An art appreciation programme with art critic and historian, Ciaran McGonigal hosted by Granard ICA will begin in Granard Community Library on Thursday, 11th September at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.
Best wishes to Columba’s who take on Clonguish in the semi final of the Peter Hanley Senior Championship at Pearse Park on this Sunday, 14th September. Please check fixtures for confirmation of throw-in.
On Saturday 6th, St Peter’s Church, Rhode, Co. Offaly was the setting for a very pretty wedding when marriage vows were exchanged between Kathryn Hosey, Ballyheashill and Seamus Corcoran, Aughanoran. The chief celebrant was Fr. Greg Corcoran assisted by Fr. Simon Cadam. Kathryn who looked radiant in her beautiful dress was assisted by Barbara Hosey. Best man for the occasion was Seamus’s friend from school days Bernard Donoghue. Peter Hosey and Margaret Corcoran took care of the readings. Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Clare Clancy and Kathleen Hey. The very capable flower girls were Cara Bourke and Kate Hosey with Karl Hosey doing the duties of page boy in a very professional manner. Sacred music for the occasion with suitable hymns was performed by Celtic Breeze. Following the ceremony the wedding party and many guests travelled to The Hodson Bay Hotel, where a delicious meal was laid on. Afterwards, all enjoyed the celebrations into the early hours of Sunday morning. On behalf of their numerous well wishers, we hope that Seamus and Kathryn will have many years and good health together in their new home in Aughnagarron. We welcome Kathryn to Co. Longford.
Have you got the CU factor, if yes you could be on your way to winning €500 courtesy of Granard Credit Union. Ten to nineteen year olds in the Granard area are invited to share their talents as part of a new talent competition organized by Granard Credit Union. The talent show is open to all dancers, singers, bands, jugglers, comedy acts etc. Closing date for application is Saturday 25th September. Auditions are scheduled to take place on Saturday 27th September and the local final will be held in Granard Community Centre on Saturday 4th Oct. The top two acts will go forward to represent Granard Credit Union in Ballinasloe in the regional final on Saturday 18th October with a top prize of €1000. Application forms are available from the counter at Granard Credit Union.
Back to School
St. Columba’s National School re-opened on Monday, 1st September following the summer break. We hope that the teachers and children enjoyed the fine weather. A very warm welcome is extended to eleven children who made their debut. They are Maria McHale, Glenda Clarke, Rose Hanlon, Shauna-Rose McGivney, Karen Flood, Molly Duffy, Niall Dalton, Cillian Fagan, Cillian Leonard, Jamie Matthews and Robert Langan. Good luck to all who departed for secondary school. They are Mark McNerney, Natalie Curry, Caoimhe Lynch and Jasmine Buckley. Best wishes to to teachers and children for the coming year. We express to all from the area who commenced third level.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with the Rosary takes place in St. Columba’s Church each Thursday evening from 8pm - 9pm. All are welcome.
St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw Wednesday, 3rd September. The winning numbers were 5, 6, 17, 24 with the jackpot of €5950 remaining intact. The following received consolation prizes of €20 each. Peadar McGovern, Toome. Terry Comaskey, Drumnacrehir. Mary Ann Mooney, Leitrim. Maureen Fagan, Mullahoran and D.P. Finnegan, Cloonagh. On sales for this week are as follows. Hideaway: John Keegan. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Frankie & Finbar. Kilcogy: Thomas McCabe & Bernard Donohoe. If unable to sell please arrange a substitute and drop tickets into Cloonagh P.O before 5.30p.m on Monday evening.
As part of their fundraising activities, the local ladies football club are holding a weekly draw based on the bonus ball in the main draw of the national lottery. Sheets are on sale in the local post office or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday’s night main draw and you will earn yourself €20. Lines are just €2. Six monthly tickets are available for €50 by contacting Marie Matthews. Your support would be very much appreciated each week. The winning number on Saturday 6th September was 26 with no winner.
His many friends in the region learned with sorrow of the passing of Tommy Kyne, Derrycasson at Our Lady’s Manor Nursing Home, Edgeworthstown on Saturday, 30th August. Renowned for his skill as a plasterer there are many examples of his fine work over a wide area and indeed overseas. Notably honest and upright, he took great pride in every job he took on. Whether it was big or small, it had to be perfect. In times of necessity he could turn his hand to any work. An exceptional neighbour, he was always available when problems arose with water systems etc. Early in life, Tommy emigrated to Manchester. There he played an active part in the Irish Community. He was involved with St. Joseph’s G.F.C. Apart from displaying his talent on the field of play he served the roles of both manager and chairman. On returning home he purchased McNamara’s Public House which he operated for many years. Tommy, a man of good humour and quick with the wit he always came out on top when the slagging started. His remains were removed to St. Columba’s Church on Tuesday evening where they were received by Fr. P.J. Fitzpatrick assisted by Fr. Seamus McKeon. Funeral to local cemetery on Wednesday followed requiem Mass which was celebrated by his good friend and former neighbour Fr. Peter Beglan and Fr. P.J. Fitzpatrick. The late Tommy is survived by his brother Johnny, sister-in-law, nephews and nieces. May he rest in peace.
Social dancing commences in the Park House Hotel, Edgeworthstown on this Thursday, 11th September from 9p.m. - 11p.m. Come along for a night of fun and great exercise. Admission €5. All are welcome.
Irish dancing classes continue in Mullinalaghta Community Centre every Monday from 6.30pm - 7.30pm. Beginners are welcome.