Congratulations and well done to the children from Scoil Samhthann who took part in the Scor semi-final recently in St. Teresas NS, Killoe and reached the final in the following categories. Instrumental group: Rhona Conlon, Shauna Heaney, John Doris, Tara Spollen, Eoghan Carrigy, Ciara Heaney & Chloe Spollen. Figure Dancing: Shauna Heaney, Ciara Heaney, James Fox and John Doris. Solo instrumental: Shauna Heaney. Solo dancing: James Fox.


Longford MS will be holding their annual church gate collection throughout the county on the weekend of Saturday, April 4th and Sunday, April 5th.

Community Games

Clonbroney Community Games – Well done to all our medal winners in the recent competitions. We had great success in the Talent and a big thank you to Sinead Heaney for all her hard work with those involved. Dates for your Diary. Friday April 24th – A Quiz “with a difference” will be held in The Stags Head, Ballinalee commencing at 9pm. This is to raise funds for the purchase of much needed jerseys. Table of 4 Adults €40. Table of 4 Students €20. Prizes and Raffle on the night. The Annual Clonbroney Sports Field Day will take place on Saturday April 25th 2 – 6pm. More details on both will follow in the next few weeks.


Congratulations to Eamonn Martin, son of Eddie and Sandra, on his engagement to Mary Drough of Wexford. Congrats and wishing you both well.

Parish Dance

This years annual Parish Dance will take place on Easter Sunday night 5th April in the Stag’s Head. Music by Outback. Admission is €10 with all funds raised going towards the repainting project for St. James’ church, Clonbroney. Door prize on the night of one nights B&B and an evening meal in Kilronan Castle. Anyone who wishes to help sell tickets or to donate spot prizes, please contact Micheál Carrigy. Ticket sellers also going door to door in the next two weeks. Please support.


Numbers drawn 10, 12, 13, 15. 1 x €60 Brendan Reilly, Gelsha. Seller’s prize John Rawle. Draw takes place in Stag’s Head pub on Monday at 9pm for the month of April. Jackpot is €1,600.

Easter Egg Hunt

All the children in national school are invited to take part in an Easter egg hunt in the playground after Mass on Easter Sunday. This is being organised by the committee who established the playground. Parents will be asked to make a small voluntary contribution towards the upkeep of the playground on the day. The playground will be closed from 11am onwards in preparation for the hunt. Gates will not be open until all are ready.

Whist Drive

Whist Drive taking place in Curraghcahill Hall on Tuesday, 7th April at 8.30pm.

It’s the Real McCoy

The Killeen players will present “It’s The Real McCoy” on Easter Monday at 8:30 in Thomas Ashe Hall. Proceeds of the play goes to “Longford palliative Care” The play will be supported by the John Dungan branch of CCE. The County Fleadh Cheoil will be ran in Edgewortstown by the Joe Callaghan branch of CCE on the 2nd weekend in May. If you are interested in taking part and have not yet entered you need to do so within the next few days. Contact

Food basket

Each week at the Vigil and 11am Masses there is a basket into which people are asked to donate an item of food (staple nutritional wholefood rather than processed food and ‘treats’ which contribute to toxicity and ill health). The basket is carried in the offertory procession recalling what the early Christians did when people brought gifts of bread, wine, and other items. Some of the bread and wine were used in the celebration of Mass, the rest was distributed to needy people.

Parish office

Will be closed on Holy Thursday. It will be open from 10:30am to 2:30pm on Good Friday.

Easter ceremonies

Holy Thursday: An all parish celebration of the mass of the Lords supper in Holy Trinity Church at 8:00pm. Please bring the proceeds of your Trócaire Boxes to this Liturgy.

Food Friday: A day of fast and abstinenance. An all parish celebration of The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Holy Trinity at 3:00 pm. An all parish celebration of the Stations of the Cross in Saint James’ at 6:0pm. (Note time).

Easter Vigil: An all parish celebration of the Easter vigil in Holy Trinity Church at 9:00pm.

Easter Sunday - Saint James’ 10 am., Holy Trinity 11:30 am (note time). The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated in Holy Trinity Church from 5:30 – 6pm on Holy Saturday. The Sacrament is available anytime on request. Co-ordinators of lay ministries: Holy Trinity, Pauline Brady, Breda Farrelly; Saint James’ - Marie Conlon, Kevin McGrath. See Parish Newsletter (Palm Sunday) for Lay Ministers rostered for Holy Week and Easter.