TIDY TOWNS - Ballymahon Tidy Towns Taskforce holds its AGM at Cooney’s Hotel in the Flanagan Suite on Thursday, May, 26 at 8pm. Among the items on the agenda are the ratification of a constitution for the organisation and the announcement of the Tidy Towns Taskforce Person the year for 2010/2011.
It is hoped that many members of the newly formed Ballymahon Trader’s Association will attend as our individual and collective aims have much in common. As always, the meeting will start not later than 10 minutes after the designated time and will finish at or before 9pm. All locals, interested parties and members of the general public are very welcome to attend the meeting and new members are particularly welcome.
The 27th Goldsmith International Literary Festival was hosted in the recently redecorated Ballymahon Library last Tuesday. The Festival is due to be held throughout the June Bank Holiday weekend and boasts a respectable third place in the rankings for the longest running festival of its type. The origins of the festival were inspired by the literary figure Oliver Goldsmith and have since progressed as an iconic tourist attraction.
The theme governing this year’s rendition of appreciation is entitled ‘Recession, Retaliation, Recovery’ – Goldsmith’s Impecuniosity and its relevance today.
Noted Local writer and historian Pakenham Chisholm will supervise the official opening on June 3rd under the Chairmanship of Co. Librarian Mary Carleton Reynolds. A keynote speech will be delivered by Carlow College lecturer of English Derek Coyle. A panel discussion will dominate proceedings after that and the evening will be concluded by some musical entertainment.
A Goldsmith Literary Tour takes place on Saturday which is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. The group will visit a litany of sites associated with Goldsmith including, Pallas, Forgney, The Three Jolly Pigeons, The Busy Mill, the Parsonage and Kilkenny west. Recitations of Goldsmith’s works will take place as well. A party of well known and accomplished speakers will address the crowd at the Ballymahon Library after that. Producer of RTE Radio One’s ‘Sunday Miscellany’ Cliodhna Ni Anluain will be chaired by Peter Geoghegan and Larry McClusky will be chaired by local teacher Emmett Arrigan. An entertaining evening in the ‘Three Jolly Pigeons’ will complement the day with some musical entertainment.
Sunday is the final day of the event at Goldsmith’s birthplace, Pallas, punctuated by revealing the results of the children and adult poetry competition. These competitions were organised under the aegis of the festival and adjudicated by poet Mary Melvin Geoghegan. Some of her compositions have been published in Poetry Ireland , Books Ireland and Acorn among others.
Anne Tully of the Festival Committee chaired the Poetry competitions which attracted many high quality entries and in the children’s category, children from primary and post primary schools will feature students from Longfrod and Westmeath.
Cemetery Sunday at Shrule graveyard is scheduled for Sunday 10th June this year. Litter is a continuous problem at the cemetery and the public are being urged to dispose of wreaths, bouquets and containers from the cemetery elsewhere.
The Group’s Day Trip to Connemara is due to take place on Monday June 20th. There are still seats available and anyone wishing to travel should contact Anne Browne, Secretary or Philip Murrell, P.R.O.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is hosting a Blood Donation Clinic in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 25th May from 4.30p.m. to 8p.m and also on Sunday May 29th 12 p.m. to 3p.m. One in four people require a blood transfusion so please donate blood.
Parents of pupils attending St. Matthews National School should contact Claffey’s shop to register their order for uniforms from now until June 7th. This applies to existing students or students planning to start in September.
There will be an information evening held on Monday May 30th at 8p.m. in the Goldsmith room of the Ballymahon Library. The scheme is aimed at providing a basic broadband service to individual premises in rural settings where existing internet providers are not available to them The evening is a joint initiative of the Midland Regional Authority and Longford County Council and all are welcome to attend.
Thanks to all who travelled to Knock on May 1st and mass will be celebrated in your honour.
Details regarding the Ballymahon & District Credit Union Scholarship were released recently. This scholarship is open to Leaving Cert Students of the Vocational School and Mercy Secondary School in Ballymahon. All who wish to enter must be a member of the Credit Union on or before May 31st 2011. All applicants must be commencing a FAS apprenticeship or a full-time Certificate, Diploma or Degree at any University, IT or approved third level college. 1,000 euro will be distributed annually for a maximum of three years to the successful applicant. Further details are available at the Ballymahon & District Credit Union.
Congratulations to Yvonne and Seamus Finlass of Cloncallow on the birth of their new baby boy at the weekend, a new baby brother for Darragh, Lauren and Sean. We wish you all a very happy and healthy future.
Congratulations to Joan Carey of Glasson, formerly of Ballymulvey on her recent 50th birthday. Best wishes to you for the future.