The community of Mullinalaghta were delighted to welcome Bishop Francis Duffy to celebrate the Vigil Mass on Saturday night last. It was a privilege to have Bishop Francis in St. Columba’s Church. It was a very spiritual and social event as the Bishop also attended the community centre for tea where he met and greeted everyone. Thanks to everyone who helped in so many ways to prepare and participate in this enjoyable parish gathering.
Community games sports day will take place in Abbeylara on Monday, 2nd June ( Bank Holiday) at 4pm. As this was a very successful year for the club at the Community Games, we hope to see a large attendance on the day. There will be entertainment for everyone.
Tidy Towns Collection
Sincere thanks to all who contributed to last Saturday’s collection. It was very successful and with the generosity of all €465 was donated. With the kind support of all concerned this will finance materials, flowers, PRSI etc. to keep our village looking as good as it did last weekend for the Bishop’s visit.
Bealtaine Festival continues throughout May with two special events in the new library. On Tuesday, 27th May, Granard Mens group host an afternoon of music, song and chat at 2p.m. On Thursday, 29th May, Granard Writers Group will launch their new CD of stories, prose and poetry at 8.00p.m. Special guest Noel Monahan will be in attendance. Please note that throughout the month of May, all senior citizens who join the library are given free membership.
Weather permitting, the Vigil Mass will be celebrated in the local cemetery on Saturday 7th June at 7.00p.m. Please inform family and friends away from home. All are requested to tidy their plots and to remove all rubbish.
The annual summer camp will take place in Mullinalaghta this year from Monday, 11th August to Friday, 15th August for 4 – 7 age group. 7-12 years old will be catered for from Monday, 18th August to Friday, 22nd August. Forms will be given out in schools in coming weeks. For further information contact Conor on 086 169884470.
St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in The Angler’s Rest on Thursday 15th May. The winning numbers were 4, 6, 17, 21 with the jackpot of €5,200 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 each were won by the following - James Reilly, Aughnagarron. Aidie Sheridan, Kilcogy. Brendan Fitzpatrick, Toome. Paddy McInerney, Kilcogy and Thomas Murtagh, Culleenmore. On sales for this week are as follows - Hideaway: Aaron Earley. Keogh’s/Angler’s Rest: Frankie & Finbar. Kilcogy: James Fitzsimons & Seamus Corcoran. If unable to sell, please arrange a substitute and drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30p.m on Monday evening.
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 the local post office 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 May 17th was 18 with James McGivney and Lauren Burke earning themselves €20 each.
On Sunday 1st June the Colmcille Branch of the Mentally Handicapped will hold their annual fundraising event at Dring Car Park on the shores of Lough Gowna in aid of St. Christopher’s Day Centre, Longford. We remind you to mark this date in your diary.
On Friday, 30th May, a fundraiser head shave in aid of Lauralynn House, Ireland’s only children’s hospice and St. James’s Hospital Foundation will take place in Coy’s Bar, Longford. Starting at 9.30p.m Marion Prendergast and Jo Purkis from Killoe will be shaving their heads to raise money for these very worthy charities.
The swimming county finals of the community games took place at Longford swimming pool recently. A total of six swimmers from the Mullinlaghta / Abbeylara club participated and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thomas Scanlon came in third in the U8 freestyle As this was his first attempt at this level it was a great achievement to get a medal. His sister Aisling who won gold at U8 last year in the All Ireland final last year claimed first place at U10 freestyle on Sunday last. It was certainly a big step up for Aisling and she deserves great credit. Conor Leonard represented his club at U12 freestyle very respectably being third. His sister Aoife took part in the U12 backstroke. Like Conor she was unlucky in the heats. Getting second place put her through to the final but was unfortunate to lose out on a medal. Ciaran Scanlon showed great character at U12 backstroke to finish with plenty to spare claiming gold. Our final participant on the day was Siobhan Leonard who came in second at U12 breaststroke and unlucky to lose out on gold. We compliment all the boys and girls who brought honour to their club. Aisling and Ciaran will now represent Longford at the national finals later on in the year. We wish them well.