Death of Nicholas Kindersley
The death occurred on January 24th 2015 of Mr Nicholas Kindersley, aged 76 years in a Nursing Home in Northumberland, England. Many of you will have fond memories of Nick who bought Newcastle House Hotel here in Ballymahon over forty years ago from the Holy Rosary Sisters and together with his wife Susan, and also his parents who lived in the Gate Lodge, ran a very successful business at the hotel for a long number of years. Nick and Sue were very popular with everyone and very soon they became very involved in many local activities. They had a great association with Forgney G.A.A. Club who had their pitch in the Hotel grounds for many years until they were in a position to buy their own grounds. The Kindersleys also regularly facilitated local groups who needed rooms for functions or meetings for which they were always very grateful. Nick as he was affectionately known, was a thorough gentleman whom everyone liked, always very friendly and sociable. He won a Leinster Medal for Recitation representing Forgney in the Scor competitions and was an excellent speaker who took part in many interesting debates down the years. He loved working out the daily Crosswords and was a member of Ballymahon Dramatic Society where he often performed on stage. When they sold the Hotel, Nick and Sue bought Derryclogher Lodge in Kenagh and Nick went to work with Bord na Mona for 20 years as a Transport Supervisor at the Power Station. He was also a Shop Steward for the Supervisors Union where he represented the staff with great dedication and honesty. Nick got on very well and was highly respected by all the workers at the Plant. When the home and land was sold, it was bought by the I.S.P.C.A. who made it their Headquarters which it is to this day, Sue would have been the driving force behind this due to her huge love of animals. Though he always loved living in Ireland, Nick went back to live in England where he married Veronica but returned to this area on several occasions to visit his many friends here who will miss him dearly. We extend our deepest sympathy to Nick’s wife Veronica, his family Sebastian, Selena, Anthony and Julian and all his relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
The following are the results of the Ballymahon A.F.C. raffle held in Skelly’s recently: 1st prize, a luxury Hamper – winner Abbie McCabe; 2nd prize – a meal voucher for Skelly’s Bar/Restaurant – Claire O’Connor, 3rd prize – A voucher for Claffeys Shop – Emily Devlin, 4th prize – a Soccer Hamper – Christina Logan, 5th prize – a Cosmetic hamper – Jillian Ballesty. 6th prize – a Plum Pudding – Maura Foley. A big thank you to everyone who supported the raffle and also the generous sponsors - Skellys, Claffeys, Ashling Conway and Veronica Cox, Pauline Coughlan Cosmetic Agent.
Leo Casey History Group
Their next meeting takes place on Thursday evening, February 5th at 8p.m. in the usual venue, the Dean Egan Hall. Newcomers always welcome. Refreshments served.
School of Motoring
We would like to wish local man, Peter Cox, Creevaghbeg, the very best of luck with his new venture, Ballymahon School of Motoring. Peter recently qualified as a ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) with the RSA (Road Safety Authority). Why not get into gear this year by calling Peter on 087-1257378 to get started. We wish Peter every success with his new business venture.
Mortgage Advice event
The local branch of Bank of Ireland are holding a Mortgage Advice event on Saturday, 7th February from 10.00a.m. to 1p.m. The Staff would like to extend a welcome to anyone who may be thinking of building or buying a house now or in the future. The Mortgage Advisers will be available to speak with you and give you any necessary advice. To arrange an appointment please contact Mary at 07662 40511 or Sheila at 07662 40510 for further details.
Church Choir resumes
St. Matthews Church choir has resumed usual practices at 8pm on Wednesday evenings in the Church. They are preparing Spring and Easter music. New members are always welcome. Contact Mary on 086-8715155.
A Pilgrimage to Medjugorje will take place from Knock on Sept 16th 2015 at a cost of €699 per person sharing. Contact group leader Marita Concannon on 098-64017 or 089-4146331.
Have resumed their weekly sessions in the usual venue, Skelly’s Restaurant, on Thursday nights from 8p.m. to 9.30p.m. If you would like to join the group, who sing together for fun, why not go along. They are presently preparing for a Concert which is to be held in May 2015 so everyone’s attendance each week is vital. Everyone welcome, men and women.
Flower Arranging Classes
With Ann Murphy, Florist will commence on Tuesday, February 17th with six classes, from 7.30p.m. to 9.30p.m. in Betty Fox’s. To book your place please contact Betty at 09064-32526 after 5.00p.m.
Would like to populate their Event Calendar for 2015 as soon as possible. If you have an event coming up in the area this year, you might please forward them the details.
Continues every Saturday night from 9p.m. to 11p.m. in Cooney’s Hotel which is proving very popular. Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is just €5. The dancing will be held this coming Saturday, 7th February, but because of Valentines Day, there will be no dancing on Saturday 14th February, it will continue again then on Saturday 21st February. Enjoy Valentines Day folks!
The next Reparation and Adoration vigil to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary is in the Chapel of Our Lady’s Manor, Edgeworthstown on the First Friday, February 6th commencing at 10pm with the Holy Rosary and Confession followed by Mass in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The vigil concludes after Benediction and the 6.00a.m. Mass. All are welcome. For further information contact 086-0405621 or 086-1900640.
Fr. Padraig is hoping to revive the tradition of Station Masses, which has declined somewhat in recent years. The main focus, he says, at these events should be the Mass, which enables neighbours to come together in the area, as they have done over the years, and to welcome new people who have moved into the area in more recent times. Refreshments offered after the Mass should be very simple, and should not be such as to discourage anybody from hosting a Station Mass in their home. It is a special privilege to have Mass celebrated in your home. Anyone who wishes to host a Station Mass should get in touch with Fr. Padraig soon.
The A.G.M. of the Cloncallow Cemetery committee will take place in Skelly’s Lounge on Tuesday, February 10th at 8pm. Newcomers welcome. All members are requested to attend.
Death of Tony Cormican
It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death on the 27th January of Anthony Cormican, Castletown, Kinnity, Co Offaly, formerly of Drynan, Ballymahon and native of Kilchreest, Loughrea, Co Galway. Tony died peacefully in the loving care of his family at the age of 89 years old. He is pre-deceased by his wife Peggy who died at a very young age with a family of six, and also his son Brian. Tony worked as the Forester in this area for a long number of years, he had a great relationship with everyone he worked with and all the people he had dealings with. He was a very popular man with a big smile for everyone and a great community man. He was always an affable and courteous gentleman. He was involved in the local Drama group and was also a member of the Church Choir. He enjoyed Gaelic games, especially Hurling and loved the Irish Language. Every time you met Tony, he would greet you with the “cupla focal” he was very proud of his heritage. 31 years ago, Tony went off to live in Kinnity, Offaly where he continued to work in the Forestry Department until his retirement. He came back regularly to visit his friends here and did so until he suffered ill-health just a few years ago. A large number of people from the locality travelled down to Kinnity on hearing of Tony’s passing to pay their respects to his family which bore testimont to the respect with which he was always held. He was laid to rest at St. Flannan’s Cemetery. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Tony’s wife Noreen, family Mark, Kate, Michael, Shane, Ann, Ita and Mary, son-in-law Dan, daughter-in-law Elvina, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Preparations are now well underway for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the organising committee are asking for full support from the business’s, schools, clubs, organisations and everyone who is in a position to help out to make the 2015 Parade the best yet.
Hastings Cup Final
Well done to Roscommon U-21 football team who had a convincing win over Galway in the Hastings Cup Final in Clonbroney, Lanesboro on Saturday last. Local man, Fergal Kelly refereed the Final and his Umpires were Paddy O’Toole, Patrick McGuire, Paul Kelly and Johnny Marlowe. Doing the side-line were Michael Farrell and Michael O’Brien.
A public meeting is to be held at the Dean Egan Library on Friday next, February 6th at 7pm entitled “Standing Up for Rural Ireland” which will be attended by Sinn Fein MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency, Matt Carthy. Also attending will be Mr. Carthy’s party colleague, Sinn-Fein spokesperson for Longford-Westmeath Cllr. Paul Hogan. Everyone is welcome to attend and following the Speaker’s presentations there will be a questions and answers session.
Co Longford Historical Society
Will be holding its first lecture of 2015 on this Wednesday, February 4th at 8.00p.m. in St. Mel’s College. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Pauline Flanagan, Cornacarta and to her brother John Duignan, Kenagh on the death last month of their brother, Paschal Duignan, Riverstown, Co Sligo. May he rest in peace.
Ballymahon Defibrillator Group are hoping to buy an AED/Defibrillator which will be placed at Innyside Service Station and this will cover both the Ballymahon and Tang area. This would cost €1500. To help raise these funds the group are holding a Charity Hack commencing at Deerpark Equestrian on March 28th next . It will cost €10 for each horse and pony that attends on the day. A huge Raffle will also be held on the same night in Murrays pub in Maghera, Raffle tickets will cost €5 each. Some great prizes have already been donated for the Draw, so make sure you get your ticket which will be on sale soon in the Tang, Forgney and Ballymahon areas. If you wish to take a book of tickets to sell , please contact Darren Mulleady at 086-1704394. Your support for this local invaluable service will be greatly appreciated.