POPULAR TEACHER RETIRES: We send our good wishes to Willie Dowler Moigh , an outstanding teacher with Ballymahon vocational school who has retired having served over thirty five years with Co Longford VEC.
Willie began teaching in Ballymahon in 1975 as a teacher of English and history and held a senior post in the school and previously taught up in Co Donegal where he met and later married his wife Yvonne. He also taught for a while at Granard Vocational School where he had a great rapport with everyone. He was on several occasions invited back to various re-unions at the school in Granard which he always enjoyed returning to. He was very popular at the vocational school here not just with all his teaching colleagues but with all the students down the years, everyone had great respect for Willie and always appreciated how dedicated he was to his job and indeed how kind he was to everyone. He will be remembered for his huge involvement in the school's gaelic football ,soccer and rugby and was also very involved with the county vocational football team. He will be missed by staff and pupils alike for his good humour and wit and they wish him a long and happy retirement as we all do. I'm sure Willie will keep himself busy in the future he has been an active and prominent member of Goldsmith Summer School for a long number of years and is presently PRO with the group. He served as secretary in the Fianna Fail South Longford Comhairle Ceantar and held many other positions in the Fianna Fail organisation down the years. He also served as minor chairman in the local GAA club which he did with great distinction. We wish Willie many long years of good health and happiness in his retirement with his wife Yvonne and sons William Joseph and Niall.
A special presentation of medals was made on Wednesday night last at Leo Casey Club House to our underage footballers who had a great year in 2010. MC on the night was Wayne Kelly and also Paul Kelly. The U16 championship winners and the U14 League winners had their medals presented by Dermot Brady. In the U14s players of the year went to Jamie Kearney and Daniel Zickie with the most improved player of the year going to Eddie Burns and Shane Fox. The U16 player of the year was jointly awarded to John Reed and Lee Masters. The most improved U16 players were Dwayne Nestor and Niall Noonan. Minor player of the year went to Adrian Nestor and the most improved minor was Graham Forbes. Very well done to all the young players on their very successful year. Ballymahon/ Forgney gaels will hold their AGM on Sunday next Jan 23rd in the clubhouse at 6pm.
The Innyside Singers will resume their weekly get-togethers on this Thursday January 20th at the Bog Lane Theatre. Newcomers are always welcome to join, male and female, so if you like the idea of singing with the group please go along on Thursday night , the theatre is on the Edgeworthtown Road.
Mon karate 6pm; aerobics 8pm; Tuesday kindermusik 10-12, parent and toddler, playgroup, homework club 3-4.30; Irish dancing 6; circuit training 7; art group 8pm; Wednesday homework club 3-4.30; club 91 8pm; Thursday parenting course 10-12; homework club 3-4.30; youthclub 7-8.30; Friday rural transport; users tea morning 11-1.30; afternoon elderly activity club 2.30-5; citizens information 3-5; canine obedience classes 7; Sat drama & dance 11am. Photocopying and public access computers available. Snooker table available. Hall available for rent.
Congratulations to local band "3 and a half men" who got through on Saturday night last in the Temperance Hall Longford to the semi final of this year's "Youth Factor" youth talent competition. The band consists of Steven Burke, John Conlon, Craig Sheerin and Stephen Monaghan. We all wish the lads the best of luck in the semi final on the 29th January.
New art classes are being started for absolute beginners as well as improvers in the Dean Egan library across from St Matthews Church. If you have a vague or vast interest in art come along , give it a try, relax and enjoy. All adult men and women most welcome. Fee will be nominal. Contact Frances at 09064 32203.
Sing dance act ...due to popular demand a 2nd term of Glee Club starts on Saturday January 22nd from 9 to 10.30am in the Dean Egan library Ballymahon. All newcomers aged 4 – 12 are welcome. Please call Lisa on 087 7619605 for information and booking. Limited places, so book as soon as possible to guarantee your child's spot.
We wish the best of luck to Conor McLoughlin, Ballymulvey and the other students from Evolution Stage School who will be performing during a concert by Paul Hennessy (tenor) at the GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow on Saturday next 22nd January 2011. We hope that all goes well for them and that they enjoy the experience.
Michael Brennan ex county councillor has asked us to let you known that he will be making an announcement in the next week or so regarding the forthcoming general election.
We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to Susan Farrell, Rathmore to her brother Peter McKenna and to all her family and extended family on the sad and untimely death last week of her brother Owen McKenna at his home in Greenhall lower, Newowncashel Co Longford on January 11th last. Owens remains were laid to rest at Cashel cemetery on Saturday last. May he rest in peace.
The AGM of Ballymahon / Landevant Twinning Committee will take place on Tuesday February 1 at 9pm in The River Inn. All members are asked to attend and new members are always welcome.