Kenagh

Computer and Internet Class for Beginners

Computer and Internet Class for Beginners

Are you working in the rural community, farming, a senior citizen, unemployed or part-time employed? Do you have difficulty sending Returns online? Would you like to send emails, skype and shop online? Irish Rural Link are holding 4x2 hour training sessions in Kenagh Community Co-operative Centre. Courses 15 and free to OAP’s. For further information contact Patricia at Kenagh Co-op on 043 3322450/ 086 8109219 or John- 087 2783373.

Progressive 25

Progressive 25 winners in Community Centre last Thursday night were Noreen and Sean, Ned and Tom, eleven games each, they share 120 euro. Table prizes: Mary and Tommy, Val and Pat, Paddy and Mick, all won 20 euro. Raffle: Bill Rodgers, John McManus, Mike Duignan, Tommy Hanley, Noreen Gibbons, Niall Hughes, all won ten euros each.

Kenagh United

Kenagh United FC are very proud having received news this week that four of our under 14 team have been selected to represent Longford County Soccer League in the prestigious Kennedy Cup Tournament which is a national competition held in Limerick for one week in June every year. Everyone at our club wishes to congratulate the four Aaron Kelly, Shea Carberry, Cory Molloy and Dylan Farrell, and wish them well in the competition. 

Thanks

Thanks to the organisers of the Lourdes collection which was taken up at the church gates last weekend, thanks to all who contributed so generously. The amount collected was 489 euro.

Cathal McWeeney

Last week we witnessed the end of an era in Kenagh school catchment area with the death of principal teacher Cathal McWeeney. Cathal (Charles) was born in County Leitrim in the early thirties and after primary school, he received secondary education in Saint Mel’s College, Longford. He attended teacher training college for a further two years and when qualified he got his first position in Glenn school in Ardagh Parish. He came to Kenagh national school in 1959 on the retirement of Thomas Murphy. He was a very young principal at twenty five years of age. Being a very enthusiastic person, he involved in his new position with all his energy. He took over the management of Kenagh school just at the time when there were big changes taking place with the new 1963 education act. He belonged to a generation that moved from the chalk and blackboard right through to modern technology such as slides, overhead projectors and finally computer systems. He was a very adaptable man who had no problem moving with the times. He was a very dedicated teacher who took a personal interest in the progress of each individual student. True enough, he did apply corporal punishment from time to time, but that was the accepted method of persuasion during his early years, but times changed and Cathal had no problem changing also. He was a man of strong religious principles, and a big follower of the Gaelic way of life, let it be language, games, or tradition. He also promoted Scor na nOg for the local GAA club. He retired in 1998 after almost 40 years of devoted service to his pupils, fellow teachers and the broader community of Kelcommock parish. Even after his retirement he actively supported the building of the new community centre and he was secretary of the KCEP which runs the local FAS schemes for fifteen years. After he retired he continued to enquire for his past pupils and to give them encouragement when he met them. He was predeceased by his wife Margeret who was also a teacher. He was buried after his funeral mass in Saint Mel’s College Chapel in Ballymacormack cemetery. To his sons Padraig and Mel, daughters Margaret and Mary, we offer our sincere sympathy. RIP.
 
Tragic death
Tragic death- two tragic accidents which occurred over the past week have personal connections with the Kenagh area. On Friday night last a fatal accident occurred near Legan Village, resulting in the instant death of Bernadette Kenny of Foxhall. Bernadette was a member of a large and popular family in the Legan district and was a sister of Eddie Joe Kenny of Abbeyderg, Kenagh, who no doubt was very shocked and saddened with such sad news. Bernadette was employed in a local solicitors office in Longford and also acted as private secretary to James Bannon TD who was also very shocked after the event. A fatal accident also occurred in Galway where a retired Nun, Sister Ronan (Phyllis) Mollin, from Portumna, Co Galway, was struck by a car while walking near her home last Thursday night. Gardai and an ambulance were called but she died at the scene of the accident. Sister Ronan was a native of Rahoon Co Offaly and was a sister of Teresa (Tess) Rowan of Kiltaffery Kenagh. She was seventy three years of age. We offer our sincere sympathy to both families who no doubt are very shocked and saddened from deaths of their loved ones in such tragic circumstances.