Poetry evening

Poetry evening

There will be a poetry evening celebrating the work of Seamus Heaney and others on Thursday, 26th March at 8.30pm in The Castle Inn, Newtownforbes. Come along and enjoy this evening of poetry and perhaps share your own favourite poem. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.’ 


We are delighted to announce that we expect the first phase of the children’s playground to be put in place in the village in the coming months. The new playground will be located on a site at the front of Corry Park and a plan of the playground is on public display at this location. Funding has been secured from Longford County Council, however, there is a shortfall and the community have to raise €5,000 towards the playground. A Playground committee has been established to progress the project and a fundraising event “A Race Night” has been organised for Saturday night 18th April in Casey’s Lounge, Newtownforbes. Cards are currently in circulation for this event and your support would be greatly appreciated. If you want to help with the cards or if you would like to make a donation please contact any of the committee members Fergal O’Loughlin, Sinead Nolan, Claire Maher, Fiona McGrath, Jimmy Gacquin, Sinead Lynch or Ann Marie McKeon. The playground is a much needed family based facility for children. Whatever your role i.e. as a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent, we earnestly request your support.


Our deepest sympathy is extended to the Beattie family, Lismore on the death of Anna Beattie. May she rest in peace.

First Confession

First Confession will be celebrated on Thursday, 19th March at 7pm for all the children for First Holy Communion.


Athlone Samaritans need additional volunteers to maintain their befriending service. No experience necessary as training provided. If interested please call or text 085 2845010 or email The Samaritans provide twenty four hour emotional support on Free phone 116 123.


We extend our condolences to Michael and Cathy Murphy and family on the death of Peter Murphy, Ballinalee who died recently. May he rest in peace.

Gaelscoil Longfoirt

Gaelscoil Longfoirt, Longford’s All-Irish Primary School now accepting enrolments for all classes for September 2015. Please contact Gaelscoil Longfoirt at 043-3341360 for enrolment forms and any further information. 

O Halleluiah!

This fabulous Leonard Coen piece ‘Halleluiah’ will be performed by the equally fabulous soprano Pearl Kielty at the Mohill based ‘Sweet Spirit Gospel & Country Choir’s concert under the direction of Mohill native Tish Dunleavy. The show will take place in the Hunt Hall, Castle Street, Mohill (opposite Library) on Sunday evening 22nd March 2015 at 8pm. Admission is €10 and includes a hot toddy!

Clonguish GAA

Clonguish GAA Club are holding a 5K Run/Walk on Easter Sunday, 5th April, 2015. Race start time is 12.00 pm with registration between 10.30 am - 11.30 am. Entry fees are €10 per runner, €5 per walker and €5 per Juvenile.

Revision Course

An Honours Irish Leaving Cert Revision Course will take place in Longford town on Tuesday 31st March 10am-4pm. An Bhéaltriail (Oral Irish), Essays, Prose, Poetry and Grammar will be covered and notes provided. For more information and applications please contact Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665 or Trudy Uí Fhearghail 087-6475071

Clonguish Membership

Club Membership is due for 2015, can you please contact John Geelan on 086 3229566 or Dessie Rogers on 087 4167104 if you wish to renew your membership or become a new member of Clonguish GAA.


The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is from May 27th – June 1st (five nights). The cost of the pilgrimage (fully inclusive) is €710. To book a place contact Joe Walsh Tours at (01) 2410812. There are special reductions for invalids. For further information call Fr. Michael Scanlon at 090 6457122.

New Parish Pastoral Council

In the coming weeks a new Parish Pastoral Council will be formed. It’s term will be for four years. It will consist of five men and five women. To start the process of forming the new council, a box will be placed at each door of the church into which people of the parish are invited to put forward the names of people you think would be suitable to serve on such a council. The boxes will remain until Palm Sunday. You may also give the names to any of the outgoing Parish Pastoral Council.

Station Mass

Lent is traditionally the time for the Station Masses along with the month of October. If any home would like to host a Station Mass in their area please contact Fr. McGovern. Station masses can be celebrated up to the end of May.

Yoga Class

Beginner’s yoga at 11am on Tuesdays at the Giving Tree (Wendy Louise Hat Design), Newtownforbes. To book a place contact Maria on 086 8618633.


Classes available at the Giving Tree (Wendy Louise Hat Design),

Newtownforbes.  Monday 8-9pm. Tuesday 8-9pm (men only). To book a place contact Brendan on 087 7681730.