Ballinamuck Diary

Ballinamuck Diary

St Patrick’s N.S Christmas Nativity: St Patrick’s N.S Christmas Nativity story and carol service takes place in St Patrick’s Church, Wednesday the 10th at 7pm. Everyone welcome.

Children’s Christmas Party: Ballinamuck children’s Christmas party will take place in the ’98 Hall, Ballinamuck on Sunday, the 14th of December from 3pm to 5pm. Santa will arrive in style for the afternoon of fun including disco dancing, face painting and balloon modelling. Parents are asked to accompany their children. Donations optional.

Dromard Childcare

Community Employment Childcare assistants position(s) available in Dromard Child Care Community Group LTD. As this is a labour market activation scheme, priority will be given to candidates in undertaking a career in childcare and participating in childcare training. Contact you local DSP Employment Service/Intreo office to check your eligibility and to apply for this vacancy. Job reference number 898296 will be required. Further information available on 3341511, www.longfordwomenslink.org.

Longford Social Services

The annual church gate collection for county Longford Social Services will be held on Saturday and Sunday the 20th and 21st of December. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Strictly Come Dancing Comes to Drumlish

Preparations are well under way as Gaels Utd FC host the very popular “Strictly Come Dancing” as part of its fundraising drive. The big night takes place on Saturday night, December 27th at Drumlish Community Centre and our couples have been working very hard learning their steps and moves for your entertainment !! There will be a particularly festive feel to the night including a full bar and it promises to be one of the big local highlights over the Christmas period. Tickets will be on sale very shortly and your support would be greatly welcomed. A draw (including a Samsung TV worth €1200) will take place on the night. For any information call Colin 0860761556 or Mel 0872976538.

Community Group

The following event takes place in the Community Centre. Everyone welcome to come along - Yoga – Tue 9th 10.30am; Social Dance Classes Wed 7.30 – 9.30pm. Christmas Flower Demonstration by Village flowers December 17th, 

for further information, contact Breda 087 9181787.

Tidy Towns

Drumlish Tidy Towns are running their Christmas Hamper fundraiser this year again in aid of Village Enhancements. Two very large and valuable hampers are on display in Kiernan’s Centra & Keane’s Costcutters and lines can be got at €2 a pop. We look forward to your support. Major works replacing footpaths is happening at Main Street thanks to Longford Co. Council - this is another box ticked from the Village Plan of 2012. Planning permission has just been obtained to erect our street nameplates for the respective streets/roads which it is hoped will happen early in the new year.  

St. Paul’s Church, Newtownforbes

St. Paul’s Church, Newtownforbes is the venue for an Advent Celebration Concert with Longford County Choir among others on this Wednesday night the 10th of December at 7.30pm. Proceeds are in aid of the St. Paul’s Restoration Fund and St. Christopher’s Longford. 


Longford County Choir present their Christmas Celebration Concert  at St. Mel’s Cathedral Centre on Sunday evening, 21st December at 7pm. Tickets available from any choir member.  

Car boot

Drumlish Village & Area Enhancemennt are gathering for their next Car Boot Sale and would welcome any toys, teddys or re-cyclable seasonal items that you no longer have use for. One person’s waste could be treasure for another - Contact Dympna at 087 397 7799.

Fitness Centre

If you are currently looking for a Fitness Class but don’t know where to start, why don’t you join us here in the Fitness Centre. We run group classes every Monday at 8pm & Wednesday & Friday at 7pm in Monaduff Gym beside the football pitch. Membership/Insurance costs €20 for the year (unbelievable value) and then the cost of the class is €6 per session or we do monthly prices too.  We are looking for members with all fitness types. If you are looking to slim down, tone up or even maintain your physical appearance get in contact with Gabriel at the Following contacts. Phone: 087-2189517      Email: gabrielhiggins@yahoo.ie   Facebook/fitnesscentre

Breath, Stretch and Relax

Yoga classes continue every Thursday night in The Village Inn, Drumlish at 7.30pm. Contact 087-2868254.


Badminton in the Community Centre, Drumlish every Thursday night at 9.00pm. New and previous members welcome.


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

Mock Wedding
Will Shamie be lucky in love?? That is the question on everyone’s lips.  The Mock Wedding of Shamie and Delilah in aid Drumlish Cemetery Limited will take place on Friday, December 12th in the Community Centre, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. The show will be opened by the children of St Mary’s NS and will be closed with a couple of songs from our local chorus line.  We will then move to the Porter House for the Wedding Reception party, food and entertainment provided.  A great night of family entertainment is guaranteed for all, so please join us for the celebration and do not miss out on the most entertaining night of the year.

Warmer Homes Scheme

A reminder to check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page to see if you are eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation before the winter rush sets in. Call 043 3393255 www.lwh.ie Longford Warmer Homes provides free attic insulation, cavity wall insulation and energy advice to elderly and disadvantaged home owners throughout the county that meet certain criteria. Longford Warmer Homes also carries out work for the elderly as part of the Care & Repair Scheme. We are trying to make people throughout Co. Longford aware that this free service is available.

Youth 2000 Retreat

Youth 2000 Ireland are hosting their annual Christmas retreat in Newbridge College, Newbridge Co Kildare from Friday 12th to Sunday the 14th of December. For more information please contact www.youth2000.ie or phone 01 6753690.

Pop up Christmas Craft Shop

St Christopher’s services ‘Pop Up’ Christmas Craft Shop is open in Longford Shopping Centre from the 1st to the 20th of December. Pop in for some great gift ideas.

St Vincent’s GAA

St Vincent’s GAA club annual general meeting will take place on Saturday the 3rd of January 2015 at 8.30pm. New members welcome.

Fr Manning Gaels

Fr Manning Gaels Lotto draw will be held on Monday night the 22nd of December in Gallagher’s Bar, Drumlish. Jackpot is €7,800 with extra prizes for Christmas on the night. Fr Manning Gaels annual general meeting will take place on Friday the 9th of January 2015.