G.A.A. Lotto: There was no winner of the April 15th lotto draw. The numbers drawn were: 1, 21, 22 and 20. €20 lucky dip winners were Kieran McKeon, Josh Hall, Barry & Mary Kennedy and Martin Cusworth. The jackpot now stands at €6,900. Envelopes are available in all local outlets.
Congratulations: Congratulations to Peter Reilly, Smear and Geraldine O’Reilly on their recent engagement. Wishing them every happiness in the future.
North Longford Men’s Group: The health awareness session with the Maire Keating Foundation that was held in the EDI Centre in Longford recently and was a great success. Excellent information sessions for both men & women enlightened not frightened us, on how we all can work together to beat cancer through awareness, education and support services. Many thanks to all the men who travelled to Longford and all who attended, also to Nurse Phil and assistant David and to the staff of the EDI Centre for hosting the service and for a beautiful lunch. On the same day the group had the opportunity to visit the Traditional & Conservational skills training programme at the centre. They were overwhelmed by the programme, as participants developed knowledge and skills necessary to meet the current conservation needs in order to maintain our heritage into the future. This was of great significance to the men, as many of them were former skilled tradesmen. They could relate positively to the different trades e.g. lime plastering, traditional roofing, stone work, plaster moulding etc. while imparting their knowledge and experiences and the using of the various implements of the trade. On Wednesday next April 24th the group will travel to the National Irish Stud in Kildare, the heart of the thoroughbred horse industry, where they will also visit St. Fiachra’s Gardens, Japanese Gardens and the horse museum. The annual trip will take place to Sligo on June 26th, 27th, 28th. There are some seats available, contact any club members for further details. The Men’s group offer an open door to all who would like to attend, meetings takes place each Friday from 12-3pm in the Community Centre. New members are very welcome. For further information contact group co-ordinator Breda at 043 3347515.
Longford Federation ICA: The above are hosting an Information Evening in the ‘98 Hall, Ballinamuck, on Thursday April 25th at 7.30pm. Laura Shaw from Longford Garden Centre will attend. Her topics include, Lawn Care, Colour with Perennials and Maintaining your Rose Garden, followed by a Question and Answer session. During the second part of the evening Garry Brady, Environmental Officer with Longford County Council will talk to us about ‘How to use Leftovers’ and ‘Food Wastage’ as part of the “Food Wastage Programme.” Tea and refreshments will be served. A Raffle will be held. Admission €5. Everyone welcome.
C.A.D.G: Nellie Gormley will have a chance to find the Joker next weekend and will be playing for a jackpot of €610. Bridget Reilly had a crack at finding the joker last Saturday and had no luck but got €50 as a consolation. The committee would like to thank Joe Hall for his generous donation. Envelopes are available for €2 in local shops, Murtagh’s Bar and from any committee member.
Bunlahy Area Action Group: Bunlahy Area Action Group would like to thank all those that supported our recent play in Community Centre, Granard which was a great success for our group. A special word of thanks to our sponsors of raffle prizes. Creegan’s Pub, Roger Stakem, Crash Repairs Ballinalee/Bunlahy, Tesco (Roger & Karen Stakem), Connacht Gold (Roger & Karen Stakem), Baxter’s Pharmacy, P J Reilly Longford Co. Co. McElvaney Boots, Supervalu Granard. Once again thanks to all that helped out on the night and who sold tickets. The night was a great success and was enjoyed by all. Bunlahy Area Action Group has extended their litter pick up to all approach roads. We would hope that these areas could be kept litter free.
Sympathy: Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Seamus Ward on his sad passing. Sympathy is also extended to the family of Mary Cosgrove on her passing. Finally sympathy is extended to the Reilly family, Smear on the passing of Sean Reilly.