Presidential visit

Presidential visit

Creative Ardagh are delighted to announce the visit by the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins to Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre on Friday, 14th March. Guests are invited to attend at 10am. President Higgins will tour the art room to get a flavour of the variety of courses provided by Creative Ardagh.  He will then meet members of the newly established Creative Longford craft network in the Craft Gallery and members of the Ardagh/Moydow Reaching Out group in the Heritage exhibition area. This will be followed by a tree planting ceremony in the garden and speeches in the marquee. Afterwards guests will get a chance to mingle with President Higgins while refreshments are served. Those who attend on the day are welcome to join in a heritage-based art workshop after the President has departed.

Credit Union Quiz

Leinster Regional Credit Union Quiz was held in the Community Centre, Moate on Friday, 28th February the following pupils from St. Mel’s National School came second after tie-break, Sarah Forde, Dylan Fay, Eoin Fallon, Melissa O’Kane and Daniel Hayden, they now go forward to the RDS on the 6th April and we wish them the best of luck.

25 Card Drive

Scoil Bhride Parents Association will hold their Annual 25 Card Drive on Friday, 21st March at 8.30pm in Scoil Bhride, Glen. Everyone is welcome, guaranteed to be an enjoyable night. 300 euro in prizes to be won. Free raffle and refreshments will be served.

Scoil Bhride, Glen

Enrolment forms for Scoil Bhride, Glen are now available to be collected in person from the school office or by telephone during school hours on 043 6671778.

St. Mel’s NS

Enrolment forms are now available for St. Mel’s National School, call in person or phone 043 6675269.

Station Mass

Aughintemple, Cartronwar, Killenastra at Sean and Betty Baxter on Friday, 14th March, Glen: Seamus and Camilla Kelly, Tuesday, 18th March, all at 8pm.

Gun Club

We wish to thank all who bought tickets and helped with our recent fundraiser, the proceeds of which will go towards our pheasant release programme 2014. A special thanks to our sponsors for their continued support – K & M Motors, Grafters Hair Salon, Hydralube, Doyle Motors, Cazadora Spaniels, Paschal Lyons, The Coady family. Winners are as follows - 1st Katrina Hayden, Ardagh; 2nd Malachy Smith, Cavan; 3rd Edward Cranston, Carrickboy; 4th Conor Coady, Donegal; 5th Raymond Carroll, Mayo; 6th Billy Keenan, Ardagh; 7th Duffy, Cavan; 8th Michael Banor, Sligo. Members please note the vermon competition ends on 1st April.


As the bowls season is coming to an end and the Westmeath League now finished, well done to our A team who won the League with 50.5 points out of a possible 60, players were Marie Farrell, Dean Victory, Martin Farrell, Sean Farrell, Donal Keenan, Sean Powell, Subs used: Danny Keenan, Liam Victory, Brendan Quaine and Pat Hayes. Our B team came a creditable 4th, well done for their first year in the League. On Sunday last, 2nd March the Rinks was held in Streete, Ardagh had two teams present, well done to the team of Marie Farrell, Dean Victory, Danny Keenan, Martin Farrell who defeated two Streete teams and Castlepollard to get to the final and lost out to Tyrellspass on a score of 9 shots to 8. A very good day was had by all at the Streete venue. On Tuesday next, the 11th March, our team play Streete B in Streete in the Basil Sullivan Memorial Cup. All games are won on shots, not points. On Thursday next we are taking names for our doubles and singles for 2014. Welcome back to Laddie Keenan on his return to the bowls club.

Table Quiz

Local lads John Kelly, Brendan Noone, Emmet Keenan, David Farrell, Dessie Murphy and Cathal Whitney are holding a table quiz in aid of Focus Ireland. The table quiz is being held in the Community Centre in Ardagh on Good Friday, the 18th April, at 9pm. Adults €40 per table. Juveniles €30 per table. Raffle and spot prizes on the night. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Tidy Towns Lotto

Numbers drawn 10, 18, 26, 28. No winner. €25 each to Ann Farrell, Ardagh; Nellie Mullen, Carrickedmond and Marie Duignan, Kenagh.


Sympathy is extended to the relatives and friends of John Mel Fallon, Moyrath, who was laid to rest on Monday last. Sympathy is also, extended to the relatives of Bobo Farrell, late of Croshea, who died in England. May their souls rest in peace.

Community Games

Art Competition: All children in the parish turning age 7 up to 15 years are most welcome to enter the annual Community Games Art competition this Friday, (March 14) at 6pm in the Ardagh Community Centre, cost €2 to enter. Please bring all your own pencils and colours, we will supply the paper. When you finish your masterpiece then you can stay on for Friday evening youth activities, 7-8pm in the main hall. Contact Leslie Finnan. Futsal: Well done to all the boys who took part in the Futsal competition last weekend. The lads put in weeks of indoor training to prepare and thanks goes to Padraig Smyth and Michael Hayden for organising teams this year. Robert Smyth, Dylan Coady, Cian Hartmann, Kyle McConnon, Fergal Keane, Jack Mulleady, Dylan Fay, Daniel Hayden, Cathal Farrell & Diarmuid Farrell all fielded for AMG. Talent: Thanks to Riona Lynch for preparing all the entries to the annual County Community Games Talent competition taking place March 16 at The Backstage Theatre. Wishing good luck to Sarah Shea - Solo Singing, Katie Lynch - Solo Music & Recitation and Group Singing- Ashling Farrell, Katie Quinn, Emma Thompson, Courtney Heffernan, Sarah Shea & Katie Lynch. Handwriting: James Gillen, Saoirse McLoughlin & Sarah Keenan will be doing their lovely handwriting at the County Final on Wednesday, March 19 in Ballymahon. The next activities coming up are tag rugby, outdoor 11-a-side U12 Soccer, U13 Cross-Country (1200m), the Mixed Distance Relay for U12 & U14, Swimming and Skittles U-12, U-14, U-16. Give your names to Eamon O’Kane and Michael Hayden ASAP to be in these events\ on these teams. Tag Rugby: AMG has entered teams in both U11 & U14 Tag Rugby, mixed teams for girls and boys. This was a very popular event last year so be sure you give your name to Eamon O’Kane if you want to be in the competition. Training begins this Thursday March 13 indoors at Edgeworthstown Hall at 6:30pm. County Final scheduled for April 26 at the Longford Rugby Club so hopefully all will get to put their training to good use.


The Annual Ardagh\Moydow\Glen Community Games Church gate collection will take place the weekend of 22\23 March. This collection goes directly to the Community Games activities that take part in our parish giving opportunities for the children to progress on to County and National level. So far this year AMG has 5 teams going forward from winning at County level to upcoming Leinster rounds: U12 Chess, U16 Chess, U15 Girls Badminton, U10 Girls Indoor Soccer and U13 Boys Table Tennis. 3 children will be taking part in the County Handwriting Final and 6 children in the County Talent Final. Your generosity is much appreciated.