HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY: We wish all the readers of the Local Notes, both at home and abroad, a very happy St Patrick’s Day!! 
Enjoy the parades and celebrate safely!

HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY: We wish all the readers of the Local Notes, both at home and abroad, a very happy St Patrick’s Day!! 
Enjoy the parades and celebrate safely!

SCHOOL ENROLMENT: Enrolment for St Mary’s National School for September 2013 takes place from March 11th to 22nd. Enrolment packs can be collected from the school and relevant forms returned during this period.

DEFIBRILLATOR GROUP: The fourth defibrillator has been installed at Derryhawn. People from that area are invited to contact Geraldine Greene (087) 619 0134, or Mairéad Farrell (086) 856 6608, to avail of training.

FLOWERS: There are thirty-five flower beds in the village, big and small, all cared for by the Tidy Towns. We would like to hear from anyone who has the interest to adopt a flower bed for the coming season. The Tidy Towns will supply all the flowers. Please ring Ann Flanagan on (043) 332 5049 if you are interested.

GAA: The Club invites people to take out membership and to support the Club Lotto. Club members will visit the houses of the parish in coming weeks to provide details enabling people to do this.

TALKS FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH: The third of four talks for the Year of Faith will be given in the Pastoral Centre, St Mel’s College, Longford, on Thursday March 14th, at 8.00pm. The topic is “Faith in Ireland”, the speaker Fr Tom Murray, Longford Historical Society. Fr Murray, an experienced historian, invites us, as part of our St Patrick’s Day celebrations, 2013, to revisit the story of the Christian Faith in Ireland. All are welcome.

LENTEN MASSES: During Lent, Mass will be celebrated at 7.00am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. All are welcome.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: The Stations of the Cross is a devotion that may be performed at any time of the year but is particularly suited to the Lenten Season. Instead of the Rosary, the Way of the Cross will be followed in the Church on the Fridays of Lent at 7.30pm. All are urged to make a special effort to participate in this traditional devotion.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: The Annual Pilgrimage takes place from May 27th to June 1st, five nights, fully inclusive price €699.00. Flights from Knock. Contact Joe Walsh Tours , 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 telephone (01) 241 0811, (01) 241 0812. Details regarding the special section for the sick from Rev. Michael Scanlon PP, Cloghan, Birr, Co Offaly. The organisers request the names of sick people who would like to join the pilgrimage. Names should be submitted as soon as possible please to Elizabeth Clyne (043) 332 5156.

PASTORAL COUNCIL: The Parish Pastoral Council will meet in “The Hill” on Wednesday March 20th at 8.30pm. The business of the meeting includes the distribution of financial acknowledgements for the year 2012.

PIONEER OUTING: Carrickedmond PTAA are considering a tour on a Sunday in July to visit the Titanic exhibition in Belfast. Those who are interested are asked to contact any of the following telephone numbers – (087) 646 6075, (087) 697 4775, (044) 935 7442, (044) 935 7582, not later than April 5th. The tour is open to non-members of the PTAA. Cashel Pioneers will join forces with Carrickedmond for this outing.

NEW BABY: Congratulations to Edel (Fallon) and Ciaran Nulty on the birth of their new baby boy!

SYMPATHY: We offer our sincere sympathy to all the family, friends and neighbours of Seamus Greene, Athlone Road, Longford, and formerly of Greenhall Lower, who died on Sunday last. May he rest in peace.

WELL DONE: Well done to the Under-11 Quiz team from St Mary’s National School who recently represented Lanesboro Ballyleague Credit Union at Chapter Level. On the evening the team of Emma Casey, Mark Brehon, Luke Mulvihill and Joseph Kenny, with sub Conor Skelly, came a very creditable 3rd place.

COMMUNITY GAMES: Well done to our two draughts teams who played against Meath on Friday evening last. They faced very strong opposition from Duleek and Clonard and were defeated in the end, but all enjoyed hosting their opponents and the refreshments that were provided for our visitors on the evening! Well done to all involved and thank you very much to the team mentors!