North Longford



A table Quiz will take place in Murtagh’s in Aughnacliffe in aid of Leebeen Park development on Friday 15th April at 9.00pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated.”


Fostra Aughnacliffe Group water scheme is an example of a scheme that is doing everything right. The 50 house group water scheme is fully metered and usage is monitored regularly. The spring source is protected and the committee is currently examining the possibility of securing a nearby source that could be brought into service in the event of an emergency. A continuous chlorine meter is installed on the network to ensure a residual. No major problems arose during the frost as they had two infrared lamps installed in the pump house. Ongoing investment in infrastructure ensures that this is a top class group water scheme . Well done Fostra.


On Saturday 30th April seven young ladies from this region will participate in a charity challenge cycle event commencing in Dublin and the finishing line will be at the well known equestrian centre at Dr

umcora city close to Ballinamore. The run is in aid of a very important and deserving charity STOP. This organisation was formed in the aftermath of losing 3 young men to suicide in Co Leitrim and has now become a national organisation. The bereaved families came together to highlight the issue of suicide, dispel the stigma and put in place something for those who have lost loved ones. In 2009 a total of 529 people in this country took their own lives. The following are taking part in the cycle challenge – four sisters from Corglass Moyne- Laura,Sandra, Sarah and Dympna Reynolds; Pauline Kiernan Corrickmaquirk Moyne; Linda Martin Annagh Moyne and Catriona Spollen Legga Moyne. As STOP receives no funding from the HSE it has to depend entirely on voluuntary subscriptions. As part of their fund raising permission from the Garda authorities to hold a church gate collection on Saturday next 16th April at Moyne and on Sunday 17th April at Legga.


Peter McNerney, Molly Aughnacliffe who passed away peacefully to his eternal reward in the loving care of his wife and family on Monday 4th April was in his 94th year. A gentleman to his fingertips, Peter was a man who endeared himself to his legion of friends with his common sense and his ability to look life in the eye. A person with a wonderful turn of phrase, witty and full of good humour. Over the years he attended to the usual tasks and chores associated with the farming way of life. From planting the crops in the spring to harvest time in the Autumn as well as taking care of his livestock and much more. Peter was also a first class carpenter and tradesman and in fact could turn his hand to anything .For many decades he was a valued member of the staff of Longford Co Council carrying out repairs and refurbishing Co Council dwellings all around the Granard and Edgeworthstown region where he made many and lasting friends. He was always up front when it came to expressing his views which were widely respected . The world in which he was born was considerably different to the modern era. Yet his generation had a tremendous resilience and character which stood them well wherever life took them. They were sustained by their strong faith beliefs and rural culture and respect for the greater good of the community. Truly can it be said there was only one Peter McNerney. He embodied the sentiments expressed in the lines “what is life if full of care, we don’t have time to stop and stare’. He was generous in heart and spirit and many were the pathways he brightened with the sunshine of his smile and will certainly be missed. Following an active and caring life Peter’s health deteriorated during the past year or two and he bore his illness bravely and with great dignity. A wake was held in his home and people came from all over the country to pay their respects and express their heartfelt sorrow. Colmcille Church and its precincts was packed to capacity at both the removal and funeral mass con-celebrated by Rev Fr Simon Cadam PP Granard; Rev Fr Seamus McKeon PP Colmcille and Rev Fr Sean O’Dowd the cathedral Sligo. Internment took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Deepest sympathy is tendered to his beloved wife Tessie, sons Pat and his wife Mary in Toneywarden, Granard; John and his wife Maureen also in Toneywarden; daughter Kathleen in Molly; Hanna in Bailieboro and Carmel in Galway, nephews,nieces, grandchildren, relatives and friends. May his gentle soul rest in peace.


Colmcille Ploughing Association have announced that their annual ploughing and heritage festival will be a two day event this year. It commences on Saturday 15th August at 3pm with an open vintage tractor run starting at Rathmore Cross. Afterwards there will be an evening of fun, music and dancing in Joe Murtaghs premises. Details will be given in due course. Then on Sunday 16th August the ploughing and loy digging competitions will be held on the top of Smear Hill at the farm of Eugene and Teresa Doyle. Ideally situated it is without doubt one of the most scenic and picturesque parts of Co Longford with fantastic views of Lough Gowna.


Little Rascals Playgroup Mostessori and creche are now taking bookings for September 2011. They are part of the ECCE scheme. For further information ring Fidelma at 087 9649139 or 043 6684324.



You can now sign up for “View of the lakes” walk on Sunday 30th April. The registration fee is 10 euro for adults and 5 euro for U16. Contacts John Reilly or Marie Reilly Keenan.


Holy Thursday 21st April Mass of the Last Supper Purth at 8pm.

Good Friday 22nd April celebration of our Lords passion Colmcille at 3pm. Stations of the cross Purth at 8pm. Holy Saturday 23rd April Easter Vigil Mass in Collmcille at 9pm. Easter Sunday 24th April Purth Mass at 10am Colmcille Mass at 11.30am. Confessions for Easter . Colmcille on Monday 18th April at 8pm (visiting priests) and 4pm to 5pm on Holy Saturday 23rd April. Purth 12 noon to 1pm on Holy Saturday 23rd April. Palm Sunday – next Sunday 17th April is Palm Sunday. Please note the palms will be blessed before the 7pm vigil Mass in Purth on Saturday evening 16th April and on Sunday 17th April before the 10.30am Mass in Colmcille. Take palms as you enter the church.


The above club will hold their AGM on this Wednesday evening 13th April at 9.30pm in Murtagh’s lounge. New members are also invited to attend.


It was a great privilege and honour for me to be one of the special guests at the Red Cow Morans Hotel on Saturday 22rd April the receive the Longford Dublin Associations special recognition award 2011 for which I thank them most sincerely. It was an award that was totally unexpected . The 2nd April has great memories for me as it was exactly 70 years to the day 2nd April 1941 that I started work with the dept of Agriculture in North Longford. It was also on 2nd April 1959 that my youngest son, Dermot was born and it was wonderful to celebrate the occasion amongst so many family and friends. The GAA has been central to my life and I was delighted to see my friend Martin Skelly receive his award. No doubt a future president of the GAA, I must say that the night was one of the most enjoyable occasions of my lifetime. With God’s help and all going well. I look forward to attending next year’s Longford Dublin association’s dinner dance.