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SPCA Christmas raffle winners

SPCA Christmas raffle winners

Longford SPCA wish to congratulate the winners of the Christmas Raffle as follows:

1st Prize, Keeran Fitzgerald, c/o Courtyard Café; 2nd Prize, Leona Maguire, Finneragh, Ardagh; 3rd Prize John Reilly, Rathmore, Ballymahon; 4th Prize Tommy D’Arcy,Lanesboro; 5th Prize Sarah Mulvey, Fisherstown, Clondra; 6th Prize Keeran Fitzgerald, C/O Courtyard Cafe.

Longford SPCA thank the public for their ongoing generosity in supporting us to ensure the continuance of our services to animals wild and domestic.

Our Office is open 6 days a week Mon to Sat 10am until 6pm with an out of office number for emergencies. Ph. 043 33 47417.www.longford-spca.org

Please report all suspected cases of abuse , cruelty or neglect in strictest confidence. Anonymous calls will not be dealt with. We wish to thank the Gardai and the Dept. of Agriculture ,Food and the Marine for their support and assistance during the last year. Happy New Year from Longford SPCA, Your Local Animal Welfare Society.

Pro Life Vigil

Please note Pro Life Vigil at 4.30pm, Merrion Sq, Dublin on 19/01/13.Bus leaving Cathedral car park at 1.30pm. Please contact nos 087 3626492 or 086 1900640.

Irish dancing classes

Irish dancing classes will recommence after Christmas on Saturday 19 January in the Aerobics room Longford Sports & leisure complex at 1.30pm for children over 8 years and 2.45pm for children under 8 years. Fees for the classes are 4.50 euro per child per lesson with an overall family rate of 10 euro per family with further reductions for parents who choose to pay by the month. No wigs, fake tans, make up for dancers and parents are welcome to stay at classes if they so wish. Children with disabilities also extremely welcome as Maureen is fully qualified in this area. Children all ages welcome. Contact Maureen on 086 370 2719 or (043) 3345445.

Longford County Choir

The first rehearsal of 2013 happens tonight, Jan 16th at 8.00pm in the Sylvia Dawson hall, St. Christopher’s, Battery Road. Christmas and New Year were blessed with mild weather conditions and safe roads mostly,so we earnestly hope that wintry showers etc. keep away for another few weeks. There is an ambitious programme of work being planned for an anticipated concert later in the year. Please bring The Armed Man music in this week,with your regular folders.

Subscriptions for the new term will be gratefully received tonight or if possible by the end of January.

There is a special welcome for new members as the new year begins. We hope that new people will be inspired to join us ,even on a trial basis. Tenors and basses are always in short supply. Come any Wednesday night to the above venue and see for yourself. It will be a New Year resolution that you will never regret.

Shannonside Wood Turners

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 23rd of January at Arthur Cumiskeys, College Park, Longford. Time: 8.00 p.m. sharp. There will be wood turning demonstrations on the night. We would also like to encourage everyone attending to bring a piece that they have turned. A reminder to everyone that the annual membership fees are due, and of course new members are always welcome. Finally it is hoped to run beginners classes on Wednesday evenings and anyone who is interested can contact Arthur: 086 1639048 or Pat: 087 6568648.

Longford ICA Federation

Happy New Year to all our members and there is no doubt everyone will be energised now for a Prosperous year in ICA for 2013.

We hope to start 2013 with training in Longford Women’s Link on Wednesday 23rd January from 7p.m. to 10p.m. for Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers and PRO’s of all the Guilds. On Wednesday 30th January there will be a follow up meeting for all the Guild officers again to organise our Federation event for “The Gathering”.

We invite and expect all the Guild officers to attend these two meetings.

The Federation Committee would be very grateful if you could discuss at your Guild meetings something to attract new members and bring your suggestion along to the training night on the 23rd January. The ICA will hold a “National Recruitment Day” on Saturday 2nd March 2013.

The Lotto draw will be held in Legan for the next 3 months until Easter. It would be helpful if lotto tickets could be returned to Mary Carthy at the Craft Class on Tuesdays. May Campbell will also still collect them as previously done.

The Federation have organised Social Dancing classes as requested. They will be held in Ennybegs Community Centre starting on Tuesday 15th January at 8p.m. It’s open to members and non members so bring along a friend.

National ICA are inviting members to attend the Wellness Workshop (facilitated by S.O.S) taking place in An Grianán on Monday 21st January 2013. The normal price to attend this workshop is €200 but ICA members are being offered it for €70 and this includes a hot lunch.