First Friday: This Friday May 3rd is First Friday. The sick and housebound will be attended to at usual times.

First Friday: This Friday May 3rd is First Friday. The sick and housebound will be attended to at usual times.

Fine Gael: The Annual Church Gate Collection – Fine Gael will take place at all Masses in the Parish next weekend. Your contribution will be sincerely appreciated.

Community Centre: The centre is hosting a gala weekend to commemorate 25 years on the may bank holiday weekend. The weekend will kick off with a Variety Concert on the Friday night @8pm. Saturday May 4 will be a Family Fun Day from 12-5pm which will include a fancy dress for all the boys and girls. There will be a great prize for the best dressed girl and best dressed boy on the day. Mass on Saturday evening will be for the community centre following which we will have a blessing in the centre followed by refreshments and An Irish Night. Sunday night (May 5) why not come along and dance to great local bands the Aftermath and Nite Fever, a fully licensed bar will be in the centre on the night. This weekend’s celebrations will also coincide with the Gathering 2013. Admission on the Friday night will be €10 for adults, Saturday night will be optional and Sunday will be e10 over 18s only. This promises to be a great weekend and we hope to see you there to join us in celebrating 25 years of Drumlish Community Centre. Meanwhile, a Commemorative Booklet to celebrate 25 years of the Community Centre will be launched over next weekend’s celebrations. The book will be packed with pictures, stories, and photos of the last 25 years and will be on sale for e10. It will be worth purchasing and reading so be sure to get a copy and stroll down memory lane.

Drumlish Tidy Towns: Last weekend the power washers were in evidence all over the village, on Main Street, Mary Street and at the Community Centre – the village is beginning to get the look of being inviting and clean. The week past was one of the busiest in the village in many a year and apart from the power-washing, there was painting and a major clean up on the Arva Road from Monaduff in to the village. Three new trees were planted to fill the gaps on Mary Street that should enhance the streetscape – thanks to Brendan, Micháel, Tommy, Pat and Jimmy. There is still much to be done... a mechanical street sweep is organised for 2 weeks time – it would be desirable and helpful if householders and businesses along the approach roads and streets into Drumlish would unloose the debris at the kerbs, otherwise the sweep will be ineffective. The judging season is nearly upon us and please make an extra effort – hanging baskets at your homes/ premises and cigarette but free pavements would be a good start. 4 people have received very stiff fines from the Litter Warden in the past few weeks- cameras are all over the place so do the right thing. Litter or dumping issues phone Longford Litter Hotline 1850 434 450 and visit Drumlish Tidy Town’s on Facebook.

Environmental Awareness Day: We had a very enlightening and enjoyable couple of hours with Nuala Madigan, Environmental Education Officer, at the Community Centre on Saturday morning last – from which we hope to do a number of simple surveys in the next while starting off with the Mill Stream and continuing to the hedgerows, the bog, the old graveyard and building up a profile of bio diversity in this area.

Car Boot Drumlish Area Enhancement: We are still gathering so any seasonal, recyclable and saleable items that you no longer need or have use for we will be delighted to receive them. Contact Dympna 087 9279272 or any member of our Area Enhancement or Tidy Town Team - Items can be collected if necessary.

SPORTS DAY: Drumlish Ballinamuck Community Games Annual Sports Day will take place in Monaduff on Bank Holiday Monday May 6 at 2pm. Volunteers are needed to help out on the day and should contact any committee member.

cEMETERY AGM: The Cemetery Committee are holding their AGM on Tuesday 7th May at 8.30pm in the Community Centre. A site has been purchased adjacent to the current cemetery and planning permission has now been granted. Plots will be available for sale at a later date for anyone that is interested in buying one. There is only six plots left in the current cemetery. It is in the interest of all parishoners to attend this meeting. Thank you to everyone for their support to date.

Baptisms: Congratulations to Amber Lily Dunne daughter of Glen and Mairéad Cloonaugh and Sophie McGee daughter of John and Tara, Gaigue who were baptised and welcomed into the Faith family last weekend. Congratulations also to their parents.

Ballinamuck Diary: Ballinamuck Community Enterprise AGM takes place on Wednesday 8th May in the Visitor’s Centre@ 9.00pm. New members welcome.

bingo: Ballinamuck Bingo takes place in the ’98 Memorial Hall every Tuesday @ 9.00pm. Prize Fund every night is e1,300. All are welcome.

Computer classes at local Library: These are starting within the next few weeks – call in or phone Helen on 0433324760 or 0868674162 for details. Also our knitting club is ongoing – new members always welcome.

Drumlish Heritage: Two events for the Gathering are to be held adressing this area on August 21 and 22 August next. For further details visit The Gathering Ireland Website.

Yoga classes: Yoga classes continue every Friday evening at 7.30pm in the Bent Elbow. The next three week course starts on this Friday the 3rd of May

CAIRN HILL CHALLENGE: Sunday May 5th sees the inaugural staging of the Cairn Hill Challenge Roadraces. The event which is based in Drumlish comprises of a set of 2 different runs utilising Longford’s most significant geographical feature (Cairn Hill) to test the fitness, stamina and endurance of runners,joggers and walkers. First off, at 12.30pm, is the 10 mile race which brings participants through the centre of Drumlish before commencing a testing route which circumnavigates the hill using quiet country roads. The chosen routes feature testing climbs with plenty of down hill stretches to allow tired limbs to recover; 12.45pm sees the start of the 10k event which brings participants from the Village Centre to the base of Cairn Hill via a series of rolling hills with a perfect mixture of climbs and descents to keep runners, joggers and walkers focused. Both races finish in the Village centre where participants are guaranteed a rousing welcome. The event is AAI certified and will be chip timed. The Cairn Hill Challenge is part of the Drumlish Community Centre 25th Celebrations. To book your place on the starting line go to http://precisiontiming.primo-solutions.co.uk/ps/event/CairnHillChallenge2013

Recent Deaths: The death occurred on April 13th of Annie Donegan (nee O’Reilly) Whiterock, Longford. To her sons Thomas and Michael, daughters Patricia and Mary, sister Eileen (Duke) sister-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, nieces especially Dolores and Johnny Kane and family Drumlish, nephews, relations and friends we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy. The death also recently took place on April 26th of Rita Kelly(Caltra, Ballinasloe). To her sons Mikie and Gerry,(Kinclare) Frank(Taughmaconnell), daughters Peggy (Donegal) and Maura Mullervy (Drumlish), daughters in-law, Ciss and Frances, son-in-law Tony, grandchildren, especially Stephen, Seán and Terry(Drumlish) great-grandchildren, relatives and friends we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy-Ar dheis Dé go ribh a n-anaim dílís.

SPANISH STUDENTS SUMMER CAMP: Following the success of the previous two years, another group of Spanish students are returning to Moyne CS from July 2-July 23. Families interested in hosting a student, pleasec conact Angela (085) 8391939 or email moynecampamento@gmail.com for rates and further information.