Kenagh Swimming results: U-8 1st Harry Byrne; U-10 1st Kevin Byrne, 2nd Calum Duignan; U-10 1st Aoibhinn Kelly, 2nd Maria McLynn; U-12 1st Nia Bartrum, 2nd Grainne Donohoe, 3rd Kiera Farrell, 4th Niamh Farrell. U-14 freestyle 1st Jamie Byrne. Well done to the following children who competed in the Longford count cross country finals - Dylan Horkan, Keelin McGann, Jamie Byrne, Charlie Patterson, Frank Patterson, Sean Maynard, Kiera Farrell, Niamh Farrell and Grainne Donohue. Dylan won the boys U14 race and will represent Kenagh and Longford at the National finals in Athlone in August. Athletics finals: Kenagh Athletics finals will take place on Saturday, 26th April at 5pm in Kenagh GAA Pitch. All children from U6 to U16 are eligible to compete. There will be a preschool and U6 race on the day. Registration commences at 4.30pm, 1 euro entry fee per child. Winners go through to the county finals in Ballymahon on 20/21st June. Art finals: Our art final will take place on Wednesday, 30th April from 5.30 to 7pm in Kenagh Community Centre. Children must bring their own pencils, crayons, markers, drawing paper will be provided. Athletics coaching continues on Sundays, text will issue, if you wish to be included on the text bundle please contact Marie McGann 086 8934458.
St Dominic’s NS Parents Association Easter Fair. Reminder that our annual Easter Fair will take place on Sunday, 27 April 2014 in St Dominic’s Community Centre Kenagh. The Fair will take place between 2pm and 4pm and promises to be a fun-filled afternoon for all the family. There will be face-painting,raffle, obstacle course, games, an egg hunt (weather permitting), stalls and much, much more. Anybody interested in hosting a stall at the Fair should contact one of the individuals below. The committee is also gratefully accepting all donations of bric-a-brac, books, toys (no soft toys please), pledges of baked goods and donations of raffle prizes. The support and generosity of our community has made this annual fundraiser a great success and the committee asks again for your valued contributions. All monies raised are used to fund events etc for the children attending the school. For all enquiries to arrange collection of donations, to pledge baked goods or to volunteer to help out on the day, please contact the following : June 087 0677595 or Catriona 087 6960853.
We offer sincere sympathy to Mrs Bridie Lawe, Kenagh Village on the recent death of her brother, Tony Dennigan of Bornacoola which occurred over the past week.
The annual scrap metal collection is ongoing at present. All sorts of scrap metal in both large and small amounts is very welcome by Kenagh and District Development Association as a fundraiser for the Kenagh Tidy Towns which is now in the early stages for 2014. Please leave your scrap in the designated place in Harrisons yard. Big amounts will be collected at reasonable notice. Items made of cast iron, steel, tin, copper, lead or brass will be greatly appreciated. No plastic or paper will be accepted. Please keep the scrap heap tidy and make things easier for the next person.
High Nellie Rally
Cycle enthusiasts are reminded about the forthcoming High Nellie Bike Rally which will be held in Kenagh on the first Sunday in May. All sorts of vintage bikes from near and far, big and small will be very welcome. New bikes of all makes and sizes are also very welcome. Children can take part but must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served at the end of the event. A donation towards KDDA funds will be welcome. More next week.
The annual county Longford ploughing championships will be held next Sunday April 13th at the Reynolds farm off the main Edgeworthstown – Granard Road. See supplement for further particulars.
Winners in Kenagh last Thursday night were Annie and Kathleen, Mary and Tommy, 10 games each, they share 120 euro. Table prizes: Paddy and Mick, Anthony and Dan, 20 euro each. Raffle: Jimmy Donegan, Betty Gerety, Bill Rogers, Niall Hughes, Paddy Conway, Danny Walshe, all win 10 euro each.
GAA on sky
Developments over the past weeks indicate that the GAA are about to fall victim to the vultures who operate under the name of Sky TV. Just like in other areas, big time speculators and financiers are anxious to take control of big GAA games. Such events do not auger too good for the ordinary punter on the ground who contribute time and cash to keep the organisation going at local level. It’s not a good move at all.
Word War 1
Just one hundred year ago, over forty young men from Kenagh and surrounding locality joined up with the British army very much unaware of the slaughter that lay ahead. About ten of them never came back, at least ten more were seriously wounded. Leo Casey History Group in Ballymahon propose to hold a commemoration week in Ballymahon Library to honour those men along with men from Ballymahon, Carrickedmond and Newtowncashel. Any stories, names or memorabilia very welcome to committee members. Ring 086 3718169 for further information.
Co Longford federation of ICA had a gala evening in Newcastle House on March 20th to celebrate and award all their members for faithful membership of their respective guilds. Six members from Kenagh guild were awarded for long membership - Ann Garrahan, Myrtle Kenny and Elizabeth Farrell were awarded for over forty years membership. Peggy Lennon, Carmel Murtagh and Marion Armstrong were awarded for over 30 years membership. Incidentally Elizabeth had forty six years unbroken membership. The awards were presented by national president of the ICA Elizabeth Wall. County President May Cambell Presided over the event where over 100 members sat down to dinner along with other entertainment. Congratulations to all the Kenagh members on their achievement. Kenagh is now one of the oldest guilds in the county being seventy years in existence later this year. There will be a very important meeting of Kenagh Guild of ICA in the community centre on April 14th at 8.30pm. Final arrangements will be made at this meeting for the county federation which will be held in Kenagh on Monday April 28th. All members please take note.