Fundraising Raffle: A raffle will be held in Fox’s Lounge this Saturday night October 13th in aid of the Senior Citizen’s Christmas party. There will be prizes galore and your support will be greatly appreciated.
Thrilling Draw: Well done to the Fenagh/Gortletteragh minors who played out a thrilling draw with neighbours St Manachan’s in the Leitrim Minor A final on Sunday last in Páirc Sean. It was a fantastic game of free flowing football with exciting end to end stuff and both sides should be commended on their displays. It was a great advertisement for the GAA and we can look forward to more of the same in the replay. We wish the lads well in that game. We congratulate Melvin Gaels on their fine win in the Senior final on Sunday last.
Academic Success: Congratulations to Patrick Heslin, Keeldra who has been awarded the Naughton Scholarship prize for high academic achievement in maths and science in his leaving cert. This was the overall prize within his province and is a wonderful achievement for this young man. Patrick is son of Ann and Pauric and we wish him continued success as he persues his studies in these subjects.
Autumn Club: The AGM of the Autumn Club takes place tonight Wednesday October10th in the Community Centre at 8pm. New members are welcome.
Pastoral Council: There will be a meeting of the Pastoral Council and Liturgy Committee on Monday night October 29th at 9 pm.
Larry and Lovely Leitrim: It was with sadness that we learned last week of the death of the country and western singing legend, Larry Cunningham. Back in 2003 I approached Larry about writing an article for the Leitrim Guardian on the recording of Lovely Leitrim in 1965. He accepted the challenge on the spot and he showed great enthusiasm as he went back in time to his days with the Mighty Avons. As well as being a singer, Larry was a story teller. As we chatted at his kitchen table he regaled me with stories and memories of the showband era. He talked about what Lovely Leitrim meant to him and he spoke passionately of how he sang it, by popular demand, five times on the trot during a performance in the City Centre in New York, a couple of years after he recorded it. He mentioned how the town of Ballinamore was dear to him and that he opened their festival for seventeen years. Leitrim, as the song was known in the showband circles, was good to Larry and in turn he proved to be a good ambassador for the county. Larry, we’re glad you passed this way. We tender sympathy with his wife Beatrice and family. May he Rest in Peace.