Sympathy is extended to Eileen Hand, Larkfield on the death of her sister, Mary Daly, Archerstown, Delvin which occurred at the Midlands Hospital, Tullamore on Thursday, 26th June. She is survived by her husband John, son Kieran, mother Anne, brothers John, Liam and Michael, sister Elizabeth, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunt, uncle, nephews and nieces. May she rest in peace.

Car Boot Sale

Colmcille Gardening Club and Community Projects will hold a car boot sale alongside stalls at Colmcille Community Centre on this Sunday, 13th July from 11.00am onwards. Stalls will include home baking, plants (flowers + vegetables), bric -a- brac, household items, chicken houses and chickens etc. Children will be catered for with face painting and much more. If feeling peckish tea, coffee, soft drinks and scones will be available. To book a car place call Eilis on 0879402831 or Sue on 087 6839748 as soon as possible. Should inclement weather prevail the event will take place in the community centre.

Social evening

On Saturday, 19th July, a social evening will take place in Michael Dolan’s Lounge, Aughnacliffe in aid of St. Thomas’ Church Restoration Fund and The Dialysis Unit at Cavan General Hospital. Music is by ‘’One Nite Only’’ with dancing from 10.00p.m. - 12.30a.m. A raffle for valuable prizes will be held on the night. An auction will also be held for a Longford Town Soccer ball, A Signed Leinster rugby team jersey and a load of firewood donated by Hall Transport, (Aughnacliffe). Voluntary donations would be very much appreciated. Support would be very much appreciated.

Water Safety

Irish Water Safety, Swimming and Lifesaving classes will be held at Fitzpatrick’s Shore, Loch Gowna from Monday, 14th July to Friday, 25th July at 11.00am and 3.00pm daily. Cost per child is €32. Registration will take place on lake shore on Monday, 14th at 10.30am. For more information contact John Reilly on 087 2689338, 043 6683153 or email Deirdre Fitzpatrick 087 1255434. Margaret O’Reilly 086 874 6394.

Rosie Run

As a result of the very successful venture of the initial run in 2013, the second Rosie Run in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) will take place in Loch Gowna on Sunday, 20th July at 1p.m. All are invited to walk/run 5K to raise much needed funds for this worthy cause. Registration will take place in Loch Gowna Community Centre from 11.30a.m. Refreshments will be served in the community centre afterwards. Your support would be appreciated.

Tidy Towns

Adjudication in the tidy towns competition will take place shortly. All residents in the area are requested to look after their area. We remind all to be aware of litter.

Summer Camp

Forms have been given out to the local school for the summer camp which will take place at St. Columba’s G.A.A grounds. The annual camp will run this year from Monday11th August to Friday 15th August for 4 – 7 age group. 8-12 year olds will be catered for from Monday18th August to Friday 22nd August. Forms will be given out in schools in the coming weeks. For further information contact Conor on 086 1984470.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in Keogh’s on Thursday, 3rd July. The winning numbers were 3, 21, 24, 29 with the jackpot of €5,500 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 each were won by the following. Christy Reilly, Aughnagarron. Rose Cunningham, Clooneen. Michelle Tully, c/o Martin Brennan, Gowna. Eamonn Brennan, Callanagh and Sarah Macken, c /o Martin Reilly, Toome. On sales for this week are as follows - Hideaway: David McGivney. Keogh’s/Angler’s Rest: Frankie & Finbar. Kilcogy: Jim McCabe & Thomas McNerney. If unable to sell please arrange a substitute and drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday evening.

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 the local post office 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. The winning number on Saturday 5th July was 13. Olivia Denning, Derrycasson and Ciara Hand, Larkfield were winners.


Bus will travel to Knock on Sunday, July 20th departing from Killydoon at 9.00a.m, Granard 9.15a.m, Ballinalee 9.30a.m and Longford 10am. For further information contact Bridget Burns on 043 6686696.

5km/1Okm Run

St. Columba’s GFC in conjunction with Longford Hospice will hold a 5km/ 10km run through Derrycassin Wood on Saturday, 30th August at 12 noon. Accurate course/chip timing will be a option for those wishing to avail of it. At the start of the race a chip is attached to your arm and your time is recorded. Chip entry fee is €15 and €10 for fun walkers. Registration will take place at entrance to the ‘’Laurels’’ beside Derrycassin Wood from 10.30a.m. Alternatively one can enter online at Refreshments will be served afterwards. Support would be very much appreciated. Please inform family and friends away from the area. There will be prizes for Males, Females and Veterans.

Wedding Bells

On Saturday, 5th July last, St. Columba’s Church was the venue for the wedding of Lizze Donohoe, daughter of Jimmie and Lilly Donohoe, Derrycassin and Dromard native, Barry Kiernan. The ceremony was performed by Fr. Simon Cadam assisted by Fr. P.J. Fitzpatrick. Lizzie’s chief bridesmaid was her sister Caroline Earley who was assisted by another sister Maggie Reilly and friends Linda Kiernan and Caroline Doyle. Best man was Kevin Donohoe and groomsmen were Raymond Kiernan, Sean Kiernan and Oliver Kiernan. The beautiful little flowergirl was Aoibhinn Kiernan with Oran Macken and James Reilly being very able pageboys. Bernard Donohoe and Marise Macken took care of the readings. The prayers of the faithful were recited by Damien Donohoe, Leanne Earley, Michael Donohoe, Lisa McGovern, Aaron Earley and Mary Sullivan. The gifts at the altar were presented by Lilly Donohoe and Marie Kiernan. The reflection was given by Denise ‘O Connor Brady. Sacred music for the occasion was by Mel and Helena Crowe. Following the ceremony and Mass, the wedding party and guests travelled to the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon where they were treated to a delicious meal and a great evening’s entertainment at its best. On behalf of their many friends and acquaintances, we wish Lizzie and Barry many years of good health and happiness together.

Community Games

The County Longford Track and Field finals took place recently in Ballymahon. We were represented in all competitions. The weekend started off on the Saturday with the field events. Conor Leonard got things underway for us in the long puck event. In what was an excellent performance, Conor took gold winning by six metres. Our next representative was Conor’s sister Aoife in the throw ball competition. This was a much closer affair. Nevertheless, Aoife earned herself gold having 0.6 metres to spare at the end. On Sunday, the track events took place. All the children did well. Unfortunately, only Rachel Gillian was in the running for a medal taking gold in the U16 100 metres race. Our U-16 girls relay team of Rachel Gillian, Shannon O’Reilly, Shannon McEntire and Carmel McGivney came away with silver having been pipped very narrowly at the line following a very close encounter. We compliment all participants on doing their parish proud over the weekend. We wish Conor, Aoife and Rachel well at the All Ireland Finals in August.