VTOS Programme

VTOS Programme

The Longford VTOS programme is now recruiting. It offers full time business and computer training free of charge. To qualify you must be over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment. If you are interested contact Maeve Madden, VTOS Co-ordinator at 087 2050589.

The late Ellen Farley

On Monday last, May 18th we were all saddened when the news became known that Mrs. Ellen Farley of Rathcor had passed to her eternal reward following a short illness at the general hospital in Mullingar. Ellen had just celebrated her 88th birthday on Saturday, May 9th and had lived a very healthy life and so her death came as a big shock to her family and many friends. Ellie, as she was known as, was a lovely lady who it was always a joy to meet as she had a great warm welcoming smile which would really cheer one up. A lady of great faith she attended Mass in St. Mary’s in Granard every Sunday and indeed if at all possible several times during the week and this she has passed on to all of her ten children and her grandchildren. Predeceased by her loving husband, Michael in 1984 and also by her grand-daughter, Eimear and more recently by her grandson, Martin Cadden. Ellie was born Ellen Fagan and was one of six girls born to Edward and Mrs Fagan of Leitrim, Coolarty and she is the fourth of the family to pass away as in 2002 her sister Bea Monaghan of Killeen died and more recently her sisters Sr. Marie Therese and Sr. Attracta (Katie) have also passed to their eternal rewards. Ellie’s remains reposed at Smith’s funeral home in Granard on Tuesday and huge crowds passed through to sympathise with the family and as the cortege made it’s way up the hill to St. Mary’s it was flanked by a guard of honour from the Ballymore ladies and gents teams for whom all of the Farley family played and supported. The church was packed to overflowing on Wednesday for Ellie’s funeral Mass and she was laid to rest in the family plot in Granardkille cemetery beside her loving husband Michael and grand-daughter.We offer our deepest sympathy to her daughters Mary Reilly Dolores Smith Helen Reilly Rosie Reynolds and Ann Cadden,her sons Johnnie Ned Pat Michael and Brendan,her grandchildren great grandchildren,her sisters Mona Beausang and Mai McGivney and her extended family.May she rest in peace.

First Communion

On Saturday last the children from our local schools received First Communion in St. Mary’s in Granard, so we congratulate them and their parents and hope all had a lovely time. From St Guasacht’s in Bunlahy were Donnacha McGovern, Michael Hetherton, Rachel Higgins, Katlyn Duncan, Caoimhe Brady, Lauren Murtagh, Erin Flynn, Mathew Farrell and Siobhan McDonagh while from St. Patrick’s in Killeen came Dylan Vance, Rian Browne, Ciaran O’Brien, Brianna Higgins, Ellen Reilly and Daniel Fahy.


Deepest sympathy is extended to Veronica and Tony Reilly and family, Tully on the death of Veronica’s sister, Rose which occurred in England recently. The late Rose was the former Rose Mulligan from Derrycasson and we offer sympathy to the extended Mulligan family. May she rest in peace.

Poker Classic

On Sunday, May 31st next, a Poker classic will be held in the Breffni Arms Hotel in Arva starting at 6pm. Buy in cost 30 euro. 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.

Glen Brady Cycle

The 5th Annual Glenn Brady Cycle, from Longford to Croagh Patrick will take place on Sunday May 31st. We hope everyone can join with us again this year for a most enjoyable day out. Registration is now open, check it on glennbradycycle.com, the registration fee is the same as last year at €40. We look forward to seeing you all again. Our main beneficiary for 2015 is Longford Hospice. We welcome your support and donations can be made through paypal on glennbradycycle.com.We wish all taking part in this cycle and climb the very best of luck and hope the weather is nice on the day.