Ballymahon

Death of Ann Browne

Death of Ann Browne

We were all deeply saddened on hearing of the death at her home last week, of Mrs Ann Browne (nee O’Connor), Terlicken and formerly from Tang having lost her battle with her illness of just a few months which Ann bore with quiet dignity, never complaining. She was just in her mid-sixties when she passed away, a quiet, generous and hard-working lady who loved her family dearly. She was very proud of her three sons and two daughters and in recent years also looked forward to the regular visits of her grandchildren, they always brought a smile to her face, she often spoke of them with great pride. Ann always like to keep herself busy, she was involved in many organisations in the area down the years and was a great motivator in these groups. Some years ago she was a member of Ballymahon Women’s Group, also Bridgeways Resource Centre where she was Treasurer for some time and at Ballymahon Day Care Centre. Up until she fell ill, Ann was very much involved with Ballymahon Leo Casey History Group, her most recent role being their Secretary. The Group first published a book called “The Mercy Journey”, an account of the Sisters of Mercy’s time in Ballymahon and following that success, they published “Ballymahon. A Journey Back in Time” which took about three years to put together. This was based on the Industrial and Social history of Ballymahon since 1872. Ann and her joint Editor Mary Carey and other group members spent many, many hours sifting through the hundreds of artefacts which were sent in to them from local people putting together a most interesting and first class book. She will be dearly missed by all her friends in the Group where she was very popular. Ann was a very religious lady and had great devotion to St. Martin de Porres who was noted for his work on behalf of the sick and the poor and also to Sr. Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy community. She was a Carer by profession for twenty years and just like Sr. Catherine McAuley who started by publicly visiting the sick, Ann regularly visited the sick and cared for them as if they were her own family. On hearing of her sad passing, many of the people whom she cared for and members of their families, called to the Browne home to pay their respects and share their stories of how kind and compassionate she had always been to them and of how much she will be missed. Ann’s remains lay in repose at her home in Terlicken where a huge number of people called and again at the Funeral Mass on Wednesday morning last which bore testiment to the huge respect with which Ann has always been held. The lovely singing at the Mass directed by Mary Clancy with organist Padraig McGowan was performed by the Church Choir and some of the local Innyside Singers both of which groups Ann’s husband John is an active member. The beautiful solo singing was performed by Ber Browne, John’s sister-in-law from Cork. A large number of family and friends travelled up from Cork , Wexford and many parts of the country to be with the Browne family at this sad time. Ann’s remains were laid to rest at Temple Valley Cemetery. We offer our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to her husband John, sons Justin, Eoin and Enda, daughters Grainne and Sinead, (Australia), brother Ray (Tang) and her much-loved grandchildren Shane, Stephen, Conor, Sean, Aoife, Roise, Liam, Maeve and Eva, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours, work colleagues and wide circle of friends. May God grant rest to her soul.

Parish news

Should anyone wish to contact a priest in St. Matthews Church please call: Fr. Tom Barden, Kenagh at 043 33 22127/ 087-9195354 or Fr. Charlie Healy, Carrickedmond at 044 93 57442/ 087 751 0042. Trocaire boxes can be picked up in the back of the church and returned at any of the Holy week ceremonies.

Forgney Fianna Fail

The AGM of Forgney Fianna Fail Cumman will take place in Cooney’s Hotel, Ballymahon on Thursday, 19th March at 9p.m. All members are requested to attend and new members will be very welcome. All elected public representatives for the area will be in attendance.

Irish Revision Course

An Honours Irish Leaving Cert Revision Course will take place in Longford town on Tuesday, 31st March 10.00a.m. to 4.00p.m. An Bhealtriail (Oral Irish) , Essays, Prose, Poetry and Grammar will be covered and notes provided. For more information and applications please contact Yvonne Ni Mhurchu at 087-2642665 or Trudy Ui Fhearghail at 087-6475071.

Welcome home

To Liz Greally who is home from London visiting her family in Terlicken and all her friends in the area. We hope Liz enjoys her trip.

Healthy Eating

A healthy eating/weight Loss course starts Tuesday, March 24th for four weeks 7.00p.m. to 8.15p.m. Call/text Caroline Ferry, Nutritional Therapist on 086-3994615 to secure your place.

Job Vacancies

Carrickedmond/Legan C.E. have the following vacancies - a number of environmental positions due to start between now and April 15th. Job Reference 887925. To check eligibility and to apply please call into the Intreo Offices, D.S.P. Buildings, Ballinalee Road, Longford. S.D.P. eligibility/conditions apply.

Social Dancing

Continues every Saturday night from 9p.m. to 11p.m. in Cooney’s Hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is just €5. Please note that there will be no dancing on the following dates due to unforeseen circumstances: 28th March and 4th April. Dancing on this coming Saturday night, 21st March will be a Benefit dance for the Centre of Independent Living, Longford. Your support for this worthy cause will be very much appreciated.

Pilgrimage

The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from May 27th to June 1st 2015, departing from Knock Airport. Anyone wishing to travel should contact Joe Walsh Tours on 01-2410800 or e-mail joewalshtours.ie for booking forms and further information.

Fianna Fail

Ballymahon Fianna Fail Cumman wish to sympathise with John Browne, Terlicken, former Chairman of the Cumman and to all his family on the sad death last week of John’s wife, Ann. May she rest in peace.

Bus to Knock

A bus will leave Ballymahon on Sunday, 12th April at 10a.m. to travel to Knock Shrine for Divine Mercy Sunday. If you wish to book a seat on the bus please contact Sr. Vincent at 09064-32532, Ita Reilly 04493-57589 or Mary Murtagh 09064-32126. All are welcome.

Bridge club

North/South - 1st Gross Ann Delaney & Ann Fallon. 1st nett & Gross – Oonagh Flynn and Chris Connolly. 2nd nett - Nancy Finn & Rose Conlon. 3rd gross – Carmel Kelly and Ita Mulvihill. 3rd nett – May Charles & Maura Quaine. East/West - 1st gross & nett – Patricia Flanagan & Brendan Murtagh. 2nd gross & nett - Andrew Nally & Liam Flynn. 3rd gross & nett - Mairead Delaney & Ann Molloy. The Club members wish one of their members Breda McKnight a very Hhappy birthday which she celebrated on Monday night last, best wishes to Breda for the future.

Death of Sr. Alphonsus Farrell

The death occurred on 24th February last of Sr Alphonsus Farrell, Athlumney Abbey, Navan and native of Tang, Ballymahon. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the Farrell family, Tang and all her family, members of the Mercy Community, her friends and colleagues at Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan. May her Soul rest in peace.

Birthday wishes

Many congratulations to Mrs Kathleen Daly, Main Street who celebrated a very special birthday last week with her family. We wish Kathleen the best of good health in the years ahead.

County football

Congratulations to the Co Longford senior football team who had a good win against Wicklow in the Division 4 League and to local lad Kevin Diffley who was on the team. We wish the lads the best of luck in their remaining games.

U-21 football

The best of luck to the County U-21 footballers who play Dublin in the semi-final of the U.21 Championship which is to be played in Navan tonight, Wednesday 18th March.

Death of Colum Corrigan

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Colum Corrigan, Guelph, Ontario, formerly of Clonoulty, Co. Tipperary, a regular visitor to Ballymahon down the years who passed away on March 8th last in Canada, =to his wife Donna, brothers Al (Toronto) and Fr. Kevin C.S.Sp (Dublin), to his sisters-in-law Ita and Phyllis and to all his nephews, nieces, relatives and friends in Ireland and Canada. May he rest in peace.

Fundraiser

Ballymahon St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee wish to thank everyone who attended their fund-raising function in Skelly’s on Friday night last. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Bridge results

Congratulations to brother and sister Mark Tiernan and Orla McEntee who

recently won the O’Connor Trophy at the Team-of-Four All Ireland Final and also to their brother Tony and his Bridge partner, Margaret Larkin who won the Club Pairs competition. Well done to you all.

St. Christopher’s Day Care Centre

Are holding their annual Lenten fund-raising lunch in aid of St. Christophers and Longford Hospice on Friday, 27th March in the Longford Arms Hotel from 12.30 to 2.30p.m. Tickets are only €8 for a great social occasion and a great lunch too. Your support will be very much appreciated.

Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival

The 20th annual Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival will take place in Edgeworthstown on 9th May 2015. Entries are still being welcomed for their Flash Fiction competition where short stories with a maximum of 300 words are being sought by the committee. The deadline for these entries is on the 23rd March so you should send your entry together with your name and address on a separate sheet to Edgeworthstown Development Office, Old School House, Ballymahon road, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford or e-mail edgelocdev@eircom.net Entries are €5.

Welcome home

To Brendan and Mary Murtagh, Mostrim Road who recently returned from a trip to Taiwan where they were visiting their son, Duncan and his wife, Cathy and their grandson, Owen. We hope Brendan and Mary enjoyed their holiday.

Sympathy

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Tom Lowry, Moigh and to all his family on the recent death of his brother-in-law, Denis McGrath, New York, also to Denis’s wife Ann and their family. May he rest in peace.

School in All Ireland Final

Best of luck to Ballymahon Vocational School football team who are playing in the All-Ireland Final against Ballingarry, Tipperary and to local lads Shane and Jack Fox who are on the team.

G.A.A.

Well done to Ballymahon reserve league team who had a good win against Carrickedmond in Leo Casey Park on Saturday evening last.

Table Quiz

The Landevant/Landaul Fre’s Hotel on Friday night, March 20th at 9pm. Tables of four at €40 per table. Your support will be appreciated.