TRAGIC DEATH OF ANTHONY FAGAN - The Parish of Newtowncashel and surrounding areas were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Anthony Fagan, Claras, last week.
Anthony was a decent and friendly man, whose passing leaves a huge void in the community. To his family, neighbours and friends we offer our deepest sympathy, and we extend our thanks to all who were involved in the search for Anthony. May his soul rest in peace.
There was no winner of this week’s Lotto Jackpot - numbers drawn 9, 10, 17, 18. Thirty euro winners Naoimi, Olivia and Orla Mulvihill and twenty euro each to James Flynn, Anne Kenny and Brian McGee, Claris. Jackpot next week is €3,600, draw takes place in Fallon’s and team on duty Michael Donlon, Rosaleen Egan and Maggie Melia. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
Newtowncashel Drama Group’s production of “Canaries” by Bernard J Farrell was cancelled last Friday night as a mark of respect the Fagan Family on the death of Anthony Fagan. The play has been rescheduled for Sunday March 20th. Doors open at 8.00pm. Curtain at 8.30pm sharp. Admission is strictly by ticket only, Adults €10.00, Primary Children €5.00. Please re-confirm ticket bookings with Kevin Casey, telephone (086) 843 6651. The play contains adult humour which may not be suitable for children.
Congratulations to the two quiz teams from Cashel who took part in the Community Games County Finals in Edgeworthstown recently. They both did Cashel proud, coming 1st and 4th respectively. The two teams were: Emily Farrell, Ciara Casey, Lucy Kenny, Patrick Farrell Niall Casey, Molly Fox, Lauren Casey, Áine Bannon and Niamh Skelly. Well done to all and good luck to Emily, Ciara, Lucy, Patrick and Niall who now go on to represent Longford at the Community Games National Finals in Athlone in May.
The new parish website is being launched. It will include details of all Clubs, Societies and businesses. Please contact any of the following if you want to have your details included – Peter O’Boyle, Ger Farrell, Christy Hopkins, Michelle Casey, Kevin Casey, Mick Casey.
Martin Skelly is being honoured as the Longford Person of the Year by the Longford Association in Dublin at the Dinner Dance in the Red Cow Inn on April 2nd. Tickets are available, priced at €50.00 each. IF you would like to be part of this great occasion, please contact Bernie Farrell, Anne Kenny, Jack Bannon, Ray Flanagan or Mick Casey.
Distribution of census forms has commenced. A census enumerator will call to each house in the area in the coming weeks to deliver forms. The forms should be completed on census night, April 10th. They will be collected after that date.
NEWTOWNCASHEL COMMUNITY GAMES
U13 Girls Basketball: Congratulations to the Under-13 Girls Basketball team who are now through to the next round after a great game against Longford North. The team members are Molly Fox, Niamh Skelly, Lauren Casey, Aine Bannon, Sarah Farrell, Seoighe Mullvihill and Ciara Healy. A special mention for Emma Casey who also participated also. Thanks to Longford North for a very sporting game also to the Referee and the scorekeeper.
Art and Modeling: These are the results from the recent competition held in the GAA clubhouse.
Art: Under 8 Boys 1st Harry Murray, 2nd Oran Killian. Under 8 Girls 1st Alexandra Neilan, 2nd Emma Killian, 3rd Amy Dowd
Under 10 Boys 1st Tony Bermingham, 2nd Joseph Kenny, 3rd Conor Skelly. Under 10 Girls 1st Eabha Healy Under 12 Boys 1st Eoin Mulvihill,2nd Lochlann Healy. Under 12 Girls 1st Molly Fox, 2nd Aine Bannon, 3rd Niamh Skelly. Under 14 Girls 1st Lucy Kenny
Modeling: Under 10 Boys 1st Luke Mulvihill,2nd Aidan Mulvihill Under 14 Boys 1st Niall Casey
Well done to Harry Murray who came 2nd in his category in The Longford Final and to Eabha Healy who came 3rd in hers. Well done to all who travelled to Longford to participate. Other news: The church gate collection will be on the 19th and 20th March. Your generous support is always appreciated.
L & K’S VILLAGE SHOP
L & K’s will now open until 4.00pm on Sundays. Fresh shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day is on sale on the shop.
During Lent, Mass will be celebrated at 7.00am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This arrangement will give a greater number of people an opportunity to receive the ashes and to come to Mass during Lent.
Newtowncashel Badminton Club has resumed activities on Thursday nights in “The Hill” at 9.00pm. Members are invited to retrieve their racquets and take to the court! New players are welcome.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
The Stations of the Cross is a devotion that may be performed at any time of year but is particularly suited to the Lenten Season. Instead of the Rosary, the Way of the Cross will be followed on the Fridays of Lent at 7.30pm. All are urged to make a special effort to participate in this traditional devotion.
Fr Seán O’Dowd S.P.S. has taken up an assignment in St Mary’s Parish, Sligo. St Mary’s is the Cathedral Parish. We wish him well and thank him for his help in recent weeks.
PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING
The Parish Pastoral Council will meet in “The Hill” on Thursday March 24th at 8.30pm.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
The Annual Pilgrimage takes place from May 27th to June 1st and the organisers request the names of sick people who would like to join the pilgrimage. Names should be submitted as soon as possible please to Elizabeth Clyne (043) 332 5156.