Minibus Presentation:   Many of us are often unaware of great things that happen in our midst.         In June 2016 four cyclists set out from Mizen Head in West Cork and began the long, long 650 Km cycle , over 4 days, to Malin Head, the most northerly point in Ireland.      This was organized by Pauric Connolly, Rathmore with his brother-in-law Keith McCloughry, his Aunt Trish Gallagher who travelled over from New York and Eddie from Sligo.   They were joined in Ballymahon by about 20 cyclists, some of whom completed the rest of the journey.   Between them they raised €18,000 for Temple Street Hospital.    And they decided on the spot to attempt the journey in reverse.   So in July 2017 a group of 25, again led by Pauric and fund manager Darren Mulledy, with many inexperienced local cyclists, undertook the task, completed it without a hitch, and raised almost €57,000 for South Westmeath and Longford Hospice.    In Athlone, the money was used to complete a family home , providing an area of comfort for the families of the ill.   On Tuesday last, a minibus ambulance was presented to Longford Hospice.   This no doubt, will be of fantastic benefit to those in need of transport for treatments etc.     We owe the cyclists and the donors our immense gratitude.              Adding to these achievements, a similar local group, recently cycled over a weekend from Clifden to Howth and back, and Pauric presented approx. €3,000 , collected by the group, to the Laura Lynn Foundation.   A huge well done to all those participants again and especially to the only female to complete the trilogy, Tracy Finnegan.   Great organization and great achievements.


Community Games Chess:   the local Community Games have received quite a bit of interest from  young people to enter a Chess team in next year’s competition.   In order for this to happen they will need help to coach and train the team and help them prepare for it.   The competition will take place in January so practice would need to start over the coming weeks.   If you can help or know someone who may be interested in helping for a few weeks please contact Nora at 086-387 4896 or any committee member.


Bridge club results 15th Oct:  North/South- 1st gross & 2nd net – George Farrell & Chris Connolly,         2nd Gross & 1st net – Mary Nooney & Chris Farrell,   3rd gross & net – Una Flynn & Yvonne Dowler.   East/West:- 1st Gross & net – Tony Tiernan & Orla McEntee,     2nd Gross & net – Lily Mulvihill & Carole Nally,   3rd Gross – Carmel McCormack & Vera Kelly,   3rd net – Mary Feeney & Frances Kelleher.


Gymnastics Club:  Longford Gymnastics Club extends a sincere thanks to all who supported their new Club at the recent Church Gate Collection.   The funds raised from your generous contributions are another step towards the opening of the exciting new Club.




Death of Mrs Babs McPartland:  It was with deep regret that we learnt of the recent death at the great age of 92, of Mrs Babs McPartland, (nee Marlowe), pre-deceased by her husband Jim,  Coventry, England, formerly of Newcastle and Ballymulvey, Ballymahon.     She was a lovely, good-natured, inoffensive lady with a heart of gold who always enjoyed the garden and its colourful flowers.     Herself and her husband Jim ran a very successful Pub business in Coventry for a long number of years but have been returning to their holiday home in Ballymulvey on a regular basis for over the last forty years.    She enjoyed going in to her good friends Jim & Mary Kenny’s pub here for a chat and  meeting family and many friends with her late brother Seamus.     Many people from the area travelled to Coventry on hearing of her sad passing to pay their respects to her heartbroken family,  she was a very popular lady here.     Her remains were laid to rest in Coventry.     We extend our sincere sympathy to her daughters Shirley and Anne, son Jim, sisters Kitty (Kiltoom) and Helen (Loughglynn), brothers Mick, Joe, John and Frank (Coventry), family, relatives and friends.  May she rest in peace.


County Final: Congratulations to local man Fergal Kelly who referreed the County Final on October 14th and also his Officials.  Well done to you all.




Abbeyshrule 10th Annual Community Christmas Craft Fair:  Anyone selling handmade crafts, art or Christmas items interested in taking a table at the Abbeyshrule Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday 9th December this year at The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule (12 – 6p.m.) please contact Betty McGoey on 04493 57742,  leave a message on the Abbeyshrule Christmas Craft Fair Facebook page or email as soon as possible.     Once again the children’s craft workshop will start at 1.00p.m. , Santa will be arriving at 3.00p.m. and as a special event there will be a Christmas Lights Tractor Run in the late afternoon.   A raffle will be held in aid of local Autism groups.   Anyone interested in joining the tractor run,  contact John on 087-7848 206.


Sympathy:  We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Phil Fearon, Main Street on the death last week of her sister Patricia Cummins, Moylough, Galway.    Our condolences also to Patricia’s husband Tommy, daughters Delma, Ann, Mary and Valerie, sons Barry and John, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, sister Aggie (Texas),  relatives and friends.   May her Soul rest in peace.




Day Care Centre Fundraiser:-  a “Mock Wedding” will be held in The Rustic Inn. Abbeyshrule on Saturday next, 27th October at 8.00p.m.   There will be music, finger-food and spot prizes on the night.   All proceeds go to the Convent Day Care Centre , a fantastic resource in our community.   Your support will be very much appreciated.   Tickets at 10 euro are available from the Centre or at the door on the night.


First Holy Communion:   Children will be enrolled as candidates for First Holy Communion at an Enrolment ceremony on this Wednesday evening, Oct 24th at 7.00p.m. in St. Matthews Church.


Race Night:  on Saturday night, 27th October, St. Brigid’s G.A.A. Killashee are holding a Race Night in The Richmond Inn, Clondra.   A great night is guaranteed.   You are invited to come and support their main fundraiser of 2018.


Talk in Ballymahon Library:   Come along to the Library on Tuesday next, Oct. 30th to meet Rosaleen Glennon, author of the book “No spare life-One woman’s journey through Cancer”.   Rosaleen will talk about her book and her experience in a relaxed informal setting.   October is Breast Awareness Month so come along at 8.00p.m. on Tuesday for a relaxed and informative night.


Death of Declan Forde:    Our deepest sympathy is extended to Joe Forde, The Pigeons, Athlone on the very sad and untimely death of his son Declan on the 10th October last,    also to Declan’s children Shannen and Aaron, sisters Marie (Connell) and Caroline, brother Tom, aunts Helen (Nestor) and Ann (Connaughton), uncles Paddy, Danny, Jimmy and Lennie Sammon, nieces, nephew, relatives and many friends.   Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.


Underdogs:  congratulations to Colm Flynn, Captain of the Underdogs football team who played against All-Ireland Champions Dublin last week which was televised by TG4.     His team were beaten by the Dubs but he spoke very well after the game, well done Colm.  We hope you enjoyed the experience.