Ballinalee

Community Group: “ Ballinalee Community Group has produced a 29 page brochure showing the results and plans for the future for the village. The brochure has been posted on the Ballinalee Community Group facebook page. Joining Facebook is very simple. Search for Facebook on the internet and if you are not already a member then go through the ‘sign up’ process: all you need is an email address (which acts as your user identification) and a password of your choice. Once you have done this then search for Ballinalee Community on Facebook search facility and browse the brochure and all other news. You can leave comments.”

Community Group: “ Ballinalee Community Group has produced a 29 page brochure showing the results and plans for the future for the village. The brochure has been posted on the Ballinalee Community Group facebook page. Joining Facebook is very simple. Search for Facebook on the internet and if you are not already a member then go through the ‘sign up’ process: all you need is an email address (which acts as your user identification) and a password of your choice. Once you have done this then search for Ballinalee Community on Facebook search facility and browse the brochure and all other news. You can leave comments.”

St. John’s Church: Glorious things of thee are spoken – so the opening hymn went at the Service of Thanksgiving & Rededication of St. John’s Church in Ballinalee went on Sunday. Bishop Ken Clarke was present for the special ceremony and spoke in his sermon of the renewing of the church building and what it is that the Church means to all Christians. The service saw a full attendance of people from all communities in the village and friends of the parish from near and far. Canon Janet Catterall paid tribute to all the craftsmen and people who had supported and contributed to the work of restoring the church from its rather sorry state of repair just over seven years ago, to its current splendour. Special thanks were offered to local businesses McKeon Joinery, Fox Bros, and to Joe Heaslip and Marius Janus who did much of the interior restoration. Thanks were also offered to various benefactors, among them the parishioners of Holy Trinity and St. James’ Church, Clonbroney for their gift of a Bible for use in the church. All present greatly enjoyed the rousing hymns, admired the restoration work and rounded off the afternoon with refreshments in Currycahill Hall.

LOTTO: 3, 13, 17, 22. 5 x 20 euro Brenda Treacy Keith Molihan Damien O’Reilly Mick Devine and Peter Dowler. Sellers prize Mary Farrell c/o Gala. Jackpot 6200 euro. Draw in Rawles for month of August. Draw at 9.30. Please have your tickets in by 9pm to the Stags head. Lines 2 euro each or 3 for 5 euro.

DUCK DERBY: Lines are on sale for 5 euro for the annual Duck Derby which takes place on Sunday evening at 7pm on the River Camlin. BBQ in Farrells afterwards with music by Cheap Whiskey. All funds go towards the local tidy towns committee group which looks after the various facilities and estates in the area. Please support.

FAS: A number of positions will become available over the next number of months in the Killoe /Newtownforbs/Ballinalee Community Employment Scheme. Please forward your CV to Tony Mahon. Parish Hall Newtownforbes Co Longford.

POSTAL DELIVERY: As and from Monday 30th July the sorting of mail for the Ballinalee /Killoe A’cliffe area will take place in Longford head office. This is part of An Post’s consolidation of mail delivery services. Parcels registered letters etc for which notices have been left can still collect those items in Ballinalee PO. On my own and my mother’s behalf I would like to thank all the postmen who have been based at our office for the last 40 years for their courtesy and friendship throughout those years.

DEEPEST SYMPATHY: Deepest sympathy to Barney Reynolds and family Schooland and Peter Reynolds and family Graffogue on the death of their brother Terry in Cavan last weekend RIP.

PLAN LAUNCH: The launch of the Ballinalee community group plan will take place on Friday August 10 at 8.30 in Currycahill Hall . Everybody in the community is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.