First Friday

First Friday

Next Friday is First \Friday. The sick and housebound of the Parish will be visited at usual times.

End of School Year Liturgy

There will be a special Liturgy to mark the end of the school year for Drumlish NS on Thursday evening, 5th June at 7pm. All welcome.


Aoibhín Bridget Gill – McGowan, daughter of Dónal and Catherine, 19 Sliabh Cairbe and Byron James Kane, son of Trevor Byrne and Maggie Kane, Kinnegad were baptised and welcomed into the faith family last weekend. We congratulate their parents also.


Station in Jimmy and Eileen Kane’s, Monaduff on Thursday evening at 8pm.

New Councillors elected

We congratulate Micheál Carrigy, Ballinalee; PJ Reilly, Abbeylara; Paraic Brady, Drumlish; John Duffy, Dromard; Martin Mulleady, Drumlish and Luie McEntire who were elected as councillors in the recently held local elections in the Granard /Drumlish electoral area. We wish all of them well for the next five years and thank everyone who came out and voted for them.


 An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place from Monday 7th July to Friday 11th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt.  The course will take place from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day and will cater for students from Second Class to First Year.  Further information and applications forms available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665.


Bingo in Newtownforbes on Sunday 8th June  at 3pm.  €2500 prizemoney.

Credit Union

North Longford & Arva Credit Union is running a car loan promotion for the months of June and July. Get your car loan at a rate of 6%. For more details contact any of our offices


Good luck to all the students sitting for the Junior and Leaving Cert in the coming weeks. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of preparation.

ICA Drumlish/Ballinamuck

The next meeting of the above guild will take place on Monday, June 9th at 8pm in the Visitors Centre, Ballinamuck. This will be our last meeting before the Summer recess. Managing Stress and Building resilience: Paul Marsden, Occupational Psychologist, will attend the meeting at 9pm. Paul will discuss exactly what stress is, how it affects people, and what we all can do about it. This will be an open meeting and all are welcome to attend. The National Brown Bread competition sponsored by Aldi Stores, Ireland with an over all prize of €7,000 is currently on offer. The judging for Longford entrants for this competition will be held in Kenagh Community Centre on Monday June 16th at 7pm. This competition is open to everyone, non members of ICA will have to pay €20 entry fee. Each competitor will produce a home baked cake using not less than 10oz of wholemeal and not more than 6oz of white flour. Competitors can use any ingredients they please provided they keep the above proportion of wholemeal to white flour. A 2lb loaf tin or round tin can be used.


Don’t forget Bingo this Tuesday and every Tuesday in the 98 Hall, Ballinamuck at 8.30pm. €1300 in prize fund ,see you there !

Tidy Town’s

The National Tidy Town’s judging season started on Sunday last, the 1st of June which means the judge(s) could be visiting the village anytime from now for the next 6 weeks. It is important that every place is free of litter, cigarette butts, dog fouling and weeds. We ask everyone to   do your part ...meanwhile, the group continue to meet in the evenings at 7pm and Saturdays at 9 am. We are delighted to welcome 4 new volunteers to our group in the week just past, and look forward to productive collaboration for the next few months. We are also delighted to announce that the village streets will be name plated before the Autumn - and this is being part funded by Longford County Council.

Monaduff Social Club

The Outing/Day trip will take place on Wednesday, 18th June. People who are travelling on the outing, please call into the local Library in Drumlish on Saturday, June 7th between 10am and 12 noon to finalise details.

Calvary Cross

Now that the new extension to the Cemetery has been completed, wouldn’t it be nice to have a special Cross reflecting Calvary and the hope of resurrection there. If there is any parishioner or family who would like to donate or finance a Calvary Cross and scene to complete the beautiful work done. The cost of such would be something similar to the cost of erecting a headstone. It’s a big ask in difficult financial times, but it’s a worthwhile investment. Thank you.

Ballinamuck Essert Twinning

Following an exciting, fun-filled and educational exchange in France last year, it is now Ballinamuck’s turn to welcome and host the return visit of their French Twinning Partners in July this year. If you and/or your children would like to be involved in any way please contact the Chairperson Paddy Howe (087-9613312). The group will consist of seven girls and six boys ages between thirteen and seventeen, three eighteen year olds and thirteen adults.

There is already an exciting programme of activities planned including camping in Outdoor Discovery, Ballymahon, trips to Lough Key and Tayto Park as well as games, arts and craft activities all designed to build friendships and shared knowledge of our cultures. There have been approximately twenty exchange visits with participation in French musical events like this year’s Celtic Festival in addition to the yearly exchanges. The young people of Ballinamuck have gained hugely in their social and educational development as a result of these exchanges. The young people have gained in confidence from living with host families, made friends and often gone on to study French at third level. All of this activity is underpinned by very active twinning committees in Essert and Ballinamuck. Committee members fund raise through the local Lotto, bag packing, church gate, pub quizzes etc. If you would like to be involved in any way please contact the Chairperson Paddy Howe (0879613312).


Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from 30th July to 6th August – 7 nights half-board in Guesthouse, close to St. James’ Church. Young people aged 16-35 are most welcome. Cost: €659 in total. Contact Diocesan Youth Centre at 0906473358 or email: anita.allenym@gmail.com. See poster in church.

Host families needed

Host families are needed for Spanish students attending a summer camp in Moyne CS, for 3 weeks in July.  Payment for the 3 weeks is €550 and anyone can participate.  For more information, contact Maeve on  085 8391939 or moynesummercamp2014@gmail.com.

Date for your Diary

15th June 2014: Cemetery Sunday in Drumlish.

Child Care

Dromard Childcare Community Group Limited will run Summer Camps on the following weeks:- Wk1: June 30th to 4th July. (7th July – 11thJuly – NO camp due to Cúl Camps in Dromard) Wk 2: 14th - 18th July Wj 3: 21st July – 25th July. Camps cater for ages 4 to 8 years. Activities include a wide range of outdoor activities – weather permitting, Arts&Crafts, Baking, Fun&Games. Children should bring a packed lunch &drink daily. Camps will run from 9.320 to 1.00pm daily. Cost 30 euro per week (Family discount will apply).

Planning to get Married

There are still some places available on the Longford ACCORD Pre-marriage Courses for 12th and 13th June 2014. There will be no marriage courses in July and August. For further information contact ACCORD Longford on 043 3347222 or book on-line www.accord.ie

Counselling Service

Accord also provides a professional marriage and relationship counselling service for couples, experiencing difficulties in their marriage and relationships. ACCORD provides a safe place to explore relationship difficulties in a confidential, respectful and non-judgemental setting. Contact ACCORD Longford on 043 3347222.