Trocaire boxes will be distributed to every house in the parish in the next few days. At a time when there has been much negative publicity about what many would regard as the misappropriation of a high percentage of donors’ contributions to top up the salaries of administrators of some charities, it is important to note that 92% of donations to Trocaire are used to fund Trocaire projects in many areas in the developing world, 7% is spent on fundraising and publicity and only 1% on administration.

Bridge results

February 10th – Special Prize night, North/South – 1st Gross – Breeda McKnight & Joe Hunt & Yvonne Dowler & Una Flynn. East/West 1st Gross – Orla McEntee & Tony Tiernan. 1st net – Margaret Lynn & Mary Flanagan. 2nd Gross – Lily Mulvihill & Carole Nally. 2nd net-Nancy Finn & Elsie McKee. February 17th: North/south – 1st Gross & net – Ann Fallon & Ann Delaney. 2nd Gross – Sarah Frawley & Mark Tiernan. 2nd/3rd net- Frances Kelleher & Mary Feeney and Sarah Frawley & Mark Tiernan. East/West: 1st Gross & net - Orla McEntee & Tony Tiernan. 2nd gross & net – Carole Nally & Lily Mulvihill. 3rd Gross – Declan McGivney & Liam Flynn. 3rd net – June Dillon & Maura Belton.

Circuit training

Will be held in Kenagh Hall on Mondays and Thursdays at 8.00p.m. for both male and females. Contact Liz on 087-3569749.

Cloncallow Cemetery

A meeting of Cloncallow Cemetery group will be held in Skelly’s Lounge on Wednesday, March 5th at 8.45pm to form a new committee for the maintenance of the Cemetery. It is also hoped to discuss and arrange a fundraiser for a later date. People who have relatives buried in this Cemetery should make a special effort to attend this meeting.

Minor football

Congratulations to Longford Minors who beat Offaly in the Minor Leinster League Final in Clonbonney at the weekend. Well done to team members Shane Kenny and David Shannon who are both students at Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School.

Flower Arranging Classes

Will be given by Florist, Ann Murphy in Betty Fox’s, Main Street on Thursday, March 6th at 7.30p.m. All are welcome. For further information or to book please contact 09064-32526 after 5pm.


Well done to the Longford Senior football team and to local man, Kevin Diffley who is on the team, who beat Fermanagh in a great game on Sunday in the Senior League. We wish them the best of luck in their next game.

Alpha Course

An Alpha Course will begin in The Family Centre, Longford at 8.00p.m. on Wednesday 5th March.

Longford G.A.A. Race Day

The Longford G.A.A. annual fundraising Race Day takes place this year on April 30th, Gold Cup Day at Punchestown with the first race starting at 3.40p.m. Tickets for the Race Day are €100 each or €1,000 for a table of 10 which will entitle you to a four course meal with hot refreshments served also later in the afternoon, you will also receive a free race card and a free €10 bet and Mick Flavin will be there to entertain everyone after the racing finishes. This year’s new generous sponsors are Flynn & Lynch Pensions & Investments ltd from Longford. You can get your tickets from Albert Fallon at the local GAA Club.

School Enrolment: enrolment for St. Matthews National School is taking place this week, up until Friday 7th March. Please call to the school office for an Enrolment form.

Bereavement Course

A Bereavement Course will take place in The Family Centre, Longford beginning on Wednesday, 5th March at 8p.m. for six weeks. For further information please telephone 04333-46827 or 087-2843034.


There are still a few places available at the Accord pre-marriage courses which take place on 10th and 13th March and also on the 4th and 5th April at the Family Centre in Longford. If you are planning to get married in 2014 please contact ACCORD at 04333-47222 Monday to Friday from 11.30a.m. to 1.30pm or book online at


The Minor club will shortly be selling tickets for their annual Grand National Draw. Your support for the young people in the area will be very much appreciated.


Our new Bishop, Francis Duffy will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation for the students of fifth and sixth class of St. Matthews National School on this Friday, 7th March, commencing at 3p.m. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the primary school. There is a large Confirmation group this year, and many seats in the church on the 7th March will be reserved for the members of the group and their immediate families, but anyone who wishes to do so is welcome to attend the ceremony and to meet Bishop Francis afterwards.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Tess Rowan, Kiltafrey, Kenagh on the tragic death on February 20th last, following an accident, of her sister, Sr. Phyllis (Sr. Ronan), Mollin, formerly of Rahan, Tullamore and had been residing with the Sisters of Mercy congregation in Portumna, Co Galway, also to Sr. Phyllis’ sisters Patricia and Alacoque, brothers Fr. Mattie and John, brother-in-law Jimmy (Rowan), sister-in-law Carmel, nieces, nephews, Sisters of Mercy Congregation, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

Longford Toastmasters

Are looking for new members to join their Club. They meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from September to May in Kellehers, Longford from 8.20p.m. to 10.30p.m. If you would like to be more confident at public speaking please contact Mary on 086-1219281 or Terrie on 085-1163565, no experience required. Admission is €5 with free admission to first time visitors.

Longford EDI

Would you be interested in an Introduction to Digital Photography, sending/receiving e-mails, using social media, using apps, buying tickets and on-line banking? Longford EDI Centre is running a FREE 8-hour basic computer course which can be delivered mornings, afternoons or evenings. Tel 04333-47515.

Lent 2014

Lent begins this Wednesday, 5th March. Mass each morning will be at the new time of 9.30a.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament began in our Parish on Ash Wednesday 1995. We now need many more volunteers to keep Jesus company for one hour on Tuesdays in St. Matthews Church. One of the main organisers of the weekly Adoration, Sr. Vincent, reminds us that Lent is a good time to begin. Think about it, she says, and may God direct and bless you.

U-21 football

Congratulations to the U-21 Longford football team who had a great win against Westmeath in the replay of the Championship played in St. Loman’s, Mullingar on Wednesday night last. We wish the lads the best of luck in the next round against Laois.

Peace-keeping duty

We wish the very best of luck and a safe time to Mark Lennon, Rathmore, eldest son of Jimmy and Rita, who travelled to Afghanistan this week where he will be working with the Peace-keeping Forces with the Irish Army for the next six months. We look forward to seeing Mark and all his colleagues returning safely in September.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Jimmy Lennon, Rathmore and to all his family on the death last week of his sister, Sr. Bridie, native of Cornafulla, Athlone which occurred in Boston. A lovely lady, of quiet and gentle disposition, Sr. Bridie has been working in the community and teaching in America for a long number of years and returned regularly to Ireland and indeed to Ballymahon visiting her family and friends. She will be sadly missed by her family and her fellow Sisters. May she rest in peace.

Spring Stations

This is the traditional time of the year for the Spring Stations. It is a special blessing for a family to have Mass celebrated in the home. Fr. Padraig would like to hear from anyone who would like to have a Station Mass in their home. Station Masses are celebrated on any evening from Monday to Friday.

Parish Pastoral Council

Last month, members of the Parish Pastoral Council met and decided to initiate the process of forming a new Parish Pastoral Council. A flyer will be distributed to every home which will explain the composition and role of such a Council. Subsequently people will be given an opportunity to nominate those whom they consider should be included on a ballot paper for a new Parish Pastoral Council.


Your used stamps can assist the Missions. There is a box for these stamps in the porch at St. Matthews Church. The stamps raise funds for the missions after they have been prepared for sale to stamp collectors. Please leave a margin around the stamps when you cut them from the envelopes.

Tidy Towns

Ballymahon Tidy Towns would like to thanks everyone who came along to support our annual fundraising table quiz in Thursday night last. Special thanks to all at Cooney’s Hotel who hosted us as well as our Quiz master Eamon Reilly and all of those who provided us with spot prizes for the raffle on the night. There was a great crowd present at the quiz from all over the South Longford area and the committee is very grateful for the support - especially from so many neighbouring areas as well. New members are always welcome to join the Tidy Towns effort and an AGM will be coming up shortly - details of that event will be announced very soon.