Clean Up

Clean Up

On Tuesday 29th April the staff and pupils of St. Columba’s N.S are participating in a clean up from the school up to the church from 1p.m – 3p.m. Parents and members of the community are invited to help out at this time. Anyone willing to are requested to assemble at the school at 1.00p.m. Also on the same day from 7.00p.m. - 9.00p.m the clean up will continue; Foróige members and all members of the community are asked to come out and take part in getting our village looking it’s best ahead of the Tidy Towns and Villages competition. Bibs, gloves, pickers and bags will be provided on the day. Please assemble at the community centre at 7.00p.m to be given directions for the clean up. Hope to see as many as possible on the day.

Rural Transport

Please note that all scheduled Rural Transport – Friday Services, throughout the County, will run on Thursday, 17th April with the same collection and departure times.

Host Families Needed

Host families are needed for Spanish students attending a summer camp in Moyne Community School for three weeks in July. Payment for three weeks is €550 and anyone can participate. For more information, contact Maeve on 085 8391939 or

Cake Sale

Mullinalaghta Ladies footballers will hold a cake sale in the local community centre following Mass Easter weekend. Your support would be appreciated.

St. Vincent de Paul Shop

‘’New 2 U’’ shop at Market St, Granard is open every Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00am – 5.00pm. It will also open on the first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am – 5.00pm. Please note change of business hours for winter months.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw on Wednesday, 9th April. The winning numbers were 5, 11, 14, 30 with jackpot of €4,950 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 were won by the following - Mary & Martin Reilly, Toome. Colm Brady, Killadream. Kathlynn Beglan, Cloncovid, Marie Matthews, Teffia Park and D.P. Finnegan, Cloonagh.. On sales this week are as follows: Hideaway: David McGivney. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Frankie & Finbar. Kilcogy: Patrick Fox & Simon Cadam. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.

Ladies Footballers

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. The winning number on Saturday 12th April was 33 with no winner.

Race Day

The Flynn & Lynch, Life & Pensions Longford GAA 12th Annual Raceday will take place at Punchestown course on Wednesday 30th April. Always an entertaining and great social occasion all GAA supporters are encouraged to support the event. Package of €1000 (table of 10) or €100 per ticket. Anyone interested should contact club secretary Patrick Matthews on 087 2925540 to book a place or for further information.


It is with deep regret that the news of the death of Kathleen Degnan, Culleenmore was received in the area. Following a brief illness she passed to her eternal rest at the Regional Hospital, Mullingar on Sunday, April 6th. Nee O’ Grady from Killaraght, Boyle, the late Kathleen was of a quiet spoken and religious personality. Her kind, courteous, friendly and placid nature made her popular with all her neighbours and friends. Predeceased by husband Tom, just seven months ago and son Paul in infancy, she was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her remains were removed to St. Columba’s Church on Tuesday evening last where they were received by Fr. Fitzpatrick P.P. Funeral to local cemetery followed Requiem Mass on Wednesday morning which was concelebrated by Fr. Fitzpatrick, Fr Peter Beglan and Fr Simon Cadam. The large attendance on both occasions bore testimony to the esteem in which the deceased and her family are held. The late Kathleen is survived by her sons, Thomas, Joe, Sean and Martin, daughters Mary and Bernie, sisters Eileen Stack and Rosie Staunton, grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. May she rest in peace.

Easter Arrangements

This Sunday 21st April is Easter Sunday. Mass will be celebrated in St. Columba’s Church at 9.30a.m. On Holy Thursday Exposition of the Blessed Eucharist will be held from 8.30pm till 9.30pm with the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday at 3pm. At the Church of the Holy Family, Loch Gowna Mass will be celebrated on Holy Thursday at 7p.m followed by one hour of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion will take place on Good Friday at 7p.m. On Holy Saturday night Mass will be held at 8p.m and on Easter Sunday at 11.15a.m.

Community Development

We had a well attended development meeting on Wednesday night last.

Amongst the items discussed was the completion of lighting on the Community Walkway at St. Columba’s Football grounds in Derrycasson. The lights have been on for the past few weeks and many people are using the facility. All are welcome, young and old. Acknowledgement was made to the local community who after the disappointment of not been prioritised for funding, rallied round and raised all of the money necessary to bring the walkway to the stage it is now at. Thanks again to everyone who supported the fundraising hunt for the last two consecutive years and also the very successful auction. Other items on the agenda included cut backs on funding for materials on the various schemes and in that respect the decision was made to have another church gate collection in May, as last year’s collection was very well supported and helped to fund the shortfall for materials, etc.

Arrangements were also made for a village ‘clean up’ day on 29th April with the school children and helpers participating during the day and adults and teenagers helping in the evening from 7.00pm. -9.00p.m. We are encouraging everyone to help out as the level of litter on the approach roads has greatly increased and isn’t attractive and we ask everyone to be litter conscious and not to dump on the side of the road. Lastly arrangements are being made to have a Text Alert meeting to arrange collection of €5 from all on the very successful Text Alert Scheme. Two years have passed since the last collection and the funds for text messages are running low. Congratulations were passed on to our joint treasurer Anne McCabe on her recent wedding.

Easter Greetings

May we take this opportunity to wish readers of this column at home and abroad a very happy Easter.