale of the Ballinalee Homecoming Festival will take place at Maguire Park from 3-6pm. A day of fun and entertainment is promised, with events including face painting, bouncy castles and a barbeque.

The fourth annual Mohill Honda 50 Run will take off from the Canon Donohoe Hall. Registration will take place in the hall from 11am-12 noon. Food and refreshments will be served in the hall, and when the bikers return, there will be a raffle and prizes. All proceeds go to the annual Mohill senior citizens Christmas party.

A dog show in aid of Self Help Africa will get underway at Cornafean GAA park starting at 3pm. There will also be sports and athletics on the day.

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