Angling Club

Angling Club

North Longford Anglers three day pike fishing festival May 2nd, 3rd, 4th. Day 1: Check in at Gulladoo car park, fishing 11am to 6pm. Day 2: Fishing 10am to 5pm, check in Murtagh’s bar, fishing Lough Gowna. Day 3: Lady day fishing 12 noon to 4pm. Life jackets must be used when fishing. Tight lines.

Golf Society

The Hit & Miss Golf Society had a great golf outing at Esker Hills golf club, the home of Shane Lowry. The course was in fabulous shape , we received a great Offaly welcome from the staff in the golf club. We had a good turnout of twenty players. Winner on the day was Thomas McKeon with 35pts. Our next outing is on the Saturday, 2nd May in Longford Golf Club where we play our match with Granard Golf Society for the Tom Walsh Cup. We will be defending our 2014 winning title against a good Granard team. Can all players please be on time so the matches can be organised. A text message will be sent out to all players regarding the starting time.

Gardening Club

The club will host a demonstration on how to make up and maintain a perfect hanging basket at 9pm this Thursday, April 30th in the Community Centre. Cover charge €2. Everyone welcome.

Dring Car Park

A meeting regarding toilet facilities in the car park will take place in the Community Centre, Wednesday evening, 29th April at 9pm.

Latin School Players

The drama group present The Communication Cord by Brian Friel in the Latin School on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May at 8.30pm. Tickets available in local shops.

Vintage Club

Colmcille vintage club meeting in Murtagh’s pub on Wednesday, 29th April at 10pm.


Foróige in Longford is endeavouring to form a club in Aughnacliffe. It is seeking volunteers who would be suitable and interested in forming a club. Please contact Jim Maher on 0869672920 or email

Health Care Qualifications

Do you work in the Community caring for a loved one or would you like to work in Healthcare? If so Nifast are providing a free information evening on Monday, 11th May in Longford Arms. We will advise you on training options available, part time or full time courses, funding that may be available to you, where to gain experience and how to register with an agency to gain employment. To book a place on the 11th Text YES with your name and email address to 0863879279. Email for more info.


We offer our deepest sympathy to the family of the late Mary Kiernan, Fostra who died on Tuesday, April 21st at Laurel Lodge Nursing home. Predeceased by her husband Brian, she is survived by her sons Dessie and Kevin, daughters Helen and Peggy, her brother Owen, extended family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Market move

Granard country markets wish to announce to all their customers and friends that from Friday April 24th the market will be held in THE MOTTE PROJECT building opposite Kearney’s garage on the Dublin road. All the usual bread, cakes, country fresh eggs, crafts and firewood will be available each Friday morning from 8-30 to 11-00am and there will be plenty of good parking and also free delivery to all town customers. Contact Maggie Norton on 0879306051 for more details. The organizers and suppliers of the market really look forward to seeing all their regular customers and meeting new ones and will greatly appreciate all support.

Blessing of Graves

The Blessing of Graves will take place in Purth on Saturday 1st of August following 7pm mass and on Sunday 2nd in Colmcille.

GAA News

Results from Lotto draw held last weekend 18th/19th April: Numbers drawn 10, 12, 17, 22. Lucky dip winners Caroline Murtagh, Mattie Murtagh, Margaret Murtagh, Gabriel Macken, winners prize Barney Murtagh. Jackpot €5,150.

Dring Festival

The annual Dring Festival takes place this year on the 31st of May on the shores of Lough Gowna in Dring car park. Its a day not to be missed and as usual its in aid of St Christopher’s in Longford.

Spring Draw

Leebeen park and Colmcille Area Development Group held their spring draw in Murtaghs Pub on Sunday evening last. All the prizes were sponsored by Charles McCord, Garden Equipment, Longford and Liffey Distributors Limited.

The lucky winners were as follows: 1st prize: Lawnmower, Betty Smith, Rathmore; 2nd Strimmer: Treasa Sharky, Forthill, 3rd Hedge Trimmer: Kevin Duignan, Forthill, 4th Leaf Blower: Declan Smith, Rathmore, The above committee’s would like to thank most sincerely everyone who bought and sold tickets and anyone who helped in any way with the running of this draw.