GAA ICONS COMING TO DROMARD: The most famous trophies in Ireland the Liam McCarthy cup for all Ireland hurling champions and the Sam Maguire cup for football champions are coming to Dromard for the celebration of The Cian Smith Fun Weekend in aid of Make- A-Wish Foundation over the March 1st to 3rd weekend. It will be a joyful but nostalgic time for his family and friends. We wish them strength and consolation over this time. There will also great excitement amoung and a buzz in the area as people seek to see up close or touch these famous icons. However there are also very sad stories about the lives of the men that these iconic trophies are named after died destitute and penniless. Sam Maguire lost his British Post Office pension after it was discovered he was “head of intelligence” in the Old IRA on an equal level with Michael Collins not only that but he also lost his Irish pension for fighting “on the wrong side”. As a result he developed TB and died alone and forgotten in west cork in 1927. Liam McCarthy who was a founder member of the GAA and a who was a great help to the Irish in Britain, but in later years he was not treated very well and died in 1928, a poor man and was buried in an unmarked paupers grave in London. Only recently was a headstone erected on his grave.
JUST OUTSIDE LAST SIX IN IRELAND: Our local trad music band, Doma Beo, comprised of Laura and Liam Doherty, Cornakelly and Maria Mathews, Legga, sadly narrowly missed out on making it into the last six places, of The All-Ireland Schools, Talent Competition. They gave their usual powerful genuine performance but they were up against all sorts of gimmicky acts like dancers or singers using pre-recorded music, on Saturday Night Feb. 23rd last, in The Royal Theatre, Castlebar. They were well supported by locals, Moyne Community School, parishioners and Dromard GAA Club who travelled or made donations to Childline on their behalf. They did their parish, school and county proud by their talent, dedication and professionalism and should be very proud of their achievements. This is just the start of their musical journey.
THE LATE PHILIP McLOUGHLIN (Cornakelly): There was great sorrow and regret throughout the area on hearing the news that Phil, aged 82 years had passed peacefully to his eternal reward at his home on Friday January 25th last. Phil, fondly known to his friends as ‘Mr Phil’, was born in Kiltycreevagh, Ballinamuck on November 5th 1930. He attended Kiltycreevagh N.S. where he received his childhood education. He emigrated to England in 1951 and joined his elder siblings in the workforce there. He made many friends, some of whom travelled from distant parts of Ireland to bid the final farewell upon hearing the news of his passing. In 1958 he returned to Ireland and married in 1960. The newlyweds returned to England where they worked for a further five years. 1965 saw their return to Ireland where they set up home in Cornakelly. Phil farmed his land and worked various outside jobs to provide for his family. He was a good neighbour and appreciated the good neighbours surrounding him in Cornakelly and beyond. He was a great storyteller and had a powerful presence, the likes of which is seldom seen. Mr Phil made a lasting impression on everyone who ever met him. He had a deep interest in wildlife and had wealth of information about the characteristics of various birds and animals which he jovially shared at every opportunity. He will always be remembered in the area for his quick wit and light-hearted mannerisms. Phil will be sadly missed by his family, neighbours and friends. His earthly purpose now fulfilled, he has once again joined the company of his late family and friends. Phil’s remains reposed at the home of his son Philip in Kiltycreevagh, Ballinamuck. Removal took place to St. Patrick’s Church, Ballinamuck, on Sunday evening January 27th last. Mass of the Resurrection was concelebrated by Fr. Patsy McDermott, Fr. Bernard Hogan and Fr. Eamon Corkery P.P. of Dromard Parish. Large crowds attended all the services to pay their respects to Phil. We extend our deepest sympathy to Julia Mcloughlin, Drumury Moyne, son Philip, Kiltycreevagh, daughters Julia, Kiltycon, Elizabeth, Rooskey, and Imelda, Narraghmore, brothers Brendan, Fearglas Nth, and Matt, Manchester, sister Celia, Birmingham, Daughter-in-law, sons-in –law, sisters-in law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, grand-children, great grand-children, relatives, neighbours and many friends. May he rest in peace. Month’s Minds Mass is on Friday March 8th next at 7.30pm in Ballinamuck.
CELEBRATE CIAN FUN WEEKEND: As part of the celebrations in memory of Cian Smith, Glenmore, there will be a fun football match between Cian’s friends, in Páirc na nGael, Dromard on Sunday March 3rd next at 2pm. The highlight of the day will be the arrival of BOTH the Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy cups. Please do come and enjoy the fun! Due to the fantastic response, all tables for the “Come Dine with Me” events have been fully booked. However you are very welcome to come along afterwards-Dancing on Friday March 1st. in the Breffni Arms , Arva to “Nite Fever” and on Saturday 2nd March in the Piker’s Lodge, Gowna to “The Dance on Band”. Tickets are available at the door on both nights. We thank everyone for their very generous support in making this a wonderful fundraiser for the “Make- A- Wish” Foundation.
A SPECIAL WELCOME HOME: To the very popular Angela Dolan, who has just returned from an unexpectedly prolonged “holiday” in America. Luckily she enjoyed the company and support of her family over there. Her husband John and family and all her many neighbours and friends are delighted to have her back with them again.
MEETING RE MACRA NA FEIRME CLUB: Is due to take place in the Clubhouse, Monaduff , Drumlish on Thursday February 28th at 8pm. Anyone between the ages of 17yrs. And 35yrs are welcome to attend to consider or organise relevant activities.
SHAVE OR DYE 2013: Donal Sheridan (Corrinagh) is taking part in Shave or Dye 2013 for the Irish Cancer Society. Sponsorship cards are available in Corrigans and Moyne Stores. Any donations would be greatly appreciated
MOYNE BINGO RESULTS: 21/02/13 €130 Rosaleen Hammilton, €100 Ita Reilly, €65 Miriam Lynch, €40 Anna McAvennie, other winners; Mary Kiernan, Sharron Lee, Cathy Dolan, Ita Reilly, Carol McGirl, Mary Curran, Alice Donnelly, Bridie Flood, Eilish Reilly, Geraldine Faughnan, Pat Farrelly, Ned Brady, Lily Cainswarren, May McNaboe, Rosie Doherty, Bridie Duffy, Mary Alice Byrne, John P. Donnelly, Liam Doherty, Kathleen McGarry, Teresa Jordan and Tony Galligan. By attending Moyne Bingo you are helping a sacred building The Latin School, honouring all the 600 plus priests and enjoying yourself at the same time. Please make an effort to attend as this is a very worthy community involvement at least once a month.
COMMUNITY GAMES: Many thanks to all those who turned up for our Junior Table Quiz on Tuesday last at the Clubhouse. Particular thanks to Gerry Donohoe and Anthony Maguire for setting the questions and correcting the answers. It was a good practice for the actual Community Games Table Quiz-first round coming soon. A reminder for anyone wishing to participate in the Cross-Country running event, to contact Ray Murphy or leave names into St. Pat’s. Also anyone interested in the swimming event please contact Natalie Ph. 087/7987175.
FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION: The next First Friday/Saturday all night Reparation Vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary, is scheduled for Friday March 1st next commencing at 10pm in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown. We are also pleased to inform you that a similar Vigil will be commencing in St, Anne’s (former Mercy Convent) Convent Lane, Mohill at the same date and time. For further information contact Ph. 086/0405621
ST. PATRICKS DROMARD PARENTS ASSOCIATION: Are holding their annual fundraising Table Quiz, on March 8th next in The Breffni Arms Hotel, Arva at 9pm. A good night’s fun for all is guaranteed. All support will be greatly appreciated.
PARISH NEWSLETTER: Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament takes place on Friday March 1st next at 7 pm in Legga-Lourdes Invalid Fund collection, will be taken up at all masses this coming weekend after Holy Communion. -Shrove Dues to be paid at your convenience.
ACTIVE AGE AND 50 PLUS CLASSES: Are starting in the ’98 Memorial Hall, Ballinamuck, on Saturday morning 2nd next at 11 am for one hour. Six week classes in Breathing, gentle stretching and winding down with some relaxation. This can be done on the chair or on your mat. All welcome Boys/Girls. For further information contact Ph. 087/2868254.
LEGAN DRAMA GROUP: Are presenting the John B. Keane play “Sive” in the Aurora Hall, Legan, at 8 pm on March 9th, 10th and 16th next. Bookings available by Ph. 087/9022804.