Congratulations to the following couples who have announced their engagements - Catriona Gorman, Breaney and Dale Watkins, Carlow; Michelle Victory, Ballinruddy and Paul Linnane, Cork; Hugh Quaine, Aughnasilla and Emma Heneghan, Longford. Wishing them every happiness in the future.


A meeting of committee members of the Senior Citizens takes place in Paschal’s Pub on Wednesday, 7th January at 8 pm. New members very welcome


We are back on Tuesday night next, 6th January for a practice at 7.45pm and on Thursday night at the usual time 8pm. Well done to Josie Hogan who won the bonus prize last week and Laddie Keenan who won on Saturday night. Our first competition for the new Year is on Wednesday 14th when our B team travel to Castlepollard and on Thursday 15th our A team play Mullingar in Ardagh. We wish all our players a Happy New Year.

New Year with Creative Ardagh

Wednesdays French Leaving Cert Grind Club 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Starting on 14th January. Practice for your orals and prepare for your written exams with a qualified, experienced teacher/examiner in a group session. €80 for 6 classes €20 drop in. Susan Eades, M.A., H.Dip Ed, SEC oral examiner. Adult Group French Conversation Sessions start on 14th January at 8pm. French conversation on current affairs, Grammar catch-up, French for holidays.
€80 for 6 wks or €20 pw drop in. Thursdays - Toddler Creativity continues from 11am to 12 pm.  €5 per child. Free tea/coffee for accompanying adult.

Elements of Art classes continue from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. €5 per person. Drop in and join in or follow us on

Fridays - Spanish Leaving Cert Grind Club recommences 16th January, 6.30pm to 8pm. €80 for six class block or €20 for each drop in session. New members always welcome. Keep an eye out for Community Games Model making classes starting soon and don’t forget you can book your own group session, school tour or birthday party with us! For more information contact Ann or Annette on or 0863027602.

ICA Meeting

The next meeting of the Ardagh ICA Guild will take place on Tuesday 13th January at 7.30pm in the Heritage Centre. New members of all ages welcome. Those considering joining are welcome to attend 2 meetings before they take out membership.  Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wishing you all good health and happiness for 2015. Hope to see you all on the 13th.

Community Games

10 mile & 5K Race: The 3rd annual Ardagh Challenge and 5K Family Fun Run was a great success! The results are as follows: 10 mile race 1st place Peter Mooney 56:58, 2nd Michael Boyle 58:14 and 3rd Maurice Looby 59:00. Isobel Oakes was the 1st Woman in at 1:06:29, 2nd Aine O’Reilly 1:09:40 and 3rd was Victoria Nicholson with a time of 1:09:52. 5K race 1st place Shane Hughes 16:34, 2nd Barry Sheil 17:20, and 3rd Donal Mulligan 17:25. The 1st Woman was Michelle Mulvey 21:25, 2nd Laura English 22:50 and 3rd was Eilis McLoughlin 22:53. The U16 winners were Brendan Finnan 23:21, Malachy O’Brien 23:29 and 3rd Cathal Farrell 24:33. There was a huge turnout with a total of nearly 250 people taking part, 119 running the 10 mile race. A HUGE thank you to everyone that supported the race and helped make the day- bringing food, making soup and sandwiches, volunteering for the numerous jobs parking, road stewards, kitchen help, DJ and the organising committee. The funds raised go towards providing Ardagh\Moydow\Glen Community Games for all the children in the parish throughout the year. Model Making: AMG Community Games is offering 4 sessions of model making in January to any children interested in entering this event. It was very popular last year and 3 children from our area made it all the way to the National Finals with their very creative creations. The sessions cost 3 euro per child, Monday and\or Wednesdays 5-7pm and will be run through the Ardagh Heritage & Creativity Centre. Please contact Eamon or Leslie ASAP if your child is interested. Art Competititon: Thanks to all the children who took part in the Annual Art competition held just before Christmas. Every picture is so colourful that it will be hard job for the judges to choose. Results will be announced next week.