Legan March 4



Many congratulations to our local politician James Bannon, Newtown who once again brought honour to the area by being elected to Dail Eireann as a Fine Gael TD with an overwhelming 9,500 (plus) First Preference votes. We wish James the very best and we know that even in these difficult times he will endeavour to deliver whatever he can for his County and local area.

Well done to near neighbours Willie Penrose (Labour Party) and Robert Troy (Fianna Fail) both from Ballynacargy who were also elected along with Nicky McFadden, Athlone as representatives of the Longford/Westmeath Constituency in Dail Eireann. Good Luck to all four TDs in their roles in Leinster House and congratulations on their great success in this challenging General Election.

Hard Luck to all candidates who were unsuccessful on Election Day, especially Peter Kelly and Mae Sexton, who are both from Longford.


The County Final of Senior Scor took place in Ballinamuck on Friday 18th February 2011 and Legan was represented in three categories; Novelty Act, Recitation and Question Time. Those involved in the Novelty Act entitled “The Political Marriage” were Liam Butler, Mary Connell, John Murray and Colm Ward. The Recitation “The Rahugh Ass” was performed by All-Ireland Scor Champion, Liam Butler and the Question Time team included Charlie Brady, Martin Morris and Seamus Morris. Unfortunately the Novelty Act was unsuccessful on this night. Hard luck to all the actors mentioned above in this category, who all gave a great performance and entertained all in attendance. However, the Question Time team and Liam Butler with his Recitation progressed to the next round, held on Sunday night last 27th February in far away Oulart, Co Wexford. All these locals in both competitions represented Longford extremely well and did this area and our County proud. The Question Time team were narrowly beaten and commiserations to the three team members, though we know a Legan Question Time always comes back with force after a defeat and next year should be no exception.

Liam Butler’s Recitation “The Rahugh Ass” will see itself in the Leinster Final and we congratulate Liam on yet another great Scor success. His record with Recitation wins is incredible and we wish him the very best of luck as he competes for his County on Sunday 13th March 2011 in Ballymore, Co Westmeath.

Good Luck also to Eilis McLoughlin, Croshea who competes in the Solo Singing category of Senior Scor in Ballymore on the same night as Liam.


The 38th Annual Legan Sarsfields GAA Dinner Dance has been organised to take place in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule on Saturday March 26th 2011. This year’s Dinner Dance has a particular significance as it commemorates the 30th anniversary of Legan Sarsfields’ winning of the County Intermediate Championship. Music on the night will be supplied by Dave and The Blue Tacks, after dinner, which will be served at 8.00pm sharp. Tickets are priced at 25 euros each and are on sale now; available from any committee member.


Last week’s GAA Lotto was held in Slowey’s, Kinard on Monday 21st February 2011in for a jackpot of 8550 euros. The numbers drawn were 9, 16, 23 and 30. There was no jackpot winner. Match three winners of 50 euros each were Kate Ann Moran and Bridget Boylan. This week’s lotto draw was held in Casey’s, Carrickboy for a jackpot of 8600 euros, results of which will be published next week.


The death took place recently of John Mitchell, Abbeyshrule. To his family; brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and friends we extend our deepest sympathy. John was laid to rest in his native Abbeyshrule on Friday last following Requiem Mass.

We also wish to sympathise with the family and friends of James McCormack, of Kilglass and Terenure, Dublin who died last week and was buried in Dublin on Tuesday last.

The death of Paddy Grennan, formerly of Legan Village took place last weekend. Paddy was a member of the old Legan GAA football team of the 1940’s and 1950’s before emigrating to New Jersey, USA in the mid 1950’s where he lived until his death. Paddy’s family were prominent in this community and owned and ran a shop in Legan Village at one time. He was pre-deceased by his wife Mary recently and is survived by his sister Mae Dardis, his seven children and many grandchildren, extended family and friends, all of whom to which we extend our sincerest sympathy. Paddy was laid to rest this Wednesday 2nd March. May they all Rest in Peace.


A meeting of Women Together will be held this Thursday 3rd March 2011 in the Aurora Hall at 8.00pm.


A Bereavement Course for those who have lost someone close to them will take place in Tealach Iosa on Wednesday 9th March 2011 at 8.00pm. For further information and to book please call 043-3346827.


The Ardagh and Clonmacnois Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from May 27th to June 1st. To book a place please call 01-2410811. The organisers would also like to receive names of people from the parish who are sick or convalescing.