Carrickedmond June 17

John McGrath RIP: All in the parish and surrounding areas were saddened when news broke recently of the death of one of our older parishioners and great characters John McGrath, Parkplace. John, who was in his 87th year, passed away peacefully in the Thomond Lodge nursing home Ballymahon where he spent the past year and a half or so of his long life been cared for by the staff of the nursing home. John was born reared and spent all of his adult life in the parish of Carrickedmond where he and his wife Mary reared a family of four on the family farm. John had a great love of football and was a footballer of note. Many of his football friends from the 50’s and 60’s say he was one of the finest club footballers in the county of that era. John represented his club Carrickedmond and county Longford with distinguish, winning many honours with his club and was a member of the Leinster winning Longford junior team in 1953. He continued to follow and support his club Carrickedmond right up until his illness. John took a great interest in all other parish affairs and loved to read in the local papers of achievements by Carrickedmond teams and individuals. John was also a great family man and will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 50 years Mary, his sons Frank and James, daughters Elizabeth and Rita, sister Nan other relatives and friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. John’s remains were removed from the nursing home Ballymahon to his parish church in Carrickedmond and the burial took place to the local cemetery. May he rest in peace.

John McGrath RIP: All in the parish and surrounding areas were saddened when news broke recently of the death of one of our older parishioners and great characters John McGrath, Parkplace. John, who was in his 87th year, passed away peacefully in the Thomond Lodge nursing home Ballymahon where he spent the past year and a half or so of his long life been cared for by the staff of the nursing home. John was born reared and spent all of his adult life in the parish of Carrickedmond where he and his wife Mary reared a family of four on the family farm. John had a great love of football and was a footballer of note. Many of his football friends from the 50’s and 60’s say he was one of the finest club footballers in the county of that era. John represented his club Carrickedmond and county Longford with distinguish, winning many honours with his club and was a member of the Leinster winning Longford junior team in 1953. He continued to follow and support his club Carrickedmond right up until his illness. John took a great interest in all other parish affairs and loved to read in the local papers of achievements by Carrickedmond teams and individuals. John was also a great family man and will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 50 years Mary, his sons Frank and James, daughters Elizabeth and Rita, sister Nan other relatives and friends to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. John’s remains were removed from the nursing home Ballymahon to his parish church in Carrickedmond and the burial took place to the local cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Exams: Many students from the parish are sitting junior and leaving cert exams at this time. We wish all good luck and hope that all receive the results they deserve.

Book Launch: Local author Ann Skelly Glebe will launch her new book “Foolish Pride” in Longford Library on Wednesday night the 29th June at 7.30pm. The book will be launched by author Brian Leyden and everyone is invited to come along and support Ann on this great achievement.

Defibrillator Group: The Carrickedmond/Abbeyshrule Defibrillator Group intend purchasing a defibrillator for the Kilcurry to Tenelick area of the parish, ensuring that all households in those areas are within five minutes reach of a defibrillator in the event of an emergency. A training course is currently being organised for these areas. Please contact Séamus McGuire on 086 8286748, Rose Campbell on 086 3993933 or Kathryn Keenan on 086 8226894 if you are interested in attending this course.

GAA: Hard luck to the Carrickedmond senior team who were defeated by Drumlish in the senior championship on Sunday evening last. Hopefully the team can now re-group as they now prepare to take on the county champions Longford Slashers in round two.

100th Birthday: Congratulations to Bridget (Bee) Mc Garry formally Barry and now resident in Costello’s nursing home Ballyleague who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Bee as she is better known to all in the parish ran a very successful bar business in Barry village for a long number of years and following her retirement Bee moved to the Costello nursing home in Ballyleague where she has continued to enjoyed good health and happiness. Bee celebrated this great occasion in the company of her family and friends with a party in Cooney’s hotel Ballymahon. A special presentation to Bee from all her friends in the parish took place on the day following her birthday and Bee was delighted to receive this presentation from all her many friends in Carrickedmond. We all wish Bee many more years of health and happiness.

Cycling Group: A cycling group is been formed in the parish. This group will meet once a week and will cycle for leisure on a route which will be planned on the evening of the cycle. All you need for to participate in this great form of exercise is your bicycle and a helmet. The meeting point for the group will be in the car park beside Carrickedmond church and all ages are welcome to join in. The next meeting of the group will take place on Wednesday 22nd June at 7.30pm. For more information contact Albert on 087-7426447.

Dance and Sports Camp: Will take place in St Sinneach’s hall Carrickedmond from Monday 4th July to Friday July 8th. The camp will run from 10am to 2pm. For further information contact 086-3702719 or 086-3046426.

Canal Boat Rally: All interested please note that application forms for the mid summer boat rally are now available by contacting 087-2489513. The Rally commences in Abbeyshrule on the 25th of June with a day of fun at the harbour and later in the evening music and dance will take place in the Rustic Inn. The following day Sunday the 26th June the rally moves to Brannigan harbour Ballymahon where more family fun will be provided. On Saturday the 2nd July its Foigha’s big day where all the boats will dock for more fun activities. On Sunday 3rd July it’s on to Kenagh for more fun music and craic and for the first time on the 9th July the rally visits Killashee. The committee ask all in these areas to come out and support the canal boat rally when in your area.

Clothes Collection: There will be a used clothes collection from the car park outside St Sinneachs NS Colehill on Friday, 17th June, at 9.30 am. The pupils have already been given bags for this collection. You are welcome to leave bags of old used clothes, matched shoes etc. Please keep different types of items separated.

Blood Transfusion Clinic: Will take place in the Longford Arms hotel Longford on this Wednesday and Thursday the 15th and 16th June from 4.30pm to 8pm.

Senior Citizens Tour: It is hoped to organise a senior citizens outing for all senior citizens of the parish in on Wednesday 13th July to Powerscourt. If you would like to book a place on this day out please contact Edel Shannon 087-1261831, Rose McGrath 087-9671698 or Fr Tiernan on 044-9357442. The tour will only take place if there are a sufficient number of people interested.

Church Duties: There are a number of people required at this time for various duties in Carrickedmond and Abbeyshrule churches. If you would be willing to read, be a collector or become a member of the alter society in either church please contact Fr Peter Tiernan.

COMMUNITY GAMES: On Monday 9th May last we held our Annual Sports Evening. See page 34 for full results.