“CELEBRATE CIAN” RAISES OVER €28,000: An amazing figure of €28,508.52 has so far been realised for “MAKE-A WISH” Foundation and this has exceeded all our expectations. A very big thank you is due to everyone. Your participation and support has made this a truly memorable event. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Souvenir photographs are also available, if interested contact Lil at Ph. 086/8134484.
BRADY FAMILY FEATURE ON JOHN MURAY SHOW: 0n Thursday March 28th last locals had a pleasant surprise on hearing members of the Brady Family, Ballyduffy, Moyne participate in the popular national John Murray Radio Show. They were there as part of a group of invited guests for a feature on Dublin Zoo. They had visited the Zoo a couple of years ago, but their enjoyment was blighted by very wet conditions. However this time was great experience for the family, mother Jacinta, son James aged nine, daughters Aoife aged twelve and Emer, aged six, as not only did they get to meet the very the extremely nice Mr Murray but were interviewed live on air by him. James was hilarious and got the crowd laughing with his natural wit telling John that his dad Seamus could not be present as he was too busy looking after his “girlfriends” which he later clarified to be his cows and calves. He also informed Mr Murray that when he grows up he wants to be a part time farmer and broadcaster. Aoife said that she enjoyed “seeing all the animals that you don’t usually see around Ballyduffy” They all returned home happy having really enjoyed their day at the Zoo and featuring on national radio. Jacinta and her family are proud Dromard people and were very proud to represent the parish on this show. Maybe Jacinta will persuade Mr Murray to conduct one of his walking tours around Ballyduffy. Watch this space.
RADIO DAYS IN DROMARD: Following hot on the heels of the appearance of The Brady Family on RTE Radio, a special broadcast took place from The Haggart, also from Ballyduffy, on The Eugene Murray on Shannonside Radio on Sunday night 14th last. It was a special feature on the olden days in the ancient setting of a reconstructed ancient thatched mud wall cottage. The fire burned brightly and there was no TV or radio to detract from the ambiance of the old days when people sat around the fire telling stories and creating their own entertainment. There were stories by Julia McLoughlin, poetry by Johnny Creegan, music by Gerry Gorman, singing by Kathleen Brady and Michael Gormley sang “My own Sligo Home”. Michael Masterson the man behind this special restoration project spoke about The Pat Murphy’s Meadow Festival, which will form part of the Gathering Four Schools Dromard Reunion, commencing on August 9th next. Catheryn McNerney also spoke on the Schools Reunion and encouraged people to stories or photographs in soon as there is a printing deadline. People intending to attend the reunion should not expect any shananigans behind the hay stacks as the usual proprieties shall apply!
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.
HIT AND MISS GOLF SOCIETY: The Hit & Miss Golf held their last outing at Esker Hills Golf club. It was an early start and it was great to see so many members on time. The golf course was in great condition and the greens were a tester for our professional golfers. The winner on the day was Dinny Maguire. Category Winners were; Larry Cosgrove, Pat Grant, Nearest the Pin: Michael Walsh. Our next outing takes place in Athlone Golf Club on 20th April next. Tee -Off Time is 11am. Please be in the club house at 10.30AM. New members are most welcome and there are a number of Dromard golfers in our golf society. This is also a great opportunity for anyone considering taking up golf.
ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH CHECK-UPS RECOMMENDED: A new study from the University of Cambridge suggests everyone should get their mental health checked as often as they have an annual physical. Essentially, treat your brain just like any other organ. Unfortunately, most people don’t address mental health issues until they are drastically interfering with their lives. If they were just more aware of mental health from the start, problems could be avoided long before it complicates their lives. Mental health screenings typically include a series of questions about lifestyle, eating and drinking habits and mental wellness designed to check for potential mood or anxiety disorders, including depression substance abuse and post-traumatic stress. If a doctor finds that a patient shows symptoms of a mental illness, he or she might recommend the patient see a psychiatrist or psychologist. Warning signs that could turn into mental ill-health later in life include; Disturbance in sleep, Low tolerance to frustrations, Periods of sadness for no apparent reason, Over eating, drinking or using recreational drugs as a way to deal with stress. Having fears for no apparent reason and frequent changes in personality. (From Colmcille Longford Facebook).
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.
PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2013: The Ardagh and Clonmacnois Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from May 27th next to June 1st with five nights for the fully inclusive price of €699. Places are available. Please contact Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 or Ph. (01)2410812. Pilgrimage Director: Rev. Monsignor Bernard Noonan P.P. Moate Co Westmeath. Tel.(090)6481180. Director Special Section for Sick: Rev. Fr. Michael Scanlon P.P. Cloghan, Co Offaly. Tel.(090)6457122.
MOYNE BINGO RESULTS: 11/04/13 €130 Jasmine Change, €100 Tony Galligan, €65 Mary Keogh, €40 Ann Brady, other winners; Ita Sheridan, Nuala O Hanlon, Ann Brady, Lilly Cainswarren, Bridie Duffy, Anne Heslin, Patsy McNally, Rosaleen Hammilton, Lisa Reynolds, P.J. McHugh, Mary Ellen Gray, Ita Reilly, Mary Clerkin, Deirdre Smith, John Joe Donohoe, George Taaffe, Eileen Taaffe, Mary Jo Curran, Lily O Neill, Kathleen McGarry and May Murphy.
LONGFORD RURAL TRANSPORT: On Friday the 19th April, the Rural Transport Programme will have a “10 Year Celebration Day” in Granard Area Action Group(GAAG) office, to acknowledge all concerned with the success of the Rural Transport Programme since the Initiative in 2003. All are welcome to come along to chat-reminisce and to enjoy a cup of tea and good company. LCRL operates 23 Services on the Rural Transport Programme throughout the County, with the emphasis on the “Door to Door” collection, Monday to Saturday. All services are contracted out to Local Providers and contact details are listed on the timetables. All enquiries welcome to Seamus on Ph. 043-3345555. LCRL website: www.lcrl.ie
SORRY: For absence of last week’s notes due to technical aberration which I could not resolve.
A SENTIMENT: Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgets the worst, a mind that forgets the bad and a soul that never loses faith in God.