On Sunday next, February 2nd, the annual Clonfin Commemoration will take place starting with mass for all deceased members at 11-30 in St Mary’s church in Granard where Bishop Colm O’Reilly will be the chief celebrant. Then at 3pm, the ceremony will take place at the site in Clonfin where Bishop Colm will be this years guest speaker and following this there will be refreshments in McElvaney’s of Coolarty. As this years ceremony takes place on the exact date that the famous battle took place (February 2nd) the committee are looking forward to a big crowd attending.
Ballymore football club are hosting a poker night in the Breffni Arms in Arva on Friday, February 21st next and this promises to be a fun night out so put that date in your diary. Also the club will be running a Last Man Standing competition which involves predicting the winners in the premiership each week. Further details in the coming weeks.
We send special greetings for a very happy birthday to Mr. Frank Sullivan Aughakine, who will celebrate his 96th birthday tomorrow, Thursday January 30th. We hope you have a lovely day Frank surrounded by your lovely family and no doubt there will be a few nice tunes played to celebrate the occasion and we look forward to seeing you in Coolarty very soon.
Local ladies, The Mulligan Sisters will be on Stage in the Backstage Theatre in Longford on Saturday, 15th February at 8-30pm and tickets are on sale at the Backstage now. A great opportunity to hear the very talented Sisters perform.
The late John Brogan
There was genuine sadness and regret throughout the area on Sunday, January 19th when the news became known that John Bogan of Coolarty had passed to his eternal reward, suddenly at Mulingar General Hospital. John had been in failing health for sometime but his death came as a shock to his family and many friends. Predeceased by his loving wife Myrtle almost seventeen years ago, John was the only son of Lettitia and the late John Bogan of Coolarty Post Office. Over the years and with the great support of Myrtle, the Bogan’s had built up a great farm and many’s the young man from the local area was employed to help at the running of this and here he would be both paid and fed of the very best as both John and Myrtle believed in looking after staff. John loved a challenge and no job was too big or too hard for him and while it might not always look to others as achievable John would keep going until his mission was accomplished and then he would stand back with a great smile on his face and say Now lads didn’t I tell you I was right. John loved all his animals from the family pet to the best cow or bull on the farm and at lambing or calving time many the nights sleep was lost looking after the welfare of the animals. He took great pride in always having the best quality animal on his farm and it’s lovely to see that this he has passed on to his grand children Conor and Eoin as we often see them pictured at the shows all over Ireland with their prize winning animals and fowl. As a neighbour John was always willing to help and advise anyone who might call and he would go out of his way to oblige. John’s remains reposed at the family home in Coolarty until Tuesday evening last and huge crowds passed through the house to say farewell to him and to offer their sympathy and support to his daughters and their families. On Tuesday evening he was removed to his beloved St. Patrick’s church in Granard and following his funeral service on Wednesday he was laid to rest in the adjoining church yard. We offer our sincere sympathy to his daughters Martina, Sandra and Amanda, his dear mother Lettitia, sons in law Derek and Stephen, grandsons Conor and Eoin and extended family. May he rest in peace.
Congratulations and best wishes to Martin Reilly who has taken up the position of team manager of the Ballymore club recently. Martin is no stranger to team management as he managed and trained the Longford Ladies to All Ireland glory some years ago, so we wish him, his selectors John Joe and Noel and the entire team the very best of luck.
Granard country markets held their annual general meeting following the market on Friday last January 24th and the following officers were elected for the coming year. Chairperson: Ann O Hara, Secretary: Angela Durkin, Treasurer: Alan Harrison, Assistant Treasurer: Margaret Duggan, PRO: Eileen Kilbride, Controller: Breege Mulfaul. Sincere good wishes to Evelyn Stafford and Pat Wilson for good health and happiness in their retirement and thanks for their very loyal service to the markets over the years. The new committee remind all their patrons that the market is open every Friday morning from 8-30 to 11am in their new premises on Upper Main Street.
Congratulations and best wishes to Bernie Duffy, Cartonreagh, Mostrim who will be appearing on Winning Streak on this Saturday evening. We hope you hit the big one Bernie.
Ballymore football club will hold their monthly draw in Creegan’s, Bunlahy on this Friday night at 10-30pm and some lucky supporter will be one thousand euro richer afterwards. All are welcome to attend the draw proceedings.