Don’t forget Bingo every Tuesday in the 98 Hall, Ballinamuck at 8.30pm.€1,300 in prize fund, see you there !


The AGM for Ballinamuck Enterprise takes place in Monday, 19th of May in the Visitor Centre at 9pm, all welcome to attend .

Thank You  
Drumlish Cemetery Limited would like to thank Bishop Francis Duffy for officiating at the dedication and blessing of our new cemetery extension on Sunday, 11th May.  A further word of thanks to Fr Hogan PP, Fr Sorohan, Sr Kathleen Duffy and the people of the parish for attending on the day.  A special word of thanks to our developer S&E Crowe Civil Engineering for their generous sponsorship of refreshments afterwards and to Darren Quinn Memorials for the sponsorship of the commerative plaque.  We would also like to express our thanks to the Longford Leader and Shannonside Radio for their continued support. Remember, graves are available for purchase at the reduced rate of €700 for a three grave family plot, €470 for a two grave family plot and €235 for a single grave until 1st July 2014.  After 1st July graves will revert to the standard prices of €900, €600 and €300.  If you are interested in buying a grave or would like any further information please contact Brendan Daly on 087 7717886,  Seamus Mimnagh 086 8622298 or any committee member.


Head Shave 30th May, Coy’s Bar, Longford, starting at 9.30pm in aid of Laura Lynn House, Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice and St. James’s Hospital Foundation. Marion Prendergast and Jo Purkis from Killoe will be shaving their heads to raise money for these very worthy charities.

At our Guild meeting on Monday, May 12th, a cheque for €360 was presented to Amy Leslie and Michelle Connell from Ballinamuck, who along with Sarah Strange from Longford are in the process of setting up a Support Centre called “Talk about it”, for Longford and the surrounding areas for Suicide Prevention. Congratulations to our Guild member Catherine Menton who won the Tess Kirwan, Memorial Trophy for achieving the highest points and overall winner of all the competitions in Art, Craft and Produce at Federation level during the year. This is the second year a member from our Guild received this award. Last year Anna May McNamee was the recipient. Well done girls keep them coming. ICA sponsored walk for Longford Hospice will take place on Sunday May 25th starting at 3pm on the Market Square, Longford. All are welcome to join us there. National Brown Bread competition sponsored by Aldi Stores, Ireland with an over all prize of €7,000 is currently on offer. This competition is open to everyone. Venue and date of competition to be announced in late June. More details later. Managing Stress and Building resilience: Speaker Paul Marsden, Occupational Psycholist will attend our meeting on June 9th. Everyone welcome to attend. More details later.

Sports Day

Community Games Annual Sports Day will take place on Sunday, 25th May at 2pm in Monaduff. All the usual track and field events including Toddlers race, Hurdles, Mothers and Fathers race and Sack race. Toddlers race at 2pm sharp. €3 per child €5 per family. All welcome

Tidy Towns

Competition time is very close - the application has been posted and a huge amount remains to be completed in preparation for the adjudicators who can arrive any time after the 1st of June. Uncut grass fronting onto the main approach roads is a no no and will detract from our marks so please get it cut. Team will meet every week evening for the next few weeks. Saturday morning meeting will start at 9am. Extra help is required for Saturday, 24th May at 9am to sweep the pavements out and prepare the kerbs for the mechanical street sweep which is scheduled for Tuesday, 27th May; bring brushes, hoes and spades for the weeds and silt.  New volunteers welcome. 


A talk on Bio Diversity & Heritage will take place in the Adult Education Centre, Church Street tonight Wednesday 21st May from 7 - 8.30pm. Should be of particular interest to Tidy Town’s Groups and Educators in general.



Melodies in May Concert was an amazing and uplifting evening of music and song. The committee would like to extend sincere thanks to all who supported the event in many ways: Longford County Choir, soloists, Musical Director, - Fintan Farrelly;  Anton’s Orchestra and St. Mary’s Folk Choir, Drumlish as well as all those who attended the event. Those who did: Front of House -  Rossa O’Regan, Paraic Brady, Tommy McAvey and Seamus Keane. Thanks especially to Fr. Bernard Hogan PP of St. Mary’s and the Drumlish Village Enhancement and Tidy Town’s Committee  for a job very well done. Finally, special thanks to Thomas Cassidy of the Village Inn for the use of his premises and Eamon Connell for his kind help with the steps. The proceeds of this evening are for enhancements around the village in due course.  

Polling Station Closed

The polling station at Monaduff is closed for the forthcoming elections. The station is divided up between Ballinamuck School, Drumlish school and Clontumpher School. Further details next week.

Open Day

Garden Open Day in aid of the Carol Forde Galvin Fund at Paddy and Mary Gillooley’s, Mill Road, Drumlish on Saturday next, 24th May from 10am – 6.30pm. Admission optional. All welcome.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the young children of St. Patrick’s NS, Ballinamuck who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday last. We compliment their parents, and their teachers for their input and preparation. Congratulations also to the school choir and their accompanists for the beautiful music and singing. The children are as follows: Adam Quinn, Amber Thornton-Vernon, Aimee Lee Gill, Ronan Larkin, Michelle McGee, Emma McQuaide, Emma Milligan, Alise Ryan, Cassie Connell, Sean Hourican, Caelum McGee, Ella McKenna, Eoin Mealy. We join your families and friends in wishing you all every blessing and happiness in the future.

Social Club

The Outing/Day trip will take place on Wednesday, 18th June. Next meeting takes place on 19th May at 8pm. For the Social Day on Saturday, May 24th, we are going to visit Mary and Paddy Gillooley’s Garden, in aid of Carol Forde Galvin Fund.


Holly Maria McEvoy, daughter of Brendan and Deirdre, Aughadowry was baptised and welcomed into our faith family last weekend. We congratulate her parents also.


Congratulations to Ronan O’Hara, Kiltycreevagh, Ballinamuck and Orla Toher, Ennybegs, Killoe who were married last weekend. We join their families and friends in wishing Ronan and Orla every blessing and happiness in the future. Further details next week.

Calvary Cross

Now that the new extension to the Cemetery has been completed, wouldn’t it be nice to have a special Cross reflecting Calvary and the hope of resurrection there. If there is any parishioner or family who would like to donate or finance a Calvary Cross and scene to complete the beautiful work done. The cost of such would be something similar to the cost of erecting a headstone. It’s a big ask in difficult financial times, but it’s a worthwhile investment. Thank you.

Ballinamuck Essert Twinning

Following an exciting, fun-filled and educational exchange in France last year, it is now Ballinamuck’s turn to welcome and host the return visit of their French Twinning Partners in July this year. If you and/or your children would like to be involved in any way please contact the Chairperson Paddy Howe (087-9613312). The group will consist of seven girls and six boys ages. between thirteen and seventeen, three eighteen year olds and thirteen adults. If you would like to be involved in any way please contact the Chairperson Paddy Howe (0879613312).

Host families needed

Host families are needed for Spanish students attending a summer camp in Moyne CS, for three weeks in July.  Payment for the three weeks is €550 and anyone can participate. For more information, contact Maeve on 085 8391939 or moynesummercamp2014@gmail.com.