Xmas Greetings

Tidy Towns would like to wish all it’s volunteers, supporters and people of the Parish a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

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Christmas Crib

Our very talented chairman Tom Dooley made and painted this wonderful crib currently to be seen on Church Street beside St John’s School. Great work Tom.

Xmas Lights 2018

There was a great turnout for the switching on of the Xmas Lights today – 2nd December. Great credit to all involved – Brigid Duffy and Edgeworthstown traders, Jimmy Connell (MC) and the three young ladies (winners of All- Ireland Community Games gold medals) who turned on the lights. Tidy Towns helped with the stewarding on the night but it was a great community effort.

 

Xmas 2018

Candy-caners out in force today – thank to all who helped out with putting up the decorations – crib and Christmas tree to go up next week, all going well.

 

Armistice Day Memorial

We held a brief wreath laying ceremony at the World War I memorial this morning 11th November to remember the 27 men of the Parish who died. Thanks to Fr Healy, Matt Farrell and Dessie Rynn for their assistance with this event. Among those who died was Private Thomas O’Rourke who wrote a poem while in Gallipoli. This poem appeared in the Longford Leader on 23rd October 1915.
The landing of the 10th Division at the Dardanelles
Composed by Prviate Thomas O’Rourke Church Street Edgeworthstown
Private O’Rourke was killed in France in 1917
It was on the 10th Day of July
A bright and sunny day
We landed at the Dardanelles
Some thousand miles away
We knew not what before us lay
But heard the shot and shell
And many a man who was there that day
The tale no more will tell

It was a bright and glorious day
Which we never will forget
When the Leinsters and the Connaughts
Went through the valley of death
It was death by fire and water
On leaving the River Clyde
But the gallant sons of Erin’s Isle
The enemy defied

We stormed a village on our right
Took trenches one by one
We forced the heights of Sedil-Bail
And captured many a gun
A blood red day was raining
But to the trenches still we clung
And I can’t explain to you
How the Turks did run

The Turks came down that night
To try and make us go
But soon they found they were
up against
A far superior foe
We made them do the Turkey trot
Across the homeland plain
We gave them gip and then a dip
And drove them back again

So rise a glass filled to the brim
Of good old Irish beer
And drink a health to the boys
That fought and knew no fear
And whenever I hear the sound of guns,
And the clamour of war din
I will never forget Gallipoli
And the struggle we were in

Mostrim Macabre Festival

Congratulations to Edgeworthstown Mostrim Traders on their successful festival Mostrim Macabre. Among the cast and crew were four of our volunteers John McGerr, Tom Dooley, Beatrice Patterson and Kathleen Reynolds.

Tidy Towns Funding

Statement from local Councillor Paul Ross regarding funding coming to Tidy Towns

“Following on from Minister Michael Rings announcement of funding for Tidy Towns groups in Longford on Friday I asked him to send me the list of funding for each group which you can see below. This is a terrific grant from the minister which will continue the great work keeping our county looking beautiful and a great reward to our hard working tidy towns committees.”

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