Local girls in bid for All Ireland Title

Local girls in bid for All Ireland Title

Congratulations to local girls, Lynn Gregg, Creenagh, daughter of James & Anne and Sarah Murphy, Cloonaugh, daughter of JP & Breda along with their team mates from Scoil Mhuire, Longford on qualifying for All Ireland Senior Basketball Schools final on Thursday next at the Basketball Arena in Tallaght. Their opponents are from Mercy Mounthawk Tralee. Good luck to the girls, their team and coaches and look forward to title coming back to Longford.

AED/Defibrillator Training

Training in the use of use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and basic techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) commence shortly at Drumlish Community Centre, we are hoping for a good response from the local community, businesses, sporting organisations etc, to come an avail of training to help save lives of those in cardiac arrest. If interested please text you name to Breda 0879181787.


Social Dancing classes takes place each Wednesday at Drumlish Community Centre at 8.30pm, all abilities welcome, improve you dive, waltz, foxtrot or stack of barley etc. great night entertainment with a cup of tea afterwards. Contact Ned 086 3576233

Cookery classes

Cookery Classes commence on Tuesday next February 24th at 7.30pm in Drumlish Community Centre. Items covered over the next three weeks are Importance of Fish in your Diet, Stress & physical activity. Please text Breda 087 9181787 to confirm your place.

Art classes

Art Classes resume this Wednesday morning at 10.00am in the Centre with the use of water paints. Many thanks to Sr. Brigid and Mary Toher LWETB for their continued support and guidance. Art Classes Art Classes continue in the Centre on Wednesday morning 10-12 noon. Come along and join the fun.


98 Hall Committee meeting on Monday night, 23rd February at 8pm.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 27th May to 1st June, led by Bishop Francis Duffy. Fully inclusive price €710. Flights from Knock. Booking: Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lr. Baggot St. Dublin 2. Ph. (01) 2410812 or 2410811. See Poster on notice board.

Dates for your Diary

Confirmation in Drumlish/Ballinamuck at 11.00am on 9th May 2015. First Holy Communion in Drumlish on May 23rd 2015 at 12 noon.

Golf Lessons for Beginner Ladies

County Longford Ladies Golf Club are getting ready a package of 6 Beginner Lessons starting in early April - if you are interested or know of anyone interested - contact 086 8141023. Membership is not necessary for these lessons.

Mock Wedding 2

Chorus line rehearsals have started for the Easter version of the Mock Wedding which will be staged on Easter Friday  night the10th of April.  Donations to Drumlish Village & Area Enhancement and St. Christopher’s Services, Battery Road. Longford.

Monster clean up

This clean up event is scheduled for Saturday, 7th March next. The route will cover the most littered stretch  from Kilnashee to the Fr. Manning Gael Football Grounds at Monaduff.  Gloves, hi viz vests, bags and litter picks will be supplied - All parish organisations, residents,  and business interests along the route are invited to lend a hand for a couple of hours. 

Tidy Town’s

Drumlish has over the past 10 years (2005 - 2014) increased its marks from a baseline of 178 in 2005 to 287 marks in 2014, it would be fantastic to see to see our village reach the magic 300 in this coming season’s National Tidy Town’s  Competition.  Every effort will be made to achieve this and we look forward to the support of the wider community in helping us achieve this end. That will  mean a lot of preparation: power-washing, painting, tree planting, landscaping to create the show -village finish. 

St. Mary’s N.S. Enrolment

Enrolment forms for the Junior Infants Class of September 2015 are available from the school and local crèches. If you need to enrol your child into another class or have any other queries please contact the school by phone on 043 3324065 or email drumprincipal@gmail.com

Ballinamuck National School Enrolment

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2015 will commence on Monday, 23rd February to Friday 27th March at St Patrick’s National School Ballinamuck. Enrolment forms can be obtained from the school.

Help needed

Conor Ward, a fiddle player from Annaduff, Co. Leitrim is currently undertaking a research thesis on “The fiddle tradition of Thomas ‘Blind’ Kiernan in north Longford from c.1800-1975’. Kiernan (1807-87) was a fiddle master from Cartron, Drumlish and he taught music all over north Longford. Central to this study are a number of fiddle music manuscripts that have been discovered in the region written by Kiernan and successive generations of his students. Most recently a significant manuscript collection was discovered relating to fiddle players from Gaigue, Ballinamuck which were written around the period 1850-1910. Based on this discovery Conor is appealing to anyone in the parish that may also have music manuscripts relating to their ancestors to contact him. In addition if anyone has any information on fiddle players or locations of where music was played in the region he would be grateful to hear from you. His contacts details are 0877795879 andconorward9158@gmail.com”  

Arthritis Longford Branch
We are running the following courses which are adapted exercises suitable for people with arthritis or other limitations:

Walking / strolling group

Walking/strolling group every Thursday at 11am, meet at the Mall Complex, Longford Town.


Aquafit every Tuesday at 11:30am and Wednesday at 8pm in the Longford Arms Leisure Centre.

Killeen Dramatic Society

Killeen Dramatic Society presents “The Real McCoy” a three act comedy by Tommy Marren in The Community Centre Granard on Thursday and Friday 26th and 27th of February and again on Monday, 2nd March. Curtain up at 8.30pm.

St. Vincent’s GAA

With a busy new season on the horizon, the club is currently seeking new

coaches/trainers/mentors for all age groups from u6 right up to u18. All that’s needed is enthusiasm and a desire to be part of a vibrant and dynamic club catering for large numbers of young people in the Drumlish/Ballinamuck area. Even if you have limited or no experience of Gaelic football you can still get involved as coaching courses will be provided over the coming months. Anyone interested can contact Colin Crowe on 086 0761556 or any committee member.


St Vincents GAA bingo takes place on Sunday, March 22nd at 3pm in the 98 Hall, Ballinamuck. All welcome to attend. More information next week.

Cardiac Screening - Healthy Hearts, Healthy Lives
Fr. Manning Gaels are hosting a Cardiac Screening day on Saturday, 7 March in the Clubhouse, Monaduff commencing at 5pm and finishing at 8pm. It costs €45 per adult, St. Vincents’ has agreed to subsidise the cost for minor players at a rate of €10 per player leaving a nett cost of €35 per screening for minor players. Everyone from 14­40 years of age is welcome, U-16s must have parental/guardian consent. For more information or to book a place please contact Mark Duffy 0877610630 or Bridie Reilly 0863332863 or any executive member.

Monaduff Social Club

The social day will be held on Monaduff on Saturday, February 28th from 3—5pm. As it’s the first get together of 2015, we look forward to seeing you all there.


Congratulations to Jack Patrick Byrne, son of Dylan & Holly who was baptised and welcomed into the Christian family last weekend.

Ballinamuck ICA

The guild are hosting ‘Ballinamuck Ladies nite’ with guest speakers on Monday night, March 9th at 8.30pm in the room upstairs in the 98’ Memorial Hall, Ballinamuck. Watch this space next week for more details. The March meeting of the guild will take place on Monday night, March 2nd at 8.30pm in the room upstairs in the 98’ Memorial Hall. All members are asked to attend. New members are always very welcome, why not drop in and see if there is something there to suit you.


We remember in our prayers Fr. Padraig McGowan, PP. Ballymahon whose funeral took place during the week. To his family and friends we offer our deepest sympathies.