Good luck to all the students sitting for the Junior and Leaving Cert in the coming weeks. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of preparation.


Fundraiser Head Shave, 30th May, Coy’s Bar, Longford, starting at 9.30pm in aid of Lauralynn House, Ireland’s only childrens hospice and St.James’s Hospital Foundation. Marion Prendergast and Jo Purkis from Killoe will be shaving their heads to raise money for these very worthy charities.


The next meeting of the above guild will take place on Monday, June 9th at 8pm in the Visitors Centre, Ballinamuck. This will be our last meeting before the Summer recess. Managing Stress and Building resilience: Paul Marsden, Occupational Psychologist, will attend the meeting at 9pm. Paul will discuss exactly what stress is, how it affects people, and what we all can do about it. This will be an open meeting and all are welcome to attend. The National Brown Bread competition sponsored by Aldi Stores, Ireland with an over all prize of €7,000 is currently on offer. The judging for Longford entrants for this competition will be held in Kenagh Community Centre on Monday June 16th at 7pm. This competition is open to everyone, non members of ICA will have to pay €20 entry fee. Each competitor will produce a home baked cake using not less than 10oz of wholemeal and not more than 6oz of white flour. Competitors can use any ingredients they please provided they keep the above proportion of wholemeal to white flour. A 2lb loaf tin or round tin can be used.

Don’t forget Bingo this Tuesday and every Tuesday in the 98 Hall, Ballinamuck at 8.30pm. €1300 in prize fund, see you there!


Ballinamuck enterprise meeting on Wednesday, 28th at 9pm, all members are asked to attend.

Ballinamuck Tidy Towns

A meeting of the above has been arranged for this Wednesday 28th May at 8.30pm. It will take place in the meeting room in the ‘98 Hall. It is of utmost importance that everyone attends as we are putting together a comprehensive plan to get as much work done as possible in early June. All help would be greatly appreciated. 

Games postponed

Community Games annual Sports day due to take place on Sunday last, 25th May at 2pm in Monaduff has been postponed until further notice.

Tidy Town’s

Team will meet every week evening for the next few weeks. Saturday morning meeting will start at 9am. Mechanical street sweep today - this Wednesday - keep cars off street if possible until sweep has gone by. If everyone did a little together we can achieve a lot - our village is in competition and we need everyone to do their bit - great to see the cigarette butts being swept up outside the Village Inn this morning - that is the leadership and pride of premises that makes a difference. Competition time is very close - the application has been posted and a huge amount remains to be completed in preparation for the adjudicators who can arrive any time after the 1st of June. Uncut grass fronting onto the main approach roads is a no no and will detract from our marks so please get it cut.


Monaduff Social Club

The Outing/Day trip will take place on Wednesday 18th June.


Sara Curejova, daughter of Michel & Denisa, Hibernian Court, Longford and Rgea Bracken, daughter of Roy & Noelle, Shanmullagh were baptised and welcomed into our faith family last weekend. We congratulate their parents also.

50th Birthday

Congratulations to Eamon Connell who celebrated his 50th Birthday this week with a mega party at his residence Drumlish Hill. We hope you have good health, to celebrate many more birthdays. We wish you every blessing and happiness in the future.

Calvary Cross

Now that the new extension to the Cemetery has been completed, wouldn’t it be nice to have a special Cross reflecting Calvary and the hope of resurrection there. If there is any parishioner or family who would like to donate or finance a Calvary Cross and scene to complete the beautiful work done. The cost of such would be something similar to the cost of erecting a headstone. It’s a big ask in difficult financial times, but it’s a worthwhile investment. Thank you.

Ballinamuck Essert Twinning

Following an exciting, fun-filled and educational exchange in France last year, it is now Ballinamuck’s turn to welcome and host the return visit of their French Twinning Partners in July this year. If you and/or your children would like to be involved in any way please contact the Chairperson Paddy Howe (087-9613312). The group will consist of seven girls and six boys ages between thirteen and seventeen, three eighteen year olds and thirteen adults.

There is already an exciting programme of activities planned including camping in Outdoor Discovery, Ballymahon, trips to Lough Key and Tayto Park as well as games, arts and craft activities all designed to build friendships and shared knowledge of our cultures. There have been approximately twenty exchange visits with participation in French musical events like this year’s Celtic Festival in addition to the yearly exchanges. The young people of Ballinamuck have gained hugely in their social and educational development as a result of these exchanges. The young people have gained in confidence from living with host families, made friends and often gone on to study French at third level. All of this activity is underpinned by very active twinning committees in Essert and Ballinamuck. Committee members fund raise through the local Lotto, bag packing, church gate, pub quizzes etc. If you would like to be involved in any way please contact the Chairperson Paddy Howe (0879613312).

Youth Festival

Ardagh & Clonmacnoise Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from 30th July to 6th August – 7 nights half-board in Guesthouse, close to St. James’ Church. Young people aged 16-35 are most welcome. Cost: €659 in total. Contact Diocesan Youth Centre at 0906473358 or email: anita.allenym@gmail.com. See poster in church.

Host families needed

Host families are needed for Spanish students attending a summer camp in Moyne CS, for 3 weeks in July.  Payment for the 3 weeks is €550 and anyone can participate.  For more information, contact Maeve on  085 8391939 or moynesummercamp2014@gmail.com.

Counselling Service

Accord also provides a professional marriage and relationship counselling service for couples, experiencing difficulties in their marriage and relationships. ACCORD provides a safe place to explore relationship difficulties in a confidential, respectful and non-judgemental setting. Contact ACCORD Longford on 043 3347222.

Recent death

The sudden and untimely death of Brian Collum, Barraghmore, Drumlish took place on Tuesday last. To his parents Bernie and Peter, brothers Emmett and Petie, aunts, uncle, grandfather Timmy, grandmothers Maureen and Freda, great grandmother, cousins, aunts- in- law, uncles-in-law, relations, numerous friends, colleagues, and neighbours we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anaim dílís. Please see appreciation notice.