Drumlish Ballinamuck notes



Corr: Aine Brady Tel: 0863938595. e-mail: ainebrady@hotmail.com

Pride of Place

An enormous effort has been made by many to push the village to the next level so it is important to maintain this very high standard by keeping the bit outside your door swept and litter free. We also appeal for help with watering - an hour or two in the late evening would be especially welcome, contact Dympna at 087 397 7799 for details. The villages of Drumlish and Ballinamuck are looking fabulous and everyone’s hard work is paying off. We as a parish and community should be very proud of both our villages and with Pride of Place taking place any day now.  

New Postcode System Eircode

The new postcode system for Ireland, will be launched in June. If you know someone who you think could do with some help, including elderly family members or neighbours, please get in touch with Margaret Walsh , Longford Community Resources Ltd , 043 3345555, eircode@lcrl.ie

Community Employment Scheme

The Community Employment Schemes are now taking names (Male/Female) for places on the CE scheme in Dromard and Colmcille that are coming on stream later this year. You may qualify for participation on the CE scheme if you are over 25 year’s old and receiving payment from the Department of Social Protection for at least 1 year. You may also qualify if you have completed a TUS placement. Community Employment Schemes provides long-term unemployed with training and work experience through part-time and temporary placements in jobs based within local communities. For further information or to have your name included please contact Teresa McNerney Chairperson Dromard Development Association Ltd 0861026252 or dromarddevelopment@gmail.com

Suicide Bereavement Support Service

If Suicide has ended the life of a person you loved dearly. There is no time limit or logical order in the way people go through emotions and reactions to loss and grief, but some of the typical ones include: Shock, Disbelief, Why? If only, Blame, Exhaustion, Despair, Loneliness, Anxiety, Grief, Anguish etc. The Suicide Bereavement Liaison Support Service (Midlands) is a local service available to individuals/ families and persons who have been bereaved by suicide. The support can be provided hours, days, weeks or years after the loss. Contact: Bernie on 0864180088 or email: midlandssbls@gmail.com

National Land League of Ireland

The National Land League of Ireland is holding Free information Clinics for people in mortgage and other bank debt. If you would like to avail of this service or know someone who would please contact us for an appointment at the following centres:Mullingar: Fridays 2pm-4pm in Congress Centre. Tel 0892469827. Castlepollard: Wednesdays 10am-12pm Parish Centre. Tel 0892467265.

ABC Childcare

ABC Childcare still has 2 vacancies left for this September 2015 for the Free Pre-school year. With increased demand we will now be doing after school pick up from Newtownforbes N.S. as well as Drumlish N.S. for children with siblings attending ABC childcare. If you would like avail of this FREE pre-school year then please contact Noeline on 0433329696. Places are limited so please call today.


We pray for the repose of the soul of Bernard Eivers, Cloonaugh, Drumlish, formally of Edgeworthstown, Longford. Son of the late Francis and Kathleen. Deeply regretted by his brothers Frank and Sean, sisters Celine and Margaret, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Ballinamuck Twinning Group

We wish our twenty young people and their adult leaders an educational and enjoyable trip to France next week. They will be joining their French counterparts in a week long workshop to finalise preparation for a concert using instruments they have made from recycled materials during the past six months. We are proud of them and the work they have done and know that they will be worthy ambassadors for Ballinamuck in France. They will be joined by adult members of the Twinning group later for the naming of a street in the town of Essert, Rue de Ballinamuck or Ballinamuck Street. You can find more information on how they made their instruments on http://homemade-harmonie.blogspot.fr/ or via Ballinamuck Facebook page.

Tractor Run

Philip Sorohan Memorial Tractor Run on Sunday, 19th July 2015, all proceeds to “Kevin Bell Foundation”. Registration will take place at Dillion’s Bar & Bistro at 10.30am with refreshments served, the run will be approx 20 miles, then dinner will be served in Dillon’s Bar & Bistro. The registration fee for this event is 20 euro. Collections/ Buckets will be available so please support.  For more info 086 8724458 or 086 3847482

Table Quiz

St Helens are holding a table Quiz on Friday night the 17th of July in the Olde Village Inn. Table of 4 is €40. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. There were also be a raffle on the night with lots of prizes.

Cancer Society’s Care to Drive

This service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments. We are looking for volunteers from all over Co. Longford to pick local patients up at their homes, drive them to the door of the hospital, pick them up again when they are finished their treatment and bring them home. The service is free to the patient and all drivers expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or email transport@irishcancer.ie mailto:transport@irishcancer.ie

Monaduff Social Club

A Three Nights stay away departing on Monday, 7th September and returning on Thursday, 10th September to Broadhaven Hotel in Belmullett, Co Mayo is being organised—cost €185 per person sharing. Those who are interested in going, please give your name to a committee member.

Clerical Appointments

Congratulations to Fr. Patsy McDermott who has been appointed Adm to Killashee/Clondra parish. We wish him every blessing and happiness there. We also welcome Fr. Joe McGrath who will be priest in residence in Ballinamuck, continuing his teaching role in St. Mel’s College but helping out at weekends.


Congratulations to Jozef Červeňak, son of Jozef & Zuzana, 12 Sliabh Cairbre and James Daniel Madine, son of Michael & Caroline, 9 Mill Oaks who were baptised and welcomed into the Christian family last weekend.

Special Birthday

We wish Eileen Quinn (Merry), Cloonaugh, Drumlish, a very happy birthday. The celebrations continued late into the night in the Pikers Lodge, Ballinamuck last weekend and a great night was had by all.


Arthritis Ireland Longford Branch would like to thank everybody for their kindness and generosity to their church gate collection and to surrounding parishes.A big Thank you. All monies collected in Longford are spent locally to benifit people with arthritis.

Tidy Towns

By now the adjudicators will have been to the village, usually between the 3rd and 4th week of June. This year an enormous effort has been made by the many stewards of business, private and community buildings around the village to facelift and paint them- This village never looked as good as it does now - win, lose or draw it is a credit to all who worked so hard to bring our village to this level.

The Mill - We have had to erect ‘Keep Out’ signs at the Mill - this was to be the jewel for this year’s Tidy Town’s competition but because of the large population of young boys and girls to a lesser extent, who were using the area as a place to hang out and also doing untold harm to the stone work and the bank of the river on both sides we had no choice but to close it for safety reasons. It is very regrettable that these youngsters have no Foróige Club or even Scouts Den where they could engage in activities where their youthful enegies could be harnessed and put to use in positive and creative ways. This is a huge need in Drumlish! Pride of Place judging has been pushed back till the end of August - giving more time for any fine tuning that is needed.

Heritage Week

Drumlish Heritage & History are holding an event at the Mill on Tuesday evening the 25th August and Longford Historical Society are hosting a public lecture on Bishop William O’Higgins who laid the foundation stone for St. Mel’s Cathedral on Thursday 15th October next.


Ballinamuck Bingo continues this Tuesday and every Tuesday at 8.30pm. Prize fund on the night €1300. All welcome!