Ballymahon

First All-Ireland Victory

First All-Ireland Victory

Many congratulations to Ballymahon Vocational Schools Senior D football team who had a huge success in the All-Ireland Final of the Senior D Football championship when they beat Ballingarry, Co Tipperary by 1-13 to 4pts. A large crowd of supporters from Ballymahon and surrounding areas travelled to O’Moore Park in Portlaoise on Tuesday last to see a very-well executed game plan which brought the All-Ireland title back to Ballymahon for the first time in history, much to the delight of all the students, teachers, parents and supporters. The Cup was presented to a very happy captain, Enda Farrell from Carrickedmond. We would like to congratulate local lad, Jack Fox who kept a clean sheet playing in goals and to his brother, Shane who was also on the panel and to all the team who played so well. There was great excitement on Tuesday evening when the team arrived back to town where a large crowd was waiting for them. Well done to the team and their mentors, you should be very proud of this great achievement.

Cake Sale

The annual Cake Sale in aid of Shrule Cemetery Fund will be held in the Dean Egan Centre, across the road from St. Matthews Church on Good Friday, immediately after the Easter Ceremonies. Light refreshments will be served and your support as in previous years will be much appreciated.

Parent and Toddler Grant 2015

Applications should be made by Parent and Toddler Groups that are organised by parents in the community. Those wishing for further information and interested Applicants should contact Longford County Childcare Committee ltd office at 04333-42505/ mobile 087-878 3054 or e-mail Kathleen@longfordchildcare.ie

Parish news

Should anyone wish to contact a priest in St. Matthews Church please call: Fr. Tom Barden. Kenagh at 043 33 22127/ 087-9195354 or Fr. Charlie Healy, Carrickedmond at 044 93 57442/ 087 751 0042. Trocaire boxes can be picked up in the back of the Church and returned at any of the holy week ceremonies.

Collection

Longford Multiple Sclerosis group will be holding their annual church gate collection throughout the County this coming weekend, Saturday April 4th and Sunday April 5th. Your support will be much appreciated.

Easter Services

Easter Services at Church of Ireland, Ardagh Group of Parishes

during Holy week and Easter 2015, the following Services will be held to which all are welcome. 3rd April Good Friday: Special Service for this special day in Kenagh Church at 11.30a.m. 4th April – Easter Saturday: Ballymahon - Holy Communion at 7p.m. Kenagh – Holy Communion at 9p.m.

5th April – Easter Sunday - Ardagh – Holy Communion 10a.m . Tashinney – Holy Communion at 11.30a.m. As usual, Holy Communions to those who are unable to get to Church at Easter Time because of age or illness and to those in hospitals and Nursing Homes, will be administered during Holy Week by Canon Kingston. The details of the four Annual Easter Vestry meetings for Ardagh, Ballymahon, Kenagh and Tashinney parishes will be announced at the Easter Services.

Easter ceremonies

Easter Ceremonies in St. Matthews Church: Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8.30p.m. Good Friday: Passion Ceremony at 3p.m. and Prayers around the Cross at 8p.m. Holy Saturday: Vigil Mass at 10pm.

Easter Sunday: Mass at 11.30a.m.

Temple Street Fundraiser

A fund-raiser in aid of Temple Street Childrens Hospital is being held on Sunday, April 5th (Easter Sunday) in the Dean Egan Library (across the road from St. Matthews Church) at 11.00a.m. There will be a Cake and Bake Sale, Kid’s corner with games and Face painting and a chance to enter a draw with over 40 prizes worth €1,500. A fundraising representative with the Hospital will be present and every penny raised will be going to Temple Street. It promises to be a great morning. All prizes are sponsored by local businesses and numerous local Bakers and kind-hearted people are baking some delicious goods. Please support this very worthy event which is being organised by local girl, Ciara Hoare, who is a fundraising representative with the Hospital.

Job Vacancies

Carrickedmond/Legan C.E. have the following vacancies - a number of environmental positions due to start between now and April 15th. Job Reference 887925. To check eligibility and to apply please call into the Intreo Offices, D.S.P. Buildings, Ballinalee Road, Longford. S.D.P. eligibility/conditions apply.

Give Blood

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be holding a Blood Donation Clinic this week in The Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone on Wednesday, 1st April and Thursday, 2nd April from 4.30p.m. to 8p.m.

Social Dancing

Continues every Saturday night from 9p.m. to 11.00 p.m. in Cooneys Hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is just €5. Please note that there will be no Dancing on April 4th, Easter Saturday.

Death of John (Dolly) Moran

The death occurred on 22nd March last of John (Dolly) Moran, Casey Court, Kenagh and formerly from Terlicken in the loving care of John and Joan Nolan, Castlerea, Moydow. We offer our deepest sympathy to Dolly’s nephew Jeffrey McGann and niece Collette, Lanesboro, to John and Joan Nolan and all his friends. May he rest in peace.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from May 27th to June 1st 2015, departing from Knock Airport. Anyone wishing to travel should contact Joe Walsh Tours on 01-2410800 or e-mail joewalshtours.ie for booking forms and further information.

G.A.A.

Well done to Ballymahon senior football team who recently beat Ballymore in the League. We wish the lads the best of luck in the rest of the League.

Bus to Knock

A bus will leave Ballymahon on Sunday, 12th April at 10a.m. to travel to Knock Shrine for Divine Mercy Sunday. If you wish to book a seat on the bus please contact Sr. Vincent at 09064-32532, Ita Reilly 04493-57589 or Mary Murtagh 09064-32126. All are welcome.

Ploughing

County Longford Ploughing Association is holding the County Championships on Sunday, April 12th in Legan. We will have more details next week.

School Soccer Victory

Our congratulations to Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School U-17 Soccer team who made history for their school last Friday. They are the first school soccer team to win a Leinster Final. The lads defeated Larkin College from Dublin after extra time 2-1 in Leixlip. There were three Ballymahon lads on the team, Ross Claffey, Joseph Kelly and Eddie McLoughlin who scored the winning goal in extra time with a fine strike. Well done to their coach, Patrick Claffey and Ms Donohue and to all the team.

30th Birthday party

Congratulations to Eimear Dooley, daughter of Seamus and Patricia, Rathmore and Thomas Lennon, son of Jimmy and Rita, also Rathmore who celebrated their 30th birthdays at a joint party in Skelly’s pub on Saturday night last. We hope you both enjoyed the celebrations. Best wishes to you for the future.

Longford G.A.A.

Congratulations to the Co Longford senior football team who defeated Offaly in the National Football League Division 4 in Glennon Bros Pearse Park on Sunday last. This victory secures the team promotion to Division 3 and a place in the League Final in Croke Park on April 25th next. Well done to local lad, Kevin Diffley who had a good game at midfield.

Awareness week

Irish Kidney Association are holding their Organ Donor Awareness week this week, up until Saturday 4th April. You can text KIDNEY to 50300 to donate €2. Or during the week “Forget- me- not-flower” emblems, brooches, pens and shopping trolley discs will be on sale throughout the country from Irish Kidney Association Volunteers. Your support will be very much appreciated.

G.A.A.

Well done to Ballymahon Reserve League team who had a narrow win against Cashel on Saturday evening last in Cashel. We wish the lads the best of luck in their remaining games.

18th Birthday

Congratulations to Shanen O’Meara, daughter of Dinnie and Bernie, Creevaghbeg who celebrated her 18th birthday at the weekend. We wish you all the best for the future, Shanen.

Daffodil Day

The Irish Cancer Society collectors wish to thank everyone who contributed to last Friday’s Daffodil Day. Your kind support which can make a real difference to the lives of cancer patients is much appreciated.

Lotto

Numbers drawn 8, 14, 15, 29, there was no Jackpot winner. 4 X €30 winners were Bronagh Conlon, Parkside. Promoter: Ciara Moughty; Daniel Smyth, Mullahoran, Promoter: P. Diffley; Majella Mahony, c/o Chris Cox; Aidan Finn, Rathmore, Promoter: Nallys Pub. The Draw was held in Murray’s pub. Thanks to Christy Mannion’s team who were on duty. Next weeks draw will be held in The Canal Turn when the Jackpot will be €8,200 and the team on duty will be Kevin Diffley’s team.

Bridge Club

North/South 1st Gross & nett - Rory Duncan and Adrian Duncan. 2nd gross & nett – Andrew Nally & Eddie Walsh and Sarah Frawley & Mark Tiernan. 2nd nett – Andrew Nally & Eddie Walsh. 3rd nett – Sarah Frawley & Mark Tiernan.

East/West - 1st gross & nett – Mary Flanagan & Margaret Lynn; 2nd gross & nett – Nancy Finn & Elsie McKee. 3rd gross & nett – Kathleen Nulty & Mary Mulvihill. Happy Easter to all.