Ardagh

Baby girl

Baby girl

Congratulations to Ultan and Carmel Gillen on the birth of their second child, a baby girl Sara, a little sister for Luke, congratulations also to the proud grandparents Nollaig and P. Mel.

Renovations to St Brigid’s Church

Radical alterations to the sanctuary of St Brigid’s Church are envisaged as part of a planned renovation project. The proposed plans are currently on view in the church. On Tuesday, 27 May at 8pm there will be a public information session in the church at which the project architect and diocesan representatives will be present. St Brigid’s Church, designed by the renowned architect William Hague and completed in 1881, is a protected structure under Longford’s County Development Plan and is a wonderful spiritual and architectural asset not just for the heritage village of Ardagh but for the county as a whole. In 1981, the late Cardinal Cathal Daly, then Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, wrote that “the church whose centenary we celebrate is one so distinguished architecturally and artistically…that the reasons for celebration are more than usually compelling.” Anyone interested in the conservation of St Brigid’s is urged to look at the plans and to attend the information session where the renovation proposals will be explained.

Mass for exam students

Mass for exam students, especially those doing Junior and Leaving Cert. takes place in St. Mary’s, Moydow at 7.30 on Saturday, 24th May and in St. Brigid’s, Ardagh at 11am on Sunday, 25th May.

Bowls

On Thursday last, we played our singles semi finals. Dean Victory and Sean Farrell are in the final. Pat Kelly and Liam Victory have reached the final in the doubles of group one, group two will be decided on Thursday next. We wish Packie Cahill a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back. We welcome our new player Gerry McCaffrey.

Ardagh Toddler Group

Summer Fair in aid of Ardagh Toddler Group, Sunday, 25th May from 12 to 2pm in the Community Centre. We will have Craft & Gift stalls, Face Painting, Delicious Food, Stalls, Raffle with fantastic prizes donated by local Longford businesses, Tombola Games, Music by D J Nash plus much more. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Padre Pio

Padre Pio Annual Pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey Thurles. Free bus on Sunday, 25th May, calling at Cathedral car park at 9.15, Balymahon 9.45 via Kenagh. Phone 087 6613510 or 086 0405621.

Tidy Towns Lotto €5,500

Numbers drawn 1, 10, 14, 19. €25 each to Niamh Kennedy, Glen; Brigie Maguire, c/o Bingo; Mattie Kilduff, Croshea.