Congratulations Laura: Congratulations to local girl, Laura Healy, who was on the Longford Under-16 Ladies Football Team who won the Leinster Final by beating Kildare last Sunday.  Laura also contributed to the victory by scoring two points.  Well done Laura!

Congratulations Laura: Congratulations to local girl, Laura Healy, who was on the Longford Under-16 Ladies Football Team who won the Leinster Final by beating Kildare last Sunday.  Laura also contributed to the victory by scoring two points.  Well done Laura!

Golf Classic: Cashel GAA Golf classic fundraiser takes place on June 25th in Longford Golf Club and we would appreciate your support. Please Contact Ray Flanagan, Martin Skelly, Jim Frank Mulvihill, Bernie Farrell, Anne Kenny, Mick Casey, John Kenny, Joe Mulvihill, Paul Egan or Gary Kenny for further details.

Children’s Choir: The Children’s Choir will hold a rehearsal in the Church this Saturday afternoon, June 25th, from 5.30 – 6.30pm.

Tidy Towns: The Village is in full bloom in preparation for the judging. Last year the judges visited on June 17th and July 27th. Recently litter has been thrown here and there. To counteract this, two CCTV have been erected and already have shown results. All must remain vigilant and alert with regard to litter control during the summer.

Rural Broadband: The Government Rural Broadband Scheme has been established to provide a basic broadband service to individual rural premises which cannot obtain a service from existing providers. Parishioners who wish to access broadband may complete a one-page application form without obligation. To obtain a form log on to or collect one from L & K’s Village shop.

WEEE: St Mary’s NS has received a bin for old and unwanted electrical appliances.  It is accessible each day from 9.00am to 3.00pm until Friday June 24th.  The appliances must have batteries or a plug but not be bigger than a microwave! Donations of discarded equipment gratefully accepted as the proceeds go to Rehab.

Young Priests : St Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society Annual Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Saturday June 25th.

Longford ICA: Competition as follows: Flower Garden competition: Open to ICA members only. Vegetable Garden Competition: Open to all gardeners, male and female in Co. Longford. Children’s Section: A small plot of either vegetables or flowers. Open to all children in Co. Longford. Adjudication will take place at the end of July to early August.  Entries before June 30th to Lilian Walsh on 086-6014661.

GAA Coaching: There will be no underage training this Sunday due to the County Community Games taking place in Ballymahon.

PTAA: The Annual Pioneer Outing takes place on Wednesday July 20th, travelling to Armagh. In addition to Armagh City, with its two cathedrals, the tour will include Navan Fort, Eamhain Mhacha, and Loughgall, birthplace of the Orange Order.  The cost is €40.00, payable when booking. This charge includes coach hire, driver/guide, morning coffee, admission to designated places of interest. It does not include lunch and dinner which are at the discretion of individuals. Contact any member of the Pioneer Committee.

Toddler Group: The Toddler Group will continue through the summer months on Tuesday mornings, from 9.30 – 11.30am. Weather permitting we hope to enjoy some outdoor activities! All are welcome! Contact Yvonne (086) 851 7037 for information.

Parish Website: The new parish website is now live at  It will include details of all Clubs, Societies and businesses. We are including the following list as essential services---Garda, Fire Brigade, Church, Defibrillator ,Nearest doctor Dr. Farrell, Nearest garage Peter Hanley Motors, Health Centre, Local Shop and filling station, Local Pub Fallon’s, Nearest B/B Woodcutter Lodge.  If there is something left out please inform one of the following: Ger Farrell, Christy Hopkins, Peter O’Boyle, Kevin Casey or Mick Casey. It is still a work in progress and efforts to complete all the relevant information are ongoing.  Please let all your family members, especially those away from the parish, know about it. We hope that it will help to keep them in touch with our parish.

Pioneer Fundraising: The Pioneer Association is projecting a deficit of €100,000 in 2011. This is due to the decline in the Pioneer magazine circulation and other income sources. The PTAA and Central Office face closure this year unless there is an urgent injection of funds.  A donation of €10 per member would raise the necessary finance.  It is hoped that most members will give more.  For many members this is the first time they have been asked to contribute to the Association.  The Appeal has raised €615 to date in Cashel.  Remittance forms, with the appeal letter on the reverse, are available in the church porches.  They may be returned directly to PTAA Head Office, 27 Upper Sherrard Street, Dublin 1, or to any member of the Cashel Committee.

diary Dates: Cemetery Sundays – Saint’s Island Cemetery, 21st August; Cashel Cemetery, 28th August. Mass and prayers for the dead, 6.00pm. These masses will replace the 10.30am Mass in the Church. Pattern Day will be celebrated at Lady Well, Derrydarragh, on Saturday September 3rd. Mass follows the recitation of the Rosary at 6.00pm. This Mass will replace the Saturday evening Mass in the Church.

Prayer Group: A branch of the Legion of Mary has been formed in Ballymahon.  Members meet in the Sacristy of St Matthew’s Church, each Thursday evening at 7.30pm, under the spiritual direction of Fr Padraig McGowan.  All are welcome to attend the meetings or become new members.  For more information contact Fr Padraig McGowan (087) 252 4013, or Ann Flanagan, (087) 639 2972.

AN POST: An Post Agency Services will return to L & K Village Shop, Newtowncashel, within the next fortnight. For further information contact Laura (086) 822 2677.

Summer Camp: This year’s Scrapbooking Summer Camp will take place from July 25th – 29th in “The Hill” from 10.00am to 2.30pm each day. Contact Yvonne (086) 851 7037 for bookings and information.