Longford’s Manchester links rekindled

The Longford Association in Manchester committee, L-R: Ross McGagh, Teresa Hesketh, Luke Martin, Ian McGagh, Margaret McGagh, Maria Byrne, Mark McGagh and Fr John Daly. Photo: Bernie O'Brien
The recently reformed Longford Association in Manchester celebrated their first event on Friday, October 18.

The recently reformed Longford Association in Manchester celebrated their first event on Friday, October 18.

More than 250 people attended the dance, which was held in the Chorlton Irish Club Manchester.

A great night was had by all who attended, says association PRO, Maria Byrne. Music was provided on the night by Joe Casserley from the Full Irish radio show and Manchester’s Keegan Dance Academy showed off their skills, much to the delight of their audience.

A huge raffle was held on the night as well as an auction, with a great variety of prizes up for grabs, all donated by associations, businesses and individuals in Longford and Manchester. Prizes included CDs, DVDs, two nights B&B at Dillon’s Bar & Bistro, gift sets, hampers and jerseys. Jinny’s Bakery, Drumshanbo also provided the committee with a variety of cakes and breads, all of which, Maria explains, were very well received and much enjoyed on the night! “It was devoured” she laughs. The committee wish to extend their thanks to all who generously donated prizes for the event. There was also an information table at the event, which featured posters, leaflets and booklets about Longford and all it has to offer. Happily, Maria reports that the table was hugely successful, adding her thanks to Longford Tourism for their help in setting it up. Maria explains that the evening was about promoting Longford, an aim that was definitely achieved.

“Everyone had a brilliant time” Maria says, explaining that it was “lovely to see so many old and new faces”.

After the success of the dance, the association are now looking forward to planning their next event, expected to take place sometime in February. The next meeting will take place in the next couple of weeks, where the second event, in aid of Children’s Liver Disease, will be discussed. The association hopes to host a similar fundraising event each year for different charities.

To keep up to date with the association’s meetings and events, or to get involved, search for the Longford Association Manchester on Facebook, or follow the association on Twitter @longfordmcr. Alternatively, you can email the association’s Chairperson, Margaret McGagh on magsmcgagh@hotmail.co.uk.