THE LATE THOMAS GRAY: There was genuine sadness and regret on the news of the sad passing of Thomas native of Clonelly townland and beloved husband of Monica. Tom, aged 78 years passed to his eternal reward after a relatively short illness at Beaumount Hospital, Dublin, on the Friday April 12th last. Thomas who farmed his homestead was a gentle giant of a man, very dedicated to the care, well being and comfort of his herd of milking cows and calves. He could always rely on his neighbours particularly the Maguires in times of need. He looked after his animals very well and would get out of bed in the early hours of the morning to go to the aid of a cow if she was unsettled and to give her extra feeding. He was widely known to be a very genuine person, very fair in all his dealings with others and honest to a fault. He worked for the council for a while to supplement his farm income and was an early riser in summertime, working very hard on the land, some would say too diligently at times. Tom who suffered from Tinnitus for almost fifteen years bore this very annoying condition with patience and forebearance. Tom who liked the quiet ways of rural life was very fond of saying his daily Rosary and attending Mass and the Sacraments. Tom and Monica enjoyed listening to music particularly TR Dallas, The Dubliners and to radio programmes by Donnacha O Duiling and Joe Duffy on RTE. He always enjoyed playing with and looking after his pet dog “Matilda”. Tommy was a former Dromard player of distinction until his career was interrupted by the serious injury of a torn knee ligament. As a mark of respect the Dromard GAA Club provided a guard of honour as a mark of respect for his removal to St. Mary’s Church Legga on Sunday evening April 24th last. Mass of the Resurrection was read by Fr. Eamon Corkery and was adorned by the hymnal music of Michael Moran and his daughter Lorainne in the presence of a large gathering of his relatives, neighbours and friends some of which had travelled from Newry, Mountnugent and Ballindine Co Mayo. Burial took place afterwards in the family plot at Tubberpatrick Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents Frank and Bridget and brother Patrick. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Monica, nephew Thomas, Newry, nieces Kathleen, Newry and Elizabeth, Isle of Man, nieces, grand –nephew, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.
PRESENTATION OF COUNTY MEDALS: To the winning Reserve League 1 and Senior B County Longford Champions in the 2012 campaign took place in Dillons Bar and Bistro on Saturday night April 20th last. Martin Skelly, Leinster Co. Chairman honoured us with his presence for the presentations. Mr Skelly praised Dromards commitment to it’s county and said, Longford County Board is well served by this club. He also praised the clubs new 3G Facility which has been completed recently. Chairman Joe Murphy praised both teams and their managers Gerry Mimnagh and Sean T. Donohue on their great achievement. The consensus of both managers was that the teams knuckled down to their training and commitment, that no competition is easily won and that they enjoyed their journey with the teams-“if we didn’t enjoy it we would not be there”. It was great to see so many players and supporters turn up for the event and John Duffy did his usual masterful and insightful introduction of the players to a good crowd of supporters. Everyone deserves credit for making it a good night.
ST. PATRICKS DROMARD N.S. CLOTHES COLLECTION: Time for a spring clean? St. Patricks National School Dromard are holding an old and used clothes collection. Bags of clothes can be dropped off at the school between 0900hrs and 15.30hrs, Monday to Friday from April 25th to May 14th next. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. - Oonagh Donnelly.
ST. FRANCIS DROMARD MINOR CLUB: Are holding an Executive Meeting on Tuesday April 30th next at 9pm. All members are requested to attend.
DROMARD COMMUNITY GAMES SPORTS DAY: Took place on Sunday last April 21st last in Páirc na Gael. These are the results: Girls U8 - 60m: 1st Kate MacEntire 2nd Kaela Brady 3rd Kate O’Connor. Boys U8-60m: 1st Ruarí O’Toole, 2nd Ben O’Reilly, 3rd Liam Carragher and Johnny Connefrey. Girls U10 - 80m: 1st Kate MacEntire, 2nd Kaela Brady, 3rd Ruth Gray. Boys U10 - 80m: 1st Ruarí O’Toole, 2nd Ben O’Reilly, 3rd Johnny Conefrey. Girls U10 - 100m: 1st Avril Cosgrove, 2nd Tamara Cosgrove, 3rd Leah Duffy. Boys U10 - 100m: 1st Matt Duffy, 2nd Callum MacEntire, 3rd Ryan O’Connor. Girls U12-100m: 1st Allanna Mulligan, 2nd Sarah Murphy, 3rd Shauna Hagan. Boys U12 - 100m: 1st Joshua Gray, 2nd Jason Grimes, 3rd Ollie Duffy. Boys U14-100m: 1st Ronan Bleakley, 2nd Ciarán Murphy. Novelty Race - Piggy Back Race; 1st Jason Grimes and Ciarán Murphy, 2nd William MacEntire and Ronan Bleakley. Well done to all who participated and a big thanks to people who helped out on the day. 1st and 2nd placed athletes qualify for the County Finals in Ballymahon on Sunday June 9th next. Congratulations to all competitors and good luck in the finals. Novelty Races-The wheelbarrow race: 1st Jason Grimes, 2nd Ciaran Murphy. Piggy Back Race: winners William MacEntire and Ronan Bleakley. A special word of thanks to all who participated and to those who helped out on the day; Ray and Mary Murphy, Natalie MacEntire, Michael Masterson, Jacinta Brady, Betty and Bernie Green, John Duffy and John Joe Donohue.
ALL NIGHT VIGILS: The next First Friday/Saturday all night reparation and adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is scheduled for Friday the 3rd May commencing at 10 pm. The month of May is where we pay particular devotion to honouring our Blessed Mother. There are two venues, one is the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown and the second one is in St Anne’s (Former Mercy Convent), Convent Lane, Mohill. All are welcome. For further information contact phone 086 0405621. A Patrician meeting will take place on Saturday May 4th. All are invited to this monthly meeting in the family centre, Longford at 8.30pm. A paper will be presented on”intolerance”, followed by a discussion and some refreshments. This evening affords young people an opportunity to develop their skills and confidence in expressing their ideas and speaking in public. For further information contact 086 0405621.
DROMARD TEXT ALERT: Another tear has passed and the Text Alert System has further reduced crime in the local area. Envelopes are available for paying the annual subscriptions of €5 in all local shops. So please sign up if you wish to receive Text Alerts for the coming year.
“CELEBRATE CIAN” RAISES OVER €28,000: A DVD of the “Celebrate Cian Fun Football Match” is now available from Terry Williams. If interested please contact Terry at Ph. (071) 9636398 or Email: email@example.com. Souvenir photographs are also available, if interested contact Lil at Ph. 086/8134484.
THE LATIN SCHOOL PLAYERS: Are performing the hilarious comedy, A Marriage of Convenience by Michael J. Ginnelly in The Latin School Community Centre on Friday April 26th, Sat.27th and Sunday 28th at 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale in Corrigan’s Shop, Moyne Cross Stores and Lynches of Arva.
DANCING LESSONS: Take place every Tuesday night in Dillon’s Bar and Bistro between 8.30pm and 10.30 pm. This involves dance instruction in Jiving, Waltzing, Quick Step, Line Dancing and Shoe the Donkey, etc. The music is fantastic and the craic is great. Adult Irish Dancing Lessons are due to start soon each Wednesday at same venue.
THE LONGFORD FEDERATION OF ICA: Are hosting an information meeting in the ’98 Hall, Ballinamuck, on April 25th next at 7.30pm. Laura Shaw of Longford Garden Centre will discuss gardening issues and Garry Brady Environmental Officer L.C.C. will talk about food wastage issues. Raffle will be held on night-admission €5. All are welcome.
THE GATHERING 2013: Dromard Four Schools Reunion; time is running out for submitting short articles or photographs for inclusion in the commemorative booklet. Just sit down and do it. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or send to Kathryan McNerney, Edenmore, Ballinamuck, Co Longford. More details next week.
A SENTIMENT: It’s been said that everlasting friends go long periods of time without speaking and never question their friendship. These friends pick up the phone like they just spoke yesterday regardless of how long it has been or far away they live and they don’t hold grudges. They understand that life is busy and you will always love them.
DEEPEST SYMPATHY:The local community join in extending their sincerest sympathy to Paul and Ann O Brien and Family of Kiltycon, Moyne, and all the extended O’Brien family, on the recent sad passing of Paul’s mother, Josephine in Dublin, recently, May she rest in peace.
CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION: Good luck and best wishes to all the boys and girls in St. Patrick’s Primary School in 5th and 6th classes and to their parents who are making their Confirmation this comming Thursday 25th April at 3pm. Hope it’s a wonderful day for all.
FIRST COMMUNION: Takes place on May 18th next.
DAY OF PRAYER FOR UNBORN: Will take place in Knock on Saturday May 4th next. Bishop Colm gives his wholehearted endorsement to same.