Pastoral Council

Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council will meet in The Hill this Wednesday 27th November at 8p.m. In addition to a full agenda, the meeting will facilitate the distribution of Collection Envelopes for 2104.

Christmas cards

This year’s Christmas Card, produced by Declan Gilmore, features a Summer panorma of Newtowncashel Village. It’s an appropiate theme in view of the sunshine we enjoyed. Cards are available in Kenny’s Foodstore at €1 each.


The students of Ballymahon Vocational School present the Dickens classic,’Scrooge, A Christmas Carol’, in the Vocational School on the 4th, 5th and 6th of December. Doors open at 7.30 p.m. with the show commencing at 8p.m.Admission; Adults,€10.00, Children, Students O.A.P.’s €5.00. For Bookings please telephone 09064 32211. Prizes galore each night. The students of Ballymahon Vocational School would really appreciate your support.

Rescheduled drama

Lough Ree Theatre Company perform ‘A Wake in The West’, a three Act comedy by Michael Ginnelly, in Ballyleague Hall on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of December. Curtain at 8.30p.m. Due to a bereavement, the show has been rescheduled but tickets already purchased remain valid. Proceeds in aid of St. Faithleach’s G.A.A. Club. Tickets are available from the Club and various local outlets. Adult admission €10.00. Children’s tickets on the door.


People throughout the County of Longford and further afield were shocked and saddened at the wanton destruction of the bird sculptures in the village of Newtowncashel. So much so that Ballymahon Tidy Towns taskforce are organising an Art Auction in Ballymahon to ensure that the bird sculptures will be replaced. Many of the other Tidy Towns committees in the county are supporting this worthy cause as well. This is a show of solidarity that any type of vandalism can never destroy a thing of beauty. Artists and painting groups are donating a piece of art for this auction. This is a wonderful gesture by the public outside of this parish. We hope many people will come and support this worthy cause and bring home a piece of art in memory of the occasion. Viewing of the exhibition will be available from Wednesday the 27th. It will take place in Cooney’s Hotel in Ballymahon on this Friday night the 29th of November at 9:00pm. The auctioneer on the night will be Deptuy Luke “Ming” Flanagan TD

Concern fast

Concern Christmas Fast and Church Gate Collection takes place on December 7th and 8th. Once again your support would be appreciated as Concern need it now more than ever due to the recent disaster in the Philippines . We would appreciate any voluntary help and you can contact Sean Casey on 087 9759204 if you would like to help out as this is a very worthy cause.


The death occured of Tom Casey, Wexford and formerly Lisnagan on Monday, 18th November last. To all his relatives and friends ,we offer our deepest sympathy. May his Soul Rest in Peace.

Community Games

There will be a Community Games meeting this Wednesday night 27th November at 8p.m. in The G.A.A. Clubhouse. New members are most welcome. Registration is still going on for Community Games and anyone interested to contact Christy Hopkins on 086 8399057 or John Kenny on 087 0507686 to get the relevant forms forms. Registration is €2 per child. We need more children registered especially if we are going to enter any Team events. Also draught training will commence soon and anyone interested both boys and girls at U10,U12 and U14 level to start practicing. Hopefully we will get some sessions in before Christmas .

Christmas day run

The Annual Christmas Day Run from Newtowncashel to Lanesborough in aid of the Longford branch of MS Ireland is being organised again for the 23rd year. As a result of this event approximately €170,000 has been raised for Multiple Sclerosis. All are welcome to participate, further details and sponsorship cards are available from Michael Flood, Newtowncashel (Tel: 086-0880855); Brigid Mullooly, Lanesborough (Tel: 04333-21019); L and K’s Village Shop in Newtowncashel or O’Brien’s Corner Shop, Lanesborough. All participants will receive a free t-shirt kindly sponsored by Peter Hanley Motors. Walkers will start from the Hill at 11.45 am and runners at 12.15, the finish is then at the Hall in Lanesborough where refreshments are available. We would greatly appreciate your support as this is in aid of a very worthy cause.

Junior Choir

Junior Choir Rehersals for Christmas will start next Sunday morning December 1st after 10.30a.m. Mass. All who would like to participate in the Christmas morning Children’s Mass are invited to come along.