Newtownforbes notes



Corr: Ann Marie McKeon Tel: 086-0479281. e-mail:

Four in a row celebrations

Clonguish are still the only Club in County Longford to have brought home the Sean Connolly Cup four years in a row by winning the Longford Senior Football Championship in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965. A major event to mark the 50th Anniversary of this remarkable achievement will be held in the P.J. Murphy Memorial Hall on Saturday, 7th November 2015. A full four course meal will be served and the event will be fully licensed. Music will be provided by Aftermath. As there is massive interest in the event and as capacity is limited it is important that you book your tickets immediately with Catherine Faughnan (087 9956496) or Donna Hagan (086 8855158). Tickets are keenly priced at €25 each.

Do this in Memory

Do this in Memory Mass for First Holy Communion Class on Saturday, 7th November at 7pm.

Calendar Sponsors

Anyone who would like to sponsor a page (a month) in the Parish Calendar 2016 please contact Fr. McGovern.

List of the Dead

November is the month when we remember our deceased family members and friends and pray for them. You may make out your list of the dead and place the list in the box in the sanctuary. They will be prayed for during the month.

Clonguish Lotto

Lotto results 1st November. No Jackpot Winner. Numbers drawn 5, 7, 20, 22. €100 Nancy O’Donnell Dowra, €25 Karen Curran Briskill, €25 Terry Cooney Lisagernal. Next week’s draw in Casey’s. Jackpot €6,200. Draw results weekend 25/10/2015. No Jackpot Winner. Numbers drawn 11, 18, 20, 21. €100 David McKeon, c/o Alex Jones, €25 Rebecca Murphy, c/o Murph’s Pub, Brian Daly, c/o Alex Jones. Play Clonguish Lotto on-line in the comfort of your own home. Your support would be greatly appreciated Just tap the login and off you go

Friends of Longford Dyslexia

The final presentation night will be held on Saturday, 5th December in Casey’s. Music by Seamus Farrell. Spot prizes galore. Anyone with sponsor cards outstanding please return as soon as possible to Mick in the Castle Inn, so the final figure can be tallied. A proper acknowledgement will follow post the event.

Karate Club

Training continues every Monday in Newtownforbes GAA complex from 7pm - 7.45pm for juniors and 7.45pm - 8.30pm for seniors and adults. We also have training on Wednesday in Kilglass from 7pm - 8pm. Welcome to all the new students who have joined us recently. Our next squad training for the world championships is on Sunday 15th November and for further information please contact Ann on 087 9248816.

Clonguish PTAA

The Annual Longford Regional Pioneer Dinner Dance takes place on Friday, 13th November in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule. Music by TR Dallas, tickets €25 and can be purchased from Brendan McVeigh on 043-33-24433 or any committee member. Non pioneers more than welcome to attend.


Congratulations to David Barden and Daphne Howard who announced their engagement last weekend.

Irish Dancing

Irish dancing classes will resume after Halloween in the Parish Hall, Newtownforbes on Friday, the 6th of November at 6:30pm and continue every Friday for children of all ages and at 8pm for teenagers and adults. Fees €4.50 per child per lesson with an overall family rate of €10 per family per lesson and special reductions for those who pay the first Friday of the month. Newcomers welcome. Parents welcome to stay at classes if they wish. Contact Maureen at (086) 3702719.

Palliative Homecare

Fundraising night for Longford Palliative Homecare, in memory of the late Willie Tully, Killoe on Friday, 6th November at 9.30pm in the Longford Arms Hotels. Music by Paschal Flaherty, Liz & Davey, Sean Hussey, Brian Ross, Connie O Reilly, Mary O’Brien Sweeney, It’s About Time and many more artists. Tickets are €10 available on the night and from Catherine Tully 087 9547103.

The Draft Register of Electors

If you live in County Longford and wish to vote you should check that you are registered correctly to vote. You can check the register by logging onto or by contacting Longford County Council at if you have any queries relating to the Register of Electors.

Craft Fair

Our 2nd annual pre Christmas craft and artisan fair will take place on Sunday, 22nd November in GAA complex, Newtownforbes from 11am to 4pm. This year the fair will be in aid of Longford Mental Health Association and AMA Ireland. Tables are limited and spaces are filling up fast. For further information please contact Ann on 087 9248816.

Benefit Dance

A Benefit night for the family of the late Sean Mulligan, Ballinamuck will take place in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva on Monday 16th November 2015. Tickets cost €10 each - the committee will be out selling tickets over the next few weeks and your support will be very much appreciated.