SYMPATHY: We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the late Ann (Cissie) Ryder nee Diamond, Ballinahinch, who passed away last Wednesday the 13th of February. Cissie was a larger than life character who lit up the lives of every one that she encountered. She was a very warm, witty and friendly person who will be sorely missed. Her death will leave a great vacuum in the community of Newtowncashel. May her soul rest in peace.
ALL IRELAND TALENT SEARCH: The very best of luck to Sarah Hanley and Wayne O’Malley, students from Vocational School Ballymahon who will compete in the All-Ireland Semi Final of the school talent search in aid of child line in Castlebar on Saturday 23rd February at 6.00pm. Sarah and Wayne would like to thank the teachers, staff and fellow students, family and friends for their continued support. There are 27 acts in total on the night and the three top acts will go through to the All-Ireland Final in The Helix on the 9th of March. Contact school or any member of the families for further details. We would also like to wish the best of luck to Justin Maguire, Carrickedmond, who is also a finalist on the night. Votes just cost €1.00 and your support would be greatly appreciated. All proceeds of the entire competition go directly to Child Line. A great night’s entertainment is assured for a very worthy cause.
SKITTLES AT FOIGHA: Skittles at Foigha is a fun-filled family evening taking place at Leavy’s of Foigha on Sunday February 24th from 4.00pm – 7.00pm. There will be skittles, games and music. This is a fundraising event for the Irish Children’s Pilgrimage Trust, http://www.irishpilgrimagetrust.com. An enjoyable evening is promised!
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: The Stations of the Cross is a devotion that may be performed at any time of the year but is particularly suited to the Lenten Season. Instead of the Rosary, the Way of the Cross will be followed in the Church on the Fridays of Lent at 7.30pm. All are urged to make a special effort to participate in this traditional devotion.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: 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.
STATIONS: The Spring Stations take place from Monday February 4th to Thursday February 28th. The households hosting the upcoming stations are as follows: POLLAGH, Monday February 18th, at the home of Maureen and PJ Dowd; LOUGHAWN AND DERMEANA, Tuesday February 19th, at the home of Kathleen Clarke; DRUMNEE AND SAINTS’ ISLAND, Thursday February 21st, at the home of Bríd and Michael Hopkins; CLERAUN AND LISMAGAWLEY, Monday February 25th, at the home of Anna and James Costello; FORTHILL, Tuesday February 26th, at the home of Rachael and Mark Bermingham; CROSS AND CLARAS, Thursday February 28th, at the home of Gráinne and Joseph Mulvihill. Confessions at 7.45pm. Mass at 8pm.
INFORMATION EVENING: County Longford VEC hosts an Information Evening in the Longford Arms Hotel on Monday February 25th from 5.00pm – 7.30pm to provide adults with information and advice on full time and part time VEC courses. All are welcome.
Thanks: A sincere thanks to all who contributed to our annual church gate collection and Christmas fast. A total of €958.00 was raised which included a few generous donations once again a sincere thanks to everyone concerned.
WEDDING: Congratulations to both Kevin Chapman and Louise Kearney who got married last weekend.
Meeting: There will be a meeting of the Parents Association of St Mary’s National School on Wednesday, 20th February at 9pm in the GAA clubhouse. The main subject for discussion is our entry in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Lanesboro and parents of children who wish to participate are encouraged to attend.