There was deep sadness in the area at the death of Bertie Kiernan, Toome which occurred at Tullamore General Hospital on Thursday 15th August. Suffering from a serious illness, Bertie had been in failing health for some months. A much respected member of the nursing staff at St. Loman’s Hospital, Mullingar, he retired some short few years ago. Unfortunately he did not get that much time to enjoy his retirement. He was a great GAA supporter and a keen follower of St. Columba’s and the Blue and Gold of his native county. He very rarely missed a home or away game in which either team was involved. A staunch Fianna Fáil supporter he was a familiar figure in the local polling station on election days. He enjoyed the banter during any conversation about politics. Of a pleasant personality his passing will leave a void among his family, friends and neighbours. His remains were removed to St. Columba’s Church on Saturday evening. Funeral followed Requiem Mass at noon on Sunday. The large attendance on both occasions was a fitting tribute to the esteem in which the deceased was held. Predeceased by his wife Maureen, he is survived by his daughters Aisling, Ruth, Yvonne and Siobhán, brother Noel, sisters Ita and Agnes, partner Mary Cawley, sons-in-law Rodney and Joe, granddaughter Grace, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces to whom our sympathy is extended. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in the clubrooms Wednesday 14th August. Winning numbers: 2, 9, 18, 19. The jackpot of €3,250 remained intact. Consolation prizes of €20 were won by the following. J.J. Reilly, Kilmore. Angela Mulligan, Cloonagh. Seamus Collumb, Larkfield. Liam Reilly, Mullinroe and James Reilly, Kilmore. On sales this week are as follows: Hideaway:Patrick Matthews. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Eric Sullivan. Kilcogy: Conor & Aidan McElligott. Please 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. Winning number from the draw on Saturday 17th August with Lizzie Donohoe, Derrycasson earning herself €20.

Bottle Caps

Mullinalaghta ladies footballers are collecting Lucozade bottle caps as advertised on television. This will enable the girls to get some free gear for the club. We urge all players, families, relations and friends to support this venture. Caps can be given in at all training sessions, matches, Cloonagh PO, and to any player or committee member. However October is the deadline to participate in this project. It is important to start collecting immediately.


The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 1st September. Bus will depart from St. Columba’s Church at approximately 9.00a.m. Please check church newsletter for confirmation of time. Tickets for the bus are available at Cloonagh P.O.

Warmer Homes Scheme

A reminder to check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and Facebook page to see if you are eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation before the winter rush sets in. Call 043 3393255 or

Naomh Columba C.L.G.

Anyone interested in buying the new ‘’St Columba’s’’ tops are requested to complete details on forms which are available in Mulligan’s shop and Cloonagh P.O. Prices are €35 for adults and €30 for children. Please pay as you order.

Summer Camp

Thanks to everyone who came and participated in this year’s Super Sports Camp. Thankfully the weather stayed good and it was a very enjoyable two weeks. Hope to see you all next year.