St. Helen’s bow out

St. Helen’s bow out

Hard Luck to St Helens Junior team who were defeated by Dunedin Connolly’s, Edinburgh on Sunday last. But never mind the team acquitted themselves very well and must take consolation that they were defeated by an older and stronger team on the day. This St.Helen’s team have shown great tenacity, great skill, super fitness and a “never say die attitude” throughout this campaign. Throughout all their matches these girls have been a credit to their parents and families and mentors who are all very proud of them . So well done to one and all. You have brought great pride to your community and Parish and indeed to County Longford. So heads up, everyone is full of admiration for all your efforts and in achieving a Leinster title. Next year is another year and sure the Under 18 competition is looming and we all look forward to that. The team was represented by Bronagh Brady, Ellie Columb, Kerrie Donnelly, Leah Donnelly, Katie Mc Kenna, Sinéad Corrigan,, Ailish Noonan, Laura Burke, Aisling O’Hara, Della McLoughlin, Mairead O’Reilly, Ciara Donnelly, Leanna Keane, Sinéad Hughes, Sarah Murphy, Catríona O’Hara, Patricia O’Hara, Orla Noonan, (Captain), Emma Farley, Emma Davis, Rachel Murphy, and Louise Quinn. The team was managed by Ken Leonard, Cian Brady, Stephen Cosgrove and Joe Leonard.

Under 21 victory

Congratulations to the Fr. Manning Gaels under 21 team which won the under 21 “A” Championship on Friday night last defeating Killoe by 1-13 to 1-7. Well done to the team management of Frank McNamee, Seamus Noonan and Michael Mulleady, (Incidentally Seamus Noonan is involved with this team since their under 14 days). Congratulations to Diarmuid Cooney who received the “Man of the Match “ award ,and was presented with the late Jimmy Tully Trophy. This was a busy week for Diarmuid as he also graduated from DCU with an Honours degree in Accountancy and Finance. Diarmuid was also made a member of the County senior panel recently. He is the son of Johnny and Eileen Cooney Barraghmore. We wish him well in the future and say well done on all his achievements to date.

80th birthday

Congratulations to Joe Sullivan, Kilmahon on celebrating his 80th birthday this week. We send you greetings for this special occasion and hope you celebrate many more in the years ahead.

21st Birthday

Congratulations to Karen Gill, daughter of Kathleen and Thomas Gill, Brucklagh who celebrated her 21st birthday recently with her family in London. Karen is currently studying in France, and we send her best wishes for the future.

White Collar Boxing

 Preparations are now well under way for our eagerly anticipated  White Collar Boxing night in Drumlish Community Centre on Saturday night 7th December. There will be 10 bouts on the night which promises to be a great evenings’ entertainment.  There will be a bar extension on the night.  Many famous names from the area and outside have signed up to take part with some mouth-watering fights lined up.  It’s a long time since there has been a Boxing event in our area and the night will no doubt bring back fond memories of the glory days of St Vincent’s boxing club which produced numerous Longford/ Westmeath and Leinster champions in the past.  The club are raising funds for a new grass pitch facility to cater for our ever expanding club. There is an average of 120 children aged between 6 and 16 playing each year and the addition of a Senior team this season has brought a further 50 players into the club and we hope to have 2 teams at this level next season.  So why not come and enjoy a great nights’ entertainment on December 7th at Drumlish Community Centre as well as supporting the clubs fundraising efforts.

Launch of “Echo Fields”

Congratulations to Sr. Rose Moran, Newtownforbes who will launch her second book – a book of poetry called “Echo Fields” in Longford Library on Tuesday 26th November at 7.30pm. This book is being launched by Noel Monaghan and all are welcome. Sr. Rose was the Diocesan Catechist before her retirement and launched her first book “From Dawn through Dark” in April 2012 published by Turner publications. The first edition is sold out and it is currently being reprinted. We join her family friends and sisters in community in wishing Sr. Rose every success with the launch of “Echo Fields” and hopefully it will be a best seller for her.

Cilleo Yew Tree Players

Our upcoming production of ‘A Stolen Child’ directed by Mickey Kenny will take to the stage on Saturday 30thNovember, Sunday 1st December and Monday 2nd December in Ennybegs Community Centre. Booking lines will open on November 20th. Tickets cost 10euro. Booking is essential so please call  087-2911994  to book your ticket. A great nights entertainment not to be missed!

Ballinamuck Diary
A meeting of Ballinamuck community enterprise will take place on Wednesday 20th in the visitor centre at 9pm. Planning for next years visit from our twinning friends in Essert will take place .All members are asked to attend . Ballinamuck Senior Citizens Christmas Party will take place in the ‘98Hall 2.30 – 6.30pm on Sunday 8th December. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you on the day. Anyone wishing to entertain on the day please contact Mary Breslin on 086-1777294. The Annual Church Gate Collection for the Ballinamuck Senior Citizen’s Party will take place on Sunday 1st December. Please give generously. Thank you. Ballinamuck Bingo is now at 8.30pm every Tuesday. Nightly prize fund of €1300 .Everyone welcome ! Ballinamuck Children’s Choir practice with Mairead Whelan & Enda McKenna Tuesday 12th November in St. Patrick’s Church from 6.15 – 6.50pm. Autumn Station Masses take place in the Ballinamuck area of the parish. If you are willing to host a station in your area please contact Fr.Patsy. Ballinamuck National School say thanks - The pupils and staff from St.Patrick’s NS Ballinamuck thank all who supported their Annual bake sale for Goal in October, raising a total of €871.00. The CEO of Goal Barry Andrews and Tiernan Dolan will accept this cheque in the near future. This money will be used to help with the recent disaster in the Phillipines.

Minor AGM

St Vincent’s Minor Club AGM will take place on Saturday 30th November in the clubhouse, Monaduff at 8pm. All parents, mentors and players are invited to come along. Our aim is to provide all children in the parish with Gaelic training in a secure and safe environment and we hope you will come along and support us in anyway. See you there !


Congratulations to Breda Murphy, Cloonaugh, Drumlish and Nuala Toolan, Ballagh, Newtownforbes, both of whom received a BA degree in Business Enterprise and Community Development at Athlone RTC recently. Well done girls.!

New album

“Fields of Home” is the title of the new album from Mick Flavin and his band. We wish you continued success with this new CD Mick.

Paddy is Jamie’s Hero

The Nertney family featured on TV3 on Thursday morning last when Jamie Nertney won Ireland AM’s local Legend Competition. Jamie submitted details about his adored granddad Paddy. In recognition of Jamie’s outstanding achievement TV3 subsequently decided to film at the local school, much to all the children’s delight. This was part of a competition run by TV3 who are visiting every county in Ireland looking for a local legend. All primary schoolchildren are being asked to take part and to nominate someone they feel deserves the title Local Legend. Indeed you are Paddy and well done to your grandson Jamie. Together with the local community I wish Jamie well and congratulate him on this wonderful achievement and I wish you Paddy and Mary every success and hope you win it outright.. The programme was aired last Thursday at 11.00am and was a great success.

Text Alert

The 5 euro contribution towards the text alert in your area is now needed for renewal of the scheme. Please put your contribution in the envelopes provided and give to any committee member.

Community Centre

We have organised indoor underage coaching for all under 8/10 for October and November in the Community  Centre Drumlish. This will be a 45 minute session which will be aimed at improving skills of each player. It will finish up with a Xmas party for all kids to finish out year. Under 8 Fridays 6.30-7.15 Under 10 Fridays 7.15-8. All Welcome.


Heritage & History Society

The newly formed Drumlish Heritage & History Society will meet at 7pm in Axel Foley’s on Monday night 25th November. Jude Flynn from Longford Historical Society will be in attendance. All are welcome.

Social Club

The next get-together will be held in Monaduff on Saturday 23rd November from 3.00 – 5.00pm. The Christmas dinner and party is on Saturday 14th December from 2– 6pm. If you wish to come to the party, please give your name to any of the committee members.

Community Employment Scheme

The following is a letter from the Directors of Dromard DevelopmentAss. Ltd and Drumlish Enterprise Group Ltd. From November 11th 2013, the companies of Dromard Development Association Ltd. and Drumlish Enterprise Group Ltd. that sponsor the Community Employment \Scheme in Dromard, Colmcille, Drumlish/Ballinamuck parishes are amalgamating. This amalgamation came about due to a directive from the Department of Social Protection transferring all Childcare workers out from individual CE Scheme Sponsor Companies into one specialised sponsor company in the county.This initiative will result in enhanced training facilities and will maximise employment opportunities for all childcare workers in the County. The Volunteer Board of Directors of both companies, having agreed this amalgamation will meet over the next 4 months to agree a change of name for Dromard Development association Ltd which will represent all areas. Drumlish Enterprise Group Ltd will be would up by its Volunteer Directors. To facilitate a smooth transitionthe participants/Staff from both parishes will be contracted to Dromard Development Association Ltd. from 11th November 2013 to 7th November 2014.the Board of Directors and Staff will then come together under a new name and will continue to be located in the GAA Clubrooms Legga. The Staff/Participants will continue under the supervision of Thomas gill from November 2013. While change is not always welcomed, the Board of Directors of each company see this change, as an opportunity to adapt and best serve the achievement of our commonly held goals i.e.to continue to provide a community employment scheme in the parishes to enhance, update, develop and improve the infrastructure, facilities, environs, and general well being of the communities we live in.

Please accept or heartfelt thanks for the support of all communities since the inception of the schemes. Our special thanks to past Volunteer Directors who took on the responsibility of best practice corporate governance of limited companies, whose hard work and dedication in identifying and implementing the community projects which has enhanced all sectors of our communities and developed opportunities, training and skills to participants/staff. Dromard Development Association Ltd, would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to their retired supervisor Aiden Reynolds, for his significant contribution to the company in providing guidance to all staff, Management etc and supervising all of this with a cheerful and supportive attitude that gave everyone involved the confidence that everything would be done correctly. Finally the Board of Directors wish to thank all volunteers who ,over the years assisted in the management of the Community Employment Schemes in Dromard and Drumlish This letter was written for and on behalf of the Board of Directors of Dromard Development Association Ltd and Drumlish Enterprise Group Ltd.


Rassaun Craft Group thank everyone who took part in our Charity Sale held in Ballinamuck on November 10th – our sponsors, our friends, our helpers, and particularly those of you who joined us on the day and helped us to raise the amazing sum of just over €3,800 – divided equally between the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Stop Suicide. Both charities thank you sincerely for such invaluable support.

Pensions Clinic

Co.Longford Citizens Information Service is holding a Pensions Clinic every Tuesday morning from 10.00am – 1.00pm specifically for the purpose of assisting people with social insurance records to establish their pension eligibility and entitlement. To make an appointment contact CIS0761075890.

Badminton Club

Badminton will take place in Drumlish Community Centre every Thursday night at 9.00pm. New members welcome and beginners particularly welcome.

Car boot sale

Drumlish Village and Area Enhancement –  are gathering for another car boot sale and welcome any recyclable and saleable items that you no longer have use for. Contact Dympna 043-3324538 or any member of our Area Enhancement or Tidy Town Team – items can be collected if necessary.

Recent Deaths

Rehill: The death took place recently at St. Vincent’s Hospital Dublin of Thomas William Rehill, Shanmullagh, Ballinamuck. Predeceased by his sons, Thomas and Johnny. RIP. To his wife Sarah, sisters-in-law, cousins relatives and friends we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy.

Gray-Quinney: The death occurred this week of Mary Gray-Quinney Currabawn Drumlish, wife of the late George and sister of the late Tom, Christy, Bertie and Jimmy. To her sister Kathleen Conroy(New York) sister-in-law Bridie Gray (Ennybegs), nephews, nieces, relations friends and neighbours we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy.

Duffy: The death has occurred in England of Pakie Duffy late of Lettergullion in his 92nd year.. To his brothers John and Tom, sisters Kathleen(Drumlish), Eileen(Ballinasloe), Mary (Dublin) Anna(USA) and Betty(England) nephews, nieces, in-laws, relatives and friends we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anaim dílís.


Pupils and staff from St. Patricks National School Ballinamuck would like to sincerely thank all the people of the community who supported their annual bake sale for Goal in October. The amount raised was €871.00 which is a credit to everyone involved.