Irish Dancing

Irish Dancing

Traditional Irish Dancing classes take place every Friday evening in the Community Centre, Drumlish at 4pm, under the tuition of Marian Kiernan A.D.C.R.N. All levels and ages catered for. Newcomers very welcome. Enquiries to Marian on 086-8478209.

Set Dancing Classes

Set Dancing classes return to the Welcome Inn, Cornageeha, starting on Tuesday night, 7th October at 9pm. All welcome.


Ballinamuck Bingo continues every Tuesday at. 8.30pm, prize fund on the night €1300. Fun for all ages.

Talent Contest CU factor

Have you got the Cu factor, if yes you could be on your way to winning the top prizes of up to €1000 courtesy of Midlands Credit unions. Ten to nineteen year olds in Arva, Moyne, Ballinamuck, Drumlish and Colmcille area are being invited to share their talents as part of a new talent competition in the area organised by North Longford & Arva credit union. The talent show is open to all dancers, singers, bands, jugglers, lion tamers, etc. The top two acts will go forward to represent North Longford & Arva Credit Union in the regional final on Saturday the 18th October in the theatre in Ballinasloe with prizes of up to €1000. The winners and runner up in the Regional final will take part in the All Ireland Final on the 1st of November in Drogheda. The competition is designed to showcase the Talents of the youth in the area. We have some very talented musicians, singers, and dancers and the CU factor gives those individuals the opportunity to showcase their talents on the local stage. I would encourage the youth of Arva, Moyne, Drumlish, Ballinamuck, Colmcille to get involved this year, Anyone interested in taking part in Cu factor should contact any of our offices. The application form is available at the counter in any of the offices of North Longford & Arva credit union. The closing date for receipt of applications is 08th October 2014. The competition is scheduled to take place on 10th October 2014 in the 98 Hall, Ballinamuck from 7pm to 9pm. For more details contact the office in Arva on 0494335777.

Please note the date change to the 10th October and also the age group is 10 to 19 years old.


Drumlish Tidy Town’s AGM gives notice of its upcoming annual general meeting on Thursday, 9th October at 7.30pm in the Community Centre. All welcome!

Get well

Get well wishes to a number of people in the Parish who have just returned from hospital but who would prefer not to be named. We are thinking of you all and hope you make full and speedy recoveries to health.

Protest March

As you may have seen or heard through the media over the past number of weeks, St Christopher’s Services is facing a very severe cash crisis presently and finding it very difficult to get any meaningful engagement with the Health Service Executive. In order to highlight the issues involved our families, parents and staff in conjunction with Longford Unite have organised a “Protest March” on Friday next, October 3rd at 1.15pm from St Christopher’s on the Battery Road to the Market Square. We hope to enlist the support of every organisation in County Longford for the Protest March and to that end we are asking any club members or anyone who is free for about 45 minutes to lend their support by joining in the March. Thank you.


Are you or anyone close to you experiencing bullying at school, in the workplace or any other environment. If so please come to our NABC (National Anti Bullying Coalition) self-help Open evening in The Family Centre, Longford (behind the Cathedral) on Thursday October 2nd at 8pm. Further information from Mary Lillis on 087 – 9625890 or visit www.NABC.ie


Drumlish Dragons basketball club would like to thank everyone for their kind support at our recent table quiz. Thanks to everyone who attended, donated money and sponsored prizes. Special thanks to Paddy Howe and Derek O’Neill for their help on the night. Gerry Donohoe for the questions and Thomas for the use of the Village Inn. All money raised will be going towards the new scoreboard.


A meeting of Ballinamuck Enterprise will take place on Wednesday, 1st October in the visitor centre at 8.30pm, all members please attend .

Tidy Towns

Drumlish Tidy Towns has enjoyed another very successful year in the national Tidy Towns Competition, retaining their top spot in Category “B” (villages under 1000 population) in Co. Longford. The judges’ report was very positive and lists many projects, buildings, and businesses, that caught their eye as well as one or two that need a lift. The success is attributable to the committed volunteers, the RSS and TÚS workers who contribute to the bigger work projects and to all those who helped in myriads of ways- fundraising, and looking out for and after our projects and joining in the big Clean-Ups.

’98 Hall meeting

There will be a meeting of the’98 Hall committee on Wednesday, 15th October at 8.30pm. All members please attend.


The wedding took place between Emma, only daughter of Seán and Irene McNally, Cartron, Drumlish and Ciarán Duffy, son of Matt and Mary, Fearglass, Drumlish. We join their families and friends in wishing Emma and Ciarán every blessing and happiness in the future.

Good luck

Good luck to St. Helen’s Ladies football team who play Kilmacud ladies in the Leinster Intermediate Championship on Sunday next in Dublin.

Linda captained New York

Commiserations to Linda McKeon, daughter of Pat and Josephine Cloonaugh, Drumlish who captained the ladies New York team which were narrowly defeated by Wexford in the Junior All Ireland Ladies Final in Croke Park on Sunday last. Hope you get a chance to visit Drumlish and spend a few days with your family, Linda.

Month of the Rosary

October has been traditionally known as the month of the Rosary. Have you got a Rosary Beads or a Rosary Ring in your home.?

Tidy Towns
We are very pleased with our results, an increase of 16 points! We were also very happy to learn that we were given an endeavour award for our hard work! A successful year all round! Thanks to everyone who has helped out during the year and keep an eye out for details on our plans for the coming year. Copies of the full Tidy Town report are in Gala for anyone who would like one.

We are pleased to announce that Our friends at Ballinamuck Olde Fair Day included us in their donations this year. We are very grateful as this allowed us to clear our credit union loan, we are now debt free! Many thanks again to Ballinamuck Olde Fair Day, North Longford & Arva Credit Union & the local community for their help throughout. Thank you.

Free Training

Healthy food made easy is a six week programme taking place in Drumlish Community Centre starting in mid October. A dietician will attend during the programme for health and nutrition advice. A morning and evening programme is available depending on demand. Please contact drumlishse@gmail.com or 087-9181787 to state your preference.


Sincere thanks to my daughter Aine for sending the local notes to the Longford Leader over the past two weeks in my absence. Job well done Áine.!


Some weeks ago while listing the Baptisms in St. Mary’s Church, Drumlish, the son of Stephen and Genevieve McDermott was listed as Dean. That should have read Seán. Apologies for this typing error.

Recent Deaths

Holmes: The death took place of Fr. Sam Holmes, former parish priest of Cloone & Aughavas whose funeral took place over a week ago. May he rest in Peace.

Flynn: The death took place on September 11th, peacefully at Autumn Lodge Care Centre, Dublin Rd. Longford of Brendan Flynn, Clooneen, Bornacoola, Co. Longford. To his brothers JJ. (Mullingar), Gene (Sligo), Seamus, (Lanesboro) and Liam, Marcella and family (Creenagh), sisters Jeanette Forde, Mullingar and Maura Sheridan, (Granard), brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relations and friends, we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anaim dílís.