Baby Girl: Congrats to Pascal and Catherine Hennessy, Castlebrock on the recent birth of their first child, a baby girl.

Baby Girl: Congrats to Pascal and Catherine Hennessy, Castlebrock on the recent birth of their first child, a baby girl.

Deepest Sympathy: Deepest sympathy to Willie Brown and family, Esker on the recent death of Margaret Macken, late of Currycahill.

Baby Boy: Congrats to Melea and Tehar Kilcmie nee Sheridan, Kilshrewley, on the birth of their first child, a baby boy, Samuel.

Deepest Sympathy: Deepest Sympathy to the Columb family, Drumderg on the recent death of Mary Columb RIP.

Lotto: Lotto numbers drawn on December 17th: 7, 10, 14, 23. No jackpot winner, 3 winners of €20 to Monica Donohoe, Frankie Brady and Nellie McGoldrick. Second prize Mary Farrell. Jackpot €3,800. Draw for month of January in The Stag’s Head. Lotto tickets for 2013 all 52 draws €100. Contact Frank Reynolds or Michael Carrigy.

American Football: On Tuesday night last, one of our own Aidan Conlon, son of Sean and Kathleen Conlon formerly of Castlebrock and now resident in Chicago USA, played in the American Football Orange Bowl Final which took place on Miami Beach. Aidan plays for the North Illinois Huskys who play Florida State in the final which is the colleges equivalent of the Superbowl. He is number 61 and the team had a 12-1 win record going into the game.

Welcome home: We welcome home all of those who have made the trip home for Christmas including Dessie Lennon from New York and Paddy McDonnell, PJ Brady and Kevin Farrell from Australia.

Deepest Sympathy: Deepest sympathy to Paddy Mulligan and family, Aughagreagh on the recent death of Bridgid Mulligan RIP.

Happy New year: I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers of the Ballinalee notes a happy and peaceful New Year and hope you all had a very enjoyable Christmas.

DVD: Copies of the recent Mock Wedding are still available in local shops, €10 each.

Gym: Membership of the gym at the GAA pitch will be due for renewal in the next month. Cost for the year €150. It is planned to have a Ladies’ gym night each week during the year. Contact Andy McNamee or Michael Carrigy.

Get out, Get Active: Now that the turkey, goose, ham, Christmas cake and pudding have passed on, what better time to get out and get active? This venture has been organised by the Sean Connolly Football Club over a period of six weeks commencing this Saturday, January 5th with a group weigh in at Maguire Park at 12pm. Men and women both young and not so young are eligible to take part. Teams of five people will be formed, of which one member will be the leader of the team. These leaders have been appointed at a meeting which was held recently. They are in the process of finalising their teams and interest is at an all-time high. So come along and get involved with a team. Teams will have sponsorship cards and all proceeds will go towards the paying of insurance of the grounds and facilities and other costs which amounts to the region of €10,000. Our sincere thanks to all who have helped out down the years.

Deepest sympathy: Deepest sympathy to Anne Hennessy and family, Castlebrook, on the death of her brother Jimmy Rowley, Esker, over the Christmas. RIP.

Engaged: Congrats to Niall Brady, Kilshrawley and Rachel O’Sullivan, Kildare, who announced their engagement over the Christmas. We wish them well in their preparations.

21st: Congrats to Noelle Brady, Currygrane, who celebrated her 21st recently with a party for family and friends.

christmas draws: Some results from the various Christmas Draws over the last week. Fox’s - Marian Treacy, Nikki O’ Brien and John Sulllivan. Carrigy’s - Mary McEvoy. Farrell’s Bar - Michelle Heaney, Jacinta Reynolds, Kate Sexton, Joseph Brady, Ann Heaney, Willie Brady. Rawle’s Bar - Michael Farrelly, Lislea, Paul Molihan, Sean and Jenny McNamee. Stags Head - Maggie Murtagh, Sean Hagan and Lorraine Treacy.

Rural Transport: All services for 2013 will resume today, Wednesday Jan 2. LCRL wishes all passengers a happy new year.

lottos: Numbers 5, 11, 14, 24. No winner. €60 match 3 - Peter Conboy, Longford; Seller Pat Devine. Jackpot - €3,900. Draw on Monday January 7 in the Stag’s Head at 9pm. Yearly tickets €100 available.

Whist: No whist for January. Next night is February 5 at 8.30pm in Currycahill.

Deepest sympathy: Deepest sympathy to Larry Diffley and family on the death of his brother Fr Vincent in Limerick at the weekend. RIP.

mobile phones: Please drop any old mobile phones into myself in the post office or children can bring them to the local national school when they return next week. We are collecting for another defibrillator for the parish. Our second one has been erected at Clonbrony Church. First responders in the area are Una McEvoy and Tom Edwards, Kilderreen.

Chernobyl children: Michael and Cait Stephenson would like to thank all who organised the recent Santa visit in aid of the project.

Deepest sympathy: Deepest sympathy to Michael Fitzgerald, Castlebrack, on the death of his sister in-law Mary Judge in England, RIP.

Meals on wheels: Total collected at recent church gate collection was €350.27. Thanks to all who contributed for County Longford Social Services.

Badminton: Resumes on Tuesday next from 8pm to 10pm in the Thomas Ashe Hall. New members welcome. Committee meeting at 8pm.

xmas draws: Winners of the draw in Hair Affair in aid of Longford Hospice homecare - 1st Eilish Carrigy; 2nd Louise Reynolds; 3rd Tess McGoldrick. The winner of the hamper in aid of Downs Syndrome IReland was won by Lisa Martin, who is kindly donating this to Longford Hospice Homecare.