EASTER FAIR: St Dominic’s NS Parents Association Easter Fair. Reminder that our annual Easter Fair will take place on Sunday 24 March 2013 in St Dominic’s Community Centre Kenagh. The Fair will take place between 2pm and 4pm and promises to be a fun-filled afternoon for all the family. There will be face-painting, raffles , penalty shoot out , nail bar, games , an egg hunt (weather permitting), stalls and much much more. Anybody interested in hosting a stall at the Fair should contact some of the individuals below. The committee is now gratefully accepting all donations of bric a brac, books , toys (no soft toys please), pledges of baked goods and donations of raffle prizes. The support and generosity of the community has made this annual fundraiser a great success and the committee asks again for your valued contributions. All monies raised are used to fund events etc for the children attending the school. For all inquiries or to arrange collection of donations or to pledge baked goods please contact any of the following : June 087 0677595 Caitriona 087 6960853 Cath 087 6892206 or Olive 087 6270358.
PIONEERS: Carrickedmond Pioneer Total Abstinence Association: We are looking at the possibility of organising a tour in the month of July on a Sunday to visit the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast. If interested please contact any of the following Ciaran Gray 087 6466075, Chris Moran 087 6974775, Fr P Tiernan 044 9357442, Catherine Duff 044 9357582 no later than 5th April. The tour will be open to non members.
DEATH: We offer our sympathy to Mary Joe Gerety of Loughill Kenagh on the death of her brother Anthony Cox of Clonard which occurred over the past week.
POSTPONED: Social and dinner organised by Kenagh GAA Club in Gav’s Bar for last Saturday night was postponed owing to a death in the village. The event will be held in April coming.
PROGRESSIVE TWENTY FIVE: Winners in Saint Dominics Centre last Thursday night were Dan and Tom. Niall and Liz, Mike and Tom eleven games each they share 180 euro. Table prizes Billy and William, Dan and Tom win twenty euro each. Raffle Bernie Walshe Liam McHugh Brendan Hanley, Bridie Dolan, Val Mulvihill Bridie Dolan all win ten euro each.
LECTURE: Wetlands Heritage Ireland are continuing with their series of lectures in Cooneys Hotel Ballymahon on Thursday night March 21st at 8pm sharp. The subject of the next lecture will be “How the land was used after the boundaries were drawn up”. The talk will deal with early farming , ringforts and systems used by the early settlers. It will also deal with the names if townlands, landmarks and folklore from early Christian times. All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served. The speakers will be local.
DEATH: Kenagh village came to a virtual standstill over the weekend with the announcement of the death of Barney O’Boyle which occurred after a short stay in Tullamore Hospital on Friday last March 8th. Although he had been in failing health for some time past, he was still out and about and taking an interest in the family business just as he had been doing all his adult life. He was just over a week in hospital when he succumbed to a health problem which affected him for some time past. Barney as he was known to all who knew him lived all of his eighty eight years in the family residence in Kenagh village. From a very early age he showed himself to be a hard worker and a shrewd businessman. With a limited degree in education he took over the long established bar and grocery business from his mother Elizabeth. He expanded the business rapidly to include a strong agri business of fertiliser seeds, hardware and all requirements for the local farming community. He also expanded the bar business over the years which has now become a modern lounge suitable for all occasions. Barney was also a very keen farmer and took a great pride in his knowledge of modern farming methods and his ability with livestock. Alongside his many business interests Barney was also a very keen sportsman. In his early years he wore the Kenagh jersey with pride and passion. In fact he is regarded as being one of the best gaelic footballers ever to wear the Kenagh jersey over the past one hundred years. He also played with distinction alongside his near neighbour Father Peter Newman on the Longford county team. He won a Leinster medal with Longford junior team back in 1953 and played in the All Ireland final of that year only to be beaten by Cork in Croke Park. I had the pleasure of being at that game. He also played for a short while with Ballymahon senior team during the mid forties. Along with a few other friends of the time he was instrumental in reviving a gaelic team in Kenagh in the late nineteen thirties which had been dormant from the demise of the Clough Dillons a dozen years before. He began his footballing career as a minor with Kenagh and continued to play in higher grades until he retired twenty years later. His never say die attitude on the football field carried him through many a tough encounter with the opposition. He was an active member of Saint Dominics Church building committee when it was built in 1981.Alongside his business interests and sporting pursuits Barney was a great family man a devoted husband and father. He took a great pride in the progress and achievements of his nine children and his twenty seven grandchildren. He had an enquiring mind which brought him into contact with people of all walks of life offering encouragement and praise. Barney was a great all rounder , very popular and widely known, a fact which was borne out by the huge crowds who called to his house to sympathise with his family and also who attended his removal and funeral to Kilcommock cemetery. Many of the GAA comrades from far and wide were observed in attendance. His remains were carried shoulder high up the village to Saint Dominic’s Church by his six sons assisted by his extended family. A guard of honour was presented by members of Kenagh GAA club and his coffin was draped by the jersies of Kenagh and Longford county both of which he served so well. We offer sincere sympathy to his wife Deirdre, sons Martin, Raymond,Paddy, Bernard, Eoin and Peter, daughters Anne Elizabeth and Marie. His sisters Kathleen Donlon,grandchildren and all his extended family relatives and many friends. He will be sadly missed by so many of us who had the pleasure to know him. Kenagh village will not be the same without him.