Congratulations to David Dolan, Derryohill who celebrated his 21st birthday last weekend. The special occasion was celebrated with a party attended by family and friends in the Chestnut Tree, Killashee where the crowd was entertained by two different bands. Raymond Dolan was the drummer with one band and the birthday boy himself was the drummer with the second band. A great night was had by all with celebrations continuing into the early hours. We wish David many happy returns.

Harvest Festival

Longford Harvest festival and Working Field Day takes place on Sunday next, 31st August in Newtowncashel from 12 noon to 6pm. It promises to be a great day for all the family with something to suit everyone including vintage tractor-drawn reapers and binders, combine harvesters, threshers, jumble, blacksmith and wood turner. There will also be a craft display pottery making, sideshows, dog show and a pig on a spit. Music will be provided by local artists with special guest Matt Leavy and for the dancers there will be waltzing and jiving competitions to qualify for a grand final in Moate on October 26th. There will also be children’s amusements. Proceeds from the day are in aid of St Christophers Services, Longford – a very worthy and local charity.


The death occurred recently of Tommie Nevin, Kilmore. Tommie was well known throughout the country through his involvement with the GAA, Scor and Question Time and also for his friendly easy manner. Deepest sympathy is extended to his relatives and friends. May his soul rest in peace.

The death occurred last week of Elaine Bawle, (nee Brady), Newtowncashel following a brave battle with illness. Deepest sympathy is extended to her husband John, children Conor, Katie and John Jnr, her parents, parents in law, brother, sisters, relatives and friends. May her soul rest in peace.

Community Games

Last weekend saw community games activities for 2014 come to a conclusion with the national finals taking place in Athlone. Killashee had three competitors at the finals and they certainly were not found wanting in their performances. Clodagh Kiely took part in the long jump U14 and narrowly missed winning a medal. Cait Kiely took part in the hurdles U14 and Dylan Farrell took part in the 800m U14 both of them qualified from their individual heats for the finals. Unfortunately, they were defeated in the finals despite their gallant efforts. Well done to all our competitors who took part in the finals over the last two weekends. We are very proud of them.

Best wishes

Best wishes to all students who return to school this week, with special thoughts for those beginning exam years. Best wishes also to those who are starting school for the first time and those moving to secondary school.