The Paddy Kenny Meeting Room
A large crowd was in attendance on Saturday night, 3rd May, when the Meeting Room at the Clubhouse in Leo Casey Park was named in honour of one of Ballymahon’s finest, Paddy Kenny. Paddy was a great player in the 1950/60’s and was non playing captain when the Innysiders won the Intermediate Championship in 1969. Paddy lived in Carlow at the time of his death in 2010. His wife Kathleen, two sons and his two daughters were in attendance at an emotional and well-deserved tribute to a former great, a true gentleman and an friend to one and all. Paddy was the driver living in Dublin as was many of the team, so when Paddy arrived Ballymahon we were then ensured of having a full line-out. A group of Traditional music players from Tang entertained those who attended the function on Saturday night when they arrived. These musicians were tutored and driven by their fiddle player and driving force Geraldine McLynn. Others in the group were Colm Kelly, Ciara Kenny, a grand-daughter of the late Peter Curran whose pub was the location of many a celebration here in Ballymahon. Others were Deirdre Fox, Killian Fox, Chloe Duffy and Andrea Higgins. Many thanks to them for the wonderful entertainment. A 250 picture slide show of past and present events kept the audience entertained and interested. Fergal Kelly, Club Secretary welcomed the Kenny family, Leo McGough Conlon and all past players. Brendan Gilmore, Co Chairman was also in attendance, expressing his delight at the opportunity to speak. Albert Fallon acted as MC for the event. Kevin Canavan, on behalf of the organising committee of Sean Ryan, Frank McGann and Phil Ronayne paid a well-deserved tribute to Paddy, his friend and unveiled a plaque making the Meeting Room officially the Paddy Kenny Meeting Room for his 40 years of dedicated service. Leo McGough, formerly of Carlow People, then spoke of a true gentleman as he did in paying his tribute to him in a wonderful graveside oration in 2010. He complimented the Club here in naming the clubhouse after an ordinary man – but Paddy was no ordinary man. Finally Liam Kenny spoke on behalf of his family of his pride and how honoured they felt that the Club had paid such a tribute to their late father. Mike Cooney, former Club Chairman presented Leo McGough with a cheque and 18 sliothars to Setanta Hurling Club which Paddy was instrumental in setting up. Everyone in attendance then enjoyed tea, sandwiches and refreshments. It was an enjoyable and eventful evening and all were much of the same opinion that it was an honour well deserved for his commitment to the Club.
The Join our Boys Trust
The Naughton brothers from Roscommon, Archie (8 yrs), George and Isaac (4yrs) have been diagnosed with DMD (Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy). This is a devastating 100% fatal neuromuscular disease which means these three children are unlikely to live beyond their late teens or early ‘twenties. The Join our Boys Trust has been set up to raise awareness and funds to build a specially designed house, acquire modified transport and provide them with the medical requirements they will need. You are asked to please support a fund-raising night in Nally’s Bar (The Corner House) on Saturday, 24th May. Music by Tanglewood and friends. All musicians, singers and dancers welcome. Junior session – 8 to 9p.m. and Senior session 9p.m. to late. Super raffle including a prize for All-Ireland Hurling tickets. No cover charge. All donations greatly appreciated. Every euro counts.
Fundraiser Head Shave
Will take place on 30th May in Coy’s Bar, Longford starting at 9.30p.m. in aid of Lauralynn House, Ireland’s only Childrens Hospice and St. James Hospital Foundation. Marian Prendergast and Jo Purkis from Killoe will be shaving their heads to raise money for these very worthy charities.
An all Horse Ploughing match and loy digging competition will be held on the lands of Martin Casserly, Lisglassick House, Kenagh on Sunday next, 18th May at 12 noon. Horsemen from all areas will take part. Everyone welcome.
Teach na Leanai
Are taking enrolments for the new academic year 2014-2015. Free Pre-school year. Please call to Eileen at the Montessori School or Tel. 087-1312093.
Pat O’Toole Local Election Rally
Will be held on this Friday, 16th May in Cooney’s Hotel with music on the night provided by Willie and Kathleen Kavanagh. Light refreshments will be served. Your support for Pat who is a candidate for Fianna Fail in the forthcoming local elections will be appreciated.
May Day Wedding for Elaine & Brendan
Many congratulations to Elaine Casey, daughter of Frank and Patsy, Creevaghbeg who got married on May 1st to Brendan Lynn, son of Noel and Maureen, Empor, Ballynacarrigy. The lovely wedding ceremony which was celebrated by Fr. Gerry McCormack was held in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kingscourt, Co Cavan where the music was provided by Craddog. Elaine looked stunning walking up the aisle in her beautiful ivory wedding gown with her Bridesmaids who all looked gorgeous in their pretty fuschia coloured dresses. Her Maid of Honour was her sister Fiona O’Reilly and her sisters Yvonne and Aine were her Bridesmaids. Best man for the occasion was Stephen Lynn, Brenndan’s brother and his Groomsmen were his brother David and one of his friends Colm Coffey. Looking very pretty also were the young Flower girls, nieces of Brendan, Sarah and Emma who carried out their roles very well. Also carrying out his role with great pride on the day was 5 year old Sean, who looked very handsome all dressed up. A large group of family and wide circle of friends attended the reception with the newly weds at Cabra Castle where the tables were beautifully decorated by Elaine in colourful wild flowers. Everyone had a great evening after the lovely meal and lots of good lively music. The full days events were broadcast via on-line Web Cam so many of their friends and relations all over the world were able to be part of the celebrations. We hope that Brendan and Elaine are enjoying their Honeymoon in New York and Barbados and we wish them many long years of good health, wealth and lots of happiness together.
The A.G.M. of Moigh, Castlecore and Darogue Community Alert area will take place on Wednesday, 21st May at 8pm in Ballymahon Day Care Centre. Your support will be appreciated.
To Eddie Cox, formerly of Creevagbhbeg who is home from England visiting his family and friends in the area. We hope you enjoyed the trip Eddie.
First Holy Communion
Congratulations to the three young pupils from Forgney National School, Lauren Finlass, Jamie Gilbride and Morgan Townsend who received their First Holy Communion in Forgney Church on Saturday morning last. The young children and their families and friends were treated to lovely light refreshments at the school following the Mass, which was celebrated by Fr. Brilly. Well done to the parents who organised this and to their Teacher, Ms Dully who prepared the children for their big day. We hope they enjoyed the day.
To Paul Yorke, son of Tom and Annette, Toome who was recently conferred with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Sociology at the university of Limerick. We wish Paul the best of luck in the future.
The annual Fianna Fail National church gate collection will be held this coming weekend, 17th and 18th May at St. Matthew’s Church in Ballymahon. Your support will be very much appreciated.
Continues each Wednesday night at Bridgeways Centre, across from St. Matthews Church. A great time was enjoyed by all on their recent Hotel break in Blessington. Get well wishes from all the members are sent to Michael Coffey who got ill on the trip, hope to see you well and home again Mike. They also send get-well wishes to their Chairperson, Mai who is recovering from an operation, hope to see you back again soon Mai. Deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of long-time and very popular member, Cathy Rattigan who died recently. May she rest in peace. New members are always welcome.
Ballymahon/Forgney Community Games will hold their annual Athletics Day (Track events) on Sunday next, May 18th in Ballymahon G.A.A. pitch. Registration from 12 noon. First race takes place at 12.30p.m. Races for all ages from Pre-school to Under 16s. Entry fee €2 per child. Field events will be held on Friday 23rd May at 6pm.
Irish Workhouse Centre
The first National Conference on “The Irish Workhouse, Past & Present” will be held in Portumna, Co Galway on Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th May. 163 Workhouses operated in Ireland from the 1840’s to the 1920’s. The Workhouse or poorhouse has been described as “the most feared and hated institution every established in Ireland”. Every area had a workhouse. For further information tel: 090-9759200 www.irishworkhousecentre.ie
Blood Donation Clinic
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service are holding their Blood Donation Clinic in The Longford Arms Hotel this week, Wednesday and Thursday, 14th and 15th May from 4.30p.m. to 8.00p.m. 3,000 donations are needed every week, for cancer and trauma patients, newborn babies, planned and emergency surgery. With your held they can ensure that they have sufficient blood to meet the demand from 63 hospitals nationwide every day of the week. If you have any concerns about giving blood, the Doctors and nurses at the Clinic will help you out.
We wish the best of luck to the Co Minor football team when they play against Kildare in the Championship this coming weekend in Glennon Bros Pearse Park in Longford, especially of course to Shane Kenny and David Shannon, students at Mercy Secondary School. The best of luck also to the County Senior football team who will play Offaly in the first round of the Championship on Sunday next. Good luck to Kevin Diffley who is on the team. This game is being held in Longford also.
Grainne Roche would like to thank everyone who supported her Alzheimer’s fund-raising Tea Day Party at her home last week. Your support for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland is very much appreciated.
Cemetery Sunday at Shrule
As many people have to make travel plans to be here for Cemetery Sunday, please note that this year it will take place on Sunday 13th July. Great credit is due to the Cemetery Committee who have been doing the fine work of maintaining the cemeteries for the past few years and who have already begun to some of that work this year. The Cemetery committee wishes to thank all from inside and outside the parish who supported the Cake Sale on Good Friday. Your support helps so much in maintaining both cemeteries. They would appreciate the help of more people because all the work in the cemeteries has been left to just two members over the past three years. You are asked also to please remove withered flowers, old wreaths, broken statues and used candles. The Longford Co Council annual Grant has been reduced to €200.
An Post Ras
For those of you interested in cycling, Ireland’s premier cycling race, An Post Ras 2014 which goes right around Ireland starting in Dunboyne and finishing a week later in Skerries, will pass through Ballymahon on Sunday, 18th May. The 180 cyclists should arrive in the town anytime between 2.53pm and 4.05pm depending on the weather. You are urged to follow any instructions or advice given by Gardai or Race Marshals.
Eddie retires from Fire Brigade
We send our best wishes to Eddie Noonan, Rathmore, formerly Lr. Main St., who recently retired from his post with Ballymahon Fire Brigade after 27 years. Eddie followed in the footsteps of his father, Francie, who also served with Ballymahon Fire Brigade for 25 years. Our thanks to Eddie for his dedicated service over the years, often out with them in all sorts of weather when his duties were often challenging and physical, he was always on hand with his colleagues. He would have had to attend emergency events such as fires, road accidents, floods and sometimes even the rescue of animals. He regularly helped minimise the distress and suffering of many people involved in accidents while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. Eddie did his job with great dedication and efficiency as do his colleagues. We wish Eddie and his wife Bernie and their family well in the years ahead and we wish to thank all past and present members of the Fire Brigade for the great service they provide in the Ballymahon area.
Clean up evenings
Following the recent AGM of Ballymahon Tidy Towns, the group has resumed weekly clean-up meetings on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm. Volunteers are asked to gather at the Library and spread the word to anyone whom you think may be interested. Anyone is welcome to come along on any Wednesday night and help out even if only available for a short period.
Best Maintained Premises
The Tidy Towns in conjunction with Ballymahon Traders Association are holding a competition for the Best maintained premises along the Main Street of the town. Entrants will be judged on their floral displays and general appearance. Independent judging will take place over the months of June, July and August. The winner will be rewarded with a weekend away for two, kindly sponsored by Ballymahon Tidy Towns and the Traders Association. Traders and home owners along Main Street can contact Murtagh’s Garden Centre; Jenny White’s Florist and Derek Healy’s Garden Centre, Moyvore for advice and special discounts.
Congratulations are also due to Catherine Flynn who was awarded a special prize for her dedication and unrelenting support to the Tidy Towns effort over the course of 2013 in Ballymahon.