Are you assist trained?

Are you assist trained?

If so would you like to become part of a community volunteer group who want to promote positive mental health and suicide prevention? Meeting on 24th March at 7.30p.m. at the EDI Centre, Longford.

Sweet Spirit Gospel Choir

Arus Carolan Patient Comfort Fund, St Manchan’s Outreach Special Class and Goal the beneficiaries of the ‘Sweet Spirit Gospel Choir’ next performance — ’Support, Lean on Me’. The show will take place in the Hunt Hall, Mohill on Sunday, March 22nd at 8pm.


Fr. Jim continues with an hour of reflection on St. Mark’s Gospel on the Thursdays of Lent at 8. Everyone welcome.

AED Defibrillator Training

AED Defibrillator Training will take place in Drumlish on March 19th at 7.30pm. Those wishing to attend training please confirm by texting your name to Breda on 087 9181787.

Social dancing

Social dancing night out to Carrigallen on Tuesday night next - bus leaves Drumlish at 8pm. Anyone wishing to travel please text you name to Breda on 087 9181787 to book a place on the bus (there will be no class on Wednesday).

Coffee Morning

A Coffee morning in aid of Breast Cancer and cancer research will be held on Friday, 13th, March in the Village Inn from 10 o’clock onwards. Please come and support this worthy cause. Everyone welcome and bring a friend. Anyone seeking more information contact Joanne Quinn 086 4476931.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 27th May to 1st June, led by Bishop Francis Duffy. Fully inclusive price €710. Flights from Knock. Booking: Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lr. Baggot St. Dublin 2. Ph. (01) 2410812 or 2410811. See Poster on notice board.

Dates for your Diary

Confirmation in Drumlish/Ballinamuck at 11.00am on 9th May 2015.

First Holy Communion in Drumlish on May 23rd 2015 at 12 noon.

St. Mary’s N.S. Enrolment

Enrolment forms for the Junior Infants Class of September 2015 are available from the school and local crèches. If you need to enrol your child into another class or have any other queries please contact the school by phone on 043 3324065 or email drumprincipal@gmail.com

Ballinamuck NS Enrolment

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2015 will commence on Monday, 23rd February to Friday 27th March at St Patrick’s National School Ballinamuck. Enrolment forms can be obtained from the school.

Help needed

Conor Ward a fiddle player from Annaduff, Co. Leitrim is currently undertaking a research thesis on “The fiddle tradition of Thomas ‘Blind’ Kiernan in north Longford from c.1800-1975’. Kiernan (1807-87) was a fiddle master from Cartron, Drumlish and he taught music all over north Longford. Central to this study are a number of fiddle music manuscripts that have been discovered in the region written by Kiernan and successive generations of his students. Most recently a significant manuscript collection was discovered relating to fiddle players from Gaigue, Ballinamuck which were written around the period 1850-1910. Based on this discovery Conor is appealing to anyone in the parish that may also have music manuscripts relating to their ancestors to contact him. In addition if anyone has any information on fiddle players or locations of where music was played in the region he would be grateful to hear from you. His contacts details are 0877795879 andconorward9158@gmail.com”  

New baby boy

Congratulations to Emma and Pauric Davis on the recent birth of their beautiful baby boy Daithi. A baby brother for Bronagh and Saoirse.


Congratulations to Paula McGowan, Drumlish daughter of Ann and Frank who got engaged over the Valentines weekend to Peter Heavey, Newbridge, Co Galway, son of Bridie and Patrick. We join their family and friends and wish the couple every happiness together.

Recent Wedding

Huge congratulations to Jayne Lee and Patrick Curwin, Drumlish who were married recently at Longford registry office and after where the party continued at the Breffni Arms Hotel in Arva. We join your family and friends in offering our congratulations and we hope you have a long and happy life together.

Strictly Come Dancing

Gaels Utd FC are hosting their Strictly Come Dancing event in Drumlish Community Centre on Saturday night March 14th. This event was previously scheduled for December but was postponed due to a bereavement. All our dancers have been practising very hard for the big event and the show promises to be a night not to be missed. Tickets sold for the December date are still valid for March 14th. This event is in aid of our new grass pitch development and all support is greatly appreciated. Any players or parents who have tickets to sell please return monies to team managers or any committee member by the end of next week. There is a bar extension on the night and doors open at 8pm. Check out Drumlish Strictly Come Dancing on Facebook. For further information contact Colin 0860761556 or Mel 0872976538. 

Honours Irish Revision Course

An Honours Irish Leaving Cert Revision Course will take place in Longford town on Tuesday, 31st March 10am-4pm. An Bhéaltriail (Oral Irish), Essays, Prose, Poetry and Grammar will be covered and notes provided. For more information and applications please contact Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665 or Trudy Uí Fhearghail 087-6475071.

Golf Lessons

County Longford Ladies Golf Club are getting ready a package of 6 Beginner Lessons starting in early April - if you are interested or know of anyone interested - contact 086 8141023. Membership is not necessary for these lessons.

Tidy Town’s

Drumlish has over the past 10 years (2005 - 2014) increased its marks from a baseline of 178 in 2005 to 287 marks in 2014, it would be fantastic to see to see our village reach the magic 300 in this coming season’s National Tidy Town’s  Competition.  Every effort will be made to achieve this and we look forward to the support of the wider community in helping us achieve this end. That will  mean a lot of preparation: power-washing, painting, tree planting, landscaping to create the show -village finish.

Monster Spring Clean

Continues this Thursday, 12th March, with a mechanical street clean of the village. The team led by Michael Joyce will be on hand to direct and maximize the effect of the sweep and - so please leave cars in the car parks for the morning hours. Thanks to everyone who turned out for the Monster Spring Clean event last Saturday. It was a great success despite the misty grey morning, 15 cwt of litter and garbage was collected from all around Drumlish and signed off on by Gary Brady, Environment Officer with Longford CoCo. That was 5 cwt more than last year.

Mock Wedding 2

Chorus line rehearsals continue in the Community Centre at 8pm on Monday for the Mock Wedding Chorus which will be staged on Easter Friday  night the 10th of April. Singers welcome. Donations to Drumlish Village & Area Enhancement and St. Christopher’s Services, Battery Road. Longford.


The 5th annual monster bingo takes place in the 98 Memorial Hall, Ballinamuck on Sunday, March 22nd at 3pm. €2,500 in prizes plus a monster raffle and Easter eggs on the day. Your support for this club fundraiser would be greatly appreciated.

Garda Vetting

If you have not returned you Garda clearance form already, please do so asap. Forms are available from Paddy Howe on 087 9613312. If you do not have current Garda Clearance you cannot be involved with underage teams.

Lotto winner

Congratulations to Mark Dillon on winning the Fr Manning Gaels lotto of €8,800. The numbers drawn were 1, 2, 3, 25.