Text Alert

Text Alert

The text alert scheme for Moigh, Castlecore, Darogue, Cartrontroy, Mullavorina and Lisaniskey is now in operation. To report anything suspicious in those areas please ring Longford Gardai 24 hour line 04333-50570.

Longford Rural Transport

Please note that all scheduled Rural Transport – Friday Services, throughout the County, will run on Holy Thursday 17th April, instead of Good Friday with the same collection and departure times. All age groups are welcome to travel. Wishing a very “Happy Easter” to all Rural Transport passengers and supporters.

Bus to Knock

On Sunday, 27th April, Divine Mercy Sunday, a bus will travel from Ballymahon to Knock Shrine , leaving at 10a.m. To book your seat on the bus please contact Ita at 04493-57589 or Sr. Vincent @ 09064-32532.

Easter Services-Forgney

Over the Easter, Services at Forgney Catholic Church will be held on Holy Thursday at 6.30p.m. and on Good Friday at 6.30p.m. A reminder also that Cemetery Sunday at Cloncallow will be held on Sunday, 22nd June at 5p.m. and at Forgney Cemetery on the same day at 7p.m.

Cake sale

Annual cake sale in aid of Shrule Cemetery maintenance will take place in the Bridgeways Centre, on Good Friday, immediately after the Ceremonies. Large selection of jams, healthbreads, cakes, deserts etc. Light refreshments will be served. Your support as in previous years will be much appreciated.


Tashinney National School, enroling is now taking place for September 2014. Parents who wish to enrol their child/children may call in to the school or contact the school on 04493-57610.

Innyside Singers

Practice will resume on this Thursday, April 10th in Skelly’s at 8p.m. Newcomers always welcome.


Enrolment week for Forgney National School for the school year 2014/2015 is being held this week up to Friday, 11th April. Please call to the school anytime during that week or tel. 09064-52659 or e-mail:

Home from Holidays

Welcome home to Willie and Yvonne Dowler, Moigh and Yvonne’s sister Marie who spent some time in Berlin last week. We hope you all enjoyed the trip.

Cloncallow Cemetery

A fundraiser for the upkeep of Cloncallow Cemetery will be held in Skelly’s Lounge on Friday, 4th May. Tickets are on sale at €5 each from committee members. There will be music and craic on the night. Your support will be appreciated.

Palm Sunday

Every year a number of people provide Palm branches for the ceremony of the blessings of palms in St. Matthews Church on Palm Sunday. Hopefully you can do so again this year. Please cut the braches into small manageable pieces. Then on Palm Sunday bring the blessed palm home and place in a prominent place.

Factory Re-union

A re-union of everyone who worked in Ballymahon Clothing Factory, Claffeys, Dubtex, Balman, Manford and Manford Direct is being held at the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Friday, 25th April. The event will commence at 9p.m. Donation buckets will be at the door and any proceeds received on the night will be donated to local Charities. All are welcome to join in the fun, past employees of these factories, together with their partners, families and friends. Music is to be provided by the Ramblers and lots of other artists with a disco later in the night with DJ Michael Rooney. A great chance for you to renew old friends and colleagues.

Easter Draw

The Parents Association at Ballymahon National School are holding a big draw on Friday, 11th April. All the children at the school have yellow cards with lines to sell and these cards are also available in many of the local shops. They will also be on sale on Main Street on Saturday next 5th April, so your support will be greatly appreciated. All lines are €2 each with lots of great prizes on offer. All winners will be notified. Many thanks to all the generous sponsors of the many great prizes.

Longford Family Learning

Parents, grandparents, careers, are you a long time out of education or an early school leaver and would you like to build your learning skills? If so, Longford Family Learning are currently organising the following programmes: gardening, beginners internet skills, family digital photography, child development and a supported online learning programme. Courses are basic education, free and for 4 to 6 weeks. For more information contact Grainne at 086-8883413 or 04333 45609.

30th birthday

Congratulations to Jenny Whyte, daughter of Raymond and Freda, Abbeyshrule, who celebrated her 30th birthday with her family and lots of friends in Tommy & Breege Murray’s pub on Saturday night last. We hope you enjoyed the celebrations Jenny. Best wishes to you for the future.


Hard luck to Co Longford Senior football team who were beaten by Wexford on Sunday last in the final game of the League. Unfortunately Longford were relegated and will play in Division 4 next year.

Home on holidays

We wish to welcome home Johnny Noonan, Main Street, who is over from England visiting his family and friends in Ballymahon. We hope he enjoys his holiday.


The 12th annual Longford G.A.A. Raceday is coming up shortly, on Wednesday, 30th April at Punchestown Racecourse. As numbers are limited you should book as soon as possible with Albert Fallon or Mickey Farrell. All GAA supporters are encouraged to support this entertaining event. Tickets are €100 each and include a Race Card, Celebrity Tipster, Four Course Meal, Bar Facilities, Hot Afternoon Refreshments and a free betting voucher for €10.

Winning Streak

Congratulations to Brendan Keenan, Kenagh who won €28,000 on the RTE programme “Winning Streak” recently. Brendan was represented on the Show by his sister, Bridget McGee who looked very well on the television. There was great celebrations in Kenagh later that night with Brendan and his family. Well done indeed.

Welcome Home

To David McKnight who is home from Australia visiting his mother, Breeda McKnight, Main Street and all his family and friends in the area. We hope David enjoys his holiday.

Buckingham Palace

Congratulations to Mel Nally, son of Celine and the late Frank, Moigh who was one of over three hundred people who attended the Irish Community Reception in Buckingham Palace recently, also Liam Mulvihill from Knappogue. We hope they enjoyed the experience.

Bridge results

North/South, 1st Gross & net – Mary Murtagh & Margaret Dowd, 2nd Gross – Carole Nally & Lily Mulvihill. 2nd net – Frances Kelleher & Mary Feeney. 3rd Gross – Orla McEntee & Tony Tiernan. 3rd net – Carole Nally & Lily Mulvihill. East/West: 1st Gross & 3rd net – Chris Connolly and Oonagh Flynn. 1st Gross & 2nd net – Jimmy Lennon and Greta Egan. 2nd net & 3rd Gross – Mairead Delaney & Ann Molloy. 3rd March, North/South: 1st Gross- Mark Tiernan and Sarah Frawley; 1st Net- Rory Duncan and Willie Flanagan; 2nd Gross- Carole Nally and Lily Mulvihill; 2nd Net- Eddie Walsh and Liam Flynn; 3rd Gross- Rory Duncan and Willie Flanagan; 3rd Net- Mark Tiernan and Sarah Frawley. East/West: 1st Gross & Net- Adrian Duncan and Aidan Nally; 2nd Gross- Brendan Murtagh and Patricia Flanagan; 2nd Net- Rose Conlon and Christy Flanagan; 3rd Gross- Mary Feeney and Frances Kelleher; 3rd Net- Mary Mulvihill and Kathleen Nulty. 10th March, North/South: 1st Gross- Sarah Frawley and Mark Tiernan; 1st Net- Elsie McKee and Nancy Finn; 2nd Gross- Yvonne Dowler and Una Flynn; 2nd Net- Adrian Duncan and Aidan Nally; 3rd Gross- Elsie McKee and Nancy Finn; 3rd Net- Greta Egan and Jimmy Lennon. East/West: 1st Gross- Orla McEntee and Tony Tiernan; 1st Net- Liam Flynn and Eddie Walsh; Andrew Nally and Patricia Johannesson; 2nd Gross- Chris Farrell and Mary Nooney; 3rd Gross- Lily Mulvihill and Carole Nally; 3rd Net- Orla McEntee and Tony Tiernan.


Local lads James Farrell, Emmet Finn and Paul Mahon attended the Races at Aintree last week, we hope they enjoyed the event.

Death of Marie Gill

The sad death occurred on March 28th last of Marie Gill, Haddington Road, formerly of Main Street, Ballymahon, daughter of Phyllis and the late Dan, also pre-deceased by her brother John. Marie was in her early ‘sixties when she passed away peacefully at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital following her battle with her illness. She was a friendly, good-humoured lady who was a regular visitor to Ballymahon over the years visiting her family here, especially recently to visit her mother in Thomond Lodge Nursing Home, she will be sadly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. We offer our sincere sympathy to Marie’s husband Michael, her mother Phyllis, her daughter Gill and Gill’s father, Tom, her son-in-law Conor, her sisters Ann, Catherine, Norrie and Dennie, brother Donal, grand-daughters Roisin and Eimear and all her relatives and wide circle of friends. In iothlann De go gcastar sinn.


Congratulations to the St. Matthews National School girls Basketball team who recently won the Primary Schools “B” League Final. Well done girls.

Art Exhibition

Congratulations to Frances Kelleher and her daughter Orla, Terlicken whose Art Exhibition “Solas ‘s Saol” was officially opened on Thursday night last by Fergus Kennedy from The County Art Services in Longford. There was a great turnout at the event in the Atrium Gallery at Backstage where there was also a surprise visit by “Fagan, Oliver and the Artful Dodger” who were rehearsing in the adjoining Theatre. If you would like to drop in to the Gallery, Frances & Orla’s beautiful pieces of colourful Art will be on show for the next few weeks. Everyone welcome. Well done to mother and daughter.


To Ongell Flynn Moran and her husband Brendan, Lisduff, Longford on the birth of their baby boy, Noah on 18th March last, a brother to Ellie. We wish you all good health in the future.