School team do the double - Congratulations to St Mary’s NS football team who won the Division 4A Championship Final last Friday evening in Pearse Park, beating Bunlahy on a scoreline of 2-13 to 1-4.
This completes a marvellous league/championship double for this team, having won the league back in October. Indeed this is two years in a row that this double has been achieved, and the third time in four years. Captain and Man of the Match, Ronan Healy put in a powerful performance, and was ably assisted in defence by Conor Flood, Patrick Farrell and Aine Bannon. Shane Clarke was rock solid in the goals, and up front Niall Casey, Aaron Cassidy, Jamie Bermingham and Lauren Casey put in fine performances. Subs Sarah Farrell and Ciara Healy also got in on the scoring act when introduced. Full panel was Shane Clarke, Patrick Farrell, Conor Flood, Aine Bannon, Niall Casey, Ronan Healy, Aaron Cassidy, Jamie Bermingham, Lauren Casey, Sarah Farrell, Ciara Healy, Niamh Skelly, Molly Fox, Seoige Mulvihill, Eoin Mulvihill, Brian Kelly, Lochlann Healy and Dylan Healy(injured). Well done to managers Sean Casey and Jack Healy and everyone involved. Thanks to the parents for bringing children to training and encouraging them to play football and thanks to all the teachers for their support.
There was a great victory parade from Derryhaun. The parade went through the village on to the school and back to Páirc Ciaráin for a Barbecue for all players, parents and supporters, a great way to finish off a great day! Thanks to the parents association and Cashel minor club for sponsoring the food and to all involved in preparing it, especially to Colette Mulvihill and Anne Flanagan who worked so hard behind the scenes. And thanks also to Laura and Karl Dermody of L&K Village Stores for the extra goodies!
Sunday next, May 29th, is First Holy Communion Day. Eight children will receive the Blessed Eucharist for the first time. The Mass at 12.00 noon will replace the scheduled Sunday Mass.
St Christopher’s School for Special Needs, Longford, are holding their annual church gate collection on Saturday evening next May 28th and Sunday morning May 29th. Your support will be much appreciated.
Lanesboro Vocational School/Lanesboro Community College celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday June 4th. All past pupils are invited to the Anniversary Mass in St Mary’s Church at 3.00pm and afterwards to the School. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and reminisce. Past pupils are asked to contact and invite former classmates. Intention to attend may be confirmed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by text to (087) 133 3207. The organisers seek photographs depicting life in the school over the past fifty years. Those who have such pictures may drop them into the school in a self-addressed envelope or email them to the address above. All photographs will be returned once copied.
Well done to Ciara Casey on a great performance at the Longford Fleadh in Granard. Ciara goes on to represent Longford in the traditional whistle, slow air and concert flute at the Leinster Fleadh in July. Well done Ciara and we hope you will win a Leinster title in the not too distant future.
Cashel GAA Golf classic fundraiser takes place on June 25th in Longford Golf Club and we would appreciate your support. Please Contact Ray Flanagan, Martin Skelly, Jim Frank Mulvihill, Bernie Farrell, Anne Kenny, Mick Casey, John Kenny, Joe Mulvihill, Paul Egan or Gary Kenny for further details.
GAA coaching for children of all ages continues every Sunday morning at 11.30am in Páirc Ciarán. All are welcome.
The mobile unit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board will hold a blood donation clinic in the Longford Arms Hotel on Tuesday June 14th, Wednesday June 15th and Thursday June 16th, from 4.30pm – 8.00pm each day. It is recommended that you have eaten something and have had plenty of cold drinks. Allow yourself about an hour to an hour and a half to complete the process at the clinic from registration to refreshments.
The Annual Pioneer Outing takes place on Wednesday July 20th, travelling to Armagh. In addition to Armagh City, with its two cathedrals, the tour will include Navan Fort, Eamhain Mhacha, and Loughgall, birthplace of the Orange Order. The cost is €40.00, payable when booking. This charge includes coach hire, driver/guide, morning coffee, admission to designated places of interest. It does not include lunch and dinner which are at the discretion of individuals. Contact any member of the Pioneer Committee.
Badminton continues in “The Hill” on Thursday nights at 9.00pm. New players are always welcome!
The Toddler Group will continues in “The Hill” on Tuesday mornings, from 9.30 – 11.30am. All are welcome!
PIONEER FUNDRAISING APPEAL
The Pioneer Association is projection a deficit of €100,000 in 2011. This is due to the decline in the Pioneer magazine circulation and other income sources. The PTAA and Central Office face closure this year unless there is an urgent injection of funds. A donation of €10 per member would raise the necessary finance. It is hoped that most members will give more. For many members this is the first time they have been asked to contribute to the Association. Remittance forms, with the appeal letter on the reverse, are available in the church porches. They may be returned directly to Head Office or to any member of the Cashel Committee.
A Regional Pioneer meeting will be held in Tealach Íosa (The McGoey Hall), St Mel’s Road/Chapel Street, Longford, on Thursday May 26th, at 8.30pm. The principal item on the agenda is the PTAA 2011 Appeal. All Pioneer centres in the region are expected to be represented at the meeting.