CANDLEMAS: Next Saturday February 2nd will be the traditional Candlemas day when the candles in the Church will be blessed for use throughout the coming year. This is a very old ceremony going back over centuries. Time was money was collected from parishioners to pay for the wax candles which would be used in the various ceremonies for the following year. Of course there was much more use made of candles in times past such as at Easter time, benediction , evening devotions and at high masses when six or eight candles would be used. Another very important feast day falls on Feb 1st when we celebrate the feast of Saint Brigid (La Feile Bridge). It was the first day of Spring when by tradition gardeners got busy putting in the first crops of vegetables. It was important that a ridge of onions would be planted on that day. Then February 3rd is the traditional feast of Saint Blaise when the congregation got their throats blessed by using a pair of candles crossed on the throat and then we have Ash Wednesday just around the corner bringing with pancake Tuesday and seven weeks of Penance. Times have changed since the good old days.
TABLKE QUIZ: Kenagh and district development association will be having a fundraising table quiz in Gavs Bar on Friday night March 1st.Local clubs and organisations are asked to enter a team for this event. KDDA are also organising a high nelly bicycle rally just after Easter. All owners of bicycles are asked to contact members of KDDA as soon as possible.
PIANO LESSONS: Qualified and experienced teacher now taking bookings in Ballymahon/Kenagh area. Beginner to advanced level. Preparation for local centre grade examinations. Preparations for junior and leaving certificate practical examinations. Please call 086 1676583 for further details and bookings.
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE: On 18th Sept from Knock. 689 euro per person sharing. 100 euro off if paid by 1st Feb 2013. 50 euro off if deposit is paid by 1st Feb 2013. Contact group leader Marita Concannon on 098 64017/089 4146331.
PROGRESSIVE TWENTY FIVE: Winners in Saint Dominics last Thursday night were Ita and William . Josie and Tom 10 games each they share 120 euro. Table prizes Bridie and Packie , Annie and Kathleen all get twenty euro . Raffle Betty Geraghty, Pete Murtagh, Tom Nohilly. Betty Geraghty Bill Rodgers Bridie Dolan all win ten euro each.
LOTTO: The numbers drawn in Kenagh GAA Lotto for Sunday Jan 27 were 12,16,27,28. There was no match three winner. The following names were drawn Bernie Murray, Curraghmore, Lil Harrison Mosstown, Paddy Ganley Ardagh and Shauna and Carla Flood,Deerpark all get twenty euro each.
GAA: Congratulations to Rory O’Connor and Garry Kenny and sub John Reid who were members of the victorious county Longford vocational schools team who won the Leinster championship title last weekend. They are three very promising young players who no doubt will be looking forward to greater things on the GAA scene for the coming years.
ART CLASSES: Art classes resume in Kenagh Wednesday 30th. Beginners welcome. Phone 087 2814763.