Drumlish notes



First Friday

Next Friday is the First Friday in March. The sick and housebound will be visited and attended at the usual times.

Do This in Memory

Next Sunday in Drumlish we celebrate “Do This in Memory ”and the parents of the First Communion Class will be responsible for Sunday’s Liturgy.

Ballinamuck Twinning

Well done to the group of musicians and dancers who travelled to Essert this weekend as part of the St. Patricks Festival in Essert, France. As part of the twinning we will be welcoming our friends from Essert this July and anyone who wishes to host our friends please contact Paddy on 0879613312.

Enhancement AGM

Our AGM has been arranged for Thursday the 6th March next at 8pm in the meeting room in the Hall. We would very much welcome new members of the community to get involved, many hands make light work and new ideas are always helpful. Ballinamuck Enhancement have been instrumental to date in the re-entering of the Tidy Towns competition after a considerable break and most recently the erection of the fantastic new playground in the centre of the Village. Despite the playground being in place there is still some work to be done with regard to fundraising etc. We also have some other ideas in the pipeline to enhance our Village. If you would like to get involved in any shape or form we would love to see you on Thursday. 

Cemetery Update

Drumlish Cemetery Committee are happy to announce that graves/plots are now available for sale. Prices are €900.00 for a three grave family plot, €600.00 for a two grave family plot and €300.00 for a single grave.  Further information is available from Brendan Daly 087 7717886 or Seamus Mimnagh 086 8622298. We are also holding a public meeting on Thursday, 6th March at 8pm in Drumlish Community Centre to discuss progress to date, everyone is welcome to attend.

Spring Stations

Stations for Drumlish area of the Parish take place at this time. Last year’s response was very positive. The Station Mass can also be part of our Lenten preparation. Contact Fr.Ber. Station for Breanrisk is already booked for Friday 28th March.

Mick Flavin in Concert

Singer Mick Flavin will be in Concert at The Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen on this Thursday night, March 6th . Doors open at 8pm Booking 049-4339612 or 086-8765377 between 10.00am and 4.00pm or bookings@cornmilltheatre.com. We wish Mick every success with the show .

Moyne Community School Reunion 

A reunion for the class of 1987 - 1992 will be held in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva on Saturday night March 15th at 8pm.  It is a great opportunity to catch up with your old school mates and a fun night is guaranteed. 


Congratulations to Francis Mollaghan, son of Gerry and Eilish, Drumlish who graduated from UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business with a Masters in Accountancy recently We join his family and friends in wishing him every success in the future.

The Frolics are on in Ballyjamesduff

A number of people in the Drumlish/Ballinamuck Area are long-term fans of the “Frolics” in Ballyjamesduff. Frolics-Forever Young starts on March 7th this year and runs until March 16th(except Mondays) In case you miss out the booking number is 049-8553330 from 10.00am – 5.00pm daily from last Wednesday 26th February. You are guaranteed a most enjoyable evening.


Congratulations to Patrick Curwin, Lettergeeragh, Ballinamuck and Jane Lee, Cornakelly who announced their engagement on Valentine’s Day. We join their families and friends in wishing Patrick and Jane every blessing and happiness in the future.

Tidy Towns

Drumlish village and all the approach roads are blighted with litter and dumping these past few months - Drumlish Tidy Town’s have organised a major clean up from Kilnashee to the GAA Park in Monaduff for Saturday 8th March. All families living along this route are asked to help as are all the parish organisations asked to give a hand. One big heave will clear the verges in a couple of hours, Gloves, hi viz vests, bags and litter picks will be supplied - Meet opposite the Post Office in Drumlish for 9 a.m. - 

County Choir

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

Golf Lessons

County Longford Ladies are getting ready a package of 6 lessons by Club Professional Peter Duignan starting in early April... Contact 086 8141023 for more further information -

Enrolment for St. Mary’s NS

Enrolment forms for the Junior Infants Class of September 2014 are available from the school and local crèches. If you need to enrol your child into another class or have any other queries please contact the school by phone on 043 3324065 or email drumprincipal@gmail.com

St Helen’s

The St. Helen’s Club wish to thank all those who supported their fundraising night in Ballinamuck last Wednesday at the play. A most enjoyable night was had by all.

Cairn Hill Challenge

The 2nd Annual Cairn Hill Challenge 10mile and 10km Road Race will take place on Sunday May 3rd 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.


Please bring home a Trócaire Box. This year features a young girl, Ernestina from Dedza in Malawi. From a country which has been saturated with rain we turn to Malawi where drought is severe and hence crop failure an ever present reality. .

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.

Bereavement Course

A 6 week bereavement course begins in the Family Centre Longford on Wednesday 5th March(Ash Wednesday) at 8.00pm. This course is led by 2 trained bereavement facilitators. Feed back from previous courses has been very positive. Booking and further information contact 043-3346827/087-2843034.

Recent Deaths

Tully: The death occurred on February 20th of Michael Tully, Rathcor, Granard, Co. Longford. To his wife Mary Ann, (nee Brady), sons John, Paddy, Michael, Philip, and Paul, daughters Helena, Moira Teresa, Jacinta and Róisín, sisters Rose Hagan and Annie McKenna, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy.

Lennon: Anthony (Tony) Lennon RIP, late of Tooting, London and formerly Kilmahon, Drumlish. Internment of ashes will take place at Kilmahon Cemetery following 2pm Requien Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Drumlish on Wednesday, March 19th.

Farrell: The death took place at Mullingar General Hospital of William Farrell, late of Derawley, Drumlish. To his sons, daughter, brothers, nephews , nieces, relatives and friends, we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy.

Go ndéana Dia Trócaire ar a n-anaim go léir.


Corr: DP Finnegan. E-mail: dominicfinnegan@eircom.net


Granard pitch and putt club are holding a table quiz on this Friday 7th March in Fay’s Pub, Main St., Granard. Table of four is €40. Your support would appreciated..

Social Dancing

On each Tuesday night social dance classes will take in Piker’s Lodge, Loch Gowna at 8p.m. All are welcome. Booking is not necessary.

New arrivals

Congratulations are extended to Micheál and Andria Donohoe, Lucan on the birth of their first child, a boy to be named Senan. Formerly from Larkfield, Micheál is son of proud grandparents, Michael and Maureen Donohoe. We express the same compliments to Pat and Maggie Reilly, Aughnagarron on the birth of their second child, a girl to be called Kayla and welcome sister for James. The overjoyed grandparents on this occasion are Jimmy and Lily Donohoe, Derrycasson and Mattie and Connie Reilly, Aughnagarron. It is with pleasure we can report that all concerned are in excellent health.

Croke Park Draw

Tickets for Croke Park National Draw are on sale in local shops, from players and committee members. At €10 each there are magnificent prizes on offer such as trip to Australia for two for International Rules series, trip for two to Boston, to New York for St. Patrick’s Day 2015 and various ticket packages for All Ireland in both hurling and football. All prizes are organized by Croke Park. Proceeds from sale of tickets go to the club. Please support.

St. Columba’s N.S.

There are information booklets available in Cloonagh Post Office for any parents thinking of enrolling their child in St. Columba’s N.S in September 2014. Parents can obtain an enrolment form by phoning the school on 043-6683020. Alternatively we will be holding an enrolment afternoon on Monday 10th March 2014 from 3p.m to 5p.m when parents are welcome to come and see the school and complete their application forms on the day.

Granard Show

The Annual General Meeting of Granard Agricultural Show society will take place in John V’s Lounge on Thursday 6th March at 9p.m. All members are requested to attend. New members are very welcome.

St. Vincent de Paul

‘’New 2 U’’ shop at Market St. Granard is open every Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00am – 5.00pm. It will also open on the first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am – 5.00pm. Please note change of business hours for winter months.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw on Wednesday, February 26th. The winning numbers were 3, 21, 25, 28 with jackpot of €4,650 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 were won by the following - James Reilly, Aughnagarron; Patsy Kiernan, Toome; Peadar McGovern, Toome; Eugene Matthews, Toome and Marie Matthews, Teffia Park. On sales this week are as follows: Hideaway: Martin Matthews. Keogh’s/Angler’s Rest: David O’Rourke. Kilcogy: James Fitzsimoms & Seamus Corcoran. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.

Ladies Footballers

As part of their fundraising activities the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in local shops or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday’s night main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. Winning number on Saturday 1st March was 23 with no winner.

Dinner Dance

St. Columba’s G.F.C dinner dance and presentation of medals took place in The Piker’s Lodge on Saturday night last. The highlight of the night was the presentation of Leader Cup medals and Under 21 Championship medals by Paddy Reilly, the last survivor of the team that brought the Leader Cup to the parish in 1951. It was great to see Paddy and Annie looking so well. Chairman John Keegan welcomed all present. In his address he spoke of the success for the club this year. With all that was accomplished at underage level for the past few years, the future looks good. Dan McElligott also gave an up to date profile of each player with his humorous monologue. As usual Christina and her staff came up trumps serving a delicious meal. Rhythm & Sticks supplied the music. They certainly know how to entertain and get the folk take to the floor. Young and old enjoyed the occasion immensely.