This year’s Christmas play - Big Ban Ben will take place in the local community centre on this Sunday, 14th December. Starting at 5.30pm is a funny twist on the Christmas story. It is very entertaining and is sure to have everyone laughing. Admission is €5 with children free. There will also be a raffle for valuable prizes. Looking forward to seeing everybody there.
From mid January, sign language classes will commence at Lus na Gréine FRC, Granard. If interested, please contact 043 6660977 as soon as possible please.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with the Rosary takes place in St. Columba’s Church each Thursday evening from 8.00p.m. - 9.00p.m. All are welcome.
St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw on Thursday, 4th December. The numbers drawn were 11, 16, 17, 22 with the jackpot of €6,600 remaining intact. The following received consolation prizes of €20 each. Owen Collumb, Larkfield. Ellie & Eva Fitzsimons, Toome. Patrick & Colette McGivney, Clooneen. Edward Reilly, Killadream and Pat & Carmel Sheridan, Kilcogy. On sales for this week are as follows. Hideaway: Patrick Rogers. Keogh’s / Anglers’s Rest. Frankie Mulligan & Finbar Meehan. Kilcogy: Patrick Fox & Simon Cadam. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.
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 the local post office or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday night’s main draw and 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. The winning number on Saturday 6th December was 2 with Majella Mooney coming up trumps.
Warmer Homes Scheme
Longford Warmer Homes provides free attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy advice to elderly and disadvantaged home owners throughout the county that meet certain criteria such as; owner occupied, non local authorities homes, constructed before 2006 or the owner is in receipt of the following; fuel allowance as part of the national fuel scheme, family income supplement or job seekers allowance for over six months or with a child under seven years of age. Those who qualify are invited to call 043 3393255 or check Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page as soon as possible, www.lwh.ie, www.facebook.com/Longford Warmer HomesLtd .
GAA National Draw
Following the success of the first ever G.A.A. National Club Draw in 2013 it has been decided by headquarters at Croke Park to run this event on an annual basis. The purpose of this draw is to assist clubs in their drive to fundraise much needed funds. In the current economic climate small clubs like St. Columba’s are struggling financially as we do not have the outlets or the facilities that the bigger clubs have. As all prizes are sponsored by the hierarchy at Croke Park it is an ideal opportunity for clubs to raise up to €20,000. First prize for two people include All-Ireland Football Final tickets, All-Stars banquet tickets, tour and airline tickets and accommodation. Second prize is similar with hurling tickets instead. Subsequent prizes include a trip to New York, All-Ireland Hurling & Football Final Corporate Packages 2015, Travel voucher to the value of €1500, Shopping voucher to the value of €1000 at a retailer of your choice and much more. Tickets are only €10 each. Each club retains all the proceeds from the tickets sold by their clubs. Your support for this event would be very much appreciated. Tickets are available from club members and Cloonagh P.O.
Congratulations to Jude Flynn on the launch of his 12th edition of Fireside Tales. Like previous issues, Jude includes stories of bygone days from many parts of the county. These feature recollections of Ballywillan Railway Station, A Walk Up and Down Main St. Granard, Longford Dog Track, Fair Day in Arva and much more. Though Mullinalaghta is not mentioned this time there are many tales that should be of interest to local people. This book would make an excellent Christmas present for friends and family at home and abroad. It is on sale in many shops around the county including Cloonagh P.O.
St. Columba’s G.F.C
The annual general meeting of St. Columba’s GFC will take place in the clubrooms on Sunday, 14th December at 2pm. Nomination forms will be distributed shortly. Same should be returned to Secretary, Patrick Matthews before this Friday, 12th December.
Mullinalaghta Community Centre & St. Columba’s G.F.C. Christmas fundraising raffle will take place on Saturday, 20th December. 1st prize is €200. 2nd prize is a magnificent hamper sponsored by Supervalu, Granard. Other prizes include Christmas pudding, Christmas table centre and vouchers for hair saloon, reflexology, chiropody and beauty make up. Tickets are on sale locally at €2 each or three for €5. Your support would be very much appreciated
Senior Citizen’s Party
On Friday night last, the senior citizen’s party took place in the local community centre. Thanks to all who all who provided food. Appreciation is expressed to all the locals who supplied the music and to all who provided spot prizes. We thank all the senior citizens for coming out on the night. By all accounts everyone enjoyed the occasion. Dan as Master of Ceremonies needles to say added to the occasion. With the generosity of all concerned €100 was donated to St. Christopher’s, Longford. We compliment James Mooney for organizing this event.