This correspondent wishes to acknowledge a letter received recently from Fr. Michael Kiernan in Sacramento, California in which he enclosed a cheque for the new playground facility in Ballinamuck. The letter and contents have been passed on to the committee and no doubt they are sincerely appreciative of same. Míle Buíochas.

Community Games Art results

Under 8 Girls: 1st Place Ava Gorman, 2nd Maria McKenna, Under 8 Boys: Cian Gray, 2nd: Ashley Weafer, 3rd: Jared Weafer, Under 10 Girls: 1st Ella McKenna, 2nd Michelle McGee, 3rd Ciara Culliney, Under 10 Boys: 1st Sean Hourican, Under 12 Girls: 1st Aoife Donnelly, 2nd Michelle Hughes, 3rd Sinead McKenna; Under 12 Boys: 1st David McKenna, 2nd Paul McGee; Under 14 Girls: 1st Linda Heaney, 2nd Sara Connell, 3rd Abby O’Neill; Under 14 Boys: 1st Gerard McKenna 2nd Shane Haga. Model Making results - Under 10 Girls: 1st Ciara Culliney; Under 10 Boys: 1st Oran Hourican 2nd James Hourican/ Liam Culliney; Under 12 Boys: 1st Declan Hagan; Under 14 Boys: 1st Cathal  Culliney. All the 1st place winners are through to the county finals in Longford in June. Congratulations to all participants and many thanks to all who were involved in organising the event.



Ballinamuck Bingo continues every Tuesday at 8.30pm. We would like to thank all those who continue to support us on a regular basis. You overwhelming asked that we keep to the 8.30 start time and we are happy to oblige .The chairman would like to thank all the committee who turnout every Tuesday night to make sure that the bingo runs smoothly and makes it a continued success. The bingo ensures that the 98 hall  is available for anyone in the parish to use and is currently used by BJs youth club, Cladagh dancing school , Eamon Cunnis dancing, Ballinamuck ICA, Ballinamuck Community Asdociation, St Patricks national school, pastoral council, Ballinamuck Enhancement, County Longford Youth Service, Ballinamuck defibrillator scheme, Drumlish /Ballinamuck community games and Ballinamuck enterprise and many more. Our newly refurbished meeting room is used on a regular basis and can booked by calling us any time. We undertook a €55,000 replacement of the roof with help from LCRL and have plans to refurbish the interior of the building to ensure the continued availability of the hall.

Drumlish/Granard wedding

The wedding took place in Enybegs Church on April 12th of Mary, youngest daughter of Matty & Mary Connell, Ballymore, Granard and Tony, only son of Anthony & Mary Gearty, Drumlish. Fr. Casey celebrated the Nuptial Mass with beautiful singing and music by Kathryn Hosey, Rosemarie Quinn and Brendan Daly. The bride wore a beautiful ivory satin dress and was attended by her sister, Gretta Connell-Meek as chief bridesmaid, her best friend Fiona MacMahon and her niece Christina Connell as bridesmaids. The groom had best friends Benny Carolan as bestman and Seamus Mullervy and nephew Adam Maher as groomsmen.  Flower girl on the day was Ms Chloe Connell-Meek and pageboy was Master Ciaran Kane. The reception attended by a large gathering of family and friends was held in the Pikers Lodge, Gowna where everyone enjoyed a lovely meal and a great night of dancing to the band “The Urge”. We join their families and friends in wishing Tony and Mary every blessing, good health and happiness in the future.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

The above service will visit St. Brigid’s Community Centre, Lough Gowna on Monday next, April 28th and Tuesday, April 29th from 5.00 – 8.30pm. Please note days and clinic opening times. Your support in donating blood would be sincerely appreciated, and your blood could help save a life.

James has article published

Congratulations to James Cawley, youngest son of Jim and Gabrielle, Drumlish, on the publication of a wonderful article recently in Spoke Out IWA Magazine entitled “Out for the Laugh”. James is a final year student of a Bachelor of Arts Degree Course in Business and Geography at The National University of Ireland Maynooth, What is unique about James is the fact that although he was born with a physical disability he has never lost his sense of humour, has never been daunted by real challenges in life and he has never allowed his disability to hinder his progress in any way. This young man is a man of great courage and fortitude, has a word and a smile for everyone, has many friends and has made many new ones over the years and has learned in spite of his disability to live independently. What a courageous guy. !. Hats off to you James. In the article he says:” Going out should be a relaxing activity with little planning or thought involved” Unfortunately this is not always so for wheelchair users like James. He pays a wonderful tribute to his parents and siblings. James’ article can be downloaded in full on spinout.ie. He even gives some of his favourite social hot spots in Longford a mention. It is definitely worth a read. Well done James and continued success to you. Everyone is very proud of you.


Composting Demonstration will take place at the rear of the Poly Tunnel on Main Street on Thursday, 24th April at 4.30 pm. This is a unique opportunity to learn what can be done with all green and brown waste... would be of particular interest to those who have large green areas and lots of grass clippings i.e. residents committee’s from / or around the village - Environment Officer, Gary Brady will be on board to give the demonstration. Spread the word -

Bio Diversity Workshop

Drumlish Tidy Town’s and Drumlish Library in association with St. Mary’s National School are meeting on Saturday morning 26th April 10a.m. to do a bio-diversity workshop. i.e.  we will attempt to identify and list at least 6 species of plant, animal and bug from the verges and hedgerow near the Mill River. The water from the river will also be checked for the organisms dwelling therein. What we find will tell us a lot about the water quality in the river. Join us at the Library at 10a.m. to join this fun morning. Parents must accompany younger children.

Melodies in May

Longford County Choir will be in concert at St. Mary’s Church, Drumlish on Sunday, 4th  May next (Bank Holiday weekend). This fundraiser is for Heritage projects within the village - Tickets are available locally at the Post Office, Centra, Costcutters and from choir members.

Host families needed

Host families are needed for Spanish students attending a summer camp in Moyne CS, for 3 weeks in July.  Payment for the 3 weeks is €550 and anyone can participate.  For more information, contact Maeve on  085 8391939 or moynesummercamp2014@gmail.com.

Cycle in aid of Cancer Research

Paul McCormack, Ken Kerrigan, Donal Madden and Martin McGee (Jun), will cycle doing the “Tour De West” on 10th /11th May from Ballymahon to Sligo and back - a distance of 250 kilometres in aid of Cancer Research. We join their families and friends in wishing them well in their endeavours.  Sponsorship is needed for this charity run. Cards available from the cyclists.

Anyone interested in participating in this cycle should contact Donal Madden on 043-3324102 for training details.

Graves for Sale
We wish to remind you that graves are available for sale at the reduced rate of €700 for a three grave family plot, €470 for a two grave family plot and €235 for a single grave until 1st July 2014. After 1st July graves will revert to the standard prices of €900, €600 and €300. If you are interested in buying a grave or would like any further information please contact Brendan Daly on 087 7717886, Seamus Mimnagh 086 8622298 or any committee member.


DancingClasses with Eamonn Cuniss, continue on Sunday evenings in the ‘98 Hall. Please note change of time from 8pm – 10.00pm. Everyone welcome.

Cairn Hill Challenge

The 2nd Annual Cairn Hill Challenge 10 mile and 10km Road Race will take place on Sunday, May 3rd starting out at Drumlish Community Centre and taking the same routes as last year. In conjunction with this years’ event, an informal walking/running/ jogging group is being organised. This fun group will act as preparation for the big race and getting fit generally. It will start on February 11th at 7pm at Drumlish Community Centre and will be led by expert coach Brendan Doyle from Longford. This is a wonderful opportunity for runners, walkers, joggers and athletes of all abilities to get together and get fit in a relaxed setting while preparing for the May Bank Holiday. It costs only €2 a session and running shoes and a desire to get fit are all that’s required! Please contact Colin on 0860761556 for details.

Canonisation of Blessed John Paul II

In remembrance of Blessed John Paul II special trip to Clonmacnoise as part of his visit to Ireland in 1979, Holy mass will be celebrated by Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnoise on Sunday, 27th April at 3pm on the ruins of the Monastery at Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly, marking the canonisation of Blessed John Paul II. All are welcome.


The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is from May 27th – June 1st. The five night fully inclusive price is €699. To book contact Joe Walsh Tours, 145 Lr. Baggot Street Dublin 2 Telephone 01-2410812 or 01-2410811, St. Mary’s Parish Athlone Pilgrimage to Poland takes place from June 2nd to June 9th. Lough Derg Three Day Pilgrimage from 30th May or One Day Retreats from May 3rd. Posters at back of Churches have all information necessary for all pilgrimages.

Recent Deaths

McKenna: The death took place recently of Margaret McKenna Cloonaugh Upper. To her sons Pat, Greg, James and Michael, daughters Margaret, Rose and Mary, brother Michael and his wife Rose, Cashel Co. Tipperary, brother Tom and his wife Bridie, USA and sisters Rose and husband Hughie King USA, and Mary Kate Browne USA, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces relatives and friends we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy.

Donnelly: The death took place recently of Brigid Donnelly, (nee Cassidy), Shanmullagh, Ballinamuck.T o her sons James and Hugh, daughters Kathleen, Áine, Angela, Mary and Breege, sister Mary Whitney, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy. Go ndéana Dia Trócaire ar a n-anaim dílís.