Drumlish/Ballinamuck

Children’s Christmas Party: Will be held on Sunday 16th December in the ’98 Hall, Ballinamuck from 3pm to 5pm. Entertainment on the day to include - disco, face painting, balloon modelling, treats and refreshments. There will be a special visitor from the North Pole with a sack full of surprises. Visit Santa’s Grotto for Family photograph and present. All welcome for a fun filled afternoon. Admission optional – children must be accompanied by an adult.

Children’s Christmas Party: Will be held on Sunday 16th December in the ’98 Hall, Ballinamuck from 3pm to 5pm. Entertainment on the day to include - disco, face painting, balloon modelling, treats and refreshments. There will be a special visitor from the North Pole with a sack full of surprises. Visit Santa’s Grotto for Family photograph and present. All welcome for a fun filled afternoon. Admission optional – children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bingo: Bingo continues every Tuesday night in the ’98 Hall Ballinamuck with a weekly prize fund of €1,300. On Tuesday 11th and 18th December there are extra prizes on each page for the Christmas. Also on 18th there is an extra prize of a Hamper with the raffle. There will be a bonus raffle for a Saorview television and a special visitor from the North Pole. So come along and support.

Fireside Tales: Once again Jude Flynn has come up trumps with another magical “Fireside Tales”. This is the 10th issue of the book with stories and tales from around Co. Longford. This issue contains 25 wonderful stories and poems from almost every parish in the county. Of local interest is “A night in the ’98 Bar Ballinamuck”,” Memories of the Land War in Drumlish”, “Tales from Drumlish” and many more interesting stories from Longford North and South. All these stories are told with passion and aplomb rekindling many memories of golden eras gone but not forgotten. We compliment Jude on another wonderful read which is now in all local stores and libraries. We wish him success with his 10th edition and remind everyone this would make a very acceptable Christmas gift invoking many memories laughs and tears. You will simply love to read it.

Baptisms: Emily Ann Kane daughter of Frank and Theresa Barraghmore and Dylan Thomas Garvey son of John and Deirdre Aughadowry were baptised and welcomed into the faith family of the parish last weekend. We congratulate their parents on these happy occasions.

Longford Social Services: The Annual Church Gate collection for County Longford Social Services will be taken up next weekend – 15th/16th December. Your support would be sincerely appreciated. And helps the local community here.

Welcome Home: Welcome home from hospital to Mrs. Ethna Burbage. Mrs. Burbage wishes to thank all the wonderful people who contacted her during her recent hospital stay. Holy Mass will be offered for the intentions of all.

Christmas Lights: - The Crib was blessed after Mass on Saturday night last by Fr. Patsy McDermott, the choir sang a few carols  and a large crowd cheered when the lights came on.  Thanks to all the men of the Drumlish Tidy Town’s Group who gave freely of their time and energy to get our village lit up for Christmas – and to Damian Mulleady and Philip Rogers for providing the machines to get the cable aloft. Thanks to Noel, Marie, Teresa, Pauline and Gillian for presenting the Crib to their usual high standard – a list of all sponors and donors will be published later.

Community Games: The Community Games Art and Model making competition results are as follows: ART  - Under 8 Girls - 1st - Ella McKenna 2nd  Ella McKeown 3rd Place  Michelle Mc Gee, Charlotte Mulleady, Emma McQuaide. Under 8 Boys: 1st Cian Gray, 2nd Callum Mc Gee. Under 10 Girls: 1st Sinead McKenna 2nd Ciara Culliney 3rd Jessica Kane; Under-10 Boys: 1st  Eoin Murtagh, 2nd Paul McGee, 3rd Ronan Larkin. Under-12 Girls: 1st Linda Heaney, 2nd Ciara McKeown, 3rd Abby O’Neill, Caitlin Lynam, Maire Lilis. Under-12 boys: 1st Philip Kane, 2nd David McKenn, 3rd Gerard McKenna.  Under-14 girls: 1st Laura Doyle. Under14 boys: 1st Michael McKenna,  2nd Eoin Howe. MODEL MAKING: Under 10 girls: 1st Ciara Culliney. Under-10 boys: 1st Sean McKenna,  2nd  Paul Mc Gee,  3rd Place Declan Hagan. Under-12 boys: 1st David Mc Kenna, 2nd Shane Hagan. Under-14 boys 1st Cathal  Culliney, 2nd Michael Mc Kenna. Congratulations to all participants and many thanks to Yvonne and Mark Breslin of Breslins Gala who sponsored the refreshments. All the 1st place winners are through to the county finals in Kenagh on 19th January and we wish them the best of luck.

Community Centre celebrates 25 years: A gala weekend to celebrate the 25year anniversary if the community centre and the gathering 2013 is been organised for the may bank holiday weekend 3rd-5th may 2013  a fun filled entertaining weekend is promised for everyone. there has been a facebook page set up for the event if you could like and share it with family and friends at home and abroad we would be grateful. Any old photos or stories that people may have we would appreciate these all will be minded and gave back  these can be dropped into Bridget in the post office. Anyone interested in helping out or taking part in this weekend the next meeting is Thursday 29th at 9pm in the centre all welcome. facebook page is,www.facebook.com/drumlishcommunitycentrecelebrates25years.

Christmas Party: This year’s party will take place in the ‘98Hall Ballinamuck on Sunday 9th December 2012 at 2.00pm finishing at 6.30pm.

Social Dance Classes: Social dance classes every Thursday night in the Longford Arms Hotel, starting December 6th 2012 beginners 8-9 improvers 9-10 and dancing 10 -11pm jive,foxtrot,waltz,quickstep,10 euro per class. All welcome no partners needed,,,Contact Padraig on 087-1812248      ,,,

Monaduff Social Club: The next get-together, the Christmas Party, will take place in Monaduff on Saturday 15th December from 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Annual Soccer Tournament: The Annual Christmas Soccer Tournament at Drumlish Astro Turf Pitch is starting soon. Anyone who is interested in entering a team should contact Colin on 0860761556.

Senior Citizens Party: The above will take place in The Village Inn on 6th January at 4pm All are welcome.

Choir: Longford County Choir Christmas Celebration Concert with orchestra takes place on Sunday 16th December at 7pm at the St. Mel Cathedral Centre in grounds of St. Mel’s College, Longford. Tickets available locally from Folk choir members or at the door on the evening.

Oliver the Musical: -  Few tickets available for Wednesday 9th January – bus (return) on evening to the Bord Gais Theatre, (Grand Canal St,Dublin) Contact 086 8141023 a.s.a.p.

St. Vincent’s: The following officers were elected for the coming year: President, JP Corrigan, Chairperson: Kenneth Leonard, Vice Chair: Seamus Noonan; Secretary: Paddy Howe, Assistant Sec: Eimear JKelleher, Treasurer: Bridie Reilly, Assist.Treas: Eamon Hughes, Coaching Officer: Gerry Crowe, PRO: Lorraine Corrigan, Co. Board Delegates: Johnny Cooney, Kenneth Leonard and Gerry Crowe.