On Sunday, March 16th last, a very successful fundraiser was held in this area when members of the Ballymore football club and representatives from LCRL drop in Centre in Longford led by Josephine Stroker got together and organised a tractor, cycle, motor cycle, lorry and vintage car run to raise much needed funds for Suicide Awareness and for the Ballymore club development fund. Proceedings got underway at Creegan’s in Bunlahy and following a lovely breakfast roll, courtesy of Johnny and Molly Creegan, the run made it’s way to Granard, Abbylara, Lisryan, Edgeworthstown, Ballinalee and back to Bunlahy and along the route a bucket collection was taken up and indeed contributed to very generously. Sincere thanks to the following - Johnny and Moll Creegan, Cllr. Frank Kilbride, (Refreshments at Park House), Roger Stakem Crash repairs, Martin Gilchrist, Cuisine De France, Michael Doyle, Seamus Flood, James Condron, John Joe Reilly, Luke O’Reilly R.O R, Davy Connell, Cllr.Paul Connell, John Grimes (signs), Carrigallen Mart, Francie and Mary Brady, Pauric Brady, Noel Flynn and Cllr. Michael Carrigy. The organisers wish to extend thanks to the cyclists, the tractor drivers, the lorry drivers, the motor cyclists and the vintage car drivers and passengers and to the stewards who managed the bucket collection and to all who donated to the collection. Following their return to Bunlahy an evening of great entertainment was laid on which included a great Barbeque, again by Johnny and Molly and this was attended by Mr Con Halton who addressed the big crowd and spoke of the services available in the drop in Centre which is in Garvey’s yard in Longford and he really stunned all present when he quoted some of the striking statics around suicide. Con assured all that their efforts were a great help and that all money raised would go direct to suicide awareness to help with their services. Both Pauric Brady and Noel Flynn spoke on behalf of the Ballymore club and thanked all for their generosity. A presentation night will be held on this Friday night, March 28th in Creegan’s at 10-30pm when the proceeds will be handed over to LCRL drop in Centre for Suicide Awareness and to the Ballymore club and all are welcome to come along and enjoy the night.
Sincere sympathy is offered to Maureen and Seamus Hughes and family and to the extended Kearney families, Edgeworthstown on the death of their brother, Seamus, recently. Many in the Coolarty area will have fond memories of Seamus playing his button accordian in McElvaney’s some years ago. May he rest in peace.
Granard Garden club will hold their Easter flower arranging night in Lus na Greine on Monday, March 31st at 8pm. All arrangements will be raffled on the night and everyone welcome.
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Longford Toastmasters are holding a Table Quiz in Longford Rugby Club on Thursday, the 27th of March at 9pm (team registration at 8.30pm). Table of four persons cost 40 euro. Raffle and spot prizes on the night. All welcome.
The Irish Cancer Society provide a number of free services to cancer patients and their families when they need it most. By supporting Daffodil Day, we are ensuring that these services can be continued and that no one has to face cancer alone. Daffodil Day collections will take place at Super Valu, Granard and Granard Country Market on Friday next 28th March and all support is much appreciated.
On Sunday, April 13th next, Longford Ploughing committee will host their annual field day on the lands of James and Harry Reynolds, along the main Granard/Edgewothstown road and this promises to be a great day out for all the family with entertainment for the young and not so young. Ballymore football club have been invited to provide the entertaiment for the children as a fundraiser and wish to sincerely thank the committee for this opportunity. All help with stewarding and car parking etc will be greatly appreciated.