First Friday

First Friday

Next Friday is the First Friday. The sick and housebound will be attended. If there are people in the parish who are not presently attended, but wish to be attended, please contact Fr. Ber or Fr. Patsy.

Tidy Town’s

Thanks all who turned out bright and early on Saturday morning last. The litter pick will continue every Saturday from now till October -  We invite extra help  for  Saturday 12th April do a clean up around the village which will include washing / cleaning  signage, water pumps, litter bins to make them ready for a paint touch up. A litter pick will also be done on the day and the kerbs swept out and made ready for a mechanical street clean. Again the bulk of this could be achieved in a morning with a start time of  9.00a.m. Bring your rubber gloves and  hi -viz vests.  Meet opp. the Post Office in Drumlish.

County Choir

Longford County Choir will be in concert at St. Mary’s Church, Drumlish on Sunday 4th  May next (Bank Holiday weekend). This fundraiser is for Heritage projects within the village - Tickets are available locally at the Post Office, Centra & Costcutters.

Golf lessons

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

Art and Model Making

Drumlish/Ballinamuck Community Games, Art and Model Making Competition will take place on Sunday, 6th April from 3p.m. to 5p.m. in the ’98 Hall, Ballinamuck. All entries must be based on a Community Games Theme or Activity. Each child needs to know their date of birth, so they can be placed in the correct age category. The age categories are as follows:- Art competition – ages range from U-8 to U-16, Model Making Competition – Ages range from U-10 – U-16. Paper will be provided. Please make sure that your child brings all other materials i.e. Colouring pencils/markers, Plasticine or Clay for Model Making, etc. Entry Fee €3.

Ballinamuck Enhancement

Meeting Thursday 3rd April next in the meeting room in the Hall. Hope to see everyone there. 

Ballinamuck Bingo

Continues this Tuesday and every Tuesday at 8.30pm. Prize fund €1300 and raffle each night, all are welcome to come along and play. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Please note our new summer start time of 8.30pm.


A meeting of Ballinamuck community enterprise will take place on Wednesday 2nd at 9pm, all members are asked to attend.


St Helen’s

All girls interested in playing with the Club for the coming year, are asked to register asap as the deadline for registration is approaching. Unregistered players cannot take part in any club activities. Under 18s €10.00, over 18s €20. Please contact club registrar Breda for further information on 087-9181787.


Congratulations to Gráinne Kelleher, daughter of Billy and Kathleen, Drumlish Hill and Peter Dolan, son of Michael and Geraldine, Ballinamore, and Mill Race Park, Drumlish who recently got engaged in Sydney. We join their families and friends in wishing Gráinne and Peter every blessing and happiness in the future.

Vigil in Mohill

The monthly vigil will take place next Friday, 4th April. Mass will be held in St. Patrick’s Church at 8pm. The vigil will then continue in St. Ann’s Convent. Mass will be offered again at 12 midnight in St. Ann’s. Everyone welcome.


Paul McCormack, Ken Kerrigan, Donal Madden and Martin McGee (Jun), will cycle doing the “Tour De West” on 10th /11th May from Ballymahon to Sligo and back - a distance of 250 kilometres in aid of Cancer Research. We join their families and friends in wishing them well in their endeavours. 

Sponsorship is needed for this charity run. Cards available from the cyclists.

Anyone interested in participating in this cycle should contact Donal Madden on 043-3324102 for training details.

ICA Guild members honoured

On Thursday, March 20th, a Gala Dinner and celebrations of long standing service to ICA members of 20, 30, 40 and 50 years membership took place, in Newcastle House, Ballymahon. ICA National Predident, Liz Wall was present to present the certificates. All guilds from Longford were represented, and a great night was had by all present. We congratulate four of our guild members who received certificates. Betty Creegan and Patrica Lennon for 20 years plus, Tess Murphy for 30 years plus and Peggy Cassidy for 50 years plus. We thank them for their years of dedication to the guild.

60th Longford-Dublin Association Annual Dinner 

Takes place in the Red Cow Moran’s hotel on Saturday, April 12th, commencing at 8pm. Award recipients are Drumlish native, Liam Caldwell, and Tom Gilligan, a native of Abbeylara. Music is by country star, Mick Flavin, and his band. Patrons may overnight in the hotel at a special price of 89 euro per couple, which includes breakfast. To reserve rooms ring the Red Cow hotel at 01-4593650 and to obtain the special rate just mention the Longford Association. Tickets at a reduced price of 45 euro can be ordered from Danny Donohoe at 086 2404295, or any committee member listed on www.longfordassociationdublin.ie

Graves for sale
We wish to remind you that graves are available for sale at the reduced rate of €700 for a three grave family plot, €470 for a two grave family plot and €235 for a single grave until 1st July 2014.  After 1st July, graves will revert to the standard prices of €900, €600 and €300.  If you are interested in buying a grave or would like any further information please contact Brendan Daly on 087 7717886, Seamus Mimnagh 086 8622298 or any committee member.


Information Stand Longford Shopping Centre

‘Work4You’ set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and would like assistance and guidance in returning to work, training or education. It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury and in receipt of a payment from the Dept. of Social Protection. If you are interested in the service or would like more information, Work4You are holding a Pop-Up Information Stand in Longford Shopping Centre on Wednesday 2nd April 2014 between 9am – 11am. All are welcome. For further information please call 044 933 8773.


The annual general meeting of the Guild will take place on Monday, April 7th at 8.30pm in the Visitors Centre, Ballinamuck. Guest Speaker, Hilary O’Brien, Homeopathy, will attend and speak to members. All present members are asked to attend. New members are always welcome to join the guild.


Dancing classes with Eamonn Cunniss, continue on Sunday evenings in the ‘98 Hall. Please note change of time from 8pm – 10pm.

Mission Visitation

Fr. Joe Rabbitt, St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan will speak at all Masses on the weekend of 5th/6th April.


Leah Naomi Flood, daughter of Stephen and Sheree, The Meadows was baptised and welcomed into the Faith family of the parish last weekend. Congratulations also to her parents.

Rural Transport

County Longford Rural Transport “door to door” services in your area have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town or village. To maintain the Local Service in your area including ”link” services, more service users are required and All Age Groups are very welcome to travel. If we “Don’t Use It” – we lose it”. Fares are €3 Single and €5 return. Free Travel Pass users travel FREE. Enquiries to Seamus at 043-3345555. Provider Mary Keane 043-3324204.

Spring Stations

Station for Breanrisk 28th March in John and Una Conlon’s at 8.30pm. It is our call as Christians to enable the faith to grow and develop and what better means than by having the station in your area. What’s happening in your station area this Spring? Don’t miss this opportunity and special blessing.

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.

Recent wedding

Congratulations to Martina Curwin and John Whearty, Sliabh Cairbe who were married recently in St. Mary’s Drumlish. We join their families and friends in wishing Martina and John every blessing and happiness in the future. More details later.

Recent death

Devlin: The death occurred recently of Patrick (Paddy) Devlin, Annaly Park, Longford. To his wife Pauline, daughters Sandra (Hawkins) and Sharon, son Paul, sisters Margaret, Ann, Kathleen and Teresa, brothers Owen, Joe, Sean, and Seamus, son-in-law Martin, daughter-in-law Carol, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends, we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy.