St Helen’s

St Helen’s

All girls interested in playing with the Club for the coming year, are asked to register asap as the deadline for registration is approaching. Unregistered players cannot take part in any club activities. Under 18’s €10.00, over 18’s €20.00. Please contact club registrar Breda for further information on 087-9181787.

ICA members honoured

On Thursday March 20th, a Gala Dinner and celebrations of long standing service to ICA members of 20, 30, 40 and 50 years membership took place, in Newcastle House, Ballymahon. ICA National Predident, Liz Wall was present to present the certificates. All guilds from Longford were represented, and a great night was had by all present. We congratulate four of our guild members who received certificates. Betty Creegan and Patrica Lennon for 20 years plus, Tess Murphy for 30 years plus and Peggy Cassidy for 50 years plus. We thank them for their years of dedication to the guild.

Table quiz

Table Quiz in aid of Ballinamuck Playground in the ‘98 Bar on Friday 28th at 9pm, tables of 4 - €10 per person. Raffle and refreshments on the night. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Spread the word!

Dublin Dinner

60th Longford-Dublin Association Annual Gala Dinner takes place in the Red Cow Moran’s Hotel on Saturday, April 12th, commencing at 8pm. Award recipients are Drumlish native, Liam Caldwell, and Tom Gilligan, a native of Abbeylara. Music is by country star, Mick Flavin, and his band. Patrons may overnight in the hotel at a special price of 89 euro per couple, which includes breakfast. To reserve rooms ring the Red Cow hotel at 01-4593650 and to obtain the special rate just mention the Longford Association. Tickets at a reduced price of 45 euro can be ordered from Danny Donohoe at 086 2404295, or any committee member listed on www.longfordassociationdublin.ie

Graves for Sale
We wish to remind you that graves are available for sale at the reduced rate of €700 for a three grave family plot, €470 for a two grave family plot and €235 for a single grave until 1st July 2014.  After 1st July graves will revert to the standard prices of €900, €600 and €300.  If you are interested in buying a grave or would like any further information please contact Brendan Daly on 087 7717886, Seamus Mimnagh 086 8622298 or any committee member.


‘Work4You’ set up by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland provides a free vocational assessment service for individuals who have an acquired brain injury and would like assistance and guidance in returning to work, training or education. It is free to anyone with an acquired brain injury and in receipt of a payment from the Dept. of Social Protection. If you are interested in the service or would like more information, Work4You are holding a Pop-Up Information Stand in Longford Shopping Centre on Wednesday 2nd April 2014 between 9am – 11am. All are welcome. For further information please call 044 933 8773.

Table Quiz

Longford Toastmasters are holding a Table Quiz in Longford Rugby Club on Thursday the 27th of March at 9pm (team registration at 8.30pm). Table of four persons cost 40 euro.  Raffle and spot prizes on the night. All welcome.


Dancing classes with Eamonn Cunniss will begin on Sunday March 23rd in the ‘98 Hall, Ballinamuck, from 6.30pm to 8pm, for six weeks.  Classes are in Waltzing, Jiving, Quick Step, Shoe the Donkey, Stack of Barley, Line Dancing, or any other dance you may wish to learn. The classes are suitable for beginners or experienced dancers. Members and non-members are very welcome to come along. Adults €10, Students €5. Advance notice of the annual general meeting of the Guild which will take place on Monday, April 7th at 8.30pm in the Visitors Centre, Ballinamuck. Guest Speaker, Hilary O’ Brien, Homeopathy, will attend and speak to members. All present members are asked to attend, and new members are always welcome to join our Guild.


Congratulations to the following young people from Drumlish and Ballinamuck who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday last in St. Mary’s Church Drumlish. Laura Doyle, Niamh Gallagher, Orlagh Mealy, Abby O’Neill, Cian Thomas, Bianca Callinan, Sara Connell, Shauna Courtney, Andrea Crowe, Wiktoria Grzegorczyk, Aoife Hutchison, Weronika Skwara, Robert Dunka, James Pio Galvin, Shane Gill, Gareth Maher, Luca O’Reilly, Ciara Dillon, Shauna Hagan, Rachael McGee, Andrew McKenna, Shane Devanney, Naomi Connell, Eoin Coppinger, Kerri Crowe, Sinéad Flynn, Linda Heaney, Casey Robinson, Malcolm Devlin, Caelan Field, Lucas Marek Gazik, Shane Hagan, Ryan Ruske. We congratulate all of their parents and the Principals and teachers in both schools.

Social Club

Next Social Day will be held in Monaduff on Saturday 29th March from 3- 5pm.

Ballinamuck Diary

Ballinamuck Enhancement: AGM: Many thanks to everyone who took the time to attend our AGM. Our next fundraising event is a Table Quiz in the ‘98 Bar on this Friday the 28th March.  Put the date in your diary. Ballinamuck Community Association meet in the ’98 hall on Wednesday night next 19th March at 9pm. All members please attend. Ballinamuck ICA - The Annual General Meeting of Ballinamuck ICA Guild will take place on Monday April 7th in the Visitors Centre, Ballinamuck. All members are asked to attend and new members are always welcome.

Daffodil Day

Village Flowers Drumlish are hosting a Daffodil Day for The Irish Cancer Society on Friday next March 28th. Anyone wishing to donate their own grown daffodils for resale, or make a donation call in to Village flowers or call 043-3329687.


The daffodil day box at the local Post office was stolen in the past two weeks. Will the person who took it please return same. Remember the local Post office has CCTV footage, so you could be on camera. Now is your chance to make amends.

Mission Visitation

Fr. Joe Rabbitt, St.Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan will speak at all Masses on the weekend of 5th/6th April. St. Patrick’s missionary Society, better known as the Kiltegan Fathers was founded bon St. Patrick’s Day 1932 by Fr. Patrick Whitney, born in Barraghmore Drumlish.

Rural Transport

County Longford Rural Transport”door to door” services in your area have spaces available for any passengers who wish to travel to their local town or village. To maintain the Local Service in your area including ”link” services, more service users are required and All Age Groups are very welcome to travel. If we “Don’t Use It” – we lose it” .Fares are €3.00 Single and €5.00return. Free Travel Pass users travel FREE. Enquiries to Seamus at 043-3345555. Provider Mary Keane 043-3324204.

Spring Stations

Station for Breanrisk 28th March in John and Una Conlon’s at 8.30pm. It is our call as Christians to enable the faith to grow and develop and what better means than by having the station in your area. What’s happening in your station area this Spring? Don’t miss this opportunity and special blessing.

Tidy Towns

Drumlish Tidy Towns resume in earnest for the 2014 season from this Saturday morning, meeting at 10.00 a.m. opp. the Post Office on Main Street - new volunteers welcome, There are 400 marks over 10 categories in the National Tidy Towns competition and Drumlish has scored highly in all bar two which we hope to address this year: the Wildlife and Natural Amenities section and the Sustainable Waste & Resource Management section - we are currently addressing both for this year’s competition. The former means having an understanding of the natural amenities in our area as well as an appreciation of how creatures and habitats should be best protected and managed. We have made a good start with out new sanctuary for birds and bugs at our site beside the poly-tunnel on Main Street, also in collaboration with Drumlish Branch Library and St. Mary’s National School - a bio diversity walk / workshop has been planned for Saturday April 26th starting at the Library-  the walk will take us to the Mill River and all the plants, bugs animals that we identify on the day will be counted and listed for insertion on a new Information Board  in due course   The Sustainable Waste & Resource Management – means promotion of best practice to reduce waste and improve resource management - in this our new composting  area will be available for demonstrations, one of which will  be announced shortly -   Help us to score even higher in this year’s competition by joining our team on Saturday morning.  

Cairn Hill Challenge

The 2nd Annual Cairn Hill Challenge 10mile and 10km Road Race will take place on Sunday May 3rd 2014 starting out at Drumlish Community Centre and taking the same routes as last year. Please contact Colin on 0860761556 for details.


Please bring home a Trócaire Box. This year features a young girl, Ernestina from Dedza in Malawi. From a country which has been saturated with rain we turn to Malawi where drought is severe and hence crop failure an ever present reality.