Christmas day run

Christmas day run

The Annual Christmas Day Run from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro in aid of the Longford branch of MS Ireland is being organised again for the 23rd year. As a result of this event approximately €170,000 has been raised for Multiple Sclerosis. All are welcome to participate, further details and sponsorship cards are available from Michael Flood, Newtowncashel (Tel: 086-0880855); Brigid Mullooly, Lanesborough (Tel: 04333-21019); L and K’s Village Shop in Newtowncashel or O’Brien’s Corner Shop, Lanesboro. All participants will receive a free t-shirt kindly sponsored by Peter Hanley Motors. Walkers will start from the Hill at 11.45 am and runners at 12.15, the finish is then at the Hall in Lanesboro where refreshments are available. We would greatly appreciate your support as this is in aid of a very worthy cause.

Art exhibition

People throughout the County of Longford and further afield were shocked and saddened at the wanton destruction of the bird sculptures in the village of Newtowncashel. So much so that Ballymahon Tidy Towns taskforce are organising an Art Auction in Ballymahon to ensure that the bird sculptures will be replaced. Many of the other Tidy Towns committees in the county are supporting this worthy cause as well. This is a show of solidarity that any type of vandalism can never destroy a thing of beauty. Artists and painting groups are donating a piece of art for this auction. This is a wonderful gesture by the public outside of this parish. We hope many people will come and support this worthy cause and bring home a piece of art in memory of the occasion. Viewing of the exhibition will be available from Wednesday the 27th. It will take place in Cooney’s Hotel in Ballymahon on Friday night the 29th of November at 9:00pm. The auctioneer on the night will be Deputy Luke “Ming” Flanagan TD

Tanto time

IT’S PANTO TIME AGAIN…oh no it isn’t...oh yes it is!!! Students from Ballymahon Vocational School are getting ready to take on the Dickens classic “Scrooge; A Christmas Carol”. Why not join Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in a show that will provide much interaction with the audience. So get ready to embark on a pantomime experience like no other! Ballymahon Vocational School has a strong and rich history in pantomime and drama, dating back over the years, and patrons can be assured of a show full of drama, comedy and dance, with a few surprises each night!!! The show will hit the stage in the Vocational School on December 4th, 5th and 6th. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show will start at 8.00pm. Adults €10.00. Children/Students/OAPs €5.00. Prizes galore each night! Book your ticket at (090) 643 2211. Students from BVS would really appreciate your support!

Child safeguarding

A meeting of parents of altar servers will be held in the Church on Wednesday November 20th at 8.00pm, to review and update Child Safeguarding procedures and arrangements. At least one parent of each server is requested to attend please.

Heart check

Pulsewave Ireland will offer heart and artery screening at the Longford Arms Hotel on Friday November 22nd. Results will be evaluated on site and a printout provided for follow up discussion with your GP. For appointments, telephone (087) 699 5357, or see Cost, Adults €40.00, couple €60.00, Medical Card/OAP €30.00, Child €20.00.

A Wake in the West

Lough Ree Theatre Company will perform “A Wake in the West”, a three-act comedy by Michael Ginelly, in Ballyleague Hall on Saturday November 23rd and Sunday November 24th, Curtain at 8.30pm sharp. Proceeds in aid of St Faithleach’s GAA Club. Tickets are available from the Club and various local outlets. Adult admission €10.00. Children’s tickets will be available at the door.

Do this in memory

The children for First Holy Communion and their parents will participate in the liturgy on Sunday next November 24th.

Junior choir

The Junior Choir will rehearse in the Church on Saturday afternoon next, November 23rd. All children are welcome!