A play has been chosen, “Philadelphia, Here I Come” by Brian Friel. A poignant play with many comedic moments, centered around a young man moving to America. Gareth O’Donnell is portrayed by two characters, “Gar public” the Gar that people see and talk to and “Gar Private”, the man within, Gar’s conscience. The play is based in Co Donegal and has a cast of thirteen. Our members are already rehearsing diligently and we look forward to announcing the dates soon.

Christmas Cards

This year’s Christmas Card, produced by Declan Gilmore, features a Summer panorama of Newtowncashel Village. It’s an appropriate theme in view of the sunshine we enjoyed. Cards are available in Kenny’s Foodstore at €1 each.

Christmas day run

The Annual Christmas Day Run from Newtowncashel to Lanesborough in aid of the Longford branch of MS Ireland is being organised again for the 23rd year. As a result of this event approximately €170,000 has been raised for Multiple Sclerosis. All are welcome to participate, further details and sponsorship cards are available from Michael Flood, Newtowncashel (Tel: 086-0880855); Brigid Mullooly, Lanesborough (Tel: 04333-21019); L and K’s Village Shop in Newtowncashel or O’Brien’s Corner Shop, Lanesborough. All participants will receive a free t-shirt kindly sponsored by Peter Hanley Motors. Walkers will start from the Hill at 11.45 am and runners at 12.15, the finish is then at the Hall in Lanesborough where refreshments are available. We would greatly appreciate your support as this is in aid of a very worthy cause.


We extend congratulations to both Michael Flood, and Cara Regan,who were married on Saturday the 30th of November last.

Parents association

The Parent’s Association of St. Mary’s National School will run a Christmas Disco in ‘The Hill’ on Sunday, 15th December from 4p.m. to 6p.m. Admission for school-going children is €2. Parents and younger siblings get free admission. Drinks and goodie bags will be provided.

St Mary’s NS

All at St. Mary’s National School wish to acknowledge with gratitude those who contributed to their fundraising events - Sponsored Readathon, €2262.00, for M.S. Ireland (Multiple Sclerosis); Halloween Fancy Dress day, €299.00, for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. On Wednesday, December the 11th, Lenroc Recyclers Ltd., will collect from the school, all unwanted clothing and footwear may be left in the sheds at the rear of the school, before 9.30a.m. Also on Wednesday, the 11th, the School Band will perform in The Hill, from 1p.m. to 2p.m. All are welcome. In the spirit of Christmas, admission is free.!


Lanesboro Community College holds a Christmas Concert in aid of Philippines typhoon victims, in St. Mary’s Hall, on Thursday the 12th December, 8p.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


We extend our sympathy to the family and friends,of Pat Costello, Tarmonbarry, and formerly of Pollagh, who died on Tuesday 3rd December last. May his Soul Rest in Peace.

Star and Crib

The Christmas Star and Crib were erected at the Church last Friday morning. Thanks to both teams involved. Visiting the Crib is one of the precious traditions of the Christmas season. In all, there are just four weeks in which to do so.