As years go, 2012 was exceptionally noteworthy for those residents living in the greater Edgeworthstown area.
Be it under the auspices of local community development or from a sporting perspective, the mid Longford town had a year full of optimism and fulfillment.
Only a matter of weeks in, Mostrim GAA went all high tech as it officially launched a new Android app, designed by the club’s PRO John McGerr.
The following month and as the onset of St Patrick’s Day celebrations gathered apace, Edgeworthstown’s trans-Atlantic links made headlines locally.
That’s because James Heaney, whose parents hailed from the area as well as Rooskey, was given the enviable honour of being Grand Marshall in one of the biggest parades ever witnessed between New York and Boston.
In what was a lively couple of weeks, March was the month that saw the dawning of a new era as locals turned out in force to greet the official opening of the town’s new fire station.
With thoughts of a new beginning and buoyancy very much abound, there was also mild poignancy in the air as Glen National School principal Katherine Kennedy White put down her chalk for the very last time after 35 years in the role.
In local arts and culture, Edgeworthstown also made waves when writer Lorne Patterson unveiled his decade long creation-’Witch’. A member of the Ballymahon Writers Group, the father of one’s publication tells the story of two witch hunts, one set in Scotland and the other from 500 years previous.
And despite the doom and gloom of the prevailing recession, May saw the opening of a new pharmacy in the town as Longford Cllr Padraig Loughrey introduced his aptly named ‘Loughrey’s Pharmacy’ to local shoppers.
Boosted by those addition, the promising atmosphere around the town continued into the summer when, in August, Tidy Towns representatives launched a new logo which had been designed by St Mary’s NS pupil Cathal McGerr.
In sport, there was plenty to cheer about too when St Helen’s captured the Ladies Junior ‘A’ Football title.
That came in September with local pet food employer C&D Foods announcing in October its purchase of Danish food company Avorit.
More recently the town, like so many other locations up and down the county, began making plans for Santa’s annual visit by switching on the festive lights in front of a sizeable crowd of onlookers.
Last weekend, similar preparations were being made for Ireland’s well documented ‘Gathering’ inititiative. Scheduled to take place next year, a launch night was held last Friday to discuss plans and ways of attracting overseas visitors to the town in 2013.