SPECIAL BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: On behalf of all I extend special greetings and congratulations to Mrs Lettita Bogan Coolarty who celebrated her 100th birthday on Friday August 24th last.
Mrs Bogan was the former post mistress in Coolarty post office right up to her retirement some years ago and many will have great memories of visiting the office and enjoying great chats with her and with the Bogan family. A full-time resident of the Laurel Lodge nursing home, we understand that Mrs Bogan is enjoying reasonably good health and we join with her son John and her grandchildren and great grandchildren in wishing her continued good health and happiness.
THE LATE JOSEPHINE LANGLEY: The death has taken place on August 12 in America of Josephine Langley formerly Josephine Creegan of Dernavogey Aughnacliffe. The late Josephine was daughter of the late Hughie and Mary Jane Creegan and with her family she emigrated to America in 1948. Josephine is survived by her daughter Cathy, son Gary, brothers Hugh and John, sister Nancy, nephews and nieces and extended family both in America and Ireland. Josephine’s cousin Monsignor Michael Doyle remembered her and all the deceased Creegan’s at the annual reunion Mass in Cloone Church on Friday night last. Sincere sympathy is extended to Josephine’s family at this sad time. May she rest in peace.
ENGAGEMENT: Congratulations to Gordan Poyntz, Aughaboy, Coolarty, son of Henry and the late Yvonne, and Jessica Rothwell from Wexford who have announced their engagement recently. We also congratulate Jolene Doris, daughter of JP and Maureen Bunlahy, and Sean McNamee, Drumderg, who announced their engagement at the weekend. We wish both couples the very best with their future plans
WEDDING: Congratulations and best wishes for a long and happy life together to Charlie Burns,son of Terry and Bridgie Robinstown and Lorraine Murphy who were married in St. Naile’s Church, Kinawley, on Saturday August 18th last. We also congratulate Marcella Denneny, daughter of Tony and Rose Mary Tubber, and Thomas Stakem Edgeworthstown, who were married in St. Mary’s church Granard on Saturday August 25th last.
SCHOOLS RE-OPEN: Best wishes to all pupils and students and teachers who returned to the class room last week following the summer holidays. As is the norm the weather will probably improve now that the schools are open again and no doubt that would be very welcome so lets all hope and pray.
THE LATE PAT WALKER: Genuine sadness and regret greeted the news that Pat Walker of Leitrim Cross and formerly of Cartroncar, Coolarty had passed to his eternal reward on Tuesday August 28th following a short illness. Pat was son of the late Paddy and Rose Walker and he was a plumber by trade and he proved to be very popular as he went about his work. If Pat told you he’d be with you on a certain day at a given time, well he’d be there as he believed that his word was his bond. A loving husband, father and granddad Pat will be sorely missed by his wife Mary, sons Padraig and Ciaran, daughters Roisin and Ashling, grandchildren Chloe and Ciara, his brothers, sisters, uncle Jimmy and extended family to who we offer our sincere sympathy at this sad time. May he rest in peace.
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS: Congratulations and best wishes to Francis Brennan, Willsbrooke, who celebrated a special birthday recently and was the victim of a great surprise party organised by his many friends in Creegan’s on Friday night last. We hope you enjoyed the night Francis and we wish you many more celebrations.We also send good wishes to Francis’ brother John who returns to his work abroad following a holiday at home. Best of luck John.
BAPTISM: Congratulations to baby Cameron Canning who was welcomed into the christian community on Sunday last August 26th.We also congratulate his proud parents John and Pamela and wish them much happiness.
WELL DONE ELAINE: Congratulations to Elaine Reilly daughter of Hughie and Helen,Ballymore, who has been picked to join the ceoltas tour of Ireland and will be appearing in the Backstage in Longford on their second outing on October 15th.A total of twelve musicians from all over Ireland have been picked and Elaine is the first from Longford in a long number of years so we say well done and no doubt your many fans will be looking forward to seeing you on stage in Longford.
SYMPATHY: Deepest and sincere sympathy is extended to Igoe and Shaughnessy families on the death of Dan Igoe which occurred last week. May he rest in peace.
BALLYMORE DRAW: Ballymore club held their monthly draw in McElvaney’s on Friday night August 24th and the first prize of one thousand euro was won by Pat and Mairead Farley while Pat Reilly, Eileen Connell and Darragh Burke won one hundred euro each. The club also held the last draw for the year in Creegan’s on Friday night last and the first prize of one thousand euro was won by Damian Monaghan while Gerard and Helen Reynolds Kieran Masterson and Sean Donohue won one hundred euro each. Tickets for the new draw will be on sale in the coming weeks and all in Ballymore will greatly appreciate your support.
ALL IRELAND FLEADH: Congratulations and well done to all the youngsters from this area who represented Longford and Leinster in the All Ireland Fleadh in Cavan.