A big thank you

A big thank you

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.

A Word of Thanks

Niamh Mulligan and Michelle Farrell would just like to extend their appreciation to everyone who turned up to participate in their table quiz which was held in Farrell’s Bar, Ballinalee last Saturday night which was a very successful night. They would also like to thank all those who donated raffle prizes, bought raffle tickets, those who couldn’t come but donated previously and anyone who helped out in any way. They would also like to thank Farrells Bar and also David Reynolds for being a fantastic MC on the night. The girls will be volunteering with the Global Medical and Public Health Brigade this coming June in Honduras and will be continuing their fundraising efforts in the coming weeks with another night planned for May the 9th in Creegan’s, Bunlahy.

Abbeylara Drama Group

The group are holding a 5K Walk/Fun Run/ Cycle in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund on Monday, 4 May at 2.00pm. Registration from 12.30pm in Crawford’s Lounge Abbeylara. Entry fee €10 per person or €20 per family. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Members of the Done and Dusted cast will lead the walk in full costume. Entertainment in Crawford’s afterwards.

Sports Day

Please note change to date of Sports Day which will now take place on Sunday 26th April from 2pm.


A quiz will be held in The Stags Head on Friday, April 24th to raise money to buy jerseys. Table of 4 Adults €40, Students €20. If you cannot attend please buy a ticket from the committee and be entered into the draw for a door prize. Your support would be much appreciated.

Model Making

Any child interested in taking part in Model making please contact Dolores by text on 086 3882221 within the next couple of days. Age categories are U10, U12, U14, U16.

Pitch and Putt

Any Boy/Girl interested in playing pitch and putt, please contact Dolores by text asap on 086 3882221. Age category for competition is U16 over 10.


We are trying to promote Foroige in Co Longford and in particular Ballinalee. We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in setting up a Foroige club in your locality, Foroige allows young people to have fun in a safe environment. For more information please contact: Jim Maher, Regional Youth Officer, Telephone 086 967 2920.


Numbers drawn 10, 11, 17, 29. 2 x €30 Martina MacEntee, Aughaward; Mary Farrell, Aughagrey. Sellers prize: Mary Farrell, Farrell’s pub. Draw takes place in Stag’s Head pub on Monday at 9pm for the month of April. Jackpot is €1,900.

Daffodil Day

Total amount raised locally for the annual Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day was €1,257. Carmel Lane would like to thank everyone who supported the fundraiser and well done to Carmel for organising it.

Baby boy

Congratulations to Michael and Pauline Horan on the birth of their second child, a baby boy.


Congratulations to Michael Reynolds, Longford Road and Miriam Cunniffe, Carrick-on-Shannon who got engaged recently. We wish them well in their preparation.

Blood Donors

Blood donation clinic will take place on Monday and Tuesday, 27th and 28th April, from 4.30-8pm in St. Brigid’s Community Centre, Lough Gowna. Please support this vital service.


Deepest sympathy to the family of the late Annie Hennessy, Castlebrock, who passed away recently. RIP

Hillside Club

The club are going bowling on Wednesday, 29th April with the bus leaving the bottle bank at 11am followed by lunch at the EDI centre.

Parish meeting

A follow up meeting to the one that took place in March will be held on Tuesday, May 5th at 8pm in the Thomas Ashe Hall. This is an important meeting and all parishioners are asked to attend.

Parish dance

Total amount raised from ticket sales on Easter Sunday night was €4,700. Once again many thanks to all who helped in different ways.


Over the last number of months equipment has been damaged in the playground. This is very disappointing. The committee has asked to remind people that the equipment in the playground is for use by under 13s ONLY. It is not built for use by adults or older teenagers. The committee also wants to remind people that the playground is not a dumping ground and rubbish should be brought with you. The environmental officer with Longford County Council is keeping an eye on this issue and people will receive fines.

Bottle bank

The dumping of rubbish is on on-going issue. Weekly this area has to be cleaned, dumping their household rubbish and not disposing of their glasses correctly. Longford County Council have now erected CCTV to catch the perpetrators. Anyone caught will be fined €150 with an appearance in court.

Connolly’s Club membership

Anyone who wishes to use the facilities in the club must be a fully paid up member. Membership for adults is €30. Students and OAPs €20. Family membership of two adults is €50.