Tidy Towns

Tidy Towns

The National Tidy Town’s results are being announced on Monday 9th September so best of luck to Drumlish and Ballinamuch. The judging period is almost over but that doesn’t mean we can take our eye off the ball. A lot of hard work has gone in to getting the Villages looking as well as it is now and we want to keep it that way! Litter is an on going problem so if anyone has any litter or dumping issues please phone the Longford Litter Hotline on 1850 434 450.

Ballinamuck playground

Meeting this evening the 28th August at 8.30pm upstairs in the hall. Just to update on everything really and consider some other fundraising ideas as we are still short of our 25% needed to cover the cost of the playground. Would be great to see all the ‘old’ faces, and a few new ones also!!!

Fair day

Our Fair Day was a huge success with lots of activities for everyone.  A great day was had by all. The committee would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to everyone that helped out on or before the day, it is not possible to thank everyone here. A special thanks to all the stewards, helpers, vintage displayers, sponsors, anyone that gave donations, all musicians, dancers, everyone who sold lotto envelopes, Ballinamuck Enterprise for their support, our neighbouring parishes for help and assistance and everyone who attended.

New cemetery

The new cemetery committee are organising a fundraising draw which takes place in O’Reilly’s Bar on Saturday 26th of October. 1st prize is €1000, 2nd prize is 32” TV, 3rd prize €100, 4th prize €100, 5th prize €100. Tickets are €10 and are on sale now. For further information please contact any committee member.

Moyne Community School

Moyne Community School re-opens for students as follows: Tuesday 27th August – 1st Year Students only, Wednesday 28th August – 1st, 3rd, 5th & LCA, Thursday 29th August – All students

Back to school

As the 2nd of September draws closer we would like to welcome back all our students to the new school year and especially wish all the new infants in our parish the best of luck on their first day at school. We hope the staff and students had a happy and safe Summer. We would also like to remind motorists to take extra care on the roads as children will be walking to and from school and to please obey all parking restrictions in and around the school car parks.


St Vincent’s Annual church gate collection took place last weekend and the club would like to thank everyone for your generous support.

Community Childcare

Just a reminder that Drumlish Community Childcare Free Preschool Year start on Monday next 2nd September 2013.(9.30am - 12.30pm)

Heritage Week

The two events were very well attended and our guide Fr. Liam Courtney gave a very well received presentation about Drumlish from 1832 down to the 1950’s. The commentary on the walk from the Mill up to the Crossroads and down the Main Street was very interesting and enlightening. The stories, anecdotes and yarns made a most pleasant and enjoyable evening – the commentary has all been recorded for future use. We were delighted to welcome the County Heritage Officer for the unveiling of the bog oak sculpture, Ancient Root donated to the village by local Sculptor and Artist,  Brendan Collum... the plaque was unveiled by Dr. Kathleen Duffy and our two public representatives Cllrs. Gerry Brady and Martin Mulleady paid tribute to the artist and to what the art points to i.e. beauty = truth, and the enduring quality that transcends time. The champagne popped and was enjoyed by those present,  the piece is in pride of place opposite the Garda Barracks in Drumlish for all to see, appreciate and enjoy. For photo update check out Drumlish Heritage & History on Facebook.


Caitlyn Rose Bohan, daughter of Tony and Martha, Ballinamuck; We welcome Caitlyn into the Faith family of the Parish. We congratulate her parents on this happy occasion.

Monaduff Social Club

Reminder for payment regarding the Trip to Killarney on Monday 23rd September – please see Sheila in Drumlish Branch Library on Saturday 24th August between 10.00 – 11.30am.

The Marquee in Drumlish

the committee of The Marquee in Drumlish Festival would like to thank everyone who helped in anyway during the organising and running of this year’s festival. Those who helped with the electrical and ground work on the site, gave us use of their machinery, bar staff, stewards, first aid and cloak room staff, everyone who helped at the family fun day and monster bingo, LCRL longford, the local Gardai, Drumlish tidy towns, St Vincents and St Helens and most of all everyone who showed up and supported the Marquee. Sincerest apologies if we have omitted anyone.

Arthritis Ireland

Arthritis Ireland is running a course for anyone who is challenged with arthritis(young and old) to be given in Granard. Also, Sinéad Heaney is going to skydive to raise funds for this charity so all donations greatly appreciated and welcome. Contact 0863654350.

Motor Neurone Fundraiser

A Monster Barn Dance will take place in Rawles, Ballinalee on Friday 30th August. €200 for Best Fancy Dress – Fancy Dress Optional. Music by various artists. Special door prize: Flat Screen TV.

Doors open 9.00pm Tickets €5. Your support for this worthy cause would be sincerely appreciated.

Work for you

‘Work for you’ set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and want support to return to work, training or education. It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury, aged between 16-65 and in receipt of a payment from the Dept of Social Protection. For more information please contact 044 933 8773.


Bingo in Ballinamuck –continues this Tuesday and every Tuesday @8.30pm nightly. Prize fund €1,300. All are welcome.

Warmer Homes Scheme

A reminder to check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page to see if you are eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation before the winter rush sets in. Call 043 3393255 

www.lwh.ie www.facebook.com/LongfordWarmerHomesLtd

Car Boot

Drumlish Area Enhancement, contact Dympna 087 9279272 or any member of our Area Enhancement or Tidy Town Team  - Items can be collected if necessary...

Pilgrimage to Knock

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 1st September. The pilgrimage starts with the Sacrament of Recomciliation at 12.30. Tickets available at the Parochial House.

Overseas Missionary Experience

Viatores Christi are seeking skilled people in good health who are interested in working as lay missionaries with Irish missionary priests, brothers and sisters in their work in areas of need overseas. For more details contact Colette@viatoreschristi.com or Telephone 00 353 1 8689986 or visit viatoreschristi.com

Recent Death

Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the late Thomas McCormack whose funeral took place in Mulhuddert last week. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dílís.