Sacrament of Confirmation:  Many congratulations to the following 39 young students from St. Matthews National School who were Confirmed by Bishop Francis Daly in Ballymahon on Friday afternoon last,   we hope the boys and girls and their families enjoyed the day:- Aimee Menton,     Emilija Morris,  Lelia Farrell,  Eva Kelly,  Winifred Nevin,  Harrison Bell, Roksanna Biaosxewska,        Joshua O’Reilly,   Alannah Hannifin,  Feidhlim Nolan,  Tyler Killian, Julia Dybka,   Cara Heneghan, Adam Moran,  Ronan Burke,  Ruairi Cox, Matthew Kopylash, Evan Rohan,  Peter Cassidy,  Sinead Healy,                 Amanda Da Silva,  Katie Sobstyl,   Maciej Napiralski, Sean Rogan, Abigail Kane, Tobiasz Gajdosz,          Eoghan Duncan,    Karen Carty Smyth,    Jack O’Meara,    Ricky Doyle, Andrea Nolan,  Cody Maher,      Demi Deko,  Lekeisha Doyle,  Sarah Hewitt, Louise Hegarty, Thomas Proctor,   Dylan McCormack,       Damian Skotnicki.           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spring Concert:  The Mulligan Sisters will be in Concert in the Church of Ireland, Boyle, Co Roscommon on 23rd March at 8.00p.m.  and Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Mullahoran, Co Cavan on the 30th March at 8.00p.m.      Accompanist will be Padhraic o Cuinneagain.  Concert will include some famous Irish ballads, popular songs from Musical Theatre and a mix of other well-known songs from famous genres.  Some proceeds will go to Church funds.   Tickets are €15 each and can be bought in local shops in Boyle and Mullahoran or at the door on the night of the performance.  

Longford Alzheimer Café:  The next Alzheimer Café will be held on Wednesday, March 27th  in the room at the back of Longford Credit Union.   Entrance and car parking facility are at the rear of the building, between Longford Shopping Centre and Longford Motor Tax Office.   Guest speaker on the night is Marie McGivney PHN and her topic is “Caring for people with Dimentia”.  This is an Information and social evening with tea , coffee and refreshments being served.   Anyone who is affected by Dimentia is welcome to go along.   For more information you can contact Eileen or Breda at 085-8724475 or Longford ASI Office on 043 33 48402/47221.

Forgney National School Enrolment 2019:   Forgney School are now enrolling for September 2019.   Please call or phone the school anytime at   09064-52659;  mobile – 086-3811437 or email    .

Forgney National School:   A Sponsored Walk and Fun Day is to take place on Sunday 7thApril.   The Walk will start from the school at 11.00a.m. and all are welcome.   The Fun Day starts at the school from from 1.30p.m. to 4.30p.m.   All very welcome.

Death of Michael Cooney:  Everyone in the area was shocked and deeply saddened on hearing of the sudden death on March 9th last of Michael Cooney, Moigh following a tragic cycling accident not far from his home.   Son of the late John and Catherine, Michael who was only in his early ‘sixties,  was an avid D.I.Y. man, a skill which he inherited from his father.    He was a very likeable gentleman  who worked in the Roads Section of Longford County Council having previously worked in Dublin County Council.   He was a very popular member of the staff there which was evident by the huge number of his colleagues who attended his Funeral last week.       He was a very active person, who enjoyed socializing at the weekends with his wife Ann, and was regularly seen in the area on his bike,  even cycling from Ballymahon into work in Longford and home again.   He was a great family man who devoted his life to his wife and their three children, they loved going on holidays abroad together and spending lots of time up in Mayo, Ann’s native county,  where he loved the outdoor life.   Michael loved yoga and all kinds of sports and recently took up the game of Golf.       His Funeral Mass in St. Matthews Church was celebrated by Fr. Liam Murray P.P. and Fr. Charlie Healy with the beautiful singing was performed by Kate Connolly with Guitarist Paul Canavan.    The Gifts brought to the Altar were a stone from Mulranney, Ann’s homeplace where he loved to visit, his work diary from the Council, some cycling gear and a book to remind us of his great love of reading and constantly learning.    He was actually still studying prior to his sad passing.     A huge number of people attended his Funeral Mass on Wednesday last and also at his home on the previous evening where he lay in repose, which bore testimont to the huge respect which has always been held for Michael and his family,  he will be dearly missed.   The Readings at the Mass were read by Michael’s friend from the Council, Padraig Murtagh and also his brother John.     Donna, Michael’s eldest daughter,  at the conclusion of the Mass spoke with great affection of her father and thanked the many people for their help and support over the previous few days.    Her Dad would have been so proud of her.                                                                                           We offer our sincere sympathy to his wife Ann, son Gordon, daughters Donna and Michelle, brothers John and Christy, sister Marie, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law,  nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours, work colleagues and wide circle of friends.  As a mark of respect, the Council offices closed on Wednesday morning for Michael’s Funeral.     Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Syrian Information Event:  Three Syrian families have recently arrived to Ballymahon as part of our Country’s response to the humanitarian crisis in that Country.   In order to assist their integration into the local community and Information Event has been organized for Tuesday 26thMarch from 12 noon to 2.00p.m. in Bridgeways Family Resource Centre, Dean Egan Librrary,  Ballymahon..   The Event will include a background to the Syrian crisis,  The Role of Services as part of a Community Integration Programme,   A Display of Traditional Syrian Crafts and Food,  a Questions & Answers Session.   Light refreshments will be served.   Please register your attendance by 22/3/19 or for more information contact Lorna on 087-7160436 or                                                                             

“Sive”:  Rehearsals continue for The Bog Lane Theatre’s production of “Sive” by John B Keane.        Written in 1959,  it tells the story of the promise in marriage , of the young and beautiful Sive to an old man.   The Cast includes some well-known local performers while for others it is their first time to be involved in a large production.                                                                                                                                                  Many will remember the staging of Sive in the Bog Lane back some 28 years ago in 1991 and we hope that this production in the newly refurbished auditorium will prove to be a hugely entertaining and enjoyable occasion.   The Show runs from March 28th to April 2nd and April 4th to 7th.      Bookings can be made on 087 7862496.

Alzheimers Society:   The Longford Branch of The Alzheimers Society of Ireland will hold their Annual General Meeting in The Longford Arms Hotel, Main Street, Longford on Tuesday 26thMarch at 8.00p.m.  Guest speaker on the night is Jennifer Edgeworth, Senior Clinical Psychologist. 

Bridge club results 11th March:  North/South – 1st gross  net – Una Flynn & Yvonne Dowler,   2nd gross & 3rdnet – Maura Quaine & Mai Charles,   3rdgross & 2nd net – Joe Hunt & Carmel Kelly.                               East/West:- 1st Gross- Marian Diffley & Liz Farrell,   1stnet – Lily Mulvihill & Carole Nally,   2nd gross & net – Greta Egan & Jimmy Lennon,   3rd gross & net – George Farrell & Brendan Murtagh.

Irish Cancer Society:  Jenny’s Flower & Gifts shop on Main Street are hosting a Coffee morning this Friday, 22nd  March for Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society from 11.00a.m. to 1.00p.m.  Everyone is welcome to come along and support this worthy cause.                                                                                                       

Eco Conference:  An Eco Conference will take place in The Longford Arms Hotel on Saturday, March 30thfrom 9.30a.m. to 4.00p.m.       Guest Speakers include Dr. John Feehan, Env. & Author,  Duncan Stewart, Environmentalist and Karen Kennedy, Teagasc.   All are welcome.   Snack and Lunch provided.  Booking essential at 087 7858706 by 20thMarch. 

Irish Cancer Society:  A Fundraising Tea/Coffee Afternoon in aid of The Irish Cancer Society will be held in Mac’s Shack Restaurant in Keenagh on this Wednesday 20thMarch from 2.30p.m. to 5p.m.  Enquiries to Olga Farrell at 086-0815498.   Please support.                                                                                                              

LONGFORD VOICES UNITED GOSPEL CHOIR: are recruiting new members.   If you like to experience the Power of Singing in a group and improve your singing skills you can join the group on Thursday nights 7.15p.m. until 8.45p.m in Respond House, Athlone road, Longford.   They sing all genres of music , pop, rock, swing, Irish etc and Gospel.   For further information contact 087-2101 376.  All singers welcome.                                                      

Autism:  A fundraising Whist Drive is to be held in The Lecture Hall, Kenagh on Tuesday 26thMarch commencing at 8.30p.m. sharp in aid of Autism.   There will be lots of lovely prizes on the night together with some light refreshments.   Your support will be very much appreciated.

Trocaire Boxes:  are available at the doors in St. Matthews church.   Please take a box and place it in a prominent place in your home for Lent.

Type Two Diabetes:   a “Free Structured Patient Education Programme for People with Type Two Diabetes” is starting on April 9th in Ballyminion Primary Care Centre, Longford.   This is a 6 week programme, every Tuesday morning for 6 weeks.   If you have Diabetes and are interested in attending, please contact Maeve on 057-8697533.

Death of John Kelly:  Our deepest sympathy is extended to the Farrell family, Pallas, Abbeyshrule and to their extended family on the recent sad passing of John Kelly, grand-son of the late Bill and Alice Farrell, Pallas and son of George & Mai (nee Farrell) Kelly and brother to Jason and Louise who live in New Zealand.     A friendly and good-natured young gentleman, John enjoyed many trips to Pallas and surrounding areas over the years, his passing is particularly poignant because of his young age at just 46.     We also extend our condolences to his wife Barbara and daughter Greta who looked after John so well during his illness.     He sadly passed away in London and his ashes were interred at his grand-parent’s grave in Forgney Cemetery.  Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

G.A.A.  Very well done to the Co Longford Senior football team who had a great win against Sligo in the League on Saturday evening last in Glennon Bros Pearse Park.  We wish them the best of luck in their next game.

Death of Gary Smith:  The death occurred, following a short illness, of Gary Smith, Shinglis, Ballymore, Westmeath, formerly Newark, Nottinghamshire, England of Gary Smith, pre-deceased by his father Bob, daughter Millie and Mother-in-law, Carmel.     A friendly and good-humoured gentleman, Gary was just in his ‘fifties when he passed away on the 12th March 2019.    We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Gena (nee Dillon), daughter Katie, sons Wayne, Shea, Jack and Dan, his mother Janet, sister Julie, father-in-law John Dillon,  god-daughter Nollaig, aunts, uncles, relatives, neighbours and many friends.   May he rest in peace. 

Community Games:  many congratulations to Shirley Maloney, Cloncullen from Ballymahon/Forgney Community Games who was elected Aldi Community Games National Secretary at the A.G.M. in Derry City Hotel on March 1st and 2ndlast.   What a great achievement and honour for Shirley who has worked tirelessly for the Community Games group over the last 13 years, having held a variety of roles during that time.     We wish her the best of luck in her new role together with