Dromard/Moyne

FROM THE WELL OF ST. PATRICK TO THE BAR: In generally blustery wet conditions a steady stream of people fulfilled their annual St. Patrick’s Day tradition of visiting St. Patrick’s Well and the adjacent Tubberpatrick Cemetery. 
They were greatly impressed by the seven newly restored Stations of the Cross and made donations to the on-going works. Then it was time for exploring other St Patrick’s Day customs such as attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Arva. A smaller parade than usual commenced after 3pm, led by the excellent Narraghmorre Pipe Band. Amoung the top attractions were The Gathering 2013 float, which showed a gathering of mad Irish churning milk and in various ways in keeping with a version of Ireland long gone. Any super power thinking of invading us would soon change their minds on seeing this get-up. And to be sure all visitors in 2013 will be glad to escape back home to their comfortable abodes, then the Colmcille Vintage Club was announced by compere Peter Masterson and along came a rake of restored vintage tractors. I was drooling from the mouth looking at them. Brady’s new range of Volkswagon cars were very impressive, but didn’t make me drool as much as the tractors did! A man on a donkey and cart appeared and went by very smugly, as if to say “Come back for the Gathering 2013-but don’t be tempted to stay”. Then to reinforce this message the heavens opened and torrential cold shower of rain left us all cold and wet and scrambling for cover in the nearest hostelry. Finding ourselves suddenly realise that we were a Bar –we said doesn’t God work in mysterious ways and a Happy St. Patricks to one all. “Barman, I’ll have two whiskies and a whiskey-chaser and God speed you.”

FROM THE WELL OF ST. PATRICK TO THE BAR: In generally blustery wet conditions a steady stream of people fulfilled their annual St. Patrick’s Day tradition of visiting St. Patrick’s Well and the adjacent Tubberpatrick Cemetery. 
They were greatly impressed by the seven newly restored Stations of the Cross and made donations to the on-going works. Then it was time for exploring other St Patrick’s Day customs such as attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Arva. A smaller parade than usual commenced after 3pm, led by the excellent Narraghmorre Pipe Band. Amoung the top attractions were The Gathering 2013 float, which showed a gathering of mad Irish churning milk and in various ways in keeping with a version of Ireland long gone. Any super power thinking of invading us would soon change their minds on seeing this get-up. And to be sure all visitors in 2013 will be glad to escape back home to their comfortable abodes, then the Colmcille Vintage Club was announced by compere Peter Masterson and along came a rake of restored vintage tractors. I was drooling from the mouth looking at them. Brady’s new range of Volkswagon cars were very impressive, but didn’t make me drool as much as the tractors did! A man on a donkey and cart appeared and went by very smugly, as if to say “Come back for the Gathering 2013-but don’t be tempted to stay”. Then to reinforce this message the heavens opened and torrential cold shower of rain left us all cold and wet and scrambling for cover in the nearest hostelry. Finding ourselves suddenly realise that we were a Bar –we said doesn’t God work in mysterious ways and a Happy St. Patricks to one all. “Barman, I’ll have two whiskies and a whiskey-chaser and God speed you.”

CO LONGFORD RURAL TRANSPORT: Please note that all Rural Transport-Good Friday Services will run on Thursday March 28th next with same collection and departure times. All age groups are welcome to travel. Wishing a Happy Easter to all Rural Transport passengers and supporters-Seamus Lee.

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2013: The Ardagh and Clonmacnois Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from May 27th next to June 1st with five nights for the fully inclusive price of €699. Places are available. Please contact Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 or Ph. (01)2410812. Pilgrimage Director: Rev. Monsignor Bernard Noonan P.P. Moate Co Westmeath. Tel.(090)6481180. Director Special Section for Sick: Rev. Fr. Michael Scanlon P.P. Cloghan, Co Offaly. Tel.(090)6457122.

CEREMONY OF LIGHT: For Confirmation Class takes place in Moyne Church this Wednesday March 20th at 8.30pm. Parents are asked to Baptismal or some other candles for same.

MOYNE BINGO RESULTS: 7/3/13. €130 Mary Reynolds, €100 Pauline Donohoe, €65 Mary Alice Byrne, €40 Pat Brady, other winners; Lilly Cainswarren, George Taaffe, Ita Reilly, Rose Smith, Evelyn Kiernan, Rosette Owens, P.J. McHugh, Ann McNeil, Anna McAvenna, Carol McGirl, Bridie Smith, Ann Heslin, Eileen Taaffe, Sharon Lee, Mary Jo Curran, Kathleen Brady, Bridget Reilly and Bridie Flood. We ask the people of the parish to please support your local Bingo in the Latin School on Thursday nights at 8.30pm. Even, attending once a month would be very much appreciated as it would make our Bingo viable into the future. It is also great mental exercise and will help keep your mind young.

COMMUNITY GAMES: The annual Church Gate Collection in aid of Dromard Community Games will be held this coming weekend March 23rd and 24th. March next. Keep practicing for the parish Sports Day on Easter Monday April 1st next.

A NATIONAL PRO-LIFE RALLY: Is taking place outside Dáil Eireann in Dublin on Saturday March 23rd next. It will be a chance to ask and thank God that abortion will be kept out of Ireland and will also be a great day out with a purpose. For details of of transport from Cloone and Aughavas and Longford Cathredal Park (12 Mid-day) please Ph. 087/7819586 or 086/8775036. A Novena of Rosaries for this intention started March 15th last, will end on day of rally.