Ballymahon

TASHINNY NATIONAL SCHOOL: An Open day for prospective parents and children will be held in Tashinny School on Wednesday 20th March from 4-7pm. This will be an opportunity for families who may be interested in sending their children to Tashinny School to visit the school and view the facilities. Further details are available from the principal, Mrs Yvonne McHugh on 044 9357610. All are welcome.

TASHINNY NATIONAL SCHOOL: An Open day for prospective parents and children will be held in Tashinny School on Wednesday 20th March from 4-7pm. This will be an opportunity for families who may be interested in sending their children to Tashinny School to visit the school and view the facilities. Further details are available from the principal, Mrs Yvonne McHugh on 044 9357610. All are welcome.

Easter fundraising Draw: St. Matthews National School Parents Association are holding an Easter Fundraising Draw on Friday 22nd March next. Lines are available for sale at 2 per line from many shops in the town. A huge thank you is extended from the organisers to their Prize Sponsors:-1. Outdoor Discovery- 1 week on a Summer Camp; 2. Clare Frances Cassells - A Photo session and 2 Prints; 3. Cul Camp- 1 week place on the Summer Camp. 4. Pauls Hobbity Foods, Sizzle Dance (for sponsoring two student prizes). Your support for the Draw for the local National School will be greatly appreciated.

Roller Skating Club: A Roller Skating Club will be starting on 7th March until May 24th for 10 weeks in the Bridgeways Family Resource Centre, (the old Dean Egan Library) for children aged 7 and upwards . Price 28 on booking or 3 per session. Equipment Required: Roller Skates, Helmet, Wrist, knee and elbow guards. Book on the 7th March or with Rory @ 086-8824721 or esvp.27@gmail.com .

Justin reaches All-Ireland Final: We wish the very best of luck to Justin McGuire, Carrickedmond, a student at Ballymahon’s Mercy Secondary School who has reached the All-Ireland Final of the Childline School Talent Search which takes place in the Helix on Saturday night next, 9th March. The Final will be shown on RTE television the following weekend. This competition is in aid of the “Childline” service of the I.S.P.C.C. and every vote cast , each vote costing 1, goes directly to this worthy cause. Justin, who will be representing his School on Saturday night, will perform a dance which he choreographed himself. We hope all goes well for him at the event.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje: Will take place on 18th Sept 2013 from Knock Airport. 689 per person sharing. Contact Marita Concannon on 098-64017.

Ballymahon Leo Casey History Group: The monthly meeting of the History group will be held on Thursday, March 7th at 8.00p.m. in the usual venue, the Dean Egan Hall. New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served on the night. Topics for this meeting will include a further update on the forthcoming publication on the History of Ballymahon, and the Summer Tours.

New Canoe Club: A new Canoe was recently formed in Abbeyshrule and is based on the Royal Canal. Anyone interested in joining, and members are very welcome from neighbouring areas, should please contact Fergus Hilliard 087-2541374, John Dempsey 087-2337230, Mark Costello 087-0505249, Paddy Gogan 087 2307556 or Paualine Napieralski 087 9979140.

Bridge Club results: North/South- 1st Gross & net – Ann Fallon and Una Flynn. 2nd Gross & net – Carole Nally and Lily Mulvihill. 3rd Gross – Breeda McKnight and Joe Hunt. 3rd net - Willie Flanagan and Rory Duncan. East/West: 1st Gross- Orla McEntee and Tony Tiernan. 1st net- Jimmy Lennon and Greta Egan. 2nd Gross and net – Patricia Flanagan and Mary Murtagh. 3rd net - Elsie McKee and Nancy Finn.

Church Gate Collection: Longford Scuba Divers group wish to thank everyone who contributed to their Church gate collection in Ballymahon at the weekend. Your kind support is greatly appreciated.

Defeat for Longford: Hard luck to the County Longford Senior football team were narrowly beaten by Armagh on Saturday evening last in the National League. We wish them the best of luck in their remaining League fixtures.

Cadets: We wish the best of luck to local lad, Kevin Diffley, son of Paddy and Marian, Creevaghbeg in his career with the Cadets. Kevin is to be stationed in the Athlone Barracks .

U.21 football: The best of luck to the Longford U.21 football team who play Dublin on Wednesday night in Parnell Park in the Quarter Final of the Leinster Championship. We wish the best of luck to Rory Connor from the Mercy Secondary School who is a vital member of the team.

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage: The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place this year from 27th May to 1st June. The fully-inclusive price is 699.00. Contact Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2. Phone 01-2410812. Each parish is allotted one place, which is subsidised, on the special section for the sick of the pilgrimage. If you wish to nominate someone for one of these places please contact Fr. Michael Scanlon, who is the Director of the special section for the sick.

School Basketball: We wish the best of luck to the U.16 Girls Mercy Secondary School Basketball team who are in the All-Ireland semi-final on Thursday in Tallaght.

Minor football club: Ballymahon/Forgney Minor football club are running a Sweep Draw on the Aintree Grand National on Saturday April 5th. Tickets are now available at 2 each or a book of 3 for 5.

Theology Course: The Dominicans are offering affordable Distance learning programmes in Theology which can be followed either for academic credit or for personal enrichment. People study from home , with occasional study days at weekends and with the support of on-line academic tutors. For further information contact- The Priory Institute, Tallaght village, Dublin 24. Tel 01-4048124 enquiries@prioryinstitute.com www.prioryinstitute.com

Punchestown Races: Longford G.A.A. are hosting their 11th Annual Race Day at Punchestown on “Gold Cup Day” Wednesday 24th April. Tickets cost 100 each. To travel with the Ballymahon G.A.A. group, please contact Michael Cooney, Albert Fallon or Elizabeth Farrell. We will have more details later.

Pain Management: Mark Usher, Chartered Physiotherapist will be holding a free information evening about Persisting Pain Treatment and Management on Wednesday 13th March 6.30p.m. to 7.30p.m. at Pilgrim Holistic Centre, Ardagh. He will also be holding a one-day workshop “Secrets of Successful Persisting Pain Treatment and Management” on Thursday 14th March 10.00a.m. to 4p.m. Booking is essential, please ring Mark on 087-6003812.

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