Notes 09/07/2012 - Newtowncashel - Co. Longford

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Way back in 1977 Fr O’Rourke and Gabriel Starkin started to take part in the Tidy Towns competition to improve the quality of the village.  Since then various committees have continued the work that was started all those years ago.  Visitors to the village marvel that nothing has been broken or stolen in all the years.  This is no longer the case, in the last 5 to 6 weeks 2 seats have been smashed, a plaque pulled down and damaged and a sculpture stolen.  It is sad that in 35 years this should now happen.


Cashel GAA Club has been selected to represent their club, their community and their county in the RTE1 television series, Celebrity Bainisteoir.
The Celebrity Bainisteoir committee have selected eight teams throughout the county and this is the first time they have selected an Intermediate Team from Longford.  There will be a well-known celebrity selected as the trainer of the team for the duration of the competition, and this celebrity is not revealed until they visit our club on Sunday July 22nd, to meet the community and the players.  This is a very special day for all the community.
From our discussions with other clubs who have taken part in Celebrity Bainisteoir, it has proved to be a fantastic occasion for all the parishes/communities where it was filmed previously.  It is an ideal opportunity for the people of Cashel to showcase our parish, spirit and pride in our community.
This programme has an audience in excess of 600,000 people tuning in per programme and we hope to present the very best that the Cashel community has to offer.
Cashel GAA Club is proud of the fact that they are one of the few clubs around the country that is debt free.  This is in no small part as a direct result of your support and generosity.  It is also down to the good work of previous GAA officers down through the year.
Cashel GAA Club is extending an invitation to you, your family and friends to join with us at our Club House for this launch on Sunday July 22nd at 12.00noon.  We hope that you will be proud of your parish and your club grounds and that you will enjoy the whole experience.
RTE cameras will be present in the village from 9.00am on the morning of the launch.  They will also be present at a number of training sessions at our pitch during the competition.  All upcoming events will be advertised in our Parish Newsletter, the Parish website as well as local and club notes in the Longford Leader.  We are asking that you come along each time the cameras are in the village and help us to create a great atmosphere.
Since the announcement of the event we have had many requests from parishioners at home and abroad about Club merchandise for this unique occasion.  Club jerseys and jackets have been ordered for those who have requested them, and anyone who has placed an order is asked to leave their payment in at LK’s shop in the village, in an envelope with their name on it, before Friday July 13th.  Many thanks!


Martin Walsh would like to say a big thank you to all that helped make the canal walk for St Luke’s Hospital such a great success.  Thank you to all the walkers, all who donated prizes, all who sold tickets and everyone who helped in any way to raise the sum of €5775.  Thank you to Jimmy and Carolann Leavy for the use of their premises and all the help that they gave.  A huge thank you to each and every one involved.


Congratulations to Glenn Ryder and Isla Poyntz, Cavan, who were married on Friday July 6th.  We wish them many happy years together.


Longford Dog Show takes place in the Tesco car park, Longford, on Sunday July 15th, at 2.00pm.  All categories are welcome and entries will be accepted on the day.  All proceeds in aid of Aware.


Don’t forget to play your lotto numbers as Cashel GAA’s Lotto 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.


As school holidays are almost upon us our focus now changes to our local Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp. As in previous years these camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games while also supplying each child with a full kit and gear bag. This year our local camp will take place again in Lanesboro from 30th July to 3rd August. Discounted bookings can be availed of by visiting If you are considering sending your son/
daughter to a camp this summer we would definitely recommend a Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp. For all up to date information please see the Coaching and Games Notes in the Longford Leader each week or visit


Saints’ Island Cemetery, August 19th; Cashel Cemetery, August 26th.  Mass and Prayers for the Dead, 6.00pm.  These Masses will replace the 10.30am Mass in the Church.


Pattern Day will be celebrated at Lady Well, Derrydarragh, on Saturday September 8th, the Feast of the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Mass follows the recitation of the Rosary at 6.00pm.  This Mass will replace the Saturday evening Mass in the Church.


Newtowncashel Toddler Group will continue throughout the summer months and meets next on Tuesday July 17th.  Contact Yvonne on (086) 851 7037 for information.  See you there!

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