Two year re-certification classes are currently ongoing and are taking place in the parish hall Carrickedmond. All concerned are asked to please indicate by return text if you can attend this class when contacted. If there are people interested in doing a new CPR/AED course please contact Seamus McGuire at 086-8286748, Anthony Green at 086-3993933 or Kathryn Keenan 0868226894 as it is intended to run a course for new people in April.
The last of the spring house stations will take place at the home of Carmel Nally for the Ratharney area on Wednesday night the 29th April at 8pm.
Carrickedmond GAA club are appealing for support from all in the parish to help cover the cost of drainage to the local GAA pitch which is ongoing at present. When complete the pitch will be available and playable all year round for everyone from children up to adult age. This is a large project been undertaking by the club and it is hoped that everyone will give their backing and help with costs and expenses to work been carried out. If you would like to make a donation to this project or would like more information please contact the club mobile number at 0858515392 or any club committee member.
Best of luck
Is extended to our local football players on the county team Barry Oâ€™Farrell and Garreth Higgins and to all the panel and management team who play Offaly in the division 4 league final which takes place in Croke Park, Dublin on Saturday evening next the 25th April.
Death of Pat Larkin
There were sad scenes and deep shock in the parish and surrounding areas since Thursday of last week as news filtered through of the sudden and untimely death of local man Pat Larkin, Kilcurry. Pat was out doing his farm work on his land when he became suddenly ill and passed away by the side of his tractor. After the alert for help, every effort was made by the local defibrillator group, the fire service, the ambulance service and many neighbours and friends of Patâ€™s to revive him, but unfortunately, all efforts failed and Pat passed away surrounded by his family and friends. Pat was well known around the county and throughout his forty seven years was very involved in many groups and organizations. He was a footballer of note and wore the number 3 jersey with distinction for his club Carrickedmond. After his playing days were over Pat served time as treasurer of the local GAA club. Pat was also involved with the club in Scor competitions and was a member of the Carrickedmond senior Scor set dancing group who won a senior Leinster set dancing title in 1992 and went on to compete in the same year in the Senior Scor All-Ireland final. Pat loved to socialize and among his favourite pastimes was play a game of cards and playing squash and badminton with his friends. Pat was most happy when out working on his farm and doing his hedge cutting. He was a respected farmer of note who travelled to many marts in the surrounding area dealing, mixing and having the banter with other farmers. Pat was a great neighbour and could be called upon at any time to help with any situation. Pat who is predeceased by his father, Bernard will now be sadly missed by all who knew him especially his heartbroken mother, Helena, sisters Bird, Pauline and Marie, his wife Geraldine, all other relatives and friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathies. Patâ€™s remains were removed from his home in Kilcurry where a constant flow of people passed through on Saturday and Saturday night to say their final goodbyes. His remains arrived in Carrickedmond church on Sunday for 1pm mass. The local GAA clubs and pupils from Colehill NS formed a guard of honour as Patâ€™s remains arrived into and on leaving the church. Following mass his remains were carried in turn by local GAA club mates and friends to the local cemetery. May he now rest in peace.
Get well wishes
Are extended to all from the parish who are recovering from sickness at home or in hospital at this time.
Sympathy Is extended to the Farrell family, Cloughan, Abbeyshrule on the recent death of Amy Farrell who passed away at the very young age of 33 following a long illness. Amy was a beautiful young woman and was an inspiration to all who knew her. To her father Bill, sister Susan, brothers Michael and Niall, other relatives and friends, we extend our sincere sympathies.
Death Sympathy is extended to the family of Elizabeth Brady, Creenagh, Longford who passed away recently. Elizabeth served the Drumlish area for many years as fellow correspondent with the Longford Leader. To her husband Gerry, sons Diamian, Pauric and Gary, daughters, Lisa, Aine and Orla, other relatives and friends, we extend our sincere sympathies.