Joyful reunion

Joyful reunion

Drumgownagh school past pupils and friends enjoyed a great night in “The Welcome Inn” on Saturday, August 2nd. Eilis McLoughlin of “Dial-A-Chef”, true to her word, had the tea ready there when we came from Mass. This was followed by a session of traditional Irish music by John Sullivan, Gerry Gorman and John Joe Higgins. They were joined by special guests from Dublin: Treasa Uí Murchu and Tony Murphy who later gave us a lovely rendering of their version of Cloncoose Shore, a poem composed by Nancy Bohan McKeown’s grand uncle Patrick Bohan. These guests were accompanied by Nancy’s cousin Marian McCann to perform the poem to the air of the traditional song “The Rambling Irish Man”. Then the old reliables Tommy Hand and Michael Moran took to the stage and had the crowd out dancing in no time! There was no shortage of talent on the night as locals Micheal McGarry, Noeleen Ward, Eileen Byrne and Molly Quinn got up and sang too. We had apologies from many people who couldn’t be there and we would like to take this opportunity to wish Sean Sorohan a very speedy recovery. Special thanks is due to Ralph who has been very helpful and generous to us all along. People are already enquiring if there will be another night like it next year, so roll on 2015, D.V. we’ll all be around to enjoy it!


Congratulations to David Mitchell, Trean, and Natalie Tobin, Lahardaun, Co. Mayo who celebrated their marriage on July 26th in St. Patrick’s Church, Lahardaun. The celebrant was Fr. Michael McGrath. Best man was Paul Mitchell and groomsmen were Gavin and Barry Mitchell, all brothers of the groom. Maid of honour was Samantha Tobin, sister of the bride and bridesmaid was Grace Queenan, cousin of the bride. The pretty flowergirls were Rebecca, Carla and Rachel Mitchell. The handsome pageboys were Tadhg and Eoghan Mitchell.  Church music was by Laura Kearny. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a lovely meal at the Diamond Coast Hotel, Enniscrone and danced the night away to ‘Night Fever’. We wish David and Natalie many years of health and happiness in their married lives.

Simon Community
The Simon Community collection taken up at the three churches in the parish last weekend amounted to €293. We would like to thank the people for their generosity, and also the collectors at the various churches.


Our sincere sympathy to Cissie Bohan, Drumgownagh, on the passing of her sister, Mary Ellen Deasy, (nee Gorman) who died in England on July 25th and whose funeral will take place in Reading. Out thoughts and prayers are with the Bohan and Gorman families at this time. May she rest in peace.

Diabetes collection
The Leitrim branch of Diabetes Ireland are taking up a church gate collection at the three churches in the parish this coming weekend, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th. Your support would be much appreciated.

Fair Day 
Ballinamuck are proud to announce their 2nd nnual Fair Day on Sunday, 17th of August, it promises to be even bigger and better than last year. So a date for your diary !!!!

The Ray Flynn Mile

The Co. Longford Tourism Committee is hosting the inaugural Ray Flynn Mile in Longford Town on Saturday, the 23rd August, in honour of the Longford native, who holds the Irish record for the 1500 meters and the mile, as well as a world record as part of an all-Irish 4*1 mile relay team. This race will be run on the Ballinalee Road, beginning at the roundabout and finishing at St Mel’s Cathedral Car Park. The meeting point will be the enterprise centre on the Ballinalee road. The event will help form part of a running festival weekend in Longford, that includes the 13th Annual Longford Marathon, scheduled for Sunday the 24th of August. The Ray Flynn event will include an elite race, an over 40s race, and juvenile races. People who just want to support the Tourism committee are most welcome and are invited to walk the mile with friends or family. Registration is €10 for adults and €4 for juveniles, and advance registration is available through Eventbrite,  www.eventbrite.ie  People who are registered to run in the marathon on the following day can run the mile event at a subsidised fee of €5.

The Royal Canal Heritage Walk

As part of National Heritage Week, Longford Tourism are hosting a heritage walk along the route of The Royal Canal from Richmond Harbour in Clondra. Led by Fr Tom Murray this interesting and informative walk will take in some of the beautiful scenery of the newly opened Royal Canal Cycleway. Refreshments will be served afterwards in The Richmond Inn, Clondra. The walk starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday evening 26th August.