WHIST: There will be a whist drive in the Lecture Hall Kenagh on Tuesday night April 10th at 9pm in aid of Saint Georges parish funds. Refreshments served. New players welcome. Easter ceremonies at Saint Dominics Church. Mass times Penance service on Tuesday at 7.30pm,Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8pm; Good Friday Main passion ceremony at 3pm stations of the cross at 7.30pm; Holy Saturday Vigil Mass at 9pm. Easter Sunday Mass of the Lord’s resurrection at 11am. The first Friday calls will be done on Good Friday before and after the main ceremony. Adoration Sunday 7pm to 9pm Monday 8.30 to 10pm.
DEATH: Although he has reached an advanced age the death of Bill Dooley Rathmore Ballymahon was received with a feeling of great loss and sadness. Bill was in his ninety fourth year and had enjoyed a long life of good health until he began to slow up over the past year. Bill and his wife Rita would have celebrated their sixty fifth wedding anniversary had he lived to next September. Bill was a man of many parts well known across South Longford and South Westmeath for his extensive agricultural contracting business which he carried on for over the past seventy two years. Bill was also an accomplished musician, well known for his ability with fiddle, well able to take his part at parties ,pub session fleadh ceoils or wherever good music was in vogue. He was also a great story teller and could sing a bar of a song when the occasion demanded. Bill often told the story of when he started out on the road at eighteen years of age with his small threshing outfit which was pulled by one horse and powered by a small petrol driven stationary engine. Part of his outfit even then was his fiddle which he tied on the back of his thresher and played with gusto when the days work was done and the harvest daces were part and parcel of rural life during the late thirties. He was a very keen and experienced farmer and his advice was often sought on agricultural matters. We will all miss his witty remarks and good humour. To his wife Rita sons Pat Liam Seamus and Gerard daughters Elizabeth and Anne and a wide circle of friends relatives and neighbours we offer sincere sympathy. He was predeceased by his daughter Marita and son in law John.
SENIORS ALERT: There are a number of personal security items available under the seniors alert scheme ie monitored personal alarm with pendant monitored smoke detector monitored carbon monoxide detector,external security lights and internal emergency lighting. Grant support is available to persons who are over 65 years of age ,live alone or with another eligible person and have little income. For application forms or further information contact 043 3322331 or 086 8733801.
ARDAGH GROUP OF PARISHES: Church of Ireland. You are welcome to the following services for Easter. Good Friday devotional service in Kenagh church at 11.30am. Easter Eve holy communion Ballymahon 7pm holy communion Kenagh 9pm. Easter day holy communion Ardagh 10am holy communion Tashinny 11.30am. The annual Easter vestry meetings for the four parishes Ardagh group will be held during the weeks after Easter. Further details from Canon A Kingston 087 9195473
Progressive twenty five: Progressive twenty five winners in Saint Dominics Centre last Thursday night were Bridie and Packie Mike and Tom 100 games they share 120 euro. Table prizes Peter and Brendan Val and Pat they get twenty euro each, raffle Tom Mullen Peter Gregg Mary Cahill ,Tommy Haley , Jimmy Donegan and Bridie Dolan all get ten euro each. Play begins at 9.30pm next Thursday night on account of it being Holy Thursday. Play will revert back again to 9pm on the following Thursday and for the rest of the Summer.
END OF AN ERA: A little bit of history was made in the Kenagh catchment area over the past week. The old water supply at Glanmore was switched off after fifty two years unbroken supply. The Kenagh area has now been connected to the Carrickboy reservoir which is supplied from the Inny River which we are informed will be a more reliable and efficient device. The old Kenagh scheme was laid down in the roasting hot summer of 1959 and supply began a year later in 1960 when the village Killcommick and Glanmore had their first experience of piped water. Over the years more and more homes were connected to the water supply reaching areas such as Barry Foigha Ledwithstown Corlea Ards and Knockavagan and in between areas. When the pipe line was being laid down and the pumping system was being installed over thirty men were employed for over a year. The main contractors were a firm known as Jennings who dug the main line with a very old fashioned machine which moved very slowly. Most of the work was done with the old reliable pick and shovel assisted by a compressor where rock was present. Like the coming of rural electrification the idea of piped water was greeted with equal enthusiasm. In recent years the system became over loaded when over one thousand homes were connected up using between four and five hundred thousand gallons of water daily. After over half a century the pump house is now silent and the spring which in many ways compared “old faithful” from another land will go back to what it had been doing since time began ,feeding the Kenagh river and supporting the flora and fauna which survived along its banks. Of course it did have its own importance over a century ago when it turned the water wheel at Mosstown Mill until it was burned down in 1912. Maybe some enterprising person will think up a new life for the “old faithful”.Over the fifty years of its existence two men have looked after the system ,the late Tommy Higgins and more recently John Byrne kept the pumps pumping. We will miss the sound of the pumps which operated both day and night.
DEATH: We offer sincere sympathy to Mairead Delaney Drynan on the death of her mother Margaret (Peggy) Houlihan formerly Peggy Higgins of Moydow. She died at the Midland Hospital Mullingar on Thursday march 29th.She is also survived by her sons Brendan and John daughter Deirdre and sister Anne Molihan. She was buried in Moydow cemetery after eleven o’clock mass on Saturday morning.
PLOUGHING: Next Sunday April 8th is D Day for county Longford ploughing Association. They will be holding their annual outing at the Mulvihill Farm at Lisaniskey Ballymahon. A great day for all is promised. See supplement.
TWENTY FIRST: Congratulations and best wishes to Alan Jones Kenagh who celebrated his twenty first birthday with a very enjoyable party in the El Paso last Saturday night.
LOTTO: The numbers drawn in Kenagh GAA Lotto last Sunday night were 11,19,28,30. There was one match three winner Kathleen Irwin Glasson wins seventy five euro.12500 euro going on four correct numbers next week.
WEDDING: Congratulations and best wishes to Paul Rhatigan son of John and Mary Corlea and Serena daughter of Joe and Nuala Farrell Creevaghbeg Ballymahon who were married in Tang Church on Friday last March 30th. Best men were Liam Jason Johnny Jason and Darren. Bridesmaids were Natasha Sarah Catriona Tanya and Annita. The reception was held in the Bloomfields Hotel Mullingar which was attended by a large gathering of friends and relatives of the bride and groom. We wish the happy couple many years of wedded bliss.
Community games: County art results . Congrats and well done to Josh Kelly who came second at under 8 and to Grainne Donoghue who also got silver at under 10. A brilliant result. Our athletic training will commence on April 20th. Time to be confirmed. We hope to have our sports day on April 29th. More on this later. Anyone interested in taking part in swimming contact Mary O’Boyle
VACANCY: Sticky Fingers Community Childcare Service for a childcare assistant. Applicant must be eligible for a fas /community employment scheme . A good command of English language is required. Fetac level 5 desirable but not necessary. For more information contact Patricia on 043 33 22450.