Ballinalee local news Dec 24

Christmas services: The Christmas Eve Vigil Mass will be held at 10pm in Holy Trinity Church Christmas Day 10am in St James Church Clonbroney and Holy Trinity at 11.30pm, Sunday 10am St James and 11.30am Holy Trinity Church.

Christmas services: The Christmas Eve Vigil Mass will be held at 10pm in Holy Trinity Church Christmas Day 10am in St James Church Clonbroney and Holy Trinity at 11.30pm, Sunday 10am St James and 11.30am Holy Trinity Church.

WELCOME HOME. We welcome home all who have travelled from far away to be at home for Christmas. We hope they enjoy their visit, just a few to mention Helen Carrigy from Oman; Paddy Brady, Dubai; Sean Brady Australia and Adrian Dalton New Zealand.

GOOD LUCK. Best wishes to Gerry Fox who has reopened the Stillery Bar on Richmond St in Longford.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody in the Ballinalee area and all readers of the Longford Leader and Leader staff a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

DEEPEST SYMPATHY. Deepest sympathy to Matt McGahern and family Sonagh Aughnacliffe on the death of his father last weekend RIP.

Rural transport. The Rural Transport Services will resume on Tuesday 4th Jan. A very happy Christmas to all passengers.

PHONES. Please drop any unwanted old mobiles phones into the Post office. These will go towards our collection for a defibrillator for the parish.

POST OFFICE. The local PO will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and re-open on Thursday 30th Dec. Many thanks for your support of the local PO during the year and we look forward to your support in 2011. Many thanks also to your postmen Seamus Eddie Johnny and Cathal.

GRIT. Should anybody require grit for lanes, hills etc please contact myself in the PO or on 087 2915072. Also in relation to elderly peolple who live on their own , if they have any problems also contact myself.

CHURCH OF IRELAND SERVICES. The following are the times for the Church of Ireland services Christmas Day 11.30 Sunday 10.30 in St John's Church Ballinalee.

AGM. Sean Connollys GAA Club AGM will be held weekending 8/9 Jan . Nomination forms will be out shortly.

CONFESSIONS. The Sacrament of reconciliation will be held in Holy Trinity Church from 6 – 7pm on Christmas Eve and before and after the vigil Mass in St James Monday 7pm Purth and 8pm Aughnacliffe and all day Christmas Eve in St Mels.

DEEPEST SYMPATHY. Deepest sympathy to Philomena O'Neill and family Corlinen onn the death of her sister Mary Ann Parsons in England recently..

Lotto. 1,8,9,15. 1 match 3 envelope Tony Mahon 100 euro. Sellers prize Stabia c/o Gala.

CAROL SERVICE. The annual Scoil Samhthann Carol Service will take place tonight Wed at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church weatther permitting.

ST EMERS. A section of the cemetery on the right hand side of the graveyard remains unused. The pastoral Council wishes to establish if plots in this area canm be safely allocated to people seeking them. This notice is to ask anyone who can establish with adequate profit ownership of a plot in this area to contact Fr Brendan on 043 3323110.