Drumlish/Ballinamuck

WELCOME HOME: Welcome home to Sharon Sutherland(nee Davis) and her children Brionaí and Owen who are holidaying with their grandma Anne Davis in Drumlish. By all accounts they are having a wonderful time and enjoying themselves very much. We wish Sharon, Brionaí and Owen a very pleasant holiday in Drumlish.

WELCOME HOME: Welcome home to Sharon Sutherland(nee Davis) and her children Brionaí and Owen who are holidaying with their grandma Anne Davis in Drumlish. By all accounts they are having a wonderful time and enjoying themselves very much. We wish Sharon, Brionaí and Owen a very pleasant holiday in Drumlish.

OUR LADY’S HOSPITAL: On behalf of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin, Attracta and Declan would like to extend their sincere thanks to all the people who so generously supported their annual Church Gate Collection over the weekend of 9 and 10 July. A special word of thanks to all the collectors who gave their time and support over the weekend.

BALLINAMUCK ENTERPRISE: A meeting of Ballinamuck Enterprise will take place this Wednesday at 9pm in the visitor centre. All members are asked to attend.

BAPTISM: Welcome into the Catholic Community Cian Patrick Lawlor, Esker Glen, Drumlish who was baptised on Saturday, July 16 last in St. Mary’s Church. We congratulate his parents also on this happy occasion.

DRUMLISH CARNIVAL/FESTIVAL: The above will begin on August, 19 in Drumlish with Declan Nerney and his band with special guest Big Tom. On Saturday, 20 music will be by The Aftermath and on Sunday 21, music will be by The Sawdoctors. This promises to be a mega weekend Festival so make a date and put the above in your Diary lest you forget!

HOME FROM ESSERT: Welcome home to the leaders and youths from this year’s twining exchange with Essert - you are all great ambassadors for your parish. Congrats to all the youths who completed their first aid course including the use of defibrillators and the completion of swimming certificates. It’s great to see the youths of the parish showing such enthusiasm for the twining. Many thanks to the second group including the musicians who travelled out to meet with the first group. We look forward to our friends from Essert visiting our parish next year.

DRUMLISH TIDY TOWNS: Annette Kane would like anyone who has an interest in the bio-diversity of the area around Drumlish to make themselves known to me. We are hoping to do a survey to capture as much as possible, the various species of birds and wildlife, with a view to making an information board available for visitors and residents alike. Discovering for ourselves is much more fun and much more educational than being given a list of what there is by an outside agency, so let’s start. Please contact Annette on (086) 8141023 for more details. The crew continue to meet on Monday evenings at 7:30pm for litter patrol and other odd jobs. If it’s raining, the patrol will be via car, so please help us to maintain our litter, weed and cigarette butt free kerbs and continue to report any litter or dog fouling to Longford Litter Hotlineon 1850 434 450.

Gaels United AGM: Gaels United Soccer Club will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, July 21 at 9 pm in Drumlish Community Centre. (Please note change of date)

Water Safety : Annual water safety classes will take place at Annagh Swimming Pool from Monday July 25 - Friday August 5. Enrolment will take place on Sunday July 24th at 12.30 - 1.30 at the pool and on Monday morning at 9.15 a.m.

WATER SAFETY CLASSES: Annagh Irish Water Safety classes will commence on Monday, July 26 for two weeks.

MEDJUGORJE: Due to unforeseen circumstances the Pilgrimage to Medjugorie arranged for August 20-27 has been deferred. A new date will be announced shortly.

MONTHS MIND MASS: Months Mind Mass for the late Petie McWad will take place on Saturday, July 23 at 12 noon in St. Mary’s Church Drumlish.

PRETTY WEDDING: The Wedding Ceremony of Linda Hackett, Bornacoola and Roger Ward, Prucklish, Newtownforbes took place at St. Michael’s Church Bornacoola on Saturday last. The Celebrants were Fr. Simon Cadam PP Granard and Fr. Gerry O’Brien PP Bornacoola. We join with their familiesand friends in wishing them every blessing and happiness in their married life.

SUMMER CAMPS: County Longford Youth Service is running a summer camp for young people in the Ballinamuck area aged 10 and over. The camp is running from July 18-22 from 10am until 1pm. Cost is €10 for the week. For further information contact (043) 33 40907.

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS: The Congress will take place in June 2012. The Congress Bell is touring the country and it will pay a brief visit to Drumlish Church on Friday July 15 for Mass at 10am. The theme of the Congress is Communion with Christ and with one another.

PTAA: The Pioneers have been a life-saving organisation for many people over the years. It is in need of financial support at the moment. If you would like to support it please send your donation to PTAA Head Office, 27 Upper Sherrard Street, Dublin 1. The Annual Cashel Pioneer Outing takes place this Wednesday July, 20 to Co. Armagh. Cost €40. Contact Peter Hanley on (086) 2589725 for more details.

BINGO: Ballinamuck Bingo takes place every Tuesday night at 9pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

FAMINE IN AFRICA: Numerous people have asked how they might contribute to help those suffering from severe drought in Africa. If you would like to contribute please put your donation in the Offertory Basket over the next two weekends and Fr. Bannon will ensure all donations over and above the normal collection will go to Trócaire to help these poor people. Alternatively you can put your donation in an envelope marked Trócaire and put it in the basket. In the light of the pictures beamed all over Ireland on TV this week we should all make an effort so send a few euros to one or other of the organisations working there to help alleviate the situation – you’ll never miss it and it will be doing some good elsewhere.