ARVA SHOW: The Arva Show takes plac on Sunday next 24th July at the showgrounds. As usual entries are coming in from all over the country for this great annual event. Many people from Arva and the surrounding areas in counties Longford and leitrim who emigrated over the years to distant parts take their holidays to coincide with the show to meet relatives and renew acquaintances with those with whom they went to school. Arva Show Society are to be congratulated on keeping what is a great attraction for young and old,up and running for the past 54 years. Don’t forget the show dance that night in the Breffni Arms Hotel.
FLOWER AND VEGETABLE GARDENS: The ICA county Longford garden competitions include flower garden competitions open to ICA members only, open to all gardeners in the county, male and female is the vegetable garden section. Then there is the childrens section for either vegetables or flowers. It is open to all children in the county. Adjudication takes place in late July and early August. Entries to be sent without delay to Lilian Walsh on 0866014661.
REGRETTED DEATH: Mrs Immelda Dunleavy Main St Edgeworthstown who passed away peacefully at Our Lady’s Manor Nursing Home on Saturday 9th July was the former Immelda Mollaghan from Gortermone which is just across the river from Firmullagh. She was a member of well known Co Leitrim GAA family. Her brother the late John Francis Mollaghan won many honours at senior level with the local GAA team – Tully (now named Carrigallen) before moving to a farm at Ardnacassa in the vicinity of Longford town. Mrs Dunleavy’s funeral Mass was celebrated in St Mary’s Church Edgeworthstown on Tuesday 12th July and was afterwards laid to rest beside her beloved husband Frank in Aughafin cemetery. Sympathy is tendered to her family Willie Immelda and Francis together with her cousins Luie McEntire MCC Tom McEntire Moyne, the McLoughlin family Shanmullagh, Ballinamuck relatives and friends. May her soul rest in peace.
MEN’S GROUP: The Men’s group social activities have concluded until the autumn. The group have taken part in many programs and they were thoroughly enjoyed by all. We can not forget the many social afternoons where the men were involved in music and song along with many well known artists. The group warmly welcomes any men who would like to engage in the social activities or become involved in the programme. The group meets on Friday 12-3pm and will resume in late September. For further information contact the group co-ordinator at EDI Centre Longford 043 3347515.The annual outing took place to Westport Co Mayo recently. Beautifully located at the foot of Croagh Patrick and overlooking Clew Bay. The Milltimes hotel was the base for the duration of the trip, its centrally located in the town centre and close to many of the well known pubs such as mat molloy porter house Cosy Joes , Tourlough House and Country Life Museum was the first stop. The museum was home to Irish Folklore collection which represents the way of life in rural Ireland throughout the 19th ad early 20th century. With three floors of displays dealing with domestic life and agriculture trade and crafts etc many hours were spent reminiscing on use of various artifacts. Also a guided tour of the Victorian Tourlough House, home to the Fitzgerald family. Many rooms in the house are beautifully refurnished in the way they may have looked back in the1900s. After light refreshments we travelled towards Westport and to be greeted by the staff of the Milltimes Hotel. After a beautiful meal, music was supplied by local artists Des and assisted by Michael and Joe on accordions and many ballads sang by Seamus and Hughie and recitations by Fr Sean various songs by the ladies. With many eager to dance a specially laid dance floor was available to the group. The following morning the group travelled to Roonagh pier outside Louisburgh to board the ferry to Clare island. With many sights to visit the Cistercian abbey, Grainuaile castle local church etc. You had to take note of the beautiful scenery that surrounded the island the peace and tranquility on the island was surreal. With many hours spent there the exhausted group boarded the ferry back to the mainland. Following on from the history of the island he group stopped off at the Famine museum and Grainuall Cente. Where an audio visual presentation recounts the life and times of the O’Malley family, also the famine museum gave a detailed account of local memories of the famine 1847. As the evening drew near the group travelled back to the Milltimes where a scrumptuous meal awaited them and afterwards music supplied by Myles and our very own musicians singers and dancer. On Friday morning Kylemore Abbey was the destination for the trip weather was not favourable . Scenery around Kylemore abbey was fantastic, the abbey set in the heart of the Connemara mountains overlooking Lough pallacappul. The Abbey was restored to former glory and the atmosphere was breathtaking. As the bus left Kyle more abbey it passed by the Famine monument where hundreds of local people died during the famine and also Croagh patrick where the much awaited climb had to be left off for another day due to the inclement weather. Leaving the west behind as they travelled towards Longford the group stopped for lunch at Durkins in Ballaghadereen. The trip was most enjoyable and it definitely is one to remember. Many thanks to the bus driver Shane from Carrigy Bus Hire Ballinalee for making the trip to Wesport such a wonderful experience, to Seamus Lee RP co-ordinator (LCRL) for their continued support and to the staff at the EDI Centre and especially the canteen staff for a fantastic breakfast and not forgetting Pat and the ladies for the refreshments on the way through Louisburgh.
WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Louise McEntire daughter of Luie and Margaret McEntire Annagh Moyne and Cornie McGinley son of Cornelius and Mary McGinley Kilmacrennan Letterkenny Co Donegal who were united in marriage in St Mary’s Church Legga Moyne on Saturday 2nd July. The chief celebrant was Rev Fr Declan Shannon CC Coosan Athlone assisted by altar servers Luke McEntire and David Donohoe. The bride was assisted by her chief bridsmaid Deirdre Shaughnesssy and bridesmaiid Carmel McKeon Caroline Hanahoe and Amanda Quinn, Gavin Gorman was bestman and the groomsmen were John Joe McGinley, Darren Toland and Enda McEntire. The flower girl was Aoibhe Quinn, niecee of the groom and William McEntire, cousin of the bride acted as the page boy. A very enoyable reception was held in the Slieve Russel Hotel, Ballyconnell Co Cavan. The guests danced the night away to the music by Nite Fever. We wish Louise and Corney a very enjoyable honeymoon which is being spent in Las Vegas and we also wish them many years of good health and happiness in their married life together.
HOUSES TARGETTED: On Friday morning last 15th July around 11am four of my next door neighbours residences were targeted by robbers. They succeeded in gaining entry into two taking cash as well as jewellery some of which was of great sentimental value. Both homes were unoccupied at the time as their owners had left only a short time previously to do the weekend shopping. In the case of the other two houses which they failed to gain entry one person was in hospital while the other had left around 7.30am to go to work. My home escaped as both myself and my son were there at the time. The gardai were quickly on the scene but it is very little they can do as successive governmens have mandated them to patrol the roads at night to prevent car accidents. Those criminals are well aware of this so they carry out their break ins well before midday. However if you seen the destruction they do in those houses they target there is little doubt they leave the owners in tears when they arrive back and survey the havoc they cause. Aughamore lower is a closely knit and united community where up to a few years ago doors were often left unlocked at night. So if those robbers or others of their kind come back they will find the people well prepared for them.
RECENT MARRIAGE: Congratulations to Desmond Sheridan Rossduff Aughnacliffe and Anna Marie Martin Lisory Moyne who were united in holy matrimony at the holy family Church Loch Gowna on Friday 8th July. On behalf of our readers we wish Desmond and Anna Marie all god’s blessing and many happy years of wedded bliss.
DIED IN ENGLAND: Eugene Vance who died suddenly in Kent last week was a native of Corrinagh Moyne .Deepest sympathy is tendered to the Vance families in Corrinagh and Glenmore Aughnalciffe. May his soul rest in peace.
COLMCILLE PLOUGHING: The first launch of the annual Colmcille Ploughling Festival takes place in the Glenview Lounge Aughnacliffe on Friday 29th July at 10pm sharp. All members and those willing to help out at the two day fesival which takes place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August are asked to be in attendance.
DIED IN AUGHAVAS: Mrs Anna May Owens whose funeral Mass was celebrated in St Joseph’s Chuch Aughavas on Sunday last 17th July was the former Anna May McNamee from Corglass Moyne. She was predeceased by her brother Peter in Corglass and is survived by her two sisters Mrs Eileen Macken Aughagreragh Ballinalee and Mrs Kathleen Corrrigan Mullanadarra, Carrigallen to whom deepest sympathy is extended and to their extended families . May her soul res in peace.