Sylvia Dawson: Our community and the County of Longford at large were deeply saddened on Tuesday last July 5th 2011 to learn of the death of one of the most iconic figures of the area. Sylvia Dawson (nee Shaw), late of Shawbrook who died in her 95th year at the County Hospital, Mullingar, was one of our most senior (ex)-parishioners, and a huge driving force in the establishment of many organisations that aimed to better the lives of people in Legan and beyond. It is difficult to put into words exactly how great her contribution made to her community, county and society at large as she had been constantly working to change the lives of others for the better in any way she could. From a very early stage Sylvia had a calling to enhance people’s lives, particularly those that were under-privileged. This calling led to her founding of St Christopher’s Services, Longford. The fantastic services that St Christopher’s provide are the best to be found anywhere in the country today and are a credit to Sylvia’s relentless work and devotion to seeing St Christopher’s grow from strength to strength all the time. Sylvia was the President of St Christopher’s at the time of her death and one can assume she couldn’t have been more proud of the services St Christopher’s provide and the people working to provide these services she fought so hard to establish and improve for so many years. Her vision, I’m sure, has surpassed itself. Sylvia had a great involvement in all concerned with Legan, where she lived for so many years and was extremely proactive in the setting up of organisations and groups to improve the locality in many ways. She was instrumental in the forming of the local ICA for the ladies of the area and she was to the fore in the forming of Legan Group Water Scheme as secretary of their committee for over 20 years. Around Longford County, however, Sylvia Dawson will be most remembered for the establishment of St Christopher’s Services, Longford, the inaugural meeting of which we are proud to know was held in Legan’s old hall in the year 1964. We extend our deepest sympathy to Sylvia’s sons Philip and Robert and to her daughters Valerie and Jennifer, her extended family, relatives and friends. May she Rest in Peace.
GAA Lotto: Last week’s GAA Lotto draw was held in Connaughton’s, Rathowen for a jackpot of 1800 euro. The numbers drawn were 1, 12, 14 and 29. There was no jackpot winner. Winners of 50 euro each were Noel Nolan and Liz Bannon. This week’s draw was held in Slowey’s, Kinard for a jackpot of 1850 euro, results of which will be published next week.
Defibrillator Group: Heart saving and defibrillation re-certification will take place in St Sinneach’s Hall, Carrickedmond on Wednesday 20th July 2011. All those from Legan who are trained in defibrillation are asked to attend.
Hard Luck: Hard Luck to Longford County Footballers who were narrowly beaten by Tyrone in the Second Round of the Qualifiers of the All-Ireland Football Championship on Saturday evening last 9th July 2011 in what was really a great game of football against a very accomplished Tyrone team.
Summer Camp: Naoi Rath Re Creche, Legan are holding a Cookery Camp named “Tastes from Around the World” for children aged 6 to 11 years old at the Creche from Monday 15th August 2011 to Friday 19th August 2011. The camp starts at 10am until 2pm each day and promises to be a great week of fun. The cost of this camp is 45 euro per child and 40 euro for a second child. Children are required to bring a packed lunch with them each day of the camp. A deposit of 10 euro is needed to secure a place on the course. Please contact Pamela at Naoi Rath Re Creche on 044-9357080 for more information or to book a place.
Cemetery Masses: Cemetery Masses are taking place in the local Cemeteries this July. Please inform relatives and friends of the deceased of the times and dates of the individual Cemetery Masses. The next Cemetery Mass is on Friday July 15th at 8.00pm in Kilglass Cemetery and then on Friday July 22nd at 8.00pm in Agharra Cemetery.
Aurora Club: The Aurora Club’s next outing will take place on Wednesday July 20th 2011. The destination this time is Dublin where a number of exciting venues will be visited. Bookings for a place on the tour are being taken by Valerie Moran or Joe Murphy. It is advised to book as soon as possible.
Special Occasion: The Eucharistic Congress is being announced by bringing the Congress Bell to each Parish. The Bell will visit St Mary’s Church, Legan on Thursday 21st July 2011.
Cul Camps: Cul Camp Football Camps are up and running around the county at the moment. From the 25th to the 29th July 2011 a Cul Camp will take place in Moran Park, Carrickedmond. From the 8th August to 12th August 2011 Ardagh’s Cul Camp will take place in Keenan Park. Prices are 55 euro for one child and 45 euro per child after that.