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There was widespread sadness in the Parish on Sunday 20th May when we heard the news of the passing of Jimmy Casey N.T. The fact that he was only recently predeceased by his beloved wife Carmel added to the sadness felt by everyone. He was also predeceased by his daughter Elizabeth.
Jimmy was a legend in the Local GAA Club as a player and Club Official throughout his life and also as a Teacher in St. Mary’s N.S.  He will be fondly remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Sincere sympathy to his daughters Catriona, Ciara, son James, sons-in-law Brian and Anthony , daughter-in-law Serena and grandchildren. May he rest in peace.

No winner of this week’s Lotto Jackpot of €7,200, numbers drawn 5, 10, 22, 25.  €30 winner of the €5 envelopes was John McCann c/o Brendan Bannon, €30 to Andrew Donlon and €20 each to Sean Mulvihill and Timmy Donlon.   Jackpot next week is €7,300, draw takes place in The Local and Team on duty is Sean Casey and Sean Melia.   Your continued support for the Lotto is much appreciated.
Well done to the Longford Senior Football squad on their fine win over Meath on Sunday last at Glennon Bros. Pearse Park, we wish them every good luck in the next round against the mighty Dubs.

The Newtowncashel Community Track and Field Events ,take place this Monday the 4th of June (Bank Holiday) at 6p.m. at the G.A.A. pitch.
Also,well done to the Cashel Community Games U-13 Choir,who represented Longford in the All Ireland Final,held in University of Limerick,last Sunday the 27th of May. The group sang their heart out and eventually finished fifth.Special thanks to Molly and Noleen Fox,for all their effort and hard work with the group.Roll on next year.

Newtowncashel ICA monthly meeting takes place on Tuesday the 1st June at 8pm in the Hill Newtowncashel.
New members welcome as always.

The Cashel Drama group will be celebrating 100 years of Drama this year.
St Patrick’s night 1918 a group came together to put on a play in the newly built Thomas Ashe Hall.
Their names were Bannon, Gilmore, Farrell, Caslin, Skelly, McGrath, Fallon and Kelly are names still associated with drama today in Cashel.
Year after year a play was performed and sometimes two. The inspiration of the group was Jimmy Bannon right through the war years to the end of the fifties.
Then Jimmy Bannon went to Dublin and many of them retired.
Dan Caslin stayed on to help a new group led by Bernie Moughty and with names like Bannon, Killian and Costello they kept the flag flying until the end of the seventies.
Since the early eighties the present group has brought delightful performances for the last 34 years.
This is a wonderful record in the county and even the country for an amateur group.
To celebrate this 100 years Newtowncashel Drama Group are putting on “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”. They have waited three years to get permission to produce this prize winning play which won honours for the author Martin McDonagh around the world.
It will be seen by the Cashel audience at the end of November

Fibre Technology will be laid along these routes by the end of 2018 and delivered to 200 homes/businesses marked on the map. For approximately 90-95% of these premises fibre will be delivered directly into the home enabling speeds of up to 1000Mb/s (1Gb/s), with 5-10% of premises served with superfast broadband of up to 100Mb/s.
Further information can be found on
The map can be viewed on

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free transport service for patients attending hospital for chemotherapy treatment. Volunteer Drivers pick the patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door, then when finished treatment, will pick them up and drop them home. Volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the Society’s website at or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

Macra are looking for young people to join a new Macra club. Macra is a non profit organisation for young people 17-35,it has 6 key activities such as Agriculture,Sports,Performing Arts,Travel,Public Speaking and Community Involvoment. You dont need to be a farmer to join.
Contact can be made by contacting Diarmaid on 086 8612750 or by contacting the Longford Macra na Feirme facebook page.

Free House Insulation service available. Check out the poster for eligibility criteria. Contact Terence on 086 3192721 for more information.

The Longford VTOS programme is now recruiting. It offers full time business and computer training free of charge.
To qualify you must be over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment.
If you are interested contact Maeve Madden,VTOS Co-ordinator at 087 2050589.

Good2Talk is a non profit organisation with charitable status. We offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, families, couples and teenagers on a contribution basis. No more than €25, regardless of you income, you can access an effective professional counsellor within 72 hours of contacting our service. We help clients overcome low mood, panic, worry, depression, low self esteem, addiction, bereavement, anger and trauma.
We are located on 2 Keons Terrace, Longford and our contact number is 043 3347477

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