St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in the clubrooms on Friday 8th April.. The winning numbers were 1, 18, 25, 26 with the jackpot of €3200 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 each were won by the following. Seamus Collumb, Larkfield, Dring, Longford. Regina Brady, Cloonagh, Dring, Longford. Brian Buckley, Derrycasson, Dring, Longford. Paddy Fox, Clooneen, Granard, Longford and Marie Matthews, Toome, Dring, Longford. Results of draw in The Hideaway will appear in this column in next edition of this newspaper. Forthcoming draw will take place in TheAngler’s Rest. Tickets for same are now on sale at the usual outlets. Sellers are reminded to drop envelopes into Cloonagh P.O before 6.00p.m on Monday evening. Rota for this weekend is as follows. The Hideaway: Thomas Mc Cabe. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: David O’Rourke. Kilcogy: Martin Reilly & Peadar McGovern. If unable to sell please appoint a substitute.


The Ardagh and Clonmacnoise Annual pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from May 27th to June 1st. Anyone wishing to travel with the group are requested to contact Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot St., Dublin at 01 2410812 / 01 2410811 .Total cost is €699.


The committee attached to the local community centre will hold a cake sale following Mass on Saturday 23rd April. Your support would be very much appreciated.


On Easter Sunday night 24th April Abbeylara development committee will hold a fundraising function in the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown. Many well known artists are booked to take to the stage. They include Chuck & June, Huby Harten, Beffnie Kickers and Martin Donohoe of Shannonside Northern Sound fame. Martin is well known in this region as presenter of The Wind that Blows programme each Saturday evening. With the doors opening at 9.00p.m and dancing continuing to 1.30a.m a very enjoyable and entertaining night is guaranteed. Admission is only €10. This includes finger food and the opportunity to win some valuable spot prizes. Your support for this worthy cause would be appreciated. All proceeds go to clearing the debt of work carried out in the parish in recent times.



Registration for September’s Preschool, Playgroup and Montessori will take place on Thursday 14th April in the Playgroup at 9.00p.m. A refundable deposit of €50 is required to secure a place and children born between 02-02-2007 and 30-06-2008 are entitled to free Preschool place.


On this Friday 15th April a retirement Mass for Nuala Fox will be celebrated in St.Columba’s Church at 7.30p.m. This will be followed by refreshments in the local community centre. All are welcome to attend.


Our local school girls travel to Pearse Park, Longford on this Thursday 14th April to participate in the division 4 league final. With throw in at 7.00p.m we wish them well. We hope that as many as possible will make the journey to cheer them on. Good luck lassies.


People were shocked and saddened to hear about the untimely death of two former parishioners , Gary Murphy and Colm Reilly. Gary was son of the late Pat and Anna Murphy Cloonagh. He will be fondly remembered as a talented singer who as a teenager performed on radio and television. He was a familiar voice at Feiseanna.

Colm Reilly was the youngest son of Mary Anne and the late Phil Reilly, Toome. Locals frequently met the gregarious Colm as he went about his work in local hostelries. While he resided in Castleblaney he never failed to attend such events as cemetery Masses etc.

To the relatives of Gary and Colm we extend our deepest sympathy. May they rest in peace.


Members of St. Columba’s G.F.C will hold a church gate collection in aid of the Longford branch of Multiple Sclerosis at the Vigil Mass which will be celebrated in St. Church on this Saturday 16th April. Thank you in anticipation for your generous support towards this worthy cause.