Ballinamuck Diary

Ballinamuck Diary

’98 Hall Committee: The above will meet on Thursday, 20th November at 8pm. All members please attend. Ballinamuck community Christmas Party:

Will meet on Wednesday, 26th November at 8pm. A table Quiz: A table Quiz will be held in Dillon’s Bar and Bistro on Friday, 21st November at 9pm. All money raised will go directly to the travelling expenses for those children from the Parish who will participate in the 2015 programme in Essert France. Please support this very worthwhile fundraiser.

Arthritis Ireland
Need a solution for your painful feet? - Arthritis Ireland Longford Branch invites you to an information event with local podiatrist Patrick Durkan and free consultation with Step Forward Ireland. Event takes place on November 18th in the Family Centre, Longford from 7pm. A.G.M. will be held on the night also. 

Strictly Come Dancing

Preparations are well under way as Gaels Utd FC host the very popular “Strictly Come Dancing” as part of its fundraising drive. The big night takes place on Saturday night, December 27th at Drumlish Community Centre and our couples have been working very hard learning their steps and moves for your entertainment !! There will be a particularly festive feel to the night including a full bar and it promises to be one of the big local highlights over the Christmas period. Tickets will be on sale very shortly and your support would be greatly welcomed. A draw (including a Samsung TV worth €1200) will take place on the night. For any information call Colin 0860761556 or Mel 0872976538.


Congratulations and best wishes to Adrian Rogers, Brucklagh and Ann Marie Steele, Killashee who were married last weekend. We join their families and friends in wishing every blessing and happiness to Adrian and Ann Marie in the future.

Information evening

The six week cookery programme is now in its fifth week, with Dietitian Ciara Cunningham attending at the next session.  This has been a fantastic success. Following on from this, other ideas have emerged with arts & crafts commencing shortly along with basic first aid course. A flower arranging evening with Mulled Wine reception will take place on December 17th. (Date for your Diary) keep in touch and bring a friend, come for a chat. This is the start of many fantastic activities. An information evening and free class of the benefits of Exercising in the Chair.. For All Ages, Arthritis, Exercise in the Home, or in the Office, takes place in the Village Inn, Drumlish, Thursday, 13th November from 6.30pm – 7.15pm. Depending on interest, classes will start 20th November at 6.30pm for 4 weeks. The 4-week Breathe, Stretch and relax Course starts Thursday, 20th November at 7.30pm. Contact 087-7204020.

Monaduff Social Club

Our club get together was held in the Library, Drumlish where there was a full house attendance. Sincere thanks is recorded to Helen for her organising and provision of the delicious variety of food. Also to Mary Carleton Reynolds and Hugh Farrell for the talk and information on the people with North Longford connections who fought and took part in WW1. Next get-together will be held in Monaduff on Saturday, 15th November from 3.00 -5.00pm. Arrangements are already underway for this years Christmas Party which will take place on Saturday, 13th December at 2.00pm.

Tidy Towns

Drumlish Tidy Towns regret to inform you that the events of Halloween night were not all benign around the village of Drumlish. A trail of tree destruction is in evidence at Mill Road and at Sliabh Cairbre .  The text alert signs have also been vandalized. The Gardai have been informed and any information about who done it can and should be passed to them. Drumlish Tidy Towns are taking a well earned and well deserved break from Saturday morning activity - meanwhile the planning continues.


Car boot

Drumlish Village & Area Enhancemennt are gathering for their next Car Boot Sale and would welcome any toys, teddys or re-cyclable seasonal items that you no longer have use for. One person’s waste could be treasure for another - Contact Dympna at 087 397 7799.

21st Birthday Parties

Congratulations to Mark Prunty, Kiltycreevagh, Ballinamuck. and Peter (Páid) Gill, Gaigue, Ballinamuck, both of whom had their 21st birthdays recently at Dillion’s Bar and Lounge in Ballinamuck. We hope you both had a wonderful evening with your families and friends.

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

In November we honour the souls of our deceased loved ones, those remembered, those forgotten, those abandoned in their dying and in their death. Each of us recalls as appropriate the “souls” of those who loved us and whom we have loved. The souls, some of whom have already reached Heaven and some of whom are still on their way to that blessed place. The Feast of All Souls (November 2nd) calls us forth in prayer. We are called forth within our faith tradition and we pray for and we honour the souls of our loved ones.


Breath, Stretch and Relax. Yoga classes continue every Thursday night in The Village Inn Drumlish at 7.30pm. 3 weeks left in the course. New course starting 20th November. Contact 087-2868254.


Badminton in the Community Centre Drumlish every Thursday night at 9.00pm. New and previous members welcome.


Ballinamuck Bingo continues every Tuesday at. 8.30 prize fund on the night €1300.00. Fun for all ages.

Birthday Bash for Mary

Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Noonan on celebrating a special birthday in The Olde Village Inn in the company of her family and friends. Delighted to hear you had such a great night Mary. Welcome home to all your family members living abroad who joined you in your celebrations. Hope they had a great night too. Looking forward to hearing all about it this week. I’ll toast you from here and hope to celebrate with you next year.

Mock Wedding
Drumlish Cemetery Limited is presenting a Mock Wedding on Friday, December 27th in the Community Centre.  Rehearsals and preparations are now in full swing with a fantastic local cast, for what promises to be a great night of comedy and entertainment.  The show will be opened by the children of St Mary’s NS and will be closed with a couple of numbers from our local chorus line.  This will definitely be a night not to be missed, so put the date in your diary now. Further details will be available in the coming weeks.


Longford Regional annual Dinner Dance will be held in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Friday 14th November. Music by Chuck and June. Tickets €25 available from Adrian Lennon(087-7056605). The Longford Regional P.T.A.A. Annual Mass for the deceased members will be held in St. Mary’s church Newtownforbes on Friday, 21st November at 7pm.

Twinning table quiz
A table quiz will be held in Dillon’s bar and Bistro on Friday, 21st of November at 9pm. All money raised will go directly to the travelling expenses for those children from the parish who will participate in the 2015 programme in Essert France. Please support this very worthwhile fundraiser. For further details contact Paddy Howe on 087-9613312.


Hayley Kate Geoghegan, daughter of Rory and Catherine, Limerick and Mark James Waters, son of James and Orla, Esker Glen were baptised and welcomed into our Faith family last weekend. Congratulations to all.

Dedication of John Lateran Bacilica

Each diocese has a Cathedral. The cathedral church in Rome is St. John Lateran and not the more famous church St. Peter’s. When the emperor Constantine officially recognised Christianity, he made generous gifts to the church, one of which was a palace and grounds formerly belonging to the Laterani family. In 324, he added a large church on the grounds. Later a baptistery was added and dedicated to St. John the Baptist. In subsequent years the entire edifice became known as St. John of the Lateran. It is our oldest church. Despite many fires, earthquakes and wars, it has survived, thereby becoming a symbol of Christianity itself. The observance of this feast connects our local church with the church of Rome which is the centre of unity. The dedication of any church recalls the heavenly Jerusalem that all church buildings symbolise. The November liturgical readings lead you in that direction.

Notice re these local notes

Please note that the local notes must be with the local correspondent by 6pm on Sunday evening to ensure publication in the following week’s notes. Please email the notes to bradyelizabeth7@gmail.com. On Bank Holiday weekends the notes must reach the correspondent by Friday evening at 6.00pm to ensure publication as Leader staff work over these weekends and must be facilitated. The local correspondent also needs to organise his/her schedule so please co-operate with these deadlines. The above will apply throughout the year. If the notes are not received by the times mentioned the correspondent cannot guarantee the publication of same.


Hughes (nee Kiernan): The death took place at Mullingar General Hospital of Mrs. Christina Hughes, Creenagh, Longford. To her husband Ben, sons Gary and Bernard, daughters-in-law Eileen and Mary, grandchildren James and Mark, sister-in-law, brothers in law, cousins, neighbours and a large circle of friends we extend our deepest and sincere sympathy.

Browne (nee Courtney): In your prayers please remember the soul of Mary Kate Browne, nee Courtney, New York and late of Cloonaugh, Drumlish RIP.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anaim dílís.