Ballinamuck Tidy Towns

Ballinamuck Tidy Towns

We are holding our annual table quiz on Friday 20th February in Dillons Bar at 9pm. Tables of 4 €40, raffle & refreshments on the night. Please support and bring a friend.

Art Classes

Art Classes continue in the Centre on Wednesday morning 10-12 noon. Come along and join the fun. Please confirm your place by text to 087 9181787 include name and programme of interest.

Social dancing

Social dancing takes place each Wednesday in Centre at 8.30pm. Dances include Waltz Dive, Foxtrot etc, all abilities are welcome. Please confirm your place by text to 087 9181787 include name and programme of interest.

Defibrillator courses

Defibrillator courses will commence within the next few week in Drumlish Community Centre. We are hoping for a good response from the local community, more information next week. Please confirm your place by text to 087 9181787 include name and programme of interest.

Cookery Classes

Cookery Classes continue on 24th in the Centre at 7.30p.m. Please confirm your place by text to 087 9181787 include name and programme of interest.

Bereavement Course

A six week Bereavement Course for adults who have experienced the death of a relative or close friend begins in the Family Centre on Wed. 18th Feb. at 8.00 pm. This course is presented by two trained and experienced facilitators. Contact: 043 3346827 or 087 2843034.

98 Hall Committee

98 Hall Committee meeting on Monday night, 23rd February at 8p.m.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 27th May to 1st June, led by Bishop Francis Duffy. Fully inclusive price €710. Flights from Knock. Booking: Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lr. Baggot St. Dublin 2. Ph. (01) 2410812 or 2410811. See Poster on notice board.

Dates for your Diary

Confirmation in Drumlish/Ballinamuck at 11.00am on 9th May 2015.

First Holy Communion in Drumlish on May 23rd 2015 at 12 noon.

GAA Gaeltacht Scholarship Forms

The 2015 GAA Gaeltacht Scholarship forms are now available for anyone interested in attending the Gaeltacht this year. All applicants must be 13 years or older on 1st January 2015. If interested please contact 0864017301 for the form and any further information.

Golf Lessons for Beginner Ladies

County Longford Ladies Golf Club are getting ready a package of 6 Beginner Lessons starting in early April - if you are interested or know of anyone interested - contact Annette at 086 8141023. A few basics can add immensely to your game, short or long. Membership is not necessary for these lessons - last year’s starters are showing great promise.

Mock Wedding 2

A star studded cast are starting rehearsals for the Easter version of the Mock Wedding which will be staged on Easter Sunday night the 5th of April next. Donations to Drumlish Village & Area Enhancement and St. Christopher’s Services, Battery Road. Longford.

Monster Clean Up

Drumlish Tidy Town’s give notice of their upcoming clean up event, scheduled for Saturday, 7th March next. The route will cover the most littered stretch from Kilnashee to the Fr. Manning Gael Football Grounds at Monaduff.  Gloves, hi viz vests, bags and litter picks will be supplied - All parish organisations, residents, and business interests along the route are invited to lend a hand for a couple of hours.

St. Mary’s N.S. Enrolment

Enrolment forms for the Junior Infants Class of September 2015 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

Cemetery AGM
Our AGM has been re-scheduled to Wednesday, 18th February at 8pm in the Community Centre, members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend. If there are no members of the public/parish present then we cannot hold our AGM and will have to re-schedule again. Thanking you for your support to date.


We congratulate Dean Peter Mulleady, son of proud parents Damien and Fiona, Cloonaugh on his baptism recently.

Ballinamuck National School Enrolment

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2015 will commence on Monday, 23rd February to Friday, 27th March at St Patrick’s National School, Ballinamuck. Enrolment forms can be obtained from the school.

Congratulations Enda

A huge congratulations to Enda Keenan, formally of Drumlish who was inducted into the hall of fame at the recent Longford GAA Club of New York annual dinner dance. On behalf of your family and friends, we congratulate you on this achievement.

Ballinamuck native becomes the first lady

Ballinamuck native, Rosemarie L Mellody will proudly stride into the history books next month when she becomes the first lady in eighty years to be the Grand Marshal of the Newark St Patrick’s Day Parade in New Jersey. Rosemarie is one of five children of the late Francis P and Josephine Lennon, Creelaughter. We join her brothers are Michael, Fr Pat & the late Frank Lennon and her sister, Bridie Reilly, Kiltycreveagh, Ballinamuck along with her extend family and friends in wishing her the best of luck.

Help needed

Conor Ward, a fiddle player from Annaduff, Co. Leitrim is currently undertaking a research thesis on “The fiddle tradition of Thomas ‘Blind’ Kiernan in north Longford from c.1800-1975’. Kiernan (1807-87) was a fiddle master from Cartron, Drumlish and he taught music all over north Longford. Central to this study are a number of fiddle music manuscripts that have been discovered in the region written by Kiernan and successive generations of his students. Most recently a significant manuscript collection was discovered relating to fiddle players from Gaigue, Ballinamuck which were written around the period 1850-1910. Based on this discovery Conor is appealing to anyone in the parish that may also have music manuscripts relating to their ancestors to contact him. In addition if anyone has any information on fiddle players or locations of where music was played in the region he would be grateful to hear from you. His contacts details are 0877795879 andconorward9158@gmail.com”

Drama Festival

Ballinamore Drama Festival takes place in the Community Centre, Ballinamore from Sunday, March 8th. We have a great line up of plays, with groups travelling from Cavan, Tyrone, Wexford, Sligo, Dublin, Donegal and Kildare to perform, plus the Corn Mill Theatre Group from Carrigallen. It’s a great week of culture, drama and an even better social occasion in the town. Come along any night or every night and support this community week of entertainment.

Arthritis Longford Branch
We are running the following courses which are adapted exercises suitable for people with arthritis or other limitations: Chair Yoga “Chair Yoga” New course, Wednesday, 25th February at 11am in the Family Centre, Longford. 6 sessions for €50. Contact Mary at 087-1404200 or 043-667506. Walking/strolling group every Thursday at 11am, meet at the Mall Complex, Longford Town. Aquafit every Tuesday at 11:30am and Wednesday at 8pm in the Longford Arms Leisure Centre.

Killeen Dramatic Society

Killeen Dramatic Society presents “The Real McCoy” a three act comedy by Tommy Marren in The Community Centre, Granard on Thursday and Friday 26th and 27th of February and again on Monday, 2nd March. Curtain up at 8.30pm.

St. Vincents GAA

With a busy new season on the horizon the club is currently seeking new

coaches/trainers/mentors for all age groups from U6 right up to U18. All that’s needed is enthusiasm and a desire to be part of a vibrant and dynamic club catering for large numbers of young people in the Drumlish/Ballinamuck area. Even if you have limited or no experience of Gaelic football you can still get involved as coaching courses will be provided over the coming months. Anyone interested can contact Colin Crowe on 086 0761556 or any committee member.


St Vincent’s GAA bingo takes place on Sunday, March 22nd at 3pm in the 98 Hall, Ballinamuck. All welcome to attend. More information next week.


The death has occurred of Anne McCan, (nee Suillivan), Aughnamaddo, Drumlish, County Longford and formerly of Brooklyn, New York, Saturday 7th February 2015, peacefully at her home. Predeceased by her brothers Dan and J.J.. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Mike, family Maureen, Sheila and Michael, sons-in-law Frankie and Paul, grandchildren Amy and Katie, sisters Mary and Peggy, brothers -in-law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, good neighbours and friends and her faithful dog Rocky.

Special birthday boy

A very happy birthday to Barney Gorman, Fardroman, Ballinamuck who celebrated a very special birthday recently.