Judge distributes €14,500 from court poor box

Longford District Court Judge Seamus Hughes has also been doing his bit for charity this week, with the release of the distributions to local organisations from the court’s poor box, and this year €14,500 has been allocated to very worthy causes across this county.

Longford District Court Judge Seamus Hughes has also been doing his bit for charity this week, with the release of the distributions to local organisations from the court’s poor box, and this year €14,500 has been allocated to very worthy causes across this county.

Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre, Granard received €1,000; St Christopher’s Services Ltd, €2,000; Longford Women’s Link (LWL), €1,000; Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP), €5,000; Longford Tidy Towns, €1,000; Anally Park Residents Association, €500; Killoe/Newtownforbes Community Project, €1,000; Longford Town Suburbs Project Ltd, €1,000; Ballymahon Tidy Towns Taskforce, €500; Grattan Óg GFC, €500; LEAP c/o Foróige, €1,000.

Speaking to the Leader about its allocation, President, St Mel’s Conference SVP, Cyril Hussey said that the organisation was delighted to receive the donation, and pointed to the help and support it would provide to many impoverished families in the locality this Christmas.

“We are delighted with the €5,000 allocation from Longford District Court poor box,” Mr Hussey added. “These are very difficult times for so many people here in Longford and there is a lot of pressure on the services that SVP provides now; in fact it is fair to say that calls to the centre here in Longford town have tripled since this time last year. That money will really help people in the locality who find themselves in dire straights this Christmas.”

InGranard, Eileen Finian, Manager, Lus na Greine said that everyone there was “over the moon” following Judge Hughes’ allocation of €1,000 from the court’s poor box.

“It is absolutely brilliant news,” a delighted Ms Finian said, adding that Government funding had been cut by a further 5% this year and Lus na Greine was subsequently down between €5,000 and €7,000 as a direct result. “That is a huge hit for a small organisation like ourselves, so €1,000 from the court poor box is a huge boost. Without volunteers and goodwill in the community, Lus na Greine would cease to exist; we work with disadvantaged groups, so this money will help with bereavement supports, counselling services and with our youth service, it is just great news altogether.”

Allocations from the poor boxes in Mullingar and Athlone District Court’s were also distributed in the midlands towns this week with €18,000 distributed in Athlone and €20,000 provided for in nearby Mullingar.

Local organisations wishing to obtain a poor box donation should write to Judge Seamus Hughes at Longford District Court Offices and outline clearly the role of the group within the community in which it is based. The judge will then distribute the money accordingly at the end of each year.