EASTER CEREMONIES TAKE CENTRE STAGE: This is one of the times of the year when the parish comes to a stand -still as vast amounts of people make a special effort to attend the Easter ceremonies. Fr. Eamon in his usual relaxed manner, all the Mass Servers and Choir were excellent in providing enriching and uplifting services. The Mass Servers were flawless in their performance and deserve great credit as this is one of the most demanding times of the year for them as many of us ex-mass servers know. Now they can relax and relish a job well done. This year some anniversaries were celebrated. This is the 27th time that Fr. Corkery, Louis McEntire and Kathleen Brady took part in the reading of The Passion. Kathleen still uses the original leaflet that she started with so long ago. This is also the 40th anniversary of the introduction of Trocaire Boxes to the parish.
THE LATIN SCHOOL PLAYERS: Are performing the hilarious comedy, A Marriage of Convenience by Michael J. Ginnelly, in The Latin School Community Centre on Friday April 26th, Sat. 27th and Sunday 28th at 8.30pm. Tickets will soon be on sale in all local outlets.
THE LONGFORD FEDERATION OF ICA: Are hosting an information meeting in the ’98 Hall, Ballinamuck, on April 25th next at 7.30pm. Laura Shaw of Longford Garden Centre will discuss gardening issues and Garry Brady, Environmental Officer L.C.C. will talk about food wastage issues. Raffle will be held on night-admission €5 Everyone welcome.
ALL NIGHT VIGILS: The First Friday/Saturday All night Vigils in honour of the Sacred and Imaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary take place on Friday April 5th next at 10pm in Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown and St. Anne’s, Convent Lane, Mohill. For information contact, 086/0405621.
THE CRUXIFICION OF MENTAL ILLNESS: One in eight people suffer from some form or degree of mental health difficulty. These problems often borne secretly can be debilitating, embarrassing, demoralising and can result in a private agony of something on a parallel with the suffering of Jesus in the Agony in the Garden. Depressed people have a good idea how Jesus felt in the Garden of Getsenemmie. Take this “medicine cup” from me they pray. The Bible and Psalms have many references to mental anguish –“Out of the depths to Thee I Cry, Lord Hear my prayer”. Sometimes I can understand why people find it easier to gather in church to relive things that happened two thousand years ago than think of all the agonies in the Garden that are happening around them now.
PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2013: The Ardagh and Clonmacnois Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from May 27th next to June 1st with five nights for the fully inclusive price of €699. Places are available. Please contact Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 or Phone (01)2410812. Pilgrimage Director: Rev. Monsignor Bernard Noonan P.P. Moate, Co Westmeath. Tel.(090)6481180. Director Special Section for Sick: Rev. Fr. Michael Scanlon P.P. Cloghan, Co Offaly. Tel.(090)6457122.
MOYNE BINGO RESULTS: 28/03/13 €130 Tommy Reynolds, €100 Kevin Reilly, €65 Lily Cainswarren, €40 Ann McNeill, other winners; Nellie Gormley, Mary A Byrne, Bridie Duffy, Arron Farrell, Brian McGlade, Francie Smith, Briget Reilly, Ann Heslin, Mary Keogh, Kathleen Brady, Pat Brady, Charlie Murtagh, Marie Murphy, Margaret Donnelly, Kathleen O Hanlon, Pat McHugh, Ann Brady, Ann McNeill, Bridie Flood, Leah Duffy and Ita Sheridan. Congratulations to our new winners Kevin Duffy, Aaron Farrell and Leah Duffy.
HARSH EASTER WEATHER REIGNS: The weather has been so cold this Easter that people renamed it “Eastmas”. Many people are dealing with problems of firewood and turf shortages as a result of last year’s poor turf harvest. Along the roadside it can be seen that some people have turned to harvesting timber to tide them over this cold spell. Trailers loaded with wood can be seen here and there. In Corrigan’s Shop there is a sign up advertising wood for sale. Where turf, are not fully dry stoves and cookers are less efficient in producing adequate heat. As for setting vegetables or potatoes –perish the thought!. Also the fact that all these problems are happening in a harsh economic environment does not help the mood. One thing for sure the Easter Eggs didn’t melt!
MIDLAND RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION: Are holding their AGM Tue April 9 th at 11.30 am in Longford Library. Lunch will follow and trip to Longford Garden Centre with talk by Laura Shaw. New members welcome, Ph. Rosemary at 087/7589287.
COMMUNITY GAMES NEWS: Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Church Gate collectionlast weekend. The Futsal Soccer competition was also held last weekend, in Kenagh. Hard luck to our Dromard boys who played exceptionally well but were defeated however. Many thanks to Paul Hourican for his hard task as mentor and manager of team.
LONGFORD RURAL TRANSPORT: Longford Community Resources Ltd. through the Co. Longford Rural Transport Programme operates 23 rural transport services throughout Co Longford. A recent re-structuring proposal endorsed by the Minister for Commuter and Public Transport outlines a number of changes to the Rural Transport Programme nationally; including the setting up of Regional Transport Units which will place the Co. Longford Rural Transport into the new Eastern and Midlands Regional Unit with counties Westmeath, Loais and Offaly. Longford Community Resources Ltd. is holding public meetings to give an opportunity to service users and the general public to discuss this re-structuring proposal. The next meetings will take place on Thursday April 4th at 7pm in Newtowncashel Parish Hall. If you are concerned about the future delivery of this service in Co. Longford and how it may affect the more vulnerable population in rural areas, we would like to invite you to attend the public meetings and be part of the discussion on the future of the Co. Longford Rural Transport Programme. For further information please contact Longford Community Resources Ltd. at Ph. 043/3345555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org