St. Columba’s G.F.C held their weekly lotto draw in The Angler’s Rest on Friday 25th February with no outright winner and jackpot of €2950 remaining intact.
Consolation prizes of €20 were won by the following. Mel Dermody, Mullinroe, Dring, Longford. Damian McArdle, Mullahoran, Kilcogy, Cavan. B.C. Fitzsimons, Leitrim, Dring, Longford. Cathal Fitzpatrick, Toome, Dring, Longford and Ger Meehan, Kilmore, Dring, Longford. Results of draw in clubrooms will appear in this column in next edition of this newspaper. Forthcoming draw will take place in Keogh’s . Tickets for same are now on sale at the usual outlets. Sellers are reminded to drop envelopes into Cloonagh P.O before 6.00p.m on Monday evening. Rota for this weekend is as follows. The Hideaway: Bernard Donohoe. Keogh’s / Angler’s Rest: Seamus Corcoran Kilcogy: Gerry Lynch & Seamus Fitzpatrick. If unable to sell please appoint a substitute.
Improvements: Councillor Micheál Carrigy has announced that funding has been allocated for completion for road repairs from Cloonagh to the county boundary at Gowna Bridge. Cyclists, motorists and walkers alike will welcome this news. Normal wear and tear, together with the long period of severe frost, has left sections of this stretch extremely dangerous, especially in the vicinity of St. Columba’s Church.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has asked Loch Gowna donors to make a special effort to attend the clinic which will be held at St. Brigid’s Community Centre on Wednesday 30th March and Thursday 31st March . Area Manager, John Healy urges another fifty donors to visit the mobile clinic in an effort to hit their all time target set in May 2009 of 259 donors. Traditionally holiday periods present a challenge for maintaining the blood supply and with the Easter Bank Holiday weekend approaching , all donors are asked to make special effort over the coming weeks to get to a clinic. The clinic will operate in Loch Gowna each day from 5.30p.m to 8.30pm. All concerned should note revised clinic opening times.
There was widespread sadness, shock and disbelief at the news of the death of Yvonne Poytnz, Aughaboy, Coolarty which occurred at the Mater Hospital in the early hours of Thursday 24th February. Well known in the Mullinaghta area when deputising for postman John Hughes. Suffering from an illness for a short period , Yvonne was renowned for her friendly, good humoured and obliging demeanour and was noted for performing her duties with dedication and efficiency. The sympathy of the community is extended to her husband Henry, sons Gordon, Graeme and Richard , brother John Ruske, sister Sylivia Quinn, sisters-in-laws, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. May she rest in peace.
The people of Mullinalaghta and surrounding area were saddened to hear of the death of Alice Kiernan, Toome which took place at Laurel Lodge Nursing Home on Sunday 27th February. Formerly Matthews she was the last surviving member of a much respected family. In her eighty eighth year she was predeceased by her husband Pat, Alice was regarded as a religious, quiet and dignified lady. Confined to the nursing home for some months she will be missed by her relatives, neighbours and all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Her remains were removed to St. Columba’s Church on Monday evening . Funeral to the local cemetery followed requiem Mass on Tuesday. Sympathy is extended to her nephews, nieces and in-laws. May she rest in peace.