North Longford April 1

NEW ARRIVAL - Their many friends everywhere have asked us to send greetings and all best wishes to Kieran and Naomi Martin , Corrickmaquirk, Moyne on the birth of their first child to be named Donnagh, a grandson for Seamus and Brigid Martin, Corrickmaquirk and also or Noel and Pauline Mulvihill, Pearse Drive Longford.

NEW ARRIVAL - Their many friends everywhere have asked us to send greetings and all best wishes to Kieran and Naomi Martin , Corrickmaquirk, Moyne on the birth of their first child to be named Donnagh, a grandson for Seamus and Brigid Martin, Corrickmaquirk and also or Noel and Pauline Mulvihill, Pearse Drive Longford.

GREETINGS

In Our Lady’s Manor Nursing Home, This week we send best wishes and remember in our prayers the following who are patients in Our Lady’s Manor Nursing Home, Edgeworthstown – Sean Brady, Gelsha, Phil Mulligan Culray;Kathleen Duffy, Smear;Jenny Slevin, Bunlahy and Eugene McGirr, Ringowney,champion ploughman and a great supporter of the Colmcille ploughing and loy digging association.

MEN’S GROUP

The above group will have their annual trip this year which will be Co Mayo and will be based at the Milltimes Hotel in Westport for 3 days- 22nd to 24th June. On Friday last 28th March the following members of the Longford community resources Ltd – Rita Slevin, Valerie McFarland and Mary Mulvey visited the Dolmen Room to see for themselves and study the success of the group which is now one of the leaders in its field in the country for men who are very active in the community in which they reside. They were all very satisfied with their visit to Aughnacliffe which they say will be a great help to them in establishing similar groups at other centres , Teresa Farrell from Moate in Co Westmeath continued the programme in “food and nutrition” and it was good to see so many engaged in cooking and afterwards serving up a mouth watering meal. Music and song was provided by musicians – Michael Brady, Esker; Joe Doyle Molly and Johnny Gill, Edenmore while Michael Gormley from Annagh contributed a number of songs including “the lights of Rosslare Harbour”. There was a return visit from Fr Sean O’Dowd who is now ministering at the cathedral parish of St Mary in Sligo town. Before saying farewell he left a booklet for all members which he published recently entitled “letters from Scotland” which makes very interesting reading about his life and times on the missions in Africa and later in Scotland. The following is a short extract from the publication - “some years ago I spent ten days in the Holy Land for nearly thirty years I had been telling the people in Africa about what happened in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, Jerusalem and so on. It has always been my hope that one day I would visit those places. We travelled on an air-conditioned coach on roads that were much better than I had anticipated. One of the most memorable places visited was Mount Tabor which was the scene of the transfiguration. The narrow crooked road leading us to the top of the mountain was unable to take coaches or buses. So we parked the coach at the bottom and hired a fleet of taxis, none of which I feel would pass an M.O.T. Anyhow we arrived at the top. Away down under us was the city of Jesusalem but I was unable to appreciate the panoramic view. My problem was “how do we get back to the car park”. After a couple of hours we started the journey down .Those taxis went like the clappers. I was terrified. Back in the safety of the car park I was now able to say the prayer that St Peter had said at the top- “It is wonderful for us to be here”.

GIVE BLOOD

Today Wednesday 30th March and tomorrow Thursday 31st March from 4.30pm to 8.30pm each day the national blood transfusion unit will be visiting St Brigids Community Centre Loch Gowna. Regular donors are asked to encourage family friends and neighbours to donate as blood is urgently required.

OPERATION

TRANSFORMATION

Colmcille GAA Club in conjunction with St Christophers services are organising a 12 kilometre view of the lakes on Saturday 30th April (Bank Holiday Weekend). To register for the event contact the secretary - John Reilly on 085 7322857 or the chairperson Marie O’Reilly Keenan on 087 9032887.

MESA

Mesa Midland Support Agency which is a service which enables people with disabilities to access work. If there was anyone that was unable to attend in Granard on Monday please contact Brenda on 086 3872855.

EDDIE STONE

Eddie Stone will conduct an evening of prayer in St Patrick’s Church Ballinamuck on Friday 15th April from 7pm to 10pm. Everyone welcome.

LOTTO

The winning numbers at the Lotto held on 21/3/11 – 2,21,25,26. Prize winnners Noel Drake,Helen McGivney, Kay Kelly and Michelle Ledwith. Jackpot next week will be 8100 euro.

TABLE QUIZ

A table quiz to provide extra facilities at Leebeen Park Aughnacliffe will be held in Murtaghs Lounge on Friday 15th April starting at 9pm sharp. Cash prizes plus spots and a raffle will also be held on the night. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

QUIZ

Thank you. James Conefrey would like to thank all those who supported the recent fund raising table quiz in aid of Haiti. All those who came on the night also everyone who gave donations or helped in any way. The event was a huge success. Many thanks for your generous support.

ENROLMENT

It has been announced that there will be an enrolment open day at Rossan national school on Friday next 1st April from 1.30pm to 3pm. For further particulars contact the principal Margaret Kilbane on 071 9636129.