Choir practice

Choir practice

There is a choir practice on Tuesday night next Dec 10th at 8pm in Holy Trinity Choir. All members are asked to please attend. New members only. Please note change of night.

Crib and Christmas tree

We will be turning on the lights on our village Christmas tree and crib on Sunday evening next at 7pm. We hope to see all locals there to join with us for some Christmas carols.


Santa will be visiting this Sunday at 3pm. All funds go towards the Chernobyl Children’s Project.


Numbers drawn 3, 8, 18, 23. No jackpot winner. 3 X 20 euro Joe Lynch, Dring; Paddy Berry, Stonepark; Frankie Brady, Aughavas, Lamagh. Sellers prize: Michael Carrigy. Draw on Monday in Farrells at 9pm.

Hillside Club

The club meeting today will be held in the Thomas Ashe Hall. AGM pencilled in for Wednesday December 11. Christmas party is fixed for Sunday January 26th. Lines are on sale locally for the annual draw to support the party. If you wish to donate prizes you drop them into Declan, Carmel or myself.

Social services

The annual Church gate collection takes place at both masses this weekend.


We have recently started work on cleaning Moatfarrell graveyard. We will follow with Old Clonbroney and then Bully’s Acre. I have secured two workers through the TUS scheme to carry out this work. Mowing costs, petrol etc is funded by the local community group. If you wish to make a donation towards this you can drop it into me in the PO.


Work is well underway in the playground. As I stated before we will be holding a fundraising event shortly to cover a shortfall. We are also looking for people to sponsor a picnic table and a park bench. Contact myself if you would like to.

Coffee morning

This year’s coffee morning will be held on the 8th of December, after Sunday mass (11am mass) in Ennybegs community centre and Thomas Ashe Hall, Ballinalee. This event is in aid of the following causes: 1 St Vincent de Paul Granard; 2 St Vincent de Paul Bethany House, Longford. St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has seen an increase of calls for assistance by 80% since 2008. This is the highest recorded figure in the last 169 years , in Ireland. One in four calls are people newly in need. This is due to various reasons such as unemployment, pay cuts, reduced hours etc. Bethany House is a St Vincent de Paul project in Longford town. This hostel emergency accommodation and support to women and children who become homeless secondary to domestic violence or other life crisis. Funding has been cut by 40,000 euro due to the economic downturn. Due to limited resources it relies on the goodwill of people to keep this project going. Last year’s event was very successful because of people’s overwhelming generosity. We ask you again to give what you can, no matter how small. Every little bit helps. It will go toward making families in the Longford/Granard area very happy this Christmas. Due to the increased need, money donations are the most valuable but we will be grateful for anything. We also will be collecting clothes, toys, non perishable foods, unwanted gifts and food vouchers or anything you feel will be valuable to the charity. A list of people wishing to donate fuel will be taken on the day turf, coal, briqettes etc. We cannot accept fuel on the day due to storage issues. We look forward to seeing you all there. If anyone cannot make it on the day and wishes to donate please contact us on 086 8100518. Thank you.