Community GAmes: ART & Model Making Results - The following are the results of our local competition which as held recently: Art Results: Girls U8 Emma Roynane U10: Giselle Siebelink U 12 : Alicja Krol U14 :Megan Forbes U16: Niamh Dennehy. Boys U8 Morgan Townsend U10: Ross Doherty U12: Harvey Townsend U14: Alan Hajrich. Girls Model Making Results: U10: Taryn O Connor, U12: Aoibhe Molloy U14: Rebecca Doherty U16: Natasha Forbes. They now go forward to represent our area in the County Art & Modelmaking competion which takes place on 19th January in Kenagh and we wish them the very best of luck. TAG RUGBY: U11 & U14 Tag Rugby training commences this Tuesday 15th January 3.45pm-4.30pm. BADMINTON: Our U15 boys and girls are playing their matches against Ardagh this week. Will have details of results next week. UPCOMING EVENTS - CROSS COUNTRY AND MIXED DISTANCE RELAY: This event will be held at Ballymahon GAA pitch on Saturday 2nd March 11am. This is a county competition and is open to U12, U13 and U14 boys and girls and winners will go forward to represent Longford at the National competition. All competitors register on the day. SWIMMING: County swimming: competition will be held Saturday 16th March at the Mall Complex in Longford. Categories are U8-U16 boys and girls freestyle, U10-U16 boys and girls backstroke, U12,U14 boys and girls breaststroke, U14 , U16 boys and girls butterfly. If you are interested in competing please contact Ciara 086 6028807 or any member of the committee. County Talent competition will be held in March in the Hill Newtowncashel. U14 Solo Singing, U12 Solo Recitation, U13 Solo Music, U14 Group Singing, U14 Group Music, u14 Solo Dance, u14 Group Dance, U14 Comedy drama sketch. So start practicing and we will have more details next week. Other competitions coming up shortly include u13 boys and girls futsal, u11 mixed and u13 boys and girls basketball,u14 table quiz, u10 boys and girls handwriting, u10 mixed and U12 girls gaelic football, u16 girls and boys pitch & putt. We would ask if you are a parent and are interested in helping out or coaching please contact any member of our committee.

Leo Casey History Group: Ballymahon Leo Casey History Group request all members to attend a meeting on Thursday 17th January at 8.00p.m. in the Dean Egan Resosurce Centre. Arrangements will be finalised for their trip to Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre to see the new Musical “Once” which has won 8 Tony Awards, also Best Musical in 2012. The group are going to the Matinee at 2.30p.m. on Saturday 23rd February. Admission to the Show will cost €23 plus Bus Fare. Anybody wishing to travel with them are welcome. You can contact Ann at 086 3376774 for details.

Ballymahon Men’s Group: The Ballymahon Men’s Group have produced a picturesque 2013 Calendar which features local scenes and it is available locally at the reasonable price of €5 or at Bridgeways Resource Centre.

Pro-Life Vigil: On Saturday next, January 19th, a “Unite for Life” Vigil will be held at Merrion Square in Dublin at 4.30p.m. This is being organised by three Pro-Life Movements who have linked together and who tell us that unborn babies and their mothers need us to speak up for them at this time, as the Government says it plans to legislate early in 2013 and abortions will then be carried out in Ireland for the first time. Transport to the Vigil is being organised locally. Ballymahon will combine with Carrickedmond parish in providing bus transport for those who may wish to travel. A sign-up list is at the back of St. Matthews Church. Please sign up as soon as possible so that the organisers will know if there are enough interested to warrant hiring a bus.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje: will take place from Knock on 18th Sept 2013. €689 per person sharing. €100 off if paid by 1st Feb 2013. Contact group leader Marita Concannon on 098-64017/089-4146331.

Club ’91: The committee hope that everyone in Club ’91 had a good Christmas and are ready for a new year of the Club. They are back on Wednesday 16th January. The group are now into their 22nd year and hope to continue for many more years. Newcomers are always welcome so go along any Wednesday from 8p.m. to 10p.m. in the Bridgeway Centre. They play Bingo, have a cup of tea and there’s dancing with Jimmy and Brendan. They wish to thank the Committee for the smooth running of the Club and look forward to seeing everyone back on Wednesday.

Sympathy: We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Freda White, Abbeyshrule on the sudden death on Jan 7th of her brother Noel Fenton at his home in Doon, Ballinahown, Athlone. Noel is pre-deceased by his wife Margaret. There were Prayers in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Abbeyshrule for the repose of his Soul on Thursday last followed by private Cremation in Mount Jerome. Our deepest sympathy is also extended to Noel’s brothers Arthur and Robbie, sister Mai, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

Engagement: Congratulations to Bernard Mulvihill, Lisaniskey, son of Ita and the late Brian who announced his engagement at the Christmas to Emma Mc Donagh. We wish you both the very best of luck and happiness for the future.

Leinster Vocational Schools football: Congratulations to the County Longford Vocational Schools Football team who defeated Dublin in a very close game in the semi-final of the Leinster Vocational Schools competition at Cashel pitch. The team kitted out well in their new jerseys which were sponsored by Peter Hanley Motors, Ballymahon. Representing Ballymahon Mercy Secondary School on the team are Rory Connor, Shane Kenny, Patrick Farrell, Gary Kenny, Niall Sheehy, Fergus Farrell and John Reed and from Ballymahon Vocational School are Martin McGoey and Andrew Farrell. We wish the lads the very best of luck in the Leinster Final against Kildare which takes place on January 26th next in Newtowncashel and also their Mentors James Carroll, Ryan Plunkett and Albert Fallon. We hope there will be lots of local support for the team on the day.

Used Stamps: Please keep the stamps you get on the letters you receive in the post and place them in the box in the porch at St. Matthews Church, marked “Used Stamps”. These stamps are sent to the Missions and used to raise some small funds.

Death of Kenneth Moxham: It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death on St. Stephens Day of Kenneth (Ken) Moxham, Killenboy, Colehill at Tallaght Hospital. Ken was a grand, quiet gentleman, a highly respected member of the local farming community and a most obliging neighbour. Ken loved Badminton and was very involved in the organisation for a long number of years, he was a qualified Coach and a great help to many young budding players. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Ken’s wife Elsie, to his children Stephanie, Bruce, Lorna and Neil, to his brother Donald and sister-in-law Pat, and to all his relatives and many friends. May he rest in peace.

Congratulations: The Innyside Singers group would like to congratulate one of their members, Rose Egan from Kenagh who was recently presented with a very special Award by the Mental Health Association of Co Longford for her many years dedicated service and commitment to many less well off people around the county. A well deserved award Rose, well done.

Bridge Classes: Improvers Bridge lessons continue in Cooneys Hotel every Tuesday night at 8.00p.m. All are welcome.

Art Award for Lorraine: Many congratulations to Lorraine Masters, daughter of Matthew and Valerie, St. Matthews Park who was recently awarded a top accolade for her Art work at the University of Limerick, having become the proud recipient of the Limerick Art Society Award for Excellence Shown following her graduation with a BA Art and Fine painting from the University. Lorraine now has her own Studio in Limerick, is currently specialising in Body Image Art and she has already a number of Shows down in that city. We wish Lorraine the very best of luck for the future, we hope she will be very successful in her Art career.

Get well wishes: We send our get-well wishes to the many people in the area who have been sick, especially over the Christmas period. Several people were laid up with the ‘flu and we hope they are all up and about and well again.

“Monastic Ireland”: A Lecture will be held in Cooneys Hotel on this Wednesday night, January 16th at 8.00p.m. by Mr Alf Monaghan about Monastic Ireland and the Coptic Christmas people of Egypt. This is part of an ongoing series of talks under the auspices of Wetlands Heritage Ireland. Refeshments will be served after the lecture.

Art Classes: Beginner Art Classes continue to Bridgeways Dean Egan Centre,Ballymahon 11.00a.m. to 1p.m. on Tuesdays with regular Tuesday evening group continuing at 8.00p.m. All welcome.


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