Notes 31/04/2012 - Newtowncashel - Co. Longford

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NEWTOWNCASHEL TIDY TOWNS ANNUAL SPONSORED NATURE WALK
The Nature Walk takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7th.  Primary School Children start at 2.30pm from Derrydarragh. Under-16’s and Adults start at 2.30pm from “The Hill”.  All finish at “The Hill”.Adult participants will be included in a draw for prizes including the following: Weekend away for two people, a Bog Oak Sculpture by Michael Casey, Two meals for two, wine and chocolates.
Participants are asked to write their names on reverse of cards which should be handed in at “The Hill”.  Cards or cash cannot be accepted at Derrydarragh.
All Primary School finishers will feature in a draw for cinema tickets and numerous other prizes.  Phone credit, €40, €20 and €10, for 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest INDIVIDUAL sponsorship collected by Primary School Participants.
All prizes, adults, Under-16, and Children, will be presented at “The Hill”.  Refreshments for all at the end of the walk at 4:00pm.

WHO WAS HEBER DONN ?

According to legend many great battles were fought by foreign invaders for the possession of Ireland but eventually it was the Milesians who became rulers of the entire Island of Ireland.  It is believed they came from southern Spain and among their leaders was IR, who was drowned during the invasion.
His four sons were the original founders of the Milesian dynasty in Ireland.  From them all the different clans have descended which inhabited the country until the final breakup of the clan system, when the country was made a British dependency.  
Two of the most powerful clans who ruled Annaly were the O Farrell’s and the O Quinn’s.  One of the four sons of IR became ruler of a kingdom that stretched from Ulster to South Annaly (Longford). His name was Heber Donn.
The sculpture in Newtowncashel of Heber Donn shows him at rest as he gazes out over his kingdom.  The figure was carved by Jackie McKenna, Larry Leavy and Simon Carman from a design by Michael Casey. The limestone came from a quarry in Co. Kilkenny. The sculpture took a year to make and sitting the figure is 6 foot high and standing would be 8 foot high.  Funding for the sculpture came from Longford Community Resources Limited and also a generous donation from Eben Hamilton of Barley Harbour. The sculpture will be unveiled by Adrian Green CEO of  Longford Community Resources Limited at 4:00pm on Bank Holiday Monday the 7th of May.  Afterwards Martin Morris, Archivist for County Longford Library, will give a talk on the Milesians in Ireland.

TIDY TOWNS
A Tidy Towns meeting will be held in “The Hill” on Friday May 4th at 8.30pm to finalise arrangements for the walk and the unveiling.


NEW BABY
Congratulations to Pauline and James Marlowe, Derryhaun, on the recent birth of their new baby boy.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DAY
Sunday May 13th is First Holy Communion Day.  Twelve children will receive the Blessed Eucharist for the first time.  The Mass at 12.00 noon replaces the scheduled Sunday Mass.

NEWTOWNCASHEL DEFIBRILLATOR GROUP
Newtowncashel Defibrillator Group will provide training in the GAA Clubhouse at 8.00pm on Tuesday May 1st and Wednesday May 2nd.  Members who trained more than two years ago now need to re-certify.  New members are needed.  Contact (086) 856 6608 or (087) 619 0134.  Defibrillators are located in the Village at “The Hill” and at the GAA Clubhouse, in Portanure at Mattie Reid’s, in Greenhall at Sweeney’s.  Further units are to be sited in Forthill, Derryhaun and Leab/Elfeet.

THANK YOU
The organisers of the recent Church Gate Collection for MS wish to thank the people of the parish for their generosity.  The total collected was €410.00.

ICA
Newtowncashel Guild ICA held it’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday April 4th.  Officers elected were: President – Helen O’Shea; Secretary – Bernadette Muldoon; Treasurer – Gabrielle Flanagan.  The members congratulate Helen O’Shea on her election as Timire to the Longford Federation.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday May 1st in “The Hill”.

COMMUNITY GAMES
Those interested in taking part in the swimming competitions should contact Emma Murray (086) 865 4711, as soon as possible.  Tesco vouchers for sports equipment may be given to any committee member or left at the school.

CASHEL MINOR CLUB
The Cashel Minor Club are holding a draw on May 19th and tickets for this draw are in circulation at the moment.  Your support is greatly appreciated. Declan Gilmore has DVDs and photographs available of the recent Minor Presentation, should anybody require copies.  Contact Declan on (086) 834 2935 for details.

CASHEL GAA LOTTO
The Cashel GAA Lotto now exceeds €9,000.  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 May 1st.  See you then!





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