On Saturday night last, 29th November, G.A.A. people gathered in the Paddy Kenny room at Leo Casey Clubhouse to make a special Presentation to the Referees and their Officials of the 2007 and 2014 All-Ireland Minor Football Finals. Ballymahon Club honoured Fergal Kelly and Derek Fahy and their officials Phelim Kelly, Tomas Oâ€™Rourke, Paul Kelly, Patrick Maguire, Christy Mannion, Pat Oâ€™Toole and Eamon Reilly. All the members were delighted to honour their appointments and congratulate them, their special guest greatly added to the occasion. So many thanks to John Horan, Leinster Council Chairman who presented Fergal and his team with their Awards and to Martin Skelly, former Leinster Chairman who presented Derek and his team with their awards. Many thanks also to Cooneys Hotel who sponsored the event and to Martin Walsh who had the Clubhouse looking its best. Refreshments were provided for everyone and by any standards this will be a highlight of the year. Providing music on the night was Oisin Kelly, grandson of Michael and Carmel and he gave the night a great lift-off. Many thanks to all who attended and made the night such a great success. Well done to Fergal, Derek and their officials for their well-deserved awards.
Right to Water Public Meeting
A public meeting will be held on this Thursday night, December 4th, in the Community Centre in Granard commencing at 8p.m. This will be the only meeting about the proposed Water Charges in County Longford or South Cavan prior to the National March in Dublin on 10th December. Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Communication, Energy and Natural Resources, Michael Colreavy TD will address the meeting along with Sinn Fein Councillors and recent bi-election candidates Martin Kenny from Leitrim and Paul Hogan from Westmeath. Everyone welcome.
Newtowncashel Tidy Towns are holding a Table Quiz in the Peer Inn on Friday, 5th December at 9pm. There will be cash prizes and a raffle on the night. Refreshments will be served and your support will be greatly appreciated.
Bridge Club results
North/South: 1st Gross & nett â€“ Declan McGivney & Liam Flynn. 2nd Gross â€“ Joe Hunt & Breda McKnight. 2nd nett â€“ Mary Murtagh & Margaret Dowd. 3rd Gross â€“ Sarah Frawley & Mark Tiernan. 3rd nett â€“ Joe Hunt & Breda McKnight. East/West- 1st Gross & nett- Orla McEntee & Tony Tiernan. 2nd Gross â€“ Rory Duncan & Willie Flanagan. 2nd nett & 3rd gross â€“ Rory Duncan & Willie Flanagan and Eddie Walsh & Christy Flanagan. 3rd nett â€“Rory Duncan & Willie Flanagan.
Congratulations to Francis and Eimear Ryan, Barnacor on the recent birth of their baby son, Michael Eugene, a lovely new baby brother to Maebh. We wish you all every happiness in the years ahead. Christmas Lights
The Christmas Lights are being switched on in Ballymahon on this Friday December 5th. Lots of activities planned plus a special visitor, yes, Santa will switch on the lights at 7pm on the 5th. The local Scouts will be involved and so hopefully there will be a large crowd around the town when the kids can visit Santa in his Grotto.
St. Vincent de Paul collection
The local Vincent de Paul Conference are holding their annual church gate collection at all Masses in St. Matthews Church on next weekend 6th/7th December. We are all aware of the effects the cut-backs are having on society. The work of the St. Vincent de Paul Societyâ€™s volunteers is totally confidential and is highly regarded and acclaimed throughout the country. Some people depend on the local Vincent de Paul Society for basic necessities all year round. The demand on the resources of St. Vincent de Paul have increased, so be as generous as you can in contributing to the special collection at the weekend.
Caroline Ferry, a Nutritional Therapist, is available on Thursdays between 10.00a.m. and 12 noon and between 6p.m. - 8p.m. You can call in to the Clinic above Oâ€™Hanlons â€œnewâ€ Pharmacy, Lr. Main Street, at this time or give Caroline a call on 086-3994615. A flexible, affordable service with nutritional advice for individual needs. Also a ten week weight-loss programme tailored for long term weight management available starting in the New Year â€“ make the call to secure your place.
Carrickedmond/Legan C.E. Group
Have the following vacancies - A number of environmental positions due to start between now and January 15th. Job Reference 887925.
Also 1 Receptionist/Administrator for the groupâ€™s office in Carrickedmond. Job Reference 888272. To check eligibility and to apply please call into the Intreo Offices, D.S.P. Buildings, Ballinalee Road, Longford. D.S.P. eligibility/conditions apply.
On Monday, 8th December, a free make-up demonstration by a qualified Beautician will be held in Betty Foxâ€™s on Main Street commencing at 8p.m. There will be some Gift Beauty Sets and Jewellery on sale on the night and also, some light refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome.
Longford Warmer Homes
Provides free attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy advice to elderly and disadvantaged home owners throughout the county who meet certain criteria. They also carry out work for the elderly as part of the Care & Repair Scheme. Please check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page to see if you are eligible for free Attic and Cavity insulation before the winter rush sets in. Call 043 33 93255 www.lwh.ie
The very popular Abbeyshrule Community Christmas Craft Fair will take place on Sunday 14th December from 12 noon to 6.00p.m. Anyone interested in taking a table should contact Therese on 087/9280789 or Betty McGoey at 04493 57742 or email email@example.com stating your preferred time. The childrens craft workshops will be from 1p.m. to 2.30p.m. and 2.30p.m. to 4p.m. costing â‚¬3 per child. Your workshop must be booked in advance. Weather permitting Santa and Mrs Claus will drop in to the children at 4.15p.m. A raffle will be held and all proceeds will go to MWB Autism Support who help organise the event. Your support will be appreciated
The annual Christmas party for the Senior citizens of Tang will be held on Sunday next 7th December in Tang Community Centre. All senior citizens in the Tang area are most welcome to attend.
Christmas Carol Service
The Innyside Singers together with St. Matthews Church choir are holding their Christmas Carol Service in St. Matthews Church on Sunday evening, 14th December at 7p.m. You are all invited to attend, some of the old carols should bring back lots of good memories for you. Everyone welcome.
Home from holidays
Welcome home to Joe and Nuala Farrell, Creevaghbeg who recently returned from their holiday in Dubai where they were visiting their son Darren and his wife Annia. We hope they had a great time.
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
From Knock on 16th September 2015. â‚¬699 per person sharing. Early booking offers - â‚¬150 off if paid by 10th December 2014, â‚¬100 off if paid by 2nd Feb 2015. â‚¬50 off if deposit only is paid by 2nd February. Please contact Group Leader Marita Concannon on 098-64017 or 089 4146331.
The next Reparation and Adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is in the Chapel of Our Ladyâ€™s Manor, Edgeworthstown, on the first Friday, December 5th. For further information contact 086-0405621 or 086-1900640.
Leo Casey History Group
Their latest book Ballymahon â€œA Journey back in timeâ€, was published and launched in November 2013. It proved to be an outstanding success and sold out rapidly, at the end of the day many people had not managed to get a copy and requested if a reprint was possible. That limited reprint became available just recently in October. Those who had requested books have by now purchased them and are impressed by the extensive photographic archive revealed therein. As Christmas now approaches, the History Groupâ€™s members would like to recommend this fascinating pictorial record of Ballymahon people and events of yesteryear, it would make a wonderful Christmas gift for anyone far from home or connected in any way with our town. Books are still available while stocks last at Hanlyâ€™s Newsagents and Nallys Service Station on the Longford road. If anyone did not get a copy of the book first time round, now is your â€œlastâ€ chance as there will be no further reprint.
Suicide Prevention helpline: 1800 247 247, provides free professional counselling, support, advice and information for anyone in suicidal crisis, or who has been bereaved by suicide. Perhaps you are worried about someone who is struggling, or you have other concerns about suicide. If so, please talk with one of our fully qualified and accredited counsellors or therapists today. Console 24/7 is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week/ 365 days a year. You can contact them at the above number or by text message , text the word HELP to 51444.
Training for Longford Carers
The Carers Association are providing QQI (FETAC) Healthcare training in Longford during the coming weeks. If you are interested in taking part or if you require more information contact the training unit at 05793-22920 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To Sinead Browne, Terlicken who is home from Australia visiting her parents, John and Ann and her family in the area. We also wish Ann, who is in hospital at the moment, a speedy recovery to good health. We look forward to seeing Ann out and about soon again.
Open Day at Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School takes place on Thursday, December 4th. Students of local Primary Schools are invited to visit the school to sample some of the courses on offer in their curriculum. This will be followed by the Open Night where parents are invited to see the school. There will be an opportunity for students to enrol for September 2015.
To Thomas Lowry Jnr., who is home from London visiting his parents Tommy and Noreena, Moigh. We hope he enjoys his stay here. Hard luck to Tommyâ€™s nephew, Laurence Strain who was the Manager of St. Endaâ€™s football team from Omagh who were narrowly beaten in the Ulster Club football final on Sunday last by Slaughtneil, Derry.
Day Care Centre
The Directors and staff of Ballymahon Day Care Centre thank all those who supported their fund-raising event last week which was an outstanding success. Many thanks to the groups who performed on the night- Mick Flavin, John Hogan, Aisling Wrynn, the Ramblers, Danny & Mary Sheerin, Tony Moran, Sharon Turley and Camillus Egerton. Many thanks also to the main Sponsors, Cooneys Hotel, Skellys, Providers and many local sponsors and thanks to Michael and Josephine Cooney for the use of their premises and to everyone who helped out in any way. Your continued support will enable the Centre to continue or extend the range of services it offers to those who use the Centre every week.
Advent Penance Service
The annual Advent Penance Service will be held in St. Matthews Church on Thursday, 15th December commencing at 8p.m.
Leo Casey History Group
The monthly meeting will take place on Thursday evening, December 4th at 8.00p.m. Usual venue â€“ Dean Egan hall. Refreshments served. Newcomers always welcome.
Death of Agnes Quinn
We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs Agnes Quinn, (nee Gavin), Moate Road, Ballymore which occurred on November 19th last at Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar, to her daughters Miriam, Sheila and Kathleen, sons-in-law, sister-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, the Quinn family, Forgney and to all her relatives and many friends. May she rest in peace.
Art & Model Making: Our local area competition for the above will take place on Sunday December 14th from 4pm in St. Matthews N.S. Art is open to boys and girls U8, U10, U12, U14, U16. Model Making is open to boys and girls U10, U12, U14 & U16. The Theme is any community games activity. So time to get your paints, pencils paper out and get practising. Model Making Workshop: Parents there will be a free model making workshop for u10-u16â€™s on Monday 8th December at 4.30pm in Dean Egan, Ballymahon. Come along and have a go. Parents are encouraged to attend. Chess & Draughts: If there are any U16 girls or boys who play and are interested in taking part in competition. please give your name to Ciara at 0866028807. Indoor Soccer: The U15 boys panel has been filled and lads you are asked to bring â‚¬1 towards the cost of venue with you to next training session. If there are any U13 & U10 boys who would like to compete please give your names to Ciara. Also we are looking for players and coaches for Girls U10 U13 & U15 Indoor Soccer. Again please give your names to Ciara. Please note that this competition is a 5-a-side competition with 3 subs. Other events that will be coming up over the next month or two are table quiz, tag rugby, futsal basketball projects debating and talent. Handwriting Competition: The area finals will take place on Monday Jan 19th 2015 in St. Matthews N.S, Ballymahon at 6.30-7.30pm. Finally congratulations to the pupils of Mercy Convent, who put on an amazing show last week. The talent on display was stunning both on stage and back stage. Hopefully, we will see some of on stage for the county talent show. Talent is now open to U-16 as well as U-14. So start getting your acts together.