Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu International Karate: On Monday the 10th and 17th June next our club training will be taken by Sensei Sean Donohoe. This is a huge honour for our club as Sensei Sean is one of the most experienced and well known instructors in our organisation. It is expected that all students will make a special effort to attend these sessions. Our training arrangements for June, July and August are as follows- Monday night’s training will continue as usual. For the summer there will be no training on Friday nights. Friday night training will recommence in September. For students who have other commitments on Mondays - these students are invited to attend training in Kilglass Dojo on Wednesdays from 7-8pm. This class is run by Sensei Ann Devlin and Sensei Kevin McKenna and all students are very welcome to attend. Our club grading date has been confirmed and will take place on Monday 8th July next when Hanshi Beaumont will be in attendance. Remember only those students who attend training will be eligible for consideration for grading. If anyone has any queries or concerns please contact Ann on 0879248816.
Woodview Development Bonus: Bonus Ball for Wednesday 29/05/2013 – Lotto Draw Bonus Ball 2 – Winner Tomas McCaffery. Woodview Development Draw is taking a Summer Break. Next Draw 11/09/2013.
Tidy Towns: The Village is looking really well since the sun started shining & the months of hard work have paid off. Thanks to everyone who has done so much and the TÚS and FÁS workers for their attention to detail. We still need to be vigilant about litter and continue to remind dog owners to clean up after their pets. Adjudication will be any day now, however we won’t give up our efforts and the projects are continuing. Our long term plan is to make Newtownforbes a beautiful place and be able to compete on an equal footing with other lovely villages in the country. The foundations are now firmly in place and we now need lots of help to push forward.
Croke Park - GAA - Saturday June 8th: Best of luck to our local Clonguish players who line out with Longford County Hurlers next Saturday 8th June, in the Lory Meagher Cup Final against Warunckshire in Croke Park @ 12 noon. Please come along and support the lads and enjoy a great day out for all the family.
First Friday: Friday next is the First Friday. The usual house calls will be done at the usual times.
Ballinalee Connemara Pony Show: The Ballinalee Connemara Pony Show is on Sunday 9th June. Parade through Village at 1.30pm featuring the Rose of the Show. This is a great day for all the family.
Adoration Vigil: The next First Friday/Saturday all night reparation and adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is scheduled for Friday the 7th June commencing at 10pm. The month of June is where we pay particular devotion to honouring the Sacred Heart of JESUS. In addition, this vigil is falling on the actual feasts of the Sacred Heart of JESUS and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. There are two venues, one is the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown and the second one is in St Anne’s (Former Mercy Convent), Convent Lane, Mohill. All are welcome. For further information contact 086 0405621.
Vigil for Life: A Pro Life Rally will be held on Saturday June 8th in Merrion Square, Dublin from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.
Monster Bingo: Bingo will be held in the PJ Murphy Sports Hall on Sunday 9th June at 3pm. €2,500 to be won. Monster raffle on the day.
Baby Congrats: Congratulations to Cathy Flynn and her husband Michael on the birth of their baby daughter Katie May. Glad to report that Mum and baby are doing great.
SIAMSA: An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt. The course will take place from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day and will cater for students from Third to Sixth class. Further information and applications forms available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665.
COMMUNITY GAMES: Under 11 Tag Rugby - All-Ireland Final - Crecora-Patrickswell 11 – Clonguish 9. Representing Longford and Leinster, Clonguish can be very proud of their performance in reaching the Community Games All Ireland finals and securing the Silver medal. Even though they came up agonisingly short in their quest for the Gold medal it was a fantastic achievement from the entire squad of 11 players who all contributed their part over the campaign and in the semi-final and final. Ultimately, they came up against a very experienced and well organised team from Crecora – Patrickswell in Limerick, reared from the heart and soul of Munster rugby and it was a testament to the skill and ability of the Clonguish squad that they were able to give such a fancied team a real run for their money in what was their first outing at this level. Talking to the players and coaches from Crecora after the game and enquiring as to the home rugby clubs of their players the answers were the list of who’s who in Limerick Rugby Garryowen, Old Crescent, Young Munster, Garryowen (again), Young Munster (again) etc, – all clubs steeped in the best traditions of Munster rugby. In the semi-final on Saturday Clonguish were drawn against Magheracloone from Monaghan, the Ulster champions, while Ballymote from Sligo, representing Connacht, were drawn against Crecora. In the semi-final, Clonguish played probably their best Tag rugby of the year with tremendous support play from Allanah Maguire and Hannah Glennon yielding a number of scores, and superb tagging by, in particular, Jack Sullivan and Josh Sorahan, denying Magheracloone what looked like at least three certain tries. Clonguish got off to the best possible start with a try from Mark McHugh in the first play of the game. Thereafter, it was nip and tuck for a while with both sides trading tries. As the game progressed, however, Clonguish gradually edged ahead and had built up a comfortable lead midway through the second half. At the end of the day, the score line was 12-7 with tries from Mark McHugh (2), Ben Carthy (1), Hannah Glennon (2), Allanah Maguire (1) Christopher Manning (2) while Josh Carthy on 4 was the day’s leading scorer. In the other semi-final, Crecora emerged victorious against Ballymote, Sligo in a ding dong affair which ended up 17-16. The final on Sunday was a much closer affair and even though Crecora scored first Clonguish clawed their way back into the game and led by 6-5 at the interval. The momentum waned in the second half somewhat when Crecora were driven on by one player in particular who was big, strong, athletic and extremely difficult to tag. Even though down by three scores Clonguish fought to the end and had the consolation of the final try of the match – but just came up short on a score line of 11-9. Scorers for Clonguish in the final were Mark McHugh (1), leading scorer on the day Ben Carthy (5), Christopher Manning (2) and Hannah Glennon (1). Congratulations to all concerned and if the squad continue to participate in the game they will be worthy contenders for honours again, perhaps not next year but in two and three year’s time when they will compete at Under 14 level. A very big “thank you” to the teams’ generous sponsor, Manning Bros Plant Hire who sponsored the teams’ kit. Squad: Josh Sorohan, Fabienne Flannagan, Mark McHugh, Christopher Manning, Hannah Glennon, Allanah Maguire, Abigale Flynn, Ben Carthy, Dara McCann, Josh Carthy, Jack Sullivan.