Congratulations Justin: Congratulations to Justin Mc Guire who came in third place last Saturday night in the All Ireland final of the All-Ireland Schools Talent Search competition which took place in the Helix theatre Dublin and which was recorded on the night for RTE television. This was a great achievement by Justin in this competition as back in October 2012 the competition started off at county level throughout Ireland with 3200 hopeful competitors. Justin who was representing his school Ballymahon Secondary school danced his way through the county, Leinster and All-Ireland semi-final heats to reach the All Ireland final itself and throughout the competition he got tremendous support from his school, his family his friend’s people from the parish and surrounding areas and from people throughout the County of Longford and Westmeath. Justin performed a dance which he choreographed himself entitled “A Lovely Madness” and the competition adjudicators on the night Keith Duffy, Paul Walsh, Lucia Evens and Michael O Halloran gave him a high mark for his entry brining him in third position and when the chairperson of the adjudicating panel Keith Duffy announced Justin as third place winner there was great cheering and celebration in the Helix Theatre where he had up on 100 supporters on the night. On his journey throughout the competition Justin also raised an amount of money for the charity CHILDLINE and again he would like to thank everyone who was so generous and gave him money for this national charity. The full recording of the show which is hosted by Brian Ormand can be seen on RTE1 television on Sunday next St Patrick’s day at 3:55pm.Well done Justin and continued success with your dancing career.
St Patrick’s Day: Sunday next the 17th March is St Patrick’s Day. All the usual St Patricks day activities will take place in towns around the county. In nearby Ballymahon the St Patricks day parade is promised to be full of surprises this year. We welcome home to the parish all visiting for this Bank holiday weekend. Hopefully everyone enjoys the celebrations and remember to stay safe on the roads and in whatever activities you take part in during next weekend.
Holy Week: Fr Tiernan would welcome people who are interested in participating in Holy week ceremonies in Carrickedmond and Abbeyshrule to contact him during this week.
Well Done: To Eugene Mc Cormack and the Longford U-21 football team who recorded a great win in the Leinster championship over Dublin in Parnell Park Dublin last week. Hopefully the team can now overcome Wexford and reach the Leinster final. Congratulations also to local club players Barry O Farrell and Garreth Higgins who are panel members.
Meeting: A meeting of the parish pastoral group will take place in presbytery Carrickedmond on Tuesday the 19th March at 8pm. All members are asked to attend.
Fundraising Dance: The Carrickedmond/Abbeyshrule defibrillator group will hold their annual fundraising dance in St Sinneachs hall Carrickedmond on Friday night the 22nd March next. Music on the night will be provided by Jimmy Lennon and friends. This promises to be a great night of song and dance and indeed a trip back down memory lane for many as this venue was a popular location for ballroom and country and western dancers down through the years. Dancing on the night from 10pm to 12 midnight and a Waltzing competition will take place. Admission is €10 and refreshments will be served. Proceeds from the night will assist with the maintenance of batteries and defribulator machines in the parish.
GAA: Well done to the Carrickedmond reserve team who had a good win over Moydow in the first club game of the new playing year last weekend.
Fianna Fail AGM: Carrickedmond Fianna Fail Cumann and Abbbeyshrule Fianna Fail Cumann will hold their AGM in the Rustic Inn on Monday night 18th March at 8.30pm. All members are invited to attend. New members welcome. Robert Troy T.D. and local Councillors will be in attendance.
Abbeyshrule Tidy Villages Association: Will hold their Annual General Meeting tonight Wednesday, March 13th at 8.30pm in the Rustic Inn. Everyone is welcome and the committee are making a special appeal to all the residents in the area to attend this meeting. As well as the usual items on the agenda the visit of the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to the village on Saturday 21st of June 2013 will be discussed. This visit is in recognition of Abbeyshrule winning the Overall Award in the Tidy Towns Competition 2012 and the Gold Award in the European Entente Florale 2012. Also on the agenda is the nomination of Abbeyshrule by the Department of the Environment for the International competition “Community in Bloom” 2013.
Station: House station for the Kilcurry area will take place at the home of Anthony and Mary Healy on Monday the 18th March at 8pm.
Pretty Wedding: Congratulations to Irene Farrell, daughter of Frank and Nelly Farrell who celebrated her marriage recently to Trevor Sweeney. We wish Irene and Trevor many happy years of married life together.
Ladies GAA: Will hold a registration morning on Saturday next the 16th March at 10:00am in the GAA complex Carrickedmond for girls from U-12 to U-18 years of age. There will be a short training session and all girls from the parish are invited to attend.
Enrolment for St Sinneach’s School: Enrolment for new students commencing September 2013 will take place at St Sinneachs NS Colehill from 1.30 pm - 3 pm. For further information please contact the school principle.
Sincere Sympathy: Is extended to Nora O’Farrell and her family Killenboy on the death of her father Danny Killian who passed away last week, also to the family and friends of Anna McCormack Toome who passed away at Thomond Lodge Ballymahon and whose funeral took place from Carrickedmond church to Ballinalee cemetery on Monday last. May they rest in peace.
PTAA: Are looking at the possibility of organising a tour on a Sunday during July next to visit the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast. If interested in this trip please contact any one of the following numbers: 087-6466075, 087-6974775, 044-9357442 or 044-9357582 before the 5th April next.
COMMUNITY GAMES:- On Saturday last our U13 Girls Indoor Soccer team played Kells Blackwater, Co. Meath in the first round of Leinster. The girls all played very well but they were unlucky to loose on the day. The team was Grace Esler, Aimee Higgins, Aoife McCormack, Orla Farrell, Ellen Shannon, Ciara Mulligan, Jodie McCormack, Grace Keegan and Kate Breslin. Well done to these girls. WE wish Kells Blackwater the best of luck in the next round of Leinster. Thank you to the coaches Una, Emer and Eamonn and all the parents who have helped out over the pass few weeks with the team and provided light refreshments on Saturday afternoon in Kenagh for the visiting and home team. The girls are still busy with competitions as they have Futsal and Basketball to play over the next few weeks. On Thursday 14th March next we have a U14 team taking part in the Table Quiz in Park House Edgeworthstown @ 7pm. Good luck to them. Then on Saturday 16th March we have children from the area taking part in the Swimming Competition in Longford Pool @ 5pm and again Good luck to all of the swimmers.
Bank Holiday: As next weekend is a bank holiday weekend if you have notes for inclusion in next week’s local notes please e-mail or call my with your note by Friday next if possible. My e-mail address is email@example.com or mobile number is 086-8286748.