May walk

May walk

The Tidy Towns annual nature walk takes place on Bank Holiday Monday the 4th of May. This is always a beautiful walk on the roads around Lough Slawn because of its high heritage value. Lough Slawn and the surrounding meadows have now been given special protection in the Longford Co. Development Plan because of the rare plant life that has been allowed to develop over the last 50 years. Dr Catherine Farrell, an Ecologist with Bord na Mona will give a talk on this unique area at the end of the walk. Valuable prizes will be raffled for all who take part. The walk starts from The Hill at 2:30 pm.

Community Games

Newtowncashel Community games committee would like to thank everyone that contributed in any way possible to make their recent monster Auction a massive success. Thanks to everyone that donated items for Auction and also to everyone that turned up and purchased. There was a massive amount and variety of goods on offer. Hopefully, everyone got a bargain and that everyone was happy with their purchase. Thanks also to everyone that baked Cakes, buns, jams and tarts for our cake sale and also those that purchased them. There was a fantastic display on offer. A big thank you goes to all non-Committee members that helped out over the two days from sorting out all the goods in the hall, labelling the lots, selling items, keeping accounts and records up to date. Thanks to the girls for running our tea shop on the day and for cleaning up the hall at the end and also hall committee for use of the hall.

Thanks to everyone that advertised our auction, church newsletter, Longford Leader, Facebook, text messages, emails and Shannonside radio. Thanks to our Auctioneer Denis O’Roarke who did a fantastic job on the day and also kept the crowd entertained. Best of luck to our table tennis U16 team who play Killashee this Friday in the county final. Field events will be taking place this weekend, Shot putt, javelin, and discus for U12, U14 and U16 etc.

Our running events is provisionally booked for Friday the 1st of May weather permitting. County Swimming finals will take place on Monday the 4th of May.

The first round of Leinster Competition will be held on one day Saturday 7th June in Edgeworthstown. Leinster finals will be held on one day Saturday 4th July in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.


Longford MS would like to say a big thank you to all who helped, organized and most importantly contributed to our recent church gate collection. Your generosity is very much appreciated.


Well done to the Cashel senior football team who had a well deserved draw against Clonguish in the Division 1 of the football league last Wednesday night in Pairc Ciaran.

St Mary’s NS

St. Mary’s National School enrolment for September 2015 takes place from the 20th to the 24th of April. Enrolment packs can be collected from the school and relevant forms must be returned by Friday the 1st of May.

Quiz final

Good luck to the Under 13 team from St. Mary’s National School who contest the All-Ireland Quiz Final at the Hotel Kilmore, Cavan,on Saturday the 25th of April next.

Minor Club

Underage training will commence on Sunday the 26th of Aprilat 11.45a.m. in Pairc Ciaran. Children must be registered before taking part in any training, blitz or games.

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival committee hold a Table Quiz in Gav’s Bar, Kenagh on this Friday, 24th of April at 8.30p.m. Tables of four €40. Proceeds in aid of St. Christopher’s. Please contact Paddy Finnegan, Chairman at 087 2705014.


The annual Pioneer outing takes place on Wednesday the 15th of July, destination Dublin.


Recitation of the Rosary has resumed and continues on Fridays at 7.30 p.m. All are welcome.

Best wishes

We extend best wishes to Fr. Michael Murtagh CSSR who completed seven years as Superior at Clonard Monastery, Belfast last weekend. He is to take up duty in Cherry Orchard Parish, Dublinin 2016. We wish him well in his new assignment when the time arrives.