Drumlish/Ballinamuck

St. Patrick’s Day: Next Sunday we celebrate St.Patrick’s Day. We would like to send Greetings to all readers of these notes at home or overseas for a very Happy St.Patrick’s Day. We hope you enjoy the Parades and Festivities wherever you are. Rest assured we will be thinking of all our loved ones who are away from home especially on this day. We hope you can join all of us for “The Gathering” at some stage during the year when we will be delighted to welcome all of you home. So “Sláinte” to all of you wherever you are.

St. Patrick’s Day: Next Sunday we celebrate St.Patrick’s Day. We would like to send Greetings to all readers of these notes at home or overseas for a very Happy St.Patrick’s Day. We hope you enjoy the Parades and Festivities wherever you are. Rest assured we will be thinking of all our loved ones who are away from home especially on this day. We hope you can join all of us for “The Gathering” at some stage during the year when we will be delighted to welcome all of you home. So “Sláinte” to all of you wherever you are.

Tidy Town’s:  Turned out in force last Saturday morning at the earlier starting time of 9.30 and received a great welcome. 
Much was accomplished and much remains to be done – the group will meet again this Saturday morning 16th March at 9.30 am to continue the job –  it was heartening to see some residents rising to the call of cleaning outside their own homes and businesses – everyone needs to come on board.  Continued thanks to all who are supporting our Easter Egg fundraiser –  this helps us to provide the weed-killer, paints, petrol, diesel, seeds and plants that go to make the village look good for judging day. It is our hope to have the place spick and span for the first event of the Gathering which takes place on the May Bank holiday weekend. Table Quiz on  Monday night the 8th  April in Gallagher’s – start picking your team, it could be a winner.  

Monster bingo: Will be help this Sunday the 24th of March at 3pm in Ballinamuck Hall. There will be €2500 prize money given out and an Easter Egg will also be given out on each page. A Raffle will also be held on the day and there will be numerous prizes including first prize of €100 cash. Your support on the day would be greatly appreciated. 

Community Association AGM: The AGM of Drumlish Community Association ( Community Centre Committee) will take place on Thursday March 14th at 8.30pm at Drumlish Community Centre. New members are very welcome.

Car Boot - Drumlish Area Enhancement: We have received some very interesting items in the past week and thank you for supporting this initiative.  If you are trying to make space in your garage or shed and have seasonal, recyclable and saleable items that you no longer need or have use for we would be delighted to receive them for our fundraiser. Contact Dympna 087 9279272 or any member of our Area Enhancement or Tidy Town Team  - Items can be collected if necessary...

Golf Lessons for Beginner Ladies: County Longford Ladies Golf Club are getting ready a package of 6 Beginner Lessons starting later in March – if you are interested or know of anyone interested contact Annette at 086 8141023. A few basics can add immensely to your game of Pitch and Putt – membership of Club is not necessary for these lessons.

 

Thanks: Thank you to all those who turned out for the table quiz in Dillon’s bar and Bistro on Friday last. Thank you to Peter for the refreshments and for the sponsorship of the top prize. Thank you also to Gala Ballinamuck for the sponsorship and  a big thank you to the community groups within the parish who sponsored tables. Many thanks to all the winning teams for their kind gestures .

Commissioned in the Army: Congratulations to Darren Reilly son of Bridie and Farrell Reilly, Kiltycreevagh, Ballinamuck who was commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the Irish Army recently at the Curragh, Kildare. Darren now joins the Cavalry Corp and will be stationed at Cork. We join his family and friends in wishing him every blessing, happiness and success in his new role in the future. Apologies re the misprint in last weeks issue. It should have read Darren instead of Dan. Darren is a member of the Fr. Manning Gaels football teams and his clubmates also wish him well in his new career.

CAIRN HILL CHALLENGE: Sunday May 5th sees the inaugural staging of the Cairn Hill Challenge Roadraces. The event which is based in Drumlish comprises of  a set of 2 different runs utilising Longfords most significant geographical feature (Cairn Hill) to test the fitness, stamina and endurance of runners, joggers and walkers. First off, at 12.30pm, is the 10 mile race which brings participants through the centre of Drumlish before commencing a testing route which circumnavigates the hill using quiet country roads. The chosen routes feature testing climbs with plenty of down hill stretches to allow tired limbs to recover. 12.45pm sees the start of the 10k event which brings participants from the Village Centre to the base of Cairn Hill  via a series of rolling hills with a perfect mixture of climbs and descents to keep runners,joggers and walkers focused.  Both races finish in the Village centre where participants are guaranteed a rousing welcome. The event is AAI certified and will be chip timed. The Cairn Hill Challenge is part of the Drumlish Community Centre 25th Celebrations. To book your place on the starting line go to http://precisiontiming.primo-solutions.co.uk/ps/event/CairnHillChallenge2013 or for more information follow us on Facebook at ‘Cairn Hill Challenge’. Also contact Mel 0872976538 or Colin 0860761556.

 

Gaels Utd Fun Day: Our club is hosting a fun day on Monday 18th March at Drumlish Community Centre and Astroturf Pitch. There will be tournament games for Boys and Girls of all ages on the Astro pitch and fun activities indoor and outside on the day. Everyone of all ages welcome.

AGM: The AGM of Drumlish Community Association ( Community Centre Committee) will take place on Thursday March 14th at 8.30pm at Drumlish Community Centre. New members are very welcome.

Fine Gael: At the recent meeting of the above branch the following officers were elected: Chairman Pat McKenna, Vice Chair: Billy Kelleher, Secretary: Johnny Cooney, Joint Treasurers: Joe Sullivan and Pat McGee, PRO: Paraic Brady, Organiser: Cian Brady. John Duffy MCC, Gerry Brady MCC and James BannonTD attended the meeting. A number of discussions took place at the meeting. The CAP negotiations re Agriculture was discussed and the feeling was that funds should be distributed evenly between all farmers The progress of the Sewerage treatment plant in Drumlish was also discussed. Concern was expressed that the streams affected by the old treatment plant should be cleaned and restored so that fish life could once again prosper. Flooding, particularly along the Black River was also a major concern. While welcoming the “clean up” of a section of this river last year members felt this “clean up” should progress further towards the village of Ballinamuck. It was also felt that the new rising main connection from the reservoir at Prucklish to Drumlish should alleviate the water shortage in Drumlish. Members expressed some concern at the speed of cars travelling through the village and that attention is not being paid to the traffic signals in the centre of the village. The Branch sends congratulations, and wished continued success to the Community Centre committee on its 25th Anniversary and celebrations and on the “Gathering” initiative. The Tidy Town’s Committee was praised for its efforts in enhancing and keeping the village in such pristine condition and for all its hard work and efforts in maintaining it so well. It was wished every success in all upcoming events and competitions in 2013. People were encouraged to join this organisation and assist in making Drumlish a proud place to come to and visit.

Parish Stations: Stations have been arranged for the following areas: Mill Road/Mary St: Mary Kenny; Derawley: Jimmy & Josephine Farrell; Monaduff: Jimmy & Eileen Kane; Longford Rd: Brendan Daly; Kilnashee: Peter & Bernie Hagan. If you would like the Station in your area please contact Fr.Ber to arrange dates and times.

Scór: Congratulations to the Musicians who won the Semi-Final of the Leinster Scór last weekend. They are now in The Leinster Final of the Scór Competition in Ballymore Co.Westmeath on 31st March. The Instrumental Musicians are Brian Collum,(accordian), Ruairí Carty( Banjo) and Jason Nertney( Guitar).We wish them well in the Leinster Final.

“The Chastitute”: The Cilleo Yew Tree Players are busy preparing for their upcoming production of John B. Keane’s ‘The Chastitute’ which takes place in Ennybegs Community Centre on 21st, 23rd, 24th and 25th of March. A great night of entertainment not to be missed! Tickets are €10 and can be booked by phoning  087 2911994. Ticket lines open on 13th March. Early booking is essential.

centre celebrates 25 years: Plans are well on the way for what is promised to be a great weekend of festivities for the May bank holiday weekend 3rd-5th May to celebrate the community centres 25th anniversary and also the gathering 2013. Rehearsals continue on Friday nights at 8pm for dances and 8:30 for choruses also on Sunday evenings at 6:30 for dances and 7:30 for choruses for our variety concert. If anyone is interested in taking part or putting a piece into the variety concert please contact Barbara Crowe (Niblock) on 0433324945. We are putting together a booklet to celebrate the last 25 years If anyone would like to put a advertisement or a wish into the booklet please contact Sinead Rogers on 0868830534.  

Bingo: Bingo continues every Tuesday night in the 98 hall @ 8.30, nightly prize fund of €1300 !.Fun for all ages .

Baptisms: Sophie Erin Keogh daughter of Kenneth & Sarah Derawley and Mark Cunningham son of Mark & Pauline 9 The Meadows were baptised and welcomed into the Faith family of the Parish last weekend. We congratulate their parents also.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 27th May to 1st June – 5 nights. Cost is €699 al inclusive. Booking forms are available from Fr. Ber. For further details see poster on Church notice board.

Midland RSTA: Will meet on Tuesday March 19th in Longford Library at 11.00am. Laura Thompson of Healthy options will speak on all things Health related and answer questions. Laura promotes holistic/natural/therapies/products and is very qualified in same. Suitable for the men too !!. We will then have our meeting followed by lunch. We look forward to seeing you… please bring a friend. Walks continue to Cairn Hill and in The Mall in preparation for The Camino Walk. For all details contact 087-7589287.

Recent death: The death took place recently at her residence Esker north Drumlish of Lena Whitney(nee. To her sons Liam and Seán, daughters-in-law Geraldine and Lorna grandchildren Liam, Lorna, Ryan and Daniel, nephews, nieces relatives and friends we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanaim dílís.

Enrolment: In St Mary’s National School, Drumlish, Co. Longford for the Junior Infants Class of September 2013 will begin on Monday 18th February. Enrolment forms are available from the school and local crèches. If you have any queries please contact the school by phone on 043 3324065 or email drumprincipal@gmail.com