The local lotto draw was held on Sunday night last. Numbers drawn were 11, 15, 22 and 23. There was no winner. €40 went to Andy and Davina Dardis. €20 each went to Josephine McCloughry, Olive Molloy and Bridie Spearman. Special Christmas Draw results - Turkey – Fr. Nigel Charles, Ham – Barry Casey, Cake – Anne Evans, Bottle of Whiskey – Rosemary Johnston, Tin of Biscuits – Frances Lynch. The next draw will be held in The Camlin Bar, Clondra, on Sunday 29th December for a jackpot of €5,540. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Race night

On Saturday 28 December, St Brigid’s GAA club will hold their annual race night in McPartlands Clondra- starters orders at 9pm. Contact any club member to buy your horse now for only €10. A great night guaranteed.

Baby boy

Congratulations to Eithne and Enda McWeeney on the recent birth of a baby boy. The new addition to the McWeeney family is a very welcome brother for Maeve, Jack and Lara. Congats are also extended to the proud Granny Peggy.


Congratulations to Amy Jordan, Derryadd, who recently received 1st prize in the U-7 category of the Lanesboro/Ballyleague Credit Union Art competition. Well done, also to all the other children that took part in the competition.


The children from Cloontagh National School participated in the Hallelujah Concert at City West Hotel, Dublin. They joined a choir of 3,000 children from all over the country and performed a wide variety of songs and dances. It was a wonderful experience enjoyed by both the children and parents. A huge thank you to the Parents Association of Cloontagh National for their continued work and support of the school.

Tidy Towns

Killashee Tidy Towns group are holding a raffle for a Christmas Hamper. Tickets are on sale at the moment and are available from any committee member. The raffle will take place in The Chestnut Tree, Killashee, on Saturday 21st December where music will be provided by ‘Done and Dusted’. The group are holding a meeting on Thursday 19th December at 8:30pm to organise for the raffle. All tickets must be returned before Friday 20th December.

Longford Rural Transport

Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) manage and administer the Rural Transport Programme, which covers the rural regions of County Longford. Many thanks to all the passengers and stakeholders who have supported, and indeed campaigned for the continuation of the Programme throughout the year. Spaces are still available of this “door to door” service in your area, please contact your Local Provider or Seamus (Co-ordinator) at 043 3345555. All age groups are welcome. Timetable: ALL routes for 2013 will be completed by Tuesday 31st December. Services for 2014 will resume on Thursday 2nd January. Longford Community resources would like to wish All Passengers and everyone who supports the Rural Transport Programme, “A very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and good wishes for the New Year”.

Carol Service

A Christmas Carol service for all the Parish will take place on Sunday, December 22 at 3pm in St Patrick’s Church, Killashee, followed by a cup of tea afterwards in the parochial house.

Happy Christmas

Finally I want to wish all the staff at the Longford Leader, all the loyal readers and all who contribute to these notes a very happy peaceful and safe Christmas. Enjoy the festivities and look out for those who may be lonely and alone this Christmas. Special wishes are extended to all those abroad who were not able to get home at this special time and welcome to those who made the journey home.