LOTTO: Numbers 3, 8, 11, 24. 1 match 3 envelope Joe Lynch Dring who wins 60 euro. Sellers prize Michael Carrigy. Jackpot 6000 euro. Draw in Farrells for month of June.
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF PRIESTHOOD: Fr Pat Lennon is forty years ordained this year. There will be a special mass of thanksgiving on Friday 14th June at 7.30pm in St Brigids Church Ardagh. This will be followed by a social and refreshments in the local community centre. Anyone who is free is welcome to come along and make this a joyful celebration for Fr Pat and his family.
COMMUNITY GAMES: Killoe Community Games Committee would like to wish the best of luck to all our athletes who are taking part in the County Finals on Sunday next, the 9th. June, in Ballymahon. Best of Luck to our Futsal Team who are taking part in their Leinster Match on the 7th. June next at 7 pm in Kenagh. Best of Luck also to our U10 Mixed Gaelic Team who are playing against Meath on Saturday next, the 8th. June in Emmet Park, Clonee. The 40th. Anniversary Gala Awards/Hall of Fame Awards takes place in The Stag’s Head, Ballinalee on the Friday night next, the 7th. June. U15 Girls Soccer Training will take place on Thursday, the 6th. June at 5.15 pm at St. Teresa’s N. S. All girls must attend for this training session as we have a match coming up shortly.
WHIST: Don’t forget the monthly whist drive in the Lecture Hall Kenagh on Tuesday evening June 11 at 9pm. Refreshments served, new players very welcome.
MRS MARY KATE MAHON: There was widespread sadness throughout the district and among family and countless friends as news spread of the death at the home of her son Pauric and family at Garrymore Ballinagh of Mrs Mary Kate Mahon. Aged 97 years deceased who passed away peacefully following a short illness was a member of the highly respected Murray family Drumbreanlis Corrigan. Mary Kate was a highly respected member of her community. A had working and industrious lady she was a kind friendly and helpful neighbour who was always available to assist any person in need of assistance. Blessed with a deep religious faith Mary Kate was a daily visitor to St Michaels Church Potahee where she assisted at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and all religious services. Born in 1916 as world war 1 raged across Europe while here in Ireland the Easter Rising was at its peak. She came into this world at a very memorable period in the history of our country. Her passing is widely mourned. Predeceased by her husband Patrick she is survived by her son Pauric, daughters Kathleen, daughter in law Geraldine sister Kathleen grand children nephews nieces relatives and countless friends to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. There was a very large attendance at the removal of the remains to St Michaels Church Potahee while the funeral which was of extremely large dimensions and a fitting tribute to the esteem with which the deceased and her family are held throughout the region took place following con-celebrated mass to the family burial ground. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
FIRST COMMUNION: Sunday 19th May 2013 was a special day for the children of Loch Gowna and Cortober schools when they received their First Communion in the Church of Holy Family Gowna from Fr PJ Fitzpatrick who celebrated the mass. Refreshments were provided to the children and their families in the Community Centre afterwards. We congratulate the children on this special occasion. The recipients of Gowna were Sean Hartin, Fionn Hartin, Eoghan Hartin,Daire Madden, Mark Brady, Eoin Farrell, Darragh McCannon, Michael Smyth, Spencer Dolan, Jasmine Hartin, Yanna Hartin, Clodagh Boylan and Hanna Mikalajezyk. The recipients for Cortober school were Cillian Brady, Keelin O’Connell and Cliona Griffith.
CONGRATULATIONS: There was great joy in Drumsna and indeed all county Leitrim when it was announced Sunday night that our Leitrim Rose Edwina Guckian, Drumsna was selected to go through to represent Leitrim at this year’s Rose of Tralee festival. This beautiful talented young lady has our warmest congratulations and we wish Edwina continued success on her big night in Tralee, not forgetting the Longford and Monaghan roses who also were selected on Sunday night. You all have our congrats and best wishes.
CLOSURE OF ULSTER BANK: Friday May 24 will be remembered for all the wrong reasons here in Carrigallen as it was the final day of business at the Ulster bank sub office. There by ending banking facilities in the town which had been in existence for almost 100 years with even a second bank for much of that time. The closure comes as part of a rationalisation plan which saw fourteen branches and sub offices close including full branches at near by Killeshandra and also at Belturbet. Following the initial announcement last January repeated contacts to various levels of management by the local public rep along with customers and community interest groups have met with the reply “An irreversible decision made by senior management in order to guarantee the efficiency of the bank going forward” with much play made of benefits of E banking, a concept that not everyone will embrace particularly the middle aged to old customers. The actual closure was a nostalgic occasion for both customers and staff led by Enda , whom we can say always treated the customers here in Carrigallen with the utmost courtesy and respect and who undoubtedly would have preferred things to remains as they were .We wish them well in what has become a very challenging career.
Soccer Club: Newtown Soccer Club is holding their AGM on Thursday, 6th June at 7pm in the Parish Hall. All interested parents/guardians are needed to attend this AGM as a new Committee is required for the 2012/2013 season. Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you all on the night.
FIRST COMMUNION: Congratulations and best wishes to all the children from Kenagh National School who received their first Communion on last Saturday May 25th in Saint Dominics Church. Their names are as follows Gavin Bawle, Kevin Byrne, Lillian Casserly, Niamh Farrell, Amy Ganley, Michaela Hall, Aoibhin Kelly,Conor McGann, Jack Madigan, Ellyn Montgomery, Lorna Quinn and Eamon Smith. The children were very well prepared by their teacher Miss Lennon and Mr Farrelly who prepared the choir. Refreshments were served by the Parents Association in the Community Centre
DEATH: The late Christina Farrell NT. The death occurred last weekend of Chris Farrell retired school principle at her residence in Clonker Moydow. Frail and in ill health for a number of years, but through sheer determination and will power continued to live her life as normal, sadly passed away in her sleep on the 17th May. Deceased affectionately known as Chris was a native of Charlestown Co Mayo. Following her teacher training years her fist job was in Manorhamilton Co Leitrim. She came to Clondra NS in 1955 settled in well in the community making life long friends and completely dedicated to her pupils and teaching profession. Some years later it was her destiny to meet and marry her husband Pat Farrell of Clonker Moydow. They were married in Knock in 1966 and have two sons Gerry and Colm. Later deceased became principle in Clondra NS where she continued to teach for the next 38 years until 1991.Following that continued to teach for while in both Longford convent NS and Ardagh. Always a committed and dedicated teacher she was held in high regard by her pupils and parents alike, available after school hours and got involved in community activities in Clondra. A lady with a deep sense of her faith. Chris also had a great love of the Irish language and the history of the country, kept in touch with her county Mayo and an ardent support of the GAA throughout her life. She loved and enjoyed a good debate on various subjects, be it politics or current affairs of the day. A founder member of Clondra Dramatic Society in the mid 1970s she produced the first four plays “The Country Boy”, “The Field”, “ All the Kings Horses” and “In Wild Earth” . Theatre was one of her great loves and interests. Her influence was such that the Drama Society continued to stage 9 more consecutive plays and Chris was always involved in helping out. She was to the fore in helping out with fundraising in the community such as table quizzes, sponsored mountain climbs for the missions and charity walks. Her home in Moydow was always open where a warm welcome awaited past pupils teaching friends (colleagues) such was her genuine interest in people and their lives. Deceased had a great interest in her past pupils for whom she opened many doors and was delighted when they achieved their goals as so many did. Judging by the very large crowds who called to the houses and attended the removal , the late Chris was held in very high esteem by all who had the good fortune to have met her throughout her life. A genuine person always there quietly in the background and never one for the limelight. Her funeral mass was con-celebrated in Moydow church along with four of her past pupils on the alter, Fr Sean Casey PP Killoe Fr Seamus Casey chaplain AIT Athlone, Fr Tom Murray St Mels College Longford and Fr Jimmie McDonnell missionary Granada West Indies. To her sorrowing husband Pat, sons Gerry and Colm, daughter in law Jude,grandchildren Daire, Roisin and Killian, brother John Sligo, nephew , cousins relatives, many friends & neighbours we extend our deepest sympathy . May she RIP.
THE GATHERING: Mohill is the place to visit next weekend for the Mohill GAA Gathering. No stone has been left unturned to welcome back our past player for a hectic weekend. On Friday evening 31st May we greet the Manchester visitors in the park. Saturday June 1st football blitzes for all ages and gender from 11.30 open to visitors and local clubs.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Congratulations to the children from Castletown & Finea National Schools who received their First Holy Communion recently. On Sun May 19th last, Fr P Moore PP administered the sacrament of First Holy Communion to Lorraine Moore from Finea NS in St Marys Church Finea at 10.30am Mass. On Sun May 26 last,Fr P Moore PP administered the sacrament to six pupils from Castletown NS in St Michaels Church Castletown at 10.30am Mass. They were Jack & Aaron Lawlor , Zoe & Finnan Cahill, Rebecca Gurren & Nathan Cassidy. Both ceremonies were very much enhanced by the beautiful music & suitable hymns for the occasion. All seven children looked resplendent & were a credit to their parents & teachers who had put so much effort into preparing them for their special day,one that will always stand out in their memory. Well done to all.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: First Holy Communion in Saint Marys Church Carrigallen. There were eleven children for first Holy Communion on Saturday morning last in Saint Mary’s Church Carrigallen. The ladies committee had the inside of the church decorated beautifully and the young boys had the outside done up with the traditional colourful bunting and the weather doing the decent thing, the ceremony performed by Very Rev Denis Murray PP was very enjoyable for the large attendance which included the teachers who had prepared the children for the sacrament and older children who produced an excellent choir. Following the ceremony with the photos taken with care most of the congregation made their way to have refreshments at the school provided by the parents association before going on to celebrate in their own private way. Fr Murray PP congratulated all the children on making their First Holy Communion their parents and teacher Mrs Greene who prepared all the children and last but not least the ladies committee who worked so hard to make the church looking so good and the young lads at erecting the lovely colourful bunting outside and around the church. Well done all. The Holy Communicants were Karolis Miknevicius , Chloe Donohoe, Kijan Mimna, Dylan O’Connell, Kamile Prasaraite, Kevin Doherty, Yana Lietauniece, Andrew Fitzpatrick, Aoife Kottemann, Aodan Harte & James Peter Quinn. The children were in charge of their teacher Mrs Bernadette Greene.
BALLINAGH 125 CELEBRATIONS: This weekend will see Ballinagh GAA Club celebrate the 125th year of the club’s foundation and the 100th anniversary of the club’s first ever Cavan county football championship won in 1913.
BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE: The mobile unit of the blood transfusion service will visit St Brigids Community centre on Wednesday 29th May and Thursday 30th May. Clinic times are 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Please support this essential cause. It is very important to remember that many patients in hospital need our blood.
National Finals: 11 children from our parish are making the trip to Athlone IT this weekend to compete in 4 events at the National Community Games Finals. The standard of competition in every event will be very high so we wish them all good luck as they represent not only Ardagh, Moydow & Glen but also County Longford. Maryann Lynch, Solo Singing. Cian McPhillips, Brendan Finnan, Cathal Farrell, Melissa O’Kane, Mixed Distance Relay Race. Saoirse McLoughlin, Handwriting. Adam Callan, Gareth Mulleady, Maryann Lynch, Katie Quinn, Aisiling Farrell & Katie Lynch, Group Singing. Thanks to all the adults who give very generously of their time and will all be at the National Finals to cheer on the children: Riona Lynch, Paddy McPhillips, Eamon O’Kane, David Hoysted & Leslie Finnan.
CONFIRMATION: The sacrament of Confirmation was bestowed by Bishop Colm O’Reilly on our youth from 6th class St Theresa’s NS Clontumpher Killoe at St Marys Church Ennybegs last week: Jonathan Borland , Aaron Hughes, Reece Reid-Leonard, Cathal McKeon, Adam Fenelon, Enda Bracken, Paul Brady, Sean Og Cahill, Evan Farrelly, Jake Donnolly, Evan Finneran, Conor Gilna, Daniel Halpin, Sheka Kanu, Richard Maglov, Cormac McManus, Aoife Sheridan, Michelle Dunleavy, Sinead Donohoe,Niamh Brady, Aoife Clyne, Emma Jane Gilna, Caitriona Goulding, Andrea Hughes, Hannah Maloney,Orla Macken, Cliodhna Mulligan, Shauna Mooney, Tara Sleightholme. The parish extend congratulations to all you youth and thank Bishop Colm, Fr Sean Casey, teacher Mrs Farrell, families for their guidance through this programme. We also thank the choir and all who assisted on the day and trust the Holy Spirit will guide all you youth through the next step on the ladder.
Congratulations: Congratulations to Stephen Browne, Lisnaboe, who has been blazing a trail in pursuit of Gold in Los Angeles in the Special Olympics. Stephen recently won Gold in both bowling and swimming in the Regional Qualifiers held recently in Galway. Stephen is now one step closer to the World Games in Los Angeles in 2015. Next year’s competition in Limerick will decide who goes forward to Los Angeles. Hopefully Stephen will go the whole way. We wish you the best of luck and will done on your achievements to-date.
Ardagh athletes winning medals: A number of Ardagh athletes who are members of Longford Athletic Club have had a very successful couple of weeks in competition. Seven teams from Ardagh NS competed in the Longford Primary Schools Relays and five teams returned with gold medals while another got bronze medals. Two other pupils also won golds in the subs races. Last Friday night six athletes travelled to compete in the Midland Championships in Tullamore and returned with three golds, five silvers and a bronze medal. This weekend Cian Mc Phillips, Brendan Finnan and Cathal Farrell compete on the County Longford Relay team in the Community Games National Finals in Athlone IT and all the athletes wish them well as they go after more medals.
JACK MCHUGH: Over the past two months we have sadly recorded the deaths of some of the better known residents who lived in or around Kenagh village. Last Monday May 13 the people of Kenagh and surrounding areas were saddened with the unexpected death of Jack McHugh. Jack was a very well known and highly respected personality who lived just outside the village for all his eighty years. He lived alone and enjoyed his life as a loner with the company of his dog and ponies. All his life he lived very close to nature , never moving too far from home. In his early years he was a very hard worker, very strong , able bodied and very fit. He was a noted slanesman when turf was cut by hand and was always in demand during the turf cutting season. He always kept a pony and cart even long after his neighbours had changed over to tractor power. He was also a very keen angler and enjoyed long hours in his boat on the river Shannon with fishing rod and tackle. Being so close to nature all his life he understood how nature worked both on land and water. His opinion was often sought and respected on matters relating to the environment. Even though he lived very much on his own Jack was a great man for good intelligent conversation and enjoyed nothing better than his daily trip to the village where he met up with his many friends in some of the local taverns. In his later years he lived quietly between his home and his daily walk to the village where he might spend a few hours in the company of his friends before returning to look after his dog and pony. Unfortunately Jack had no known relative except his late sister Teresa who died over forty years ago as a result of a road accident , an event which had a lasting effect on him to the day he died. His passing leaves a void in the very close knit community where he lived and who no doubt will miss him sorely. Despite being a lone personality Jack had a very well attended and well organised funeral. Thanks to his very good neighbours and close friends who arranged a fitting and moving send off for a man who could be best described as one of natures gentlemen. There was a huge turn out for his funeral mass and burial in Kilcommock cemetery which was suitably performed by local parish priest Father Tom Barden. Another of our notable characters gone to his eternal reward.
MEMORIAL EVENT: The Leitrim Association of People with Disabilities are holding a memorial event in memory of the late Howard Cusack and Sr Emmanuel Farrelly on Sunday next the 26th May at 12.30pm. The 5K walk and 2K fun run will commence at the LAPWD centre in Mohill. The event will be launched by Alan Devine (Louie) Fair City and Dramaclub.ie. Together with Andy McGovern author of “Against the Odds”. Medal for everyone completing the route along with spot prizes and refreshments . Entry fee 10 euro. Families 20 euro. Everybody of all ages welcome.
CELEBRATION OF FIFTY YEARS OF PRIESTHOOD: On Sunday 14th April, 2013 Father Sean McTiernan, a native of the parish of Carrigallen Co Leitrim, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in a con-celebrated mass at St Marys Church Carrigallen. Co-celebrants were Fathers Patrick Hagan and Tom McDonnell, his colleagues in St Patricks Missionary Society,Kiltegan Co Wicklow. The Mass was attended by his siblings and close family members. Afterwards all assembled for refreshments and joviality at the birthplace of Sean’s late mother at Bredagh, Carrigallen. Fr Sean , the first of a family of five of John (Jack) and Mary Elizabeth (Maimie) McTiernan was born in the village of Carrigallen in 1936. He completed his primary education in Carrigallen National School after which he commenced second level education at Moyne Secondary School (Latin School) Co Longford where , at inter cert level he won a scholarship to St Mels College, Longford. This great achievement ended his daily cycling routine to Moyne. After leaving Cert at St Mels College,Sean in response to a call from God, decided to enter St Patricks Missionary Society where he commenced his studies for the priesthood. After seven years of study he was ordained a priest in April, 1963 at Kiltegan Co Wicklow. Following his ordination Sean was assigned as a missionary to Abakaliki in the South East of Nigeria. In July 1967 a bitter civil war erupted in that country and continued until January 1970. Those years proved to be very difficult and dangerous for missionaries in Nigeria who endeavoured to remain loyal to their flocks. Those missionaries suffered great personal trauma and stress throughout that period. Sean returned to Ireland at that time and commenced a process of recuperation and recovery. Sean was then assigned a teaching post at Moyne School (Latin School) after which he took up appointments in various parishes in Roscommon and Mullingar. He was then appointed to a parish close to Reykjavik in Iceland where he also secured a degree in Icelandic studies in the local university. He is now retired and living at the society headquarters in Kiltegan Co Wicklow. A special word of thanks to Father Denis Murray PP Carrigallen, Co Leitrim for making available St Marys Church for the occasion. Sincere thanks to Ann and Francie Murray and also to John Morrow for their assistance in organising and preparing the church for the celebration.
DOGS: Two weeks ago dogs attacked sheep on a local farmer. They killed 2 sheep and eat a lamb. Some dogs came back once more last weekend and killed more sheep belonging to the same farmer. Garda have been notified. All dogs should be locked up or tied up at night not allowed wander around during the night hours. No one should think their dog is harmless. When loose they meet in with other dogs and no one knows what they are capable of.
BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE:The Mobile unit of the blood transfusion service will visit St Brigids Community Centre Loch Gowna on Wednesday 29th May and Thursday 30th May. Clinic times 5pm – 8.30pm. Please support this essential service. It is very important that we all remember that many patients in hospital need our blood.
WEATHER: Members of the farming community who have been through a difficult spring which saw very severe weather which in turn caused an absence of early grass and a serious shortage of hay & silage to feed their animals are hopeful that an old familiar slogan of more than one hundred years entitled ‘a wet and windy May will fill our haggards with corn and hay’ will prove to be correct this year.
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Weather for Longford, Ireland
Thursday 20 June 2013
Temperature: 12 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 8 mph
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Temperature: 11 C to 17 C
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Wind direction: South west