SHOP LOCAL THIS CHRISTMAS: It is important that as a community we support our local shops. They are the hub of our communities and you always get a few friendly words and are treated as a real person. They are great at helping local causes and sponsoring events and promoting social activities in the community. You can have a chat and express your opinion on local topical or national events. You can grumble about the weather or share a bit of banter. You don’t have to shave or dress up or put on any pretence as you will be accepted as you are. You are among you’re your own and they understand your ways. Everyone is treated with dignity and respect and they are very in tune with older people and would be the first to sense if something was wrong as they know you and your normal habits. You keep your money in the local community and help create and maintain employment. You get personal and friendly service and this is worth more than money can buy, not to mention being in the Christmas Draw. I once used to know a shopkeeper who used to say ruefully that “there are some people who would drive twenty miles to save tenpence”.
THE LATE JOHN (JOHNNY) McCABE RIP: There was deep shock in the close nit community of Colmcille and Aughnacliffe at the news of the death of Johnny on Monday November 19th last, aged only 68 years following a short illness in Tullamore General Hospital, as he was a very popular man with young and old alike. Everyone knew him and he worked with the local SES Scheme with Colmcille and Dromard, and participated in many local projects which greatly enhanced his community. A part time farmer, he was so involved St. Colmcilles’s GAA Club, both as a player and a supporter, that it truly was the biggest thing in his life after his family. He played with Colmcille when they won a Longford County Minor title in 1962. Following that he emmigrated to London, England, in the 60’s where he met and married his wife Maura. They were destined to return home in the early 70’s to set up home and rear their two sons Des and Kieran in Aughnacliffe. He loved to dance and socialise on Sunday nights with his wife Maura in The Glenview Lounge. They enjoyed wonderful times there and had a great circle of loyal friends. This was evident by the huge crowds who called to the family home from Monday evening until his funeral. Mass of the Resurrection was concelebrated in St. Colmcilles Church, Aughnacliffe, on Wednesday November 21st last at 11am by Fr. Seamus McKoen P.P. assisted by Fr. Frank Gray. The church music was a wonderful reflection of John and Maura’s joyful and celebratory attitude to life. The church was packed to capacity as relatives and friends travelled from all over the country to pay their respects and support the family in their grief. Burial afterwards took place in adjoining cemetery. Sadly missed by his wife Maura, sons Desmond and Kieran, daughter-in-laws Helen and Mairead, brothers Vincent, Cork, Colm, Bristol, sisters Kitty and Mary, Woodgreen, London and all his grand-children whom he adored; Eoghan, Darragh, Dillon, Katie, Caoimhe and Shauna, brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, extended family and large circle of friends. May he rest in eternal peace. (passport photo sent)
MOYNE BINGO RESULTS: 15/11/12 €130 Mary Clerkin, €100 Mary Kiernan, €65 Anna Bohan, €40 Ann McNeill, other winners; Lilly Cainswarren, Charlie Murtagh, Mary Keogh, Nuala Kiernan, Mary Clerkin, Mary Ellen Gray, Margaret Martin, Margaret Galligan, Eilish Reilly, John Joe Donohoe, Mary Kiernan, Lilly McNeill, Anna Bohan, Ann McAvenie, Kathleen McGarry, Rosemarie Mulligan, Bridie Duffy, Rose Smith, John P. Donnelly, Brigid Reilly, Rosie Doherty, Ann McNeill, Eileen taaffe, Amanda O Hanlon and Pat Brady. Results for 22/11/12 €130 Tara Reilly, €100 Nellie McGoldrick, €65 Lilly O Neill, €40 Pat J Mchugh, other winners; Lily Cainswarren, Bernie Smith, Mary Curran, Kathleen Brady, Brigid Reilly, Ita Reilly, Rossette Owens, P.J. McGarry, Olive Gumley, Tony Galligan, Ann Heslin, Noel Lyons, Pauline Donohoe, John Joe Donohoe, Pat Brady, Amanda O Hanlon, Mary Reynolds, Sharon Lee, Mary Keogh, Louise McEvoy and Evelyn Kiernan.
MORE CHRISTMAS MONEY: Dromard GAA Lotto Results; 19/11/12. No’s Drawn were; 3, 9, 10 and 12. €20 winners were; Bea McGirl, Donal Grays Boys, Ronan McStay and Lorraine Keane and Seller’s prize; Maura Maguire.
RESTART THE SING SONGS: I have been listening out the window, climbing up the tree, standing on the hilltop as far as I can see, but I haven’t heard a Sing Song anywhere to be. Is it my hearing or is it only me? I’ve turned off the radio even the TV, but all I hear is wind a-creaking every tree, where the crows ever sang a wakening tune for me. Have we forgotten our music, our voice of liberty? A-listening to the rain drops is all that’s left for me. So I’m going down to John Joe’s dells to hear his latest symphony.
THE THREE SCHOOLS DROMARD REUNION: As part of the Gathering 2013, following two meetings there is a general outline of how this re-union may take place. In general it expected to take place starting on Friday August 9th August 2013 next and running over that weekend or week. It is expected to take place in Legga, Dromard, based around the GAA Grounds and other locations. It will be by Open Invitation to all past pupils of Dromard National School (St. Patricks NS), Legga NS Moyne NS and Edenmore NS. It is expected that a wide range of activities both social, sporting and tourism will be organised to make this a very worth- while experience for everyone. In conjunction with the reunion it is hoped to publish a commemorative book/booklet. In this regard we are requesting past pupils of all ages to contribute a short article detailing your memory of your time in primary school together with any old photos that you might have from the time. Photos will be scanned and the originals returned to the donors immediately. To facilitate this, an e-mail account firstname.lastname@example.org has been set up for the purpose. Anyone who does not have access to email can submit their contributions in writing to any member of the committee. As the time available for completion of this task is fairly limited we would appeal to people not to put this on the long finger and to get material to us as soon as possible. Already there is a great response and expression of interest by many people. More details to follow.
DROMARD LADIES CLUB AGM: Dromard Ladies Club will hold their AGM on December 16th from 12.30 to 1.30pm in the Dromard GAA Clubhouse. Everyone is welcome to attend. The U/12 Girls league winning panel will be presented with their medals on the day.
WISE WORDS: Life is short and death is sure. The hour of death remains obscure. A soul you have and only one; If that be lost all hope is gone.
AUSTRALIA FOR FIVEr: Dromard GAA Club are holding a special draw for a top prize of two Return Tickets for an Australian holiday plus €1000 of spending money or €3000 cash equivalent. The Draw takes place in The Breffni Arms in Arva on December 15th next. Tickets are five euros or a book of six for €20. Tickets are available from Kevin Sheridan, Corrigan’s Oil and fuel Depot, Moyne Stores, Gus McEntire, John Kenny, Noelie Maguire, Pete Faughnan, Eamon Kiernan, Sean Conefrey and all dedicated club members. When you see the continuing innovation of this dynamic and evolving club seeking to cater for all members interests and especially due to the great efforts of our players and for our youth academy –we seek your great goodwill.