Duck Race

Duck Race

Northern Gaels are holding a ‘’Duck Racing’’ fundraiser event on Sunday, 31st May at Derragh River, Abbeylara commencing at 5p.m. Lines are on sale at €5 each. Your support would be very much appreciated. Appreciation to Councillor P.J. Reilly for sponsoring the race.


Thank you to all who donated and supported the very successful 11th annual sponsored walk for the Irish Kidney Association and Kevin Bell Fund. Your help was very much appreciated and proceeds will be donated to the relevant charities at a presentation at a later date.


A collection in aid of tidy towns competition will be taken up at St. Columba’s Church on this Saturday, 24th May. It is the only fundraiser for this project and helps to fund all materials, petrol, PRSI etc. for the scheme workers. We are appealing for your generosity again this year. If you are unable to donate at the church gate you can contribute at Cloonagh P.O. The community scheme workers do a fantastic job and keep the village in great shape and with your help this can continue.

Cemetery Evening

Blessing of graves will follow 7.00p.m. Mass in St. Columba’s cemetery on Saturday, 13th June. This is subject to weather permitting. Please inform family and friends away from home. Should inclement weather prevail Mass will be celebrated in the local church.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto in The Angler’s Rest on Friday 15th May. The numbers drawn were 11, 12, 24, 30 with the jackpot of €7,650 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 went to Ciarán Rogers, Naas. Mickey Keogh, Naas. Joe & Pauline Rogers, Cloonagh. Bridget Beglan, Derrycasson and Paul Leonard, Aughanoran. On sales for this week are as follows: Hideaway: Patrick Rogers. Keogh’s / Anglers’s Rest: Finbar Meehan Kilcogy: Seamus Fitzpatrick & Paddy Brady. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.

Ladies Footballers

As part of their fundraising activities the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in the local post office or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday night’s main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are now due for renewal at €50 each by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. The winning number on Saturday 16th May was 29 with no winner.

New Centre

On Friday 12th June the people of Abbeylara will celebrate the opening of their new Parish Centre with the very popular Derek Ryan and his band. We compliment the committee and Fr. Michael Campbell who with their hard work, dedication and commitment have got this project to the stage it is at now. No doubt this amenity will prove to be a tremendous asset to parishioners of Abbeylara in the years ahead. Good luck to all concerned.

Host Families needed

A group of Spanish Students are hoping to attend a summer camp in Cnoc Mhuire, Granard from 4th July - 24th July. This is the first year for the camp in the Granard area and is an extension of the successful Moyne Community summer camp which has been running since 2011. The students (boys/girls) aged 12/13 years are currently looking for host families. For further information please contact Angela on 085 8391939 or email Good rates apply.

Dring Festival

The annual open air festival at Dring due to be held on Sunday, 31st May has been cancelled for this year. The annual church gate collection for St. Christopher’s will be held that weekend at both churches. We would like to thank all our loyal supporters and look forward to next year’s festival.

Poker Classic

On Sunday 31st May a poker classic will be held in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva. Buy in cost is €30 with Rebuys, Top and Early Bird Bonus. Commencing at 6pm this classic is organised by friends of the late Martin Cadden. Proceeds will be donated to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund. All support would be gratefully appreciated.

Clean up day

Many thanks to all who participated the clean up day. Appreciation to the children, teachers and helpers who did the clean up on Wednesday, 29th April. They tidied up around the school, church, village, community centre and did a particularly good job in the graveyard. Well done to the teenagers and adults who took part in the evening session on Tuesday 5th May on what was a bitterly cold evening. With most of the volunteers from outside the village they cleaned up the approach roads from Mullinroe to Kilmore which has got much admiration. Hopefully, everyone will be vigilant and try and keep our area free from litter, silage wrap, plastic bags etc.