Sympathy: Deepest Sympathy is extended to Mary Rafter and the Rafter family, The Village, Newtownforbes on the death of Tim Rafter. May he rest in peace. Deepest sympathy is also extended to the Donlon family, Ballagh on the death of Elizabeth Donlon. May she rest in peace.

Sympathy: Deepest Sympathy is extended to Mary Rafter and the Rafter family, The Village, Newtownforbes on the death of Tim Rafter. May he rest in peace. Deepest sympathy is also extended to the Donlon family, Ballagh on the death of Elizabeth Donlon. May she rest in peace.

Training: Gaelic Training for under 6’s at 6.30pm every Monday evening at Allen Park.

Irish Dancing: The Maureen Farrell School of Irish Dancing will resume in Clonguish GAA Complex on Friday 12th April at 2.10pm. Children can be collected from school by Maureen and put on school buses if necessary by prior arrangement with Maureen. Irish Dancing classes also recommence in the Parish Hall, Newtownforbes on Friday 12th April at 6pm for older children although younger children are welcome also. Plans are now going ahead to run class Feis in Newtownforbes in June. No wigs, fake tans or make up for dancers. Fees €4.50 per child per lesson with an overall family rate of €10 weekly with further monthly reductions for parents who pay by the month. Contact Maureen on (086) 3702719 for further information. Children all ages welcome.

Woodview Development Bonus: Bonus Ball for Wednesday 03/04/2013 – Lotto Draw Bonus 26 –Winner €45 Jimmy Gilchrist. Next Draw 10/04/2013.

Engagement: Congratulations to Anne Burke, Caldra, Newtownforbes and Andrew Kavanagh, Stonepark who announced their engagement at the weekend. We wish you health and happiness for the future.

Clonguish Lotto: Lotto results Saturday 30th March 2013, numbers 7, 15, 23, 24. No Jackpot Winner. Runners up €100 Chris Mc Loughlin, €25 Paddy Dolan, Dowra, €25 Colm Kavanagh, Laois. Lotto Results Saturday 6th April 2013, numbers 4, 15, 18, 30. No Jackpot Winner. Runners up €100 Patty Coyne, €25 Joe Kilbride, €25 Amy Crawford, Dowra. Next Weeks Draw is in McGowan’s. Jackpot €4,000.

Do This In Memory: First Holy Communion Mass – Saturday 13th April at 7pm. First Confession - Thursday 11th April at 7pm

Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu International Karate: Our club returned to training this week after the Easter break and it was great to see all of our students back in action. Our focus for the next number of weeks will be on a very exciting week in May when two of the top karate masters in the world will honour our organisation with a week of training and seminars. One of the highlights of the week will be a workshop open to students of all ages and grade and is an event not to be missed. More details to follow! Our student of the month awards will be announced next week at training. Our training times are as follows Monday 7-8pm and Friday 7.30-8.30pm. For further information please contact Ann on 087 9248816.

Longford Federation ICA: Longford Federation ICA is hosting An Information Evening in the 98’ Hall, Ballinamuck, on Thursday April 25th at 7.30pm. Laura Shaw from Longford Garden Centre will attend. Her topics include, Lawn Care, Colour with Perennials and Maintaining your Rose Garden, followed by a Question and Answer session. During the second part of the evening Garry Brady, Environmental Officer with Longford County Council will talk to us about ‘How to use Leftovers’ and ‘Food Wastage’ as part of the “Food Wastage Programme” Tea and refreshments will be served. A Raffle will be held. Admission €5. Everyone welcome.

Station: Anyone wishing to host a Station Mass in their area please contact Fr. Mc Govern. Stations this year will be held during the months of April and May.

COMMUNITY GAMES: U11 TAG RUGBY - Well done, Leinster Champions! On Sunday last at the Rugby Club, and against huge odds, the Clonguish U11 Tag rugby squad were crowned Community Games Leinster Champions and, in so doing, have advanced to the All Ireland Community Games finals scheduled to be held in Athlone over the weekend 25th – 26th May. Having defeated the champions of Meath, Slane, in the Quarter Final, Clonguish were drawn to play against the champions of Carlow, Hackettstown, in the semi-final. About 10 days ago Clonguish’s chances were dealt a blow when Josh Sorohan was ruled out through injury (hopefully he will be back in time for the Finals at the end of May). Matters became progressively worse in the days leading up to the semi-final itself with Fabienne Flanagan and Ben Carthy laid low through illness. In the early hours of Sunday morning Josh Carthy, too, succumbed to illness, so much so that the squad was reduced to the absolute bare minimum of seven fit players. So serious was the situation that a request for a postponement made to the Community Games officials at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning was quite understandably and fairly declined. It was a measure of the determination of the squad, however, and the recuperative powers of Calpol and Nurofen, that all 11 squad members, in whatever shape or condition they found themselves, turned up to play whatever part they could in proceedings. Matters were not made any easier when it became clear that the other semi-final involved the champions of Laois, Portarlington, who were crowned All Ireland champions in the previous two years. The second semi-final pitted them against the representatives from Kildare, St Bridgets. Somewhat against the odds, and after extra time, St Bridgets emerged victorious. In their own semi-final, Clonguish were a little slow to get into their stride, probably a little bit nervous and anxious considering all that had gone on, and a number of try scoring opportunities which might have made passage to the final somewhat easier went a begging through forward passes and such like. As the game progressed, however, Clonguish got into their stride and eventually emerged victorious by a score line of 11 tries to 9. By the end of the game, however, the previous week’s illness had taken its toll with those who had been sick barely able to participate. All the other members of the squad more than ably coped with the additional workload imposed upon them. The illness situation deteriorated after the semi-final with Mark McHugh, the outstanding performer from all four teams on the day, laid low, again through illness. A bowl of soup from Mick McGuiness in the Sin Bin together with a top up of Calpol and Nurofen (luckily there is no mandatory drug testing for U11 Tag rugby players), allied to sheer determination from the players themselves meant that the squad were at least able to field for the final. The omens were not good with St Bridgets racing into an early lead, maintaining the lead to three tries at half time and extending it to four early in the second half. Driven on by a truly outstanding performance from a rejuvenated Mark McHugh in the second half particularly, Clonguish rallied to edge ahead in the closing stages and maintained a one try advantage at the final whistle, 16-15. The All Ireland semi-finals will be held in Athlone IT on the 25th May with Clonguish, as Leinster representatives, pitted to play against the representative from, either, Ulster, Connacht or Munster. The two semi-finalists then advance to play in the final the following day, Sunday, 26th May. A big thank you from the squad to Community Games; all the people who volunteered their services on the day; Longford Rugby Club for the use of its facilities; the referees Derek Maybury, Steve Coy and Trevor McHugh; Mick McGuiness in the Sin Bin; all the other kids not on the panel but who helped out at training; the Rugby club U11’s who provided practice match opposition; and all the parents, family and friends who provided support on the day. Congratulations to Killoe on reaching the final of the U14 Tag competition but came up against opposition who were too strong in the end. Finally, on a rugby theme, congratulations and best wishes to Longford RFC on reaching the final of the Provincial Towns Cup to be played on the 21st April and to Longford RFC Under 14’s coached by Clonguish man, Matt Hanley, who have reached the semi-final of their Cup competition. Squad: Abigail Flynn, Ben Carthy, Darragh McCann, Fabienne Flanagan, Jack Sullivan, Hannah Glennon, Josh Sorohan, Josh Carthy, Allanagh Maguire, Christopher Manning, Mark McHugh.