Congratulations and best wishes to all the hardy stalwarts who braved the elements when they took part in a six mile walk and bed push from Ballymahon to Kenagh last Sunday afternoon. The walk was organised as a fundraiser for “walk in my shoes” in aid of mental illness. A large group took part despite the heavy rain ending with a bar b q and outdoor music in O’Boyles pub which went on into the evening and enjoyed by a large contingent of supporters. Thanks to all concerned.
The numbers drawn in Kenagh GAA Lotto for last Sunday night, August 27th were 13, 20, 25, 29. There were four match three winners - Oliver Doyle, Snugboro; Marie and Bryan Brodie, Ledwithstown; Larkin family, Athlone and Thomas McLoughlin, Ballymahon all get twenty euro each.
Winners in Kenagh Centre last Thursday night were Vincent and May, eleven games, they win eighty euro. Mark and Noreen, nine games, they win fifty euro. Table prizes: Barry and Josie, Billy and William, win twenty euro each. Raffle: Simon Boland, William Belton, Liam McHugh, Niall Hughes, Sean Parker, Simon Boland, all win ten euro each.
Cemetery Sunday is on Sunday, 10th August. Mass will be at 11am in the church followed by blessing of the graves. Committee members will meet on Thursday evenings from 8 to 9pm to do a little work. If you can join us for a little while – 10 minutes, 20 minutes or an hour, whatever you can manage, it will be appreciated. Also we are presently trying to put together an up to date map/register of the cemetery, if you can help is to identify unmarked graves please drop in any Thursday evening or tel 087 2721847 or contact any committee member on cemetery Sunday.
The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place this year on Sunday, September 7th. Ceremonies for the day begin at 2.30pm. Full particulars later. There will also be a pilgrimage to Medjugorje from Knock on September 10th. The fare will be 699 euro per person sharing all inclusive. Anyone wishing to take part please contact Marita Concannon at 098 6401702 089 4146331 for further particulars.
The annual hay making festival by traditional methods was a great success, both as a social occasion and an exhibition of machinery from yesteryear. A large attendance enjoyed a full programme in brilliant sunshine which continued throughout the day. The exhibition of work carried out by horses was greatly appreciated by the large crowd present, especially those who travelled long journeys. Visitors came from as far away as county Down, Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Galway and the nearer counties of Offaly, Westmeath and Roscommon. Thanks to all those supporters from near and far who subscribed so generously to help maintain a way of life which is now long forgotten by so many people. Luckily, there are a few around who can make a hay rope, butt a cock or use a tumbling rake.
We send heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Jack and Kathleen Donlon, Moydow who celebrated their diamond jubilee of their wedding with a large family gathering at their house last Saturday, July 26th. Jack married his wife, Kathleen who was formerly Kathleen O’Boyle from Kenagh village in the old Saint Dominic’s Church in Clough about this month in 1954. The wedding ceremony was performed by Jack’s brother, Father Jimmy who was ordained in Rome the same year. Jack and Kathleen lived all their sixty years at the family residence in Moydow where they reared their six children. They are at present enjoying an anniversary honeymoon in Kerry and Cork. We wish Jack and Kathleen continued good health and happiness and congratulate them on their achievement.
We offer our apologies for no Leader notes last week, especially to those who gave in dated notices. Due to a very busy weekend, the weekly notes were overlooked, mea culpa.