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LEADER Programme

Rural Development Programme, commonly known as the Leader programme.

Longford Community Resources Ltd has commenced the consultation process to develop the Local Strategy for the next round of the Rural Development Programme, commonly known as the LEADER programme. Letters and submission forms are currently being circulated. If you have not received a form and would like to put your ideas forward please visit and download the submission form. Alternatively you can email or call 043 3345555 and request one.

Community Games

Pride of place this week goes to Aisling Scanlon on winning silver in the U10 backstroke and to her younger brother Tomas on coming 4th in the boys U8 freestyle. Saturday morning saw Conor Leonard in the pool in the U14 backstroke, after coming 4th in the heat, but it was not enough to get into the semi-final. Over the cross country course Aoife Leonard and her Longford team mates finished 3rd in their heat to reach the final on Sunday morning. Saturday afternoon Thomas Scanlon came 4th came in his heat and made the B final. In a very close race he finished 4th, which was a great result for such a young swimmer. Sunday morning Aoife Leonard teamed up with Mayo runners to run a subs mixed distance race and running the last leg secured 3rd place for them. Finishing the day was Aisling in the U10 backstroke and after a great swim in her heat she won silver in the final. Well done to all on performing so well over the weekend. Best wishes to Rachel Gillian and Cian O’Donnell who will compete in the track events next weekend. We wish a speedy recovery to Ciaran Scanlon who received a shoulder injury earlier in the week. The national church gate collection for community games will take place on this Saturday 22nd August. We have participated extremely well in the community games over the last few years. This year we have three swimmers and three runners in the All Ireland Finals. As this is the only means of fundraising throughout the year your support would be very much appreciated.


Most Reverend Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise will lead the diocesan pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday September 6th. Bus tickets are available at Cloonagh P.O. Details of time of bus departure will be published later.

Holy Hour

Exposition of the blessed sacrament will not take place at St. Columba’s Church during August. It will resume on Thursday 3rd September from 8.00p.m -9.00p.m.


A farewell social and presentation to Fr. P.J. Fitzpatrick will be held in The Pikers Lodge, Loch Gowna on Friday 28th August at 8.00pm. Buffet will take place 8.30p.m. - 9.30p.m. All are welcome.

Lotto Draw

St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in Keogh’s on Wednesday 5th August. The numbers drawn were 1, 3, 20, 26 with no outright winner. The following received consolation prizes of €20 each. Philip Brady, Killykeen. Ben Hopkins, Abbeylara. Mark Mahon, Moynagh. B.C. Fitzsimons, Leitrim and John Keegan, Clooneen. On sales for this weekend. Hideaway: David Donohoe. Keogh’s / Anglers’s: Rian Brady. Please drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.

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 night’s main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are now due for renewal at €50 each by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be appreciated. The winning number on Saturday 15th August was 15 with Lizzy O’Reilly, Dromard earning herself €20.


Congratulations to Jackie Callaghan who has recently qualified as an Irish dancing teacher. Eldest daughter of Lucy and the late Sean Callaghan, Jackie will be available for classes in Irish Dancing for boys and girls from four years upwards.

Kevin Bell Fund

Presentation and appreciation night in memory of Martin Cadden will be held in Pikers Lodge, Loch Gowna on this Friday 21st August commencing at 10.00p.m. Cheque for all proceeds collected during the past few months will be handed over to Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust Fund. Music by Marty Mone featuring ‘Hit the Diff Fame’. Please note that children are not allowed.


On this Sunday, 23rd August, St. Columba’s take on current county champions Killoe Emmet Óg in quarter final of Peter Hanley Senior Football Championship at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Throw in is at A victory at this stage of the competition would certainly be sweet revenge for the defeat in last year’s final. On this Wednesday, 10th August our Junior squad have neighbours Colmcille as visitors to ‘The Laurels’’ in the championship. We wish the Maroon and White good luck in both games.