Garda Band Concert:  a fundraising Concert in aid of Ballymahon Convent Day Care Centre will be held in St. Matthews Church on Sunday evening next, Decembe 15th at 3.00p.m.  The Concert will be followed by light refreshments and a free raffle with some great prizes, all taking place at the Convent Daycare centre  .  Tickets are available at the Day Care Centre or by ringing 086-8282 257.   Your support for the local Day Care Centre will be much appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                St. Vincent de Paul:   the local Branch of the St. Vincent de Paul Society wish to thank most sincerely everyone who contributed to their Church Gate collection and also the collection in the town over the weekend.   Your kind support for those less well off than ourselves in the area is very much appreciated.

“Fireside Tales” Final Issue:  Our congratulations to Jude Flynn whose 17th Edition of “Fireside Tales” was officially launched last month in The Longford Arms Hotel by Bishop Colm O’Reilly who also launched Jude’s 1st Issue back in 2003.     Jude says that this book which has lots of interesting and historical stories about Longford, is to be his final one.   There are two particular items in the book of local interest, but unfortunately the two gentlemen written about are now deceased.   The first one, about the late Jack Moughty tells of the many Fairs he travelled to around the Country in the 50’s and 60’a as a Cattle Dealer.     And the second one, Michael Coffey, who passed away just last month, talks about the Sandpit near his home in Toome which was developed by his grandfather in 1910.   The quality of the sand in the pit was rated as being very good and to buy a “donkey-load” cost two shillings.    “All the sand had to be loaded by hand with the shovel”.   He also spoke about his ceilidhing with his mother in the neighbouring houses when he was a young lad and when he went fishing on the canal or the river Inny after Mass on a Sunday.       The book would make an ideal gift for Longfordians both at home and abroad and can be purchased from local shops.   We wish Jude all the best with the book and good health into the future.

Forgney Parish Night Out:  The Forgney GAA Re-Union and Parish Night Out takes place in The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Saturday December 28th commencing with Dinner at 8.00p.m. sharp.          Tickets costing €25 are on sale  on a first come first served basis and can be had by contacting any of the following:  Eamon Reilly 086-2610556;   Johnny Maye 087 7749535;                Jim Keegan 087 6671272;   Mike Lloyd 087-2752754;   Seamus Finlass 087 9389948;              Joe Keegan 087-2322517;  Pat O’Toole 087 2333998.          There are very few tickets left so please book yours as soon as possible.  The 5-piece Band “Vision” from Mullingar will be providing the music on the night.   The Club wish to sympathise with the relatives and friends of Martin Clyne, Coolarty, Granard who died recently.  Martin trained the successful Forgney team who won the Intermediate  Championship in 1980. R.I.P.                                                                                                                                                            The next meeting of the organizing group takes place tonight, Wednesday 11th December  at 9o’clock in Forgney School.

Mary’s Meals:  Patricia Friel from the Irish National Mary’s Meals Board is visiting Longford on Decemer 13th.   She will give a presentation on her recent feeding programme trip to Zambia at 8.00p.m. in the Pastoral Centre , St. Mel’s College.   All are welcome.   

Bridge Club results 2nd Dec:  North/South – 1st Gross & net- Orla McEntee & Tony Tiernan,                2nd Gross & net – Adrian Duncan & Rory Duncan,  3rdgross & net – Mary Nooney & Chris Farrell.       East/West – 1st gross & net – Mark Tiernan & Eddie Walshe, 2nd Gross &  net – Vera Kelly & Carmel McCormack,  3rd gross & net – Kathleen Nulty & Mary Mulvihill and Patricia Flanagan & Ann Fox.

“Historic Shrule”:   Ballymahon Historic Society remind Readers in the Ballymahon area that their latest compilation of local history “Historic Shrule” has been available now for close on one month.   It has been very well received and enjoyed by those who have purchased it.   At the moment half of the limited print edition has been sold and sales continue steadily.  If you hav’nt got your copy do so soon, so as not to be disappointed as there will be no reprint of this history edition.   Coming up to Christmas it would make a great present for someone at home or abroad to enjoy and treasure.         It can be purchased at €20 at the following businesses in Ballymahon- Nallys Spar & Filling Station, Ciaran O’Hanlon’s two Pharmacies, Smyths Supervalu,  Fresh Today, Mary Lennon’s Creations and Ollie Colgan’s Butchers.

Welcome Home : to Tom and Agnes Farrell, Ballybrannigan, looking very well, who have returned from their Caribbean Cruise.  We hope they enjoyed the trip.

G.A.A.    Well done to local lad, Kevin Diffley who was on the successful Longford team who beat Kildare in the O’Byrne Cup on Saturday last at St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge, Kildare.    We wish the lads the best of luck in their remaining games.

Volunteers needed:  BIG BROTHER,BIG SISTER Mentoring Programme Longford:  Volunteering Opportunity for adults aged 18 years and over in Ballymahon and surrounding towns and villages.    If interested contact Mary Gaughan, Project Officer on 086-047 1420;  email mary.gaughan@foroige.ie for information on the programme, training, support, the application and vetting process.

Church Gate collection:  County Longford Social Services will holding a Church Gate Collection in Ballymahon next weekend 14/15thDecember.  Your support will be very much appreciated.

Ballymahon G.A.A.Club: are holding their A.G.M. on January 4th 2020 at the Clubhouse.   All members are requested to attend.  Newcomers always welcome.

Death of Anne Byrne:   We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Una Byrne, long-time member of the Innyside Singers whose mother, Anne (nee Gannon), Longford’s oldest citizen,  Ardagh passed away peacefully in her 105thyear on 30th November last at Una’s home.   Our condolences also to Anne’s sisters Rose McCormack, Legan and Bridgeen Barry, London, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and wide circle of friends.    May her gentle Soul rest in peace.

Carol Service:  a beautiful Service of Traditional Carols was performed on Sunday evening last in St. Matthews Church.     With the help of Director, Sr. Maura Fay and Padraig McGowan on Keyboard, the Innyside Singers and St. Matthews Church Choir treated the congregation with many of the old Carols we all remember leaving everyone in a Christmas spirit.   It was a really enjoyable event with Celebrant Fr. Liam. 

Death of Sr. Carmel McEnroy:    The death occurred at Brampton Care Nursing Home, Oranmore on 3rd December of Sr. Carmel McEnroy, Renmore, Galway, formerly Carrickmakeegan, Ballinamore, Leitrim, Convent of Mercy,