Edgeworthstown, Meathas Troim
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~ Notes as published in the Longford Leader 06-12-2017 ~
Edgeworthstown District Development Association Ltd.
The Old Schoolhouse,
043 – 6671801
Issue 15 of Fireside Tales by Jude Flynn is now on sale in stores throughout the county. This would make a great present for grandparents and friends for Christmas. Now on sale in Kanes supermarket.
Junior Scor Drama Group
Best wishes to our junior scor drama group from Mostrim Ladies who are representing Longford in the semi Leinsters in Birr on Saturday 9th December starting at 2.30. Best of luck to the cast, Caoimhe Crossan, Caoimhe Connell, Setanta Flood, Maeve and Ailbhe Brady, Aishling Browne, Cora Murphy and Nadine Smith.
Also our Wolfe Tones instrumental are through to the Semi Leinsters on 9th December. This group consists of Mikey Doyle, Ciaran Mulligan, Harry Reynolds, Laura Pakenham and Lorna Beer.
ABBEYSHRULE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
Sunday 10th December 12-6pm at The Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule. Lots of art, craft and food stalls. Facepainting 12-2pm. Children’s craft workshop 1.00-2.30pm (€4/child, €10/family of 3 – please book by contacting Therese on 087 9280789 with names of children). Festive food all day. Santa & Mrs Claus arrive at 3.00pm with gifts (€4/child, €10/family of 3). Raffle proceeds going to local autism support group and youth club.
Creative Ardagh, Craft Shop Opening Hours:
Wed 6th Dec 9.30am to 1pm, 4pm to 7pm
Thurs 7th Dec 12pm to 5pm
Fri 8th Dec 2pm to 6pm
Sat 9th Dec 1pm to 6pm
Sun 10th Dec 1pm to 6pm
Mon 11th Dec 11am to 4pm
Tues 12th Dec 4pm to 9pm
Wed 13th Dec 9.30am to 1pm, 4pm to 7pm
Thurs 14th Dec 12pm to 5pm
Fri 15th Dec 2pm to 6pm
Sat 16th Dec 1pm to 6pm
Sun 17th Dec 1pm to 6pm
Lots of beautiful Christmas decorations, cards and gifts in stock. Over 40 Artists, Writers and Crafters stocked. New pieces arriving daily. Our Ardagh Tree Fairies 2018 calendars are also available while stocks last. Contact us for more details on 086 3027602, 086 1717925 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have our Santa’s Woodland Workshop coming up on Sat 9th, Sun 10th, Sat 16th and Sun 17th at 3pm. Booking essential.
Mostrim GAA Annual General Meeting is set to take place on Friday 8/12/17 in Mostrim Arms Hotel at 7.30 p.m.
There was no jackpot winner. Numbers drawn: 4, 6, 18, 23. Twenty-five Euro Winners – Mick Reilly
Michael Burke, John McGerr and Tony Stancu
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 clean ups will resume on February 25th
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
Midweek evening cleanups continue at 7.30 p.m. each Wednesday evening until the Autumn. Meet outside The Edgeworth Hotel.
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?
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)
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