Drumlish local news Feb 11

SET DANCERS: We wish every success to the young set dancers from Drumlish and Ballinamuck who contest the All Ireland Final in the Scór competition in The Theatre Royal Castlebar on February 19th.

SET DANCERS: We wish every success to the young set dancers from Drumlish and Ballinamuck who contest the All Ireland Final in the Scór competition in The Theatre Royal Castlebar on February 19th.

This dance troupe include Shane & Ciarn Quinn, Mark Breslin, Ruair Carty, Natalie Connell, Sinad Breslin, Siobhn Breslin, and Mandy Cassidy. They are trained by Yvonne Breslin and Bernie Collum and are the toast of the parish. Anyone wishing to obtain tickets please contact Yvonne Breslin as soon as possible This is a great opportunity to put up your parish flags in support of these young people. We join them their families and the whole community of Drumlish and Ballinamuck in wishing them every success in the All Ireland Final.

A bus will travel for supporters. If you would like to travel contact Yvonne Breslin 043-3324131 if you need a seat.

COMMUNITY GAMES

The committee would like to thank all who contributed to our recent Church Gate Collection. Your support is appreciated.

COMPETITION

Drumlish/Ballinamuck Community Games, Art and Model Making Competition will take place on Sunday, 27th February from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. in the '98 Hall, Ballinamuck. All entries must be based on a Community Games Theme or Activity. Each child needs to know their Date of Birth so they can be placed in the correct age category. Paper will be provided. Please make sure that your child brings all other materials i.e. Colouring pencils/markers, Plasticine or Clay for Model Making, etc. 3 euro per child and all are welcome.

SPORTS DAY

Drumlish/Ballinamuck Community Games Sports day will take place in April. Young athletes are encouraged to start practising now. Longford Athletic club run programmes "Little athletics" and "Juvenile Athletics Training" for children wishing lo learn the fundamentals of athletics and this provides a great basis for the Community games athletic events.

FUNDRAISER

A fund raising event organised by FR. Manning Gaels and St. Vincent's Minor Club will take place in the Bent Elbow this Saturday night February 12th . This night is to support the Set Dancers who are travelling to the All Ireland Final the following weekend. The group will perform on the night for all present. It would be a nice send off for them if a good crowd showed up to wish them well in the competition., and send them to the Final with a BANG!. Your support for this function would be sincerely appreciated.

DRUMLISH TIDY TOWNS

Plans are well underway to make this year's entry into the National Tidy Towns' competition yield dividends when it comes to the 2011 judging season. It is hoped that DTT will build significantly on previous years' efforts and be up there with the top 3 in the county – i.e. Ardagh, Newtowncashel, and Abbeyshrule.

Since October the group has met several times to research and plan our strategy for the 2011 season – much has been achieved to date, but to gain extra marks in any of the 10 categories of Tidy Towns', much more needs to be done and will need serious commitment. Already a number of larger projects around the village that have potential have been identified, and currently are being researched. However, all Tidy Towns' supporters can make their own significant contribution by simply going outside their premises and seeing what needs a lick of paint or a power wash or indeed removing the weeds or litter in the kerbing. Tidy Towns' will continue as usual to do the bigger jobs – the getting ready for the new judging season and all that entails.

The harsh winter has exposed much litter and waste on all approaches to the village and the Drumlish TT volunteers will have their 1st Clean Up Day on Saturday Feb. 19th -all gathering at 10.30 opposite the Post Office on Main Street where the action plan will be unfolded and people dispatched with their team leader for the task in hand.

We know that there are many who have expressed an interest in becoming involved in the local Tidy Towns'- please contact any of the undersigned Annette Kane 086 8141023, Marie Kenny 087 6977411, Tommy McVeigh 086 3963678, Gillian O'Reilly 087 2884934 if you share our vision, or simply just turn up on the 19th.

Please report any litter fouling to Longford Litter Hotline 1850 434 450

NEW ARRIVAL

Congratulations to Mr,&Mrs Francis Noonan Dundalk and formerly Monaduff on the birth of their baby girl recently. We hope she brings you much joy and happiness and we hope she will do the same for Seamus and Bernadette the new grandparents and what about great granny Mary – she is very pleased with her new great grand-daughter too.

BABY BOY

Congratulations to Colette(nee McGee) and Cathal Brennan Kilnashee on the birth of their baby son at Portiuncla Hospital during the week – a welcome brother for Emma, and grand-daughter for Pat and Mary.

DIARY DATE

Watch out for a Monster Bingo coming your way on the 6th March at 3.00pm in the afternoon. €3,500 in prizes. Further details next week.

TAKE ME OUT!

This fun TV show will be replicated in the Breffni Arms Hotel Arva next Saturday night at 9.00pm in aid of St. Luke's Hospital. Single ladies and gentlemen take note. It promises to be a great night of fun and frolics. So why not come along if only for the craic, and support this worthy cause.

TWINS

Belated Congratulations to Deirdre (nee McKenna)& BrendanMc Evoy Aughadowry Ballinamuck on the birth of their twins, who arrived in good time for Christmas. The babies are called Michael Francis and Sarah Jane, and are a welcome brother and sister for Rory and Rachel. Congratulations also to the grandparents. We hope your twins bring many joys and blessings with them to the McEvoy household.

EXCHANGE

Ballinamuck Enterprise Group will be visiting Essert France from July 5th – 12th 2011. If any children from the parish aged 12-16 years wish to be involved in this years exchange could their parents please attend a meeting in the Visitor's Centre '98 Hall Ballinamuck on February 9th at 9.15pm.

BALLINAMUCK ICA

The February meeting of the ICA Guild will take place in the Visitor's centre Ballinamuck at 8.30pm on February 7th. All members please attend and new members are always welcome.

GAELS UNITED

There will be a clothing recycling drive on the 11th,12th,13th,& 14th February at Drumlish Community Centre to raise funds for Gaels United FC. Please donate all your clean, unwanted clothes, bedlinen, towels, textiles, including shoes, bags, belts & soft toys.

Mobile phones will be accepted but please keep separate from the clothes and textiles.

NO household Bric-a-Brac will be accepted.

Please drop all items at Drumlish Community Centre between 2.00 – 4.00pm on any or all of the following days – 11th,12th,13th, 14th February

For further information contact Mel Crowe on 087-2976538.

Thank you in anticipation of your support.

STATIONS

If you are interested in having the station for your area this Spring please contact Fr. Michael Bannon to arrange a date. If anyone from the Ballinamuck area would like the Station please contact Fr. Jim Sorohan.

BINGO

Ballinamuck Bingo takes place every Tuesday night at 8.30pm Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Keep fit/Irish

dancing classes

Keep fir/Irish dancing classes will take place at Donnelly's Bar every Thursday at 8pm. Fully qualified instructors on board. Contact Ken on (086) 0618917 or Mary on (087) 9565493 for further details.