Table Quiz: On Saturday 16th March a table quiz in aid of St. Columbas G.F.C will take place in Keogh’s. We appeal to all supporters of the club to keep this night free. Perhaps invite some friends for the long weekend and let them test their skills against the local maestros. With some valuable prizes on offer tables of four are only €40. A night of entertainment and craic is guaranteed. Proceedings will get underway at 9.30p.m sharp.
Appeal: St. Vincent De Paul Granard are delighted to announce the opening of its charity shop in Market St. near the library on Saturday 16th March at 12 midday. Everyone welcome to attend. Our branch caters for the needs of the people in the Granard, Abbeylara and Mullinalaghta areas. We would appreciate clothing, bric a brac etc. for the shop. Items can be delivered to St. Mary’s Church, Granard on Saturday 9th March from 3.00p.m to 5.00p.m. Same will be accepted at the Sacred Heart National School any day before 3.00p.m. For further information call 085 1503905.
Lotto Draw: St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in Keogh’s on Thursday 7th March. The numbers drawn were 3, 12, 27, 29 with the jackpot of €2050 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 each were won by the following. Karl Dermody, Newtowncashel. Maura Kelly, Culleenmore. Marie Matthews, Teffia Park. Cillian Leonard, Leitrim and Amy Brady, Cloonagh. On duty for sales this weekend are Hideaway: Liam Reilly. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Myles Matthews. Kilcogy: Thomas Mc Nerney & Jim Mc Cabe. If unable to sell please appoint a substitute and leave tickets in Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.
Got An Idea: St. Columba’s N.S. Board of Management would like to invite you to put forward your ideas as to what should be done with our old school building. The building has recently been renovated, so we now need to get it up and running as a working building. All suggestions are welcome. If you would like to make a proposal as to what purpose it could serve, please write down your idea and post back or hand into the school.
Ladies Footballers: As part of their fundraising activities the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in local shops or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball o n Saturday’s night you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. The winning number in Saturday night’s draw 9th March was 37. Majella Mooney came up trumps to earn herself €20.
Class Re-Union: Calling the class of 1986 Cnoc Mhuire, Granard. Re-union is organised for Saturday 4th May 2013 in Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar at 7.00p.m. For further details contact any of the following: Pauline Stakem 083 3072807, Marie Cullen 087 6373630, Monica Gorman 087 7701370 or Margaret Reilly 087 1334037.
Community Games: Winners of handwriting competition are as follows: Boys U-10. 1st James Browne. 2nd Liam Fegan. 3rd Eric Hopkins. Girls U-10. 1st Eimear Scanlon. 2nd Zoe Collumb. 3rd Aideen Donohoe. The county handwriting final will be held in Kenagh on Wednesday 20th March. Our area swimming final was held in Longford Swimming Pool on Sunday 2nd March. The results are as follows. U-8 Freestyle 1st Aisling Scanlon. U-10 Girls Freestyle 1st Eimear Scanlon. 2nd Siobhan Leonard. 3rd Aoife Leonard. U-10 Girls Backstroke 1st Eimear Scanlon. 2nd Siobhan Leonard. 3rd. Aoife Leonard. U-12 Boys Freestyle 1st Ciaran Scanlon. 2nd Connor Leonard. U-14 Girls Freestyle : Aine Leonard. U-14 Girls Backstroke: Aine Leonard. County swimming finals will be held on March 16th at 5.00p.m. Congratulations to our competitors on reaching this stage and good luck. Practice for basketball from U-11s to U-13s boys and girls will be starting shortly. Please check our facebook page for times and dates.
A Date For Your Diary: A variety show will take place in the local Community Centre on Sunday 5th May. All interested are invited to participate. Entry forms are available in Mulligan’s shop and Cloonagh P.O. For further information contact James Mooney on 087 2656074.
Nonagenarian: Congratulations to Tom Degnan, Culleenmore on the recent celebration of his ninetieth birthday. We are delighted to inform his many friends that Tom is still very alert and keeps up to date with what is happening at home and abroad. We wish himself and Kathleen good health and happiness for many more years.
Cadbury’s Leinster U-21 Championship: Well done to Longford U-21s on defeating the reigning provincial and All-Ireland title holders Dublin at Parnell Park on Wednesday evening last. Though the Dubs looked stronger in the first half and were leading at the break, Longford dominated proceedings for long periods in the second half. Local boy James McGivney was to the fore on many occasions and delivered some excellent balls to his Northern Gaels club mate Robbie Smith who scored 1-3. In a nervy finish the Longford backs held firm and secured victory over the red hot favourites. They now take on Wexford in the Leinster semi-final at O’ Moore Park, Portlaoise on Wednesday 20th March. We wish them well.
Airtricity League: Longford Town’s 2013 league campaign got off to a flying start with a 5-0 victory away to Salthill Devon on Friday night last. It was very much a night of firsts for De Town with Daniel Purdy’s goal in the eleventh being the first of the new season and David O’ Sullivan grabbing the first hat trick in the second half. This Saturday 16th March Waterford United are visitors to the re-named City Calling Stadium on the Strokestown Road. We wish De Town well in their bid for promotion.
Granard Country Market Free Raffle: Granard Country Market are having a free raffle on this Friday 15th March on account of St. Patrick’s Day. Special cards, cakes and goodies are now available for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. More details later. The market is open each Friday morning from 8.30a.m – 11.00a.m in the Market House.
Thank You: St. Columba’s GFC express sincere thanks to all who helped out at ‘The Laurels’ on Saturday last. Appreciation to the ladies for the catering. The refreshments went down a treat.
BONUS BALL: Sat 9th March: Winning Bonus Ball: 37, Winner: Majella Mooney, Leitrim. Well done to Majella, next draw is Next Saturday 16th. Tickets available from DP’S and there will also be tickets available at training so all players please bring their two euro. There is also six month tickets available - more details contact Marie Matthews on (086) 4008635. We held a successful registration night on Friday last 8th March where we registered 42 players - winner of the free membership was Emer Hand Larkfield. Any further registration can be made by contacting Marie Matthews and Well done to our senior girls who won their first round of the league against Dromard with a scoreline of 3-9 to 3-5.