Irish Blood Transfusion Service: The above will visit St Brigid’s Community Centre Lough Gowna on Wednesday 29th May and Thursday 30th May from 5,00pm - 8.30pm. 
Please note days & clinic opening times. Help ensure Essential Blood Supplies are always available by giving blood regularly.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service: The above will visit St Brigid’s Community Centre Lough Gowna on Wednesday 29th May and Thursday 30th May from 5,00pm - 8.30pm. 
Please note days & clinic opening times. Help ensure Essential Blood Supplies are always available by giving blood regularly.

Free bus: Free bus to Holy Cross Abbey on Sunday next 26th May for St Padre Pio Annual Pilgrimage. Bus leaves Cathedral Car park at 9am.

Baptism: Lucy Mai Mulleady, daughter of Niall and Anne, Cloonaugh was baptised and welcomed into the faith family of the Parish last week. We congratulate her parents also.

ICA News: Jill Kirby, Personal Finance Journalist, will speak on all aspects of financial control related to women on Wednesday May 29th at 7.30pm in THE RUGBY CLUB, LONGFORD. The seminar will cover how to balance the family budget, how to get the best deals on Home Insurance, Pensions, Mortgages, Personal Finance etc. It will also cover Inheritance Tax, the importance of writing a will, and how to plan for the rising cost of child/senior care. Admission free, and a raffle will take place.

Tidy Town’s: The team had an 9am start on Saturday morning last to prepare the kerbs for the mechanical street sweep and great work got done. Thanks all who stepped up to the plate.  There is still room for improvement and as well some areas are looking very well –the trees are in marvellous bloom – Mill Oaks in particular.  Sliabh Rua is beginning to take shape now that the grass is mown – keep up the good work. This year’s Tidy Town’s application was posted during the week past and we have another week or so to get things ready before the judging season starts in earnest.  We note the dumping of grass cuttings on the manicured verges of the Old School Road –  now it is rotten and unsightly – please find somewhere else to dump this organic waste – do not spoil good work.  Litter or dumping issues phone Longford Litter Hotline 1850 434 450  and visit Drumlish Tidy Town’s on Facebook.  


Car Boot: Drumlish Area Enhancement –  if you are clearing or making space in your garage or shed – we would be happy to receive any recyclable and saleable items that you no longer need or have use for.  Contact Dympna 087 9279272 or any member of our Area Enhancement or Tidy Town Team  - Items can be collected if necessary.

community centre celebration: We the celebration committee of the community centre would like to take this opportunity to convey our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved with our weekend of celebration to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Drumlish community centre. The success of the weekend was down to all the hardworking people who came together as one. To all the people who helped prepare the centre both outside and inside, to all involved with the variety show, the fun day, the Irish Night, Sunday afternoon and Sunday night with the big bands and to those who worked behind the scenes a Huge thank you to you all. The amount of work as you can appreciate involved in making a full weekend of events such a success is enormous, and you can all be very proud of what have achieved. Not only was it a financial success, but our greatest achievement was that the community spirit shone once again in our village. Just like a ship in the night all you hard working people came together and proved that the spirit of community is well and truly alive in the parish of Drumlish, Ballinamuck and surrounding areas. Where new friendships were made and old friendships renewed is the greatest gift of all. On that note we wish our good friends Margaret Bissett and Brian McDaid a fond farewell back to their homes and we were delighted to have you both participating with us on this special occasion.

Garden Open Day: The Annual Garden Open Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society will be hosted in the garden of Paddy and Mary Gillooley, Mill Road, Drumlish on Sunday the 26th May from 11.30 am to 18.30pm. The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s national cancer charity. Established in 1963, 2013 is our 50th year. The Irish Cancer Society provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Our services are professional, confidential and free of charge. We are almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receive less than 5% government funding. Unfortunately due to the poor weather money collected from street sellers around the country on Daffodil Day were 50% lower than usual. An emergency appeal was launched to re-coup the shortfall and appeal to those that could not donate as usual due to the weather. Night nurses care for cancer patients across the country in their own home during the last days of their life. During 2012 the Society’s night nurses cared for 1,818 patients, providing 7,350 nights of care. 115 nights of care were provided to 28 cancer patients in Longford. During 2012 financial aid to the value of €1,047,461 was provided to 1,753 cancer patients across the country. €8,400 worth of financial aid was given to cancer patients in Longford. The support from Paddy and Mary Gillooley’s Garden Open Day will ensure that the Cancer Society can continue to provide and expand this service and other valuable services such as night nursing and financial aid.

Please come out and support this worthy cause .

The Marquee in Drumlish Festival: Line up for 2013: Friday August 16th: Delorentos followed by DJ Fergal Darcy; Saturday August 17th: Declan Nerney & Nathan Carter; Sunday August 18th: Sharon Shannon & Mundy followed by The Aftermath. Recently voted in the Top 10 places in Ireland to change your life, huge crowds are expected again at this years festival. Anyone with a room to spare willing to operate B&B locally, please contact Eimear Kellegher on 086 8809938. 

Ballinamuck Enhancement Committee: Playground update - In case some people are not aware, considerable progress has been made in relation to the playground. The land has been secured (behind the Hall), form of interest has gone into LCRL (Longford Community Resources Ltd) & layout of playground is being decided. We expect that 70% of the overall funding will be provided by LCRL but the balance MUST be raised by the Community (the value of the site can form part of this as match funding). All works must be completed by the end of 2013! In order to raise this money we are working on a number of fundraising ideas, details of which follow. The 1st of fundraising initiatives will take place on Sunday the 2nd of June in Dillons Bar & Bistro, Ballinamuck. The fabulous Nite Fever is providing the entertainment and admission on the door is optional. Come enjoy some great entertainment and contribute to this worthwhile cause at the same time. It is unlikely that a small Village like ours is going to get an opportunity like this again, we need to make the most of it!
We Hope to see you in Dillon’s on the 2nd of June!
Thank You!

TIDY TOWNS: We are out and about again next Saturday 25th May at the usual time of 9.45am, again anyone who can spare a few hours to help out would be most welcome. Inspection time is nearly upon us (inspection can be carried out anytime during June, July or August) so we need to keep the pressure on! We are aware that Saturday mornings may not suit everyone so if anyone would like to lend a hand on week day evenings that would be great as well. Please contact a member of the committee or email us on Facebook (search Ballinamuck Enhancement) and we can organise Hi Vis vests, equipment etc.  We hope to see you Saturday and that the weather is favourable.

Monaduff Social Club: The Bealtaine Festival Day will be held on Saturday next May 25th in Monaduff from 3.00 – 5.00pm. It will be hosted by broadcaster Aiden O’Hara- remembering our great Irish singers. Come and enjoy a few hours of pure nostalgia. Deposits of €50 or any payment you wish towards the 4 day trip to Killarney on September 23rd will be collected on May 25th. A committee meeting will be held on Monday 20th May at 8.00pm.

Cash for Clobber: Ballinamuck National School will have a clothes collection on morning of Wednesday 22nd May  from school.  All items of clothing, curtains, shoes and handbags will be collected. (please note no Duvets or pillows) Please drop off at school gates on morning of 22nd. The money we receive from these clothes collections is part of our fundraising for the school as is used to subsidise busses for school activities and classroom resources.  Please pass this message on to your friends and family.  Thanking you .

Confirmation: Congratulations to all the young people from the Parish who were confirmed on Sunday last by Bishop Colm O’Reilly in St. Mary’s Church Drumlish. Thanks to all their parents,and teachers for their guidance and support. Thanks also to Mel, the school choir, and their teachers for the lovely music. The following were confirmed: Timothy Bouvin, Emily Carr,Shauna Cawley, Kali Connell, Michael Courtney, Cathal Culliney, Matthew Dadura, Calum Delaney, Eimear Dempsey, Laura Duggan, Eoin Howe, Conor Keenan, Hayleigh Madden, Brendan McCann, Michael McKenna, Elaine McKeon, Shane McNally, Katie Quinn, Garry Smith, Mark Sorohan, Aleina Tomkins and Gabrielle Walsh. We pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit on all these young people now and in the future. We hope you all had a wonderful day.

Parish Pastoral Council: Our new Paris Council, representing the whole parish has now been put in place. The new members: Paddy Howe, Deirdre Garvey, John Egan, Kay Culliney, Peter Hagan, Marie Kenny, Sonya Davis, Edel Quinn, Paul McCormack, Bridie reilly, Patsy McDermott, Ber Hogan.Part of the work of the new Pastoral council will be to assess the spiritual and pastoral needs of our parish and plan for the future. We thank all those who voted and participated in the formation of our new parish council. Our plans are to meet six times a year, alternating between Drumlish and Ballinamuck. Our first meeting will take place in the parochial house Drumlish at 8.00pm Monday 27th May. Sincere thanks is accorded to the outgoing members for their commitment and work over the past tears. We wish everyone well as members of this team and pray God’s blessing on their work for the Parish community.

Bright Light’s Festival 2013: Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Diocese are inviting young adults 17 – 30 year olds to Kent, UK to shate in a World Youth Day experience from 26th July – 30th July (Taking place all over the World Youth Day Weekend). If you are interested in hearing more contact info@aym.ie or call 0906473358. Large screen link up with the World Youth Day in Rio. Live bands, Cathechesis, Guest speakers and more. See posters in churches.

Longford County Choir: Longford County Choir present the Armed Man by Welsh Composer, Karl Jenkins with soloist Ann Marie Gibbons and orchestra, on Sunday 26th May at 7.00pm sharp in the St. Mel’s Cathedral Centre Longford. Tickets available locally from Folk choir members or at the door on the evening.

Computer classes at local Library: These are starting within the next few weeks – call in or phone Helen on 0433324760 or 0868674162 for details. Also our knitting club is ongoing – new members always welcome.

Drumlish Heritage: Drumlish Heritage – History: are hosting two events for the Gathering on 21st & 22nd August next – further details visit The Gathering Ireland Website.

Yoga classes: Yoga classes continue every Friday evening at 7.30pm in the Bent Elbow.

SIAMSA!: An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt. The course will take place from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day and will cater for students from Third to Sixth class. Further information and applications forms available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665.

Ladies Gaelic 4 Mother’s & others: St. Helen’s Ladies 4M&O have now changed their training to Mpnday nights at 8pm in Monaduff, We welcome any ladies who want to join an energetic group to come along. Don’t worry if you think “you’re not fit enough” as the whole point of it is to get people out & getting fit while making new friends in a fun environment! And if “football isn’t your thing” then come along and let us change your mind!!! So even if you can’t kick a ball or don’t know the rules then don’t let that put you off. As we are currently the only team of its kind in Longford it means that everyone from all over Longford can join. It’s a recent initiative the GAA have launched to get ladies back into playing the sport or to introduce them to it for the first time. This is a non-competitive sport. All ladies welcome.