Clonfin: Commemoration On Sunday February 6th next the annual commemoration of the famous Clonfin Battle will be held at the site.
As this is the 90th anniversary it is a special one and the committee have added a number of extra items to the celebrations which include an essay competition for sixth class pupils from a number of local schools and the winners will be presented with their prizes on the day. Also the 11-30 Mass in St. Mary's in Granard will be for all deceased members and the highlight of the day will be the presence of Fr Alec Reid who will deliver the address at the site. Fr Reid is well known for his great efforts in bringing about the peace in Northern Ireland and it will be a great pleasure for us to have him among us. The usual guard of honour from the RDF and the O.N.E. and the army pipe band will also be in attendance so a full day of celebrations is planned so please come along and join in them. Refreshments will be served in McElvaney's after the activities.
Congratulations to Joseph Regan Ballymorris on celebrating his 18th birthday with a great party for family and friends in Creegan's Bunlahy on Friday night last. Joseph is son of John and Angelo Regan and is a member of the award winning band Paper Plains. We wish you many more great celebrations Joe.
This week the voluntary management committee and staff of Lus Na Greine in Granard bade farewell to popular staff member Niamh Potter as she leaves to take up a full time position in Trim family resource centre. Niamh came to work in Granard almost twelve months ago as development worker in Lus na Greine and immediately she proved very popular with young and old alike and she went out of her way to make everyone calling to the centre as welcome and relaxed as possible. All involved with Lus Na Greine were saddened to hear that Niamh was leaving but recognise that as her position was only part time and when she got a chance of a full-time job she had made the right decision so we wish her luck and have no doubt that she will be very successful. Granard's loss is surely Trim's gain.
The late Mary Gallagher
Shock,sadness and genuine regret was felt throughout the county and further a field when the news became known that Mary Gallagher of Abbylara had died unexpectedly at her home on Thursday evening January 13th. Mary was beloved wife of Martin Gallagher and dear mother of Shane and Fiona and daughter of Patsy and the late Josie Kenny of Whitehill, Moatfarrell. Mary was pre-deceased by her father Josie only a few months ago in a tragic car accident as he and his wife Patsy were making their way home from a day in Knock.It is fair to say that Mary was in failing health for sometime but never the less her death came as a shock to all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Mary was something of an entrepreneur and at Christmas time she made her own cards and wreaths and had them on sale at different outlets and also at Streete parish park country market. Mary's remains were waked in the family home in Clonaghmore on Monday night last and huge crowds passed through to pay their last respects to a loving wife,a great mother,daughter and sister and again on Tuesday St. Bernard's was packed to overflowing for her funeral Mass after which she was laid to rest in local cemetery. We offer our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to Martin Shane and Fiona and to Patsy and all Mary's sisters and brother and we pray that Mary is no re-united with her loving father Josie and her other family members. May both Mary and Josie rest in pece.
Killeen/Bunlahy community group will hold a very important meeting in Killeen school on Sunday evening next January 30th at 6-00pm and all members are asked to attend and new members will be very welcome.
Ballymore football club will hold their dinner dance in the Pikers Lodge Gowna on Saturday night Febuary 19th next and tickets are now on sale. This promises to be a great night out for all the community and the junior winning team of thirty years ago will be honoured on the night and the division two winners of 2010 will be presented with their medals. Music is by Noel Cassidy so make sure you pencil this date into your diary.
Membership of the Ballymore club for 2011 is now due and Tommy McNally will be out on his rounds in the coming weeks collecting same. The membership fee is 20 euro or family membership is available at 30 euro.
Ballymore minor board will hold their annual general meeting in Killeen school on Friday night January 28th at 8-00pm.All members and parents are asked to attend and club membership can be paid at this meeting
Ballymore GAA will hold their monthly draw in Creegan's on next Sunday night and the best of luck to all patrons of the draw.
A table quiz in aid of Granard Area Action group takes place this Friday, January 28, in Fay's, Granard, at 9pm.