Hit And Miss Golf Society
The AGM of the Hit & Miss Golf Society is due to take place at 8pm on Saturday the 31st January 2015 in the meeting room at Paddy Reilly’s bar, Aughnacliffe. Joe Mulligan will be installed on the night as Captain for the forthcoming year. Mr Mulligan will announce his Vice Captain for the year ahead. 2014 was a terrific year for the Golf Society winning the Tom Walsh Memorial Challenge in May, together with playing some of the top golf courses in the country generally in splendid sunshine. Barry Kennedy won the Captain’s Prize in October while Larry Cosgrove was the Society’s Player of the Year. Niall Hudson picked up the major prize on the enjoyable weekend away trip to Sligo in November. Joe Mulligan won a welcome prize on Captains Day which has greatly improved his game. New members are sought and will be very much welcome.
Congratulations to Pamela and Stephen Coy on the birth of their first baby, a little boy on Tuesday last the 20th. Pamela originally from Rossduff now living in Eneybegs in the Parish of Killoe is very well known from her involvement in Colmcille Ladies Football club and of course Stephen had a very successful tenure as manager of the ladies team here in Colmcille. We wish Pamela, Stephen, and baby Fionn Patrick, health and happiness
The annual Clonfin commemoration ceremony will take place on this Sunday February 1st starting with Mass for deceased members in St. Mary’s Church in Granard at 11-30am followed by the ceremony at the site in Clonfin at 3pm and refreshments in McElvaney’s, Coolarty afterwards. The organizing committee are looking forward to a large crowd attending and all are welcome
All-Ireland Scór Finals
The All-Ireland Scór Finals takes place in City West Hotel in Dublin on Saturday the 14th Feb at 3pm. Nathan Brady, son of Seamus and Joan from Purth is representing Colmcille in the solo-singing competition. It’s an all ticket event and we would hope that as many people as possible would go along and cheer on Nathan who is an extremely talented young man. Ticket enquiries to Michael O Sullivan on 0878364053.
Best wishes to Karl Bleakley for a speedy return to good health after your recent scare, hope to see you back around the ring in the not to distance future.
Memorial Mass for Fr Phil McGee
A very large congregation attended the 40th Anniversary Mass in St. Colmcille’s Church, Aughnacliffe on Saturday 24th January to remember the former founding Principal of Moyne Community School Fr Philip J McGee, renowned GAA mentor and priest beloved of all who knew him across North Longford and indeed the length and breadth of Ireland. Eldest son of Pulladoey N.S. principal teacher, Owen McGee and Catherine Rehill, Fr. Phil, as he was affectionately known, was brother of the late Sr. Kathleen and Alice McGee, Mrs. Ita O’Dowd, Mrs. Evangeline Cummins, Dr. Paid McGee and the very well known GAA Sports Journalist and former Managing Editor of this paper, Eugene McGee. Ordained in 1953, the late Fr. McGee joined the staff of the old Scoil Mhuire, Moyne in 1954. He succeeded the late Msgr. James Faughnan as Principal there in 1970 and three years later, 1973 was responsible for the establishment of Moyne Community School for which he had worked astonishingly hard for a number of years. That school took up residence on its present campus in September 1974 but a mere five months later Fr.Phil McGee died very suddenly on Monday, January 27th., 1975 on the cusp of his 47th birthday. Remembered for many successes in his priestly ministry,in school and education affairs and in his great sporting passion, Gaelic games, he is credited with master-minding Longford’s only real successes at senior level, the NFL championship of 1966 and the Leinster Senior championship of 1968. At local level he spear-headed several county championship successes for his beloved Colmcille at Schoolboy, Minor, Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels including the Senior Championship of 1958 and the Minor ones of 1962/3. On Saturday many of those same footballers and their descendants gathered for the special Memorial Mass of which his great personal friend and fellow parishioner, Bishop Colm O’Reilly was chief celebrant with over fifteen fellow priests, many of whom were his past-pupils or graduates of the thriving Community School he did so much to establish. Among them were Msgr.Bernard Noonan and Canon Francis Gray, priests of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, Kilmore and Elphin dioceses and the Columban Fathers, Dalgan Park, Co. Meath. A Special Remembrance ceremony took place immediately before the Memorial Mass began which consisted in representatives of some 23 organisations lighting commemorative candles in Fr. Phil’s memory and these ranged from GAA Central Council [Mr.Liam Mulvihill, former Director General], the original School Board [Mrs. Kathleen Hourican], 1966 Longford Senior team [Jackie Devine], Galway “3 - in -a- Row” All-Ireland Champions, [Pat Donnellan and Sean Cleary] and Fostra Group Water Scheme, [Seamus Farrell]. Lessons were read by Eugene McGee and Brendan Barden and the traditional psalm, “The Lord is my Shepherd’, “’Se an Tiarna m’Aoire” was beautifully rendered by Colmcille’s Leinster Scor champion, Nathan Brady whose mother was director of the very impressive Colmcille Parish choir. Prayers of the Faithful were read by Dr. Paid McGee, Liam Mulvihill, Colm Ginty [Colmcille GFC], Margaret Mulcahy, Bridie Mulligan and Alison Sheridan-Courtney, all of Moyne Community School. The post Communion reflection was given by Mr. Mulvihill and, finally, former principal, Liam Faughnan thanked all concerned in the quite memorable occasion. Immediately after Mass, Bishop Colm led a procession to Fr. Phil’s grave where prayers were recited by Fr. Peadar O Laimhin, Elphin Diocese who had taught in Scoil Mhuire with Fr. McGee all of sixty years ago and following which, all adjourned to the local Community Centre where Colmcille GFC hosted a well appreciated reception. The specially designed commemorative booklet was sponsored by Jimmy Flynn of Clonguish and the ‘66 team and the entire celebration was carried out by a small ad-hoc committee of Fr. Phil’s former colleagues, Michael Denning, Liam Faughnan, Gerry Brady and Benny Reid with Colm Ginty [GAA] and Fr. Seamus McKeon P.P. I would like to thank Benny Reid for putting together the above piece for the notes.
New CD from Mulligan Sisters
Best of luck to Aideen, Margaret and Mary Mulligan, better known in the entertainment world as The Mulligan Sisters who a currently working on a new CD. Aideen (principle of our school here in Aughnacliffe), Margaret and Mary (also in the teaching profession), have long since been entertaining the people of this parish, and we wish them well with their new CD which will be released later in the year.