V.D.H.S. Project County Winner

Virginia and District Historical Society are pleased to announce that their project on Deerpark Forest ( for which they received a grant from lottery funding) has been declared a county winner of the National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2018. We are delighted with the news and thank all members, followers and helpers for their continued support. We now go forward to the Regional Finals in early September, so fingers crossed.

Guided Historical Walk

Virginia and District Historical Society guided historical walk around Lurgan on Monday 20th August leaving Lurgan RC church at 7.00 pm. Visit St. Patrick’s church, old Cemetery and Church Lurgan, St. Patrick’s well, flax mill, Correagh Community Centre (formerly a NS) and place-names along the route. This is a heritage week event. Stout footwear and rainwear necessary. Everybody welcome.

Munterconnaught GAA All Ireland Raffle

Munterconnaught GAA are holding a raffle for 4 All Ireland tickets and other great prizes. 1st Prize; 2 All Irealnd Tickets and an overnight stay in Dunboyne Castle Hotel. 2nd; 2 All Ireland Tickets. 3rd; A Weekend Away for 2. 4th; €100 Voucher for McEvoys Super Value, Virginia. 4th; €100 Voucher from C.P. Furniture, Munterconnaught. Tickets are on Sale in the Ramor Inn or from any Club member, €5 each or book of 3 for €10. Draw takes place on Sunday the 26th of August in Ramor Inn where there will be a night of “Ceol agus Craic”.
A beautiful Men’s Shed Sign now stands proudly on the Lakeroad. Made by T.J. Reilly and erected on the lake road by himself and Tommy Sheridan who spent a day building a plynth suitable for such a work of superb craftmanship. Members are also getting ready for the Virginia Show with items they have crafted, made and grown over the season. A strong attendance of 16 members discussed the items suitable for display. Final details for the Outing to Rostrover on Saturday the 15th of September were finalised. The hosts for the day will be Rostrevor Men’s Shed who will act as guides to the beautiful scenery and coastline of Co. Down. As part of the Cross Border integration they will be sure to be wined and dined on the day. Virginia Men’s Shed meet every Wednesday at 7.30 to 10pm and on Fridays 11am to 1pm in the Show Centre Virginia. A special word of thanks to the Show Centre and to Eddie, John and Aveen who always have the cup of tea and homemade scones ready on time every week. It is much appreciated by all. New members always welcome.


Whist results for the 7th of August are as follows; 1st Lady; Vera Leahy, 2nd; Margaret Crowe, 3rd; Maura Smith. 1st Gent; Peter Gilsenan, 2nd; John McCabe, 3rd; Alan Cox. Other winners; Bella Henry, Val Goldrick, Brigid Heery, Jimmy Smith and Eddie Brady. Next Whist will take place on the 21st of August in the Parish Hall at 8.30pm.

Car Boot Sale

18th of August in the grounds of Virginia Parish Church, Main Street, starting at 9.30pm. Cars €10, Vans and Cars with Trailers €15. On sale at the Boot Sale will be; Bric a Brack, Clothing, Toys, Bicycles, Furniture, DIY and Keep Fit equipment (usually good as new). Why not do an Autumn Clean out of your unloved items from the Garage, Playroom, Attic under the stairs, wherever and turn them into cash. Seek out those treasures and leave no storage space unexplored, get the kids involved and turn it into a treasure hunt. You unloved item could be someone Longed for Treasure. Bring a Smile to someone’s Face, hopefully your own with extra cash and come to the Boot Sale to sell or buy “A Treasure”.

Virginia Agricultural Show 77th Year

Excitement is building in the town for this year’s 77th Annual Virginia Agricultural Show on Wednesday the 22th of August. Local business are supporting it again this year and without their backing it wouldn’t be as wonderful a show as it is. McEvoy’s SuperValu ICA Guild of the Year. Riverfront Bar and Grill Summer Desserts Competition. Clerkins Virginia Veterinary Practice Charolais Classes. 35th Diageo Bailey’s Champion Dairy Cow and Heifer Competition. Fleetwood Paints Amateur Art Competition. Glanbia Virginia Friesian In-Calf Heifer. Fruit and Flowers, Home Industries, Short Story, Handwriting, Photography, Painting, Active Age, Residents of Retirement/Nursing homes, Dogs, Pets Corner. Also all the Animal Classes imaginable. Plus many more and over 150 Trade stands. Bouncy Castles and lots more. It is always a great day out for all the family and not just those from farming backgrounds. Show office hours; 10.00am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday. Tel; 049 8547197, Fax 049 8548308 email; virginiashow@eircom.net Web page; www.virginiashow.com and on Twitter and Facebook. Entries Closed 10th August.

Active Virginians

Members are looking forward to Virginia Show which again this year has a section for Active Aged where club artists, crafters and bakers can win a prize. Entries closed last Friday the 10th. Active Virginians re-open on the 4th of September with the Monthly lunch in the Riverfront at 1pm and Bowls at 7.30pm in St. John’s Hall. Pickleball on Wednesday at 2.30pm in Virginia College. Upcoming activities planned for Autumn include: Pilates, Ukulele and Singing lessons, I.T. refresher course and Art 16 week project (limited numbers for all courses, expressions of interest to Secretary Margaret by text or email).

Date for the diary: 25th September. We hope to organise a cruise from Enniskillen on Lough Erne. Cost approx. €28 including dinner and a visit to Devenish Island. Expressions of interest welcome contact Val 0868957918 or Gerry 0879188931.

September 10th to the 14th ARI National Bowls & Activity Break Monday 10th to Friday 14th of September now full up. A.R.I. will introduce Pickleball as a fun way to get and stay fit while having fun, with a tournament open to everyone who would like to give it a go.

As always any ideas, suggestions for events, talks etc. are always welcome and the Committee will do their best to accommodate them, if possible. Just let them know. New members always welcome. Check out the new web site for Virginia – virginiatown.ie