Lotto Draw - St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in The Angler’s Rest on Thursday 24th March. The winning numbers were 11, 12, 26, 29 with the jackpot of €3100 remaining in tact.
Consolation prizes of €20 each were won by the following. Liam Keogh, Leitrim, Dring, Longford. Ronan McGovern, Toome, Kilcogy, Longford. Moya Earley, Toome, Kilcogy, Longford. Sheila Keogh, Leitrim, Longford and Thomas McCabe, Aughanoran, Dring, Longford. Results of draw in Keogh’s will appear in this column in next edition of this newspaper. Forthcoming draw will take place in clubrooms. Tickets for same are now on sale at the usual outlets. Sellers are reminded to drop envelopes into Cloonagh P.O before 6.00p.m on Monday evening. Rota for this weekend is as follows. The Hideaway: Patrick Matthews. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: David Donohoe. If unable to sell please appoint a substitute.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has asked Loch Gowna donors to make a special effort to attend the clinic which will be held at St. Brigid’s Community Centre on this Wednesday 30th March and Thursday 31st March . Area Manager, John Healy urges another fifty donors to visit the mobile clinic in an effort to hit their all time target set in May 2009 of 259 donors. Traditionally holiday periods present a challenge for maintaining the blood supply and with the Easter Bank Holiday weekend approaching , all donors are asked to make special effort over the coming weeks to get to a clinic. The clinic will operate in Loch Gowna each day from 5.30p.m to 8.30pm. All concerned should note revised clinic opening times.
The census of population is taking place on Sunday night April 10th. A census enumerator has been calling to every house in the area over the past few weeks delivering the forms. These forms must be filled in on the night of April 10th and will be collected in the following weeks. Your help and co-operation would be very much appreciated.
Cadbury’s U-21 Championship
On Wednesday evening last a large contingent of supporters from the parish travelled to Páirc Tailteann, Navan to cheer on Longford in the Leinster U-21 Championship Semi-Final. The opposition was a much fancied Westmeath side who had accounted for Laois and Offaly on route to this stage of the competition. Westmeath were first off the mark and raced into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead. However the boys in Blue and Gold were undaunted and the nerves were settled when St. Columba’s ace John Keegan got his name on the score sheet with a brilliantly taken point. With further scores from the stylish James McGivney, J.J. Matthews and Robbie Smith Longford trailed by just on point at the interval. Though Westmeath forged further ahead on the resumption, Longford fought back to draw level and were awarded a free in the 58th minute. Once again James McGivney lived up to his reputation of being a top class free taker when like his brother David on the previous Saturday in the All Ireland Vocational Schools Final he sailed the ball between the posts to give his side a well deserved victory and a place in the Leinster Final. They now face Wexford in the Leinster Final at O’ Moore Park, Portlaoise on Wednesday 6th April. We compliment J.J., John, James and their team mates on reaching this stage and wish them well for the future
Cavan’s Got Talent
As previously mentioned Stephanie Donohoe, Springstown is participating in Cavan’s Got Talent competition, which is taking place at the Imperial Bar, Cavan. The good news is that Stephanie has won her way through to the next stage of the competition which will be staged at the same venue on this Friday 1st April. To accommodate her supporters, Stephanie has organized a bus to take them to Cavan on this Friday night. Pick up points and times are as follows. Abbeylara 7.30p.m. Granard 8.00p.m. Mullinalagha 8.15p.m. Kilcogy X 8.30p.m and Killadoon 8,40. If bus is not suitable local taxi man Michael Reilly will be available. Michael can be contacted on 087 9833996. May we take this opportunity to wish Stephanie good luck and we urge all to turn up on the night and give her the support that she deserves. The feedback is that this competition has been very enjoyable and entertaining.
On this Saturday night 2nd April Killeen / Bunlahy community group will launch their vintage and static show in Creegan’s of Bunlahy with a host of Irish music. All local and visiting musicians are welcome. With such an array of talent lined up, it promises to be a very entertaining night. The usual raffle will take place with refreshments being served. The vintage and static show will take place on Easter Sunday on the farm of John Joe and Anne Marie Reilly and their family at Kilcourcey, Edgeworthstown. The organising committee look forward to a great day with a bigger and better show this year.