Wedding Bells for local couple:  our warmest congratulations to Gillian Keegan, daughter of Joe and Julie, Forgney who got married on Saturday 13th April 2019 to Gary Gouldsbury, son of Oliver and Helen, Moigh in St. Matthews Church, Ballymahon.    Celebrating the lovely ceremony was Fr. Liam Murray with the beautiful music performed by Claire Sheerin while local Florist, Jenny White provided fabulous bouquets of wildflowers.   Looking stunning in her white wedding gown, Gillian was helped out by her bridesmaids, dressed in baby-blue, friends Jacinta Peppard and Naomi Rennicks who also looked beautiful.   Best man and Groomsman for Gary were his friends Roy Coughlan and John Fitzgerald.    Gary and Gillian’s children Ronan (5) and Nessa (1) acted as Page boy and Flowergirl in a beautiful suit and dress.                                                                                                                                                                                      Denise Keegan, sister-in-law of Gillian sang the Responsorial Psalm and Barry Keegan’s partner Hayley Nicholas read a beautiful poem as a Reflection.       A large number of the newlywed’s family and friends, some travelling long distances,  joined them for their Wedding Reception at Bloomfield House Hotel in Mullingar.   Gillian’s brother Barry made the longest journey home from Melbourne, Australia, accompanied by his partner, Hayley and son Lachlan.    Gillian’s uncle, Stephen Flanagan travelled home from France for the big day with his wife Grainne.  And Gillian’s father’s cousin Bill Lloyd came over from Bermingham with his wife Veronica to attend.    Following very entertaining speeches, the party started in earnest with the first dance – a Bruce Springsteen number sung by Simon Casey who went on to keep the floor filled all night.                                                                                                                                                                 Gillian and Gary are going on a cruise for their honeymoon during the Summer.   We wish them a long and happy life together.

Ballymahon/Forgney Ladies football club:  have amalgamated with Killashee at Senior level and because of this are holding a fund-raiser on Saturday May 18thto help out with accrued expenses.   They plan on holding a Walk/Run/Cycle/Canoe event between Ballymahon and Killashee, along the Grand Canal.   Registration at Ballymahon G.A.A. Clubhouse will take place on the morning of the 18thfrom 10.00a.m.  The Route is 21K but there is also a shorter option available from Kenagh to Killashee which is 10K.   There will be a BBQ and Disco  in Magans in Killashee later that night.     If the event is successful, this will be the only fund-raiser the ladies intend to hold.   So your support will be very much appreciated.

Death of Mrs Vera Howe:   the death occurred on Wednesday 17th April of Mrs Vera Howe (nee Butow), Creevaghbeg, pre-deceased by her husband William.   She is survived by her daughter Shelley-Ann and (by extension) Yvette, sons Wayne and Craig, daughters-in-law Chantel and Kara, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.   Vera’s remains were interred in Ballycormack Cemetery.   May she rest in peace.

Ballymahon Leo Casey Historical Society:  will be holding their next Lecture in the Community Library, Ballymahon on Thursday May 2nd at 8.00p.m. on flax growing in the area and linen manufacture near the town with lecturer, Paddy Egan.   Admission free, everyone welcome.  Refreshments will be served.   Why not go along and her about a thriving industry in the area of Ballymahon from the 18th century to the early 20th century.  

                                                                                                                                                                               Congratulations:   We wish a very happy birthday to Jimmy Connor, Leo Casey Tce., who celebrated the occasion in Kiernans Bar recently with his family and many friends.    Best wishes to Jimmy into the future.

 Sympathy:  We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mick Farrell, Mostrim road, to his brother Joe, Creevaghbeg and all their family on the death on April 12th last of their aunt, Mrs Nancy Cardiff (nee Doyle), Kildare town, Kildare pre-deceased by her husband Tom.   Our condolences also to her daughters Paula and Lorna, son-in-law Joseph, grandson, great-granddaughter and all her relatives and friends.  May Got grant rest to her Soul.

Annual Tea Day:  The Longford Branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland will host their Annual Tea Day on Thursday 2nd May from 10.00a.m. to 2.00p.m. in their office at No. 2,  Earl Street, Longford.   All monies raised  will help to maintain vital services throughout County Longford.    Any support will be greatly appreciated and everyone is welcome.

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).

Birthday celebrations:  congratulations to Michael Kenny, Mostrim road who celebrated his 50th  birthday at the weekend with his family and lots of neighbours and friends.   We hope he enjoyed the party in Cooneys Hotel and wish him all the best into the years ahead.

Alzheimer Café:   The next Alzheimer Café will be held on Wednesday 24th April at 7.00p.m. in 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 Taxation Office.   Guest Speaker on the night is Pat Chapman, Citizens Information and his topic is The Fair Deal.   This is an information and social evening with tea, coffee and refreshments being served.   Anyone who is affected by Dimentia is welcome to come.   For more information you may contact Eileen or Breda n 085-8724475 or Longford ASI Office on 04333 48402/47221.    

Volunteers needed:  Accord Longford is recruiting Volunteer Facilitators for their Marriage Preparation Courses.   If you have a positive attitude towards marriage in the Catholic Church, if you have the enthusiasm to be part of the Accord team in supporting couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage, call Fr. Michael McGrath (043 33 46465) or Fr. Pat Murphy (071 96 31024) for further information or see www.accord.ie   

 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.                                                                                                

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.  

Lough Derg One Day Retreats:  begin on Saturday 4th May and continue on the 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 25th, 26th and 27th May.   E-mail: info@loughderg.org    071-9861518.   Web:www.loughderg.org 

Ladies Golf:  Mount Temple Ladies golf are running a GET INTO GOLF PROGRAMME over 8 weeks with a PGA professional.  Cost 50 euro.   On this Wednesday 24th April there is a free taster evening in the Clubhouse for anyone who has never played or who wants to re-join a club.   Contact 087-6470572 or 09064-81841.

Welcome Home:  to Toddy Cox, Rathmore and his son Peter, Creevaghbeg who have returned from their trip to London to visit Toddy’s brothers Middy and Jimmy and family.  We hope they enjoyed themselves there.

Longford GAA Race Day:  Punchestown Racing Festival takes place this year from Tuesday 30thApril to Saturday 4th May.    Longford GAA Raceday will be held there on the Wednesday, May 1stand has been sponsored again this year by Nally Bros, Ballymahon Hyundai Dealers.      Tables of 10 are €1,500 or €150 per person.      For more information please contact any of the members of Ballymahon G.A.A.    And well done to Nancy Finn, Rathmore who won first prize in the club’s recent Grand National Draw.

Innyside Singers:    the local Innyside Singers group are taking a break for the Easter period and will be returning on Thursday 2ndMay rehearsing for their three forthcoming events.    We hope they have an enjoyable Easter. n