Congratulations Oliver and Mary Fallon, Curamanagh on the birth of a baby boy recently. They are calling him Andrew. This is the first grandchild for John and Bernadette Chapman, Knockavagen. We welcome John and Bernadette to the Grannyâ€™s club.
We are glad to record continual progress in the restoration of the old white gate pier, which unfortunately was knocked over recently. Compliments to Charles and David with their helpers who are doing great work on the project. After the foundation was remade the huge four ton block of masonry was lowered into place with a telescopic lift. Spare a thought for the men who put it there in the first place, almost two hundred years ago. The piers which were originally ten feet wide are now about fifteen feet apart and wide enough for two cars to meet. When finished, we hope this historic landmark is restored to its former grandeur. No doubt, Charles and his mates will have the finishing touches in place over the next few days. As we write, the village continues to improve from various aspects and should come in with better marking than last year in the Tidy Towns competition.
Winners last Thursday night in Kenagh were Tom and Pat 12 games. They win 35 euro each. Billy and William , Tom and Mary, 10 games, they win 20 euro each. Table prizes: Tommy and Frank Bernie and Roy all win twenty euro each. Raffle: Liam McHugh, Barney Kenny, Pat Larkin, Eugene Kelly, Niall Hughes and Mary Cahill, all win ten euro each.
There are still a few booklets left which were published in conjunction with the exhibition on World War 1 which was held in the library over the past fortnight. The exhibition has now been dismantled and all the artifacts safely returned to their owners. Many thanks to all the people who loaned artifacts and other documents and photos which went to make the event a great success. Booklets can be purchased in the post office in Kenagh, Terlicken filling station and McGowanâ€™s, Ballymahon at five euro each.
The Midland draught horse society will be holding their fourth annual hay festival at Glanmore on Sunday, July 27th from 12 noon. There will also be a carriage run around the royal canal area on Saturday, July 26. All are welcome.
This yearâ€™s Barry Rafferty seminar and conference will be held on August 29th (Friday) at Corlea Centre. National speakers will attend throughout the day from 10am to 4pm to talk about and demonstrate on various aspects of Barry Raffertyâ€™s life and his contribution to unearthing the distant past. Those intending to come should book a place as soon as possible as seats will be limited. A light lunch will be served and all are welcome. An announcement is also expected at this seminar about the possible uses of Bord na Mona cutaway bog in the immediate surroundings of the Corlea Centre. Wetlands Heritage Ireland have been involved in this arrangement over the past year.
The death has occurred last Saturday, July 12 of Mrs Irene Mulvihill, The Hill, Ballymahon, wife of the late Paddy and mother of the late Mary Beatrice who died over the past two weeks. Irene was in her eighty ninth year and lived all her married life in Ballymahon. She was formerly Irene Connolly of Lisglassick Kenagh. This is the third family bereavement within the family circle in the past three weeks, her brother in law Captain James Fagan, Ballymore died within the past month. We offer our sincere sympathy to her son, Patrick, daughters Isabella, Patricia, Irene and Virginia and her only surviving sister Teresa Fagan, her grandchildren and a wide circle of relatives and friends. Her removal took place on Monday evening to Saint Matthews Church at 7pm and her funeral at Shrule after eleven oâ€™clock mass on Tuesday morning last.