Esker Hall centenary commemoration project

Esker Hall centenary commemoration project

June of this year will mark the centenary of the opening of Esker Hall. On June 11, 1915 the former school opened as a hall to serve the needs of the people of the parish of Killoe. Over the years the hall served as a social focal point for the people, holding dances, meeting, a cinema and a polling station as well as other events until its closure in the early 80s. As the centenary approaches, we are holding a meeting to discuss plans to carry out works at the site of the hall, to culminate in an unveiling on the first Sunday in June. This plan for the site is detailed in the parish plan published in 2011. The meeting will take place in Ennybegs Community Centre on Wednesday, February 4th at 8.30pm. Details of the plan will be discussed with submissions sought from any interested parties. A committee to spearhead the project will be formed and voluntary labour to carry out the works involved will be sought. A facebook page under the title ‘Esker Hall Centenary Commemoration Project’ will be set up in the coming days to show the progress of the project, as well as memories and photos of the hall from previous years. Memories and/or photos of events held in the hall can be given at the meeting or subsequently to members of the committee or alternatively can be emailed to

Dinner dance

Emmet Og GFC Killoe annual dinner dance event will be held on Saturday, 31 January 2015 in the Longford Arms Hotel Longford. Tickets cost 30 euro pp and are now available from Jimmy Halpin Tel 086 4107389, Frankie Toher Tel 087 4100221, Bernie Brady Tel 086 1690493, Thomas Quinn Tel 087 9248311,Thomas Donohoe Tel 087 2704184. Dinner will be served at 8pm followed by music from the brilliant Pascal, Liz and Dave Band. A special guest appearance (‘and it won’t be me’) to present the medals will be in attendance on the night. A resounding event filled with fun and frolics is guaranteed for everyone in attendance. Enjoy ! Enjoy !

Killoe old graveyard

Booklets titled “Resting in peace in old Killoe” costing 5 euro each now available from Frank Hughes or any committee member or Hughes shop, Ennybegs. Booklet includes a map showing location of headstones/ tombstones and listed names of those resting places.


Longford branch of Arthritis Ireland are holding a six week self management course for persons of all age groups who may be living with this challenging condition. Course commences on Tuesday, 3 February 2015 at 7pm in the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown. To register for “Living Well with Arthritis” course Tel 01 6470206.


Position now available for administrative secretary in the FAS Killoe/Newtownforbes area with provision of accredited training to support one’s career. Please check your local DSP Employment Services to confirm eligibility for above vacancy. Further details contact Tony Mahon parish hall, Newtownforbes, Co Longford.


Lotto numbers drawn weekend 18/1/15 – 14, 22, 29, 30. No jackpot winner. 20 euro winners Ailish Noonan, Drumlish; James Noonan, c/o F Toher; Gerry Rowley, Knockloughlin; Brian Gallogly, Creenagh; Frank Donlon, Longford. Sellers prize: Bernie Brady. Jackpot 2,200 euro.


Now recommenced a six week yoga course in the Thomas Ashe Hall, Ballinalee on Tuesday nights from 8-9.30pm with your reliable teacher Maureen Bracken. Further information contact tel 043 3323196.

Church notes

St Mary’s Ennybegs, Masses Wednesday/ Thursday at 10am, Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 8pm, Sunday 11am (months memory Michael Keogh, Cartron). Exposition blessed sacrament in both churches on Wednesday 6-9pm. Catholic school week 25 – 30 January 2015. Prayer service in the school on a daily basis with grandparents day on Wednesday and a daily thought theme of love, truth, kindness, joy and justice. We wish all grandparents great health and happiness and the gift to continue enriching their faith in their grandchildren.

Gulladoo Centre

An addiction treatment centre based in Kilclare Carrick on Shannon for anyone who feels they may have a problem with addiction and would like to speak with a counsellor on a very private, personal level. Further information contact Martin, Tel 071 9640001 086 8638842.

Community Games

Congratulations to our indoor soccer teams: U10 girls, U10 boys and U13 boys, which are all through to the semi-finals on Saturday, 7th February. Well done to all who took part and thanks to the managers Mark Leonard, John Hughes, Aidan Keogh and Alan Reynolds for their hard work and commitment Killoe Community Games Art and Model Making Competitions will take place from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on Sunday, the 8th February in Enybegs Community Centre. The age categories for Art are U8, U10, U12, U14, and U16 for boys and girls. All art entries must have a Community Games theme. Any entry may be a drawing, painting, collage or cartoon. Drawing paper will be provided for all competitors. Please bring your own crayons, pencils, colours, collage materials etc.

The age categories for Model Making are U10, U12, U14 and U16 for boys and girls. Please bring your own modelling clay and accessories. All exhibits must have a Community Games theme and any materials may be used. Only entries completed at this event will be suitable for judging. All first place winners in each age group will go forward to the County Final. We would like to wish our U10 and U12 boys and girls the best of luck in the county handwriting final in St. Matthew’s N.S. Ballymahon on Monday, 2nd February.

Cullyfad Bingo

Cullyfad bingo this Wednesday night and every Wednesday night at 8.30pm. This week the bonus number is worth €1,400 with €800 to be won on “Spin the Wheel”. So come along for a good night’s entertainment. We look forward to meeting you.