Drumshanbo

DEATH OF MR. KEVIN WOODS: The death has taken place at his residence in Woodlawn/Norwood area of New York of Mr. Kevin Woods, formerly of Drumshanbo. The late Mr. .Woods was 91 and the oldest son of the late Michael and Mary Kate (nee Leydon) Woods of Cornacranaghy, Drumshanbo. The late Kevin Woods was a founding member of the band which bore his name and were one of the top musical attractions around Ireland in the 40’and 50’. Kevin was the oldest son in the legendary Woods family musicians of Leitrim. 

DEATH OF MR. KEVIN WOODS: The death has taken place at his residence in Woodlawn/Norwood area of New York of Mr. Kevin Woods, formerly of Drumshanbo. The late Mr. .Woods was 91 and the oldest son of the late Michael and Mary Kate (nee Leydon) Woods of Cornacranaghy, Drumshanbo. The late Kevin Woods was a founding member of the band which bore his name and were one of the top musical attractions around Ireland in the 40’and 50’. Kevin was the oldest son in the legendary Woods family musicians of Leitrim. 

As the founder of one of Ireland’s pioneering showbands, The Kevin Woods Showband played throughout Ireland in the late 40’s and early 50’s.  He was considered a trendsetter in being one of the first bandleaders to hire foreign and ethnic musicians, and their trademark red and blue outfits were in stark contrast to the formal attire of the era.  He is known to have purchased one of the first VW minivans sold in Ireland, what would later become the staple of transportation for the Irish showband of the 60’s. Kevin emigrated to Montreal in 1954 where he worked and continued his musical study, further expanding his instrument playing to include the accordion, violin and saxophone.  He later moved to New York where he started a second successful Kevin Woods Orchestra.  His Old Time Waltz contests and Sunday afternoon dances at the Yorkville Casino in the late 50‘s and early 60‘s remain a cherished memory of many Irish New Yorkers.  Kevin continued his love of music, but family came first.  He married his beloved Carmel in 1959, and began a long and successful career with Northern Electric and later Western Electric, where he rose to the rank of quality control specialist.  He became a proud and devoted father to five children.  Kevin Woods retired in 1986.  His wife Carmel (nee Davey) Woods and his siblings, Maureen Doran and Shane Woods preceded him to Heaven.  We extend our deepest sympathy to his children Mona, Kay, Kevin, Nuala and Derek; their spouses Raymond Voelkel, Patrick Ellis, Cindy (nee Cory), William Kelly, and Becky (nee Lillie); and his grandchildren Kevin Voelkel, Martin Voelkel (deceased), Brian Voelkel, Myles Ellis, Matthew Ellis, Paige Ellis, Justin Woods, Jessica Woods, Liam Kelly, Kieran Kelly, Ryan Kelly and Kevin Woods,his sisters Rosaleen, Eileen, and Monica and his brother Michael (Mick). Kevin was a lifelong devotee to the Poor Clare Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Drumshanbo, loved the Mets (and anyone playing against the Yankees), and enjoyed a good cup of tea and walks with his family in the New York Botanical Gardens. The Funeral took place to St. Barnabas Church on Friday of last week with internment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in New York. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS COLLECTION: This weekend there will be a collection at each Mass in aid of the Christmas town lights. As you will all agree these lights really enhance our town and help to create a seasonal feeling in our town. These lights have been put up by local volunteers and with your help it is hoped that we can increase and expand our array of lights for next year. Drumshanbo Christmas Lights Committee would like to thank all the people who worked very hard in putting up the lights in the town this Christmas and to the large crowd who turned out to see Santa Claus who arrived by donkey and cart to turn on the lights. Thanks to everyone who helped out on the street and in the Youth Café where everyone got the opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs Claus.

CONGRATULATIONS DES!: Congratulations to Dessie Doyle and the other members of the Breffni Players on their victory in the All-Ireland One Act Drama Finals which took place in Waterford last weekend.

48 hour SPONSORED FAST: Paschal McKenna wishes to thank all those who contributed to the recent 48 Hour fast in aid of GOAL. The amount raised was €680.

NEW COFFEE SHOP IN AID OF IWA: A New Coffee Shop has opened on the Castlecarragh Road, Carrick-on-Shannon. All donations used to fund the ongoing activities of the Irish Wheelchair Association.

TRAD MUSIC SESSION: On Friday the 21st of December all roads lead to Monica’s on High Street, Drumshanbo where Drumshanbo Comhaltas are hosting their Christmas Session. Musicians, singers and dancers all welcome.  Starting at 9.30pm.  Lots of entertainment lined up and a few Surprises. A night not to be missed. If you do not want to join in the session come along to listen and bring your friends. Wishing all members and friends a happy and musical Christmas.

COMEDY IN THE CORN MILL: A comedy play for all the family, “A Matter of Practice”, takes place in The Corn Mill Theatre Carrigallen over the Christmas period. Forget the budget and just relax and enjoy this traditional comedy set in a chaotic 1960s doctor’s surgery. A mixture of murder, mystery, love and delusion make for a hilarious and chaotic nights entertainment. Preview show on Saturday December 22nd, full shows on Thursday 27th, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th, Thursday Jan 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th. Booking on 0494339612.

BALLINAGLERA CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Christmas Concert in Ballinaglera Community Hall on Friday the 21st of December. A night of Music, Comedy, Dancing and SANTA! Doors open at 7.45 and show starts at 8pm Sharp. Draw for hamper, cash and other prizes. Come early to be on time for Santa!

 
LEITRIM CALLING: Free, confidential, friendly telephone call service for the vulnerable, elderly and lonely in our community. Currently operating Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm Friday evening 4.30pm to 7pm.This is a challenging time of the year for the elderly and vulnerable so please makes us aware of anyone who would benefit from this free service. Contact Marion at 087 9585029.

ALLEN GAELS 25 CARD DRIVE: The popular Allen Gaels 25 Card Drive continues in the Club House every Sunday night at 8.30pm.Everyone welcome.

HANDBALL TRAINING: Handball training in Mayflower Community centre every Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.All is welcome.

SENIOR CITIZENS MEETING: Senior Citizens meet on this afternoon (Wed) at 2pm in Áras Phádraig. An Hour of tea and chat. All welcome.

ITEMS FOR NOTES: If you wish to have any item included, please hand in to Paschal Mooney Carrick Road or email: pcmooney@eircom.net No later than Sunday evening of that week’s, issue...