Shrule Cemetery:   The annual cake sale in aid of Shrule Cemetery maintenance fund will take place in the Dean Egan Resource Centre on Good Friday,  immediately after the Easter ceremonies.   Light refreshments will be served.   Your support, as in previous years, will be very much appreciated.

Royal Canal Group:  The 15thAnnual Canal Sponsored Walk takes place on May Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 5th.   This year’s walk is from Clondra Harbour to Mosstown Harbour 8.75 miles.   Sponsorship cards available on request.  (087-2546517).

                                                                                                                                                                                           Tractor Run:   Ballymahon’s first ever Tractor Run takes place on Sunday April 14th.  All proceeds on the day goes to Ballymahon Day Care Centre  where renovations need to be carried out.   This will bring the Centre in line with today’s standards .   Work will commence when the Centre closes for the month of August and will need to be completed for when it re-opens in September.    All proceeds from the Tractor Run will go to make up the shortfall of funding required for the renovation works.                               On the day of the Tractor Run, all tractors are asked to park in the field opposite Nallys Topaz/Spar and walk across the road to register in Ballymahon Day Care Centre.      Any lorries, jeeps or trailers carrying tractors are asked to unload at Finn’s Centra on the Athlone road and park in their big car park in an orderly fashion.                                                                                                                                                                                       Registration opens at 11.00a.m. with raffle cards on sale @ €2 a line.    Tea and coffee and home-   scones will be served before departure at 12.00 noon.    The safety vehicle will go in front followed by the Vintage tractors which will set the pace.     NO TRACTOR IS TO OVERTAKE ANOTHER TRACTOR.           You are asked to stay in line at all times leaving a safe distance between you and the tractor in front of you.    Please cooperate with Stewarts and Gardai on the day,  safety is paramount.     The drive is 10K stopping halfway at Kenagh GAA Club for a half hour break.     The run will finish at the original field in Ballymahon and you can then head back to the Day Care Centre where the raffle will take place and refreshments will be served.      There will be a special raffle for Ladies who come with their tractors and complete the run.                                                                                                                                                                    A special word of thanks to all the Sponsors, to our business community for coming on board with donations and raffle prizes,  to everyone who gave donations or raffle prizes in memory of a loved one.      Thanks to everyone who has offered their help on the day which is hugely appreciated.                            Our Day Care Centre is a life-line to so many people who use it and its up to us to support the great work  that the Centre does.

Penance Services for Easter:   Wednesday 10th at 7.30p.m. in Kenagh.   Monday 15th at 8.00p.m. in St. Matthews Church, Ballymahon.     And Mass this Thursday 11th April will be celebrated at 11.00a.m. (not the usual time of 10.00a.m.) in Ballymahon.

Ballymahon Library:  Good news for the avid readers in the area when it was announced that Ballymahon Library is among just seven libraries around the country which will be open to the public seven days a week, from 8a.m. to 10p.m. by the end of April.        Outside of the staffed hours there will be self-service facilities available to allow their readers take out and return books when it is hoped that membership will greatly increase.     It is hoped that by the end of five years 100 libraries around the country will be included in this service.

90th Birthday:  Many congratulations to Mrs Breda McKnight, Main Street who celebrated no less than her 90th Birthday with her family on Saturday the 9thMarch at the Anner Hotel, Thurles  down in her native County Tipperary.     Breda’s son David and his wife Mandy travelled all the way from Australia for the party,  also her daughter Fiona and her husband Howard who came over from the UK,  her daughter Mona and her husband Jed who live in Drogheda and her son Niall and his wife Paula, Dublin.   Also joining in the celebrations was her brother Pat Cahill who travelled up from Cork with everyone enjoying a lovely night out.   We wish Breda good health and happiness into the years ahead.

 Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine:  a bus will travel to Knock from Ballymahon on Sunday 28th April for Divine Mercy Devotions.   It will depart from the Library at 10.00a.m.   Intending passengers please book now with Ita at 04493 57589;  Mary at 09064 32126 or Sr. Vincent at 09064 32532.  Novena for the Feast begins on Good Friday.                                                                                                 

Ladies Golf:  Mount Temple Ladies Golf are running a “Get Into Golf Programme”  over 8 weeks with a P.G.A. Professional.   Cost €50.   On Wednesday 24th April there is a free/taster evening in the Clubhouse for anybody who has never played Golf or want to re-join a club.                             Contact 087-6470472 or 09064-81841.

Bridge Club results 1st April:  North/South – 1st gross & 2ndnet – Una Flynn & Yvonne Dowler,                 2nd gross & 1stnet – Liam Flynn &  Eddie Walshe,  3rd gross & net –  Mary Nooney & Chris Farrell.       East/West:-   1st gross & net – Carmel McCormack & Vera Kelly,   2ndgross & net – Myrtle Kenny & George Farrell,   3rd gross – Lily Mulvihill & Carole Nally,   3rd net – Andrew Nally & Liz Farrell.

Longford M.S.-   Longford Multiple Sclerosis Society would like to sincerely thank all who helped and contributed so generously at their Church Gate collection at the weekend.   All donations were greatly appreciated and will be put to great use with the branch.  

Outstanding achievement for Girl’s football team:  a huge congratulations goes out to the girls at Mercy Secondary School who won the All-Ireland Senior “C” football Championship beating St. Mary’s High School,  Midleton, Cork by 4-13 to 1-9,  what an outstanding achievement for the girls.    Captain of the team was Ballymahon girl, Aishling McCormack, daughter of David and Madeline and from Ballymahon/Forgney ladies football team were Blathnaid McDonagh, Muirinn Claffey, Ciara Foxe and Sarah Horan.    Very well done indeed to the young team and their Mentors, Niamh Egan, Colin Seery and Sean Bohan.

 Ballymahon Tidy Towns:  wish to respectfully request that candidates in the upcoming local and European Elections consider going poster-free for their campaigns to pass on plastic in the interest of the environment.                                                                                                                                                                     At this early stage it is proving difficult to get a complete and confirmed list of standing candidates so it is hoped that members of the public may help by tagging any declared candidates that they are aware of on the Ballymahon Tidy Town Facebook page and asking them to consider making the decision to run poster free campaigns.      It would be wonderful if Ballymahon could join the list of over 100 locations nationwide that have been declared poster free zones and it is important to remember that Tidy Town judging, which commences shortly after polling day, will also include the approach roads to the town.        At the very least, if candidates are pressing ahead with traditional campaigns, the volunteers would really appreciate a clear and public commitment from them to either use environmentally friendly alternative materials to corrugated plastic or “corriboard” or to remove their posters and cable ties as soon as possible after polling day.                                                                                                                                             Please see the Ballymahon Tidy Towns Facebook page for a link to the nationwide Poster Free Campaign that is already underway , including the link to the list of over 100 places nationwide that have been declared poster free zones.                                                                                                                                                                    Finally, Ballymahon Tidy Towns wishes all candidates the best of luck in the elections,  thanks to those who have served locally for the last five years and we look forward to being represented well again in the future.

Darkness into Light:  Ballymahon Vocational School is the event organizer of “Darkness into Light 2019” for the first time in Ballymahon area.   The Walk, now in 11th year, provides an opportunity for people to connect with their local community and to show their support for those who have been bereaved by suicide.   The Walk is being held on Saturday morning, May 11th at 4.15a.m.   You must register on-line, so just log in towww.darknessintolight.ie and follow the easy steps.   Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Conor takes to the stage again:   Very well done to Conor Lynn-McLoughlin, Ballymulvey who is playing the part of Joe in St. Mel’s Musical Production 9 to 5  in Backstage Theatre from April 5thto 13th which has been completely sold out.    This is not Conor’s first time taking to the stage as he has been involved in many plays over the last few years, both in Backstage and The Bog Lane Theatre,  he is a great singer and actor.     Keep up the good work Conor,  we hope “9-5” is going well this week for you.

“Love Notes” being launched:   We wish the very best of luck to Author, Adrian Duncan (Jnr), son of Adrian and Jean, Terlicken whose book “Love Notes from a German Building Site” is being published by Lilliput Press and is to be launched this week, on April 11th.   Very well done to Adrian, we’ll be watching with anticipation for his book on the shelves.    

G.A.A.   Hard luck to Ballymahon who were beaten by Granard in the league on Sunday last in Ballymahon.

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. 

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.

Coping with Loss:  a Bereavement Support Group meets in the Sisters of Mercy House, Main Street, Ballymahon (next to “Fresh Today”) every Wednesday from 8 to 9p.m.    All welcome.

Shrule Cemetery: