Plans are well under way for the forthcoming exhibition of various aspects of World War 1, such as old photographs, documents, medals and other paraphernalia relating to that very sad time. The exhibition will open in the Library in Ballymahon on Tuesday evening, June 24th at 7pm. Admission free, all are welcome.
One of the best known landmarks alongside the main Longford Athlone road was seriously damaged accidentally last Saturday. The old entrance to Mosstown estate known as the white gate had one of its piers knocked over about midday and had to be taken down to leave it safe for passers by. The fine stone piers with conglomerate wing walls was erected about 1840. For many it was known simply as the eagle gates on account of the two eagles perched on the caps. Two earlier eagles were replaced about twenty years ago by a new pair. One of the earlier eagles was carved from wood by Belgian refugees who lived in Knappogue House during World War 1. We hope to see the damaged pier rebuilt as soon as possible and the life-like eagle back on his perch again.
Committee members will meet on Thursday evenings for the summer months from 8 to 9pm to do a little work. If you can join us for a little while – 10 minutes, 20 minutes or an hour, whatever you can manage, any Thursday or every Thursday it will be appreciated. Cemetery Sunday this year will be on 10th August.
Vocational training opportunity scheme (VTOS). Are you aged 21 or over and for 6 months either you or your spouse have been in receipt of social welfare payments, have been signing for credits or you are a lone parent. If so you could join the VTOS programme and receive training free of charge. Interested? Contact the Adult Education office, LWETB, Battery Road, Longford tel 043 33 45474 as soon as possible.
Judging for 2014 Tidy Towns is now underway. Good work has been done around Kenagh, especially over the past few weeks. Two run down buildings have been given a welcome face lift. The old saint Dominic’s Hall has undergone a new coat of paint and the thatched cottage has undergone a complete change of image. Thanks to Martina, the front wall has been boarded up and two vintage windows and a door painted on to make it look as if it was in everyday use. Both jobs should be worth a few points when the results are announced. More help from volunteers would be greatly appreciated. If interested please come along on Tuesday evening from 7 to 9pm. Working together is always good, so we hope to see you there.
Winners in Saint Dominic’s Centre last Thursday night were Willie & Josie, Peter, Brendan, eleven games, seventy euro and forty euro respectively each. Table prizes: Mark and Neven, Bridie and Packie, win twenty euro each. Raffle: Bernie Smith, Ivan Jones , Bridie Dolan, Frank Casey, Tom Dinnegan and Vincent Walshe, all win ten euro each.
The fourth annual haymaking festival will be held at Glanmore on July 27 from 12 noon. It will be held under the auspices of the North Midlands Draught Horse Society, more later.
The numbers drawn in the Kenagh GAA Lotto last Sunday night were 1, 11, 25, 27. There were two match three winners - Ned O’Toole, Cloncallow and Percival family, Corlea, win forty euro each.