The Newtownforbes Friends of Longford Dyslexia Workshop/St. Christopher’s Autism Unit is holding a sponsored Cywalkleathon (cycle, walk, run, bed push) on Sunday 27th October. The route is Newtownforbes/Tarmonbarry/Rooskey – Newtownforbes (25 miles). Sponsorship cards are available from Mike O’Reilly, Castle Inn, Newtownforbes or entrance fee €20 person. Registration is at the Paddy Joe Murphy, Sports Complex and details are as follows:- Walkers/Bed Pushers 8.30am – Runners 11.00am – Cyclists 12.00 mid day. Those walking from Tarmonbarry to Rooskey will commence at approximately 11.30am. Those walking from Rooskey to Newtownforbes will commence at approximately 1pm. Refreshments will be served in the Castle Inn, Newtownforbes directly following the event. There will be music in the Castle Inn, on that evening (27th) between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. A raffle will be held on the night. Please come along and support this worthy cause. Music by Dennis Hughes. A bucket collection will be held in Longford Town on Saturday 26th October towards the above fundraising event.


Fancy Dress Fundraiser in aid of St. Christopher’s Autism Unit and Longford Dyslexia will be held in the Complex, Newtownforbes on Thursday 31st October 5pm – 8pm. Children €5 - adults free. Music, facepainting, games, etc. Prize for best dressed boy/girl.

All Souls Day

All those from the parish who died during the year since All Souls Day 2012 will be remembered in a special way at the Vigil Mass on Saturday 2nd November. A candle will be lit in their memory and the bereaved family members will take part in the liturgy.

Tidy Towns

Congratulations to the residents of Woodview and Corry Park who won 1st and 2nd place in the Better Estates Award for County Longford recently. This is a brilliant achievement for all involved and no doubt contributed to the overall performance of Newtownforbes in the National Tidy Towns competition. Please support our fund raising event in Mc Gowan’s on Saturday night 26th October. A good night’s entertainment is promised with great prizes in the raffle.

Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu International Karate

Our training continues every Monday evening from 7pm – 8pm at the GAA Complex. We would like to welcome our newest student Sean to our club. Remember new members are always welcome, your first class is free so why not give it a try. For further information please contact Sensei Ann Devlin on 087 9248816.


Deepest sympathy is extended to the Nolan family, Curry on the death of Marita’s father, Heinz Keilberg, Germany. May he rest in peace.

Longford Toastmasters

Would you like to be more confident at speaking in public and to learn how to improve your communication skills? Longford Toastmasters are looking for new members to join our club. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in The Longford Arms Hotel from 8.20pm until 10.30pm. Our next meeting takes place on 17th October. All are welcome to our enjoyable and sociable meetings and no experience is required. For further information please contact Mary on 086 1219281 or Terrie on 086 1706367.

Clonguish Through the Age

As part of the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of St. Mary’s Church, built in 1864 the Parish Pastoral Council is proposing that there be a photo exhibition of photos of parish life, sporting, social and religious, through the ages. This exhibition will probably be put on in the Parish Hall sometime in 2014. Now is the time to start looking for old photographs – from the time the camera was invented!! All photos will be handled with care and returned to the owners. More details later.