Winners at Bingo

Winners at Bingo

The following were among the winners at last Friday’s Bingo session in Drumreilly Community Centre: Bernadette Dooner, Ballinamore, Clare Creamer, Ballinamore, Bridie McBrien, Camber, Pauline Smith, Drumury, Lily Leddy, Gubbs, Debbie Keaney, Aughacashel, Bridie Smith, Cloone, Chrissie Gaffney, Mullaghboy, Margaret McKeon, Aughatowney, Anne Masterson, Ardra, Ella Maguire, Aughalough, Berni Smith, Drumury, Eileen Mulcahy, Corrawallen, Anne Whitlow, Lismacniff, Ciaran Maguire, Corrawallen, Dympna Gray, Ballinamore, Margaret Flanagan, Ballinamore, Michael Prior, Lisacarn, Lily Curran, Ballinamore, Una Maguire, Aughalough, Breda McGoldrick, Corlough, Damian Gough, Ballinamore, Shirley Gooheen, Drumraine, Patricia Corby, Ballinamore, Geraldine Prior, Ballinamore, Mary McGovern, Cattan, Anne Tierney, Carrigallen, Bernadette O’Kane, Aughawillan, Emer McCabe, Corrawallen and Lily O Neill, Killahurk. Bingo will continue on next Friday at 8.30p.m.

Active Age Snippets

All members are reminded to attend this Wednesday night’s meeting. Guest speaker Edel Gildea will address the meeting on Natural Products.

Lenten customs

The Lenten season will start on this Wednesday with the Blessing of Ashes. The word Lent takes its origin from an Anglo-Saxon word Lencten meaning Spring. The fasting custom, not as rigid as of yore, goes back to the fourth century. Down the years a feast of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday preceded weeks of self denial in which the “Black Fast” was rigidly observed. Milk, butter, meat and eggs were used sparingly if at all. This explains the popularity of the egg as an Easter Sunday delicacy. On that day, which is said to derive its name from Eostre, the Goddess of Growth, eggs were cooked on an outdoor fire, and formed the main course of an al fresco meal. This writer vividly recalls the attending excitement on that day. Some people arose before dawn to see if the rising sun really danced on the eastern horizon. During the previous week, on Clipping Thursday, barbers had done a roaring trade. During the Lenten season there were no marriages, and if young couple’ fancies turned towards thoughts of love they had to wait until Easter

to “tie the knot”! Card playing, central to peoples’ leisure hours, had stopped during the seven weeks. Dance hall floors were deserted. Amateur drama flourished, and plays such as “The Down Express”, “The Lad from Largymore”, “A Man of Ideas” etc. performed in packed parish halls, created more entertainment than “The Late-Late Show” “Fair City”, Coronation St.” ever could. “O Tempora! O Mores!”

Community Centre meeting

All interested parties are reminded that an important meeting of Drumreilly Community Centre Committee will be held on this Thursday night.

Foróige Table Quiz

Drumreilly Foróige Club members request your support for their Table Quiz a fundraiser which will be held in the Community Centre on this Saturday night March 8th at 9p.m. After Mass in St. Mary’s. Refreshments will be served.

Ballinamore Drama Festival

Ballinamore’s 33rd Drama Festival will run from March 7th to 16th. John B. Keane’s popular Comedy will feature on the opening night, and it will be followed on Saturday night by another comedy “The Hen Night Epiphany”. You are invited to come along and enjoy the plays and enjoy a “cuppa” and a chat. There will be admission concessions for O.A.Ps and students.

Recalling March 1993

A late rally by Drumreilly almost enabled them to take the laurels in their 9-a-side Minor League away game against Kiltubrid. The final score was 2-8 to 2-5.The lineout was Gene Connolly, Chris Mimna, Seán Mitchell, Denis Smith, Thomas Connolly (pt.), Pádraig Lunney (pt.), Ciaran Holahan, Noel McGirl (2-2) and Ollie Maguire (pt.). Sub: Connell McGovern. Pat Donohoe graduated from the Garda Training Centre in Templemore. Former Gubbs resident the late Mr. John Joe Mulligan was an honoree at the Leitrim Society’s St. Patrick’s Day Dance in New York. Forced by the bad weather to abandon work during National Tree Week the pupils of St. Mary’s N.S. Drumlea later planted thirty trees (sycamore, ash and horse-chestnut) in the school grounds. The deaths took place of Sranadarragh-born Mr. Jack Dowd, Killeshandra and two former Toome residents Mrs. Mary Kate Dwyer, nee Baxter, Acton, London and Mr. Michael Sutherland, Drumcannon. R. I. P.


Heartiest congratulations go to Noel and Evonne McGirl, Drumdiffer on

the birth and baptism of their baby son, Conor Noel. D. G.