North Longford local news Jan 21

TRAGEDY: Both young and old gathered in huge numbers for the wake, removal and funeral of Sean McNerney,Fostra Aughnacliffe who lost his life close to his home shortly after darkness had set in on Friday 7th January.

TRAGEDY: Both young and old gathered in huge numbers for the wake, removal and funeral of Sean McNerney,Fostra Aughnacliffe who lost his life close to his home shortly after darkness had set in on Friday 7th January.

At the time road conditions could not be worse following a heavy shower of snow and this combined with severe frost left the surface of the road like a skating rink. In his early 50s Sean was extremely well known in construction and the building industry. He never experienced any difficulty in selling the dwellings he erected as they were built to the highest standards. The personal touch was there at all times and this won him numerous customers. There was no doubt he took great pride in his work. In his youth he played minor football with Dromard St Francis before moving to the UK where he was employed in construction. On his return about 1995, he like his father before him became a prominent member of Fianna Fail. He had a great love for the cut and thrust of politics and was well able to hold his own in any company. The party were represented at his obsequies and included former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, Peter Kelly TD as well as Fianna Fail county councillors. Despite the fact that he was involved in community affairs as well as a busy work schedule the GAA took pride of place in his native Dromard. He was especially proud on Sunday 20th April 1997 when Jack Boothman ,outgoing president of the GAA officiated at the official opening of the state of the art Pairc na Gael. In subsequent years he was a member of the Dromard backroom teams which won the Sean Connolly Memorial Cup on three occasions and the U21s who created a record by winning the championship five times in a row. On Tuesday his remains were removed from the residence of his mother in Cornadrung where the wake was held with a large cortege of mourners accompanying them, via Pairc na gael Cammagh Cross and Edenmore Cross and were received at Colmcille Church by Rev Fr Sean O'Dowd, Fr Eamon Corkery PP Dromard, Rev Fr Sean Casey PP Killoe and Rev Fr Paddy Moore Castlepollard. Then on Wednesday 12th January his funeral mass was concelebrated by Rev Fr Sean O'Dowd, Rev Fr Corkery PP , Rev Fr Frank Gray PP Ballymachugh, Rev Fr Brian Brennan PP Ballinalee, Rev Fr Charles Healy CC Coosan, Athlone, Rev Fr Tom Healy St Mels Cathedral and Rev Fr Gabriel Kinahan, Galway. Afterwards he was laid to rest in the family burial grounds in the adjoining cemetery. The funeral ceremonies were attended by one of the largest crowds ever seen in Aughnacliffe with a guard of honour provided by Dromard GAA at both the removal and funeral. Deepest sympathy is extended to his heartbroken family mother Lily in Cornadrung; his sisters Mary and Philip Brady, Cornadrung; Linda and her husband John Reilly Longford; Anna and her husband Hugh McKeon, Cleenrath and Madge and her husband John Broderick, Galway, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May his soul rest in peace.

COLMCILLE GAA DEVELOPMENT

The following were the prizewinners in the Lotto held on 9th January Philomena McNaboe, Drumury, Moyne; Padraig Farrelly Sonnagh; Peter, Niamh and Kian c/o Nellie Gormley, Pulladoey and Bernadette Smith Drumury.

IRISH MUSIC LESSON

Music lessons will recommence on Saturday evenings at 5pm in Aughnacliffe Community Centre. Lessons cost 5 euro per child.

NORTH LONGFOLRD

MEN'S GROUP

The weekly meetings will resume after the Christmas break on Friday 4th February from 12 noon to 3pm. New members are always welcome with 2010 a very busy and exciting one for the group. However the year ended tinged with sadness with the loss of two members of the group – Pat McGauran, Sonnagh and Phil Hourican, Fostra. These men had attended the group since its inception in 2004. The memories of these two wonderful men live on with the group in DVD format where they had taken part in many of the history programmes recorded during their time with the group. On behalf of all at the men's group we offer our sincere sympathy to the McGauran and Hourican families. The final meeting prior to Christmas was very eventful with children from St Colmcilles National school providing entertainment with music,song , dance and drama. We were delighted to have the children involved with the inter-generational programme and we would like to thank their teacher Aideen Mulligan. Our Christmas party took place in the Pikers Lodge Hotel,Loch Gowna with a fantastic meal followed by dancing at the Glenview Lounge, Aughnacliffe. Thanks to Seamus Lee rural transport co-ordinator and Longford Commmunity Resources Ltd for heir continuous support. With the history programme coming to an end under the guidance of Jimmy Lennon many weeks of recording local history and folklore is preserved for the future. Thanks to Jimmy and also to Mary Toher CEO and Longford VEC for making those programmes possible. Finally the group would like to return sincere thanks to our facilitator Breeda Murphy, Drumlish for her hard work which is greatly appreciated.

DIED IN ENGLAND

John Hourican, Earlington, Birmingham who died at the Good Hope Hospital on 21st December was a native of Fostra, Aughnacliffe and was predeceased by his brother Philip in Fostra on 15th December. John spent most of his working life in the English city but was well known in the local area as he was a frequent visitor to the old homestead. His remains were removed from St Josephs Longford on Friday to Colmcille Church where his funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday last 15th January. Afterwards he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. He is survived by his brother Tom in Pensylvania USA and his sisters Mrs Mary Mulligan , New York and Mrs Elizabeth Lavin, New Jersey to whom deepest sympathy is tendered. May his soul rest in peace.

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RIL OG

Ril Og CD launch takes place in the Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva on Saturday 22nd January at 8pm.The group members include Emmet Lynch; Maria Mathews, Cillian Hourican, Liam Doherty, Hanna McEntee and Laura Dohery. This is promised to be a great night's entertainment with a wonderful line up of guest artists appearing to show support for this very talented young group on their special night. So come along and enjoy a fantastic night's entertainment. You won't be disappointed.

FR SEAMUS MCKEON PP

At Mass in Colmcille Church on Sunday Fr Sean O'Dowd announced that he would be leaving the parish during this week as the parish priest Fr Seamus McKeon had recovered from his illness. Fr O'Dowd was made a presentation by Aideen Mulligan NT on behalf of St Colmcille's National School and the parish council. He had ministered in Colmcille at the Massses and various Church ceremonies for over a year. On behalf of the parishioners we wish him many more happy years in the vineyard of the Lord and continued good health. Commencing this weekend Fr Seamus McKeon will celebrate the Masses in Colmcille and Purth on 22nd and 23rd January.