Edgeworthstown, Meathas Troim
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Edgeworthstown District Development Association Ltd.
The Old Schoolhouse,
043 – 6671801
~ Notes as published in the Longford Leader 18-04-2018 ~
The Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival 11th – 13th May 2018
The Edgeworth festival will be held on the weekend of 11th – 13th May. As this year is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Maria Edgeworth, the committee have put together an exciting event on Friday evening in the Manor Church, Edgeworthstown where there will be a ‘One Woman Show’ with actress Carmel O’Leary. On Saturday there will be writing workshops, a guided historical tour and anniversary concert in the Manor Church featuring Vona Groarke, Brian Leyden, Aoife Mulligan and a Comhaltas group. Maria Edgeworth loved visiting Tullynally Castle. On Sunday afternoon there will be a guided walk and talk in the Castle and an opportunity to explore the wonderful gardens. For further details and booking of events, please visit www.edgeworthstown.net/festival or Tel: 043 6671801
Fleadh Cheoil Longfoirt
Fleadh Cheoil Longfoirt will, for the first time, be held in Newtownforbes on 27, 28 and 29 April. The main competitions take place on Sunday 29th in Scoil Mhuire NS Newtownforbes. Competitions in the céilí bands, grúpaí cheoil, rince ar an sean nós, rince céilí and seit will be held on Saturday 28th April while the Comhrá Gaeilge, scéalaiocht and storytelling will start the weekend off on the Friday evening at 4.30pm. A detailed programme of events will be published in the Longford Leader in due course. Any further enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“A wake in the West” is on the horizon for all drama enthusiasts. The Mostrim Players Drama group are practising at present and hope to put this production on, on the first weekend in May, all going well. The venue this year will be the Community Centre on the Granard Road.
Longford MS would like to sincerely thank all who helped and contributed so generously at their recent Church gate collection. All donations were greatly appreciated and will be put to great use within the branch.
Edgeworthstown Tidy Towns Spring Clean & Fun Run
This was a busy weekend for Edgeworthstown Tidy Towns. On Saturday we held our Spring Clean – we had a great crew of volunteers out on both Friday and Saturday. This year we found less rubbish than in previous years which we think is down to the continuing efforts through the year of all our volunteers and to Jim Kelly, and we’d like to thank everyone for their help. Not only are our streets spick and span but also the approach roads are now litter free.
On Sunday we held our Fun Run fundraiser and despite the cold weather and other attractions we had about fifty runners and walkers taking part.
Overall winner and 1st Junior Boy – Roc Bellostas – Time: 19:58
1st Senior Lady – Maggie Smith & Millie – Time: 24:38
1st Senior Man – Padraig Jones – Time: 21:35
1st Junior Girl – Laura McKeon – Time 27:40
Special thanks to the Community Centre for making it available to us for registration and to the Gardai for helping with traffic.
We commence Wednesday evening work groups this Wednesday (meet at the Edgeworth Hotel at 7.30 p.m.) as well as Saturday afternoon work groups (meet at the Edgeworth Hotel at 2.00 p.m.) weather permitting.
Darkness into Light Walk
Longford will be hosting our fifth Darkness into Light Walk on Saturday, May 12th 2018 at 4:15am to raise much needed funds for Pieta House.
Anyone who would like to participate can do so online at https://dil.pieta.ie. The walk will take place in over 180 venues on 4 continents. We are going cashless this year so all registrations must be online and tshirts are posted to walkers directly. We will be hosting community engagement events in Longford Shopping center on Saturday 14th and Saturday 21st May to assist with registrations.
Please see our facebook page for updates: Darkness into Light Longford
Edgeworthstown Multi Cultural Women’s Group Fitness Class with Mags
Longford Community Resources clg invites women to join Edgeworthstown Multi Cultural Women’s Group. The group meets on Monday mornings from 11.30am to 1.30pm in The Green, Edgeworthstown, The group are currently running a Fitness Class from 12pm to 12.45pm for the next 6 Mondays. The group are also planning a nature talk in Glen Lough in early June. For further information or to book a place in the fitness class please call Mary Mulvey, Coordinator at 086-8536455.
VHI Womens Mini Marathon
If anyone is interested in taking part in this year’s VHI Womens Mini Marathon on bank holiday Monday, June 4th, we would be grateful if you would consider supporting The Longford Branch of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Any support will be greatly appreciated and anyone interested can contact Breda, Eileen or Laura at their office on 2 Earl Street, Longford, 043 3348402 or 3347221.
There was no jackpot winner. Numbers drawn: 6, 7, 8, 21
Twenty-five Euro Winners were Stephen Farrell, Seamus Cronouge, Martin Carley and Alan Neillon
Streete Sports Complex
Social Dance: Our Next Social Dance is on Friday, 20th April. We have the legendary country music star, Noel Briody from Oldcastle who made it to the final three contestants of Glór Tire. If you haven’t been to our Social Dance, please try and come along on Friday night 20th April at 10 pm. Bring a friend and enjoy a great night out. Admission only €10 including tea and a light snack. Free draw also takes place after the break.
DANCING CLASSES: Takes place on Sunday nights in the Parish Park, Streete, at 8.30 PM. James and Bernie are an award-winning husband and wife team from County Cavan with over 20 years of professional dance teaching experience. The Parish Park committee have invited them to come along to the Parish Park to offer lessons to first timers and people who enjoy dance or would like to learn all the steps properly in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Lessons for the wedding first dance as well as all social dance moves like Jive, Waltz and many more are on offer. Please pass the word around.
For more information contact 086 2003739.
Songs of Praise
Corboy Presbyterian Church are holding a Songs of Praise on Sunday 22nd April at 3.30 p.m. in aid of Longford Hospice and Alzheimer’s Society. Music by Maynooth Worship Group.
Granard Area Action Group CLG
The AGM of Granard Area Action Group will take place on Wednesday 2nd May at 8.00pm in Rath Mhuire Resource Centre. The group are sponsors of the local Community Employment Project and would welcome new members to come on board to the committee.
Community Employment Vacancy
Granard Area Action Group CLG is currently looking for an Environmental Worker. This post is based in Mullinalaghta. To check eligibility please contact your local Intreo Office. For further information regarding this Vacancy please contact Scheme Supervisors Joe Murphy or Michelle Ledwith on 043 6686922.
An application for planning permission was submitted to Longford County Council in August ’15 for the new Community Library in Edgeworthstown.
The building is to be developed by Longford County Council on a site owned by Edgeworthstown Development Association in a joint venture between the two organisations.
The plans for the new library can be viewed at the county council offices, the county library and the Edgeworthstown Development Association’s offices at the Old Schoolhouse.
Funding of €1.25 million from the Department of the Environment and the Libraries Capital Investment Programme was announced in January ’16.
Edgeworthstown Development Association will also unveil plans for a new streetscape in the town shortly.
It hopes that the library will be finished by 2017, the 250th anniversary of the birth of Maria Edgeworth and the 200th anniversary of the death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth.
Edgeworthstown Tidy Towns
Litter Picks and Cleanups
Saturday work groups (weather depending):
Meet at The Edgeworth Hotel at 2.00 p.m.
Sunday morning litter picks continue each Sunday morning.
Meet at 8.00 a.m. at The Edgeworth Hotel
Litter at Aughafin Cemetery – January 2018
We are appealing to users of Aughafin Cemetery, when tending to the graves of loved ones, to bring their old flowers/plants/plant pots and general rubbish home.
Longford County Council do not currently collect rubbish from the cemetery. Any discarded rubbish piles up and quickly becomes unsightly. Bring a plastic bag for soil and old plants/flowers which you can compost at home and collect plant pots and give them to the gardeners at Our Lady’s Manor.
Edgeworthstown Tidy Towns – Longford Credit Union Schools Competition
Congratulations to the boys and girls of both St. Mary’s N.S. and St. John’s N.S. who entered our competition run jointly and sponsored by Longford Credit Union. The standard was very high. It wasn’t easy for our Chairman, Tom Dooley, to adjudicate and select the winners.
Overall winner between both schools:
Oriel Waters of St. John’s National School
Prize €30 and Credit Union Pack
Prize winners from St. Mary’s National School:
1st Prize (€25 and Credit Union Pack): Maeve Brady
2nd Prize (€15 and Credit Union Pack): Elle Lynn
3rd Prize (€10 and Credit Union Pack): Fahad Alam
Prize winners from St. John’s National School:
1st Prize (€25 and Credit Union Pack): Laura Noorhead
2nd Prize (€15 and Credit Union Pack): Bryan Moorhead
3rd Prize (€10 and Credit Union Pack): Jocelyn McCormack
Easter Monday 5K Fun Run
Many thanks to all who took part in or who helped out with our 5K Fun Run on Easter Monday.
Congratulations to our winners
1st Man Barry Finnan – 22:18
2nd Man John Coyle – 22:32
1st Lady Maggie Smith – 24:59
2nd Lady Clare McEnroe – 27:10
1st Boy Patrick Connell – 32:44
1st Girl Abbey Purdy – 46:20
Spring Clean Up
We wish to thank all who helped with our Spring Clean during the past week and on last Saturday (March 11th). We easily filled a skip during the afternoon with the bags our volunteers and helpers from around the community filled from their litter picks not just from around the streets of the town but also along the Bypass, Ballymahon, Granard, Longford, Bracklin and Castlepollard Roads as well as Lisnageeragh, Rhenneny, Lisnanagh and Ringowny (and no doubt elsewhere as well). Many people cleaned the areas close to their homes all over the area. Well done to all and many thanks – keep up the good work!
Annual General Meeting
At our recent AGM (February 8th, ’17) our chairman Tom Victory announced that following ten years in that position he wished to resign and hand over to another. He spoke with fondness and gratitude of the friendships he has formed within the group and of the members contintued enthusiasm, good humour and ever willingness to knuckle down, get dirty and work to keeping our town and locality clean, tidy, presented well both for locals and visitors and also as environmentally friendly as possible. Tom acknowledged that although we are a small group with 17 members registered there are people in every area who continually do litter picks in their area and who work along with our group.
He promised us he will continue as an active member and will continue to leverage his contacts and experience in any way possible to help the new committee and members achieve the group’s objectives.
The meeting voted the following members for the coming year’s committee:
Chairperson: Tom Dooley
Treasurer: Harry Reynolds
Secretary: John Cahill
This year’s programme – to be added to, keep checking back:-
Tidy Towns Annual Spring Clean
From 2.00 p.m. Saturday March 11th
(Bring and wear your own gloves)
Tidy Towns Annual Fun Run
Tidy Towns will hold their annual Fun Run on Easter Bank Holiday Monday April 17th 11.30 – 13.00
Open to walkers and runners of all abilities.
Note: times/date subject to change and will be advised.
Edgeworthstown Tidy Towns/Traders Breakfast Morning fundraiser for the Christmas Lighting will be held on Sunday April 30th from 8.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Community Centre, Granard Road, Edgeworthstown. Tickets are now on sale at €10.00 per person. Please support.
Be sure to check the Tidy Towns website and Facebook page as well as The Edgeworth Society website for more details and calendar of events locally. Use the links below.
2016 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition
After almost 6 decades (25 years have been sponsored by SuperValu), TidyTowns continues to go from strength to strength. The competition was designed to bring communities togrther in a spirit of neighbourly pride for the town in which they live. It celebrates the power of individuals within communities to effect positive and sustainable transformation; the power of a village or town to become a stronger community.
The results of the 2016 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition were announced on 26th September.
In this year’s Tidy Towns Competition we improved our marks in all categories:
Overall marks were 263, up from 253 in 2015 and 244 in 2014.
Many thanks to all who worked throughout the year to achieve this very positive result – read the adjudicators report on: http://www.tidytowns.ie/u_reports/2016/2016%20County%20Longford%20Edgeworthstown%20714.pdf
Our town has the potential to achieve much better and will be rewarded with much higher marks provided we have support and practical help from all members of our community. While most of the visible effort comes from a small group of Tidy Towns volunteers sometimes the efforts of an individual shines through. This short excerpt from the adjudicators report comments on how he/she found St. John’s school:
“Another stand out building is a school – St John’s Church of Ireland National School 1886. It is very well presented and belies its age. Large, well filled window boxes and flower containers at the base of the schoolhouse wall add lots of colour. Well tended roses and shrubs along the boundary wall add further colour. Space has also been found for trees. Recycling bin. School yard spotless. All neat and tidy. A very well preserved and presented part of Edgeworthstown’s built heritage.”
This is the result of Michael McCormack’s work and is an example of how one person’s efforts can make a difference.
If you have pride in the town you live in and would like us to achieve higher marks please contribute a small amount of your time to work with the Tidy Towns group for a few hours each week.
Litter picking – Weeding – Flower basket watering
Volunteers are badly needed and are always welcome
– contact Tom Dooley on 087-2405387.
Volunteers needed for Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning litter picking (and for Monday and Wednesday evening work groups during the Summer). Or organise a group to litter pick in your own street, road or housing estate?
Back in 2015 Gerry Lynn, Jimmy Connell and John McGerr discussed the idea of interviewing some members of the older generation of our parish with the idea of collecting their stories and memories.
The resulting videos below are interivews of local people reflecting on times past and how life has changed in and around Edgeworthstown. The interviews were conducted by Jimmy Connel and filmed by John McGerr (many thanks guys). More interviews will be added here as they are made available.
See also Facebook page EDGEWORTHSTOWN LIVES CLICK HERE
Sean Logan, Church Street
CLICK HERE (running time 36 minutes)
Paddy and Lena McLoughlin, Kilsallagh
CLICK HERE (running time 58 minutes)
Gertie McEnroe, Pound Street
CLICK HERE (running time 25 minutes)
Jackie and Margaret Devine, Shantum
CLICK HERE (running time 51 minutes)
Liam and Linda Monaghan, Ballinruddy, Ardagh
CLICK HERE (running time 1 hour and 25 minutes)
Tom and Nora McLoughlin, Bracklin
CLICK HERE (running time 1 hour and 2 minutes)
Johnny Lynn, Main Street
CLICK HERE (running time 38 minutes)
Harry Burke, Barne
CLICK HERE (running time 1 hour and 3 minutes)
Click HERE for the October 2017 show when Joe Mahon visited and explored Edgeworthstown
(courtesy Westway Film Productions Ltd.)
EDGEfest 2017 Honda 50 Challenge Motorhome Rally
The Heritage Council’s Heritage Hero Award celebrates someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the protection and promotion of heritage in Ireland. This year 86 individuals were nominated.
Ireland’s Heritage Hero, Matt, established Edgeworthstown District Development Association and the Edgeworth Society in 1994. Recently he has been the driving force behind the Edgeworth Heritage project which involved the establishment of the Edgeworth Heritage and Literary trail which takes in Edgeworthstown House and Walled Garden, St John’s Rectory with its Wilde and Goldsmith connections and St John’s Graveyard and Church.
Other projects include the development of The Fair Green and The Old Schoolhouse which function todays for training and education purposes and continues the example set by Richard Lovell Egeworth and Maria Edgeworth.
Well done Matt in achieving this national recognition of your efforts over many years.
Check our website for full details and to download our new app for Android and iPhone – keep updated on the go.
9.45-10.45a.m. Beginners Total Body Fitness NEW CLASS !!!
Mags 087 7759411
6:30-8:15pm Irish DancingBeginners/Advanced Class
Doolan/Cullen School of Dancing, Annette Doolan 087 2075695
5:00-6:30p.m. Longford Youth Services
Mark 043 3340907
Michelle 086 1013431
8.00–9.00p.m. Basketball Senior Ladies team training.
9.00–10.00p.m. Basketball Senior Men’s team training.
3:15-4:15p.m. Irish Dancing
5+ yrs. O’Reilly School Carole O’Reilly 087 1191130
Afterschool (Private Group)
5:45-6:45p.m. Kids Badminton
Paula 086 3575726
Jenny 086 1094773
Bridie Halpin 087 9075071
Mags 087 755 9411
Damien Sheridan (Private Group)
Set Dancing NEW CLASS!!
Shane Ryan 087 7921362
Basketball Open Session for men and women
Zumba Dancing (with flashing lights for party atmosphere)
Margaret Cummins 087 7759411
Midlands Shotokan Karate Club
Ciaran Wadd 083 3068331
Mostrim Players Amateur Drama Group
Jimmy 087 2891726
Basketball Senior Ladies team training and home game time
8.30-9:30.p.m Basketball Senior Men’s Team training and home game
Edgeworthstown Library is now open the following days:-
Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Library membership is free of charge with internet and printing/photocopying/scanning facilities. Books may be borrowed for up to 3 weeks and may be renewed online or by phone.
On the days that the library is not open books can be returned by dropping them through the letter box (green door) of library.
For enquiries contact Helen Martin or Helen Sheridan 043 6671927
If you would like to attend please contact Peter Masterson at 083-3051786