Corr: DP Finnegan. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The results of the Tidy Towns Competition 2015 were published on Monday of last week. We are delighted to report that with the commitment and dedication of all concerned we received five marks more than in 2014. The adjudicators visited the area on Tuesday 21st July. The adjudicators were very impressed with the church and it’s surroundings. The gates at the church and graveyard got a special mention, as did the walkway adjacent to the GAA grounds. The schoolchildren were commended on carrying out the project on the history and wildlife of Derrycasson wood. Their participation in the Spring Clean in April was addressed. It was noted that the standard of house presentation was good and that we were saved the scourge of unfinished housing estates and abandoned derelict properties. Appreciation to all connected with the community employment scheme for their cooperation and all who helped in anyway. However it was identified where improvements could take place. Headless/signless road traffic poles in and around the village did not receive any favourable comment. Facilities at the community centre were admired. Nonetheless painting on part of it would enhance it’s appearance. It was recommended to draw up a plan for the betterment of the area. Proposals are welcome.
St. Columba’s GFC
Supporters are reminded that many yearly lotto tickets are now due for renewal. Sincere thanks to all who bought tickets for the past year. Your support for the coming year would be very much appreciated. All wishing to renew their ticket and to be in the draw every week can do so by contacting Christy Reilly or Micheál Cunningham. You may also drop your €100 into Cloonagh P.O. Thanks again in anticipation of your ongoing support.
Best wishes to Northern Gaels who take on Killoe in minor ‘A’ football final at Glennons Brothers Pearse Park on this Sunday 11th October. Please check fixtures for time of throw in.
A benefit night for the family of the late Sean Mulligan, Ballinamuck will take place in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva on Monday 16th November. Music on the night by Night Fever, Mick Flavin, Noel Cassidy, Jimmy Hussey and Busy Fingers. Tickets cost €10 each. Committee members will be out selling tickets over the next few weeks. Your support would be very much appreciated. Tickets will also be on sale in Cloonagh P.O. Mary Mulligan, wife of the late Sean is formerly Murphy from Kilmore.
Best wishes to our local postman John Hughes who has retired after over forty years dedicated service with the company. Now living at Listrahee, Ballinalee, the Longford town native has spent the last sixteen years delivering the mail in the Granard/Mullinalaghta area. During this period John has visited every house in the area. Always obliging and with a smile for young and old John performed his duties away beyond the call of duty. Highly regarded by his colleagues and all he made contact we will all miss having a chat with him. On behalf of all in the area we wish John good health and happiness for the future.
Mullinalaghta / Mullahoran Gun Club will hold their annual draw in The Hideaway Bar on Sunday 1st November. Tickets at €5 each are on sale in local shops or from any club member. 1st prize is a Plasma TV. 2nd €200. 3rd €100. Your support would be appreciated.
Exposition of the blessed sacrament will be held at St. Columba’s Church every Thursday from 8.00p.m -9.00p.m. All are welcome.
St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw on Wednesday 30th September. The numbers drawn were 3, 7, 13, 17 with jackpot of €1350 remaining intact. The following received consolation prizes of €20 each. Eoin McCormack, Longford. Brian Newman, Clooneen. Róisín Byrne, Mullinroe. Anne Earley, Cloonagh and Bernie Lynch, Culleenmore. On sales this week are as follows. Hideaway: David McGivney. Keogh’s / Anglers’s : John Keegan Snr. Kilcogy: James Fitzsimons & Seamus Corcoran. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.
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 appreciated. The winning number on Saturday 3rd October was 18 with no winner.
St. Christopher’s Services
The Granard Branch wishes to thank everybody who supported the recent raffle for the One Direction tickets and the function in John V’s where the raffle was drawn. The lucky winner was Catherine McGerr. Altogether a total of €1505 was raised. A big thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets and to all who donated prizes. Appreciation to Sean Donohue and staff for hosting the event , to SuperValu for allowing the tickets to be sold on their premises and to Seamus Farrell for supplying the music on the night.
An information officer from Co. Longford Information Service is available at Granard Area Action Group Office, Main St. Granard each Thursday morning from 10.30a.m.- 12.30p.m. No appointment necessary.