ENJOYING THE GARDENS AND WONDERS OF HEAVEN: The late Eileen (Ellen) Masterson, Cornakelly, passed peacefully to her eternal reward after a short illness in early hours of April 1st last aged 78 years. Originally from Lisgold, Co Cork Eileen was destined to meet her husband to be Michael, at a dance in St. Chads Dancehall in Birmingham. They got married in 1959 and continued to work for a few years in Birmingham and returned to live in Cornakelly, Michael’s native place after their son Michael Junior was born. This was a happy and exciting time for them returning to the peace and tranquillity of rural life and particularly for Michael returning to his roots. They took up dairy farming in partnership building up a herd of around twenty cows in the 70’s and 80’s. They were always neighbourly, decent and respected members of the local community. Eileen always known for her smile and cheerful disposition was always a good and friendly neighbour and shared her great love of reading with other women in the area where she was always sharing and lending books to others and where she was part of a type of book club. Therefore she helped expand the minds of others and created diversity for fellow housewives and friends at a time when there were few outlets for women in rural life. A devout Christian and Mass goer Eileen became involved in the Parish Council and served for a number of years collecting the dues from Cornakelly townland and most especially taking care of the alter vestments which showed her special devotion to the sacredness of the Blessed Eucharist. Her true spirit and love of nature was expressed in her great love of gardening. She was proud of her garden and has amassed a good variety of plants from everywhere including Cork. Having gained nursing experience in Birmingham, Eileen was a regular port of call for minor emergencies and had great experience at attending to cuts and various wounds and using her great skill and First Aid Box, stopped bleeding and provided dressings and saved many persons from the expense of going to a doctor or hospital at a time when transport was lacking and money was scarce. There were very large attendances both calling to the family home and attending Mass of the Resurrection on which was read by Fr. Eamon Corkery on Tuesday April 2nd last. The ceremony was greatly adorned by the music and hymmes rendered by Jack Williamson and Maria Mathews. Interment took place took place afterwards at the family plot in Tubberpatrick Cemetery. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Michael, sons; Michael and Patrick, daughters-in-law Margaret and Mary, brothers; Bill and Denis, grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends. May she rest in peace.
MONSTER AUCTION: A Monster Auction to raise funds for the organisation of the ‘Dromard Four Schools Reunion’ will take place on Sunday 5th May 2013 (Bank Holiday Weekend) at 3pm at the GAA Clubhouse at Pairc na nGael in Legga. We are appealing to local individuals and businesses to donate items for the auction. Items donated should be of saleable quality and can be new or used. Items can be dropped off at Pairc na nGael from 12pm on the day. If you can donate an item (or items) but are unable to deliver it to Pairc na nGael please contact Michael Masterson at 0871835064 and the committee will arrange for collection of same. Any items that remain unsold after the auction will be returned to the donor. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
SPANISH STUDENTS SUMMER CAMP: Following the success of the previous 2 year’s camp, another group of Spanish Students are returning to Moyne C.S. from Tues. 2nd July - Tues. 23rd July. Families interested in hosting a student please contact Angela (085) 8391939 or firstname.lastname@example.org for rates & further information.
A MARRIAGE OF CONNIVANCE COMEDY: Presented by the Latin School Players and written by Michael J Ginelly and directed by Jim Williamson, gave a timely comic uplift to the people of Dromard and neighbouring parishes at a time that there is little to be optimistic about. The Cucoo had just began to signal his presence in the area and the swallows had just arrived when the Latin Players made their most welcome annual return to entertain and brighten the lives of people with their three highly comic and flawless performances over last weekend in The Latin School. The play centres around two middle aged bachelor brothers and could be set in any rural area in the 1970’s and early 80’s. James the eldest brother played by James Grimes decides to take matters into his own hands when his brother John Anthony (Sean Conefrey) has ordered a wig to improve his nuptial prospects and decides to get married to his beloved Mary Kate (Chris Donohoe) and wants to take his share of his inheritance. The comic putdowns between the two were extremely well delivered and had the audience in stitches. The new wig arrived and was mistaken for a tea cosy and glued to the teapot. James puts an add in an up market paper seeking a marriage partner and presenting himself as a Lord of the Manor with a big estate, despite the fact that he really lived in an old ran down hovel with a resident rat population. Violence erupted when Tom Pa (Eddie Ward) the local butcher and Mary Kate’s father was intent on making James do right by his daughter. Mary Kate discovered his advertisement and conspired to set James up with a variety of most ill-chosen potential partners including a posh novelist (Lorna Hourican) and Bells (Evelyn Kiernan) a three time widow whose former husbands had, let’s say, died in suspicious circumstances. James soon realised that he did not want her making Coco for him at bed time. This was one of the funniest parts of the play. Again Chris Donohoe gave a very polished performance as Mama, a lady from the dark –continent, who had a brother who practiced voodoism. if he was not happy about how his sister was treated. James in fear of his safety decided to pay her off with £20,000 to leave him alone and go back to her homeland.( I was too far away to warn him that Mama was really Mary Kate in disguise) Another cast member was Francis Gray as Willie Joe. So John Anthony and Mary Kate got their dowry and I suspect that in the end James was happy to be left alone with the rats as company. The Latin School Players committee comprised of Chairperson Chris Donohoe, Vice Chairperson Michael Masterson,’ The Haggard’ who provided furniture and other items for the set. Secretary Jacinta Brady, Treasurer Eamon Kiernan, PRO’s Rosie Kiernan and John Duffy. Director Jim Williamson, Co-Director Margaret Dunne, Producer Chris Donohoe, Lights/Sound Peter Masterson, MC Margaret Dunne, Set Building Pauric O Brien, Stage Manager, Kathleen Whelan, Continuity Veronica McStay, Makeup and Costumes Margaret Gorman, Makeup Miriam Doyle, Programme Eamon Kiernan and Video Terry Williams. Well done to everyone for all your hard work and endless hours of commitment. This was a big undertaking and it is one of the great annual events in the community, creating enjoyment for all ages. Based on people’s response this was a huge success and highly appreciated. Next year we will wait for you all to return with the swallows.
NEW 3G FACILITY AT PAIRC NA NGAEL: The new 3G pitch has recently been completed and is a fine addition to the existing top class facilities at Pairc na nGael. As well as being available to club members it is also available to rent by groups and individuals from the local and wider community. Anyone interested can contact Chairman Joseph Murphy at Ph. 087/1340132 for further information.
THE LATE THOMAS GRAY: There was genuine sadness and regret on the news of the sad passing of Thomas native of Clonelly townland and beloved husband of Marian. Tom, aged 78 years passed to his eternal reward after a relatively short illness at Beaumount Hospital, Dublin, on the Friday April 12th last. Thomas who farmed his homestead was a gentle giant of a man, very dedicated to the care, wellbeing and comfort of his herd of milking cows and calves. He could always rely on his neighbours particularly the Maguires in times of need. He looked after his animals very well and would get out of bed in the early hours of the morning to go to the aid of a cow if she was unsettled and to give her extra feeding. He was widely known to be a very genuine person, very fair in all his dealings with others and honest to a fault. He worked for the council for a while to supplement his farm income and was an early riser in summertime, working very hard on the land, some would say too diligently at times. Tom who suffered from Tinnitus for almost fifteen years bore this very annoying condition with patience and forebearance. Tom who liked the quiet ways of rural life was very fond of saying his daily Rosary and attending Mass and the Sacraments. Tom and Monica enjoyed listening to music particularly TR Dallas, The Dubliners and to radio programmes by Donnacha O Duiling and Joe Duffy on RTE. He always enjoyed playing with and looking after his pet dog “Tiny”. Tommy was a former Dromard player of distinction until his career was interrupted by the serious injury of a torn knee ligament. As a mark of respect the Dromard GAA Club provided a guard of honour as a mark of respect for his removal to St. Mary’s Church Legga on Sunday evening April 24th last. Mass of the Resurrection was read by Fr. Eamon Corkery and was adorned by the hymnal music of Michael Moran and his daughter Lorainne in the presence of a large gathering of his relatives, neighbours and friends some of which had travelled from Newry, Mountnugent and Ballindine Co Mayo. Burial took place afterwards in the family plot at Tubberpatrick Cemetery. Predeceased by his parents Frank and Bridget and brother Patrick. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Marian, nephew Thomas, Newry, nieces Kathleen, Newry and Elizabeth, Isle of Man, nieces, grand –nephew, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.
ST. PATRICKS DROMARD N.S. CLOTHES COLLECTION: Time for a spring clean? St. Patricks National School Dromard are holding an old and used clothes collection. Bags of clothes can be dropped off at the school between 0900hrs and 15.30hrs, Monday to Friday from April 25th to May 14th next. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.-0ona Donnelly.
DROMARD TEXT ALERT: Another Year has passed and the Text Alert System has further reduced crime in the local area. Envelopes are available for paying the annual subscriptions of e5 in all local shops. So please sign up if you wish to receive Text Alerts for the coming year.
MOYNE BINGO RESULTS: e130 Margaret Martin, e100 Ann McNeill, e65 Rose Smith, e40 Mary Jo Curran, other winners; Ita McCormack, Kevin Reilly, Philomena McNaboe, Mary Reilly, Ann Heslin, Jack Mulligan, P.J. McHugh, Anna Rose Reilly, Geraldine Faughnan, Margaret Donnelly, Kathleen McGarry, Mary Alice Byrne, Kay McNally, Ann Brady, Kathleen McHugh, Brian McGlade, Margaret Martin, Eilish Reilly, Ita Reilly, Anna Bohan, Ann McNeill and George Taaffe.
DANCING LESSONS: Take place every Tuesday night in Dillon’s Bar and Bistro between 8.30pm and 10.30 pm. This involves dance instruction in Jiving, Waltzing, Quick Step, Line Dancing and Shoe the Donkey, etc. The music is fantastic and the craic is great. Adult Irish Dancing Lessons are due to start soon each Wednesday at same venue.
THE GATHERING 2013: Time is running out for submitting short articles or photographs for inclusion in the commemorative booklet ahead of the Dromard Four Schools Reunion. Just sit down and do it. Email email@example.com or send to Kathryn McNerney, Edenmore, Ballinamuck, Co Longford. Photos will be scanned and returned promptly.
PARISH NEWSLETTER: A Day of Prayer for the Unborn. On Saturday May 4th next, there will be a day of prayer in Knock. Bishop Reilly gives it his wholehearted endorsement. Visitation of the sick takes place on Thursday May 2nd and Friday 3rd next. Anyone who wishes to contribute to Trocaire please do so soon.