North Longford May 6

A wake in the west - The Latin School Community players will present their 3 act play “A wake in the west” on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May in the Latin School Community Centre Moyne. Doors open at 8pm with the play commencing at 8.30pm each night. Patrons can be assured that this is a production well worth seeing.

A wake in the west - The Latin School Community players will present their 3 act play “A wake in the west” on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May in the Latin School Community Centre Moyne. Doors open at 8pm with the play commencing at 8.30pm each night. Patrons can be assured that this is a production well worth seeing.

Colmcille Parochial Draw

The winners in the April draw were 200 euro Michael and Mary Reilly, Millview Smear;70 euro each Brian O’Reilly Aughakine; Michael Francis and Mary McKeon Smear Hill ; Annie Reilly Aughakilmore;Patricia Boyle Molly; Eamon Mulligan Aughacordrinan and Pearse Daly Aughamore lower. There are some places still available in the draw. The subscription is 150 euro per annum or 15 euro per month. The next draw takes place on Sunday 29th May after 10.30am Mass in Colmcille church.

Deeply regretted death

Patrick (Pat) McKeon , Crott, Moyne who passed to his eternal reward at the Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar on Saturday 23rd April was in his 77th year. Well known in the blacksmith trade the deceased spent some years in the UK. Prior to succeeding to family business in Crott where the McKeon family had operated as far back as the1800s. On his return the blacksmith trade had underwent a complete change with the arrival of the tractor and modern farming methods. Pat contented himself at welding in which he was particularly skilled. As well as making fancy gates and repairing and restoring antiques of every description. When his health began to fail some 6 years ago he spent the rest of his days in St Joseph’s nursing home in Longford. His remains were brought from the Mullingar hospital to the residence of his brother Hugh an wife Anna in Cleenrath Aughanacliffe where the wake was held on Sunday and Monday with people from all over the country coming to pay their last respects to the well known gentleman. Then on Monday evening the removal took place to Colmcille Church where they were received by Rev Fr Eamon Corkery PP Dromard. His funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday 26th April by Rev Fr Seamus McKeon PP Aughnacliffe and aftewards he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. There were large attendances present on both occasions. Deepest sympathy is extended to his brother Hugh and his wife Anna in Cleenrath. His sister Rosaleen and husband James Reilly Rathcronan Granard & brother Frank and his wife Bridie in London together with a large circle of friends and relations . May his soul rest in peace.

Confirmation and first holy


The sacraments of confirmation will be administered in St Mary’s Church Legga on Sunday next 8th May at 3pm and in Colmcille Church on Wednesday 11th May at 12 noon. First holy communion in Legga Church on Saturday 21st May at 10.30am and in Colmcille on Saturday 28th May at 1pm.

Alzheimer tea party

The annual tea party for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland will be held in the Latin community centre Moyne on this Thursday 5th May from 9.30am to 1pm.

Drumury hosted all Ireland cockfight

One Monday in June 1941 Drumury and Dromard entered the history books as the location of the one and only All Ireland contest held in the parish . Followers of cockfighting converged on Phil McNaboe’s field from all over the country to witness and to wager on the contests between birds from Antrim, Cavan Cork , Donegal Leix, Fermanagh, Limerick, Tipperary and waterford. The local people who were in the know were there in droves in that quiet out of the way location but Garda Murphy Arva (a native of Drumlish) was not aware of the event until the whole illegal exercise was over. Such activities were arranged secretly as they attracted major gambling interests which in turn added to the poverty of the times. Each county was represented by a “team” of three birds carried in woven rod baskets . By 9 o’clock that morning there might have been 500 men (no women) in the field their cars in pick up trucks parked in any convenient place. To fill in time before the contests the men organised toss pits , another popular form of gambling and entertainment in those days. In fact you would find at many crossroads on a Sunday a group of men and boys pitching pennies and tossing them on a comb. So intent on the entertainment and on recouping their losses that they would purchase candles in order to continue after dark. This happened at Bernard Smiths shop at Ededmore Cross where certain dedicated followers of the toss pit such as John Joe Gill and Peter Flaherty Genmore spent the entire summer’s day from 2nd Mass time until midnight at their gambling completely oblivious of the necessity to eat.. The judge of the cockfight was a Mr Henderson . No contest started until all bets (at even money) were placed with the teller at least 120 minutes beforehand. To prepare for each fight, all birds were given a little whiskey by its handler. Its spurs were trimmed by an official and steel spurs were fitted in its feet and legs. A number was painted on the leg of every bird. Theses contests were to the death. The surviving bird was not required to fight a second time. A fresh bird was chosen for the next round. The counties involved in the final were Tipperary and Fermanagh. The winner came from Florence court in Co Fermanagh and the owner was presented with a statuette of a fighting cock and a red rosette. It is said by local people who were present on the day that the teller had taken over 4000 euro in bets. A staggering sum in those war time days when money was generally scarce. (published by kind permission of the author of “From the well of St Patrick”. Some copies of this important and well documented history of Dromard parish are still available).


During the course of my duties on that day in1941 I was inspecting drainage and ancillary works in the townland of Drumury but was prevented from gaining admission to the field to witness the proceedings.

Sunday 1st May 1921

Sunday 1st May marked he 90th anniversary of the shooting of two members of the back and tans on the farm of Frances Reilly on Sunday 1st May 1921. The Longford Leader of Saturday 7th May reported “Two RIC constables stationed at Arva were shot dead at Fyhora Dromard early on Sunday morning. Their bodies were removed to the barracks that evening. The great May Day fair on Monday 2nd may was prohibited in Arva and people not knowing about the tragedy were turned back when entering the town on Monday morning. As an official reprisal the homestead of Mr Francis Reilly near where the shooting took place, was burned down on Wednesday 4th May. The constables names were George Cutherston, a native of Sterling Scotland and Walter Shaw from Yorkshire. Both were aged 20.

Charity table quiz

A charity table quiz will take place at 8.30pm on Friday 6th May in the Latin School Community Centre, Moyne. Tables of four costs 20 euro with proceeds going to St Lukes Misssionary Hospital in Zambia where a past pupil of Moyne Community School will be doing duty this summer.

Purth Cemetery

Discussions are to take place to form a committee with the purpose of putting together a cemetery association for Purth . All interested contact Pat on 087 9893021 or Deidre on 087 9872111.

Good win for Dublin hurlers

Congratulations to the two Dublin hurlers with Norh Longford connections Shane Durkin and Garry Maguire who started for Dublin when they defeated Kilkenny 0-22 to1-7 to win the national hurling league for the first time for over 50 ears. Well done also to Thomas Brady (full back) whose father is a native of the Arva district.

Dromard GAA

This year Dromard GAA Club will begin a major fundraising campaign to raise monies for the development of a 3G training surface at out existing club grounds. Work on this development is due to commence in May. The proposed facility will include an artificial synthetic grass surface for training all our teams from under 8 up to seniorr level. They recognised that in theses difficult economic times we need to be creative in our thinking in terms if fundraising methods and we believe we have come up with a novel idea that will interest people and encourage support. The Massey Ferguson 35 tractor was an integral part of their farming community in Ireland from the 1950s and down through the years it has been replaced with many newer versions and so the massey ferguson 35 is now a very sought after tractor and is very much a farmers collector item and is one that we believe is very suitable for a fundraising raffle. The tractor belonged to the late Jack McCabe Corglass in the parish of Dromard has been kindly donated to the club by his family for the purpose of restoring it to its original form using local talent. The purpose of this restoration project was not merely a fundraising effort but one that included community building that utilised talent from the parish and neighbouring parishes. This project was used as an education tool to pass on the art of restoration while at the same time producing a valuable and sought after product upon completion. With the help of the local community employment scheme restoration works took place from January to April with classes taking place on Tuesday ad Thursday night with an average attendance of 22 people at the club facilities in Dromard where a significant number of weekly events occur and therefore large volumes of people witnessed this interesting project unfold. A steering committee was set up to track the progress of the project and capture each stage of the restoration process and use these to publicise the project in the media. The club launched the draw for the tractor on last Sat 30th April in the clubhouse to a large attendance and the unveiling of the fully restored tractor met with great excitement. Entertainment was provided by a host of local young musicians including Ril Og . The raffle tickets cost 5 euro each or book of 5 tickets 20 euro on sale in local shops etc.

Dromard GAA honours teams

Dromard club held a very successful function in the Breffni Arms Arva to honour the 1969 U14 championship winning team and the 1970 junior league and championship wining team. Recently married couples Cathal and Mairead Conefrey, Noel and Imelda Reynolds and Sean and Gillesa Farrell also received presentations on the night.