Pat McLoughlin RIP

Foróige is greatly saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Pat McLoughlin, former National Chairperson of Foróige. Pat was the current serving Chairperson of Offaly District Council and Club Leader of Durrow Foróige Club, with whom he proudly volunteered for 30 years.   Pat was one of life’s great gentlemen. He was a passionate […]

Offfaly’s BirdWatch Ireland And Dyslexia Group Benefit From National Lottery Funding

Thousands of individuals, clubs and organisations from Co. Offaly have benefitted from some of the €5 Billion raised by the National Lottery for Good Causes all over Ireland in the last 30 years. An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D, announced the landmark €5 Billion Good Cause figure at a special Lotto draw to mark the National […]

Offaly Tourism Operator Joins Tourism Ireland At World’s Largest Travel Fair In Berlin

The largest travel trade fair in the world, ITB in Berlin, took place last week. Eighteen (18) Irish and German tourism companies – including Silverline Cruisers (based in Banagher) – joined Tourism Ireland at the fair, in a bid to grow Ireland’s share of the German travel market, one of the largest outbound travel markets […]

Banagher, Offaly and the River Shannon in the Spotlight in Amsterdam

Banagher, Offaly and the River Shannon were in the spotlight recently in Amsterdam when Silver Line Cruises joined Tourism Ireland and up to 40 Dutch tour operators for an innovative Tourism Workshop.  The event took place in the Amsterdam ArenA and was the second workshop, of its kind, that Tourism Ireland in Amsterdam has held […]

Banagher Drama Awards Night

Banagher Drama Group held their Annual Awards Night in Flynn’s Restaurant in Banagher last Saturday night 25th February, celebrating the success of ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’. As well as enjoying a hugely successful run of eight nights, five local organisations benefited financially from this years production. Banagher Drama Group were delighted to assist and support […]

Irish Teen’s YouTube Tribute Earns Him Trip to Breeders’ Cup World Championships

A young racing fan from a small town in the middle of Ireland got the biggest birthday present of his life today when the Breeders’ Cup invited him to be part of thoroughbred racing’s biggest stage, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Mark Boylan, celebrating his 14th birthday at home today in Banagher (pop. 1,636), County […]

Commencement Of River Shannon Maintenance Work Long Overdue – IFA

IFA President John Bryan has welcomed the beginning of essential maintenance works on part of the River Shannon, at Banagher, Co Offaly by the Office of Public Works (OPW).  He said, “This work must be the start of a long-term maintenance programme for the river.” Mr Bryan, who paid a visit to the site of […]

Cllr Leahy commends Banagher’s community spirit

INDEPENDENT Cllr John Leahy has welcomed the recent work carried out on the road way leading up Banagher Cemetery. Cllr Leahy explained that the road way was ‘in bad need of repair and was a major issue especially in wet weather when potholes on the road way filled with water, hampering motorists, cyclists and pedestrians’. […]

Banagher To Cheltenham Via Youtube!

Mark Boylan, a 13 year old first year student at Banagher College Colaiste Na Sionna has had an incredable week following the completion of a song he wrote about the upcoming Cheltenham Festival. Mark who is a keen horse racing fan is also an accomplished singer and guitar player and has gathered huge attention with […]

Resilience Of SOS DBK Action Group Praised

CLLR John Leahy, Independent General Election candidate, this week commended the resilience of the SOS DBK Action Group and expressed his bitter disappointment at the failure to keep Daingean, Banagher and Kilcormac Fire Stations open. Cllr Leahy outlined, “The campaign to maintain a full servive at Daingean, Banagher and Kilcormac Fire Stations started back in […]