Community Notes – Edgeworthstown

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What's on in Edgeworthstown, Rathowen & Streete (and also across County Longford

St. Mary’s to St. John’s and Beyond Guided Walk

Location: Edgeworthstown

Join us for a tour around one of Ireland’s hidden treasures. Follow in the footsteps of Maria Edgeworth, Oscar Wilde, Walter Scott, Oliver Goldsmith and others

St Mary's to St John's and Beyond - Guided Walk

Streete Vintage Show

Location: Streete Parish Park

Street Vintage Show 24th June 2018 Poster

Street Vintage Show 24th June 2018

Admission to the show is €10 and under 16’s go free.

This is the shows sixteenth year and has become the highlight of the vintage calendar and also the Midlands favorite place to meet up for fans and enthusiasts of all things vintage. Over the years, Streete Vintage show has become renowned for its welcoming and friendly approach, impressing the national Irish Vintage Society’s committee members so much they decided to host the National Finals back in 2005 and again in 2015.

Every year the show goes from strength to strength, attracting a large crowd of exhibitors who travel from all over the midlands with classic cars, tractors, vans and every sort of vintage implement you could think off to show on the day. As always the day will have many exhibitions and demonstrations with a great deal of entertainment for children like face painting and a new spectacular magic show.

The ladies at the show won’t be let down either with a host of arts and crafts with new and exciting fashion accessories also on display.

The annual dog show is a huge crowd pulling event which is open to all classes of dog.

The outdoor bandstand is always entertaining with all day music and an extended welcome for anyone to join in and play a song or two. This year the show’s main artist is the new Queen of Country music Olivia Douglas who is guaranteed to keep you in great mood with some songs from her latest album called Another Heartache.

There will also be a raffle on the day with loads of great prizes.

Midlands Busking Festival

Time: 15.00 to 17.00

Location: Edgeworthstown

€1,500 in prizemoney plus recording time in Ardilaun and Abbey studios

Saturday June 30th

Midlands Busking Festival 2018

Support events across County Longford. Check out Longford Event Guide – June

Edgeworthstown Notes (updated each Thursday)

Local Correspondent:
Edgeworthstown District Development Association Ltd.
The Old Schoolhouse,
Ballymahon Road,
Co. Longford
043 – 6671801


~ Notes as published in the Longford Leader 20-06-2018 ~

National Youth project Crinniú

As part of the National Youth project Crinniú, Mostrim Youth players are hosting a stage fest on Friday 22nd with a free open mike session in Edgeworthstown Community centre starting at 7pm.
Any act considered, comedy, singing, dancing, magic, poetry, music, mime, you name it, all considered. Money prizes for first, second and third places.
On Saturday 23rd there will be various free drama, singing and dance/movement workshops from 6 years to 12 and from12 to 18 years old. Plus a performance called “Cinders The Sequel” by Mostrim youth Players. To register for workshops call 086 7333328.
Light lunch provided. No experience needed for workshops.

Sale of Plants

There will be plant sale in the Manor garden on Wednesday 20th June from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. All plants are €1 and Roses are €5 each.

Summer Camp

A Summer Camp will take place in The Green in Edgeworthstown from Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. daily. Cost is €40 per child. Family concessions given. To suit children from 7 to 12 years of age. Bring a packed lunch and a drink. Lunch at 12.00 noon. To book a place, please contact Grace on 086-8675306.
Summer activities include:
Music – all genres, come and try out guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Cahoon, Mandolin and Bodhrain. Bring your own instrument and join in.
Song – all genres, sing along with songs from shows and films. Also Irish, Ballad & Pop Songs.
Dance – Dance along to songs from shows, chart topping music and also learn Sean Nos dancing and the broom dance. Make up your own dance, modern or traditional.
On Friday there will be a showcase for parents to watch.

June Events – Longford Tourism

June Events Guide created by Longford Tourism can be found on
If you wish to submit your event or subscribe to a mailing list to receive this monthly Events Guide, please email

Town Team meeting

The public meeting “to form a Town Team” is taking place in the Community Centre, Edgeworthstown on Monday 25th June at 7.30 p.m.

Colmcille Ploughing

20th year of Colmcille Ploughing will take place on Sunday 19th August in fields of Bernard & Ann O’Reilly, Aughnacliffe, Co. Longford. Loads of attractions on the day for all the family – more news to come in coming weeks! For more information contact: Mary Sheridan 086-0707619.


To keep up with best practice in recycling check for a list of the materials you can put in your household recycle bin. Please make sure items are clean, dry and placed loosely in the bin. If it’s not on the list, it’s not in the recycle bin.

Some good news is that a Dutch consortium including Wavin, the plastic pipe makers, have developed a plastic road surface material made from recycled plastics. Road surfaces will be prefabricated and include ducts for pipes and cables and will be known as PlasticRoad. Installation time will be much quicker than conventional road materials and should minimise inconvenience to road users. The first PlasticRoad was installed on a bicycle path in June with a second to be installed in September. These trials will extend to full scale roads shortly. The PlasticRoad is a completely circular product in which recycled plastic is used as a raw material. It has a significantly lower CO2 footprint thanks to the longer lifespan and the decrease in transport movements compared to traditional road constructions.

This follows the news that an Irish teenager Fionn Ferreira from Schull, County Cork has developed an environmentally friendly way of removing microplastics from water.

Our work groups continue on Wednesday evenings (meet at the Edgeworth Hotel at 7.30 p.m.), Saturday afternoons (meet at the Edgeworth Hotel at 2.00 p.m.) and Sunday mornings (meet at the Edgeworth Hotel at 8.00 a.m.) weather permitting. Please come and join in with us even once a week.
For more on our activities see htttps://

Mostrim G.A.A.

There was no jackpot winner. Numbers drawn: 3, 9, 17, 22.
Twenty-five Euro Winners were Mary Donohoe, Jordan Boylan, Seamus Hannon and R O’Hara

Midlands Busking Festival

3 p.m. Saturday 30th June in Edgeworthstown. Closing date for entries Monday 25th

New Edgeworthstown Library Building

New Edgeworthstown Library Building


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 L
ongford 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 School

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.

Love where you Live!    Edgeworthstown Tidy Towns

Tidy Towns - Watering Flower Baskets

Edgeworthstown Tidy Towns

SuperValu tidytowns-celebrating-25-years
Litter Picks and Cleanups

Saturday afternoon and Wednesday evening work groups (weather depending):
Meet at The Edgeworth Hotel Wednesdays at 7.30p.m. and Saturdays at 2.00 p.m.

Sunday morning litter picks continue each Sunday morning.
Meet at 8.00 a.m. at The Edgeworth Hotel
Tidy Towns – Philosophy and Recruitment Drive

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.
Many thanks.

Litter at Aughafin Cemetery January 2018

Litter at Aughafin Cemetery January 2018

Litter at Aughafin Cemetery January 2018

Litter at Aughafin Cemetery January 2018

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.

Please Keep our town litter free notice
Supervalu Tidy Towns - celebrating 25 years
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:

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?

Edgeworthstown Lives - Interviews with Local People

Edgeworthstown Lives

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.

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)

Lesser Spotted Journeys
Lesser Spotted Journeys
Click HERE for the October 2017 show when Joe Mahon visited and explored Edgeworthstown
(courtesy Westway Film Productions Ltd.)

Midlands Busking Festival 2017
EDGEfest 2017   Honda 50 Challenge   Motorhome Rally
EDGEFest '17 Poster - Midlands Busking Festival

EDGEfest ’17 Poster -Midlands Busking Festival

EDFEfest '17 Poster

EDGEfest ’17 Poster

EDGEfest 2017 Busking Competition - Juniors

EDGEfest 2017 Busking Competition – Juniors

EDGEfest 2017 Busking Competition - Juniors

EDGEfest 2017 Busking Competition – Juniors

EDGEfest 2017 Busking Competition - Juniors

EDGEfest 2017 Busking Competition – Juniors

Edgefest 2017 Honda 50 Challenge

EDGEfest 2017 Honda 50 Challenge

Edgefest 2017 Honda 50 Challenge

EDGEfest 2017 Honda 50 Challenge

EDGEfest 2017 Honda 50 Challenge

EDGEfest 2017 Honda 50 Challenge

EDGEfest 2017 Honda 50 Challenge

EDGEfest 2017 Honda 50 Challenge

EDGEfest 2017 Motorhomes

EDGEfest 2017 Motorhomes

Edgefest 2017 Motorhomes

EDGEfest 2017 Motorhomes

Edgefest 2017 Motorhomes

EDGEfest 2017 Motorhomes

Edgefest 2017 Motorhomes

EDGEfest 2017 Motorhomes

Heritage Council National Award - Heritage Hero 2017 - Matt Farrell
Matt Farrell Heritage Hero 2017

Matt Farrell Heritage Hero 2017 and grandson, 10 years old Jamie Penrose

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.

St. Mary's Community Campus
Granard Road, Edgeworthstown
043 6672417
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
6:30-7:30p.m. Pilates
Michelle 086 1013431
Sports Hall
8.00–9.00p.m. Basketball Senior Ladies team training.
Sports Hall
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
Slimming World
Jenny 086 1094773
Sports Hall
Badminton Club
Bridie Halpin 087 9075071

Step Aerobics
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
Sports Hall:
Basketball Senior Ladies team training and home game time
8.30-9:30.p.m Basketball Senior Men’s Team training and home game

Joe Callaghan Ceoiltas Coiltoiri Eireann
Contact: Patricia Masterson 087 2970731

  • Music Classes
  • Dance Classes
  • Music Sessions
  • Céilí or Set Dancing
  • Edgeworthstown Library
    Summer ’17:
    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

    Community House, Cloverwell
    Coffee and information mornings for local residents take place every Monday at 11.00a.m. in the Community House, 43 Cloverwell, Edgeworthstown.
    If you would like to attend please contact Peter Masterson at 083-3051786