Ballinalee local news Jan 28

Golf Society: The AGM of the Ballinalee Golf Society will take place this Sat night 29th Jan in Rawles lounge at 10pm. All members asked to attend.

Golf Society: The AGM of the Ballinalee Golf Society will take place this Sat night 29th Jan in Rawles lounge at 10pm. All members asked to attend.


Sean Connollys GAA hold their AGM on Friday next at 8pm in the clubhouse. All members asked to attend.

Deepest sympathy

Deepest sympathy to Maud Abbott & family Drumeel on the death of her sister Kathleen Jones in Kells recently RIP.

Guinea pigs

2 male guinea pigs 4 months old for good loving home only. Contact Marie 085 2101408.


The annual Clonfin Commemoration takes place on Sunday Feb 6th at 3pm at the site. Mass will take place in St Mary's Church Granard at 11.30 that morning. This is the 90th anniversary of the battle and the committee have added some extra items to the celebration including an essay competition for 6th class pupils from a number of local schools. The main speaker on the day is Fr Alec Reid who is well known for his efforts in the Northern Ireland peace talks. The usual guard of honour on the day also and the army pipe band. Refreshments afterwards in McElvaneys lounge Coolarty.


The closing date for nominations is the 31st Jan. Please drop your slip into the box in each church


A function to mark the retirement of Gda Brendan McGuinness will take place on Fri 18 Feb in the Stags Head.

Deepest sympathy

Deepest sympathy to Maureen Bracken and family Kevin Bernadine and Michelle on the death of Tony Bracken.


Lotto 3, 7, 22, 29. 1 match 3 envelope Dessie Lennon. 100 euro promoters prize Tony Mahon. Jackpot 14, 900 euro . Draw in the Stags head.

Cnoc Mhuire

Enrolment on Sat next 10am- 12 in the school gym. Further information contact principal Maura Mahon 6686231.

parish Council

As explained in last week's newsletter all adult (over 18) parishioners are invited to nominate two people each, a man and a woman from their own area to serve on the Parish Pastoral Council.

They may do so by using the nomination slips on the opposite page. Each adult member of the household may vote.

Each slip must be signed and dropped into the boxes marked Pastoral Council Nominations that will be in Saint James and Holy Trinity Churches up to and including January 31 next.

Criteria for membership taken from the Diocesan guidelines for Pastoral Councils. Members shall be baptised Catholics who participate in the life and the worship of the parish who have a loving concern for the parish and are willing to be part of a parish leadership group.

See last week's parish newsletter (page 11) for the same guidelines definition of a parish, the tasks of the parish pastoral council and the role of the parish priest on the parish pastoral council.

senior citizens party

The annual senior citizens party in the Stags head last Sunday was a most joyful event. After the grace before meals led by Father Brian over 100 guests sat down to a lovely dinner. Thanks to Gerry Fox of Coolbeans Longford, chef David Jordan and the team of ladies who served the meal and kept a close eye for second helpings. Meal over, veteran MC Jimmy Fox renewed a welcome to everyone. Jimmy welcomed Jimmy Hussy who with Michael comes to the party every year. He went on to thank the sponsors of prizes all who bought 2 euro lines, Paul Connell for his donation to the Hillside Club, Kevin Gilna, Jerome and Carmel Reynolds for the venue and all their work in getting it ready and Catriona Carrigy Mary Farrell and Carmel Gilliard who sold tickets. All this generosity is very much appreciated Jimmy added. There was plenty of super local talent from Patsy Brady Father Brian Anna Quinn Larry McDowell, instrumental music from Michael Brady Accordian Nancy Mallon violin , Patrick Columb tin whistle and the ladies who demonstrated how to shoe the donkey, Declan Fox rendered a few songs to his own accompaniment of the keyboard. Frank Kilbride dropped in as usual complimented all involved in this annual event. Father Brian for the good work he is doing in the parish, Michael Carrigy for the good work he is doing as a county councillor on behalf of the area. Exchanged a bit of good natured political banter with Jimmy told stories jokes and sang a few songs. Frank sponsored a drink for everyone. Later on special guest Mick Flavin arrived. Mick regaled with stories craic and songs to everyone's delight, Mick and his band will be in the Mullingar Arts Centre on Feb 3rd next. In response to requests to Carmel Reynolds from people at the party a bus to this concert is being organised. Contact Carmel on 086 2489948 for more information. At the end of the party Michael Carrigy in his own and Declan Fox's behalf thanked all who came to the party, participated and helped in any way with special mention to Carmel Reynolds for all the work she does for the Hillside Club. He said Declan and he got the first party going twelve years ago. They thanked the many people who helped with its planning organising and funding each year. He complimented Jimmy Fox for being such a good MC again this year. Declan Michael Carmel and club leaders say Mile Buiochas to one and all associated with the annual party , Here's to next year. A special thanks to Mick and Peggy Dempsey Aughagreagh for their kind donations and work throughout the year.