Once again we improved our marking in the Tidy Towns competition. The adjudicators visited the area on Friday 28th June. We received 214 marks, which is an increase of four from last year. Under the categories Overall Development Approach, The Built Environment, Wildlife and Natural Amenities and Litter Control we received an extra point in each case. The new running track at the ‘’Laurels’’ was commended as was all other facilities at the complex. All properties in the village area were applauded for their presentation. The development committee were praised on taking the advice from last years report on putting pebble stones around the stepping stones from the church to the millennium park. The report stated that the village is very tidy and clean and that there was no major concerns to contend with. However it was suggested to contact Electric Ireland about putting overhead wires underground. It also said a nice project would be to paint all metal field gates a uniform colour as this would add character to the village. Overall the judges were impressed with the endeavours of all concerned. May we take this opportunity to express appreciation to members of the local employment scheme for the cooperation and hard work for having the area looking so well.
St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in The Angler’s Rest on Wednesday September11th. Winning numbers were 7, 12, 18, 23 with the jackpot of €3450 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 were won by the following. Frank McMahon, Granard. Deirdre McGovern, Larkfield. Michael & Tommie Cunningham, Cloughernal. Jimmy Joe Reilly, Mullahoran and Mark McNerney, Cloonagh. On sales this week are as follows: Hideaway: Mel Dermody. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: David McGivney. Kilcogy: Patrick Fox & Simon Cadam. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30p.m on Monday.
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 local shops 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. Winning number from the draw on Saturday September 14th.
Mullinalaghta ladies footballers are collecting Lucozade bottle caps as advertised on television. This will enable the girls to get some free gear for the club. We urge all players, families, relations and friends to support this venture. Caps can be given in at all training sessions, matches, Cloonagh PO, and to any player or committee member. However October is the deadline to participate in this project. It is important to start collecting immediately.
Naomh Columba C.L.G.
Anyone interested in buying the new ‘’St. Columbas Top’’ are requested to contact club chairman Finbar Meehan as soon as possible. Samples are on display at Mulligan’s Shop and Cloonagh P.O. Prices are adults €35 and children €30.
Health & Wellbeing
Tai Chi offers many benefits such as improved Balance and Circulation, greater Strength and Flexibilty, sounder Sleep. It restores calmness and peace of mind. Beginners Class, Wednesday 25th September at 7.30p.m in the Temperance Hall, Longford.
The mobile unit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service will visit St. Brigid’s Community Centre, Loch Gowna on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th September. The clinic will operate each day from 5.00p.m to 8.30p.m. Once again we are requested to emphasize the importance for people to donate. 3000 units of blood are required each week to service the needs of our hospitals. New donors are always welcome.
Heartiest congratulations and best wishes are extended to Emer Mulligan, daughter of Frankie and Angela Mulligan, Cloonagh and James McKenna a native of Ballinalee on exchanging marriage vows in St. Columba’s Church on Saturday last. Following the ceremony the newly weds and both their families travelled to Viewmount House, Longford where a delicious meal was enjoyed by all. Later that evening their many friends and well wishers assembled at the Rugby Club to celebrate the occasion with James and Emer. There the celebrations continued into the early hours of Sunday morning. Both well known in GAA and sporting circles we wish James and Emer all of God’s blessings and many happy years of happiness together.
Mullahoran – Mullinalaghta Gun Club will hold their annual raffle in the Hideaway Bar, Cloncovid on Friday 1st November. First prize is a Plasma Widescreen TV. The holder of the second ticket drawn will receive €200 with €100 for third place. There will also be numerous other spot prizes. Tickets are on sale in all local shops and from committee members at €5 each. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
The annual general meeting of the committee attached to the local community centre will take place on Friday 27th September at 9p.m. All members are requested to attend. New members are very welcome to come on board.