11-01-2016 - Newtowncashel - Co. Longford

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JOHN KENNY 087 0507686

Longford Multiple Sclerosis Thank You
The recent Christmas Day Run/Walk from Newtowncashel to Lanesboro was the 25th anniversary running of this event and a total of 6,341 euros was raised. This is a fantastic amount and will go a long way to meeting the needs of the branch for the coming year. The branch members and committee of the Longford Branch of Multiple Sclerosis would like to acknowledge the hard work and generosity of many people who helped to make the event a success. A huge word of thanks to the principal organisers of the event, Brigid Mullooly, Michael Flood and all the Flood family. Their continued loyalty and commitment to Longford MS over the years is greatly appreciated.
Sincere thanks to all who helped out on the day; people who helped with registration in Cashel Hall, those who helped serve refreshments in St. Mary's Hall Lanesboro, those who provided refreshments along the route and in St Mary's Hall, those who stewarded and volunteered along the route in any other capacity, to our MS members who helped with the presentation of prizes, to Declan Gilmore for photography, Peter Hanly Motors for sponsoring T Shirts, and to anyone else who helped in any way however small it may seem to them. Your efforts are all greatly appreciated.
Last but by no means least we offer a huge word of thanks to all the participants who took part in the event. To those who collected funds and on behalf of our branch for this event, and to all those who donated funds to this event for Longford MS, your efforts greatly acknowledged and we are indeed very thankful. We congratulate the winners in all the categories and commend their performance. Longford MS is extremely grateful for the ongoing success of this event and look forward once again to being able to help our members in the coming years as a result of your generosity and help."

The death occurred of Paddy Healy, Ballyreevagh last Saturday the  9th of January last. Paddy was a hardworking family man,who was particularly associated with the delivery of water to all the houses of the parish for many years.He was always up earlier than most,working to ensure that we all had our adequate supply of water and if there was ever a problem,he had it sorted out instantly.A very straight and honest man,he had a great sense of humour and he was great company when one was having a chat with him.His passing will leave a great void in the lives of all those close to him.To his wife Monica,sons Dermot,Jack,Sylvester and Alan and all his many friends and relatives,we extend our deepest sympathies  in their time of great griref..May his Soul Rest in Peace.

Newtowncashel Defibrillator Group,will meet theis Wednesday  the 13th of January at 7.00 p.m. in the Hill to provide you with the opportunity to refresh your skills.Training in the use of the defibrillator  and CPR will be ongoing in the coming months and we would encourage you to contact Geraldine at 087 6190134 or Mairéad at 086 8566608.

The flooding in the Newtowncashel area,still remains quite a threat,despite a respite in the recent heavy rain.All the water on the land and drains ,is still feeding into the Shannon and Lough Ree,and at this rate it will be a considerable time before levels return to normal.A tremendous amount of work has been done by many neighbours and friends for those in particular difficulty. Also special mention to Seamus Kiernan and both the Longford and Dublin Civil Defence who in their thoroughly professional endeavours,have ensured that all the kids got to school  safely and that all the homes recieved  essential attention whenever needed.When all returns to normal it is essential that the whole situation needs to be reviewed and that the required action be taken to ensure that those affected,will not be so in the future.Thanks to Ciarán  Mullooly,RTE, UTV Ireland and the Longford Leader for bringing such attention to all our predicament,thus ensuring that the necessary powers with the ability to attend to the situation in Newtowncashel and it's surrounds  ,have sat up and taken notice.

Combo fitness classes  (A mix of cardiovascular to music /pilates)
Every Monday at kellihers dance studio Main street longford  7.30
Tuesday  Cooney's Hotel Ballymahon 7.30
Wednesday  (morning)kellihers longford 11am.
Wednesday moydow 7.30
Thursday strokestown.percy french 7.30 (pilates)

Beginner classes Thu mornings 10.30–12.30pm Commencing 21st January at Bridgeways Dean Egan Resource Centre Ballymahon.
Fee  €10 per session.
Learn about drawing, colour/painting and art appreciation.Please bring along sketching things, sketchpad, 2b – 5b pencils, willow charcoal, soft eraser, notebook, etc. It is hoped to plan an outing to The National Gallery in May.
Improver sessions continue 20th Jan Wednesday evenings 7 - 9at
Sisters Mercy house, Main St.
Both sessions welcome men and women. Contact Rory or staff Bridgeways 090 6432691 or for full details email tutor Frances Kelleher hfkelleher@eircom.net (ph.09064 32203)

Recitation of the Rosary continues on Fridays at 7.30 p.m.

A vacancy for a FAS worker exists in Newtowncashel.
Anyone interested please contact Tony Moran on 0868146363 or 043 3322016 at the Kenagh office.

A reminder to check the Longford Warmer Homes Ltd website and facebook page to see if you are eligible for FREE Attic & Cavity insulation before the winter rush sets in. Call 043 3393255 www.lwh.ie

Eircode, the new postcode system for Ireland, has launched. Local
organisations in Longford and Westmeath are helping to spread the word
about the benefits of Eircode. If you, or someone who you know, have any
questions or would like assistance, including elderly family members or
neighbours go to www.eircode.ie, or get in touch with Margaret Walsh, Longford Community
Resources Ltd at 043-3345555 or email:  eircode@lcrl.ie.
Alternatively, the Eircode helpline number is 0818 300 005.

Newtowncashel village got great exposure on Irish TV recently when they dedicated a whole  program to the village and surroundings with Jimmy Casey talking on the history of Saint's Island and Claire Egan and her bakery. It can be viewed online by clicking on this link: http://dai.ly/x2vfcj6

The Longford VTOS programme is now recruiting.  It offers full time business and computer training free of charge.  To qualify you must be over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment.  If you are interested contact Maeve Madden, VTOS Co-ordinator at  087 2050589.  

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