Thank You

Thank You

The Longford Branch of the Alzheimer’s Association of Ireland express their appreciation to all who supported their recent church gate collection. With the generous support of everyone €260 was donated to this worthy cause.

Winter Time

On this Sunday, 26th October, Summer time will cease at 2am when all timepieces should be put back one hour. Enjoy the lie in.

Northern Gaels

On Saturday last, Northern Gaels competed in two championship finals, both sponsored by Hanlon’s Gala, Dublin Road, Longford. First in action were the Under 12s facing Shannon Gaels in the Division 2 Cup Final. Aided by a strong wind in the first half Northern Gaels were much the stronger side and leading by 1-6 to 0-1 at the break supporters were optimistic of a victory. However on the resumption Shannon Gaels were a transformed side and took control of the game. Though our lads gave a wholehearted performance they were unable to get the vital scores against the wind. The South Longford side used this advantage to their benefit and took their scores to emerge victorious by five points on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-7. In the Minor A Final, Northern Gaels were pitted against old rivals Clonguish. On this occasion Clonguish had the aid of the strong breeze in the first half and were leading at the interval by 0-6 to 0-2. When proceedings resumed in a closely contested affair the lads in Green and Black gradually got their act together but due to some missed opportunities had to settle for a draw. Final score was 0-11 to 0-11. Replay will take place on this Saturday, 25th October. Please check fixtures for details.

Gun Club

Mullahoran-Mullinalaghta Gun Club will hold their annual draw in the Hideaway Bar on Saturday, 1st November. First prize is a plasma widescreen TV. €200 will go to the second person pulled out of the hat. €100 goes to the third winner. There are numerous other spot prizes. Tickets at €5 each are available from club members and in local shops. Your support would be gratefully appreciated.

Holy Hour

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with the Rosary takes place in St. Columba’s Church each Thursday evening from 8.00p.m. - 9.00p.m. All are welcome.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in Keogh’s on Thursday 16th October. The winning numbers were 18, 22, 23, 28 with the jackpot of €6250 remaining intact. The following received consolation prizes of €20 each. Barry Kiernan, Aughnacliffe. Finbar Meehan, Kilmore. Margaret Hand, Aughanoran. Pauline Keegan, Clooneen and Emily Hand, Cloonagh. On sales this week are as follows. Hideaway: Gary Rogers. Keogh’s / Anglers’s Rest. Frankie Mulligan & Finbar Meehan. Kilcogy: Peadar Mc Govern & Martin Reilly. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.

Ladies Footballers

As part of their fundraising activities the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in the local post office or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday’s night main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. The winning number on Saturday18th October was 45. Unfortunately there was not a winner.

Rural Transport

Because the office base is being moved from Longford to Mullingar later in the year to amalgamate with Westmeath under the revised Transport Co-ordination Unit (TCU) it is vital that the existing 23 services in Longford are held on to. To do so it is imperative to have as close to maximum capacity as possible on all services, because if a service is lost , the chances of replacing it under present circumstances are minimal. Recently a number of regular / committed passengers have been lost through illness and indeed death. It is very much emphasized that all age groups are very welcome to travel on the RTP services. Since 2003 those services have been of immense support to local passengers and their families, also to local communities, shops and post offices. The services are contracted to local providers, again giving local employment in those areas.

Tractor Run

Mullinalaghta Vintage Club will hold their annual tractor run on this Sunday, 26th October. Proceeds are in aid of the local community centre. Registration will commence at 10.30am in the vicinity of church and community centre. Starting time is 12 noon sharp. This is an occasion for all with an interest in old tractors to meet and is always an enjoyable venture. Support is always appreciated. For further information contact Paddy McGivney on 086 1924015. All are welcome to participate. All types of tractors are allowed.