Ballinalee 2012 - the year that was ...

January/February: Charlie and Deirdre Reilly announced the birth of their new year baby girl, while Geraldine Glennon, wife of Paul, Kiltyclough, give birth to a beautiful baby boy.

January/February: Charlie and Deirdre Reilly announced the birth of their new year baby girl, while Geraldine Glennon, wife of Paul, Kiltyclough, give birth to a beautiful baby boy.

March/April: An American Tea Party was held at Rawle’s Lounge of Ballinalee and a very enjoyable time was had by all.

May/June: Ballinalee purchased a new Defibrillator for the village. Plenty of hard work and dedication went into fundraising for the precious device, so there was much to be proud of in the picturesque north Longford village when the device was purchased.

July/August: The Ballinalee/Killoe/Newtownforbes committee of Irish Motor Neurone Association and Motor Neurone Research Association thanked everyone who supported the fundraising event held in Rawle’s Lounge, Ballinalee. A cheque for €19,261.90 was presented to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease and Research Motor Neurone Association, and all monies raised will assist in further research.

September/October: Olympic silver medalist, John Joe Nevin made an appearance at the ‘Little Max’ fundraiser in aid of the little boy from Ballinalee who is currently battling cancer.

Two-year-old Max Wenman, was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma last July and he is currently between hospitals in Mullingar and Crumlin’s Hospital For Sick Children for treatment for the next 15 months. Fundraising continues for this very worthy initiative, so please support.

November/December: Four Ballinalee men took part in the Dublin City Marathon in aid of the under-age teams of Clonbroney GAA Club. U-12 Coaches Paul Glennon, Eamonn McEvoy, Sean McNamee and Raymond Carrigy took on one of the country’s most gruelling physical tasks to help raise funds for a club which is currently experiencing somewhat of a renaissance in terms of participant figures with approximately 75 children turning up for trails.