Bishop’s Visit

Bishop’s Visit

On Saturday, 17th May, the Vigil Mass at 8.00pm will be celebrated by Bishop Francis Duffy. Please give him a warm welcome.

Host families needed

Host families are needed for Spanish students attending a summer camp in Moyne Community School for three weeks in July. Payment for three weeks is €550 and anyone can participate. For more information, contact Maeve on 085 8391939 or

St. Vincent de Paul Shop

‘’New 2 U’’ shop at Market St. Granard is open every Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 11.00am to 5.00pm. It will also open on the first Tuesday of each month from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Lotto draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw on Wednesday, 30th April. The winning numbers were 4, 15, 20, 30 with the jackpot of €5,100 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 were won by the following. Mary Fitzpatrick, Kilmore. Tommie Carroll, Gowna. David McGivney, Cloonagh. Shauna Rose & Stephen McGivney, Clooneen and Megan O’ Reilly, The Hideaway. On sales this week are as follows, Hideaway: Rian Brady. Keogh’s/Angler’s Rest: Frankie & Finbar. Kilcogy: Seamus Fitzpatrick & Paddy Brady. If unable to sell please arrange a substitute and drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O. before 5.30p.m on Monday.

Ladies Footballers

As part of their fundraising activities the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in local shops or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday’s night main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. The winning number on Saturday 3rd May was 32 with Bridget Beglan and Pauline Leonard coming up trumps.

Family Fun Day

On Sunday 1st June the Colmcille Branch of the Mentally Handicapped will hold their annual fundraising event at Dring Car Park on the shores of Lough Gowna in aid of St. Christopher’s Day Centre, Longford. For the past forty years the committee on a voluntary basis have worked tremendously to raise funds for this worthwhile cause. Unfortunately it has to mostly depend on voluntary donations. Mass for present and deceased members will be celebrated on the site at 1.30p.m. From there on entertainment for all the family will continue for 3 hours plus. Many of Ireland’s top artists will perform here. They include Philomena Begley, Aidan Quinn and his six piece band, The Murphy’s, Noel Cassidy, Chuck Owens, Paul Lynch, June McLoughlin, Philip J Rogers, Jason McGilligan, Ciaran Rosney, Jane McNamee, David O’Reilly, The Bradys, Seamus Sheridan and Frank Kilbride. As usual there will be plenty of amusements for the children such as face painting. There will also be ferret racing, cake stalls, fishing competitions with North Longford Anglers, baby show competition and much more. We remind you to mark this date in your diary.

End of an era

It is with regret that we note the decision of the Mulligan family to close down their convenience store which has served the community for over sixty years. Many customers will miss the chit chat and gossip that were part and parcel of doing business at the corner three hundred and sixty five days of the year. We wish the retirees well.