We apologise for the non appearance of notes last week. For some reason there was a break down in email transmission.


It was with deep regret that we learned of the death of Ollie Kiernan, Mullinroe which occurred at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Longford on Saturday, 28th February last. Suffering from a serious illness, he passed away peacefully in the loving care of his family and hospital staff. He was a gentleman of quiet disposition who was admired and highly respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a most obliging neighbour, always ready to help out when called upon. An excellent tradesman, he was noted for his craftsmanship at plastering, painting and woodwork. One of Ollie’s favourite hobbies was fishing. He was always contented with a rod and line on a lakeshore. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and the many people he became acquainted with down through the years. His remains were removed to St. Columba’s Church on Sunday evening. Funeral to local cemetery followed requiem Mass on Monday. The late Ollie is survived by his brother Sean, sister Anne, sister-in-law Bernadette, niece Emma, grandniece Andrea and cousins to whom we extend our sympathy. May he rest in peace.

Colmcille Gardening Club

All gardening enthusiasts are invited to a talk with award winning garden designer, author and TV/Radio broadcaster Fiann Ó Nualláin in Colmcille Community Centre on this Saturday 7th March at 2.30p.m. Topics include grow your own vegetables, sustainable gardening and first aid for your garden plants. Admission is €5 and will include refreshments. Everyone welcome.

Slimming World

Brand new slimming world group opening in Sacred Heart National School, Granard on Thursday, 19th March at 7.30pm. Telephone Liz on 087 9534254 for further details.

Fundraising Hunt

We held another very successful fundraising hunt on Saturday last around Mullinalaghta. A big thank you to Longford Harriers for their participation and support to Mullinalaghta Development Council for the third consecutive year. On what was a very cold but lovely clear day there were great crowds assembled at many of the vantage points to view both the hunt and the local scenery. Appreciation is expressed to everyone who made this event possible, to Longford Harriers for their continued support, to Mullinalaghta Landowners who gave permission to enter their lands, to the stewards who helped on both Saturdays to prepare and patrol the course. Sincere thanks to all the ladies who helped with the refreshments. The same sentiments are expressed to all who supported and facilitated with the hamper raffle with donations etc. Congratulations to the following winners. 1st prize hamper winner was David O’Rourke. 2nd prize hamper went to Mark McNerney. 3rd and 4th prizes went to James Reilly and Maggie Reilly respectively.

Granard Library

Storytelling and some music will take place in Granard Community Library on this Saturday 28th February from 11.00a.m. - 12.00 noon. All are welcome.

New arrival

Congratulations are extended to Karl and Laura Dermody, Newtowncashel on the birth of their second child, a baby girl and a very welcome brother for Senan. This happy event occurred at Mullingar General Hospital on Wednesday, 11th February. Formerly from Mullinroe, Karl is son of Johnny and Martina Dermody and is still a loyal follower of the Maroon and White of St. Columba’s. We are delighted to inform their many well wishers in Mullinalaghta that Laura and the little lass are in excellent health.


Killeen Dramatic Society presents ‘’The Real McCoy’’ a three part comedy act by Tommy Marren in The Community Centre, Granard on Thursday and Friday 26th and 27th February and again on Monday 2nd March. Curtain up at 8.30p.m. Support would be appreciated.

Holy Hour

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with the Rosary takes place in St. Columba’s Church each Thursday evening from 8.00p.m. - 9.00p.m. All are welcome.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw on Wednesday, 18th February. The numbers drawn were 12, 13, 17, 28 with the jackpot of €7,050 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 went to Shane Reilly, Toome. Margaret Hand, Aughanoran. Dan & Bernie McElligott, Toome. Yén & Tien McKeon, Smear Lane and Stephen & Shauna Rose, McGivney, Clooneen. The numbers drawn on Tuesday 24th February were 4, 11, 13, 19 with the following receiving €20 each. Michael Carrigy, Ballinalee. Rosin Byrne, Mullinroe. Zoe Sullivan, Larkfield. John Eddie Matthews, Cloncoose and Martin Matthews, Culleenmore. On sales for this week are as follows - Hideaway: Luke Meehan. Kilcogy : Donal McElligott & Ben Cusworth. Keogh’s / Anglers’s Rest: Francis Mulligan. 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 21st February was 25 with Geraldine McGovern, Larkfield and Shelly Mahon winning €20 each. On Saturday 28th February 23 was lucky for Lisa Farrell, Toome and Geraldine McGovern, Larkfield. Geraldine is on a winning streak.

Date For Your Diary

St. Columba’s GFC will hold a race night in Keogh’s on Saturday 14th March. More details at a later date. Horses and jockeys will be on sale in the coming week. Your support would be very much appreciated.