JOHN (JACK) FARRELL RESIGNS
There was widespread regret in the Parish at the news that John (Jack) Farrell had resigned from the Tidy Towns. Recently he had been chosen as the “Longford Leader Person Of The Year” for his voluntary work in the village and for other organisations. He will be badly missed. We hope he will remain active in his other pursuits bringing his talents to all who are in need.
Our slimathon was launched last week by the owner of Athlone Motivation Clinic, Ruth O Malley. We are aiming to have community walks and cycling and everybody is welcome to come along to any of our evenings and help to keep up the morale for those competing.
On Tuesday we had a great turnout for our walk and we meet again on Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm at the clubhouse.
Sponsorship cards are available from any of the officials and you can sponsor any of the participants.
PARENTS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL FUNCTION
St Mary’s Parent’s Association hold their Annual Raffle and Social Night in Fallon’s Bar on Saturday June 16th. Music will be provided and a raffle held. All are welcome. Tickets for the raffle are now on sale and available from committee members.
COMMUNITY GAMES QUIZ
Well done to Newtowncashel’s Community Games Quiz Team on their fine performance representing Longford in the National Community Games Finals in Athlone recently. The team was made up of Niall Casey, Lauren Casey, Niamh Skelly, Molly Fox, Áine Bannon and Patrick Farrell. Well done to all concerned!
Hearty congratulations to the Schoolgirls’ Team from St Mary’s National School who for the first time ever won the Schoolgirls final recently. They faced very tough opposition from Dromard in a game that was drawn at full time, but our small team in extra time pulled something amazing out of the bag to sin in the end by two points!! It was a fantastic team performance by every one of the girls. The team was Molly Fox, Lisa Dowd, Ciara Healy, Niamh Skelly, Sarah Farrell, Seoige Mulvihill, Aine Bannon, Maeve Dervin and Lauren Casey. A massive thank you and congratulations is also due to Richard Farrell who coached, mentored and encouraged the team all the way to victory!!
Longford Federation Garden Competition 2012. Flower Garden Competition: Confined to ICA members only. 1st Prize: Philo Kelly Trophy & Valuable runner up prizes. Vegetable Garden Competition: This competition is open to all gardeners, male and female in Co. Longford. 1st Prize: Quinn Supply Stores Trophy & Valuable runner up prizes. Entries before June 23rd. Judging will take place during the 1st and 2nd week in July. Send your entries to Lilian Walsh on 086-
CASHEL GAA LOTTO
The Cashel GAA Lotto is nearing €10,000. To be in with a chance of winning, play your numbers now! There are weekly, monthly or yearly options available.
NEWTOWNCASHEL TODDLER GROUP
Newtowncashel Toddler Group meets next on Tuesday June 17th. See you then!
The 5th International Eucharistic Congress is now under way in Dublin. The Opening Ceremony and Mass, celebrated by the Papal Legate, took place at the RDS, Dublin, last Sunday, June 10th. Visit http://www.iec2012.ie for details of the daily programme of events. The closing ceremony and celebration of the final mass of the Congress, known as the Statio Orbis, in Croke Park, takes place at 1.00pm on Sunday June 17th. Transport from the village is as follows: Tuesday 12th, to the RDS. Bus departs from "The Hill" at 8.00am. Sunday 17th, to Croke Park. Bus departs from "The Hill" at 9.45am. Booking confirmation for the RDS and tickets for Croke Park are now available and may be collected from the Sacristy or the Parochial House.
Kanes Travel, Longford, will run a bus from Longford each day of the Congress, leaving at 8.00am and leaving Dublin at 6.00pm. Fare is €15.00. Phone (043) 334 5201 for details.
Transport will also be provided by Iarnrod Eireann and Bus Eireann.
The current Readers Roster expires next weekend. A revised list is being prepared. New readers are welcome – names immediately please!
NATIONAL CARERS’ WEEK
National Carers’ Week – Caring from our Family Carers’ own health. The Association hosts a Carers’ Health Fair in the Longford Arms Hotel on Tuesday June 19th, from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Health checks rovided will include: blood pressure, lung capacity, cholesterol and hearing to name but a few. The event and the checks are free of charge. Check http://www.carersirealnd.com for more details, or ring (044) 934 7922.