Auction: An auction will be held in St. Dominic’s Community Centre on Saturday July 3rd at 3p.m. Anyone with unwanted items, Kitchen ware, farm tools, gifts, Bric a Brac, household goods, turf, vegetables, garden produce, flowers, potted plants, good toys etc are asked to donate for a good cause. Collection can be arranged. All proceeds go to the Longford Branch of Children of Chernobyl. Please contact Joan Mulvihill on (043) 33 22184 or Tess Doyle on (043) 33 22 124 for further information.
Thanks: The friends of the Children of Chernobyl wish to thank everyone who donated to their Church gate collection which amounted to €352.98
Haymaking Festival: A very novel attraction takes place on David Mulvihill’s farm at Lisamickey, Ballymahon on Sunday July 24th beginning at 1p.m. A haymaking festival will be held there using the machinery and equipment of the last century. All machines will be drawn by horses, or manually operated. Come and see meadows being cut with the old piece no. 4 and other such machines. The hay will be turned and tedded with old hay turners and wheel rakes. At least ten pairs of horses will be on the field at the same time. Rope twisting, bramming, cutting with the scythe and many other aspects of haymaking will be evident. Amusements and side shows plus refreshments will also be on the field. The event is being organised by the Midland horse draft horse association. It will be a very interesting day in store for old and young.
Death: Sylvia Dawson was a former resident of Legan and Fee Court, Longford. Sylvia will be best remembered for her association with the St. Christopher’s school for special needs on the Battery Road, Longford. She was a founding member of the St. Christopher’s Society almost forty years and has been involved with the school until very recently. She wrote her memoirs last year which was a remarkable achievement at ninety three years of age. She was also a lifelong member of the Longford historic society and the I.C.A at parish and county level. A genuinely great woman has passed to her eternal reward.
Meeting: A meeting of Longford’s Heritage festival Committee will be held in Aide Farrell’s lounge in Lanesboro this Saturday July 15th at 9.30p.m. All members are requested attend. Lanesboro people are especially invited. Arrangements are at an advanced stage for the festival which will be held on Sunday August 28th in Rathcline.
Wetlands: The first meeting of Longford’s Wetland’s committee was held in St. Dominic’s Community Centre on last Thursday night. Over twenty people attended who took part in a very lively discussion on the possibilities of establishing a network of interested parties and groups with a view to promoting tourism in the south Longford area. The next meeting will be held in the new library on Tuesday July 19th from 6.30p.m. to 8p.m. All interested please attend.
Twenty-five: Winners in St Dominic’s Community Centre last Thursday were Mary and Jimmy, Pete and James; in 10 games they share €120. The table prizes went to Mike and Pat, Bridie and May, and Tom and Larry, they won €20 each. The raffle prizes of €10 went to Pete Glennon, Michael Carroll, Bridie Dolan, Ivan Jones, Freda Connaughton and Pat Newman. Play begins at 9.30p.m. next Thursday night.
Death: We were left very saddened by the news of the death of Eamon Carley which occurred at the young age of 61 years. His death was prompted by an illness which lasted for over two years. Eamon lived in Wilson Green, London for the past forty years and was formerly a native of Portanure, Newtowncashel. He is survived by his brothers Michael, Lislea Kenagh, Brendan, Trim, Co. Meath and Sister Mary Brigid, Galway, Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, cousins, relatives and friends. He was pre-deceased by his brother Paddy Joe, Portanure. His remains will be brought back to his native Newtowncashel for burial in Cashel Cemetery at a later date. We offer sympathy to his brothers, sisters and extended family.
Lotto: The numbers drawn in Kenagh G.A.A lotto were 6, 11, 18 and 22. There was no match three winner and the following names were drawn out, Maggie O’Connor, Derralough, John, Liz and Amanda McGrath, Abbeyderg, Bernie Kilcuff, Glasson and John Joe Whitlow, Derrymacar. There were all awarded €20 each. €8,700 is going next week on four correct numbers.