Newtownforbes notes



Corr: Ann Marie McKeon Tel: 086-0479281. e-mail:

Friends of Longford Dyslexia

The launch of this brilliant fundraiser will take place this Saturday night the 10th October in McGowans. Music and spot prizes on the night. Please support. The Newtownforbes Friends of Longford Dyslexia Workshop and Longford Mental Health are holding a fundraising day on Sunday, 25th October 2015. Fundraising consists of 5km/11km walk, 50km/80km cycle and a Soap Box Derby. Registration for 80km cycle takes place at Paddy Joe Murphy Sports Complex at 08.30am. Registration for 50km cycle takes place at 09.00am. Registration for cycle €20. Registration for 5km walk is at 11am and for 11km at noon – mid day. Registration €10. Registration for Soap Box Derby is at 1pm. Any queries regarding Soap Box Derby to Tommy Barden on 086 858 3593.

Tidy Towns

We were all delighted with our increased marks in this year’s competition. Our overall points increased by 8 points to 266. We have consistently increased our marks over the last 4/5 years & the work done around the village is being acknowledged by the adjudicators. The full report can be seen on and makes very interesting reading. Some positive remarks that are worth mentioning include *The wonderful achievement for school & community in gaining 5th Green Flag *the particularly helpful local businesses  *FAS daily litter picks *St Mary’s Church new setting *St Paul’s Church & the excellent railings * Castle Forbes entrance * Presence of active Residence Associations in local estates * Lupins at 23 Corry Pk * Castle Court & Mahon Ave are a credit to the owners  *Corryline Close is a green oasis  *Meadow Court is verdant * Castle Pk was very neat with well established shrubbery at entrance looking well  *Sligo Rd was clean & neat & red seating looked very well  *Nolan Motors is very well landscaped & gives a good first impression on arriving at Newtownforbes, hedges with wild roses & honeysuckle looked well  *Station Rd had a beautiful unspoilt railway bridge and unspoilt surrounding area with meadowsweet in the hedge.  Concluding comment was that Newtownforbes is an interesting village with a hardworking & diligent community.  The playground had not started at the time of adjudication in June so this will make a big difference to our entry for 2016.  The committee would like to thank everyone who has helped make Newtownforbes a more beautiful place to live in & we look forward to continued support.  

Four in a row Celebrations

Clonguish are still the only Club in County Longford to have brought home the Sean Connolly Cup four years in a row by winning the Longford Senior Football Championship in 1962,1963,1964 and 1965. A major event to mark the 50th Anniversary of this remarkable achievement will be held in the P.J. Murphy Memorial Hall on Saturday, 7th November 2015. A full four course meal will be served and the event will be fully licensed. Music will be provided by Aftermath. As there is massive interest in the event and as capacity is limited it is important that you book your tickets immediately with Catherine Faughnan (087 9956496) or Donna Hagan (086 8855158). Tickets are keenly priced at €25 each.


October – November is a time for station masses. Anyone who would like to host a Station Mast in their area please contact Fr. McGovern.


Bingo on Sunday next 11th October at 3pm. €2500 in prizes. Come along to support your Local Club and be in with a chance to win big prizes.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations and best wishes to John Dowd, Castlegardens and Sharon Tracey, Ballinalee, who were married in St. Joseph’s Church, Purth on Friday last. John and Sharon were joined by family and friends in Glasson Golf and County Club to celebrate their wedding. We wish the newly weds a long healthy and happy life together.

Calendar Photos

The Parish Calendar for 2016 is being prepared. If anyone has interesting photos of parish life from the past that may be of interest for the calendar, you may leave them with Fr. McGovern.

Clonguish Lotto

No Jackpot Winner. Numbers drawn 4, 15, 17, 30. €100 Fionnuala Gaffney 14 Cluain Doire, €25 Henry McGurk, Mullollagher, €25 Tommy Farrell Ballinruddy, Ardagh. Next week’s draw in The Castle Inn. Jackpot €6,000. You can also do our weekly lotto on line. Contact any Club Member for details.

Irish Dancing

Irish dancing classes have recently resumed in the Parish Hall, Newtownforbes on Fridays at 6:30pm and continue every Friday for children of all ages and at 8:00pm for teenagers and adults. Fees €4.50 per child per lesson with an overall family rate of €10.00 per family per lesson and special reductions for those who pay the first Friday of the month. Newcomers welcome. Girls and boys all ages welcome. Parents welcome to stay at classes if they wish. Contact Maureen at (086) 3702719.