Notes 12/11/2012 - Newtowncashel - Co. Longford

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Newtown Cashel Drama Group are delighted to announce that this seasons play is John McDwyer’s, "Callaghan’s Place", a touching, shocking and comical play centred around a community near Carrick on Shannon. An observation of the lifestyle in a rural community, the issues facing a family trying to make a decent living, and the pressure of urbanisation. The mood is lightened with a generous helping of outrageous humour as the characters reflect on life, love and the rest of the world.

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

160 guests had a very enjoyable evening at the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Friday night.  Thanks to “The J & S Sound”, The Rustic Inn, Declan Gilmore, everyone who supported and those who worked so hard to get people there and ensure their enjoyment.
The Annual Mass for Deceased Pioneers of the Longford Region will be celebrated in St Mary’s Church Lanesboro on Friday November 23rd at 7.30pm.  All Pioneers are welcome and encouraged to attend.

We offer our sincere sympathy to the family, neighbours and friends of Rose Slevin nee Casey, Cornadough, who died on Wednesday last week.  May her soul rest in peace.
We also offer our sincere sympathy to the family, neighbours and friends of John Smyth, Tipper, who died on Friday.  May his soul rest in peace.

The following committee was elected at a recent A.G.M.: Chairperson - Ger Hand, Vice Chairperson - Lorraine Murtagh, Secretary - Caroline Murtagh, Assistant Secretary - Patricia Farrell, Treasurer - Ann Kelly, Assistant Treasurer - Christine Casey, PRO - Martina Mulvihill, Parents Representative on Board of Management - Barbara Martin and  committee member Mary Skelly. The next meeting will be on Wed the 12th Dec at 9pm in the GAA clubhouse.  All parents are welcome to attend.  We would like to thank everyone who helped make  the Halloween Fancy
Dress  Party such a great success!

The Christmas cards sponsored by the Tidy Towns will soon be on sale in the shops.
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

Beauty treatments available by appointment during the day or evening at Collum, Newtowncashel.  Contact Bridget on 086 1701510

A rehearsal will be held in the Church on Saturday 17th from 5.30pm – 6.30pm.  There are two Do This In Memory Masses to prepare for between now and Christmas, as well as our Christmas Day Children’s Mass so we hope for a good turnout!  All are welcome!  

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.

Co. Longford Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability - Newtowncashel Branch meeting on Wednesday 14th November @ 8.00pm. in "The Hill".  All members are requested to attend please.
The Annual Raffle and Fundraising Social in aid of St. Christopher's Day Centre, Longford was held on 3rd November.  The following are the list of prize winners:
1st - €150.00 - Jonathon Carberry, Kenagh, 2nd - 40 Bales Briquettes - Marie Fallon, Greenhall, 3rd - €100.00 - Mary Casey, Clonmee,
4th - Microwave Oven - Danny Farrell, Elfeet, 5th - €70.00 - Mattie Connor, Cashelbeg,6th - €60.00 - Martina Mulvhill, Elfeet,
7th - Dinner Voucher for 2 - Francis Carberry, Derryhawn, 8th - €40.00 - Bridget Smyth, Cornadough, 9th – €30.00 - D. Lawlor, Wexford,
10th - €30.00 - Patsy Mulvihill, Carrowbeg.
Door Prizes - €10.00 - Niall Casey, Clonmee, Set of Towels - Tom Skelly, Curoole,  Tin of Sweets -Avril Ryder, Ballinahinch, Bottle of Wine - Isla Ryder, Ballinahinch.
Congratulations to all winners.  The committee would like to say Thank You to everyone involved - tickets sellers, to everyone who purchased tickets, to all who sponsored prizes, to Padraig Cryan for providing the music, to everyone who attended the social, to Fallons for the use of their premises and to everyone who helped in any way to make this fundraiser such wonderful success. Your support is very much appreciated.

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

Longford VEC will provide basic computer classes for adults at St Mary’s National School if there is sufficient interest.  The programme will run over a 6-8 week period on Thursdays, 8.00pm – 10.00pm.  Interest in the course may be indicated by phoning the school (043) 332 5433, between 9.00 and 9.20am, or 3.00 – 3.30pm for application form.  Alternatively text name and address to (086) 301 5587.

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

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

Following a very promising initial get-together, teenagers are invited to a further meeting in "The Hill" on Wednesday November 14th at 8.00pm.  All teenagers are urged to attend.

Do This In Memory, Music for the Church Year with Derek Mahady and Fr Turlough Baxter.  This workshop will present music that is appropriate for liturgies with children, especially “Do This in Memory” or Family Masses.  The selection offers what will be appealing to young people but also to the whole community.  Covering most seasons of the year, a number of pieces will also highlight the Year of Faith.  All are welcome to attend; choir members and directors; Family Liturgical Teams; Teachers.  The workshop takes place on Monday November 26th at St Mel’s College, Pastoral Centre, at 8.00pm.  Also St Joseph’s Centre, Leitrim Village, on Monday 19th, and St Colmcille’s Church Ballinahoun, on Tuesday 20th.  For further details contact Fr Baxter on (087) 997 2259.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues on Wednesdays from 3.00pm – 9.00pm.  There are vacancies for several more participants.  All are welcome.

The Rosary is recited in the Church on Fridays at 7.30pm.  All are welcome.

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