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Longford County Fleadh Cheoil

Longford County Fleadh Cheoil

The annual church gate collection for Longford County Fleadh takes place on 28th & 29th March outside all churches in Co. Longford. Your support would be gratefully appreciated. Competition entries for the Longford County Fleadh Cheoil will be taken in the Green, Edgeworthstown, on Saturday, 28th March from 11.00am to 1.00pm. For further information telephone Ann at 086-8211388 or email longfordcomhaltas@gmail.com Membership for 2014/2015 – You may still register to become a member of the Joe Callaghan CCE. Registration forms are available from Pauline Flood in the Green on Saturday mornings or by contacting longfordcomhaltas@gmail.com.

Parish Dance

This years annual Parish Dance will take place on Easter Sunday night 5th April in the Stag’s Head. Music by Outback. Admission is €10 with all funds raised going towards the repainting project for St. James’ church, Clonbroney. Door prize on the night of one nights B&B and an evening meal in Kilronan Castle. Anyone who wishes to help sell tickets or to donate spot prizes, please contact Micheál Carrigy. Ticket sellers also going door to door in the next two weeks. Please support.

Charity Dinner Dance

Lough Rynn Castle is holding a charity dinner dance in aid of The Motor Neurone Disease Association on Saturday, 4th April. Music on the night by Gobsmacked and special guests. Tickets cost €45 per person, which includes arrival drinks and five course meal. Tickets on sale from hotel reception.

Engaged

Congratulations to Leanne Forster, Gurteenreevagh and John Paul Sheridan, Arva who recently got engaged and celebrated in Rawle’s this weekend.

Congratulations

To Martin Farrell who was recently re-elected as chairman of Fine Gael for the Granard Municipal District.

Choir Practice

There will be a choir practice on Monday, 30th March at 8pm to prepare for the Easter ceremonies. All members are asked to attend. New members welcome.

County U-21s

Hard luck to Dessie Reynolds who was a member of the county U-21 football team. They were defeated in the Leinster semi-final by reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin during the week. Ciaran Fox was also a member of the management team.

Lotto

Numbers drawn 1, 6, 10, 18. 3 x €20 Kay Dalton, Castlebrock; Devina Murphy, c/o Murph’s Bar, Teresa Brady, c/o P.O. Seller’s prize Pat Devine. Draw takes place in Farrell’s pub on Monday at 9pm for the month of March. Jackpot is €1,500.

Church notices

First Confession for the children preparing for First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Holy Trinity Church today Wednesday at 7.30pm. Annual Lenten Penance Service in Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday, 31st March at 8pm. Confessions every Saturday in Holy Trinity Church from 5.30 - 6pm.

Yew Tree Players

Present their annual play on 28th, 29th and 30th March at 8.30pm in Ennybegs Community Centre. This years play is called Many Young Men of Twenty by J. B. Keane. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are €10. Contact number is 087 2911994.

Cookery Demonstration

Longford GAA are hosting a cookery demonstration with Gary O’Hanlon, head chef in Viewmount House and star of TV3’s The Restaurant on Monday, 30th March at 7.30pm in the Longford Arms. Tickets are €20. Contact Micheál Carrigy P.O.

Food basket

Each week at the Vigil and 11 am Masses there is a basket into which people are asked to donate an item of food (staple nutritional wholefood rather than processed food and ‘treats’ which contribute to toxicity and ill health). The basket is carried in the offertory procession recalling what the early Christians did when people brought gifts of bread, wine, and other items. Some of the bread and wine were used in the celebration of Mass, the rest was distributed to needy people. FUEL is also much needed. People who wish to donate fuel may put a note saying so into an envelope with their contact details and put the envelope into the basket. A member of the pastoral care outreach team will soon be in contact with them. Thank you for your generous and growing response to the baskets. Please continue to drop good whole food items into them each week, say if people make a note to ‘adopt’ a certain Sunday in the month as their Sunday for putting an item into the basket, it would spread the commitment and develop into something wonderful for others among us who are needy. Deliveries are made to our needy people early each week by a member of the Parish Pastoral Care Team in association with Granard Branch of Saint Vincent de Paul, therefore, donations of fresh vegetables and fruit are most welcome.