On Sunday evening last the parish was virtually deserted as many made the journey to Pearse Park to cheer on St. Columba’s in the semi final of the Peter Hanley Senior Football Championship. The opposition was Clonguish who entered the fray with the tag of favourites. With St. Columba’s trailing by 1-1 to 0-0 after approximately fifteen minutes it looked like the experts were getting it right. However, with some excellent passages of play the Maroon and White brigade entered the break with an advantage of 2-3 to 1-1. On the resumption Mullinalaghta were much superior and raced into an eight point lead. As was expected Clonguish fought back with a goal and some well taken points, but with magnificent defending from our backs we held out for a one point victory. Final score was St. Columba’s 2-9 Clonguish 2-8. County final will take place on Sunday 5th October. Emmet Og earned their place in the final by defeating Dromard the previous weekend. Let’s hope the Connolly Cup will be in the half parish on the first Sunday in October.
5 /10KM Run / Walk
Thank you to everyone who recently supported the St. Columba’s fundraising 5 /10 km run in Derrycasson Wood which was held in conjunction with Longford Hospice. This turned out to be a very successful and well organized event and a great community day. Sincere appreciation to everyone who helped in so many ways to prepare for the event, who helped on the day and who supported, participated and donated to the event. Congratulations to all our local participants who took part and did themselves proud in a very competitive field of visiting runners/ walkers.
At this stage all townland representatives should have made contact with all householders to collect €5 renewal fee for text alert scheme. If for any reason you have been missed and would like to join Mullinalaghta Community Alert Scheme please contact Bernie Rogers. We will shortly send out a test text to make sure everyone’s number has been included. When you receive this text please check with neighbours, family and friends to confirm everyone got the test text. Thanks to everyone for their co-operation and continued participation in the text alert scheme.
Tidy Towns results
We received the results of our entry to the 2014 tidy towns competition last week. We were very successful and increased our marks by 13 points from last year. Special recognition was given to St. Columba’s National School on the submission of their project on Derrycasson Wood and in their participation in the Spring Clean Up Day. Praise was also given to the Community, G.A.A and householders for their participation and upkeep of their premises. Of course many suggestions were made on how to further improve our village. Sincere thanks to everyone who helped out this year. Appreciation to both adult and child participants in the village clean up day. We compliment all who helped plant the flowers, weed the flower bed and water the flowers. Well done to the community scheme workers who are doing an ongoing great job mowing, strimming, maintaining and painting. Thanks to all who support the annual collection. We hope to continue the good work and look forward to even more volunteers coming on board in 2015. Copies of the adjudicators’ detailed report are available at Cloonagh P.O for anyone who may wish to have one.
The Granard Branch of St. Christopher’s are holding a charity evening with The Merchant Archers at Creegans, Bunlahy on Saturday, 4th October 2014. There will be a raffle and door prizes. Tickets are available from any committee member or on the door. Please support and have a great night.
Have you got the CU factor, if yes you could be on your way to winning €500 courtesy of Granard Credit Union. Ten to nineteen year olds in the Granard area are invited to share their talents as part of a new talent competition organized by Granard Credit Union. The talent show is open to all dancers, singers, bands, jugglers, comedy acts etc. Closing date for application is Saturday 25th September. Auditions are scheduled to take place on Saturday, 27th September and the local final will be held in Granard Community Centre on Saturday, 4th Oct. The top two acts will go forward to represent Granard Credit Union in Ballinasloe in the regional final on Saturday 18th October with a top prize of €1000. Application forms are available from the counter at Granard Credit Union.
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.
St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw Wednesday, 10th September. The winning numbers were 3, 6, 12, 18 with the jackpot of €6,000 remaining intact. The following received consolation prizes of €20 each. Harry Rogers, Mullinroe. Paddy Donohoe, Lisney. Marcella Matthews, Toome. Mary Mulligan, Culleenmore and Finn Mulfaul, Toome. On sales for this week are as follows. Hideaway: Patrick Rogers. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Frankie & Finbar. Kilcogy: James McGivney & Eric Sullivan. If unable to sell please arrange a substitute and drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30p.m on Monday evening.
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’s night main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. The winning number on Saturday 13th September was 31. Bridget Beglan, Derrycasson earned herself €20.
Irish dancing classes continue in Mullinalaghta Community Centre every Monday from 6.30pm. - 7.30pm. Beginners are welcome.