GREETINGS: I would like to take the opportunity the Longford Leader affords me through the notes to wish each and every reader of the local notes a Christmas full of happiness, contentment and holiness.
May I wish you a hugely successful, healthy and prosperous New Year. A special thought goes to those who have family members in ill health and in hospital. At this time of year we remember all our loved ones that passed and we must also bask in the bundles of joy that arrived to couples throughout the year.May we start not only with a New Year but also with a new and bright era. That the troubles that has blighted so many be consigned to history and a new and forward outlook full of optimism rise with the dawning of 1/1/11. Hopefully, it will be the commencement of what will be a hugely significant time for us.
The entire area was saddened to hear of the death at Roscommon County Hospital on Sunday 12th December of Paddy Mullooly, Lehery. Paddy was predeceased by his wife Molly a number of years ago. He was a member of one of the oldest families in the parish of Rathcline and his passing saddens the heart of everybody that had the pleasure to know him. Paddy was a mild mannered and softly spoken thorough gentleman whose genuine nature ensured his legendary status within our area. He had a wonderful affiliation to the Rathcline club throughout his lifetime. Paddy was a former employee of Bord na Mona until his retirement and prior to that he worked with the quarry until its closure. Paddy also farmed his land with great diligence. He was a tremendous friend to young and old alike, an exceptional neighbour where nobody was ever left unaided in their time of need. He liked nothing more than a pint and a game of cards until his failing health brought these simple ways of life to an end. Each and everybody that knew Paddy Mullooly will be the poorer by his passing but the memories he gave us will live with us through our lives. The attendance at his removal to St. Mary's Church, Lanesboro on Monday and Requiem Mass and interment to Lanesboro cemetery on Tuesday was both large and representative. To his sons Padraic, Mike and Louis, daughters Margaret and Brigid, relatives and many friends we extend our sincere sympathy.
The arrangements for Chrismas time in St. Mary's Church, Lanesboro are; Friday 24th December Mass at 7pm and 8,30pm. Saturday, Christmas Day 9.30 and 11.30am. There will be no evening Mass. Sunday 26th December Masses at 9.30 & 11.30am.
If you gave nothing else was given this Christmas only a ticket for this function it would be the gift of a lifetime. A very special Fundraising night will take place in the Peer Inn on Sunday week 26th September – St. Stephen's Night from 10pm til late. This is a very special night and the support of not only our community but the wider community is encouraged for this special night. Your support will be a lot more than appreciated. Tickets are priced at a very reasonable 10 euro.
CHRISTMAS DAY RUN
Judging by the number seeking sponsorship cards for the Christmas Day Run/Walk from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro leads me to believe that the Longford Multiple Sclerosis organisers are going to celebrate their 20th anniversary in real style. The tradition Run/Walk will take off from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro with the walkers setting off at 11.45am and the runners at 12.15pm.The organisers would like to thank everybody that has so far picked up their sponsorship cards and would like to ask anybody else intending to run to pick up their sponsorship cards as soon as possible.. Sponsorship cards are available from O'Brien's Corner Shop, Michael Flood, Newtowncashel (Tel: 086-0880855); Brigid Mullooly, Lanesborough (Tel: 086-8807596)and from Casserley's Shop and Fallon Bar Newtowncashel.
Now that the weather has taken a changed for the better it feels almost balmy in comparison to the last week and the talk of the brave hearted has again turned to the annual Christmas Day Swim. This year is the 31st year of the sponsored swim and it is hoped that the numbers this year will exceed all records. The swim has raised much money for the Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club and local charities for the past 30 years and it is hoped that a huge number will once again take the plunge on Christmas Day and help the Sub Aqua club.Sponsorship cards are available from O'Brien's Corner Shop and from any member of the Lough Ree Sub Aqua Club.
The Christmas Service schedule for St. John's parishioners are as follows: In St. John's Church Lanesboro there will be Holy Communion service on Christmas Eve at 9pm. On St. Stephen's day there will be Morning service and Carols at 11.30am. In St. Coman's Roscommon on Sunday 19th December there will be Service at 11.30am. On Christmas Day there will be Holy Communion Service at 11am.
Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) is delighted with the announcement in the recent Budget that the Rural Transport Programme will be continued in 2011, even with a slightly reduced Budget.The timetable for all routes for 2010 will be completed on Thursday 23rd December and services for 2011 will resume on Tuesday 4th January. LCRL would like to wish all passengers and everyone who supports the Rural Transport Programme a Very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and Good Wishes for the New Year.
Seadna Ryan son of Seadna and Teresa Ryan, Main Street competed in All Ireland Schools Swimming Championship in Ballymena, representing Lanesboro Primary School. He produced a wonderful performance and he was rewarded with a bronze medal in the under 9 butterfly competition.
Cloontuskert NS is holding a Christmas Disco in St. Faithleachs Clubhouse on Thursday 30th December. The disco will be a bumper night of fun and will take place between 7.30 and 9.30pm. Go along and enjoy a wonderful night.
The annual Rathcline GAA Christmas draw was launched last weekend and the club is seeking the support of the entire community for this draw. The proceeds from this draw traditionally goes towards paying the registration and affiliation of all teams within the Rathcline Club. More often than not the amount of money due for affiliation and registration is greater than the proceeds of the draw such is the enormous figure leaving the club in the first month of the year. With having paid this money up front the club would not be permitted to represent our parish hence we encourage everybody to support the draw. The draw will take place on Saturday 8th January in the Swan Tavern at 11pm. Tickets are priced at 20 euro each and the prizes on offer are: 1st 3000 euro, 2nd 1000 euro, 3rd 750 euro, 4th 500 euro, 5th 250 euro, 6th 200 euro, 7th 200 euro, 8th 200 euro, 9th 200 euro and 10th 200 euro.
Santa will be out and about Christmas week. If anybody would like Santa to call to their house or to Nursing home to have their photographs taken with Santa just phone 086-3963292.