Our Roots in Stone

Our Roots in Stone

All are welcome to the launch of Luke Baxter’s “Our Roots in Stone” at 9pm this Friday, 6th December in Lyons Red Pub. “Our Roots in Stone”, published by Luke Baxter in association with Ardagh Tidy Towns Committee, documents the gravestones and memorials in the lower churchyard (opposite the community centre) and in St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland churchyard, both of which were the burial grounds for the people of Ardagh prior to the establishment of Ardagh Cemetery at St Brigid’s Church in 1906. The book will be launched by Irish Times political editor, Stephen Collins, whose mother May Farrell is a native of Graffogue.

St. Vincent de Paul.

Edgeworthstown branch of St Vincent de Paul will hold church gate collection at all Masses in Edgeworthstown on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December. Your support is very much appreciated.

Tidy Town Lotto €4,050

Numbers drawn 6, 10, 25, 27. No winner €25 each to Helen Leavy, Cross; Peter Farrell, Moydow; Jimmy Farrell, Cross. Bingo every Tuesday night at 8.30pm.

Life Time Membership

In recognition of our success this year in winning the Intermediate Championship and to go towards the completion of our Parish Walkway, the club is now offering the opportunity to become a Life Time Member of St Patrick’s. Life Time Membership will mean that you are a member of the club for the rest of your life and will never pay an annual membership fee. Life Time members will be permanently recognised on a plaque at Keenan Park and will also be entitled to attend all club meetings and AGMs. Life Time members will also be entered into a draw for All Ireland Football and Hurling Final tickets every year. Funds raised from this initiative will go toward the completion of our Parish Walkway which is now under construction at our grounds. The Walkway will be for the benefit of all the community in Ardagh and will be open to everyone in our village and surrounding areas. So in addition to becoming a Life Time member of our GAA club your contribution will also benefit the community as a whole in Ardagh for many generations to come. The last time Life Time Membership was offered was in 1980 when, in tough times, many members of the community dug deep to ensure St Patrick’s had its own pitch to play on after 90 years of depending on the generosity of local farmers in kindly lending the club a field to play on - the club is still very grateful to them. And now, 34 years later, this opportunity has come around again. Perhaps you would consider becoming a Life Time Member of Ardagh St Patrick’s? Or perhaps gifting Life Time Membership to a loved one or family member at this Christmas time? Life Time Membership is priced at €200 per individual membership and this offer will be open for a limited period only. All Life Time Members will receive a Permanent Certificate of Life Time Membership of St Patrick’s GAA Club for your records or for display or as a gift to pass on. Life Time Membership can be purchased for yourself or for another individual. If you would like more information please contact Declan Kenny, Chairman (087 2995920), Mary O’Brien, Secretary (087 2718154), Imelda Keenan, Treasurer (086 3825449) or Martin Keane, Treasurer (087 9976899).

Afternoon of Christmas

Ardagh Ladybirds, Brownies and Guides invite everyone to an Afternoon of Christmas; Brownies present: Gold to Bethlehem; Guides bring you a Medieval Midwinter traditional Mummers Play and join the Ladybirds for a sing-song of Christmas favourites! Saturday, 14th December at 3pm in Ardagh Community Centre. Adults €5, children free - under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments and Raffle. This event is a fundraiser for activities for all three girl guide branches for the coming year, all support greatly appreciated. Tickets contact Carmel on 0863939513.

Fun run

2nd Annual Ardagh 16K Challenge & 5K Fun Run. Mark your calendars now Saturday, December 28, run through Ardagh Village and over Ardagh mountain. Advance booking now open, contact Michael Hayden for details.

Community Games

Chess & Draughts for AMG Community Games will be offered for the next two weeks to get some practice in before Christmas break. 5-6.30pm in the Heritage Centre on Friday December 6 and Friday December 13. All children interested in doing these two activities please attend. Our Community Games Youth activities on Friday evenings will start up in the New Year for table tennis, chess, draughts, etc. Congratulations to Brigette Lynch Scott, Leslie Finnan and all involved with AMG Community Games on their National win for their Healthy Events project. Over 20 people from Co. Longford travelled to the National Community Games Achievement Awards Night in Derry where AMG had the unique honour to receive the very 1st Healthy Events trophy for this brand new competition. Also recognised were the County winners for Longford: Killoe- Involvement Award, Turlough Farrelly (Killoe) Adult Recognition and Michaela Cox (Killashee) Youth Volunteer. Community Games would not be able to provide the wide variety of opportunities for children without all the dedication of its volunteers so a genuine thank you to everyone who gives so generously of their time to Community Games in Co. Longford.