Holy Week Preparation: Holy Week begins next Saturday/Sunday (Passion Sunday) with the blessing of Palms. 
This is followed by Holy Thursday Good Friday (Day of Fast & Abstinance) and Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil Ceremonies culminating in Easter Sunday Celebrations. Details will be published next week.

Holy Week Preparation: Holy Week begins next Saturday/Sunday (Passion Sunday) with the blessing of Palms. 
This is followed by Holy Thursday Good Friday (Day of Fast & Abstinance) and Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil Ceremonies culminating in Easter Sunday Celebrations. Details will be published next week.

Monaduff Social Club: We are very thankful to Patricia from Helplink who attended at our February get-together, for her help and information on home safety and personal security systems. Also to Anna Reilly for getting us all moving about and having a good laugh. We send our best wishes to Kathleen McQuaid for a speedy recovery and hope to see her in Monaduff in the near future. The next social day will take place on Saturday 23rd March from 3.00 – 5.00pm when arrangements will be discussed for the 2013 trip away. The club extend our sincere sympathy to the wife & family relations and friends of the late Seán Mulleady RIP.

Bingo: On the 24th of March St Vincent’s will be holding their Monster Bingo in Ballinamuck Hall. Prize money of €2500 to be given out on the day. Easter eggs will also be given on each page and there will be a Monster Raffle with excellent prizes on the day. We hope you will support this worthy cause.

Tidy Town’s:  turned out in force again on Saturday last and covered enormous ground from the Mulleady Civic Amenity back into Drumlish –  There are over 60 bags of litter from 2 Saturdays work – a reflection on our community or the night riders – I guess the people who litter do not read these notes so we have to think of other ways to reach them and raise their awareness if the Litter Warden and a hefty fine doesn’t get there first. We will continue to meet on Saturdays at the earlier time of 9.30a.m. opposite the PO on Main Street. Continued thanks to all who are supporting our Easter Egg fundraiser which helps fund the tidy towns expenses. Phone Longford Litter Hotline 1850 434 450 about any dumping issues and visit Drumlish Tidy Town’s on Facebook.


Table Quiz: On  Monday night the 8th  April in Gallagher’s – start picking your team, it could be a winner.   


Car Boot - Drumlish Area Enhancement: We are receiving a lot of seasonal items in the past couple of weeks and are very grateful.  If you are trying to make space in your garage or shed and have seasonal, recyclable and saleable items that you no longer need or have use for we would be delighted to receive them. Contact Dympna 087 9279272 or any member of our Area Enhancement oer Tidy Town Team  - Items can be collected if necessary...


Environmental Awareness Day: Saturday 27th April is a date for your diary, Drumlish Tidy Town’s will have Environmental Education Officer, Nuala Madigan join us for the day to help us with Environmental awareness issues. Her time with us will include a visit to one if not two natural habitats to help us discover what we have in our local environment. There will be much of educational value and we invite anyone who has an interest in ecology, environment to pencil in this date... and bring your children it is an opportunity not to be missed and that may not be repeated for a very long time.  


Golf Lessons for Beginner Ladies: County Longford Ladies Golf Club are getting ready a package of 6 Beginner Lessons starting later in March – if you are interested or know of anyone interested contact Annette at 086 8141023. A few basics can add immensely to your game of Pitch and Putt – membership of Club is not necessary for these lessons.

County Longford Rural Transport: There is a change to our time-table/schedule, for “Good Friday” the 29th March 2013. Please note that All Rural Transport Services, throughout the County will run on Thursday 28th March with the same collection and departure times. All age groups are welcome to travel. County Longford Rural Transport wishes a very Happy Easter to all Rural Transport passengers and supporters.

40th Birthday celebrations: Congratulations to Paraic Brady The Meadows, Drumlish who celebrated his 40th birthday last weekend with a mega party bash in The Bent Elbow. The “Looney Hoppers” entertained everyone all night and a great night was had by all. Here’s to the next 40!!!

Engagement: Congratulations to Mark Duffy, Lettergullion and Martha O’Reilly, Knockloughlin, Longford who announced their engagement recently. We join their families and friends in wishing Mark and Martha every blessing and happiness in the future.

Recent Wedding: Congratulations to Louise Campbell NT, Deputy Principal St. Mary’s NS, Drumlish and Ciaran Walsh, Granard who were married in St. Mary’s Granard on Thursday last. We join their families, friends and the staff and pupils of Drumlish NS in wishing Louise and Ciaran every blessing and happiness in the future.


CAIRN HILL CHALLENGE: Sunday May 5th sees the inaugural staging of the Cairn Hill Challenge Roadraces. The event which is based in Drumlish comprises of  a set of 2 different runs utilising Longfords most significant geographical feature (Cairn Hill) to test the fitness, stamina and endurance of runners, joggers and walkers. First off, at 12.30pm, is the 10 mile race which brings participants through the centre of Drumlish before commencing a testing route which circumnavigates the hill using quiet country roads. The chosen routes feature testing climbs with plenty of down hill stretches to allow tired limbs to recover. 12.45pm sees the start of the 10k event which brings participants from the Village Centre to the base of Cairn Hill  via a series of rolling hills with a perfect mixture of climbs and descents to keep runners, joggers and walkers focused. Both races finish in the Village centre where participants are guaranteed a rousing welcome. The event is AAI certified and will be chip timed. The Cairn Hill Challenge is part of the Drumlish Community Centre 25th Celebrations. To book your place on the starting line go to http://precisiontiming.primo-solutions.co.uk/ps/event/CairnHillChallenge2013 Or for more information follow us on Facebook at ‘Cairn Hill Challenge’. Also contact Mel 0872976538 or Colin 0860761556

Pope Francis1: The media attention over the past week on the recent election of a new Pope was positive and uplifting. We thank God for Pope Francis and we pray the Holy Spirit will guide him as he shepherds 1.2 billion members of his flock.

Parish Stations: Stations have been arranged for the following areas: Mill Road/Mary St: Mary Kenny; Derawley: Jimmy & Josephine Farrell

Monaduff: Jimmy and Eileen Kane; Longford Rd: Brendan Daly; Kilnashee: Peter and Bernie Hagan. If you would like the Station in your area please contact Fr. Ber to arrange dates and times.

Scór Competition Winners: Congratulations to the Musicians who won the semi-final of the Leinster Scór last weekend. They are now in The Leinster Final of the Scór Competition in Ballymore Co.Westmeath on 31st March. The Instrumental Musicians are Brian Collum, (accordian), Ruairí Carty (Banjo) and Jason Nertney (Guitar). We wish them well in the Leinster Final.

Cilloe Yew tree Players present “The Chastitute”: After many weeks of rehearsals and preparations, the Cilleo Yew Tree Player’s production of John B. Keane’s comedy ‘The Chastitute’ will take to the stage in Enybegs Community Centre this Thursday 21st, Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th and Monday 25th of March. Doors open at 8.30 pm with curtains raised at 9pm. Admission is 10e and early booking is essential. For booking phone 087 2911994. A performance not to be missed! Please note Mass times will change to 7.30pm on Saturday 23rd to facilitate parking on the night.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje: A pilgrimage to Medjugorje will take place from Sunday 24th to 31st March. Full board and flights €499. Phone Agnes on 0433324134 for further information.

Ballinamuck Community Association: There will be a meeting of the above on this Wednesday night at 8.30pm in the Visitor’s Centre ’98 Memorial Hall.

community centre celebrates 25years: Plans are well on the way for what is promised to be a great weekend of festivities for the may bank holiday weekend 3rd-5th may to celebrate the community centres 25th anniversary and also the gathering 2013.  Rehearsals continue on Friday nights at 8pmfor dances and 8:30 for choruses also on Sunday evenings at 6:30 for dances and 7:30for choruses for our variety concert. If anyone is interested in taking part or putting a piece into the variety concert please contact Barbara Crowe (Niblock) on 0433324945. We are putting together a booklet to celebrate the last 25 years If anyone would like to put a article, advertisement or a well wish into the booklet please contact Sinead Rogers on0868830534. Our next meeting is Wednesday 20th march at 9:30. 

Bingo in the ‘98 hall: Bingo continues every Tuesday night in the 98 hall at 8.30 ,nightly prize fund of €1300 !. Fun for all ages .

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 27th May to 1st June – 5 nights. Cost is €699 al inclusive. Booking forms are available from Fr. Ber. For further details see poster on Church notice board.

Recent death: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Eileen McEvoy nee Rogers late of the Mill, Drumlish who died in London during the week. Deepest sympathy is extended to sister-in-law Mary and all the Rogers’ families in Drumlish, USA, Longford and Donegal. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanaim dílís.