Notes 03/12/2012 - Newtowncashel - Co. Longford

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A very important meeting of the local minor GAA club takes place on Wednesday 5th December at 9pm in the Clubhouse. Anyone with any interest in the future development of underage Gaelic football in the parish is urged to come along.  Anyone with ideas or suggestions on how to move the club forward  is welcome. We would especially welcome parents of national school children, who have shown an interest in Gaelic games, to come along and get involved.  The success of our senior club is dependent on a steady supply of good footballers, and this can only be achieved if everyone plays their part and lends a hand, in the coaching of our young people.  So please come along on Wednesdays 5th December at 9pm.

Our season is up and running both our draughts teams under 14 and under 12 are well advanced in this competition our U14 are in the county final on Friday night we wish them the best of luck. Let's hope for gold! This team has been together for some time coming through various age groups and it would be a fitting end to get gold.  Come on the Cashel! All support would be appreciated. It's in the Kenagh sports complex. Cashel community games would like to thank Mostrim for a very sporting game of draughts and this team will be one to watch for the future.  Under 12’s played on Sunday evening in Dromard and also won their semi-final!! Well done to them also for getting into the county final.  
Anybody who would be interested in helping out in any of the sports during the year please contact 086 8456738 or any of the committee.
Upcoming events are tag rugby, and also indoor soccer. We will let you all know when these are taking place but in the mean time you could get hold of an oval ball and get in a bit of practice. Art and model making is also on its way, so keep an eye on the notes.
We would like to congratulate Cashel senior football team on their great win in the final last Saturday eve well done lad's.

Congratulations to Aidan Rowan who has been nominated as one of the Intermediate Championship Players of the Year.  Three players have been nominated, two from Granard and Aidan from Cashel. The Club is requesting your support for Aidan.  Please vote for him by texting “comp41 Aidan Rowan” to 57199 before noon on Friday December 7th.  Aidan has had a great year and deserves this acknowledgement!! Your support for him is very much appreciated!

The Transition Year Students of the Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, present “D’Switch”, a Variety Show, at 8.00pm this Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th December.  Doors open at 7.30pm. All are wecome!

Syra Reid from Fern Hill Garden Centre will present a Christmas floral demonstration in "The Hill" on Friday December 7th at 8.00pm.  Admission €5 – all proceeds to Longford Hospice Homecare. Your support would be appreciated.

The Christmas cards sponsored by the Tidy Towns are now on sale in LK’s Shop and other outlets in the area for €1.00 euro each.  It is a beautiful winter scene of the village by Artist John Nankivell. It was John who did the lovely drawing of the village so highly praised by the Tidy Towns judges each year.

The senior choir holds its next practice in the Church on Sunday December 9th after 10.30am Mass.

Junior Choir rehearsals for Christmas continue each Saturday from 5.00 – 6.00pm in the Church.  All who wish to be involved in the Children’s Mass on Christmas Day are asked to come along.  Nobody is too young, too old, or too late to join in!  Christmas Day roles will be allocated on Saturday next so please come along!
The Junior Choir will also sing at the upcoming Do This In Memory Mass on December 16th.

We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, neighbours and friends of Geraldine Marlowe nee McHugh, Derryhaun, who died on Sunday November 25th.  May she rest in peace.

New on the market this year is a Christmas card featuring a panorama of the Village in Winter.  Inserts highlight significant buildings and locations.  Produced by Declan Gilmore,, they are now on sale in L&K Shop for €1.00 each.

The lamp opposite the church gate is once again providing much needed illumination after a lengthy absence.  Repairs were carried out last week. Thanks to Michael Murray, Tidy Towns Chairman who pursued the issue with Longford County Council and to the maintenance contractor, who between them achieved the desired result!

St Mary’s National School Board of Management will meet in the school on Thursday December 6th at 8.00pm.  All members are asked to attend please.

The monthly Tidy Towns meeting will be held in "The Hill" on Wednesday December 5th at 8.30pm.  All members are asked to attend please. Please note later time!

The Annual Christmas Day Run from Newtowncashel to Lanesborough in aid of the Longford branch of MS Ireland is being organised again for the 22nd year. As a result of this event approximately €160,000 has been raised for Multiple Sclerosis. All are welcome, walkers start from the Hill at 11.45 am and runners at 12.15, finish at the Hall in Lanesborough where refreshments are available. Further details and sponsorship cards are available from Michael Flood, Newtowncashel (Tel: 086-0880855); Brigid Mullooly, Lanesborough (Tel: 04333-21019); L and K's Village Shop in Newtowncashel or O’Brien’s Corner Shop, Lanesborough. All participants will receive a free t-shirt kindly sponsored by Peter Hanley Motors. We would greatly appreciate your support as this is in aid of a very worthy cause. Longford MS has come to depend on this event over the past 21 years and would like to extend their appreciation for the effort given.

Set Dancing classes continues in the Lifebelt Bar, Ballyleague, on Tuesday evenings at 8.00 p.m. Why not come along to the classes for a great evening’s fun.

Cashel GAA’s Lotto still stands at €10,000.  There are weekly, monthly and yearly options to play your numbers.  You’ve got to be in it to win it.  Don’t forget to play your numbers every week.

A meeting will be held this Thursday night at 8.00pm in "The Hill". All are welcome!

Newtowncashel Toddler Group meets in “The Hill” every Tuesday morning from 9.45am – 12.00 noon.  All welcome!  See you there!

The Newtowncashel Parish Website and Newtowncashel Facebook page are up and running, with lots of news, information and photos about all things concerning Newtowncashel.  Please do log on to them and pass the details to family and friends abroad to keep updated with news about the parish as it happens: and

There are a number of spaces available on some of the services, so we would encourage people from that area to avail of the services to keep it activated in that region. The Services are Flexible and Demand Responsive. “If you don’t use it – you lose it”. Fares are: Single €3. Return €5. ALL Age Groups are welcome to travel and the Free Travel Pass is accepted.
Once weekly O/W Service No.13&13A (Tuesday & Saturday) to LONGFORD is provided by Bernie Hackett: 087-2502186.
Once weekly O/W Service No.19 (Friday) to LANESBORO, provided by Farrelly’s Coaches: 043-3322222.
Once fortnightly O/F Service (No.17) (FRIDAY) to BALLYMAHON is provided by Anthony O’Haire: 087-9004876. This route comes from Portnaure-Pollagh-Newtowncashel direction into Ballymahon, BUT can deviate, to facilitate any passenger who wish to travel to Ballymahon for shopping or on business (Banking etc).  Note: The Once fortnightly O/F Service No.17  to Ballymahon on Friday has spaces available and does need support and a greater uptake. The Service is “Flexible” and “Demand Responsive”.

Longford kids called to ‘Doodle 4 Google’ - Children across Longford are once again being challenged to get doodling for this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition.
This year, Google is hoping to inspire the next generation of great Irish inventors with the theme “My Invention”. The winning doodle will be seen by millions of Internet users when it appears on the Google Ireland homepage for a day in April 2013.
The winning student will receive a scholarship of €5,000 to go towards their college studies, while the winning teacher and student will also receive a Chromebook laptop each and their school will receive a €10,000 technology grant. The deadline for entries is December 10th 2012. For more information on the competition visit

Teenagers are the main participants in next Sunday’s Mass. A preparatory meeting will take place in the Church on Tuesday 4th at 8.00pm.  A full rehearsal will also be held at this time.  
The group will also hold a cake sale in aid of Teen Suicide Awareness on December 15th/16th.  Your support will be greatly appreciated.

The third of six talks for The Year of Faith will be given in the Pastoral Centre, St Mel’s College, Longford, on Thursday December 6th, at 8.00pm.  The topic is “Faith and Waiting”, an Advent theme, and the speaker will be Sister Anna Burke.

First Confessions on Thursday March 7th 2013.
First Holy Communion on Sunday May 19th at 12.00 noon.

The Parish Pastoral Council will meet in "The Hill" on Wednesday December 5th at 8.00pm.  The meeting will facilitate the distribution of Collection Envelopes for 2013. Please note earlier time!

A bus till travel to Knock on the night of Friday December 7th from St Mary’s Church, Lanesboro. Departure time to be confirmed. Contact (087) 248 7883 for more information or to book.

Drivers are requested not to obstruct access to the parking areas at the Church transepts.  In particular, cars parked on neither side of the church tower cause considerable inconvenience to people who are unable to negotiate the steps at the main door.  These people need easy and immediate access to the side doors.

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