New Ardagh Book

New Ardagh Book

A new book listing all the headstone inscriptions in the two old graveyards in Ardagh, St. Patrick’s and the one opposite the Community Centre, is now at an advanced stage

of preparation. The inscriptions have been copied in detail and it is hoped to launch the book in late 2013 or early 2014. The book will include a number of extras relating to the parish but in particular a section listing death notices down the years for the Ardagh diaspora who died outside the parish or in a foreign country and whose death is not on record already locally. For example, a death notice from a New York newspaper in 1865 reads “At Brooklyn, New York, James Farrell, aged 65 years-a native of the parish of Ardagh, Co. Longford” Likewise similar information may be found in the old memorial cards etc. So far up to 50 Ardagh born names, both lay and clerical, from countries as far afield as the United States, Australia and Argentina, have been submitted for inclusion – so if you want your forgotten ancestral cousin to be included give us a call with the details. All enquiries to Luke Baxter, Main Street, Longford Telephone 086 3344878 (evenings).

Irish Dancing Classes.

Irish Dancing Classes have now resumed in Ardagh Community Centre on Tuesdays. Beginners welcome at 4.30 pm or 6.30 pm fees for the classes are €4.50 per child per lesson with an overall family rate of €10 per family per week. Further reductions for children who pay by the month. No wigs, fake tans or make up for dancers. Children can dance for competition or enjoyment. Enquiries to Maureen on 086 3702719.

Eucharistic Adoration

Every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8pm. Eucharist Adoration takes place in St. Brigid’s Church.


Congratulation to Eoin Kelly, Glen, who came third in the Macra Class at the All Ireland Ploughing Championships last week.

Tidy Towns Lotto €3,600

Numbers drawn 2, 17, 21, 22. No winner, €25 each to Gretta Clyne, c/o Bingo; Liz Farrell, Cartrongarrow; Deidre Lennon, Athlone. Bingo every Tuesday at 9pm.


Sympathy is extended to Evelyn O’Neill and family, Old Road, on the sad and untimely death of her son Billy. May he rest in peace.

Heritage and Creativity Centre

Don’t forget to book your special themed Birthday Party with us for a hassle-free, fun-filled day to remember. The Centre is available for rent for groups at reasonable rates and we also do group sessions for Arts and Crafts for all ages €5 per person per hour for groups under 10, €4 per person per hour for groups over 10. The next Ardagh/Moydow reaching out meeting is on Thursday 10th October at 8pm. Further details contact us at, Tel: 0863027602.

Challenge & Fun Run

The date is set for the 2nd Annual Ardagh Challenge 16K and Fun Run 28 December 2013. Will YOU be ready to run over Ardagh Mountain? This tough route is for serious runners and is not for the faint hearted! The Fun Run will be a great chance to stay in shape over the Christmas holidays and ALL are welcome to join in on the day. Plenty more details to follow.

Community Games

The date to restart the Friday Activities is postponed at the minute as we are still busy planning all the activities that we want to offer. Watch this space for more details next week. Any parent that would like to get involved with the Friday evening club contact Michael Hayden. Can every household please check if you have any of the black or navy community games shirts at home and return to Leslie Finnan or Eamon O’Kane ASAP. These are needed for the next cross country race and quite afew are outstanding at this time. Many thanks for returning all in advance!