Parent & Toddler & Childminding Grants

Parent & Toddler & Childminding Grants

The Parent and Toddler Group Initiative is a nationally available fund from POBAL/Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). Parent and Toddler groups (P&T’s) are organised on a not for profit basis and encourage parent participation in childhood development and support, a kind of peer support. Grants will range from €100 to €800 for existing P&T’s, with up to €1000 for new start-ups. Funding is available for Equipment, Training, Materials for Activities, and Minor Refurbishments. The new Child-minder Grant criteria apply if you are minding or intend to mind 2 children, minimum 1 Full Time and 1 Part Time. You must voluntarily notify with HSE and you must not have received a grant previously. You must give undertaking to attend training and network with other minders. You must provide a service for 2 years after receiving the funding. It is recommended that only 1/3 of funding is spent on consumables like paint, sand, and materials for crafts. Further Information & application forms from kathleen@longfordchildcare.ie the LCC office, or 087 7873054


Midland Retired Teachers Association hope to attend Pride and Prejudice, featuring local lady, Lorna Quinn in Gate Theatre, Dublin on Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30pm. Tickets €32. Depending on sufficient numbers, we will run a bus from Longford, approx. cost €15 return. Details contact Rosemary 0877589287 or 0436686101.

Tidy Towns

The 3x15 card drive referred to last week in the notes is now cancelled.

Lotto results

Numbers are werer 11, 12, 22, 26. No winner. Draw winners were Rev P Earley, Emer O’Farrell, Cillian McGuire. Sellers prize: Declan and Lily O’Connor. Jackpot next draw is €3,900 takes place on the 15/09/2014 in Connaughton’s Pub.


Keyboard, accordion lessons available for beginners, contact Kate at 0871658288.

St Mary’s NS

We welcome the following Junior Infants to St. Mary’s NS: Jubilee Dennis, Ben Forde, Nathanial Flood, Luke Kelly, Mia Lambden, Abigail Rafferty, Cillian Rafferty, Caoimhe Sheehan. Mary Wilkinson & Hannah Wilson. We hope they had an enjoyable first week at school and wish them and their parents the very best for the future in St. Mary’s. We also extend a very warm welcome to all pupils and parents/guardians and we look forward to working with you over the coming year. Sheila Lambden and staff.

Leg it for LARCC

Sunday, 14th September, Multyfarnham,registration fee €10. Start and finish line at LARCC car park of the Coole road . You can register online www.iregister.ie/legit. Or by phone 0449371971 or you can register on the day. Starts 12 noon. Please support .


Sincere sympathy to the McGlynn family following the death of Pat McGlynn, Rathowen and England, funeral arrangements to be confirmed. Check your paper or local radio for details. R.I.P.

Irish dancing

The O’Reilly Bransfield School of Irish Dancing has re-commence, classes after the summer break. Classes every Friday evening 6.15 to 7.15pm in Rathowen Community Centre. All newcomers welcome. Any enquiries please text Carole on 087 718 1698.