Collection: Mullinalaghta Tidy Towns / Development will hold their Church Gate collection on this Saturday 25th May. Last years collection helped to cover some of the expenses in running the Community Employment Scheme and enabled the coverage of costs of PRSI, materials, petrol, flowers etc. We are hoping that this years collection will help do the same. If you cannot donate at the Church Gate Collection, your donation would be very much appreciated to any member of the committee or in the local Post Office. The Community Employment Scheme workers continue to keep the village and church grounds in excellent condition. This year they have completed other projects at the school and post office. It is also approaching entry time for the Tidy Towns Competition and the preparation and planting that it entails. With your continued support all this good work can go ahead.
Cemetery Saturday: Weather permitting Mass will be celebrated in Mullinalaghta Cemetery on Saturday 6th July at 7.00p.m. This will be followed by blessing of the graves. Please inform relatives and friends away from home. All are requested to tidy up plots and not discard rubbish nearby. Please note change of time for this date.
Lotto Draw: St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in The Hideaway on Wednesday 15th May. The numbers drawn were 6, 21, 27, 30 with the Jackpot of €2550 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 each were won by the following. Karl Dermody, Cashel. Maggie Hand, Larkfield. Lauren Brady, Cloonagh. Josie Cullen, Pottle and Frank Earley, Creevey. On duty for sales this weekend are Hideaway: Bernard Donohoe. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Anthony Murphy. Kilcogy: Thomas McNerney & Jim McCabe. If unable to sell please appoint a substitute and leave tickets in Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.
Ladies Footballers: As part of their fundraising activities the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in local shops or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday’s night draw you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. Winning number from draw on Saturday 18th May was 32. Unfortunately there was not a winner.
Lourdes: The diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May. Total cost for five nights is €699. For further information telephone 01 2410812. Some places are available by contacting Rt. Rev. Mons. Bernard Noonan P.P at 0906481180 or Rev. Michael Scanlon on 0906457122.
Reminder: The 3rd Annual Cycle and Climb to Croagh Patrick for the Parish of Granard Lourdes Invalid Fund, will take place on Saturday 1st June. 2012 was a very successful and enjoyable day as over forty cyclists completed the event. Many more also participated in the climb.Any enquiries contact Jimmy Brady on 087 8875227.
Open Air Festival: The Colmcille Mentally Handicapped Association will hold its annual open air festival at Dring Car Park on Sunday 2nd June. Situated on the shores of Lough Gowna this event is always a fun day for all the family. Events will include Baby show, Face painting, Jumble sale and much more. As usual there will be music to suit all tastes. We appeal to all to keep this date free. Your support will help out a very worthy cause – St.Christopher’s School. More details later.
Craggy Island / Ted Festival: On this Saturday 25th May Craggy Island/Ted Festival comes to Coolarty at 6.00 pm in McElvaneys. Events include 5K nuns on the run, lovely girls’ competition, wellie throwing, Eurovision song contest, BBQ, DJ and prizes. Fancy dress essential!!....Ah come on....come on....come on. Proceeds in aid of St. Christopher’s Services, Longford.
Field Day: Abbeylara Parish Committee will hold their Annual Field Day plus the Gathering on Sunday 9th June. Always a very enjoyable day for all the family, many interesting events are planned for this year. Modified Pro Stock and Super Farm Tractors will be appearing on the day. Farm tractors are welcome for competition and prizes. Please note weigh in starts at 9.30 a.m sharp. At 12 noon a vintage parade and display of cars, tractors and motor bikes will take place. For information on this event contact 087 9671231.There will be Midget Car Racing in association with Motorsport Ireland. Competitions will include tractor / trailor reversing, dog show, wellie throwing, donkey derby., best dressed lady and much more. Children are catered for with bumping cars, face painting, fun fair with Ireland’s top magician. Admission is only €10. This includes free car parking. Disabled parking close to the entrance ( Permit Holders Only). Proceeds are in aid of parish funds. All enquiries to Pat Reilly 086 8855189 or Campbell Gibson 086 8545378.
Give Blood: The mobile unit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service will visit St. Brigid’s Community Centre, Loch Gowna on Wednesday 29th May and Thursday 30th May . The clinic will operate each day from 5.00p.m. - 8.30p.m. 3000 units of blood are required each week to facilitate the needs of our hospitals. Due to this fact we appeal to existing donors to make a special effort to attend. All healthy people over the age of eighteen are eligible to attend. Why not bring a friend along.
Wedding Bells: A pretty wedding took place in St. Columba’s Church, Mullinalaghta between Ciarán Keogh, son of Mary and the late Jack Keogh, Larkfield and Carmel O’Reilly, daughter of Gerard and Kathleen O’Reilly, a native of Co. Cavan. The wedding ceremony with nuptial blessing was performed by Fr Fitzpatrick and Fr Brady. The popular school teacher had Helen O’ Reilly as her chief bridesmaid assisted by Sinéad O’ Reilly. Ciarán brothers Peter and Seán performed the duties of bestman and groomsman respectively. Cillian Fagan was a very capable page boy. Taking care of the readings were Patrick O’ Reilly, Geraldine O’ Reilly, Catherina McGuinness, Antoinette O’ Reilly, Niall Smith, Ciarán Fagan, Thomas Hunt, Garret O’ Gorman and Maria Fagan. Suitable hymns and music for the occasion were in the capable hands of soloist Eilish Comerford and organist Emer Mulligan. Following the ceremony and Mass the wedding party and guests travelled to Mullingar Park Hotel where a lavish meal was provided, which was later followed by lively entertainment. On behalf of their families and friends we wish Ciarán and Carmel every happiness and good luck in their life together. May we take this opportunity to welcome Carmel to Mullinalaghta.