Tidy Towns 

Tidy Towns 

Meet as usual  at 10a.m. on Saturday morning. Great to see the facelift  at Lower Main Street - the finishing and painting look great. Right now the green areas facing the main approach road are of concern -  the entry for the National Tidy  Towns Competition is near complete and we depend on residents to present their green spaces to the highest possible standard especially those facing onto the main approach road. 

Water Harvesting, Waste & Energy

A series of talks are taking place over the next couple of weeks in the Adult Education Centre at Battery Road Longford, commencing this Wednesday, 7th May at 7pm  The first talk is about Litter, Waste and Energy. The second talk is on Monday, 12th May and is on  Water Conservation. The final talk will be on Wednesday, 21st May and its on Biodiversity and Heritage.   â€¨

Monaduff Social Club

A Bealtaine Festival Social will be held in the Centre, Newtownforbes on Thursday, 15th May at 2.00pm. Anyone interested in travelling to the social by bus please contact Betty Creegan at 087-9790996 or Adrian Lennon at 087-7056605. The Outing/Day trip will take place on Wednesday, 18th June. Next meeting takes place on 19th May at 8pm.

Walking Group

Just Turn up. New for the Summer months. Get out and get Healthy. Starting May 9th at 7pm from outside the church. You must bring a hi viz jacket and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Host families needed

Host families are needed for Spanish students attending a summer camp in Moyne CS, for 3 weeks in July.  Payment for the three weeks is €550 and anyone can participate.  For more information, contact Maeve on 085 8391939 or moynesummercamp2014@gmail.com.

Cycle in aid of Cancer Research

Paul McCormack, Ken Kerrigan, Donal Madden and Martin McGee (Jun), will cycle doing the “Tour De West” on 10th /11th May from Ballymahon to Sligo and back - a distance of 250 kilometres in aid of Cancer Research. We join their families and friends in wishing them well in their endeavours. 

Sponsorship is needed for this charity run. Cards available from the cyclists.

Anyone interested in participating in this cycle should contact Donal Madden on 043-3324102 for training details.

Darkness into Light

Please support your county in the Darkness into Light 5 Km walk in aid of Pieta House on Saturday morning at 4.15am on 10th May, 2014.  Pre registration will take place in the Mall, Longford on Wednesday, 7th May between  5.30-8pm or come early and register on the morning. Everyone is welcome to come along on the morning of the event.


Don’t forget bingo every Tuesday in the 98 Hall, Ballinamuck at 8.30pm. €1300 in prizefund, see you there !

Graves for Sale
We wish to remind you that graves are available for sale at the reduced rate of €700 for a three grave family plot, €470 for a two grave family plot and €235 for a single grave until 1st July 2014.  After 1st July graves will revert to the standard prices of â‚¬900, €600 and €300.  If you are interested in buying a grave or would like any further information please contact Brendan Daly on 087 7717886, Seamus Mimnagh 086 8622298 or any committee member.

Dancing Classes

The last class in Social Dancing with Eamonn Cuniss, for the present is on Sunday May 11th, at 8.30pm in the 98’ Memorial Hall, Ballinamuck. It has been great fun and great exercise too, so why not come along and support it. Admission €10 and students €5.


Ceili in The 98 Hall, Ballinamuck on Saturday, 10th May, Dancing from 10pm to 1am, Music by The Annaly Ceili Band, tea served and proceeds in aid of 98 Hall funds.

Cairn Hill Challenge

The 2nd Annual Cairn Hill Challenge took place on Sunday May 3rd 2014. It started out at Drumlish Community Centre and took the same routes as last year. Congratulations to the organisers, it was a huge success and enjoyed by all. The committee would like to thank everyone who took part and they look forward to seeing you all next year.

Lourdes Pilgrimage

The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is from May 27th – June 1st. The five night fully inclusive price is €699. To book contact Joe Walsh Tours, 145 Lr. Baggot Street, Dublin 2, Telephone 01-2410812 or 01-2410811. St. Mary’s Parish Athlone Pilgrimage to Poland takes place from June 2nd to June 9th.

Lough Derg Three Day Pilgrimage from 30th May or One Day Retreats from May 3rd. Posters at back of Churches have all information necessary for all pilgrimages.

Blessing and Dedication
We are happy to announce that Bishop Francis Duffy will perform the official Blessing and Dedication of the New Cemetery on Sunday, 11th May, directly after 11am mass. It has taken two years to get to this stage and we are delighted to invite you all to join us on this special occasion.  We would like to thank everyone in the community for their generous support to date and hope that you will continue to support us in the future.

Ballinamuck Essert Twinning

After a very exciting, fun and educational exchange in France last year, it is now the turn of Ballinamuck to welcome their French twinning partners in July this year. If you would like your children to benefit from these fun and educational experiences, become involved either through hosting French children similar in age to your own or hosting one of the adults. The group will consist of seven girls and six boys ages between thirteen and seventeen, three eighteen year olds and thirteen adults. There is already an exciting programme of activities planned including camping in Outdoor Discovery, Ballymahon, trips to Lough Key and Tayto Park as well as games, arts and craft activities all designed to build friendships and shared knowledge of our cultures. There have been approximately twenty exchange visits with participation in French musical events like this year’s Celtic Festival in addition to the yearly exchanges. The young people of Ballinamuck have gained hugely in their social and educational development as a result of these exchanges. The young people have gained in confidence from living with host families, made friends and often gone on to study French at third level. All of this activity is underpinned by very active twinning committees in Essert and Ballinamuck. Committee members fund raise through the local Lotto, bag packing, church gate, pub quizzes etc. If you would like to be involved in any way please contact the Chairperson Paddy Howe (0879613312).

Ballinamuck enhancement

Meeting 8th May next at 9pm. Tidy Towns season is well and truly upon us. Volunteers/suggestions are always required and welcomed so we would be delighted to see you on the 8th! Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets for our Easter raffle, winners were as follows; Rachel Donnelly, Freddie Dillon and Noel Reilly. We hope you all enjoyed your hampers and had a lovely Easter! 


The Annual Mass for deceased family and friends of Fr Manning Gaels, St Vincent’s Minor and St Helen’s Ladies Clubs is being celebrated on Sunday, 11th May at 11am in St Mary’s Church, Drumlish. It would be appreciated if all players, members and anyone associated with the above clubs attend this Mass.