Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday for the Parish takes place on Sunday next, June 15th. Blessing of the graves takes place after Masses .


Collections for the maintenance of the cemeteries – Kilmahon, Ballinamuck and Drumlish will take place on Saturday, 14th and Sunday, 15th next at all Masses in the Parish. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Community Games Sports Day

The Drumlish Ballinamuck Community Games Sports Day took place on Sunday 1st June. We would like to thank Fr. Manning Gaels for the use of their grounds, for marking out the field and ensuring it was in great condition. We would also like to thank all those who helped organise this event, those set out equipment, collected entrance fees, ran the refreshment stand, supervised the bouncing castle, the organisers and helpers of all the races and events which were ran very efficiently. There was great enthusiasm shown by all the participants and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support. The results are as follows: Toddlers Race Boys: (1)Ashley Weafer, (2) Conor Garvey, (3) Corey Maher. Toddlers Race Girls: (1) Georgia Murphy, (2) Darajen Mc Cormack, (3) Aoife Murphy. U8 60m Boys: (1) Jared Weafer, (2) Liam Culliney, (3) Ashley Weafer, U8 60m Girls: (1) Jodie Robinson, (2) Anna Leigh Murphy, (3) Ava Gorman. U8 80m Boys: (1) Jared Weafer, (2) Liam Culliney, (3) Oisin Conboy. U8 80m Girls: 1 Jodie Robinson, (2) Charlotte Mulleady, (3) Dervela Walsh. U10 100m Girls: (1) Ciara Culliney, (2) Alyssa McErlane, (3) Amylee Gill. U10 100m Boys: (1) Aaron Brady, (2) Kaleum Gill, (3) Eoin Curwin. U10 200m Boys: (1) Aaron Brady, (2) Kaleum Gill, (3) Nathan Maher. U10 200m Girls: (1) Ciara Culliney, (2) Jody Robinson, (3) Alyssa McErlane. U12 100m Boys: (1) Jake Devlin,  (2) Gerard Mc Kennan, (3) Eoin Garvey. U12 100m Girls: (1) Casey Robinson, (2) Michelle Hughes, (3) Aoife Donnelly.  U12 600m Boys: (1) Jake Devlin,  (2) Cathal Curwin, (3) David Mc Kenna. U12 600m Girls: (1) Michelle Hughes, (2) Ciara McKeon, (3) Aoife Donnelly.  U14 100m Boys: (1) Ciaran Gorman, (2) Cathal Culliney, (3) Michael Mc Kenna; U14 100m Girls: (1) Niamh Gallagher, (2) Ciara Dillon, (3) Casey Robinson. U10 Girls Hurdles: (1) Ciara Culliney, (2) Alyssa McElaine, (3) Jodie Robinson. U10 Boys Hurdles: (1) Aaron Brady, (2) Kaleum Gill, (3) Christopher Crowe. U14 80m Hurdles Boys: (1) Cian Cassidy, (2) Cathal Culliney, (3) Shane Hagan. U14 80m Hurdles Girls:  (1) Niamh Gallagher, (2) Ciara Dillon, (3) Michelle Hughes. U14 800m Boys:  (1) Cathal Culliney/Shane Hagan. Mothers Race:(1) Katherine Weafer,  (2) Grainne McNamee, (3) Marie McKeon. Fathers Race: Philip Weafer, (2) Seamus Gallagher/Martin Devlin (3) James Conboy. Well done to all the participants. All the Gold Medal winners are through to Co Longford Community Games Athletics County Final which will take place on Sunday, the 22nd of June in Leo Casey Park, Ballymahon. We wish all the finalists every success.

Mulligan Sisters in Concert

The Mulligan Sisters will be in Concert in St. John’s Church, Battery Rd. Longford on June 14th at 8pm. Tickets available at Farrell-Coy, Denniston’s, Hair Square or online at entertainment.ie/tickets.

Junior School Warden Competition

The regional Final of the Junior School Warden competition will be held in St. Mary’s NS, Drumlish on Wednesday at 11am. It is a great privilege for the school to host this Final and all concerned deserve our praise and support. Congratulations and best wishes to all concerned.


 An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place from Monday 7th July to Friday 11th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt.  The course will take place from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day and will cater for students from Second Class to First Year.  Further information and applications forms available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665.

Credit Union

North Longford & Arva Credit Union is running a car loan promotion for the months of June & July. Get your car loan at a rate of 6%. For more details contact any of our offices


Our thoughts and prayers are with all the students sitting for the Junior and Leaving Cert at this time. We sincerely hope all is going well for you.


The National Brown Bread competition sponsored by Aldi Stores, Ireland with an overall prize of €7,000 is currently on offer. The judging for Longford entrants for this competition will be held in Kenagh Community Centre on Monday, June 16th at 7pm. This competition is open to everyone, non members of ICA will have to pay €20 entry fee. Each competitor will produce a home baked cake using not less than 10oz of wholemeal and not more than 6oz of white flour. Competitors can use any ingredients they please provided they keep the above proportion of wholemeal to white flour. A 2lb loaf tin or round tin can be used. Don’t forget Bingo this Tuesday and every Tuesday in the 98 Hall, Ballinamuck at 8.30pm. €1300.00 in prize fund, see you there !

Tidy Towns  

Judging season is here which means the judge(s) could be visiting the village anytime from now for the next 5 weeks. Please remove any litter that you see, even if not yours, we are trying to have the place in pristine condition for the adjudicator’s visit, so everyone can play a part. The group will meet on Saturdays at 9am. The annual church gate collection takes place  Saturday and Sunday, 21 & 22nd June. We are also delighted to announce that the village streets will be name plated before the Autumn - and this is being part funded by Longford County Council.

Monaduff Social Club

The Outing/Day trip will take place on Wednesday, 18th June. People who are travelling on the outing, hope you all have a wonderful day. Enjoy!

Pretty wedding

The wedding took place in St. Mary’s Church, Drumlish on Saturday last of Grace Quinn, daughter of Brigid and Johnny, Greagh, Drumlish and Seamus McEvoy, son of Rita and Brendan McEvoy, Lislea, Ballinalee. The bride was given away by her father Johnny. She was attended by sister, Louise Quinn and Michelle Brady as bridesmaids. The groom was attended by Gerard McEvoy – brother of groom and Paul Bohan as groomsman. The flowergirls were Kiera and Lauren McGrath and page boy was Kian Johnston. The Nuptial Mass was concelebrated by Rev Bernard Hogan PP Drumlish/Ballinamuck and Fr. Pete Beglan, retired PP of Ballinalee. The Readings were read by Sinead Heneghan and Breda McEvoy. Prayers of the Faithful were read by Eimear Kellegher, Sheila McEvoy, Deirdre Slevin, Francis McEvoy, Aisling Kellegher and Rory McEvoy. Brigid Quinn and Rita McEvoy, mothers of the Bride and groom brought the Offertory gifts to the altar. The Communion reflection was read by Darren Quinn brother of the bride. Music for the occasion was performed by Jenny McCabe. The reception, attended by a large circle of family, relatives, neighbours and friends was held in The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon. Music by Nite Fever and The Aftermath. We join their families and friends in wishing Grace and Seamus every blessing, good health and happiness in their married life.

Mary meets Kenny Clan

Mary Kenny-Cronin, Brucklagh, Drumlish travelled to San Francisco USA recently for the gathering of the Kenny Clan on May 10th in Ogden Salt Lake City. While there she met in excess of 60 cousins she didn’t realise she had from San Francisco, Colerado, and Washington. Timothy Kenny, Patrick, Terence and John Kenny all from Brooklagh and now deceased, all went to Salt Lake City over 100 years ago to work on the railway there. Mary was the first member of the Kenny family to visit there in 90 years. Caitlin – her cousin was a county councillor for Ogden and made a speech at the opening ceremony. While in Ogden Salt Lake City, Mary also met Michael Kenny - Brigadier in the Marines, Patrick – a helicopter fire fighter and Timothy is chief CEO of Freddie Max in Washington. She visited the graveyard where her late father’s cousins lived – one a judge and one a monsignor. The gathering of the Kennys took place in the family house in Ogden and Mary stayed there overnight which was quite a nostalgic undertaking. The meal was provided by local caterers. . Mary said: “I will never forget the trip – it was absolutely amazing and so very enjoyable”. Glad to hear the trip was so exciting for you Mary and so enjoyable. It was well deserved. Mary is the mother of the Cronin brothers of The Aftermath fame.

Calvary Cross

Now that the new extension to the Cemetery has been completed, wouldn’t it be nice to have a special Cross reflecting Calvary and the hope of resurrection there. If there is any parishioner or family who would like to donate or finance a Calvary Cross and scene to complete the beautiful work done. The cost of such would be something similar to the cost of erecting a headstone. It’s a big ask in difficult financial times, but it’s a worthwhile investment. Thank you.

Ballinamuck Essert Twinning

Following an exciting, fun-filled and educational exchange in France last year, it is now Ballinamuck’s turn to welcome and host the return visit of their French Twinning Partners in July this year. If you and/or your children would like to be involved in any way please contact the Chairperson Paddy Howe (087-9613312). The group will consist of seven girls and six boys ages between thirteen and seventeen, three eighteen year olds and thirteen adults.

There is already an exciting programme of activities planned including camping in Outdoor Discovery, Ballymahon, trips to Lough Key and Tayto Park as well as games, arts and craft activities all designed to build friendships and shared knowledge of our cultures. There have been approximately twenty exchange visits with participation in French musical events like this year’s Celtic Festival in addition to the yearly exchanges. The young people of Ballinamuck have gained hugely in their social and educational development as a result of these exchanges. The young people have gained in confidence from living with host families, made friends and often gone on to study French at third level. All of this activity is underpinned by very active twinning committees in Essert and Ballinamuck. Committee members fund raise through the local Lotto, bag packing, church gate, pub quizzes etc. If you would like to be involved in any way please contact the Chairperson Paddy Howe (0879613312).

Host families needed

Host families are needed for Spanish students attending a summer camp in Moyne CS, for 3 weeks in July.  Payment for the 3 weeks is €550 and anyone can participate.  For more information, contact Maeve on  085 8391939 or moynesummercamp2014@gmail.com.

Dromard Child Care

Dromard Childcare Community Group Limited will run Summer Camps on the following weeks:- Wk1: June 30th to 4th July. (7th July – 11thJuly – No camp due to Cúl Camps in Dromard) Wk 2: 14th - 18th July Wj 3: 21st July – 25th July. Camps cater for ages 4 to 8 years. Activities include a wide range of outdoor activities – weather permitting, Arts & Crafts, Baking, Fun & Games. Children should bring a packed lunch &drink daily. Camps will run from 9.320 to 1pm daily. Cost 30 euro per week. (Family discount will apply).

Planning to get married

There are still some places available on the Longford ACCORD Pre-marriage Courses for 12th and 13th June 2014. There will be no marriage courses in July and August. For further information contact ACCORD Longford on 043 3347222 or book on-line www.accord.ie

Counselling Service

Accord also provides a professional marriage and relationship counselling service for couples, experiencing difficulties in their marriage and relationships. ACCORD provides a safe place to explore relationship difficulties in a confidential, respectful and non-judgemental setting. Contact ACCORD Longford on 043 3347222.


The death has occurred of Peter Dillon, Ballinamuck. Predeceased by wife Annie, he died peacefully at his residence in the loving and devoted care of his daughter in law Margaret, son Peter and family. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing family, sons Des, Peter, Paul and Declan, brother Michael, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends, to whom we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anaim dílís.