On Sunday last many supporters of the Maroon and White travelled to Pearse Park to witness a famous victory for the half parish. With county champions Longford Slashers as the opposition we all knew a 100% performance from every member of the panel was essential. With the sides all square at six each at the interval an entertaining and close encounter was expected in the second half. However on the resumption Slashers forged ahead scoring three points. Like many other occasions when in a similar situation the lads did not panic. With David McGivney firing over some excellent points Mullinalaghta were always in contention. Following a good passing movement James McGivney levelled proceedings when he rattled the back of the Slashers net. With the minutes ticking away the tension was unbearable. When David McGivney scored his sixth point in the dying seconds the scene was set for the Leader Cup to return to Mullinalaghta for the first time since 1951. Gary Rogers and Rian Brady also got their names on the scoresheet. There were great celebrations when Sheila Reilly, Editor of the Longford Leader presented the cup to captain Shane Mulligan. A nice gesture from Shane was requesting Ruairi McElligott help him lift the cup. Ruairi was unable to play due to injury. We congratulate all concerned with bringing the trophy to the parish. Best wishes to our minors who face Clonguish in Under 21 B Championship final at Emmet Park on this Saturday 7th with a 7.30 pm throw in. Please check fixtures for confirmation.
On this Sunday 8th December at St. Bernard’s N.S. Abbeylara presentation of medals to Northern Gaels Minor League and Championship winning teams and U16 League and U 14 Shield teams will take place. All are welcome to attend. Proceedings will get underway at 7p.m.
Fundraising Hunt and Auction
Mullinalaghta Community Development held their fundraising Hunt and Auction on Saturday 23rd November and the event was a great success. A sincere Thank You to all concerned. Thanks to Longford Harriers and to our local landowners. Appreciation to all the families and individuals in the parish who very generously donated items for the auction, helped out on the day and supported the event. We express the same sentiments to the various businesses outside the the parish for their support. They include Sheelin Saddlery, Sheelin Meats, Liam Mullins Farrier, Barry Sheridan Killydoon, Enda Mulfaul Grousehall Furniture, Kevin Murphy Veterinary Surgeon, Progressive Genetics, ROR Granard, Donie Reilly Granard, Pat McHugh Springstown, McAuley Tyre Warehouse Granard, Kiernan Milling, Plunketts, Anna Mulligan, Paddy Berry, Kearney’s Granard, Dobson’s Arva, Johnny Macken Granard, Granard Chinese, Pikers Lodge Gowna, Melvin Kiernan, Donohoe’s Hardware Granard, Tommy McKeon and Donagh McDonnell Veterinary Surgeon, Finally sincere appreciation to Auctioneer, Terry Drake on doing a super job on the day. With everyones kind support we will now be able to provide lighting on our Community Walkway and we very much appreciate all the generosity, effort and support.
Rath Mhuire & Dolmen Services are holding a massive jumble sale in the Community Centre, Granard on Friday 6th December from 9am – 2p.m. All proceeds are going towards the running of the two Centres, Rath Mhuire, Granard and Dolmen, Aughnacliffe.
This is an ideal opportunity to find the perfect gift for Christmas, with over 200 books and high quality new and used items to choose from. There is a large selection of toys, games, CDs, / DVDs, clothes and household items. Come and join us, have a browse and a cuppa and enjoy the atmosphere. There is also a Christmas ham to be won.
Honk- A Musical Comedy
The Cnoc Mhuire Transition Year class are currently putting the finishing touches to HONK, a musical comedy that is based on the story of the Ugly Duckling. It is a heart-warming tale that will be enjoyed by both young and old. The musical takes place in the school sports hall on 17th, 18th and 19th December at 7.30p.m. Tickets can be purchased from the school office on 043 6686231 or through the HONKline on 085 8409506. They are available now for the bargain price of €10 each. So why not treat the family this festive season and come along to what promises to be a fantastic night’s entertainment.
St. Vincent de Paul Shop
‘’New 2 U’’ shop at Market St. Granard is open every Friday from 10.00a.m to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00a.m – 5.00p.m. It will also open on the first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am – 5.00pm. Please note change of business hours for winter months.
St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in The Hideaway on November Winning numbers were 2, 11, 19, 23 with the jackpot of €3,950 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 were won by the following. Connie Reilly, Aughnagarron. Bernie McElligott, Toome. Emer & Ciara Hand, Larkfield. John Joe Coyle, Kilcogy and Derrich Dalton, Drumhowna. On sales this week are as follows: Hideaway: Mel Dermody. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: David McGivney. Kilcogy: Thomas McNerney & Jim McCabe. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30p.m on Monday.
As part of their fundraising activities the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in local shops or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday’s night main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. Winning number from the draw on Saturday November 30th was 23 with Aoife Leonard, Leitrim coming up trumps.
Naomh Columba C.L.G
Anyone interested in buying the new ‘’St. Columbas Top’’ is requested to contact club chairman Finbar Meehan as soon as possible. Samples are on display at Mulligan’s Shop and Cloonagh P.O. Prices are adults €35 and children €30. One would make an ideal Chrittmas present.