On this Saturday, 23rd August at St. Columba’s Church a church gate collection in aid of Longford Centre for Independent Living will take place. ( Longford CIL) provides a Personal Assistant service in County Longford enabling people with physical and sensory disabilities to live meaningful and fulfilled lives within their community and society as a whole. All proceeds from fundraising goes directly to Longford CIL services within Co. Longford. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.

Diocesan Pilgrimage To Knock

Bishop Francis Duffy will lead the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday, 7th September. Bus departs from Gowna at 9.45a.m. Mullinalaghta at 10.00p.m and Granard at 10.15a.m. Proceedings will get underway with confessions at 12.30p.m. Anointing of the sick will take place at 2.30pm. Mass with blessing of the sick will be celebrated at 3.00p.m. For the benefit of anyone wishing to travel by bus tickets are on sale at Cloonagh P.O at €16 each.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw on Thursday, 14th August. The winning numbers were 12, 13, 18, 28. with the jackpot of €5,800 remaining intact. The following received consolation prizes of €20 each. Joe Lynch, Ballinulty. Colette Langan, Mullinroe. Martin Reilly, Toome. Pat Reilly, Aughnagarron and Darragh Lee, Leitrim. On sales for this week are as follows. Hideaway: James Mooney. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Frankie & Finbar. If unable to sell please arrange a substitute and drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30p.m on Monday evening.

Ladies Footballers

As part of their fundraising activities, the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in the local post office or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday’s night main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. The winning number on Saturday 16th August was 37 with Bridget Beglan earning herself €20.

5km/1Okm Run

St. Columba’s GFC in conjunction with Longford Hospice will hold a 5km/ 10km run through Derrycassin Wood on Saturday 30th August at 12 noon. Accurate course / chip timing will be an option for those wishing to avail of it. At the start of the race a chip is attached to your arm and your time is recorded. Chip entry fee is €15 and €10 for fun walkers. Registration will take place at entrance to the ‘’Laurels’’ beside Derrycassin Wood from 10.30a.m. Alternatively one can enter online at Refreshments will be served afterwards. Support would be very much appreciated. Please inform family and friends away from the area. There will be prizes for Males, Females and Veterans.