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

Advertisements

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.”

43226002_10213091896200123_5005355183111143424_n

 

Premises Awards Night 2018

We held our annual Best Premises awards last night and we’d like to congratulate the winners. We’d also like to thank again all those who support us through the year – the Traders, people who look after flower displays, do clean-ups in their areas, they make life easier for us and help make our town and parish look much nicer. A special mention the Beatrice Patterson who always goes that one step extra. Finally thanks to Mel Conefrey for hosting our event.

2018 Results

Well the big day has arrived and we have received our results. For the past number of years we have increased our marks and this year is no exception- increasing by 12 marks. This is down to the hard work of the volunteers and the support of the community and we’d like to thank anyone who helped out with our various activities through the year. We hope to continue improving as the years go on.

Marks2018

Fundraising Raffle

Tidy Towns will be outside SuperValu on Saturday next from 10.00am to 6.00pm selling lines for our annual fundraiser – three great prizes to be won. All money goes to Tidy Towns to support our efforts through the year so please support. Thank You.

 

National Schools Competition

We held our Tidy Towns Schools Competition again this year, sponsored by Longford Credit Union. Over all winner was Bryan Moorehead. Other winners were Oriel Waters in St John’s NS and Caoimhe Connell and Ella Grant in St Mary’s NS. Thanks to Longford Credit Union for sponsorship. Congratulations to all our winners.