The Newtownforbes Friends of Longford Dyslexia Workshop/St. Christopher’s Autism Unit are holding a sponsored Cywalkleathon (cycle, walk, run, bed push) on Sunday 27th October. The route is Newtownforbes/Tarmonbarry/Rooskey – Newtownforbes (25 miles). Sponsorship cards are available from Mike O’Reilly, Castle Inn, Newtownforbes or entrance fee €20. Anyone interested in taking part in all or part of the event please give names to Mike O’Reilly 043 3346601 or Betty Rogers 086 2013518 by 20th October 2013. The Launch of the event takes place in Mc Gowan’s Lounge, Newtownforbes on Saturday 12th October 2013. Music is by local girl Vanessa Ginty. Please come along and support this worthy cause. Raffle on the night with lots of spot prizes.

Fancy Dress fundraiser

Fancy Dress fundraiser in aid of St. Christopher’s Autism Unit and Longford Dyslexia will be held in the Complex, Newtownforbes on Thursday 31st October 5pm – 8pm. Children €5 - adults free. Music, facepainting, games, etc. Prize for best dressed boy/girl.


Training opportunities for people in receipt of any Disability/illness payment commences in the EDI Centre Longford. This 8 week part time programme includes FETAC accredited modules with work experience included. To register for this programme contact EDI Centre 043 3347515.

Songs of Praise

A Song of Praise Harvest Thanksgiving Service will take place in St. Paul’s Church, Newtownforbes on Sunday 13th October at 7pm with special Preacher Bishop Ferran Glenfield, Bishop of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh. Please join us for praise and refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

Under-Age Football

Under 8 and 10 girls football training is now finished for the next few months. Training will resume in early Spring.

MSRI Karate

Huge congratulations to Ronan McCormack and Diarmuid Masterson on their respective grading in Lanesboro Dojo last week. A great achievement for the lads who did themselves and their club proud. We would also like to thank Sensei Kevin McKenna and his club for their welcome and cooperation. Training continues every Monday evening from 7-8pm and students are now gearing towards their next grading. New members are always welcome and for further information please contact Sensei Ann Devlin on 087 9248816.

Rosary Rally

Rosary Rally and Crusade on behalf of our Country and Ireland. Sunday October 13th from 3.15pm to 5.45pm at the Emmet Og GAA Club in Killoe.

Weight loss

For the first time in Longford – Starting Monday 14th October at 7.30pm we are holding a Weight Loss Challenge for 12 weeks leading to a beautiful, fit and healthy you for Christmas. Each night you will receive information from our unique body scanner which will tell you about your % body water, body fat, muscle mass, physique rating and metabolic age. This will be followed by an educational informative and fascinating information session and discussion about nutritional requirements and products. This could change your life for the better for only €58. Be part of it and don’t miss out. Places are limited. Call me now Anne 086 1223464. Meetings will take place in the Drama Room, Stonepark School every Monday night at 7.30pm starting on Monday 14th October.

Through the Age

As part of the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of St. Mary’s Church, built in 1864 the Parish Pastoral Council is proposing that there be a photo exhibition of photos of parish life, sporting, social and religious, through the ages. This exhibition will probably be put on in the Parish Hall sometime in 2014. Now is the time to start looking for old photographs – from the time the camera was invented!! All photos will be handled with care and returned to the owners. More details later.

Liturgy Group

A meeting of the Liturgy Group will be held in the Parochial House on next Thursday October, 10th at 8.30pm

Give Blood

This clinic is on Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th of October in the Longford Arms Hotel, from 4.30pm to 8.00pm.


October is a time for celebrating Station Masses. If anyone would like to host a Station in their area, please contact Fr. McGovern.

Monster Bingo

Bingo will be held in the PJ Murphy Sports Hall on Sunday 13th October at 3pm. €2,500 to be won. Monster raffle on the day.