U-14’s on a Roll: Congratulations to the Ballymahon/Forgney U.14 football team with their continued success, they have now qualified for the semi-final of the U.14 A Championship, having come 2nd in the group. We wish the young lads and their Mentors the very best of luck in their next game.
Death of Ruth Plant: It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death last week in her 92 year of Mrs Ruth Plant (nee Crooke), wife of the late James, Toome, Ballymahon. Ruth was a really lovely lady, she nursed in England and America for many years before settling in this area with her husband, who passed away over 30 years ago. She was a great neighbour, she loved her gardening in her spare time. Her home was open to everyone, you never left Ruth’s house without a cup of tea and a chat. She will be sadly missed by her sister Daphne (Bigley), brother George, sister-in-law Pearl, brother-in-law Joe and all her relatives and friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. Her remains were brought to St. Catherine’s Church in Ballymahon where a very large crowd attended to pay their respects to a lovely lady. May she rest in peace.
Great win for Abbeyshrule: Many congratulations to the hard-working members of Abbeyshrule Tidy Villages Group who won this year’s Tidy Towns Award and also the “Cleanest Village” award at a special ceremony in the Helix Centre in Dublin last week. Two very deserving Awards following the community’s hard work not just for the last year but over the years. And then to cap it all, on Friday night last at a Ceremony in the Dutch city of Menlow, they won the European Entente Florale Competition. Great credit is due to the Chairman of the group, Philip Butler and to the many people in the Abbeyshrule area who made all this possible, they must be very proud of themselves this week.
Sympathy: We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Reilly family, Carrickedmond and the Clyne family, Edgeworthstown on the sad death of Bridget Clyne, nee Reilly,native of Carrickedmond which occurred recently after a long illness. May God grant rest to her Soul.
21st Birthday: Congratulations to Niall Dowler, son of Willie and Yvonne, Moigh, who celebrated his 21st Birthday with his family and large circle of friends at the weekend. The best of luck to you for the future Niall, we hope you enjoyed the celebrations.
Ballymahon Leo Casey History Society: will hold a special meeting on Thursday 20th Sept to discuss progress on the next book to be published shortly. All members are requested to attend this meeting. Usual venue, the Dean Egan Hall at 8.30p.m. New members always welcome and refreshments will be served.
Special Ministers of the Eucharist: Our special Ministers of the Eucharist in St. Matthews Church exercise an important ministry in our parish liturgies. Fr Padraig has asked others who would like to become a special minister of the Eucharist to hand in their names soon so that the requisite training can be arranged. In addition to distributing Holy Communion at Mass, they bring Holy Communion to those who request it because they are no longer able to come to the church for Mass.
Carers Association Drop-in Service: are delighted to announce that they will be opening a drop-in service for carers in Longford every Monday . The venue is the College Medical Centre, Longford across the road from St. Mel’s Cathedral and it will be open from 10.00a.m. to 4.00p.m. every Monday. Family carers are welcome to drop in and seek advice/discuss issues relating to caring, and will be welcomed with a listening ear. For further information, please call Caroline at 04493 47922. They are also increasing their Support Group meetings. There will be a meeting in Ballymahon on the second Friday of each month at 11.00a.m.
German and French: German and French classes for adults and secondary school children begin next Wednesday 26th September in Ardagh Hertitage and Creativity Centre. German from 5.30 to 6.15pm, €8 per person. French from 6.30 to 7.15pm €8 per person. Also German Club for children starting on Saturday 29th September from 11am to 12pm, €7 per person. See www.creativeardagh.com or call (086) 3027602 for more details of these and all other clubs and courses.
TIDY TOWNS: Ballymahon Tidy Towns Committee are holding a meeting on Wednesday 26th September 2012 in Skelly’s Main Street at 9.00pm to discuss the adjudicators report on our entry in the 2012 Tidy Towns Competition. The mark we achieved in this years competition gives us a very strong platform on which to build on over the coming year. We would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to this years competition but in order to achieve a higher mark next year we need more members and support from the public. If you feel you can contribute in any way your attendance at our next meeting would be very much appreciated. The Committee would like to congratulate our near neighbours Abbeyshrule on their success in both the Tidy Towns and Entente Florale competitions this year. Their hard work and commitment is an inspiration to us all.