Death: There was genuine regret in the parish and surrounding area at the news of the death of Michael Comaskey formerly of Aughanoran. In his 92nd Mick as he affectionately known passed away peacefully at the residence of his nephew Michael Murtagh, Larkfield. A member of the Irish Prison Service he spent over sixty years of his life in Dublin. Though he had reached an advanced age he was blessed with good health until a few months ago. Despite the fact that he lived for a large portion of his life in the capital, Mick never forgot his roots. Over the years he was a regular visitor to his native parish. He enjoyed nothing better than meeting his friends in Keoghs. He was a deeply religious man with a quiet, kind and gentle disposition. A generous individual he sponsored many items in the local church over the years. His remains were removed to St. Columba’s Church on Friday evening. Funeral to the local cemetery followed Noon Mass on Saturday. Mick is survived by his nephews and nieces to whom our sympathy is extended . May he rest in peace.
Cemetery Saturday: Weather permitting Mass will be celebrated in Mullinalaghta Cemetery on Saturday 6th July at 7.00p.m. This will be followed by blessing of the graves. Please inform relatives and friends away from home. All are requested to tidy up plots and not discard rubbish nearby. Please note change of time for this date.
Lotto Draw: St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in The Anglers Rest on Thursday 23rd May the numbers drawn were 10, 16, 23, 26. with the Jackpot of €2600 remaining intact. Consolation prizes of €20 each were won by the following. Nancy Matthews, Clooneen. Byrne brothers, Mullinroe. Barry Cunningham, Cloughernal. Mattie & Connie Reilly, Aughnagarron and Thomas McNerney, Cloonagh. On duty for sales this weekend are Hideaway: Conor McElligott. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest:Ben Cusworth. Kilcogy: Paddy Brady & Frankie Mulligan. If unable to sell please appoint a substitute and leave tickets in Cloonagh P.O before 5.30pm on Monday.
Ladies Footballers: 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 local shops or are available from any club member. Match the bonus ball in Saturday’s night draw 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. Winning number from draw on Saturday 25th May was 43. Sorry to relate there was not a winner.
Reminder: The 3rd Annual Cycle and Climb to Croagh Patrick for the Parish of Granard Lourdes Invalid Fund, will take place on Saturday 1st June. 2012 was a very successful and enjoyable day as over forty cyclists completed the event. Many more also participated in the climb.Any enquiries contact Jimmy Brady on 087 8875227.
Open Air Festival: The Colmcille Mentally Handicapped Association will hold its annual open air festival at Dring Car Park on Sunday 2nd June. Situated on the shores of Lough Gowna this event is always a fun day for all the family. Events will include Baby show, Face painting, Jumble sale and much more. As usual there will be music to suit all tastes. We appeal to all to keep this date free. Your support will help out a very worthy cause – St.Christopher’s School.
Field Day: Abbeylara Parish Committee will hold their Annual Field Day plus the Gathering on Sunday 9th June. Always a very enjoyable day for all the family, many interesting events are planned for this year. Modified Pro Stock and Super Farm Tractors will be appearing on the day. Farm tractors are welcome for competition and prizes. Please note weigh in starts at 9.30 a.m sharp. At 12 noon a vintage parade and display of cars, tractors and motor bikes will take place. For information on this event contact 087 9671231.There will be Midget Car Racing in association with Motorsport Ireland. Competitions will include tractor / trailor reversing, dog show, wellie throwing, donkey derby., best dressed lady and much more. Children are catered for with bumper cars, face painting, fun fair with Ireland’s top magician. Admission is only €10. This includes free car parking. Disabled parking close to the entrance (Permit Holders only). Proceeds are in aid of parish funds. All enquiries to Pat Reilly 086 8855189 or Campbell Gibson 086 8545378.
Give Blood: The mobile unit of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service will visit St. Brigid’s Community Centre, Loch Gowna on this Wednesday 29th May and Thursday 30th May. The clinic will operate each day from 5.00p.m. - 8.30p.m. 3000 units of blood are required each week to facilitate the needs of our hospitals. Due to this fact we appeal to existing donors to make a special effort to attend. All healthy people over the age of eighteen are eligible to attend. Why not bring a friend along.
Lord of the Dring: On Saturday 27th July Longford Triathlon Club are inviting people to participate in a community race on that day. It will consist of 750m Swim, 20km Cycle and 5km Run. The swim will commence at Dring shore. The cycle will go through Mullinalaghta via Gowna to Aughnacliffe and back to Mullinalaghta. Scenic Derrycasson wood is the venue for the run. Your support for all the competitors would be very much appreciated. Please cheer them on as they pass your door. Anyone wishing to take part in a relay team are requested to text Mark on 0861799154. The main sponsor of this event is Laurel Lodge Nursing Home.
Community Games: Heartiest congratulations to Aisling Scanlon on achieving 1st place in the U8 freestyle community games national finals on Saturday evening last. We also compliment her sister Eimear on attaining 5th position in the U10 B final. Their brother Ciaran was unlucky not to make the final at U12 coming 4th in his heat. Both Eimear and Ciaran are eligible to participate in the the same competitions next year. Let’s hope more gold medals will be won in 2014. Our U11 basketball team are training very diligently. Their next game is against Meath. The date has not been confirmed. Players will be notified by text. Longford community games sports day will take place on Sunday 9th June in Ballymahon. All children will receive a text message.
Thank You: A sincere thank you to all who contributed to last Saturday’s Church Gate Collection. €385 was collected and this will help defray various expenses. If anyone missed the collection and wants to make a donation they may do so by giving it to any member of the committee or by handing it into the Post Office. The clean up and planting will commence this week and we ask for continued support in keeping the village tidy and litter free.