Women’s organisations and youth groups who work in tandem with An Garda Síochána were the major beneficiaries of this year’s court poor box donations.
In total, €38,500 from Longford’s court poor box has been assigned to charities in 2016, with Judge Seamus Hughes ensuring that the money handed up during Longford and Granard court sittings remained in the locality.
€8,000 has already been paid out to deserving charities, with Lanesboro Social Services, Lough Ree Monster Festival, Kilgefin Senior Citizen Association and Killoe/Newtownforbes Community Project receiving €500 apiece. Longford Town Suburbs Project Ltd received €3,000, while Longford Acorn Project Ltd, Good2Talk and Longford School Completion programme all received €1,000.
A further €30,500 is to be divided amongst nine organisations, with Longford Women’s Link and LEAP ℅ Foróige securing funds to the tune of €10,000 and €7,500, respectively.
Longford Tidy Towns is set to receive €4,000, while the Attic Youth Cafe and St Christopher’s Services will get €3,000 and €1,000 respectively.
Both the Society of St Vincent de Paul and Edgeworthstown District Development Association Ltd will get a boost of €2,000 and Annaly Park Residents Association and the Friends of the Children of Chernobyl have been allocated €500 apiece.