St. Helen’s are champions

St. Helen’s are champions

Congratulations to the St Helens Junior team and all their mentors on their great win in Kinnegad last Sunday when they played Monastrevin in the Leinster Junior Club Final. Thank you to all supporters who travelled on the day. It was a great game but a hard fought battle which went to extra time but the girls never gave up and emerged victorious following 20 minutes of extra time.

Craft Fair

‘Rassaun Craft Group invites you to a Charity Craft Sale in the ’98 Hall, Ballinamuck on Sunday next, 10th November from 10.30am to 4pm. All proceeds in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Stop Suicide. Lots of amazing goods available at very good prices – all handmade – including bags, jewellery, Xmas decorations, tablecloths, cushions, toys, cakes etc. Competition and prize draw with fantastic prizes will take place on the day.

Come and have a cuppa with us and get that something special for that someone special for Christmas. Everyone welcome.’


 Casino Royale Theme Night, Friday 8th November, in aid of Talk About It Longford, in Lough Rynn Castle, Mohill, Co Leitrim @7.30pm. Main event of the night is the live Fashion Show, for both ladies and gents, featuring local County Longford & Leitrim businesses, showcasing their finest fashions and latest wears. We will also have Casino Games on the night, guests will be able to enjoy a game or two, of Black Jack or Roulette, and play for some fabulous prizes. Local Band Rhythm & Sticks will also be performing. There will also be plenty of surprises thrown in on the night, and maybe even a few well known faces!! We aim to raise enough funds to begin our work with National Suicide Prevention Centre - Talkaboutit.ie, to begin to provide a much needed service within County Longford. Tickets are €10 or can be paid at the door. We would greatly appreciate your support.


Ballinamuck Bingo is moving to the earlier start time now 8.30pm every Tuesday due to winter time .Nightly prize fund of €1300. Everyone welcome !

Social Club

Our AGM will be held on Monday 11th November at 8pm.

Text Alert System

The 5 euro contribution towards the text alert in your area is now needed for renewal of the scheme. Please put your contribution in the envelopes provided and give to any committee member.

Fundraising draw

Our Fundraising draw took place in O’Reilly’s Bar & Lounge on Saturday 26th October. Congratulations to our prize winners: 1. €1,000 Marie Maguire, USA. 2. 32” TV John O’ Sullivan, Esker North. 3. €100 Voucher Patsy McNally, Greagh. 4. €100 Voucher Marian Mc Nally, Greagh. 5. €100 Voucher John L Donnolly, Kiltycreevagh.  We would like to thank our sponsors: Sean Whitney, Ganley’s Hardware Longford, Paddy O’ Neill, Mulleady Group, Seamus Keane Costcutter, Philip Davis Garage, Anthony Mc Keon Tyres, Lough Rynne Hotel, John Mc Keon Bottle Wholesalers, Martin & Micheal Mulleady, Longford Swimming Pool & Peter Gill.  We would also like to thank Benny O’ Reilly & family for the use of his premises on the night.  A total of €5,880 has been raised from the draw and we would like to thank everyone for their generous support. Preparations are well underway for our next fundraising event “Miss Diva” which will take  place in The Village Inn on Saturday 14th December, a date for your diary.  More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Whizz Kids

A Childcare Assistant is required for Whizzkids Drumlish Community Childcare LTD

(FAS criteria applies 19.5 hrs per week, must be 25 yrs or over) Garda Vetting required.

This is a three year contract and all childcare training is Free. If you feel you are eligible and would like to work in childcare please contact Alice Connell on 043 3329559/086 3451057 or Thomas Gill on 043 3324054/086 8487548 as soon as possible.

New arrival

Congratulations to Paul and Sarah Gillooley, Derawley on the recent birth of their first baby – a girl Kayla Lauren recently. We hope Kayla brings much joy and happiness to you both.

Mulligan Sisters

Every success to The Mulligan sisters who will perform Operatic and Sacred Arias along with Musical Theatre favourites in Concert at the Church of St. Camillus Killucan Co. Westmeath on Saturday November 30th at 8pm. Tickets available on the door costing 10 euro.


Congratulations to Charlize Lilly Walsh Aughadowry daughter of Liam and Sharon who was baptised and welcomed into the faith community of the parish recently. We congratulate her parents also.

Station Masses

The Autumn Station Masses take place in the Ballinamuck area of the parish. If you are willing to host the station in your area, please contact Fr.Patsy. This is a beautiful tradition and is a fitting end to “The year of the Faith” which has been celebrated.

Trócaire Fundraising

Trócaire’s door-to-door fundraisers will be in your area for a couple of days during November/December 2013. The fundraisers are clearly identifiable as they will be wearing a blue branded Trócaire jacket. Also each fundraiser will be carrying photoID. The purpose of their visit to your area is to raise awareness of the work Trócaire does and to ask people if they would like to support Trócaire with a monthly direct debit.Trócaire works with thepoorest families and communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America helping to build better futures. Please support this campaign if you can. Please visit our website www.trocaire.org. If you have any queries, please call Gillian Neary/Susan Kirk, Trócaire Maynooth 0035315293333.

Community Centre

We have organised indoor underage coaching for all under 8/10 for October and November in the Community  Centre Drumlish. This will be a 45 minute session which will be aimed at improving skills of each player. It will finish up with a Xmas party for all kids to finish out year. Under 8 Fridays 6.30-7.15 Under 10 Fridays 7.15-8. All welcome.

Schools re-open

All schools re-open this week following the Mid-term break. Motorists are asked to drive slowly and with care on all roads in the area during this week and watch out for unsuspecting children walking or cycling to school. Parents, please ensure your children wear high vis gear if on the roads. Now that Winter –time is here and with the darker mornings /evenings and children alighting from buses please SLOW DOWN and BE SAFE, BE SEEN. We want everyone to be Safe. We hope everyone had a well earned rest during the past week.

Pheasant Shooting

The season opened on Friday last with a “bang”. Plenty of full bags were reported with many tired and weary shooters at the end of the day. A competition took place in The Village Inn for the longest pheasant and the heaviest pheasant. A raffle was held on the night also, and a good night was had by all. Congratulations to the lucky winners of prizes.


Congratulations to Maurice Murphy, Gaigue who celebrated his 70th birthday with a mega bash in Dillon’s, Ballinamuck on Friday night last, in the company of his family, relations, in-laws, cousins and many many friends, some of whom travelled long distances to be with him on this special occasion. We join with everyone in wishing Maurice a very happy 70th birthday and hope he celebrated many more birthdays in the years ahead.

Badminton Club

Badminton will take place in Drumlish Community Centre every Thursday night at 9.00pm. New members welcome and beginners particularly welcome.

Music Lessons

Music Lessons for children and adults – guitar, mandolin, violin, banjo,& keyboard. If interested contact Enda McKenna 087-9980615.

Car boot sale

Drumlish Village and Area Enhancement –  are gathering for another car boot sale and welcome any recyclable and saleable items that you no longer have use for. Contact Dympna 043-3324538 or any member of our Area Enhancement or Tidy Town Team – items can be collected if necessary.

White Collar Boxing

A Date for your diary. Gaels Utd FC is hosting a White Collar Boxing event in Drumlish Community Centre on Saturday 7th December. There are already several names lined up for various bouts for what should be a memorable night’s boxing. For enquiries call 0860761556. More details over the coming weeks……….!

Breathe, Stretch and Relax

A six- week course in relaxation techniques is starting Thursday 7th November (upstairs) in The Village Inn at 7.30pm. For further details contact Kathleen 087-2868254.


In sympathy notice last week sympathy was expressed with Elizabeth Gunshinan on the death of her sister. That should have read Martha Gunshinan instead. Apologies for this error.

Trip to Essert/France

A recent letter received from Marie Christine in Essert in French gives a clear account(in translation) of the Amazing Experience everyone from Ballinamuck had on their recent visit there. Reports indicate everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed the trip. Already some are looking forward to the return visit next year. What wonderful news!

Recent Deaths

Our sincere sympathy is extended to John Cunningham on the death of his niece, Marie Barrett from Navan recently. May she rest in peace. The death took place recently at Mullingar General Hospital of Jimmy Creegan, Mary St., Drumlish. To his brothers Myles and Matthew, his sisters Eileen and Mary in USA, sister-in-law Kathleen, nephews, nieces, relations and friends we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anaim dílís.