North Longford March 4

Operation transformation - as part of the recently launched fundraising initiative - Colmcill GAA club have organised a walk which will start at Smear stores on Sunday next 6th March at 8.30am. Every Tuesday night until further notice the lights will be switched on in Fr McGee Park from 7.45pm to 9.30pm to facilitate people who would like to use the park for a safe walk.

Operation transformation - as part of the recently launched fundraising initiative - Colmcill GAA club have organised a walk which will start at Smear stores on Sunday next 6th March at 8.30am. Every Tuesday night until further notice the lights will be switched on in Fr McGee Park from 7.45pm to 9.30pm to facilitate people who would like to use the park for a safe walk.

The club is asking anyone using this facility to pay 2 euro towards running the lights. Step aerobics continues on Thursday nights in Colmcille Community Centre at 9pm. During the May bank holiday there will be a 13K walk organised by the club in conjunction with St Christophers Services. Club membership is now due. The fee for the year is 30 euro and can be paid to any member of the executive.

Retired Teachers

Association

A text from the above association - Retired Teachers association will meet on Thursday 3rd March at 10am in the Citizens Information Centre Longford (over Tesco). Shiela Hayes training officer CIE will give a presentation on pensions, rights and entitlements to retirees. Members old and new in North Longford and the surrounding areas are cordially invited to come along . To book a place phone 087 7589287.

Midland Employment Support Agency

A representative from the above agency will be visiting the Granard Area Action Group offices in the near future. The agency (Mesa) helps Adults with disabilities to find suitable employment and /or work experience. Persons in this region who require to avail of the facility contact Brenda Tallon on 086 387 2855 as soon as possible.

Dring Open Air

Festival

This festival is the longest running successful event of its kind in the country. Sponsored by the Colmcille Mentally handicapped association it has been one of the main contributors to St Christophers services since its foundation many decades ago. This years festival will be held on Sunday 5th June.

Colmcille Parochial Draw

The following is the list of the prizewinners at the above draw held on Sunday last 27th February – 200 euro Frank and Anne Heslin Smear ; 70 euro each Ester Mulligan, Rossduff; Margaret Brady Culray; Brigid and Anne Reilly Cornadrung; Nellie Gormley, Pulladoey; Annie Brady Rosduff; Michael and Mary Reilly Millview Smear and Turlough McNerney Aughakine. The next draw will take place on Sunday 27th March following the 10.30am Mass in Colmcille Church.

90th birthday

celebration

Her numerous friends send greetings to Mrs Lucy McManus Moyne who in recent times celebrated her 90th birthday with family and neighbours in the Breffni Arms Hotel Arva . On behalf of our readers we wish Lucy continued good health and many more happy birthdays.

Blood donors urgently required. The Irish Blood transfusion service have issued a special appeal to all those who donate blood at the Loch Gowna clinic to hit the all time target set of may 2007 when 259 donated over the two days. With the Easter bank holiday period approaching and as traditionally holiday periods present a challenge for maintaining the blood supply they ask donors to make a special effort to visit the clinic on any of the two days Wednesday 30th or Thursday 31st March from 5.30pm to 8.30pm (please note revised clinic opening times).

Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes

The annual Ardagh and Clonmacnois pilgrimage to Lourdes will be from 27th May to 1st June. The fully inclusive price is 699 euro. Places still available . Booking with the pilgriage director Rev Monsignor Bernard Noonan PP Moate phone 090 6481180.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is on Wedneday 9th March.

When a child is born

We extend best wishes to Christy and Lorraine Madden Cornadrung Aughnacliffe on he birth of their baby boy Leon James Madden who was baptised in Colmcille Church on 20th February.