Pre-School Enrolment: Kiddies Den Montessori Creche are now enrolling for free preschool for September 2013. 
This is for children born between 2nd February ‘09 and 30th June ‘10. Full time and part time places are available. For further information contact Philomena on 043 87006 or 087 2961685.

Pre-School Enrolment: Kiddies Den Montessori Creche are now enrolling for free preschool for September 2013. 
This is for children born between 2nd February ‘09 and 30th June ‘10. Full time and part time places are available. For further information contact Philomena on 043 87006 or 087 2961685.

Lotto Draw: St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in The Angler’s Rest on Thursday 21st March. The numbers drawn were 7, 18, 25, 26 with the jackpot of €2200 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 each were won by the following. John Matthews, Toome. A & A Coyle, Kilcogy. Jimmy Joe Reilly, Mullahoran. Finley Clarke, Aughanoran and D.P. Finnegan, Cloonagh. On duty for sales this weekend are Hideaway: Patrick Matthews. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: David Donohoe. If unable to sell please appoint a substitute and leave tickets in Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.

Got An Idea: St. Columba’s N.S. Board of Management would like to invite you to put forward your ideas as to what should be done with our old school building. The building has recently been renovated, so we now need to get it up and running as a working building. All suggestions are welcome. If you would like to make a proposal as to what purpose it could serve, please write down your idea and post back or hand into the school.

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 local shops or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball o n Saturday’s night 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 in Saturday night’s draw 16th March was 27 with Leanne Earley winning €20. The number drawn on 24th March was 13. Though lucky for some it was not chosen by anyone. Thanks to all for their support.

A Date For Your Diary: A variety show will take place in the local Community Centre on Sunday 5th May. All interested are invited to participate. Entry forms are available in Mulligan’s shop and Cloonagh P.O. For further information contact James Mooney on 087 2656074.

Holy Week: The following are the arrangements at St. Columba’s Church during Easter. Mass on Wednesday 27th March at 9.30a.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held on Holy Thursday from 8.30p.m to 9.30p.m with the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday at 3.00p.m. On Easter Sunday morning Mass will be celebrated at 9.30a.m.

Lourdes: The diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from Monday 27th May to Friday 31st May. Total cost for five nights is €699. For further information telephone 01 2410812. Some places are available by contacting Rt. Rev. Mons. Bernard Noonan P.P at 0906481180 or Rev. Michael Scanlon on 0906457122.

Country Market: Due to Good Friday Granard Country Market is open on Easter Saturday from 10.00a.m.- 12noon. Please note that change of day and time is for this week only. The market will also open on Easter Sunday afternoon as part of the Granard Easter festival. The committee all their customers a happy and peaceful Easter.

Cake Sale: The committee associated with the local community centre will hold a cake sale following Mass on Easter Sunday morning. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Greetings: Rosemary and staff at Granard Branch Library extend a very Happy Easter to all members.

Co. Longford Rural Transport: Longford Community Resources Ltd through the Co. Longford Rural Transport Programme operates 23 rural transport services throughout Co. Longford. A recent re-structuring proposal endorsed by the Minister for Commuter and Public Transport outlines a number of changes to the Rural Transport Programme nationally; including the setting up of Regional Transport Units which will place the Co. Longford Rural Transport into the new Eastern and Midlands Regional Unit with counties Westmeath, Laois and Offaly. Longford Community Resources Ltd is holding public meetings to give the opportunity to service users and the general public to discuss this re-structuring proposal. Meeting dates are as follows- Tuesday, 2nd April- Granard Credit Union Offices-7.00pm. Thursday 4th April- Newtowncashel Parish Hall – 7.00p.m. If you are concerned about the future delivery of this service in Co. Longford and how it may affect the more vulnerable population in rural areas, we would like to invite you to attend the public meetings and be part of the discussion on the future of the Co. Longford Rural Transport Programme. For further information please contact Longford Community Resources Ltd at 043-3345555 or email

Under 21 Cadbury’s Championship: A large contingent of Longford supporters travelled to O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Wednesday evening last to cheer on their team in the Leinster Semi-Final. Having overcome All Ireland Champions, Dublin in the previous round the midlanders were out for revenge with Wexford being the opposition who beat them in the Leinster final two years ago. The boys in Blue and Gold got off a blistering start with Paddy Thompson getting us off the mark with a point in the first minute. James McGivney was in excellent form and was on hand to fire over the bar in the third minute. Then Mark Hughes showed his style by scoring 2-1. Robbie Smyth certainly brought his shooting boots and with the score 2-5 to 0-0 on the 11th minute it looked like Longford were coasting to victory. Then the Slaneysiders showed their capabilities by getting1-3 in just a few minutes. However with the scoreline 2-7 to 1-3 to Longford’s advantage at the break hopes were high of reaching the Leinster final. A comfortable victory looked to be on the cards when Robbie pointing on the resumption. Wexford dominated from there on firing over seven points without reply and were on level terms in the closing stages. The fact that goalie Paddy Collumb was in excellent form helped to save the day. Points from Robbie Smyth and James McGivney secured victory. Kildare are the opponents in the Leinster final which will take place on Wednesday 3rd April. Good luck boys. May we wish Paddy Collumb a speedy recovery who was forced to leave the field of play through injury.

Community Games: Hard luck to our U-13 basketball team who were knocked out of the competition on Tuesday night last. Team members were Reece Reilly, Diarmuid Brady, Thomas Kiernan Molloy, Cathal Gillian and Logan O’ Reilly. Our U11 mixed team are training diligently each Wednesday night in the Canon Kelly hall. They will meet Legan in their first game. Thanks to Irene Lynch for training both teams. The U13 Fustal team participated for the first time in Kenagh on Saturday last. They were pitted against a very strong and experienced Edgeworthstown outfit. Considering it was their initial competitive game they can be proud of their performance as they only lost by one goal on scoreline of 6-5. Appreciation and well done to Aiden Scanlon for his time and effort with the boys. The U13 girls participated in the county final on Sunday evening last but results are not to hand at time of writing. Please check out our face book page for updates as to what is happening with Abbeylara / Mullinalaghta community games. The committee would like to see more children involved as there is something for everyone. We appeal to all parents to encourage and co operate with their boys or girls to come along. Thanks to all who contributed to the church gate collection on Saturday evening last.

Easter Greetings: Happy Easter to staff of Longford Leader and readers at home and abroad.