22 May 2022


Longford Harvest Festival

Longford Harvest Festival

Sunday next, 31st August is the date for this year’s Longford Harvest Festival and Working Field Day which is in aid of St. Christopher’s in Longford. A great day for all the family, the event will be held in Newtowncashel from 12 noon to 6.00p.m. Apart from Vintage Tractor-drawn Reapers and Binders, there will be Combine Harvesters, Pottery Making, Music by local artists, a Threshing display, a Dog Display, Children’s Amusements and a Pig on a Spit sponsored by Terry’s Butcher, Lanesboro. There will also be a Waltzing & Jiving competition for a Grand Final in Moate on 26th October. Admission for the day’s activities is just €10 for adults, children free. For further information please contact Paddy Finnegan, Chairman at 087 2705014 or Rachel Thompson @ 087 6772454. Your support will be very much appreciated.

Traders Association

The Towns Traders have been busy getting ready for Heritage Week all this week up to 30th August. They have a traditional market, Parade, Busking Competition and other activities on Saturday 30th. They are also calling on all local musicians to come out and take part in the busking competition. There’s lots of talent around Ballymahon. They are hoping that every business in the town will be represented in this. So start auditioning your family, friends, neighbours, staff and customers. All types of acts welcome. If you want a Stall on the day please download a form from the Traders Facebook page and submit it to Jenny White.

Death of Mary Keegan

The death occurred at Thomond Lodge Nursing Home on 23rd August of Mrs Mary Keegan, (nee Egan), Lisnacreeva, Colehill. Mary was a lovely, quiet lady , a great neighbour, she had a smile and word for everyone. We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to her daughters Mary, Vera, Evelyn and Joan, sisters Dympna and Eileen , sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. A large crowd attended the removal of Mary’s remains from her home to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carrickedmond and also at the Funeral Mass which bore testimont to the respect with which Mary and her family are held. Her remains were laid to rest at the adjoining cemetery. May God grant rest to her Soul.

Deus Et Patria Conference

For young people aged between 18 and 40 yrs will be held in All Hollows College, Drumcondra, on the 30th and 31st August. Tel: 086-040 5621.

Club ’91

Resumes after the Summer break on September 3rd. The committee are looking forward to seeing all members back revitalised and ready for another successful year. New members are always welcome, the Club meet at Bridgeways Resource centre across from St. Matthews Church every Wednesday night.

Double Celebrations

Many congratulations to fellow correspondent, Seamus McGuire, Carrickedmond who celebrated his 50th Birthday with his family and friends in Cooneys Hotel on Friday night last. It was a double celebration for Seamus as himself and his wife Margaret also celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary on the night. Everyone had a very enjoyable evening at the Hotel. We wish Seamus and Margaret many more years of good health and lots of happiness together.

Journalism Course

Longford Women’s Link (LWL) are planning on running a Journalism Course in September 2014. The Course will run over 10 weeks, on Wednesday nights between Sept 24th and November 26th. It will appeal to men and women alike and will cover Journalism, Use of Language, News Reporting, Compiling and Editing Newsletters, Interviewing skills etc. For more information on the Course, which is limited to 12 participants, please contact Pamela Latimer, Education and Training, Business Development Manager,LWL. E-mail or Tel 04333-41511 or 087-205 8152.

80th Birthday

Congratulations to Kevin Maguire, Toome who celebrated no less than his 80th birthday with his family and many friends in Cooney’s Hotel at the weekend. We hope you enjoyed the party Kevin. The best of good health and happiness to you in the years ahead.

Parkinsons Association

The Parkinsons Association are holding an Information Meeting for people with Parkinsons, their families and carers on Saturday 6th September in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone. This is a local event and offers a great opportunity for people with Parkinson’s to meet and learn more about their condition. For details contact 1800 359 359 or e-mail

Barry Raftery Memorial Conference

Wetlands Heritage Ireland are to present the 2nd Barry Raftery Memorial Conference on Friday 29th August at Corlea Interpretive Centre, starting at 10.00a.m. This Conference will discuss and debate the future of the mid Shannon Peatlands, its amenity, archaeology and biodiversity. There will be many Guest speakers on the day and the Conference will be chaired by local man, Kieran McEntee. This is a public Conference and all are invited to attend. Early booking essential, phone 04333-22386. Fee including lunch, tea, coffee €10, students €5.

Welcome Home

Welcome home to Philip Murrell, The Hill who has been on holidays in Prague and Dresden in the last few weeks. We hope Philip enjoyed the trip.

18th Birthday

Congratulations to Anna Byrne, daughter of Pat and Patrice, Main Street who celebrated her 18th birthday in the family pub, Skellys, on Saturday night last with her family and lots of friends. Hope you enjoyed the night Anna, best wishes to you for the future.

25th Wedding Anniversary

There were great celebrations in Barry on Saturday last as Alan and Regina Gough renewed their Wedding vows for their 25th Anniversary in the presence of their family, neighbours and many friends. Alan and Regina and their guests partied throughout the full day, so everyone went home tired but happy and delighted that they were able to join in the celebrations. Our best wishes go to Alan and Regina and all the Goughs for the future.

Adoration Vigil

The next First Friday/Saturday Reparation and Adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on Friday 5th September. For further information contact 086-0405621 or 086-1900640.

Blood donation Clinic

The Irish Blood Transfusion Board are holding their Blood Donation Clinic in The Longford Arms Hotel this week, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th from 4.30pm to 8pm. Donors are always badly needed to ensure that sufficient quantities of blood and blood components are constantly available to supply hospitals throughout the country. Please call in on Wednesday or Thursday.

Memorial Walk

There was a big turnout for the James Killian Memorial Walk on Saturday afternoon last at Newcastle Forest. Thankfully, the weather stayed kind for the walkers and all proceeds from Sponsorship cards is going to St. Christopher’s, Longford and the Ataxia Ireland group. Well done to James’s mother, Rose who organised the event for these two worthy causes.

Longford County Council

Are holding a large goods collection at Ballymahon Mart on Saturday next, 30th August from 10am to 12 noon. Items which can be brought to the mart include beds, furniture, carpets, toys, bicycles and household scrap metal. Charge: €15 per car; €30 per car and single axel trailer: €40 per car and double axel trailer or large van. No electrical goods will be accepted. For further details Tel: Gary Brady at 04333 43451.

G.A.A. Lotto

Results 11th August, numbers drawn – 8, 21, 24, 25. No Jackpot winner. €30 each was won by Rebecca Forbes, Vincent Connolly, Catherine Carberry and Lorraine Flanagan.

Fianna Fail Cumman

Wish to sympathise with Mrs Kathleen Reynolds, Longford and Dublin and to her family Miriam, Philip, Emer, Leonie, Albert, Cathy and Andrea,his brother Jim, sister Teresa, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and wide circle of friends on the death last week of Albert, former Taoiseach. Albert gave great service to the Ballymahon area, County Longford and the whole country during his reign in politics over a long number of years. He served in Government holding many portfolios such as Minister of Post and Telegraphs, Industry and Energy, Industry and Commerce and Minister of Finance where he excelled in all of these areas. His biggest achievement was his role in securing the I.R.A. Ceasefire in 1994 for which the Nation will always be grateful. Albert’s remains lay in State in the Oakroom in The Mansion House, Dublin on Saturday last where a huge number of people called to pay their respects to a fine Statesman, many of these came from County Longford. He was removed to the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook and following the Funeral Mass on Monday, was laid to rest at Shanganagh Cemetery. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Welcome Home

We wish to welcome home from their holiday in Portugal, Mick and Liz Farrell, Mostrim Road, their daughters Caitriona and Fiona, son James and his girlfriend Emma, Michael, his wife Lisa and their five young girls, also their son Keith who travelled from the States with his wife Megan, their three children and Megan’s sister. We hope they all enjoyed the trip. Keith, Megan and their family are now spending some time in Ballymahon and also Megan’s parents Tom and his wife Pat. We hope you are all enjoying your time here.

Major Fire

A major fire broke out on Upper main Street last week at the Goldsmith Inn, originally Connollys Hall where some people will remember going to the cinema there many years ago. Several Fire Brigades were at the scene but unfortunately the building was gutted.

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