Ballinalee notes



Corr: Michael Carrigy Tel: 043 33 2310/087 2915072


Clonfin Commemoration committee are holding a 5km walk/run on Sunday, August 2nd next starting at McElvaney’s of Coolarty at 6pm. Registration will be from 5pm and when the walk is complete there will be a BBQ in McElvaney’s followed by an evening of Irish music song and dance. Registration is ten euro per adult and five euro for children and all proceeds will go towards the Clonfin project which is ongoing at the present time. The committee will greatly appreciate your support.

School re-union

St. Patrick’s NS, Killeen will hold a 50th anniversary celebration on Sunday 27th September. A book is being compiled to commemorate this event. We are seeking old photos and stories that people wish to share and have published in this book. Photos and stories may be scanned and emailed to Alternatively these may be given to any committee, board or staff member or handed into McElvaney’s. Please put your name on the back of original photos so that these can be returned after they have been copied. In order to allow time for editing and publishing of the book we need all submissions by the 14th August and your support in helping make this event a success will be greatly appreciated.

Launch night

Launch night for the All-Ireland Community Games Pitch & Putt finals will take place in Rawle’s of Ballinalee on Saturday, August 1st. The All-Ireland Community Games Pitch & Putt finals are taking place in The Acres on Saturday, August 15th for the third year running which is a great achievement for the local club in Ballinalee. Joe Finnegan of Shannonside radio will be in attendance on the launch night. Admission is free and there will be a raffle on the night. As always your support would be greatly appreciated.

Family Fun Day

Anyone interested in getting involved in organising or helping out at the family fun day please email with ideas.


Numbers drawn 9, 13, 23, 29. 3 x €20: Clodagh Fagan, St. John’s; Theresa Brady, c/o P.O., Deborah Spollen, Firmount. Seller’s prize: Theresa Coyle. Draw takes place in Stag’s Head for the month of July at 9pm. Jackpot is €3,300.

Blood Donors

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service mobile unit will be in the Longford Arms Hotel, today Wednesday and Thursday this week from 4.30-8pm. Help ensure essential blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly.

Advice from EPA

Advice from EPA for Gardeners, Householders and Farmers. Products commonly used around the home and farm such as weed killers, insecticides, fungicides, pesticides and herbicides should always be stored and used very carefully. Even the smallest amount of these getting poured down a drain or being allowed into a water course can have a serious effect on drinking water and animals which use that water course to drink from. Further information can be found on, or by picking up a leaflet from the council offices. Longford County Council will be holding a Household Hazardous Waste collection and a Farmyard Hazardous Waste collection later on in the year and we advise people to bring your unused, unwanted or out of date household and farmyard chemicals to these collections for safe disposal. For further information contact Gary Brady, Environmental Awareness Officer Longford County Council on 043-3343451.


The 11am Mass on Sunday next in Holy Trinity Church will be celebrated by recently ordained Fr. Seamus O’Rourke.


Irish Wheelchair Association will take up the annual church-gate collection at both masses next weekend. Please support to help maintain vital services to people with disabilities in Longford.

Church notices

Collectors for August: Vigil: Tom McCauley, 11am: Mel Farrell and Frank Rehill. Counters: Seamus Cahill and John Dowd.

Whist Drive

The monthly whist drive takes place in Curraghcahill on Tuesday next, 4th August at 8.30pm.


The management and trainee personnel of the EDI centre wish to thank all those who supported their recent church-gate collection. A special word of thanks to Mel Forde who kindly took up the collection. Vigil Mass: €49 and 11am €214.82.


Deepest sympathy to Michael and Maureen Gilmurray, Esker, on the sudden death of their son, Joseph in England recently. RIP.

Golf Society

The next outing for the Ballinalee Golf Society is in Glasson Golf Club on Saturday, 25th August. Tee time is 9.50am


Well done to the Connolly’s team who had a good win over Legan Sarsfields in the Intermediate Championship. Check fixtures list for upcoming game.