Holy Week Programme: Holy Thursday - 11.00am: Mass of Chrism in St. Mary’s Athlone. 7.30pm: Mass of The Last Supper in Ballinamuck followed by Night Prayer and Adoration at 10pm 8.00pm: Mass of The Last Supper in Drumlish followed by Adoration until midnight. Good Friday: 3.00pm: Celebration of the Passion & Veneration of the Cross in both Drumlish & Ballinamuck. 7.30pm:Stations of the Cross in Drumlish 9.30pm: Stations of the Cross in Ballinamuck – an audio visual presentation. Easter Vigil 9.00pm: Mass in Drumlish & Ballinamuck. Easter Sunday 6.30am: Dawn Mass Kilmahon (If the weather is bad, Mass will be celebrated in Ballinamuck Church) 9.30am: St. Mary’s Drumlish 10.00am: St. Patrick’s Ballinamuck 11.00am: Mass in St. Mary’s Drumlish. Trócaire: For security reasons Trócaire Boxes/Money will be collected Sat/Sun 6th/7th April.
Confessions: Confessions and reconciliation services will be held for the Pastoral Area of Newtownforbes/Drumlish/Killoe is as follows:- Monday 25th at 7.30pm in Ennybegs Tuesday 26th at 7.00pm in Newtownforbes Wednesday 27th 8.00pm Drumlish. All penitents should assemble at 8.00pm for a short period of preparation. After making a communal confession each penitent goes to a priest to confess their sins and receives individual absolution. We invite everyone to remain on to the end of the short service for a communal thanksgiving and personal prayer. Confession in Ballinamuck on Wednesday after Mass.
“Remember Me”: In St. Mary’s Drumlish, the folk choir will lead one hour of prayer around the Cross on Good Friday from 1.45pm – and invite you to join them around the Cross for this hour of chant, prayer, reflection and prayer. It will conclude before the Good Friday ceremony at 3.00pm
Happy Easter: Happy Easter to all readers of these notes at home or abroad especially in this the year of “The Gathering”. May the blessings of the Easter Season be with all who read these notes at home or in faraway lands We join with your families and friends in sending you all Easter Greetings and hope that you will return home at some time during 2013.May I also wish all the staff of the Longford Leader all the blessings of this Easter Season and say a huge Thank you to them for all their help and support during the year.
Drumlish Heritage: Drumlish Heritage – History:are hosting two events for the Gathering on 21st & 22nd August next – further details visit The Gathering Ireland Website.
21st Birthday: Congratulations to Seán Whelan son of Marie and Kieran Lettergullion (Bandra) who celebrated his 21st birthday with a great party in the ’98 bar and Lounge Ballinamuck.
Leinster Scór Final: Best of Luck to our Instrumental musicians in the Final of the Leinster Scór Competition in Ballymore on Sunday next. The Instrumental Musicians are Brian Collum,(accordian), Ruairí Carty( Banjo) and Jason Nertney( Guitar).We wish them well in the Leinster Final. Brian is also a member of the County Under 21 Panel which is also in the Leinster U 21 Final on Wednesday week April 3rd, so Our best wishes go with him and the team for that match.
Tidy Town’s: Thanks all who showed last Saturday – the Cloone Road to beyond the New Graveyard got a clean-up as well as the Longford Road from Mulleady’s Civic amenity got another run over. This weekend coming all or most of our Team will be engaged in promoting our Easter Egg draw to a conclusion – all the eggs will be raffled this weekend and all cards must be full - we look forward to your continued support. Litter or dumping issues phone Longford Litter Hotline 1850 434 450 and visit Drumlish Tidy Town’s on Facebook. Table Quiz will take place in Gallagher’s Lounge on Monday 8th April at 8pm.
Car Boot - Drumlish Area Enhancement: A lot of good seasonal stuff is coming in and we are very grateful. If you are trying to make space in your garage or shed and have seasonal, recyclable and saleable items that you no longer need or have use for we would be delighted to receive them. Contact Dympna 087 9279272 or any member of our Area Enhancement or Tidy Town Team.
Environmental Awareness Day: Saturday 27th April is a date for your diary at 10.00 am, Drumlish Tidy Towns will have Environmental Education Officer, Nuala Madigan from the Irish Peatlands Conservation Council, join us for the morning to deliver a workshop introducing biodiversity including habitats of Ireland their flora and fauna as well as managing and enhancing biodiversity.
Ballinamuck ICA: The AGM of Ballinamuck Guild will take place on Monday April 8th at 8.30pm in the Visitors Centre, Ballinamuck. All members please attend and new members are always welcome. Longford Federation ICA are hosting An Information Evening on Gardening with Laura Shaw, from Longford Garden Centre, and with Gary Brady, Environmental Officer, with Longford County Council, on “ How to use up Leftovers”, and “Food Wastage” as part of the “Stop Food Wastage Programme”. The event will take place on Thursday April 25th in the 98’ Hall, Ballinamuck, at 7.30pm. Tea and refreshments will be served and a raffle will take place. Admission €5. Social Dancing resumes in Ennybegs Community Centre, on Tuesday 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th from 8pm-10pm. Admission €5 and refreshments served. Craft classes continue every Tuesday morning in St. Mel’s Training Centre, Battery Rd. from 9.30-12.30.
Fundraiser: Fr Manning Gaels are holding a fundraising night in Cassidy’s The Olde Village Inn on Saturday, March 30th. Live Music on the night, please support.
Premises Wanted: We are a Social Enterprise Group with an idea that will enhance community social activities. We are in need of a premises/house to use as a meeting place. Ideally this premises would be situated within or close to the village of Drumlish. If you think you know of a premises or are the owner of one please contact us at:Email: mail email@example.com Tel Breda087)9181787 or Siobhan (086)8143352.
59th Longford-Dublin Association Annual Gala Dinner: Takes place in the Red Cow Moran’s hotel on Saturday, April 13th, commencing at 8pm sharp. Award recipients are Abbeyshrule community and Killoe man, Frank Kiernan, and music is by local country singer, Noel Cassidy and his band. Patrons may overnight in the hotel at a special price of 79 euro per couple, which includes breakfast. To reserve rooms ring the Red Cow hotel at 01-4593650 and to obtain the special rate just mention the Longford Association. Tickets at a reduced price of 45 euro can be ordered from Liam Caldwell at 087 2595963, or any committee member.
County Longford Rural Transport: There is a change to our time-table/schedule, for “Good Friday” the 29th March 2013. Please note that All Rural Transport Services, throughout the County will run on Thursday 28th March with the same collection and departure times. All age groups are welcome to travel. County Longford Rural Transport wishes a very Happy Easter to all Rural Transport passengers and supporters.
CAIRN HILL CHALLENGE: Sunday May 5th sees the inaugural staging of the Cairn Hill Challenge Roadraces. The event which is based in Drumlish comprises of a set of 2 different runs utilising Longfords most significant geographical feature (Cairn Hill) to test the fitness, stamina and endurance of runners, joggers and walkers. First off, at 12.30pm, is the 10 mile race which brings participants through the centre of Drumlish before commencing a testing route which circumnavigates the hill using quiet country roads. The chosen routes feature testing climbs with plenty of down hill stretches to allow tired limbs to recover. 12.45pm sees the start of the 10k event which brings participants from the Village Centre to the base of Cairn Hill via a series of rolling hills with a perfect mixture of climbs and descents to keep runners,joggers and walkers focused. Both races finish in the Village centre where participants are guaranteed a rousing welcome. The event is AAI certified and will be chip timed. The Cairn Hill Challenge is part of the Drumlish Community Centre 25th Celebrations. To book your place on the starting line go to http://precisiontiming.primo-solutions.co.uk/ps/event/CairnHillChallenge2013 Or for more information follow us on Facebook at ‘Cairn Hill Challenge’. Also contact Mel 0872976538 or Colin 0860761556
community centre celebrates: Plans are well on the way for what is promised to be a great weekend of festivities for the may bank holiday weekend 3rd-5th may to celebrate the community centres 25th anniversary and also the gathering 2013. Rehearsals continue on Friday nights at 8pmfor dances and 8:30 for choruses also on Sunday evenings at 6:30 for dances and 7:30for choruses for our variety concert. If anyone is interested in taking part or putting a piece into the variety concert please contact Barbara Crowe (Niblock) on 0433324945. We are putting together a booklet to celebrate the last 25 years If anyone would like to put a article, advertisement or a well wish into the booklet please contact Sinead Rogers on0868830534.
Bingo: Bingo continues every Tuesday night in the 98 hall @8.30 ,nightly prize fund of €1300 !.Fun for all ages .
Macra na feirme: New Club Being Launched! Drumlish/ Ballinamuck Macra is holding there club launch on this Friday the 29th @ 8pm in Monaduff Gaa grounds, Drumlish. This is the 1st meeting of the newist Longford Macra group and they have already seen alot of interest.Anybody interested in joining or if you just want to find out more please come along on the night or contact us on facebook. There was great excitement St. Patricks day as new club South Longford won two prizes in the parade. They took best new float in the Longford Town Parade and best overall float in the Ballymahon Parade. All clubs can be found on facebook or contact us directly: Longford Town: James on 0877639781, South Longford: Gerard on 0876379963 and Drumlish/ Ballinamuck: Eimear on 0868809938