Enrolment for St Patrick’s NS Ballinamuck  2014/2015 will open Monday, 10th February and end Friday, 28th February.  Enrolment forms are available in school office. 


Senior Scór Final will be held on the weekend of February 21st in ‘98 Hall, Ballinamuck. It will start at 8pm. All welcome. A great evening of entertainment assured.


Bingo is back in the 98 Hall every Tuesday at 8.30pm. Prizes galore. Why not come along and enjoy a night out and help our community keep our hall open !

St.Valentine’s Day

A Thought for the Day!

Happy St. Valentine’s Day to all couples celebrating on Friday. Some will be celebrating years of marriage, while others are in early courtship or recently engaged. Either way, enjoy the day and I take the liberty to share the thought below from the Parish Newsletter with you all:

‘We need to teach our daughters to distinguish between:

A man who flatters her and a man who compliments her;

A man who spends money on her and a man who invests in her;

A man who views her as property and a man who views her properly;

A man who lusts after her and a man who loves her;

A man who believes he’s a gift to women and a man who believes she’s a gift to him;

And then we need to teach our sons to be that kind of man.

St Helens

On Wednesday night the 26th of February the Moth Productions will be holding a play in the 98 Hall, Ballinamuck, called ‘A Lock of Fierce Roars’. All proceeds on the night will be going to St Helens Ladies Football Club. It promises to be a night of great fun and Laughter. Tickets are 10.00 euro each and can be bought in all local stores, or from any committee member. Tickets will also be available on the night. We are hoping to see a large crowd so please come out and support.

The Cilleo Yew Tree Players

Are busy rehearsing for their upcoming performance of the hilarious Sam Cree comedy ‘Widow’s Paradise,’ directed by John Doherty. The performances will take place in Ennybegs Community Centre on Thursday 20th, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd and Monday, 24th of February. Doors open at 8pm each night with the show starting at 8.30pmsharp. Please notes that Mass time in Ennybegs will change to 7.30pm to facilitate parking on the night. Booking is essential. Tickets cost €10 can be booked on 087-2911994. A night of laughter from start to finish!!


St Vincents MFC are holding their annual Bingo on Sunday the 23rd of February at 3pm in the 98 Hall, Ballinamuck. There will be €2,500 given out on the day in prizes and there will also be a raffle on the day with first prize being 100 euro. All support is greatly appreciated.

Cemetery Update
Work on the development of the extension to the cemetery commenced earlier this week. It has taken a lot of time and effort to get to this stage and the committee would like to thank the community for their support to date. A public meeting will be taking place in the next few weeks to provide you with a full progress report.

Golf Lessons for Beginner Ladies

County Longford Ladies Golf Club are getting ready a package of six beginner lessons starting in late March - if you are interested or know of anyone interested - contact Annette at 086 8141023. A few basics can add immensely to your game, short or long. Membership is not necessary for these lessons - last year’s starters are showing great promise.

Longford County Choir

Advance notice of upcoming choral concert at St. Mary’s Church on Sunday 4th May next (Bank Holiday weekend). This fundraiser is for the marking of Heritage in this historic village. More anon.

Volunteer Planting Day 

Would you like to lend a hand in increasing Ireland’s native woodland cover? If so then come along on the 16th February to the Native Woodland Trust’s Woodland Reserve on the Longford/Leitrim border. On the day we will be planting hundreds of native trees starting at 12 noon and finishing at 3pm. The Native Woodland Trust is an environmental charity dedicated to the protection of Ireland’s rare native and ancient woodland. All are welcome. For more details please contact Kirsty at kirsty.daly@nativewoodlandtrust.ie or on 087 9619083. Meeting Point: Mary  St, Drumlish opposite Costcutters.  Meeting Time: 12:00 noon.

Cairn Hill Challenge

The 2nd Annual Cairn Hill Challenge 10mile and 10km Road Race will take place on Sunday May3rd 2014 starting out at Drumlish Community Centre and taking the same routes as last year. In conjunction with this years’ event, an informal walking/running/ jogging group is being organised. This fun group will act as preparation for the big race and getting fit generally. It will start on February 11th at 7pm at Drumlish Community Centre and will be led by expert coach Brendan Doyle from Longford. This is a wonderful opportunity for runners, walkers, joggers and athletes of all abilities to get together and get fit in a relaxed setting while preparing for the May Bank Holiday. It costs only €2 a session and running shoes and a desire to get fit are all that’s required! Please contact Colin on 0860761556 for details.

World Day of the Sick

World Day of the Sick is celebrated on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Tuesday February 11th. Mass in St. Mary’s, Drumlish will take place at 11 o’clock and those who are sick but able to travel are invited to this special Mass at which the sick will be anointed. Volunteers are asked to help neighbours who have no transport.


Cian John Walsh, son of Aubrey and Olivia, (nee Corr), Kilnashee, and MJ Dunne, son of Martin and Aisling, Ballinamuck were baptised and welcomed into our faith family in recent days. We congratulate their parents and wish both families every blessing and happiness in the future.

Divine Mercy Conference

A bus will leave the Cathedral Car Park at 8pm on Saturday, 22nd February for the above conference. Contact 087-7056605 or 043-3324131 for further details.


Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes annual collection for assisted pilgrims will take place at all Masses in various parishes next weekend 15th/16th. Your contribution will be appreciated. The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Bishop Francis Duffy, takes place from 27th May to 1st June – 5 nights, fully inclusive for €699. Contact Joe Walsh Tours at 01-2410811. Posters in churches with further details.

Dromard Childcare Enrolment

Preschool enrolment for 2014 will take place from February 17th – 21st, 10.00am – 1.00pm daily. For children already enrolled, parents must confirm their place and fill all necessary forms. Places are limited. For further information contact 049 4328955.

NRH Fundraiser
The recent fundraiser that took place in Gortletteragh in aid of the National Rehabilitation Hospital Dun Laoghaire was an outstanding success - total amount raised came to €4243 . Edel Lambe fundraising manager with the NRH paid a visit to the area last weekend and was very thankful to all who subscribed so generously to this very worthy cause and she said this money goes to the direct benefit of the patients in the NRH. Having been a patient there myself recently and seeing at first hand the very good use that all money raised goes to, we, Kevin and Teresa Masterson were only too delighted to be part of this great fundraising effort, and we thank everyone for their wonderful support.



‘Work4You’ set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and would like assistance and guidance in returning to work, training or education. It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury and in receipt of a payment from the Dept. of Social Protection. If you are interested in the service or would like more information, Work4You are holding a Pop-Up Information Stand in Ballymahon Library on Tuesday 18th February 2014 between 2.30pm-4pm. All are welcome. For further information please call 044 933 8773.

Training Opportunities

Free IT Training: Would you be interested in an introduction to digital photography, sending/receiving emails, using social media, using apps, buying tickets and on-line banking? Longford EDI Centre is running an 8 hour basic computer course which can be delivered mornings, afternoons or evenings. Free Training Options - 8 week Training Opportunities for People in receipt of a disability, illness welfare payment. The next programme will commence soon. Course includes computer skills, personal development and work experience.To avail of these great opportunities contact Bernie or Amanda at 043-3347515 or email edicentreservices@gmail.com.

Getting Married in 2014

There are still some places available on the ACCORD Pre-marriage Course 10th & 13th March 2014 and 4th &%th April 2014. for further information contact ACCORD 043-3347222 or book on www.accord.ie.

Recent Deaths

In your prayers remember to pray for the soul of Fr. Seán Tynan, former PP of Keadue & Ballyfarnon whose funeral took place this past week. May he Rest in Peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanaim dílís.