Tidy Towns

Tidy Towns

Great efforts are being made in the village of Drumlish as it prepares itself for the upcoming National Tidy Town’s and Pride of Place competitions. We look forward to seeing that great symbol of community, our Community Centre get a ‘face lift’ over the next while. Great too, to see several painting jobs started in the village core and ‘pride’ is palpable. A special effort is required and any ideas and or help can be discussed with the enhancement committee. 


Ballinamuck Bingo continues this Tuesday and every Tuesday at 8.30 sharp. Prize fund on the night €1300. All welcome!

Bernie’s on the Run

We would like to wish Bernie Collum the very best of luck as she takes part in the women’s mini marathon on June 1st. Bernie is running for the CRY charity (Cardiac Risk in the Young). This wonderful charity offers support and screening to families and patients affected by sudden adult death syndrome. They also raise public awareness about this silent killer. Anyone wishing to sponsor this worthy cause and wonderful woman can do so as sponsorship cards are available in local shops or directly from Bernie.

Community Games
Congratulations to all the local children who took part in the County swimming finals recently. Ciara and Lauren Murphy both won fourth place in their Under 8 and Under 10 Freestyle competitions. Well done to Emma McQuaid who swam really well against strong opposition and Niall Coppinger who won silver in the U14 breaststroke.


Congratulations to the children of Drumlish and Ballinamuck who made their First Holy Communion. Well done to their parents and teachers who prepared them. The following are the names of those who received their First Holy Communion: Ballinamuck N.S. Oran Hourican, Ethan Connell, Saoirse O’Toole, Niamh Bohan, Charlotte Mulleady, Gemma Murray, Rachel McEvoy, Ava Gorman, Fiach Russell, Liam Culliney, Derbhala Walsh.

Drumlish N.S. Amie Smyth, Katie Coppinger, Jasmine Farrell, Juliette O’Reilly, Katie Hannify, Abbie Keogh, Olivia Czaja, Isabelle McCann, Ella McKeon, Jorja Murphy, Cian Gray, Óisin Kane, Jack Nertney, Aaron Kiernan, Matthew Jordan, Adam Pym.

Ken puts Stars in Our Eyes

St Mary’s Granard GAA are proud to present Stars in Our Eyes on Saturday the 6th of June in the Longford Arms Hotel. Among the line up is our own Ken Kerrigan. Ken wishes to express his gratitude to his sponsors Cllr Paraic Brady, Sinead and Philip Rogers, Gavin Mitchell from Mitchell Meats and Tom Cassidy and his staff in the Olde Village Inn, Drumlish. Tickets are €15 and a great night of entertainment is assured. Come along and join in a great night of entertainment.


We pray for the reposed soul of Pat McGee, Kilnashee. Whose burial took place after 11am mass last Monday. To his wife Mary, (nee Cooney), sons Paraic and Francis, daughters Marie McCaffery, Mohill; Collette Brennan, Kilnashee; Michelle Waters, Killashee; sisters Peggy Lennon, New York; Mary Carroll, Florida and Lily McWade, Mill Rd, Drumlish; grandchildren, sons in law Tommy, Cathal and Graeme, niece and nephews, relatives and friends, we offer our deepest sympathies. Pat McGee was given a guard of honour by the local Fr Manning Gaels to honour a former member and player. May he rest in peace.

Ballinamuck ICA

Ballinamuck ICA are hoping to run a one day course in the art of Basket Making, this course is open to members & non members, if you would like to book a place please ring 087 9452920 or 086 6014661. We hope to have this course in the 98 hall Ballinamuck on a Saturday.  Details / Info will be confirmed once we numbers have been finalised. 

Garden Open Day

The annual Garden Open Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will be hosted in the gardens of Paddy and Mary Gillooley, Mill Road, Drumlish on Saturday 30th May from 11am to 6pm. The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s national cancer charity. Established in 1963, the Irish Cancer Society provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. The services are professional, confidential and free of charge. The Irish Cancer Society is almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receive less than 5% government funding. The support from Paddy and Mary Gillooleys Garden Open Day will ensure that the Cancer Society can continue to provide and expand this service and other valuable services such as night nursing and financial aid. Please come out and view their beautiful gardens also enjoy light refreshments supporting this worthy cause.


Fitness centre classes

Class times this week are Wednesday at 7pm and Friday at 7pm in Monaduff Gym. New members welcome. Next Monday’s class is at 8pm.

Best of luck Paddy

We wish Paddy Collum and the Longford team best of luck next weekend against Dublin.

Unwanted Mobile Phone

If you have an unwanted Mobile Phone lying about your house, St Patrick’s NS, Ballinamuck would like them as they are collecting in aid of Autistic Ireland. Please donate any unwanted mobile phones to St. Patrick’s National School Ballinamuck. For more information contact 0433324063.

New Postcode System Eircode

The new postcode system for Ireland, will be launched in June. If you know someone who you think could do with some help, including elderly family members or neighbours, please get in touch with Margaret Walsh , Longford Community Resources Ltd , 043 3345555, eircode@lcrl.ie

Lough Derg.

Three day Pilgrimage on any day from 29th May until 13th August. No need to book. Contact Maureen or Lorraine in Lough Derg direct on 071 9861518 email: info@loughderg.org

Longford Rose heads for Portlaoise

Best of luck to Daphne Howard as she takes part in the regional finals in Portlaoise next weekend. From your family, friends and indeed the county, we offer our best wishes and good luck.

New deadline for local notes

Please note that the new deadline for receipt of local notes is 7pm on Sunday evenings. Notes submitted after this time may or may not be included at the discretion of the Longford Leader. Also as the June bank holiday approaches can all local news you would like included in the local notes please be with me on Saturday the 30th of May before the deadline of 8pm.

Poker classic

On Sunday May 31st next a poker classic will be held in the Breffni Arms Hotel in Arva starting at 6pm. This Classic is organised by friends of the late Martin Cadden and all proceeds go to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. All support will be greatly appreciated.