Longford Ploughing will host a Novice Match in Brian and Tess Doyle’s stubble field, beside the village on this Saturday at 12 noon. Some readers will recall memories of the Match in the Priest’s field in 1969 or in PJ O’Dowd’s and Tom Mulvihill’s in 1970. There was also a Match in Mahedy’s 1948. Now is a chance to bring your own tractor and plough, shine the mouldboards and have it perfect for the next ploughing project at home. First time participants will receive guidance on completing a plot to competition standard, under NPA rules. Ladies and lads are welcome and the fee is €10. Some competition ploughs will be available for sharing. Advice on tractor and plough settings, adjustments and attachments will help to achieve a better seedbed, a cleaner healthier crop and also save time and diesel on the farm. So all young farmers can learn tips that will last a lifetime from tutors who compete at the National Ploughing. May the sun shne in Cashel on Saturday. Spectators are welcome to join the meithil and enjoy tea and sandwiches on the headland. Follow longfordploughing on facebook for updates and see Nathan Carter shining at a wet ploughing bootcamp last April.


The Tidy Towns gratefully acknowledge the donation of £1,000 pounds sterling from Mr and Mrs Hamilton of Barley Harbour and London,

also a very generous donation from Michael Flynn, The Village. Both are for the replacement of the sculptures in the village.

National School

St Mary’s National School enrolment for September 2014, takes place from the 3rd to the 7th of March. Enrolment packs can be collected from the school and relevant forms returned during the period.


The death occurred of Johnny Bawle, Currole, on the 26th of February last. Johnny was a lifelong Pioneer who was a larger than life character. Everybody that knew him, always had so many good things to say about him. He will be sadly missed. To his brother Michael, sisters Tess, Ann, Claire and Margaret and all his relatives and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy. May his soul rest in peace.

Lenten Mass

During Lent, Mass will be celebrated at 7a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning on Ash Wednesday. This arrangement will give a greater number of people to receive the ashes and to come to Mass during Lent.


Last Sunday, Temperance Sunday, was again a big day for the Pioneers of Newtowncashel when emblems were presented at the 10.30a.m. Mass by Fr Gerard Brady. It was very satisfying to see so many teenagers prepared to take up the challenge to stay off alchol until they are sixteen and hopefully go on to become full pioneers at eighteen years. Well done also to those who received their Silver and Gold emblems. There are many advantages in becoming a pioneer and no one has ever come forward to say they regretted it. Last weekend, Johnny Bawle, one of the pioneer jubilerans passed to his eternal reward. Johnny was a great socialiser and took part in and organised many concerts in the Tom Ashe Hall years ago. To his family and friends we tender our deepest sympathy. May his gentle Soul Rest in Peace. The Pioneer Association offers non-members a six week pledge for the Lenten Season. See noticeboard in the Church. or visit

First Confession

First Confessions take place on this Thursday the 6th of March at 7pm. Six children come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.


The deferred fourth session of the Confirmation preparation programme, ‘You Shall be my Witness’, will take place in The Hill this Friday the 7th of March from 7pm to 8pm.

Tidy Towns

Newtowncashel Tidy Towns holds it’s March meeting in The Hill, this Wednesday, the 5th of March, at 8pm.