North Longford local news Jan 7

DRAW WINNERS: The following is the list of prizewinners at the Christmas draw held on Sunday 26th December.

DRAW WINNERS: The following is the list of prizewinners at the Christmas draw held on Sunday 26th December.

200 euro Peter and Eileen Lee Aughagreagh; 70 euro each Eamon Mulligan, Aughacordrinan; Frankie Hourican Aughnacliffe; Nellie Gormley Pulladoey; Michael and Mary McKeon, Smear; Nell Flanagan, Corrickadorish; Katherine and Benny Reid Rathmore; Bernard Hudson, Cunnareen; 40 euro each Ciaran McKeon, Pulladoey; John and Maura McCabe, Aughnacliffe; Brian O'Reilly,Aughakine; Perase Daly, Aughamore lower; Joseph Lynch Ballynulty; Anne and Brian Brady Rossduff; Philip McGauran Cornadrung; Nancy Mallon,Gelsha; Brigid Maguire, Clonback; 30 euro each Sean Lynch, Cleenrath; Margaret Hourican, Dunbeggan; Annie Reilly, Aughgakilmore; the McNally family, Rathmore; Madge Leavy, Ballinroey; Pat Donohoe, Fostra; Megan Caherly, Cornadrung; Carmel Doyle, Corrickadorish. The next draw will take place immediately following the 10am Mass in Colmcille Church on Sunday 30th January.


We wish all our readers a very happy holy and prosperous New Year. A special thank you to those who contributed to this column during the past year and we look forward to their continued support during 2011.


The 2011 school calendar is available at Aughnacliffe post office and is reasonably priced at 7 euro. It is very well presented and is produced by the school's parents association.. All proceeds raised by the sale of the calendar will go towards the cost of school tours and educational equipment.



This is an entry from the diary of Mrs May Reilly, Smear Aughnacliffe who died recently: Wednesday 22nd march 1950. At 9.30am this morning Jimmy Quinn came to do the painting. I was getting worried because Friday next is the day of the station when Mass will be in the house. Jimmy did a great job and used a nice pink colour. He painted four flowers underneath the ceiling of each corner. He is very good at decorating. Today is the day for churning. That means that I have to go across five fields to the spring well for the good water for churning. When I got back I boiled the water in the big pot and then scalded the dash and the churn along with the other utensils. I can have the fresh butter for the station on Friday. I wasn't right finished with the churning when James said "when you get time, you might be able to cut a lock of splits – epicures for setting in a couple of days time". I have to boil a big pot for the pigs but this will have too wait until I get the children's dinner as they will be soon home from school. I nearly forgot to tell James that I had Michael Gilroy the postman here. He was late again today. He said "I didn't see you at the big concert in Colmcille hall last night. Pearse Daly and the carnation players staged a comedy called "The Countess of Harcourt Street". Stevie Reilly from Corickmaquirk is in it he is very funny. There is no end to the work at this house. It wasn't long after the Angelus bell had rang when James had to set off with the strawberry cow to the bull at Thomas Kiernan's down the lane".

Footnote – The Cast of "The Countess of Harcourt Street"on that occasion was Eugene (Stevie) O'Reilly (RIP) Corrickmaquirk; Michael Patrick Dooris (RIP), Kiltycreevagh; Michael Donohoe Legga now living in Birmingham; Pat Murtagh, Clonelly now living in Carrick on Shannon; John Healy (RIP) Clonelly and Charles Murtagh Clonelly; Cissie Mulligan Cornakelly now living in Fardromin; Bernadette McGlade, Garvary now living in London and Julia McLoughlin, Cornakelly – stage manager; Eugene (Sonny) Mulligan RIP Cornakelly producer Pearse Daly.


The First Friday Mass in Colmcille Church on Friday 7th January will be celebrated in Colmcille Church at 7pm. Prior to the Mass there will be a Holy Hour from 6pm to 7pm.Thursday 6th January is the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord and is a holy day of obligation. Mass times Colmcille 10.30am Purth 7pm.


Matt McGlade, Mill View Smear who passed to his eternal reward following a brief stay at St Joseph's hospital Longford on Sunday 26th December was a well known and highly respected member of the local community aged 85. He was a man of cheerful disposition and always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Matt was a nephew of the late Patrick J McGlade MBE ( a native of Smear) who was director of education in Northern Ireland for many many years. All his life Matt was very close to nature. He loved the land the cattle, the sheep, horses, the birds and the flowers. However it was in the horticultural sector of the industry in which he specialised and was an expert in the growing and cultivation of strawberries, raspberries , blackcurrant apples etc. He was in his element in the garden at the foot of the Smear lane where he had all kinds of vegetables and there was no doubt his garden was always worth a visit during any season of the year". At the approach of winter he made provision for all types of wild birds who were never hungry or thirsty during periods of frost and snow. He was well versed in current affairs as he read the independent every day and was always keenly aware of the political scene. He never failed to stand his ground on issues that concerned him of his local community and which he believed in with conviction. His great joy in life was a chat with his neighbours and friends when having a few bottles of stout in the local pub and his warm handshake and welcoming smile will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Matt's remains were received at Colmcille Church on Tuesday by Rev Fr Sean O'Dowd, Fr O'Dowd was joined at the funeral Mass on Wednesday 29th December by Rev Fr Michael McKeon from the Diocese of Sacramento California and Rev Fr Kevin Fay PP Laragh Co Cavan. Afterwards he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Very large crowds came to pay their last respects on both occasions to this much loved gentleman. He was the last surviving member of a family of four sons and three daughters and is deeply mourned by his nephews and nieces and especially by his nephew Michael Reilly and his wife Mary with whom he lived and who attended to his every need right up until Christmas Day when he was admitted to St Joseph's Hospital. May his gentle soul rest in peace.