Happy Easter

Happy Easter

To all readers of these notes we wish you a very Happy Easter, and all the blessings of this Holy Season. Wherever you are in the world we are thinking of you at this time and hoping you are surrounded by love and peace.

The following is the timetable for the Easter Week or Holy Week Ceremonies in the Parish.

Cairn Hill Challenge

With just 4 weeks left to the start of the 2014 Cairn Hill Challenge, preparations are in full swing in the Drumlish area. The Tuesday night training group continues to grow and progress, last week saw many of the group compete their first non stop 5k under the supervision of coach, Brendan Doyle. The progress of participants has been remarkable with some who thought they would never progress beyond walking expressing their amazement and satisfaction at jogging their first 5k on Tuesday last. Expert coaching and motivation from Brendan Doyle combined with the enthusiasm of the participants has seen people progress far beyond their expectations in a very short space of time. As the dark evenings of winter have given way to the longer, brighter days of Spring, new walkers and runners have joined to group and newcomers are welcome to join at any time. Simply go to Drumlish Community Centre at 6.50pm any Tuesday to register, it only costs €2.

Due to public demand, the organisers have added a 5k event to the programme for May 4th, this in addition to the 10 mile and 10k routes already in place. The 10 mile and 10k are both Athletics Ireland approved and Chip timing is in place. Registration is available at www.precisiontiming.net .

Details of the 10k and 10 mile routes are available at http://cairn-hill-challenge.simplesite.com The 5k route is accurately measured and registration will be available on the morning of the event. A route map will be published on the website shortly. For anyone wishing to join the group please contact Colin on 086 0761556, there will be a nominal fee of just €2 per person per session. More details of The Cairn Hill Challenge will follow in the coming weeks.


Enrolment 2014 in St. Mary’s National School, Drumlish, forms for the Junior Infants Class of September 2014 are available from the school and local crèches. If you need to enrol your child into another class or have any other queries please contact the school by phone on 043 3324065 or email drumprincipal@gmail.com

Easter ceremonies

Holy Thursday: 11am: Mass of Chrism in St. Mary’s, Athlone; 7pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Ballinamuck. 8pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Drumlish followed by Adoration until midnight. Good Friday: 3pm Celebration of the Passion & veneration of the Cross in both Drumlish and Ballinamuck. Taize Prayer around the Cross (Drumlish) on Good Friday from 2 – 2.45pm – Join with the choir for this time. 7pm Stations of the Cross in Drumlish. Easter Vigil: 9pm Mass in Drumlish and Ballinamuck. Easter Sunday: 6am Dawn Mass in Kilmahon (If weather is bad, Mass will be celebrated in Ballinamuck church). 10am Mass in St. Patrick’s, Ballinamuck. 11am Mass in St. Mary’s Drumlish. Trócaire: Trócaire Boxes/envelopes should be returned on Holy Thursday/Good Friday. Thank you for your support for Trócaire.

Mission Visitation

Fr.Joe Rabbit, St.Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan expresses his appreciation for your welcome and your generous response to his appeal last week.

Pretty Drumlish/Ballinamuck Wedding

The wedding took place in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballinamuck on Saturday last of Laura, only daughter of Pakie Joe and Margaret Cunningham, Gaigue, Ballinamuck, and Cian, youngest son of Gerry and Elizabeth Brady, Creenagh. The bride wearing a flowing gown of ivory silk and organza was given away by her father Pakie Joe. Her long ivory ribbon-trimmed veil was held in place by a comb with silver & crystal hair attachment. She carried a bouquet of pink peony roses. She was attended by her friends Breda Corrigan (Maid of Honour), Stephanie Conway, Linda Martin, and Aine Brady as bridesmaids, all wearing beautiful blush pink chiffon gowns of various designs. They carried posies of avalanche roses, peony roses and hydrangeas. The groom was attended by brothers Gary (Bestman), Damien, Paraic, and friend Shane Corrigan as groomsmen, all wearing grey tailed suits, cream waistcoats and gold cravats. The pageboys dressed in similar fashion to the groomsmen were Evan McGivney, Aaron Brady, Jack Smyth, Daniel Smyth and Mark Cunningham (Jun). Flowergirls wearing white ballet-length dresses were Aoife Brady, Megan McGivney, Leona Brady, while Ellie Brady and Katie Smyth wore blush organza gold -bodiced outfits. Fr. Patsy McDermott CC Drumlish & Ballinamuck celebrated the Nuptial Mass. The readings were read by Darren & Mark Cunningham and Orla Brady. Prayers of the Faithful were read by Damien McKenna, Padraig Donohoe, Olivia Walsh, Annemarie McKeon, James Kiernan, Sean Donohoe, Colin O’Hara, and Colm McCormack. Erin Duffy read the Communion Reflection. Church Music was supplied by Doma Beo – traditional Music Group of Liam & Laura Doherty and Maria Matthews Cornakelly, Moyne, Co. Longford who also entertained guests at the Castle prior to the meal. Floral arrangements by Claire Naughton and Elizabeth Brady added to the whole ambience of the ceremony. The reception attended by a large gathering of family and friends was held in Lough Rynn Castle where everyone enjoyed a sumptious meal and spectacular entertainment by “The Aftermath” followed by Ken Kerrigan Disco. We join their families and friends in wishing Laura and Cian every blessing and happiness in the future.


Drumlish Tidy Town’s thank all who turned out on Saturday last and our new volunteers Terri & Jessica who joined us. Great work got done until the heavy rain sent us scurrying. This weekend the focus is on our Easter Egg Hamper draw which takes place on Holy Saturday evening next - We look forward to your continued support.    


Composting Demonstration will take place at the rear of the Poly Tunnel on Main Street on Thursday, 24th April at 4.30pm. This is a unique opportunity to learn what can be done with all green and brown waste... would be of particular interest to those who have large green areas and lots of grass clippings i.e. residents committee’s from/or around the village - Environment Officer, Gary Brady will be on board to give the demonstration. Spread the word -

Bio Diversity Workshop

Drumlish Tidy Town’s and Drumlish Library in association with St. Mary’s National School are meeting on Saturday morning 26th April 10a.m. to do a bio-diversity workshop. I.e.  we will attempt to identify and list at least 6 species of plant, animal and bug from the verges and hedgerow near the Mill River. The water from the river will also be checked for the organisms dwelling therein. What we find will tell us a lot about the water quality in the river. Join us at the Library at 10a.m. to join this fun morning. Parents must accompany younger children.

Melodies in May

Longford County Choir will be in concert at St. Mary’s Church, Drumlish on Sunday 4th  May next (Bank Holiday weekend). This fundraiser is for Heritage projects within the village - Tickets are available locally at the Post Office, Centra, Costcutters and from choir members.

Daffodil Day

Due to the extraordinary generosity of customers and a very generous donation from Kiernan’s Centra €1,000 has been forwarded to Daffodil Day and Cancer Research. So wonderful news from Drumlish Post office where the original Daffodil day box was stolen. Many thanks to everyone and to Centra.

Gaels Utd FC 

Congratulations to The Gaels Utd senior team who were crowned Combined League Division 4 Champions recently. What a tremendous achievement for manager Brian Courtney, Assistant Fitzy and their fantastic and committed squad in their very first year in existence. This title win consisted of a run of 10 consecutive wins at one stage and came about as a result of a huge squad effort during the season, with each and every player playing their part. The Cup was proudly displayed last weekend around Drumlish with the players receiving a hero’s welcome wherever they went and the trophy will be going to Ballinamuck in the next couple of weeks.  The players will receive medals at a function in the next few weeks. We will have more news and photos of the lads soon.  Well done.

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.


Ballinamuck Bingo continues this Tuesday and every Tuesday at 8.30pm . Prize fund €1300 and Raffle each night. All are welcome to come along and play. This week there will be an extra prize of an Easter egg on each page !
Come along and join the fun and who knows along with our nightly prize fund of €1300 you may win a little something eggstra !,Your support would be greatly appreciated. Please note our new summer start time of 8.30pm.


Paul McCormack, Ken Kerrigan, Donal Madden and Martin McGee (Jun), will cycle doing the “Tour De West” on 10th /11th May from Ballymahon to Sligo and back - a distance of 250 kilometres in aid of Cancer Research. We join their families and friends in wishing them well in their endeavours. Sponsorship is needed for this charity run. Cards available from the cyclists.

Anyone interested in participating in this cycle should contact Donal Madden on 043-3324102 for training details.

21st birthday

Congratulations to James Cawley, youngest son of Jim and Gabrielle, Drumlish, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday night last with a mega party in the Village Inn. We join James’ family and friends in wishing him a very happy birthday and hope he enjoyed every minute of it.


The AGM of the Guild took place on Monday night April 7th. The following officers were elected for the coming year. President, Lilian Walsh, Vice President, Anna May McNamee, Secretary, Yvonne Donaghy, Assistant Secretary, Mary McKenna, Treasurer, Kathleen Leslie and PRO Lillian Walsh.

At our Guild meeting in May a cheque for €360 will be presented to three local girls, Amy Leslie, Michelle Connell and Sarah Strange. The girls are in the process of setting up a Support Centre called “Talk about it” for Longford and the surrounding areas for Suicide Prevention. We wish the girls the best of luck with their endeavours. A second cheque for €360 was sent to “Aware” who do great work in providing information, support and education for those directly and indirectly affected with depression. The money was raised from a raffle held at the Bord Bia Demonstration hosted by the Guild. Once again our sincere thanks to all who attended the demonstration and supported the raffle.

DancingClasses with Eamonn Cuniss, continue on Sunday evenings in the ‘98Hall. Please note change of time from 8pm – 10pm. Everyone welcome.

Rural Transport

Change to timetable/schedule for Good Friday the 18th April 2014. Please note that all scheduled Rural Transport – Friday Services, throughout the County, will run on Thursday 17th April, with the same collection and departure times. All age groups are welcome to travel. Seamus and staff wish all Rural transport passengers and supporters a very Happy Easter.

Farm Plastic

Fitzgerald & IFFPG farm plastic bring centre at Mulleady’s Civic Amenity Site, Drumlish on Wednesday 16th April. €12/half tonne with the code 0949880251.

Next week’s notes

As this is Holy Week and Monday next is Bank Holiday, all local notes should be with the local correspondent by Thursday at latest to ensure publication. Thank you for observing this deadline.