Congratulations to all the young students in St. Matthews National School who were confirmed by Bishop Francis Duffy in St. Matthews Church on Friday, 8th March. We hope all the boys and girls and their families enjoyed their very special day. From 5th Class were Femi Deko, Taniah Taffe, Goddard Gaffey, Jack Fitzpatrick, Angus Kennedy, Sadhbh Doherty, Ben Moran, Jordanna Doyle, Mary Hannifin, Leah Ryan Reilly, Danielle Nally, Derrin Finn, Tegan Killian, Martin Doyle, Maks Napieralski, Clayton Shine, Maria Gallagher, Patrick Connaughton, James Walsh, Diva Gulbinaite, Natalia Bialaszewska, Aisling Duncan, Joseph Doyle, Cherise Clyne, Shane Mannion Loughlin, Wayne Higgins, Brona Cox, Jason Slammon, Katie Farrell and Shane Bawle. 6th Class - Danny Hewitt, Cillian McKeown, Liadhan Farrell, Jasmine Singh, Ella McMonagle, Lauren Hanafin, Dean Fitzmaurice, Chara Mtisi, Patrick Joseph Doyle, Maciek Gorski, Joseph Nevin, Donna Hannifin, Muirinn Claffey, Danny Pat Ward, Urte Vityte, Jasmin Stanbury, Chloe Nursimhulu, Jill Dennehy, Francesca McGreal, Jack Egan, Sandra Pawlus, Alicja Krol, Klaudia Bialoszewska.

Murrays Golf Society

Will be holding their next Outing at Longford Golf Club on March 22nd . Tee times are between 10 and 11a.m. Cost is €20 per person. All are welcome. Contact Philip at 086-3775034 to confirm tee time.


There are still a few places available at the Accord pre-marriage courses which take place on the 4th and 5th April at the Family Centre in Longford. If you are planning to get married in 2014 please contact ACCORD at 04333-47222 Monday to Friday from 11.30a.m. to 1.30p.m. or book online at

Forgney G.A.A.

The following are the winners of Forgney G.A.A Club’s monthly lotto: €25 Joe Keegan, Forgney. €25 John Clarke, Forgney. €25 Sharon Coffey, Limerick and €25 Margaret Lloyd, Ballymulvey. Well done everyone.

Low Cost Counselling Service

“Life is not what it is supposed to be, it is what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference”. (Virginia Satir). Problems crop up in life that may leave people unable to manage. Trying to cope with this stress on our own can be tiresome. People often find that they just need someone to listen, without making judgments or giving advice. Many people have found counselling to be helpful and rewarding. At the Bridgeways Family Resource Centre in Ballymahon, the counsellor does not criticize or judge. The counsellor provides a safe and confidential space for you to explore , discover and clarify ways of living more agreeable. This is a Low Cost Counselling Service now available costing €10 per service. Take the first step by contacting Melissa on 085 1648632.


The Minor club will shortly be selling tickets for their annual Grand National Draw. Your support for the young people in the area will be very much appreciated.

Factory workers re-union

A Date for your Diary 25th April next is the date set for the re-union of Factory workers from Ballymahon Clothing Factory, Claffeys, Dubtex, Balman, Manford and Manford Direct. So all past employees from these factories, also their partners, families and friends are invited to The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Friday, 25th April at 9p.m. Music is being provided by the Ramblers and many other artists. It should be a very enjoyable night out with a chance for you to renew old acquaintances. There will be a Raffle and Spot prizes on the night. Donation buckets will be at the door and all proceeds on the night will be donated to local Charities. All are welcome to join in the fun.

Spring Stations

This is the traditional time of the year for the Spring Stations. It is a special blessing for a family to have Mass celebrated in the home. Fr. Padraig would like to hear from anyone who would like to have a Station Mass in their home. Station Masses are celebrated on any evening from Monday to Friday.

Computer Course

First Steps-Computer and Internet for Beginners. If you are working in the rural community, farming, a senior citizen, unemployed or part time employed, would you like to send e-mails? Do you have difficulty sending Returns online? Would you like to shop online? Irish Rural Link are holding 4 X 2 hour training sessions in Kenagh co-operative. Please contact John Murphy on 087-2783373 or Patricia on 04333 22450 for more information. Course will be commencing soon - €15. Free to OAPs.

Leo Casey History Group

As part of the Group’s World War 1 Anniversary exhibition being planned for 21st to 28th June 2014, the group are putting out a request to all local families in and around Ballymahon for information and experiences of any family members who enlisted for military or other services in the first World War. They have in mind letters detailing events, photographs and other such reminiscences. Anyone who wishes to get in contact should phone the following - Paddy at 086-3718169, Ann Browne at 086-3376774 or Mary Carey at 087-0618035.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Takes place from May 27th to 1st June 2014. The cost is €699 which is fully inclusive and will be lead for the first time by Bishop Francis Duffy. If you wish to travel please contact Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2. Tel 01-2410811.

Innyside Singers

All male members of the Innyside Singers group are asked to be at this week’s practice session in Skelly’s at 8p.m. The ladies are asked to attend at 8.40p.m.

U-21 football

We wish the best of luck to Longford U-21 football team when they play against Dublin, tonight in the semi-final of the U-21 Championship in Portlaoise.