Last Wednesday morning at 8.30am on the button the coach carrying the Entente Florale judges arrived at the fountain in beautiful Dromod. They were greeted by a large crowd of locals and members of Leitrim County council including the chairman, Paddy O’Rourke. From then until 1pm the judging of the village took place. It started with a presentation by Seamus Mallon at Warren Lodge followed by a guided walk of the village with Dromod Development secretary, John Reilly pointing out the various points of interest to them. There was a beautiful display of vintage cars and the Reynolds family, Esker had their 1938 thrasher in operation to show how the corn was harvested in years gone by, there was also a lovely display of local arts and crafts and industries including Dromod Boxty, Shannonside Savouries’, Irish Contract Seating and many more. The delegation then travelled to view St. Mary’s Church and cemetery in Annaduff before returning to see the Bornacoola GAA club grounds where they were given a short briefing on the activities of the GAA. Their final stop was at Dromod harbour where again they were briefed on its history and present status, there entertainment was provided by Ronnie Duignan, Sharon Jones, The O’Neill dancers and the Guckian dancers with tasty bites provided by Harkins Bristo. The afternoon concluded with a resounding rendition of “Lovely Leitrim” led by Liam Duignan with the large crowd joining in. The judges then returned to Warren Lodge to deliberate on what they had seen before having Lunch at The Copper Still where there were a few short speeches from members of the group, they then boarded their coach and hit down south to Tralee. Overall, it was a great day for the village and great credit must go to all involved in the organisation of this wonderful event. Results of the Entente Florale competition will be announced in September.
Proud Day for Dromod
An e-mail in from John Reilly, secretary of Dromod Development and it reads as follows; Wednesday last seen the arrival of the Entente Florale to Dromod village. It was a very proud day for the people of Dromod and it was great to see such volume of people around the village to welcome the judges on the morning. A lasting impression was surely made and the judges commented on the huge welcome the got from the people of Dromod and surrounding areas. Dromod Development would like to thank everyone who helped out on the lead up to the competition and everyone who helped make the day such a success. We would especially like to thank Leitrim County Council for their support and guidance throughout the year. We would also like to thank all the local business for their support, thanks to the people who displayed their fantastic crafts and produce on the day. We are confident that we have left a long lasting impression with the jury members of the Entente Florale!! So fingers crossed we can bring home Gold from the awards ceremony in September!!
Cancer - we have all been touched by its devastating effects at some time in our lives, be it a family member or friend. We can only admire and be thankful for the care and support offered by the North West Hospice to patients and loved ones. We may have the best intentions at the time to give something back. Maybe now is the time. On Sunday next, the 10th of August 2014 Annaduff GAA in association with North West Hospice and Tesco Carrick-on-Shannon are hosting a Family Fun Day. We invite you and your family to join us in our fundraising where you can make a donation or even sponsor a Hamper. If you our someone you know would like to give something back then contact Ciaran Dolan on 086 2666088.
A note to hand to let all you bingo lovers know that there will be Bingo in Newtownforbes on Sunday next, 10th August at 3pm with €2500 in prize money.
Fun Family Day
Annaduff G.A.A in association with Tesco and North West Hospice are holding a Fun Family Day on Sunday, August 10th. All are invited to join in the fun. You can make a donation or sponsor a Hamper. For further info. contact Ciaran Dolan at 0862666088.
We would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of the Mary Caslin, nee Duignan, Quay Street, Drumsna who passed away on Thursday last. Mary’s cremation service took place on Saturday last at Mount Jerome Crematorium Dublin. May she rest in peace.
Mohill Bluegrass Festival
A note to hand from Tom Kellegher regarding the forthcoming Mohill bluegrass festival and it reads as follows - The Mohill Bluegrass Festival starts on Friday 8th August in Planxty Maguire’s with the fabulous Down & out Bluegrass band. Music all day Saturday and Sunday in the marquee, with a concert on Saturday night in Planxty’s. Admission €5. There’ll be great family entertainment in and around the town. Finishing off with two local bands in O’Brien’s Tavern, Glebe St on Sunday night. Please support, you’ll love it!
Family fun day
An email in from Patricia to let you know that there will be a Family Fun Day at Rooskey Community Centre on Sunday next, 10th August from 1.30 - 6pm. Lots of activities, amusements, dancing, stalls and music. Come and support our event in aid of Rooskey Church Restoration Fund.
Ballinamuck Olde Fair Day Ballinmuck are proud to announce their 2nd Annual Fair Day on Sunday, 17th of August, it promises to be even bigger and better than last year.
Bornacoola Gun Club
The Bornacoola Gun Club held their AGM on Friday 18th July, 2014 in Dromod. At a well-attended meeting, the following are the club officers for the forthcoming year; Presidents: Basil Shanley and PJ Cox, Chairman: Bobby Shanley, Secretary: Shane Reynolds, Treasurer: Michael Shanley, Safety Officers: David Conroy & Gary Sutherland, Vermin Control Officers: Sean Devine & Anthony Rogan, Game Development Officers: Shane Reynolds & Sean Devine. A number of topics were discussed on the night and a detailed Secretary’s report was presented to members who contributed to a successful meeting. In the past twelve months, members have taken part in a number of activities and different conservation projects. The club would like to thank everyone that took part in the recent vermin/predator control programme, bird releases, clay shoots, competitions, educational initiatives and other recent activities. Without doubt, predators and vermin are currently the biggest threat to our game and wildlife species. Increased numbers of vermin like grey crows, magpies, fox and the ‘new’ arrivals such as the protected species of pine marten and buzzard are without doubt impacting on the number of several wild birds, songbirds and animal species and are also a threat to domestic fowl and livestock. Unfortunately, these predators will inflict a high cost on areas in both financial and sporting terms unless appropriate action is taken to keep numbers under control. Predation of the nest has a far more profound effect on the game bird population than predation at any other time of the year. Good wildlife management and conversation programmes often have to cull certain species for the betterment of other species. Among the goals of wildlife conservation is to ensure that nature will be around for future generations to enjoy. The gun club members are working away and actively contributing to the countryside and community at large. The club have various events in the pipeline for the forthcoming year and ask for your continued support. We would especially like to thank the local landowners and farmers, sponsors and the people of Bornacoola for their continued support in the last year. Finally, if you have any problems with unwanted vermin around your area, firearms applications etc. members will be more than willing to assist you. You can contact Shane Reynolds at 087 9751993 for assistance or any gun club member.
Unfortunately, Bornacoola exited the senior championship on Saturday night last when suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of neighbours Mohill in Ballinamore. Score difference in the group means that while we ended on the same points as both Allen Gaels and Carrigallen, their better scoring records mean they survive in the chase for championship glory while Bornacoola must re-group for the relegation play-offs. Team on duty: Gerry Gearty, Noel McEnore, Morgan Shanley, Jason Conroy, Aidan Reilly, Paul Hackett, Conor McCauley, Gary McCloskey (0-1), Michael Duignan (0-1), Shane Conroy, Trevor Howard, Ollie Vaughan, Sean Mc Keon (0-1), Philip Howard (0-1), and Brian Conroy (0-1). Subs used: Brian Reilly, Kevin Shanley (0-1), Mervyn Howard. Bornacoola’s junior team put in a decent effort against a vastly superior Drumkeerin in their final group game on Sunday morning last. Despite playing most of the second half with 14 men, a young team kept plugging away. Special mention to Sean McKeon who was playing his second championship game in 18 hours in horrendous conditions and who played with great heart throughout. Team on duty was Conor Hackett, Tony Shanley, Seamus Mallon, Gerry Moffatt, Liam Mulligan, Niall Mc Gowan, Kieran Campbell, Mervyn Howard, Daniel Farrell, Feargal Mc Gill, Sean Mc Keon, Alan Bohan, John Shanley, Declan Conboy and Dara Healy. Finally, Bornacoola Minors were unfortunate to lose their first championship game against St Marys on Wednesday night last as only three points separated the teams at the final whistle. It was the town team’s ability to manufacture goals that ultimately earned them the victory on a 4-9 to 2-12 scoreline. Next outing is against neighbours Annaduff on Wednesday week, August 13th in Dromod at 7pm.
Under terrible weather conditions in Drumkeerin on Saturday, Annaduff were beaten 2-9 to 0-3 by Drumreilly in Drumkeerin on Saturday in the third round of the Championship group stages. The first half was closely contested with Drumreilly leading at half time by 1-3 to 0-3. The highlight of the first half from an Annaduff viewpoint was a penalty save from Jim McCormack who was outstanding in goals. Drumreilly outscored us by 1-6 to 0-0 in the second half to run out deserving and easy winners. Annaduff: Jim McCormack, Dean Gill, Thomas Flanagan, Gary Bohan, Hugh Moylan, Chris Farrell, Nigel Cox, Dillon Keane, Cathal Cox ,Daniel Duignan, Ray Cox, Eoin Gill, Matty Cox (Capt.), Sean McNabola (0-2), Kenny Cox (0-1). Subs used: James Cox, Conor Reynolds, Matthew Reynolds, Keith Duignan, Joe Cox, Brendan Lynch. In the junior a championship Annaduff were beaten 3-17 to 1-3 by Carrigallen in Carrick on a very wet Sunday. Despite been well beaten the team showed a lot of character. Carrigallen led at half time by 1-6 to 1-2. Annaduff’s goal came from Niall Cox after good play by Alan Glancy. Paul McNulty made his junior debut with an impressive display and Michael and James Faughnan and Niall Cox returned to action. Annaduff: Kevin Ludlow, Michael Rowley, Michael Lynch, Paul McNulty, Keith Duignan, Micheal O’Dowd, James Riordan, Brendan Lynch (Capt.), Eoin Reynolds, Sean Duignan, Alan Cox (0-1), Michael Faughnan, Niall Cox (1-0), Joe Cox (0-1), Alan Glancy (0-1). Subs: James Faughnan (for N. Cox).
We send birthday greetings to some locals celebrated their birthday recently Johnny Duffy, Mary Faughnan, Joseph Geelan, Ita Faughnan, John Murtagh and finally to Aishling Meldrum, Keelagh who I am told reached a milestone in her life last week. All information courtesy of Facebook. We wish you health and happiness for the future.