STRABERRY FIELDS FOREVER: The Lord of the harvest came to take to his great vineyard in the sky his good and faithful servant Peter Kiernan, Ballyduffy, aged 90 years on Thursday May 2nd last. Peter’s good and gentle spirit and love of nature made him into a skilled son of the soil, which yielded him rewards that few could achieve. On his farm in Ballyduffy he was very enterprising and hard -working producing quality pigs and cattle for the local markets. A well -read man Peter was very aware of farming trends and he did not put all his eggs in one basket and became a skilled producer fruit crops such as strawberries and raspberries, which were put in barrels and supplied to the local Jam maker Lairds in Drumshambo. The harvesting period had to be completed when the fruit was at ripest, which was a three weeks window of intensive back breaking activity. Many young people in the area could rely on Peter for employment at this this crucial time to gather money for treating themselves or going to dances or discos. Apart from picking fruit Peter was very wise in picking his wife to be Brigid also known as Sissy from Crott, whom he married in 1956. Together they made a great team together and shared similar interests of listening to Irish Music on the radio and were devout mass goers. Thankfully Peter enjoyed great physical health and was blessed with great mental alertness right up to the end. His tranquil side was evident in his great love of fishing every Sunday at McNaboe’s Shore and Drumury Lake. There he also showed his great temperament and powers of patient concentration. At other times he liked hunting with greyhounds. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Moyne on Saturday May 4th last, by Rev. Fr. Eamon Corkery. The ceremony was greatly adorned by music and hymmes provided by members of the local Dromard Choir as well as a very special offertory musical rendition of a beautiful O Carrolan hymme by his granddaughter Fionna. Peter who lived a quiet life was waked at his family home and was greatly honoured with very large attendances at all services. Predeceased by his brother John, sisters; Mary Kate and Janie. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Sissy, son Eamon, daughter-in-law Mary, sister Debra Higgins, Carrigallen, grand -children; Fionna, Eamon, Connor and Brian, relatives neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.
POPULAR AIDAN REYNOLDS RETIRES: The highly respected and ever popular Aidan Reynolds has after an involvement of over twenty years recently retired as Supervisor of our local SES Scheme. During this time he was responsible for the upkeep of the Church grounds, sports and playing pitches of Pairc Na nGeal, various restoration projects, Graveyards, swimming pool. He was regarded as an honest and decent supervisor, sometimes stretching the limits of his remit to include the elderly or people in difficulty. As a dedicated supervisor for up to twelve years, he will be greatly missed by his colleagues and community alike. We wish him well in his retirement.
FOUR SCHOOLS AUCTION SUCCESS: The auction in aid of The Four Schools Reunion Fund, held on Sunday 5th May, was a great success. Sincere thanks is expressed to all those who generously donated and purchased items for sale. Thank you to all who helped to organised the event and those who helped in any way on the day.
NEXT 4-SCHOOLS GATHERING FUNDRAISER: There will be a “Gathering” of scrap metal for the above fund on Saturday 8th June. Anyone wishing to donate scrap metal or batteries please contact any of the following committee members: Joe Murphy; 0871340132, Eamonn Kiernan; 0861060675, James Maguire; 0876687751, John Joe Donohoe; 087 6749275, Michael Masterson; 0871835064, Peter Cassidy; 0863760053, Kathryn McGauran; 0871202431, Willie Healy; 0870623673.You can also contact any of the following local co-ordinators: Tony Farrell; 0861930093, Pauric O’Brien; 0868054180, Joe Grimes; 0866020577, Barry Kiernan; 0868896142, John Duffy; 0867985076, Louis Mc Entire; 0861007288, John P. Kane; 0862684696, Seamus Quinn; 0872569251, Johnny Creegan; 0863760053, Seamus Farrell; 0868228997, Pat Jones; 0877607791, Peter Mimnagh, 0868305982, Noel Maguire; 0863548112,Declan Corrigan; 0868044627 and Pat Faughnan; 0433324522. Arrangements can be made to collect items or they can be dropped off from Thursday 6th June at Louis Mc Entire’s yard.
MOYNE BINGO RESULTS: €130 Mary Alice Byrne, €100 Rose Marie Mulligan, €65 Eileen Taaffe, €40 May Clerkin, other winners; Eilish Reilly, Bridget Kiernan, Mary Jo Curran, Ann McNeill, Nuala O Hanlon, Rosemarie Mulligan, Sharon Lee, Amanda O Hanlon, Pat Brady, Jack Mulligan, Tony Galligan, Mary Murphy, Margaret Seerey, Kathleen McGarry, Ita Reilly, Mary Reynolds, Katie Martin and Rose Smith. Bingo starts at 9 pm each Thursday in Latin School. New players most welcome.
DROMARD FOUR SCHOOLS REUNION: One of the most enduring highlights of this gathering will be the launch of The Commemorative Booklet on Friday night August 9th next. It will be there for posterity. Write your name in history by sitting down and composing a short, reflection, memory or poem or send in photographs and claim your place on the pages of history. Everyone has a unique view or perspective, which others can enjoy. Don’t delay, do it soon as time is running out. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Kathryn McNerney , Edenmore, Ballinamuck, Co Longford. All photos will be scanned and returned promptly. C’mon just sit down and do it.
LEBEEN PARK ENHANCEMENT: Locals has expressed their delight at the commencement of work on the children’s playground at Lebeen Park, Aughnacliffe. It is a vital amenity to provide a safe place of activity, community interaction and the social development of children.
ST. PADRO PIO PILGRIMAGE: To Holy Cross Abbey takes place on Sunday May 26th next. A bus shall be leaving the Cathedral Car Park at 9.15am. For Bookings phone 086/0405621.
LEINSTER DEBUT TICKETS: A limited number of Terrace tickets priced €15 are available for the Longford versus Wicklow opening championship match in Aughrim on Sunday May 26th next. To obtain same contact Joseph Murphy at Phone 087/1340132 by Friday May 17th next.
HIT AND MISS GOLF CLUB: We had two very successful outings in the last four weeks. Our outing to Athlone Golf Club saw twenty three players taking on a very good course, the result of the day in 1st place was Johnny Reilly, category prize winners were Barry Kennedy, Padraic McEntee. Nearest the pin Andrew McGahern. We were invited by the Greville Arms Golf Society Granard to take part in their annual Tom Walsh Memorial Trophy on the 4th May in Longford Golf club. Our golf society member Michael Walsh is a brother of the late Tom, so it was befitting that we should take part and turn out in numbers. What a day it turned out to be- forty four golfers took part, the course was in super condition especially the greens, the weather was near to perfect. This resulted in highstableford scores with three players in the forty points and fifteen players in the thirty’s points range. Our golf society were winners of the first competitive outing between the two societies with a difference of only seven points after the best ten cards from each society were counted. Congratulations to our members on wining the trophy and for turning out in great numbers and to our captain John on his speech. Many thanks to the Greville Arms Golf Society for their invitation to take part and for the prizes they sponsored, it was a great tribute to Tom Walsh on your behalf. We look forward to next year and hope to retain the trophy. Our next outing is on the 15th June, Venue : Carrick On Shannon Golf Club : Tee off at 10 AM, please be there for 9.30am.
FUNDRAISING NIGHT AT THE DOGS: In aid of Tubberpatrick Cemetery takes place on Friday May 31st next at 8pm. Venue; Longford Greyhound Stadium. Treat yourself to a new experience. Tickets are on sale from commitee members at 10 euros ea. Sponsorship for advertisements in The Race Booklet is most welcome. A full page add is 100eu and a half page add is 50eu and all sponsors get a free ticket. Anyone wishing to take out an advertisement can Email email@example.com or Ph. 087/6996732.
DEAR READERS: Thanks for your words of encouragement, stories, acceptance and many cups of tea over the last eighteen months. You could not have been better. So it is with regret that for personal reasons that for the foreseeable future that I step aside. You can now Email your news to firstname.lastname@example.org or Ph. Shane McGauran at 087/9254868